Cool compacts

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The 2019 Mazda 3 Sedan with Premium Package AWD, left, and 2019 Jetta 1.4T SEL are among the best compact cars on the market, according to reviewer Mike Hagerty.

If you’re in the market for a compact sedan but want to go beyond the predictable, safe choices of a Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic, have I got a review for you.

When it comes to considering cars, safety is always paramount

When I think about the modern car, I tend to think of safety first.

This Jeep ain't cheap

Photos courtesy of Fiat Chrysler
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk comes with a 707-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged engine.

Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of physics says that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. So it is with automobiles.

Honda Insight incites excitement

courtesy of Honda
The 2019 Honda Insight is a hybrid that delivers 51 mpg city and 45 mpg highway.

Honda, the carmaker that rarely gets it wrong, has done so at least twice – 10 years apart.

In 1999, Honda decided to be the first with a hybrid in North America. The first-generation Insight beat the original Toyota Prius to showrooms by seven months. The head start was of little help. In seven years, just as the second-gen Prius was setting sales records, Honda pulled the plug on the Insight. It was funny looking (even compared to the Prius) and impractical, as it had only two seats.

Seven travel tips for long road trips with toddlers in tow

Dismayed by the increasing costs of airfare, missing a series of friends stretched across the country and longing for the open road, my husband and I embarked on an impossible journey last summer. We took our toddlers, ages 3 and 2, and departed Mountain View for a six-week road trip across the U.S.

Days of dipstick disappearing

A customer recently brought in her 2009 Audi Q5 quattro 3.2 liter. She said the low engine oil warning prompted her to add oil, but the light remained on – and the car does not have an engine oil dipstick to manually check the level.

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