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Tested and Trusted: Products and Gear Recommended by Car and Driver

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For most people, a car is one of their most valuable possessions, second only to their home. For auto enthusiasts like ourselves, they're much more than that. They're our mode of transportation and recreation—but also our way of communicating who we are. When it comes to caring for our rides, only the very best products and accessories will do.

That's why we formed the Hearst Autos Gear Team, which comprises experts, testers, and editors from Car and Driver, Road & Track, and Autoweek. We rely on decades of experience in the automotive and gear spaces to help readers make informed purchasing choices for the special cars in their lives. We won't tell our readers to buy something if we wouldn't buy it ourselves, and we'll never claim to have used or tested something if we haven't.

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All the products below have been used in real-world applications, were pitted against their competition in exhaustive tests, and emerged as the best of the best. Not only have they earned the Tested & Trusted badge, but they're also what we ourselves use on our beloved vehicles. That's the most meaningful praise there is.


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Keep your ride looking fresh with these preferred car care products.

Chemical Guys Total Interior Cleaner and Protectant

This is it—our Best Overall Interior Cleaner choice. The Total Interior Cleaner & Protectant from Chemical Guys actually cleans all interior surfaces and is safe to use on everything including glass and screens. It's got great strength, too, acing our butter test.

The cleaner also doubles as a protectant, meaning it'll shield your dashboard and other interior components from harmful UV rays. The only knock? We aren't a fan of the scent—it's strong. But if that doesn't bother you, you can't go wrong with this choice.

This stuff also doubled down as our top choice for Best Screen Cleaners—so having a bottle around goes a long way.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071ZTPRJL?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Chemical Guys Total Interior Cleaner and Protectant</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$11.97</p><span class="copyright">Andi Hedrick</span>

Black+Decker Dustbuster 16-Volt

Black+Decker's established portable vacuum had zero issues cleaning up all five of our test contaminants. The crevice opening was wide enough to avoid clogs of any sort, and the collection chamber handled it all with ease. Dumping it is a breeze too—without leaving anything stuck around the filter. We also liked the design of the stand-up charging base.

That said, it's not perfect. The battery life is on the low side compared to the other contenders, coming in at just under 10 minutes, and the vacuum is on the loud end.

Despite those drawbacks, we chose the Dustbuster as our Best Overall Car Vacuum for its successful blend of price, performance, and household versatility. For big, chunky messes, this is the car vacuum you'll want.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006LXOJC0?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Black+Decker Dustbuster 16-Volt</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$51.66</p><span class="copyright">Michael Simari</span>

Griot's Garage Interior Cleaner

For strong, no-frills cleaning power, look no further than Griot's Garage Interior Cleaner. We chose it as our second-best car interior cleaner for its simplicity and effectiveness. There's no scent, no residue, and its clear color gives us confidence that it won't stain.

Griot's cleaner took off normal grime with ease and smashed our butter test. The 22-ounce bottle is nice too, and will last you awhile. The only hindrances? It doesn't work on screens or glass and lacks any UV protection. But we're willing to sacrifice that for the fantastic cleaning power.

Related: Best Car Interior Cleaners, Tested

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F4PB8IY?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Griot's Garage Interior Cleaner</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$10.99</p><span class="copyright">Andi Hedrick</span>

Meguiar's Quik Wax

Meguiar's Quik Wax is popular with car enthusiasts for good reason—it worked well in our test. Of course, the performance aspect doesn't quite match the liquid or paste waxes, but that's the nature of a spray wax: convenience is key.

Along with ease of use, we were pleasantly surprised how little work was needed to apply. It's "quik" for sure—simply spray and wipe. Done. If you simply want a quick shine, Quik Wax is the stuff to buy.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P9OF00C?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Meguiar's Quik Wax</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$7.08</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Rain-X Latitude Water Repellency Wiper Blades

The Rain-X Latitude Water Repellency is our pick for the best wiper blade. First and foremost, the Rain-X rain repellent is legit. This hydrophobic coating on the blades works very well and improved visibility immediately. We watched beads of water slide right off the windshield, which was especially helpful during light rain.

The Latitude Water Repellency was also quiet, left no streaks, and the price point is attractive. The only knock we have is the locking clasp on the hook-style adapter is very hard to open—we had to pry it with a screwdriver. But hey, that means it'll hold the blade on securely. For excellent wiper blades that won't break the bank, these are the best choice.

Related: Best Wiper Blades, Tested

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016NA9WN6?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Rain-X Latitude Water Repellency Wiper Blades</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$16.59</p><span class="copyright">Andi Hedrick</span>

Meguiar's Quik Interior Detailer

For those of us who want a quick, cheap spray to clean our car's interior, Meguiar's Quik Interior Detailer does the trick. The cleaner works decently—passing our butter test—and left behind neither streaks nor residue.

It's not as strong as other cleaners on this list, and it has a slight scent. But it does feature a protecting agent to keep surfaces looking clean longer. For a cheap, quick interior cleaner, this is the best budget choice.

The Meguiar's Quik Interior Detailer also ranked as the runner-up in our Best Screen Cleaner test. So for a budget-friendly, effective screen cleaner, this is the way to go.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000AMLWH8?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Meguiar's Quik Interior Detailer</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$11.00</p><span class="copyright">Andi Hedrick</span>

Ruff Liners Seat Cover

If you're going to protect your back seat from pet paws, you might as well protect as much of your interior as possible. That's where the Ruff Liners Seat Cover comes in. This hammock-style cover has integrated door-panel covers for full protection, a feature most other pet car seat covers don't provide.

Our test cover featured great water beading and good stain resistance. Additionally, we only saw minor wear with our wire brush test. For an excellent dog car seat cover that offers ultimate protection, this is the one to get.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BJ3WBVDQ?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Ruff Liners Seat Cover</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$129.99</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Chemical Guys Nonsense Invisible Super Cleaner

In recent years, Chemical Guys has elevated itself to one of the premier automotive-detailing companies on the market. The Nonsense cleaner is odorless, pH balanced, safe on all surfaces (minus infotainment and gauge clusters), and dries with zero residue. The combination of these traits, in tandem with its high-power stain lifting, makes this cleaner the best all-around car upholstery cleaner.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ANA3UTK?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Chemical Guys Nonsense Invisible Super Cleaner</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$9.97</p>

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Chemical Guys Big Mouth Max Release Foam Cannon

Chemical Guys Big Mouth Max Release Foam Cannon lives up to its name. Its adjustable mouth was the largest of all the units we tested and offered the widest spray pattern, with smooth foam that nicely held on to the surface of the vehicle. The metal fittings were sturdy, and while the bottle could probably be a bit wider for a more stable base when placed on the ground, the plastic itself was plenty thick enough. There was minimal leakage when the bottle was tilted upside down, and the 34-ounce bottle holds more than enough soap to get even the largest vehicles foamed up in a single session.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B091KLW5Y8?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Chemical Guys Big Mouth Max Release Foam Cannon</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$99.99</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment

Look, we aren't fuel scientists. But when we use this stuff, bad gas-related things don't happen. A standard eight-ounce bottle treats 48 gallons of gas for up to two years, so one bottle lasts a long time for the likes of motorcycles, ATVs, and lawnmowers. Thanks to the shape of the bottle and the small-diameter spout, Star Tron has no need for a funnel. Got some extra? Pour it in your car. Or leave it on a shelf in the garage. You'll find a use for it.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D3IEIH2?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$10.48</p><span class="copyright">Ezra Dyer</span>

Collinite No. 476s Super DoubleCoat Auto Wax

Straight outta your grandpa's garage, Collinite 476s Paste Wax is a tin of nostalgia. The container took us two flathead screwdrivers to pry open, but once that lid was off, the classic-car scent made it worthwhile. The wax—like a shoe-polish consistency—requires a bit of friction to warm up, but once it's ready, the wax spreads on paint nicely.

