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May 23, 2012

Despite the law and warnings that seat belts save lives, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says people still aren't wearing them, making high-travel holiday weekends especially dangerous.

  • Motoring News

    May 17, 2012

    Here are some notes from the past week in the automotive world, courtesy of auto expert Jim MacPherson:

  • Are Americans starting to Embrace Diesel?

    April 19, 2012

    According to a new study, diesel-powered vehicles sales are up, indicating that Americans might finally be warming to them. A joint report from Hybridcars.com and research company Baum and Associates show sales have been steadily trending upward for the last several months.

  • Keep Up to Speed with the New York Auto Show

    April 12, 2012

    This year's New York Auto Show is nearing the end, as its set to conclude Sunday.

  • Nissan Develops Self-Healing iPhone Case

    February 9, 2012

    If you're like me, you're paranoid about the smallest ding or smudge on your cellphone or its protective case. But an unexpected company might have a solution to help get rid of the scratches and dents that inevitably show up on your case.

  • Forbes Selects 'Toughest' Trucks of 2012

    January 30, 2012

    The resident auto expert at Forbes.com just wrote a story about the toughest trucks of 2012. The article (with an admittedly great title) is both odd and interesting because of the criteria.

  • Best Cars of 2012

    January 4, 2012

    Looking for a new car or just curious about what's on the market? Then be sure to check out Cars.com Best of 2012 Awards.

  • No Good Solution For Dangerous Ramp

    December 20, 2011

    If you've taken Route 17 and merged onto Route 9 north in Middletown, and done so without hitting a car, count yourself careful or lucky.

  • "No call, no text, no update, is worth a human life"

    December 13, 2011

    Those are powerful words spoken by National Traffic Safety Board chairwoman Deborah Hersman Tuesday in Washington.

  • Naughty or Nice?

    December 8, 2011

    With the holidays upon us and the year drawing to a close, Cars.com is taking a look at 12 of the year's best and worst car features.

  • Shopping for a new car this December?

    December 6, 2011

    With 2011 quickly coming to an end, many car dealers are attempting to push out the last of this year's models.

  • 'Tis The Season

    December 1, 2011

    For me, the week after Thanksgiving can only mean one thing: It's time to get the Christmas tree. None of this plastic/fake stuff either. One of the biggest perks of the holiday season is the smell of a live Christmas tree in the living room.

  • Kicking off the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

    November 17, 2011

    The L.A. Auto Show is starting up this weekend. If you read this week's On the Road, you'd know that the show will open tomorrow after holding media sessions yesterday and today.

  • Pure Muscle

    November 15, 2011

    Hybrids need not apply. While electric and battery operated cars are helping the environment while saving their owners some cash at the pump, there's something to be said for pure power.

  • Think you tailgate in style? Prove it!

    November 10, 2011

    Is your tailgate the envy of everyone else in your row each weekend? Thanks to Cars.com, your popularity at the game could win you some new wheels

  • The Best Chevrolet Ever

    November 3, 2011

    In recognition of the company's centennial, Chevrolet has unveiled the best Chevy of all time, as voted upon by Chevy drivers.

  • Fiat 500c Follow Up

    October 27, 2011

    Here's a quick add-on to Jim MacPherson's Fiat 500c review from yesterday's On The Road

  • U.S. Army Working on Green Humvee

    October 25, 2011

    By Patrick Olsen

  • Help Your Teen Drive Safer This Week and Every Week

    October 20, 2011

    Sixty-eight teens are killed every week in the U.S. in motor-vehicle related accidents. That's a startling figure, and with it being National Teen Driver Safety week, Motherproof.com has some tips to help keep your teens safe:

  • Drive Breast Cancer Awareness With Pink Ribbon Fiat 500

    October 4, 2011

    October is National Breast Cancer month, and Fiat is helping bring awareness to the disease with the Fiat 500 Pink Ribbon edition.

  • OnStar Is Watching

    September 27, 2011

    The U.S. government, of all people, is calling out OnStar for recent changes to its privacy agreements.

  • Just because summer is over, doesn't mean your road trips have to be

    September 22, 2011

    Despite what the weather outside currently says, we're in that window of fall where its almost perfect temperature-wise. The scorching days of summer are gone, and the bone-chilling winter is (hopefully) still a ways off.

  • It's National Child Passenger Safety Week

    September 20, 2011

    ..and with that, comes a few reminders from Motherproof.com on what to check to make sure your child is riding safely.

