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2020 Mercedes-Benz ECQ starts at $68,895
2020 Mercedes-Benz ECQ starts at $68,895

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC will launch at $68,895 (including a $995 destination fee) early next year, the company announced Wednesday. The EQC is the first dedicated EV from the flagship Mercedes brand, and the first of its EQ range of models to be introduced for wide consumption. While the...Read More»

2019 Ford F-150
2018-2020 Ford F-Series trucks recalled for battery cable, headlight issues

Ford is recalling its newer F-Series trucks for two separate issues, the company announced Thursday. The 2019-2020 F-150 is being recalled to address improperly secured battery cables; the 2018-2019 Super Duty is being recalled to correct an issue with its headlight control modules. The first...Read More»

2020 Lincoln Corsair first drive
2020 Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair earn Top Safety Pick nods

Both the 2020 Ford Escape and 2020 Lincoln Corsair have been recognized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as Top Safety Picks in crashworthiness and collision avoidance testing, the organization announced Friday. The two models aced all of the IIHS crashworthiness tests, earning "Good"...Read More»

2020 Buick Enclave Avenir
Want a satisfying car shopping experience? Try Porsche or Buick

Porsche and Buick ranked highest in terms of a satisfying sales experience for new car buyers, according to an annual report released Wednesday from J.D. Power. This is familiar territory for the brands that have dominated the car shopping experience in the premium and mainstream segments over the...Read More»

2020 Mazda CX-5 Signature
2020 Mazda CX-5 comes standard with more safety tech

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 crossover is getting a $740 price bump over last year's model—an increase which Mazda says is offset by new standard equipment and other small updates. At the core of the 2020 CX-5's updates are a series of tweaks intended to improve the compact crossover's refinement...Read More»

2019 Toyota Tacoma
2020 Toyota Tacoma crew cab earns Top Safety Pick award

Toyota's mid-size pickup received a 2019 Top Safety Pick nod from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the organization announced earlier this month. The award comes thanks to a new set of optional headlights that boosted it toward the top of the class in safety. While the 2020 Tacoma crew...Read More»

2020 Volkswagen Passat
2020 Volkswagen Passat to start from $23,915

The restyled 2020 Volkswagen Passat will start at $23,915 (including a $920 destination fee), the company announced Monday, and the range-topping SEL model will start at $32,015; it will be the only variant to retail for more than $30,000. The Passat's base price remains essentially unchanged from...Read More»

2020 Lexus RX
2020 Lexus RX earns Top Safety Pick due to improved headlights

The 2020 Lexus RX has received a Top Safety Pick nod from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety thanks to some strategic improvements to its crash structure and an updated set of headlights. For the first time, the 2020 RX swept the insurance watchdog's crashworthiness tests, receiving a...Read More»

2020 Hyundai Sonata
2020 Hyundai Sonata has a modest price bump for a big jump in content

The 2020 Sonata will start at $24,330 (including a $930 destination fee), Hyundai announced Thursday. That's $750 more than the base price of the outgoing sedan—an increase Hyundai claims is offset by additional standard equipment. Hyundai redesigned the Sonata for 2020, making the price bump...Read More»

Breathalyzer
Thousands of arrests are being thrown out over unreliable Breathalyzer results

The Breathalyzer has become a necessary staple of DUI enforcement, but analyses have shown time and again that this equipment is unreliable, prompting some states to consider their results inadmissible. A new exposé by The New York Times reveals just how little transparency and consistency...Read More»

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