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Fuel-Pump, Corrosion Issue Prompts 2009-2010 Mazda5 Recall
Fuel-Pump, Corrosion Issue Prompts 2009-2010 Mazda5 Recall

Mazda5 models from the 2009 and 2010 model years are being recalled due to a possible fuel-system problem that could lead to stalling and trouble restarting the engine. According to a notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), water might not have been cleared from a...Read More»

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon
2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: First Drive

Carmakers [in 1998]: “SUVs are the new minivans, because young parents hate the minivan’s Soccer Mom connotation. Also wagons are a non-starter for precisely the same reason.” Carmaker [Acura, in late 2010]: “The new-new: wagons.” If you’re scratching your head...Read More»

2011 Ford Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon
2011 Ford Transit Connect: Dressed-Up For Family Duty

So far, Ford has focused on commercial customers—electricians, plumbers, flower shops, and the like—for its Transit Connect. But there's a lot of potential in the Transit Connect's package for family use as well. For that, at the Los Angeles Auto Show this past week, Ford revealed a new...Read More»

TCC Best Car to Buy 2011
TCC's Best Car to Buy 2011 Nominees: Sedans and Wagons

Work trucks aside, the heart of the U.S. new-car market is for sedans, hatchbacks and wagons under $50,000. TheCarConnection's Best Car to Buy 2011 award will pick one vehicle from among the 40 new or significantly revised cars, crossovers, SUVs and minivans to hit the road this model year. And for...Read More»

2011 Lexus CT 200h
2011 Lexus CT 200h: First Drive

Remember the Lexus HS 250h that was introduced last year? Yes? Well kindly forget about it for the moment and reboot. Actually, consider it a full-on system crash and reinstall; all is well again and Lexus is back on track with what hybrid shoppers want. That's how we felt after spending part of a...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus Five-Door
Sport Packages Amp Up 2012 Ford Focus

The 2012 Ford Focus might be one of the most eagerly awaited new small cars in a long while--particularly the 240-hp Focus ST--and Ford is upping the handling anticipation with the announcement of handling packages for the top two Focus trim lines. The automaker says both the Focus SE and the...Read More»

2010 Audi A4 Avant
Family Car Guide To 2011 Luxury Wagons

It’s a fact. Wagons today are more exciting than ever. Lone gone are the days when driving a station wagon was considered the kiss of death. Getting past stereotypes takes some time – and a lot of new styling, features, and technology on the part of automakers. And these car companies...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring
First Drive: 2011 Honda Odyssey

Minivans are great for family duty, but their appliance-like ubiquity has come to be detested by certain types of parents. Of course, most of these people who reject simply reject minivans, and probably mutter something about how they wouldn't be caught dead in one, probably don't know that most...Read More»

Honda Element Dog-Friendly package
Tested: 2010 Honda Element, Dog-Friendly Package

We've always thought of the Honda Element as one of the best vehicles for dog owners. Thanks to its tall cabin, easy-clean cargo floor, and versatile seating arrangement, it's long been a favorite among active folks with dogs. For 2010, Honda finally took advantage of the Element's usefulness—or...Read More»

2010 Kia Rondo
Kia Rondo Discontinued: Rest In Peaceful Cabinosity

One of the most space-efficient vehicles on the market, the Kia Rondo, won't be back for 2011. So confirms Kia on its official U.S. website, where it uses the saying that "all good things must come to an end." Truthfully, you probably remember the weird, new-agey 'Rondoism' ad campaign—with...Read More»

2010 Nissan Pathfinder
Four Nissan, Toyota SUVs Offer Lackluster Rollover Protection

Several popular mid-size SUVs from Nissan and Toyota—the 2010 Nissan Xterra, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Toyota 4Runner, and Nissan Pathfinder—have earned only lackluster rollover ratings in the latest round of testing from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). But these ratings, just...Read More»

2011 Kia Sportage
Car Compare: 2010 Hyundai Tucson Vs. 2011 Kia Sportage

With the 2011 Sportage, Kia's placed its bets in all the right places. The Sportage has grown up into real-world dimensions, with more cargo space than ever. It's still among the smaller vehicles in its class but it fits adults better in all situations. And though it's a mechanical twin of the 2010...Read More»

2010 Toyota 4Runner
2011 Toyota 4Runner: Four-Cylinder Engine Dropped, Again

Toyota has revealed prices and information for the 2011 4Runner. While the model, which was completely redesigned for 2010, carries into 2011 with no significant changes, notably absent from the lineup is the base four-cylinder model. Four-cylinder 4Runners were very rare, and it's possible Toyota...Read More»

2011 Nissan Rogue
2011 Nissan Rogue: Refreshed Appearance, Higher MPG

A sharpened exterior, interior upgrades, and improved fuel economy are just a few of the improvements Nissan has announced for a modestly revamped 2011 version of its Rogue compact crossover. The 2011 Nissan Rogue will be shown to the public for the first time at the 23rd Annual International Z Car...Read More»

2010 Ford Flex
Driven: 2010 Ford Flex EcoBoost

Among models that go out on the edge with respect to design, there are those that are obviously a little too forced, and others for which the whole package just feels cohesive and complete. The 2010 Ford Flex is one of the latter; its boxy look and bold details might just match to your practical...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
2011 Ford Explorer: New Niche Approach Fits The Times

In some respects, the Ford Explorer nameplate is one lost in a particular time, when reality shows were fresh and new, Brittany Spears was just not that innocent, and gasoline prices were reliably under two dollars a gallon. Ten years ago, Ford [NYSE:F] sold a dizzying 450,000 Explorer SUVs, and...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Won't Join New Jetta Sedan Platform

Love the Jetta SportWagen, but no so enamored of the all-new 2011 Jetta Sedan? Well, you're in luck: straight from the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan first drive, our Executive Editor Marty Padgett has word from within VW that the SportWagen won't be joining the sedan on the new platform. Instead, it...Read More»

2010 Mitsubishi Ralliart Sportback
Rally-Car Rivalry: 2011 Subaru WRX vs 2010 Mitsubishi Ralliart

With an editorial staff, split across the country and even in Australia, we're often hard-pressed to do the sorts of comparison tests that are very helpful in sorting out rival models. But sometimes the stars align just right, as they recently did when I returned on a flight, fresh from driving the...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Tucson
Driven: 2010 Hyundai Tucson

From the inside, it’s quite possible to mistake the new 2010 Hyunda Tucson for a Lexus. That’s certainly what Hyundai would like to hear, and it’s true. Over the course of a week with the Tucson, I noticed that its interior elicits a lot more oohs and ahs—especially from those who don’t...Read More»

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