Robert Duffer, Senior Editor

Robert Duffer is an award-winning writer, editor, teacher, automotive journalist and the Senior Editor for The Car Connection. As the former autos editor for the Chicago Tribune, Duffer reported on stories of national and local significance, and his syndicated auto review column appeared in hundreds of publications in print and online. He has written for Forbes.com, Cars.com, US News Autos and other publications, ranging from the New York Times to Canadian Builders Quarterly. A master’s graduate of Columbia College Chicago and Skip Barber Racing School, Duffer believes in the Oxford comma, electrified powertrains, and the minivan as the greatest utility vehicle. His most enduring automotive lesson was imparted by his father, who would speed up to nice cars and say, "Don't look. Don't give the jerk the satisfaction." The elder Duffer is the jerk driving the ‘68 Mustang convertible. Duffer is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association.

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Kia Sorento, Sedona recalled for increased fire risk
Kia Sorento, Sedona recalled for increased fire risk

Some Kia Sorento crossover SUVs and Kia Sedona minivans are being recalled for a short circuit that could increase the risk of fire even when the engine is off, the automaker announced on Feb. 19. Moisture can enter the anti-lock brake module and result in an electrical short, which can cause an...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Venue
Where have all the $20,000 cars gone?

If you’re looking for an inexpensive new car, you might have missed your window. The number of new vehicles that start below $20,000 is at a low point, and it appears to be getting worse. “As automakers have abandoned that space (of new vehicles under $20,000), sales have basically...Read More»

2020 Kia Soul - Best Car To Buy 2020
Seeking cheap new cars, Czinger American hypercar debuts, best winter plug-in vehicles: What's New @ The Car Connection

Where have all the $20,000 cars gone? If you’re looking for an inexpensive new car, you might have missed your window. The number of new vehicles that start below $20,000 is at a low point, and it appears to be getting worse. Review update: The 2020 Volvo S60 looks more expensive than it is...Read More»

2021 Kia Sorento
2021 Kia Sorento unveiled, 2020 Nissan GT-R first drive, 2020 RAV4 Hybrid issues: What's New @ The Car Connection

2021 Kia Sorento three-row crossover detailed: More space, more style, more efficient The redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento comes as a hybrid for improved efficiency and promises more space in the three-row family hauler. Get a grip: These all-wheel-drive vehicles handle ice and snow For drivers in cold...Read More»

2020 Dodge Charger GT AWD kicks up snow at the Winter Driving Encounter in Winter Park, CO.
Get a grip: These all-wheel-drive vehicles handle ice and snow

For drivers in cold and wet weather states, the availability of all-wheel drive can drive car shopping decisions. Is AWD worth the upcharge over front- or rear-wheel-drive vehicles? And are crossover SUVs the only option? We tested six popular models in a snow-filled parking lot at 9,000 feet above...Read More»

2020 Ram 1500
Silverado vs. Ram 1500, 2021 AMG GLE63 preview, Bill Gates on Porsche Taycan: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 vs. 2020 Ram 1500: Compare Trucks The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado and 2020 Ram 1500 pickups are a far cry from their agrarian ancestors that were less comfortable and less fashionable than the hay bales they could haul. Now, full-size pickups are family-vehicle...Read More»

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid - Best Car To Buy 2020
Toyota recalls certain 2020 sedans, crossovers, and hybrids for engine coolant leak

Toyota is recalling certain new hybrid and gas models equipped with a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine due to an engine coolant leak that can cause the cars to stall, which can increase the risk of a crash. Toyota announced the recall of certain 2020 Toyota and Lexus models on Feb. 6, and ordered dealers...Read More»

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
SUVs with best MPG, F-250 Harley costs big bucks, Tesla boosts range again: What's New @ The Car Connection

Top 5 most efficient 2020 three-row crossover SUVs Though nearly every automaker offers a three-row crossover SUV, only a select few of these large family vehicles can be considered fuel efficient. The most efficient SUVs can be had as electric, plug-in hybrids, or traditional hybrids. Toyota...Read More»

2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Top 5 most efficient 2020 three-row crossover SUVs

Though nearly every automaker offers a three-row crossover SUV, only a select few of these large family vehicles can be considered fuel efficient. Electrification raises expectations for efficiency without sacrificing performance or size. Just five years ago, when there were no plug-in hybrid or...Read More»

2020 Volvo S60
2020 Volvo S60

While Volvo has been busy electrifying its lineup and designing some of the most stylish crossovers on the market, the 2020 Volvo S60 luxury mid-size sedan won our hearts, and earned a TCC Rating of 7.3 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) New for 2020 and standard on all trim...Read More»

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