Q. The automatic transmission in my 2018 Honda Civic hatchback doesn't slow me down if I shift down to second gear. I want to use it for going down hills, but it doesn't seem to hold the speed down like my old '05 Civic did. Is the new transmission not made to do that?

Many Americans spend hours a week in their cars and trucks, some name their vehicles and enthusiasts wile away weekends tinkering under the hood.

BEIJING — Electric auto brand Tesla Inc. said it signed an agreement Wednesday to secure land in Shanghai for its first factory outside the United States, pushing ahead with development despite mounting U.S.-Chinese trade tensions.

New vehicles likely have these high-tech systems and even cars and trucks dating back a decade or more often include some of the functions. Auto owners enjoy the offerings but may be upset with overall performance. Whatever the case, automotive multimedia providing sound, navigation, communi…

Q. While browsing cartalk.com recently (I had nothing better to do ... I was at work), I came across a user's comment that a vehicle that is driven less than 10 miles per outing is more likely to develop engine problems. I hate to sound like "the little old lady who only drives to church on …