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Click here for more coverage of the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel.

At the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, General Motors introduced the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel—the company’s first diesel-fueled passenger car in the U.S. in more than 30 years. Today, GM declared that the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Cruze TD has been EPA estimated at 46 mpg highway, which trumps fuel-economy estimates for non-hybrid passenger cars, including all competing diesels.


Kia Cross GT concept

Kia unveiled a concept vehicle at the 2013 Chicago Auto show called the Cross GT. Similar in stature to the Kia Sorento midsize SUV, the Cross GT concept is a larger-size crossover that may indicate Kia’s intentions to offer a bigger and more premium-scale SUV. Based on Kia’s GT concept that debuted in 2011, the Cross GT has a longer wheelbase and more aggressive styling.


2014 Kia Forte

At the 2013 Chicago Auto Show today, Kia unveiled the 2014 Kia Forte hatchback. Expected to go on sale in late 2013, the Forte offers two trim levels and two engine choices. The base EX is fitted with a 173-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that’s paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The sportier SX comes with a 201-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that mates with a 6-speed manual transmission, although a 6-speed automatic is available with steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters.


How to steal a car, How Cars are Stolen If you’ve ever experienced the nightmare of vehicle theft, you may have unintentionally done one of the following things to contribute to it. However, many times the theft is completely out of the car owner’s control. We assume that no one actually wants to have their car stolen, so the information below can be understood as more of a guideline for how not to get your vehicle taken from you.


2013 Cadillac SRX CUE, Cadillac User Experience

Consumer Guide was recently introduced to Cadillac’s new infotainment system, the Cadillac User Experience, which is making its debut in the new-for-2013 XTS and ATS. Here are 5 things that we think are noteworthy about CUE:

In-Car Skype

This latest technology will keep backseat passengers, big and small, entertained for hours.

Last week wrapped up Chicago’s second annual Techweek, a trade show held in the city’s storied Merchandise Mart building. Joining the fray were Chevrolet, Verizon, and OnStar. Together, they showed off a Chevy Volt concept vehicle that incorporates Verizon’s 4G LTE network and OnStar’s telematics system. In-car Skype?

Traffic Jam, Commuting Stress

Is your commute killing you?

If you have a long commute to and from work, it could be taking a much greater toll on you than you might think.

2012 Honda Civic EX-L Sedan, Driving a New Car

2012 Honda Civic EX-L Sedan

Up until last week, I had never driven a brand-new car (pause for reaction). I’ve been a passenger in plenty of new cars, but the opportunity to actually drive one myself did not arise until recently, when I was able to test drive CG’s long-term 2012 Honda Civic EX-L sedan. For the first time ever, I was driving a new car.

Odometer on author's 1999 Chrysler 300M, How to reach 200,000 miles

Odometer on Rebecca’s 1999 Chrysler 300M

I recently wrote Living on the Edge with My 200,000-Mile 300M, about how the 13-year-old car that I drive to work every day will soon see 200,000 miles on its odometer. I also stated that the fuel-economy numbers that I get are extremely low. But it seems that some readers took issue with this, with claims that I must not have properly maintained my vehicle over the years, and as a result have become plagued with horrible gas mileage. Therefore, I now feel compelled to set the record straight on a few things. So let’s crunch some numbers.

Odometer on author's 1999 Chrysler 300M

Odometer on author’s 1999 Chrysler 300M

With a lengthy commute to the CG headquarters every day—31.4 miles each way—I do my fair share of driving, to say the least. Avoiding peak rush-hour times has become my number one hobby, and I have become quite well known by several different gas station attendants near the office and near my home in the ’burbs. I’m such a showoff, I know.