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Kia Niro hybrid earns Top Safety Pick+ award
Kia Niro hybrid earns Top Safety Pick+ award

The IIHS said last week that the 2018 Kia Niro is among the safest cars it has tested, at least when equipped with optional active-safety gear and headlights. The insurance industry-funded crash-testers found that the Niro and Niro Plug-In Hybrid both have a strong safety structure and they hold...Read More»

2018 BMW 530e iPerformance wireless charging
BMW's new wireless charging pad turns electrified cars into cellphones

BMW on Monday announced a wireless inductive charging pad available through its accessory department that could spell the end of the road for conventional electric charging cables. The German automaker calls its system Wireless Charging and it allows drivers to park so-equipped vehicles on top of a...Read More»

Rusty used Mazda 6 wagon in Swedish crash test
The ugly truth: rusty used cars aren't as safe as they were when new

Rust cuts deep—literally, according to a new study conducted in Sweden. Cars that show merely superficial rust may be considerably more dangerous in the event of a crash. The insurance company Folksam and the homeowner organization Villaägarnas Riksförbund of Sweden performed crash...Read More»

2018 BMW X3 in IIHS crash-testing
2018 BMW X3 aces crash tests, with caveats

The 2018 BMW X3 holds up well in crash tests, the IIHS said Tuesday when it awarded certain versions of the compact crossover SUV its Top Safety Pick+ award. Not every 2018 X3 sitting on a dealer's lot qualifies for the IIHS' top award, but all feature a strong body structure that performed well in...Read More»

2019 Subaru Forester, 2018 New York auto show
2019 Subaru Forester first look video

The 2019 Subaru Forester has its priorities in order. Safety first, fun later. Its looks may be derivative, but the latest Forester packs a roomier interior loaded up with a lot more tech. The 2019 Forester stretches about two inches longer than last year’s model and the majority of that new...Read More»

2019 Toyota RAV4, 2018 New York auto show
2019 Toyota RAV4 video first look

Look at the 2019 Toyota RAV4 and it’s hard not to see the Tacoma pickup and the 4Runner SUV. That’s no accident. The original ‘cute ute’ is ready to get down and dirty. At least a little bit. READ MORE: 2019 Toyota RAV4: looking more SUV than crossover The new RAV4...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Kona first drive
2018 Hyundai Kona video road test

Make way for a big addition to the Hyundai crossover family: the pint-sized 2018 Hyundai Kona. This small crossover has big ideas—including some future powertrains that’ll have us buzzing soon—but it’s the basics that we’re in Hawaii to discover. The Kona sits at the...Read More»

2019 Ram 1500
2019 Ram 1500 first drive: the luxury car of pickup trucks

The 2019 Ram 1500 has fully adapted to the way most drivers use their trucks: livability trumps utility. Sure, the latest Ram is powerful enough to lug a trailer weighing up to 12,750 pounds, but that didn’t matter to me as I took in the warm scent of leather and ran my hand across the...Read More»

2018 Fiat 500
2018 Fiat 500 video preview

Can frugal be fun? Fiat might have shown us that with cars, it can be. Unintended consequences may not be a bad thing sometimes. The 2018 Fiat 500 gets a turbocharged engine in the name of efficiency, but the 1.4-liter turbo-4 also adds 33 percent more power. We haven't yet driven it, but the...Read More»

Nissan Self-Driving Slippers
Nissan just invented the self-driving...slipper?

Self-driving and semi-autonomous vehicle technology are under widespread development and testing, but Nissan just took a decidedly different approach to dipping its toes into the arena. Almost literally. You’re looking at the world’s first semi-autonomous, self driving slippers. The...Read More»

2019 Toyota Avalon, 2018 Detroit auto show
2019 Toyota Avalon video preview

If you're going to have a flagship, it had better be your best and brightest. Enter the 2019 Toyota Avalon, which further blurs the line between mainstream and luxury. The 2019 Avalon is available with either V-6 or a hybrid engine options and it's still a large four-door sedan, albeit a much more...Read More»

GMC Terrain Antlers
GM: Sticking Rudolf's nose on your car hurts fuel economy

Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer may be perfectly suited to guiding sleighs in inclement weather, but if you played Santa: The Home Game this year, the chances are the little guy took some of the edge off of your fuel economy. That’s according to GM, which tested a GMC Terrain in a wind tunnel...Read More»

2018 Volvo XC60 first drive, Barcelona
2018 Volvo XC60 video road test

Volvo builds sublime sedans and wagons, but these days, it’s best known for its SUVs. The big XC90 has been a knockout, and there’s a new, tough-looking XC40 compact crossover coming soon. With rivals like Jaguar’s F-Pace, the Benz GLC, and the Audi Q5, the 2018 Volvo XC60 has to...Read More»

2018 Lexus RX L, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
2018 Lexus RX L video preview

The Lexus RX is a big seller for Toyota's luxury brand. In fact, it's the company's biggest. And here at the Los Angeles auto show, the smooth-riding crossover is getting bigger. Literally. Lexus is stretching the RX to add a third row of seats and create the RX L. The 2018 Lexus RX L is the same...Read More»

2018 Hyundai Kona, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
2018 Hyundai Kona video preview

If you're on a budget and looking for a quality ride, Hyundai's been there for you with a good value. Now it's ready to take that formula to subcompact crossover shoppers. Slotted below the compact Tucson in the Hyundai lineup, the 2018 Kona is a small SUV that'll square off against the likes of...Read More»

2019 Subaru Ascent, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
2019 Subaru Ascent video preview

Subaru is ready to tackle its next mountain. Except this time, it's not a Rocky, or a Green Mountain, or even an...um... Appalachia? Whatever, it's the virtual mountain of the three-row family crossover that tempts today's family buyers. Meet the 2019 Subaru Ascent. Now, having the average of 2.3...Read More»

Waymo trains self-driving cars to identify emergency vehicles
Google's Waymo takes cabbie out of its self-driving taxis

Google-owned Waymo is taking the driver out of self-driving cars with a new ride-hailing service that just launched in suburban Phoenix. About 100 Chrysler Pacificas equipped with Waymo's self-driving technology are now being tested in Chandler, Arizona, company CEO John Krafcik said Tuesday...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan earns Top Safety Pick award

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan compact crossover holds up well in crashes, but its headlights aren't up to par. That's according to crash-test results released Thursday by the IIHS. The new-for-2018 Tiguan delivered far superior crash-test results than its predecessor, which is still sold as the Tiguan...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Malibu in the IIHS' new passenger-side small-overlap crash test
Latest crash tests show big discrepancy in front-seat passenger safety

A new round of crash-testing from the IIHS illustrates that not all new cars are as safe for front-seat passengers as they are for drivers. The insurance industry-funded agency said Thursday that in a new passenger-side small-overlap crash test performed on 13 mid-size cars, some do not offer the...Read More»

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