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It's All in a Door Slam

Last week, Jamie Page Deaton, our managing editor, asked me if I would purchase a Kia Forte or a Hyundai Elantra. I’m a big fan of the Elantra because I love great values, and I think I surprised both of us by picking the Forte. Three factors led to my choice. The Kia Forte is available as a hatchback, which I prefer for increased utility. The Elantra isn’t. Second, the more I drive the Elantra, the more its ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte

EPA Reveals E15 Label

Drivers of passenger vehicles made in 2001 or later and drivers who own a vehicle with a flex-fuel engine will soon be able to buy E15 gasoline, a blend that is 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. Previously, all cars used E10 gasoline, according to the Clean Air Act. To make drivers aware of the change, the Environmental Protection Agency has released an orange and black label that summarizes the standardization. The regulation also applies to light-duty trucks and ... continue reading»

Tags: News, EPA, Gasoline

Most Big-City Drivers Favor Red Light Cameras

According to a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, opponents of red light cameras are a minority group. Two out of three drivers in 14 large cities favor red light cameras. These results are an extension of a study the Institute conducted earlier this year, which found that red light cameras save lives. “Researchers looked at U.S. cities with populations over 200,000 and compared those with red light cameras to those without,” the Institute states. “In ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Driving Laws, Safety, IIHS, Stats and Studies

Walmart Rolls Back Gas Prices

Superstore mogul Walmart is offering 10 cents off the price of a gallon of gas this Fourth of July weekend at Murphy USA and Walmart stores. The deal, which is available in 18 states, started Wednesday and is good until September 30, 2011. To get the discount, shoppers must have a Walmart gift card or credit card. “Perhaps most amazing,” adds USA Today, “Walmart says that there are no restrictions, including no requirement for store purchases in order to get ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Gas Prices

Stability Control and Seatbelt Use

It seems that no matter how advanced safety technology gets, it’s tough to beat the old standbys. Last week, the entire U.S. News Cars crew headed over to FedEx field to check out GM’s Main Street in Motion event. Basically, Main Street in Motion travels around the country, giving consumers a chance to test drive GM cars without a salesperson riding along. You can also test drive the competition right there. We went to the event not ... continue reading»

Tags: Tips and Advice, Safety, Electronic Stability Control, Seatbelt Use

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