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  • 2017 Jeep Compass first drive: fitting in

    Finally, with the introduction of the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass, the Jeep lineup has something for everyone, everywhere. The all-new Compass comes as the long-overdue replacement for a pair of crossovers—the classic Cherokee-inspired Patriot and the old, south-pointing Compass—that reached their sell-by date right about the time they...

  • 2017 Jeep Compass priced from $22,090; delivers 30 mpg plus

    At $22,090, the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass is about $1,000 more than its predecessor—but it delivers far more standard features and improved fuel economy ratings. Confusingly, Jeep dealers will have two different 2017 Compass models in their showrooms this spring when the all-new model begins arriving in dealers in April. The old Compass...

  • 2017 Jeep Compass review

    In its first generation, it went down in history as one of the most unloved crossovers on the road from day one. But that's the past and, aside from its badge, the Jeep Compass is all-new for 2017. We've waited a long time for the Compass to be rebooted and it has mostly been worth it. Based on its nice combination of style, ride quality, and a...

  • Yes, car seats expire and here's why

    We hear it all the time: "Car seats don't actually expire. That's just a ploy by the manufacturers to get you to spend more money and buy new stuff." It doesn't matter how many times we hear it; it's still not true. Car seats expire, and your kid's safety could depend on you recognizing that fact. We trust car seats to keep our little ones safe in...

  • America's bridges are crumbling: here are the iffy ones near you

    It's no secret that America's highways and byways are falling apart. Sometimes, the issues are painfully obvious: potholes, eroded shoulders, faded and missing lane markings. Other times, the trouble spots are harder to see, especially on bridges, where the problems may lie in crumbling supports or rusty decking. How bad are the bridges near you?...

  • Failing infrastructure, 2018 Audi S4, Tesla Model 3: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    Another Chinese electric car startup hits snags When you hear the phrase "Chinese electric car startup," you probably think of Faraday Future, an ironically named enterprise with no past and diminished future prospects. Feds investigate auto lenders who track borrowers by GPS Ever had the feeling you were being watched? If you've taken out an auto...

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq

    The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is a compact five-door hatchback that breaks new ground among fuel-efficient cars by offering three separate powertrains: hybrid, all-electric, and plug-in hybrid. Several makers offer plug-in variants of conventional hybrids, but Hyundai is the first to add a battery-electric model that has no engine at all to its hybrid...

  • Nissan's CEO steps aside, but not to retire

    After nearly two decades at the helm of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn has announced that he will hand over control of the Japanese automaker to an executive who worked his way up the brand's ranks in its home market. Ghosn will remain as Nissan's global CEO until April 1, at which time Hiroto Saikawa will take over. However, don't look for Ghosn, one of...

  • Another Chinese electric car startup hits snags

    When you hear the phrase "Chinese electric car startup", you probably think of Faraday Future, an ironically named enterprise with no past and diminished future prospects. But Faraday is far from the only Chinese company that's set its sights on the electric car market. At last count, there were at least seven such firms, and soon, there'll be an...

  • Feds investigate auto lenders who track borrowers by GPS

    Ever had the feeling you were being watched? If you've taken out an auto loan in recent years, your hunch may have been correct, and now, the U.S. government is investigating. It's not uncommon for lending institutions to require that borrowers equip their new vehicles with GPS devices and other gadgetry. These devices keep tabs on cars, which...

  • Loan delinquencies, Range Rover Velar, Hyundai Ioniq review: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    Uh-oh: auto loan delinquencies hit a new high Economists aren't typically known for their unbridled optimism. They tend to be a cautious lot, who seem most anxious when the markets are doing well. They trade nervous glances waiting for something to go wrong. 2017 Subaru Impreza nabs IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award Subaru's all-new Impreza lineup has...

  • 2017 Subaru Impreza

    The 2017 Subaru Impreza is a redesigned version of the automaker's compact sedan and hatchback, which was last updated for the 2012 model year. The new Impreza has sleeker and crisper styling, a nicer interior, and more standard and optional features, including active-safety systems. In due course, it will spin off a new version of the Crosstrek...

