2012

2011-2012 Volvo S60 Recalled For Oil-Pressure Problem
2011-2012 Volvo S60 Recalled For Oil-Pressure Problem

Volvo has launched a recall of S60 sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, many of those vehicles suffer from a flaw that may prevent drivers from being alerted when the oil pressure is low. As a result, drivers...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring
NHTSA May Launch Investigation Of 2009-2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring

In May of 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation of the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Sedan. The agency had received a complaint from an Elantra owner who suffered a severe laceration to his ear after the vehicle's side-curtain airbag deployed. A graphic photo...Read More»

2012 Kia Sedona
2006-2012 Kia Sedona Recalled For Corrosion Problem

Kia Motors has issued a recall for select 2006 - 2012 Kia Sedona minivans. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may experience corrosion from the salts employed on roadways during icy weather. The recall is targeted at Kia Sedonas...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Genesis
2009-2012 Hyundai Genesis Recalled For Braking Problem, 43,500 Vehicles Affected

Brake problems seem to be going around. Last week, Nissan recalled the Armada and Titan because of a dodgy brake master cylinder, and just yesterday, Honda recalled over 344,000 Odyssey minivans for "unexpected braking". Now, Hyundai has jumped on the braking bandwagon with a recall for 2009-2012...Read More»

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Investigated For Fire Risk

Jeep's Grand Cherokee nameplate has been drawing lots of media attention lately -- not all of it good. The Grand Cherokee found itself at the center of a contentious recall earlier this summer when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claimed that the placement of the gas tank on...Read More»

Ford F-150 EcoBoost Engine Teardown
In Wake Of Lawsuits, NHTSA Investigates Ford EcoBoost Engine

Earlier this month, we told you about three Ohio motorists who are suing Ford over its six-cylinder EcoBoost engine. As with a similar lawsuit filed in Louisiana, the drivers claim that the EcoBoost's problem goes far beyond mere turbo lag, leaving their vehicles with reduced power for extended...Read More»

2012 Tesla Model S
Tesla Reveals Model S Logs, Says New York Times Writer Fudged Facts

Last week, the New York Times published an article by John Broder detailing his attempt to drive a Tesla Model S from Washington, D.C. to Boston, Massachusetts using Tesla's new quick-charge stations. Mr. Broder reported numerous problems with the car's charging process, and in the end, he claims...Read More»

2012 Saab 9-3
Saab's New Owners Set Goal:120,000 Vehicles A Year By 2016

The rumors about Saab's death have been greatly exaggerated -- at least, that's what the brand's new owners say. According to Bloomberg news, Saab's long-quiet assembly lines will return to action this summer, and the company hopes to meet some pretty lofty production goals within three years. A...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test
2012 Hyundai Veloster Six-Month Road Test: Gas Mileage Wrap-Up

Today we've turned in the keyfob to our Six-Month Road Test 2012 Hyundai Veloster, and we're taking one more look back at something that's likely a priority for every shopper considering the Veloster: gas mileage. Through six months, we've appreciated its full-featured infotainment system, its...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test
2012 Hyundai Veloster Six-Month Road Test: Infotainment Issues

We've mentioned before that the Hyundai Veloster offers a lot of technology for not a lot of money. While we've been impressed with it, and the infotainment system overall, there's been one nagging issue we can't seem to figure out. And neither could Hyundai. Picture this: you're listening to XM...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Video Road Test

We've waved goodbye to The Car Connection's first Six-Month Road Test vehicle. But before we let our 2012 VW Passat TDI rejoin its home fleet, one final road trip was in order--and so was a video road test. The Passat's been an excellent long-distance road trip companion, netting us almost 46 mpg...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Passat
2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: A Bigger Back Seat Than A...

After spending the past half-year with our 2012 VW Passat during its Six-Month Road Test, we're pretty familiar with its vast talents. Chief among them: a huge back seat, one that's easily the biggest we've seen in a mid-size sedan, one that's made even more useful by tall, wide rear doors...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test
2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: What Happens When Nothing Happens?

Our VW Passat TDI is entering the home stretch, after more than 7000 miles of trouble-free driving with just a lapsed satellite-radio service and an advanced odometer to show for its advancing age. Until today, when it greeted us with an overhead interior light and a radio blast, but a locked...Read More»

2012 Ford Edge
Ford Recall, Volvo Recalls, BMW Eyeing De Tomaso: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, we bring you word that Ford is recalling 2.0-liter EcoBoost-equipped 2012 Edge models for a fire risk, tell you that Volvo is recalling 2013 S60 and XC60 models for an airbag defect and spill the details on a potential sale of De Tomaso to BMW. It’s the start of a...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test
Hyundai Veloster Six-Month Road Test: The Dealership Service Experience

As much as we cover vehicle shopping, and aspects of the ownership experience, we don't get as much exposure to what's for many busy commuters a twice-a-year experience: taking your late-model car in to the dealership for maintenance. That's one of the reasons why we're keeping Six Month Road Test...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Passat
2012 Volkswagen Passat Six-Month Road Test: 45.9 Miles Per Gallon, And Less

Our Six-Month Road Test of the 2012 VW Passat has passed the halfway mark, and with 6500 miles on its odometer, the turbodiesel sedan has been getting a workout on the interstates that run up the East Coast--mostly, I-85, with some I-65 and I-81 sprinkled in for good measure. One of the reasons we...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150 Lariat
August 2012 Car And Truck Sales: The Best (And Worst) Selling Vehicles

If you’d just emerged from a a decade-long slumber and stumbled upon August new car sales numbers for the U.S. market, you’d probably think we were in a time of prosperity instead of plagued by ongoing economic malaise. After all, the domestic big three automakers posted double-digit...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test
2012 Hyundai Veloster Six-Month Road Test: The Great American Road Trip Video

Our extended stay with a 2012 Hyundai Veloster wouldn't be complete without a long-distance road trip--and now that we've finally settled back into the daily routine after about 5000 miles in the Veloster, we're ready to report good news on how it suited us on the journey. We've already shown you...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Six-Month Road Test
2012 Hyundai Veloster Six-Month Road Test: Yellowstone Photo Gallery

By now we are sure you've read all about our great American road trip. Our trip took us from Portland, Oregon to Minneapolis, Minnesota, with dozens of places in between. One of those places was Yellowstone National Park, and boy was it gorgeous. We took the opportunity to take some quick photos of...Read More»

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