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Start your engines: Keep less-driven vehicles in top shape

Amid the virus pandemic, Americans aren’t driving as much. Here's a list of tips to keep vehicles in shape even if they’re being driven less. Read more

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This new electric car has over 1,000 horsepower

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2020 Land Rover Discovery

The three-row Land Rover Discovery is a luxurious tow vehicle. It boasts an impressive maximum towing capacity of 8,201 pounds when properly equipped. The Discovery is particularly well-suited for towing when powered by its available diesel-powered six-cylinder engine. There’s also a wealth of helpful technology to make towing less intimidating. One helpful available feature allows you to easily control the direction of an attached trailer when you’re backing up by twisting a knob inside the cabin and watching your progress on the backup camera display. One drawback is that the Discovery’s infotainment screen can be slow to respond and not as intuitive as we’d like. MSRP of 2020 Discovery SE with the diesel engine: $55,650. Read more

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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Crossovers can be rugged, too. The Jeep Grand Cherokee has remarkable off-road capabilities, especially in its specialized Trailhawk trim level. A properly equipped Grand Cherokee can tow up to 6,000 pounds with its standard V6 engine. If you need even more, a larger V8 pushes the rating up to 7,200 pounds. That is enough capability to tow a decent-size boat or a travel trailer. On the downside, this Grand Cherokee generation has been around since 2011. It looks and feels dated, and it has a firmer ride than more modern rivals. But when it comes to towing, it’s a proven veteran. MSRP of a 2020 Grand Cherokee Limited with four-wheel drive and 5.7-liter V8: $45,350. Read more

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2020 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer, which is fully redesigned for 2020, is well suited for towing. Unlike most other three-row crossover SUVs, it has a rear-wheel-drive architecture, which can help with towing stability. It also comes with a variety of engine choices and a 10-speed automatic transmission to balance power with fuel economy. Read more

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Take periodic drives

Occasionally driving your vehicle around the block will help keep the battery charged and in good health. It will also prevent rust from building up on the rotors, which if left unchecked could cause irreversible damage and will also prevent the tires from flat spotting. Flat spotting is when the rubber degrades quicker in one spot due to compression, which will cause an incurable vibration. Read more

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Inflate your tires

If your car will be sitting for a long period of time, the temperature may change and the tires can slowly lose pressure. For this reason, it’s a good idea to inflate your tires to the recommended air pressure, but do not exceed the maximum. Read more

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Keeping eyes on the road: Technology aims at distracted driving

Distracted driving puts not only drivers at risk but also passengers, cyclists and pedestrians. In 2018, it led to the deaths of 2,841 peop… Read more

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Keep your motor runnin'

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Five standout sedans worth considering amid SUV mania

SUVs are among the most popular vehicles on the road today, and their sales growth has come at the expense of the traditional four-door sed… Read more

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