Wagons

Driven: Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen. Achieved: 52.4 Mpg
Driven: Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen. Achieved: 52.4 Mpg

Volkswagen has pumped huge time, effort, and money into its latest diesel offering, a 2.0-liter common rail, piezo-electric-direct-injected four. They call it good, clean diesel fun, but anyone with a memory that stretches back to the early 80s will immediately laugh hysterically at such a claim. I...Read More»

2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo
2009 Geneva Show: 2010 BMW 5-Series GT, Now in Concept Form

•    What is it: Part sedan, part crossover, part wagon—sigh, another acronym •    Key facts: GT concept looks production-ready; new BMW 5-Series due next year, may be previewed at fall’s Frankfurt auto show •    On sale: Early 2010 •    Price: At least $50,000 For the 2009...Read More»

2009 Audi Q5
2009 Audi Q5 to Retail for $37,200

Audi has officially set the base price of its "segment-redefining" 2009 Audi Q5 crossover at $37,200. While this is a couple thousand more than some of its rear-wheel drive competition, their prices rise when equipped comparably with AWD, which comes standard on the Audi (Mercedes GLK 350 4Matic -...Read More»

2009 Honda Fit
2009 Honda Fit Rises To The Top In Consumer Reports Comparo

Consumer Reports' March issue rated the 2009 Honda Fit tops in a test of five subcompact hatchbacks and sedans. Against the Chevrolet Aveo, Nissan Versa, Suzuki SX4, and Toyota Yaris, CR found the Honda presented the most compelling mix of practicality, efficiency, enjoyable driving, impressive...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Aveo5
Quick Drive: 2009 Chevrolet Aveo

It took $4/gallon gas to make little cars fashionable, but now they are. Today, it seems that your "I'm a good person" factor is inversely related to the size of what you're driving.Well, we can say plenty about how small the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo5 is. Its overall length of 155 inches is not all that...Read More»

2009 Pontiac Vibe GT
Quick Drive: 2009 Pontiac Vibe

General Motors and Toyota have been cooperatively building cars for decades. The 1985 Chevrolet Nova was one of their first co-manufacturing efforts, and at the time, it was GM's best small car. (That's not saying much if you remember Chevette and the original J-Cars.)The Pontiac Vibe is another...Read More»

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
Mitsubishi Announces Summer Launch for 2010 Lancer Sportback

Today Mitsubishi Motors North America announced a summer arrival for the five-door version of the Lancer sedan, to be named the 2010 Lancer Sportback. They say it will "meld high performance and progressive design with an extra dose of utility." MSRP will be announced closer to the vehicle's...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC60
2010 Volvo XC60 Pricing Starts At $37,200

Volvo announced yesterday its new premium crossover, the 2010 XC60, will be at dealerships this March with a base price of $37,200. This puts it right in line with its competitors that include the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infiniti EX35, and Mercedes-Benz GLK 350. Alas, its potent 3.0-liter...Read More»

2009 Audi Q5
Audi Q5 To Debut With Impressive Towing Capacity, Mediocre MPG

All hail...another thirsty German crossover. The new Audi Q5, making its debut at Audi dealers in March, boasts the firm's impressive 270-horse 3.2-liter FSI V-6, expected Audi luxury trappings, and reputedly tenacious handling. But, weighed down with numerous infotainment features, quattro AWD...Read More»

2008 Saturn VUE Green Line
Saturn's Rings Stretch To 2012

Regardless of whether Saturn is 'A Different Kind of Company, A Different Kind Of Car,' or simply re-badged Opels and Chevys, GM has extended the division's lease on life until 2012. We've reported that Saturn is one of the brands GM has strongly considered killing as it tries desperately to...Read More»

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Playboy Names Dodge Challenger SRT8 'Hottest American Revival'

Seen the February issue of Playboy Magazine yet? If you're one of the thousands who claim they read the magazine - "just for the articles" - then you'll know that Hef and the girls picked the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 as the "Hottest American Revival." The award was bestowed as part of Playboy's...Read More»

2018 BMW 6-Series Gran Turismo spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Alabama-Built Accord-based Crossover To Compete With Venza

Sources close to TheCarConnection.com report that a new Toyota Venza-fighter, a mid-sized crossover, will soon be coming from Honda. They say the vehicle is proposed for manufacture at Honda's Lincoln, Ala. plant that current employs over 4,000 Americans. Hmm...more jobs for Americans from a...Read More»

2009 Toyota Corolla XRS
2010 Toyota Corolla And Matrix Get Standard Traction Control, VSC

Either the automotive calendar year has shrunk even further, or the folks at Toyota are overly eager for you to add to their bottom line by purchasing a 2010 Toyota Corolla or 2010 Toyota Matrix, both available starting late February. Regardless, you'll soon be able get newly standard traction...Read More»

2009 Saab 9-3 Aero
Saab To Introduce AWD 9-3X, New 9-5

Saab's 9-3, which we rated a rather middling 7.6 out of 10 overall in our Car Reviews section, is slated for an AWD option in its base model, to be named the 9-3X. Currently, AWD can only be had on the range-topping Turbo X model with the turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6, helping to quell its torque...Read More»

Mercedes Star
Veggie Across America: Trial, Error, Stupidity, And Success.

Attempting to drive to Los Angeles and back in an old car with over 330,000 miles (the odometer has stopped countless times over its life, so true mileage is probably above 350,000) and with a recently-converted fuel system designed to burn waste vegetable oil is asking for trouble. But I like a...Read More»

Mercedes Star
Veggie Across America: 1982 Benz 300TD Gets Makeover

In addition to driving 3,000 miles on waste vegetable oil in an old-skool Benz that I converted, the December cross-country adventure had an admittedly vain component; a desperately needed makeover for Marlene, the stalwart 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD wagon I've been using as my daily driver since the...Read More»

2010 Lincoln MKT
2010 Lincoln MKT Preview

A star of last year's Detroit Auto Show was the Lincoln MKT Concept. The flamboyantly styled baleen whale grille stopped plenty of people in their tracks, but this grille made the transition to production on the 2009 Lincoln MKS quite nicely. Now that we've seen the production MKT, we like it even...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
2010 Toyota Prius Preview

The third-generation Toyota Prius is official, with a debut at the 2009 Detroit auto show--and it's rated at 50 miles per gallon. The 2010 Toyota Prius has already had a mini-unveiling last fall, when leaked photos made their way to the Web and were confirmed as accurate by Toyota. Today, Toyota is...Read More»

2010 Audi A3 4-door HB S tronic 2.0T FrontTrak Premium Instrument Panel
Detroit Show: 2010 A3 TDI Confirmed

Although the A3 TDI's arrival to the U.S. market has been pretty much confirmed for months, Audi made it formal in its press conference at the North American International Auto Show. At a Detroit auto show where the dominant theme so far is fuel consumption, it’s appropriate. TheCarConnection.com...Read More»

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