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  • Swapping spare tires between makes, years probably won't work

    Swapping spare tires between makes, years probably won't work

    Q: Would a doughnut spare tire from a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire work on a 2014 Hyundai Elantra? Is there a standard size doughnut that works on most cars or does the size of the doughnut need to change as the year/make/model of the cars change? — P.S., Calumet City A: It is not as much about the size...

  • 2017 Jeep Compass first look: Where does the compact crossover fit?

    2017 Jeep Compass first look: Where does the compact crossover fit?

    The compact crossover is now the best-selling segment in the U.S. For the first time, the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue are the best-selling models in their respective brands. Automakers are making so many crossovers and SUVs, with at least four but up to six crossover models within a lineup,...

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Honda brings Civic hatch back in style

Good things don't necessarily come in small packages. It's more like good things make great use of space. The 2017 Honda Civic hatchback is one of the roomiest compact hatches, which makes it competitive not just with other hatches but with America's darling, the compact crossover. The Civic hatch...

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  • Ford hybrid police car to serve cities and protect costs

    Ford hybrid police car to serve cities and protect costs

    The next time the cops chase you down for speeding, they could be driving a fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid. Ford Motor Co., which sells more police vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker, says it will offer a police pursuit version of the hybrid Fusion midsize sedan, in response to requests...

  • Most new cars shouldn't need oil changes more often than every 5,000 miles

    Most new cars shouldn't need oil changes more often than every 5,000 miles

    Q: We recently purchased a 2016 Honda CR-V four-cylinder and there is only one thing that we are dissatisfied with. Oil changes are required every 3,750 miles and we have not found out why. We have been living with Toyotas for years with a 5,000-mile change requirement and the new mileage seems...

  • Hyundai, Kia recall 1.4 million cars due to engine failure

    Hyundai, Kia recall 1.4 million cars due to engine failure

    Hyundai and Kia are recalling 1.4 million cars and SUVs in the U.S., Canada and South Korea because the engines can fail and stall, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall covers some of the Korean automakers' most popular models in the U.S. and Canada including 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe...

  • Station wagons are back as an antidote to boring crossovers

    Station wagons are back as an antidote to boring crossovers

    The station wagon, exemplified by the wood-grain 1970 Buick Estate that starred in the campy movie "The Way Way Back," was the classic American family car of baby boomers and Gen Xers. In the age of crossovers, however, a new generation of wagons steers away from families with performance, style...

  • Buick launches a wagon, calls it a crossover

    Buick launches a wagon, calls it a crossover

    Buick continues to update its image with the launch of a new wagon. Based on the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer sold in Europe, the 2018 Regal TourX looks like a wagon, is built like a wagon, but is being called a crossover. "Regal TourX is a crossover in the truest sense of the word, with the drive...

  • Car sales down, inventory up in contracting auto market

    Car sales down, inventory up in contracting auto market

    DETROIT (AP) — Passenger car sales plummeted again in March, dragging U.S. auto sales to their third straight monthly decline, a strong indication that years of sales growth have come to an end. Sales for the month fell 1.6 percent to just over 1.55 million vehicles, surprising analysts who expected...

  • Evoque crossover convertible built to go anywhere, except my driveway

    Evoque crossover convertible built to go anywhere, except my driveway

    Ugly can be alluring. Pugs. Clogs. Tom Petty. But ugly is in the eye of the beholder. The Range Rover Evoque convertible, with its sterile white body, bricklike lower half, and lopped-off black top, caught people's eyes. It looks like a beach shoe for Stormtroopers. Women liked it. The boy didn't....

  • Timing belt repair expensive, but essential

    Timing belt repair expensive, but essential

    Q: We took our 2009 Honda Accord, with 61,000 miles, to our Honda dealer for a state safety inspection. The technician recommended that we install a timing belt package (timing belt, water pump, accessory drive belts) due to the age of the car, at a cost of $1,000. We declined. We then received...

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