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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2022 Kia Telluride price increases up to $700, adds larger touchscreen
2022 Kia Telluride price increases up to $700, adds larger touchscreen

The 2022 Kia Telluride three-row crossover SUV gets a larger touchscreen and a larger starting price, Kia announced this week. Offered in LX, S, EX, SX, and SX-P models, the winning family hauler wears Kia's new badging on the outside, and sports a 10.3-inch touchscreen inside as well as highway...Read More»

2022 Kia Telluride
2022 Kia Telluride priced, 2021 Kia K5 GT tested, Canoo EVs set for 2022: What's New @ The Car Connection

2022 Kia Telluride price increases up to $700, adds larger touchscreen The 2022 Kia Telluride three-row crossover gets some additional equipment, including a 10.3-inch touchscreen on base models, and a minor price bump. Mazda, Lincoln join growing list of automakers pledging electric vehicle...Read More»

GM announces new campaign for EVs, revamped brand logo  -  January 2021
Mazda, Lincoln join growing list of automakers pledging electric vehicle futures

Mazda and Lincoln joined other automakers this week by pledging to electrify their respective lineups and by announcing plans for their first battery electric vehicles. Full battery electric vehicles (BEV) will be joined by other electrified models, such as hybrids (HEV), mild hybrids, and plug-in...Read More»

2022 Kia Carnival, silver, and 2021 Toyota Sienna, green
2022 Kia Carnival vs. 2021 Toyota Sienna: Compare Minivans

Minivans may not get the attention of three-row crossover SUVs, but the redesigned 2022 Kia Carnival and redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna narrow the gap between SUVs by different measures. This year, the Toyota Sienna comes standard with a hybrid powertrain that gets up to 36 mpg combined, making it...Read More»

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L review, Porsche Cayenne Coupe sets 'Ring record, Clarity PHEV discontinued: What's New @ The Car Connection

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L review The venerable Jeep Grand Cherokee is joined by the distinct Jeep Grand Cherokee L three-row SUV for 2021. 2022 Kia Carnival vs. 2021 Toyota Sienna: Compare Minivans The redesigned 2022 Kia Carnival and 2021 Toyota Sienna hybrid narrow the gap between SUVs while...Read More»

Lincoln boutiques and dealerships
Used and new car prices near record highs and the American fleet gets older

That old car is worth money. This catch phrase from a long-running TV commercial for Victory Auto Wreckers that ran in the '80s has never been more accurate. Used car prices are nearing record highs, with some owners selling their gently used cars for more than they paid for them new. At the same...Read More»

2022 Mini Cooper Hardtop
What's New for 2022: Mini

It's easy to overlook Mini on American roads, where bigger often gets muddled with better. The small British brand owned by BMW still makes cute if not compelling city cars and small SUVs. From the Union Jack taillights and rear barn doors to the circular design features adorning the inside and...Read More»

2022 Honda Civic
2022 Honda Civic driven, Audi RS 6 Avant tested, Polestar 3 promised: What's New @ The Car Connection

First drive: 2022 Honda Civic expands on winning compact car formula The 2022 Honda Civic compact sedan remains the go-to option for affordable, reliable transportation but interior upgrades and improved performance means it's anything but regular. What's New for 2022: Mini Small changes for a...Read More»

2021 Audi Q5 plug-in hybrid
What's New for 2022: Audi

With its E-Tron series of electric crossover SUVs and sedans, Audi brings the electric vehicles for 2022. Audi also brings more connected car technology and more safety features. Most models arrive with rear side airbags as standard, as well as tire-pressure monitors with individual readouts...Read More»

2021 Toyota Mirai
5 things to know about the 2021 Toyota Mirai

At a recent press event at Toyota Motors North America's headquarters in Plano, Texas, the most popular vehicle to test drive was not the gorgeous six-figure Lexus LC500 sports coupe, nor was it the Toyota Land Cruiser leaving American shores. Instead media members lined up to test the redesigned...Read More»

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