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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser review update: The cognoscenti’s SUV
2018 Toyota Land Cruiser review update: The cognoscenti’s SUV

The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser is confused about its identity. Does it want to be swathed in white paint and emblazoned with UN logos on its way to a war zone? Or would it rather be parked next to a Range Rover at a swanky restaurant Beverly Hills? The answer is somewhere in between the two...Read More»

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Daytripper: 6 cars and 6 unexpected Labor Day weekend getaways

Labor Day is summer’s last gasp for warm-weather escapades. The final stand for top-down driving, ice-cold road slushies, sunscreen, shorts and T-shirts, the lot. The three-day weekend makes a great time to explore the country. Sure, you could find yourself waiting in line with the masses at...Read More»

2020 Ford Focus Active
Citing Trump tariffs, Ford cancels China-built Focus Active crossover for US

Ford Motor Company quickly axed from its U.S. lineup a small crossover based on its global-market Focus, telling reporters Friday that it won't import the car from China next year. The automaker said that its decision to renege on previously announced plans to ship the Ford Focus Active crossover...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term road test
Pediatricians: Children older than 2 can remain in rear-facing car seats

Parents, take note: A group of pediatricians said Thursday that it will remove age milestones from its car seat policy statement guidelines for children riding in vehicles. Now, instead of stating that children should be seated in rear-facing seats until the age of 2, the American Academy of...Read More»

AutonomouStuff self-driving prototype running Baidu Apollo 2.0 software
Humans to blame for most self-driving car crashes in California, study shows

Computers might be better drivers, after all. That's according to a study compiled by Axios, which said Wednesday that the vast majority of crashes involving self-driving cars in California were not caused by the autonomous vehicles. Axios studied 54 incidents involving the 55 companies granted...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
2019 VW Golf, Lego Bugatti, Labor Day gas-saving tips: What's New @ The Car Connection

2019 VW Golf downsizes engine in fuel-economy bid Front-wheel-drive versions of the 2019 VW Golf should be more fuel-efficient than they were last year, but they won't be any quicker. 2019 Kia Forte first drive: Compact car blues wiped away Even though they are divisions of the same company, the...Read More»

2018 Nissan Sentra
Nissan to recall 166,000 vehicles in US and Canada to fix faulty ignition switches

Nissan said Thursday that it will recall about 166,000 small cars, commercial vans, and mid-size pickup trucks to replace ignition switches that may cause engines to shut off while the vehicles are being driven. The recall mostly affects vehicles sold in Canada, although 13,000 are in the U.S. The...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
2019 VW Golf downsizes engine in fuel-economy bid

Front-wheel-drive versions of the 2019 VW Golf should be more fuel-efficient than they were last year, but they won't be any quicker. VW said Thursday that the 2019 Golf lineup will use a 1.4-liter turbo-4 rated at 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque in the hatchback and SportWagen station...Read More»

2019 Kia Forte
2019 Kia Forte first drive: Compact car blues wiped away

Even though they are divisions of the same company, the divide between Kia and Hyundai has never been wider than with the 2019 Kia Forte. Under its clean styling suite of standard active safety tech sits the automaker’s first continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Don’t go...Read More»

Maven
Illinois governor squashes car rental giants' efforts to kill car sharing

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have made peer-to-peer car-sharing all-but impossible in the Midwestern state. Ars Technica reported that the bill started off as an innocuous attempt to update state rules on rental car damage waivers, but lobbyists from Enterprise...Read More»

Volkswagen turbodiesels await their fate near Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs
Volkswagen TDI owners have just two days left to file claims

Just two more days remain for owners of Volkswagen-built vehicles equipped with a 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine to file claims with the automaker in order to receive a financial settlement. Almost 10 percent of TDI owners have not taken the automaker up on its offer to repair or buy back certain...Read More»

2019 Nissan Frontier
2019 Nissan Frontier pickup truck turns 15, adds more standard features

A lot can happen in a decade and a half—unless you're the 2019 Nissan Frontier. Largely identical to the 2005 pickup truck, the Frontier enters its 15th model year with a newly standard 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment and not a lot else. At $19,985 including a mandatory $995 destination...Read More»

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class (Mercedes-AMG GLE43 SUV)
Mercedes SUV recall, 2019 Chevy Camaro Turbo 1LE, VW TDI settlement deadline: What's New @ The Car Connection

