Lexus Helps Keep an Eye on Teen Drivers


While I don't yet have a teen driver in my home, I'm only a short year away from sympathizing with those of you who do. I can only imagine the slight discomfort (OK, who are we kidding, night-sweat-inducing panic) that comes along with sending your teen, with his or her yet to be fully developed prefrontal cortex, out into the world with the family-car keys.

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Lexus is the latest in a string of automakers helping to reduce parents' anxiety. Through its Enform Remote App, parents can preset limits like speed and drive times, as well as geo-fence driving boundaries. When the vehicle exceeds any of these chosen limitations, a notification will be sent to a parent's cellphone. The app combines safety and peace of mind, two valuable things to the parents of a teen driver.

By Kristin Varela | January 27, 2015 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 26,000 Audi and Volkswagen Vehicles


Vehicles Affected: About 26,000 model-year 2011-12 Audi S4, S5 and Q7 vehicles; model-year 2012 Audi A6 and Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid vehicles; and model-year 2012-13 Audi A7 sedans.

The Problem: In the affected vehicles, the fuel-injection system could experience a leak. In the presence of an ignition source, this leak increases the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the fuel rails and corresponding seals for free.

What Owners Should Do: Volkswagen will notify owners around March 10. Audi owners can call 800-822-2834 and refer to recall 24AP; Volkswagen owners can call 800-893-5298 and refer to recall 24BK. Owners also can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Newman | January 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

Video: Inside's Best of 2015 Awards's editors spend hundreds of hours each year driving new and redesigned cars; which are the best? Reviewer Kelsey Mays highlights the winners of's Best of 2015 and Lifestyle awards. Check out the video for more.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 27, 2015 | Comments (0)'s 2015 Annual Physical


For its second Annual Physical, sibling site gathered six V-6 pickup trucks and put them through a battery of acceleration, braking, hill climb and fuel-economy tests. Click below to check out their vitals.

2015 Annual Physical photo by Evan Sears

By Jen Burklow | January 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Car Seat Check


The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is having a good year. It was recently named's Best Pickup Truck of 2015. This midsize pickup truck is built on an all-new platform and has a redesigned exterior and interior. The Colorado comes in extended- or crew-cab models; we tested a Colorado crew cab, which seats five.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | January 27, 2015 | Comments (2)

What You Need to Know About the 2015 BMW i3


BMW takes a giant leap into the electric-vehicle game with this little city car. Here's a quick reference guide:



  • Starting price: $43,350, including a destination fee
  • Competes with: Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Kia Soul EV
  • On sale: Now


What We Like

  • Handling
  • Acceleration
  • Tax credit availability


What We Don't

  • Ride on rough pavement
  • Compromised rear visibility
  • Appearance of some of the eco-friendly materials


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By David Thomas | January 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

Stay Safe on the Road With NHTSA's Winter Driving Tips


New York, Boston and well, basically all of the Northeast, are hunkering down as the first blizzard of 2015 pounds the area.

Related: Get Winter-Ready for the Road

With more than 6,000 flights canceled and Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island declaring states of emergencies, it's clear that this blizzard isn't being taken lightly.

While no one should be driving in this weather — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered nonessential vehicles, including cabs and food-delivery bicycles, off of city streets by 11 tonight — here are some tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just in case you do have to head out in snowy conditions. But really, just stay home.

By Jennifer Newman | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

Where's the Cheapest Place to Insure Your Car?


Car-insurance rates depend on a litany of factors: driving record and claim history, gender, age, marital status and more. Then there's the elephant in the room — location, location, location. That alone can multiply your rates by nearly eightfold, according to a new study by The Foster City, Calif., insurance comparison site compared rates across six major auto-insurance carriers for a 2014 Honda Accord with a 40-year-old male owner who commutes 12 miles per day and has a clean record and good credit, with typical policy and deductible terms.

Related: Detroit Tops U.S. In Car Insurance Costs

The result? Detroit's 48227 ZIP code has the highest annual rate by a lot, averaging annual premiums of $5,109. That's 130 percent more than Michigan's average, according to But just 102 miles south, Green Springs, Ohio's 44836 is the cheapest ZIP code in America, averaging just $647 for the same coverage.

New York City's Brooklyn borough's 11226 ZIP code and Philadelphia's 19132 ZIP code round out the priciest locales, while Arden, N.C., and Saco, Maine, join Green Springs in discount territory. Want to know the priciest and cheapest ZIP codes, according to Read on.

By Kelsey Mays | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S Starts at $130,825


Mercedes-Benz has announced pricing for the all-new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S coupe, set to arrive in showrooms in April. The more powerful GT S version of the coupe will start at $130,825 including destination; Mercedes has not yet announced pricing for the base model, which will not arrive until spring of 2016.

Related: 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT: First Look (43 Photos)

The S trim comes with a number of standard features, including Nappa leather, keyless start, the Comand multimedia system, automatic park assist, an adaptive suspension, LED headlights, heated power performance seats, a backup camera, red painted brake calipers, a forward collision warning system and the premium Burmester sound system. It will also feature standard 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, as well as the more powerful version of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine, producing 503 horsepower and 479 pounds-feet of torque.

By Aaron Bragman | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014-15 Toyota Prius V


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 5,000 model-year 2014-2015 Toyota Prius V hybrids manufactured Nov. 7, 2013, through Jan. 7, 2015

The Problem: In these vehicles, the occupant classification system may not have been calibrated correctly. As a result, the passenger air bag may not deploy in a crash, increasing the risk of injuries.

The Fix: Dealers will recalibrate of the OCS system for free.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota will being notifying owners Feb. 15. Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

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