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EPA approves fix for 326,000 VW diesels, but will owners take it?  

If you live in the U.S. and you own one of the 475,000 or so 2.0-liter Audi or VW diesels affected by the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, we have good news and bad news. Since it's Friday, we'll start with the good news: your car can probably be fixed. The Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board have approved a repair...

2017-07-28 11:13:39
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Another shipment of Fords arrive from Mexico packed with marijuana  

Earlier this month, a dealership in Youngstown, Ohio received a shipment of Ford Fusions from the Ford plant in Hermosillo, Mexico. The cars came with all the features you'd expect to find on modern vehicles, with one major exception: instead of spare tires, they carried tire-shaped bundles of marijuana. As we reported, that wasn't the first time...

2017-07-28 09:50:16
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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: putting it to the test with kids  

We've now started the second half of our yearlong test with a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited minivan, and it's road-trip season. The miles have clicked past quickly as we packed the Pacifica for weekend adventures. Whether it was weddings in Iowa or family time at the cabin in northern Minnesota, it's been in a near-constant state of motion. Our...

2017-07-28 09:21:30
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Congress kills border tax, Ford recalls, Rolls-Royce Phantom: What's New @ The Car Connection  

Congress kills border tax that could have piled thousands on to new car prices Congressional leaders have signaled that they will scrap a border tax on incoming goods, including cars, as part of a larger tax overhaul proposal. 2014 Ford F-150, 2014-15 Ford Escape, 2015 Lincoln MKC recalled to fix seat and seatbelt flaws Ford is recalling about...

2017-07-28 09:20:41
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2018 Chevrolet Traverse starts at $30,875, tops out above $53,000  

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse aims for the heart of the three-row crossover SUV market in every way: style, substance, and, as it turns out, pricing. Chevrolet today announced that the cheapest 2018 Traverse will start at $30,875 including a mandatory $945 destination charge. That's for the bare bones L trim level, which will likely be reserved for...

2017-07-27 09:55:43
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Tesla Model S regains Consumer Reports' love while the Model X flounders  

We can all sleep a little easier tonight: Tesla and Consumer Reports have kissed and made up. The relationship between the ratings magazine and the electric car company led by serial entrepreneur Elon Musk hit a rough patch in April, following Tesla's decision in the fall of 2016 to disable automatic emergency braking on Model S and Model X...

2017-07-27 04:56:58
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Congress kills border tax that could have piled thousands on to new car prices  

Congressional leaders have signaled that they will scrap a border tax on incoming goods, including cars, as part of a larger tax overhaul proposal. "While we have debated the pro-growth benefits of border adjustability, we appreciate that there are many unknowns associated with it and have decided to set this policy aside in order to advance tax...

2017-07-27 04:12:30
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2018 Hyundai Elantra  

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra is all elbows, as far as we’re concerned. Only a few years ago it was lost in the compact car melange, a medley of middling econobox mishaps. Now, the Elantra is a fully fledged competitor with a recent history of delivering sharp style, a spacious cabin, and strong features at a reasonable price. A hatchback joins...

2017-07-27 04:03:51
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2014 Ford F-150, 2014-15 Ford Escape, 2015 Lincoln MKC recalled to fix seat and seatbelt flaws  

Ford is recalling about 117,000 cars, crossovers, and vans in North America to address a problem with their seats and seatbelts. Nearly 95,000 of the affected vehicles are registered in the U.S. According to Ford, the recall stems from poorly manufactured bolts associated with the seats, seatbacks, seatbelts, and/or seatbelt buckles. Because the...

2017-07-27 03:43:05
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2018 Ford Flex  

We loved the Ford Flex when it was new. Then again, we also loved the iPhone’s 2G connectivity, the Atlanta Thrashers, and Chicago’s Summer Olympic bid in the same year. We’re not fickle, we’ve just outlived most of those things. The Flex–still sold in SE, SEL, and Limited trims–is the lone survivor in that...

2017-07-27 02:01:44
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2018 Toyota 4Runner  

The 2018 Toyota 4Runner is the automotive equivalent of #throwbackthursday. It’s outdated in so many ways, but a most willing companion when, as John Muir so famously wrote, “the mountains are calling.” We’ve rated it a 5.7 out of 10 on our scale. Against more car-like crossovers, the 4Runner doesn’t make a lot of...

2017-07-27 01:37:58
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2018 Chevy Traverse, GM's over-the-air updates, China's next star: What's New @ The Car Connection  

2018 Chevrolet Traverse starts at $30,875, tops out above $53,000 The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse aims for the heart of the three-row crossover SUV market in every way: style, substance, and, as it turns out, pricing. UK to outlaw gas and diesel vehicles by 2040 No fossil fuels, please--we're British. Waze coming to Android Auto, and it's excellent In...

