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2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan is king of the family car hill

Moving from the city to the suburbs resulted in losing a bet dating to my college days. Not for swapping town for country, so to speak, but for something far more offensive to the know-it-all collegian: buying a minivan. The details of the wager are vague, like most things from college, but it...

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  • Fiat Chrysler will pay you $1,500 if you can do this one thing to its cars

    Fiat Chrysler will pay you $1,500 if you can do this one thing to its cars

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will begin to reward hackers who expose deficiencies in its car's software, the company announced Wednesday. Using BugCrowd, a platform that connects researchers to firms looking to eliminate technical defects, FCA will award hackers up to $1,500 for reporting vulnerabilities...

  • GM must defend ignition-switch suits affecting used cars, court rules

    GM must defend ignition-switch suits affecting used cars, court rules

    A federal appeals court upended General Motors Co.'s plan to shed hundreds of lawsuits over a deadly ignition switch defect found in millions of cars, ruling that such cases aren't automatically barred by the company's 2009 bankruptcy sale to a new corporate entity.The decision Wednesday by the...

  • Despite technology, drivers look to St. Christopher for safekeeping

    Despite technology, drivers look to St. Christopher for safekeeping

    Crash-prevention technologies keep evolving, from automatic emergency braking to blind spot detection, but many drivers believe in a different kind of power — St. Christopher — to keep them safe on the roads. With crashes killing about 35,200 people in 2015 and injuring tens of thousands more,...

  • Replace head gasket or buy new car?

    Replace head gasket or buy new car?

    Q: I have a 2007 Subaru Forester with about 170,000 miles. It runs and performs well. No major problems, but now it is using about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of antifreeze every five or six days. No sign of puddling under car and no visible sign by just looking under the hood. My mechanic noticed a sign of...

  • After the fatal Tesla crash, I still feel safe in my self-driving car

    After the fatal Tesla crash, I still feel safe in my self-driving car

    At first, the thought of letting my car drive itself seemed rather frightening. But the highway was almost empty and the lanes were clearly marked, so I took the risk and engaged the autopilot function in my new Tesla Model X. Yet I couldn't let go of the steering wheel. I didn't want to put my...

  • Harley-Davidson motorcycles investigated for brake failure

    Harley-Davidson motorcycles investigated for brake failure

    The U.S. government is investigating complaints from Harley-Davidson riders who say their motorcycle brakes failed without warning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the investigation covers 430,000 motorcycles with model years between 2008 and 2011. The investigation covers...

  • 2017 Fiat 124 Spider captures spirit of original, despite Miata DNA

    2017 Fiat 124 Spider captures spirit of original, despite Miata DNA

    Five years into the Fiat brand's return to U.S. shores, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider goes on sale this summer to bolster the lineup, inspired by the original Fiat 124 Spider sold in the U.S. from 1968 to 1982. That last model year marked Fiat's retreat from the U.S. market, and my mother bought one...

  • U.S. probing another Tesla crash over the carmaker's autopilot feature

    U.S. probing another Tesla crash over the carmaker's autopilot feature

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating whether Tesla Motor’s autopilot feature was engaged during a nonfatal Friday crash – the agency’s second inquiry into the automaker’s self-driving technology in as many weeks.  The wreck involved a Tesla Model X in Pennsylvania. ...

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