Infotainment Woes, Corvette Recalled, Best Car To Buy Nominees: The Week In Reverse

October 31, 2014

New-car reliability faces the blue screen of death, and it’s not pretty. You probably worry about your car too much, but not enough about your credit score. And what’s the best car to buy? There’s a little bit of everything here in The Week In Reverse, for Friday, October 31, right here at The Car Connection.

Yes, we did actually publish a story about a flying car this past week; but there were plenty of issues with things not quite working as they should for cars that stay on the ground. This week, Ford Motor Company issued a recall of 2007 and 2008 models of the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX for a potential corrosion issue at the fuel-tank brackets. and we reported that some 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays have already been recalled for a couple of safety issues.

The federal government launched an investigation into Chrysler’s handling of two recent recalls of Ram pickups, adding up to more than 970,000 vehicles. Consumer Reports’ annual reliability study also came out this week, and Chrysler—actually Fiat, Jeep, Ram, and Dodge—all fared at the very bottom, with the Fiat 500L ranked the most trouble-prone on a model basis.

And that leads to an interesting finding from that annual survey—one that might be all too familiar: Today's infotainment systems are terrible. As Consumer Reports’ numbers show, mechanical problems aren’t the issue they used to be; instead it’s sluggish, unresponsive touch screens, Bluetooth technology that fails to pair with phones, or controllers that don’t work the way they should. Will automakers figure out how to get in-car interfaces to work without a hitch, or will they let companies like Apple or Google handle the technology?

And quick, where’s your car, and are your doors locked? A recent Gallup poll found that more than 40 percent of Americans worry about their car being stolen or broken into.

While you’re at it, you probably don’t worry about your credit score enough, and it’s worth watching over like a hawk. We took a look at what a lower credit score could cost you; just a few lost points on your FICO score could leave you paying thousands more over the course of a car loan.

Last but definitely not least, we named The Car Connection’s Best Car To Buy nominees for 2015. Seen here, the list of contenders includes eleven of our highest-rated models that are all-new or redesigned this year. On Monday, November 10, one of them will be named the Best Car To Buy. Be sure to read our pieces focusing on each nominee—with a new one posted each day, continuing through the next week—then vote for the one you’d choose, and let us know why in your comments.

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