Collinite recommends waxing two-by-two-foot sections at a time, letting it dry, and buffing with a clean microfiber for best results, and that's what we did. If you prefer to do things the old way, this is the most rewarding car wax to buy.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002P3ZO2E?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Collinite No. 476s Super DoubleCoat Auto Wax</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$21.95</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Black+Decker Pivot 20-Volt

Black+Decker performed well in our tests, as shown by its occupation of the top two spots. Again, the wide-mouthed crevice opening did very well against our five contaminants, but the most attractive feature is the pivot function, hence the name.

The long crevice opening, paired with up to 200 degrees of pivot angle, allows the Black+Decker Pivot to get into typically unaccessible places. Battery life is so-so, coming in at just around 11 minutes, the noise level is pretty average, and dumping the dust is tricky due to a small, cramped collection chamber.

Aside from that, the Pivot does an excellent job cleaning cars quickly, and the pivoting function offers unique angles.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IOEFBKS?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Black+Decker Pivot 20-Volt</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$71.89</p><span class="copyright">Michael Simari</span>

EzyShade All-Weather Car Cover

We were pleasantly surprised with the EzyShade overall. It's a funky mix between a universal and model-specific car cover—make sure you use the sizing chart to get the right one for your vehicle. We got ours for an Acura TSX, and the fit was excellent.

The underside was soft, and three plastic clasps kept everything secure through a few storms. The outer layer is marketed as waterproof, and we observed no water penetration during the month-long test. We wish it felt a bit more durable, but the reflective color did a fantastic job of keeping the heat out. For an outdoor car cover that'll protect your ride against all but the worst elements, we like the EzyShade.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09BYZ6GC5?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>EzyShade All-Weather Car Cover</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$57.72</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

3M Glass Cleaner

For the best car glass cleaner, you can't go wrong with this product from 3M. We loved the ease of use and control with the aerosol can, and a combination of cleaning power, speed, and dry feel rocketed this stuff to the top.

Using the can was easy, as the cleaner sprayed out and foamed instantaneously on the window. There were some minor streaks in the first few seconds of wiping, but they evaporated quickly.

3M left behind a slightly grippy dry feel, but that was better than every other non-ceramic option in our test. It's safe on tint and easy to use. This is the product to get to make your windows clean, inside and out.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002JMQ24?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>3M Glass Cleaner</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$11.12</p><span class="copyright">Andi Hedrick</span>

Meguiar's Scratch Eraser Kit

The Meguiar's Scratch Eraser Kit is our choice for the best overall, thanks to its effectiveness, ease of use, and speed. The downside? You need a drill for the scratch eraser pad. But if you have a drill in your toolbox, this is the kit to get.

The process is straightforward: Simply apply some of the scratch remover on the pad in an X shape, use your drill to run the pad back and forth along the scratch, and wipe away the excess with a clean microfiber cloth.

The pad was faster and easier to use—and worked far better—than conventional rub-on scratch removers. If you have a good drill, this is the best kit to get for light scratches on your vehicle.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N9F65VV?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Meguiar's Scratch Eraser Kit</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$23.99</p><span class="copyright">Michael Simari</span>

Adam's Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner

Adam's Polishes Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner is our choice for Best Overall car carpet cleaner. It's effective against multiple types of stains, budget-friendly, and easy to use.

For our test, it cleaned up both mud and wine stains with ease, leaving behind little to no residue. It wasn't horribly messy to use and dried quite quickly. Our team agreed that the fruity scent was pleasant and far better than some of the other cleaners' smells. However, we know this is subjective; some folks might not want their interior smelling like that.

For an effective, excellent carpet cleaner for your car, this is the one to get.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BMC8MJNR?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Adam's Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$18.89</p><span class="copyright">Amazon</span>

Aero Cosmetics Wash Wax All

This is our favorite waterless car wash product. It not only cleans efficiently but also leaves a smooth, shiny, just-waxed look, and it's reasonably priced. Our photographer noted that this bottle also had the strongest and widest spray nozzle. The smell was pleasant but not overwhelming.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002N3RQYA?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Aero Cosmetics Wash Wax All</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$18.95</p>

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Trico Flex Wiper Blades

For cheaper wipers that still perform, the Trico Flex did very well during our testing. They lack any sort of rain repellent but remove water well regardless. We didn't see any streaking or chattering, and installation was quite easy.

The Flex wiper blades lack any sort of locking clasp, but we didn't notice any looseness during operation. For the price, you're getting a solid, no-frills wiper blade that'll adequately remove water from your windshield.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003BZLGIG?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Trico Flex Wiper Blades</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$16.99</p><span class="copyright">Andi Hedrick</span>

Weiman Leather Cleaner

This Weiman Leather Cleaner is the real deal—ranked as Best Overall in our leather-cleaner test. A combination of performance and post-cleaning feel boosted this bottle to the top.

It features three important aspects any good leather-care product must possess: cleaning, conditioning, and protecting. And our testing proved it. Not only did it clean well, this cleaner had the seat feeling supple and healthy after just a minute of use. There was no residue post-cleaning, yet a slight shine remained.

For the best way to get your vehicle's leather seats looking and feeling like new, this is our top pick.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073BMMVBT?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Weiman Leather Cleaner</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$16.48</p><span class="copyright">Andi Hedrick</span>

Milwaukee M18 Cordless Vacuum

Milwaukee really makes everything these days, so we had to try the Milwaukee M18 Cordless Vacuum. Right off the bat, you're looking at the winner of our battery-life test—the M18 RedLithium XC5.0 beating all of the contenders with a healthy 23-minute, 24-second time.

The collection chamber is nice and large, and emptying it is simple. The vacuum doesn't produce that much noise either—but the crevice attachment is sadly skinny, and it struggled against Cheerios and Cheez-Its.

The other knock is you'll need Milwaukee's proprietary M18 battery and charger, sold separately. But if you already have other Milwaukee M18 tools, the battery works with this vacuum like a charm. For a long cleaning session, this is the way to go.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M1ORKN0?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Milwaukee M18 Cordless Vacuum</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$148.99</p><span class="copyright">Michael Simari</span>

Relentless Drive Car Wash Kit

If you're starting from the ground up and need an all-in-one kit on a budget, you won't find a better solution than the Relentless Drive Ultimate Car Wash Kit. This 20-piece kit includes nearly every tool, accessory, and cleaner you'll need to make your car look good as new.

Of all the kits we evaluated, Relentless Drive's had the largest selection of cleaning tools and accessories, including a microfiber air-vent cleaner and cleaning gel, which works like Silly Putty to pick up dirt and dust in hard-to-clean spaces.

Each of the cleaning chemicals comes in a 16-ounce bottle, each with its own spray nozzle. Relentless Drive also includes a 3.5-gallon bucket that collapses when not in use. No heavy-duty wax or polish is included, but the package has everything you need to get your car sparkling inside and outside.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09BDHTQQV?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Relentless Drive Car Wash Kit</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$79.99</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

FurZapper Glove

Can't get that pesky pet hair off your vehicle's seats? There's a simple solution. It's called the FurZapper Glove, and it does exactly what it says. It fits on either hand and is covered on both sides with more than 2000 soft, durable silicone tips that grab pet hair and pull it away from your car's interior. The waterproof glove collects all the hair, which can then be peeled off and disposed of. Finally, just rinse the glove off with some water and it's ready for the next cleaning spree.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VCGLB17?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>FurZapper Glove</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$9.99</p><span class="copyright">Collin Morgan</span>


Tools

DIY-er? These choice tools will help you tackle any project you’re taking on.

