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2020 Toyota Prius Prime lineup expands, adds Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa compatibility
2020 Toyota Prius Prime lineup expands, adds Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa compatibility

The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime will come standard with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility, and owners of the hybrid will now be able to bring an extra passenger along for the ride. Last year's model sat just four passengers, but this year's 2020 Prius Prime has five seats. Buyers shopping...Read More»

2018 Zotye T600
Chinese automaker Zotye plans to sell a crossover SUV in US

When Chinese automaker Zotye opens up its dealers in the U.S., the first car it plans to sell may be aligned with American consumer tastes. The automaker's sales chief said Thursday that a version of the T600 will be its launch product when it expands in the U.S., but he didn't say when it will go...Read More»

Acura MDX PMC edition, 2019 New York International Auto Show
2020 Acura RDX, Chinese crossover SUV headed to U.S., 2020 Toyota Prius Prime announced: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 Acura RDX crossover SUV launches for $38,595 The 2020 Acura RDX goes on sale this week for $38,595, an increase of $200, the automaker said Wednesday. Waymo shows how its self-driving cars avoid cyclists Waymo's self-driving cars can recognize many types of shared road users, but the company...Read More»

Waymo Jaguar I-Pace
Waymo shows how its self-driving cars avoid cyclists

Waymo's self-driving cars can recognize many types of shared road users, but the company on Wednesday specifically highlighted how its technology avoids cyclists. In a blog update, Google's autonomous car subsidiary said it recognizes cyclists as a major road user, but acknowledged its software...Read More»

2019 Acura RDX Advance
2020 Acura RDX crossover SUV launches for $38,595

The 2020 Acura RDX goes on sale nationally this week for $38,595, the automaker said Wednesday. The starting price creeps up only $200 for the 2020 model year, which reflects no major changes after a redesign last year. All prices include a mandatory $995 destination charge. The $38,595 figure will...Read More»

2019 Kia Niro
Frugal 2019 Kia Niro to cost $24,485

The 2019 Kia Niro is an affordable hybrid that will start at $24,485 including a $995 destination charge, Kia said last week. The base price reflects the cost of a Niro FE trim, which ticks the boxes for basic motoring. Inside the wagon-like crossover is a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Arteon
2019 VW Arteon driven, Lexus CT replacement, LA Green New Deal: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 Volkswagen Arteon review The 2019 VW Arteon is a mid-size sedan that straddles the line between mainstream and luxury, with a stylish body that disguises its impressive utility. Diesel-powered 2020 Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain ditch AWD General Motors will drop all-wheel drive from its...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Equinox
Diesel-powered 2020 Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain ditch AWD

General Motors will drop all-wheel drive from its diesel-fueled 2020 Chevrolet Equinox and 2020 GMC Terrain crossover SUVs. CarsDirect reported Monday that crossovers with the 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine will only be offered with front-wheel drive. A Chevrolet spokesman confirmed the news and said...Read More»

A Honda dealership in Erie, Penn.
Dealers scramble to deal with growing new-car inventories

Abandoned factories, forgotten shopping malls, and undeveloped parcels of land have become parking lots full of new cars as dealers try to figure out what to do with mounting inventories of unsold vehicles. As of April 1, dealerships in the U.S. had 4.2 million unsold new cars waiting to find...Read More»

2019 Smart Fortwo
Smart to exit US market, 2020 Jaguar XE driven, GM electric pickup truck: What's New @ The Car Connection

Smart to leave US market after 2019 The Smart city car experiment in the U.S. will conclude at the end of this year. Toyota will retrofit 2018 Camry, Sienna with Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa compatibility 2018 Toyota Camry and Sienna owners can take their cars to dealers to have Apple CarPlay and...Read More»

2019 Toyota RAV4
2019 Ford Escape vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4: Compare Crossovers

The Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 crossover SUVs appear at more schools and offices than sack lunches. That’s because the small utility vehicles have wedged into our daily routines from home to work to school and back again: they’re comfortable, versatile, practical, and mostly...Read More»

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid
Toyota will retrofit 2018 Camry, Sienna with Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa compatibility

2018 Toyota Camry and Sienna owners can take their cars to dealers to have Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility retrofitted, the automaker said last week. Toyota, once staunchly opposed to third-party infotainment solutions, climbed aboard the Apple CarPlay bandwagon first with its 2019...Read More»

