Car Gadgets

Software Update Delivers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto to More Kia Vehicles

By Matt Schmitz on July 19, 2016


CARS.COM — Kia is expanding the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to more of its lineup via a software update. Eligible models include current and previous model-year vehicles equipped with either with a compatible AVN 4.0 navigation system… Read More

Software Update Delivers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto to More Kia Vehicles

By Matt Schmitz on July 19, 2016

CARS.COM — Kia is expanding the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to more of its lineup via a software update. Eligible models include current and previous model-year vehicles equipped with either with a compatible AVN 4.0 navigation system… Read More

The 2016 Compact SUV Challenge: Multimedia Winners and Losers

By Joe Bruzek on July 13, 2016

CARS.COM — The multimedia systems tested in the Cars.com 2016 Compact SUV Challenge ranged from bare-bones basic to top-of-the-line touch-screens with smartphone integration, multiple USB ports and near-seamless usability. Each SUV offers multiple systems but these were graded on the… Read More

Pokemon Go a No-Go Behind the Wheel, Insist Safety Advocates

By Matt Schmitz on July 12, 2016

CARS.COM — The smartphone mobile-app-based-video-game phenomenon Pokemon Go certainly gets credit for getting people who otherwise might be holed up in their apartments, staring at a screen, out into the real world ... staring at a screen. Unfortunately, it's likely… Read More

Watch Your Wheels! July Is Biggest Month for Auto Theft

By Matt Schmitz on July 8, 2016

CARS.COM — Summertime is when Americans take their cars on family road trips. For auto thieves, it's just time to take cars. That's why July is Vehicle Theft Prevention Month — a reminder to take precautions to protect the most… Read More

Firm Hacks 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Via Wi-Fi

By Matt Schmitz on June 7, 2016

CARS.COM — The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV isn't slated to arrive at U.S. dealerships until fall, but the automaker is already facing a major safety issue: Hackers in Europe exploited a vulnerability in the SUV's onboard computer. Mitsubishi has instructed European… Read More

2016 Midsize Sedan Challenge Video: Device Charging

By Aaron Bragman on June 6, 2016

CARS.COM — In our increasingly connected world, it becomes more important to be able to charge personal electronics when we're on the go. Every one of the nine family cars tested in the 2016 Midsize Sedan Challenge has at least… Read More

Tesla's Musk Takes Blame for Model X Woes, Announces Door Fix

By Fred Meier on June 3, 2016

CARS.COM — Tesla CEO Elon Musk has taken full responsibility for the spate of problems involving the company's latest product, the Model X, saying he tried to put too much new technology into the vehicle at launch. Related: Tesla Boosts… Read More

2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn Photo Gallery

By Matt Schmitz on June 3, 2016

CARS.COM — You'll probably never get to ride in a Rolls-Royce Dawn, much less drive one. Hell, you may never even catch a glimpse of one in the wild unless you sit and watch the rich and famous drive by… Read More

On-Demand Gas Apps Let You Fill 'er Up by Phone

By Matt Schmitz on May 4, 2016

CARS.COM — In the "good ol' days" there were full-service gas stations where drivers could just pull in, trip the bell hose and sit tight while the attendant filled 'er up. Those for the most part gave way to self-serve… Read More

Wearable Tech Offers Car Owners Latest in Remote Control

By Julie Halpert on April 20, 2016

CARS.COM — In one of Hyundai's Super Bowl 50 ads, actor Kevin Hart pretends to be a happy dad, handing over the keys to his car to his daughter's date, only to spend the night using Hyundai's Car Finder feature… Read More