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2019 Subaru Ascent driven, AWD Tesla Model 3 specs, Sweden's electric-car charging: What's New @ The Car Connection
2019 Subaru Ascent driven, AWD Tesla Model 3 specs, Sweden's electric-car charging: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Subaru Ascent first drive: my other family crossover is a canoe Contrary to common understanding, Subaru did not create the tall-wagon-crossover-hatchback vehicle. Subaru just created six different reasons to buy the same one. 2018 Tesla Model 3 scores "Superior" rating for its crash-avoidance...Read More»

2019 Subaru Ascent first drive
2019 Subaru Ascent first drive: my other family crossover is a canoe

Contrary to common understanding, Subaru did not create the tall-wagon-crossover-hatchback vehicle. Subaru just created six different reasons to buy the same one. Want a wagon? How about an Outback. Want a mid-size crossover? How about an Outback. Want an off-roader? You get the idea. DON'T MISS...Read More»

2018 Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3 safety, Volkswagen California camper, Bitcoin vs. Tesla: What's New @ The Car Connection

2018 Tesla Model 3 scores "Superior" rating for its crash-avoidance tech Though it hasn't yet been subjected to instrumented crash-testing, the Tesla Model 3 has aced its first safety assessment. Proposal to roll back fuel economy standards could reach White House next week The U.S. Department of...Read More»

2018 Tesla Model 3
2018 Tesla Model 3 scores "Superior" rating for its crash-avoidance tech

Though it hasn't yet been subjected to instrumented crash-testing, the Tesla Model 3 has aced its first safety assessment. On Tuesday, the IIHS said that it gave the Model 3 electric car its highest rating of "Superior" in its front crash prevention tests and an “Acceptable” rating for...Read More»

2018 Toyota Prius
Proposal to roll back fuel economy standards could reach White House next week

The U.S. Department of Transportation could make its proposal to soften new car fuel economy standards public by the end of the month, two officials briefed on the matter said Tuesday. The Transportation Department's proposal, which Reuters says could reach President Donald Trump's desk next week...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Veloster, 2018 Detroit auto show
2019 Hyundai Veloster priced, Ford Mustang GT Performance Package Level 2, Volvo drops diesel: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Hyundai Veloster price announced: Three doors for $19,385 The redesigned three-door (or is it four?) 2019 Hyundai Veloster costs $19,385 and will go on sale this summer, the automaker said Tuesday. That price represents a $400 hike over the 2017 model, but it nets buyers more power, updated...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas
2018 Volkswagen Atlas: A third row worth fighting over

As we hammered out plans for my buddy Doug’s bachelor party––cigars, trap shooting, the usual Minnesota stuff––my main contribution became clear: to procure a massive vehicle to haul a crew of full-grown men who would absolutely act like teenagers. It seemed like the...Read More»

Handing over car keys
Keyless ignition, Aston Martin DB11 Volante, Tesla's Autopilot: What's New @ The Car Connection

Despite government efforts, keyless ignitions linked to carbon monoxide deaths Keyless ignition systems that use start buttons to let drivers to leave key fobs in their pockets provide a lot of convenience, but a new report sheds light on a failed government effort to prevent users from...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Veloster, 2018 Detroit auto show
2019 Hyundai Veloster price announced: Three doors for $19,385

The redesigned three-door (or is it four?) 2019 Hyundai Veloster costs $19,385 and will go on sale this summer, the automaker said Tuesday. That price represents a $400 hike over the 2017 model, but it nets buyers more power, updated safety features, and a new design. All versions of the Veloster...Read More»

MIT self-driving car with MapLite technology for rural areas
MIT's new self-driving car navigates without road markings

Researchers at MIT have built a self-driving car that doesn’t rely on the intense amount of technology needed to make self-driving cars work in urban environments. Instead, the car is meant for use on rural roads. MIT calls the technology Maplite. The new technology works by combining GPS...Read More»

2018 Honda Civic
Despite government efforts, keyless ignitions linked to carbon monoxide deaths

Keyless ignition systems that use start buttons to let drivers to leave key fobs in their pockets provide a lot of convenience, but a new report sheds light on a failed government effort to prevent users from accidentally leaving their cars on. The New York Times reported Sunday that at least 20...Read More»

2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid
2019 Toyota C-HR, 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid driven, Chevy Bolt EV in Canada: What's New @ The Car Connection

Slice and dice: 2019 Toyota C-HR adds Apple CarPlay plus new LE, Limited trim levels The 2019 Toyota C-HR subcompact crossover lineup triples in breadth for the new model year and all variants gain standard Apple CarPlay compatibility. Self-driving vans ready to shuttle riders in Dallas suburb this...Read More»

