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The 16 Plug-In Electric Cars You Can Buy (Or Can't) For 2014
The 16 Plug-In Electric Cars You Can Buy (Or Can't) For 2014

Electric cars may still seem futuristic, but there are actually 16 different plug-in models you can buy today. Availability depends a lot on where you live, though. Several of them are so-called compliance cars, offered only in California and a handful of other locations to meet that state's...Read More»

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Driven: At 50 MPG And $30k, Does It Add Up?

Is the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid a more compelling vehicle this time around? You might not be aware that this is Honda’s second try at an Accord Hybrid; but as we drove the 2014 Accord Hybrid earlier this month we couldn't help but look back at what didn't work last time—and how...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Volt Fuel Economy
Your Car's Fuel Economy Gauge Is Probably Wrong

Your car's fuel economy gauge may be lying to you. Well, exaggerating at least. A recent article in the Detroit News says dashboard mpg readouts are about 5 percent too optimistic. Some are worse than others, though: Edmunds tested a 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid and found its readout to be 19 percent...Read More»

2014 Buick Regal GS
2014 Buick Regal Driven; Priced From $30,615

The 2014 Buick Regal gets a new engine, a new infotainment interface, and some reconfigured hardware when it goes on sale later this year--along with a new base price. That price is $30,615, which includes $925 in destination charges--$675 higher in all versus the least expensive 2013 Regal. At...Read More»

2014 Ford F-150 fitted with natural-gas readiness package
Ford F-150 To Be Offered Ready For Natural-Gas Conversion

Ford announced today that it would offer an optional natural-gas readiness package the 2014 model of on its popular F-150 pickup truck, equipping the truck to be converted to natural-gas or bi-fuel operation by qualified third-party installers. It's the first half-ton pickup truck to be offered...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Energi  -  Driven, June 2013
2013 Ford C-Max Energi: Driven

The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid. But if you keep your trip lengths relatively short, and get in the habit of plugging in at home and perhaps at work, it does a really good job pretending it's an all-electric car. Selecting the Energi's 'EV Now' mode, we managed to do a 20-mile...Read More»

2013 Tesla Model S
Next New Tesla Sedan Will Be Smaller, Less Expensive, In 2016

Electric-car startup Tesla Motors has been in the news a lot lately. In the last few months, it achieved its first profitable quarter, delivered more plug-in electric cars than any other maker (Nissan and Chevy included) from January through March, and issued more than $1 billion of new...Read More»

2011 Honda Odyssey EX
Best Used Family Car 2013: The Car Connection's Picks

Family cars are a nebulous idea--what's perfect for our crew (a turbodiesel manual wagon of imported extraction) might not be ideal for yours (uh, minivan?). Shopping for a family car--whether it's a crossover or SUV, sedan or hatchback, minivan or green machine--doesn't have to be that difficult...Read More»

2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Best Used Hybrid 2013: The Car Connection's Picks

Hybrid vehicles hardly existed a decade ago, but now they're a constant part of the car landscape--if not a large part of it just yet. Now that there's a growing number of hybrid car nameplates, the used hybrid market is expanding, too. And that's making better gas mileage available to more buyers...Read More»

2013 Honda Civic
2013 Honda Civic Video Road Test

The Honda Civic was new for 2012, but it took a mulligan. The interior wasn't up to par, and neither was handling. This year there's been a quick turnaround on some big fixes--and we think they put the Civic back at the top of its game, as we show you in this video road test. When the Civic was new...Read More»

Teen driver
It's Earth Day: Do You Know Where America's Greenest Car Shoppers Are?

In case you missed the memo, today is Earth Day -- a day that's meant to focus the world's attention on pollution, climate change, and other environmental issues. Once upon a time, the auto industry was wary of being entangled in environmental discussions, afraid that it could never win arguments...Read More»

2014 Cadillac ELR
2014 Cadillac ELR: Volt-Based Coupe Plugs In At Detroit Auto Show

Over the two years that the Chevrolet Volt has been produced, it’s ushered in a new era for GM, and a new era of understanding and acceptance for electric cars thanks to its the extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) technology that’s at its core. Now it’s time to inject a little...Read More»

2013 Audi TDI range
Auto Sales Strong To The Finish In 2012, Despite 'Fiscal Cliff' Concerns

The looming fiscal cliff might have taken over the daily news cycle as the end of 2012 approached, and prompted some speculation that Americans might hesitate on big-ticket items, but it didn't seem to put any damper on auto sales after all--or keep wealthier households from buying luxury cars...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Ford Fusion: The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2013

The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2013 is the new 2013 Ford Fusion. The Fusion earned the highest rating of all brand-new or significantly updated mainstream vehicles this year, fending off close challenges from the Honda Accord, the Cadillac ATS, and the Cadillac XTS. As we wrote in our full...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Video Road Test

We've waved goodbye to The Car Connection's first Six-Month Road Test vehicle. But before we let our 2012 VW Passat TDI rejoin its home fleet, one final road trip was in order--and so was a video road test. The Passat's been an excellent long-distance road trip companion, netting us almost 46 mpg...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Passat
2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: What's Changed For 2013

While we're wrapping up our Six-Month Road Test of our 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI, we've already revised and updated our review for the 2013 model year. Not much has changed for the Passat this model year, and with a slew of new family sedans hitting the market, there's some significance to the...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Video Road Test

Watch out, Toyota Prius--the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is your first real competition. And in many ways, it's the hybrid hatchback we'd prefer to drive every day. Built in Michigan--not sourced locally from California, or even Japan--the C-Max is a tall hatchback that eventually will come in two...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Passat
2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: A Bigger Back Seat Than A...

After spending the past half-year with our 2012 VW Passat during its Six-Month Road Test, we're pretty familiar with its vast talents. Chief among them: a huge back seat, one that's easily the biggest we've seen in a mid-size sedan, one that's made even more useful by tall, wide rear doors...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test
2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: What Happens When Nothing Happens?

Our VW Passat TDI is entering the home stretch, after more than 7000 miles of trouble-free driving with just a lapsed satellite-radio service and an advanced odometer to show for its advancing age. Until today, when it greeted us with an overhead interior light and a radio blast, but a locked...Read More»

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