Makita XWT08T 18V LXT

If you want serious, unbridled power from your 1/2-inch cordless impact wrench, this Makita is the one to get. Boasting both tightening and loosening torque measurements over 850 foot-pounds, it produces plenty of power for your automotive dirty work.

That power comes with additional weight—it was the heaviest of the bunch, actually. We noted that it felt balanced regardless and was more of a strain on our forearms than our wrists. The Makita hardly broke a sweat removing an axle nut, and the objective torque readings back it up.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MXO5P40?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Makita XWT08T 18V LXT</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$589.00</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Mechanix Wear Work Gloves

Mechanix Wear gloves are a staple in garages and pit lanes around the world—and for good reason. Mechanix Wear's 0.80-mm synthetic leather was more than enough to keep our hands protected, and the TrekDry material on the back kept the sweat at bay, even on the longer days of track action.

A nice benefit of these particular gloves is that they're touchscreen compatible and come in an array of sizes, from XXX Small to XXX Large. Use the measurement guide on the product page to make sure you get the right-size glove, as it makes all the difference in comfort.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0001VNZQY?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Mechanix Wear Work Gloves</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$21.98</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Avid Power Pistol Grip Tire Inflator

If we were shopping for a portable tire inflator to keep in our car, we'd probably pick the Avid Power Cordless. It retails for just under a hundred bucks—but almost always seems to be on sale. Further, we lose tiny parts all the time, so the inclusion of a backup of each type of inflation attachment is appreciated.

The alternate on-the-go power option is a clear advantage to carrying a spare battery—let alone keeping the unit fully charged. Add in the faster inflation time, plus the battery's USB port (for charging phones and such), and our choice for Best Overall Tire Inflator turned out to be a pretty easy call.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08N459G4K?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Avid Power Pistol Grip Tire Inflator</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$69.99</p><span class="copyright">Michael Simari</span>

Ancel BD310

The Ancel BD310 is our choice as the Best Display OBD-II Scanner for Home Use. We loved the scanner's happy medium between corded and Bluetooth capabilities and felt the app's interface was excellent.

It's a unique scanner, as you can use it with just the corded interface or connect it via Bluetooth and use the free app to access more data, diagnostic resources, and performance testing.

The BD310 was quick to connect and display codes, and it provided many of the perks of expensive scanners while staying affordable.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J51W9NS?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Ancel BD310</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$77.99</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Low-Pro Aluminum Racing Jack

If you're looking for low, light, and long-lasting, the trusty Pittsburgh Low-Profile Aluminum Racing Jack may be just what you're looking for. The low-profile design is specifically tailored for vehicles with minimal ground clearance, making it a great choice for racing enthusiasts or low-profile vehicle owners.

What really made this traditional floor jack distinct from the others was the aluminum material used. Weighing in at 63 pounds—24 pounds less than the next size up—makes all the difference in maneuverability and portability.

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<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.harborfreight.com%2Fautomotive%2Fjacks-jack-stands%2Ffloor-jacks%2F3-ton-low-profile-aluminum-racing-floor-jack-with-rapid-pump-64544.html%3Fcjevent%3D04e43b051c0b11ee81f600bd0a82b838%26cjdata%3DMXxOfDB8WXww&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.caranddriver.com%2Fshopping-advice%2Fa41692115%2Fcar-and-driver-gear-team-tested-and-trusted%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Low-Pro Aluminum Racing Jack</p><p>$249.99</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Clore Automotive JNC325 Portable Jump Starter

The Jump-N-Carry JNC325 is our choice for Best Overall Portable Jump Starter. We were impressed by the 24-inch cable length, the ease of use, and solid specs all across the board. The JNC325 features just two easy buttons: power and override. It comes with a soft carrying case that can store the cables, jumper, and charging cords.

The JNC325 boasts enough power to start just about any consumer vehicle on the road, is compact enough to store in the trunk, and features the specs you need to jump a vehicle anywhere, anytime. That's why it's our pick for the best portable jump starter.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0872HHZQH?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Clore Automotive JNC325 Portable Jump Starter</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$147.99</p><span class="copyright">Michael Simari</span>

Omega Z-Creeper

For excellent versatility, look no further than the Omega Z-Creeper. Via a series of pins and locks, the Z-Creeper can transform into both an upright chair and a stool—meaning you'll have mobility working on just about any job alongside or under the vehicle.

Now, this isn't the only creeper we tested with these versatile options, but it was the best. Ranking toward the top of our comfort test and plowing through loose nuts and bolts with ease, the Z-Creeper is our pick for the Best Folding Creeper.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007OAGMYW?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Omega Z-Creeper</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$145.91</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Catstrap

For a simple and intuitive installation, the Catstrap is a great catalytic converter protection option. Picture it like ketchup on a hot dog—a rugged yet flexible orange warning strap that runs along the length of the exhaust system. It's secured by four clamps, stainless-steel zipties, and a heat-activated adhesive.

Three layers of hardened steel make up the middle of the band, and foil any robbery attempt. Overall, the combination of an orange exterior, heat-activated adhesive, and hardened steel strips created the ultimate trifecta of protection. With the Catstrap installed, even the boldest of thieves would surely think twice.

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<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.catstrap.net%2Fproduct-page%2Fcatstrap-without-alarm-shown-coiled%3Fsscid%3Da1k7_31hgj%26sscid%3D41k8_i5p68&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.caranddriver.com%2Fshopping-advice%2Fa41692115%2Fcar-and-driver-gear-team-tested-and-trusted%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Catstrap</p><p>catstrap.net</p><p>$159.99</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Tevlaphee Universal Steering Wheel Brake Lock

If security is your top priority, we recommend the Tevlaphee. Unlike most steering-wheel locks, the Tevlaphee locks the wheel against the brake pedal, inhibiting both the wheel from turning and the brake pedal from being depressed. Installation is straightforward, but it does require maneuvering into the footwell, which may make for some awkward contorting.

Overall, it's the most secure and user-friendly option we encountered. Without hesitation, the Gear Team recommends it as our best choice.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R453BKR?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Tevlaphee Universal Steering Wheel Brake Lock</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$43.99</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

BlueDriver Bluetooth Pro

There are definitely perks to Bluetooth OBD-II scanners, and the BlueDriver Bluetooth Pro is our pick for the best. Featuring an intuitive, easy-to-use app and some helpful diagnostic direction, we applaud this tiny little scanner.

It took a bit longer to set up the BlueDriver initially, but once we were in, it was a gold mine. The tile-style interface was exceptionally easy to use, and we had no issues finding codes, tests, and other data.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00652G4TS?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>BlueDriver Bluetooth Pro</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$84.95</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Milwaukee M12 Compact Inflator Kit

This little guy will change the way you inflate tires at home or at the track. Milwaukee's M12 Compact Inflator works like a charm without making you mess around with air compressors or tanks. The kit linked here includes a battery and charger, which explains why it might seem pricey. Still, we felt that it paid for itself almost instantly.

The digital screen is easy to read and navigate, and the buttons are easy to press with gloves on. Simply input the pressure you desire, and the inflator goes to work. Set and forget—brilliant. This is a must-have for any track time, and we loved it at VIR for Lightning Lap 2024.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CSGGGNR?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Milwaukee M12 Compact Inflator Kit</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$181.99</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Adam's Polishes Swirl Killer

Adam's Swirl Killer is robust but also comfortable and ergonomic. When running the 9mm Swirl Killer on our car hood—it also comes in 12-, 15-, and 21-inch versions—the concave rubber handhold did an excellent job of reducing vibrations. Besides the vibration reduction, the rubber sleeves and handholds protected the Swirl Killer during our drop test.

