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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

The truth about unleaded gas
Feb 01, 2017

Before Tobacco, There Was Leaded Gas

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

Today marks yet another anniversary of the monumentally unfortunate first time gasoline with lead in it was offered for sale to consumers.

gasoline history

DC Auto Show
Jan 30, 2017

From Washington: Where's Donald Trump on Self-Driving Cars?

Jim Motavalli

The Washington Auto Show usually focuses on policy--there aren't any new model introductions. This year, everybody was wondering where the new President stands on the issues, especially self-driving cars.

hybrids electric vehicles

Jan 26, 2017

Proper Maintenance, Not Additives, Is What a Car Needs

Dear Car Talk

Prolonging your engine's life may mean keeping clean oil in it instead of feeding it slick additives.

oil oil changes additives

Subaru engine noises
Jan 26, 2017

Subaru Engine Sounds - They All Do That

Guest Bloggers

Johnznot's new Subaru Outback is making a noise. His dealer says "they all do that." Is this true, or is the dealer just trying to get out of doing any work? Our verdict here.

noises Subaru Outback

Comedians in cars
Jan 25, 2017

Comedians in Cars Getting Karaoke

Jim Motavalli

What do Jerry Seinfeld's and James Corden's driving around shows have in common? How about, everything?

Jan 24, 2017

This Manual Is Acting Like an Automatic

Dear Car Talk

Kelly's Subaru Outback takes off when she eases out the clutch--something it hasn't done before. What's affecting her idle speed?

throttles Subaru Outback 2009

Off-duty police officer wearing fanny pack
Jan 23, 2017

Will Hitchhike For Shrimp

Tim Cotton

Our blogger Tim Cotton on hitchhiking, police conferences and why it's always worth it to upgrade your rental car (when somebody else is paying.)

law enforcement convertibles renting

Toyota Prius Prime
Jan 20, 2017

Whatta Deal! Toyota's Prius Prime Is a Green Bargain

Jim Motavalli

Toyota's new plug-in hybrid comes loaded and with rebates it's actually cheaper than less capable, more bare-bones Priuses. Is that the right plural for Prius? Priuses?

reviews Land Rover Range Rover Toyota Prius 2017

Jan 19, 2017

Avoiding the Wheel of Misfortune

Dear Car Talk

Larger wheels have both advantages and disadvantages. Here's how to make a decision on a lower profile wheel and tire combo.

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