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Road Test and Review: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

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You may notice something different about the photographs of our short-term 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid. We typically like to photograph the cars in showroom condition but winter hit us hard right after the Accord arrived and we decided to make an exception.
The Honda Accord, which turned 40 last year, has been one of the best-selling vehicles in the United States since 1989. It also has the distinction of being the …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

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Just as the movie “Star Wars: Rogue One” was debuting in theaters, I found myself behind the wheel of a 2017 Nissan Rogue. While Nissan is offering a special Rogue One Edition inspired by the movie, mine was the more mainstream edition.
The Nissan Rogue first debuted as a 2008 model in 2007 and the second generation Rogue was introduced in 2013. For 2017, the Rogue received a more aggressive looking …

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2017 North American International Auto Show

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DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows in the automotive industry. However, over the past years the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has gained significant importance. The Detroit show is held at the Cobo Center in Detroit and starts with two press days on January 9 and 10, followed by two industry preview days and a charity day. On Saturday, January 14 …

California to Drivers: ‘Don’t Touch that Phone’


LOS ANGELES—A California law that went into effect at the beginning of this year bars drivers from holding and operating a handheld electronic device while driving a vehicle, and it is one of the most stringent distracted-driving laws in the country.
Under Assembly Bill 1785, motorists are prohibited from using a device unless it is fixed to the dashboard or center console. If it is not, then the driver is allowed …

At CES 2017, Auto Industry Asks ‘How Are We Driving Tomorrow?’

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DETROIT—Over the past years, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has gained significant importance for the automotive industry, despite it being held immediately prior to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The question of “How are we driving tomorrow?” was the central focus of every car manufacturer at this year’s show.
For 2017, the automakers in attendance included BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and Volkswagen. Additionally, new competitors in the …

Why You Should Have Winter Tires on Your Car

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The cold temperatures in the northeastern United States have made it clear that winter is upon us. The sun has already started to set later, another sign of the need to change tires.
While most cars in the United States today come fitted with what are referred to as “all-season tires,” the fact is that all-season tires are a compromise and FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira is known to refer to …

2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD – Review and Test Drive

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The sub-compact crossover market is a cluttered one, although it follows the same pattern (car platform, rugged looks, SUV-like capacity) as that of its larger brethren. In addition to the new Chevy Trax, there’s the Honda HR-V, the Fiat 500X, and the Nissan Juke, just to name a few. One such crossover, the Mazda CX-3, which began its life in the United States in late 2015 as a 2016 model, …