2014

2014 Subaru Forester: Six Reasons It's Among The Safest Crossovers
2014 Subaru Forester: Six Reasons It's Among The Safest Crossovers

Long before beginning our Subaru Forester Six-Month Road Test--and before the brand's recent sales surge--the Forester had built quite a reputation as one of the safer small utility vehicles or crossovers on the market. Today it lives up to that reputation; and that holds whether we're speaking of...Read More»

2014 Cadillac XTS
More GM Recalls: Buick Enclave, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook

The past few weeks haven't been particularly kind to General Motors. Not only has the company launched a massive recall of 1.62 million vehicles, it's also faced serious criticism from U.S. legislators for its leaden response to the underlying problem behind the recall -- a problem that has been...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester XT convoy on tour in South Africa
2014 Subaru Forester XT Six-Month Road Test: Ultimate Guide

At one month into our 2014 Subaru Forester XT Six-Month Road Test, we're pleased to report we've settled into an easy rhythm with our Best Car To Buy 2014. It's one of the most versatile wagons we've ever driven--a gaping maw to stuff with household goods or charity donations one day, a perky...Read More»

2014 Mazda Mazda3 s Grand Touring  -  First Drive
2014 Mazda 3 Video Road Test

The Mazda 3 has always been one of the best-driving compact cars. It’s never been what we'd call beautiful--but now it has to be, now that it's up against eye-catching shapes like the Hyundai Elantra, Dodge Dart, and especially the Ford Focus and its hot ST edition. Does this year's new Mazda...Read More»

2014 Toyota Corolla S  -  Driven, February 2014
2014 Toyota Corolla S: Five Things We Like

Toyota has, for at least a couple of decades and several generations of modest, evolutionary change, played it safe with the best-selling Corolla. But with the all-new 2014 Corolla, the automaker has gotten smart; realizing that it was losing too many sales to stylish, sportier models like the Ford...Read More»

2014 Buick Encore  -  Driven, February 2014
2014 Buick Encore: GM Beats Lexus To The Punch, With A Great Mini-RX

The 2014 Buick Encore is the kind of small car that your mom would probably like to drive. Why? Because with tidy proportions, easy entry and exit, a responsive-but-light driving experience, a super-quiet interior, and tech features that are present but not in the forefront, this is a car...Read More»

2013 Nissan Frontier
2012-2014 Nissan Frontier Recalled For Wiring Harness Trouble

Some 13,535 Nissan Frontier pickups from the 2012, 2013, and 2014 model years are being recalled this week for a problem with the wiring harness. According to a letter that Nissan sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (PDF), the recall stems from a problem with a wiring harness...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester XT convoy on tour in South Africa
2014 Subaru Forester XT Six-Month Road Test: The Competition

We're a few weeks into our six-month road test with the 2014 Subaru Forester, and now that the snow above has cleared, we're going over the bona fides line by line, re-evaluating some of the vehicles you might also be shopping while contemplating one. We named the Forester our The Car Connection's...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
GM Asks NHTSA For Permission To Skip Recall Of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra

As weeks go, this is not a great one for General Motors. First, came news that the automaker was adding more than 580,000 vehicles to a massive recall of Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn models. Then, we learned that this recall -- which now affects upwards of 1.3 million cars in the U.S. -- took...Read More»

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek, Hybrid: (Mostly) Top Safety Scores From Feds

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released full crash-test results and safety scores for the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek—and for the most part they're good, with top five-star Overall results as well as five stars for side impact. These results extend to the 2014...Read More»

2014 Audi A6 3.0T
2014 Audi A6: New Ratings Suggest It's One Of The Safest Sedans

The Audi A6 has been crash-tested by the federal government for the first time in more than 15 years, and it's achieved top five-star scores in all categories of testing. That includes top scores for the 2014 A6 in every single subcategory of testing, too—like the side pole rating, and...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester XT Six-Month Road Test
2014 Subaru Forester XT: Six-Month Road Test

We may sound like a broken CD here, but the 2014 Subaru Forester is one of the most versatile, safest vehicles you can buy--which is why we named it The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2014. It's a perfect example of the "utility" part of "sport-utility vehicle," even though, yes, we know it's...Read More»

2014 Toyota Prius V
Massive Recall: Toyota Prius, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Tacoma, Lexus RX 350

Yesterday, we told you that Toyota's troubles related to its 2010 recall fiasco may finally be coming to an end. So naturally, today Toyota announced another major recall. This one affects some 960,000 vehicles in the U.S. Technically speaking, there are two recalls at work here. The bigger of the...Read More»

LGBT-inclusive ad for the Chevrolet Traverse (debuted during the Sochi Winter Olympics)
Chevrolet Launches Two LGBT-Inclusive Ads During Winter Olympics Broadcast From Sochi, Russia

At noon Eastern, Chevrolet unveiled two commercials on YouTube: one for the all-new Chevy Traverse, the other for Chevrolet, the brand. "Why should that matter?", you ask. "Don't automakers post clips to the web on a daily basis?" They do, but these are special: they're intended for TV, and they...Read More»

2014 Nissan Rogue marketing campaign, 'The Detour'
Send The 2014 Nissan Rogue On A Road Trip 'Detour' Using Google Maps

Nissan is hyping the 2014 Rogue compact crossover with a new online campaign called "Detour" that could be one of the better Friday afternoon timewasters we've encountered -- this week, anyway. The campaign creates a fantasy road trip-slash-music video using Google Maps, some stock car-on-road...Read More»

2014 Subaru BRZ
2014 Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S: Good, Safe Fun With Five-Star Safety

The 2014 Scion FR-S and 2014 Subaru BRZ already stand right near the top of our recommendations for those wanting a simple, light, and nimble sports car—with a more visceral driving experience than more higher-horsepower sports cars of today. Simple and lightweight don't always add up to the...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Malibu
2014 Chevrolet Malibu Earns NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating

The mid-size 2014 Chevrolet Malibu sedan has earned an overall five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The five-star rating is the highest available in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and is determined after vehicles undergo...Read More»

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
2014 Nissan Pathfinder Finds Five-Star Federal Safety Rating

If you won't settle for anything but five-star safety in your family vehicle, you now have another option: the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. The Pathfinder was tested this past month by the federal government, and it steps up its safety ratings in the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)--from an overall...Read More»

Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept live photos, 2014 Detroit Auto Show
VW Beetle Dune Concept: A Bug For The Desert Rat In You

Is there a place in the world for a Bug outfitted for a cross-Sahara trek? At this year's Detroit Auto Show there was, at least in concept-car form. VW’s lifted Beetle Dune Concept takes its cues from the off-pavement dune buggies of yesteryear, while previewing a look at what a go-anywhere...Read More»

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