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2011 Dodge Avenger: First Drive
2011 Dodge Avenger: First Drive

With a blitz of sedans, crossovers and SUVs, Dodge is set to have a busy, busy 2011. The Durango is new from tires to tail; the Journey's been worked over substantially; and the 2011 Avenger sedan bolts on a new drivetrain, new suspension pieces and new front and rear clips as Chrysler tries to...Read More»

2011 Chrysler 200
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited: First Drive

No more drama, please. It's not just us making the request. It's the folks at Chrysler, too, we're sure. The last three years have played out in Auburn Hills like a season of ER, with divorce, a near-death experience or two, and a non-stop triage running in the background. There are signs the...Read More»

TCC Best Car to Buy 2011
TCC's Best Car to Buy 2011 Nominees: Sedans and Wagons

Work trucks aside, the heart of the U.S. new-car market is for sedans, hatchbacks and wagons under $50,000. TheCarConnection's Best Car to Buy 2011 award will pick one vehicle from among the 40 new or significantly revised cars, crossovers, SUVs and minivans to hit the road this model year. And for...Read More»

2011 Dodge Avenger
2011 Dodge Avenger Preview

It might look like the Charger's little brother--in a way, it is--but the 2011 Dodge Avenger is seeking an identity all its own this time around. Going after the mid-size sedan segment with an aggressive style and fun-to-drive appeal, Dodge is pitching the new Avenger as something beyond your...Read More»

2010 Volvo S40
Best Family Luxury Small Sedans: Volvo S40

In our continuing coverage of the best family luxury small sedans we take an in-depth look at the 2011 Volvo S40. Redesigned in 2008, the 2011 Volvo S40 five-passenger entry-level luxury small sedan receives simplifications in trim, engines, and options, while most everything else continues...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
See Chevy (Cruze) Run: Like Pac-Man

A great tagline is to advertisers what a white stag is to hunters - sometimes mythical, extremely elusive, and when you actually find one (the tagline, not the white stag), your are going to proclaim your genius, your otherworldly sense of word play, and advertise the spit out of it for the product...Read More»

2010 acura tsx v6 007
Best Family Luxury Small Sedans: 2010 Acura TSX

This week we’re looking at the best family luxury small sedans. For many consumers, the purchase of a so-called entry-level luxury sedan makes a lot of sense. Whether it’s a family-car addition or used by one family member as a daily commuter, buyers in search of a little luxury in a...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus Five-Door
Sport Packages Amp Up 2012 Ford Focus

The 2012 Ford Focus might be one of the most eagerly awaited new small cars in a long while--particularly the 240-hp Focus ST--and Ford is upping the handling anticipation with the announcement of handling packages for the top two Focus trim lines. The automaker says both the Focus SE and the...Read More»

2011 Volvo S60
Spareless Cars Are On The Rise

Nobody but a fool would leave home without a spare tire stowed safely in the trunk – right? Don’t be so quick to judge the sanity of the driver of a spareless car. We have talked about the pros and cons of the run flat tire, but now there is another system that may soon make the spare...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen NMS
2012 Volkswagen NMS: More Sketches, Passat Still Not Coming

At the 2010 Paris auto show, Volkswagen had a full range of new Passat sedans and wagons on display. But the Passat will not be returning to the U.S.--at least the new Euro Passat will not be--and to underscore that point, VW has released three new sketches of its upcoming new mid-size sedan (NMS)...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima EX
Today at High Gear Media: Fireball Run, Paris Show and Optima

On Day 4 of the Fireball Run, Team High Gear Media is running a strong third in the points standings--and heinously late hours fueled by 5-hour energy potions. We sense an ugly wakeup call coming next Monday. [MotorAuthority] The latest Lamborghini teaser for this week's Paris Auto Show is live...Read More»

Neat Rear-Drive Sedan for Cadillac--and a Four-Door Camaro?

Could a new rear-drive Chevrolet sedan, and one for Cadillac too, be in the near future? Motor Trend reports that General Motors’ next-generation Zeta platform will provide the underpinnings for two new rear-wheel-drive sport sedans likely to come from Chevrolet and Cadillac. The magazine...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
2011 Hyundai Sonata: Steering Recall Affects 139,500 Cars

A problem with the steering system in the 2011 Hyundai Sonata has led to an official recall issued this morning by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Earlier this summer, the NHTSA announced it would investigate the Alabama-built four-door for steering failures. In a series...Read More»

North American Car of the Year
North American Car and Truck of the Year: The Short List

The North American Car and Truck of the Year nominees were named earlier this year--and now, the short list of contenders have been culled from the long list. The NACOTY organizing committee reports that General Motors and Nissan dominate the car list with three models each. Four European models...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Tiguan
New Volkswagens Include Updated Tiguan, Eos

At its annual dealer meeting today in Atlanta, Volkswagen of America confirms it's bringing three updated models to the U.S. market for the 2011 model year. Yesterday, VW confirmed the new mid-size sedan ("NMS," for now) being built in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will have its world debut at the 2011...Read More»

2011 Hyunda Elantra (Avante) unveiled in Korea
2011 Hyundai Elantra Production Moving to Alabama

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra has been developed in South Korea, and is being adapted for the American market by the automaker's California-based marketing arm. Now, the Elantra is headed for production in Montgomery, Alabama, alongside the company's brisk-selling Sonata large sedan. Sources in South...Read More»

2006 Nissan Sentra
Great Advice: More Reasons You Should Choose A Nissan Sentra

We’re exploring why I consistently recommend the Nissan Sentra when someone on a tight budget needs an economical and reliable used car. The Sentra is up against a few other vehicles in its class when vying for my “best value” honor. However, there aren’t many makes and...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus Wagon
Ford's Better Idea: Smart Airbags To Debut on 2012 Focus

Word from the Blue-Oval gang in Dearborn, Michigan that Ford Motor Company will debut smart airbags on the all-new 2012 Focus comes as a pleasant surprise. Well, maybe we should call them smarter, instead of just smart, since airbag technology has been clipping along at a fairly steady pace. In the...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Mind Tricks, Reality Distortion, and Other Car Sales Tactics

My son's totally-optioned-out 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI was declared a total loss by State Farm. A "Total Loss Specialist" called me and said, if we'd sign this and that, we'd get a check for $27,240. That sounded about right. So we signed this and that, my wife took off work, and a nice, very...Read More»

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