Drive.ai self-driving car service starting in Texas
Self-driving shuttle launch, Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster, The CARB game: What's New @ The Car Connection

Self-driving vans ready to shuttle riders in Dallas suburb this summer After-work happy hour will never be the same in Frisco, Texas. That's because the nation's first on-demand self-driving car service said Wednesday that it will begin testing vans that can be summoned on-demand via a smartphone...Read More»

2018 Toyota C-HR
Slice and dice: 2019 Toyota C-HR adds Apple CarPlay plus new LE, Limited trim levels

The 2019 Toyota C-HR subcompact crossover lineup triples in breadth for the new model year and all variants gain standard Apple CarPlay compatibility. Toyota debuted its Apple CarPlay integration on the 2019 Avalon full-size sedan earlier this year and the automaker has been expanding availability...Read More»

Drive.ai self-driving car service starting in Texas
Self-driving vans ready to shuttle riders in Dallas suburb this summer

After-work happy hour will never be the same in Frisco, Texas. That's because the nation's first on-demand self-driving car service said Wednesday that it will begin testing vans that can be summoned on-demand via a smartphone app for rides between an office park and an entertainment district built...Read More»

2017 Nissan Versa Note
Nissan Versa updates, VW Golf GTI TCR, Audi goes electric: What's New @ The Car Connection

2018.5 Nissan Versa adds safety, convenience tech for modest $200 price hike At the proverbial eleventh hour, the budget-friendly 2018 Nissan Versa has gained $200 worth of additional safety and convenience gear: a rearview monitor paired to a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a USB...Read More»

2018 Fiat 500
More turbo, more money: 2018 Fiat 500 price hiked to $16,245

Like an Italian grandmother's gnocchi recipe, the retro-styled Fiat 500 has required lots of tweaking over the years. For 2018, Fiat made more underhood muscle standard equipment and the automaker has correspondingly upped the subcompact hatchback's base price by a hefty $1,250 to $16,245. A new...Read More»

2018 Nissan Versa
2018.5 Nissan Versa adds safety, convenience tech for modest $200 price hike

At the proverbial eleventh hour, the budget-friendly 2018 Nissan Versa has gained $200 worth of additional safety and convenience gear: a rearview camera paired to a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a USB input. That additional equipment adds $100 to $200 to the Versa's base price...Read More»

2018 Nissan Kicks
2018 Nissan Kicks priced, Audi traffic light communication, Honda Clarity PHEV: What's New @ The Car Connection

2018 Nissan Kicks costs $18,965 to start; Route 66 references still free When it goes on sale later this spring, the 2018 Nissan Kicks S will cost $18,965, including destination, the automaker announced Tuesday. That's at least $1,000 less than small crossover competitors from Ford, Chevrolet, and...Read More»

2006 Ford Ranger Sport
NHTSA tells owners of 2006 Ford Ranger, Mazda B-Series pickups to park their trucks until airbags are replaced

The federal government is pleading with 2006 model year Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series pickup owners to park their trucks unless they've had their faulty Takata airbags replaced. “I cannot stress strongly enough the urgency of this recall—these airbags are dangerous,” NHTSA deputy...Read More»

2018 Cadillac ATS
Cadillac ATS sedan won't return for 2019

The Cadillac ATS sedan won't return for 2019, a company spokesman told The Car Connection on Wednesday. The two-door coupe will return for 2019, and likely the high-performance ATS-V coupe, although their futures beyond next year is unclear. Cadillac's smallest sedan was introduced in 2012, built...Read More»

2018 Audi A4
2018 Nissan Kicks, 2018 Audi A4, 2019 BMW M5 Competition: What's New @ The Car Connection

2018 Nissan Kicks costs $18,965 to start; Route 66 references still free When it goes on sale later this spring, the 2018 Nissan Kicks S will cost $18,965, including destination, the automaker announced Tuesday. That's at least $1,000 less than small crossover competitors from Ford, Chevrolet, and...Read More»

2018 Nissan Kicks
2018 Nissan Kicks costs $18,965 to start; Route 66 references still free

When it goes on sale later this spring, the 2018 Nissan Kicks S will cost $18,965, including destination, the automaker announced Tuesday. That's at least $1,000 less than small crossover competitors from Ford, Chevrolet, and Toyota. The Kicks is aimed at the heart of a growing inexpensive...Read More»

2018 Dodge Durango SRT first drive
Volvo safety, Dodge Durango SRT, Mercedes-Benz G-Class: What's New @ The Car Connection

Future Volvo cars and big rigs will be able to talk to one another Future Volvos—both passenger cars and semi trucks—will soon be able to communicate with one another about road hazards with a new cloud-based service called Connected Safety. 6 things you need to know about towing with...Read More»

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