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Engines of the Future

While many automotive companies continue to seek alternatives to the traditional internal-combustion engine, experts agree that finding an affordable alternative compatible with mass production and consumers' wallets is a daunting task.

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Safest Cars Under $25,000

Each of the 2012 models listed below (in alphabetical order) meet all three of the following criteria: can be purchased for less than $25,000; is rated a "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; and received  a 5-star overall crash-test rating from the NHTSA.

2012 Chevrolet Cruze: Chevy's compact sedan has 10 standard air bags, 6 free months of OnStar Automatic Crash Response service including Injury Severity Prediction capability, and available rear park-assist sensors.
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4 Tips to Finding the Perfect Car

Finding the perfect car is not as easy as many people think it is. With so many different makes, models, trim levels, and body styles available, it can be difficult to determine what vehicle to buy. We have rolled up the car-buying process of elimination into four main tips to finding the perfect car, to help buyers focus on what matters.

1. Choose an Affordable Car
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10 Concept Cars That We Want to Test Drive

Like you, many of us at J.D. Power dream about driving beautiful, exclusive, and entertaining cars down our favorite twisty mountain roads. During the past year, automakers have introduced a number of vehicles to feed our fantasies, and these are the 10 concept cars that we want to test drive, listed in alphabetical or
 
Acura NSX Roadster
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10 Dangerous Driving Habits

By avoiding these 10 dangerous driving habits, we can significantly decrease the number of preventable vehicle-related accidents each year:

1.    Driving While Drunk. If you drink alcohol, don't drive. It is that simple. A single alcoholic beverage impairs your ability to operate a motor vehicle, even if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is within legal limits.
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5 Tips For City Driving

Driving in a city can be challenging. Depending on the city, the day of the week, and the time of day, a barrage of visual, aural, and tactile information assaults a driver's senses when venturing into the heart of any city, anywhere. To help you tackle the concrete jungle with greater confidence, here are five quick tips for city driving.
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5 Tips For Driving in the Fog

Driving in fog is dangerous because visibility is reduced. To keep safe, follow these five tips for driving in fog:

1.    Slow down. If you cannot see where you are going, do not drive fast. Use your speedometer as a guide to regulate your speed, because thick fog masks the sensation of speed by removing visual indicators of velocity.
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The 9 Most Dangerous Distracted Driver Habits

Distracted driving is a growing epidemic in America. In-car technology, whether hand-held or integrated into the vehicle, is significantly compounding the problem, to the point that Nevada has given Google permission to test driverless automated cars on its public roadways. With several car companies working on bringing automated vehicles to market, it seems it will be a matter of time before a car becomes nothing more than a personal transportation pod.

Below is a list of the 9 most dangerous distracted-driving habits.
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10 Used Car Buying Tips

When you buy a used car, you'll choose a vehicle offered by a dealer or buy from a private-party seller. In either case, following these 10 used-car buying tips can help to ensure that you get a great car at a great price.
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10 Insurance Friendly Vehicles for 2012

Car insurance rates are based upon numerous factors, including a driver's age, gender, driving record, city or zip code of residence, and the year, make and model of vehicle. According to Insure.com, the type of vehicle to drive if you want the lowest possible insurance rates is a crossover SUV, minivan, or a pickup truck. For 2012, here are the 10 least-expensive vehicles to insure, based on Insure.com data and listed in alphabetical order:

Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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