  • Toyota's Crazy Smart Window Concept

    September 15, 2011

    What ever happened to a book and games of 'I Spy'? That's all I had to keep me entertained as a child during long car rides. No complaints here. Even today, as an adult, give me an iPod or a book and I'm happy.

  • Nissan Leaf follow-up

    September 8, 2011

    Here's a follow-up for those who read this week's auto review by Jim MacPherson on the Nissan Leaf (and for those who missed it, click here).

  • A new way to test drive

    September 6, 2011

    Here's an interesting test drive innovation available to consumers in Naperville, Ill., as first shown on Cars.com. The city has partnered with local dealerships to produce a closed car test driving track. Eleven area dealerships participate in the program, which first started in 2006.

  • Recycling Newspapers into fuel

    September 1, 2011

    As if you needed another reason to buy newspapers (sorry, cheap marketing plug there), there's now research that suggests they can be used for biofuels.

  • Recyling Newspapers into fuel

    September 1, 2011

    As if you needed another reason to buy newspapers (sorry, cheap marketing plug there), there's now research that suggests they can be used for biofuels.

  • Thrifty auto owners providing a boost to retailers

    August 25, 2011

    Keeping your older car in good shape can eliminate a lot of things, namely large repair bills and new car loan payments. But drivers holding on to their cars longer is proving beneficial for auto retailers such as AutoZone.

  • Put the pedal to the metal on these highways

    August 23, 2011

    America's love for speed is well known. But that love has been replaced by sensibility, as Americans are traveling slower then they did a year ago, says Cars.com, citing a report from a company that tracks GPS data

  • Traffic driving you crazy? We want to know!

    August 18, 2011

    %&*$#!!! We've all been there. Whether it's a driver casually merging sans a blinker, or totally ignoring a yield sign at a rotatory, we've all probably wanted to reach out and slap a little sense into some of our fellow commuters.

  • An electric Ferrari? Don't count on it

    August 16, 2011

    At least that's what Ferrari president Luca di Montezemelo told Engadget in a recent interview.

  • Man versus Machine

    August 11, 2011

    It seems even robots can't escape human miscues. Google's driver-less Toyota Prius was part of a minor fender bender not far from the company's Mountain View, California headquarters.

  • If you see these road signs, you might just be confused

    August 9, 2011

    And understandably so. Here's a list of some unique road signs, courtesy of The Infrastructurist, via cars.com. It's titled the "Dumbest Road Signs You'll Ever See."

  • Cars.com Field Trial: Mobile EV Quick-Charging

    July 26, 2011

    It might be one of the more embarrassing problems on the road simply because it's so avoidable: running out of gas. However, its still a big enough problem that AAA recently reminded drivers about the dangers of letting your tank run down to "E."

  • A history of staying cool on the go

    July 21, 2011

    In the midst of the worst heat wave of the summer thus far here's a quick look at the history of automotive air conditioning, courtesy of car expert Jim MacPherson.

  • Chevy Volt Joining NYPD

    July 19, 2011

    Those looking to dodge parking tickets in New York city will soon have a silent stalker. According to CNN, via Cars.com, the New York government recently purchased 70 new electric vehicles, including a squad of Chevy Volts to patrol the city's meters.

  • Got a suggestion? We want to hear it!

    July 14, 2011

    If you've followed the weekly On The Road section since its launch in February, then you're probably aware that most of the content in the publication deals with everything cars.

  • Nearly 25 percent of crashes linked to gadget use

    July 12, 2011

    Texting, checking email, talking on the phone. All things we shouldn't do while driving, and yet not surprisingly, things we still do while behind the wheel. But just how bad are these distractions?

  • Car Shopping on a budget

    July 7, 2011

    Ok so the headline might be a misnomer. Even if you're not looking for a top of the line, James Bond-esque performance vehicle, chances are you'll shell out quite a bit for your new car purchase.

  • Are gas prices really that bad?

    July 5, 2011

    Sure, gas prices have dropped a bit as we enter the early stages of summer. But they're still pretty high. Or are they?

  • How Things Have Changed.

    June 24, 2011

    How things have changed. As I get closer to buying my first ever new car, I can┬┐t help but think how my views have shifted over the years.

  • Pedestrians, be careful!

    June 7, 2011

    In this week's review of the Chevy Volt, Jim MacPherson includes this point: "Note to pedestrians...

  • Hyundai Elantra - 40 MPG?

    May 26, 2011

    I've been spending a lot of time at my parents' house in Massachusetts lately. Many people have been coming and going in that house including Sherry, the housekeeper and Erica, my mother's nurse...