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Non-profit petitions feds to reject GM's steering wheel-less car exemption request
Non-profit petitions feds to reject GM's steering wheel-less car exemption request

In a petition to the NHTSA, the Center for Automotive Safety said that General Motors would use "unsuspecting motorists or pedestrians as guinea pigs" if the automaker is allowed to test self-driving cars without steering wheels or pedals on public roads. The non-profit advocacy group claimed...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2019 VW GTI earns Top Safety Pick award

The sporty 2019 Volkswagen GTI hatchback earned top marks in the latest IIHS crash tests and qualified for the organization's top award when equipped with extra-cost headlights and collision-prevention gear. The 2019 GTI earned "Good" ratings in every crash test, save for an "Acceptable" in the...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
The Car Connection's Best Performing Cars of 2019

Punches were thrown. Names were taken. Integrity, honesty, and parentage were all called into question. The Car Connection’s best-performing cars draws deep divisions among our staff like whether a taco is technically a sandwich. (Eds note: It is and suggesting otherwise should be a felony if...Read More»

Lincoln Continental crash
The Car Connection's Safest New Cars of 2019

Safety isn’t usually the first priority on car buyers’ lists—until it is. Those of us lucky enough to escape a serious crash can’t forget how vital passenger protection can be in a crash. We seek out the safest new cars because we can’t imagine life without them. This...Read More»

2019 Chrysler Pacifica
Chrysler Pacifica recalled, 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport unveiled, Tesla value comparison: What's New @ The Car Connection

Nearly 200K Chrysler Pacifica minivans recalled over power steering loss risk Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Friday that it will recall almost 200,000 2017-2019 Chrysler Pacifica minivans to remedy an electrical wiring fault that may affect the vehicles' power steering systems. Michigan lawmaker...Read More»

2019 Kia Sorento
2019 Kia Sorento adds high-value S, EX Sport trim levels

The 2019 Kia Sorento enters summer with two new trim levels packed with features that could make the crossover SUV appealing to shoppers comparing it to the automaker's larger Telluride. Cars Direct reported last week that two new high-value trims designed to jazz up the vehicle for shoppers on a...Read More»

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Michigan lawmaker proposes taking parallel parking out of driving test

Student drivers in Michigan may soon no longer have to learn how to parallel park a car in order to pass the state driving test if a lawmaker gets her way. According to local ABC News affiliate ABC 13, Republican State Rep. Sarah Lightner unveiled a new bill last week to ditch parallel parking from...Read More»

2016 MINI Cooper S Convertible
BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce cars recalled to replace faulty seat belts

BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce will recall about 15,500 cars to fix faulty rear seat belts that may not retract correctly, according to documents released by the NHTSA last week. All three automakers are owned by the BMW Group. In total, the recall covers five models: the 2016 BMW 5-Series, 2016-2017...Read More»

2019 Chrysler Pacifica
Nearly 200K Chrysler Pacifica minivans recalled over power steering loss risk

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Friday that it will recall almost 200,000 2017-2019 Chrysler Pacifica minivans to remedy an electrical wiring fault that may affect the vehicles' power steering system. A loss of electric power steering assist may occur if a wiring harness and an electrical contact...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot (Touring)
Window stickers explained, 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe driven, Electric car adoption in Norway: What's New @ The Car Connection

What's a Monroney window sticker for, and what does it do? What is the one thing you’ll find on every showroom floor aside from four wheels and the fear of a bum deal? The window sticker. Mercedes-Benz to scale back models, options in US After years of adding new nameplates to its portfolio...Read More»

2019 Honda Civic
The $20,370 2019 Honda Civic LX is the best $20,000* new car you can buy

The rule in our household is simple: New cars cost less than $20,000. Nevermind that the average new-car transaction price tops $37,000 now, made easy by 72-month financing. We’re cheapskates who hate debt. Twenty grand’s the limit. If we were to buy a new car today, the choices for...Read More»

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 coupe
Mercedes-Benz to scale back models, options in US

After years of adding new nameplates to its portfolio, Mercedes-Benz is ready to prune some vehicles from its lineup. The German luxury brand will reportedly cull some models, variants, and options from its U.S. portfolio, Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Sunday. The brand...Read More»

2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee window sticker options
What's a Monroney window sticker for, and what does it do?