  • London ups congestion charge on older cars

    Brexit be damned. In an effort to comply with European Union pollution regulations, London says that later this year it will begin levying a £10 (about $12.50) charge on older cars if they want to drive in the city's core. Though not an outright ban on cars, the fee is a step toward creating the "toughest emission standard of any major...

  • 2017 Subaru Impreza nabs IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

    Subaru's all-new Impreza lineup has received top marks from the insurance industry-funded IIHS after being subjected to a barrage of crash tests. The 2017 Impreza, Subaru's compact sedan and hatchback range, has been rated as high as Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional systems. While the IIHS says that all Imprezas have a solid body...

  • Uh-oh: auto loan delinquencies hit a new high

    Economists aren't typically known for their unbridled optimism. They tend to be a cautious lot, who seem most anxious when the markets are doing well. They trade nervous glances waiting for something to go wrong. Has something gone wrong? Maybe so: the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has confirmed that auto loan delinquencies are at their highest...

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  • All-new 2018 Hyundai Accent adds lots of safety tech

    An all-new version of Hyundai's smallest car sold in the United States has made its debut, with what the Korean automaker says is a leap forward in terms of refinement and available safety features. The 2018 Hyundai Accent that was unveiled at the Toronto auto show is incrementally larger than its predecessor thanks in part to a wheelbase that's...

  • 2011-2012 BMW 1-Series, 3-Series, 5-Series, 7-Series recalled for powertrain flaw

    BMW has announced a recall of nearly 9,000 vehicles from the 2011 and 2012 model years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a key driveshaft component on those cars may be prone to break. The component in question is the rear driveshaft constant-velocity joint (aka the CV joint), which was manufactured in Germany by...

  • More data suggests that traffic deaths rose sharply in 2016

    In January, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued some preliminary data on traffic fatalities for the first nine months of 2016. Now, the National Safety Council has released estimates of its own, providing more strong hints that the number of roadway deaths in America rose sharply last year. NHTSA vs the NSC Stats from NHTSA...

  • Americans driving less, angry Cruze Diesel owners, Dodge Demon: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    Drop in driving and car ownership suggests that America's love affair with cars may be over With lots of wide-open spaces and a sprawling (though crumbling) system of roads, America has been an ideal country for cars. But a new study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute suggests that our long, national love affair with...

  • Drop in driving and car ownership suggests that America's love affair with cars may be over

    With lots of wide-open spaces and a sprawling (though crumbling) system of roads, America has been an ideal country for cars. But a new study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute suggests that our long, national love affair with automobiles may be coming to an end. It wouldn't be the first time we've heard that. In...

  • Chevrolet Cruze Diesel owners take GM to court

    Earlier this week, Chevrolet announced some impressive fuel economy figures for its newest Cruze Diesel sedan. Meanwhile, a federal court in Michigan has given nine owners of previous Cruze Diesels the green light to continue their joint lawsuit against Chevrolet and its parent company, General Motors. That suit was initially filed in June 2016...

  • 2017 Volkswagen Passat recalled over brake fluid leak

    Volkswagen has announced a recall of more than 1,000 Passat vehicles from the 2017 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that some of those vehicles may be losing brake fluid, which could reduce their braking power over time. The issue is rooted in brake-line components supplied by Sanoh America Inc., based in...

  • Smart's electric future, self-driving cars, Chevy Bolt EV: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    Smart dropping gas models, to go all-electric In the future, you won't see one of Mercedes-Benz's diminutive Smart vehicles stopping at a gas station unless its driver has a craving for a bottle of Dr Pepper or a lottery ticket. GM in talks to sell European Opel division to French automaker Detroit-based General Motors has confirmed discussions...

  • Jaguar and Shell make credit card swiping a thing of the past

    Jaguar and Shell Oil have teamed up to create a new in-car app that allows drivers to pay for fuel without ever swiping their credit card at a gas station. Instead, drivers can tap their cars' infotainment screens to finish the transaction using either PayPal or ApplePay. ALSO SEE: Drop in driving and car ownership suggests that America's love...

