Byron Hurd, Contributor

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GM recalls 638,000 SUVs and pickups for sudden braking
GM recalls 638,000 SUVs and pickups for sudden braking

General Motors is recalling more than 638,000 trucks and SUVs to address a defect that can cause sudden and unexpected braking. The issue stems from the programming of a system designed to protect the driveline from conditions that occur when wheel speeds vary significantly from one wheel on an...Read More»

2020 Mazda CX-9 Signature
2020 Mazda CX-9 gets small updates, big price bump

The 2020 CX-9 is getting a handful of new creature comforts, Mazda announced Tuesday, including available second-row captain's chairs—a first for Mazda's three-row family hauler. The starting price is also new, rising $1,510 to $34,835 (including a $1,045 destination fee) for the 2020 Mazda...Read More»

Ford Sync 4
Ford launches Sync 4 and over-the-air updates

Ford is going all-in on tech this week, announcing both the latest generation of its Sync 4 infotainment and connectivity suite and the availability of advanced over-the-air (OTA) updates starting with its 2020 model year lineup. The big news is the introduction of Sync 4, which now incorporates...Read More»

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan TDI  (Euro-spec)
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan earns Top Safety Pick+

Volkswagen's entry-level family SUV was awarded an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ on certain trims with LED headlights. Overall, the compact crossover earned top marks in crash testing regardless of trim. "The 2019 Tiguan earns good ratings in six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, including the driver-side...Read More»

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Porsche tests online car sales

Buying a car on Sunday is now an option—online, anyway—thanks to Porsche, which has inked a deal with 25 dealers nationwide to provide online retail options for its customers. This approach doesn't cut out the middleman—not completely, anyway—but it does allow buyers who...Read More»

2020 Mazda 6
2020 Mazda 6 sedan starts at $24,920

The 2020 Mazda 6 mid-size sedan will get a modest $200 price bump when it goes on sale later this fall, Mazda announced Friday, keeping the base price for its mid-sizer under $25,000 ($24,920 including destination). The 6 remains essentially unchanged from 2019. A new key fob is the only noteworthy...Read More»

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid  -  First Drive, Santa Barbara CA, Nov. 2019
2020 Subaru Crosstrek to start at $23,155; Hybrid at $36,155

The Subaru Crosstrek small crossover is just $285 more expensive for 2020, the Japanese automaker announced Thursday, starting at $23,155 (including a $1,010 destination fee). The 2020 Crosstrek Hybrid will start at $36,155—an increase of $185. While Subaru claims price increases of $250 and...Read More»

FordPass Home Screen
What do you get from a connected car app?

As cars themselves get smarter and smarter, the technology on our dashboards is becoming ever more intertwined with the devices we carry in our pockets. From simple maintenance reminders to functions that can turn a smartphone into an advanced key fob, connected car apps vary significantly in terms...Read More»

2019 Ford Ranger
Ford recalls new Ranger pickups for fire risk

Ford is recalling its brand-new midsize Ranger pickup for a potential fire hazard, the company announced Monday. The risk stems from the climate control system's blower motor, which may have been built without enough clearance between its base plate (which is conductive) and an electrical terminal...Read More»

2019 Mazda CX-9
2019 Mazda 6, 2019 Mazda CX-9 earn Top Safety Pick+ honors

The 2019 Mazda 6 sedan and CX-9 crossover both earned Top Safety Pick+ nods from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Mazda announced Monday. Both models aced the organization's crashworthiness and collision avoidance tests (including the passenger-side small overlap test), and models built...Read More»

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