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Winter to Blame for Gas Mileage Plunge

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Jun 27, 2017

Donald has the same driving habits all year, but his Civic is more frugal with gas during the summer. What's the reason behind his winter of discontent?

fuel economy Honda Civic 2016

1966 Datsun 1600 Fairlady roadster
Nov 28, 2016

Divine Intervention and a 1966 Datsun 1600

Guest Bloggers

What brought you and your car together? Fate? Divine intervention? Or just a really good sale?

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are under engine covers necessary
Nov 24, 2016

Does That Piece of Plastic Serve a Purpose?

Dear Car Talk

Alex removed the plastic panel just behind his front bumper after it started dragging. Does it do something vital, or can he just soldier on without it?

DIY Acura TSX 2005

are there any good small trucks left
Nov 22, 2016

Where Have the Small Pickups Gone?

Dear Car Talk

Gary needs a truck that's not a behemoth. He asks if smaller, more basic trucks are even made anymore?

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Honda Civic infotainment problems
Nov 19, 2016

First Signs of the Carpocalypse – 2016 Honda Civic

Car Talk Car Complaints

In our latest edition of First Signs of the Carpocalypse, we examine the new 2016 Honda Civic and its owner-reported infotainment snafus. 

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How to keep thieves from stealing your car
Nov 19, 2016

Don't Leave Your Keys: Five (Obvious) Ways to Deter Car Theft

Jim Motavalli

There's no excuse for leaving the keys in the car, but people do it all the time. Thefts involving this particular idiocy are up 31 percent in the last three years. Only Hawaii is key theft free.

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Teens getting drivers licenses
Nov 18, 2016

Vanishing Rite of Passage: Getting Your License at 16

Jim Motavalli

In the dark days before smartphones, getting road legal was everything for teenagers who wanted a social life.

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auto show booth babes
Nov 18, 2016

Auto Show Report: What's the Deal With Booth Babes?

Guest Bloggers

It’s 2016 and we can clone people, create driverless cars and watch "Sex In The City" on our watches, so why must we still see scantily clad women standing next to cars?

New York Auto Show

how will my toyota avalon do in hawaii
Nov 17, 2016

Can A Different Climate Cause Car Problems?

Dear Car Talk

After a bad experience when he shipped a truck to another climate, Jackson asks whether to risk it again. 

Toyota Avalon 2003

2016 LA Auto Show
Nov 15, 2016

At the L.A. Show, an Electric Jaguar with a Big Roar

Jim Motavalli

The 400-horsepower Jaguar I-Pace boasts twin electric motors, a 90-kilowatt-hour battery, and zero to 60 in four seconds. It's ready to take on Tesla at its own game. 

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