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The Return of “The Car”

You may not have thought about it, but “the car” has been disappearing. Buyers, particularly people with young families, prefer small SUVs and crossovers. A lot. And crossovers aren’t cars. A car...well, you know what a car is.

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The Carry-On Effect

We can look around us anywhere, on any day, and literally see the effects cars have had on, well, everything. The existence of suburbs, paved roads, shopping malls, chestnut blight and rural electrification are related... more »

Dec 23, 2015 12:14 PM Air Bag

“Mythbusters” Edition, No. 1

In a recent debate with Pulse managing editor Gary Poole, he claimed someone said they never washed their car because it “wastes resources.” Gary said he kept his car washed because it “improves your gas mileage ... more »

Nov 25, 2015 1:25 PM Air Bag

What’s The Human Price For Wolfsburg’s Pride?

Whether we realize it or not, we’ve been benefiting from Dieselgate for years. When the modern TDi engine was introduced, VW took a loss on each one they sold—that was a $7,000 engine. more »

Oct 21, 2015 12:38 PM Air Bag

Bargain Car Buyers’ Guide, Part III: People Movers

In this third and final installment of “The Cheapskate’s Guide to New Cars,” it’s time for the vehicles you hate to love: Minivans. If you’ve playing along at home, you’ll remember this isn’t about quality, but quantity ... more »

Sep 23, 2015 12:46 PM Air Bag

New Car Buying Season, Part II

Last month I took a look at some quality sedans on which you should be able to get a great deal this fall. The key is that right now, dealership lots are really filling up with 2016 models—but there are still plenty of unsold ’15s. more »

Aug 26, 2015 12:22 PM Air Bag

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