Adam's Swirl Killer comes with a five-inch backing pad and is compatible with any five-inch hook-and-loop pad or bonnet. But, whew! Was that sticky fabric STRONG! Because of these excellent features, we placed the Adam's Polishes Swirl Killer right at the top of our best car buffers list.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09KWKP238?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Adam's Polishes Swirl Killer</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$144.99</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Toolbox Wrench Organizers

There's one habit all garage warriors should learn: keep a well-organized toolbox. That's why we spring for organizers like these Ernst Manufacturing wrench organizers. These silly chunks of made-in-America plastic help us quickly grab whatever wrench we need and let us know that we didn't leave a straggler behind in an engine bay. Best of all, they reduce the stress of having to quickly find a wrench that's buried under a sea of other tools.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002SR03K?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Toolbox Wrench Organizers</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$14.60</p><span class="copyright">Wesley Wren</span>

Ryobi ONE+ PCL265K1

The Ryobi surprised us a bit with its performance and price ratio. No, it's not built to produce 700 foot-pounds of torque—but it's not priced that way, either. With a respectable loosening torque reading, it'll tackle all but the most difficult jobs on your car.

We liked the grip feel and balance of the tool, and its low weight relieved some strain. While the objective numbers were lower than most, it still removed an axle nut with ease. For an entry-level 1/2-inch impact wrench, it's tough to beat this Ryobi.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BPDRSWVL?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Ryobi ONE+ PCL265K1</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$130.00</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

RhinoRamp MAX

With their 13-inch width and 8,000-pound-per-pair rating, we're hard-pressed to think of a truck and tire combo that doesn't fit within these specs, which is why we chose the RhinoRamp MAX as our pick for the Best Ramps for Trucks.

Gripping proved supreme, with a diamond-plate pattern on the ramp and a rubber footing at the front that held the base secure as we drove up the 17-degree angle of rise. There was a slight flex in the ramps, but that's due to the clever pliable plating design, which distributes weight as the vehicle drives up the ramp. They nest together, too—which is a handy way to store the ramps in your garage.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0117EESNC?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>RhinoRamp MAX</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$74.99</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

SubZero 80037 Snow Broom

This SubZero 80037 is the real "do it all" snow removal tool. Featuring a squeegee for big snow, a brush for hard-to-reach areas, and an ice scraper at the end of the device, this snow removal tool is built to handle it all.

This SubZero was particularly fantastic in the adjustability category; boasting easy press-button locks and a tilt-able head. In the end, the fact that it integrates all three snow removal tools in one makes it worth considering.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000KKLJSC?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>SubZero 80037 Snow Broom</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$24.86</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Lang Thread Restorer Kit

We know how corroded or damaged threads can turn a simple task into a nightmare. If you can't easily replace the hardware, it becomes an even bigger nightmare. The quickest and most affordable solution is to repair whatever threads you can and keep your workflow intact. This Lang Thread Restorer Kit has just about everything you need to help get yourself out of trouble. While this is a newer addition to the toolbox, it makes life easier, and keep the taps and dies stored until we need to cut new threads.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000P6UNHE?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Lang Thread Restorer Kit</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$76.94</p><span class="copyright">Wesley Wren</span>

Race Ramps RR-56

For lower-profile cars, the Race Ramps RR-56 model is our top pick. The 10.8-degree angle of approach is ideal for low front spoilers, and our Volkswagen GTI test car climbed them without even a moment of fear about the 6.5-inch clearance.

As soon as these came out of the box, we were impressed with the high-density foam material, topped with a rugged anti-slip coating. When an item is 56 inches long, a claimed 10 pounds per ramp seems almost unreal. But our scales proved that true. These are a must-have for low vehicles.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003WSZH9G?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Race Ramps RR-56</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$317.00</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

NOCO Genius 1

The NOCO Genius 1 employs a lower 1.0-amp setting to begin a slow, steady charge. It's designed to work with the gamut of battery options—regular lead-acid, AGM, and lithium. Navigating the mode selection button provided a satisfying tactile feel when cycling through options. The bright white LED display made setup a breeze. And once the battery began charging, the pulsing red light indicating charging was underway added a hypnotic quality.

NOCO seems focused on delivering an effective, user-friendly charger, and to that end, the company nailed it with the Genius 1.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W46BX31?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>NOCO Genius 1</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$29.95</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Porter-Cable Angle Grinder

If we made a list for the most versatile and affordable tools, the trusty angle grinder would definitely be included. Although it can be intimidating as the single-speed motor roars to life at 12,000 rpm, it proves to be the ultimate workhorse for cutting, paint removal, sanding, sharpening, and more.

Pick a corded one like this Porter-Cable model, as battery-powered versions generally spin slower and may limit your work time on a big project. Pro tip: Attach the proprietary wrench to the power cord, otherwise it will disappear.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BFSDJGM?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Porter-Cable Angle Grinder</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$45.21</p><span class="copyright">Scott Olman</span>

AT84007R

Unless your vehicle is a military-grade tank, you'd be hard-pressed to find a car in your fleet that the Big Red can't lift. The Big Red has an impressive weight capacity of up to 8000 pounds, and that shows with its heavy-duty steel frame and reinforced lift arm.

Something we also liked about the Big Red is that, though it is not advertised as a low-profile jack, it could feasibly be used for lower-profile vehicles. With a low, low height of 3.8 inches on its lowest setting and a max lift height of 20.5 inches, the lifting range is versatile enough for a variety of cars and strong enough to handle the heaviest of the lot.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0897XRCPM?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>AT84007R</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$288.96</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

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Lisle Spill-Free Funnel

A spill-free funnel is the best solution to avoiding messy coolant refills. The Lisle Spill-Free Funnel comes with four caps, five adapters, and a stopper, allowing you to prefill the funnel and safely transfer any leftover coolant to an overflow or empty bottle. The four cap styles cover a large swath of common radiators, and the adapters help you put the funnel in the right spot. The cap holds the funnel upright, placing it at the highest point in the system to help massage air out of the nooks and crannies. It's a low-budget solution to a high-pressure headache.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A6AS6LY?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Lisle Spill-Free Funnel</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$29.04</p><span class="copyright">Wesley Wren</span>

Solary Magnetic Induction Heater Kit

If you’re turning wrenches in the Rust Belt, the Solary Magnetic Induction Heater Kit can be your best friend. Instead of taking a blow torch to every third rusty and seized bolt, we reach for the induction heater kit instead. These little machines can get the job done with precision and speed most Midwest techs only dream of. Rusty-suspension woes, begone!

This particular kit is on the lower end of the Solary spectrum, where prices go as high as $900. But believe us when we say that this unit is enough to save you a few frustrating afternoons trying to release that rusty bolt from its home.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09262QC6G?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Solary Magnetic Induction Heater Kit</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$190.99</p>

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Home & Garage

These are your sanctuaries; fill them with only the best products.

ChargePoint Home Flex Electric Vehicle Charger

With this ChargePoint, you can add your vehicle in the app, which tailors the percentage of the battery replenished and number of EPA miles added to your specific vehicle. We found the app to be very user-friendly, with the best displays for charge-rate graphs, and it also shows the total charge time and total energy output during each charge. Furthermore, it offers the ability to schedule charging times to take advantage of variable-cost electricity during off-peak hours (most EVs also allow this to be configured in their settings menu).

