2014 Kia Soul recalled for front airbag issue
2014 Kia Soul recalled for front airbag issue

The 2014 Kia Soul is being recalled for front airbags that may not deploy in a crash, the NHTSA disclosed last week. Communication between the control unit and front impact sensors can be scrambled at the onset of a severe crash, and the airbags won't deploy. The recall covers 128,280 Soul...Read More»

IIHS Top Safety Pick testing
What is an IIHS Top Safety Pick and why does it matter?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced its 2022 Top Safety Picks last week, but what does it mean for new car shoppers? This year marks a critical time in automotive safety assessment as the IIHS plans to toughen its criteria in the wake of record traffic and pedestrian fatalities. As...Read More»

2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost
Ford Mustang joins millions of other cars recalled for rearview camera issue

The Ford Mustang joins a growing list of cars with rearview camera projections that fail to meet the safety standards of the NHTSA. Certain 2015-2017 Mustangs have loose or damaged wiring that can result in a distorted image or the lack of an image on screen when the car is in reverse, Ford...Read More»

2022 Volkswagen Golf R
First drive: 2022 Volkswagen Golf R weathers the storm

The 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R represent the freshest choices in a withering class of hot hatchbacks. While we await the redesigned Subaru WRX STi and Honda Civic Type R, and hope that Hyundai doesn’t cancel the excellent Veloster N, deciding between the two Golfs reflects a gulf...Read More»

2023 Mazda CX-50 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus
Safety awards and concerns top this week's news

With large recalls and another widespread investigation launched by the NHTSA this week, as well as the 2022 Top Safety Pick awards announcement, it felt like safety week at The Car Connection. Two new compact crossovers got priced for 2023, and we revisit the underwhelming Cadillac XT6 three-row...Read More»

2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Ford recalls nearly 250,000 Super Duty trucks for fractured driveshaft

Ford is recalling the 2017-2022 Ford Super Duty pickup truck for a potential fracture in the aluminum driveshaft. The recall encompasses 247,445 extended cab and crew cab F-250 and F-350 models equipped with gas engines, according to a notice posted by the NHTSA on Wednesday. Heat and noise...Read More»

2019 Honda CR-V
Honda CR-V, Accord investigated for sudden braking complaints

The NHTSA is investigating 1.7 million Honda vehicles for complaints of sudden and unintended braking, according to a report published Thursday by Automotive News. Owners of the 2018-2019 Honda Accord have filed 107 complaints, and owners of the 2017-2019 Honda CR-V have filed 171 complaints for...Read More»

2022 Kia Niro EV
What's New for 2022: Kia

Kia's electrified future gathers momentum across the lineup in 2022. The launch of the EV6 electric crossover leads the way, riding on a modular platform that will underpin a family of forthcoming electric vehicles from Kia, Hyundai, and Genesis. A bridge to that imminent future extends with...Read More»

2023 Mazda CX-50 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus
2023 Mazda CX-50 ranges in price from $28,000 to nearly $43,000

Mazda's newest vehicle arrives with a broad price delta and a staggered lineup encompassing ten trim levels that straddle the mainstream and premium markets. The 2023 Mazda CX-50 crossover SUV starts at $28,025, including a $1,225 destination fee, but ranges to $42,775 for the 2.5 Turbo Premium...Read More»

2022 Cadillac XT6
Review update: 2022 Cadillac XT6 fails to imprint a strong impression

The Cadillac XT6 has a problem: It’s a lackluster crossover SUV in a cutthroat premium segment that includes the lounge-like Lincoln Aviator and gorgeous Volvo XC90. Despite being a milquetoast option, the three-row SUV still has some surprising details that ever so slightly redeem it for...Read More»

2023 Subaru Solterra
Subaru, Tesla dominate this week's news at The Car Connection

Subaru benefited from good news this week, while Tesla did not. Improved reliability and minor price increases on its latest model reflected well on the small but strong Japanese automaker, while another investigation and poor performance scores on its latest models bogged down the press on the...Read More»

2022 Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3, Model Y investigated for sudden braking complaints

Tesla vehicles are under regulatory safety scrutiny once again, the Automotive News reported Thursday. The NHTSA opened a probe to investigate widespread owner complaints of sudden braking in the 2021-2022 Tesla Model 3 compact sedan and Model Y compact crossover. The probe, which often times...Read More»

