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2013 Ram 1500 pickup truck earns top marks

The 2013 Ram 1500 has both muscled and finessed its way to the top of our full-sized pickup truck ratings. The updated truck delivered impressive performance in our tests, balancing work capability and refinement in a way that sees it… Continue reading

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Is the carbon-fiber BMW i3 the car of the future?

Expect to hear a lot about the BMW i3 in the coming months. A four-seater about the size of a Nissan Juke, BMW’s first electric car for sale will combine several cutting-edge technologies, potentially making it one of the most… Continue reading

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Video: Chevrolet builds the best Spark yet – and it’s electric

General Motors has been building modern electric cars longer than anyone. It started developing EVs in earnest with the purpose-built, low-volume EV1 in the 1990s. Now its latest electric car is based on the tiny Chevrolet Spark. To be honest,… Continue reading

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American tire company bought by India-based Apollo

One of the last remaining domestic tire makers an agreement to merge with India-based Apollo Tyres last month and the process continues toward finalizing the $2.5-billion deal. Yes, the suitor spells tire with a “y.” We’ve tested their tires produced… Continue reading

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Is it worth buying an extended car warranty?

After dedicating an afternoon (or more) to test driving, negotiating, and completing a pile of paperwork for your shiny new car, the bubble-bursting finance manager gives a compelling pitch for an extended warranty. It is for your peace of mind,… Continue reading

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New Toyota RAV4 does poorly in crash test

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 earns a Poor rating in the tough small overlap crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The RAV4 scores well in the other, long-running tests required to earn an IIHS Top Safety… Continue reading

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Just in: Luxurious Kia Cadenza proves to have legs

Some of us jokingly refer to this car as the “Credenza.” Which, in case you didn’t know, Merriam-Webster describes a credenza as a “sideboard, buffet, or bookcase patterned after a Renaissance credence; especially one without legs.” We’re fairly sure this… Continue reading

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Talking Cars: Our auto experts get fast, furious, and technical

Episode 8 of Talking Cars with Consumer Reports features our car experts answering reader questions and comments, submitted through our Facebook pages and YouTube channel. The queries are fielded by Director of Auto Testing Jake Fisher and Senior Engineers Gabe… Continue reading

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Pickups and SUVs top list of vehicles with the highest theft rates

The Ford F-250 pickup truck has replaced the Cadillac Escalade as the vehicle with the highest theft rate for 2010-2012, according to a new report from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), a division of the Insurance Institute for Highway… Continue reading

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Heads up: Garmin to shine navigation guidance on your windshield

To reduce driver distraction, Garmin is introducing an aftermarket heads-up display that works with smart phones to shine navigation information on the windshield. The benefit is seen as reducing the distance the driver’s eyes need to move from the road… Continue reading

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