Fashion always costs more. Because it's more stylish, you'll pay more for, say, a men's dress shirt without a chest pocket than for one that has one, even though it takes less time and material to make.
Never mind that, almost since its inception, a leaping Ram was used as Dodge's radiator mascot. Never mind that over the past few decades, many Dodge trucks have used the name Ram.
Meet the least expensive new car sold in America: the 2012 Nissan Versa sedan with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $10,990, an ideal entry point for a Walmart nation.
Toyota is expanding the popular Prius gas-electric hybrid line: A cargo-friendly Prius V, which plops a wagon body atop the Prius platform, went on sale in November. A plug-in version of the Prius liftback is scheduled to go on sale shortly.
Hear that rumble? It's a muscle-car war breaking out. In one
corner: the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. In the other: the 2010 Ford
Mustang. Here's the score card:
For many auto companies, the big bad wolf is at the door.
Porsche is that wolf, having slowly devoured Volkswagen stock to
the point that Porsche now controls VW. Such a move underscores the
company's immense profitability, not to mention its supreme
confidence as an automaker.
The average new car costs $28,400, according to the National
Automobile Dealers Association. In these tough economic times, that
can be a little steep for many buyers.
When the sun set on the Datsun name in the United States and the
company was rechristened Nissan — its Japanese name — the
top-of-the-line model, the 810, also got a new moniker, the
If you attended one of the larger auto shows recently, you might
remember the Ford Flex from its appearance as the Fairlane concept
car — on which the Flex is based.
If you want some driving fun, but don't want to pay a lot at the
pump, great options abound that get at least 20 mpg in city
driving. And you don't have to buy a hybrid. Let's take a peek.
Now that drivers of large SUVs have discovered that — gasp! —
they use a lot of fuel, consumers are flocking to small SUVs that,
predictably, need less liquid gold. So that makes Volkswagen's
first small, car-based SUV, the 2009 Tiguan, perfectly timed.
Sometimes a product is so perfect when introduced that a change
isn't needed. Then an executive with something to prove comes along
and mucks things up. New Coke comes to mind. So does the 2009
It sounds like lousy timing considering the price of gas: For
2008, the Nissan Pathfinder comes with an optional 310-horsepower
The great thing about the Ford Escape is that, unlike other
small crossover SUVs, it isn't cute.
Sleepers are cars that look rather ordinary, but carry
extraordinary levels of performance.
The Ford Taurus was once Ford's shining star. Born in 1985, it
was America's best-selling car for five years. But by the late
1990s, the public began to lose interest, as did Ford. By 2006, the
Taurus was history.
There are cars you drive because you have to, and there are cars
you drive because you can't help yourself.
Audi has long trumpeted its Quattro all-wheel-drive system's
excellence on the track and highway. But now, Audi is adopting it
for use off-road, in the new Q7 crossover SUV.
Look at the price sticker on any new car, and it's easy to feel
overwhelmed by the options list. So let's explore the options you
might want in your next vehicle.