2017-07-27 01:15:11
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Mazda updates Takata recall for 2007-2011 Mazda6, CX-7, and CX-9  

Mazda has updated a recall affecting 205,377 Mazda6, CX-7, and CX-9 vehicles made between the 2007 and 2011 model years. It's the latest development in the largest (and arguably, most confusing) recall in U.S. automotive history. The vehicles affected were technically recalled in May of 2016, along with over 500,000 other Mazda vehicles. That...

2017-07-26 13:08:48
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UK to outlaw gas and diesel vehicles by 2040  

No fossil fuels, please--we're British. That's the message put out by the United Kingdom's Environment Minister, Michael Gove, earlier today. Speaking to BBC Radio, Gove said that the U.K. plans to outlaw the sale of vehicles that run solely on gas or diesel by the year 2040. Completely details of that plan haven't been announced. However, it...

2017-07-26 09:55:35
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Waze coming to Android Auto, and it's excellent  

In the next few weeks, Google will launch an update to its Android Auto service and make the popular Waze navigation service available directly through a compatible vehicle’s infotainment system. If you’re one of Waze’s many devotees, you’re probably doing a happy dance. And if you’re not, here’s why you should...

2017-07-26 08:30:46
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2018 Infiniti Q50  

The 2018 Infiniti Q50 is the automaker’s most popular vehicle and returns this year after a modest restyling and reshuffling of its trim levels. The major changes include new front and rear fascias, some light, stylish interior refinements, and a reshuffled trim lineup. These changes are enough to score a 7.0 out of 10 on our overall scale...

2017-07-26 06:41:12
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2018 Ford Fiesta  

The 2018 Ford Fiesta bears the brunt of The Car Connection’s objective ratings. Small cars just don’t fare as well in categories like comfort and safety, by nature. Even in fuel economy, the smallest cars often lose out to larger cars with better aerodynamics. That said, we don’t find it difficult to find a Fiesta we like. Skip...

2017-07-26 04:29:31
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Mercedes diesel woes, Electric Minis, Tesla Model S safety: What's New @ The Car Connection  

Daimler will 'upgrade' 3 million Mercedes-Benz diesels in Europe (and maybe some in the U.S.) The past couple of years haven't been kind to diesels or the companies that make them. Among the hardest hit have been German manufacturers like Volkswagen, which has coughed up over $22 billion in fines and fixes so far, with many more opportunities for...

2017-07-26 03:02:41
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2018 Ford Focus  

The 2018 Ford Focus has broad appeal, maybe too broad to digest at a glance. Commuting daily? There’s a Focus for that. Into the gas-mileage lifestyle? There’s one of those, too. How about shredding tires as a part of your daily ablutions? Check. The Focus family runs the gamut from miserly sedans and hatchbacks to legitimate track...

2017-07-25 13:01:17
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Chrysler Pacifica vacuum, Mazda CX-8, VW's Electrify America plan: What's New @ The Car Connection  

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term test: how much does the vacuum suck? You get to feeling old when you realize that, Back In Your Day, kids didn't eat in the car. 18th Takata death likely in Australia; Ford asks not to recall 2.5 million airbags deemed unsafe Another death may be linked to Takata's fatally flawed airbags. An Australian...

2017-07-25 12:12:25
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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term test: how much does the vacuum suck?  

You get to feeling old when you realize that, back in your day, kids didn't eat in the car. But times change. Some cars now play movies inside, stop themselves before an accident, and offer as many as a dozen cupholders. Also, kids now eat and drink inside vehicles. Apparently quite a lot, which is how we get to the very specialized world of...

2017-07-25 07:13:36
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Daimler will 'upgrade' 3 million Mercedes-Benz diesels in Europe (and maybe some in the U.S.)  

The past couple of years haven't been kind to diesels or the companies that make them. Among the hardest hit have been German manufacturers like Volkswagen, which has coughed up over $22 billion in fines and fixes so far, with many more opportunities for payouts down the road. (That said, U.S. automakers haven't gotten off scot-free: Fiat Chrysler...

2017-07-25 05:52:20
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2017 Dodge Challenger recalled to fix transmission glitch  

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling the 2017 Dodge Challenger to address a problem with the car's transmission. A software glitch could allow owners to think their vehicle is in park when in fact, it's not. This isn't the first issue that FCA has had with shifters in recent years. An electronic shifter manufactured by ZF confounded many...

2017-07-25 04:53:42
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2018 Ford Explorer  

In a lineup of cars and trucks that includes crazy uncle Shelby and cousin Raptor and a litter of baby RSs and STs, the 2018 Ford Explorer takes on the role of mom. Go ahead and have fun, it’s happy to do the shopping and the carpool, no matter what the weather holds. Someone has to do the chores around here, you know. With three rows of...

