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Tale of two hatches: New 2018 Toyota Sienna and 2018 Toyota Yaris unveiled
Tale of two hatches: New 2018 Toyota Sienna and 2018 Toyota Yaris unveiled

Oh, sensibility. How we've missed you. Toyota on Wednesday gave us a glimpse at the next versions of two of its most practical offerings in the lineup, the 2018 Toyota Sienna and the 2018 Toyota Yaris Hatchback. We're the first to admit that neither one gets many hearts racing, but when it comes to...Read More»

2017 Honda CR-V IIHS crash test
2017 Honda CR-V nabs Top Safety Pick+ award

Honda's hot-selling CR-V crossover has been redesigned for 2017 and it's among the safest crossovers on the market, says the IIHS—albeit with some caveats. DON'T MISS: Our 2017 Honda CR-V review The insurance industry-funded IIHS says that the CR-V merits its Top Safety Pick+ award when it's...Read More»

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Trump team fights its own federal consumer finance agency in court

Donald Trump isn't terribly sentimental about government agencies. The National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and 59 other agencies and programs stand to be eliminated under the president's current budget. But Trump's...Read More»

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (photo by Rijin, via Wikimedia Commons)
Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen, other companies investigated for diesel fraud in France

Earlier this month, Fiat Chrysler warned investors that it was facing a Dieselgate-esque crisis of its own, both in the U.S. and in Europe. Now, we have a few more details about the issue, and we've learned that FCA isn't the only automaker being scrutinized by regulators across the pond. Here in...Read More»

2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive
2017 Mazda CX-5, Porsche's profitability, mpg vs. jobs: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Mazda CX-5 video review The market for compact crossovers hasn't been this competitive—or this crowded—in the more than two decades the mini-utility vehicles have been on the road. Breaking: Americans still hate haggling over car prices Another day, another survey suggesting that...Read More»

2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive
2017 Mazda CX-5 video review

The market for compact crossovers hasn't been this competitive—or this crowded—in the more than two decades the mini-utility vehicles have been on the road. After only four short years on the scene, Mazda has revamped its best-selling CX-5 to better compete with the likes of Honda...Read More»

Frame from 'Benefits of Price Competition' video, by National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)
Breaking: Americans still hate haggling over car prices

Another day, another survey suggesting that Americans would prefer to buy cars online. This time, the data comes from an Autolist poll. While most respondents say that they're okay with the current car sales model, a significant number dislike the muss and fuss of salespeople and haggling. To...Read More»

Uber’s Volvo XC90 autonomous car prototype
Uber's self-driving software fails about once per mile

Remember how Uber launched a fleet of self-driving vehicles in San Francisco last December, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles flipped out because the company hadn't applied for the proper $150 permit and shut down the program within a week? Turns out, the DMV was right to be...Read More»

US Air Force airmen install a fence along the US-Mexico border east of San Luis, AZ
Volkswagen, Ram could get hit hard by Trump's border tax

With all the recent headlines about healthcare, Russian hackers, and missing handshakes, the Trump administration has been a bit quieter about its proposed border tax (or possibly, border tariff) than it was a few weeks ago. That's cause for relief among many automakers, especially those who import...Read More»

Volkswagen Plant, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
Dieselgate raids, Audi A8, Toyota C-HR driven: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Germany ramps up Dieselgate probe, searching Audi offices, Volkswagen HQ, law firm The ongoing scandal known as Dieselgate appears be winding down in the U.S.--at least as far as the federal government is concerned. In Germany, however, things look to be getting worse, not better, for Europe's...Read More»

2017 Tesla Model S
Tesla drops base Model S 60, 60D from lineup

When it comes to electronics, obsolesce arrives quickly. Such is the case with the Tesla Model S, which is about to see its lineup pared from four to three battery configurations. Tesla is quietly discontinuing the Model S 60 and 60D from its range. Frugal buyers looking for a Tesla under $75,000...Read More»

2017 Honda HR-V
2018 Toyota C-HR vs. 2017 Honda HR-V: Compare Cars

Small crossover utility vehicles have surged in popularity, and every carmaker is rolling out new entries. The Honda HR-V is already popular, and a year after it was launched, the Toyota C-HR is that maker's riposte. It's the little brother of the immensely popular RAV4 compact crossover, just as...Read More»

Volkswagen plant
Germany ramps up Dieselgate probe, searching Audi offices, Volkswagen HQ, law firm

The ongoing scandal known as Dieselgate appears be winding down in the U.S.--at least as far as the federal government is concerned. In Germany, however, things look to be getting worse, not better, for Europe's biggest automaker, and that could mean renewed troubles for Volkswagen on this side of...Read More»

Volkswagen T-Roc concept
Are you ready for the Volkswagen T-Roc? (It's coming in 2019.)

Way back in 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen debuted the cute but curious VW T-Roc crossover concept. This summer, a production version of the T-Roc will roll into European showrooms, and the automaker has confirmed that it'll come to the U.S. in 2019. When it, does, VW will have at least...Read More»

2018 Lexus LS500h
Service departments, Ferrari 812 Superfast, Tesla Model S: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Buick, Lexus top service satisfaction study, while Fiat, Land Rover bring up the rear Another month, another survey from J.D. Power. The firm's 2017 U.S. Customer Service Index examined how satisfied (or unsatisfied) vehicle owners and lessees were after taking their cars in for service. The...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Touareg
2007-2010 Volkswagen Touareg recalled for fuel leak, fire risk

Volkswagen Group of America is recalling nearly 21,000 Touareg crossovers from the 2007 to 2010 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that some of those vehicles could pose a fire risk. The Touareg's problem is rooted in its fuel filter flange, which was manufactured...Read More»

J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Customer Service Index Study
Buick, Lexus top service satisfaction study, while Fiat, Land Rover bring up the rear

Another month, another survey from J.D. Power. The firm's 2017 U.S. Customer Service Index examined how satisfied (or unsatisfied) vehicle owners and lessees were after taking their cars in for service. The brand-by-brand rankings probably won't surprise you, but let's take a look anyway. To gather...Read More»

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, Lexus UX, Porsche Mission E: What’s New @ The Car Connection

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid to top range, start from $52,935 The terms "sport," "hybrid," and "crossover" have seemed incongruous, but luxury brand Acura hopes to change that with its 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid. Set to go on sale soon from $52,935 (including a mandatory $975 destination charge), the...Read More»

2017 Acura MDX
2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid to top range, start from $52,935

The terms "sport," "hybrid," and "crossover" have seemed incongruous, but luxury brand Acura hopes to change that with its 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid. Set to go on sale soon from $52,935 (including a mandatory $975 destination charge), the top-of-the-line version of the MDX features a high-tech hybrid...Read More»

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