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The UAW has released its annual list of every new car on sale in America built by union workers. The UAW counts all 2012 vehicles built by the UAW and CAW. The list is predictably dominated by American car companies, though there are two Japanese brands and one European brand on the list. Chrysler builds […]

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The 2012 Toyota Camry and 2012 Chevy Malibu are mid-sized sedans built for comfortable cruising, do-most-capability (not everything by a long shot, but unless you’re a particular type of buyer who really needs to get off the beaten path or bring a LOT of stuff along, you probably won’t ever find these cars insufficient) and approachable […]

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Forbes has released the 2011 Worst Cars on the Road list and the list is dominated by Chrysler and General Motors. Combined, the two American car companies that took bailouts have 9 out of the 12 cars on the worst cars list. Forbes created the list by finding the cars, trucks and SUVs that scored […]

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The 2011 Lexus ES 350 is a front-wheel-drive luxury sedan that appeals to buyers looking for reliability and comfort rather than sportiness in their $35,000 sedan. The 2011 Lexus ES 350 is designed more for comfortable driving than the sporty handling characteristic of the similarly-priced Lexus IS or the German sports-luxury sedans like the BMW […]

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The Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier have grown over the years from compact pickups to mid-size trucks, and now are much larger than the pickups that bore the same names in the past. The Toyota Tacoma starts at $16,365 and the Frontier starts at $17,770, but the base Frontier has an extended cab while the […]

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The 2011 Toyota Venza and 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour are both the crossover SUV versions of their parent company’s popular midsize cars. The Venza is essentially a lifted up wagon version of the Camry and the Accord Crosstour is the same thing based on the Accord. The 2011 Toyota Venza starts at $26,625 with a […]

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The Toyota Camry is the most popular car in America, and for good reason. The Camry’s legendary reliability and high resale value combine to make it a wise purchase whether you plan to keep your car forever or trade it in after a few years. The Camry is available with the choice between a frugal […]

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The 2011 Toyota RAV4 is a standout in the mid-size SUV segment. Buyers looking for comfort, capability, economy and Toyota’s rock-solid reputation for reliability have made the Toyota RAV4 a popular choice. The 2011 Toyota RAV4 starts at $21,295 for a four-cylinder, two-wheel drive model and ranges to $28,235 for a V6 four-wheel drive. The […]

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its Top Safety Picks for 2011. Each year, the IIHS tests new cars in front and side high-speed crashes, a rollover crash and evaluates the seat and head restraints for protection of the head and neck in rear impact crashes. Vehicles that earn a “good” rating, the […]

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Since the majority of a car’s depreciation happens during the first couple years, a lot of car shoppers opt for a used model to save money. But now that new car sales have been so bad recently, dealers are forced to drop the price on new models and offer such huge incentives that the price […]

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