Wagons

2010 Nissan Versa: A Top Safety Pick For Around $10,000
2010 Nissan Versa: A Top Safety Pick For Around $10,000

The 2010 Nissan Versa has been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick. The Versa’s scores aren’t quite perfect though. It earned a rating of just ‘acceptable’ in the head/neck injury category, with a ‘good’ score in the rest of the subcategories. Also in...Read More»

2009 Volvo V70 Plug-in Hybrid Demonstrator
Volvo To Sell Diesel-Electric Plug-in Hybrids By 2012

Technology has always been at the core of the automobile, and as tehcnology steps forward, so too does the automotive powetrain--from the realm of pure combustion to electrical power. Today, Volvo announced another step down that road with its intent to have a production diesel-electric plug-in...Read More»

2011 Kia Sorento
First Drive: 2011 Kia Sorento

What is it?: A new crossover aimed between the Honda CR-V and Honda Pilot, among others The basics: A smoothly rounded shape, V-6 power and available all-wheel drive On sale: January 2010 Price: $20,000 base (est.) Earlier this week, TheCarConnection was among the first dozen journalists to drive...Read More»

2010 Lexus RX 350
Driven: 2010 Lexus RX 350

The RX was one of the first crossovers and arguably the first luxury crossover when it was introduced for 1998. Since then it’s become the long-time bestseller for the brand, and it’s easy to see why. The 2010 Lexus RX 350 is nearly as practical as a minivan and more fuel-efficient than an...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Elantra
2010 Hyundai Elantra Lineup Saves Gas And Goes Blue

Hyundai has made a very smart choice on its Elantra sedan for 2010: improved its fuel economy. And at the center of the improvement is a new frugal base model, the Elantra Blue. Through some relatively simple engineering enhancements—such as a smart alternator, lower-friction components, and...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Polo Three-door
GTI, Cabrio Models Could Spice Up 2011 VW Polo Lineup

Volkswagen is reportedly working on both convertible and high-performance versions of its subcompact Polo. Be forewarned, the chance is relatively small that these models would come to the U.S.; but if they did they'd considerably increase excitement at the affordable end of its lineup. According...Read More»

Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid
Driven: Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid

Mazda hasn’t ignored the possibility of a hydrogen economy, but it’s taken a quite different path than other automakers with its hydrogen test vehicles, like the Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid. Instead of using costly fuel cells, it’s focused its hydrogen efforts around a rotary internal...Read More»

2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo
First Drive: 2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo

This week, we've been focused laser-like on the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show. Focused, precisely, on the moment we could leave the un-air-conditioned halls and Frankfurt's grey dinge for the Portuguese coast and a tour of Lisbon behind the wheel of the 2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo. We're just back...Read More»

2009 Lexus LF-Ch concept
Lexus LF-Ch Compact Hybrid Concept Debuts In Frankfurt

The 2010 Lexus HS 250h is barely out and about, and already Lexus is preparing for an even more compact hybrid. The concept for the new car, called the LF-Ch, hit the floor in Frankfurt today, and these live photos show what it's like up close and personal. As in the studio shots revealed about a...Read More»

2010 Mazda CX-7 s Grand Touring
2010 Mazda CX-7 Sport Is A Penny-Pincher With Flair

TheCarConnection.com brought you fresh driving impressions of the improved 2010 Mazda CX-7 just this past week. And as part of that report, we were among the first to assess the driving experience in the new, more affordable 2.5-liter CX-7 models designated with an ‘i’—the i SV and i Sport...Read More»

Audi A3 TDI clean diesel - European model
2010 Audi A3 TDI Priced from $30,775

The 2010 Audi A3 TDI goes on sale later this year for a base price of $30,775, the automaker announced today. The diesel version of the littlest Audi you can buy may come with a not-so-small sticker price--but it's among the cleanest oil-burners yet, thanks to VW/Audi's latest iteration of...Read More»

2010 Dodge Caliber R/T
2010 Dodge Caliber: Better Interior, Fewer Engines, More MPG

For 2010, Chrysler has slimmed down the choices on its Dodge Caliber hatchback and spiffed up the interior, to make the car more competitive with the best of its class. It now offers just two engines and two transmissions, slightly improving the gas mileage. We've never rated the Caliber...Read More»

2010 Honda Crosstour
2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Revealed

It’s been official since early July that the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour will arrive in showrooms this fall, but today the automaker finally lifted the covers off its newest model addition after weeks of drip-fed teasers. Toyota has had the Venza, a similar crossover-wagon hybrid design, on...Read More»

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Teaser 4
Honda Releases Fourth Teaser For 2010 Accord Crosstour

The 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour is due for its 'sneak preview' unveiling tomorrow, September 1, but today the company has released a fourth teaser image via its Facebook fan page, this time revealing a close-up shot of the crossover/wagon's wheel. The previous three teasers have highlighted the...Read More»

2010 Nissan Rogue
2010 Nissan Rogue Remains A Good Choice For Frugal Families

Thanks especially to the fuel price spike of last year, the Nissan Rogue was a welcome addition to Nissan's lineup for '08. With a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, a responsible, compact size, and a sleek silhouette that looks much a high-riding wagon, the Rogue fits the times. Little has...Read More»

2010 Honda Fit Sport
2010 Honda Fit: No Changes, And That's Quite Alright

Honda has put out the first word on its 2010 Fit, and it appears that there are few, if any changes to the hatchback model for the new model year. The Fit comes only as a five-door hatchback, and it remains one of TheCarConnection.com's top-rated vehicles (an 8.2 overall). The Fit's 117-horsepower...Read More»

2010 Subaru Legacy
2010 Subaru Legacy and Outback Named Top Safety Picks

The completely redesigned 2010 Subaru Legacy and 2010 Subaru Outback—which we've reported on extensively this summer—also now have the honor of being named among the safest vehicles in their class. They've both been given the Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Polo Three-door
VW Declares Polo 'Safest Compact Car In The World'

Although it will be a little while yet before we know when and how the Volkswagen Polo will arrive Stateside, the safety story is already looking promising. The subcompact VW that's bound for the U.S. for 2011 has achieved a top five-star overall result in tougher new European crash tests. The...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Polo Three-door
Preview: 2011 Volkswagen Polo

This spring, Volkswagen's Stefan Jacoby confirmed that the next Polo would be headed for U.S. sale, and now the first look at the new three-door variant has been released. Though the Polo is expected to grow slightly in both length and width for U.S. consumption, it will still feature the same core...Read More»

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