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq undercuts Prius at $23,035

    The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid hatchback will arrive in dealers next month for an aggressively low starting price that may raise some eyebrows in competitors' showrooms. The hybrid version of the Ioniq, which is available in three configurations, will start from $23,035 including a mandatory $835 destination charge. That's several thousand below...

  • Want an electronic license plate connected to the DMV? This startup has one

    For historians, the 16th century was the height of the Renaissance. The 18th century was all about the Enlightenment. And the 2000s may one day be described as the Great Networking: the era in which people, communities, and corporations became linked to one another via a series of online networks. This phenomenon has already affected much of our...

  • Madza recalls 2011 Mazda2, 2010-2011 Mazda3, Mazdaspeed3 for seat problems

    Mazda has announced a recall of nearly 174,000 vehicles from the 2010 and 2011 model years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the driver's seats in some of those vehicles may suffer from problems that interfere with a motorist's ability to remain in good driving position. NHTSA documents indicate that the issue...

  • GM in talks to sell European Opel division to French automaker

    Detroit-based General Motors has confirmed discussions with France's largest automaker over the future of its troubled Opel division. In a statement, GM confirmed that it and PSA "are exploring numerous strategic initiatives aiming at improving profitability and operational efficiency, including a potential acquisition of Opel Vauxhall by PSA."...

  • Smart dropping gas models, to go all-electric

    In the future, you won't see one of Mercedes-Benz's diminutive Smart vehicles stopping at a gas station unless its driver has a craving for a bottle of Dr Pepper or a lottery ticket. That's because the automaker has confirmed it will drop gasoline-fueled Smart models from its lineup in the United States and Canada later this year. Beginning in...

  • The Mitsubishi Eclipse is back... well, sort of

    One of the most iconic cars of the 1990s is coming back, but not quite as you might have imagined it. Mitsubishi will take to the stage at next month's Geneva auto show in Switzerland with a squat crossover it calls the Eclipse Cross. Aside from the brand's three diamond star, the only thing it appears to share with the now-vintage Eclipse sporty...

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  • 2018 Ford Expedition video preview

    Big SUVs are still here--in fact, they never really went away. The Ford Expedition has been a strong seller since it was new in the 1990s, but it's aged while other big SUVs have been redesigned. It's time for change. Big change. This is the brand-new 2018 Ford Expedition, the result of a full redesign that was long overdue. The big news? It's...

  • Nissan adds Midnight Edition package to 5 more models

    Nissan says that the Midnight Edition package has been enough of an early hit with its Maxima sedan that it is spreading the trim level's special styling features to five additional models within its lineup. The lucky recipients? There are five more for 2017, bringing the total to six with the Maxima, Altima, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue, and Sentra...

  • 2016-2017 Chevrolet Cruze recalled: 17,000 vehicles affected

    General Motors is recalling more than 17,000 Cruze vehicles from the 2016 and 2017 model years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the seats in some of those vehicles may have been improperly manufactured. The problem is limited to the Cruze's driver and front passenger seats. According to the National Highway Traffic...

  • New lawsuit could force used car dealers to repair recalled vehicles

    Recalls have been making headlines for the past several years, but on used car lots, recalled vehicles aren't always easy to spot. That could change thanks to a new lawsuit filed against the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Recalls in the news The recent crop of high-profile recalls began with General Motors' faulty ignition switches, which were...

  • Border tax study, Faraday Future plans, Ford Expedition: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    Study: Border tax could boost car prices by up to $17,000 As a businessman, it shouldn't be too surprising that much of Donald Trump's attention during his first two-and-a-half weeks in office has been focused on U.S. business policies--things like trade deficits, free-trade agreements, and, of course, border taxes. Faraday Future hits the brakes...