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE, GLS-Class crossover SUVs recalled over brake issue Mercedes-Benz will recall about 9,000 mid- and full-size crossover SUVs built at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama, assembly plant to fix an issue related to their brake systems, the automaker said Wednesday. 8,400 VW Atlas SUVs and...Read More»

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class (Mercedes-AMG GLE43 SUV)
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE, GLS-Class crossover SUVs recalled over brake issue

Mercedes-Benz will recall about 9,000 mid- and full-size crossover SUVs built at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama, assembly plant to fix an issue related to their brake systems, the automaker said Wednesday. The recall covers certain 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, including...Read More»

Lyft Oregon Trail Celebration
Lyft celebrates 175 years of the Oregon Trail with covered wagon rides

The dream of the 1840s is alive in Portland, Oregon, this week. That's because ride-share service Lyft is offering covered wagon rides downtown to commemorate 175 years of the Oregon Trail from Tuesday to Thursday. Lyft admits that the service isn't as much about efficient transportation as it is...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas
8,400 VW Atlas SUVs and VW Passat sedans recalled over loose brake parts

VW will recall 8,400 crossover SUVs and mid-size sedans built at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, assembly plant to tighten brake system components that may not have been tightened correctly at the factory, the automaker said Monday. The recall covers certain 2017-2018 Passat sedans and 2018 Atlas SUVs...Read More»

Audi brings Traffic Light Info system to Washington DC
Lower speed limits, Faraday Future production starts, Electric car costs: What's New @ The Car Connection

IIHS: Lower urban speed limits mean less speeding At the annual Governors Highway Safety Association meeting Tuesday in Georgia, the IIHS released the results of a study showing Boston's recently lowered speed limits reduced the number of cars unsafely speeding. More luxury, more money: 2019...Read More»

Distracted driving
Study: Gen X drivers more likely to use phones while driving than younger drivers

The results of an online study released Tuesday contradict the popular stereotype that younger drivers are more likely to be distracted by their cellphones than older drivers. In every use case—from talking on the phone to checking social media—Generation X and millennial drivers showed...Read More»

Audi brings Traffic Light Info system to Washington DC
IIHS: Lower urban speed limits mean less speeding

At the annual Governors Highway Safety Association meeting Tuesday in Georgia, the IIHS released the results of a study showing Boston's recently lowered speed limits reduced the number of cars unsafely speeding. The insurance industry-funded group conducted its study in Boston, where speed limits...Read More»

2018 Lincoln Continental
More luxury, more money: 2019 Lincoln Continental to cost $47,140

At $47,140, the 2019 Lincoln Continental will cost nearly $1,000 more than last year's version of the luxury sedan thanks to newly standard active safety tech. The 2019 Continental's price hike was first reported by Cars Direct last week. MORE: Read our 2018 Lincoln Continental review Lincoln...Read More»

2018 Toyota Sienna
Toyota-Uber tie-up, Monterey's record-breakers, Classic electric cars: What's New @ The Car Connection

Toyota to invest $500M in Uber, will add self-driving Sienna minivans to fleet Toyota and Uber on Monday announced that they will work together on self-driving car development in an effort to put purpose-built autonomous Toyota Sienna minivans in the ride-share firm's fleet in 2021. App all-stars...Read More»

2019 Toyota C-HR
Toyota to invest $500M in Uber, will add self-driving Sienna minivans to fleet

Toyota and Uber on Monday announced that they will work together on self-driving car development in an effort to put purpose-built autonomous Toyota Sienna minivans in the ride-share firm's fleet in 2021. Toyota said that it will invest $500 million in Uber, which follows an undisclosed investment...Read More»

2019 Honda Insight
App all-stars: The 10 best vehicles for Uber and Lyft drivers

If you're in New York and you hail an Uber or Lyft, chances are you’ll be picked up in a black Toyota Camry. In California, your driver will likely arrive in a Prius (or at leastsome sort of hybrid). While there are certainly some vehicles that make for more popular choices among Uber and...Read More»

2019 Nissan Versa
2019 Nissan Versa still America's cheapest new car, costs $13,255

The 2019 Nissan Versa is the cheapest way to get that new car smell even after a small price increase over last year, the automaker announced last week. At $13,255 to start, Cars Direct pointed out that the 2019 Versa sedan costs $50 more than last year's edition. That money, which includes a...Read More»

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