2019 Smart Fortwo
Smart to leave US market after 2019

The Smart city car experiment in the U.S. will conclude at the end of this year. Daimler, the parent company of Smart and Mercedes-Benz, will pull its its tiny cars from the U.S. and Canadian markets after the 2019 model year. In an email, Smart spokesperson Catherine Gebhardt cited a "declining...Read More»

1996 Mercedes-Benz SL500 auctioned with just 80 miles on the odometer
Odometer rollbacks, Mid-engine 2020 C8 Corvette, 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid: What's New @ The Car Connection

Odometer rollback still a big problem even in the digital age Odometer tampering remains a major concern even though automakers switched from analog to digital displays years ago. 51K Honda Odyssey minivans recalled over rollaway risk About 51,000 Honda Odyssey minivans have been recalled to fix a...Read More»

2019 Honda Accord
2019 Honda Accord vs. 2019 Toyota Camry: Compare Cars

Few rivalries among automakers are as long-standing and deeply entrenched as the feud between the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry sedans. Millions of both models have been sold to buyers in the U.S. over decades, and even today, the Camry and Accord are among the most popular cars on dealers’...Read More»

2019 Jeep Renegade
2019 Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X crossover SUVs recalled for airbag issue

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has recalled about 25,000 2019 Fiat 500X and 2019 Jeep Renegade sub-compact SUV to fix an issue that could prevent their airbags from deploying correctly. According to the information filed with the NHTSA and published last week, the 500X and Renegade could house bad...Read More»

Odometer
Odometer rollback still a big problem even in the digital age

Odometer tampering remains a major concern even though automakers switched from analog to digital displays years ago. According to a new report from NBC affiliate NBC 12, millions of cars wander local roads with odometer fraud. The TV channel worked with CarFax to investigate how widespread...Read More»

2019 Honda Odyssey
51K Honda Odyssey minivans recalled over rollaway risk

About 51,000 Honda Odyssey minivans have been recalled to fix a fault that could cause them to roll away even after their transmissions are shifted to park, according to government filings released last week by the NHTSA. The recall affects 50,504 2018 and 2019 Honda Odyssey vans. The problem stems...Read More»

2019 Honda Pilot
Honda timing belt recall, Rear-wheel-drive woes, Ford's electrification strategy: What's New @ The Car Connection

94K Acura, Honda vehicles will get new timing belts as part of recall About 94,000 Honda and Acura crossover SUVs, minivans, pickup trucks, and sedans are subject to a recall to replace potentially defective timing belts. The defect could cause engines to stall if the belts fail. Study: Americans...Read More»

2019 Acura MDX
94K Acura, Honda vehicles will get new timing belts as part of recall

About 94,000 Honda and Acura crossover SUVs, minivans, pickup trucks, and sedans are subject to a recall to replace potentially defective timing belts. The defect could cause engines to stall if the belts fail. Documents filed with the NHTSA published Thursday said that the recall covers 2018-2019...Read More»

Audi Traffic Light Information System, Las Vegas
Study: Americans spend 18 days in their car per year, forge close bonds with a vehicle

Americans spend so much time behind the wheel that a new study showed drivers actually forge close-knit bonds with their cars. The average American spends 18 days driving per year, with an average of eight hours and 22 minutes per week, a OnePoll study conducted on behalf of Cooper Tire found. The...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Trax
Chevrolet Trax crossover SUV recalled to fix suspension flaw

Chevy Trax owners will find a recall notification in their mailboxes soon as General Motors plans to recall 112,958 of the sub-compact crossovers for faulty lower-control arms. Recall documents GM filed with the NHTSA were made public on Thursday. The recall covers Trax crossovers from the...Read More»

2019 Ford Ranger
Justice Department investigating Ford Motor Company for emissions certification

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether Ford Motor Company deliberately falsified emissions certifications for cars, trucks, and SUVs going back as far as the 2017 model year. Ford disclosed the investigation Friday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which...Read More»

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Enterprise Rent-A-Car gets into the car subscription game

Enterprise Rent-A-Car will use its massive fleet of cars to square off against major automakers with a new car subscription service. The car rental company said Wednesday its service will launch on a trial basis in three states and will include access to nearly two dozen makes and models of cars...Read More»

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