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J.D. Power Announces 2013 APEAL Study Results

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J.D. Power is most famous for its annual quality awards, but the marketing firm also conducts a study called APEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout), which measures owner satisfaction in terms of vehicle design and performance. The results of this study are out for 2013, and the big winner is the Volkswagen Group, whose Porsche ...

Customer Satisfaction with Major Automakers at Highest Level Since 2009

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Car buyers are happier than ever, as satisfaction levels have returned to the highest point recorded back in 2009, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). More impressive, though, is the fact that major U.S. automakers have greatly improved their scores in just one year’s time. The ACSI differs from J.D. Power surveys in that ...

Thread of the Day: What New Car Would Make the Coolest Presidential Limo?

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President Obama has been riding around in his Cadillac/GMC Topkick hybrid presidential limo – also known as Cadillac One, or “The Beast” – for four years now, and it appears the Cadillac may still be used  in his next term. That said, many previous presidents have received new limos every four years, and for today’s ...

Thread of the Day: What Five Vehicles Would Fill Your 1970s-Era Dream Garage?

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While the 1970s may be considered by some to be the automotive dark ages, there are still plenty of desirable models from that time period — from the last of the muscle cars to lightweight Japanese sports cars, and European exotics to large American personal luxury coupes. That means that in today’s fantasy garage question, ...

Top 10 Cheapest to Insure 2012 Model Year Trucks and SUVs

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The Honda Pilot may not have fared well in our six-vehicle full-size crossover comparison in 2011, but it scores big in this top 10 list of the least expensive to insure 2012-model-year trucks and SUVs. The vehicles on this list span all segments, from basic midsize trucks to luxury crossovers. Last week, we used CoverHound data ...

UPDATED: GM and Toyota Vehicles Dominate IntelliChoice’s 2013 Best Bets List

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Multiple Chevrolet and Lexus vehicles are featured on IntelliChoice’s 2013 Best Bets list, which features vehicles projected to have the lowest cost of ownership in different segments. Of the 15 models listed, General Motors and Toyota had five models each while Acura, Audi, Lincoln, Porsche, and Subaru each had one. The vehicles were evaluated against other ...

Your Say: Top 10 Cars That Should Be Renamed

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There was a time when most automakers actually bothered to give their vehicles real names. Cars had elegant names like Continental and Fleetwood, while trucks had tough-sounding names like Bronco and Ram. More often than not nowadays cars get named random alphanumeric characters like FX50 and Z4 sDrive35is. Last week we asked readers in a Thread ...

Thread of the Day: What Cars Do You Think Will Be Discontinued Soon?

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Automotive nameplates are discontinued all the time. Just consider the recently departed Dodge Nitro, Ford Ranger, Honda Element, Kia Borrego, Mazda RX-8, and Ram Dakota. Other models on the way out include the Cadillac Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Hyundai Veracruz, and Mazda CX-7. Motor Trend forum member -Dequindre- thinks the Toyota FJ Cruiser may be next ...

We Hear: Dodge Dart, Lincoln MKS, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Spark Not Recommended by Consumer Reports

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Consumer Reports got its hands on four of the newest offerings from Detroit’s Big Three automakers and came away unimpressed. After testing the 2013 Dodge Dart, 2013 Lincoln MKS, 2013 Cadillac XTS, and 2013 Chevrolet Spark, the shopping guide will not recommend any of the four cars. Consumer Reports admitted that the Dart had a lot of ...