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  • Fancy 2018 Infiniti QX60 is overdue for a redesign

    Fancy 2018 Infiniti QX60 is overdue for a redesign

    There is nothing new for the 2018 Infiniti QX60. So why bother reviewing it? Automakers give reviewers a chance to bid farewell to outgoing models before a redesign as a way to show off the new model’s evolution, or to pique interest in an outgoing model that can be had for a sweet price as dealers...

  • Father knows best? Engineers know better

    Father knows best? Engineers know better

    Q: My elderly father thinks it is better to drive without a radiator pressure cap. He is worried the pressure can pop a coolant hose. He has been driving his 2004 Chevy Venture like this for years and has been trying to get me to do the same. So far, he has not blown a hose nor has he overheated....

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Auto review: 2018 Hyundai Sonata competes on value

New cars are special. Baked into that new car smell is a feeling of excitement. Why else would we pay thousands of dollars more for something that loses 10 percent of its value the first time we use it? Compared with the redesigned Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the refreshed Hyundai Sonata fails...

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  • 'Bullitt' Mustang, the auto world's lost treasure of 50 years, prepares for world tour

    'Bullitt' Mustang, the auto world's lost treasure of 50 years, prepares for world tour

    Sean Kiernan is a paint salesman who lived on a horse farm outside Nashville with a dream. And somehow that dream came true — but it is also just beginning. This is the story of how a rusty '68 Ford Mustang ended up stealing the auto show spotlight after a family kept the famous muscle car hidden...

  • Interactive consumer experience to drive 2018 Chicago Auto Show

    Interactive consumer experience to drive 2018 Chicago Auto Show

    The 2018 Chicago Auto Show rolls into town with a lot of promise and even more product. From Saturday through Presidents Day, showgoers get to kick the tires, open doors and sit in seats of nearly 1,000 new vehicles, including a half-dozen North American debuts, ranging from sporty sedans such...

  • Chicago Auto Show history

    Chicago Auto Show history

    HISTORY OF THE CHICAGO AUTO SHOW: The 2018 Chicago Auto Show, the 110th exhibition of the nation's largest and longest running auto show, features nearly 1,000 vehicles fro 36 automakers covering over 1 million square feet, three massive indoor test tracks and outdoor test drives at McCormick Place....

  • Brake check: Aftermarket brake pads as good as automaker's, and cheaper

    Brake check: Aftermarket brake pads as good as automaker's, and cheaper

    Q: I have a 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe with 70,200 miles that is in need of brakes. My dealer says they use OEM brakes and rotors and I should pay the extra $300 for their service. My local mechanic says he can do the job for less and will use ceramic brake pads. I don't know if OEM and ceramic are...

  • More Ford Explorer drivers complain of dizziness; carbon monoxide poisoning suspected

    More Ford Explorer drivers complain of dizziness; carbon monoxide poisoning suspected

    As a growing number of Ford Explorer drivers report incidents of dizziness, nausea and vomiting to federal regulators who are conducting an active investigation into the complaints, Ford dismissed last week the need for a safety recall. Elizabeth Weingandt, safety communications manager at Ford,...

  • Spike in auto insurance premiums driven by high-tech features

    Spike in auto insurance premiums driven by high-tech features

    The gee-whiz gadgets on new cars — the backup cameras, the large touch screen controls, the blind-spot monitoring — make us all feel a little safer about navigating the roads. But high-tech, advanced safety features come at a fairly steep price, so they're driving up car insurance rates, too. "If...

  • Most SUVs are built more like cars than pickups, except Toyota 4Runner

    Most SUVs are built more like cars than pickups, except Toyota 4Runner

    Q: I always enjoy reading the Rides section of the paper and particularly your Motormouth part. I noticed a question from P.O., Montgomery, Ill., asking if there are any truck-framed SUVs left in the market. I think the Toyota 4Runner is one. I have owned 4Runners for many years now and I believe...

  • American automakers scrap cars, ceding market to foreign makes

    American automakers scrap cars, ceding market to foreign makes

    With lucrative sport utility vehicle and truck sales on the ascent, Detroit automakers are racing to ditch slow-selling cars in favor of the big rigs that mint money. Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne started it off by killing the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 to reorient Fiat Chrysler Automobiles...

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