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Crash testing, BMW's next M5, GM's electric car plan: What’s New @ The Car Connection
Crash testing, BMW's next M5, GM's electric car plan: What’s New @ The Car Connection

IIHS tests side underride guards on semis (and the results are worth watching) One year ago, in May 2016, Joshua Brown's Tesla Model S collided with the side of a big rig in Florida. The sedan's top was sheared off by the semi, killing Brown instantly. The car rolled 100 feet further before coming...Read More»

2017 Subaru Impreza vs. 2017 Honda Civic
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback vs. 2017 Subaru Impreza 5-Door video compare

It's hip to be frugal these days, but that doesn't mean that a compact hatchback has to be merely an appliance. They aim for the same buyer—someone who wants to spend between $20,000 and $30,000 on a car that balances fuel economy with practicality. A little driving zest doesn't hurt, either...Read More»

2017 Nissan Quest
Nissan Quest bows out of minivan market

The Nissan Quest won't be renewed for the 2018 model year, ending a tumultuous, nearly 25 year run for the brand's most family-oriented model. Nissan's decision to discontinue the Quest doesn't come as a huge surprise, but it's not a solid sign for a market segment that's down more than 18 percent...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 First Drive
2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 first drive video

The pickup arms race has given us a 450-horsepower full-size truck already this year. Now, the war is spreading to the small artillery division, and Chevy is bringing heavy metal to bring to the fight. Who wants to get some? The differences between the ZR2 and a standard Colorado are clear. Beyond...Read More»

IIHS tests show benefits of side underride guards for semitrailers
IIHS tests side underride guards on semis (and the results are worth watching)

One year ago, in May 2016, Joshua Brown's Tesla Model S collided with the side of a big rig in Florida. The sedan's top was sheared off by the semi, killing Brown instantly. The car rolled 100 feet further before coming to a stop. The story made headlines for months because Brown may not have been...Read More»

OJ Simpson in vintage Hertz ad
Hertz feels the hurt as rentals plummet, used car sales hit the skids

America's rental car industry ain't what it used to be. For starters, rental companies now have to repair recalled vehicles before loaning them to customers (a requirement that the industry fought tooth and nail for years). Also, decades-old industry heavyweights find themselves competing against...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
Ride-share battles, Jeep Compass Trailhawk off-road, Honda Clarity clarified : What’s New @ The Car Connection

Waymo's new plan to undo Uber? Building self-driving cars for Lyft In case you hadn't noticed, the relationship between Uber and Google spin-off, Waymo, has been tense the past few months. In February, Waymo filed suit against Uber, claiming that the ride-sharing giant has been using Waymo's...Read More»

Volvo Drive Me autonomous car pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden
Self-driving cars: who gets stuck with the highway bill?

Drive north on the 101 from Palo Alto toward the San Francisco airport, in a car equipped with the most sophisticated self-driving hardware available today, and two things are sure to happen. First, at least one other driver will look over in shock as the car pilots itself for long stretches at a...Read More»

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2017 Honda HR-V: Compare Cars

Small crossover utility vehicles have surged in popularity, and every carmaker is rolling out new entries. The new Nissan Rogue Sport gives the very popular compact crossover Rogue a smaller, more stylish sibling that's visually similar but is shorter, lower, and slightly more nimble. The very...Read More»

Lyft car with trademark pink mustache (via Wikimedia)
Waymo's new plan to undo Uber? Building self-driving cars for Lyft

In case you hadn't noticed, the relationship between Uber and Google spin-off, Waymo, has been tense the past few months. In February, Waymo filed suit against Uber, claiming that the ride-sharing giant has been using Waymo's proprietary technology to build self-driving cars. Worse, the engineer...Read More»

2017 Audi Q5
Audi, Porsche fuel pump recall expands by 292,000 vehicles

In October of last year, Volkswagen recalled more than 143,000 Audi SUVs to fix a problem with their fuel pumps--a problem that could cause a fuel leak and, therefore, a fire hazard. Now, the company is expanding that recall, adding over 292,000 Audi and Porsche vehicles to the repair list. The...Read More»

2017 BMW 5-Series, IIHS crash test
BMW 5-Series crash-tested, Chevy Colorado ZR2 driven, Hyundai Ioniq fuel economy: What’s New @ The Car Connection

