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These States Spend the Most Taxpayer Dollars on Medicaid

How much does the U.S. spend on health care each year? In 2016 alone, the government devoted $3.4 trillion of taxpayer funds to the...

2018 Ford Mustang: What We Learned Trying to Tame 460 Horses

With more power and a new automatic transmission, Ford Mustang got a major overhaul for 2018. | Eric Schaal/The Cheat Sheet Some 53 years...

Stock Market Boom and All, the Poor Are Getting Poorer in...

Most people are familiar with record stock market highs. The story of poverty in America gets less press. | Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images You...

If You Work 1 of These Jobs, Trump’s Tax Plan Won’t...

You might not like what you could get under President Donald Trump’s tax plan. | Win McNamee/Getty Images Most people have one question about...

Why So Many Tesla Owners Will Never Drive Gas Cars Again

If you ever read reports about Tesla, you may notice something strange about the company’s customers. We saw the phenomenon with the debut of...

The Car Colors That Could Make or Break Resale Value

Everyone wants to end up with a car that lasts for the long haul. However, auto consumers will find that easier said than done....

The SUVs With the Worst Reliability Ratings for 2018

We have seen a full-fledged SUV boom in the U.S. auto market. In recent years, the once-dominant midsize sedan has seen its sales snatched...

15 People Who Will Cash in Big From the Trump Tax...

Tax rates could drop for those in the top bracket. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Although many things remain unclear about the Republican tax reform...

Consumer Reports Ranked These Cars Worst in Reliability for 2018

2018 Chevrolet Camaro | Chevrolet New-car shoppers have few sources as trustworthy as Consumer Reports. We know it doesn’t accept ad money, so automakers...

How Jiffy Lube Got a Reputation for Ripping Off People

Things started to go south when Shell took over. | David McNew/Getty Images Let’s say you were Pennzoil, the leading motor oil company in...

15 States Trump Just Doomed With His Executive Order on Obamacare

Health care experts say President Donald Trump’s executive order amounts to Affordable Care Act sabotage, but certain states will feel it the most....

How Self-Driving Cars Will Save Americans Thousands Every Year

Not owning a car could become the new normal. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images If you ask most people about self-driving cars, you’ll see their...

The SUVs and Crossovers Helping to Kill the Midsize Sedan in...

Though rumors of the midsize sedan’s “death” might be slightly exaggerated, the trend is clearly going in one direction. Counting the first nine months...

The Simple Car Repairs That Somehow Cost a Fortune to Fix

Even simple things can cost a lot. | iStock/Getty Images Have you ever had a rear bumper dinged and walked away with a bill...

All the Promises Trump Made to the Auto Industry — and...

Both during his campaign and after taking office, Donald Trump made many promises to auto industry workers. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images During his 2016...

The Most Expensive Mistakes People Make After a Car Accident

Take pictures of everything. | Thinkstock With oil prices staying low and a car in every garage, Americans are setting new records every year...

15 Fastest New Cars Under $50,000

If you check our list of fastest cars ever made, you’ll see the buy-in starts in the low six figures and rises to millions...

The Worst Car Scams Seniors Need to Watch Out For

Mechanics might try to get you to buy more than you need. | Minerva Studio/iStock/Getty Images At a time when phone calls are less...

Look Both Ways: 15 Most Dangerous Intersections in America

It can be a jungle out there for American drivers. With cheap gas fueling cars and the Great Recession in the rearview mirror, U.S. drivers...

Your Favorite GM Vehicles That Might Soon Go Electric

Behind the groundbreaking Chevrolet Bolt EV, future GM electric cars remained under wraps but not fully disguised. | General Motors If you know one...

The Only Way to Get Out of a Bad Car Purchase...

If you bought a disappointing model, such as a Jeep Compass, it takes some work to break free of your burden. | Fiat-Chrysler So...

The Only Guaranteed Ways to Save Money on Your Next Car

Selling your car might be hard, but it’s worth it. | Matt Cardy/Getty Images There is no shortage of advice on how to save...

Tesla Model 3 vs. 2018 Nissan Leaf: The Key Differences

Electric car buyers about to enter the market should compare the Tesla Model 3 and 2018 Nissan Leaf. | Nissan If you’re hoping to...

Death by Auto: 15 Things Every Driver Should Know About Crash...

Thousands of Americans die each year in car crashes. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images Looking at the list of deadliest cars on the road, we can...

Chevrolet Bolt EV: 10 Things We Learned Driving the First Everyman...

Our first drive in the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV answered most of our questions about the breakthrough electric car | Eric Schaal/Autos Cheat Sheet The...

4 Things Tesla Needs to Avoid Model 3 Delays

Tesla Model 3 delays would be rough for the EV maker, but there are ways to avoid them | Tesla By most accounts, Tesla...

The Greatest Dynasties in Major League Baseball History

Baseball fans don’t really like dynasties. If you rooted for one of the 29 teams shut out of the winner’s circle in the late...

These Car Companies Are Struggling to Find Customers in 2017

2017 Cadillac ATS Coupe | Cadillac There are several different ways to explain why new auto sales have slumped in 2017. First, consider the...

15 Things You Should Never Say to a Cop After Getting...

Jim Carrey in Liar Liar gets pulled over. | Universal Pictures If you like to drive really fast cars, you’ll probably get pulled over...

10 Future Classic Cars Selling for Under $20,000

Every auction season, car lovers on a budget salivate at the prizes sold in Scottsdale and other high-profile sales. Maybe a Shelby Cobra or impeccably restored...

If Tesla and Other Electric Cars Win, Here’s How Much Oil...

