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Did the iPhone 5 Just Make Your Car Obsolete?

With the introduction of the iPhone this week, your phone probably seems out-of-date, but does the iPhone 5 make your car totally obsolete as well? In short, no. An instant transporter app still has yet to be developed, so you’ll probably still need a car to get around —at least for a while. However, the iPhone 5 may throw a wrench into how you play music from an iPhone on your car's stereo. You’ve probably heard by ... continue reading»

Tags: News, technology, iPhone 5, Apple

Recall: A Hitch in the Honda Element

Honda is recalling 5,216 Element SUVs from the 2007 to 2011 model years. In a press release, the automaker says that when a trailer is attached to the Element, its turn signals may not work because the trailer hitch’s wiring is incorrect.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the trailer turn signal lights only work when the brake lights are on. Without functioning turn signals, the driver can’t notify other motorists of his next move. According ... continue reading»

Tags: NHTSA, Honda Element, Model News, Honda recall, used car ranking, used affordable compact SUVs

Outsmart High Gas Prices

Once Labor Day has passed, gas prices tend to decrease. However, TIME reports that national gas prices are hovering around $3.84 a gallon in many states. Hurricane Isaac and plant shut downs in the United Kingdom have slowed production and limited resources, according to GasBuddy.com. The gas-price tracking site expects prices to decline by the end of the month and “bottom out between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” but the cost of filling up is still a concern for most ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Gas Prices, Hybrids, plug in hybrids, holiday travel

Is 85 MPH Safe? New Texas Speed Limit Causes Controversy

Konstantin Sutyagin/Shutterstock.com Pretty soon, Texas will have the fastest road in the country, as The Associated Press reports that a new 41-mile toll road between Austin and Seguin will have an 85 mph speed limit when it opens in November. While “Don’t mess with Texas,” is a popular sentiment on bumpers in the Lone Star State, the new speed limit has raised some concerns. "The research is clear that when speed limits go up, fatalities go up," Insurance Institute for Highway ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Driving Laws, Safety

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Headed for U.S.

Mitsubishi will debut a plug-in hybrid version of its Outlander SUV at the Paris Motor Show later this month. Mitsubishi says in a statement that the new Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) is “the world's first plug-in hybrid SUV.” The Outlander PHEV will hit Japanese markets early in 2013 and go on sale later in Europe, North America and additional markets. “The Outlander PHEV uses MMC's [Mitsubishi’s] own Plug-in Hybrid EV System powertrain derived from 100 ... continue reading»

Tags: Mitsubishi Outlander, Model News, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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