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2013 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid: First Drive
2013 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid: First Drive

In 2011, it was the minivan segment that reinvented itself. In 2012, crossovers and SUVs witnessed big turnover and a slew of new products. Now in the 2013 model year, the family sedan is witness to at least four new models, almost every one a better vehicle than the mega-seller than preceded it...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Passat
2012 Volkswagen Passat Six-Month Road Test: 45.9 Miles Per Gallon, And Less

Our Six-Month Road Test of the 2012 VW Passat has passed the halfway mark, and with 6500 miles on its odometer, the turbodiesel sedan has been getting a workout on the interstates that run up the East Coast--mostly, I-85, with some I-65 and I-81 sprinkled in for good measure. One of the reasons we...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart
2013 Dodge Dart Video Road Test

Many would say that Dodge hasn't been competitive in the compact car segment since the Neon stopped production. Now it's back with the 2013 Dart, and looking to take on the new competition such as the Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus, and other compacts with a renewed attitude. But does this new compact...Read More»

2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport
2013 Lexus LS First Drive and Video Road Test

With the 2013 Lexus LS, Toyota's luxury brand has something to solve. The perennial dogfight between BMW and Mercedes-Benz at the very top of their model ranges all but blots out most other competitors. Even Audi's A8 has difficulty gaining breathing room between the S-Class and the 7-Series;...Read More»

2013 Audi A4
2013 Audi A4: First Drive and Video Road Test

The A4 is Audi's powerhouse--not just because of its 333-horsepower S4 edition, but even more so, because of what it brings to the brand. Almost 50 percent of Audi's U.S. sales are its "B-segment" cars, including the A4, the S4, previous Avants and the new Allroad wagon. Case in point: over the...Read More»

2013 Lincoln MKZ
2013 Lincoln MKZ Priced From $36,800

Just a day after Lincoln released a configurator and estimated pricing on the 2013 Lincoln MKZ mid-size luxury sedan, prices are now official: the starting base price is $36,800 (including $875 destination charges). The big news is two-fold. First, the pricing is $175 less than that of the...Read More»

2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury Series
2012 Chrysler 300 Video Road Test

Chrysler made a splash with the bold 300 full-size sedan back in 2005, but the competition has stepped up its game in this segment. Chrysler tells us it's ready for the new Hyundai Azera, Buick LaCrosse and Ford Taurus with its new 300 featuring new powertrains and a revised design. In our latest...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
2012 Ford Focus Video Road Test

There's no question the compact car class is one of the competitive segments right now. With new entries such as the Dodge Dart and Hyundai Elantra. Ford recently launched an all-new Focus to compete against the stiff competition, but how does it stack up? That's the question we aim to answer in...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test
2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: Do You Really Need An SUV?

A five-seat crossover vehicle sounds like the ideal solution to a family's needs, but won't a sedan do the same job nearly as well? Every time we get in the HGM Six-Month Road Test Passat, we end up at the same punctuation mark. Of course, the Passat begs the question--it's one of the biggest...Read More»

2013 Toyota Avalon
2013 Toyota Avalon Gets More Green, Adds Hybrid Model

In recent years, Toyota's said it will build a hybrid version of every one of its vehicles by 2020. Count one more down: the Avalon sedan is going hybrid for the 2013 model year. The big four-door, a relative of the best-selling Camry sedan, goes on sale in November of this year. When it does, it...Read More»

2013 Buick Verano T
2013 Buick Verano T: It Stands For Turbo, But It's Silent

Turbocharged fours are the new V-6s, at least among compact and mid-size sedans. For the 2013 model year, the Buick Verano jumps on the forced-induction bandwagon, but it does it in a discreet way--making the "T" in turbo silent. Silent, in that it's badged subtly, without reference to the added...Read More»

2012 Infiniti G25 Sedan
2013: Infiniti Ups EX, FX SUVs to 37--But Drops G25 Sedan

It's a move that's been expected for more than a year--now, for the 2013 model year, two of luxury brand Infiniti's crossover SUVs will get an engine upgrade. At the same time, the upscale division of Nissan will drop a slow-selling V-6 from its G sedan lineup. Infiniti says the new model year will...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Accent
2013 Hyundai Accent Gets $2000 Price Increase, More Standard Features

The 2013 Hyundai Accent is showing up early at dealers for the new model year, wearing a new base price that's significantly higher than in its launch year. The 2013 Accent's base price is $14,545 before destination charges, while the 2012 Accent was $2000 less, at $12,545. Destination charges for...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe
2013 Hyundai Elantra: Five Stars For Safety, But Will 40 MPG Get An Asterisk?

The Hyundai Elantra's been an unqualified success since it arrived, brand-new, in the 2011 model year. Backed by strong sales and positive reviews, it took home the 2012 North American Car of the Year Trophy, besting the likes of TheCarConnection's Best Car To Buy 2012, the Ford Focus, and another...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test
2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: Wash, Wax, And 40.5 MPG

It's been nearly a month since we took delivery of our Six-Month Road Test sedan, the 2012 VW Passat TDI. In that time, it's rarely sat in Park for more than a day or two in the garage. Mostly, the TDI's been on the interstates and on long-distance treks, accumulating more than 3000 miles as it...Read More»

2013 Nissan Altima 2.5SL
2013 Nissan Altima: First Drive

It's been twenty years since Nissan decided the old Stanza nameplate had had enough, and brought out the Altima as its new standard-bearer in the mid-size family-sedan segment. What a difference those decades make: not only has the Altima swelled in size along with the other four-doors in its...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat Six-Month Road Test, Durham, North Carolina
2012 Volkswagen Passat Six-Month Road Test: A First Look At Quality

Our Six-Month Road Test of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI rolls on, and as it approaches a full thousand miles and a fully broken-in powertrain, we've taken a closer look at how our particular Passat measures up from a customer perspective in one critical way--initial quality. Picking up a...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
2012's Best Small Cars For Less Than $20,000

If you're shopping for a new car, it's likely to be smaller than the vehicle it will replace. SUVs are still popular, no doubt--but high gas prices and new entries like the Focus, Elantra, and Cruze alike are changing the makeup of America's new-car fleet. Size isn't the only factor changing hearts...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
2012 Volkswagen Passat: TheCarConnection's Six-Month Road Test

Our Six-Month Road Test fleet is growing. Just three weeks ago, our first-ever SMRT car, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster, took up light housekeeping at our Portland bureau. This week, the 2012 VW Passat TDI has descended on Atlanta HQ for an extended stay, and we have big plans for the big four-door...Read More»

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