2017-07-25 02:07:21
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2018 BMW M2  

The most basic of the M cars, the M2 might also be the best. That’s because it delivers sensation with performance, making it a true driver’s car. In this case, less is more. The M2 is offered as just one model, with one engine, two transmissions, few options, and a minimum of electronics settings. It’s the type of car that...

2017-07-25 01:20:27
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2018 BMW M4  

The 2018 BMW M4 may not have the most familiar-sounding name, but it’s the latest in a long line of practical, high-performance cars from the German automaker. We’ve rated it a 7.6 out of 10, a score based on its blistering performance, fantastic handling, and luxurious options. (Read more about how we rate cars.) The M4 is the coupe...

2017-07-24 19:14:25
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2018 Ford Fusion  

The Ford Fusion’s a winner. Want proof? Look at our Best Car To Buy 2013 page and tell us we’re wrong. We picked it as our favorite new car that year, and today the Fusion still brims with confident ride and handling, pretty proportions, and lots of tech gadgetry. Now in the 2018 model year, it’s still a winner, though...

2017-07-24 14:42:39
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2007-2012 Versa Sedan and Hatchback recalled to replace Takata airbags: 515k vehicles affected  

Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a 2.8 million-vehicle expansion of the already-massive Takata airbag recall. The bulk of the expansion affected Ford vehicles--something to which Ford now objects, as does Mazda. However, Nissan has said that it will comply with NHTSA's request. Today, documents...

2017-07-24 09:51:23
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2018 Kia Optima Hybrid  

The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid starts with great bones. The hybrid sedan borrows its good looks and superlative safety record from the Kia Optima sedan and adds a fuel-efficient powertrain that tops more than 40 mpg combined. For those reasons, the 2018 Optima Hybrid earns a heady 7.3 overall score on our scale, reflective of its good features, great...

2017-07-24 09:48:48
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VR showrooms of the future, Jaguar XJR575, German diesel collusion: What's New @ The Car Connection  

Virtual Reality showrooms will change how we shop for cars I felt ridiculous as the bulky headset slipped onto my head. It was something that felt right out of a 1980s movie about the future. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2017 Jeep Renegade: Compare Cars The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and 2017 Jeep Renegade are two popular compact crossovers with the same...

2017-07-24 07:14:36
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2018 Ford Edge  

Ford’s crossover SUV lineup has some of the most familiar badges. The Ford Edge is one of the newer names in the bunch. Introduced in 2007, it’s now in its second generation, an unqualified success carved out of the slim space between the small Escape and the three-row Explorer. The Edge satisfies more than a few needs. It’s...

2017-07-24 05:33:44
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Infiniti drops quirky QX70 crossover from lineup  

The crossover that can be credited with creating an entire niche of sloped-roof, tall-riding vehicles has left the stage. Don't look for a 2018 Infiniti QX70 in your local dealer's showroom. A follow-up may be a few years away, but it will probably be more about getting the look right than adopting the same high-performance personality as the...

2017-07-24 04:42:38
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18th Takata death likely in Australia; Ford asks not to recall 2.5 million airbags deemed unsafe  

Another death may be linked to Takata's fatally flawed airbags. An Australian motorist was killed after being hit in the neck by shrapnel from the airbag of his 2007 Honda CR-V. Honda has confirmed that the vehicle in question was part of the massive Takata recall. That recall currently affects more than 100 million airbag inflators worldwide...

2017-07-24 01:54:27
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Virtual Reality showrooms will change how we shop for cars  

I felt ridiculous as the bulky headset slipped onto my head. It was something that felt right out of a 1980s movie about the future. A controller was placed in my hand and I was given one simple instruction: Point where you want to go, click, and you'll be there. I opened my eyes and was instantly in a Virtual Reality world. There was a blue...

2017-07-24 01:25:55
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2018 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2017 Jeep Renegade: Compare Cars  

The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and 2017 Jeep Renegade are two popular compact crossovers with the same mission: fun in the sun. Both crossovers aim for younger buyers who could pitch a tent blindfolded. With one hand. In a rainstorm. In less than 5 minutes. What we mean is, both the Crosstrek and Renegade are the types of cars you'd expect to find in...

2017-07-23 12:29:46
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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class  

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the full-size flagship of the brand and the car against which other luxury vehicles are measured. This generation made its debut for the 2014 model year and for 2018 it gets an update that includes 6,500 new parts, not including three new engines. It returns just as a sedan for the time being, with V-6, V-8, and...

2017-07-22 06:31:53
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NAFTA tax, 2018 Dodge Durango SRT driven, 2019 Volvo XC40: What's New @ The Car Connection  

Automakers rally to kill proposed border tax During the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, then-candidate Donald Trump made a lot of promises to voters--chief among them, vows to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to penalize companies that manufactured goods for the American market outside the U.S. Ford expands recall of 2015-2017...

