IIHS says automated car tech confusing to consumers

21 Jun
Consumer Reports Tesla Model 3 Navigate on Autopilot ready for right-lane pass [CREDIT: CR]Systems designed to make driving more automated have created a cloud of confusion for drivers, the IIHS found. The insurance industry-funded IIHS surveyed 2,000 drivers to understand how the branding names of systems affect the technology's perceived effectiveness. The results released Thursday show many discrepancies in how consumers understand...

Big SUVs are most likely to last 300K miles

13 Jun
2004 Ford Expedition XLT 4x4Giant SUVs are less likely to go extinct than sedans, hatchbacks, and convertibles, according to the results of a study conducted released Monday by iSeeCars.com. Only six vehicles in the study were likely to last at least 300,000 miles. The odds of any new vehicle making it that far into triple digits—that's the distance to the moon and...

Study: Americans spend 18 days in their car per year, forge close bonds with a vehicle

27 Apr
TrafficAmericans spend so much time behind the wheel that a new study showed drivers actually forge close-knit bonds with their cars. The average American spends 18 days driving per year, with an average of eight hours and 22 minutes per week, a OnePoll study conducted on behalf of Cooper Tire found. The survey polled 2,000 American car owners to learn...

Gas prices hurts more than healthcare, Americans say

14 Feb
Shell gas payment in a 2018 ChevroletAmericans consider fuel prices more important than their healthcare budget, results of a new study from GasBuddy revealed Tuesday. In fact, Americans would prefer a free fill-up to finding $20 on the street, or even having their meal paid for. The study looked at a small sample of 1,016 Americans that covered all age brackets and income levels;...

Florida ranked most dangerous state for pedestrians

1 Feb
Pedestrian walkingPedestrians walking in populous areas of Florida are more likely to be struck and killed by a vehicle than in any other state. A new study found Florida is the most dangerous place for walking in the U.S., with several Sunshine State cities ranked in the top 20 areas for pedestrian deaths. The study was released earlier this month by Smart Growth...

Drivers far more likely to talk on phone than text while driving

31 Jan
Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompsonA new study from the IIHS makes it clear Americans aren't giving up their cell phones behind the wheel, but there's some good news. The IIHS published the results of a study last week and found that drivers are more likely to talk on the phone than text. The study surveyed 800 drivers across the U.S. and asked about their phone habits while...

Study: Mazda least expensive automaker when it comes to check engine light problems

14 Dec
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RFA new study from CarMD found Mazda is the lest expensive car to repair when a check engine light surfaces on the dashboard. The findings, released on Wednesday, showed the average repair for a Mazda vehicle cost $285.70 for check engine light-related repairs. The company looked at 10 makes and 100 models that span from the 1996 through 2018 model...

Americans are holding onto cars longer, according to federal study

24 Aug
2007 Ford Explorer Eddie BauerThis might not be good news for car dealers: Americans appear to be keeping their cars longer than ever. The results of a study released Tuesday by the Federal Highway Administration indicate that the average vehicle age has increased significantly since 2009 to 10.5 years. Back then, the average age of a vehicle was 9.3 years. The federal agency...

The real cost of owning a vehicle in America

23 Aug
Gas pumpOwning a car can be a pain in the wallet. To prove it, AAA has conducted a study that reveals just how much the average American pays for the privilege of having a car (or truck, or SUV, or minivan) in her driveway. There's good news and bad news to be found in the study. Let's get the bad out of the way: AAA says that folks who purchase new cars...