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Hyundai shuffles 2023 lineup, discontinues Accent, Veloster N, Ioniq
Hyundai shuffles 2023 lineup, discontinues Accent, Veloster N, Ioniq

The small car segment lost more members on Thursday, with Hyundai announcing the end of production of the entry-level Accent compact car and the N vestige of the Veloster hatchback. The original Ioniq hybrid also ended production this year, ceding ground to a suite of electric vehicles with an...Read More»

2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro i-Force Max hybrid
2022 Toyota Tundra recalled for rear axle issue

The redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra pickup truck has been recalled for a rear axle housing that can separate from the shaft and increase the risk of a crash, the NHTSA disclosed on Wednesday. The recall applies to trucks with either the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 or the hybrid version of that...Read More»

BMW's wireless Apple CarPlay integration
Apple CarPlay connectivity continues to be biggest problem for new car owners

Dropped connections. Frustrating interfaces. Intrusive driver-assist systems. Such is the new car experience for many owners. The number of reported problems in the first 90 days of car ownership has never been higher than in the 36-year history of the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey, the...Read More»

2016 Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Pathfinder recalled for hood that can fly open

Nissan is recalling the 2013-2016 Pathfinder SUV for a faulty latch that can cause the hood to fly open, the NHTSA disclosed Wednesday. The recall encompasses 322,671 Pathfinders. The lever on the secondary hood latch can bind and be left in the open position due to contamination and corrosion. The...Read More»

2023 Infiniti QX55
Infiniti boosts price of 2023 QX55 crossover coupe nearly $3,000

The 2023 Infiniti QX55 crossover coupe comes with a more few features for a few thousand dollars more than when it launched new in 2022. The tweener crossover costs $50,345 to start, including a $1,195 destination fee, Infiniti announced Tuesday. That's an increase of $2,820 from the initial 2022...Read More»

2022 Infiniti QX55
Infiniti, Acura join other automakers in including complimentary scheduled maintenance

Every 2023 Infiniti vehicle now comes with three years of complimentary scheduled maintenance, the automaker announced last week. Acura did the same for the 2023 Acura MDX three-row crossover, which now comes with two years or 24,000 miles of included maintenance. The premium brands join a chorus...Read More»

2023 Acura MDX
2023 Acura MDX exceeds $50,000 with $2,320 price hike

Acura has hiked the price of the 2023 Acura MDX by $2,320 more than last year's model. The three-row crossover SUV now starts at $50,245, including a $1,195 destination fee, the automaker announced last week. Adding all-wheel drive adds another $2,200 on base and Technology package models, which is...Read More»

2022 Nissan Rogue
The last 2022 models complete this week's new car reviews

At The Car Connection, we strive to test every new powertrain development, factor in the latest safety ratings, and report on the latest price changes within a model year. Often, we test drive new cars before crash testing is concluded, and other times, automakers delay access to base models or...Read More»

Lincoln boutiques and dealerships
New car prices reach record highs, again, and dealers make record profits

The average transaction price customers have paid for a new car is expected to reach $45,844 this month, according to the latest report from J.D. Power. That's a 14.5% increase from one year ago. At the same time, the constrained supply isn't hurting dealers. Dealer margins on every new car sold is...Read More»

2023 Honda HR-V
2023 Honda HR-V vs. 2022 Subaru Crosstrek: Compare Crossovers

If you want a compact utility vehicle with rugged cues, a little more ride height, and an affordable price—yet with a profile that’s ultimately more carlike than trucklike—the Subaru Outback and Honda HR-V are two great contenders. The Subaru Crosstrek arrived a decade ago...Read More»

2014 Honda Ridgeline Sport
Honda Ridgeline recalled in states that use road salt

Older versions of the Honda Ridgeline pickup truck are being recalled for a potential fuel leak caused by road salt de-icing agents, the NHTSA disclosed on Wednesday. In certain states that use road salt to clear roadways of ice, the salt can accumulate with mud and dirt in the rear part of the...Read More»

2023 Nissan Leaf
2023 Nissan Leaf costs $28,895, could still be cheaper than Chevy Bolt EV

The 2023 Nissan Leaf electric car blooms into another model year with a fresh face but only two trim levels down from five last year. The price increases $520 to $28,895 for the base Leaf S, Nissan announced Tuesday. The longer-range 2023 Leaf SV Plus costs $36,895, which is also an increase of...Read More»

