Vote for the Shoppers' Choice Award


Each year we look at the cars our users search for and contact dealers about the most on Out of all that activity we find the top 10 vehicle nominees for our Shoppers' Choice Award. We then let you, the shopper, vote for the winner.

Last year the Ford Mustang took home the prize, and it is once again nominated with Shoppers' Choice newcomers like the Dodge Durango and Mazda3.

Voting starts today on our Facebook page, and fans can place a vote once a day. The cars were selected by the amount of activity they received on That includes how many people researched and reached out to dealers about these cars.

Here are the 10 finalists:

  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • Dodge Durango
  • Ford F-150
  • Ford Mustang
  • Honda CR-V
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Mazda3
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Toyota Prius

The voting runs today through Dec. 4. The winning vehicle will be honored Jan. 13, 2015, at the Best of 2015 Awards Show in Detroit.

Get out there and cast your vote.'s Facebook Page

By David Thomas | November 5, 2014 | Comments (1) Adds Inventory Email Alerts


Are you hunting for that elusive white whale of a car with just the right mileage, transmission and color at a specific price, and you're tired of searching's listings over and over again to see if one has just been posted? Hold onto your keyboard — your prayers have been answered!

You can sign up for email alerts directly from a search results page in's new- or used-car inventory listings.

By David Thomas | March 31, 2014 | Comments (5) Names Family, Play, Luxury and Eco-Friendly Cars of the Year


As we've done for several years now, our editors have put their heads together to pick the best cars for a variety of lifestyles, and here are the winners for 2014:

Family Car of the Year: 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

With loads of high-tech and luxurious-feeling features packed in at a competitive price, it would be hard for financially savvy and tech-appreciative families to pass over the Santa Fe Sport. Our team of editors took note and voted this midsize crossover right to the top.

Play Car of the Year: 2014 Porsche Boxster

Luxury roadsters pack handsome interiors and punchy engines, but few can connect the car and its driver like the Boxster. Thanks to its sublime balance, Porsche's mid-engine icon is still a performance car through and through.

Luxury Car of the Year: 2014 BMW 328i

The 328i is the perfect blend of luxury, sport and prestige. We tested it against the industry's best luxury sport sedans in 2013 and it came out on top, beating competitors from Acura, Audi, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. It does everything well.

Eco-Friendly Car of the Year: 2014 Nissan Leaf

Less expensive and faster-charging than when it last won this award, the excellent Leaf is accessible to more buyers than ever, and the battery can be fully charged at home in about four hours rather than eight. It also adds range more quickly when grabbing juice at a public charging point.

See our complete coverage here.

By Patrick Olsen | January 14, 2014 | Comments (2)

Ford Mustang Wins's Shoppers' Choice Award


The Ford Mustang has been chosen by's users as the Shoppers' Choice Award winner for 2014.

The Mustang was one of 10 finalists that were selected based on car-shopper activity on our site, including searching car listings, filling out consumer reviews and contacting dealers. The ultimate winner was determined through fan voting on our Facebook page.

Clearly, the Mustang remains a favorite among shoppers. As it gets ready to turn 50, it continues to be a sports-car icon, and it is perhaps Ford’s most recognizable car ever. The 10 finalists were (in alphabetical order):

  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • Ford F-150
  • Ford Mustang
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Civic
  • Honda CR-V
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • Ram 1500
By Patrick Olsen | December 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

Time to Vote for the 2014 Shoppers' Choice Award


Every year, millions of car shoppers visit, searching our inventory and contacting dealers. And each year, we look to see which cars, trucks and SUVs get the most attention from those shoppers. From all of that activity, we find the top 10 vehicle nominees for our Shoppers’ Choice Award. The Dodge Challenger has won two consecutive Shoppers’ Choice awards, but this year the competition might be a little more intense. The Challenger did not make the list of 10 finalists that will be narrowed down by our Facebook fans to select a winner.

By David Thomas | November 4, 2013 | Comments (6)

Fall Road Rally Photo Gallery

2013 Fall Rally

Every year the Midwest Automotive Media Association hosts spring and fall rallies. At these events, automakers assemble their latest wares all in one location for automotive press members to check out.

This year, the event's fall version was held at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill., and our staff was surprised and conflicted by a number of the 70-plus cars on hand. Here's a photo gallery of the event along with commentary from our editors on new cars such as the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Cadillac CTS, Ford Fiesta ST and others.

By David Thomas | October 8, 2013 | Comments (1)

Download's Updated iPhone and Android Apps

App1 has completed a major overhaul of its mobile apps for iPhone and Android smartphones.

Not only does it look more like our recently revamped wired site, there are also major new features that will make shopping for a new or used car from the couch, grocery store line or dinner with a bad blind date better.

Our menu now follows you through the app so you can easily jump to another section or tool, like a loan calculator, from wherever you are.

When you find a car you're interested in the images appear larger than before — as does the asking price.

One feature that we're particularly proud of is a saved search that you can name yourself.

By David Thomas | April 17, 2013 | Comments (2)

Dramatized Focus Group Video is bringing drama to the Big Game. Find out how on Feb. 3, and for a sneak peek, check out the video above.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Dodge Challenger Wins Shoppers' Choice Award

America loves its muscle cars, and's Facebook fans once again proved as much by selecting the 2013 Dodge Challenger as this year's winner of the Shoppers' Choice Award. We can't say we disagree; as we stated on our Facebook page: "We think the Challenger's classic muscle-car styling, refined ride and handling, and spacious interior make this an excellent choice for anyone in the market for a fun, surprisingly practical coupe."

More 2013 Detroit Auto Show Coverage

The Challenger beat nine finalists and was ultimately selected based on the amount of activity generated by millions of shoppers on, including how many people researched and reached out to dealers to check out the car. From all that activity, combined with the Facebook voting, we've determined that the Challenger best represents the voice of our users.

Dodge received its Shoppers' Choice Award this week during the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Congratulations, Dodge, and thanks to the millions of users who made this award possible.

By Matt Schmitz | January 17, 2013 | Comments (12)

Top 10 Most-Read Stories of the Year


Out of thousands of Kicking Tires posts in 2012, a little novelty news item about the return of Chevrolet's Captiva Sport enjoyed something of a captive audience. The post, about the short-lived Saturn Vue crossover reappearing as the 2012 Chevrolet Captiva, finished the year with nearly 15% more reads than its nearest competitor.

Perhaps it was the sheer oddity of the thing, as the Captiva isn't sold at dealerships, but instead was brought back by General Motors for rental-fleet duty.

Further down the list are our top 10 cars we recommended for surviving the Mayan apocalypse aftermath, which if you're reading this now is, mercifully, irrelevant. Check out the rest of the list below:

1. The Saturn Vue Is Back as the 2012 Chevrolet Captiva Sport
2. Honda Confirms 2013 Civic Updates, Mum on Specifics
3. 2013 Mazda3: What's Changed
4. 2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedan: What's Changed
5. Top 10 Cars for the 2012 Apocalypse
6. 2013 Honda Accord Sedan Shrinks, Gets Plug-in Hybrid Model
7. 2013 Subaru Forester: What's Changed
8. 2013 Honda Odyssey: What's Changed
9. 2013 Honda Pilot: What's Changed
10. Recall Alert: 2005-10 Honda Accord, 2007-10 Honda CR-V, 2005-08 Honda Element

By Matt Schmitz | December 31, 2012 | Comments (1)

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