2018 Volvo XC60 with Eclipse Viewer

Watch the Eclipse through Your Volvo Moonroof

BREAKING NEWS! SUPER TIMELY! [cue the old-timey doot dooot doot doot dooooot newsreel sounds] If you live in the path of Monday’s solar eclipse and you have a 2018 Volvo XC60 with a moonroof, run don’t walk to your nearest Volvo dealer. The manufacturer is providing eclipse-safe viewing shields so you can sit right under that astronomical…

Electrified Volvos

Volvo Embracing Electric, And Proving It 

Volvo is walking the talk with its commitment to EVs. As of 2019 all the vehicles they launch will have an electric motor on its own or in addition to an internal combustion engine. “This is a clear commitment towards reducing our carbon footprint as well as contributing to a better air quality in our…

CXC Race Simulator

Driver’s Education: The Future Is Not Now

by Sara Lacey   My son hopefully asked me the other day, “So, when do you think autonomous vehicles will be a practical reality? Like, in the next year?” He is starting Driver’s Ed this summer, and if all things go according to plan, he will be getting his license next year. To be clear,…

Garmin babyCam night vision

In-Car Infant Monitors, Low-Tech vs. High-Tech

by Sara Lacey   Most car manufacturers take a very low-tech approach to monitoring children in their vehicles. Typically, it involves a curved mirror installed just above the rearview mirror that looks into the back of the vehicle. This actually works fairly well, except when the kids are rear-facing. Unless you’re really great at lining…

2016 Acura TLX ACC controls

How to Use: Automatic Cruise Control

Automatic Cruise Control (ACC) is showing up in more new cars at showrooms, and it’s not just on the fancy cars. As the sensors become cheaper, ACC is making its way into cars in the middle of the price range. ACC is dead simple, and once you start using it, you’ll turn it on every…

2017 Acura TLX ADAS

Why ADAS Matters in an Emergency

On January 6, a man died in a car crash in Portland, Oregon. His wife, the only passenger in the car, was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. As in most cities, this was sad and unfortunate, but not unusual. There are more than 35,000 traffic fatalities a year in the United States.…

2017 Ford Fusion shift knob

Ford’s Return to Park Stops Rollaways

by Kristen Hall-Geisler We’ve all done it: stopped the car (or tried to) while the car was in drive. Or neutral. Or reverse. Anything, really, but the parking gear. Most cars will keep you from breaking the engine or leaving with the car in drive, but Ford is taking it a step further with Return…