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A more affordable Porsche Taycan drops, Tesla Pickup still on track, and the GTI's plaid seats headline The Car Connection news
A more affordable Porsche Taycan drops, Tesla Pickup still on track, and the GTI's plaid seats headline The Car Connection news

How the Volkswagen GTI got those plaid seats and golf-ball shifter VW designer Gunhil Liljequist discusses how the Golf GTI's plaid seats and golf-ball shifter came to be. More than 366,000 Subaru Foresters recalled for faulty front airbag sensors A front-seat sensor may fail to detect an occupant...Read More»

2018 Subaru Forester
More than 366,000 Subaru Foresters recalled for faulty front airbag sensors

Subaru will recall certain Forester crossover SUVs equipped with heated front seats, the company announced this month. A loose electrical connection can cause a malfunction in the occupant detection system (ODS), which detects the relative size of a front-seat passenger. If the ODS doesn't detect a...Read More»

2019 BMW 8-Series (M850i xDrive)
BMW recalls many of its newer cars, including Toyota Supra, for faulty rearview camera

BMW will recall most of its newer models, including the Toyota Supra, Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Phantom, for a rearview camera flaw. The camera settings in those cars can be adjusted to no longer project a rear image when in reverse, and that setting stays the same the next time the vehicle is put...Read More»

Toyota's hybrid family
Toyota extends battery warranty on all new hybrid and electric vehicles

Toyota is the uncontested leader in hybrid vehicles and now it has the longest warranty to back up its hybrid know-how. On Thursday, Toyota announced it would extend its hybrid battery warranty from 8 years/100,000 miles to 10 years/150,000 miles on all 2020 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fuel-cell...Read More»

Gunhild Liljequist, one of Volkswagen's first female designers, shows off the GTI's plaid seats
How the Volkswagen GTI got those plaid seats and golf-ball shifter

While the Volkswagen Golf might not come back to America next year, the plaid seats of the Golf GTI will get another run in the legendary hatchback. Formerly known as the Rabbit in North America, the successor to the Volkswagen Beetle launched more than 40 years ago, and the plaid seats in the more...Read More»

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport
2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport reveal, 2021 Toyota RAV4 gets plugged in, off-roading with trucks in muck: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport fills the gap between Tiguan and Atlas Volkswagen launched the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport mid-size crossover to slot between the Tiguan compact and Atlas three-row crossovers. Mucking it up with the Jeep Gladiator, Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, and Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison...Read More»

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport
2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport fills the gap between Tiguan and Atlas

Volkswagen's doubling down on crossover SUVs with the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport. On Friday in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the German automaker unveiled the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, a shorter two-row version of the three-row Atlas to take on the Honda Passport and Nissan Murano. In the Volkswagen...Read More»

2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison, 2020 Jeep Gladiator, 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, from left
Mucking it up with the Jeep Gladiator, Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, and Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison

It was rainy, the forest was overgrown, the trail was rutted with pools of mud. In other words, it was perfect for off-roading. The contenders on this typical Midwestern fall day were the refreshed 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab, the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, and the new Bison package...Read More»

2020 Toyota RAV4
2020 Toyota RAV4 comes with a higher price, better tech, and a new TRD Off-Road package

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 gets a $200 price increase, standard Android Auto and XM radio, and a new TRD Off-Road model since its redesign last year. The 2019 redesign has propelled the RAV4 compact crossover to become the best-selling vehicle in 2019 behind the top three trucks. It’s also...Read More»

2019 Mazda CX-9
2019 Mazda 6, 2019 Mazda CX-9 earn Top Safety Pick+ honors

The 2019 Mazda 6 sedan and CX-9 crossover both earned Top Safety Pick+ nods from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Mazda announced Monday. Both models aced the organization's crashworthiness and collision avoidance tests (including the passenger-side small overlap test), and models built...Read More»

AAA tests pedestrian detection systems in 2019 models
Pedestrian detection needs work, 2020 Hellcat Widebody first drive, 2020 Audi Q5 PHEV: What's New @ The Car Connection

Study: Emergency braking with pedestrian detection might not actually detect pedestrians A test of automatic emergency braking systems that claim pedestrian detection showed that they failed to see pedestrians at night when turning right, or when traveling 30 mph. 2021 Chevrolet Colorado mid-size...Read More»

2020 Honda Civic
2020 Honda Civic sedan and coupe get a price bump

An updated price is still an update, right? This week, the 2020 Honda Civic coupe and sedan made their debuts with identical style as last year's model—even the same features—and a $335 price hike across the board compared to the 2019 Civic. Like last year, the 2020 Civic is available...Read More»

