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Best affordable convertibles, 2021 Jaguar I-Pace revealed, Nevada to adopt California standards: What's New @ The Car Connection
Best affordable convertibles, 2021 Jaguar I-Pace revealed, Nevada to adopt California standards: What's New @ The Car Connection

Beat the heat with these five convertibles that start for less than $35,000 The arrival of summer signals the open season for open-air dining, open-air exercise, and of course, open-air driving. Who doesn't like head room limited only by the lower troposphere? Convertibles just as safe as cars with...Read More»

2021 Mini Cooper S Convertible Sidewalk Edition
Convertibles just as safe as cars with roofs: IIHS

The lack of a roof does not mean a lack of safety when it comes to cars, according to an IIHS study released on Tuesday. Even with cloth tops, modern convertibles don't pose a greater crash and fatality risk than sedans or coupes. In fact, there were fewer crashes and fatalities in convertibles. An...Read More»

Apple CarKey
Apple updates CarPlay, rolls out digital CarKey

The bond between smartphone and connected car continues to strengthen with Apple's latest operating system for iPhone and updates to Apple CarPlay, the tech giant announced Monday at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference. Apple said its latest operating system, iOS 14, gives users a secure way...Read More»

2021 Mini Countryman
What's New for 2021: Mini

Mini continues to charm for the 2021 model year. The British brand owned by BMW returns a 6-speed manual transmission to its small lineup, further enhancing its reputation for quirky urban cars that are fun to drive but offer limited practicality. From the Union Jack taillights and rear barn doors...Read More»

2021 Mini Countryman
2021 Mini updates, Defender roof tent pops up, trucks charge into West Coast EV Highway: What's New @ The Car Connection

What's new for 2021: Mini The small car brand has small changes for its lineup of two- and four-door cars and crossovers. Review update: The 2020 Mazda 6 Signature straddles the divide between mainstream and premium The 2020 Mazda 6 mid-size sedan carries a premium look and feel on par with Lexus...Read More»

2020 Mazda 6
Review update: The 2020 Mazda 6 Signature straddles the divide between mainstream and premium

Could a mainstream family sedan look and feel like a premium vehicle without a big shiny screen protruding from the dashboard, fancy self-parking technology, and supercar-like LED daytime running lights? Despite what the 2020 Hyundai Sonata might have everyone believe, the 2020 Mazda 6 Signature...Read More»

2020 Mazda CX-30
2020 Mazda CX-30 recalled for two issues; Mazda 3 also recalled

The new 2020 Mazda CX-30 subcompact crossover is the subject of two separate recalls, one for a brake issue and the other a fuel leak, the automaker announced to the NHTSA earlier this month. The 2020 Mazda 3 is also being recalled for the brake issue shared with the CX-30. The brake issue affects...Read More»

2020 Lexus GX 460
Review update: 2020 Lexus GX 460 SUV carries a decade of baggage

The Lexus GX 460 is a luxury paradox. The three-row SUV is rugged, capable, and loaded with luxury features, yet it’s loud, inefficient, drives like a truck, and has some odd packaging. The current GX 460 was introduced a decade ago, and has since received a few updates over time to remain...Read More»

2020 Lexus GX 460
2020 Lexus GX reviewed, "The Blues Brothers" revisited, Mustang Mach-E range recognized: What's New @ The Car Connection

Review update: 2020 Lexus GX 460 SUV carries a decade of baggage The 2020 Lexus GX 460 is a luxury three-row SUV with a smooth V-8 and comfy seats, but it is old and lacks competitive features and refinement. New 2021 Ford F-150 promises several surprises When the new 2021 Ford F-150 pickup debuts...Read More»

Teaser for 2021 Ford F-150 debuting on June 25, 2020
New 2021 Ford F-150 promises several surprises

When the new 2021 Ford F-150 pickup debuts online on June 25, it may come with more surprises than a hybrid or all-electric version. The bestselling pickup will add a sleeper-seat, according to Reuters. In addition to the lay-flat passenger seat, the 2021 F-150 is expected to add over-the-air...Read More»

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71
2021 Chevrolet Colorado mid-size truck updated with a new trim, new packages, and a heavy-duty look

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup truck comes with a new Custom Special Edition, a beefed-up ZR2, the return of the ZR2 Bison, and the return of the 2.8-liter turbodiesel inline-4. All Colorados get cosmetic upgrades to the front and rear, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen is standard on all...Read More»

2020 Honda Passport
2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs. 2020 Honda Passport: Compare Crossover SUVs

The 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport and the 2020 Honda Passport are classic spin-offs. Like “Rhoda” and “The Jeffersons,” they have plenty to recommend them in their own right, even over the three-row SUVs that spawned them. Which one deserves to come back for next season? Both...Read More»

