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The pricier your car, the more aggressive a driver you are
The pricier your car, the more aggressive a driver you are

In movies, people who drive expensive cars are usually jerks. That's often designed to make us root for the down-to-earth, middle-class hero, but data suggests that there may be some truth to the cliche. Numerous studies have shown that a person's financial status can predict her ability to...Read More»

Distracted pedestrian, walking and texting
Ford's pedestrian detection system knows where you're walking, even when you don't

If you own a mobile phone--especially a smartphone--you may have noticed some changes in yourself the past few years. Maybe you've begun communicating exclusively in emoji. Maybe you've become incapable of interacting with non-touchscreens. But one thing's nearly certain: that mini computer in your...Read More»

Volkswagen TDI diesel vehicles owned by Phil Grate and family, Seattle, Washington
Dieselgate update, new Ferrari spied, Chevy Bolt video: What's New @ The Car Connection

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...Read More»

Mazda CX-5 teaser
2017 Mazda CX-5 headed to LA Auto Show

A new Mazda CX-5 is set to debut next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show—and it's coming an entire model year before we expected it. The current CX-5 has been a genuine (and much needed) success for Mazda, which has sold more than 80,000 through the end of September this year, so it comes as...Read More»

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid
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»

2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner, Shelby GT350/R Mustang recalled for oil and fuel leaks

This morning, Ford Motor Company issued three recalls affecting more than 408,000 vehicles registered in the U.S. One of the recalls stems from an oil leak, two are the result of possible fuel leaks, and all involve an elevated risk of fire. RECALL #1: 2010-12 Ford Escape, 2010-11 Mercury Mariner...Read More»

2013 Subaru Impreza
Subaru recalls 100,000 Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback vehicles over fire hazard

Subaru is recalling more than 100,000 Forester, Impreza, Legacy, and Outback vehicles equipped with turbocharged engines. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an electrical problem with those vehicles could start a fire. The problem is rooted in a relay manufactured by...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»

hypnotic pattern
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»

2016 Toyota Highlander
2016 Toyota Highlander recalled for brake fluid issue

Toyota is recalling roughly 7,100 Highlander crossovers from the 2016 model year to address a problem that could diminish the vehicle's braking power. That problem is rooted in a wiring harness associated with the Highlander's brake fluid reservoir sensor. According to Toyota, there's a chance that...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»

2017 Kia Sorento
2017 Ford Explorer vs. 2017 Kia Sorento: Compare Cars

The fight for the family dollar has split the mid-size SUV class into smaller segments. Buyers can opt for vehicles that are larger or smaller, offer two rows of seats or three, and come with engines ranging from naturally aspirated inline-4s to turbocharged V-6s. The duo we're pitting against each...Read More»

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