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Budget Direct Renders the Evolution of 7 Timeless Models

Budget Direct Renders the Evolution of 7 Timeless Models

Don’t expect any of these models to go away anytime soon

There is no shortage of car models in the auto industry these days. Some models have gained followings while others have become flashes in the pan. Then there are the titans of the business, the models that have lasted the test of time and have been around, literally, for generations. In the course of their respective lifetimes, these models have evolved in more ways than one, none more evident than their designs. These seven models have been around for so long their designs have evolved considerably from when they first came out. Knowing their place in the business, these models are unlikely to go away anytime soon.

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Infographic: Rent a Car vs Drive Your Own on Roadtrips

Infographic: Rent a Car vs Drive Your Own on Roadtrips

The great American roadtrip is still alive and well in the modern age. The freedom of discovering a wide stretch of tarmac is like the opening of a thousand doors, with new possibilities peaking around every bend. Whether you’re heading for one place in particular, or just roaming for the sake of travel, everyone should take a good, long road trip at least once in his or her lifetime.

However, there are certainly more than a few things to consider before getting on the highway. Travel by car means flexibility in terms of where you go and what schedule you follow, but it also means all the responsibility of making sure you actually get there rests firmly on your shoulders.

Part of the preparation involves choosing what car to take, including the possibility of travel by rental. This infographic from Toyota takes you through that decision process by outlining some of the most important aspects of picking the right ride. You’ll definitely want something that is reliable, comfortable, and easy on the gas budget, and the infographic comes with some very useful tips to consider.

While the infographic is quite useful, I’d say it’s not totally comprehensive. I recently completed an epic, cross-country road trip from Los Angeles to New York in my own Subaru WRX, and from this experience, I’d venture there’s at least one additional consideration to make, which is this: what car do you WANT to take? For my trip, a rental might have been more comfortable and fuel efficient, but there’s something special about driving your own personal car all those miles. It’s one more unique aspect to add to the car’s character, and when I look back at that roadtrip, I’ll remember seeing the country over the burble of a flat-four boxer engine and a blue hood scoop, and to me, that means far more than a few extra dollars saved on gas.

Click past the jump to read the entire infographic

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Largest Recalls in History: Who made #1?

Largest Recalls in History: Who made #1?

Toyota got a lot of crap last year for the millions of vehicles that were recalled due to problems with unintended acceleration, but where would the company fall in a list of the top automotive recalls? Our next piece in the Car Infographics series answers that very question with the largest recalls in our automotive history.

It happens more often than we would like, but recalls are just a part of the automotive business that we all have to become accustomed to. After all, these machines are man-made and as we all know, people can very easily make mistakes. So who tops the list?

Let’s step back to Toyota for a moment. In 2010, the company had to recall 5.3 million vehicles due to reports of the driver side floor mats getting wedged underneath the gas pedal, causing unintended acceleration. Models involved in this recall included the likes of the Camry and Prius, as well as other models ranging from 2004-2010. 5.3 million is a large number, but Toyota only captures the #4 spot.

Hit the jump for the top three position fillers.

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