2022 Subaru WRX
Subaru climbs, Tesla falls in Consumer Reports’ top brands of 2022

Subaru climbed to the top spot in Consumer Reports' annual rankings of 32 automotive brands, while Tesla suffered the biggest drop from last year, falling seven spots that resulted in a 23rd-place ranking. Six of the top 10 brands were Japanese makes, and the top 10 cars by category ranged from the...Read More»

2021 Nissan Leaf SL Plus
Review update: 2022 Nissan Leaf shows two sides to every leaf

I respect the Nissan Leaf even though it’s only recommendable for its value. The respect comes easy. Initially launched at the end of 2010 with a range of 73 miles, Nissan proved to the world that you could build and sell an affordable electric vehicle. More than a decade later, most...Read More»

2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness  -  first drive
What's New for 2022: Subaru

Subaru ushers in a new era with the 2023 Solterra electric crossover, but for 2022 it builds off the reputation that got it here: standard all-wheel-drive vehicles with an emphasis on safety and an option for rally-inspired fun. On that note, the WRX compact gets redesigned for more sport as does...Read More»

2022 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD Premier
Review update: 2022 Chevrolet Suburban excels at family life

The Chevrolet Suburban is the largest passenger vehicle on the market and it’s popular for a reason: It’s fantastic at hauling everything and everybody. With a TCC Rating of 6.3 out of 10, the 2022 Suburban makes a strong case for itself with the ability to haul the family and its gear...Read More»

2023 Kia Sportage PHEV
2023 Kia Sportage and 2023 Chevy Blazer top this week's new car news

The redesigned 2023 Kia Sportage compact crossover now comes with a plug-in hybrid powertrain option, and Chevy updated the skin and the tech on the Blazer mid-size SUV. Ram released a teaser of the 1500 EV, and we rounded up all the electric trucks currently on the market or coming to it. Here's...Read More»

2022 Rivian R1T
Electric pickup trucks: A complete guide

Electric pickup trucks are no longer a prospect: they are a reality. With Tuesday's additional teaser of the Ram 1500 EV due for 2024, that leaves only the Nissan Titan as a full-size pickup truck without any electrification. The 2022 Tundra can be had as a hybrid, but Ford, Chevy, GMC, and Ram all...Read More»

2023 Chevrolet Blazer
2023 Chevy Blazer sports a new look, more tech

The 2023 Chevrolet Blazer wears new ends and gets some modest tech upgrades, but the real changes to the mid-size SUV happen next year. Chevy plans a full battery electric Blazer to debut in spring 2023, followed by an electric Equinox compact crossover. For now, the 2023 Blazer sports new light...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
485,000 Hyundai and Kia owners advised to park recalled SUVs outside

The Hyundai and Kia engine fire risk recall has mushroomed to new proportions: the brands' crossover SUVs can catch fire even with the engines turned off. The sister automakers advised owners of nearly 485,000 vehicles to park outside away from buildings, according to an AP report published...Read More»

2023 Kia Sportage PHEV
Kia unveils plug-in hybrid option on 2023 Sportage

The 2023 Kia Sportage now comes with a third powertrain option, and it can go 32 miles on battery electric power. The redesigned compact crossover can be fitted with a plug-in hybrid powertrain loaded with convenience and safety features, the brand announced Tuesday. The 2023 Sportage PHEV comes in...Read More»

2022 Nissan Rogue Sport
Report: Nissan to stop gas engine development

Nissan plans to stop the development of new internal combustion engines to focus on electrified vehicles in all markets but the U.S., according to a report from the Nikkei business daily on Monday. The speculative report claims that limited development of gas engines will continue only in the U.S...Read More»

Tesla badge, on Model 3
Tesla fixes recall of 817,000 cars with software update

Nearly every recently made Tesla in the electric automaker's lineup has a faulty seatbelt chime that may not activate upon startup, the NHTSA disclosed on Monday. The lack of a chime results in noncompliance with the NHTSA regulations. If the driver forgets that their seat belt is off, it could...Read More»

2022 Kia EV6
2022 Porsche Taycan and 2022 Kia EV6 surge ahead on this week's new car reviews

The latest electric vehicles such as the Kia EV6 continue to top our TCC Rating scale with stellar fuel economy numbers, but their performance and overall comfort and quality continue to impress reviewers. Here's what else moved us this week. 2022 Porsche Taycan review The 2022 Porsche Taycan sets...Read More»

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