The process of sorting through car reviews and deciding on the best vehicle to buy is often complex, frustrating and time consuming. Car research is not as easy as it should be.
Our goal is to make your car research experience easier. The Car Connection provides car ratings, reviews and shopping tools that simplify the car buying process and empower you to make car buying decisions more quickly and with more confidence -- from any device.
The Car Connection’s experts create easy to understand car ratings that combine a numeric 10-part score with 3 simple color-coded messages: “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange), or “Go” (green).
You can save more time by scanning The Car Connection’s bite-size "Quick Takes", likes, dislikes, and "other choices", or go in-depth and read detailed 6-part reviews of any car.
Our reviews are the product of decades of experience from some of the most experienced automotive writers working today.
Our automotive experts have over 50 years of collective automotive journalism experience writing for outlets such as Automobile, Car and Driver, Edmunds.com, The Economist, Popular Mechanics, and more. Now we have harnessed their talents to create a unique type of review that brings the best of the Web together in a single opinion that readers can act on.
Our team of experts drives nearly 200 new vehicles each year between them, including advance drives of new vehicles not available to the general public. The Car Connection's experts also travel to the world’s auto shows to learn firsthand about vehicles nearing production.
But readers want more than one opinion when they research a car, so we've created our "Decison Guide" feature allowing users to quickly scan a vehicle's rating by sub-category, price by style, and see opinions from around the Web. Instead of providing just a single opinion about a car, we're giving you our expert take plus summary quotes from other sources--creating a one-stop shopping research experience. When sources from the Web have different perspectives, our experts editors use their experience to help you decide which information to trust by giving you the best possible data and sources.
The Car Connection's experts consult these professional review sources when writing our reviews:
Our experts also revisit our reviews on a regular basis to update ratings and information based on changes in the cars and their competition and to include more review sources, all to provide you with the best consensus opinion from around the Web at all times.
The Car Connection's experts test-drive completely new models as well as cars that have been substantially updated with new styling, new safety gear, and new engines and transmissions. The team also drives some models that haven’t seen major changes as needed to refresh their opinions of the car. In nearly all cases, our experts have driven the vehicle in question in its current form, for the hands-on experience needed to bring you the best advice.
There are a few vehicles that have not been driven by our experts due to availability. In those cases, The Car Connection's reviews bring you the highlights from the most respected sources around the Web. In the rare cases where The Car Connection's team of experts has not recently driven a car, we will still bring together the consensus opinion from around the Web and update the review when they get some “seat time” in the car.
We examine six different areas when rating a vehicle: styling, performance, comfort and quality, safety, features, and fuel economy. The rating for each of these areas is based on the real-world experience of our experts, combined with the consensus of reviews from around the Web. Our ratings and opinion for each car are expressed relative to competing vehicles first and foremost, to all vehicles as a secondary consideration.
We're happy to answer any questions you may have about our car reviews. You can reach our team from our "Contact Us" page.