The ChargePoint app has the most nuanced cost tracking, allowing us to select from among dozens of possible rate plans from our local utility to pinpoint the actual cost of charging down to the penny, even when on a variable rate. We also appreciate the simplicity of the built-in notch at the top of the unit to wrap the cord around and that the plug latches onto its dock in the center; many other units require mounting a second cord-management device.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WXZDHGV?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>ChargePoint Home Flex Electric Vehicle Charger</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$599.00</p><span class="copyright">Michael Simari</span>

Stanley 6-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum

The Stanley 6-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum is the best choice for your typical garage. The six-gallon capacity strikes an excellent balance between size and storage, and the price won't break the bank.

It performed fairly well against most contaminants but struggled with the largest mulch pieces. Aside from that, we loved how easy it was to move around, the low noise level, and its attractive price point. If you're in the market for a medium wet/dry shop vacuum, this is the one to get.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IS94BWS?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Stanley 6-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$70.94</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Graco Graco 4Ever DLX

While a convertible car seat will last a few years, an all-in-one might be the only child car seat you'll ever need. The Good Housekeeping Institute found that this Graco 4Ever DLX car seat "transitions from a rear-facing car seat to forward-facing car seat to high-back booster to backless booster, allowing your child to fully utilize the 10-year life span of the product. Our experts love that it installs easily with LATCH and is highly adjustable with a 10-position headrest, six-position recline, and a no-rethread harness. It also comes with two cupholders and machine-washable seat pads."

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J37RTPG?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Graco Graco 4Ever DLX</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$299.00</p>

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Gunner G1 Kennel

It's rare that we open a box and are immediately impressed, but that's what happened with the Gunner G1. Gunner car kennels are designed and marketed with hunters in mind, yet we see no reason this crate wouldn't be an excellent fit for anyone with a dog. We'd be hard-pressed to find a city-, suburban-, or country-living pet owner who wouldn't be captivated by this crate. It's that good.

The double-wall, rotomolded design results in sturdy walls. The robust door features three locking points—one key and two slider locks. And it comes in small, medium, intermediate, and large sizes. The small G1 is certified for the back seat and rear installation, while the other sizes must be in the truck bed or cargo hold only. Basically, the Gunner G1 car kennel is a tank and is clearly built to last.

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<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgunner.com%2Fproducts%2Fg1-kennel%3Favad%3D55097_b38f95c5d&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.caranddriver.com%2Fshopping-advice%2Fa41692115%2Fcar-and-driver-gear-team-tested-and-trusted%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Gunner G1 Kennel</p><p>gunner.com</p><p>$550.00</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Thule Go Box Organizer

Thule is renowned for durable and well-crafted gear, and the Go Box Organizer lives up to that reputation. Straight out of the box, it's evident that this organizer is built to handle plenty of use.

The side pockets, for instance, are secured with robust elastic bands equipped with tensioners, allowing you to customize the pocket and its cargo to a tight fit. The fasteners that hold the collapsed organizers together are made of high-density plastic, forming an ergonomic hook-and-clip design we've never seen before. It's a versatile "go box" that can easily transition beyond the confines of your car.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q32N8MW?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Thule Go Box Organizer</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$129.95</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Emporia EV Charger

Emporia's vast electricity-tracking universe is integrated into Emporia's app, including the ability to link your EV to the app through the Smartcar API. But if you're just using the EV charging equipment, navigating around all of these unused areas makes the app seem overly complex.

Otherwise, this is an impressive Wi-Fi-connected entry at a price hundreds of dollars less than the competition. The 11.5-kW-output capability is at the high end, and short of a couple of features, such as using a specific vehicle to estimate the miles or battery percentage gained, the Emporia has just about everything, including detailed electricity pricing using your actual utility plan.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09ZNN3JB7?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Emporia EV Charger</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$399.00</p><span class="copyright">Michael Simari</span>

Big Floors GarageTrac Diamond

To truly transform the look and feel of your garage, you'll need something beefy, like Big Floors' GarageTrac flooring. Sets of these one-square-foot tiles come in packs of 12, 24, and 48 with a wide array of color choices—meaning you can really get creative with your designs; checkers are a popular idea.

Installation is straightforward, but it takes a few times to get the click-and-connect method down (we used a rubber mallet to tap them together). The tiles are made with a copolymer and are rated to withstand 40,000 rolling pounds. Once they're installed, they'll be there for a while.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0753P1RVP?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Big Floors GarageTrac Diamond</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$159.48</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Igloo 28-Quart Thermoelectric Hot/Cold Cooler

For most of us, this 28-quart cooler from Igloo nailed the sweet spot. The thermoelectric powerplant provides cooling power to 36 degrees Fahrenheit below the ambient temperature and can also heat the inside up to 136 degrees Fahrenheit. This flexibility allows you to keep cold things cold and hot things hot. It's the best of both worlds.

The Igloo lacks a freezer function, but the attractive price point reflects that. The small size is perfect for road trippers and truckers—it fits just about anywhere in the vehicle. We wish it had an alternate power source besides its 12-volt cig-lighter plug, but there are plenty of affordable DC to AC adapters available at Amazon.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09486JQ5J?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Igloo 28-Quart Thermoelectric Hot/Cold Cooler</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$149.99</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

CarCapsule ShowCase

If you have the desire to totally protect your vehicle indoors, buying a fully encapsulating car cover is the way to go. This 18-foot ShowCase from CarCapsule is framed by thick PVC with a large zipper door on the back and two zipper doors on the sides. It's then inflated with an (included) air pump, which can self-regulate the pressure if left plugged in. In our test, the ShowCase inflated in an impressive two minutes and 15 seconds. A washable charcoal filter covers an air circulation fan, ensuring your vehicle is only exposed to clean, fresh air.

CarCapsule is admittedly high on the price scale, and the ShowCase is likely to be overkill for most of us seeking a car cover. But if you have a valuable vehicle and you want supreme protection for it, the CarCapsule ShowCase is a worthy investment.

Note: The CarCapsule is intended to be an indoor car cover. We took this photo outside for the sake of capturing its full setup.

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<p><a href="https://carcapsule.com/18-black-showcase-indoor/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>CarCapsule ShowCase</p><p>carcapsule.com</p><p>$2295.00</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

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Decked Pickup Truck Storage System

This Pickup Truck Storage System offers the benefits of a hard tonneau (lockable, weatherproof, out-of-sight storage) along with slide-out drawers to organize gear while retaining the ability to haul large, heavy items. That's because the deck isn’t flush with the top of the bed, like a tonneau. It sits lower and is designed to support 2000 pounds, so you can load gear in the drawers and still park your Yamaha Banshee on top.

Overall, the Decked system is a well-thought-out, well-executed solution to the trade-offs imposed by pickup beds. Once you see it in action, you wonder why truck beds aren’t designed like this in the first place.

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<p><a href="https://decked.com/products/decked-drawers" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Decked Pickup Truck Storage System</p><span class="copyright">Ezra Dyer</span>

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Craftsman 16-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum

If you're looking for a wet/dry vacuum for a job site or other large-mess areas, Craftsman's option is excellent. The 16-gallon behemoth was unstoppable on our suction test, guzzling everything in its path. The vacuum rolls around nicely, and a unique hose design with more flexible sections on each end allows for superior usability. Attachments include a nice squeegee-like wet nozzle to aid in liquid pickups.

The one drawback is storing this beast, but Craftsman does offer a 12-gallon option. And if you need something larger, a 20-gallon vacuum exists too. For us, the 16-gallon hits the sweet spot and is our choice for the best wet/dry shop vac for big messes.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H84CNG9?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Craftsman 16-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$139.99</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Craftsman Electric Pressure Washer

If you're here to buy a pressure washer for washing your vehicle, this Craftsman CMEPW2100 power washer is the best one we tested. It takes the cake thanks to a psi range that covers all but the most challenging jobs. We liked how the sprayer felt, and all additional parts are stored easily on the unit itself.

