Wagons

Best Used Family Car 2013: The Car Connection's Picks
Best Used Family Car 2013: The Car Connection's Picks

Family cars are a nebulous idea--what's perfect for our crew (a turbodiesel manual wagon of imported extraction) might not be ideal for yours (uh, minivan?). Shopping for a family car--whether it's a crossover or SUV, sedan or hatchback, minivan or green machine--doesn't have to be that difficult...Read More»

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon
Best Used Wagon 2013: The Car Connection's Picks

Let’s face it; Americans are biased against wagons. Whether it’s due to the associations that the Baby Boomer generation has with bloated, motion-sickness-inducing land yachts with names like Country Squire or Vista Cruiser, or to the idea that wagons represent parenting in some quaint...Read More»

2014 Volkswagen Golf Variant
2015 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Previewed By VW Golf Variant

We often wonder why Americans aren't a little more tuned-in to the sporty yet economical combination that a good wagon can provide. And here in the U.S., available now, there's no better example than the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen--a model that is more engaging to drive than nearly any compact...Read More»

2013 Subaru Outback
2013 Subaru Outback Video Road Test

Earlier this year, Subaru said its 2013 Outback would be getting some upgrades--a tweak here, a tuck there, a new engine and some dandy new safety features. You'd have thought someone was spreading rumors that the official transportation of drum circles and Lilith Fairs everywhere was turning into...Read More»

2013 Audi allroad
Wagons, Mazda Wants To Go On A Diet, Mid-Size Sedan Shoppers: Today's Car News

Today at High Gear Media Ford thinks it knows what mid-size sedan shoppers want and Mazda puts future models on a diet. Audi teased the RS 5 for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and we discuss wagons. All this and more in today's car news, right here on The Car Connection. Take the road less...Read More»

2013 Audi allroad
Why Wouldn't You Buy A Wagon? #YouTellUs

While wagons are popular in many parts of the world, consumers in the U.S. seem to dislike wagons. Instead, crossovers seem to be the more popular choice, but why? Today's question is: why wouldn't you buy a wagon? Crossovers are often hailed for their "car-like" driving qualities--but what's more...Read More»

2013 Audi allroad
2013 Audi Allroad: First Drive and Video Road Test

If you're looking for an A4 Avant station wagon as you troll the local Audi dealer this coming model year, you'll be out of luck. Rather than stock the good-looking wagon, Audi's crossed over, reaching back into its bag of nameplates to come up with the Allroad. You might remember the last car to...Read More»

2013 Subaru Outback, photo by Thomas Bey
Subaru EyeSight: 2013 Outback Outshines In Outer Banks

Having 20/13 eyesight is beyond the sharpness most of us can claim. EyeSight driver assist in 2013 Subaru Outback and Legacy models is easier attained. It’s available in an option package in 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited trim now, with planned integration into other models down the road...Read More»

2013 Ford Flex
2013 Ford Flex: First Drive

How can so many people still not see the beauty in the Flex? The boxy Ford Flex wagon isn't just fashionable; it would be on our shortlist of best vehicles to take on a cross-country trip; and for carrying six adults out for the evening; and for busy moms; and for all of an afternoon's ill-advised...Read More»

Hyundai i30 wagon (Euro spec)
2013 Chevrolet Cruze Wagon vs Hyundai i30 Wagon: Not For U.S. Consumption

Although the Geneva Motor Show was packed with premieres for luxury cars, sports cars, supercars, and exclusive prestige marques, there were plenty of down-to-earth family vehicles rolled out here for the first time as well. Among them were two models that will almost certainly prove popular in the...Read More»

2013 Audi A6 Allroad quattro
Audi Allroad Owners: Win A Trip To Test Drive The New Allroad

When the Audi allroad station wagon appeared in the U.S. earlier this century, it didn't have a great run -- but it's making a comeback. And if you happen to have an allroad in your garage, Audi wants to give you the chance to test drive the newest member of the family with an all-expense paid trip...Read More»

2012 Subaru Impreza
Deliveries Of 2012 Subaru Impreza Slowed By Brake Recall

Thinking of signing on the dotted line for a new Subaru today—or any other new car, for that matter—and planning to drive away in it this weekend? We suggest you make sure that any recalls applying to the car have already been done. If they haven't, you might not be allowed to drive off...Read More»

2012 Mazda MAZDA5
2012 Mazda5 Driven: As Thrifty And Fun As Three Rows Can Be

For most shoppers, the decision to get a third row of seats—to seat six or more when needed—is one that's going to involve some sacrifice, both in terms of the family budget and driving enjoyment. First there's the initial blow, as most vehicles with three rows typically cost thousands...Read More»

2012 Acura TSX 5dr Sport Wagon I4 Auto Tech Pkg Side Exterior View
2012 Acura TSX: For A Few Dollars More

Quiet confidence. It's one of the many traits that impressed when we tested the 2011 Acura TSX sedan and counterpart 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon. It also helped that Acura designers dialed down the controversial grille to Dull Roar. For 2012, the mug doesn't shrink further and neither does the...Read More»

2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class
A-, B-, C-Class: Mercedes Bets Big On Small Cars In America

Is America ready, really ready this time, for a small Mercedes-Benz? Or, many of them? From the old 190E to today's C-Class, Mercedes' luck with its smallest cars has been mixed. The C-Class is a core product in the lineup, and has been a mainstay for more than a decade, but the C-Class hatchback...Read More»

2012 Mazda MAZDA5
Third Row Seats: The 6 Smallest, Easiest-Parking Vehicles With Them

If you require seating for six or seven, you'll probably need a third row. But at the moment that you realize you need more than five seating positions, your entire range of vehicle possibilities becomes much more limited. Getting a third row often involves settling for a much larger vehicle that's...Read More»

2012 Mazda MAZDA5
2012 Mazda5: A Smart Pick, But Lean Feature Set Might Limit Appeal

For most of the time that it's been on sale in the U.S. market—nearly five years—the Mazda5 has been an odd one out in the market—and a niche vehicle, despite its conventional minivan silhouette. As Mazda points out, compared to the Dodge Caravan, which kicked off the U.S. minivan...Read More»

2012 Mazda MAZDA5
2012 Mazda Mazda5: First Drive

There's a certain charming simplicity about the 2012 Mazda5. Yes, it's a minivan. Yes, it's a little lower, sportier, and more fun to drive. And yes, it's configured for the needs of small families—simple, lean, and value-priced. You can easily open or close the non-power sliding doors with...Read More»

2010 Mazda Mazda5
Fuel-Pump, Corrosion Issue Prompts 2009-2010 Mazda5 Recall

Mazda5 models from the 2009 and 2010 model years are being recalled due to a possible fuel-system problem that could lead to stalling and trouble restarting the engine. According to a notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), water might not have been cleared from a...Read More»

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