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Decisions: Have you thought this through?

Lets face it; there are many choices in this world and sometimes they aren’t always easy to make. But fortunately, there are a few resources at hand to simplify our decisions so we can get on with our lives. We’re working on a few things to make shopping for auto accessories easier, but I thought this might be a good time to revisit an old classic; customer reviews.  So lets look at a few fan favorites from our floor mats department.

Weathertech floor mats are a tried and true design made from a premium rubber compound.  We have 1302 reviews, scoring a solid 4.75 / 5 stars for appearance, ease of installation, price, value and quality.

Weathertech Extreme Duty floor mats are a more rugged version of the OG mats.  Made from harder plastic with taller side walls, these rubber mats will do a fine job of controlling spills. And out of 1985 reviews, these mats score an average of 4.25 stars.

Husky Liners are bringing in big numbers in the review arena; you can read 5652 reviews on our site, all with an average rating of 4.87 / 5.  An extra-tall side wall and bulletproof plastic rubber make these liners perfect for any workhorse vehicle.

Husky Weatherbeater floor mats offer a more refined look than their liners, but still boast the same solid construction and custom fit. After 526 customer reviews, we can see they also score an average of 4.87 / 5 stars.

Clearly all of them are winners, but only you can decide which set of car mats has the right style, fit and price for you.

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BMW’s Electronic Brake Override: The Future For Non-Bavarian Autos Soon?


Weird Car Accident

It used to be that Bimmers were showcases for cutting-edge automotive technology. Were you to draw comparisons to grocery stores, BMW would be a Whole Foods (organic, grass-fed, hormone-free), and Detroit’s Big 3 would be 7-11s (pre-packaged, corn syrup-fortified, jerkyed). However, Washington is tossing around the idea of making one of BMW’s standard safety features mandatory in all North American cars: brake override systems. Continue reading

Peek-a-boo: New Braking Problems Pop Up in the Prius


2010 Toyota Prius

Just when you thought that Toyota had a grasp on its malfunctioning accelerator woes, new revelations cast doubt on the brake system of their vaunted 2010 Prius (I can almost hear the muffled cries of chetsu! from across the Pacific). Before you rush out to your already besieged local Toyota dealership, know this: no recall has been announced on the 2010 Prius. Continue reading

Toyota Recall: The Fix Is In


Toyota

It hasn’t been a good month for Toyota. The embattled auto manufacturer had to recall more than 2-million of its most popular vehicles because of problems with the gas pedal sticking in the Go! position. However, Toyota says it now has a fix for the sticky accelerators, and parts should be hitting the dealerships this week. Continue reading

Big Lips, Fast Cars: Top Gear Wants Angelia Jolie as Co-host


Top Gear

When it comes to witty, opinionated reviews on cars, Jeremy Clarkson is the king. However, his British mug isn’t exactly eye candy. Come to think of it, none of the hosts of the BBC’s spectacularly popular show Top Gear are exactly pleasing on the eyes. James May looks like a weathered Janis Joplin, and Richard Hammond strikes me as what Steve Buscemi and Ryan Seacrest’s love-child might look like. The Stig, of course, doesn’t count. Continue reading

Vehicles from the 2009 LA Auto Show


AutoBlog at the LA Auto Show

Last week was the LA Auto Show. While we didn’t get to go and check out the latest vehicle models and upcoming releases, AutoBlog was there to provide complete coverage of the event.  There are many highlights from this event, but of particular interest is the Audi R8 Spyder (the hotness), the Cadillac CTS Coupe (very pointy), the Special Edition Dodge Vipers (very electric) and the Toyota Prius Plugin (very Green).   Check it out when you get a chance, you won’t be sorry. We also were able to find out about a layaway vacation plans site while researching the new vehicle models.

Lexus LF-A Hits the Ring, Initial Impressions are Impressive!


Although no details have been released concerning the official lap time of the LF-A, several automotive journalists are offering up some serious praise for Lexus’ first venture into the world of super cars. Here’s a short interview with Thomas Bangma at the Ring.  Tune back in on October 21st for the next round of LF-A news!

Mythbusters Blows Up a Camry, No One Mourns


Mythbuster’s compares Hollywood explosions to Mafia-style executions.  In the first blast, there are just a few gallons a gasoline and a small amount of explosives to ignite the flammables.  But in the second explosion, they used hundreds of pounds of explosives in the hood, trunk and cabin to turn the well-built import into a few hunks of twisted metal. Loose the Monday blues by enjoying carnage and destruction that only Mythbuster’s can deliver.

