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2014-2016 Mazda3, Mazda6 recalled over parking brake woes: 228,000 vehicles affected
2014-2016 Mazda3, Mazda6 recalled over parking brake woes: 228,000 vehicles affected

Mazda has issued a recall for nearly 228,000 Mazda3 and Mazda6 vehicles from the 2014, 2015, and 2016 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a portion of the parking brake on those vehicles may be susceptible to corrosion, which could have serious consequences...Read More»

2016 Lexus ES 350
2017 Lexus ES 350 recalled to fix potential steering issue

Toyota has issued a recall for 2017 models of the Lexus ES 350. According to a statement from the automaker, some of those vehicles may suffer from a serious problem with their steering system, which could dramatically increase the risk of collisions. That problem is an improperly installed tie rod...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Cruze
2018 Chevy Cruze, 2017 Chevy Silverado HD, BMW's 3-Series electric: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Review The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze is a compact car offered in an especially wide array of configurations: sedan or hatchback, automatic or manual, gas or diesel. SUV sales soar where temperatures sink SUV sales are soaring like the mercury in our thermometers. Ironically, though...Read More»

2017 Toyota 4Runner
SUVs hot again, 2019 Audi A8, Nissan Leaf batteries: What’s New @ The Car Connection

SUV sales soar where temperatures sink SUV sales are soaring like the mercury in our thermometers. Ironically, though, a new study suggests that utility vehicles are hottest where the temperatures are cool. Southern women most likely to have bumper stickers; gun stickers are least popula Some car...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term road test, first service stop
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term test: the first service stop

Summer is officially here, which means we are about a quarter of the way through our time with our blue long-term 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. The miles are piling on between cross-country road trips, family weekends at the cabin, and hauling car parts. Just after hitting 9,400 miles in about three...Read More»

2018 Buick Regal TourX
Wagons whoa! 2018 Buick Regal Tour X costs $29,995 to start

Our friends at CarsDirect have a scoop on the 2018 Buick Regal Tour X and its face-first charge to attract new shoppers: leave more money in their wallets. When the 2018 Buick Regal Tour X wagon goes on sale later this year, it will start at $29,995, including a mandatory destination charge. For...Read More»

Bumper sticker demographics (via cheapcarinsurance.net)
Southern women most likely to have bumper stickers; gun stickers are least popular

Some car owners are minimalists. They eschew anything that detracts from their vehicle's appearance, foregoing car lashes, truck nuts, and the dreaded "Baby on Board" signs. Others see their cars as opportunities to express themselves--roving billboards to declare their love of god, country...Read More»

SUV sales linked to chilly temps (metro sales chart from Carjojo)
SUV sales soar where temperatures sink

SUV sales are soaring like the mercury in our thermometers. Ironically, though, a new study suggests that utility vehicles are hottest where the temperatures are cool. That study was carried out by the website with the name we love to loathe, Carjojo. Analysts pored over a year's worth of sales...Read More»

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody
Wide-body Dodge Challenger, legalizing marijuana, Jaguar XE SV Project 8: What’s New @ The Car Connection

There's the beef: 2018 Dodge Durango, Challenger updated The 2018 Dodge Durango and 2018 Dodge Challenger are both a little beefier than before. FCA's sporty division announced on Tuesday a few changes for its three-row SUV and two-door, retro-style muscle coupe that are more than just skin deep...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
Woes mounting for recalled 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan

Some dealers can't sell Chrysler's flagship hybrid family vehicle as it faces a recall. This month, the automaker announced it would recall every 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan in the U.S. and Canada for a faulty battery diode. Now, the automaker isn't saying when those vans can be fixed...Read More»

Vintage postcard from Oregon
Oregon is the first state to offer a gender-neutral driver's license option

LGBT Pride month may be coming to a close, but the state of Oregon is giving queer activists a reason to celebrate all year long: a new, gender-neutral option on their driver's licenses. Though several other countries have provided a "third gender" or gender-neutral category on official documents...Read More»

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody
There's the beef: 2018 Dodge Durango, Challenger updated

The 2018 Dodge Durango and 2018 Dodge Challenger are both a little beefier than before. FCA's sporty division announced on Tuesday a few changes for its three-row SUV and two-door, retro-style muscle coupe that are more than just skin deep. For the 2018 Durango, Dodge has made the all-new...Read More»

marijuana
Legalizing marijuana causes more crashes...or does it?

