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2014 Subaru Forester XT: Six-Month Road Test
2014 Subaru Forester XT: Six-Month Road Test

We may sound like a broken CD here, but the 2014 Subaru Forester is one of the most versatile, safest vehicles you can buy--which is why we named it The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2014. It's a perfect example of the "utility" part of "sport-utility vehicle," even though, yes, we know it's...Read More»

2013 Audi Allroad
Looking Back: 30 Days Of The 2013 Audi Allroad

We are nearing the end of our month with the 2013 Audi Allroad, and we now find ourselves reflecting on all the adventures we've had in the capable wagon. From finding out that the optional grocery hooks cost $36 a piece--and that's before the $294 cargo net--to taking a closer look at the...Read More»

2013 Audi Allroad
The Worst Accessories--And The Best: 30 Days Of The 2013 Audi Allroad

As we spend our month with the 2013 Audi Allroad, we've tried to think like an Allroad owners, act like an Allroad owners, and really get into how people would use the Allroad in their daily lives. From hauling cargo to taking the Allroad off the beaten path, we've done it all. Many Allroad owners...Read More»

2013 Audi Allroad
Storage And Versatility: 30 Days Of The 2013 Audi Allroad

As we enter our final week with the 2013 Audi Allroad, we took a moment to ask ourselves, what's one of the most defining characteristics of the Allroad? The answer that immediately came to mind is that the Allroad is a wagon. Wagons are useful vehicles with the storage and versatility of many...Read More»

2013 Audi Allroad
30 Days Of The 2013 Audi Allroad: Photo Gallery

We are now just over a week into our month with the 2013 Audi Allroad, and we felt it was high time that a proper photo shoot was done with the little wagon that could. Naturally we headed into the hills of the Pacific Northwest with gravel, scenic roads, breath taking views, and lots of greenery...Read More»

2013 Audi Allroad
Audi Allroad Design Details: 30 Days Of The 2013 Audi Allroad

For those who want butch styling, all-weather all-wheel drive, and a wagon, the 2013 Audi Allroad just might be the right vehicle. But what makes an Allroad different from the other Audi Avant wagons, and are those changes functional or just for show? The exterior is where all the visual changes...Read More»

2013 Audi allroad
Audi Allroad History: 30 Days Of The 2013 Audi Allroad

As we spend the month of June with a 2013 Audi Allroad, we feel it's important to take a look back at the history of this nameplate, and how it's evolved from one generation to the next. Back in the early 2000s Audi didn't have a crossover or SUV in its lineup, and at the time it didn't have plans...Read More»

2013 Audi allroad
30 Days Of The 2013 Audi Allroad

While you may think we just spend our days driving supercars and taking high-performance luxury sedans around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, we also daydream of well-packaged wagons. To prove it, we are spending the next 30 days going in-depth with a 2013 Audi Allroad. Yes, we've written a full review...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey EX
Best Used Family Car 2013: The Car Connection's Picks

Family cars are a nebulous idea--what's perfect for our crew (a turbodiesel manual wagon of imported extraction) might not be ideal for yours (uh, minivan?). Shopping for a family car--whether it's a crossover or SUV, sedan or hatchback, minivan or green machine--doesn't have to be that difficult...Read More»

2013 Subaru Outback
2013 Subaru Outback Video Road Test

Earlier this year, Subaru said its 2013 Outback would be getting some upgrades--a tweak here, a tuck there, a new engine and some dandy new safety features. You'd have thought someone was spreading rumors that the official transportation of drum circles and Lilith Fairs everywhere was turning into...Read More»

2013 Audi allroad
2013 Audi Allroad: First Drive and Video Road Test

If you're looking for an A4 Avant station wagon as you troll the local Audi dealer this coming model year, you'll be out of luck. Rather than stock the good-looking wagon, Audi's crossed over, reaching back into its bag of nameplates to come up with the Allroad. You might remember the last car to...Read More»

2013 Subaru Outback, photo by Thomas Bey
Subaru EyeSight: 2013 Outback Outshines In Outer Banks

Having 20/13 eyesight is beyond the sharpness most of us can claim. EyeSight driver assist in 2013 Subaru Outback and Legacy models is easier attained. It’s available in an option package in 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited trim now, with planned integration into other models down the road...Read More»

2013 Audi A6 Allroad quattro
Audi Allroad Owners: Win A Trip To Test Drive The New Allroad

When the Audi allroad station wagon appeared in the U.S. earlier this century, it didn't have a great run -- but it's making a comeback. And if you happen to have an allroad in your garage, Audi wants to give you the chance to test drive the newest member of the family with an all-expense paid trip...Read More»

2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class
A-, B-, C-Class: Mercedes Bets Big On Small Cars In America

Is America ready, really ready this time, for a small Mercedes-Benz? Or, many of them? From the old 190E to today's C-Class, Mercedes' luck with its smallest cars has been mixed. The C-Class is a core product in the lineup, and has been a mainstay for more than a decade, but the C-Class hatchback...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour EX
2011 Honda Accord Crosstour 2WD EX-L: Quick Drive

All Photos: Anne Proffit I've been a fan of Honda vehicles since the first Civic appeared back when most of you weren't even born. It was small, light, agile and filled with attitude - something that continued to be the hallmark of all Honda vehicles for its first quarter-century or so in the...Read More»

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon
Family Car Advice: The Best Family Wagons For 2011

When it comes to hauling kids, groceries and everyday stuff of life, a good wagon makes the value equation just about every time. The good news for consumers is that automakers, who virtually ditched wagons in favor of SUVs, minivans and crossovers in recent years have seen the light and rekindled...Read More»

2012 Mazda MAZDA5
Third Row Seats: The 6 Smallest, Easiest-Parking Vehicles With Them

If you require seating for six or seven, you'll probably need a third row. But at the moment that you realize you need more than five seating positions, your entire range of vehicle possibilities becomes much more limited. Getting a third row often involves settling for a much larger vehicle that's...Read More»

2012 Mazda MAZDA5
2012 Mazda5: A Smart Pick, But Lean Feature Set Might Limit Appeal

For most of the time that it's been on sale in the U.S. market—nearly five years—the Mazda5 has been an odd one out in the market—and a niche vehicle, despite its conventional minivan silhouette. As Mazda points out, compared to the Dodge Caravan, which kicked off the U.S. minivan...Read More»

2012 Mazda MAZDA5
2012 Mazda Mazda5: First Drive

There's a certain charming simplicity about the 2012 Mazda5. Yes, it's a minivan. Yes, it's a little lower, sportier, and more fun to drive. And yes, it's configured for the needs of small families—simple, lean, and value-priced. You can easily open or close the non-power sliding doors with...Read More»

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