2009

Toyota Floor Mat Safety Recall: My Prius Goes On Notice
Toyota Floor Mat Safety Recall: My Prius Goes On Notice

You're well aware that Toyota is recalling the 2004-2009 Prius--among a list of vehicles--for an issue with floor mats. Here at High Gear Media, we have at least two vehicles affected by the recall, both 2004 Toyota Prius hatchbacks, both even the same shade of blue. One of them's mine, and in the...Read More»

Alfa Romeo MiTo Turbo GPL spot from Fabbrica Virali
AdWatch: Alfa Romeo MiTo Video Is Simple, Clever, Jeans-Free

Last time we heard from Alfa Romeo, we wondered what new drugs had found their way to Europe. (Seriously, that genes/jeans campaign from London's Performance PR was terrible.) The latest ad for the Alfa Romeo MiTo comes from Milan's Fabbrica Virali agency, and it's equally bizarre -- but in a...Read More»

2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Why Are There "Chick Cars," "Guy Cars," "Gay Cars," and "Lesbian Cars?"

How is it that the Mercedes SLK is not considered a chick car when there is a Neck Scarf that blows warm air over your hair and shoulders? Perfect for the young lady late for work for the second time this week, wouldn't you say? Granted, some men like Led Zeppelin rocker Jimmy Page sport long hair...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Elantra
October 2009 Market Report: No Clear Trends Yet, But Some Interesting Results

Here's an interesting riddle: how can a leader be a follower, and a follower be the leader? Here are a couple of hints: Percentages Sales We'll help you find the answer to the riddle in a moment or two, but for now, let's talk about market reporting in the car business. Every month, one or more...Read More»

2009 mercedes benz bluezero concept 019
Mercedes-Benz May Launch Smaller Cars In U.S. By 2012

Readers of a certain age will recall a time when America's roadways were clogged with Gremlins, Rabbits, and other fuel-efficient minicars. That historical moment was caused by spiking fuel prices in the 1970s (remember when Jimmy Carter told everyone to put on a snappy cardigan?), which rear-ended...Read More»

2009 MINI E
The MINI E Isn't Quite Ready For Its Close-Up

Results from field tests of the MINI E have finally come in, and sadly, the EV didn't exactly pass with flying colors. Aside from braking, handling, and other problems that our own John Voelcker discovered during his time behind the wheel, BMW learned that the biggest threat to the MINI E might be...Read More»

2010 Suzuki Kizashi
Suzuki's 2010 Kizashi Will Start under $19,000

This Japanese midsize-sedan is just about to hit showrooms and we now have concrete pricing numbers. Although its being marketed as a cost-effective econo-sedan, the Suzuki Kizashi will offer style, performance and even an optional luxury package, at a price and time that most automakers had not...Read More»

2009 Ford Flex
AAA Safety Tips Show Everyone Has Responsibility for a Safe Drive

Imagine this scene: It's a bright Saturday morning and you are getting ready to go on a shopping expedition with some friends. You've just purchased a new 2009 Ford Flex and have volunteered to be the group chauffeur because you like driving the vehicle so much. Wanting to thank you for giving him...Read More»

2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8
Chrysler Recalls Rear-Wheel-Drive Cars For Front-Wheel Issue

If you drive a late-model rear-wheel-drive Chrysler or Dodge car—a 2010 Dodge Challenger, for instance—you'll want to take note of this one. Chrysler has issued a recall of select 2009 and 2010 model-year rear-wheel-drive vehicles for a problem that might lead to the front wheels falling off...Read More»

Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Richard Petty Joins Forces With Arrington Engines/Shophemi.com

 When you hear the name Richard Petty, you have a clear mental image of a thin man wearing a cowboy hat driving a blue Dodge. Many would remember the Dodge Challengers he raced in the 1960s with the now famous B5 blue paint scheme. Well, not to worry folks because now the legend is building...Read More»

2009 Ford Flex
Ford Flex Finds Its Niche and Turns a Few Heads

Ford stepped into the unknown last year when it introduced its Flex, however, from the number that have been on the road lately, it looks like this slow-to-catch-on vehicle is going to be another winner. From some angles, it looks like a Rover, too. If you remember the introduction of the minivan a...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen New Beetle
Ugliest Cars Of The Past 50 Years? You Might Be Surprised.

Think that the design of the Volkswagen New Beetle is more hideous than iconic? Apparently you're not alone. Business Week has posted its "Fifty Ugliest Cars of the Past 50 Years," including a number of models present and past, and the New Beetle is just one of the newer and still-produced models...Read More»

2010 Toyota RAV4
2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport: Cleaner Look, More Convenient Layout

Last year the Toyota RAV4 got a little bit of a facelift, with a refreshed front and rear appearance, a stronger and more refined base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and an upgraded feature set. But it was a little surprising—as it had been when the RAV4 was last fully redesigned for 2006—that...Read More»

Bluetooth
TCC Tip: Buyer Beware, Your Bluetooth May Not Pair

This week, as we've sifted through TheCarConnection.com's email for your questions, we've found an interesting one concerning Bluetooth connectivity. We're big users of the hands-free frequency, though we do advocate that you make all calls from a parked car, not a moving one. We're also...Read More»

Drunk driver plows into the wrong house [via CNN]
Video: Drunk Driver Confused, Plows Into Wrong House

How's this for a bad dream: you're lying in bed at 4am, fast asleep next to someone you love, when a Chevy Aveo comes crashing through the wall and pins you to the mattress, coating your PJs in engine fluid and cutting off circulation to your extremities. For two Nevada college students, the...Read More»

2009 BMW 7-Series
TCC Tip: Can the BMW 7-Series Get Baby on Board?

A few times each week, TheCarConnection reaches into our mail bag to answer car questions and offer advice our readers can't find anywhere else. Today's question comes to us from North Carolina, from a reader who wants to know if he can get his babies on board in the new big Bimmer: I enjoyed your...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Golf
VW Golf 2010 - Love It and Hate It

I love VW cars, I hate VW cars. I think that is the way it has always been. In particular the new 2010 Golf -- I either love it or I recoil when I see it. Why? It's not what you'd think it is. It isn't the design of the new Golf. It is well proportioned and structured from an exterior design point...Read More»

2009 Mazda MAZDA5
Honey I Shrunk the Minivan! Future of Mini-minivans in USA

When it comes to the current crop of American minivans, there is very little that is actually "mini" about them. In the land where the recliner is king, the workhorse people haulers have morphed into front wheel drive versions of the rear wheel drive mastodons they replaced. The 2011 model year...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Traverse LS
Owner's Review: 2009 Chevrolet Traverse

I purchased a Traverse (LT2) FWD in October 2008. We have had it for 1 year and have approx. 13,000 miles on it. This has been one of the best cars we have purchased ever. It is very comfortable and quiet, the seats are very comfortable over long distances, Your back does not hurt after a long trip...Read More»

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