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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?

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Feb 14, 2017

Electric Cars Are Indeed Net Earth-Friendly

Dear Car Talk

Paul is catching some grief at work for buying an Electric Vehicle. Is it really a polluter or is his coworker too amped up?

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US Interstate System
Feb 14, 2017

Why We Drive 55: The Strange but True Story of America's Interstates

Jim Motavalli

"We Like Ike" because he pushed through the idea of a coast-to-coast ribbon of highway across the length and breadth of the U.S. of A.

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Dogs in cars
Feb 10, 2017

New Puppy Hates Riding in the Car

FIDO Blog

How to help a dog that hates car rides.

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Feb 09, 2017

If You Want to Go Off-Road, Get a True SUV

Dear Car Talk

Evan asks if a newer crossover will handle backcountry exploration like the more rugged trucks of yore.

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Hitchhikers
Feb 09, 2017

Have Thumb, Will Travel

Tim Cotton

Everybody used to hitchhike. But not anymore. What's changed?

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Feb 07, 2017

Adaptive Headlights Got Their Inspiration from an Oldie

Dear Car Talk

Remember the 1948 Tucker? Modern car designers do, and they're using adaptive lighting to improve safety.

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Dog looking at infotainment system
Feb 06, 2017

Short Takes: Reviews, Oddities and Milestones

Jim Motavalli

Short attention span? This is the column for you! Bits, bytes and random thoughts about automobiles in the winter of 2017.

Smart traction control
Feb 03, 2017

Spin Control: Smart All-Wheel-Drive Is Your Friend

Jim Motavalli

A day of slipping and sliding at snowed-in Lime Rock Park in a Buick Envision demonstates the value of electronic stability control.

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Feb 02, 2017

How to Stop a Car That Creeps on Hills While Parked

Dear Car Talk

Poke's new Subaru Forester wants to roll away on hills. Is the engine, clutch, or parking brake the culprit?

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