2016

2016 Mazda CX-3 Video Road Test
2016 Mazda CX-3 Video Road Test

America is finally getting into smaller cars—especially smaller crossover SUVs. The niche is exploding, with new entries that range from the very carlike Honda HR-V, to more rugged ones like the Jeep Renegade. Now it's Mazda's turn. And, no need for a spoiler alert here, it takes a turn...Read More»

2016 Volvo XC90 R-Design
2016 Volvo XC90 Aces IIHS Crash Tests, Safety Ratings

“Swedish safety” has become a bit of a tautology when it comes to vehicles. Whether you’re talking about Volvo, or its now defunct cross-country rival brand, Saab, Swedish-engineered cars, wagons, and crossovers have long set a standard for occupant protection. And so it goes with...Read More»

2016 Toyota Prius
2016 Toyota Prius Aiming At 55 MPG, Sportier Driving Experience

The 2016 Toyota Prius made an official first appearance this past week—and with a new shape, more finely detailed design details, and a heightened driving experience, the fourth-generation Prius looks poised to stay relevant—and a leader in some respects, in a market where the Prius is...Read More»

2016 Nissan Leaf
2016 Nissan Leaf Electric Car Now Rated At 107 Miles On A Charge

In the 2016 Leaf, Nissan has just announced something that may get a lot more households interested: a longer driving range. Thanks to a battery upgrade, this hatchback will be the first affordable all-electric model with an official EPA range of more than 100 miles on a charge. The upgraded...Read More»

2016 Nissan Maxima
2016 Nissan Maxima Earns Five-Star Safety Ratings

The federal government recently posted its safety ratings for the 2016 Nissan Maxima, and in New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing this fully redesigned sporty sedan earned perfect five-star occupant safety scores in all areas—including the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover...Read More»

2016 Subaru BRZ
2016 Subaru BRZ Sports Car Gets Lower Price, More Equipment

Sometimes prices really do go down—even on sports cars. Subaru has cut prices by $300 across its BRZ model line for 2016. And versus the 2015 BRZ, Subaru has also added standard equipment. The base-model 2016 Subaru BRZ Premium is now priced at $26,190, including the typical $795 destination...Read More»

2015 Subaru Outback
2015-2016 Subaru Legacy, Outback Recalled For Fire Risk

Subaru is recalling nearly 2,900 Subaru Legacy sedans and Outback crossovers from the 2015 and 2016 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that some of those vehicles may be at risk of catching fire. ALSO SEE: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Vs. Dodge Viper SRT: Compare...Read More»

2016 Honda HR-V
2016 Honda HR-V Achieves (Mostly) Five-Star Safety Scores

The 2016 Honda HR-V has earned a five-star rating, overall, in federal New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash-testing. However its results aren’t quite top-tier. In frontal crash testing (35 mph into a fixed barrier), the HR-V was able to achieve just four stars for both male-size occupants...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot
2016 Honda Pilot Given Top Safety Rating By IIHS

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released crash-test ratings for the 2016 Honda Pilot, and this spacious seven-passenger sport-utility vehicle is already looking like a great pick—as it’s always been—for safety-conscious families. The Pilot, which has been...Read More»

2016 Volvo XC90
2016 Volvo XC90 Recalled To Fix Airbag Flaw

Volvo is recalling nearly 4,000 U.S.-registered XC90 crossovers from the 2016 model year According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, those vehicles may suffer from a design flaw that could prevent some airbags from deploying during collisions. ALSO SEE: Good Grief: Widows Pay...Read More»

2016 Audi TT
2016 Audi TT Coupe: Quick Drive

Purely in terms of the sensory experience—provided you keep your driving to normal streets and highways—the 2016 Audi TT feels more like a sports car than it ever has. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four snarls when you step into it, and burbles with a tease of overrun when you drive it...Read More»

2016 Honda HR-V
2016 Honda HR-V Gets Its First Recall: Missing Tire Labels

If your high school was anything like ours, new tennis shoes were a Pretty Big Deal. The proud owners would strut across campus, eager to show off their pristine sneaks, but also wary of getting them dirty. Before the day was through, though, they'd inevitably scuff them in the gym, or some yutz...Read More»

2016 Toyota Tacoma  -  First Drive, August 2016
2016 Toyota Tacoma: First Drive

Let’s get this out of the way: With the Tacoma, Toyota has the best-selling truck in this segment, and one of the models that retains the best resale value in the entire U.S. market. Its owners are fiercely loyal, and cheerleaders for the brand’s trucks. They’re also the...Read More»

2016 Nissan Maxima
2016 Nissan Maxima Recalled For Fire Risk (And More May Be Added To The List)

Nissan has issued a recall for nearly 5,500 Nissan Maxima sedans from the 2016 model year. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from a manufacturing flaw that could result in a fuel leak. ALSO SEE: Honda Accord Vs. Nissan...Read More»

2016 Lexus LX 570
Refreshed 2016 Lexus LX 570 SUV Bows At Pebble Beach

Lexus has given one of its oldest models a new lease on the high-lux life. With refreshed 2016 versions, the LX 570 sport-utility vehicle gets a new eight-speed automatic and some significant appearance and feature changes. The automaker officially pulled the wraps off both the LX 570 and new turbo...Read More»

2016 Toyota Mirai  -  Quick Drive  -  Portland, July 2015  [photo: Doug Berger]
2016 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car: Quick Drive

While auto-industry insiders, analysts, and tech-savvy early adopters are split on whether a hydrogen infrastructure is viable in the near future, several automakers are pushing forward with product—and hoping that infrastructure (and more product) will follow. At present, those automakers...Read More»

2016 Volvo XC90 R-Design
Deliveries Halted On 2016 Volvo XC90 Due To Airbag Issue

Volvo Cars is preparing a recall for the 2016 Volvo XC90 crossover utility vehicle, for an issue that may prevent the side curtain airbags from functioning as intended. In XC90 models produced so far—all worldwide with the seven-seat, third-row layout, actually—a trim panel could...Read More»

2016 Chevrolet Volt
EPA Rates 2016 Chevrolet Volt Plug-In Hybrid: 42 MPG, 53 Miles Of Electric Range

Electric range is obviously a crucial specification for battery-electric cars, but the upcoming 2016 Chevy Volt shows that plug-in hybrids too can benefit from bigger batteries that provide more electric miles. The EPA data released today for the 2016 Volt rate it at 53 miles of electric range...Read More»

2016 Audi Q3
2016 Audi Q3 Aces Crash Tests, Earns Top Safety Pick Rating

The U.S. luxury-vehicle market is changing—and downsizing—rapidly; and the Audi Q3, the Mercedes-Benz GLA, and the upcoming, redesigned 2016 BMW X1 are some of the best examples of this trend. With any of these vehicles, you can get luxurious vehicle that’s probably a better fit...Read More»