Your "Dream Car"? Depends on Where You Live

Jim Motavalli

Jim Motavalli | Jan 22, 2018

Americans really do make regional auto buying choices, but EVs are a wild card--almost all of us want to own a Tesla.

Throttle body
Nov 07, 2017

Is Mechanic's Throttle Body Recommendation Legit?

Dear Car Talk

Gary's dealer wants to service the throttle bodies on both of his Toyotas. Is it legit or b-o-o-o-o-gus?

dealers Toyota 4Runner 2007

Woman riding enclosed, electric bicycle (ELF).
Nov 03, 2017

Adventures in the Eco-Friendly ELF

Jim Motavalli

It's a curious cross between a bike and a car, and some green-minded Americans are putting it to good use.

alternative vehicles

Performance Unlikely to Be Affected by Bad Cam Sensor
Nov 02, 2017

Performance Unlikely to Be Affected by Bad Cam Sensor

Dear Car Talk

This old Explorer can keep exploring--as long as it's a short drive. Here's why.

sensors Ford Explorer 1996

How to Get a Newfangled Car through the Car Wash
Oct 31, 2017

How to Get a Newfangled Car through the Car Wash

Dear Car Talk

New safety features may preserve your hide but may also preserve the grime.

safety features Buick LaCrosse 2017

Car wheel with alternative technology to absorb shocks
Oct 30, 2017

Tomorrow's Tech: Quiet Cars with Ultra-Smooth Rides

Jim Motavalli

Here's something that will change how we drive. With QuietMotion engaged, the car's wheels move up and down but the cabin stays flat and stable. Meanwhile, Buicks are getting as quiet as Rolls-Royces.

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Driverless cars from google
Oct 27, 2017

Driverless = Powerless?

J.C. Howard

The power lost with fully electric, fully autonomous vehicles.


Mazda3 Infotainment Menu Screen
Oct 26, 2017

If You Take My CD Player Away, How About Giving Me Something Better?

Jim Motavalli

I'll change my ways and use modern infotainment systems--after they work better than my trusty in-dash CD player. 

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Satisfying Old-Car Fetish Depends on Safety
Oct 26, 2017

Satisfying Old-Car Fetish Depends on Safety

Dear Car Talk

Don't get hurt when scratching the classic car itch.

classic cars safety safety features

Gas-powered range extender, for towing behind an electric car
Oct 25, 2017

Hyperloops, Shared Autonomous Planes, and More in Paris

Jim Motavalli

Tiny urban EVs, shared scooters,car pooling, Uber data online, and lots of other city solutions in France's City of Lights.

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