What is the one thing you’ll find on every showroom floor aside from four wheels and the fear of a bum deal? The window sticker. Also known as the Monroney label, the window sticker is a universal data sheet mandated on all new passenger vehicles 10,000 pounds or less sold in the U.S...Read More»

2019 Lexus UX (UX250h E-Four hybrid)
IIHS wrecks Lexus UX, we drive the Ford Explorer Hybrid, BMW i3 gets recalled: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Lexus UX crossover earns Top Safety Pick award from IIHS The 2019 Lexus UX is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, but only when equipped with certain headlights. Hyundai's fix for smelly cities is an in-car air purification system The outside world can be smelly: exhaust fumes, foul food, and farm...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Ioniq [2020 Euro-spec model]
The Car Connection's Greenest Cars of 2019

Fuel efficiency is so last century. This year, we learned that energy efficiency is the new fuel efficiency, and not all electric cars are equal—even if they’re all zero emissions vehicles. Credit for that falls squarely on the Jaguar I-Pace’s broad shoulders because, although...Read More»

2017 Ram 1500 Copper Sport
Ram recalls 410,351 pickups with faulty tailgate latches

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall 410,351 Ram pickup trucks that have faulty tailgate latches, the automaker said Friday. The recall affects 2015-2018 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 models equipped with 8-foot cargo beds. The redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 is not affected. FCA said the power-locking...Read More»

2020 Lincoln Corsair
2020 Lincoln Corsair to cost $36,940

The 2020 Lincoln Corsair compact crossover will cost $36,940, which includes a $995 destination charge, when it reaches dealers later this year. The 2020 Corsair, which replaces the MKC, will come in just two variants: Standard and Reserve. Both trims arrive with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel...Read More»

Hyundai Smart Air Purification system
Hyundai's fix for smelly cities is an in-car air purification system

The outside world can be smelly: exhaust fumes, foul food, and farm animals. The South Korean automaker announced this week it developed a new "smart air purification system" that may appear in new cars soon. The smart system monitors the air quality inside of the car and purifies the air to an...Read More»

2019 Lexus UX
2019 Lexus UX crossover earns Top Safety Pick award from IIHS

The 2019 Lexus UX is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, but only with certain headlights equipped. The insurance-funded safety body said this month that the UX aced its slew of crash tests, including the trickier passenger-side small overlap front test. To qualify for a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn...Read More»

2018 Dodge Journey
The Car Connection's Lowest Rated Cars of 2019

Bad things happen to the best among us. Just ask U2. Automakers are no strangers to bad compositions themselves. Although some of the lowest rated cars on our list for 2019 have withered over time, some were never fruitful in the first place. There’s no common denominator among our...Read More»

2019 Lexus LC500h
The Car Connection's Best Looking Cars of 2019

Beauty isn’t abstract, it’s a formula. For cars, beautiful is measured in the number of heads turned on the street, multiplied by the number of parking lot stares, divided by the number of right angles, which is added to the inverse of its general availability. It’s all very...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
2020 Elantra gets a price bump, Cadillac XTS bites the dust, and California considers EV only: What's New @ The Car Connection

270K Ford Fusion sedans recalled over rollaway risk Ford announced Wednesday that it would recall hundreds of thousands of Ford Fusion sedans for a shifter cable that could split and cause the car to roll away. 2020 Hyundai Elantra adds safety tech, to cost $19,870 New safety tech and a dropped...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Colorado
NHTSA investigates Chevy, GMC pickups over power steering loss

The NHTSA has opened an investigation into the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size trucks to determine if a previous recall left out thousands of pickups. Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Tuesday that the probe aims to uncover more details about power steering loss in...Read More»

2016 Ford Fusion
270K Ford Fusion sedans recalled over rollaway risk

Ford on Wednesday said that it will recall about 270,000 2013 through 2016 Ford Fusion sedans to fix transmissions that could slip out of gear and allow the vehicles to roll after they've been put in park. A shifter cable bushing can degrade over time and may eventually detach from the...Read More»

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