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2013 Toyota Avalon Gets More Green, Adds Hybrid Model
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»

2013 Nissan Altima
2013 Nissan Altima: Walkaround Video

When the final tally was counted for 2011, the Toyota Camry still held on to the title of best-selling passenger car. In a surprising second place? Not the perennial number-two Honda Accord--but instead, in its place, the Nissan Altima. The Altima's been selling exceptionally well in this...Read More»

2013 Nissan Altima
2013 Nissan Altima Live Photos: 2012 New York Auto Show

The 2013 Nissan Altima lands in showrooms later this year, preceding a handful of other new Nissans--five in all due in the next 15 months--and landing in the thick of a sales surge that's put it second only to the Toyota Camry among mid-size sedans. Carefully revised but not radically different...Read More»

2013 Lexus ES 300h
2013 Lexus ES 300h Live Photos: 2012 New York Auto Show

Already in the 2013 model year, Lexus is shipping its new GS sedans--the GS 350 we like best as an F Sport, and the GS 450h we're finagling more time in for a future road test. The follow-up act? A pair of ES sedans making their world debut at the 2012 New York auto show, including a first-ever...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Impala Teaser
2014 Chevrolet Impala, 2013 Chevy Traverse: Teaser Images

In keeping with the current practice of releasing teaser photos in advance of major auto shows, Chevrolet offers glimpses of two important family vehicles that will appear in their full reveal at the 2012 New York Auto Show in early April: the 2014 Impala sedan and the 2013 Traverse crossover. 2014...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco: All-New Mid-Size Family Sedan On Sale Now

Months ahead of redesigns from some competitors, Chevrolet is gearing up to promote the first of its all-new 2013 Malibu mid-size sedan models, the Malibu Eco, on sale now at dealerships nationwide. A four-week TV blitz begins Monday with the first ads appearing during the NCAA basketball...Read More»

2013 Lincoln MKZ concept
2013 Lincoln MKZ Concept: Detroit Auto Show Video

Ford is carving out a new future for its Lincoln brand, and the renovation begins with the 2013 Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan. A concept version of the new four-door emerged at the 2012 Detroit auto show, wearing some of the styling themes that soon will grace the entire luxury lineup, and with some new...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion: Redesigned Mid-Size Family Sedan

As new model introductions go, the reveal at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show of the redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan shows just how competitive the family car segment has become. With the new Fusion, Ford is the first automaker to offer a sedan with gasoline, hybrid and plug-in powertrains...Read More»

Lincoln MKZ Concept, 2012 Detroit Auto Show
2013 Lincoln MKZ Preview: 2012 Detroit Auto Show Live Photos

GM has the new 2013 Cadillac ATS sedan waiting in the wings, and at Ford, the mission's almost the same--to snare more entry-level luxury-sedan buyers. That task begins with the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, making its debut as a concept car at the 2012 Detroit auto show. Lincoln's mission is a little more...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion: Live Detroit Show Photos

The 2012 Detroit auto show is up to speed, and one of the most important new vehicles from the show is live now on the show floor at Cobo Center. The 2013 Ford Fusion arrives later this as the follow-up to one of Ford's biggest sales successes of the past five years. New in 2006, the Fusion is now...Read More»

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