2018

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake review update: let's get wheel
2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake review update: let's get wheel

Our last drive of the 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake kept alive the dream that Americans would reject crossovers and flock en masse to gorgeous wagons. We said dream. A longer look at the Sportbrake rekindled that dream, but tempered it slightly. We can’t say that the XF wagon will be any more...Read More»

2018 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD V6
2018 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD V6 review update: tilting at benchmarks

The Kia showroom of today isn't the Kia showroom of ten, or even five, years ago. The 2018 Stinger? It's proof that Kia no longer is happy with being an economy-car benchmark. Now it's aimed its sights at the big luxury brands and their sport-sedan standard-bearers. The 2018 Stinger is a five-door...Read More»

2018 Honda CR-V
Honda, Ford lead list of 10 most affordable vehicles to insure for 2018

Before you think about buying a new car, it’s important to consider all of the related costs: how much you’ll be paying for fuel every year, what your insurance rates will be, and more. To help take some of the guesswork out of choosing a new vehicle, Mercury Insurance on Monday named...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Accent
2018 Hyundai Accent, 2018 Kia Rio pass stringent IIHS crash test

The redesigned 2018 Hyundai Accent and 2018 Kia Rio subcompact cars scored a key win in the IIHS' challenging small-overlap frontal crash test, garnering a "Good" rating for the driver side and an “Acceptable” rating for the passenger side, the insurance industry-funded organization...Read More»

2018 Ford Ecosport, 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show
2018 Ford EcoSport crossover SUV scores concerning three-star government rollover rating

A version of the pint-size 2018 Ford EcoSport crossover SUV earned four stars overall in the federal government's barrage of crash tests, including an unusual three-star rating for its resistance to rollover. The NHTSA said Thursday that the front-wheel-drive 2018 EcoSport scored three out of five...Read More»

2018 Nissan Leaf SL
2018 Nissan Leaf review update: all the daily driver you need

The Nissan Leaf was the first mass-produced electric car in the world, and it will forever hold that title. But times change, and being first in the electric-car race no longer seems to matter. Like personal electronics, electric cars evolve rapidly and render their predecessors outdated with a...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Kona first drive
2018 Hyundai Kona earns top marks for crash safety, headlights rate "Poor"

Add the 2018 Hyundai Kona to the growing list of SUVs and trucks looking for better light. According to the IIHS ratings released Monday, Hyundai’s new funky-looking, city-friendly crossover scored well in all of its crash tests, but received a knock for poor headlights, causing it to miss...Read More»

2018 Toyota Tacoma Limited
2018 Toyota Tacoma review update: the right place at the right time

Robert Horry—known to some as Big Shot Rob—has seven NBA Championship rings on his fingers. That’s more than any modern-era basketball player. The ex-Rockets, ex-Suns, ex-Lakers, ex-Spurs forward was certainly a talented athlete noted for his clutch shooting during the playoffs...Read More»

2018 Kia Soul
2018 Nissan Kicks vs. 2018 Kia Soul: Compare Cars

Just because that shiny subcompact crossover sitting in the showroom costs about half the average new car price doesn’t mean it has to be devoid of personality. Enter the 2018 Nissan Kicks and the 2018 Kia Soul, two takes on small cars with style and personality. The 2018 Soul, with its broad...Read More»

2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe
2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 and 63 S Coupe review update: fire-breathing, high-riding hatchbacks

Crossover SUVs are the new black, and the luxury segment has hopped onto the bandwagon like fruit flies to a watermelon. Mercedes-AMG's latest salvo in this craze? The 2018 GLC63 and 63 S coupe. These two AMGs take the pedestrian GLC-Class, itself a tall-wagon version of the Mercedes C-Class, and...Read More»

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
Kia Niro hybrid earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The IIHS said last week that the 2018 Kia Niro is among the safest cars it has tested, at least when equipped with optional active-safety gear and headlights. The insurance industry-funded crash-testers found that the Niro and Niro Plug-In Hybrid both have a strong safety structure and they hold...Read More»

2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali
Learn these 8 basics about towing before hitching up

Summer is here, and that means it’s time to break out boats, jet skis, and four wheelers. Those fun machines won’t get to the lake or the trail on their own. GM says that its research indicates about three-quarters of all light-duty pickup owners actually put their trucks to work towing...Read More»

2018 Infiniti QX30
Updated 2018 Infiniti QX30 adds safety tech, reshuffles trim levels

With just a few months left in the model year, the 2018.5 Infiniti QX30 has been treated to a number of tweaks highlighted by additional standard active-safety gear. CarsDirect reported Monday that the QX30 subcompact luxury crossover SUV now comes standard with automatic emergency braking...Read More»

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review update: 8-bit in a 4k world

If you're old enough to remember when Mitsubishi built cars in the U.S., then the very idea of the 2018 Eclipse Cross might seem like heresy. Eclipses are Diamond-Stars, have hatchback bodies and turbo motors and... Wait. The Eclipse Cross has all those things, it's just delivered a couple of feet...Read More»

2018 Nissan Kicks
5 things to know about the 2018 Nissan Kicks

The 2018 Nissan Kicks puts the automaker into full crossover mode, even if it stretches the definition of what’s crossing over what. This subcompact five-door is Nissan’s answer to the Kia Soul and the Hyundai Kona. Each forges its own path and the Kicks has its own story to tell. Here...Read More»

2018 Nissan Kicks
2018 Nissan Kicks first drive: the used-car alternative

Tasked with spending $20,000 on a transportation, most shoppers head to the classifieds. The 2018 Nissan Kicks wants to be the antidote to a used Honda CR-V or Ford Escape. It wafts its eau du voiture nouveau toward budget-conscious shoppers, luring them away from the pre-owned lot to the main...Read More»

2018 GMC Terrain, 2017 Detroit auto show
Faulty airbag sensor prompts 2018 GMC Terrain crossover SUV recall

A defective sensor that may prevent the airbags from deploying in the event of a wreck has prompted General Motors to recall 88,000 2018 GMC Terrain crossover SUVs. The automaker explained that if the sensor fails to activate when the vehicle is started, a "service restraint system" message will...Read More»

2018 Mazda MAZDA6
2018 Mazda 6 first drive: a blown opportunity

Accords and Camrys long ago became shorthand for family cars. Fusions and Malibus have thousands of showrooms for buyers to stumble into. In the vast universe of mid-size sedans, the Mazda 6 has toiled in semi-obscurity. It’s a fringe player, a Pluto with rarer news pegs. Mazda’s blurry...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2018 Hyundai Sonata upgrades trim levels with new features

A number of safety and convenience upgrades have been added to certain versions of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata, the automaker announced Thursday, but they may not be easy for shoppers to spot at first glance. Mid-year update models receive "+" designations, called SEL+, Sport+, and Limited trim levels...Read More»

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