Car & Motorcycle Buying Guides

Our experts recommended cars, motorcycles, SUVs, electric cars, adventure trailers and driving accessories, all in one place. 

Recommended Vehicles

New Cars

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The Best New Cars We've Driven in 2021 (So Far)

Every year brings with it a fleet of new and improved vehicles; these are our favorites of 2021.

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The 16 Best Cars to Buy in 2021

Kelley Blue Book has revealed the best cars to buy awards for 2021. The results may surprise you.

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The 10 Best Cars To Buy Under $55,000

Consumer Reports has made its annual list of the most sensible cars you can buy, and it features some of our favorites.

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The 15 Cars You Should Always Buy New

It's an old chestnut that cars plummet in value the moment they leave the lot. These cars don't, even after a year.

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Used Cars

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These Are the Best Cars to Buy (Slightly) Used

Grabbing any of these one-year-old cars could save you big money over buying factory-fresh.

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The Best Used Cars You Can Buy for Under $20,000
Millions of cars are coming off three-year leases these days, making it a great time to pick up a lightly-used ride. These 10 vehicles,…
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The Best Used Cars You Can Buy for Under $10,000

Consumer Reports and the IIHS have joined forces to find the best used cars for anyone on a budget

SUVs

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The 20 Best Off-Road Trucks and SUVs You Can Buy

Many vehicles pose as being off-road-ready. Here are the trucks and SUVs that can actually do it.

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The 10 Best SUVs for Towing

These rugged SUVs provide truck-caliber towing capability and family-friendly practicality.

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The Best SUVs for Camping

Wanna get away? These SUVs will make it easier than ever.

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The 10 Best SUVs Under $50,000
Choosing one among the endless many is no easy task. Moreover, since the average price for an SUV 2017 was just under $40,000, it’s a d…
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Other Family Cars

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We Drove Every New Minivan (So You Don't Have To)

Minivans are the most practical and spacious family vehicles you can buy...if you're willing to go there.

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The Best Family Cars for New Dads

New parents need cars that are safe, practical, and reasonably priced. Here are some options that are more fun than minivans.

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8 Great Dad Cars That Car Lovers Will Appreciate

Yes, you need something roomier and more practical, but there's no need to go full-on Chevy Traverse.

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These Are the Safest New Cars Sold in America

The IIHS has published its list of Top Safety Picks for 2021, with brands like Volvo and Subaru leading the charge.

Electric Cars

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6 Questions to Ask If You're Thinking About an EV

2021 will be the best year yet to buy an electric car. But is it the right year for you?

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The Future Electric Cars We're Most Excited About

The next few years will be packed with new EVs. These are the ones that have us jazzed the most.

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Here's What Lies Beneath Your Favorite EV

Electric cars have more in common than you might realize.

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The Best Electric SUVs You Can Buy in 2021

EV buyers, like everyone else, want SUVs — and they're starting to have plenty to choose from.

Car Brand Buying Guides & Industry Knowledge

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The Complete Audi Buying Guide

Audi follows a simple naming format, for the most part, employing letters and numbers.

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The Complete BMW Buying Guide

BMW produces cars and SUVs, and uses an alphanumeric naming system many in the industry have come to imitate.

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The Jeep Buying Guide: Every Model, Explained

What is the best Jeep model for you to buy? Start your research process here.

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The Complete Land Rover Buying Guide

Rugged and synonymous with prestige, Land Rovers fit in on the trails or on Rodeo Drive.

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The Complete Lexus Buying Guide

Lexus’s lineup isn’t nearly as complicated as its German rivals, but it could still use some explaining.

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The Complete Mercedes-Benz Buying Guide

How to tell your GLA, GLB, GLC, GLE, GLS and G-Class apart.

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The Complete Porsche Buying Guide

Once known just for its sports cars, Porsche now produces a wide variety of coupes, convertibles, SUVs and sedans.

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The Complete Volvo Buying Guide

Volvo produces some of the safest, most sensible and relentlessly pleasant cars on the road.

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The Complete Guide to Automotive Sub-Brands

From Abarth to Wilderness, an exhaustive look at automakers' built wild attempts to make fetch happen.

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Who Owns Your Favorite Car Brand?

The brands you know, and the corporate umbrellas you might not.

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A Guide to Today's Car Subscription Services

Why would you get a car subscription instead of a car lease? Where should you get one from? Here's how to find out.

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Every Automotive Emblem, Explained

Every emblem has a story.

