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Lose Your Car Keys? Just Pull Out Your Smartphone

Misplace your car keys? Hyundai may have a solution that puts an end to this problem. Earlier this month, near its European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, Hyundai unveiled its Connectivity Concept, which allows owners to unlock and lock their car using a smartphone. This technology goes beyond Bluetooth pairing, which is now a common feature in most new cars. By placing a smartphone over a Near Field Communication (NFC) tag, Hyundai’s Connectivity Concept lets users lock and unlock the ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Car Tech, Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai

2014 Mazda6 Price Undercuts Rivals

Mazda has released an approximate price of its fully redesigned 2014 Mazda6. According to Mazda’s website, the midsize sedan will start at about $21,000 plus a $795 destination charge. At this price, the Mazda6 is about $700 to $1,400 more affordable than several of its key rivals, including the Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima. All but the Camry are fully redesigned for 2013, with the Camry last getting redone for the ... continue reading»

Tags: Mazda Mazda6, Mazda, Affordable Midsize Cars, Model News

Toyota Prius Named Consumer Reports Best Car Value

Want the most bang for your buck in your next new car? Then you should probably buy a Toyota Prius. Consumer Reports says that with an operating cost of 49 cents per mile, the Prius is about half as expensive to operate as the average car. The Prius beats out the Honda Fit, which Consumer Reports had named its best new-car value for the past four years. “The reason the Prius came out on top this year, even though the ... continue reading»

Tags: Stats and Studies, Toyota Prius, Model News, Consumer Reports

2013 Toyota RAV4 Priced Higher than Honda CR-V

Toyota has announced pricing on the redesigned 2013 RAV4, which will go on sale shortly after the new year. The base RAV4 LE will start at $24,145 (including an $845 destination charge) and come with standard features that include a six-speaker stereo with a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth and USB connectivity and a backup camera. After destination charges, the mid-level XLE trim starts at $25,135, and adds alloy wheels, fog lamps, dual-zone automatic climate control and a ... continue reading»

Tags: Redesigns, Toyota RAV4, Model News, Pricing

Holiday Travelers Receive an Early Gift: Cheap Gas

If you’re planning on packing up your car for holiday travel, there’s good news; gas prices are at their lowest point of the year. Last week, the AAA said that a gallon of gas averaged about $3.25 nationwide, and they also reported that prices will continue to drop as we approach the New Year. Gas prices fell below $3 in Missouri, which have the lowest prices in the country, while Hawaii has the most expensive gas at ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Gas Prices, holiday travel

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