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Review update: 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid’s swan song still resonates

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 12/03/2021 - 13:00
The 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid enters its last year with sound fundamentals but an inability to stand out. The full-size sedan joins so many other sedans discontinued after 2022. Like the wily veteran cut from your favorite ballclub, the Avalon is appreciated but no longer essential. About three inches longer than the Toyota Camry and with...
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2022 GMC Yukon

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 12/03/2021 - 12:00
What kind of vehicle is the 2022 GMC Yukon? What does it compare to? With the Yukon, GMC has a full-size SUV in two different lengths: long and longer. With seating for up to nine people and a luxe Denali edition, the Yukon rivals SUVs like the Lincoln Navigator, Ford Expedition, and the related Chevy Tahoe/Suburban and Cadillac Escalade. What's...
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2022 Porsche Macan

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 12/03/2021 - 11:00
What kind of car is the 2022 Porsche Macan? What does it compare to? The 2022 Porsche Macan is a small crossover SUV that puts an emphasis on drivability and sporty performance. That gives it a bit less utility than some competitors, but it’s also the most fun SUV to drive in its class of luxury compact crossovers. Competitors include the...
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2022 Subaru WRX preview

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 15:21
What kind of car is the 2022 Subaru WRX? What does it compare to? The redesigned 2022 Subaru WRX is a performance four-door sedan inspired by rally cars. A turbo-4 provides the power and standard all-wheel drive ensures it goes to the pavement efficiently. The WRX competes against cars like the Hyundai Veloster N and Elantra N, Honda Civic Type R...
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2022 Kia Stinger

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 12:00
What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Kia Stinger? What does it compare to? The 2022 Kia Stinger is a five-door hatchback refreshed for 2022 to seat five in more comfort and with the latest tech. Is the 2022 Kia Stinger a good car? The Stinger is part of a rare and dying breed of rear-wheel-drive based sedans, but it makes an excellent case for their...
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2022 Mazda CX-5 can cost $800 less or $1,200 more than outgoing model

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 16:31
The refreshed 2022 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover SUV comes with a $1,200 price increase on higher end models or an unusual $820 price decrease on similarly equipped base models, based on pricing released by Mazda on Tuesday. The popular crossover that bridges the mainstream and premium classes faces tough competition in the industry's bestselling...
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2022 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 12:00
What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Mercedes-Benz A-Class? What does it compare to? The A-Class is a small sedan with five seats that aspires to luxury. This gateway to the brand is related to the CLA and squares off against the Audi A3 and Genesis G70. Is the 2022 Mercedes-Benz A-Class a good car? The entry-level sedan reflects well on the German...
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What's New for 2022: Mercedes-Benz

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 11/30/2021 - 14:25
The 2022 model year could be the inflection point for Mercedes-Benz. For more than 135 years, the automaker has been developing the internal combustion engine, with Benz cited for developing the world's first practical ICE car—a three-wheel tricycle. Now, the engineering wizards in Germany expand their EQ electric vehicle lineup for 2022...
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2022 Nissan Maxima

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 11/30/2021 - 12:54
What kind of car is the 2022 Nissan Maxima? What does it compare to? With the Maxima, Nissan upgrades the Altima driving experience with a V-6 engine and more enthusiastic chassis tuning. It’s a competitor for cars like the Acura TLX, the Honda Accord, and the Toyota Camry. Is the 2022 Nissan Maxima a good car? It’s pretty and drives...
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2022 Nissan Altima

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 12:46
What kind of car is the 2022 Nissan Altima? What does it compare to? With the Altima, Nissan faces off against other mid-size four-door sedans like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata. Is the 2022 Nissan Altima a good car? The value is strong with this one, and it’s a safety star. Mild performance and unspectacular features...
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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 12:00
What kind of car is the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS? What does it compare to? Mercedes swings big with the EQS electric vehicle that’s billed as the eventual successor to the ultra-posh S-Class sedan, with a fully electric powertrain and a futuristic interior. Rivals at this level of electric luxury (and price) are few, and include the Lucid Air...
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2022 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

