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First drive: 2022 Hyundai Tucson electrifies its looks and powertrain
First drive: 2022 Hyundai Tucson electrifies its looks and powertrain

Automakers, like humans, are creatures of habit. If we find something that works, we tend to stick with it until it doesn’t anymore. Hyundai has done exactly that with the redesigned 2022 Tucson. After the Elantra’s successful update in 2021 that garnered the compact sedan a TCC Best...Read More»

2022 Hyundai Tucson
2022 Hyundai Tucson and Hybrid tested, Hongqi S9 hypercar debuts: What's New @ The Car Connection

First drive: 2022 Hyundai Tucson electrifies its looks and powertrain The redesigned 2022 Hyundai Tucson is bigger, more stylish, and finally adds a hybrid model that’s more powerful and more efficient than the gas version. First drive (again): The 2022 Volkswagen Taos shows off its handling...Read More»

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness
2022 Subaru Outback costs a bit more, starts at $28,070

The 2022 Subaru Outback will cost between $50 and $150 more than the 2021 Outback, but all models will come standard with LED fog lights, the automaker announced Monday. The LED fog lights can't improve the Outback's stellar safety ratings. The Outback comes standard with all-wheel drive, hill...Read More»

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness
2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness costs $38,120 on any terrain

The world has changed and the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness promises to change with it. As travel plans switch from overhead to overland, Subaru upgrades its defining vehicle with a new Wilderness variant. It costs $38,120, including $1,125 destination, and goes on sale this summer, Subaru...Read More»

2022 Volkswagen Taos
First drive (again): The 2022 Volkswagen Taos shows off its handling, unwraps interior

Though the 2022 Volkswagen Taos is named after a town in New Mexico, I find myself in the middle of the desert outside of Phoenix at Volkswagen’s proving grounds. “Proving grounds” are the two words that excite me more than “free food,” but I’m not sure what it...Read More»

2021 Mazda 3 Turbo
2021 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2021 Mazda 3: Compare Cars

Mainstream compact sedans are no longer penalty boxes. We’ve come a long way, baby. Two of the better choices in the compact segment are the Hyundai Elantra and Mazda 3, but both break out of the box for different reasons. The 2021 Mazda 3’s TCC Rating of 6.7 edges the 2021 Hyundai...Read More»

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
The best 2021 crossover SUVs for towing are true family haulers

Towing is no longer a job only for pickup trucks. There are plenty of SUVs up for the task of towing the boat or any of the family toys in more comfort than a truck. Even though pickup trucks keep making inroads into family vehicle territory, the SUVs listed here can tow more than 5,000 pounds and...Read More»

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz fills the gap between pickup trucks and cars

Sometimes you want a pickup truck but need an SUV yet don't have room for both. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz aims to bridge the gap between wants and needs. Hyundai debuted the much-anticipated production version of its "sport adventure vehicle" on Thursday, more than six years removed from when the...Read More»

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid  -  First Drive, Santa Barbara CA, Nov. 2019
Subaru issues two recalls encompassing 870,000 Crosstrek, Impreza, and Forester models

Subaru on Thursday announced two separate recalls involving three of its most popular models. Citing an abundance of caution, Subaru recalled the 2017-2019 Impreza sedan and hatchback and 2018-2019 Crosstrek small crossover that shares its bones with the Impreza hatch. The engine control module...Read More»

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, 2022 Mercedes EQS, 2022 Audi Q4 E-Tron debut: What's New @ The Car Connection

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz preview The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz offers compact SUV space and a small pickup bed with up to 5,000 pounds of towing capacity. Review update: 2021 Mazda CX-9 outhustles the big boys The CX-9 slips to the back of the pack in third-row space and in value—and let's not...Read More»

2021 Mazda CX-9
Review update: 2021 Mazda CX-9 outhustles the big boys

The 2021 Mazda CX-9 defies conventional judgement. Sure, it's a three-row, seven-seat crossover like a Honda Pilot or a Ford Explorer, but with its tailored outfit and its other luxury trappings, it doesn't have much time to worry about fitting kids in its skimpy third-row seat, and it doesn't...Read More»

Ford BlueCruise
Ford BlueCruise unlocks hands-free driving, replaces Active Drive Assist

Ford has changed the name of its hands-free driving system from Active Drive Assist to BlueCruise, the automaker announced on Wednesday. The release followed 500,000 miles of developmental testing of the Level 2 system set to roll out in the third quarter of this year in the 2021 Ford F-150 pickup...Read More»

Ford BlueCruise
Ford BlueCruise takes off, 2022 Honda Civic teased, 2022 Mazda MX-30 debuts: What's New @ The Car Connection

