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Refreshed 2018 Ford Mustang channels high-performance GT350

The refreshed 2018 Ford Mustang drops the V-6 engine and adds elements from its track-star sibling, the Shelby GT350. It gets a lowered hood, headlights and fascia like the GT350, with new vents and a wider grille. There are 12 wheel options, three new colors (including Orange Fury) and the headlights...

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2017 Buick Envision is a premium crossover with a value proposition

The temperatures dropped, the snow started and I faced a choice in the garage — with hockey bag in one hand, kids' backpacks in the other. In my pocket were two key fobs, one that promised something fun and new, the other assuring me of the practical but dull. The red pill in one pocket, the blue...

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  • Motormouth responds in earnest to readers' complaints of sarcasm

    Motormouth responds in earnest to readers' complaints of sarcasm

    Readers respond to the Motormouth column, "Baby boomer blasts new car tech, millennials," that ran in print Sunday and at chicagotribune.com on Saturday. I have to disagree with your response to C.P. from Elmhurst, Ill. All he was stating is not everyone wants or needs some of the features that...

  • New antiques: BMW 3 Series, Toyota Camry, Honda Prelude headline class of 1992

    New antiques: BMW 3 Series, Toyota Camry, Honda Prelude headline class of 1992

    You might not yet be used to saying 2017 rather than 2016, but the new year brings with it a fresh batch of cars that are now 25 years old and, thereby, considered antique, according to the Antique Automobile Club of America and state legislatures. And if you're not good at math, the year those...

  • Cadillac program offers multiple models for $1,500 per month

    Cadillac program offers multiple models for $1,500 per month

    Almost a century ago, then-General Motors CEO Alfred Sloan declared the company would sell a car "for every purse and purpose." Early in January, Cadillac launched a new program in metro New York that offers each customer access to multiple models, but for a $1,500 monthly fee that may not be for...

  • Blue expected to be hottest car color for 2017

    Blue expected to be hottest car color for 2017

    The hottest car color for 2017 may be a kind of blue, according to one paint company. The number of blue vehicles made in 2016 increased 3 percent in luxury, midsize and compact cars, says PPG, a multibillion-dollar multinational paint company based in Pittsburgh. PPG expects the number of blue...

  • Auto sales break another record for 2016, led by SUVs

    Auto sales break another record for 2016, led by SUVs

    U.S. consumers bought a record number of new cars and trucks in 2016. A repeat performance in 2017 could be a tall order. Low gas prices, rising employment and low interest rates kept buyers coming to car dealerships last year. There was also the lure of new technology — such as backup cameras,...

  • Most anticipated vehicles of 2017 dominated by SUVs

    Most anticipated vehicles of 2017 dominated by SUVs

    SUVs rule; cars drool. That's the story in the auto industry these days, and it's not likely to change in 2017. Sales of traditional cars are down, while consumers can't get enough SUVs. High seating, good sightlines, all-wheel drive and looks that conjure images of rugged, capable off-roaders...

  • Used-car price drop makes it a good time to buy

    Used-car price drop makes it a good time to buy

    Looking for a deal on a used car? Now's a good time to buy. After years of climbing higher, used-car prices have been heading down. This year, used-car prices declined about 4 percent on average compared with 2015, and the trend may continue for another year or two, industry watchers said. "This...

  • Top 10 resolutions to make drivers better, roads safer

    Top 10 resolutions to make drivers better, roads safer

    New cars are safer than ever, yet vehicle crashes are on the rise. Advanced safety systems designed to minimize — if not prevent — crashes have proliferated. Yet despite technology such as forward collision breaking, traffic fatalities rose 8 percent in 2015, after years of declines due to public...

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