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Here's When You Can Order A 2021 Jeep Wrangler

June 13, 2020


It's just after a very American holiday.

Is there anything more American than the Jeep Wrangler? Today's JL Wrangler is directly descended from the rugged all-terrain vehicle that played a crucial role in winning World War II, and to this day, the SUV is built right here in the US, at FCA's Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio.

This year, you'll be able to celebrate the US - and the Jeep Wrangler - in style as orders for the 2021-model-year JL Wrangler are slated to begin just days after Independence Day, on July 8, 2020. At least, that's according to a post on the JL Wrangler Forums, although the poster notes that the date is subject to change as we get closer...

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'Nothing else to do ... might as well build a car': Data shows bored Americans are flooding auto-parts stores amid coronavirus lockdowns

April 19, 2020


Bored Americans are fixing up their cars.

Spring for Rob Dibble, a small-business owner in North Carolina, usually means tailgating a few baseball games at UNC Charlotte and getting geared up for the Coca-Cola 600, a Memorial Day NASCAR tradition.

But Dibble is stuck at home rather than taking his ambulance — which is retrofit with a 10-foot bar — to tailgates. His job consulting local businesses on leadership skills is nixed, too...

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The 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Shows Other SUVs What Utility Really Means

April 17, 2020


The TRD Pro looks new, but it’s still the capable, old-school off-roader you love.

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro isn’t exactly new—the current, fifth-generation SUV just entered its tenth model year—but it’s good. Toyota recently updated the TRD Pro trim, introduced in 2014, with Fox Racing shocks, while all 4Runners get new safety and infotainment tech for 2020.

These revisions, combined with a severe case of Seasonal Affective Disorder at press time, seemed reason enough to head off road. On an icy December day, I aimed the Toyota’s snout northwest from New York City towards the Catskill Mountains and the Monticello Motor Club. While Monticello is best known for its 4.1 miles of challenging road course and its country-club atmosphere, the track sits on a 300-acre property stuffed with off-road trails: 4Runner territory...

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Some Car Insurance Companies Giving Customers Partial Refunds during Pandemic

April 10, 2020


People are driving way less, so Allstate, American Family, Geico, Progressive, USAA, and others are giving some premium money back.

UPDATE 4/9/20: Insurance Journal reports that three more companies—USAA, Travelers, and Progressive—are reimbursing holders of their auto insurance. Progressive will credit customers 20 percent of their April and May premiums and suspend cancellations for nonpayment through May 15. For Travelers customers, it's a 15 percent credit on April and May premiums, and for USAA, everyone with a policy in effect as of March 31 gets two months' worth of 20 percent credits on their premiums.

UPDATE 4/8/20: Geico, owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, said that it will be reimbursing its 19 million auto and motorcycle policyholders with a total of $2.5 billion. Geico will offer a 15 percent credit on policies that are up for renewal between April 8 and October 7, which comes out to about $150 for each auto policy, and $30 for motorcycle policies...

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Watch The 1,000-HP Hennessey Jeep Gladiator In Action

April 8, 2020


Here's what $225,000 will get you.

...Hennessey Performance Engineering revealed its Hellcat-powered Jeep Gladiator Maximus last May and production got underway last October. Only 24 examples will be built priced at $225,000 each. And we have confidence that every example will be sold. That price tag might sound steep but buyers are actually getting a lot for their money. Still not convinced? Perhaps it's time for an official demonstration.

Hennessey has just completed the first four of 24 vehicles and has taken one out to the desert for the specific purpose of tackling sand dunes. As you can see by this new batch of cool photos and video it did not disappoint. Its supercar price not only gets you loads of power but also nearly unbeatable off-roading capabilities that go further beyond what the stock Gladiator can do...

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25 Best-Selling Cars, Trucks, and SUVs of 2020 (So Far)

April 2, 2020


Although the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on auto sales, we tallied up a ranking of top sellers through the first quarter.

...U.S. auto sales were looking good for the first few months of 2020—until the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted many aspects of daily life in our country. Automakers have now reported sales numbers for the first quarter of the year, and they are predictably down due to a stoppage in sales during the second half of March. We've tallied up the 25 best-selling cars, trucks, and SUVs through the first quarter and will continue updating this ranking quarterly as more sales results become available.

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Official: New 2023 Chevrolet Camaro Will Be Mid-Engined

April 1, 2020


But will it keep the V8?

