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  • What do all those tire numbers mean and which size is best?

    What do all those tire numbers mean and which size is best?

    Q: We live in the Midwest, where potholes and bumpy roads are common. Which tire/wheel combination gives the smoothest ride? Which is less prone to damage? Here are the combinations available on the Volvo XC40 we want: P235/55HR18, P235/50HR19, P235/45HR20. — J.B., Iowa City, Iowa A: The lower...

  • Audi launches e-tron electric crossover

    Audi launches e-tron electric crossover

    Audi unveiled the E-Tron, an all-electric crossover that's due to hit showrooms later this year, during a big bash in Tesla's backyard on September 17. After years of all-electric concepts and short fires, the German luxury brands have finally launched product to compete with the American electric...

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2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo puts the 'fun' in functional sports coupes

The redesigned 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec is one of the most affordable new sports cars on the market. It undercuts the Honda Civic Si, has more practicality than a Mazda MX-5 Miata or Fiat 500 Abarth, and is fresher than (and will outlive) the Ford Fiesta ST. Veloster is a squatter, funkier,...

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  • With carsharing, your car can make — instead of cost — you money

    With carsharing, your car can make — instead of cost — you money

    Buying a car is a bad investment, according to conventional wisdom. After the steep initial cost of about $35,000 on average, owners are going to keep spending money on gas, maintenance, insurance, depreciation, financing and sundry other costs. AAA estimates a vehicle driven 15,000 miles costs...

  • Car prices projected to increase under Trump trade agreement with Mexico

    Car prices projected to increase under Trump trade agreement with Mexico

    New car prices will rise, along with demand for used cars, as a result of President Donald Trump 's tentative trade agreement with Mexico. "The new agreement will push production costs higher on Mexican products — parts and vehicles — which, eventually, will be paid by American consumers," said...

  • Use Uber or Lyft a lot? Owning a car can be cheaper, says AAA

    Use Uber or Lyft a lot? Owning a car can be cheaper, says AAA

    Ride-hailing services such as taxis, Uber or Lyft, and car services can cost twice as much as owning a vehicle for some urban residents, according to a study by travel club AAA. “For those who travel a very limited number of miles annually, or have mobility issues that prevent them from driving...

  • Best three-row midsize SUV: 2019 Subaru Ascent or 2018 Volkswagen Atlas?

    Best three-row midsize SUV: 2019 Subaru Ascent or 2018 Volkswagen Atlas?

    Somewhere between trading neighborhoods with good gastropubs for neighborhoods with good grade schools, the city runabout no longer cuts it as a family hauler. Enter the three-row SUV. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is the current champ, with enough utility and drivability to beat the Toyota Highlander,...

  • A brave new semiautonomous driving world is here, with doubts

    A brave new semiautonomous driving world is here, with doubts

    The more familiar people become with self-driving car technology, the less likely they are to trust it, according to a new mobility study from Cox Automotive. The share of drivers who think roads would be safer with fully autonomous vehicles has dropped to 45 percent, down 18 percent since the...

  • Automatic door unlocking bothers some car owners

    Automatic door unlocking bothers some car owners

    Q: I read your column every week religiously. This week the filler door comments prevailed, but one reader also mentioned "automatic door unlocking" when transmission placed in park. I also feel this is a grave personal safety issue. We have a 2017 Audi and a 2018 Audi and the feature cannot be...

  • Kickback: Readers give a shift about manual transmissions

    Kickback: Readers give a shift about manual transmissions

    The manual transmission may be dying in America but not until you can pry the stick shift out of these drivers’ cold, dead hands. That’s what Bob B. of Chicago said. He wasn’t alone, based on all the reader responses elicited by the article “The shift is on,” which states that only 2 percent of...

  • Squeaky (steering) wheel gets the grease

    Squeaky (steering) wheel gets the grease

    Q: My steering wheel squeaks when I try to make a turn. What would cause this to happen? I have a Toyota Avalon 2002 with over 100,000 miles. — S.D., Chicago A: This is rather common on Toyota cars, including the Camry, Solara and more. The steering shaft passes through a rubber boot at the firewall....

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