2018

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

Mazda Apple CarPlay connectivity
Mazda finally gets on board with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto in U.S.

And then there were three—or maybe four. With Mazda's announcement Tuesday that its 2018 Mazda 6 mid-size sedan will soon be Apple CarPlay- and Android Auto-compatible (and retrofittable), just a handful of major new car brands lack support for iOS and one more isn't on board with Google. The...Read More»

2018 Lincoln Navigator L in Black Label Destination trim
2018 Lincoln Navigator, Genesis brand take top honors in J.D. Power APEAL study

The owners of new 2018 vehicles have spoken and have named the Lincoln Navigator and Hyundai's new Genesis luxury brand most satisfying overall in the J.D. Power APEAL study. The results of the study, released on Wednesday, showed an average score increase of 10 points on a 1,000 point scale across...Read More»

2018 BMW X2
2018 BMW X2 headrests come under fire from the IIHS

The 2018 BMW X2 features headrests that don't protect occupants from whiplash in a rear impact as well as those on nearly every other car on the market, the IIHS said Monday when it issued a rare "Acceptable" rating for the crossover SUV's seats. Headrests, which function as a safety item designed...Read More»

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class (GLE43)
Revised headlights help 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

Thanks to strong crash-test performance and improved headlights, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class garnered a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS last week. The 2018 GLE crossover SUV passed the passenger side small front overlap test with a “Good” rating, the highest score awarded by...Read More»

2018 Toyota C-HR
Toyota C-HR aces IIHS crash tests, faulted for weak headlights

The 2018 Toyota C-HR can't see very well in the dark, the IIHS said last week. Toyota's subcompact crossover SUV earned top marks in all of the insurance industry-funded group's instrumented crash tests, but its weak headlights prevented it from earning a Top Safety Pick award. The IIHS said in a...Read More»

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake review update
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»

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