Companies, such as Tesla, could change the oil industry forever. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images When we hear about disruption in the auto industry, the...

15 Most Expensive States for Gasoline — and How It Got...

Gas prices have been on the rise. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images Does it seem like you’re paying more at the pump in 2017? It’s...

Going Fast: The Hottest-Selling Used Cars in America

We know which new vehicle sells the most year after year: Ford F-150. Countless business owners use it for work, and after decades atop...

This Is the Most Expensive Mistake You Can Make Buying a...

No one said buying a used car would be easy. However, anyone who does their homework can help themselves get a better deal. For...

Deadline 2018: Here Are the Cars Consumer Reports Says to Buy...

Most car consumers have heard and seen the ads. They talk about “getting rid of this year’s stock to make room for the next...

The Most (and Least) Expensive Vehicles to Drive in America

Did you just get a great deal on a new car? Don’t answer yet — you won’t know for sure until you pay a...

These SUVs Are Actually Worth Good Money After 5 Years on...

You really don’t know whether you got a good deal on a car until you sell it. Once you do, you can see what...

Will Donald Trump Help American Car Consumers in Any Way?

Many Americans have been disappointed by Donald Trump’s presidency. Naturally, most Democrats opposed everything Trump has done. However, many Independents joined them following the...

The Biggest Auto Loan Traps for Consumers to Avoid

America’s auto loans are coming to a breaking point. Most people need a car to get to work, and not everyone can pay cash....

25 Cars That Can Take You to 300,000 Miles

There are a few reasons why a car might stay on the road forever. When a model turns up on the list of most...

10 Electric Vehicles With the Best Range in 2017

Electric vehicles have come a long way. Back in the early days, consumers tended to laugh at the worst EVs on the U.S. market. Once the...

14 Cars That Took a Beating in J.D. Power Dependability Tests

You don’t have to spend big to find a reliable vehicle. Over the past five years, the Kia brand went from a mainstay on...

The Most Expensive Mistakes You Can Make Driving a Car

The penalties for minor driving violations are becoming harsher across America. If you veer into a bike lane, the offense could cost you hundreds...

Here’s the Cheapest Car for Your Daily Commute in 2017

With used electric car prices lower than ever, a 2016 Nissan Leaf has become the cheapest commuter car. | Nissan If you’re one of...

How States With Harsh Traffic Penalties Actually Hurt Their Own Economy

Harsh fines and even jail time could await Americans for traffic violations, and there might not be any economic benefit. | Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty...

25 Snapshots of the Mazda Miata Through History

From the original concept to a rectractable fastback model, Mazda Miata history is filled with attractive, sporty vehicles. | Mazda The basic concept of the...

25 Exotic Cars You Can’t Have in America

Let’s say you had a big chunk of cash in the bank and came across a car you simply must have. The only problem is, this car exists only...

25 Used Cars Under $20K With Consumer Reports Approval

If you want to know why people trust the Consumer Reports auto team so much, just take a minute exploring how the nonprofit agency works....

10 Great Concept Cars That Fell Short as Production Models

2007 Chevrolet Volt Concept | Chevrolet Just because an automaker hauls a concept car to an auto show doesn’t mean it will ever get...

The Most Overpriced Hybrid and Electric Vehicles on the Market

If you look at fuel economy ratings for hybrids and electric vehicles, the numbers jump off the screen. Toyota Prius Prime, the plug-in version...

10 Cars You Should Not Bring on a Road Trip

This country is built for exploring, but the bad cars for road trips take some of the fun away | iStock.com America is built for...

15 Risky Vehicles Automakers Gambled On

Why tinker with the best seller? The aluminum F-150 was one of the big automaker gambles of the past decade | Ford There’s a big...

10 Vehicles That Can Last Past 200,000 Miles

Source: Honda Everyone wants a car with a reputation to last forever, or at least something close to it. To help in the fight, the...

10 Car Dealer Scams That Should Be on Every Consumer’s Radar

Consumers should be on the lookout for scams shady car dealers may play | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Everyone loves shopping for a new car....

The Car Brands Consumers Can’t Always Trust for Safety

General Motors CEO Mary Barra (R) listens to questions during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on June 18,...

10 Vehicles That Won’t Save You Money on the Used Market

While pre-owned is the best call for a luxury sedan, there are many cars you should not buy used. | Matt Cardy/Getty Images Should you buy...

These MLB Teams Should Give Up on 2017

To sell or not to sell: That is the question for struggling MLB teams in midsummer. Even when the decision is clear, see clubs...

The MLB Stadiums Fans Refuse to Attend

What good is a walk-off when there are no fans to see it? Welcome to one of the least-visited MLB stadiums: Oakland-Alameda Coliseum....

How Giancarlo Stanton Became MLB’s Most Terrifying Hitter

Giancarlo Stanton’s rise to superstardom was anything but typical. | Mike Zarilli/Getty Images You see Giancarlo Stanton with 50 home runs and 108 RBI...

10 Things Your Car Mechanic Is Probably Judging You For

When you find a good car mechanic, you want to maintain that relationship for as long as possible. The best at their job will...

The Worst MLB Managers in the Game Today

The worst MLB managers struggle with people management, lineup cards, and pitching changes. | Duane Burleson/Getty Images When a team is struggling, fans and...

MLB: How the Yankees Recover and Make the Playoffs

Aaron Judge and the Yankees hope many more celebrations are in the cards for 2017. | Getty Images Is there a New York Yankees...

Here’s How the Red Sox Miss the Playoffs in 2017

The Red Sox outfielders may like to flex, but their power numbers at the plate are weak. | Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images Have you heard...