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  • 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD rated at 445 hp, 910 lb-ft of torque

    On Wednesday, Chevrolet confirmed the whispers: the new heavy-duty Silverado will be available with world-class grunt. When equipped with a 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V-8, the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD and Sierra HD produces 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. For spec hunters, that's less twist than the new 2017 Ford Super Duty's...

  • 2017 Land Rover Discovery

    The Discovery is back. Land Rover will revive the nameplate it retired in the 2005 model year, and will pair the new vehicle with the existing Discover Sport under the Land Rover imprimatur. The brand-within-a-brand concept is a bit blurry here, since the new Discovery technically is a closer relative to the aluminum-bodied Range Rover and Range...

  • 2013-17 Ford Focus, 2014 Ford Transit Connect recalled: over 75,000 vehicles affected

    This morning, Ford issued two recalls affecting more than 75,000 vehicles, most of which are registered in the U.S. RECALL #1: 2013-17 Ford Focus hatchback and Ford Focus RS UNITS AFFECTED: 64,038 in the U.S. and 9,877 in Canada This recall stems from a software glitch that allows hatchbacks to unlock and unlatch with one press of the inside latch...

  • VW teases new ID electric car concept at 2016 Paris Motor Show

    Really, pay no attention to the outside of this concept car. It's what's under the skin of what VW is calling the "I.D." concept that makes all the news here. Volkswagen will unveil the all-electric concept this week at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and detail its new electric structure for small cars, dubbed Modular Electric Drive kit, or MEB. We...

  • F-150 vs. Ram 1500, 2017 Toyota Highlander, 2018 Ford Mustang: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    Ford F-150 vs. Ram 1500: Compare Trucks In this golden age of pickup trucks, from fuel economy to crash safety, the workhorses of the automotive world have never done a better job of doubling as passenger cars. Likewise, with tow and payload ratings at all-time highs, today's light-duty, full-size trucks are the brute-strength equivalents of...

  • 2017 Toyota Sienna

    Minivan drivers are some of the most fiercely loyal owners on the planet—just ask one. It takes some coaxing (or capitulation) to get them inside, but once they're in, they usually stay there. They're ultimate family vehicles: vans are robust machines built for car seats, plenty of flailing legs, ground-in cereal in the seats, 50 pounds of...

  • Lexus RX Vs. Lincoln MKX: Compare Cars

    Mid-size luxury crossover vehicles like the Lincoln MKX and Lexus RX have developed multiple roles in the market. On one hand, they’re the shape of convenience and elegance—especially to empty-nester types, who have turned to them instead of big luxury sedans. And on the other hand, they’re the image of success for professionals...

  • 2017 Toyota Highlander

    A somewhat more aggressive look, more power, an improved set of safety features, and a new sportier SE model highlight the changes Toyota is ushering in for its spacious crossover utility vehicle, the 2017 Highlander. The SE joins LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited, and Limited Platinum models. The Highlander Hybrid is now also available in LE and XLE...

  • 2017 Jaguar F-Type

    The Jaguar F-Type is a real sports car. Jaguar takes great pains to explain that because, for years, it had the bigger, plusher, 2+2 XK convertible and coupe in the lineup. Grand tourers are great, but they don't compare well with cars like the 911 and Corvette—the cars Jaguar chases with its slinky two-seater. New in 2014, the F-Type has...

  • 2017 Jaguar F-Pace

    Jaguar Land Rover is in the business of building excellent SUVs, but until now, those SUVs were the exclusive province of Land Rover. Even with Range Rovers and Discoverys sitting across the showroom, there's plenty of room for more vehicles in the broad spectrum that grabs everything from the Buick Encore to the Benz G-Class. And if a sort of...

  • Ford F-150 vs. Ram 1500: Compare Trucks

    In this golden age of pickup trucks, from fuel economy to crash safety, the workhorses of the automotive world have never done a better job of doubling as passenger cars. Likewise, with tow and payload ratings at all-time highs, today's light-duty, full-size trucks are the brute-strength equivalents of yesterday's heavy-duty pickups. Two of our...

  • 2017 Land Rover Range Rover

    The Land Rover Range Rover continues to blending more than 45 years of globe trotting off road heritage with the latest advances in technology and refinement to create a remarkable balance between luxury and capability over any kind of terrain. While the original Range Rover that hit the market back in 1970 was decidedly primitive, the latest...

  • Would you buy your next car on the internet instead of in person? Our poll results

    Few questions have black and white answers: Is wine really good for you? It depends. Is Kanye West's fashion line as dumb as everyone says? Maybe. Is everything bigger in Texas? No comment. For the most part, we live a universe of gray. But some things aren't up for debate. For example: Do people hate haggling for cars? Yes. Yes, they do. Do...

  • 2017 Audi Q7 recalled for moving seat

    Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a recall of the Audi Q7 crossover to fix a problem with the vehicle's exterior lighting system. Today, NHTSA published another recall for the Q7 because of a faulty part that could increase the risk of injury to passengers during collisions. The faulty part was manufactured by...

