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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid - Quick Drive, July 2014Enlarge Photo
:2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: Quick Drive
The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid probably isn’t going to win over typical hybrid shoppers; but it’s going to charm the traditional Subaru crowd—as well as some shoppers who realize that this small hatchback strikes out a lot of the compromises that have traditionally come with all-wheel drive, and tough-terrain tractability.Americans Owe $902.2 Billion In Car Loans, A Record High (And Most Are Re-paying On Time)
According to consumer credit reporting agency Equifax, Americans now owe a staggering $902.2 billion in auto loans -- a 10 percent increase from this time last year and an all-time high. NHTSA: 628 Children Have Died In Hot Cars Since 1998; Technology To Protect Kids "Isn't There Yet"
Senior officials from the Department of Transportation held a press conference yesterday in Washington, D.C., and the news they shared wasn't much comfort to parents and guardians of small children.From Motor Authority
:Mad Max: Fury Road First Trailer Released
Mad Max is back! The first trailer for the fourth installment of the series, Mad Max: Fury Road
, was shown during the recent Comic-Con event, and it looks like the new movie has all the right ingredients to be another hit. Only this time Max is played by Tom Hardy rather than Mel Gibson, but original director George Miller is there as well as original writer Nick Lathouris and comic book great Brendan McCarthy.2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Coming, Complete With 707 Horsepower
Dodge gave us an early look at its redesigned 2015 Charger muscle sedan at the 2014 New York Auto Show in April, but the automaker is yet to reveal the high-performance SRT version. During the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles five-year strategy announcement earlier in the year, we learned that a new Charger SRT will be launched for the 2015 model year, complete with a supercharged engine.2015 Ford Territory Revealed, Will Be Last Aussie-Built SUV
Last week we saw the final version of the Falcon rear-wheel-drive sedan that Ford plans to build in Australia until it finally winds up production there in 2016. Today, we have our first look at the car’s SUV sibling, the Territory, which is destined to be the last volume SUV built Down Under.From Green Car Reports
:Decoding Toyota's Electric-Car Disdain: A Role For Fuel Cells
While unveiling its fuel-cell vehicle last month–priced to undercut the Tesla Model S ever so slightly–Toyota's Global R&D Chief Mitsuhisa Kato offered some dismissive thoughts on battery-electric vehicles.Audi SQ7 SUV Confirmed To Get Electric Turbocharger In 2016
Efficiency-minded carmakers are turning to turbocharging in droves, but Audi may be about to do them one better. The German automaker will put an electric turbocharger into production, and now it has revealed more about its plans for that technology.5,000 Miles In Our Used 2001 Honda Insight Hybrid
61 mpg. That's the figure everyone will want to know, so that's the one I'm starting with. 61 mpg is what I've managed so far from the 2001 Honda Insight I bought back in March, over a distance of more than 5,000 miles.___________________________________________Follow The Car Connection on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.