2013

2013 Kia Optima Video Road Test
2013 Kia Optima Video Road Test

A few years ago, Kia wasn't a brand you'd name when thinking of stylish vehicles, but all that's changed. Today's Kia Optima is one of the best-looking family sedans you can buy--and it's packed with features to take on the Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, and Hyundai Sonata. But is it the mid-size...Read More»

2013 Chrysler 200 Sedan
Car Recall Alert: 2013 Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger Have Possible Fuel Tank Issue

Chrysler is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger mid-size cars over concerns that a broken fuel tank control valve could lead to engine stall and/or possible fire. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the...Read More»

2013 Nissan Versa Sedan
Misers' Models: The Ten Cheapest Cars To Own

Back in the 1980s, the Yugo GV sold for a base price of just $3,990. Even adjusted for inflation, from 1986 to 2013 (about $8,400 in today's money), that's a steal—and one that did indeed prove irresistible for more than 140,000 thrifty Americans. Yet for the most part, the GV—for...Read More»

2013 Ford Escape
The Big Fix: Six Vehicles Most Affected By 2012 Recalls

It's become a rite of passage for car ownership: At some time, you're likely to get a notification letter in the mail, calling you back to the dealership for a fix on a safety-related issue, seemingly large or small. While that part should come as no surprise, it might be counterintuitive to learn...Read More»

2013 Infiniti JX35
2013 Infiniti JX Three-Month Road Test: Five Things We Love (And Three We Don't)

A funny thing happened along the way to our three-month road test of the Infiniti JX--but now, we're back on track. By now, you've probably heard that Infiniti is changing the names of all its models. It doesn't affect many shoppers yet, but the 2013 Infiniti JX we have parked downstairs? Next...Read More»

2013 Honda Civic EX-L
2013 Honda Civic EX: Driven

The Honda Civic was extensively refreshed for 2012, yet amongst most of us who keep tabs on new cars and how they drive, it was met with a collective “meh.” There wasn't anything overtly wrong or half-baked with the new and seemingly stark and more conservative Civic; it just didn't...Read More»

'Father and Sun' ad for the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Invites You On A Hawaiian Roadtrip

At first glance, February might seem like a strange time to launch a new convertible, but really, it makes perfect sense: in chilly weather like this, the thought of motoring under warm, sunny skies makes drop-tops all the more sexy. At least, that's what Volkswagen is hoping. The automaker has...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
Three-Row 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Priced Below Explorer, Pathfinder

Hyundai has announced prices for three-row versions of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe models, which now slot alongside the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, effectively replacing the now-discontinued Veracruz. The Santa Fe lands at a base price of $29,195 for the base front-wheel-drive Santa Fe GLS...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Malibu
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Recalled To Fix Rear Suspension

General Motors is recalling some 2013 Chevrolet Malibu mid-size sedans to fix potentially defective bolts in the rear suspension. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website lists the number of vehicles potentially affected in the United States as 8,519. Affected...Read More»

2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i  -  Driven, January 2013
2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i: Driven

Last year, in several of BMW's mainstream models like the 3-Series and 5-Series, the German automaker did what might have a few years earlier been the unthinkable for the U.S. market: replaced its much-loved naturally aspirated in-line six with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Now for 2013 BMW...Read More»

2012 Honda Pilot
Honda Recalls 748,000 Pilot SUVs, Odyssey Minivans For Airbag Defect

Honda is conducting a voluntary safety recall of 748,000 Pilot SUVs and Odyssey minivans in the U.S. for a potential airbag defect. The Japanese automaker issued a statement last week announcing its plans to recall certain 2009 through 2013 Honda Pilot and 2011 through 2013 Honda Odyssey vehicles...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Express Passenger
GM Recalls 2013 Chevy Express, GMC Savana Vans For Potential Rollaway Problem

General Motors is recalling certain 2013 model year Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana large vans for a potential rollaway problem linked to an issue with ignition interlock systems. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart
Why Isn't The Dodge Dart Selling?

When the all-new Dodge Dart debuted at last year's Detroit Auto Show, the media was excited. It marked the revival of a once-loved nameplate and the first major collaboration between Chrysler and its new Italian owners (since the Dart is based on a Fiat platform). And for a reasonably priced...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart SXT
2013 Dodge Dart Registry: Kickstarter-Like Crowdfunded Purchasing

Are you longing for the new 2013 Dodge Dart, but just don't have the funds to buy one right now? The new Dodge Dart Registry program may just be your answer. Launching January 20 with a new commercial during the NFL's NFC championship game, and backed by crowdfunding service RocketHub, the Dodge...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
Ford Trounces The Competition When It Comes To Brand Loyalty

Brand loyalty is a big deal in some industries. When it comes to cell phones and soft drinks, for example, people can come to blows debating the merits of the iPhone and the Galaxy S3, or Coke Zero and...well, whatever the Pepsi equivalent is. For auto shoppers, though, brand loyalty isn't the...Read More»

2013 Cadillac ATS - Winner of the North American Car of the Year Award at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show
Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500 Win, Chevy Revives The Stingray, VW Group Has Record Sales: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, the Cadillac ATS and the Ram 1500 are chosen as the North American Car and Truck / Utility of the Year, and Chevrolet revives the legendary Stingray nameplate for its 2014 Corvette. Also newsworthy is record sales for the Volkswagen Group, which delivered 9.07 million...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart GT
2013 Dodge Dart GT: Sharper And Racier, But How Much Faster?

At last, a racier-looking, higher-horsepower version of the 2013 Dodge Dart is here, and slated to be shown for the first time, beginning next week, at the Detroit Auto Show. While it's not yet the high-performance R/T, in the meantime we have the Dart GT. Powered by the same 2.4-liter TigerShark...Read More»

2013 Nissan Frontier
2013 Nissan Frontier: Familiar Look, Higher MPG, More Tech Inside

Although full-size trucks (from Ford and Ram especially) have made some major gains in fuel economy over the past years, compact and mid-size pickups have largely been left out of the gas-mileage game. Thankfully that changes this year, with the 2013 Nissan Frontier gaining 1 to 2 mpg across the...Read More»

Nissan Leaf: Lost Battery Capacity
Nissan Leaf Gets Extended Warranty In Wake Of Consumer Complaints

In May of this year, some Nissan Leaf owners in Phoenix, Arizona noticed that their batteries were losing the ability to hold a charge. Independent tests subsequently proved that electric cars running in hot climates could indeed fall prey to such problems. But despite those increasingly loud...Read More»

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