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2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review: Good Old Dog Running Out of Tricks

By Brian Normile on October 10, 2019

The verdict: The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a solid, stylish SUV that’s starting to show its age — no surprise, given the current generation has been around since 2011, with only a cosmetic refres... Read More
2020 Dodge Charger Scat Pack and Hellcat Widebody Review: Which to Buy?

By Brian Wong on October 8, 2019

Dodge’s announcement that Widebody versions of the Charger would be coming for the 2020 model year were met with personal delight. In large part because I know what “Widebody” means in Dodge parlan... Read More
2019 Cadillac XT4: Everything You Need to Know

By Lauren Leazenby on September 23, 2019

The new-for-2019 Cadillac XT4 is the GM luxury brand’s latest entry in what has become a crowded market of luxury SUVs. Here’s everything you need to know if you’re shopping for one. Read More
All the Pickup Truck News: Ram Power Wagon at Work, Beefed-Up Ford F-150 and Ranger, and More

By Brian Normile on September 19, 2019

The 2019 Ram 2500 Power Wagon is a fantastic off-road truck, and if it’s held back at all, it’s mostly because of its sheer size. But it’s still technically a three-quarter-ton heavy-duty pickup, a... Read More
2019 Kia Optima: A Value Player, Not an Athlete

By Kelsey Mays on September 11, 2019

The verdict: The Kia Optima overcomes a hit-and-miss driving experience with value galore, especially now that Kia has added much-needed standard safety features for 2019. Versus the competition: E... Read More
Other Than Shocks, What Suspension Parts Go Bad?

By Rick Popely on February 21, 2018

CARS.COM — Your car’s suspension system is near the top of the list for components that you should keep an eye on. Why? Because just about every part of the suspension system other than shock... Read More
What Problems Do Worn Suspension Bushings Cause?

By Rick Popely on January 30, 2018

CARS.COM — Bushings are cushions made of rubber, polyurethane (often shortened to “poly” or “urethane”) or other materials. They’re mounted on car suspension and steer... Read More
How Do You Know When to Replace Your Shocks?

By Rick Popely on January 26, 2018

CARS.COM — Some vehicles, particularly for the front suspension, have struts. While the terms shocks and struts often are used together, struts are a suspension assembly that includes a shock absor... Read More
Struts and Shock Absorbers: What You Need to Know

By Rick Popely on April 30, 2016

A shock is a suspension component that controls the up-and-down motion of a vehicle’s wheels. Though the devices provide some shock absorption, the job of absorbing shocks is actually handled... Read More
Drive Axle: What You Need to Know

By Rick Popely on April 30, 2016

A drive axle is essentially a half axle, so named because it does half of the job, extending from a transaxle or differential to one of the wheels. Its twin on the other side completes the set. Bec... Read More