2017-07-21 13:08:36
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EU investigates whether Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, VW colluded on diesels  

Many people assume that the upcoming movie about Volkswagen's Dieselgate fiasco will look a lot like Wall Street or The Insider: a tale of corporate greed run amok. If European investigators are proven right, though, the film could be more like The Matrix, because the plot is heading deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole. Today we learned that...

2017-07-21 11:27:41
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Porsche may stop making diesels (but Audi is doubling down)  

The four horsemen of the Diesel Apocalypse are saddling up. The signs are everywhere: Studies show that diesel emissions are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths each year; Automakers and suppliers the world over are being sued for not complying with clean-air laws; and, Many countries are planning to outlaw diesels (as well as gas-powered...

2017-07-21 02:23:37
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2018 Mini Cooper  

Come for the style, but you’ll have to stay for the substance. Most buyers are attracted to the 2018 Mini Cooper for its underdog attitude and myriad customization possibilities. But that honeymoon will end, and the Mini’s approach to performance and hatchback versatility will likely endure. We give the 2018 Mini Cooper a 6.7 out of 10...

2017-07-20 10:05:16
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What's in a name? The Dodge Neon and Chevy Trailblazer's international double life  

Today, the Dodge Neon and the Chevy Trailblazer are in the automotive equivalent of the international witness protection program. You won't find a new one in a showroom in the United States, but venture across a border or two and a Dodge or Chevy dealer will be happy to sell you a new four-door Neon or a rugged Trailblazer pickup. Wait, what?...

2017-07-20 09:44:43
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Automakers rally to kill proposed border tax  

During the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, then-candidate Donald Trump made a lot of promises to voters--chief among them, vows to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to penalize companies that manufactured goods for the American market outside the U.S. This hasn't been a great week for either of those efforts. Republican-led...

2017-07-20 09:11:59
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2018 Mini Countryman  

The 2018 Mini Countryman is the automaker’s compact crossover and first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Charged (literally and figuratively) with moving the British icon into more driveways with a more practical, taller-riding crossover, the Countryman has a large task. Good thing it’s the biggest Mini to date. We give the Mini...

2017-07-20 07:35:30
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Global cars, Buick Regal GS, Self-driving cars: What's New @ The Car Connection  

What’s in a name? The Dodge Neon and Chevy Trailblazer’s international double life Today, the Dodge Neon and the Chevy Trailblazer are in the automotive equivalent of the international witness protection program. Start-up electric car company Lucid Motors is looking for buyers: is it Faraday Future 2.0? Start-ups have it rough. They've...

2017-07-20 06:05:11
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Ford expands recall of 2015-2017 Ford F-Series pickups over door latch issue  

Back in May, Ford recalled select Ford F-150, F-250, and F-550 vehicles from the 2017 model year to fix a problem caused by certain aftermarket door handle covers sold by Ford dealers. All told, that recall affected 551 vehicles, 247 of which were registered in the U.S. This morning, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published the...

2017-07-20 01:35:40
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2018 Ford Escape  

The 2018 Ford Escape does its best to deny its company’s sterling truck credentials. It’s a crossover SUV in mission, but the Escape wants to be driven like a sporty hatchback. Ford sells the Escape in S, SE, SEL, and Titanium trim. All offer all-wheel drive, and Ford fits a range of powertrains that range from frugal to frothy...

2017-07-19 07:14:37
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Fiat 500X, Dodge Demon driven, Tesla Model Y: What's New @ The Car Connection  

2017 Fiat 500X Trekking first drive: an underrated, if overpriced, crossover You can be forgiven for not remembering the Fiat 500X. Underneath its cheeky body, the 500X is basically the same thing as the Jeep Renegade. Both share the same engines and transmissions, and their structure is largely identical. Start-up electric car company Lucid...

2017-07-19 06:07:25
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2018 Cadillac XTS  

The 2018 Cadillac XTS is a pleasant, modern interpretation of traditional big-car values. It’s a fine machine, a full-size cruiser that reminds us of another era without the dated nostalgia, so we’ve rated it at a 7.2 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) The 2018 XTS is available in base, Luxury, Premium Luxury, Platinum, and...

2017-07-19 03:41:07
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2013-2016 Honda Accord recalled to fix battery glitch  

Honda is recalling nearly 1.15 million Accord vehicles from the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 model years. A bulletin posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that some of those vehicles could be at risk of catching fire. The Accord's problem is rooted in the case for the battery sensor, which was manufactured by Furukawa's...

2017-07-18 11:03:43
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Drug-smuggling Fords, Faraday Future, Formula E electric-car racing: What's New @ The Car Connection  

Wall, schmall: Ford Fusions arrive from Mexico with $1 million of marijuana With all the talk of healthcare bills and tax reform battles in Congress, Americans might've forgotten about another of Donald Trump's pet projects: a border wall with Mexico. Last week, however, the president revisited that topic, declaring that he wants the wall to be...

