Cars, Trucks & Engines
You may have passed the test for your driver's license, but that doesn't mean you'll ace our quizzes about all things auto. Buckle up, because we're about to test your auto knowledge.
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Traffic laws in the United States vary a little from state to state, although generally they are pretty much the same. Red lights mean "stop" and green lights mean "go" everywhere across the country. Do you think you know the American rules of the road well enough to drive here? Take our quiz and see if you can keep it between the lines!
By Dyann Joyce
Major mistakes can cost U.S. automakers a lot of time and money, and in some cases even cost drivers their lives. But it usually takes a combination of failures to make a car or an automotive brand truly flop — from design and engineering problems to poor sales or ... well, sometimes being ugly is all it takes. How many of these famous auto fiascos do you know? Take this quiz to find out!
Picking the right color for your vehicle has always been an issue. Some go with their favorite colors, others choose something more practical, but what color should you really driving? Take this quiz to find out!
By Khadija Leon
Every day, millions of people hop into their vehicles and zoom off down the highway, but many of them have forgotten the basic rules of driving. Could you pass a basic driver's exam?
By John Miller
When you're on the road for days at a time in the business of long haul trucking, your social life will consist of talking to other folks on the road on your CB. Every trucker has a handle on the CB radio, and they help each other out by pointing out Smokey or catching up about how things went at the Chicken Coop. What would your trucker handle be? Take this quiz to find out!
By Mark Philip Lichtenstein
From Toyota to Tesla, car manufacturers love to tout their sales numbers. But some cars clearly sell better than others. How well do you know history's best-selling cars?
By John Miller
You may, and for good reason, have been known to ogle the Toyota Tacoma. Or maybe you prefer to debate whose line of trucks is better, Ford or Chevy. But how much do you know about the first pickup trucks to drive on U.S. roads? Let's find out!
You do (sometimes) the required oil changes, tire rotations and other recommended vehicle maintenance. But, from how much you can safely haul in the bed to knowing where your blind spots are, are you up on the ins and outs of keeping a pickup on the road?
The first minivans, the Dodge Caravan and the Plymouth Voyager, introduced to the U.S. market were for the 1984 model year -- and they were a huge hit. Today, Americans buy three times as many crossover vehicles as minivans and SUVs combined. See how much you know about the pros and cons of crossovers, and what makes them so popular.
The average cost of buying a car in 2016 was $33,845 -- that's a big purchase. And to get that car, you need to deal with a salesperson who's been trained to give you the worst deal, if possible. See how much you know about budgeting, haggling, negotiating and the art of making a deal.
Ford and Chevrolet are two of the most famous automobile brands in history. They’ve also been fierce rivals since the 1920s. Could you tell one brand from another just by reading some facts? Take this quiz to see how well you know America’s automotive titans!
By John Miller
Did you know that a "deuce" refers specifically to a 1932 Ford coupé, popularized by the Beach Boys' song, "Little Deuce Coupé"? Conversation with your mechanic, car lovers or your friend who likes to wrench on the family car in the garage can feel like car talk is a foreign language if you're not a gearhead. See if you speak the language by taking this quiz!
Before the days of fuel efficiency ratings and airbags, there were muscle cars; the brawny spawn of Detroit car makers. How much do you know about these muscular American classics?
By John Miller
Unless it's caused you problems in the past, you're probably only familiar with your car's powertrain because of the powertrain warranty offered by the dealership. The powertrain isn't a part you can order from the service department when something goes wrong, though. It's a series of components working together to get you and your car where you want to go.
As many as 35 percent of U.S. drivers admit to driving too fast. And 19 percent admit to cutting off other motorists -- on a daily basis. But what about the traffic laws you may not even know you're breaking? See if you're a good driver, or just think you are.
Although a man named Robert Street would build the first working compressionless engine in 1794, it was Leonardo da Vinci who was the first to describe the idea back in 1506. See how much you know about the milestones in car engine history, from the early days of steam to the progression of internal combustion engines.
Sure, you know what’s under the hood of your car in general, but how deep does that knowledge go? But What about all the different types of engines and how they work? Test your engine knowledge with this quiz!
By J. Reinoehl
It's easy to take automobiles for granted - keep some gas in the car, turn your key to start and you're all set, right? But the modern convenience of planes, trains and automobiles relies on a complex system of parts set in motion by the ignition system. How much do you know about the principles and engineering that make your ride get up and go?
By Olivia Seitz
Do you know the difference between your engine and transmission? Between a camshaft and a crankcase? Engine trouble, transmission problems and other car maintenance issues are inescapable if you're a car owner. Buckle up and find out how much you know about your car's engine and more.
Whether your car is front, rear or all-wheel drive, you wouldn't get very far if your car's engine torque couldn't get to the wheels. How much do you know about what happens after you give the car some gas?
Massive recalls, ranging from benign to deadly, have haunted the auto industry for decades. How much do you know about how to handle recalls and how the process works?
The dynamometer has undergone many adaptations and changes since its invention. Before it was used to measure how much "vroom" your vehicle has, what was its purpose? Test your knowledge of the dynamometer with this quiz!
By Olivia Seitz