2013

Following In Hyundai's Footsteps, Ford Sued Over C-Max, Fusion Fuel Economy
Following In Hyundai's Footsteps, Ford Sued Over C-Max, Fusion Fuel Economy

CORRECTION: See below It's been an interesting couple of years for Ford. The automaker is still riding a wave of popularity in the wake of its decision not to take bailout dough from the federal government during the Great Recession. Along the way, Ford's reputation has been buffed by some truly...Read More»

2013 Infiniti JX35
2013 Infiniti JX35 Three-Month Road Test: The Competition

The 2013 Infiniti JX is in our driveway for the winter, handling a complex array of duties for The Car Connection's Three-Month Road Test fleet--fetching the world's best ribs chief among them. While we're evaluating it more in depth, our first stop is a little online cross-shopping. Before we put...Read More»

2013 Honda Accord EX-L
New Frontal Crash Tests: Honda Accord Aces, Toyota Camry Flubs

While you may concede that money can't buy you love, it might seem hard to believe that extra money spent on a luxury vehicle wouldn't be money well spent on keeping your loved ones safe and sound. As some of the latest crash-tests suggest, you might be just as well, or better off, with a...Read More»

Qi wireless charging  -  in 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited
2013 Toyota Avalon: First To Offer Wireless Charging For Phones

Tired of the tangle of cables, or misplacing them? Wireless charging for your smartphone sounds like a great idea, especially in the car. And if you're considering a 2013 Toyota Avalon, that seemingly-futuristic feature of wireless charging is can now come fully integrated from the factory...Read More»

2013 Toyota RAV4
2013 Toyota RAV4: First Drive and Video Road Test

It's been a rough year for fans of white bread. The last oven timer's gone off at Hostess. Justin Bieber's sprouted chin hair number two. Mitt Romney is just Mitt Romney, no President prefix. The Mayans may as well be right--could any river of lava be worse? All hope is not lost. For proof, here we...Read More»

2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport
Winter Weather Car Prep Tips To Keep Your Family Safe On The Road

While some portions of the country may have unseasonably warm weather this winter, other areas will be hit with classic winter deep-freeze, coupled with high snowfall, drifting snow and blizzard conditions making driving a hazardous experience. Since it’s not always possible to remain nestled...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
Ford Stands Firm On Fusion, C-Max Fuel Economy Claims: UPDATED

UPDATED: See below* U.S. headlines were still focused on Hyundai and Kia's fuel-economy flubs when folks on the internet turned their attention to the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and C-Max Hybrid. Both vehicles have been criticized in the press for not meeting their advertised fuel efficiency, and now...Read More»

2013 Dodge Durango
2013 Dodge Durango Recalled For Incorrect Seating Capacity Labels

Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 model-year Dodge Durango crossover SUVs that may have incorrect seating capacity information labels. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected at 734. The 2013 Dodge Durangos...Read More»

2013 Ford Escape
2013 Ford Fusion, Escape Get Software Update To Fix Fire Flaw

New and redesigned models occasionally stumble getting out of the gate. Sometimes, they have trouble finding the right tone for their marketing campaigns (as was initially the case for the Chevrolet Volt). Other times, real-world conditions reveal mechanical, electrical, or design flaws, which can...Read More»

2013 Lexus ES 350
Lexus To Replace Emergency Trunk Release On ES, GS, IS Models

Score two for Consumer Reports. Earlier this week, the Environmental Protection Agency said that it would investigate fuel efficiency on the 2013 Ford C-Max and Ford Fusion Hybrid -- in part because Consumer Reports had been so vocal in its criticism of those vehicles' claims. Now, the magazine's...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
EPA Will Review 2013 Ford Fusion, C-Max Fuel Economy Claims

Two weeks ago, we mentioned that the Hyundai/Kia fuel-economy fiasco was turning heads in Congress and suggested that this could cause the Environmental Protection Agency to take a closer look at other vehicles. That's now happening. According to AutoNews, the EPA will review complaints about the...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion: The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2013

The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2013 is the new 2013 Ford Fusion. The Fusion earned the highest rating of all brand-new or significantly updated mainstream vehicles this year, fending off close challenges from the Honda Accord, the Cadillac ATS, and the Cadillac XTS. As we wrote in our full...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion Recalled For Headlamp Flaw

The 2013 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan is part of a new recall to replace faulty headlights. This is the second Fusion recall in less than a week’s time. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site puts the number of 2013 Ford Fusion sedans potentially affected in...Read More»

2013 Cadillac ATS
2013 Cadillac ATS Rates Five Stars In NHTSA Crash Testing

If you still conjure up images of the Cimarron or Catera when you think about entry-level Cadillac models, think again: it’s latest offering, the ATS has been universally praised by reviewers (including ourselves), racking up awards from organizations like the Motor Press Guild in the...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE
2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Video Road Test

Muscle car fans have a love affair with the Chevy Camaro for decades--it's been around almost as long as the Ford Mustang. Today Camaro buyers have quite a few choices, from the fuel-efficient V-6, to the V-8 SS and the sharp- handling 1LE, all the way up to the beastly ZL1. In this video road test...Read More»

2013 Honda Civic sedan range live photos, 2012 L.A. Auto Show
2013 Honda Civic Video Preview

After only one year on the market the Honda Civic has been significantly redesigned. Will the changes for the 2013 model year be enough to satisfy car writers--when car buyers already seemed to be pleased well enough? We'll see. For now, Honda has completely redesigned the front structure of the...Read More»

2013 Infiniti JX 35 Three-Month Road Test
2013 Infiniti JX 35: TCC's Three-Month Road Test

We've just returned our first two "Six-Month Road Test" vehicles, and it's time for another--and while we're doing so, we're tweaking our formula for evaluating new vehicles over a longer period of time. The 2013 Infiniti JX is our first Three-Month Road Test. Why half the time? In our experience...Read More»

2013 Toyota RAV4
2013 Toyota RAV4 Video Preview

The Toyota RAV4 is one of the best-selling compact crossovers, and for 2013 it's all new with fresh styling, revised powertrain options, and less seats. Will these updates help keep sales strong? For 2013 Toyota has made two big revisions to the RAV4: there's no more V-6 engine option and the...Read More»

2013 Ford Escape
2013 Ford Escape, Fusion Recalled For Fire Risk (UPDATED)

Ford [NYSE:F] will recall about 89,000 2013 Ford Escape SUVs and 2013 Ford Fusion cars equipped with 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines over concerns about a fire risk. About 80,000 Escape and Fusion models are affected in the United States. According to a report in The Detroit News, the recall...Read More»

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