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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2023 Toyota 4Runner SUV celebrates its 40th with some stripes
2023 Toyota 4Runner SUV celebrates its 40th with some stripes

Toyota celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 4Runner SUV not with a new model, but with some yellow, orange, and red body graphics. The special edition on the aging SUV will be limited to 4,040 units for the U.S. market, the automaker announced Tuesday. The 2023 Toyota 4Runner mostly carries on in...Read More»

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning? What does it compare to? The F-150 Lightning is a battery electric version of Ford’s bestselling pickup truck. Shoppers might consider it over hybrid versions of the F-150, but it’s the only electric work truck on the...Read More»

2023 Toyota Tacoma
Toyota offers a new look on 2023 Tundra, 2023 Tacoma SR5 grades

The 2023 Toyota Tacoma will carry over for at least one more year. That's the big takeaway from Toyota's announcement last week of a new SX cosmetic package on SR5 grades on both the bestselling mid-size pickup truck and its bigger brother, the 2023 Toyota Tundra that was redesigned for 2022. The...Read More»

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning
Ford F-150 Lightning

The Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck is a battery electric version of the long time bestselling vehicle in the U.S. It outdoes the F-150 by being quicker, quieter, cleaner, and as capable—if not more so—than many gas and hybrid versions. It rivals traditional gas pickups more than...Read More»

2023 Nissan Z Performance
2023 Nissan Z, Cadillac Lyriq headline this week's new car news and reviews

The past and the future collide this week with our coverage of excellent sports coupes and the latest 2023 redesigned and electric models. The new normal is pretty exciting. Here's what else moved us. 2023 Nissan Z review The rear-wheel-drive coupe with a standard 6-speed manual honors the past...Read More»

2023 Nissan Z
Nissan Z

The Nissan Z is a two-seat, rear-wheel drive sports car that carries forward a legendary name that harks back to the Datsun era. The coupe provides sporty handling, twin-turbo V-6 power, and arresting styling at a relatively low price, which is a combination matched by few other cars on the market...Read More»

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge
2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge vs 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge: Compare Electric Cars

Volvo’s decisive march toward offering only electric vehicles by 2030 has begun as indecisively as eggs hatching in a nest. Volvo and Polestar sell three new related electric birdies, the Volvo XC40 Recharge, C40 Recharge, and Polestar 2. The triplets share an electric vehicle platform...Read More»

2022 Kia EV6, red, and 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5
Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 electric cars recalled for rollaway risk

Hyundai and Kia are recalling their first mass-produced electric cars for the U.S. due to an increased rollaway risk. A software error can cause the parking mechanism to disengage, allowing the vehicle to roll away on uneven ground, the NHTSA disclosed this week. The recall encompasses 10,729...Read More»

Toyota vehicles used in IIHS crash testing
Traffic fatalities in 2021 increased by largest rate in history

The number of people killed in car crashes in the U.S. increased by 10.5% from 2020 to 2021, representing the largest percentage increase in the history of crash fatality data keeping, the NHTSA disclosed in preliminary estimates on Tuesday. The NHTSA estimates 42,915 people died in motor vehicle...Read More»

2023 Genesis GV60
2023 Genesis GV60 EV costs $10,000 more than related Hyundai Ioniq 5

The 2023 Genesis GV60 electric car costs $59,980, including a $1,090 destination charge, the luxury automaker announced Tuesday, the same day it went on sale. Initially, sales of the battery electric crossover will be limited to California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York, but Genesis...Read More»

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