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Was Chrysler's "It's Halftime in America" Super Bowl commercial a little too political?

Was it even intended to be political at all? Maybe that's a better question to ask. By now, you know the one I'm talking about, right? The Clint Eastwood "It's Halftime in America" commercial for Chrysler. I won't say too much about this, mainly because I want to hear what you think in the comment section below. However, I will tell you this...

Why is NASA studying car safety?

I'm sure by now you've heard the latest Toyota news: A little less than a week ago, it was announced that "NASA found no evidence that a malfunction in electronics caused large unintended accelerations." That's according to Michael Kirsch, the principal engineer and team lead of the study from the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. And if you recall, reports of unintended acceleration were being blamed on three possible factors: sticking accelerator pedals, a design flaw that enabled accelerator pedals to become trapped by floor mats and electromagnetic interference and/or software...

Tips for in-car Navigation Systems

A couple of years ago, I received an aftermarket in-car navigation system as a gift. It's a portable device -- one that I can easily move from vehicle to vehicle, keep hidden away when it's not in use or even take it along with me when I fly someplace new and need to rent a car. I've used it on local road trips, long cross-country road trips and everything in between. I think it proved itself most-valuable, however, when I...

Tips for Using Bluetooth in the Car

OK. So I'm guessing that by now most of you know at least a little something about Bluetooth technology, correct? Well then, at least you've heard about Bluetooth technology, right? Well, just in case you answered no to either one of those questions, here's a super-fast way to get up-to-speed on what it's all about. And if you took the time to follow that link, then you'll understand why Bluetooth technology has been a very popular feature in cars and trucks ever since...

How does multi-zone climate control work in a car?

Believe it or not, there once was a time when everyone riding in a vehicle had to agree on a single temperature setting. And, of course, this inevitably led to some friction between travelers: Some preferred it cooler while the others rubbed their hands together and claimed to be freezing. Or maybe there was someone in the car who wanted it warmer while others were left sweating and sticking to the vinyl seats. Some compromise might be had by opening a window -- but that often led to other issues with wind and road noise. So what's the solution?

How does a vehicle get chosen as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS?

Let's say that you're shopping for a new car. What are some of the key characteristics that you're likely to be looking for? Well, aside from appearance, comfort and performance features, there's a good chance that you're also looking for a car that's safe. In fact, for some car shoppers, that's the number one selling point.

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

While I'm sure that we've talked about cruise control in the past, I thought we'd take just a few moments today to talk about a recent (but not necessarily new) variation of that original system -- Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). And since it's not all-new technology, I'll just give you a quick description of how the system works...

CarStuff Wrap-up: Driving on the Right (or Left) and Toll Roads

Well, it's Friday once again, and you know what that means: I get to pen another quick wrap-up of what Ben and I have been talking about on our CarStuff podcast over the past several days. So let's get started. I'm sure you're aware that in some countries, you're supposed to drive on the right side of the road, while in others, you're expected to stay to the left. Did you ever wonder why that is? Well, in Tuesday's episode, Ben and I take a look at the history of right- and left-side driving. Yet we don't necessarily limit ourselves to discussing the side of the road we're meant to keep to, either. We talk a little bit about right-hand and left-hand drive cars, too. In particular, some of the difficulties you may have when shifting from one side to the other. (Pun intended.) I think it's good stuff. Give it a listen and see what you think. Paying for the privilege to...

CarStuff Wrap-up: Volvo's Vision 2020 Program and Tractor Pulls

Even though it was a short week (due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday), Ben and I were still able to get into the studio to record a couple of CarStuff podcasts that we think you'll really enjoy listening to. What did we have to say? Well, here's what you'll find on our CarStuff podcast this week...

CarStuff Wrap-up: Unusual Car Stories and The Knowledge

In the interest of time, let's just dispense with the small talk today, m'kay? Here's what's happening on our CarStuff podcast this week. On Tuesday, Ben and I talked about some unusual car stories. Now, you probably already know that I'm not going to give any secrets away here, but I will tell you this: You should listen to this episode if you really want to be stunned by some of the history that surrounds a few of the automobiles that we talk about. This is some crazy stuff -- really crazy. And on Thursday's show, Ben really took the lead on a topic...