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Android Auto: What You Need to Know

The smartphone experience for your car, soon to be widely available. What makes it so good.

2016: Infotainment to Look Forward to

Changes and features you'll love on new models this year, from app integration to wireless hot spots.

Start/Stop: Mercedes-Benz GLA250

The fuel-saving feature that shuts off the engine when you're idling: how does it feel? I tried it.

Apple CarPlay: What You Need to Know

The iPhone experience for your car, soon to be widely available. What makes it so good.

Is Your Nav Dumber Than Your Phone?

Can Google make your car's nav system more smartphone-like? We tried it in the 2015 Nissan Rogue.

Drive Systems: An Explainer

What's the difference between 4WD, AWD, and front- and rear-wheel drive? We lay it out for you.

8 Apps to Road-Trip Like a Boss

Just about all you need is a smartphone, and you're ready for whatever happens out there.

Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist

The 2016 Ford F-150 gets this fabulous thing. I tried it.