Five GM Cars to Look Forward To

The General's got some tricks up its sleeves.

Recently, Automotive News released a series of articles describing its vision for GM's five-year automotive product roadmap. It's a compilation of rumors and facts that attempts to paint a picture of the U.S. domestic market through the end of the decade. There is a lot of potential in the pipelines that Automotive News outlines, and while not every bit is exciting, there are more than a few things on that list that tickle us in just the right way.

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Bang for Your Buck: 2015 Chrysler 200

Checking out a new car's competition from the used-car market.

This week, our choice of vehicle is a bit more sensible. It's also brand new; it's the 2015 Chrysler 200, and it positions itself as a competitor in the midsize market, which contains such venerable vehicles as the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. The 200 has a pretty spiffy interior design, and it gets up to 36 mpg highway. That said, it's a bit on the expensive side; a 4-cylinder model with some equipment comes in at almost $27,000.

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The 2015 Dodge Challenger: Smoking (Tires) is Good for You

The quintessential throwback gets even crazier.

Despite everything that old codgers might yell at you from across the street, muscle cars are alive and well. We're in a glorious new era of horsepower, and, to make things even better, we're still hitting great fuel-economy numbers despite the growing power output. The 2015 Dodge Challenger is a great example of this; for its next-gen Challenger, not only did Dodge add fuel economy, but they also added horsepower - and a whole boatload of it, at that.

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Finally, America Has Good Reason to Love Diesel

We're finally growing out of our too-old habits.

Old habits die hard, but that doesn't mean they can't be beaten. Take diesel cars, for example; America buys fewer diesel cars than our European counterparts do, in part due to a long-standing stereotype that diesels are clunky, gross polluters that provide little in the way of benefits. Now, many, many years after the rest of the world has jumped on the bandwagon, it seems American sentiment towards diesel is changing, and for good reason.

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Sure They're Lemons

If that new car is a lemon, you can take action.

The definition of "Lemon", as it applies to automobiles, is rather elusive. Everyone thinks they know what it is, and what qualifications a vehicle must meet to be considered a lemon, but if pressed, no one is ever really sure. The truth is, those qualifications will vary from state to state and your newly-purchased used vehicle might not qualify.

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If You're Buying a Hybrid, Make It a Hyundai

When purchasing a hybrid consider the battery.

Everyone, at some point, will have to go through the process of buying a new car. I've always found the experience to be nothing short of dreadful. I'd rather have teeth pulled than haggle with a sweaty guy in an ill-fitting oxford shirt, walking back and forth between a cubicle with a shitty table and his "manager's" office, telling me what a good deal I'll get on a car I'm not even sure I want to buy.

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