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2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender: Chevrolet Spark

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In a competition like Car of the Year, you’d be forgiven for thinking the diminutive Chevrolet Spark is the equivalent of bringing a wet noodle to a knife fight, but you’d also be mistaken. Whatever the little Chevy lacks in grunt (just 84 hp and 83 lb-ft of torque from a 1.2-liter mill) and size ...

What’s Cheaper to Insure: Chevy Camaro V-6 or Ford Mustang V-6?

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The Fourth of July has passed, but what better way to celebrate our nation than to reflect on two of our favorite cars — the Chevy Camaro and the Ford Mustang. Since our second love here at CoverHound is insurance, we’re comparing the insurance costs between the two American classics. So what’s cheaper to insure: ...

Top 10 Slowest 0-60 MPH Vehicles Motor Trend Tested in 2012

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Many of the vehicles we tested in 2012 made the 0-60 mph sprint feel more like a leisurely Sunday cruise. Not ever vehicle we test has an ultra-complex launch control system, but whether we’re talking about a small hybrid hatchback or an all-wheel-drive crossover, plenty of Motor Trend-tested vehicles took their time down the drag ...

Behind the Scenes of the 2012 Best Driver’s Car Competition on Wide Open Throttle

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This week on Wide Open Throttle, host Jessi Lang takes us to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for a behind-the-scenes look at our 2012 Best Driver’s Car program, and a sneak peek at what you can expect to see starting Monday, August 20 during Best Driver’s Car Week. First Motor Trend staffers explain what Best Driver’s Car ...

Top 10 Cheapest to Insure 2012 Model Year Cars Under $20,000

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For most new car consumers, the sticker price is the most important factor as we shop for a vehicle. As the economy still struggles to regain its footing, an increasing number of drivers are setting their sights on vehicles that cost under $20,000. While that is quite understandable, we’d recommend folks consider the cost of insuring ...

Quick Plays: Previewing Codemasters’ ‘F1 2012,’ ‘F1 Race Stars,’ and ‘GRID 2′

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Video game developer Codemasters has captivated me in front of a television screen for countless hours of my life, and I’ve enjoyed nearly every minute of it. Whether I’m tiptoeing my way around a rainy Spa-Francorchamps in “F1 2011″ or cursing at the AI rally drivers in “DiRT 3,” it’s readily apparent the U.K.-based firm ...

Your Say: Have You Ever Experienced Seller’s Remorse?

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Those of us that have been driving for more than a decade probably have owned more than one car. Among those we’ve bought and sold, we’ve probably had some favorites, and some less-than-favorites. As we all know, car buying is an emotional experience, and so also can be selling. But sometimes, we don’t know or ...

The World’s Greatest Drag Race 2: 4730 Horsepower on One Track

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What do you get when you bring together nine muscle, sports and supercars at an abandoned air strip with a total of 4730 horsepower, 4037 lb-ft of torque, 68 cylinders, and a price tag topping $1.3 million? The World’s Greatest Drag Race 2. Last year, the World’s Greatest Drag Race featured 11 high-performance cars at the ...

Corvette ZR1 vs. Viper GTS: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Record Lap Time Analysis

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As professional race ace Randy Pobst sliced and diced Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in a 638-hp Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and 640-hp SRT Viper GTS for an all-American battle royale, those of us with computers back in the pits were waiting for a couple megabytes-worth of sweet, delectable data. Specifically, the fastest lap times from both ...

Top 13 American Muscle Cars for Independence Day

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I made a big mistake last Friday. While preparing a feature on the Top 10 American Muscle Cars ever built in honor of Independence Day,  I solicited the rest of the Motor Trend staff for their opinions on what Detroit iron belonged on this list. What. An. Awful. Idea. Twenty-six emails later and the list ...