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First drive review: Which 2020 Toyota Corolla should you buy?
First drive review: Which 2020 Toyota Corolla should you buy?

No-nonsense, dependable, durable: no matter which 2020 Toyota Corolla you mention, those words inevitably come up, and for good reason. The Corolla became a go-to choice of car shoppers decades before the device on which you’re reading this was invented. For 2020, both the Corolla sedan and...Read More»

Lyft Shared Saver mode
Walk a few blocks, save a few bucks with Lyft's newest option

Lyft users can now avoid surge pricing and lock in the lowest possible ride rate with the ride-sharing company's newest option: Shared Saver. The company said last week that users can now save money by selecting their ride type to Shared Saver, which requires the user to walk a few blocks to their...Read More»

2020 Kia Soul First Drive
First drive: 2020 Kia Soul grooves into low-price rhythm

What do you see in the 2020 Kia Soul: practical commuter, spacious hatchback, or schtick with light-up speakers? The Soul catfished us all with its “all of the above” answer and low price. It very well may be an automotive Rorschach, just don’t connect the blobs and spot a...Read More»

Australian license plates with emoji
Australia introduces emoji license plates

The Australian state of Queensland takes texting so seriously that it'll soon put emojis on car license plates. The state's third-party vanity license plate vendor, Personalised Plates Queensland, said last week that it will soon offer one of five emoji designs as a license plate theme in addition...Read More»

2020 Kia Soul First Drive
2020 Kia Soul hatchback costs $18,485 to start; perky turbo costs $28,485

The new 2020 Kia Soul LX hatchback will cost $18,485, including $995 destination, when it goes on sale soon, the automaker announced Friday. That's $1,000 more than the outgoing base 2019 Soul, but the new model includes a more powerful 2.0-liter engine, 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment, and...Read More»

Distracted driving
Distracted driving, VW T-Roc R, 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus: What's New @ The Car Connection

States moving to penalize distracted drivers more, even though the cost is already too great Casey Feldman planned the summer between her junior and senior years at Fordham University on the New Jersey shore, working the last “non-aggravation” job she wanted as a young adult. Daimler...Read More»

BMW Group CEO Harald Kr├╝ger (left) and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche
Daimler, BMW merge mobility operations with $1.1B investment

German rivals BMW and Daimler said Friday that they've merged their car-share operations in a bid to challenge Lyft, Uber, and others in the burgeoning mobility sector. BMW and Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, invest $1.1 billion combined into the joint venture. The cooperation is organized into...Read More»

Waymo self-driving car
Waymo self-driving car navigates flashing traffic light, follows police signals

Self-driving cars aren't ready for prime time yet, but they continue to show promising signs of intelligence. The latest example is Waymo's self-driving Chrysler Pacifica that successfully navigated a broken traffic light and followed a police officer's hand signals. The quick video shows the...Read More»

Toy cars for children patients at British hospital
British hospital uses miniature cars to ease kids' worries ahead of surgery

The last place kids want to spend time is in the hospital, but one medical center in Britain has a fleet of miniature cars to help kids keep their minds off of surgery. The BBC reported on the mini cars used at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, highlighting a frequent visitor...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Impala
2019 Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac CT6 sedans get brief stay of execution

General Motors said Friday that it won't discontinue two of its full-size sedans this summer as the automaker had originally planned. The big cars will continue to be built until early next year instead. Last fall, GM said that it planned to close its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in Michigan...Read More»

2020 Volvo XC90
Refreshed 2020 Volvo XC90 crossover SUV adds Android Auto, rear captain's chairs

The 2020 Volvo XC90 set to make its public debut at next month's 2019 Geneva Motor Show doesn't deviate much from the current model, but it gains some worthwhile tech and adds second-row captain's chairs to its roster of options. Volvo unveiled the 2020 XC90 Friday and confirmed to The Car...Read More»

Joel Feldman holds up a picture of his daughter, Casey
States moving to penalize distracted drivers more, even though the cost is already too great

Casey Feldman planned the summer between her junior and senior years at Fordham University on the New Jersey shore, working the last “non-aggravation” job she wanted as a young adult. The aspiring reporter racked up internships at newspapers, bylines at local papers and Philadelphia...Read More»

IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection test
IIHS begins evaluating how effectively cars automatically brake for pedestrians

