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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

should only gearheads own classic cars
Sep 20, 2016

The Heart Wants What it Wants

Dear Car Talk

Vince loves his '55 Ford. Is there a rational way to make the romance last?

restoration

modified cars have lower resale value
Sep 19, 2016

Performance Tune Your Car! But Kiss Its Resale Value Goodbye

Jim Motavalli

A lof of people want their cars to go faster, but it's often not worth the money--and stock is best when it's time to move on.

aftermarket parts

Sep 19, 2016

If This Barracuda Could Talk

Tim Cotton

A car's engine will take you places. The memories you make there? That's up to you.

2017 Volvo V90 XC
Sep 16, 2016

Rocky Mountain High: Volvo's New Cross Country

Jim Motavalli

Volvo's new wagon slots in between the S90 sedan and the XC90 SUV. All are built on the same platform, and share four-cylinder engine tech.

Volvo V90 Cross Country Volvo XC60 2017

can i swap in my full size spare as a 4th new tire
Sep 15, 2016

Should An Old Spare Tire Handle Regular Tire Duty?

Dear Car Talk

Gary and Patty plan to use their old full-size spare on their 4Runner, but should they plan its retirement party instead?

tires Toyota 4Runner 2007

Suburus burning oil.
Sep 14, 2016

Used Subarus– Buy This One, Not That One

Car Talk Car Complaints

Used Subarus pose a unique challenge for buyers. Here's what you need to know about the excessive oil consumption issue.

oil buying used cars Subaru Forester Subaru Outback

should i spend another two grand on a twenty-year-old car
Sep 13, 2016

When Is a Newer Car a Better Fit for a New Driver?

Dear Car Talk

Gordon's faithful old Toyota needs some pricey repairs before he hands the keys to his teen granddaughter. Should he go to the shop or car lot?

repairs teens safety oil Toyota Tercel

Sep 13, 2016

From the Cockpit, It's Ford's Self-Driving Car

Jim Motavalli

We're getting closer to taking the driver out of the equation. Ford is putting its autonomous vehicles into shuttle service on its Dearborn, Michigan, corporate campus by 2018. Meanwhile, journalists get to go along for test rides.

self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrid 2018

car trends of the past
Sep 09, 2016

Please, No: Failed Automotive Trends

Jim Motavalli

Automatic seatbelts and semi-automatic transmissions, plus the supposed demise of the convertible and the incredible disappearing CD player.

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