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  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

    Nearly every vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz model lineup has become a little more emphatic and expressive over the past year or two; and with the arrival of a refreshed 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL lineup, the same applies to the luxury automaker's classic two-seater. Not quite a sports car, but a very luxurious two-seat convertible—a high-luxury...

  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

    The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class marks a significant, mid-cycle upgrade for what was previously knew as the GL-Class. As part of a nomenclature change sweeping the entire brand, each of the German luxury maker's sport-utility vehicles has received new badging and a full or partial makeover to bring the lineup into more obvious parallels with its...

  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class

    The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SLC was known as the SLK until just last year, nomenclature it wore for nearly two decades. With its name change, it gets a mild facelift and a reconfigured lineup with two variants: the Mercedes-Benz SLC300 and the Mercedes-AMG SLC43. Just as the SLK, the SLC roadsters continue to prioritize easy drivability and comfort...

  • 2017 Jaguar XE

    The 2017 Jaguar XE is the British luxury brand's long-awaited BMW 3-Series fighter—though by our yardsticks, the BMW has great new rivals in the Cadillac ATS, Mercedes C-Class and the Audi A4. For the initial 2017 model year, the XE will come in three powertrain flavors: a gas turbo-4 called the 25t, a diesel turbo-4 dubbed the 20d, and a...

  • 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

    As the smallest sedan in the three-pointed star's ever-growing family, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA continues to woo a different kind of buyer than those who have traditionally sought and owned the German automaker’s big, rather conservative sedans and purposeful utility vehicles. In its current form, we rate it at 6.6. It's a beautiful car...

  • Is automatic emergency braking a must-have in your next car? Our poll results

    For anyone who thinks that autonomous vehicles are the cars of the future, we hate to break it to you, but they're already here. In fact, they've been stealthily rolling into showrooms over the past several years, one feature at a time. Many of us have now become accustomed to those features. As they accumulate--a little lane-keeping assist here...

  • Chrysler Pacifica aces crash test, Audi Q5 teased, Lyft to go driver-less: What's New @ The Car Connection

    IIHS calls 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan Top Safety Pick+ The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica earned the highest marks from the IIHS in crash safety for any minivan yet, the insurance-funded agency announced Tuesday. Great Britain gets serious about distracted driving The problem of texting and driving isn't limited to the U.S.--not by a long shot. Great...

  • 2017 Toyota Tundra

    The 2017 Toyota Tundra is a full-size pickup truck that offers a robust powertrain and a refined feel to lure some of the most loyal customers away from well-established rivals. The Tundra's strong record for durability has helped it carve out a small slice of the truck market, thanks in part to its broad lineup of SR, SR5, TRD Pro, Limited...

  • Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. Lexus NX: Compare Cars

    It’s likely that the first time you saw the Lexus NX or the Mercedes-Benz GLC, you took note. And that’s saying something, as the market is flooded with compact crossover offerings nowadays. Leave it to two of the top luxury brands, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus, not just to make good with a ubiquitous format and produce two of the better...

  • Here's how the Obama administration wants to regulate self-driving cars

    The Obama administration has finally outlined its plans for legislating self-driving cars, a strong indication that automated vehicles will proliferate the highways of tomorrow. In an unusual step, the President offered his thoughts in a column published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the hometown newspaper for a city that finds itself the...

  • 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

    The minivan was invented in the 1980s. Since then, the reputation's been the same. We call them "big-box bores." They’re functional to a fault, but sporty? No, not really. Sexy? Not so much. Chrysler invented the minivan in 1983, and this year, it's going to try to change decades of history with their latest offering, the 2017 Chrysler...

  • Ram 1500 vs. Toyota Tundra: Compare Trucks

    If you are looking for a luxury car, a German vehicle is probably your best bet. If you want efficiency of both space and fuel economy, Japan usually delivers. And if you want a full-size pickup, look to the good ol' U.S. of A. A comparison of the Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra is a perfect example of America's dominance when it comes to trucks. It's...

  • 2017 Volvo V60

    The 2017 Volvo V60 is the automaker's smallest wagon (for now) and carries the banner for the car company as the lone wagon in the States until the V90 shows up next year. (The XC70 was discontinued after 2016.) The V60 looks nothing like the boxy 240 and 740 models of yesteryear—massive Swedish tanks we've all roadtripped in at least once...

  • Great Britain gets serious about distracted driving

    The problem of texting and driving isn't limited to the U.S.--not by a long shot. Great Britain is taking steps to discourage the practice by boosting fines and potentially revoking licences. Currently, British drivers face fines of £100 ($130) and three points on their licenses if they're caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel. As of...

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  • 2017 Buick Regal

    The Buick Regal is one of GM's more charming sports sedans, still, five years after it first hit the road. There's power, just not too much. It's responsive, but not overly stiff. It's a convincing performer in both the luxury-sedan and sport-sedan world. The Regal merits a 6.8 on our scale of 10, due in large part to its lovely shape and its...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Volt rated 'Top Safety Pick+" by IIHS

    Over the past few years, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has made its ratings process more challenging for automakers. However, the 2017 Chevrolet Volt has passed its IIHS tests with flying colors, nabbing the highly coveted rank of "Top Safety Pick+". To earn that, the 2017 Volt had to perform well on the organization's traditional...