IIHS names 2017 BMW 5-Series a Top Safety Pick+ BMW's latest mid-size sedan has received an excellent score for both its crashworthiness, its optional headlights, and its available collision-avoding technologies from the insurance industry-funded IIHS. 2018 Honda Odyssey first drive video Minivans...Read More»

2018 Honda Odyssey Elite
2018 Honda Odyssey first drive video

Minivans have two critical missions. Sure, they're supposed to keep passengers entertained on the road. But their most important jobs are carrying the whole family, and doing it safely. For 2018, Honda is aiming to not only improve the way its Odyssey minivan handles those mission-critical tasks...Read More»

2017 BMW 5-Series, IIHS crash test
IIHS names 2017 BMW 5-Series a Top Safety Pick+

BMW's latest mid-size sedan has received an excellent score for both its crashworthiness, its optional headlights, and its available collision-avoding technologies from the insurance industry-funded IIHS. The agency says that the 2017 BMW 5-Series sedan is a Top Safety Pick+ when it's fitted with...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Elantra IIHS crash test
Roundup: All the 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winners

The IIHS has revealed its list of what it considers to be the safest new cars available—those that qualify for its coveted Top Safety Pick+ award. For 2017, making the cut has become even more difficult since cars now need to meet the insurance-funded independent agency's headlight...Read More»

Waymo self-driving prototype
The Uber vs. Waymo case is about to play out in public

Grab the popcorn and set your phone to vibrate: the messy lawsuit between Waymo (aka Google's self-driving car project) and Uber (aka the ride-sharing company that needs another bad headline like Mark Zuckerberg needs another million dollars) is going to play out in public. If you're already...Read More»

2016 Ram 1500
Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 pickups recalled due to airbag problem: 1 million vehicles affected

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 1 million Ram pickups from the 2013 to 2016 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a software glitch could prevent some of the trucks' airbags and seatbelt pretensioners from deploying during collisions. The...Read More»

2017 BMW 1-Series Hatchback
Flammable BMWs, Ford GT driven, Chevy Bolt EV ad: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Are BMWs bursting into flames? People who believe in spontaneous human combustion are used to getting weird looks when they explain their opinions to skeptics. Some BMW owners know just how they feel: a number of them claim that their cars have burst into flames in much the same way, for no...Read More»

car on fire
Are BMWs bursting into flames?

People who believe in spontaneous human combustion are used to getting weird looks when they explain their opinions to skeptics. Some BMW owners know just how they feel: a number of them claim that their cars have burst into flames in much the same way, for no apparent reason. The difference...Read More»

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (a caricature by Flickr user DonkeyHotey)
Study: Trump states sell fewer green cars than Clinton states

It's Thursday, and if you're anything like us, you're probably a bit antsy for the weekend to start. Why not liven up things up with a recap of a clickbait-y study conducted by a website you've never heard of? You in? Great. The study comes from the curiously named Carjojo, which we believe is a...Read More»

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, 2018 BMW 2-Series, Eco-car deals: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio priced above direct rivals, but loaded with features The first SUV in Alfa Romeo's lineup comes with a modest price premium compared to its direct rivals—but there's more to this story than just dollars. Mercedes-Benz gives up on U.S. diesels (for 2017 at least) In...Read More»

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio priced above direct rivals, but loaded with features

The first SUV in Alfa Romeo's lineup comes with a modest price premium compared to its direct rivals—but there's more to this story than just dollars. The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio will list from $42,990 when it goes on sale by the end of this summer. That puts it around $1,000 more than rivals...Read More»

Tesla Enhanced Autopilot
Tesla asks for permission to gather video clips from cars in Autopilot update

Tesla recently rolled out its Autopilot 8.1 software update, offering nifty new features for folks who'd bought vehicles equipped with Tesla's Autopilot 2 hardware. Over the weekend, Tesla published yet another Autopilot update, bringing even more bells and whistles to later-model Tesla vehicles...Read More»

2016 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec
Mercedes-Benz gives up on U.S. diesels (for 2017 at least)

In March, Mercedes-Benz's U.S. chief, Dieter Exler, told reporters at the New York Auto Show that the luxury automaker might stop selling diesels in America. Two months later, it appears that the company has indeed thrown in the towel--at least for passenger vehicles, and at least for model year...Read More»

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