Ford BlueCruise unlocks hands-free driving, replaces Active Drive Assist Ford BlueCruise is coming later this year on the 2021 F-150 and 2021 Mustang Mach-E to allow hands-free highway driving. 2022 Mazda MX-30 preview The 2022 MX-30 electric crossover goes on sale in fall 2021 hampered by several...Read More»

2021 Audi Q5 Sportback
2021 Audi Q5 and Q5 Sportback earn Top Safety Pick+ award

The 2021 Audi Q5 luxury crossover SUV and the 2021 Q5 Sportback earned Top Safety Pick+ awards, which is the most rigorous honor for automotive safety in the U.S. The insurance-industry funded IIHS said in a statement released Tuesday that improved headlights improved the vehicles' safety ratings...Read More»

2021 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label
Review update: 2021 Lincoln Nautilus crossover SUV comes around to luxury

The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus has finally come around. The refreshed interior finally shed the vestiges of its MKX skin with an interior befitting Lincoln’s upward class mobility. This poses a problem for me. My dad likes Lincolns. Even since the Town Cars of our youth, my brother and I have...Read More»

2021 Lincoln Nautilus
2021 Lincoln Nautilus tested, Bentley GT Speed blows minds, 2021 Karma GS-6 driven: What's New @ The Car Connection

Review update: 2021 Lincoln Nautilus crossover SUV comes around to luxury The Nautilus carries a refined interior, plush ride, and great performance but fumbles on value. 2021 Kia Telluride vs. 2021 VW Atlas: Compare Crossover SUVs The three-row crossover SUVs fight for family buyers, but which is...Read More»

2021 IIHS TSP+ winners, Volvo XC40, left, and Kia K5, right
2021 Top Safety Pick awards: Hyundai, Volvo, Subaru, Mazda top IIHS list

Volvo, Subaru, Mazda, and Hyundai/Kia/Genesis led all other automakers in earning Top Safety Pick awards bestowed by the IIHS, the non-profit safety group announced Wednesday. On average, safety ratings improved and the number of Top Safety Pick+ winners more than doubled from 2020. “With...Read More»

2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392
2021 Jeep Wrangler vs. 2021 Toyota 4Runner: Compare SUVs

Off-roading and adventure seeking is a lifestyle. Not everyone cares, but those who do inevitably consider the Toyota 4Runner and Jeep Wrangler as their overlander of choice. The decision becomes a crossroads. These two legendary icons created cult followings long before Tesla made such a thing...Read More»

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
Wrangler or 4Runner, 2021 VW Arteon rocks, a hybrid pioneer revisited: What's New @ The Car Connection

2021 Jeep Wrangler vs. 2021 Toyota 4Runner: Compare SUVs The two boxy off-roaders square off in our competition; which one is best for you? 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon recalled again for power steering issue GM's smaller pickups have flawed steering; recall begins soon. 2021 Ford Explorer...Read More»

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71
2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon recalled again for power steering issue

GM has expanded an earlier recall of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon mid-size pickup trucks, the NHTSA announced Monday. A poor electrical connection subject to corrosion in the power steering system can cause the affected vehicles to lose power steering assist and make steering...Read More»

2021 Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition
2021 Kia Telluride vs. 2021 VW Atlas: Compare Crossover SUVs

Three-row crossovers have become the hottest thing in suburbia since Five Guys spread across the nation. The 2021 VW Atlas and 2021 Kia Telluride are two large popular family crossover SUVs with lots of space for families. The former keeps things simple while the latter punches above its price...Read More»

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD
Review update: 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD refills the fountain of youth

When we first drove it on the track, we wondered out loud whether a car like the 2021 Toyota Avalon really needed the TRD sport-sedan treatment. The Avalon's prime directive has always been to coddle its passengers in a cocoon of sound deadening and sensory deprivation, without costing them too...Read More»

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD
Toyota Avalon TRD revisited, Ghost bankrolls options, Polestar 2 retested: What's New @ The Car Connection

Review update: 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD refills the fountain of youth The TRD treatment for the 2020 Toyota Camry and Avalon adds a mean look and welcome handling upgrades. Lexus Teammate debuts as hands-free driving system on 2022 LS 500h The 2022 Lexus LS500h will be the first vehicle to get the...Read More»

2022 Lexus LS 500h with Lexus Teammate
Lexus Teammate debuts as hands-free driving system on 2022 LS 500h

Lexus throws its hat into the ring of driver-assist systems that let drivers take their hands off the wheel with its new Lexus Teammate hands-free driving system, Toyota's luxury brand announced Thursday. Lexus joins other hands-free driving systems such as GM's Super Cruise and Tesla's Autopilot...Read More»

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