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Automotive Accessories & Gear

Adventure Trailers & Camper Vans

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The Best Off-Road Trailers You Can Buy

Whether you want a little extra storage or an apartment on wheels, these off-road-ready trailers have you covered.

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The Best Small Camping Trailers

These mini trailers allow anyone (and almost any vehicle) to be a weekend adventurer.

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Buying a Camper Van? Here Are the Brands to Know

Europeans and Aussies get many of the best camper vans. But there are still some great options you can buy in the United States.

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The Complete Guide to Trailer Tents

You’ll never have to worry about sleeping on the floor again while indulging in the great outdoors.

Car Camping Gear

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The Gear You Absolutely Need for Car Camping

Car camping is an accessible way to explore the great outdoors. This awesome gear will help you on your way.

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The Best SUVs for Camping

Wanna get away? These SUVs will make it easier than ever.

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The Best Rooftop Tents You Can Buy

If you’ve always enjoyed the top bunk, you should invest in a rooftop car tent.

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All the Gear You Need for Off-Road Camping

You’ve got your camping supplies and your truck. Here’s the gear to keep from getting stranded.

Racks, Cargo Boxes & Tires

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The Best Rooftop Cargo Boxes You Can Buy

Roof top storage can get pricey, but it's much more cost-effective than leveling up to a bigger vehicle.

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The 7 Best Roof Racks for Hauling Gear

Tom Henwood of Main Line Overland shares his roof rack picks.

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The Best All-Terrain Tires You Can Buy

The best all-terrain tires to get the most from that fancy 4Runner or Gladiator you just bought.

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The Best Winter and Snow Tires You Can Buy

Yup, it's already time to start thinking about winter tires. Here are the best ones.

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Safety & Emergency Accessories

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The Best Wiper Blades for Your Car

Windshield wipers may be the biggest afterthought on your car — but among the most important safety features.

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The Best Roadside Assistance Kits You Can Buy

AAA is nice, but it's good to have a backup plan just in case.

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The Quick and Easy Guide to Choosing a Children’s Car Seat

Buying a car seat can be confusing and expensive. Save yourself some trouble with this helpful guide.

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Snow Removal Tools Every Car Owner Needs

The best products for chipping, scraping and digging your way out of the snow and ice before your morning commute.

Car Maintenance & Tools

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Here’s How to Wash Your Car the Right Way

Pollen and dirt are almost entirely unavoidable — but they put your precious paint at risk.

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How to Clean and Maintain Your Car Interior

Beauty is more than sheet metal-deep.

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The Best Gear for Your Garage

The importance of having the right tools at the right time can't be overstated...but what about the garage itself?

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The Best Portable Jump Starters
The best portable jump-starters are sleek, computer-regulated, lithium-ion gadgets that can fit discretely in your trunk or even your g…

Motorcycles, Riding Accessories & Commuting Alternatives

Bikes for Every Rider

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The Best Motorcycles for Beginner Riders

Want to dip your toe into the riding waters? Consider these bikes your swimmies.

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9 Fantastic Adventure Motorcycles

Whether riding on asphalt, gravel or dirt, an adventure bike never waivers. These are some of the best you can buy right now.

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The Best Motorcycles for Navigating City Streets

These bikes can make your commute go from a curse to a blast.

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The Best Motorcycles for Shorter Riders

Finding a motorcycle when you’re, shall we say, a particular size can be tricky.

Motorcycle Brand Guides

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The Complete BMW Motorcycle Buying Guide
While they’re best-known for their four-wheeled endeavors, BMW’s first motorcycle predates its first car. Unfortunately, the two-wheele…
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The Complete Ducati Buying Guide

Ducati produces a wide range of motorcycles but remains a premium and performance brand.

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The Complete Indian Motorcycle Buying Guide

Want to know about Indian’s full line of American bikes? You've come to the right place.

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The Complete Triumph Buying Guide

Your comprehensive guide to the Triumph Motorcycles lineup, all in one place.

Motorcycle Helmets

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The Best Motorcycle Helmets You Can Buy

And some of the best ones are on sale right now.

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The Best Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmets You Can Buy

The best helmets for keeping in touch with other riders, taking calls and receiving turn-by-turn navigation prompts.

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The Best Vintage-Style Motorcycle Helmets

Riding a café racer with a modern helmet is just plain wrong. Here’s how to go properly retro.

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A Simple Guide to Motorcycle Helmet Ratings

We’ve come a long way from strapping leather caps on our heads and thinking it was safe enough.

Motorcycle Apparel

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The Best Motorcycle Jackets You Can Buy

Whether you're commuting to the office or planning a cross-country journey, find the motorcycle jacket you need.

