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2019 Ford Ranger first drive review: The global pickup truck goes American
2019 Ford Ranger first drive review: The global pickup truck goes American

The 2019 Ford Ranger looks all-American, but it waves more flags than just the stars and stripes. Its chunky looks blend Detroit swagger with southeast Asian swoopiness because it was initially designed for places like Thailand where workhorse trucks sized like the Ranger make sense. Underhood, the...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2.7 first drive review: Daring to be different

Paradigm shifts tend to be either brilliant or disasters. Chevy's made just such a gamble with its full-size pickup line with a new turbo-4 engine for its Chevrolet Silverado truck. The new engine takes over in LT and RST trims where a 4.3-liter V-6 once lived, and it makes the 2019 Silverado the...Read More»

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE first drive review: Bellwether luxury crossover SUV

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class that I rushed through a washed-out road on a steamy October afternoon didn’t seem to mind that when it rains in Central Texas, it pours. For Mercedes-Benz, the GLE has become a beacon of stability. It’s a middle child in a lineup of crossover SUVs...Read More»

2019 Toyota RAV4
2019 Toyota RAV4 first drive review: Reaching new heights

Traffic on California’s winding, tourist-riddled Highway 1 creeps along on a Tuesday morning in November. I’m in a 2019 Toyota RAV4 and I’m stuck behind a wandering Mustang with Nevada plates, almost certainly a rental, and I watch in vain as its occupants snap photos of the...Read More»

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser
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 Ram 1500 Laramie
2019 Ram 1500 Laramie review update: the new leader of the pack

The pickup truck wars have never been more fierce. Cheap gas, active lifestyles, and luxury-level creature comforts make full-size trucks viable family cars more now than ever before. For 2019, the Ram 1500 is new, and it came prepared to knock the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and GMC Sierra...Read More»

2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter first drive: generational shift, but as useful as ever

When you consider that new-car life cycles are usually measured in years, not decades, it seems silly to describe new models as “generations.” The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is an exception: the 2019 Sprinter is only the third generation of Mercedes-Benz’s flagship van since its...Read More»

2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke
2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke first drive: the uncertain diesel pickup truck

Dark clouds above. Snow flurries falling. Gloomy view ahead. Seat heater engaged. It may be the end of April, but Colorado Highway 72—known locally as Coal Creek Canyon Road—isn’t ready for spring. The diesel-fueled 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke I’m piloting up this winding...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
2019 Volkswagen Jetta first drive: steady and staid

Two decades ago, ubiquitous would have been too soft a word to describe the Volkswagen Jetta’s presence on the manicured grounds of a prestigious college like Duke University. I recently found myself dodging students with backpacks on the narrow roads surrounding the stately campus in leafy...Read More»

2018 Buick Regal TourX
2018 Buick Regal TourX first drive: slightly rugged, very muddy

The 2018 Buick Regal TourX is a muddy vehicle. Not just because it is aimed at the hiking boot-wearing active-lifestyle set that marketers covet. Buick would like to see its new tall(-ish) wagon, which shares a nameplate, powertrain, and interior with the Regal Sportback hatchback, covered in dirt...Read More»

2014 Kia Forte EX  -  Driven
2014 Kia Forte Vs. 2014 Mazda 3: Test Drive Comparison

The Kia Forte and Mazda 3 were both underdogs in the new-car market some years ago; but these two nameplates are quickly becoming great starting points for all compact-car shoppers, and they're no longer only offering up just niche appeal. Both were given full redesigns for this year—the 2014...Read More»

2014 Ford Escape SE
2014 Ford Escape SE 1.6: Quick Drive

Many American families are skipping over mid-size sedans in favor of compact crossovers. And while it only takes some crawling around the interior of these models—and some weekend errands—to ascertain why, there’s an inconvenient truth about them: Many of these smaller utility...Read More»

2014 Honda Accord
Honda Accord, Toyota Corolla, Mercedes CLA: This Week's Most Researched Car Reviews

You might be shopping for a new vehicle this weekend--but what's on the must-drive list? If you're one of The Car Connection's regular readers, it could be one of these ten vehicles. This week, these cars and crossovers were the most researched new vehicles at TCC. Some of them tie directly into...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Cruze reviewed at TotalCarScore.com
Scores From TheCarConnection Rank Rides at TotalCarScore.com

Here at TheCarConnection, we try to provide a little something for everyone: news, recall notices, shopping advice, even political commentary. But at the heart of it all are our new-car reviews, written by TCC's staff of experts. Now, you can find those scores included on a new site called...Read More»

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet: Most Hated Car Of 2011?

There are a lot of great cars in showrooms these days -- and a lot of losers, too. Now, it seems that auto journos have unofficially dubbed one of those less-memorable rides to be the worst of all: the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. Even though the CrossCabriolet is fairly new to the...Read More»

2012 Infiniti M35h
Infiniti Set To Offer Consumer Ratings And Reviews On Retail Website

As automakers look for new ways to connect with customers, they are becoming more open. Infiniti is about to be the first automaker to provide consumer ratings and reviews on its retail website. This is very ground breaking, and could set a precedent among automakers. This new initiative launched...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
TCC's Most Popular Reviews of 2010

Each month, TheCarConnection brings you new reviews of the latest new cars, trucks, crossovers and minivans. We're positive you read each and every one, in depth, at your leisure--but let's face it, some cars are more interesting than others. We've poked around in Google Analytics to see which...Read More»

2012 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (Natl) Open Doors
TCC's Most Popular Reviews for November 2010

We're plowing through the list of 255-plus vehicles on sale in the 2011 model year here at High Gear Media--and as we cull our latest drives into full reviews, we're watching what you're reading. Each month we scan Google Analytics to see which reviews are most popular. Some of the time, those...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Consumer Reports: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Tops Toyota 4Runner

In a test of the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee versus the Toyota 4Runner—vehicles that SUV families will probably cross-shop—the Jeep just trounced the Toyota. That's right. The publication, which buys its own test vehicles and has in the past been accused of having a bias toward Toyota...Read More»

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