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The Toyota Corolla.Credit: Wikipedia.

The Toyota Corolla.
Credit: Wikipedia.

Forbes has a new report out on the 10 most reliable cars.

They note the Tundra was Motor Trend’s ’08 Truck of the Year, and also won J.D. Power’s award for most reliable pickup after three years of ownership. But according to CarMD, it’s in the shop more than most vehicles and the repairs are expensive.

Believe it or not, the same assessment applies to an older Honda Civic.

Given the economy and the overall improved quality of cars in general, buying used is a smart idea, but you still have to do the research and be selective.

But in the end, a used car can be a great value. And moreover, no new car warranties to worry about in terms of adding aftermarket gear from your favorite car security company!

Check out some of the cars that made CarMD’s “Top Ten most reliable” list:

1.  2010 Toyota Corolla

2.  2008 Toyota Yaris

3.  2009 Honda Pilot

4.  2009 Honda Accord

5.  2010 Subaru Forester

See the whole list over at Yahoo and also check out Forbes’ related story: 13 New Cars to Avoid.

The Tesla Model S
Credit: Wikipedia

First the automotive team at Yahoo! selected the Tesla as their car of the year.

And now to legitimize the pick, Motor Trend has also chosen the electric Model S. Keep in mind, the mag ALSO called the pick a “shocking winner!” and also trumpeted it as “proof positive that America can still make (great) things.”

What makes this news eye-opening is that it marks a break in tradition. Never before in the more than 60-year history of the award has a non-combustion engine vehicle taken the honor.

Of course, they DO make a very compelling argument.

Motor Trend called the Model S:

“One of the quickest American four-doors ever built. It drives like a sports car, eager and agile and instantly responsive. But it’s also as smoothly effortless as a Rolls-Royce, can carry almost as much stuff as a Chevy Equinox, and is more efficient than a Toyota Prius. Oh, and it’ll sashay up to the valet at a luxury hotel like a supermodel working a Paris catwalk.”

The features, the specs, the stats and the subjective driving experience as well all point to the same conclusion.

We are probably looking at the mainstream of the automotive future here.

That’s riiiiiight — take a good look, because you might just be staring straight into the eyes of the future for cars!

To read full coverage on the Tesla Model S from Motor Trend click the link below:

2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year: Tesla Model S

We definitely hope that you didn’t miss this Motor Trend Radio spot from June 9, Viper fans.

If you did, let’s catch you up!

Directed president Mike Simmons stopped by for a quick chat on the “Truck Trend Hour” with host Alan Taylor about the recent release of the Viper SmartStart 3.0 mobile app.

Taylor, who has a Viper SmartStart installed on his truck, gave the product a great review and recommended it other truck owners, anyone interested in controlling their car from their smartphone or in the cloud-connected car.

Some other highlights:

Host Alan Taylor: “I love my remote start, I have been a big fan of these for many years … I think I am on my third Viper remote start for different vehicles.”

Mike Simmons: “We have an army of engineers that take literally every car that comes off the line — every trim level; every year, make and model — we bring the car into our shop, get underneath the dash and tap into the computer of the car and really understand that data words that are coming out of the car.”

Alan Taylor: “Be able to start [your car] in inclement weather, or hot weather, and have it ready for you to be able to get in to a warm or cooled-off car. I like it, I have it on my truck.”

Click the play button below to listen to the podcast.