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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Santa Fe and Sorento compared, V-8 Defender priced, 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid reviewed: What's New @ The Car Connection
Santa Fe and Sorento compared, V-8 Defender priced, 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid reviewed: What's New @ The Car Connection

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy vs. 2021 Kia Sorento SX X-Line: Compare Crossover SUVs Handsomely outfitted and handsomely priced, the Sorento SX X-Line and Santa Fe Calligraphy press the price limits for non-luxury crossovers. Which one’s better? 2021 Ford Bronco Sport recalled twice for...Read More»

2021 Ford Bronco Sport
2021 Ford Bronco Sport recalled twice for suspension goofs

Ford last week announced two recalls for the new 2021 Bronco Sport to tighten some bolts and replace the wrong part with the right part. The most recent recall uncovered that a supplier provided the wrong front lower control arms. A squeak and rattle was detected in testing at Ford's plant in...Read More»

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2021 Volkswagen Golf

What kind of vehicle is the 2021 Volkswagen Golf? What does it compare to? The 2021 Volkswagen Golf hatchback takes its final spin before the redesigned eighth-generation model launches for 2022. When it returns, it’ll only come in five-door GTI and Golf R performance-oriented...Read More»

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5
Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 expands the Ioniq nameplate that had been used on hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric versions of its compact hatchback into a series of new electric crossover SUVs, led by the Ioniq 5. Unlike the Hyundai Kona EV, the compact crossover rides on a dedicated battery electric...Read More»

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L three-row SUV costs $38,690, crests at $67,000

The large three-row version of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L SUV costs $38,690, including a steep $1,695 destination fee, parent company Stellantis announced Friday. That's $4,450 more than the two-row 2021 Grand Cherokee that seats five, but the Grand Cherokee L is new and rides on a distinct...Read More»

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71
GM full-size SUVs compared, BMW doubts Tesla, California sets EV pace: What's New @ The Car Connection

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. 2021 GMC Yukon: Compare SUVs GM’s redesigned full-size SUVs share most everything except their fronts and interior upgrades, specifically on Yukon Denali models. 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L three-row SUV costs $38,690, crests at $67,000 The steep destination fee's just...Read More»

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Hybrid crossovers compared, Defender gets a V-8, Ioniq tops Model 3 in greenness: What's New @ The Car Connection

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid vs. 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid: Compare Crossover SUVs Two top-selling arch rivals from Toyota and Honda are both at their best when in hybrid form. Look at the way they prioritize styling and space to see which one wins for you. 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid gets...Read More»

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid
2021 Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid gets more power, same $37,490 price

The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid gets a larger battery pack, a bigger engine, and a price that costs less than the 2020 model when factoring in available federal tax credits. The five-seat crossover SUV has an electric range of 24 miles, up from 22 miles, and a 2.4-liter inline-4...Read More»

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 preview

What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5? What does it compare to? The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an electric compact crossover that spearheads Hyundai’s Ioniq electric vehicle series. Unlike the Hyundai Kona EV that’s limited to select zero-emission states, and unlike...Read More»

2021 Buick Envision
2021 Buick Envision tested, 2021 Cadillac Escalade revisited, Outlander PHEV gets a boost: What's New @ The Car Connection

2021 Buick Envision review The redesigned 2021 Buick Envision crossover SUV seats five, rides on a new platform with a 2.0-liter turbo engine, and comes with a sharper look, and top Avenir trim. Hyundai, Volvo, Mazda, Subaru top 2021 Top Safety Pick awards Volvo, Subaru, Mazda, and...Read More»

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