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Navdy Head-Up Display Review

Navdy Head-Up Display Review

By Joe Bruzek on February 22, 2017

CARS.COM — The original developers of head-up display technology for military fighter jets probably never thought their tech would be available for installation in a Volkswagen diesel wago... Read More
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Five Hacks for Car Shopping With Cars.com's App

Five Hacks for Car Shopping With Cars.com's App

By Joe Bruzek on December 19, 2016

CARS.COM — A smartphone is a powerful tool and can be extra-powerful to help you find your next car with Cars.com's mobile car-shopping app, available on iOS and Android. The app featu... Read More
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Pearl RearVision Backup Camera Review

Pearl RearVision Backup Camera Review

By Joe Bruzek on November 2, 2016

CARS.COM — The effectiveness of backup cameras is well-documented, so much so that starting May 1, 2018, they'll be federally mandated standard equipment on new cars. If your car doesn... Read More
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IPhone 7 Works Flawlessly in These Cars

IPhone 7 Works Flawlessly in These Cars

By Joe Bruzek on October 5, 2016

CARS.COM — Anytime a popular smartphone like the iPhone is updated you hope there aren't issues integrating it with your car. We grabbed the new iPhone 7 with the latest iOS 10.0.1 ope... Read More
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Honda Fit's HondaLink Problem Caused by Faulty Apple Connector

Honda Fit's HondaLink Problem Caused by Faulty Apple Connector

By Joe Bruzek on May 9, 2016

Our 2015 Honda Fit's confusing HondaLink multimedia system was made even worse by issues including an intermittent display when hooked up via the HDMI port as well as a glitch that kept us f... Read More
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2016 Volvo XC90: We Dive Into Its Enormous Touch-Screen

2016 Volvo XC90: We Dive Into Its Enormous Touch-Screen

By Joe Bruzek on March 7, 2016

CARS.COM — There's no way around using the 2016 Volvo XC90's massive touch-screen. As part of Volvo's Sensus multimedia system, it's the main way drivers interact with medi... Read More
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2015 Honda Fit Apps Remind Us Why Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Rock

2015 Honda Fit Apps Remind Us Why Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Rock

By Joe Bruzek on January 27, 2016

CARS.COM — When it comes to smartphone gadgets in the 2015 Honda Fit, you won't find Apple CarPlay and Android Auto like you will in the 2016 Honda Civic and Honda Accord. Instead, we&... Read More
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Smartphone Docks Don't Have to Suck

Smartphone Docks Don't Have to Suck

By on August 4, 2015

Most people think of dashboard smartphone mounts as a triple threat of badness: poorly made, barely functional and, given the richness of modern factory and aftermarket entertainment and navigat... Read More
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Making an iPhone6 Work With In-Car Wireless Charging

Making an iPhone6 Work With In-Car Wireless Charging

By Joe Bruzek on May 28, 2015

CARS.COM — For years, automakers have promised in-car wireless phone charging systems and they're finally rolling out at a feverish pace. Toyota, Lexus, Jeep, Cadillac, Dodge, GMC and ... Read More
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MapQuest 3.0: Up-Close Mobile App Inspection

MapQuest 3.0: Up-Close Mobile App Inspection

By Robby DeGraff on July 25, 2012

What is it? MapQuest brings traditional turn-by-turn navigation into the car with voice guidance, quick destination input and points-of-interest markers ... Read More