The CMEPW2100 is also one of the quietest pressure washers we tested, which is nice for extended use. This didn't affect the pressures though, as we recorded respectable psi readings for an electric option. Because of its car-friendly pressures, portability, and ease of use, this Craftsman is our pick for the Best Pressure Washer for Vehicles.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085284YHK?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Craftsman Electric Pressure Washer</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$198.00</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Mr. Heater Big Buddy

The Mr. Heater Big Buddy Portable Propane Heater is a compact yet powerful heater capable of warming up to 450 square feet with its maximum 18,000 BTU output. It's lightweight, easy to use, portable, and doesn't require batteries or cords.

The unit can run on one or two 1-pound propane tanks, or it can be hooked up to larger tanks with a separate hose and filter. When operated properly, the Big Buddy is safe to use indoors and, for extra reassurance, the unit has three safety systems: an emergency low-oxygen safety system, a tip-over switch, and a thermal shut-down system.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002WRHE8?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Mr. Heater Big Buddy</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$129.18</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

RTIC 72-Quart Ultra-Light Wheeled Cooler

At Lightning Lap 2024, we needed to keep our drivers and support staff hydrated. Enter the RTIC 72-Quart Ultra-Light Wheeled Cooler, our cooler of choice for this year's event. Large enough to hold up to 96 cans, this behemoth kept our Gatorade and Celsius drinks nice and cold throughout the day and our brews even cooler at night.

The cooler comes with multiple internal dividers, as well as a basket for times when you need to keep food and drinks separate. Even on the warmest days, the cooler had no problem keeping the ice intact, and when it did melt eventually, the integrated drain made quick work of getting rid of the excess water.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CJTH46MH?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>RTIC 72-Quart Ultra-Light Wheeled Cooler</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$299.99</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

BRITAX Boulevard ClickTight Anti-Rebound Bar

The Britax Boulevard ClickTight Anti-Rebound Bar was Good Housekeeping's pick for the best convertible car seat. The team's findings about the Britax: "The higher height and weight limits allowed kids to stay rear-facing longer, which the American Pediatric Association advises for increased safety." Convertible car seats can accommodate young children well into toddlerhood. They're more expensive, but most parents believe they're worth it. Because the seats "grow" with your child, you won't have to size up just because your child did.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HG8FDAU?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>BRITAX Boulevard ClickTight Anti-Rebound Bar</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$379.00</p>

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DeWalt 68,000 BTU Forced Air Propane Heater

If you want a fast and versatile propane heater for your garage, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better option than DeWalt's DXH70CFAV. This machine offers a range of output and can be powered by either a standard 120-volt wall socket or a DeWalt MAX 20V battery, making it one of the more versatile units we tested.

The outlet (or battery) is used to power the initial spark and the integrated fan, which pumps propane-powered out heat at an impressive rate, especially at full strength. Even at lower output levels, this unit would have no problem heating up a two-car garage (~360 square feet), and at higher levels, you could likely keep a small barn toasty if you give it twenty minutes to heat up.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081D5WTML?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>DeWalt 68,000 BTU Forced Air Propane Heater</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$208.06</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Adjustable Wall-Mount Tire Rack

The key to garage organization is getting things off the floor and using vacant wall or overhead space. This MaxxHaul Folding Adjustable Tire Rack is great for keeping things tidy.

Tire racks are great for storing winter tires out of the way during the warmer months, as well as performance tires for track or competition use. These racks must be mounted to wall studs, so do some planning before you start drilling holes. And watch that garage door! Make sure your new rack isn't in its way when it opens.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I2CHTEW?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Adjustable Wall-Mount Tire Rack</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$43.99</p><span class="copyright">Scott Olman</span>

Electronics

The latest tech will ensure you have the safest, smoothest journey possible.

Uniden R8

The Uniden R8 comes out on top in our testing thanks to its ability to excel in just about every aspect of radar detecting. We love how it toes the line between being too chatty and suspiciously quiet—it's in that "just right" Goldilocks range and provides the highest confidence of any radar detector we tested.

Yes, the price is high, but the features speak for themselves. Alongside top-notch detection range, auto-mute memory can filter out false alerts on your routes and is Spectre Elite undetectable—meaning, police who scan for radar detectors won't find it.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09TWX4KFY?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Uniden R8</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$671.19</p><span class="copyright">Ga</span>

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Vantrue N4 3

The Vantrue N4 3 is an exceptional value, offering a dash cam, cabin-facing camera, and rearview camera. It attaches to the windshield with a suction mount, and its cameras can be adjusted for optimal coverage. The cameras have wide fields of view with minimal distortion, and the cabin camera includes infrared lighting for low-light conditions.

The N4's integrated screen features a picture-in-picture mode that displays all three cameras' feeds simultaneously, along with settings and recording modes. It offers low-frame-rate and low-bit-rate recording modes, but we found these can drain the car battery. The device also includes collision and motion detection, automatically saving relevant footage. A 128 GB micro SD card holds about 6.7 hours of footage.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083V6K8RH?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Vantrue N4 3</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$259.99</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

SuperOne 150W Power Inverter

For a light-duty power inverter that does a little bit of everything, the SuperOne 150W is our pick. Featuring two USB, one AC, and two cigarette lighter–style ports, there's room for a host of different gadgets. The cupholder design is nice, but only if you have the room to spare (a road-trip beverage is the priority, right?).

It's rated for 150 watts, which might not sound like a whole lot but is enough for most electronic devices necessary for a pleasant family road trip. Because of its versatility, it's our pick for the Best Light-Duty Power Inverter.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TW1QDR2?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>SuperOne 150W Power Inverter</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$28.99</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Sandmarc Active Wireless Car Mount

Sandmarc's vent phone mount features a top-notch vent grip with an adjustable knob, and the internal magnet is strong. It looks sharp and features a braided cord, which is helpful to prevent tangles. However, it does not come with a cigarette-lighter adapter—it's only compatible with a USB-C connection. If you want more magnet strength, you'll have to purchase a sticky magnet for the back of your phone separately.

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<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sandmarc.com%2Fproducts%2Factive-car-mount-wireless-charger&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.caranddriver.com%2Fshopping-advice%2Fa41692115%2Fcar-and-driver-gear-team-tested-and-trusted%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Sandmarc Active Wireless Car Mount</p><p>sandmarc.com</p><p>$59.99</p><span class="copyright">Collin Morgan</span>

SuperOne 150W Power Inverter

For a light-duty power inverter that does a little bit of everything, the SuperOne 150W is our pick. Featuring two USB, one AC, and two cigarette lighter–style ports, there's room for a host of different gadgets. The cupholder design is nice, but only if you have the room to spare (a road-trip beverage is the priority, right?).