  • Chevrolet Equinox Vs. GMC Terrain: Compare Cars

    Chevrolet took its time to build a compact crossover SUV—but when it did the Equinox became a hit, thanks to generous proportions and a nifty sliding second-row seat. It even spawned a GMC edition, the boxy and rugged-looking Terrain. Between those two GM utility vehicles, which one's better for buyers and drivers? The two are very closely...

  • Honda Ridgeline vs. Chevrolet Colorado: Compare Trucks

    Pickup trucks can be the most useful hardware in your garage. Just ask any friend who needs help moving this weekend. That truck doesn't need to be a mega truck to come in handy. When flexibility and an open bed are more important than payload and towing, a mid-size pickup like the Honda Ridgeline or the Chevrolet Colorado might be the better tool...

  • Chevrolet Impala vs. Dodge Charger: Compare Cars

    The formula for the full-size sedan is pretty simple. It has to be spacious and comfortable, and a reasonable price wouldn't hurt, either. The Chevrolet Impala and Dodge Charger fit that bill. Each takes a different route to that destination, though. With the Impala, Chevy opts for front-wheel drive and 4-cylinder or V-6 power, while the Dodge...

  • Ford C-Max Energi Vs. Chevrolet Volt: Compare Cars

    The Chevrolet Volt and the Ford C-Max Energi are both compact plug-in hybrid hatchbacks. Each is powered by a combination of electricity from the grid, used to charge an on-board battery pack, and a 4-cylinder engine. But the two are very different vehicles in shape, accommodations, and driving behavior--though each one will likely have its fans...

  • Chevrolet Volt Vs. Toyota Prius: Compare Cars

    Going green has never been easier. Some of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the road are brand-new this year, and by our ratings, they're scoring better than ever in their lifetimes. But when it comes down to purchasing one of the big green mainstays, which one's better for you--the new Toyota Prius, or the latest Chevrolet Volt? By the numbers...

  • BMW i3 Vs Chevrolet Volt: Compare Cars

    The BMW i3 and Chevy Volt both are small plug-in electric cars, but the two cars tackle the range-extended electric vehicle question in very different ways. The latest Chevrolet Volt is essentially a plug-in hybrid, but it's the only one on the market that drives entirely on electricity until the battery is exhausted. In that behavior, it's...

  • 2016 Toyota Prius recalled for airbag problem

    Toyota is recalling approximately 7,600 Toyota Prius vehicles in the U.S., all of which were made for the 2016 model year. According to the automaker, the airbags assemblies on some off those vehicles may have been improperly manufactured, and as a result, the airbags may not deploy properly during collisions. Toyota says that the problem affects...

  • Google car, 7-Series vs. S-Class, 2017 Chevy Bolt EV: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    Would you buy a car made by Google? Our poll results A week ago, we reported on a new survey from TECHnalysis Research. It revealed that a majority of Americans would consider purchasing vehicles made by Google or Apple, if those vehicles were ever to hit the market. BMW 7-Series vs. Mercedes-Benz S-Class: Compare cars The Mercedes-Benz S-Class...

  • Chevrolet Colorado Vs. Toyota Tacoma: Compare Cars

    If you want a pickup that’s more manageable and maneuverable—and perhaps more fuel-efficient—than a full-size truck, the market is gradually coming back to life. And the recently redesigned Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma are both examples of this trend. With these two models—as well as the GMC Canyon, which is nearly...

  • Chevrolet Sonic Vs Honda Fit: Compare Cars

    The Honda Fit has been one of the highest-rated small cars at The Car Connection--but the Chevy Sonic has done very well, too. Which one should you buy? We rate the Sonic higher than the Fit, mostly because we think it's better-looking and is more interesting to drive. (Read more about how we rate cars.) Both the Honda Fit and Chevy Sonic are...

  • Chevrolet Volt Vs. Nissan Leaf: Compare Cars

    For the last five years, the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf have been the two best-selling plug-in electric cars in the U.S. Heading into 2016, sales of the battery-electric Leaf and the range-extended electric Volt are neck-and-neck. This year, however, an all-new Chevy Volt faces off against a Nissan Leaf that looks identical to earlier...

  • Chevrolet Cruze Vs. Hyundai Elantra: Compare Cars

    Today's economy cars are do-it-alls. They're practically mid-sizers, with styling that has set trends, and features that sometimes outpoint much more expensive rivals. Two highly-rated four-door sedans fight head to head for shoppers looking for reasonable performance for about $20,000--but between them, is the 2017 Hyundai Elantra or the 2016...

  • Chevrolet Cruze vs. Toyota Corolla: Compare Cars

    Despite the surging popularity of utility vehicles, today's small sedans are do-it-alls. They're practically mid-size these days, and the top entrants still sell hundreds of thousands of units a year. And each new entrant offers better safety, nicer interiors, and features that equal and sometimes outdo pricier rivals. The Toyota Corolla has long...

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