2013

2012 Hyundai Elantra Probe Widens To 2011, 2013 Models
2012 Hyundai Elantra Probe Widens To 2011, 2013 Models

Earlier this year, we told you that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had launched an investigation of the 2012 Hyundai Elantra. According to the Detroit Free Press, that probe has now been expanded to include 2011 and 2013 models, too. NHTSA's initial investigation began when an...Read More»

2013 Mazda CX-9
2013 Mazda CX-9 Gets Design Update, Active-Safety Features

With its CX-9, Mazda proved that spacious family vehicles can actually be exciting to look at, as well as exciting to drive. Now, well ahead of an official introduction in October at the the 2012 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, it's given us a first look and preview of a...Read More»

2013 Buick Enclave
2013 Buick Enclave Priced From $39,270

The popular, three-row SUV known as the Buick Enclave received a makeover for the 2013 model year -- and so did its pricing. The Enclave now starts at $39,270, which is a bit higher than the 2012 model's current sticker price of $36,500. Of course, as Bengt Halvorson points out in his review of the...Read More»

2013 Honda Accord Sport
2013 Honda Accord: Attention To G-Forces Yields A Better CVT

Honda says that it's turning to continuously variable automatic transmissions (CVTs) for its all-new 2013 Accord for one very important reason: gas mileage. Just as Nissan has proven with its lineup of mostly CVT-equipped passenger cars and crossovers, these transmissions typically do better at the...Read More»

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New Honda Accord, Texas' 85-MPH Speed Limit: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, we tell you that Texas is now the fastest state in the country, look at why average fuel economy rose in August and explain how a Google executive's purchase of a unique Ferrari will benefit Italian earthquake victims. As we head into a new week, here is the Monday...Read More»

2013 Honda Accord EX-L
2013 Honda Accord: First Drive

If there's been some kind of communique planning out the obsolescence of V-6 engines in mid-size sedans, Honda must have missed the memo. With the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima already two years into an all-four-cylinder engine lineup, and for 2013 the Chevrolet Malibu and Ford Fusion both...Read More»

2013 Scion FR-S
2013 Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ: Safe And Exciting Sports Car Picks

The first U.S. crash-test results are in for the new 2013 Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S sports cars, and they may be a bit surprising to some—surprisingly good, that is. Both models are shaping up to be safety all-stars, and two of the best-rated sports cars for those who value safety. They...Read More»

2013 Ford Escape
2013 Ford Escape, 2013 Acura ILX Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Status

The all-new 2013 Ford Escape has already been in the news this week, along with several times earlier this summer, for safety-related recalls. But this time there's good news for those who are concerned about the new Escape's safety: It's earned top 'good' scores in all of the Insurance Institute...Read More»

2013 Ford F-150 Lariat
Best & Worst Sellers, Ford Escape Recall, Police Car Of The Future: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, we bring you the best and worst of August’s new vehicle sales, tell you about (another) recall for the new Ford Escape and speculate on what the police car of the future may look like. Here’s Thursday’s car news that’s fit to print, as covered by...Read More»

2013 Ford Escape
2013 Ford Escape In Another Recall For Fire Risk

Ford Motor Co. [NYSE: F] has issued yet another recall affecting the 2013 Ford Escape—this one also due to fire concerns. The latest recall covers 6,146 U.S. vehicles, as well as about 1,300 vehicles sold in Canada, all with the new 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine. All...Read More»

2013 Honda Accord sedan
August Car Sales, Honda Accord and VW Golf: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, we bring you some good news about car sales in the United States, tell you about Honda’s new Accord V-6 that sips gas like a four-cylinder and cover why Audi is heading south of the border for its new North American plant. Here’s Wednesday’s edition of...Read More»

2013 Honda Accord sedan
2013 Honda Accord: At 34 MPG, Would You Rather Have A V-6?

V-6 engines aren't exactly headed for extinction yet, but they're becoming increasingly rare in today's market—especially if you're shopping for a mid-size sedan like the 2013 Honda Accord. A couple of years ago, when Hyundai went to an all four-cylinder-engine lineup for its mid-size (or...Read More»

Michelle Obama at a soundcheck before the 2012 Democratic National Convention
DNC Vs. GOP, Chrysler 300, Saab Keeps Its Name: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, we bring you the Democratic Party spin on the state of the U.S. auto industry, tell you about a new Chrysler 300 model, show you spy video of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class and show you how Mazda is working with teen drivers to combat distracted driving. Here’s...Read More»

2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD
2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD Video Road Test

The luxury sports sedan market is led by BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Lexus. But Volvo's a contender, especially with the S60, its mid-size sporty sedan. For its third year on the market Volvo has updated the powertrain lineup for the S60 to better take on the competition. In our latest video road test...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart test drive, Austin, Texas, April 2012
Dodge Dart Slow Off The Mark, But Chevy Volt Sales Surge

Here are two news items you might not have expected: sales of Chrysler's highly anticipated Dodge Dart have been shockingly slow out of the starting gate, but the oft-maligned Chevrolet Volt is on track for its best month yet. Of course, we're not saying that the Dart and the Volt are competitors...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: First Drive and Video Road Test

If you're looking around with a puzzled expression, missing the Hyundai Veracruz crossover something fierce, you're not alone. But you are very, very close to it. The Veracruz made so few friends in its brief stay on the U.S. market, it probably pleased fewer shoppers than it irked--like those...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart
2013 Dodge Dart Video Road Test

Many would say that Dodge hasn't been competitive in the compact car segment since the Neon stopped production. Now it's back with the 2013 Dart, and looking to take on the new competition such as the Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus, and other compacts with a renewed attitude. But does this new compact...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS
2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Priced From $20,995

Earlier this year Chevrolet revealed the 2013 Sonic RS at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Today it priced the Sonic RS from $20,995 including destination with a manual transmission and $22,280 with an automatic transmission. The Sonic RS features a new RS-specific grille along with new front and rear...Read More»

2013 Scion FR-S
2013 Scion FR-S Video Road Test

Toyota wants to bring back some excitement in the form of the Scion FR-S. Is it everything we've hoped for, or was all the hype for nothing? We take a drive and find out if the FR-S is the real deal in our latest video road test. We'll forgive you if you confuse the FR-S it for its twin, the Subaru...Read More»

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