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Ford launches Sync 4 and over-the-air updates
Ford launches Sync 4 and over-the-air updates

Ford is going all-in on tech this week, announcing both the latest generation of its Sync 4 infotainment and connectivity suite and the availability of advanced over-the-air (OTA) updates starting with its 2020 model year lineup. The big news is the introduction of Sync 4, which now incorporates...Read More»

2020 Lexus RX
2020 Lexus RX review, the 6-figure Shelby GT500, Tesla Model 3 taxi: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 Lexus RX review Comfort is the 2020 Lexus RX's game, with space for five adults and their roll-aboards. Styling's a mixed bag—and so is safety, in a shock. We rate the 2020 RX at 6.2 out of 10. Toyota recalling more than 928K cars in final phase of massive Takata airbag fix Toyota is...Read More»

2015 Ford Flex
Bye, Ford Flex; Shelby GT500 review; Mini electric, mini price: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Ford Flex is dead The Flex once cut the sharpest figure in Ford's family of sport-utility vehicles and wagons, but it's being culled from the lineup after the 2019 model year. Some pedestrian detection systems are ineffective at avoiding crashes, IIHS finds IIHS testing of 16 mid-size sedans...Read More»

IIHS tests pedestrian detection in 2019 Hyundai Sonata
Some pedestrian detection systems are ineffective at avoiding crashes, IIHS finds

Pedestrian detection systems on six mid-size cars earned top honors from the IIHS on Tuesday for recognizing adults and children in roadways and significantly slowing or stopping altogether to avoid injurious or fatal crashes. Three other mid-size sedans didn't earn a rating because they failed to...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan TDI  (Euro-spec)
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan earns Top Safety Pick+

Volkswagen's entry-level family SUV was awarded an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ on certain trims with LED headlights. Overall, the compact crossover earned top marks in crash testing regardless of trim. "The 2019 Tiguan earns good ratings in six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, including the driver-side...Read More»

2010 Toyota 4Runner Trail
Toyota recalling more than 928K cars in final phase of massive Takata airbag fix

Toyota will recall more than 928,000 sedans, SUVs, trucks, minivans, coupes, and convertibles in the final phase of a massive fix to replace faulty airbag inflators made by now-defunct airbag supplier Takata. The recall covers a broad swath of Toyota, Scion, and Lexus vehicles that include: -...Read More»

2019 Ford Flex
The Ford Flex is dead

Ford officially announced the end of the Flex on Monday, a boxy crossover SUV that balanced minivan spaciousness with wagon-like sportiness. Flex production ends the week of Thanksgiving at Ford’s Oakville, Ontario plant, where workers are bracing for layoffs. Ford stopped production of the...Read More»

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera
Porsche goes online, the next Lamborghini Aventador, CO2 makes news: What's New @ The Car Connection

Porsche tests online car sales Porsche's online car buying pilot program will let shoppers complete paperwork, handle trade-ins, lock down financing without having to visit dealer. 2020 Mazda 6 sedan starts at $24,920 Mazda's aging mid-size sedan gets standard active safety features and a new key...Read More»

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Porsche tests online car sales

Buying a car on Sunday is now an option—online, anyway—thanks to Porsche, which has inked a deal with 25 dealers nationwide to provide online retail options for its customers. This approach doesn't cut out the middleman—not completely, anyway—but it does allow buyers who...Read More»

2020 Mazda 6
2020 Mazda 6 sedan starts at $24,920

The 2020 Mazda 6 mid-size sedan will get a modest $200 price bump when it goes on sale later this fall, Mazda announced Friday, keeping the base price for its mid-sizer under $25,000 ($24,920 including destination). The 6 remains essentially unchanged from 2019. A new key fob is the only noteworthy...Read More»

New Volkswagen Golf
2021 VW Golf preview, Jaguar's supercar, Bollinger electric truck price: What's New @ The Car Connection

Top Senator proposes up to $5,000 cash back to trade in old gas cars for electric cars U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer proposed a $454 billion plan over 10 years to phase out gas cars in favor of zero-emission vehicles to get US on path for net carbon zero. New Volkswagen Golf hatchback revealed amid...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV charging at Electrify America site, Kelso, Washington
US Sen. Schumer proposes up to $5,000 cash back to trade in old gas cars for electric cars

New car buyers could get up to $5,000 cash or more to trade in old gas cars for plug-in hybrid, electric, or fuel-cell vehicles, according to an ambitious proposal by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer. In an op-ed published late Thursday in The New York Times, the top Senate Democrat from New York proposed a...Read More»

