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,, 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.


2021 Audi A6 sedan gets bump in power and price
2021 Audi A6 sedan gets bump in power and price

The 2021 Audi A6 luxury mid-size sedan gets a mid-year makeover that adds more power, more black trim, and more cowbell. The 2021 Audi A6 can be had with a Sport trim exclusive to the mid-year model, Audi confirmed to The Car Connection on Thursday. The Audi A6 Sport costs $56,445, or $500 more...Read More»

2020 Nissan Sentra
Nissan's Safety Shield explained, 2022 Genesis GV70 preview, EV truck compare: What's New @ The Car Connection

What is Nissan's Safety Shield 360? We delve into what safety and driver-assistance features are included in the Safety Shield 360 system found in Nissans and Infinitis. 2021 Audi A6 sedan gets bump in power and price The 2021 Audi A6 comes with a Sport trim featuring black trim elements and an...Read More»

Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of advanced driver assistance systems
What is Nissan's Safety Shield 360?

Nissan and Infiniti offer Safety Shield 360, which is a suite of advanced driver-assistance systems that use electronic aids to provide drivers with more comfort and safety. Using cameras, radar units, and other sensors, a vehicle with Safety Shield 360 can maintain the speed of traffic and stay...Read More»

2021 BMW X7 goes sinister with Dark Shadow Edition
2021 BMW X7

What kind of vehicle is the 2021 BMW X7? What does it compare to? The 2021 BMW X7 luxury three-row SUV seats up to seven in the largest vehicle made by BMW. The new Alpina XB7 variant competes against other absurd performance SUVs ranging from the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat to the...Read More»

Cadillac Super Cruise
Cadillac's Super Cruise is the best driver assist system, says Consumer Reports

When it comes to helping you drive, one system guides better than all the rest and it is Cadillac's Super Cruise, Consumer Reports announced on Wednesday. The non-profit consumer advocacy group tested 17 advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to determine which ones best helped the driver on...Read More»

2021 Toyota Sienna XSE
Toyota Sienna

The Toyota Sienna is a minivan that can seat up to 8, accommodate all the needs of a busy family, and handle plenty of spilled Cheerios. As the needs and appeal of minivan owners have evolved, it has—into a more stylish vehicle that can just as easily fill in for a parents' night out, or a...Read More»

2021 Toyota Sienna XSE
2021 Toyota Sienna

What kind of car is the 2021 Toyota Sienna? What does it compare to? The Sienna is a passenger-oriented minivan, with seating for 7 or 8. A hybrid powertrain on all models in the lineup assures EPA ratings of up to 36 mpg, and equipment spans from sensible and durable in base LE and XLE...Read More»

2021 Ford Edge
2021 Ford Edge SUV reboots with more tech features

The 2021 Ford Edge mid-size crossover SUV reboots with a larger touchscreen, a new infotainment system with over-the-air updates, and more USB ports, Ford announced Wednesday. The biggest change comes with the largest touchscreen in the class, Ford says. The Edge competes with other mid-size...Read More»

2021 Ford Edge
2021 Ford Edge updated, 2021 Jaguar E-Pace previewed, Fisker Ocean maps a plan: What's New @ The Car Connection

2021 Ford Edge SUV reboots with more tech features The 2021 Ford Edge gets a larger infotainment screen with over-the-air updates and more USB ports. 2021 Toyota Sienna review The redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna minivan is a hybrid with available all-wheel drive netting an estimated 36 combined. It...Read More»

2021 Toyota Sienna Platinum
2021 Toyota Sienna hybrid minivan: Price and mpg increase

The redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna minivan costs nearly $3,000 more than last year's model, but it comes standard as a hybrid loaded with more features. It goes from getting 20 mpg combined to an EPA-estimated 36 mpg combined. The base 2021 Toyota Sienna starts at $35,635, including $1,175...Read More»

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