What It's Like to Drive a Police Car


Note: Impersonating a law enforcement officer is a felony. Do not try this at home.

You might think that driving a new SRT Viper or Ferrari 458 Italia makes you king of the road. You feel empowered, intimidating - you know that few other cars out there look like yours, could beat you in a race to the next stoplight or could catch you if you robbed a bank. Few other cars could - except the one I'm driving.

I'm behind the wheel of a 2013 Dodge Charger Pursuit: a Hemi-powered, rear-wheel-drive, black-and-white, honest-to-goodness cop car. I'm driving it through rush-hour Detroit traffic, with fully operational lights and sirens right there at my fingertips. The temptation to push buttons is overwhelming, but my desire to not be charged with felony impersonation of a police officer continues to win out, thankfully.

By Aaron Bragman | November 15, 2013 | Comments (6)

2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker: More Photos


The current-generation Dodge Challenger already takes its nostalgic cues from the 1970 model of the iconic car driven by actor Barry Newman’s Kowalski in 1971's classic car flick, "Vanishing Point." But if you're really looking to relive some muscle-car memories on that overnight delivery run from Denver to San Francisco, the new 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker should do it.

2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker Dials Up Nostalgia

Introduced this week at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas, the 2014’s functional engine-mounted Shaker scoop protrudes through the hood and rocks back and forth with the 410 pounds-feet of torque from the 375-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8, gulping in fresh air for improved performance.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 7, 2013 | Comments (3)

Neil Young to Talk about LincVolt at SEMA (Photo Gallery)


Rock 'n'roll icon Neil Young is scheduled to speak today about the LincVolt at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, an automotive aftermarket event held annually in Las Vegas.The LincVolt is a 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible that has been converted into a plug-in electric hybrid. The technology under the giant hood is similar to that in the Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric vehicle, but with a few significant differences.

By Patrick Olsen | November 7, 2013 | Comments (5)

Does Your Car Have a Name?


My grandma has a new special someone in her life: a 2013 Buick Verano she affectionately calls Veronica. The new sedan replaced Mindy — that is, Mindy Malibu. The fact that Grandma names her cars is cute, but also a bit weird. Turns out, however, she's not alone. According to a Nationwide Insurance survey, plenty of drivers name their cars.

The insurance agency polled 1,082 U.S. car owners and found that:

By Jennifer Geiger | October 22, 2013 | Comments (18)

Designer Dreams up Zombie-Slaying Santa Fe


While you're still trying to decide what to go as this Halloween, a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is all dressed up and ready to scare the living daylights out of the walking dead. Just in time to get into the spooky spirit, the midsize SUV has been outfitted in a trim level that, well, let's just say you won't find in the Cars.com Research section: the Zombie Survival Machine.

Designed by a fan of AMC's "The Walking Dead" TV show and brought to, um, life by Southern California-based car-customizer Galpin Auto Sports, the Zombie Survival Machine is equipped with everything one might need to survive that "zombie apocalypse" everyone is prophesying these days. Indeed, it looks like something author Max Brooks might like to drive to a "World War Z" book signing. The undead-assault vehicle, designed by "The Walking Dead" watcher Anson Kuo, was chosen from more than 82,500 fan submissions and revealed earlier this month at New York Comic Con.

By Matt Schmitz | October 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

Tesla Chief Wants To Sink 007's Lotus


At first, his identity was as secret as British super-spy James Bond's next mission. But the name of the mystery bidder who purchased the Lotus submarine-car prop used by Roger Moore's 007 in "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977) ultimately was revealed: Musk … Elon Musk. The "eclectic billionaire" CEO of Tesla Motors purchased the Lotus for $989,000 last month at a London auction, according to USA Today.

Musk told USA Today that the car held great childhood nostalgia for him and he had been disappointed to learn that it did not really transform into a submarine; Musk plans to change all that by outfitting the vehicle with a Tesla powertrain. While the Aston Martin perhaps is the car most closely associated with the iconic Bond character, the Lotus is easily one of the most famed gadgets in 007's arsenal. In the film, Bond drives the car off a pier and into the ocean, the car's wheels retract, fins extend and voila, a luxury-sub sports car. (Bond, after all, would never be seen in a sub-compact.)

Tesla's Elon Musk buys 007's sub to make it real
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By Matt Schmitz | October 21, 2013 | Comments (1)

KFC's Cupholder-Friendly Go Cups Put To the Test


There are many things we're not supposed to do while driving: texting, talking on a cellphone and eating top most lists. Headsets and multimedia systems with voice recognition help alleviate the dangers of texting and cellphones, and now fast-food containers that fit in a cupholder are here to help.

KFC has a new item called the Go Cup, a container that houses chicken and fries and fits in your car's cupholder. Or at least it "will fit into 83 percent of cupholders out there," according to USA Today. Challenge accepted. I put on my lab coat and went to work.

By Sara Lacey | October 15, 2013 | Comments (3)

Video: Diesel Pump Anxiety

Forget range anxiety. Whenever I pull into a gas station with a diesel-powered car, I cringe and wait for the inevitable admonishment: "Wait! That pump is diesel!" exclaims the gas station attendant over the intercom. Imagine his surprise when I explain that I'm in the right place with my Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen Jetta or Audi A8.

Apparently Audi has also picked up on this trend, and has taken it to hilarious heights in a new ad. Watch the video above.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 14, 2013 | Comments (4)

Road Trip Detour: Bonnie and Clyde's Final Car

Earlier this year, we encouraged readers of the Cars.com Advice section to avail themselves of some of this nation's countless car-themed oddities and attractions that are just off the interstates and off the beaten path. One of those was the official "Bonnie and Clyde Death Car" at Primm Valley Resorts' Whiskey Pete's Hotel & Casino in Primm, Nev., about 40 miles outside Las Vegas on Interstate 15.

I recently had the opportunity to take our own advice and visited the honest-to-goodness Bonnie and Clyde death car this past summer while driving from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. The free exhibit took only the time of an extended gas stop to explore, and it is well-worth the minor detour to the oddball, off-off-off strip casino cluster that is Primm.

By Matt Schmitz | October 10, 2013 | Comments (2)

Dodge 'Stays Classy' With 2014 Durango Campaign


Dodge's three-row crossover is updated for 2014, but the automaker is taking a much more retro tack with the Durango's ad campaign. In conjunction with the release of "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," pitchman Ron Burgundy returns to the screen as the new face of the Durango, touting the crossover's "standard glove box" and horsepower that's "360 times better than a horse."

The Durango goes on sale later this month, and the movie, starring Will Ferrell, debuts on Dec. 20. Check out www.BurgundyDodge.com for the commercials and more antics.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 7, 2013 | Comments (2)

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