New Volkswagen Golf
New Volkswagen Golf hatchback revealed amid uncertain future in US

The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf bowed Thursday in Germany and ushered the long-running nameplate into its sixth decade for the venerable automaker. The new Golf won't be available in the U.S., at least initially. So far, VW execs have only said that the performance-focused VW Golf GTI and VW...Read More»

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class
2020 Mercedes GLE review, off-road truck challenge, Tesla Model Y due in summer: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class review With excellent safety and performance ratings, handsome styling, and a wealth of features, the 2020 GLE-Class medium-sized crossover SUV earns some of the best scores among luxury utility vehicles. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class snags IIHS Top Safety Pick+...Read More»

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class snags IIHS Top Safety Pick+ trophy—with the right lights

One of the newest crossover SUVs in the Mercedes-Benz family now can be called one of the safest, provided it's outfitted with optional headlights. The IIHS reported on Wednesday that the 2020 Mercedes GLE-Class SUV has earned its Top Safety Pick+ award, so long as the vehicle in question rolled...Read More»

2020 Nissan Titan XD
2020 Nissan Titan XD updated for heavy-duty pickup truck competition

Unveiled this week in Tennessee, the 2020 Nissan Titan XD heavy-duty truck adds even tougher looks, compared to the 2019 version, even if the power is only slightly increased. With the Titan XD, Nissan's full-size, not-quite-heavy-duty pickup is addition by subtraction. Gone are the multiple cab...Read More»

2020 Subaru Forester
RAV4 vs Forester, Aston Martin Vantage review, Lexus EV preview: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2020 Subaru Forester: Compare Crossovers The two popular crossovers from Toyota and Subaru duel head to head with one winner among small crossovers. Updated Lexus UX headlights earn Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS 2019 Lexus UX small crossover earns a Top Safety Pick+ for LED...Read More»

2020 Subaru Forester
2020 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2020 Subaru Forester: Compare Crossover SUVs

Competition among compact crossovers is fiercer now than it ever has been. That’s because more buyers seek the versatility, tall ride height, and (relatively) affordable price tag that only the small ‘utes can provide. There are smaller, cheaper alternatives to the 2020 Toyota RAV4 and...Read More»

2019 Lexus UX (UX250h E-Four hybrid)
Updated Lexus UX headlights earn Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS

Updated headlights on 2019 Lexus UX crossovers earned top scores from the IIHS in recent tests and netted the small luxury crossover a Top Safety Pick+ award. Lexus Enthusiast was the first to report the findings Monday. In May, the IIHS reported that the new Lexus UX, which is related to the...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Palisade
2020 Hyundai Palisade review, Porsche Panamera 'Ring testing, Winnebago EV: What's New @ The Car Connection

Review update: A look inside the wonders of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is a large three-row SUV with all the functionality of a minivan but with the style of a luxury crossover. 2020 Subaru Crosstrek to start at $23,155; Hybrid at $36,155 2020 Subaru Crosstrek small...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Palisade
Review update: A look inside the wonders of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade

I like the minivan. Mocked by soccer moms and car enthusiasts alike, I defend the minivan against the impractical people who prefer the form of the three-row SUV over the function of the minivan. But the 2020 Hyundai Palisade has broken my convictions. The large crossover handles every function of...Read More»

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid  -  First Drive, Santa Barbara CA, Nov. 2019
2020 Subaru Crosstrek to start at $23,155; Hybrid at $36,155

The Subaru Crosstrek small crossover is just $285 more expensive for 2020, the Japanese automaker announced Thursday, starting at $23,155 (including a $1,010 destination fee). The 2020 Crosstrek Hybrid will start at $36,155—an increase of $185. While Subaru claims price increases of $250 and...Read More»

2020 Audi A6 Allroad
What's new for Audi, Hyundai's large drift machine, Polestar 2 vs. XC40 Recharge: What's New @ The Car Connection

What’s new for 2020: Audi The luxury automaker added two wagons to its A6 lineup and will keep the TT around for another year. What do you get from a connected car app? Connected car apps are becoming more common and more functional in new cars, and automakers such as Ford are making these...Read More»

FordPass Home Screen
What do you get from a connected car app?

As cars themselves get smarter and smarter, the technology on our dashboards is becoming ever more intertwined with the devices we carry in our pockets. From simple maintenance reminders to functions that can turn a smartphone into an advanced key fob, connected car apps vary significantly in terms...Read More»

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