It's rated for 150 watts, which might not sound like a whole lot but is enough for most electronic devices necessary for a pleasant family road trip. Because of its versatility, it's our pick for the Best Light-Duty Power Inverter.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TW1QDR2?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>SuperOne 150W Power Inverter</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$28.99</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

iOttie Wireless-Charging Cupholder Car Mount

This cupholder mount from iOttie features wireless charging and automatic clamping on the phone. When inserted into a cupholder, a simple expansion mechanism keeps it secure on the road. While these only really work in vehicles with raised cupholders, like trucks, it's a fantastic choice at an affordable price.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HPM495N?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>iOttie Wireless-Charging Cupholder Car Mount</p><p>amazon.com</p><span class="copyright">Collin Morgan</span>

JuiceBox 40 Smart Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station with WiFi

The JuiceBox ranks as one of the most feature-rich, Wi-Fi-enabled Level 2 chargers. In addition to the 40-amp version that we tested, there's a 48-amp version, or a 32-amp version that costs slightly less. The JuiceBox provides detailed energy output and charge time for each charging session, various adjustable notifications, and the ability to set up customized charge times to take advantage of differing electricity pricing.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZL41687?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>JuiceBox 40 Smart Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station with WiFi</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$479.89</p><span class="copyright">Michael Simari</span>

Rove R2-4K Dash Cam

You could spend hundreds of dollars on a dashcam, or you can spend tens. This one falls near the middle, which means it's full of features but won't cost the equivalent of a car payment. Its ultra-HD camera can capture images up to 2160-pixel resolution, and the built-in Wi-Fi and GPS can track your route on the free Rove app or on Google Maps. It has a 150-degree wide-angle lens with an f/1.8 aperture, plus parking-mode, motion-detection, g-sensor, loop-cycle-recording, emergency-lock, time-lapse, and slow-motion capabilities.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074JT3698?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Rove R2-4K Dash Cam</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$79.99</p>

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Energizer 500W Power Inverter

If you need a power inverter for higher-draw devices, we recommend the Energizer 500W. With the ability to plug into your vehicle's cigarette-lighter port and connect directly to the battery, it offers a few more options. On the inverter, there are four USB ports and two AC outlets to choose from, so there's room for everyone.

To utilize the full 500-watt rating, you'll need to connect it directly to your vehicle's battery with the included alligator clamps. Because of the six plug options and internal protection, this is our pick for the Best Power Inverter for Higher-Draw Devices.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09CSS99XZ?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Energizer 500W Power Inverter</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$49.97</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Energizer 500W Power Inverter

If you need a power inverter for higher-draw devices, we recommend the Energizer 500W. With the ability to plug into your vehicle's cigarette-lighter port and connect directly to the battery, it offers a few more options. On the inverter, there are four USB ports and two AC outlets to choose from, so there's room for everyone.

To utilize the full 500-watt rating, you'll need to connect it directly to your vehicle's battery with the included alligator clamps. Because of the six plug options and internal protection, this is our pick for the Best Power Inverter for Higher-Draw Devices.

Tested: Best Power Inverters

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09CSS99XZ?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Energizer 500W Power Inverter</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$49.97</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

Bouncie

Bouncie's effortless UX makes it our choice for the Best Overall GPS Tracker. Boasting a true plug-and-play setup, activating the device took mere moments. With a range of alert options like impact detection, curfew, and erratic driving, it was clear Bouncie is a company that has given sincere thought to what a typical person is looking for in a GPS tracker.

The real star was its intuitive, easy-to-use app, which displays fuel levels, engine and battery health, and vehicle specs—it even features a space for insurance details. This factor pushed it to the top in our testing.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H8NS5MS?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Bouncie</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$89.99</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

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Belkin Universal Car Mount

For a fantastic budget-friendly window/dash phone mount, this is the one we like the best. Belkin's Universal Car Mount boasts a suction cup that is both easy to attach and remove. The head then telescopes for easy adjustment to get your phone facing the proper direction. The best part? It's extremely affordable, which comes with a caveat—there are no fancy frills. It simply holds your phone securely, which is all we need.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VHLY9VC?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Belkin Universal Car Mount</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$29.99</p><span class="copyright">Collin Morgan</span>

Sandmarc Active Wireless Car Mount

Sandmarc's vent phone mount features a top-notch vent grip with an adjustable knob, and the internal magnet is strong. It looks sharp and features a braided cord, which is helpful to prevent tangles. However, it does not come with a cigarette-lighter adapter—it's only compatible with a USB-C connection. If you want more magnet strength, you'll have to purchase a sticky magnet for the back of your phone separately.

Tested: Best Car Phone Mounts

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sandmarc.com%2Fproducts%2Factive-car-mount-wireless-charger&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.caranddriver.com%2Fshopping-advice%2Fa41692115%2Fcar-and-driver-gear-team-tested-and-trusted%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Sandmarc Active Wireless Car Mount</p><p>sandmarc.com</p><p>$59.99</p><span class="copyright">Collin Morgan</span>

Bouncie

Bouncie's effortless UX makes it our choice for the Best Overall GPS Tracker. Boasting a true plug-and-play setup, activating the device took mere moments. With a range of alert options like impact detection, curfew, and erratic driving, it was clear Bouncie is a company that has given sincere thought to what a typical person is looking for in a GPS tracker.

The real star was its intuitive, easy-to-use app, which displays fuel levels, engine and battery health, and vehicle specs—it even features a space for insurance details. This factor pushed it to the top in our testing.

Tested: Best Car GPS Trackers for 2023

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H8NS5MS?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Bouncie</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$89.99</p><span class="copyright">Gannon Burgett</span>

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Belkin Universal Car Mount

For a fantastic budget-friendly window/dash phone mount, this is the one we like the best. Belkin's Universal Car Mount boasts a suction cup that is both easy to attach and remove. The head then telescopes for easy adjustment to get your phone facing the proper direction. The best part? It's extremely affordable, which comes with a caveat—there are no fancy frills. It simply holds your phone securely, which is all we need.

Tested: Best Car Phone Mounts

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VHLY9VC?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Belkin Universal Car Mount</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$29.99</p><span class="copyright">Collin Morgan</span>

Apparel

You’re an auto-obsessed road warrior? Look the part!

American Optical Original Pilot

American Optical's Original Pilot sunglasses succeed in every category in our test. They might not be the best in any one category, but combined they become the perfect companion for your eyes on the road. They're comfortable and avoid putting pressure in the wrong spots. We recommend the bayonet temples, which help keep the shades in place and allow for easy on and off.

Style is self-explanatory, having been used by the likes of Apollo 11 crew members and Bruce Springsteen, to name just a few. Truly iconic. The polarized lenses registered at 224.4 Lux in our light test, and the emerald tint accents ambers and greens while dulling the light pleasantly.

related: best Driving Sunglasses for Road Trips, tested

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HVX252M?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>American Optical Original Pilot</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$295.00</p>

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Timex Weekender Chronograph

We love the clean look and value of the Timex Weekender. If you're not a fan of the blue/leather combo, there's a solid selection of face and strap colors to choose from through the Timex storefront on Amazon. The Weekender is a fantastic choice for daily use and can handle the distress of a weekend wrench sesh. Eagle-eyed readers might notice a green/leather Weekender on the wrist of a Gear Team tester—it's his recommendation that landed this watch here.

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QIJ62M2?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Timex Weekender Chronograph</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$99.00</p>

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Chicane Racing Men's Speedster

When considering a driving shoe for spiriting motoring, you want a firm sole and narrow profile for maximum feel and control on the brake and throttle pedals. The Chicane Speedsters offer that and more. We liked the everyday wearability, and the pair is plenty comfortable for a day of wandering the paddock or a post-drive restaurant break when you're not at the wheel. If black shoes aren't your cup of tea, they're also available in blue and red. And for more track-focused footwear, we also really enjoyed Chicane's more high-performance racing shoes.

related: Chicane Racing Shoes review

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09NXC66XG?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Chicane Racing Men's Speedster</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$160.00</p><span class="copyright">Michael Simari</span>

Gresso California Titanium Sunglasses

With bendable titanium frames and straight but snug arms that don't pinch behind the ears, these superb sunglasses from Miami-based Gresso weigh just 16 grams. The combination of lightness and comfort make them perfect for driving. And it's the nylon Zeiss lenses, providing stellar optics and 100 percent UV protection, that are the real heroes here.

