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2013 Honda Civic Video Road Test
2013 Honda Civic Video Road Test

The Honda Civic was new for 2012, but it took a mulligan. The interior wasn't up to par, and neither was handling. This year there's been a quick turnaround on some big fixes--and we think they put the Civic back at the top of its game, as we show you in this video road test. When the Civic was new...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo R-Line
2013 VW Beetle R-Line Priced; New Engine For Turbo, Jetta GLI

Volkswagen says its new Beetle Turbo R-Line will be priced from $30,135 when it goes on sale later this month. The new version of the Beetle replaces the top trim line of the current car in the midyear change. It's fitted with 19-inch wheels, new front and rear fascias, LED daytime running lights...Read More»

2014 Kia Cadenza  -  First Drive, April 2013
2014 Kia Cadenza Video Road Test

Are you ready for the idea of a $40,000 Kia? You better be, because the 2014 Kia Cadenza full-size sedan arrives this summer to take on the new Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Avalon, and Ford Taurus with a dash of style, and luxury that won't break the bank. The Cadenza is closely related to the Hyundai...Read More»

2014 Lexus IS 350
2014 Lexus IS Pricing Announced

Sporting an all-new look, an upgraded and redesigned chassis plus more equipment options, the 2014 Lexus IS that goes on sale this summer has another draw for consumers: pricing that is lower than the outgoing model. Specifically, the 2014 Lexus IS 250 with rear-wheel drive (RWD) carries a starting...Read More»

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250
Geneva Motor Showdown: Mercedes-Benz, CLA Pick A Fight With Audi, BMW

Geneva is a peaceful town, and the annual auto show marks a detente--usually--for the world's carmakers. McLarens park next to Bentleys and leave room to spare. Space is made for one-off tuner fantasies. Even rival execs rub shoulders and shake hands as they get a glimpse of the latest supercars...Read More»

2013 Kia Optima SXL
2013 Kia Optima Video Road Test

A few years ago, Kia wasn't a brand you'd name when thinking of stylish vehicles, but all that's changed. Today's Kia Optima is one of the best-looking family sedans you can buy--and it's packed with features to take on the Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, and Hyundai Sonata. But is it the mid-size...Read More»

2014 Mercedes-Benz E Class
New Math: Mercedes E-Class Trading V-8 For Twin-Turbo Six, Diesel Six For Four

When the 2014 Mercedes E-Class sedan gets its smoother, less worried front end for the new model year, it won't be only a facelift. It'll also mark the midway point in a complete overhaul of the E-Class' powertrain lineup that began back in 2012. Over the next two years, new four-cylinder...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Malibu
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Recalled To Fix Rear Suspension

General Motors is recalling some 2013 Chevrolet Malibu mid-size sedans to fix potentially defective bolts in the rear suspension. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website lists the number of vehicles potentially affected in the United States as 8,519. Affected...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion: The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2013

The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2013 is the new 2013 Ford Fusion. The Fusion earned the highest rating of all brand-new or significantly updated mainstream vehicles this year, fending off close challenges from the Honda Accord, the Cadillac ATS, and the Cadillac XTS. As we wrote in our full...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion Recalled For Headlamp Flaw

The 2013 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan is part of a new recall to replace faulty headlights. This is the second Fusion recall in less than a week’s time. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site puts the number of 2013 Ford Fusion sedans potentially affected in...Read More»

2013 Honda Civic sedan range live photos, 2012 L.A. Auto Show
2013 Honda Civic Video Preview

After only one year on the market the Honda Civic has been significantly redesigned. Will the changes for the 2013 model year be enough to satisfy car writers--when car buyers already seemed to be pleased well enough? We'll see. For now, Honda has completely redesigned the front structure of the...Read More»

2014 Kia Forte sedan, launched at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show
2014 Kia Forte Video Preview

The Kia Forte is new for 2014, with revamped powertrains and new infotainment technology, as well as updated styling. But are these changes enough to convince Ford Focus and Honda Civic drivers to take a look at this compact sedan? There are two powertrains offered in the new Forte: a more powerful...Read More»

MyFord Touch system in the 2014 Ford Fiesta - image: Ford Motor Company
2014 Ford Fiesta Gets The MyFord Touch Infotainment System

In the old days, buying a base model generally meant compromising on the features you really wanted, since automakers really offered the “good stuff” in gateway vehicles. Take Ford’s popular Fiesta, for example: it offers stripped-down Sync and navigation systems, but buyers...Read More»

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550: Recall Alert

Mercedes-Benz is conducting a voluntary safety recall of a small number of 2012 model year CLS550 and CLS550 4MATIC luxury sedans to fix a defective hood latch. A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website lists the number of vehicles potentially affected at just...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Video Road Test

We've waved goodbye to The Car Connection's first Six-Month Road Test vehicle. But before we let our 2012 VW Passat TDI rejoin its home fleet, one final road trip was in order--and so was a video road test. The Passat's been an excellent long-distance road trip companion, netting us almost 46 mpg...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Passat
2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: What's Changed For 2013

While we're wrapping up our Six-Month Road Test of our 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI, we've already revised and updated our review for the 2013 model year. Not much has changed for the Passat this model year, and with a slew of new family sedans hitting the market, there's some significance to the...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion Video Road Test

The 2013 Ford Fusion is one of the best-looking new cars of the year--but it's more than just a pretty face. It's one of our favorite family sedans, and one of the top-rated vehicles at The Car Connection, too. The first Fusion was a handsome, but maybe less distinctive-looking car, that earned a...Read More»

2013 Cadillac ATS
2013 Cadillac ATS Video Road Test

The BMW 3-Series may be the yardstick by which all sports sedans are judged today, but there's a new tape measure in town--the 2013 Cadillac ATS. Now that we've logged more than a thousand miles in all the different flavors of ATS four-doors--six-cylinders and fours, rear-drivers and...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Passat
2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: A Bigger Back Seat Than A...

After spending the past half-year with our 2012 VW Passat during its Six-Month Road Test, we're pretty familiar with its vast talents. Chief among them: a huge back seat, one that's easily the biggest we've seen in a mid-size sedan, one that's made even more useful by tall, wide rear doors...Read More»

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