...Switching from a front-engined layout to a mid-engined one is the most significant change Chevrolet has ever made to the legendary Corvette. The move wasn't easy. Chevy started the project by mounting an engine in the back of a Holden Ute to prove the concept. It seems to have paid off though, as the C8 Corvette is far more advanced than the car it replaces and everyone is wondering when another automaker will release a mid-engined competitor.

As it turns out, the next mid-engined American sports car won't be coming from Ford or Fiat Chrysler. Instead, it will be coming from Chevy who today announced that the 2023 Chevrolet Camaro will be mid-engined...

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Black Bison Toyota Is The Ford Ranger's Worst Nightmare

March 30, 2020


This is the Ford Ranger Raptor rival Toyota needs to build.

...The Toyota Hilux has a long-standing reputation for being one of the toughest trucks on the planet. It even famously survived being crushed by a building on Top Gear. Toyota is also considering building a more hardcore version of the Hilux to rival the Ford Ranger Raptor, but this has yet to happen.

To ease the wait, Japanese tuner Wald International has kitted out the Toyota Hilux with a range of hardcore upgrades. Put simply, the Toyota Hilux Black Bison Edition is an absolute beast that will give the Ford Ranger nightmares...

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2021 Chevy Colorado will be more expensive, but for a good reason

March 26, 2020


Chevy will discontinue the base model that basically no one bought anyway

...Those shopping for a 2021 Chevrolet Colorado will find the truck's a little more expensive than the previous model year, as in, about $4,000 more expensive.

Chevy didn't just go ahead and jack up the price for no reason, though. Instead, the price increase goes into effect because the current base model will head into retirement. Cars Direct first reported on the trim shuffling last Friday, which sees the base extended cab model ride off into the sunset. It gave buyers a chance to step into a Colorado for $22,395 after a destination charge. Now, the cheapest Colorado will be $26,395...

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Coronavirus and Car Buying: What You Need to Know

March 24, 2020


The effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue...

...to spread throughout the world, creating disruptions in the economy, sending the stock market into steep losses, shaking consumer confidence, and putting thousands out of work. With the growing turmoil, can you buy a car, and should you? If you need a car, what’s the safest way to buy one?

In this story, we’ll look at how the coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness it spawns are affecting the automotive market, and what you should do if you’re in the market for a car...

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2020 Jeep Wrangler Review & Buying Guide | Go anywhere many ways

March 11, 2020


The 2020 Jeep Wrangler continues to offer everything that anyone ever wanted in a Wrangler, but in the most refined package ever. It's still a capable, truck-like vehicle with solid axles and a body-on-frame design, and the various removable tops stick around for those who prefer their off-roading with or without sun. You can even still even take off the doors and fold down the windshield. But the latest JL generation, available as a two-door or the four-door Wrangler Unlimited, rides and handles better than any version before it. It definitely offers the best-looking and most functional interior yet applied to the go-anywhere Jeep.

However, the JL also offers more variety than every before. Beyond the two body styles, there are now three engines (including the new EcoDiesel), five roof designs (including the new Sky one-touch power roof) and a dozen trim levels/special editions. Heck, there's even the new Gladiator — it may be a separate model but it's basically just a Wrangler truck...

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2020 Kia Telluride Pros and Cons Review: The Heartland Kia

March 03, 2020


The big Kia SUV built in America for Americans is a 2020 SUV of the Year finalist

...The 2020 Kia Telluride is a game changer. This is a Kia built in America for Americans—a confident, comfortable, roomy three-row SUV that's perfectly pitched and precisely priced to appeal to the heartland of the market.

It's the largest SUV yet from the Korean automaker, nearly 8 inches longer overall than a Sorento, and it has a 4.8-inch-longer wheelbase. That means the Telluride is also bigger than the Honda Pilot and the 2020 Toyota Highlander. It's a bit shorter than the new Ford Explorer but feels more spacious inside...

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Will my car’s cabin air filter help reduce the spread of coronavirus?

March 17, 2020


It seems within the last 30 years or so, cabin filtration systems have become a regular part of your vehicle’s interior. Automakers tout their ability to filter out dust, particles, smells and more. But can they help to protect a vehicle’s occupants against the coronavirus (COVID-19)? We’ll take a look at that in a minute, but first, consider the lowly facemask...

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