Beyond 40 With the Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runnner 40th Anniversary

If you’re an off-road enthusiast, then you’re familiar with the Toyota 4 Runner. This midsize, traditional body-on-frame SUV is an uncommon model in a segment dominated by crossovers. Yet, like the Jeep Wrangler and the revived Ford Bronco, its fandom remains strong some 40 years after it was introduced. Toyota … Read more

Signs of Steering Rack Failure

steering wheel

It’s particularly difficult to diagnose steering rack issues. In many situations, people assume the steering rack is the culprit while, in reality, the suspension is to blame. Thus, let’s have a thorough look at what steering rack issues are. Symptoms of Steering Rack Trouble As briefly stated, multiple people misinterpret … Read more

How Cash For Cars Affects The Automotive Industry

JUNK YARD

There are millions of cars entering the market every year.  Aside from new vehicles, many people also buy used or second-hand cars. Some companies buy damaged or scrap vehicles called cash for cars.   What Are Cash For Cars?  Cash for cars or damaged car removals companies pay instant cash for … Read more

The Exploding Seatbelts Recall and Others

Is your vehicle on the recall list? We haven’t covered specific recalls here for some time, choosing instead to alert people on how to respond to them. Recalls seem commonplace and they are. After all, when models come with as many as thousands of moving parts, problems happen. But the … Read more

Tips for Choosing the Best Car Accessories

As a car owner, you know that keeping your vehicle in good condition is important. Not only does it make your car look nicer, but it also helps keep it running smoothly. One way to do this is by using car accessories. But with so many options available, how do … Read more

All-New Cadillac Lyriq Sells Out in 4 Hours

Cadillac Lyriq

On May 19, Cadillac’s first-ever all-electric vehicle went on sale at 9 a.m. By 1 p.m., the 2023 Lyriq sold out, leaving some customers waiting for the 2024s. Cadillac did not say how many Lyriqs were sold that day, but more than 233,000 had expressed interest. Further, GM expected about … Read more

Hyundai Motor Group to Drop 3 Sedans

2021 Kia K5

Hyundai, Kia and the sedans that we love. The age of the sedan is fading away. In recent years, Ford, Dodge, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, and Mazda have dropped one or more models. Demand for utility vehicles is one reason, but something else may be hastening the decline: the transition to … Read more

Average Vehicle Age Now 12.2 Years

Likely, it is not much of a surprise to most Americans that the average age of vehicles on the road continues to rise. After all, high prices for new vehicles, a tight market for reliable used models, along with a looming economic recession combine to keep consumers from making major … Read more

Selling? Your Car’s Resale Value May be on the Rise

We’ve been conditioned to believe two things about new cars that are not entirely true. At least not now as fuel prices continue to push ever higher. The first one involves depreciation. Specifically, the loss of a car’s value once it is driven off the dealer’s lot. Bankrate.com indicates a … Read more

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Washable Air Filter

washable car air filter pros and cons

Nothing beats the feeling of driving a new car. The brand-new engine accelerates with just a tap on the pedal, and it runs like a beast on the road. Unfortunately, the engine adds more mileage over time, and the air filters become clogged. Depending on the usage, the engine may … Read more

Tiny $14,000 Nissan Sakura EV for Japan Only

Nissan Sakura

Do you remember the Mitsubishi i-MiEV? If you do not, you are in solid company. That diminutive EV city car was initially offered by Mitsubishi more than a decade ago. It represented the first batch of modern EVs, but it was cheap and forgettable. Especially for its 62-mile range. A … Read more

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Deep Dive

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

If you are considering the Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric vehicle, you are in company with an untold number of Americans who are in shock over gas prices. For some individuals, an EV was far from a priority until now. But with fill-ups costing $75, $90, to well over $100, pain … Read more

Toyota Marks 25 Years of the Sienna

Toyota Sienna 25 Years

How do you mark 25 years for one of your most enduring models? By developing a commemorative edition and limiting its availability, that is how. In this case, the Toyota Sienna has reached its 25th anniversary and that’s quite a milestone in a segment some wrote off years ago. Introduced … Read more

Auto Insurance Seeing Major Rate Increases Due to COVID

From toilet paper to a gallon of milk, it seems like just about everything got more expensive during the pandemic. Not car insurance, though; those prices actually fell for a while. Now that things are returning to normal, however, auto insurance agencies are introducing price hikes all over the place. … Read more

What is a Dual-Clutch Transmission?

