2012

2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: A Bigger Back Seat Than A...
2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: A Bigger Back Seat Than A...

After spending the past half-year with our 2012 VW Passat during its Six-Month Road Test, we're pretty familiar with its vast talents. Chief among them: a huge back seat, one that's easily the biggest we've seen in a mid-size sedan, one that's made even more useful by tall, wide rear doors...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test
2012 Hyundai Veloster Subject of NHTSA Probe Into Shattering Sunroofs

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation into reports alleging that the panoramic sunroofs on certain 2012 model year Hyundai Veloster compact cars suddenly shattered without warning. The agency’s office of defects investigation (ODI)...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test
2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: What Happens When Nothing Happens?

Our VW Passat TDI is entering the home stretch, after more than 7000 miles of trouble-free driving with just a lapsed satellite-radio service and an advanced odometer to show for its advancing age. Until today, when it greeted us with an overhead interior light and a radio blast, but a locked...Read More»

2012 Nissan Frontier
2012 Nissan Frontier, Pathfinder, Xterra: Recall Alert

Nissan is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2012 model year Frontier, Pathfinder and Xterra two-wheel-drive vehicles for an issue with front-wheel hubs. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site puts the number of vehicles potentially affected at...Read More»

2012 Ford Edge
Ford Recall, Volvo Recalls, BMW Eyeing De Tomaso: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, we bring you word that Ford is recalling 2.0-liter EcoBoost-equipped 2012 Edge models for a fire risk, tell you that Volvo is recalling 2013 S60 and XC60 models for an airbag defect and spill the details on a potential sale of De Tomaso to BMW. It’s the start of a...Read More»

2012 Ford Edge
Ford Recalls 2012 Edge Crossover For Fire Risk

In yet another safety recall for a potential fire risk in one of its vehicles, Ford is voluntarily recalling certain 2012 model year Edge crossovers equipped with 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of vehicles...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test
Hyundai Veloster Six-Month Road Test: The Dealership Service Experience

As much as we cover vehicle shopping, and aspects of the ownership experience, we don't get as much exposure to what's for many busy commuters a twice-a-year experience: taking your late-model car in to the dealership for maintenance. That's one of the reasons why we're keeping Six Month Road Test...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Passat
2012 Volkswagen Passat Six-Month Road Test: 45.9 Miles Per Gallon, And Less

Our Six-Month Road Test of the 2012 VW Passat has passed the halfway mark, and with 6500 miles on its odometer, the turbodiesel sedan has been getting a workout on the interstates that run up the East Coast--mostly, I-85, with some I-65 and I-81 sprinkled in for good measure. One of the reasons we...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150 Lariat
August 2012 Car And Truck Sales: The Best (And Worst) Selling Vehicles

If you’d just emerged from a a decade-long slumber and stumbled upon August new car sales numbers for the U.S. market, you’d probably think we were in a time of prosperity instead of plagued by ongoing economic malaise. After all, the domestic big three automakers posted double-digit...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test
2012 Hyundai Veloster Six-Month Road Test: The Great American Road Trip Video

Our extended stay with a 2012 Hyundai Veloster wouldn't be complete without a long-distance road trip--and now that we've finally settled back into the daily routine after about 5000 miles in the Veloster, we're ready to report good news on how it suited us on the journey. We've already shown you...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Sonic, New York City launch event, October 2011
2012 Chevrolet Sonic: Recall Alert

General Motors is conducting a safety recall of certain 2012 model year Chevrolet Sonic subcompact cars to fix problems with windshield wiper reservoirs. A notice in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of vehicles potentially affected at 44,658. Affected...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test
2012 Hyundai Veloster Six-Month Road Test: Yellowstone Photo Gallery

By now we are sure you've read all about our great American road trip. Our trip took us from Portland, Oregon to Minneapolis, Minnesota, with dozens of places in between. One of those places was Yellowstone National Park, and boy was it gorgeous. We took the opportunity to take some quick photos of...Read More»

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer SE AWD  -  Driven, July 2012
2012 Mitsubishi Lancer SE AWD: Driven

Subaru has, for years, pretty much owned the market for basic, mass-market small cars with all-wheel drive. Looking back, while other automakers have brought out crossovers, minivans, and larger sedans and wagons with all-wheel drive, mainstream AWD offerings that are genuine passenger cars (or...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test
2012 Hyundai Veloster Six-Month Road Test: Video Update

We're a little more than halfway through our six-month road test of the 2012 Hyundai Veloster. So, what have we found? Great fuel economy and technology, and shortcomings with its visibility and rear seat, as you'll see here in our video road test. No doubt, the Veloster's styling can be somewhat...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Equus  -  Driven, August 2012
2012 Hyundai Equus Signature: Driven

For luxury vehicles, brand and brand image really matter. And it's definitely a limiting agent for the Hyundai Equus—a big, comfortable sedan that's appealing, if not a little confounding on its own. Get a luxury-car-owning friend or relative to wear a blindfold for a moment, then get them...Read More»

'Immigrant' commercial for the Fiat 500
Contest: Fiat Wants To Send You On A European Vacation!

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about Fiat's latest ad for the 500, parts of which were filmed along the coasts of Amalfi and Sorrento, Italy. While we generally like the commercial, we like the accompanying contest even better: Fiat is giving fans a shot at an Italian vacation, where one lucky...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test
Six-Month Road Test Hyundai Veloster: How's It Handle A Road Trip?

For those of you who followed along with us on our great American road trip in the Six-Month Road Test Hyundai Veloster, we know you've been wondering: what's it like to drive the Veloster for more than 500 miles in one sitting? After spending nearly three weeks driving the Veloster across the...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test
Six-Month Road Test Hyundai Veloster: Road-Trip Fuel Economy

Now that we are back from our great American road trip in the Six-Month Road Hyundai Veloster, it's time to crunch some numbers. How did the Veloster fare when it came to fuel economy? We've already noted that our fuel economy in the Veloster has improved since the engine's break-in period. We have...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test
Six-Month Road Test Hyundai Veloster: Rest Stop Reactions

If you've been following our adventures with the Six-Month Road Test Hyundai Veloster on social media, then you have already seen some pictures from our great American road trip. Our road trip lasted approximately three weeks and we covered quite a few miles and crossed many state lines during that...Read More»

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