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Honda Pilot vs. Volvo XC90: Compare Cars
Honda Pilot vs. Volvo XC90: Compare Cars

The 2017 Honda Pilot and the 2017 Volvo XC90 are both large, seven-seat family utility vehicles, though they're about as far away from traditional SUVs in refinement and design as you can get. Both were new for the 2016 model year, and the two cars are among our highest-rated crossover SUVs. Which...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»

Mazda CX-9 vs. Jaguar F-Pace
2017 Jaguar F-Pace vs. 2016 Mazda CX-9: Compare Cars

Just what, you may be asking yourself, are we thinking by comparing the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace and the 2016 Mazda CX-9? The Mazda, after all, is a turbo-4 three-row crossover from a brand that emphasizes affordable performance, while the supercharged V-6-powered F-Pace wouldn't be out of place creeping...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»

2017 Ram 1500 Night Package
Ram’s 2017 lineup, older drivers grow, Chevy Camaro 1LE: What’s New @ The Car Connection

What's New for 2017: Ram With gas under two bucks a gallon in many parts of the United States, it's no surprise that Fiat Chrysler's Ram division has had a stellar 2016. Nearly 20 percent of U.S. drivers are over 65: are America's roads ready for them? The Department of Transportation recently...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport
2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport first drive: close encounter of a turbocharged kind

Outside of Vegas, an alien-themed cathouse provides the only Kodak moments for a hundred miles or more. Honest, honey--we're just here for the pictures! Yep, that's how we'll sell it on social media. And at home. The weird, fleshy offshoot of capitalism gives us reason, at least, to pull to the...Read More»

Buick LaCrosse vs. Kia Cadenza
2017 Buick LaCrosse vs. 2017 Kia Cadenza: Compare Cars

Big sedans have been a part of the American landscape for generations, but they've fallen out of favor among mainstream buyers in part because mid-sizers offer at least as much space as the full-size four-doors of yore. Yet for 2017, Buick, long a player in this segment, and relative upstart Kia...Read More»

2017 Ram 2500
What's New for 2017: Ram

With gas under two bucks a gallon in many parts of the United States, it's no surprise that Fiat Chrysler's Ram division has had a stellar 2016. But it's not just cheap pump prices that are luring buyers into the division's pickups and its commercial cargo haulers. The flagship Ram 1500 may be one...Read More»

Older driver
Nearly 20 percent of U.S. drivers are over 65: are America's roads ready for them?

The Department of Transportation recently published some new statistics on American motorists, and among other things, they suggest that self-driving vehicles couldn't come at a better time. That's because the number of older drivers is increasing. At the moment, the U.S. has a total of 217.9...Read More»

Teen driver
Buying a car should be (a) painless, (b) fun, or (c) joyful?

Shopping for a new car can be pretty exciting--until the point that you have to head to a dealership. That's when the migraine meds can come in handy. At least one dealer wants to improve the experience, though. He's got his work cut out for him, because there are many reasons people hate...Read More»

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (a caricature by Flickr user DonkeyHotey)
Volkswagen Dieselgate update: how will tomorrow's election affect Volkswagen's future?

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 18 months--and if you have, oh, how we envy you--you know that tomorrow is election day in the U.S. What does that have to do with cars? Well, as many of us remember from 2008, the government can have a great deal of influence, both positive and...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica - Best Car to Buy 2017
Chrysler Pacifica crash test, Ford Focus RS video, Fuel-cell ferries: What's New @ The Car Connection

2017 Chrysler Pacifica aces federal crash test The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has been awarded the government's top rating for its crashworthiness, the NHTSA announced today. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto added to 2017 Honda Pilot Last year's Best Car to Buy (according to us) has received a noteworthy...Read More»

2017 Honda Pilot
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto added to 2017 Honda Pilot

Last year's Best Car to Buy (according to us) has received a noteworthy update for 2017: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard on most Honda Pilot trim levels. This technology allows a driver to use certain smartphone functions through the vehicle's infotainment screen—text...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica - Best Car to Buy 2017
2017 Chrysler Pacifica aces federal crash test

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has been awarded the government's top rating for its crashworthiness, the NHTSA announced today. Five stars overall is a big honor for the reboot of Chrysler's minivan, which is one of our Best Car to Buy 2017 nominees. The IIHS gave the Pacifica five stars for frontal...Read More»

Ford Evasive Steering Alert technology
Ford beefs up its safety tech with new collision avoidance, adaptive headlights, and more

Last week, Ford showed off its new, predictive pedestrian detection system, which is slated to debut on the 2017 Ford Fusion. But that's not the only safety technology that Ford's been working on. The automaker has unveiled a host of high-tech features that will soon appear on Ford vehicles...Read More»

Pothole repair (via Wikimedia)
How should we fix America’s crumbling roads? Our poll results

U.S. roads are in terrible shape. In 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers rated them a "D". Our bridges weren't too much better, earning a C+. The ASCE's next report card is due in 2017, and given the insufficient sums allocated to roadway maintenance, improvement, and expansion, it's...Read More»

Rolls-Royce Dawn Inspired by Fashion
Rolls-Royce Dawn, Audi A5 Cabriolet, What VW will do with TDI buybacks: What's New @ The Car Connection

Rolls-Royce 'Dawn--Inspired by Fashion' isn't for everyone, and that's the point It would be easy to ridicule the newest offering from Rolls-Royce: a bespoke version of the company's new Dawn convertible called "Dawn--Inspired by Fashion". Jaguar F-Pace: Best Car to Buy 2017 Nominee After sitting...Read More»

2017 Jaguar F-Pace
Jaguar F-Pace: Best Car to Buy 2017 Nominee

After sitting on the SUV sidelines for decades while its rivals racked up volume and profits selling tall wagons with (sometimes optional) all-wheel drive, Jaguar is finally in the game. But don't think of its new F-Pace, the first crossover SUV ever to wear the leaping cat logo, as simply another...Read More»

Rolls-Royce Dawn Inspired by Fashion
Rolls-Royce 'Dawn--Inspired by Fashion' isn't for everyone, and that's the point

It would be easy to ridicule the newest offering from Rolls-Royce: a bespoke version of the company's new Dawn convertible called "Dawn--Inspired by Fashion". For starters, we're talking about Rolls-Royce, a company whose cars often straddle the line between luxury and absurdity. To make matters...Read More»

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