2019

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

2019 Fiat 500
Fiat discontinues 500 subcompact car in the US

Fiat has discontinued the subcompact 500 for the 2020 model year in the U.S., the company announced in a brief statement Sunday. It marks the end of an exciting but ultimately disappointing return of the small three-door hatchback that reintroduced the Italian automaker to the U.S. nearly a decade...Read More»

2019 Volvo XC60
Volvo XC60, XC90 crossovers join monthly subscription service

Drivers interested in Volvo's newest crossovers can swipe right on new models. Last week, Volvo added the bestselling XC60 and XC90 crossovers to its Care By Volvo subscription service. The service allows shoppers to effectively lease cars for up to two years, with an option to exchange cars after...Read More»

2019 Toyota RAV4
2019 Toyota RAV4 crossover recalled for faulty backup camera

Toyota is recalling more than 14,000 2019 RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid SUVs for potentially defective backup camera wiring that may result in the camera failing to activate when reverse gear is selected. According to paperwork filed with federal authorities, Toyota said affected RAV4 models were built...Read More»

2019 Kia Stinger
Kia sharply discounting Stingers to challenge rivals

Kia Stingers already have plenty of power to move, but they haven't been moving off dealer lots and now Kia is pricing them to move quicker. Our partners at CarDirect found a dealer incentive of up to $3,000 on some Stinger models, but there's a catch. According to CarsDirect, the $3,000 is...Read More»

2019 Audi E-tron IIHS crash test
2019 Audi E-tron earns IIHS' first Top Safety Pick+ award for an electric car

The first electric car to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest award is the 2019 Audi E-Tron, the insurance industry-funded group announced Wednesday. The IIHS said the E-tron crossover earned top "Good" scores in every crash test, including the driver- and passenger-side small...Read More»

2019 Lexus NX F Sport Black Line Special Edition
2019 Lexus NX aces IIHS tests, earns Top Safety Pick+ nod

The 2019 Lexus NX earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the organization announced Monday. The NX earned the institute's highest safety nod thanks to excellent standard headlights and "Superior" scores for forward collision avoidance. While 2015-2018...Read More»

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
No, you're not crazy; Alfa Romeo recalls 22K Stelvio, Giulia models for optimistic gas gauges

Alfa Romeo announced last month that it would recall nearly 22,000 Stelvio crossovers and Giulia sedans for fuel gauges that showed higher fuel levels than the actual amount. The recall covers 2018-2019 models and will begin next month. More than 11,000 Giulia sedans are affected and more than...Read More»

2018 Nissan Titan
Nissan Titan XD Cummins diesel dead, Titan refreshed for 2020

The 2020 Nissan Titan will look and sound dramatically different than it did for the 2019 model year. On Tuesday, Nissan spokeswoman Wendy Orthman confirmed to The Car Connection that the Titan pickup truck will receive a refresh for 2020 and the Cummins turbodiesel currently available in the XD...Read More»

2019 Kia Optima SX 2.0T
Kia recalling 11K 2019 Optima sedans for defective automatic emergency braking

Kia announced last month it would recall more than 11,000 2019 Optima sedans for automatic emergency braking software that may fail to recognize a stationary car. The recall covers 2019 Optima sedans equipped with either a 1.6-liter or 2.0-liter turbo-4 engines, which are found in EX and SX models...Read More»

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody
Dodge Power Dollars puts strong cash on 2019 muscle car (and crossover) hoods

Dodge is ready to clean out inventory ahead of the new year and it has a pretty nifty incentive campaign to help do so. The brand revealed Thursday its "Dodge Power Dollars" campaign. Dodge will dish out $10 per horsepower toward the purchase of any 2019 Dodge Challenger, Charger, or Durango model...Read More»

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
2019 Toyota RAV4 is a Top Safety Pick+, with a catch

The redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 earned the IIHS' Top Safety Pick+ rating, the agency announced Thursday. However, that rating doesn't apply to all cars. Instead, that honor only applies to the RAV4 Hybrid. In the insurance industry-funded firm's crash tests, the compact crossover aced all six...Read More»

2020 Subaru Outback
2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2020 Subaru Outback: Compare Crossovers

We have love for crossovers. We especially love crossovers that can do it all: haul people and gear to the four corners of the planet, comfortably, while charging our phones. Oh, and it better look good too. The 2019 Honda CR-V and 2020 Subaru Outback nearly do it all. Both crossovers are...Read More»

2019 Subaru Forester
2019 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Subaru Outback: Compare Crossovers

Despite names from seemingly disparate corners of the planet, the Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester approach carrying people and cargo in very similar ways. More importantly for shoppers, both vehicles are relative values among competitors. The 2020 Outback is new this year and a familiar shape...Read More»

2019 Mazda 3  -  first drive  -  Los Angeles, January 2019
Mazda recalls more than 9K Mazda3s for poorly fitted front seats

The latest 2019 Mazda 3 is subject to another new recall. According to documents the Japanese brand filed with the NHTSA, Mazda is recalling 9,430 cars for poorly fitted front seats. The documents, published last week, detail an issue with head restraints in the compact cars. In a crash, the head...Read More»

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid  -  First Drive, Santa Barbara CA, Nov. 2019
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid earns coveted Top Safety Pick+

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid did all the right things for the IIHS to name it a Top Safety Pick+ this week, its highest honor. Unlike the Top Safety Pick award, the Top Safety Pick+ requires a "Good" rating in each of the insurance industry-funded safety group's crash tests. The 2019 Crosstrek...Read More»

2019 Subaru Outback
2019 Subaru Outback and Legacy models recalled for faulty welds

A small number of 2019 Subaru Outback and its sedan cousin, the Subaru Legacy, will be recalled. According to information Subaru filed with the NHTSA on July 11, the Japanese automaker is recalling 2,107 Outback and Legacy models. Legacy sedans and Outback wagons share a similar skeleton and are...Read More»

2019 Ford Ranger
Ford recalling 8K Ranger pickups for seat belt defect

Some 2019 Ford Ranger pickups will be recalled for a seat belt defect. The automaker said Friday it will recall 7,580 Ranger extended-cab models for a right-front seat belt assembly issue. The recall only affects Ranger SuperCab models. Trucks that feature the faulty seat belts may not hold...Read More»

NHTSA test of 2019 Tesla Model 3 AWD
Tesla Model 3 all-wheel-drive sedan nets perfect safety score from federal testers

Federal highway officials this week gave the 2019 Tesla Model 3 all-wheel-drive electric sedan a perfect, five-star overall score for crash safety, including five stars in every subcategory. The perfect mark from the NHTSA follows a similar rating for rear-drive versions of the Model 3 released...Read More»

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