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Best Used Family Car 2013: The Car Connection's Picks
Best Used Family Car 2013: The Car Connection's Picks

Family cars are a nebulous idea--what's perfect for our crew (a turbodiesel manual wagon of imported extraction) might not be ideal for yours (uh, minivan?). Shopping for a family car--whether it's a crossover or SUV, sedan or hatchback, minivan or green machine--doesn't have to be that difficult...Read More»

2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Best Used Hybrid 2013: The Car Connection's Picks

Hybrid vehicles hardly existed a decade ago, but now they're a constant part of the car landscape--if not a large part of it just yet. Now that there's a growing number of hybrid car nameplates, the used hybrid market is expanding, too. And that's making better gas mileage available to more buyers...Read More»

2013 Honda Civic
2013 Honda Civic Video Road Test

The Honda Civic was new for 2012, but it took a mulligan. The interior wasn't up to par, and neither was handling. This year there's been a quick turnaround on some big fixes--and we think they put the Civic back at the top of its game, as we show you in this video road test. When the Civic was new...Read More»

Teen driver
It's Earth Day: Do You Know Where America's Greenest Car Shoppers Are?

In case you missed the memo, today is Earth Day -- a day that's meant to focus the world's attention on pollution, climate change, and other environmental issues. Once upon a time, the auto industry was wary of being entangled in environmental discussions, afraid that it could never win arguments...Read More»

2014 Cadillac ELR
2014 Cadillac ELR: Volt-Based Coupe Plugs In At Detroit Auto Show

Over the two years that the Chevrolet Volt has been produced, it’s ushered in a new era for GM, and a new era of understanding and acceptance for electric cars thanks to its the extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) technology that’s at its core. Now it’s time to inject a little...Read More»

2013 Audi TDI range
Auto Sales Strong To The Finish In 2012, Despite 'Fiscal Cliff' Concerns

The looming fiscal cliff might have taken over the daily news cycle as the end of 2012 approached, and prompted some speculation that Americans might hesitate on big-ticket items, but it didn't seem to put any damper on auto sales after all--or keep wealthier households from buying luxury cars...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»

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Video Road Test

We've waved goodbye to The Car Connection's first Six-Month Road Test vehicle. But before we let our 2012 VW Passat TDI rejoin its home fleet, one final road trip was in order--and so was a video road test. The Passat's been an excellent long-distance road trip companion, netting us almost 46 mpg...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Passat
2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: What's Changed For 2013

While we're wrapping up our Six-Month Road Test of our 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI, we've already revised and updated our review for the 2013 model year. Not much has changed for the Passat this model year, and with a slew of new family sedans hitting the market, there's some significance to the...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Video Road Test

Watch out, Toyota Prius--the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is your first real competition. And in many ways, it's the hybrid hatchback we'd prefer to drive every day. Built in Michigan--not sourced locally from California, or even Japan--the C-Max is a tall hatchback that eventually will come in two...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Passat
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 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»

2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid: First Drive

In 2011, it was the minivan segment that reinvented itself. In 2012, crossovers and SUVs witnessed big turnover and a slew of new products. Now in the 2013 model year, the family sedan is witness to at least four new models, almost every one a better vehicle than the mega-seller than preceded it...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
How Are You Going Green? Study Suggests 25% Of Drivers Want Hybrids

Pretend for a moment that you're walking down the street, minding your own business, when a stranger approaches and offers you $1,000 cash. The money is yours for the taking -- no questions asked, no illicit activities involved -- but you have to spend it on energy savings. What would you do with...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 C-Max Hybrid
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Scores 47 MPG Across The Board

Topping Ford’s own estimates, the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid has achieved official Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ratings of 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway, and 47 mpg combined fuel economy. Ford had anticipated a 47-mpg city rating, but also earned a 47-mpg on the highway cycle, 3 mpg higher...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid
2013 Ford C-Max Energi Priced From $29,995*

At a base price of $29,995, the 2013 Ford C-Max Energi is the most affordably-priced plug-in hybrid in America, according to Ford. In pricing the C-Max Energi below $30,000, Ford is squaring off against the 2012 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid, undercutting it in price – and beating it in...Read More»

2013 Toyota Avalon
2013 Toyota Avalon Gets More Green, Adds Hybrid Model

In recent years, Toyota's said it will build a hybrid version of every one of its vehicles by 2020. Count one more down: the Avalon sedan is going hybrid for the 2013 model year. The big four-door, a relative of the best-selling Camry sedan, goes on sale in November of this year. When it does, it...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test
2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: Wash, Wax, And 40.5 MPG

It's been nearly a month since we took delivery of our Six-Month Road Test sedan, the 2012 VW Passat TDI. In that time, it's rarely sat in Park for more than a day or two in the garage. Mostly, the TDI's been on the interstates and on long-distance treks, accumulating more than 3000 miles as it...Read More»

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