Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Saturday, November 09, 2013 6:05 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Want a new, customizable car? Check out car customization trends at the SEMA Show.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 10:27 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Driving an SUV or pickup may keep you safer in a car crash, but the damage caused could equal higher insurance rates.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:40 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA ·

Toyota recently corrected the electronic stability control problem in its Lexus GX 460 SUV that drew a “Do Not Buy” rating from Consumer Reports. The defect had previously made the SUV vulnerable to roll over in Consumer Reports tests. What’s interesting about this fix is that it shows off one of the strengths of the

Saturday, June 19, 2010 9:25 am
By Claes Bell, CFA ·

Writing about the new Ford Explorer got me wondering about how I became so shamefully biased toward hatchbacks and station wagons over SUVs. Part of it, I’m sure, is that one side of my family, including my mom, is Swedish. Euros are completely head-over-heals in love with hatchback cars and station wagons. In Europe, “estates,”

Saturday, June 12, 2010 9:25 am
By Claes Bell, CFA ·

The upcoming 2011 Ford Explorer, far from being the traditional SUV it appears to be, is actually leading a double life. It’s public face is a flagship American SUV, posturing about off-roading, mountain biking and kayaking in ads. But truth be told, it would rather be driving sedately down a nice suburban road somewhere, loaded

Tags: Ford, SUV
Friday, May 14, 2010 1:49 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA ·

Have you ever sold a car and felt like you were saying goodbye to an old friend? And what if that old friend went off and joined al-Qaida? That must be an approximation of how 19-year-old Connecticut college student Peggy Colas must feel. The New York Post reported that Colas unwittingly sold her 1993 Nissan Pathfinder