2016

2016 Nissan Sentra, Leaf recalled to fix faulty airbags
2016 Nissan Sentra, Leaf recalled to fix faulty airbags

Nissan is recalling more than 4,000 Leaf and Sentra vehicles from the 2016 model year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from an electrical problem that could disable passenger-side airbags. The problem is rooted in a wiring harness...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot Touring long-term road test
2016 Honda Pilot: Our long-term fuel economy so far

Summer is finally here, and naturally that means it's time for some road trips. Our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot Touring AWD that joined the TCC test fleet earlier this year finished up its duty in the mid-Atlantic states and has migrated north to the Midwest to report for family duty. Family cars...Read More»

2016 Ford F-150
Ford F-150, Explorer, Focus Electric, Transit Connect recalled for brake, transmission, other issues

This morning, Ford Motor Company issued three recalls affecting more than 8,200 vehicles, most of which are registered in the U.S. The problems with those vehicles include serious potential issues with their braking and transmission systems. Thankfully, Ford says that it's received no reports of...Read More»

Inflated airbag
FCA stops using Takata airbags that are due to be recalled

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has some good news for consumers and bad news for Takata shareholders: by the end of next week, FCA will stop using Takata-brand airbags that are due to be recalled by 2019. Those airbags employ ammonium nitrate to inflate the devices during crashes. Unfortunately, that...Read More»

2016 Hyundai Tucson
2006-2014 Kia Sedona, 2016 Hyundai Tucson, 2013 Kia Forte recalled: 306,000 vehicles affected

Hyundai and its sibling, Kia, have issued three recalls affecting roughly 306,000 vehicles in the U.S.: RECALL #1: 2006-2014 Kia Sedona UNITS AFFECTED: 219,900 RECALL #2: 2016 Hyundai Tucson UNITS AFFECTED: 81,000 These two recalls stem from a problem with the secondary latch that helps keep the...Read More»

2016 Ram 1500
2016 Jeep Cherokee, Ram 1500 recalled for transmission problems

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling select Jeep Cherokee SUVs and Ram 1500 pickup trucks from the 2016 model year. According to the automaker, the recall stems from a potential problem with those vehicles' transmissions. Specifically, FCA says that the half-shafts on the Cherokee and the Ram...Read More»

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Chevy Silverado ads want to poke holes in Ford F-150s, but not their own future pickups

Chevrolet announced Wednesday a series of advertisements meant to poke holes in Ford's use of aluminum—literally. The advertisements—one of which features former Raiders defensive end Howie Long—depict a series of tests conducted on the beds of Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot Touring long-term road test
2016 Honda Pilot Touring long-term road test: what we'd change

Last week, we picked 7 things that keep us grabbing the keys to our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot Touring AWD for long road trips. Now it's time for the nitpicking. Granted, the Pilot does many things very well--well enough to earn our Best Car To Buy 2016 award. Some things could stand improvement...Read More»

2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport
2015-2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport recalled to fix exterior lighting

A day after Jaguar Land Rover recalled more than 50,000 cars and SUVs to replace fatally flawed Takata airbags, the automaker has issued a recall of the 2015-2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport. In this case, however, the vehicle's problem is its exterior lighting system. The National Highway Traffic...Read More»

2016 Volkswagen Passat SEL long-term test
2016 Volkswagen Passat: fitting the family

While many American families have moved to SUVs and crossovers, our long-term 2016 Volkswagen Passat is so far proving that there's no reason to steer away from sedans. We are entering month two with the Passat, and as we continue to pile on the miles we're building a deeper base of notes on the...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot Touring long-term road test
2016 Honda Pilot long-term road test: 7 reasons to buy one

We're entering month four with our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot Touring AWD, and the miles continue to roll up without a hitch. That's as we expected. We spent a lot of time with the Pilot last year in its run-up to our Best Car To Buy 2016 award. It was just about a year ago we took it for a first...Read More»

2016 GMC Acadia
GM offering gift cards to make up for MPG errors, but do the problems run deeper?

Two weeks ago, General Motors ordered dealers to stop selling the 2016 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia until it could replace EPA stickers that overstated the SUVs' fuel economy. Last week, reports began to emerge that GM was planning to compensate 170,000 or so consumers who'd...Read More»

2016 Lincoln MKX
2016 Lincoln MKX scores Top Safety Pick+ in IIHS crash test

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has slammed a Lincoln MKX against a wall a few times and declared it a Top Safety Pick+, the agency's highest rating. Of course, the actual testing is a lot more complicated than that, and it factors in such important safety features as the availability of...Read More»

2016 Chevrolet Malibu  -  First Drive  -  Palo Alto, CA
2016 Chevrolet Malibu video road test

The Chevrolet Malibu is one of the longest-running nameplates in the brand's history, but history hasn't always been kind to it. The last Malibu wasn't Chevy's best effort. It was small for its class, and its gas mileage didn't keep pace. Today's Malibu changes all that, and more. With great style...Read More»

2016 Buick Enclave Tuscan Edition
GM to compensate 2016 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia buyers for misstated MPG

Last Wednesday, General Motors issued a massive stop-sale on 2016 models of the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia. The problem? The EPA labels on those vehicles overstated fuel economy. Replacement labels were to arrive on Saturday. Unfortunately for GM, 170,000 of those SUVs had...Read More»

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee recalled for transmission problem, over 37,000 vehicles affected

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 37,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs from the 2016 model year. The automaker reports that an electrical flaw could affect the vehicle's transmission, which might cause headaches for owners. The flaw is rooted in select wiring harnesses, which may not have been...Read More»

2016 Kia Optima SXL
2016 Kia Optima video road test

The Kia Optima has officially arrived. Before 2011, it had lurked in the shadows of better mid-size sedans, but a big redesign gave it plenty of punch, and panache. Since then it's been one of the more value-packed family four-doors. But the new Chevrolet Malibu is a great car, and so are the...Read More»

2016 Cadillac CT6
2016 Cadillac CT6 first drive review

Cadillac is on a quest. It wants to be the next Benz, the new BMW, the up and coming Audi. It has some truly excellent cars that put it in contention, with the compact ATS and the mid-size CTS.
 Now it wants some of the full-size respect that gets heaped on the S-Class, the 7-Series, and the A8...Read More»

2016 Volkswagen Passat SEL long-term test
2016 Volkswagen Passat: why we're doing a long-term test

We’ve just welcomed a 2016 Volkswagen Passat SEL to our long-term fleet. Why are we doing a long-term test on a vehicle that hasn’t changed all that much since the introduction of its current generation, for the 2012 model year? Revisiting the Passat makes sense because the field of...Read More»

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