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Teenage Girls Twice as Likely to Use Cell Phones Behind the Wheel

A new in-car video study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that teenage girls are twice as likely to use electronic devices behind the wheel as teenage boys. However, that doesn’t mean that teenage boys aren’t taking risks while driving. AAA says in a press release that “the leading cause of distraction for all teens was the use of electronic devices, which was seen in seven percent of the video clips analyzed.” AAA Foundation President and ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Tips and Advice, Safety, Teen Drivers, Stats and Studies, Distracted Driving

Toyota Teases New Sedan Ahead of New York Auto Show

Toyota announced Tuesday that it would unveil an all-new sedan at the New York International Auto Show next week. So far, the automaker has only released a sketch of the new car, but Toyota says in a press release that, “The sedan’s exciting new design features an elegant yet athletic look.” A number of auto journalists surmise that the new car could be the next-generation Toyota Avalon. “While we can't be sure until the wraps are removed in ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Auto Shows, Redesigns, Toyota Avalon, Model News, New York Auto Show

Best Compact SUV Deals in March

March is almost over, and many car shoppers will be at dealerships this weekend looking for a great deal on a new or used vehicle. New-car sales in March are at the highest level since 2007, according to Kelley Blue Book, who also says that high gas prices are driving consumers toward small, fuel-efficient vehicles. “March traditionally is a strong month as consumers cash-in their tax returns and head to dealerships for the latest model-year vehicles,” Kelley Blue Book says ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Affordable Compact SUVs, car deals

BMW Recalls 367,000 Cars in the US, 1.3 Million Worldwide

BMW is recalling 367,000 5-Series and 6-Series cars in the U.S. and a total of 1.3 million worldwide for a problem with the battery cable cover in the trunk, which may be improperly mounted. The recall affects 5-Series and 6-Series cars manufactured from 2003 through 2010. BMW says in a statement that the improperly mounted battery cable cover could “result in the electrical system malfunctioning, the vehicle failing to start and, in some cases, to charring or ... continue reading»

Tags: Recalls, BMW 5 Series, BMW 6 Series, Model News

Consumer Reports Rates Three Updated Small Cars Highly

The 2012 Kia Rio, Chevrolet Sonic and Hyundai Accent receive high ratings in road tests from Consumer Reports because they show “improvements in performance, equipment levels, and comfort.” The organization applauds these three all-new or redesigned affordable small cars because they break the stereotype that subcompact cars are cheap vehicles with uncomfortable rides and poor performance. The 2012 Kia Rio sedan receives the highest scores “thanks to nimble handling and a well-equipped cabin,” Consumer Reports says. Consumer Reports gives the ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris, Chevrolet Sonic, Consumer Reports

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