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The Best Motorcycle Backpacks You Can Buy

Whether you're planning a cross-country tour or just want to rip trails, one of these backpacks will be perfect for the job.

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The Best Motorcycle Goggles You Can Buy

Goggles may seem like an old-school or MX-only accessory, but they can be an essential piece of moto gear.

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Low Key Motorcycle Boots for the Casual Ride

They don’t have to be knee high, tactical or shiny.

Foul-Weather Accessories

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The Best Motorcycle Gloves for Any Season

Your hands will always be the first line of defense when you fall. Make sure they're protected.

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The Best Winter Motorcycle Gloves

Not ready to park your bike for the summer? Snag a pair of cold-weather gloves and keep riding for months.

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The Best Rain Tires for Motorcycles

Pump the water away, get some grip back and keep it shiny-side up.

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The Complete BMW Motorcycle Buying Guide
While they’re best-known for their four-wheeled endeavors, BMW’s first motorcycle predates its first car. Unfortunately, the two-wheele…

Other Ways to Commute

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The Best E-Scooters You Can Buy Right Now

Urban nuisance no longer, e-scooters are now a savvy way to make short, socially distant commutes.

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The Best Commuter Bikes of 2021

When it comes to commuter bikes, one size does not fit all — which is why our guide includes picks for every kind of rider and terrain.

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The 12 Best E-Bikes of 2021

Pedal assist can seriously expand your cycling footprint and open up a whole new world of riding. Start here.

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5 New E-Bikes You Should Know Now

Electrified bicycles are zooming into the forefront of the two-wheeled world. Here are five of the latest models you should know about.

Imports, Future Classics and Vintage Cars

Vintage & Custom Cars

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5 Vintage Roadsters That Are Still Very Affordable

Driving a roadster is about as sweet an automotive experience as you can get. And you don't need to shell out big bucks for the fun.

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5 Affordable Vintage Cars Perfect For City Life

Choosing to own a car in the city is as big of a lifestyle choice as living in the city itself.

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Want a Custom Porsche? Here Are the Brands to Know

Whether you're looking for an exquisite work of art or a badass off-roader, these Porsche modifiers can build exactly what you want.

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Custom Land Rover Defenders: The Brands to Know
It's hard to match the charm of a classic Land Rover Defender, especially when it has been endowed with more love than its creators eve…

Future Classics

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11 Future Classic Cars From The 2010s

Here are some of our favorite cars from the last decade—all destined to be future classics.

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These 11 Cars From the 2000s Will Be Classics

1990s cars are all the rage right now. But the 2000s wave could come on strong in a few years.

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8 Future Classics From the Early Aughts

The classic car market can be tricky to figure out, but we took a guess at what the future classics from the early aughts will be.

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Now Is the Time to Buy Up Cars of the ’90s and Early ’00s

Enjoy them and resell in 10 to 15 years for a payday.

Imports

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How to Import the Fantasy Foreign Car of Your Dreams

Ever dream about importing a Nissan Skyline, a right-hand-drive Supra or a never-sold-here Lotus?

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The Coolest Foreign Cars You Can Import for the First Time in 2020

Want a ride that’ll truly set you apart from the Joneses?

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10 Used Foreign Cars You Can Finally Import in 2019
If you’re a car enthusiast, arguably the best part of rolling into a new year is the opportunity to purchase cars that were once forbid…
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The Best Cars You Can Finally Import to the US in 2018

They’re unconventional, but that’s exactly why they’re great.

Fun to Drive Cars

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The Best Sports Cars You Can Buy for Under $30,000

Whether you're looking for a new car or one that's just new to you, there's a lot of fun to be had for under $30K.

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The 10 Best Manual Transmission Cars You Can Buy

The manual transmission isn't extinct — yet.

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The Fastest Cars in the World Right Now

300 miles per hour, anyone?

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10 Cars We Still Can't Wait to Drive in 2021

We've already driven the Bronco and several cool Jeeps, but 2021 still has a lot more to come.

Driving Accessories & Gifts

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The Best Driving Gloves to Buy in 2021

Because you can always use a little more grip.

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7 Essential Smartphone Apps Every Driver Needs

Want a better driving experience? Add these apps to your phone.

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The Best Car Books to Get Dad For Father's Day

Father's Day isn't that far away, folks. Might as well get a jump on your gifts.

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Best Car Books to Get Your Dad for Father’s Day

Does your dad love cars? Here are five great books to give him for Father’s Day.