dual clutch transmission

Many people consider dual-clutch transmissions to be just as engaging as regular manual transmissions but without any of the downsides. To some extent, that’s true. That’s what helped Audi dominate the Group B rally scene in 1985. Dual-clutch transmissions are one of the few choices around that allow you to … Read more

Nissan Prices the DaZZling 2023 Z

Z Logo

Following a prolonged hiatus, the Nissan Z Series is nearing its return, and the pricing details are now known. This summer, the first of the 2023 Z models roll out, launching a new generation with two trims: Z Coupe Sport ($39,990) and Z Coupe Performance ($49,990). Add $1,025 for the … Read more

The Infiniti QX60 Deserves Much Praise

Infiniti has a new QX60 for 2022, a model that finds its place in a crowded segment. This midsize, seven-passenger luxury utility vehicle is back after one-year hiatus. It features a new design from bumper to bumper, an overhauled interior, and an improved powertrain. It scores well on all things … Read more

Updated 2023 Lexus UXh Offers an EV Template

Lexus UXh

The 2023 Lexus UXh receives updates; the gas-only model goes away. Lexus’ smallest crossover utility vehicle is going full hybrid for 2023. At least in the U.S. market. Beginning late this summer, the UX line becomes synonymous with hybrid only as it loses its gas-only model. The move follows what … Read more

Is GM Planning a Cadillac Sports Car?

Cadillac GTP Race Car

The Cadillac nameplate represents luxury, but it also includes performance, particularly with its three V-Series models. Indeed, the CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing sedans along with the Escalade-V SUV accentuate this brand’s muscle. We know Cadillac and all GM brands are beginning the long pivot to electrification. This week, Cadillac opens … Read more

On the Radio With Ditch & Bud

The Motor Mouths

Auto Trends Magazine is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the producers of the weekly “The Motor Mouths” car talk show to supply a regular segment. Beginning May 14, 2022, Matt Keegan will contribute his “Top 3” segment of automotive news stories. In addition, Keegan will be available … Read more

Subaru Keeps, Updates Midsize Legacy Sedan

2023 Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy is refreshed for 2023. Hooray for sedans! No, that isn’t an exclamation heard often, but it is the sentiment for some, including this writer. There is something about four doors, hugging the road, and a reasonable price that appeals to yours truly. Sedans, like minivans, are disappearing across … Read more

Here’s Your $150K Cadillac Escalade-V

2023 Cadillac Escalade-V

Are you ready for the most expensive Cadillac model ever? The 2023 Escalade-V is just that, a $149,990 tribute to luxury, technological geekdom, and performance. Packed with a supercharged V8, this high-performance model is the most powerful SUV in its class and heralds the marque’s 120th anniversary. To the surprise … Read more

Would a Resurrected Scout Help Volkswagen?

1961 International Scout

Volkswagen is an oddity amongst foreign automakers present in the U.S. market. The German company beat nearly every other overseas manufacturer to the market when the Beetle appeared in the 1950s. Later, the automaker expanded its product line, offering the Type 2 (Bus, Microbus), the Karmann Ghia, and eventually the … Read more

GM Plots Return to Europe

Map of Europe

EVs and mobility seem right for Europe. For nine decades, the General Motors Company was a significant player in the European market. In 2017, the company sold its money-losing Opel and Vauxhall brands to Peugeot Citroen, which are now under the Stellantis umbrella. Along with winding down sales of Chevrolet, … Read more

Signs Your Car is Beyond Saving

Rusty Ford

It is not unusual for us to become attached to our vehicles, especially given the amount of time we spend with them. That emotional connection, however, can come at a great cost to you. Especially, as it ages and repair costs surge. There is a time when a vehicle is … Read more

What Are Radial Tires?

radial tires

Radial tires are a Michelin invention. Tires are the most important component found on your car and are sometimes still overlooked. They are the only way the car touches the ground to create grip. Thus, tires were a significant concern for engineers, who managed to discover and revolutionize the tire … Read more

What is GAP Insurance Coverage?

Guaranteed Asset Protection or GAP coverage involves the difference between what you owe on a vehicle and what your insurer pays out when it is a total loss. It is a type of coverage easily neglected, but something every single new vehicle owner should have. With GAP insurance in place, … Read more

At a Glance: 2022 Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

The consumer market has certainly changed in recent years and Toyota offers a strong example of that. For years, the Camry midsize sedan and Corolla compact sedan/hatchback were this company’s two top sellers. However, in recent years, the Toyota RAV4 is tops as buyers embrace crossover SUVs. Not only is … Read more