2020 Audi Q3 Sportback
Audi earns two more Top Safety Picks for Q3 and A7

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded Audi two more coveted safety awards, giving the 2019 A7 Sportback its Top Safety Pick nod and the redesigned 2019 Q3 crossover its much-sought-after Top Safety Pick+ recognition. Both awards come with asterisks, however: they were bestowed only...Read More»

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
2021 Chevrolet Colorado mid-size truck updated with a heavy-duty look

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup truck will get minor cosmetic upgrades to the front and rear. The nameplate returned in 2015, but the Colorado needs to stay fresh against newer mid-size trucks such as the Ford Ranger, Jeep Gladiator, and a refreshed Toyota Tacoma. The tailgates on all...Read More»

2013 Jeep Wrangler Moab
Hold the mail: Jeep recalls newer right-hand-drive Wranglers

Jeep is putting a stop delivery on certain Wranglers used for certain purposes. On Monday, parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced a recall of the rare right-hand-drive (RHD) Jeep Wrangler used for postal delivery in rural parts of the U.S. The issue is a faulty belt buckle on the...Read More»

AAA tests pedestrian detection systems in 2019 models
Study: Emergency braking with pedestrian detection might not actually detect pedestrians

Cars don’t see as well at night and they don't see well when turning right, according to a report by AAA published on Friday. In simulated testing, vehicles equipped with automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection could not be relied on to prevent collisions with pedestrians...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Sonata
2020 Hyundai Sonata review, 2020 Audi A8 PHEV review, the most important EVs for 2020: What's New @ The Car Connection

Review: 2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited does the work of two cars With the 2020 Sonata, Hyundai cuts through its sedan clutter and delivers one sedan that works like two—a formula that will serve it well. 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel rated up to 32 mpg highway by EPA, still trails Chevy Silverado In...Read More»

2020 Ram 1500 EcoDisel
2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel rated up to 32 mpg highway by EPA, still trails Chevy

In the endless pickup truck battle of one-upmanship, the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel trails the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado diesel when it comes to fuel economy. Ram announced Monday that the rear-wheel-drive 2020 Ram diesel is EPA-rated at 32 mpg highway, while the similarly equipped Silverado diesel...Read More»

2020 Toyota RAV4
2020 Toyota RAV4 finally comes with Android Auto

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 to Android Auto: Can you hear me now? On Monday, Toyota announced that the 2020 RAV4 would include standard Android Auto compatibility across the crossover's lineup. It's been a longtime coming for one of the most popular crossovers on sale to adopt one of the most popular...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Sonata
First drive review: 2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited does the work of two cars

The Hyundai Sonata already worked overtime at its day job, providing efficient and safe wheels for families unconvinced by the whole crossover-SUV conflamma. Now has two jobs: the base sedans keep that pace, while the 2020 Sonata Limited ascends a few steps to become a replacement for the former...Read More»

2020 Subaru Impreza lineup
2020 Subaru Impreza is better equipped and still priced under $20,000

The 2020 Subaru Impreza sedan will cost only $100 more than it did for 2019, with a starting MSRP of just $19,595 (including a $900 destination fee). The 5-door hatchback will just break the $20,000 mark, with a base price of $20,095. Subaru's Impreza continues to be a strong seller for a brand...Read More»

2020 Toyota Supra
Duffer: Toyota Supra wears BMW’s interior better than Z4

Even though the 2020 Toyota Supra sports coupe and the 2020 BMW Z4 roadster look completely different, they are pretty much the same under the sheet metal. The two-seaters both share a BMW chassis, transmission, and inline-6 engine, and there’s so much BMW in the Toyota that the name Supra is...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
2020 Corvette Convertible drops, top crossovers roll into 2020, gas prices spike: What's New @ The Car Connection

The most important new crossover SUVs for 2020 The best-selling vehicles in America are crossover SUVs, and for 2020 a bumper crop ranging from the Cadillac XT6 to Hyundai Venue join the hunt. 2020 Chevy Corvette Convertible full of more firsts The first-ever mid-engine Chevy Corvette gets a...Read More»

2020 Ford Explorer ST  -  First Drive  -  Portland OR, June 2019
Ford recalling 2020 Explorer for fire risk

Ford announced Wednesday that is recalling 2020 Explorers for a potential fire hazard posed by an unsecured wiring harness. The campaign is limited to models with the 2.3- and 3.3-liter engines. Ford says that part of the harness near the air conditioner pulley can come loose and make contact with...Read More»

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