The Car Connection News Feed - Sun, 11/28/2021 - 12:00
What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class? What does it compare to? The smallest crossovers in Mercedes’ robust SUV lineup—the GLA250, AMG GLA35, and AMG GLA45—offer a relatively inexpensive gateway to the German luxury brand. The GLA-Class competes with premium subcompact crossovers such as the BMW X1, Audi Q3...
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2023 Kia Sportage and full-size SUVs headline this week's car reviews

The Car Connection News Feed - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 13:00
This week we glimpsed the hybrid version of the 2023 Kia Sportage, though we have yet to test the redesigned compact crossover. A slew of full-size SUVs fell under our gaze, as well as the 2022 Ram 1500, which is our second-highest rated gas pickup truck behind the Ford F-150. The Nissan Sentra compact sedan appeals to us as well, since it costs...
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Review update: 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness gives the people what they want

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 11/26/2021 - 13:00
The year is 2021, and Subaru gets it. The Japanese automaker has delivered a fully-engineered example of what many outdoor enthusiasts dream about, or simply build themselves, in the form of the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness. With a TCC Rating of 6.8 out of 10, the 2022 Subaru Outback lineup is a winner, and the Wilderness model enhances the...
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2022 Nissan Sentra

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 11/26/2021 - 12:00
What kind of car is the 2022 Nissan Sentra? What does it compare to? The 2022 Sentra is a compact four-door sedan that’s been a staple of Nissan’s lineup for decades. Newly imbued with graceful looks and standard safety technology, it’s a rival for the Mazda 3, Honda Civic, and Toyota Corolla. Is the 2022 Nissan Sentra a good...
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2022 Nissan Armada

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 11/25/2021 - 12:00
What kind of car is the 2022 Nissan Armada? What does it compare to? With the Armada, Nissan ships a full-size SUV with three rows of seats that can tow and haul with the strength of a V-8. The Armada rivals the Ford Expedition, GMC Yukon, and Chevy Tahoe. Is the 2022 Nissan Armada a good SUV? The Armada can haul up to eight people and has a...
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2022 Chevrolet Tahoe

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 11/24/2021 - 12:00
What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Chevy Tahoe? What does it compare to? The Tahoe is Chevy’s three-row, nine-seat SUV that isn’t a Suburban. It’s shorter than that mammoth utility vehicle, but it’s still a massive vehicle that compares to vehicles like the Ford Expedition and GMC Yukon. Is the 2022 Chevy Tahoe a good SUV?...
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Mazda recalls most models for faulty fuel pump

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 11/23/2021 - 14:00
A fuel pump failure has prompted Mazda to recall 121,038 vehicles across its lineup, the NHTSA disclosed on Monday. The impeller in low-pressure fuel pumps can deform, causing the pump to fail and the affected vehicles to not start or to stall at low speeds and, in rare instances, at high speeds, Mazda explained. The engine stall could increase...
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Review update: 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 lays ground game for brand’s EV future

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 11/23/2021 - 13:00
Mark this moment as the turning point in Volkswagen’s history. The iconic Beetle is the past and the ID.4 foretells VW’s future. The electric crossover SUV is arguably the people’s EV with a base price of $41,190, a 250-mile range, and a roomy design. With a TCC Rating of 7.0 out of 10, the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 delights with its...
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Toyota Camry recalled for braking issue

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 11/22/2021 - 15:09
A faulty vacuum pump can cause certain Toyota Camry sedans to lose braking power and increase the risk of a crash, the NHTSA disclosed on Monday. Toyota will recall 227,490 Camrys from the 2018-2019 model years to fix the problem. A vane cap in the vacuum pump can degrade prematurely in vehicles that experience frequent braking and/or extended...
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