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek, left, 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness, right
Off-road grades: SUV trims muddle the line between off-road intenders and soft-road pretenders

What separates a crossover from an SUV? In the old days, a body-on-frame design along with a 2-speed transfer case for low gearing used to be the litmus test. Now, except for truck-based full-size SUVs, most vehicles in this most popular segment are based on unibody construction. Yet automakers...Read More»

2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango SUVs recalled for rollaway risk

Certain SUVs produced by the automaker formerly known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are being recalled for a false brake reading that may increase the risk of rollaway crashes, the NHTSA disclosed on Monday. The recall encompasses 270,904 SUVs, including the 2018-2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and...Read More»

 2019 Ram 1500 North Edition
Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ram 1500 Ecodiesels recalled for power loss

Stellantis is recalling 138,645 SUVs and trucks equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine. Dubbed Ecodiesel, the engine has a fuel pump that can block the flow of fuel and lead to power loss while driving, the NHTSA disclosed on Monday. The recall affects the 2014-2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV...Read More»

2023 Genesis GV60 Performance
2023 Genesis GV60, 2023 Toyota Highlander headline this week's new car reviews

We spent some time in the 2023 Genesis GV60, the brand's first electric vehicle, and were pleasantly surprised that Hyundai's luxury arm has a another winner. Automakers kept rolling out prices and updates to 2023 models, and the IIHS finished crash-testing 2022 models. Here are the top reviews...Read More»

2023 Kia Seltos
2023 Kia Seltos price increases by $470 to $24,135

The 2023 Kia Seltos small crossover carries over into the new year with a modest price increase of about $500 and even more modest additions to safety. The entry-level crossover launched for 2021 and offers a taller, roomier alternative to the brand's bestselling Kia Forte. The base LX model with...Read More»

2023 Genesis GV60, left, and 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, right
2023 Genesis GV60 vs 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5: Compare Electric Cars

I expected the 2023 Genesis GV60 to be the brand’s first crossover dud. Instead, Genesis keeps undermining established luxury brands with arresting style, breathtaking acceleration, and a loaded standard feature set that marinates into that most delicious oxymoron—a luxury value. It...Read More»

2022 Tesla lineup  (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)
Tesla hikes prices again, Model Y starts at $67,190

Tesla has increased prices again across nearly its entire lineup of electric vehicles. It's the second increase in three months, and at least the seventh price increase since 2020. The last time Tesla increased prices of its electric vehicles, in March 2022, the prices spiked between $2,500 to...Read More»

2019 Ford Escape
Ford recalls nearly 3 million cars for rollaway risk

Ford will recall 2,952,968 vehicles for a shifter issue that could slip a car out of Park and let the vehicle roll away without the driver's knowledge, the NHTSA disclosed Wednesday. A damaged or missing bushing that attaches the shift cable to the transmission may degrade or detach, Ford revealed...Read More»

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years
2022 Volkswagen Golf R, GTI earn highest safety ratings

The redesigned 2022 Volkswagen Golf earns the highest safety awards bestowed by the IIHS, the insurance-industry funded non-profit announced Wednesday. The two sporty iterations of the Golf sold in the U.S., the GTI and Golf R, aced all six of the crash tests conducted by the IIHS. Both of the...Read More»

2023 Subaru Ascent
2023 Subaru Ascent SUV refreshed with new lights, upgraded tech

The 2023 Subaru Ascent three-row SUV climbs into the new year with revised front and rear ends, wireless smartphone connectivity, and improved safety technology, Subaru announced Tuesday. Competing with family haulers that eschew sliding doors for SUV style, the refreshed Ascent faces off against...Read More»

2023 Toyota BZ4X
First drive: 2023 Toyota BZ4X eases the shift to electric cars

The 2023 Toyota BZ4X electric crossover eschews cliches. It is not a game changer, nor is it a paradigm shifter or envelope pusher. It’s not revolutionary, evolutionary, or rugged. It is the BZ4X, a bad name for a good car that eases Toyota fans into full electric power, though it comes at...Read More»

2023 Toyota Sequoia SR5
2023 Toyota Sequoia, Nissan Altima headline this week's new car reviews

We took a spin on and off-road in the new 2023 Toyota Sequoia, the first redesign of the full-size SUV in 15 years. We also caught up with 2022 models delayed due to supply shortages, such as the Lincoln Corsair PHEV and the Hyundai Elantra N. In short, it's been a fun week. Here's what else moved...Read More»

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