2018

Ford issues 3 recalls: Over 500,000 Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX crossovers affected
Ford issues 3 recalls: Over 500,000 Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX crossovers affected

The 2015-2018 Ford Edge and 2016-2018 Lincoln MKX crossover SUVs will be recalled for a brake hose leak that could increase the risk of a crash, Ford announced Wednesday. The front brake hose could rupture in affected vehicles, causing a brake fluid leak. If the brake fluid level falls below a safe...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
GM recalls 2018 Chevy Malibu with turbo engine

General Motors is recalling certain 2018 Chevy Malibu mid-size sedans equipped with 1.5-liter turbo-4 engines. A software error can prevent the engine from starting and, in rare cases, the car can stall while running and increase the risk of a crash. The software error in the engine control module...Read More»

2018 Audi A5 Sportback
Audi recalling 144K cars for faulty passenger airbag

Audi will recall more than 144,000 cars in the U.S. for a faulty passenger-side airbag that could be disabled and not inflate in a crash. The automaker announced the voluntary recall in July and said affected owners will be notified this month. The recalled vehicles include 2017-2018 versions of...Read More»

2018 Mazda CX-9
Mazda recalls nearly 8K CX-9 crossovers for faulty wiring

Mazda will recall certain 2018 CX-9 crossovers for faulty airbag wiring that may keep the passenger-side airbags from deploying in a crash, the company said last month. The recall affects 7,854 crossovers. Mazda said in a statement that weak retention connectors in wiring harnesses could keep the...Read More»

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX review update: Kia's stepping stone

As automakers roll toward electrification there are various routes to take. Kia's taken a three-prong approach with a new hatchback called the Niro. It's available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and soon an all-electric model, giving consumers the ability to choose what powertrain best fits their...Read More»

2018 Toyota Sequoia
2018 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4x4 review update: SUV from the land before time

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia's design is nearly old enough to start preparing for its bar mitzvah. The second-generation Sequoia full-size SUV bowed in 2007, so long ago that its rivals have all been redesigned. That's not to say the Sequoia hasn't been updated, but it's as old as the trees it's named...Read More»

2017 Mazda 3
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto added to 2018 Mazda 3

The 2018 Mazda 3 compact sedan and hatchback joined the ranks of compact cars available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. CarsDirect reported Wednesday that Mazda dealers were instructed to upgrade Mazda 3 Touring and Grand Touring trim levels with Apple and Android smartphone...Read More»

2019 Jeep Wrangler
Redesigned Jeep Wrangler to be recalled over frame welding problems

Jeep informed its dealers last week that it will launch a recall for its redesigned 2018 and 2019 Wranglers over improper welds on front suspension components that many not have been attached correctly at the factory. If the welds break, the bracket holding the front track bar separates from the...Read More»

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
Electrical fire risk prompts Kia Niro hybrid recall

Kia last week said that it will recall two of its hybrid models over an electrical issue that the automaker says increases the risk of a fire. The recall covers about 27,000 examples of the 2017 and 2018 Kia Niro and Niro Plug-In hybrid hatchbacks. MORE: Read our 2018 Kia Niro review At fault is...Read More»

2018 Kia Rio
2018 Kia Rio's added safety tech earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

The 2018 Kia Rio is an award-winning car for safety according to the IIHS. The insurance industry-funded crash testers gave the Rio its Top Safety Pick+ award last week, although those top marks apply only to certain 2018 Rio trim levels. Both the Rio sedan and hatchback models received...Read More»

2018 Infiniti QX80 on a Canadian fishing adventure
2018 Infiniti QX80: A luxury limo fit for a Canadian fishing adventure

The text from Mission Commander Dan—aka my dad—regarding Operation Canadian Invasion came exactly one week before our departure. Our invasion of Canadian waters was to include fishing, cocktails, movies, and some good laughs. Minutes after first testing the waters for what became known...Read More»

2018 Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3 receives 5-star rating in NHTSA crash tests

Tesla’s Model 3 electric car, the company’s newest and arguably most important model, achieved a perfect 5-star crash test rating from the federal government’s NHTSA. The compact electric vehicle received top marks in front driver and passenger protection, front and rear side...Read More»

2018 Nissan Kicks
2018 Nissan Kicks smashed into walls, earns IIHS Top Safety Pick award

The IIHS said Monday that the 2018 Nissan Kicks crossover SUV performed well enough in its barrage of crash tests to earn the Top Safety Pick award. Subpar headlights held the 2018 Kicks, a new model this year, from the Top Safety Pick+ award. ALSO SEE: Read our full review of the 2019 Nissan Kicks...Read More»

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser
2018 Toyota Land Cruiser review update: The cognoscenti’s SUV

The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser is confused about its identity. Does it want to be swathed in white paint and emblazoned with UN logos on its way to a war zone? Or would it rather be parked next to a Range Rover at a swanky restaurant Beverly Hills? The answer is somewhere in between the two...Read More»

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class (Mercedes-AMG GLE43 SUV)
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE, GLS-Class crossover SUVs recalled over brake issue

Mercedes-Benz will recall about 9,000 mid- and full-size crossover SUVs built at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama, assembly plant to fix an issue related to their brake systems, the automaker said Wednesday. The recall covers certain 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, including...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Kona first drive
2018 Hyundai Kona aces IIHS crash testing, earns Top Safety Pick+ nod in top trim

Versions of the 2018 Hyundai Kona built after May earned the top award from independent testers, the IIHS announced Friday. The small crossover earned top "Good" scores on all crash tests, including the new passenger-side small overlap test, and its headlights on Limited and Ultimate trims were...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T
Not so sporty: 2019 Hyundai Sonata Sport drops turbo

What’s in a name? Everything but a turbocharged engine, according to Hyundai. The 2019 Hyundai Sonata Sport+ will unfortunately no longer be offered with a turbo, according to a report by CarsDirect. The 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine fitted to the 2018 Sonata Sport, rated at 245 horsepower, will...Read More»

Aptiv self-driving car prototype
Lyft, Aptiv reach 5,000 paid ride milestone in self-driving BMWs

The race to the autonomous ride-sharing finish line just got a little bit tighter, as Lyft and self-driving tech company Aptiv said Tuesday that their Las Vegas-based taxis have completed 5,000 paid rides. Lyft and Aptiv's trial is the first commercial, for-profit self-driving ride-share, although...Read More»

2018 Mazda CX-5
2018 Mazda CX-5 diesel certified by EPA at 29 mpg combined

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 diesel is one step closer to arriving in showrooms. In certifying the 2018 CX-5 diesel for sale in the U.S., the EPA said that it is rated at 28 mpg city, 31 highway, 29 combined with front-wheel drive. With all-wheel drive, the CX-5 diesel is rated at 27/30/28 mpg. Those...Read More»

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