2017 Jeep Cherokee
Jeep Cherokee SUV recalled for transmission issue

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced on Thursday the recall of certain Jeep Cherokee SUVs for a transmission issue that could lead to the vehicle rolling away when it is supposed to be in "park." A driveline connection may slip and lead to a loss of a power. The affected car won't be able to go, and...Read More»

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport
Atlas Cross Sport vs. Honda Passport, AMG E63 wagon returns, Ford launches Active Drive Assist: What's New @ The Car Connection

2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs. 2020 Honda Passport: Compare Crossover SUVs The 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport and the 2020 Honda Passport are classic spin-offs. Like “Rhoda” and “The Jeffersons,” they have plenty to recommend them in their own right, even over the three-row SUVs...Read More»

Ford Mustang Mach-E Active Drive Assist
Hands-free driving system for 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E arriving next year

If the Mustang Mach-E is driving Ford into the future, the all-electric crossover may not require anyone to have their hands on the wheel. On Thursday, Ford detailed its hands-free driver-assist features that will be available on the Mach-E and upcoming vehicles from the Blue Oval. Dubbed Active...Read More»

2021 Honda Pilot Special Edition
2021 Honda Pilot shifts to 9-speed transmission, gets $600 price bump

The 2021 Honda Pilot three-row crossover SUV now comes with a 9-speed automatic across the lineup and a new Special Edition trim. The 9-speed that had exclusively been on top trims now replaces the 6-speed automatic on the outgoing entry-level models and comes with paddle shifters and automatic...Read More»

2020 Mercedes-Benz Weekender
How to be a Covid camper

Got the camping bug? Want to explore these United States but don’t have the best car for it? Don’t fancy a massive RV or a flimsy tent? Then it might be time for a camper van. Camper vans are all the rage, and van life was trending for a few years before spiking in 2020 due to travel...Read More»

2020 Winnebago Solis camper van
Camper vans hit the road, 2021 BMW M5 drops, Lucid Air set to launch: What's New @ The Car Connection

How to be a Covid camper Got the camping bug? Want to explore these United States but don’t have the best car for it? Don’t fancy a massive RV or a flimsy tent? Then it might be time for a camper van. 2021 Honda Pilot shifts to 9-speed transmission, gets $600 price bump All Pilot...Read More»

2021 Lexus IS350 F Sport
2021 Lexus IS revealed: New look for luxury sedan, but a lot hasn't changed

The 2021 Lexus IS luxury compact sedan will begin a new decade sporting much of the same hardware as it had in the last decade. The small four-door car that was unveiled Monday sports a new body and new look, but under the hood is most of the same hardware found in 2020 versions. When it goes on...Read More»

2020 Tesla Model S with EPA-rated range of 402 miles
Tesla Model S: 402-mile range exceeds many gas cars

Tesla continues to lead the charge for electric vehicle range. The Tesla Model S Long Range Plus sedan has an unprecedented 402-mile rating, the American automaker announced on Monday. The EPA has yet to confirm the rating of the range leader, but in a post on its site, Tesla claims it is "an...Read More»

2021 Lexus IS350 F Sport
2021 Lexus IS and 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 debut, Tesla's 400-mile range: What's New @ The Car Connection

2021 Lexus IS revealed: New look for luxury sedan, but a lot hasn't changed A refreshed body graces the 2021 Lexus IS luxury compact sedan, but the engines, interior, and just about everything else stays the same as the old model. Crossover SUVs deadlier to pedestrians: IIHS study Since the spread...Read More»

Waymo self-driving car
Self-driving car developers, states line up to participate in nationwide testing program

Eight states and nine self-driving developers and carmakers announced this week that they would participate in a nationwide testing program designed to showcase the autonomous cars' development and make public the routes and information gathered during testing. Federal authorities with the NHTSA...Read More»

IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection test
Crossover SUVs deadlier to pedestrians: IIHS study

Since the spread of SUVs beginning in the late-1990s, safety advocates have decried the effect of these larger, heavier utility vehicles on car crashes. That same argument applies today to pedestrians, even as advanced safety features have proliferated alongside crossover SUVs, the IIHS suggested...Read More»

2021 Nissan Rogue
2021 Nissan Rogue debuts, Ford Bronco coming soon, Mustang Mach-E gets free charges: What's New @ The Car Connection

New 2021 Nissan Rogue crossover SUV gets stronger, sharper, and more Platinum The redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue compact crossover SUV unveiled Monday gets a wealth of upscale improvements, including Nissan's top Platinum trim for the first time, but the powertrain is limited to one engine despite...Read More»

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