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36,750 people died on US roads in 2018, a slight decline
36,750 people died on US roads in 2018, a slight decline

In a year-over-year analysis, vehicle traffic fatalities dropped slightly in 2018 compared to 2017. Although 36,750 people are estimated to have died on U.S. roads last year, the figure is down 1 percent from 2017 figures. The Department of Transportation and NHTSA compiled the statistics and...Read More»

2020 Lexus GX 460
Off-road, safety tech added to rugged 2020 Lexus GX 460

The 2020 Lexus GX 460 is treated to a minor styling update that masks its newly standard active safety tech and available off-road features. Under its crisper tuxedo for the new year, the 2020 GX 460 is still a global-market Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. Up front is a new spindle grille that falls...Read More»

2018 Mazda 6
2019 Mazda 6 crash tested, Ford Shelby GT500 horsepower, Fiat Ducato Electric van unveiled: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Mazda 6 crash tested, earns Top Safety Pick award The 2019 Mazda 6 sedan is a Top Safety Pick, according to the insurance industry-funded IIHS. 2020 Cadillac CT6 lineup sliced with fewer options and engines The 2020 Cadillac CT6 will soldier into its final year with a simplified lineup. 2020...Read More»

2019 Cadillac CT6, 2018 New York auto show
2020 Cadillac CT6 lineup sliced with fewer options and engines

The 2020 Cadillac CT6 will soldier into its final year with a simplified lineup. The luxury division has chopped trim to just three with fewer options and engine choices. CarsDirect reported Monday the 2020 CT6 will be available in Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum trims. Those intrigued by a...Read More»

2020 Ford Explorer hybrid
2020 Ford Explorer rated as high as 24 mpg combined

The 2020 Ford Explorer is frugal for a full-size SUV, even with optional all-wheel drive. EPA ratings indicate it may be the thriftiest of its direct rivals. The EPA last week released its fuel economy estimates for the new SUV and show the 2020 Explorer will return up to 21 mpg city, 28 highway...Read More»

2019 BMW X5
2019 BMW X5, Porsche's 414-hp Cayman and Boxster GT4, Hummer revival proposed: What's New @ The Car Connection

Review update: Tonight, let’s just 2019 BMW X5 and grille BMW didn’t invent the SUV—they don’t even like to use the term. But they have made some crossovers and SUVs worth loving. Florida will allow autonomous test cars to operate without a human backup driver "Florida man"...Read More»

2019 Mazda MAZDA6
2019 Mazda 6 crash tested, earns Top Safety Pick award

The 2019 Mazda 6 sedan is a Top Safety Pick, according to the insurance industry-funded IIHS. Mazda's mid-size sedan earned the accolade when equipped with optional headlights, as is often the case for vehicles that win the award. However, the 6 fell short of the Top Safety Pick+ award because even...Read More»

2019 BMW X5
Review update: Tonight, let’s just 2019 BMW X5 and grille

BMW didn’t invent the SUV—they don’t even like to use the term. But they have made some crossovers and SUVs worth loving. The early X1s were E90s that wore platform shoes, the early X5s had leftover Land Rover DNA tucked below its beltline. The newest X3 is arguably the most...Read More»

Argo AI self-driving car prototype
Florida will allow autonomous test cars to operate without a human backup driver

"Florida man" headlines may be a thing of the past when it comes to cars. The Sunshine State will become home to the nation's least stringent autonomous car legislation come July 1. Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation into law last Thursday that does not require a self-driving test car to have...Read More»

Hyundai Nexo with Aurora Innovation self-driving technology
Hyundai, Kia in driver's seat as VW exits its deal with self-driving car startup

Hyundai and Kia last week upped their investment in autonomous car technology startup Aurora Innovation just as Volkswagen stepped away. Specifically, the investment will expand self-driving technology research to more Hyundai and Kia models and help build a platform suitable for the brands' future...Read More»

2019 Honda Passport
Honda Passport crash tested, BMW X3 and X4 M Competition driven, Tesla Model X police car: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Honda Passport earns five-star crash-test ratings from the NHTSA The 2019 Honda Passport earned a five-star overall rating in the federal government's crashworthiness tests, the automaker said Wednesday. The five-seat crossover SUV earned four stars for the frontal crash test, five stars in...Read More»