2017-07-18 09:48:01
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2017 Fiat 500X Trekking first drive: an underrated, if overpriced, crossover  

You can be forgiven for not remembering the Fiat 500X. Underneath its cheeky body, the 500X is basically the same thing as the Jeep Renegade. Both share the same engines and transmissions, and their structure is largely identical. Through the first six months of this year, 53,000 Renegades have been sold, making it the most popular subcompact...

2017-07-18 09:07:43
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2018 Honda Fit  

The 2018 Honda Fit has no time for “hybrid” or “hot hatch” or any hashtags that shade other economy cars. It’s happy to simply be a great car for people who don’t want to spend a lot on new wheels. With the Fit, Honda has assembled great space and gas mileage and sprinkled it with reasonably entertaining...

2017-07-18 08:40:30
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Start-up electric car company Lucid Motors is looking for buyers: is it Faraday Future 2.0?  

Start-ups have it rough. They've got to have stellar ideas, carry out loads of market research, design sexy prototypes, and schmooze their little tuchuses off to win money from venture capitalists. It's doubly hard to be a start-up in the complicated world of automobiles, and one of the newest kids on the block seems ready to throw in the...

2017-07-18 08:30:50
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2018 BMW 5-Series  

Most will see a mid-size luxury sedan, but the 2018 BMW 5-Series is more than that. Aside from the hardware that powers the car, helps drive the car, and is the car, the new 5-Series is more about what you don’t see. For starters, the 5-Series incorporates the automaker’s latest technology that parks the car when you’re not in...

2017-07-18 07:19:07
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2018 BMW M6  

The 2018 BMW M6 lineup shrinks a little this year, a reflection of consumers not enamored with its original, two-door coupe configuration. The M6s that buyers really bought—the four-seat convertible and four-door Gran Coupe—stick around and are as desirable as ever. We’ve scored them 7.8 out of 10 overall points based on their...

2017-07-18 02:41:14
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2018 Hyundai Tucson  

The 2018 Hyundai Tucson deserves some kind of trophy beyond the usual participation hardware. It doesn’t do anything great in our usual rated categories, but if had one for quiet dependability, it’d be rated highly. With the Tucson, Hyundai doesn’t dazzle us with vast interior space or zippy hardware. It simply does the job of a...

2017-07-18 02:38:02
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Autos for non-majors; what cars we'd take back to school (and where)  

Incoming college freshmen, take note: Your roommates should not be your friends, good shower shoes are indispensable, and leaving campus will become mandatory approximately four days after classes start. Reliable transportation comes in handy for 2 a.m. burrito dashes, 4 a.m. jam sessions, and 11 a.m. cross-campus runs to class. (Additional note...

2017-07-17 18:22:19
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2018 Cadillac XT5  

For its sophomore year, the 2018 Cadillac XT5 remains a five-seat, entry-level luxury crossover. It’s Cadillac’s entry into one of the most competitive segments of the new-car market, but it doesn’t do a whole lot to stand out. It rides and handles well enough and has an interior that feels luxurious, but the XT5 occasionally...

2017-07-17 13:50:20
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OPEC thinks the electric car revolution is upon us, too  

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which suggested that the electric car revolution may happen far more quickly than anyone expects. In 2016, BNEF's team of analysts thought that by 2040, 35 percent of the world's new cars would run on electricity. Now, they think it'll be closer to 54 percent...

2017-07-17 10:18:10
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2018 Hyundai Sonata driven, 2018 Mercedes S-Class, 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid: What's New @ The Car Connection  

2018 Hyundai Sonata first drive: Finally looking the part Beauty is no longer merely skin deep when it comes to the 2018 Hyundai Sonata. 1.3 million Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep vehicles recalled for alternator failure, sudden airbag deployment This morning, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published two recalls from Fiat Chrysler...

2017-07-17 09:27:17
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Wall, schmall: Ford Fusions arrive from Mexico with $1 million of marijuana  

With all the talk of healthcare bills and tax reform battles in Congress, Americans might've forgotten about another of Donald Trump's pet projects: a border wall with Mexico. Last week, however, the president revisited that topic, declaring that he wants the wall to be transparent so that U.S. border agents will be able to see the bags of drugs...

2017-07-17 03:49:38
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2018 Hyundai Sonata first drive: Finally looking the part  

Beauty is no longer merely skin deep when it comes to the 2018 Hyundai Sonata. Last year's dowdy model has given way to a more evocative, interesting design for 2018. It's a study in restraint—both fiscal and stylistic. The 2018 Sonata's basic design dates back only a few years, to 2015. That means that this is what's known in the car...

2017-07-17 03:12:36
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2018 Subaru Crosstrek first drive: memories are made of these  

You can remember your first car. I bet you don’t have to think hard. I’ll make another safe bet that the name of that car is clearer in your head than the name of your best friend from the same time. Like friends, memories, and first cars, we forget the flaws of things we love. Or, more accurately, we smear a sheen of romanticism over...

