Wagons

2015 Subaru Outback Gets A Price Hike, Now Starts At $25,745
2015 Subaru Outback Gets A Price Hike, Now Starts At $25,745

The new 2015 Subaru Outback was introduced at the New York Auto Show, where Subaru proclaimed that this is the “roomiest, most capable Outback ever.” When it goes on sale this summer, it will also be the most expensive Outback ever. Coming in at a $1,425 premium over the 2014 model...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester XT Six-Month Road Test, Catskill Mountains, New York
2014 Subaru Forester: Five Things We Liked, Five We Didn't

Our 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT long-term test car is now back in Atlanta, and we've had a chance to sort through our notes and think about the experience of living with it in the hills of upstate New York for a month. Like any car, we found some things we loved and some things we didn't. We remain...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester XT Six-Month Road Test, Catskill Mountains, New York
2014 Subaru Forester: SUV, Crossover, Or Wagon? We Try To Define

Language matters, as you'll hear from everyone from scholars to activists. And the way we describe cars matters too--but that's where it can get complicated. We conventionally call our 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT six-month test car a "crossover," short for crossover utility vehicle. But others call...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT with 2000 Subaru Outback, Catskill Mountains, NY, May 2014
2014 Subaru Forester: Today's Compact Crossover Was Mid-Size In 2000

If you haven't shopped for a car recently, you may not have noticed the trend: Every car segment is getting larger. Our long-term test car, a 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT, is considered a compact crossover utility vehicle. So are the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Chevy Equinox, Nissan Rogue...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester XT Six-Month Road Test, Catskill Mountains, New York
2014 Subaru Forester: High-End XT Vs Base Model, Pros & Cons

Our long-term 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT test car is now in its fourth month, and in a new venue--New York state's Catskill Mountains, rather than the suburbs of Atlanta. That's taken it into new roads and terrain, and posed some new questions too. Today, we've been mulling over which we'd prefer...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester XT Six-Month Road Test, upstate New York
2014 Subaru Forester XT Six-Month Road Test: So Far

Three months ago, a Subaru Forester XT showed up in the nick of time to help us navigate Atlanta's worst winter storm in 20 years. And then another. And one more. Think it deserves a break? We do too. Now at its halfway point in our Six-Month Road Test, the Forester's spending a month at our New...Read More»

2015 Subaru Outback introduction at 2014 New York Auto Show
2015 Subaru Outback Video: New York Auto Show

For about 20 years, the Subaru Outback has given wagon fans a third choice—it's not as frumpy as a conventional station wagon, or as tall or imposing as a crossover SUV. It’s a formula that works—and this year it’s sticking with that formula with the introduction of the new...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester 2.0 XT
2014 Subaru Forester XT Six-Month Road Test: What's New For 2015

We're just starting our third month behind the wheel of our 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT, and change is in the air--not just the change from snow and slush to epic layers of pollen. The Forester's headed to our upstate New York bureau for an extended look at spring--and Subaru's already issued...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester XT Six-Month Road Test
2014 Subaru Forester XT: Six-Month Road Test

We may sound like a broken CD here, but the 2014 Subaru Forester is one of the most versatile, safest vehicles you can buy--which is why we named it The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2014. It's a perfect example of the "utility" part of "sport-utility vehicle," even though, yes, we know it's...Read More»

2014 Kia Soul  -  First Drive, August 2013
2014 Kia Soul: First Drive

Once in a great while, a product can be just enough of an outlier to reach discerning, trend-conscious buyers new and old, yet not so different that it feels contrived, or paints you the fashion victim or odd duck. The Kia Soul has been that—the ‘mainstream alternative’ hit of the...Read More»

2013 Audi allroad
30 Days Of Audi Allroad: Gas Mileage Wrap-Up

Many of the vehicles you see reviews for here at The Car Connection have been tested by our editorial team for a week at a time—at least once, and in many cases several times. But we've done something different with the 2013 Audi Allroad—putting it through the paces for a full month. To...Read More»

2013 Audi Allroad
Looking Back: 30 Days Of The 2013 Audi Allroad

We are nearing the end of our month with the 2013 Audi Allroad, and we now find ourselves reflecting on all the adventures we've had in the capable wagon. From finding out that the optional grocery hooks cost $36 a piece--and that's before the $294 cargo net--to taking a closer look at the...Read More»

2013 Audi Allroad
Storage And Versatility: 30 Days Of The 2013 Audi Allroad

As we enter our final week with the 2013 Audi Allroad, we took a moment to ask ourselves, what's one of the most defining characteristics of the Allroad? The answer that immediately came to mind is that the Allroad is a wagon. Wagons are useful vehicles with the storage and versatility of many...Read More»

2013 Audi Allroad
The Ultimate Build: 30 Days Of The 2013 Audi Allroad

We're now in the second half of our 30 days with the 2013 Audi Allroad, and we've covered a lot of ground already--we've taken the Allroad off-road, connected to the Internet while on the go, performed a gas-mileage run and worked out the cost of ownership. But what about the ultimate version? What...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Energi  -  Driven, June 2013
2013 Ford C-Max Energi: Driven

The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid. But if you keep your trip lengths relatively short, and get in the habit of plugging in at home and perhaps at work, it does a really good job pretending it's an all-electric car. Selecting the Energi's 'EV Now' mode, we managed to do a 20-mile...Read More»

2013 Audi Allroad
30 Days Of The 2013 Audi Allroad: Photo Gallery

We are now just over a week into our month with the 2013 Audi Allroad, and we felt it was high time that a proper photo shoot was done with the little wagon that could. Naturally we headed into the hills of the Pacific Northwest with gravel, scenic roads, breath taking views, and lots of greenery...Read More»

2013 Audi Allroad
Audi Allroad Design Details: 30 Days Of The 2013 Audi Allroad

For those who want butch styling, all-weather all-wheel drive, and a wagon, the 2013 Audi Allroad just might be the right vehicle. But what makes an Allroad different from the other Audi Avant wagons, and are those changes functional or just for show? The exterior is where all the visual changes...Read More»

2013 Audi allroad
Audi Allroad History: 30 Days Of The 2013 Audi Allroad

As we spend the month of June with a 2013 Audi Allroad, we feel it's important to take a look back at the history of this nameplate, and how it's evolved from one generation to the next. Back in the early 2000s Audi didn't have a crossover or SUV in its lineup, and at the time it didn't have plans...Read More»

2013 Audi allroad
30 Days Of The 2013 Audi Allroad

While you may think we just spend our days driving supercars and taking high-performance luxury sedans around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, we also daydream of well-packaged wagons. To prove it, we are spending the next 30 days going in-depth with a 2013 Audi Allroad. Yes, we've written a full review...Read More»

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