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Mazda MX-5 Miata: The Car Connection's Best Convertible to Buy 2017
Mazda MX-5 Miata: The Car Connection's Best Convertible to Buy 2017

Addition by subtraction can work wonders. Ask anyone who's lost a cell phone for a couple days and they'll say that the world changes the moment they started looking up. We couldn't agree more. The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a tossable, likable car with few impediments between driver and road. For that...Read More»

2017 Honda Civic
Honda Civic Coupe: The Car Connection's Best Coupe to Buy 2017

Marketing speak tries to tell us that everything from a four-door SUV to a hardtop convertible now can be called a coupe. We're not swayed by those arguments. We know a coupe when we see one, and the 2017 Honda Civic Coupe certainly ticks the right boxes. Short, fixed roof? Check. Two doors? Check...Read More»

2017 Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius: The Car Connection's Best Hybrid to Buy 2017

Since it was introduced here in 2000, the Toyota Prius has fundamentally changed the way car buyers view fuel efficiency. It's hard to argue that any other car has done more to press the case for eco-friendly cars than has the Prius. But frankly, Toyota's effort had withered after 15 years on the...Read More»

2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition
Honda Ridgeline: The Car Connection's Best Pickup to Buy 2017

Pickup trucks are largely defined nowadays to what's possible rather than what's likely. The arms race for superlatives has overcome domestics to the point of near-absurdity—maxing out capacities on many of the big boys nearly requires a commercial drivers license and a parking space the size...Read More»

2017 Honda Pilot
Honda Pilot: The Car Connection's Best Crossover to Buy 2017

You won't have a minivan, something about the stigma of sliding side doors. A traditional off-road-rugged SUV? It's a bit much. Station wagons? Call you when they bring back the Roadmaster, you say? Those vehicles represent the state of the art of family driving, over the past two generations. This...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica - Best Car to Buy 2017
Chrysler Pacifica: The Car Connection's Best Minivan to Buy 2017

The minivan market is shrinking, in the number of models and in the number of buyers. The minivan itself? It's still big, and big business, especially at Chrysler. Chrysler builds the best minivan on the road today, and we'll be among the first to call the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica the Best Minivan To...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Chevrolet Bolt EV: The Car Connection's Best Hatchback to Buy 2017

Chevrolet's ardent claims that its first mass-market electric car isn't a car at all—it's a small crossover, according to them—won't sway us. We know a hatchback when we see one, and the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is the best hatchback for this year. Calling it The Car Connection's Best...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot
Best Car to Buy 2017: Previous winners

In just a few days, a new winner of our annual Best Car to Buy award will be crowned. It will join an elite list of vehicles we have picked over the last few years for previous iterations of the award, which we bestow on the new car that we think best meets the needs of mainstream consumers. Unlike...Read More»

FTC's used car Buyers Guide
Buying a used car becomes slightly less daunting next year

Buying a car can give anyone heartburn. Between all the add-ons and upgrades, the fees and taxes, the fine-print of financing, and the iffy opinion that many consumers have of auto salespeople, it's a far more complicated experience than, say, buying a book or a smartphone. That goes double when...Read More»

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Mitsubishi recall, 2018 BMW X5 spied, Green car bargains: What's New @ The Car Connection

Mitsubishi Outlander, Outlander Sport recalled for windshield wiper woes: 195,000 vehicles affected Mitsubishi is recalling roughly 195,000 U.S. vehicles to fix problems with their windshield wipers. The recall affects Outlander and Outlander Sport crossovers, spanning from model years 2007 to...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Golf R
2018 Volkswagen Golf gets big tech, under hood upgrades

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf lineup may just now be arriving on dealer lots here in the United States, but if you're in the market, it might be worth holding out for the updated 2018 models—unless, that is, you really want a radio volume knob. Disclaimer: What we know so far is for the European...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production vehicles at Orion Township Assembly Plant, March 2016
What will the auto industry look like under Trump?

New presidents bring new advisors, new staff, and of course, a host of new policies and priorities. That's true even if the new guy and the old guy belong to the same political party; when they come from different parties, as Trump and Obama do, the changes can be much more dramatic. ALSO SEE: 2018...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Accent
Accent vs. Fiesta, 2016 Honda Pilot safety, 2018 VW Golf facelift: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2016 Ford Fiesta vs. 2016 Hyundai Accent: Compare Cars Ford's Fiesta and Hyundai's Accent both fall into the subcompact category, which has often included first cars for new drivers or purchased as an extra car by drivers who simply want basic transportation--usually for no more than one person...Read More»

2017 Nissan Versa Note
2017 Nissan Versa Note shows off new face, Doctor Doom references inevitable

Nissan unveiled Thursday its updated 2017 Nissan Versa Note, complete with the V-neck grille you'll find on almost every Nissan now except the Z and the Leaf. The updated hatchback for Nissan is relatively unchanged aside from the swept headlights, deeply set vertical grille element, and...Read More»

2017 Jeep Patriot
Automotive Mendoza Line, view of the US market, more Ferrari hybrids: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Where good cars end and bad cars begin: The automotive 'Mendoza Line' Right-handed Mario Mendoza stood in the batter's box July 14, 1979, like he had nearly 500 times before that day. The bushy-haired, bespectacled shortstop for the Seattle Mariners had recently traded one coast for the other...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot
2016 Honda Pilot long-term road test: is the safety tech worth it?

It was 10 months ago that we took delivery of our long-term pearl white 2016 Honda Pilot Touring AWD. In that time we've covered nearly 12,000 miles. You might say we're getting to know it rather intimately. We've performed weekend errands to Home Depot, cross-country road trips, family trips up...Read More»

Map of the U.S.A.
Toyota and Nissan have a so-so view of the U.S. auto market

U.S. auto sales have surged over the past eight years, as the country has steadily recovered from the Great Recession. America's red-hot car market seems to be cooling though, and that has two major Japanese automakers worried. Toyota and Nissan have both cut their projections for the current...Read More»

The Mendoza Line
Where good cars end and bad cars begin: The automotive 'Mendoza Line'

Right-handed Mario Mendoza stood in the batter's box July 14, 1979, like he had nearly 500 times before that day. The bushy-haired, bespectacled shortstop for the Seattle Mariners had recently traded one coast for the other, going from Pittsburgh the season before to Seattle, which probably better...Read More»

Android Auto
Android Auto now works in any car--and it's free

So far, automakers have done a pretty terrible job of designing infotainment systems. Those systems are so bad, they're causing quality scores to plummet and inspiring unpleasant lawsuits. And yet, automakers stubbornly keep churning out wonky in-dash tech. Toyota went so far as to say that it...Read More»

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