Ford Making Cars That Will Park Themselves


This isn’t the first time we’ve seen technology like this. BMW has the technology for their cars to pull forward into a garage after you get out of the vehicle and pull out the key. Toyota has a similar technology called Intelligent Park Assist, which lets their cars parallel park themselves into a parking space, although there have been some reports that this technology might need a little more fine tuning before it’s ready for the masses.

Ford has unveiled today their own parking assist technology which is similar to Toyota’s. The cool thing about it is that it will actually find (via sensors) a parking space before you can activate the system. It will be first rolled out in the Cadillac line of autos, but it should find it’s way to Ford and maybe Mercury, if that brand doesn’t hit the chopping block. Here’s a cool demo video from Ford.

Custom Audio Systems – SEMA 2008


You will never find such an amazing collection of custom audio systems like you will at the SEMA show.  Every one is built from custom-made fiberglass enclosures and finished off in fine cloths or paint matched gel coatings.  Huge subs, multiple amps and acoustically constructive designs are standard implementations to these wild rides.

Even Now, Truck Accessories Are Tops – SEMA 2008


Extang Tonneau Cover on 2009 F150 Platinum Edition - SEMA 2008

Think trucks and truck accessories are dead? The 2008 SEMA Show proved quite the opposite. Two new full-size trucks, the 2009 Dodge Ram and the 2009 Ford F-150, are driving hundreds of new parts to the aftermarket arena.

Sure, accessories for green vehicles like the Smart Fortwo and Prius were given plenty of press ahead of the show. But there was little depth behind all of the high talk, as 2009 Ford F-150 accessories and 2009 Dodge Ram accessories outpaced parts for fuel misers by a cavernous margin.

Clearly, SEMA’s sharpest parts producers still want and need to be in the truck business. The big economic and environmental guns at their collective temples demand that a few highly publicized bones be thrown in trendy directions. Still, virtually no manufacturer suggests that green car accessories can replace the green lost when truck sales are sagging.

That’s probably why SEMA 2008 pushed a massive lot of 2009 F-150 accessories, but did so with little fanfare. Performance exhaust systems, suspension lift kits, lowering kits, style bits like billet grilles and body kits, and the usual utility suspects like tonneau covers and side steps all made their debut.

The wave continued on the Mopar side. 2009 Dodge Ram accessories sharpened the horns of the latest 1500 from Auburn Hills. Lifts, slams, truck bed accessories and bold bull bars premiered at SEMA 2008, allaying some fears that this Ram is more Caravan than Power Wagon.

Ford itself bolstered the 2009 F-150’s excitement with eye-attracting show concepts like the much-anticipated Raptor concept and a loaded jobsite dreamboat courtesy of DeWalt. While Chrysler’s Mopar booth focused on Challenger muscle, 2009 Dodge Rams roamed throughout the show floor as the showcase truck for dozens of brands.

The hot story of SEMA 2008 may be about trying to make traditional accessories and performance parts for non-traditional vehicles. Behind this public face, though, truck accessories are alive and well – especially if you’re sizing up a great deal on a 2009 Ford F-150 or Dodge Ram. Expect no shortage of add-ons for the latest editions of these mainstay half-tons.

Image caption: Extang’s latest tonneau cover on a showy 2009 F-150 Platinum Edition.

Nick “Hogan” Bollea Released From Prison After Wreckless Driving Accident


Some time ago we wrote about Nick Bollea, son of Hulk Hogan, turning 18 and being upgraded from juvenille hall to the real deal.  Shortly after midnight last night, Nick was released from prison after serving only 166 days of his 8 month sentence.  He was released early on good behavior. 

It’s been reported that Nick will be living on his own soon, although he will still be on probation with a suspended license.  There are also rumors that Nick is considering hosting his own reality TV show…like there isn’t enough garbage on TV these days. 

Source: The Mikey Morning Show in San Diego

Toyota Yaris Used as a Bobsled


Here’s another funny commercial that Toyota’s marketing team came up with in their list of thing’s the Toyota Yaris can’t do.

Toyota Yaris Tries to Fly off an Aircraft Carrier, Swims with the Fishes


Toyota’s latest line of commericals aims to show that their Yaris can do just about anything, but instead of showing you what it can do, they show you what it can’t do.  In this commercial, the Yaris tries to take off from an aircraft carrier.