2017-07-17 01:16:15
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2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport first drive: chasing the VW GTI  

As the more dapper and international of the automaker's two compact cars, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT speaks many languages. It wears a crisply tailored European suit not unlike the car that's in its sights: the Volkswagen GTI It mostly succeeds in imitating, but not besting, that German stalwart at its own game. But first, a little background...

2017-07-16 08:41:42
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1.3 million Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep vehicles recalled for alternator failure, sudden airbag deployment  

This morning, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published two recalls from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Together, the recalls affect more than 1.3 million Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles worldwide, including over 805,000 vehicles registered in the U.S. RECALL #1: 2011-2014 Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Dodge...

2017-07-14 06:46:40
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2018 Honda Accord Sedan  

There may be something for everyone with the 2018 Honda Accord. For only the 10th time in more than 40 years, Honda's mid-size sedan has been fully redesigned—and the 2018 Accord sedan may be the most dramatic departure yet. This year's redesigned Accord will be available in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels. The Accord Coupe has...

2017-07-14 02:26:44
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2018 BMW 7-Series  

The 2018 BMW 7-Series is excellence hiding in plain sight. The flagship sedan from BMW may be lost among the company’s growing number of crossovers, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. The 7-Series features the automaker’s most advanced construction, its most powerful or most efficient engine, and the latest technology. It earns a...

2017-07-13 17:35:34
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My car seats were in a crash, so I'm replacing them: why you should too  

It's the call no parent ever wants to receive. But if you do, your heart skips a full five beats. "We were in a car accident," the voice cracked over the phone as I bolted straight up. "We are all alright. Here's our location." The good news: the car seats did their job to safely protect my children. Now I'm replacing them (the seats, not the...

2017-07-13 10:05:14
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The 10 most-stolen vehicles in the U.S. are...  

Every summer, the National Insurance Crime Bureau publishes a list of the most-stolen vehicles in America for the previous calendar year. This summer is no exception. As in previous years, the NICB compiled its list by gathering data submitted by law enforcement agencies to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Crime Information Center...

2017-07-13 09:02:07
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2019 Audi A8 preview  

The 2019 Audi A8 could be the first car on U.S. roads to deliver Level 3 self-driving capability, but U.S. lawmakers will have the final say. The new A8 made its debut on July 11 in Barcelona, long before an on-sale date in 2018. Audi has let technology do the talking for the new A8. The exterior shape of the new car has progressed only mildly...

2017-07-13 06:57:26
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Tesla and GM running neck-and-neck to be the most highly valued automaker in America  

April 2017 was such a simpler time. Philanderer Robert Bentley was moving out of the Alabama governor's mansion. Freshly approved Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch was moving into his new digs. And supermodels everywhere believed that Fyre Festival would be a glorious frolic in the sun instead of the laughable crapshow for beautiful people that...

2017-07-13 04:59:13
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Takata recall, Hyundai's GTI rival, Chevy Bolt EV road trip: What's New @ The Car Connection  

Takata recall to grow by 2.8 million Ford, Mazda, Nissan vehicles The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that over 2.8 million fatally flawed airbag inflators need to be added to the already-massive Takata recall. The vast majority of the devices are found in vehicles registered in the U.S. Volkswagen Touareg axed from U.S. market...

2017-07-13 02:49:50
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2018 Jaguar E-Pace  

After just a year on the ground with its first SUV, the F-Pace, there's another crossover-SUV nameplate coming to Jaguar: E-Pace. No, it's not the all-battery SUV coming next year. That's dubbed the I-Pace. In Jaguar's lexicon, this new crossover's related in size to the XE sedan, though it doesn't share its aluminum-intensive body. From first...

2017-07-13 02:44:25
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Volkswagen Touareg axed from U.S. market  

Don't look for a 2018 Volkswagen Touareg if you're in the market for a new car next year. You won't find one, at least in the U.S. After a decade of slow sales, VW's American-market arm has confirmed that it will drop the high-end Touareg crossover SUV from its lineup after the 2017 model year. Through the first six months of 2017, VW dealers have...

2017-07-12 17:38:50
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Ford recalls 2017 Ford Edge, Fusion, and Lincoln MKZ   

Ford has issued a recall for nearly 6,000 Ford Edge, Ford Fusion, and Lincoln MKZ vehicles from the 2017 model year. The majority of those vehicles are registered in the U.S. The recall is limited to vehicles with 2.0-liter gasoline engines and 6F35 transmissions. Ford says that the studs on the torque converters in those vehicles might not have...

2017-07-12 13:32:42
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Takata recall to grow by 2.8 million Ford, Mazda, Nissan vehicles  

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that over 2.8 million fatally flawed airbag inflators need to be added to the already-massive Takata recall. The vast majority of the devices are found in vehicles registered in the U.S. The news comes just hours after Honda confirmed an 11th Takata-related death in one of its vehicles. A...

