2019

Duffer: The only prescription is more Challenger
Duffer: The only prescription is more Challenger

There is an unusual but growing affliction among certain Americans who suffer from too much of a good thing, commonly known as “Dodge Challenger Fatigue.” Those affected by Dodge Challenger Fatigue no longer notice the gorgeous muscle car and can no longer distinguish the dozens of...Read More»

2019 Ford Ranger
2019 Ford Ranger recalled again, this time for defective taillights

The 2019 Ford Ranger has been recalled for defective taillights that reduce the visibility of the mid-size pickup truck and can increase the risk of a crash, according to a statement by the NHTSA released Monday. A misaligned connector in the right and left rear taillight terminals is the cause of...Read More»

2020 Subaru Outback
2019 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2020 Subaru Outback: Compare Crossovers

Subaru Outback and Toyota RAV4 owners have more in common beyond their Patagonia outwear. The two mega-selling crossovers sell more than an outdoorsy lifestyle ideal. They’re both spacious and comfortable, newly redesigned for buyers who take a hard left off the road. We give the 2020 Outback...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
GM recalls more than half a million new Silverado, Sierra pickups for fire risk

General Motors is recalling more than half a million pickups in its redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra lineups due to a potential fire risk, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration announced last week. The campaign covers 556,399 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra...Read More»

2019 Ford Edge
2019 Ford Edge earns the automaker its first IIHS Top Safety Pick of 2019

The 2019 Ford Edge crossover SUV earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS when equipped with certain headlights, marking the first time a Ford vehicle has received the coveted safety distinction for the 2019 model year. “We are really pleased the insurance industry places such a high...Read More»

2019 Ford Ranger
Review update: The 2019 Ford Ranger hauls more than cabbage

The Ford Ranger returned to the U.S. in 2019 after a seven-year hiatus, but it’s not a new truck. The 2019 Ford Ranger sitting on Blue Oval dealership lots across the U.S. is a refreshed version of the global truck that has been sold in developing countries for nearly a decade. Yet, the...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan TDI  (Euro-spec)
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan earns Top Safety Pick+

Volkswagen's entry-level family SUV was awarded an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ on certain trims with LED headlights. Overall, the compact crossover earned top marks in crash testing regardless of trim. "The 2019 Tiguan earns good ratings in six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, including the driver-side...Read More»

2019 Lexus UX (UX250h E-Four hybrid)
Updated Lexus UX headlights earn Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS

Updated headlights on 2019 Lexus UX crossovers earned top scores from the IIHS in recent tests and netted the small luxury crossover a Top Safety Pick+ award. Lexus Enthusiast was the first to report the findings Monday. In May, the IIHS reported that the new Lexus UX, which is related to the...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Arteon
2019 Volkswagen Arteon earns top crash safety ratings despite poor headlights

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon just missed a Top Safety Pick award due to headlights with either deficient visibility or excessive glare. But when it comes to crashworthiness, the full-size sedan earned the praise of the IIHS, which conducts the most rigorous crash-safety testing of any non-profit...Read More»

2019 Ford Ranger
Ford recalls new Ranger pickups for fire risk

Ford is recalling its brand-new midsize Ranger pickup for a potential fire hazard, the company announced Monday. The risk stems from the climate control system's blower motor, which may have been built without enough clearance between its base plate (which is conductive) and an electrical terminal...Read More»

Audi Q3 Sportback
Audi earns two more Top Safety Picks for Q3 and A7

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded Audi two more coveted safety awards, giving the 2019 A7 Sportback its Top Safety Pick nod and the redesigned 2019 Q3 crossover its much-sought-after Top Safety Pick+ recognition. Both awards come with asterisks, however: they were bestowed only...Read More»

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid  -  First Drive, Santa Barbara CA, Nov. 2019
Toyota and Subaru deepen partnership on hybrids, sports cars

Toyota and Subaru announced Friday that they will be expanding their co-development partnership to include new platforms and connected-car systems, paving the way for new products (and some familiar ones) in both companies' road maps. The companies did not provide fine details of their upcoming...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV  -  IIHS passenger-side small overlap front test
2019 Chevy Bolt gets a lower safety rating from IIHS

Chevrolet's all-electric Bolt EV received a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when it debuted for the 2017 model year, but newer models no longer qualify for this coveted title. The Bolt received a "Poor" rating for both of its available headlight configurations...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Blazer
Review update: The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is a fully modern crossover for today

This is not the Chevrolet Blazer with locking hubs. There is no four-wheel drive or low range gearing. For 2019 the Chevrolet Blazer returns and reboots on a new path for a different era. With a Camaro-inspired design, a front-wheel-drive chassis, and either a 4- or 6-cylinder under the hood, the...Read More»

2019 Honda Passport
2019 Honda Passport earns Top Safety Pick

Honda's new midsize two-row SUV has earned the IIHS's Top Safety Pick nod for the 2019 model year, narrowly missing the coveted Top Safety Pick+ recognition. The Honda Passport got high marks in most categories, earning "Good" ratings for driver's side small overlap, moderate front overlap, side...Read More»

Tesla Model 3 crash
Tesla Model 3 finally earns brand's IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

The Tesla Model 3 has earned a Top Safety Pick+ award in crash-test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Model 3 electric vehicle earned top “Good” ratings on all six crash tests, as well as a “Good” rating for its headlights from the nation's...Read More»

2019 Honda Passport
Review update: The 2019 Honda Passport is the tweener SUV

If the Pilot is too large and the CR-V’s too small, then Honda has a “new” mid-size crossover SUV for you: the 2019 Passport. I use the term “new” loosely because the Passport name has been with us before, (remember the ‘90s?) and most of the “new”...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Malibu
Last wave: Chevrolet cancels Malibu Hybrid sedan for 2020

The most efficient sedan in Chevrolet's lineup won't return for 2020. The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will be discontinued after the 2019 model year, Chevy spokesman Kevin Kelly confirmed to The Car Connection this week. The mid-size Malibu sedan will be offered with a 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter turbo-4...Read More»

2018 Ford Explorer
Ford recalls more than half a million newer F-150, Explorers and other vehicles

Ford is recalling more than half a million new trucks and SUVs in North America for potential lack of seat restraint in event of a crash. The safety recall announced August 30 covers 483,325 models in the U.S. including America's bestselling vehicle, the Ford F-150. Affected vehicles include...Read More»

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