2016 Jeep Wrangler
FCA sued over Jeep Wrangler suspension concerns

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been served a class-action lawsuit over suspension concerns in the Jeep Wrangler, which owners often call the Jeep "death wobble." According to the lawsuit, which The Detroit News reported on last Wednesday, it was filed in Detroit's U.S. District Court for the Eastern...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150
2013 Ford F-150 trucks recalled for second time over transmission update

Ford has issued an update to a previous recall for 123,000 2013 Ford F-150 pickups. The recall affects trucks that haven't undergone a transmission software update, and models that have already received the previous fix, Ford said Wednesday. The problem surrounds a powertrain control module for...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD
2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD to cost less than outgoing truck

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD will cost less than the truck it replaces with a starting price of $35,695. That price is $300 lower than last year's model and it includes a $1,595 destination charge, Chevrolet said Thursday. Plunking down $35,695 puts a buyer in a Silverado HD Work Truck model...Read More»

2020 Kia Cadenza (Korean market model)
2020 Kia Cadenza, Aston Martin Valkyrie, Best deals on plug-in cars: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 Kia Cadenza to get new look next year The 2020 Kia Cadenza has a new look for the new year. The automaker brand an updated version of the big sedan in its home market of South Korea. 1.2M Ford Explorer SUVs recalled to address suspension component About 1.2 million Ford Explorer SUVs have been...Read More»

2020 Kia Cadenza (Korean market model)
2020 Kia Cadenza to get new look next year

The 2020 Kia Cadenza has a new look for the new year. The automaker brand an updated version of big sedan in its home market of South Korea Wednesday. There, it's known as the K7, but we'll likely see the car keep the Cadenza name when it's shown for the U.S. market. Though sedans continue to fall...Read More»

2019 Honda Passport
2019 Honda Passport earns five-star crash-test ratings from the NHTSA

The 2019 Honda Passport earned a five-star overall rating in the federal government's crashworthiness tests, the automaker said Wednesday. The five-seat crossover SUV earned four stars for the frontal crash test, five stars in the side-impact assessments, and four stars in the calculated rollover...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Palisade first drive
2020 Hyundai Palisade priced, Lexus LC convertible debut, ChargePoint and Electrify America team up: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 Hyundai Palisade crossover SUV priced from $32,595, undercuts Kia Telluride The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is ready to battle for families across the U.S. The three-row crossover SUV will arrive on the frontlines with a $32,595 starting price, Hyundai said Tuesday. Nearly 7K BMW SUVs, small cars...Read More»

2013 Ford Explorer Sport
1.2M Ford Explorer SUVs recalled to address suspension component

About 1.2 million Ford Explorer SUVs have been recalled over a suspension part that may crack over time. The automaker said this week the recall involves 2010-2017 Ford Explorer models. Specifically, the issue affects SUVs that experience "frequent full rear suspension articulation." The actions...Read More»

2004 Ford Expedition XLT 4x4
Big SUVs are most likely to last 300K miles

Giant SUVs are less likely to go extinct than sedans, hatchbacks, and convertibles, according to the results of a study conducted released Monday by iSeeCars.com. Only six vehicles in the study were likely to last at least 300,000 miles. The odds of any new vehicle making it that far into triple...Read More»

2019 BMW 4-Series
Nearly 7K BMW SUVs, small cars recalled to fix airbag issues

A handful of new BMW crossover SUVs and small cars will be recalled next month to fix one of two airbag issues, according to documents filed by BMW with the NHTSA that were released Tuesday. The first recall covers the 2019 BMW X7 SUV, which may have been built with improperly head-protecting...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Palisade first drive
2020 Hyundai Palisade crossover SUV priced from $32,595, undercuts Kia Telluride

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is ready to battle for families across the U.S. The three-row crossover SUV will arrive on the frontlines with a $32,595 starting price, Hyundai said Tuesday. That price includes a mandatory $1,045 destination charge. The automaker will keep trim levels fairly...Read More»

2019 Mazda 3  -  first drive  -  Los Angeles, January 2019
Mazda 3 recall, 2020 Kia Cadenza updated, Tesla shareholder meeting: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Mazda 3 recalled over faulty airbag warning lights The 2019 Mazda 3 has been recalled over airbag warning lights that may not illuminate correctly. Torque-heavy 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel detailed The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel finally made its debut, staking its ground as the light-duty diesel...Read More»

2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
Torque-heavy 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel detailed

The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel finally made its debut, staking its ground as the light-duty diesel pickup heavyweight. Ram revealed the pickup with the version of its 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 engine, which now makes 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. The latter figure is often what matters...Read More»

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