2017-07-12 12:24:20
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Kia Optima review, Faraday Future troubles, Aston Martin Valkyrie: What's New @ The Car Connection   

2018 Kia Optima Review The 2018 Kia Optima represents what we like best in mid-size sedans: good features, handsome styling, admirable safety, and compelling value. Yeah, we don’t know what’s not to like either. This year, Kia added a sportier trim level to the Optima and made standard some common-sense safety features that boost its...

2017-07-12 06:17:01
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Following asset freeze, Faraday Future postpones Nevada plant indefinitely  

Last week, we wrote (again) about Faraday Future and its ongoing cash struggles. As if things weren't bad enough for the Chinese start-up, the situation has been worsened by the Chinese government, which recently froze $2.5 billion in assets held by founder Jia Yueting, his wife, and subsidiaries of Yueting's LeEco corporation. Faraday is in the...

2017-07-11 12:36:17
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Takata airbag deaths, VW Dieselgate update, next-gen Audi A8: What's New @ The Car Connection  

Honda confirms 11th Takata airbag-related death, renews warning to owners of older models Honda has just issued a statement about another fatality related to a Takata airbag inflator. This is the eleventh confirmed death in a Honda vehicle that's been linked to the fatally flawed devices. Waymo drops 3 out of 4 patent claims against Uber If you...

2017-07-11 08:04:32
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Waymo's next trick for self-driving cars? Identifying emergency vehicles  

Waymo may be winning the race to build fully autonomous cars (at least by some estimates), but it still has a long way to go before those vehicles can roll themselves into showrooms. Among the more challenging tricks that self-driving cars have to master next is recognizing emergency vehicles and responding appropriately. That's more complicated...

2017-07-11 03:39:40
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Honda confirms 11th Takata airbag-related death, renews warning to owners of older models  

Honda has just issued a statement about another fatality related to a Takata airbag inflator. This is the eleventh confirmed death in a Honda vehicle that's been linked to the fatally flawed devices. The incident occurred in Hialeah, Florida on June 18, 2016 and involved a 2001 Honda Accord. According to Honda, the circumstances surrounding the...

2017-07-10 16:54:19
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The electric car revolution, Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Tesla Model 3: What's New @ The Car Connection  

Report: The electric car revolution will happen faster than expected Much of today's auto world is obsessed with a very important question: when will electric cars really take off? France will say au revoir to gas and diesel vehicles by 2040 Last summer, Paris banned older cars from its city center in an effort to reduce pollution. Now, France has...

2017-07-10 13:01:04
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Uh-oh: Volkswagen bosses learned about Dieselgate weeks before investors  

In the U.S., much of the drama surrounding the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal has begun dying down. In Germany, however, the probe into Volkswagen's misdeeds is going full tilt, and reports indicate that investigators are now focused on a damning bit of evidence involving the company's top brass. You might recall that some of those executives...

2017-07-10 11:24:38
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Waymo drops 3 out of 4 patent claims against Uber  

If you read that headline and thought that Uber might be off the hook for making use of information stolen from Waymo/Google, think again. It's true that the autonomous autonomous car start-up has dropped 75 percent of its patent claims in the increasingly messy court battle. The suit has centered on allegations that Uber's self-driving car...

2017-07-10 01:47:50
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2018 BMW X5  

The 2018 BMW X5 is a popular luxury crossover SUV available with seating for up to seven. It’s a strong overall package, albeit one that lacks some of the BMW verve of yore. We’ve rated it a 7.2 out of 10 based on its excellent real-world usability, strong engines, and varied lineup. (Read more about how we rate cars.) The X5 changes...

2017-07-08 06:03:57
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ZF's Vision Zero concept shows how self-driving cars will be safer for everyone  

Computers aren't universally smarter than we are, but they're getting close. They lack emotion—Siri is not actually your friend—but they may be able to save more lives. The computers that will power self-driving cars of the future will be able to calculate better decisions that could protect drivers, pedestrians, and even passengers in...

2017-07-07 13:46:53
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Self-driving cars, 2018 Ford Mustang, New electric car incentives: What's New @ The Car Connection  

ZF's Vision Zero concept shows how self-driving cars will be safer for everyone Computers aren't universally smarter than we are, but they're getting close. They lack emotion—Siri is not actually your friend—but they may be able to save more lives. The computers that will power self-driving cars of the future will be able to calculate...

2017-07-07 11:11:21
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2018 Lexus GS F  

With its GS F, Lexus takes on revered rivals like the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, Cadillac CTS-V, and Audi RS 7, though at a disadvantage. Yes, it has a 467-horsepower V-8, but forced induction gives all of its competitors far more power. Still, track-ready handling mixed with composed road manners and a family friendly cabin make the 2018...

