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Nation's largest retailer (Walmart) to help sell the priciest product we buy (cars)
Nation's largest retailer (Walmart) to help sell the priciest product we buy (cars)

America's decades-old dealership model has been under attack lately. The best example of comes courtesy of Tesla, which now sells its electric vehicles directly to consumers, both online and in showrooms. To do that, Tesla has fought against dealer networks and longstanding state franchise laws...Read More»

2017 Kia Niro
2017 Kia Niro priced from $23,785

The 2017 Kia Niro hybrid will considerably undercut the Toyota Prius when it goes on sale soon. At $23,785, the Niro starts at almost $2,000 less than the entry-level Prius. That price is for the Niro FE, the thriftiest version of Kia's new dedicated hybrid vehicle. The Niro will be offered in five...Read More»

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport
Third rows, Ford GT top speed, BMW and Nissan EVs: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Is the third row in a crossover worth it? Just because something says on its package that it can do something doesn't always mean that it should. That's just the case with many three-row crossover and SUV vehicles. They're advertised as seven-seat vehicles, which sounds like enough room for your...Read More»

Nissan Titan IIHS crash test
2017 Nissan Titan struggles in latest crash test

Bigger isn't always better. Case in point: the 2017 Nissan Titan, which the IIHS says struggled in the agency's demanding small overlap frontal crash test. In the test, which is designed to replicate a vehicle hitting a utility pole or a tree, the Titan earned a "Marginal," the lowest of four...Read More»

2018 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe
What's New for 2017: BMW

BMW's bread-and-butter model has been thoroughly redesigned for 2017, which helps the brand chart a new course going forward. The 2017 BMW 5-Series launches first as the 530i and 540i, with a choice of 4- and 6-cylinder turbocharged engines—and, in a 5-Series first, there will no longer be a...Read More»

2016 Acura ILX A-Spec
2017 Acura ILX vs. 2017 Audi A3: Compare Cars

As the luxury market grows, driving a car with a luxury badge has become as much a way of affirming you're on a path toward affluence and success as it is one that you’ve arrived. So it’s no surprise that most of the established luxury brands have extended their reach downward, to cars...Read More»

2017 Ford Fusion Sport
2017 Ford Fusion vs. 2017 Mazda 6: Compare Cars

Design excitement is a rarity in the mid-size sedan arena. However, two models in particular bring some much-needed flair to the segment. They are the Ford Fusion and Mazda 6. Both of these sedans have far more panache and subtlety in their designs, as well as more behind-the-wheel driving...Read More»

2017 Nissan Rogue
Is the third row in a crossover worth it?

Just because something says on its package that it can do something doesn't always mean that it should. That's just the case with many three-row crossover and SUV vehicles. They're advertised as seven-seat vehicles, which sounds like enough room for your entire family—plus maybe the dog and a...Read More»

Faraday Future FF 91
Another day, another lawsuit for Faraday Future

Does start-up automaker Faraday Future actually have a future? No one knows, but one thing it's got in abundance is outstanding bills. One of the invoices gathering dust in Accounts Payable is for nearly $2 million, due to the video effects company that produced content for Faraday's generally...Read More»

Subaru Crosstrek teased
Subaru Crosstrek teased, 2018 BMW Z5 spied, Hybrid share down: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Subaru Crosstrek to debut next month The all-new 2018 version Subaru's remarkably popular Crosstrek quasi-crossover will make its debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show in Europe. To whet the appetites of those eager to take the new Crosstrek to their local ski slope, the automaker has...Read More»

Teaser for Mitsubishi SUV debuting at 2017 Geneva auto show
Mitsubishi planning new crossover between Outlander Sport, Outlander

Mitsubishi says it will plug what it sees is a gap between its subcompact Outlander Sport and three-row Outlander crossovers with an all-new model. Although not much is known yet about what will become the third crossover in Mitsubishi's lineup, the Japanese automaker released a teaser image that...Read More»

2018 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman
What's New for 2017: Mini

The Mini lineup may not quite live up to its nameplate—after all, there are a seemingly endless number of ways one can maximize a Mini—but that seems just fine with buyers. For 2017, the Mini lineup sees the addition of an all-new Countryman—the brand's quasi-crossover. As you...Read More»

