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Lousy fuel economy, 2018 Hyundai Sonata leaked, Nissan e-NV200 taxi: What’s New @ The Car Connection
Lousy fuel economy, 2018 Hyundai Sonata leaked, Nissan e-NV200 taxi: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Average fuel economy still terrible after 92 years The past century has brought an onslaught of innovation. Don't believe it? Try to imagine modern life without television, the internet, microwaves, or social media. Utah is about to lower its drunk-driving limit, is your state next? Utah may be the...Read More»

U.S. Navy drunk driving deterrence display
Utah is about to lower its drunk-driving limit, is your state next?

Utah may be the first state to lower its drunk-driving threshold below .08 BAC—and for the tl;dr crowd, yes, your state probably is next. A Utah State Senate committee forwarded a proposal that would lower the state's threshold for adults from .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) to .05, the Salt...Read More»

On-Road Fuel Economy of Vehicles in the United States: 1923-2015 (Sivak and Schoettle)
Average fuel economy still terrible after 92 years

The past century has brought an onslaught of innovation. Don't believe it? Try to imagine modern life without television, the internet, microwaves, or social media. But despite those and other technological advances, one thing hasn't changed too much: the distance that cars can travel on one gallon...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas
First ride: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas prototype

By Volkswagen’s own admission, its new seven seat midsize crossover is incomplete. That’s because the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas will go on sale later this spring and it was designed from the start to feature a fuel-sipping diesel engine as its headliner. Well, that’s not happening any...Read More»

2017 Ford Edge
2016-17 Ford Edge, 2016-17 Lincoln MKX, 2017 Lincoln Continental recalled to replace Takata airbags

Yes, you read that headline correctly: Ford is recalling some 32,000 late-model Ford and Lincoln vehicles to replace their airbags, which were manufactured by Takata. The problem with these particular airbags is different from the one affecting 70 million fatally flawed airbag inflators installed...Read More»

Tesla Model S in IIHS testing
Tesla's tough week, Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, Upcoming electric cars: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Tesla's tough week: overworked employees, sexist culture, and a stock downgrade Tesla's week hasn't been as rough as Uber's, but still, CEO Elon Musk is probably looking forward to Saturday. Audi, Porsche top Consumer Reports scorecard; Fiat, Jeep, not so much Consumer Reports has issued its annual...Read More»

Elon Musk
Tesla's tough week: overworked employees, sexist culture, and a stock downgrade

Tesla's week hasn't been as rough as Uber's, but still, CEO Elon Musk is probably looking forward to Saturday. 1. Things began simmering over last Thursday, when Musk responded to allegations that the company's workers in Fremont, California are overworked and underpaid. In an email to employees...Read More»

Sergio Marchionne
Fiat Chrysler warns investors of its own Dieselgate crisis

With Volkswagen's Dieselgate crisis dominating the auto news for over 17 months, you might've missed the fact that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is facing a diesel disaster of its own--both in the U.S. and abroad. Now, the automaker has explained the nature of the problem and hinted at its potential...Read More»

2018 Audi RS 3 Sportback
Audi, Porsche top Consumer Reports scorecard; Fiat, Jeep, not so much

Consumer Reports has issued its annual Brand Report Card, and as interesting as it is, there aren't many surprises to be found. To issue its 2017 rankings, the magazine compiled data on 31 brands. That data came from a variety of sources, including Consumer Reports' own road test scores, predicted...Read More»

2017 Jeep Compass
Jeep Compass review, Takata admits guilt, Alpine A110: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Jeep Compass Review Forget what you knew about the old Jeep Compass; this latest model is thoroughly modern, even if it doesn't exactly move the bar far forward in its segment. Takata formally admits guilt, agrees to $1 billion settlement It's been over a month since we heard about Takata's...Read More»

Takata logo (photo by Flickr user jo.schz)
Takata formally admits guilt, agrees to $1 billion settlement

It's been over a month since we heard about Takata's proposed billion-dollar settlement to end an investigation by U.S. officials into charges of criminal wrongdoing. Yesterday in Detroit, District Court Judge George Steeh formally approved that proposal. Most of the funds that Takata ponies...Read More»