The BMW X1 didn't even appear to slow down as it barreled toward a dummy on the IIHS' test track in Virginia. With a pop, the small crossover SUV plowed into the dummy, launching it into the air. Nine of 11 crossover SUVs tested by the IIHS had no problem automatically applying the brakes in enough...Read More»

California state capitol, Sacramento
California senator aims to remove speed limits to build America's autobahn

California could do away with speed limits in certain situations if a new bill introduced by an Orange County-area senator moves forward. State Sen. John M. W. Moorlach proposed Senate Bill 319 that would not only add two lanes to Interstate 5 and State Route 99, which connect the Los Angeles area...Read More»

2017 Ford GT originally commissioned by John Cena - Image via Mecum Auctions
Ford may have overstated fuel economy figures, hires investigators

In response to internal concerns that it may have overstated fuel economy and emissions figures, Ford said Thursday that it has hired an outside firm to conduct an investigation as to whether there was any wrongdoing with making its vehicles compliant with federal standards. The automaker's Group...Read More»

Lyft car picking up a rider
Lyft's IPO, F1 race tech, Ford investigates fuel economy: What's New @ The Car Connection

Ride-hailing company Lyft could beat Uber to IPO Lyft could launch an initial public offering as soon as next week, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Mercedes-Benz SLC roadster reaches end of the road After two decades, Mercedes-Benz is finally pulling the plug on its Mercedes-Benz SLC...Read More»

Lyft car picking up a rider
Ride-hailing company Lyft could beat Uber to IPO

Lyft could launch an initial public offering as soon as next week, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The ride-hailing company is expected to list shares on the Nasdaq for its IPO, however, a separate report from Reuters claims Lyft will wait until March 18 to announce its IPO. The company...Read More»

2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC Final Edition
Mercedes-Benz SLC roadster reaches end of the road

After two decades, Mercedes-Benz is finally pulling the plug on its Mercedes-Benz SLC roadster. The automaker on Wednesday unveiled the 2020 SLC Final Edition ahead of its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show next month. As its name suggests, the Final Edition closes out the SLC. The SLC debuted as...Read More»

2009 Nissan Murano
Nissan Murano recall, Audi e-Tron ad, California's Autobahn: What's New @ The Car Connection

2009 Nissan Murano recalled for ABS quirk The 2009 Nissan Murano has been recalled due to a fault with its braking system that could lead to an unusually long pedal travel. 2019 INFINITI QX30 Review The 2019 Infiniti QX30 is a pint-sized crossover SUV with a German heart and Japanese curves. While...Read More»

2009 Nissan Murano
2009 Nissan Murano recalled for ABS quirk

The 2009 Nissan Murano has been recalled due to a fault with its braking system that could lead to an unusually long pedal travel. According to documents filed with the NHTSA in December that were released last week, the Murano's ABS hydraulic control unit could interact with brake fluids that...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Tucson
2019 Hyundai Tucson Night Edition adds upscale BBS wheels

The 2019 Hyundai Tucson Night Edition crossover SUV will be dressed for the evening when it is revealed later this year. We don't know exactly what it'll look like, but we can guess. Discovered Tuesday by Cars Direct in an order guide, the 2019 Night Edition Tucson will feature black trimmings and...Read More»

2017 Nissan Altima
Nissan Altima recalled, McLaren 600LT Spider driven, VW carbon targets: What's New @ The Car Connection

Nissan Altima recalled for passenger door that could open when window is lowered Nissan issued a recall covering 341,003 Altima sedans over the possibility the rear passenger doors could open when a passenger lowers the window. The brand filed the recall in December, but it was approved last week...Read More»

2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon
Ram Heavy Duty pickup trucks recalled for potential steering linkage separation

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issued a recall last week to address a steering linkage that could separate and cause a loss of control on nearly 575,000 Ram Heavy Duty trucks. The NHTSA approved the recall Jan. 25. In total, the new recall covers 573,876 Ram HD models spanning the 2013-2017 model years...Read More»

Uber driver (photo by Uber)
DC could subsidize Lyft, Uber rides when subway is closed at night

To combat loss of public transportation service at night during scheduled maintenance, Washington, D.C.'s Metro subway system could subsidize Uber and Lyft rides to make up for the inconvenience. The Washington Post reported Wednesday on the potential plan, which is in the drafting stages...Read More»

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