HighwayHero app from Liberty Mutual
Liberty Mutual's new apps turn safe driving into a competitive sport

We learned a lot of interesting things in the first decade of the Smartphone Era. We now know that, though nearly all of our friends have mobile phones, few like talking on them. We've learned that "freemium" is never free. And of course, we know that if you really want to make bank in the App...Read More»

2017 Nissan Armada, Press Drive, Carmel, California, July 2016
What's New for 2017: Nissan

Walk into a Nissan dealership and you'll find a lot that's new for 2017, mostly centered around the automaker's trucks, crossovers, and SUVs. But that doesn't mean that what the company's PR department calls its "year of the truck" (referring to all the refreshed models that debuted during the 2016...Read More»

2017 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso
What's New for 2017: Ferrari

Should you be fortunate enough to find yourself ready to place an order for a 2017 Ferrari, you'll have the Italian automaker's most advanced lineup to pick between. Then again, odds are that you're already on the list if you want to buy a new Ferrari—after all, the Prancing Horse mostly...Read More»

2017 Kia Optima
Hyundai Sonata vs. Kia Optima: Compare Cars

In today’s fiercely competitive market for mid-size sedans, shoppers are just as likely to consider the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima as longer-established nameplates like Accord, Camry, or Malibu. That’s no surprise; these two models both earned their place in the top tier fair and...Read More»

2017 Nissan Murano
2017 Nissan Murano gets a mid-year update, adds Apple CarPlay

In a somewhat unusual move, the 2017 Nissan Murano has been updated halfway through the year to offer some popular—and worthwhile—features. The mid-year update to the Murano, also called a "2017.5 Nissan Murano," was spotted by our eagle-eyed colleagues at CarsDirect.com. Notably, the...Read More»

Subaru Crosstrek teased
2018 Subaru Crosstrek to debut next month

The all-new 2018 version Subaru's remarkably popular Crosstrek quasi-crossover will make its debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show in Europe. To whet the appetites of those eager to take the new Crosstrek to their local ski slope, the automaker has released a single teaser image that gives us a...Read More»

Police officer with radar gun
Survey: White men get out of traffic tickets most often. Black women, not so much.

In the U.S., racial tensions have been on the rise the past several years--particularly tensions between African American communities and police officers. The tensions have been fueled by shocking videos of alleged police brutality against black suspects and equally shocking reports of police...Read More»

Faraday Future FF 91
Faraday's lack of a future, Subaru BRZ, Nissan Rogue Hybrid: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Faraday Future teeters on the brink of collapse say insiders The photo above was taken last April at the groundbreaking ceremony for Faraday Future's $1 billion plant in Nevada. VW embeds Amazon's Alexa in its cars Volkswagen will become the first automaker to make Amazon's Alexa concierge service...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
VW embeds Amazon's Alexa in its cars

Volkswagen will become the first automaker to make Amazon's Alexa concierge service a factory-installed part of its new cars. The German automaker joins several other automakers—namely Ford, BMW, and Hyundai—in including Alexa capability, but VW is the first to actually install Alexa...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Traverse
GM's future SUVs and crossovers: Light-truck based, heavy sales

Crossovers and SUVs at General Motors don’t die—they multiply. After the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse made its official debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, a better picture of the automaker's plans for the next generation of crossovers came into view. Bookended by...Read More»

2018 Ford Mustang convertible
Ford takes lid off 2018 Mustang convertible

Hot on the horseshoes of the 2018 Ford Mustang coupe's debut earlier this week, the automaker has shown off an updated Mustang convertible. Like the coupe, the droptop dispenses with the formerly-standard V-6 engine, leaving a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and an updated 5.0-liter V-8 engine...Read More»

Audi A3 IIHS crash test
IIHS awards 2017 Audi A3, BMW 2-, 3-Series with Top Safety Pick+

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has bestowed it (new and improved) Top Safety Pick+ status on BMW's 2-Series and 3-Series models and the Audi A3 for 2017. However, there are some caveats, as the IIHS says that the award only applies to certain specifications of all three German cars. The...Read More»

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