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country
Volvo recall, Mitsubishi Eclipse Sport Cross, GM diesels are back: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Volvo XC90, S90, and V90 Cross Country recalled over airbag problems Volvo is recalling more than 5,500 cars in the U.S. to fix a problem with their airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that some of the inflatable curtain airbags in those vehicles may have been...Read More»

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
The Mitsubishi Eclipse is back... and it's not what you expected

If you're of a certain age—the generation that grew up idolizing sporty coupes like the Mitsubishi Eclipse—it's time to grow up. This isn't a message sponsored by your mother (who does mean well); instead, it comes courtesy of Mitsubishi itself. After a more than a half-decade absence...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Waymo sues Uber, claiming former employee stole top-secret technology

We live in confusing times. Presenters dole out movie awards to films that didn't win. The last Republican president has been criticizing the current one. And two self-driving car start-ups are embroiled in a court battle over allegations of corporate espionage. Oh, and to make that last item even...Read More»

2017 Volvo XC90 Excellence
2017 Volvo XC90, S90, and V90 Cross Country recalled over airbag problems

Volvo is recalling more than 5,500 cars in the U.S. to fix a problem with their airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that some of the inflatable curtain airbags in those vehicles may have been installed using poorly manufactured bolts, which could dramatically...Read More»

2018 Lexus LC500
J.D. Power, 2018 Volvo XC60, Sierra Club sues EPA: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Lexus, Porsche, Toyota, Buick: America's most dependable brands In the market for a car--maybe one that's a little gently used? You're in luck: this week, J.D. Power published its 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study, showing which brands are likely to cause the fewest headaches down the road. 2017...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model X
Tesla now offers insurance and maintenance for life

Self-driving cars are going to ruin everything--in a good way. If all goes as planned, they'll dramatically reduce auto accidents and highway fatalities; boost fuel efficiency; minimize traffic jams; and maybe even cut the number of vehicles we own. Autonomous vehicles are likely to wreak havoc on...Read More»

J.D. Power 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study
Lexus, Porsche, Toyota, Buick: America's most dependable brands

In the market for a car--maybe one that's a little gently used? You're in luck: this week, J.D. Power published its 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study, showing which brands are likely to cause the fewest headaches down the road. The Dependability Study is a bit like Power's equally popular Initial...Read More»

2017 Jeep Compass
2017 Jeep Compass driven, Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, Honda WR-V: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Jeep Compass first drive: fitting in Finally, with the introduction of the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass, the Jeep lineup has something for everyone, everywhere. America's bridges are crumbling: here are the iffy ones near you It's no secret that America's highways and byways are falling apart...Read More»

2017 Jeep Compass
2017 Jeep Compass first drive: fitting in

Finally, with the introduction of the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass, the Jeep lineup has something for everyone, everywhere. The all-new Compass comes as the long-overdue replacement for a pair of crossovers—the classic Cherokee-inspired Patriot and the old, south-pointing Compass—that...Read More»

2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk
2017 Jeep Compass priced from $22,090; delivers 30 mpg plus

At $22,090, the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass is about $1,000 more than its predecessor—but it delivers far more standard features and improved fuel economy ratings. Confusingly, Jeep dealers will have two different 2017 Compass models in their showrooms this spring when the all-new model begins...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot Touring long-term road test
Yes, car seats expire and here's why

We hear it all the time: "Car seats don't actually expire. That's just a ploy by the manufacturers to get you to spend more money and buy new stuff." It doesn't matter how many times we hear it; it's still not true. Car seats expire, and your kid's safety could depend on you recognizing that fact...Read More»

New York City's Manhattan Bridge (photo by Ludovic Bertron)
America's bridges are crumbling: here are the iffy ones near you

It's no secret that America's highways and byways are falling apart. Sometimes, the issues are painfully obvious: potholes, eroded shoulders, faded and missing lane markings. Other times, the trouble spots are harder to see, especially on bridges, where the problems may lie in crumbling supports or...Read More»

New York City's Manhattan Bridge (photo by Ludovic Bertron)
Failing infrastructure, 2018 Audi S4, Tesla Model 3: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Another Chinese electric car startup hits snags When you hear the phrase "Chinese electric car startup," you probably think of Faraday Future, an ironically named enterprise with no past and diminished future prospects. Feds investigate auto lenders who track borrowers by GPS Ever had the feeling...Read More»

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