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Winter Tires Review: Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 and Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow

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We honestly thought we would not be able to complete our annual winter tire review this year. From the time that we mounted our first set of winter tires, Bridgestone Blizzak WS80s in November, the New York metropolitan area – actually much of the East Coast – enjoyed rather balmy, spring-like weather.
While schoolchildren look forward to a snowstorm with the hope that school will be closed, I began following forecasts …

10 Tips for Safe Winter Driving

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The blizzard that was the first in the history of the United States to bury New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. at the same time has passed but more winter weather is on the way.
Whether you are embarking on a long journey by car or simply driving around town, being prepared in wintertime is more critical than in any other season, as the risk of being stranded comes with the …

2016 Volkswagen Passat – First Look and Review


While Volkswagen is embroiled in the Dieselgate scandal, it is still introducing new vehicles, albeit ones not powered by diesel engines. One new model is the refreshed 2016 Volkswagen Passat four-door sedan.
The Passat first came to the United States in 1974, as the Dasher, to good reviews. In 2011, Volkswagen introduced an American Passat to help it better compete in the midsized sedan market against the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, …

A Tale of 3 Mazdas: Mazda3 S 5-Door Grand Touring, CX-3 AWD Grand Touring, Mazda6 – Review


It’s hard to instill a particular set of attributes – a car’s soul if you would – across a range of cars. Some automakers, most notably BMW, do it well. As for others, in some cases you’d think each car model came from a completely different parent.
After driving three Mazdas, a CX-3 Grand Touring subcompact-crossover, a Mazda3 compact sedan, and a Mazda6 mid-sized sedan, my takeaway wasn’t just a “zoom …

Prices at the Pump Continue to Plummet: Is $1 Gas in Your Future?

The price of fuel fell below the $2 mark in New York City over the weekend

As the price of crude oil continues to fall (it’s currently at $29 a barrel), the price motorists are paying at the pump is dropping in lockstep.
The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in the United States is $1.894 as of Monday, according to the Automobile Association of America.
Meanwhile, gas price tracking website GasBuddy reported one filling station in Michigan with a price of 47 cents per gallon …

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2016 North American International Auto Show

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DETROIT— The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows of the automotive industry. Every year the show kicks off the international car show calendar and is followed by major events in Europe and Asia.
The show is held at the Cobo Center in Detroit and starts with two press days on January 11 and 12, followed by two industry preview days and a charity day.
The …

Buick Avista Concept Steals Detroit Auto Show Before It Opens

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DETROIT—“When better cars are built, Buick will build them,” a slogan coined by William C. Durant, Buick’s general manager at the turn of the last century, was never more valid than on the eve of the opening of the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, as Buick showed off the Avista concept.
The elegant and sporty 2+2 Avista, a rear-wheel drive “contemporary grand tourer” with 400 horsepower, captivated the …