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Bad app-titude: The problem with infotainment is our expectation
Bad app-titude: The problem with infotainment is our expectation

For most new car buyers, a functional touchscreen might be the second-most important input on a car—not far behind the steering wheel. (Gas and brake pedals? Meh.) An intuitive, smart infotainment system with all the controls we want—but none of the headache—should be a "gimme" by...Read More»

2016 Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet prices diesel Cruze from $24,670

Chevrolet says that opting for its new diesel-fueled Cruze sedan over the gasoline model will add about $2,750 to the bottom line, bringing the price of entry to $24,670. That's the list price for a 2017 Cruze LT with the automaker's 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine and a 6-speed manual gearbox, and it...Read More»

2017 Dodge Challenger GT
2017 Dodge Challenger GT arrives with all-wheel drive, but no V-8

Finally, Dodge has made all-wheel drive available on its stylish Challenger coupe—but we'll stop short of calling it an all-weather muscle coupe. That's because the Challenger GT, as Dodge has christened it, is only available with the base 3.6-liter V-6 engine, and not the muscular V-8s Dodge...Read More»

Ferrari FF plays in the snow
Do you mount winter tires on your car? Our poll results

Millions of Americans got their first taste of winter snow this week, which made us wonder how many of those motorists went to the trouble of putting winter tires on their cars? In some parts of the country, winter tires (also known as snow tires) are considered a must. Their treads are designed to...Read More»

2017 Dodge Challenger GT
AutoNation recalls, Dodge Challenger GT, Tesla recall: What's New @ The Car Connection

In response to Trump's win, AutoNation stops fixing recalled cars A little over a year ago, AutoNation made a very bold move. In the wake of headline-dominating recalls from General Motors and Takata and more than a little public pressure, America's largest vehicle retailer vowed to fix every...Read More»

General Motors' Rear Seat Reminder
GM offers 'Rear Seat Reminder' on a growing number of vehicles

If you have children or pets, it might be hard to imagine accidentally leaving them in your car, but sadly, people do. This year alone, 39 children have died from heatstroke in vehicles--either because they were left in cars accidentally or because they got into a vehicle when adults weren't...Read More»

AutoNation
In response to Trump's win, AutoNation stops fixing recalled cars

A little over a year ago, AutoNation made a very bold move. In the wake of headline-dominating recalls from General Motors and Takata and more than a little public pressure, America's largest vehicle retailer vowed to fix every recalled used car on its lots. But that was before Donald Trump won the...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot Touring long-term road test
2016 Honda Pilot, GM 9-speed auto, Mercedes-AMG GT4: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2016 Honda Pilot long-term road test: which accessories are worth the price? In the last 11 months we've talked a lot about our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot. Everything from car seats and diaper bags to the safety tech and its first service stop have been discussed. Now, as we enter the holiday...Read More»

GM 9-speed automatic transmission
General Motors introduces 9-speed automatic to take over for 6-speed

General Motors will replace most of its 6-speed automatic transmissions with newer, more efficient 9-speed units starting with some trims of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, the automaker announced Tuesday. The new 9-speed transmission will be available in at least 10 cars by the end, including the...Read More»

Apple car conceived by children's book author Richard Scarry
Apple finally, kinda-sorta says that it wants to build self-driving cars

The will it/won't it debate around Apple's not-so-secret desire to build self-driving cars has taken an interesting turn. In a recent letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company gave its biggest hint yet that autonomous vehicles are on its radar. The five-page letter...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot Touring long-term road test
2016 Honda Pilot long-term road test: which accessories are worth the price?

In the last 11 months we've talked a lot about our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot. Everything from car seats and diaper bags to the safety tech and its first service stop have been discussed. Now, as we enter the holiday season it only seems fitting we turn our attention to what kind of presents you...Read More»

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CAFE rules, Ferrari SP275 RW, Buick Velite: What's New @ The Car Connection

EPA sticks to its guns, keeps 2025 emissions goals No doubt about it: 2016 has been the Year of WTF. The latest proof comes in the form of an announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency that it plans to maintain its current auto emissions goals for 2025. What's New for 2017: Chrysler It...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica - Best Car to Buy 2017
What's New for 2017: Chrysler

It has been mighty quiet in Chrysler's showrooms lately, but there's one especially good reason to make you way to one: The Chrysler Pacifica, a model we named as our Best Car to Buy 2017. Really, the rebooted Chrysler minivan (which discards its Town & Country nomenclature) is that good. It's...Read More»

2018 Toyota Camry
2018 Camry, Rolls-Royce SUV, Electric car sales: What's New @ The Car Connection

2018 Toyota Camry teased ahead of Detroit reveal Toyota has given us our first look at the next-generation Camry and confirmed that the new mid-size sedan would make its first appearance at the Detroit auto show next month. EPA sticks to its guns, keeps 2025 fuel economy goals No doubt about it...Read More»

2018 Toyota Camry
2018 Toyota Camry teased ahead of Detroit reveal

Toyota has given us our first look at the next-generation Camry and confirmed that the new mid-size sedan would make its first appearance at the Detroit auto show next month. The back fender of the new Camry looks to take plenty of cues from the current Toyota Prius (and by extension the Mirai)...Read More»

Honda Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system demo  -  Japan, 11/2012
Safety advocates sue NHTSA to mandate automatic braking

Many of you seem underwhelmed by automatic emergency braking, but earlier this year, more than 20 auto brands vowed to make the technology standard on new vehicles by the year 2022. The only problem? Those vows aren't binding, which leaves car companies free to renege on their promises. The...Read More»

Gina McCarthy, nominee for Environmental Protection Agency administrator
EPA sticks to its guns, keeps 2025 emissions goals

No doubt about it: 2016 has been the Year of WTF. The latest proof comes in the form of an announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency that it plans to maintain its current auto emissions goals for 2025. That wasn't what most observers expected. Then again, there may be more to this than...Read More»

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Kuro concept, 2016 SEMA show
What's New for 2017: Mazda

Small independent automaker Mazda enters 2017 with a number of big changes to its lineup, including an all-new crossover, the first ever variation of its popular Miata sports car offered to Americans, and even some detail changes to its mainstream mid-size sedans and hatchback. Mazda continues to...Read More»

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show
What's New for 2017: Alfa Romeo

Not since 1993 have you been able to walk into an Alfa Romeo showroom in the United States and pick from more than just one model. Soon, however, Alfa Romeo will have three choices on offer: the Giulia compact sedan, the Stelvio compact crossover, and the 4C sports car in coupe and Spider droptop...Read More»

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