Legal weed is a big deal these days, with advocates claiming that marijuana has the ability to help those with chronic medical conditions and also raise millions in tax dollars. But is all that high praise really warranted? Two reports issued this week suggest that the answer is a definite "maybe"...Read More»

2018 Subaru Legacy
Takata bankruptcy, Subaru Legacy pricing, electric Aston Martin: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Takata swallows pride, files for bankruptcy. So, what's next? After months of hesitation, troubled Japanese supplier Takata finally filed for bankruptcy yesterday. The restructuring clears the way for Takata to be bought by one of its competitors, Michigan.-based Key Safety Systems. Updated 2018...Read More»

2018 Subaru Outback
Updated 2018 Subaru Outback, Legacy have an updated price too

The small differences between the updated 2018 Subaru Outback and Legacy models and the outgoing versions will be easier to spot when they go on sale this summer. Just look at the prices. Subaru announced June 22 that when the updated 2018 Legacy and Outback models go on sale, they'll be up to $200...Read More»

2016 Chevrolet SS
2014-2016 Chevrolet SS recalled over power steering problem

General Motors has issued a recall for the 2014-2016 Chevrolet SS. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles could be at risk of losing power steering assistance. The problem with the SS stems from corrosion on a device that connects the...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Takata swallows pride, files for bankruptcy. So, what's next?

After months of hesitation, troubled Japanese supplier Takata finally filed for bankruptcy yesterday. The restructuring clears the way for Takata to be bought by one of its competitors, Michigan.-based Key Safety Systems. Will this be a turning point for Takata? That remains to be seen, but KSS...Read More»

2018 BMW X3 M40i
2018 BMW X3, Uber & Waymo, Godsil Manhattan V16: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Meet the new 2018 BMW X3, a lot like the old BMW X3 The next step for BMW’s X3 crossover looks a lot like the last step. On Monday, the automaker finally revealed the 2018 BMW X3 at its Spartanburg, South Carolina, facility where it is produced alongside the X4, X5, and X6. Is this the...Read More»

2018 BMW X3
Meet the new 2018 BMW X3, a lot like the old BMW X3

The next step for BMW’s X3 crossover looks a lot like the last step. On Monday, the automaker finally revealed the 2018 BMW X3 at its Spartanburg, South Carolina, facility where it is produced alongside the X4, X5, and X6. The new BMW X3 takes plenty of cues from the other crossover SUVs...Read More»

Self-driving Uber
Is this the 'smoking gun'? Uber promised former Waymo engineer legal aid

It's hard to believe, but Uber's no good, very bad week, just got less good and even worse. Following the resignation of the company's embattled CEO, Travis Kalanick, a document has emerged that suggests Uber knew about a massive theft of trade secrets from Waymo, which was carried out by one of...Read More»

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, 2018 VW Tiguan, JD Power quality study: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio first drive Alfa Romeo may be on the comeback trail, but so far it’s been missing part of the map. Alfa relaunched here in 2015 with the fantastic 4C sports car. Next came the Giulia sports sedan. 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan first drive: close to closure We’ve paid...Read More»

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio first drive

Alfa Romeo may be on the comeback trail, but so far it’s been missing part of the map. Alfa relaunched here in 2015 with the fantastic 4C sports car. Next came the Giulia sports sedan. See what’s missing? If you said crossover SUV, give yourself a gold star and stop emailing them. The...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan first drive: close to closure

We’ve paid our respects to “sport” leaving “sport utility vehicle,” but we haven’t yet found closure. We held on to the last vestiges of SUVs to the bitter end. Probably too long. We started calling them “crossovers” so we wouldn’t be reminded...Read More»

Gary Pittam performs recall service on a Chevrolet Cobalt Thursday, April 17, 2014
Is your car under recall? The NSC and FCA want to help you find out

When's the last time you checked to see if your car had been recalled? The National Safety Council and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles want to make doing so a regular part of every car-owner's routine. It's an important goal. As you might recall, we recently reported on a study from the University of...Read More»

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