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2016 Kia Optima First Drive
2016 Kia Optima First Drive

The 2016 Kia Optima has a tough act to follow. Forget the two generations of the Optima that preceded the outgoing model; it was the 2011 Optima that was Kia’s big break in the U.S.—the model with which the brand really blew past an era of forgettable, derivative mainstream attempts and...Read More»

2016 Honda Civic Sedan (Touring)
2016 Honda Civic First Drive

The tenth-generation Honda Civic drops almost all the economy-car pretense; in Touring trim, it could wear the same "premium" label that Acura's ILX does. Honda's first turbocharged engine appears in EX-T, EX-L, and Touring models Advanced safety technology is available on every trim level Prices...Read More»

2016 Lexus GS 200t
2016 Lexus GS 200t Four-Cylinder Model Joins Hybrid, V-6

The BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, Jaguar XF, and Cadillac CTS are already among the mid-size, premium-brand sport sedans to offer a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. And now the 2016 Lexus GS joins those leagues. ALSO SEE: Refreshed 2016 Lexus LX 570 SUV Bows At Pebble Beach In the 2016 Lexus GS 200t, a...Read More»

2016 Scion iA and 2016 Scion iM
Will Scion iA, iM Be The Hits Toyota Needs?

Scion needs a sales hit, and it needs it quickly. Launched 12 years ago, Toyota's youth-oriented division found initial success with the offbeat personality of its boxy xB hatchback and the Scion tC coupe's sporty style. Other models fared less well with Scion's target market. The conventionally...Read More»

2016 Chevrolet Cruze
Lighter, Longer 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Revealed; Hatchback On The Way? Live Photo Gallery

General Motors [NYSE: GM] has pulled the wraps off a fully redesigned version of its affordable mainstream compact sedan, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze. While this model gets somewhat longer and more spacious, it also sheds 250 pounds and becomes more fuel-efficient. Its design also keeps with the...Read More»

2016 Nissan Maxima
2016 Nissan Maxima SR First Drive Video

The Nissan Maxima was cocky and cool when it was young—they even called it the four-door sports car. But for the past decade, the Maxima’s been in limbo. Is it a sport sedan with Infiniti influences, or an Altima with attitude? The picture gets a little clearer this year, as the 2016...Read More»

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class
The Best Car Interiors Of 2015

Quality means something a little different to each shopper, so in The Car Connection's reviews, we discuss vehicle quality in every dimension--styling, performance, safety, features, and fuel economy. Nowhere is it more important than in the space available to people and their belongings. That's...Read More»

2015 BMW i3
The Greenest Cars Of 2015

Fuel economy is a broad term in the car world. Back in the day, it just meant gas mileage, and inevitably those numbers were low. Now, it encompasses everything from frugal gas-powered machines, to turbodiesels, to gas-electric hybrids, to plug-in hybrids, to extended-range electric vehicles...Read More»

2016 Scion iA  -  2015 NY Auto Show live photos (preview event)
2016 Scion iA Video Preview

Scion is Toyota's youth brand, but its lineup's grown old over the past few years. It's finally time for a trio of new models Scion promised last year--and this one is the most practical. It's the new 2016 Scion iA sedan. The first thing you’ll note is that the iA is the first sedan ever to...Read More»

2016 Nissan Maxima  -  2015 NY Auto Show live photos
2016 Nissan Maxima Video Preview

For the past decade, the Nissan Maxima has been having an identity crisis. Originally it was Nissan's family sedan, then it became its so-called "four-door sports car." Today it shares most of its running gear with the less expensive Altima. So how does the Maxima move forward? It's all about...Read More»

2016 Kia Optima, 2015 New York Auto Show
2016 Kia Optima Video Preview

The Kia Optima has been a surprise—well, maybe not to Kia, but to the rest of the world. In the past it was an anonymous four-door forever in the shadow of the Camry and Accord. In 2011, a complete rethink made it one of the best-looking values in the family four-door class. This year...Read More»

2016 Cadillac CT6, 2015 New York Auto Show
2016 Cadillac CT6 Video Preview

Cadillac has spent the past 15 years reclaiming its turf as one of the world’s most respected luxury brands. Until now, it’s left the story unfinished at the mid-size CTS. Now it’s time for the ultimate Cadillac—a full-size luxury sedan set to take on the Mercedes S-Class...Read More»

2016 Chevrolet Malibu launch - 2015 New York Auto Show
2016 Chevy Malibu Video Preview

If you’re shopping for family sedans, we know a few good names. Legacy. Fusion. Accord. Well this year, Chevrolet wants a place on that list, too—it’s introducing a brand-new Malibu that it says could be the best mid-size car ever. Well, is it? We take a look in this 2016...Read More»

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid
Subaru Legacy Vs. Honda Accord

If your aim is to buy one of the best designed, best engineered, most fuel-efficient mid-size sedans on the market, then the Honda Accord and Subaru Legacy are two of our top-rated sedans here at The Car Connection. These are two models you shouldn’t miss as a sedan shopper. Both offer...Read More»

2015 Toyota Camry XSE
2015 Toyota Camry Video Road Test

The mid-size Toyota Camry is the best-selling passenger car in the country. But with flashy new competition like the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata, Toyota has stepped up to the plate with a refreshed Camry. How does it stack up against the main players? ALSO READ: 2015 Toyota Camry Review...Read More»

2016 Acura ILX  -  First Drive, February 2015
2016 Acura ILX Video

With shiny new entries to the compact segment in the form of the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and Audi A3, Acura must be feeling the crunch. For 2016 the automaker’s given the ILX some pretty significant enhancements to become more focused and fortified. ALSO READ: 2016 Acura ILX Review Visually...Read More»

2016 Toyota Avalon launch at 2015 Chicago Auto Show
2016 Toyota Avalon Video

The Toyota Avalon may be the cousin of the best-selling Camry--but for many drivers it's the better choice. Since it was redesigned in 2013, the Avalon's been the better-looking of the duo, with more cabin space and premium features to boot. ALSO READ: 2016 Toyota Avalon Preview The Avalon gets a...Read More»

2016 Acura ILX  -  First Drive, February 2015
2016 Acura ILX: First Drive

Much has changed in the three years since the Acura ILX first arrived. The Mercedes-Benz CLA has the market rapt, and a new sedan-inclusive generation of Audi’s A3 looks poised to sell well. Meanwhile Mazda has gone far more upscale with its latest Mazda3; the current Jetta has quite the...Read More»

2015 Audi A3 Sedan  -  First Drive, March 2014
2015 Audi A3 Video Road Test

The Audi A3 hasn't been a smash hit in the U.S. through the 2013 model year, mainly because until now it's only been available in hatchback form. Now we have a new family of A3s geared more toward American tastes. Does the new A3 lineup have the right stuff, and can it fend off the sexy...Read More»

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