  • Study: Border tax could boost car prices by up to $17,000

    As a businessman, it shouldn't be too surprising that much of Donald Trump's attention during his first two-and-a-half weeks in office has been focused on U.S. business policies--things like trade deficits, free-trade agreements, and, of course, border taxes. Although the details of such a tax plan have yet to be worked out, analysts have put...

  • 2018 Ford Expedition preview

    After a longer final lap than many expected, Ford's attention to all things SUV finally turned to the Expedition. A long-awaited redo for the spacious family hauler finally arrives this year, and the 2018 Ford Expedition gets more than a "mane and tail" makeover. The new SUV will be available in XLT, Limited, and Platinum trims in rear- or...

  • Faraday Future hits the brakes, scales back plans, shifts production to China

    If you're one of those folks who's excited about electric car startup Faraday Future, we have a bit of bad news: the company has hit the brakes on its production plans. It has pushed back the timeline for building out its $1 billion Las Vegas-area plant, and it's dramatically pared down its lineup from seven vehicles to two. For most of you...

  • Buyer for Takata, Maserati recalls, Dodge Durango SRT: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    Has Takata finally found a buyer? After months of searching, beleaguered Japanese supplier Takata may have finally found its knight in shining armor. Insiders report that Chinese-owned, U.S.-based Key Safety Systems is slated to be the company's lucky buyer. 2014-2017 Maserati Quattroporte, Ghibli, and Levante recalled for fire risk: nearly 40k...

  • Has Takata finally found a buyer?

    After months of searching, beleaguered Japanese supplier Takata may have finally found its knight in shining armor. Insiders report that Chinese-owned, U.S.-based Key Safety Systems is slated to be the company's lucky buyer. Or rather, we should say "preferred buyer". While Key Safety Systems may be Takata's pick, the devil will be in the details...

  • 2014-2017 Maserati Quattroporte, Ghibli, and Levante recalled for fire risk: nearly 40k affected

    Maserati has recalled nearly 40,000 vehicles registered in the U.S. because they may be at risk of catching fire. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall affects 2014-2017 models of the Maserati Quattroporte, Ghibli, and Levante. As we often see in cases when fire is an issue, the problem with the Quattroporte...

  • Winter tire time, BMW recalls, Ford Mustang Bullitt: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    Now's the time to buy winter tires Check that date. Yes, it's the beginning of February and we're telling you that you should buy winter tires now, even though we're already halfway through the snowy season. If you've been contemplating winter tires for your car, this may very well be the best time to take advantage of clearance sales as tire...

  • 2000-2003 BMW 3-Series, 5-Series, X5 recalled, may contain Takata airbags

    If you've been following the Takata recall, you know what a fiasco it's been: The company has repeatedly denied that its airbags were fatally flawed (despite lots of evidence to the contrary); The agency responsible for managing the recall dragged its feet for far too long; The recall has been complicated for consumers and automakers alike by...

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  • If Trump axes NAFTA, new car prices could go up

    If the Trump administration renegotiates or even pulls out entirely from the North American Free Trade Agreement, new car buyers may be forced to pay considerably higher prices. Among all the rumors swirling around President Donald Trump's plan to scrap NAFTA and tax products imported into the U.S. from global trading partners like Mexico is that...

  • Bosch agrees to pay $327 million for rigging Volkswagen diesels

    Publicists for Bosch have been working overtime for more than a year. The German supplier has been heavily implicated in the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, and yesterday, it agreed to shell out $327.5 million for its role in rigging hundreds of thousands of Audi, Porsche, and VW diesels to cheat on U.S. emissions tests. Unlike Volkswagen's recent...

  • Volkswagen sets aside $1.2 billion to fix or buy back 3.0-liter diesels

    Back in December, we reported that Volkswagen was putting the final touches on a deal to fix or buy back roughly 80,000 Audi, Porsche, and VW 3.0-liter diesels equipped with defeat devices that allowed them to cheat on U.S. emissions tests. The rumored pricetag was $1 billion. Now, the deal has officially been presented to U.S. District Judge...

