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7 cars earn top crash-avoidance ratings

There's a new test that rates systems in cars designed to prevent front-end crashes. Developed by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, the test assesses cars with forward-collision warning and autonomous-braking systems and determines the systems' effectiveness at reducing speeds or avoiding a collision at 12 mph and 25 mph. Seven of the 74 2014 model-year cars evaluated in the initial round earned the top score of "superior" in crash-avoidance tests.

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Bad-credit car loans lowest since 2012

Car loans for consumers with the worst credit, so-called subprime and deep subprime, have fallen to its lowest share of auto loans overall since 2012.  ... Read more


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