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Can a car headrest be used to break a car’s window in an emergency?

Can a car headrest be used to break a car’s window in an emergency?

There’s a meme making its way around Facebook saying that car manufacturers make car seat headrests detachable so they can be used to break window glass in an emergency. Well, let’s take a look at that. First, we’ll posit the primary reason they’re detachable is not because they’re so much “kept detachable” but rather because […]

April 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Euro car safety group adds dual star rating to include advanced safety features

Euro car safety group adds dual star rating to include advanced safety features

A problem, if you can call it that, for car safety testing is that automakers are going above and beyond governmental safety requirements. While car crash testing has been going on for decades and refined to match real world conditions for more accurate crash test ratings, new safety equipment has been developed and touted by […]

April 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Chevrolet LTG crate motor puts a 2-liter turbo four in hotrodders hands; Chevy shows the Nova 2.0

Chevrolet LTG crate motor puts a 2-liter turbo four in hotrodders hands; Chevy shows the Nova 2.0

Now to find a 1967 Chevrolet Nova. Chevrolet has a new crate motor—a complete run-ready engine ready for installation—that isn’t the familiar Chevy smallblock V-8 loved by street rodders, hot rodders and whatever other rodders one might have. Instead, it’s a direct-injected 2.0-liter turbocharged four. Chevrolet built it, in fact, to replace the V-8. And […]

November 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
Falken Tire adds foam inside tires for a quieter ride

Falken Tire adds foam inside tires for a quieter ride

There’s nothing more tiring—pun intended—than noisy tires on a long drive. Well, maybe that thing in gym where you had to hold your arms out until they just ached. But road noise in a car interferes with conversation, impedes enjoyment of that expensive high end audio, and is just plain annoying. And car makers spend […]

September 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
Ford Focus ST gets more power from warranty-approved mountune tuner kit

Ford Focus ST gets more power from warranty-approved mountune tuner kit

Aftermarket tuner parts typically have done three things, increase power, invalidate the warranty, and void emissions compliance. Unless of course if they have no effect, in which case why bother? Now, however, Ford is offering a tuning kit that will increase performance of the Ford Focus ST to 275 horsepower and torque to 296 lb/ft […]

August 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Volkswagen thinks small again with new EA211 1.4-liter TSI engine

Volkswagen thinks small again with new EA211 1.4-liter TSI engine

A print ad from the 1960’s for the VW Beetle famously said “Think small.” Now with a new 1.4-liter turbocharged and direct injection engine, dubbed EA211 Volkswagen is reprising that theme, and for much the same reason: fuel economy. The new engine will first see duty in the Volkswagen Jetta as a replacement for the […]

August 7, 2015 | By | Reply More
Winter tires are a basic safety issue in snow and ice

Winter tires are a basic safety issue in snow and ice

  For those of us who actually have a real need for winter tires most rationalize with reasons for not spending the effort, energy and the money to outfit your vehicles with a set of real honest to goodness winter tires. Many of us talk ourselves into believing if our car is equipped with tires […]

February 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
New in-dash Porsche ‘radio navigation’ unit solves a #firstworldproblem

New in-dash Porsche ‘radio navigation’ unit solves a #firstworldproblem

Call it a first world problem. You own an older Porsche, old enough that it didn’t have the option of in-dash GPS navigation. And a Garmin suction cupped to the windshield is so gauche. What will you do? Whatever shall you do? Porsche has the answer, a “radio navigation” unit that plugss into the standard […]

February 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
Is your E-15 GMO-free? And does it matter?

Is your E-15 GMO-free? And does it matter?

Perhaps you’ve seen the above meme floating about Facebook, warning about the hazard of using E15 gasoline made with GMO corn in your pre-2012 automobile. According to the meme, the GMO-corn E15 will “DAMAGE YOUR CAR AND VOID YOUR WARRANTY.” As is quite often the case with breathless alarms on the internet, that’s only a […]

November 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dodge Charger Hellcat engine: made to be legendary

Dodge Charger Hellcat engine: made to be legendary

In over a century of automobile production, only a handful of vehicles have become legendary. Say the name Mustang, Corvette, or Challenger, and people know exactly what you’re talking about. But while these and a few other nameplates have reached legendary status, a short list of engines can make that same claim. Say Cleveland 351 […]

October 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Do you see what I see? Driving while talking, what’s safest

Do you see what I see? Driving while talking, what’s safest

There’s evidence that talking on a hands-free mobile phone while driving is just as dangerous as driving while holding a mobile phone and, aside from the obvious problem of not having enough hands for both driving and phone holding, it seems somewhat counterintuitive. After all, the first is just talking. But talking with someone in […]

October 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Volkswagen has new 2.0-liter diesel engine for 2015; dubbed EA288

Volkswagen has new 2.0-liter diesel engine for 2015; dubbed EA288

Volkswagen has cornered 90 percent of the American automotive diesel market, a remarkable achievement, especially considering the diesel engines now in everything from BMW and Audi to even the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Chevrolet Cruze. To be fair, Volkswagen has had an exclusive on smaller diesel engines in the U.S. No one else has […]

September 8, 2014 | By | Reply More
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