Alas, luxury does come at a price. We opted for the California frames, classic aviators in black with gradient dark lenses. A few of the frame styles are a bit too mod for some, but there are plenty of traditional designs too. With such a wide selection of frames and lens styles, there's bound to be one for everybody.

related: Car Gear We Use

<p><a href="https://gresso.com/products/california-titanium" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Gresso California Titanium Sunglasses</p><p>$425.00</p><span class="copyright">Mazie Langston</span>

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Flying Eyes Optics Hawk Sunglasses

Flying Eyes was started by a pilot who wanted sunglasses that would fit comfortably under the headset he wore while at the controls. They're great for race-car drivers, motorcyclists—anyone who wears a helmet. The arms are flat and slide right between your head and ear pads. On a daylong ride, you definitely don't want sunglasses that grind and slice into your ear or cranium.

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<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N361301?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Flying Eyes Optics Hawk Sunglasses</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$348.93</p><span class="copyright">Mark Vaughn</span>

TCX Staten WP Boots

Chelsea boots first became popular back in the Swingin' London scene of the 60s. Now, Italian boot manufacturer TCX has released its own version of a motorcycle boot inspired by that rugged-yet-comfortable design, with steel toes, ankle shanks, non-slip soles, and other rider-friendly features including a waterproof internal membrane to keep feet dry. On or off the bike, these Staten WP ("waterproof) riding boots might be just as comfortable as Blundstones, and the zippered inside closure makes them even more functional for motorcyclists.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.revzilla.com%2Fmotorcycle%2Ftcx-staten-wp-boots&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.caranddriver.com%2Fshopping-advice%2Fa41692115%2Fcar-and-driver-gear-team-tested-and-trusted%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>TCX Staten WP Boots</p><p>revzilla.com</p><p>$199.00</p><span class="copyright">Revzilla</span>

Prada SPS 02X

Who would've thought a pair of Prada sunglasses would make it to our Favorite Driving Sunglasses list? We were pleasantly surprised by the performance and comfort of these shades, and it was one of our most-worn pairs during testing. The SPS 02X felt very light and durable, with a dose of strength that seemed to hug behind the ears ever so gently.

Stylistically, you can't go wrong with a boxy pair of shades, and if it weren't for the Prada logo along the arms, you might assume they were generic. They ranked No. 3 overall in our light-test list, registering at 149.9 Lux—and the lenses offered good coverage, blocking out light in all but the farthest corners of our peripheral vision.

related: best Driving Sunglasses for Road Trips, tested

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08LQMX75H?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Prada SPS 02X</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$184.00</p>

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Books

Automotive passion doesn't end when the car is parked. Keep these by your bedside.

Taschen Ultimate Collector Cars

Ultimate Collector Cars is the most captivating, current, and comprehensive source for the most desirable cars ever to roam the earth. Ranging from the 1903 Mercedes-Simplex 40 HP to the 2020 McLaren Speedtail, the book covers every important automotive era.

The two volumes—which require real strength to extract from the shipping box—come in a sturdy shell that holds them together as a nice display. Volume 1 spans 1903 to 1959, while Volume 2 covers 1960 to 2020. As you flip through the glossy, sleek pages sporting countless full-spread colored photographs, you'll learn facts and tidbits along with the history of each vehicle.

If you—and by you, we mean your arm muscles—can handle the weight, Ultimate Collector Cars is a must-own for anyone interested in the historical significance of the world's greatest cars.

related: The Ultimate Coffee Table Book about Collector Cars Is Here

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/3836584913?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Taschen Ultimate Collector Cars</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$250.00</p>

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Road & Track Crew's Big & Fast Cars

If your car-loving child is looking for a new form of entertainment, don't get something for a screen—get something with pages. Road & Track Crew's latest book offers hours of engagement with a plethora of fun facts (701 to be exact!), tidbits, and, of course, amazing vehicles.

Also nestled between the covers are interviews with high-profile people in the car world, including race-car drivers, celebrities, and Hot Wheels designers. And if you want to see who owns some sweet car collections, look no further. Big & Fast Cars: 701 Totally Amazing Facts! peeks into the garages of The Rock, Lady Gaga, Guy Fieri, and more.

related: Road & Track Crew's Latest Book Is a Car Lover's Encyclopedia

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/1950785858?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Road & Track Crew's Big & Fast Cars</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$18.99</p>

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Toys & Video Games

These are definitely not for kids only. Have some car-crazed fun!

Forza Motorsport 4

This is it. The best Forza game of all time. The cars handle better than ever, look more detailed than ever, and sound like a symphony of combustion. Add the Top Gear integration with the tracks and various narrations by Jeremy, James, and Richard, and Forza Motorsport 4 features the best aspects we look for in racing games. This is a must-own for any car guy or girl; we don't even care if you have a 360 or not. Put it on a shelf and bathe in its glory, we command thee.

Ranked: Every 'Forza' Game for Xbox

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003O6E986?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Forza Motorsport 4</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$39.99</p>

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Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5 delivered improvements we didn't even know we needed from the previous iteration. Stunning blooms of color, vast swaths of varying terrain to explore, and a staggering car list combines to offer an accessible, yet addicting open-world racer. The one thing that keeps it from our top spot is somewhat subjective: it's missing a splash of personal magic. There's almost too much to conquer, too much to see—and can feel somewhat overwhelming at times. Is that a bad thing in an open-world game? Not necessarily. If that's the only knock on the game, we'll gladly take it.

Ranked: Every 'Forza' Game for Xbox

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09DCTNJWN?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Forza Horizon 5</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$28.49</p>

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Logitec G29 Gaming Racing Wheel (PS5/PS4/PS3)

The G29 racing wheel is the perfect blend of performance and affordability. Our experts love this wheel and its realistic dual-motor force feedback system. The pedals deserve praise, too—the gas pedal is smooth, the brake pedal is resistant, and the clutch feels strong. The Logitech G923 is nearly identical, but compatible with Xbox. This is the wheel to get, say our experts.

Experts Recommend These Racing Wheels for Gaming

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Z0UWWYC?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Logitec G29 Gaming Racing Wheel (PS5/PS4/PS3)</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$229.99</p>

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Lego Porsche 911

This is a masterful Lego set. The smooth, accurate silhouette comprises clean pieces that sculpt the 911's iconic curves expertly, and any skeletal structure is hidden beneath the pearly exterior.

This set also offers two building options: Turbo and Targa. The Turbo comes with the classic whale tail, wide rear stance, and an extra snail that nests in the engine compartment. The Targa features the iconic removable top, fixed roll bar, and smooth bodywork. Either variant is gorgeously replicated by Lego—the hardest part is deciding which one you'll build first.

Tested: Three of Lego's Newest Vehicle Sets

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08TK97649?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10048.a.41692115%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Lego Porsche 911</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$189.99</p>

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Track Accessories

Stay safe and have a blast at the track with these editor favorites.

Simpson Hybrid S Safety Device

For a few years now, Simpson has marketed a device called the Hybrid S, which meets all the same safety standards as a HANS. Unlike a HANS, the Hybrid S doesn't need to be held down by shoulder belts, instead anchoring around the torso.

GM has mandated these for track testing for a few years now, and we just started using them as well. At nearly $1200, the Hybrid S isn't cheap, though it's a small price to pay for safety. We think it's essential for anyone tracking their road car.

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These tests were conducted in an environment that provided equal opportunity for each product to shine: the Car and Driver garage. We use and evaluate each item thoroughly, on its own merits and without bias, often against its competition, to discover which ones perform the best. Upon tallying up our findings, we agreed that our tests were fair, legitimate, and provide the most complete information for our readers.

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