2013

Fiat 500 Abarth Gets Automatic Transmission To Woo Female Shoppers
Fiat 500 Abarth Gets Automatic Transmission To Woo Female Shoppers

The launch of the Fiat 500 didn't go as smoothly as some had hoped. First, Chrysler dealers had to build special showrooms for the new model, since CEO Sergio Marchionne didn't want Fiats sold alongside other Chrysler brands. That slowed the rollout process. Then came the ads, featuring spokesmodel...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
Ford Tops General Motors, Toyota In Loyalty; Hybrids Gain Traction

Ford Motor Company may not be as big as General Motors, Toyota, or Volkswagen, but when it comes to the loyalty of American customers, Ford has the competition beat. According to Experian Automotive, Ford dominated the showrooms in both corporate and brand loyalty during the last three months of...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo  -  Driven
2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo: Driven

Ever since our first drive of the standard Hyundai Veloster, we'd been pining for the Veloster Turbo. In fact, after hatching plans to make the Veloster one of our inaugural long-term test cars (there are plenty of Six Month Road Test Veloster exploits to catch up on), we kept second-guessing...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Video Road Test

When it comes to freedom of choice, the Jetta has it, from a turbocharged four cylinder, to an inline-five cylinder, to a hybrid. But which Jetta's right for you? And does it live up to the premium German hype while beating competitors such as the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, and Hyundai Elantra?...Read More»

2013 Volvo XC60
Volvo XC60, Honda Civic, Lincoln MKZ, Mazda6: Top Safety Pick Plus

The 2013 Volvo XC60, Honda Civic, Lincoln MKZ, and Mazda 6 are all among the latest group of new vehicles to get the top nod from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) this week. All four managed to earn top 'good' ratings in frontal, side, and rear impact tests, as well as in the roof...Read More»

2013 Honda Civic EX-L
2013 Honda Civic: First Compact To Earn 'Top Safety Pick+'

If you're shopping for a small, economical car and care about safety, we have a new winner: the 2013 Honda Civic. The 2013 Honda Civic (both in Coupe and Sedan form) has become the first compact car to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+)...Read More»

'Diesel fuel only' caution on Audi Q7 TDI
Catch-22: If Diesel Sales Boom, Will Their Cost Advantage Bust?

To a very small, select group of enthusiasts, diesel cars or utility vehicles have a lot of allure, with their strong, fuel-efficient engines and, for the most part, a great reputation for long-haul durability. Yet for the rest of us who don’t delight in ‘b5’ biodiesel pumps or...Read More»

2013 Kia Optima SXL
2013 Kia Optima Video Road Test

A few years ago, Kia wasn't a brand you'd name when thinking of stylish vehicles, but all that's changed. Today's Kia Optima is one of the best-looking family sedans you can buy--and it's packed with features to take on the Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, and Hyundai Sonata. But is it the mid-size...Read More»

2013 Nissan Versa Sedan
Misers' Models: The Ten Cheapest Cars To Own

Back in the 1980s, the Yugo GV sold for a base price of just $3,990. Even adjusted for inflation, from 1986 to 2013 (about $8,400 in today's money), that's a steal—and one that did indeed prove irresistible for more than 140,000 thrifty Americans. Yet for the most part, the GV—for...Read More»

2013 Ford Escape
The Big Fix: Six Vehicles Most Affected By 2012 Recalls

It's become a rite of passage for car ownership: At some time, you're likely to get a notification letter in the mail, calling you back to the dealership for a fix on a safety-related issue, seemingly large or small. While that part should come as no surprise, it might be counterintuitive to learn...Read More»

2013 Infiniti JX35
2013 Infiniti JX Three-Month Road Test: Five Things We Love (And Three We Don't)

A funny thing happened along the way to our three-month road test of the Infiniti JX--but now, we're back on track. By now, you've probably heard that Infiniti is changing the names of all its models. It doesn't affect many shoppers yet, but the 2013 Infiniti JX we have parked downstairs? Next...Read More»

2013 Honda Civic EX-L
2013 Honda Civic EX: Driven

The Honda Civic was extensively refreshed for 2012, yet amongst most of us who keep tabs on new cars and how they drive, it was met with a collective “meh.” There wasn't anything overtly wrong or half-baked with the new and seemingly stark and more conservative Civic; it just didn't...Read More»

'Father and Sun' ad for the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Invites You On A Hawaiian Roadtrip

At first glance, February might seem like a strange time to launch a new convertible, but really, it makes perfect sense: in chilly weather like this, the thought of motoring under warm, sunny skies makes drop-tops all the more sexy. At least, that's what Volkswagen is hoping. The automaker has...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
Three-Row 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Priced Below Explorer, Pathfinder

Hyundai has announced prices for three-row versions of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe models, which now slot alongside the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, effectively replacing the now-discontinued Veracruz. The Santa Fe lands at a base price of $29,195 for the base front-wheel-drive Santa Fe GLS...Read More»

2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i  -  Driven, January 2013
2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i: Driven

Last year, in several of BMW's mainstream models like the 3-Series and 5-Series, the German automaker did what might have a few years earlier been the unthinkable for the U.S. market: replaced its much-loved naturally aspirated in-line six with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Now for 2013 BMW...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart
Why Isn't The Dodge Dart Selling?

When the all-new Dodge Dart debuted at last year's Detroit Auto Show, the media was excited. It marked the revival of a once-loved nameplate and the first major collaboration between Chrysler and its new Italian owners (since the Dart is based on a Fiat platform). And for a reasonably priced...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart SXT
2013 Dodge Dart Registry: Kickstarter-Like Crowdfunded Purchasing

Are you longing for the new 2013 Dodge Dart, but just don't have the funds to buy one right now? The new Dodge Dart Registry program may just be your answer. Launching January 20 with a new commercial during the NFL's NFC championship game, and backed by crowdfunding service RocketHub, the Dodge...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
Ford Trounces The Competition When It Comes To Brand Loyalty

Brand loyalty is a big deal in some industries. When it comes to cell phones and soft drinks, for example, people can come to blows debating the merits of the iPhone and the Galaxy S3, or Coke Zero and...well, whatever the Pepsi equivalent is. For auto shoppers, though, brand loyalty isn't the...Read More»

2013 Cadillac ATS - Winner of the North American Car of the Year Award at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show
Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500 Win, Chevy Revives The Stingray, VW Group Has Record Sales: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, the Cadillac ATS and the Ram 1500 are chosen as the North American Car and Truck / Utility of the Year, and Chevrolet revives the legendary Stingray nameplate for its 2014 Corvette. Also newsworthy is record sales for the Volkswagen Group, which delivered 9.07 million...Read More»

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