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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid priced from $26,845
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid priced from $26,845

Kia dealers will soon stock the automaker's revamped Optima Hybrid mid-size sedan, and although its base price is the same as it was last year, the story isn't quite as simple once you start adding options.. All told, the cheapest 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid stickers for $26,845 including a mandatory...Read More»

2017 Genesis G90
What's New for 2017: Genesis

What's new with Genesis for 2017? How about everything? Genesis is the newest car brand in the United States, but it's not quite as "all-new" as you might think. The idea of Genesis has been in the making for a while—initially as a pair of upscale models in Hyundai's lineup (one of which was...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: settlement package finally approved, Audi may buy back 25,000 Q7s

Many Americans reported hearing a long, heaving sigh yesterday afternoon. While initial reports suggested that the noise might've been caused by a great ebbing in The Force, further investigation has shown that it's more likely the collective sound of relief being uttered by 475,000 VW and Audi...Read More»

2018 Lexus LC 500h
Reliability report, Mercedes-AMG E63, New Fisker: What's New @ The Car Connection

Consumer Reports' most reliable brands: Toyota, Lexus, and...Buick? Critics are a lonely bunch, and the folks at Consumer Reports are no exception. While many shoppers trust what the magazine has to say, more than a few think it's been unduly judgy when it comes to Detroit car brands. Subaru WRX...Read More»

2017 Buick Cascada ST
Consumer Reports' most reliable brands: Toyota, Lexus, and...Buick?

Critics are a lonely bunch, and the folks at Consumer Reports are no exception. While many shoppers trust what the magazine has to say, more than a few think it's been unduly judgy when it comes to Detroit car brands. If you're one of those people, this will come as something of a shock. Consumer...Read More»

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
Pickup headlamps, Corvette ZR1 spied, VW buyback a good idea?: What's New @ The Car Connection

Most new pickup trucks feature poor headlights, IIHS says The road ahead may not be very clear if you're driving a new pickup truck—even if you've optioned one up to mega truck status with fancy extra cost headlights. Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. Lexus NX: Compare Cars It’s likely that the...Read More»

2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition
Most new pickup trucks feature poor headlights, IIHS says

The road ahead may not be very clear if you're driving a new pickup truck—even if you've optioned one up to mega truck status with fancy extra cost headlights. In its latest test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that nearly every new pickup truck available today features...Read More»

2017 Fiat 500X
What's New for 2017: Fiat

Reintroduced to the American market a few years ago thanks to its parent company's acquisition of Chrysler, Italian brand Fiat bursts with style and personality—if not necessarily buyers. A new addition to Fiat's lineup for 2017 revives an historic nameplate, and even if it isn't likely to...Read More»

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The words dealers use to make you buy a car

If you've ever had to participate in a leadership seminar or management training workshop, you know some of the keys to good communication: Speak with enthusiasm and passion (but don't overdo it) Smile (but make sure it's genuine) Use the right body posture You also know to avoid technical jargon...Read More»

At the groundbreaking for Faraday Future's production facility in North Las Vegas (April 13, 2016)
Faraday Future factory may be on hold as the company misses payments to key contractor

In April, start-up automaker Faraday Future broke ground on its first production facility--a 900-acre, $1 billion behemoth located in the Nevada desert. Now comes word that the company has yet to pay the lead contractor on that project, and work at the site could come to a grinding halt. It...Read More»

Seatbelt usage by state
Your commute, Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat, Tesla Autopilot upgrades: What's New @ The Car Connection

The states that do (and don't) like to use seatbelts In 49 states and the District of Columbia, it's illegal to ride in the front seat of a car without wearing a seatbelt. In 28 of those states, back seat passengers have to buckle up, too. What's New for 2017: Genesis What's new with Genesis for...Read More»

Seatbelt usage by state
The states that do (and don't) like to use seatbelts

In 49 states and the District of Columbia, it's illegal to ride in the front seat of a car without wearing a seatbelt. In 28 of those states, back seat passengers have to buckle up, too. New Hampshire is the lone holdout, with no seatbelt law at all. But of course, just because there's a law on the...Read More»

2017 Subaru BRZ
What's New for 2017: Subaru

Approaching five years of consecutive month-over-month growth, Subaru is on a consistent roll like no other brand. And, if you're at all familiar with the company's crossover (and crossover-esque) lineup, that probably won't come as much surprise. After all, the automaker's Forster, Outback, and...Read More»

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Another Takata airbag death confirmed in the U.S.: 300,000 cars need to be serviced immediately

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has conclusively linked another U.S. death to Takata's fatally flawed airbags. This brings the total number of Takata-related deaths to 16, 11 of which have occurred in the U.S. More than 100 injuries have also been blamed on the devices. The crash...Read More»

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Lynk & Co., Geely's new car brand aimed at Millennials

Three years ago, rumors suggested that Chinese automaker Geely planned to start selling cars in the U.S. in 2016--not under its Volvo brand, mind you, but under the Geely name. Well, here we are, almost to the end of 2016, and there's no sign of Americanized Geelys on the streets yet. But yesterday...Read More»

2017 Volvo S90
2017 Volvo S90, Tesla Autopilot, most expensive steering wheel: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Volvo S90: Best Car to Buy Nominee We were ready to write off Volvo just a few years ago. Today? There may not be a car brand with a brighter future, and the company's luxurious S90 flagship sedan is perhaps the best evidence of that yet. Elon Musk has a Donald Trump moment, says critics of...Read More»

2017 Volvo S90 R-Design
2017 Volvo S90: Best Car to Buy Nominee

We were ready to write off Volvo just a few years ago. Today? There may not be a car brand with a brighter future, and the company's luxurious S90 flagship sedan is perhaps the best evidence of that yet. Following in the footsteps of the similar, but equally impressive Volvo XC90, the S90 is a...Read More»

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Elon Musk has a Donald Trump moment, says critics of Tesla Autopilot are 'killing people'

Tesla CEO Elon Musk waded into Donald Trump territory yesterday. He didn't get a new hairdo, succumb to bouts of sniffling, or get caught praising the Pontiac Aztec on a hot-mic recording from 2005. (Though if anyone has access to that last one, we'd love a copy.) Instead, Musk, like Trump...Read More»

New Delhi traffic, by Flickr user denisbin (Used under CC License)
Your commute, Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat, Tesla Autopilot upgrades: What's New @ The Car Connection

How far do you drive each day? Our poll results According to the US. Department of Transportation, the average American drives 13,476 miles per year. That works out to 1,123 miles each month and about 37 miles per day. The ultimate Wisconsin football fan's road trip Sometimes bar-room bluster turns...Read More»

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