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First Drive: The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer pulls a bait and switch, and pulls it off
First Drive: The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer pulls a bait and switch, and pulls it off

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer has pulled a sly one over on us all. The name’s meant to make us think of a macho weekend spent off the grid. The reality? Weekends of errands and chores, from Costco to installing garage door keypads to cleaning up hairballs. (Where is the Outside magazine for...Read More»

Highway Lights from Drive Change consumer survey
Study reveals best, worst states for drivers

Congratulations, Maine. The Vacationland state is home to the country's worst drivers, according to a national study from insurance quote comparer Quote Wizard. The new study ranked each state using data from the company's own base and cross-examined it with data from the Federal Highway...Read More»

Tata Nano Twist (Images: Indian Autos Blog)
Ta-ta for now: World's cheapest car to end production next year

The Tata Nano aimed to revolutionize how India's population moved around the country with an affordable price. Instead, it turned into an ugly sales flop. Next year marks the end of the line for the jellybean-shaped car AFP reported Monday that new emissions and safety regulations in India mean...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
GM dials back its free new car maintenance

General Motors won't be be throwing in as many oil changes and tire rotations with new cars going forward. Instead of as many as three years of free basic maintenance with the purchase of a new vehicle, GM will now give owners just one free service trip to the dealer. Car and Driver reported...Read More»

2020 Subaru Legacy exterior teaser
2020 Subaru Legacy, 2019 Corvette Final Edition, EV charging confusion: What's New @ The Car Connection

Tesla-like touchscreen to take center stage on 2020 Subaru Legacy The 2020 Subaru Legacy that will debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show in early February will feature a vertically arranged touchscreen for infotainment not unlike that used on Tesla and Volvo vehicles. Florida ranked most dangerous...Read More»

Pedestrian walking
Florida ranked most dangerous state for pedestrians

Pedestrians walking in populous areas of Florida are more likely to be struck and killed by a vehicle than in any other state. A new study found Florida is the most dangerous place for walking in the U.S., with several Sunshine State cities ranked in the top 20 areas for pedestrian deaths. The...Read More»

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Seattle media drive, September, 2018
Mercedes-Benz to unlock optional tech for a price after cars are bought

Mercedes-Benz will leave the door open to sell owners optional features in its cars even after they've taken delivery. The brand said Tuesday that it will include a new feature within its Mercedes Me application to purchase some features for the A-Class and B-Class small cars and the GLE-Class SUV...Read More»

2019 Kia Forte
2019 Kia Forte vs. 2019 Hyundai Elantra: Compare Cars

They may not look like siblings at first glance, but the 2019 Kia Forte and 2019 Hyundai Elantra have a shared lineage that makes these two compact sedans easy to compare. Well, for the most part. In our ratings, it’s nearly a draw between these two compact sedans. The Forte ekes out a win in...Read More»

2020 Subaru Legacy teased ahead of 2019 Chicago Auto Show debut
Tesla-like touchscreen to take center stage on 2020 Subaru Legacy

The 2020 Subaru Legacy that will debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show in early February will feature a vertically arranged touchscreen for infotainment not unlike that used on Tesla and Volvo vehicles. Subaru released a teaser image of the 2020 Legacy's dashboard but didn't specify the screen's...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Drivers far more likely to talk on phone than text while driving

A new study from the IIHS makes it clear Americans aren't giving up their cell phones behind the wheel, but there's some good news. The IIHS published the results of a study last week and found that drivers are more likely to talk on the phone than text. The study surveyed 800 drivers across the...Read More»

2019 Kia Rio
Kia Rio crash test, Motor Authority redesign, VW beach buggy revived: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Kia Rio nabs Top Safety Pick award The 2019 Kia Rio may be an inexpensive subcompact car, but the IIHS awarded the sub-compact car a Top Safety Pick award. Uber to offer free rides to fans of Super Bowl loser There will be one silver lining for Los Angeles Rams or New England Patriot fans on...Read More»

Uber app
Uber to offer free rides to fans of Super Bowl loser

There will be one silver lining for Los Angeles Rams or New England Patriot fans on Super Bowl Sunday: they may be able to snag a free ride home from their game-watching party. According to The Boston Globe, Uber will offer free rides in the metro area that loses the big game. Given that the Boston...Read More»