2017-07-07 04:08:54
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Report: The electric car revolution will happen faster than expected  

Much of today's auto world is obsessed with a very important question: when will electric cars really take off? A new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance has an answer: sooner than anyone thinks. BNEF closely tracks electrification trends among today's automakers. In 2016, the firm predicted that electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles would...

2017-07-07 03:18:59
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2018 Lexus NX  

In its fourth year on the market, the Lexus NX compact crossover utility vehicle gets some mild styling upgrades, additional features, and a new model name for the gasoline version. The 2018 Lexus NX 300 (known as the NX 200t in previous years) is available with front- or all-wheel drive, while the NX 300h hybrid continues with all-wheel drive as...

2017-07-07 03:07:04
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France will say au revoir to gas and diesel vehicles by 2040  

Last summer, Paris banned older cars from its city center in an effort to reduce pollution. Now, France has gone several steps further, announcing plans to ban the sale of gas and diesel vehicles in the country by the year 2040. The announcement came from France's Environmental Minister, Nicolas Hulot, who was appointed by newly elected president...

2017-07-07 01:18:21
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Worth the weight? Massive 2018 Dodge Durango SRT prices start at $64,090  

The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT makes all the right noises to us. Seating for seven? Yup. Standard leather and suede? Yup and yup. Massive 6.4-liter V-8 that makes 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque? Oh baby. Would you like a quarter-pounder with your 12.9-second quarter-mile, kiddos? When it goes on sale later this year, the 2018 Durango SRT...

2017-07-06 12:13:21
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Tesla responds bitterly to subpar IIHS crash-test results for "safest cars in history"  

After the IIHS said the Tesla Model S electric car didn't perform as well as some other large four-door sedans in its crash-testing, the California-based automaker didn't mince words. Tesla issued a statement to Business Insider slamming the IIHS and stating that the federal government-funded NHTSA's procedures are more "objective and accurate" in...

2017-07-06 11:53:07
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Faraday's future in doubt as Chinese court freezes founder's assets   

With every passing day, Faraday Future's name seems increasingly ironic. Troubles have been brewing at the U.S.-based, Chinese-backed electric car start-up for more than a year, with very little good news to break up the bad. The latest headline involves the company's founder, Jia Yueting, who's just had billions of dollars worth of assets frozen...

2017-07-06 11:12:34
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Rumor: Chinese automaker Geely to buy US flying car start-up Terrafugia  

It's been a minute since we've heard from the flying car company known as Terrafugia. What have the staff been doing the past couple of years? Apparently, negotiating a buyout with major Chinese automaker Geely. A source familiar with the discussions says that talks between the U.S. start-up and the Hangzhou-based car giant have been underway...

2017-07-06 10:18:13
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Latest crash tests, Subaru's Goodwood hill climber, Tesla slams IIHS: What's New @ The Car Connection  

Lincoln, Mercedes, Toyota ace latest IIHS crash tests; Chevy, Ford, Tesla less impressive Three large sedans are among the safest new cars you can buy, according to the IIHS. Three others, including two Detroit mainstays and the Tesla Model S? Not quite as impressive. By 2019, every new Volvo will run on batteries (well, kinda) Volvo made a bold...

2017-07-06 04:38:20
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2018 BMW 3-Series  

These days BMW leaves no stone unturned, yet the 2018 BMW 3-Series is still its rock. The automaker seemingly makes a model for every imaginable mood, and the 3er’s starting to feel tired to us. It earns a respectable 6.7 out of 10 on our overall scale. Its style, tech, and execution are outclassed by competitors from Mercedes and Audi, but...

2017-07-06 03:18:56
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2018 Kia Sorento  

The Kia Sorento made major gains in its latest redesign. Two model years later, it’s still to be commended for its nicely damped ride, its substantial and upscale feel, and its plethora of configurations. We’ll do the commending right here, while we give the Sorento a rating of 7.3 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) No...

2017-07-06 02:55:29
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Lincoln, Mercedes, Toyota ace latest IIHS crash tests; Chevy, Ford, Tesla less impressive  

Three large sedans are among the safest new cars you can buy, according to the IIHS. Three others, including two Detroit mainstays and the Tesla Model S? Not quite as impressive. The insurance industry-funded crash-testing organization bestowed its top award upon certain versions of the 2017 Lincoln Continental, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Toyota...

2017-07-06 02:08:52
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2018 BMW X6  

The 2018 BMW X6 exemplifies the evolution of the luxury crossover better than perhaps any vehicle. It’s a tall-riding vehicle with a sleek, sloping roofline. Think of it as the nonconformist sibling to BMW’s rather more conventional, family-oriented X5. We like it, but we don’t love it. On our scale, the 2018 X6 is a 6.6 out of...

2017-07-05 19:57:05
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