  • Google's Waymo is leading the self-driving car race

    Google's self-driving car project--now known as Waymo--has put plenty of miles on the odometer. In fact, since 2009, the company's autonomous fleet has traveled 2.3 million miles without assistance from their human companions. All that work is paying big dividends, according to new data from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. California...

  • Border tax, Bugatti Chiron, Tesla's logo explained: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    Toyota takes on Trump's border tax, asks dealers for backup Donald Trump's protectionist policies have been lauded in some corners, but they've also sparked outcries and protests from private individuals, government officials, and more than a few companies. Manual transmissions will survive; here's how and why Within the next five years, virtually...

  • 2018 Subaru Legacy

    It may not look all that different from last year's model, but the 2018 Subaru Legacy boasts some worthwhile upgrades as it enters the middle of its lifespan. The most recent Legacy debuted to critical acclaim for the 2015 model year—we named it our Best Car to Buy at the time—and the 2018 updates some of its technology and adds more...

  • Manual transmissions will survive; here's how and why

    Within the next five years, virtually every new car in the United States will be able to bring itself to a halt on its own with no driver intervention if it detects an impending accident. We call this "automatic emergency braking," and at first glance it might seem like it spells doom for manual transmissions since bringing one to a stop has...

  • 2017 BMW 3-Series

    BMW's obsession to fill every niche isn't new. Before the BMW 3-Series, a "luxury sport compact" could have applied to a versatile woman's handbag or described Ricardo Montalban's suit. The 3-Series changed that more than three decades again. For 2017, the BMW 3-Series comes in three body styles, with a choice between six different engines, two...

  • The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon is the family car you really want

    With more than 600 horsepower on tap, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S station wagon may very well represent the most entertaining way to haul your family around. To say that it's nothing like the Buick Centurys and FordCountry Squires that once dominated suburbia is certainly an understatement. The E-Class AMG wagon has become something of a legend in...

  • Tesla Model S, BMW i3 fail to meet IIHS Top Safety Pick standards

    The flashy Tesla Model S and BMW i3 may garner second looks from passers-by, but they're not as safe as many other cars on the road according to the IIHS. The insurance industry-funded group revealed today that neither model qualifies for either the coveted Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ awards. In both cases, there's room for some...

  • New hope for U.S. auto sales: former Volkswagen diesel owners

    For nearly a year and a half, the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal has been making headlines. While the headaches might not be over for Volkswagen executives, they could be coming to an end for U.S. owners of Audi, Porsche, and VW vehicles illegally designed to cheat on emissions tests. In fact, some believe that there could be a silver lining to...

  • Toyota takes on Trump's border tax, asks dealers for backup

    Donald Trump's protectionist policies have been lauded in some corners, but they've also sparked outcries and protests from private individuals, government officials, and more than a few companies. As we reported earlier this week, the auto industry is included in that mix. Ford execs have slammed the president's immigration ban, and recently...

  • Ford's brand gallery, Porsche 911 GTS driven, China could be next eco-center: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    Ford launches first 'brand gallery' in New York, focusing on mobility In 2015, Cadillac chief Johann de Nysschen announced plans to create high-tech boutiques for his brand. The idea didn't come out of thin air: the boutiques were similar to the ones he'd planned for Audi and the ones that Tesla has operated in shopping malls and department...

  • 2017 BMW 4-Series

    It may not be a household name within the BMW lineup, but the 4-Series really isn't anything new. A couple of years ago, BMW spun off its 3-Series coupes and convertibles as the rebranded 4-Series in an effort to capitalize on their more "lifestyle" appeal up against the comparatively workaday 3-Series sedan and wagon. Dig into the details and the...

  • Mid-size sedans scrapping vanilla in favor of sport

    The family sedan is in the midst of a quiet revolution. What was once indisputably the type of car most likely to be found in the average American garage has been displaced by crossovers and SUVs that channel a little Marlboro Man with room for the kids and their gear (plus maybe the neighbors' kids). Mid-size sedans like the Toyota Camry, Honda...

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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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