2019 Kia Rio
2019 Kia Rio nabs Top Safety Pick award

The 2019 Kia Rio may be an inexpensive subcompact car, but the IIHS awarded the sub-compact car a Top Safety Pick award. Earning a Top Safety Pick means the 2019 Rio managed a "Good" rating in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint...Read More»

California digital license plate
Digital license plates, 2019 Audi Q8 driven, Nissan Leaf Plus extended range: What's New @ The Car Connection

Arizona becomes third state to offer digital license plates Following California and Michigan, Arizona last week became the third state to introduce digital license plates as an option for motorists. Just 1 in 5 iPhone users enable Do Not Disturb mode It turns out that Apple iPhone users aren't...Read More»

Volvo 360C concept
Volvo green-lighted to test self-driving cars in Sweden

A Volvo joint venture will take to Swedish highways to test a Level 4 self-driving car later this year, Reuters reported Monday. Zenuity, a joint venture between Volvo Cars and Veoneer, gained approval from Swedish authorities to test self-driving cars at speeds up to 50 mph without any human...Read More»

Apple's 'Do Not Disturb' feature for drivers
Just 1 in 5 iPhone users enable Do Not Disturb mode

It turns out that Apple iPhone users aren't enabling the "Do Not Disturb" mode that silences calls and text messages when the smartphone thinks its owner may be driving. The IIHS published last week the results of a study of 800 respondents showing only 1 in 5 iPhone users had the function enabled...Read More»

California digital license plate
Arizona becomes third state to offer digital license plates

Following California and Michigan, Arizona last week became the third state to introduce digital license plates as an option for motorists. Arizona said that its digital plates come the same firm that makes the technology for California and Michigan, Reviver Auto. The license plate, called the...Read More»

2019 Honda Passport
2019 Honda Passport driven, Uncrashable Mercedes-Benz, Electric cars in US: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Honda Passport first drive: Five seats, just right Discovery of uranium in the sandstone around Moab, Utah, sparked a rush of prospectors into the Four Corners region in the 1950s. 2019 Ram 1500 recalled over potential steering fault A faulty fastener that may lead to the loss of power...Read More»

 2019 Ram 1500 North Edition
2019 Ram 1500 recalled over potential steering fault

A faulty fastener that may lead to the loss of power steering prompted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles last week to issue a recall for its 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck. The defective part is a battery ground circuit fastener, the automaker said. About 160,000 2019 Ram 1500 models are affected. FCA said...Read More»

2019 Honda Passport
2019 Honda Passport first drive: Five seats, just right

Discovery of uranium in the sandstone around Moab, Utah, sparked a rush of prospectors into the Four Corners region in the 1950s. With its 2019 Passport, Honda may very well have struck gold instead. The new Passport is a five-seat crossover SUV that looks, drives, and for the most part, acts like...Read More»

2019 Honda Passport
2019 Honda Passport crossover SUV: Five seats, $33,035 to start

When it goes on sale next month, the 2019 Honda Passport will cost $33,035 for the base Sport trim level. That lands it square in the middle of a growing five-seat crossover SUV market that includes rivals such as the $31,090 Ford Edge, $32,315 Nissan Murano, and $35,490 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The...Read More»

2020 Ford Explorer, 2019 Detroit auto show
Ford aiming to keep customers with new rewards program

Ford owners will soon have a new rewards program like those offered by airlines and grocery stores aimed at increasing loyalty and boosting service center visits. After announcing the rewards program last year without details, Ford went into detail at the National Auto Dealers Association meeting...Read More»

2019 Mazda 3  -  first drive  -  Los Angeles, January 2019
2019 Mazda 3 driven, Vintage Corvette ZR-1, Tesla Model 3 vs Model S: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Mazda 3 first drive: Welcoming a “hip” era for Zoom-Zoom Before letting us drive its redesigned 2019 Mazda 3, the company’s engineers had us spend time on core-strengthening desk-chair toppers popular in Japan. Chinese auto brand Zotye details its US-market push Chinese...Read More»

Volvo City Safety collision avoidance system now with automatic emergency steering
AAA wants to standardize active safety tech names

Shopping for a new car with life-saving active safety tech can be a challenge, and not just because of rapidly evolving technology. Compounding the confusion is that there is no widely accepted name for technologies such as automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitors. AAA said last week...Read More»

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