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The best 2021 crossover SUVs for towing are true family haulers

Fri, 04/16/2021 - 17:42
Towing is no longer a job only for pickup trucks. There are plenty of SUVs up for the task of towing the boat or any of the family toys in more comfort than a truck. Even though pickup trucks keep making inroads into family vehicle territory, the SUVs listed here can tow more than 5,000 pounds and still fit in the garage. If you envision the...
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Subaru issues two recalls encompassing 870,000 Crosstrek, Impreza, and Forester models

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 17:20
Subaru on Thursday announced two separate recalls involving three of its most popular models. Citing an abundance of caution, Subaru recalled the 2017-2019 Impreza sedan and hatchback and 2018-2019 Crosstrek small crossover that shares its bones with the Impreza hatch. The engine control module programming needs to be checked and the ignition...
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2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz fills the gap between pickup trucks and cars

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 17:02
Sometimes you want a pickup truck but need an SUV yet don't have room for both. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz aims to bridge the gap between wants and needs. Hyundai debuted the much-anticipated production version of its "sport adventure vehicle" on Thursday, more than six years removed from when the concept wowed the crowd at the Detroit auto show...
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2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, 2022 Mercedes EQS, 2022 Audi Q4 E-Tron debut: What's New @ The Car Connection

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 17:01
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz preview The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz offers compact SUV space and a small pickup bed with up to 5,000 pounds of towing capacity. Review update: 2021 Mazda CX-9 outhustles the big boys The CX-9 slips to the back of the pack in third-row space and in value—and let's not speak more of its infotainment system—but the...
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2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz preview

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 17:00
What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz? What does it compare to? New for 2022, the Hyundai Santa Cruz exists in the center of a Venn diagram of sedans, SUVs, and pickup trucks. It’s more like a Subaru Baja from 20 years ago than anything on sale now, though its open bed and seating for five pit it against mid-size pickup trucks...
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Review update: 2021 Mazda CX-9 outhustles the big boys

Thu, 04/15/2021 - 12:00
The 2021 Mazda CX-9 defies conventional judgement. Sure, it's a three-row, seven-seat crossover like a Honda Pilot or a Ford Explorer, but with its tailored outfit and its other luxury trappings, it doesn't have much time to worry about fitting kids in its skimpy third-row seat, and it doesn't place much of a premium on fuel economy like a Toyota...
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Ford BlueCruise unlocks hands-free driving, replaces Active Drive Assist

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 16:45
Ford has changed the name of its hands-free driving system from Active Drive Assist to BlueCruise, the automaker announced on Wednesday. The release followed 500,000 miles of developmental testing of the Level 2 system set to roll out in the third quarter of this year in the 2021 Ford F-150 pickup truck and 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric...
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Ford BlueCruise takes off, 2022 Honda Civic teased, 2022 Mazda MX-30 debuts: What's New @ The Car Connection

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 16:37
Ford BlueCruise unlocks hands-free driving, replaces Active Drive Assist Ford BlueCruise is coming later this year on the 2021 F-150 and 2021 Mustang Mach-E to allow hands-free highway driving. 2022 Mazda MX-30 preview The 2022 MX-30 electric crossover goes on sale in fall 2021 hampered by several disadvantages, from battery range to passenger...
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2022 Mazda MX-30 preview

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 14:00
What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Mazda MX-30? What does it compare to? The MX-30 is Mazda’s first battery-powered car to be sold in the U.S. Available in Japan and Europe already, the small five-seat hatchback compares to electric vehicles like the Kia Niro EV, Mini Cooper SE, and Hyundai Kona Electric. Is the 2022 Mazda MX-30 a good car?...
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2022 Honda Civic preview

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 14:00
What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Honda Civic? What does it compare to? The 2022 Honda Civic is a compact car that will be in sedan and hatchback body styles. The sedan will be available as a sportier Si model and the hatchback will offer a high-performance Type R. The 11th-generation Civic will not come as a coupe. Other compacts that come as a...
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2021 Audi Q5 and Q5 Sportback earn Top Safety Pick+ award

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 16:55
The 2021 Audi Q5 luxury crossover SUV and the 2021 Q5 Sportback earned Top Safety Pick+ awards, which is the most rigorous honor for automotive safety in the U.S. The insurance-industry funded IIHS said in a statement released Tuesday that improved headlights improved the vehicles' safety ratings. The new Q5 Sportback coupe-like crossover joins...
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2021 Lincoln Nautilus tested, Bentley GT Speed blows minds, 2021 Karma GS-6 driven: What's New @ The Car Connection

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 16:48
Review update: 2021 Lincoln Nautilus crossover SUV comes around to luxury The Nautilus carries a refined interior, plush ride, and great performance but fumbles on value. 2021 Kia Telluride vs. 2021 VW Atlas: Compare Crossover SUVs The three-row crossover SUVs fight for family buyers, but which is best? 2021 Audi Q5 and Q5 Sportback earn Top...
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2021 Top Safety Pick awards: Hyundai, Volvo, Subaru, Mazda top IIHS list

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 15:01
Volvo, Subaru, Mazda, and Hyundai/Kia/Genesis led all other automakers in earning Top Safety Pick awards bestowed by the IIHS, the non-profit safety group announced Wednesday. On average, safety ratings improved and the number of Top Safety Pick+ winners more than doubled from 2020. “With these awards, we want to make it easy for consumers...
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Review update: 2021 Lincoln Nautilus crossover SUV comes around to luxury

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 14:31
The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus has finally come around. The refreshed interior finally shed the vestiges of its MKX skin with an interior befitting Lincoln’s upward class mobility. This poses a problem for me. My dad likes Lincolns. Even since the Town Cars of our youth, my brother and I have mocked his fondness for Lincolns, especially when one...
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Wrangler or 4Runner, 2021 VW Arteon rocks, a hybrid pioneer revisited: What's New @ The Car Connection

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 16:05
2021 Jeep Wrangler vs. 2021 Toyota 4Runner: Compare SUVs The two boxy off-roaders square off in our competition; which one is best for you? 2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon recalled again for power steering issue GM's smaller pickups have flawed steering; recall begins soon. 2021 Ford Explorer review The venerable three-row Explorer SUV from...
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2015 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon recalled again for power steering issue

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 15:00
GM has expanded an earlier recall of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon mid-size pickup trucks, the NHTSA announced Monday. A poor electrical connection subject to corrosion in the power steering system can cause the affected vehicles to lose power steering assist and make steering more difficult for the driver. Drivers can still...
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2021 Jeep Wrangler vs. 2021 Toyota 4Runner: Compare SUVs

Sun, 04/11/2021 - 13:00
Off-roading and adventure seeking is a lifestyle. Not everyone cares, but those who do inevitably consider the Toyota 4Runner and Jeep Wrangler as their overlander of choice. The decision becomes a crossroads. These two legendary icons created cult followings long before Tesla made such a thing, but for very different reasons. The 4Runner’s...
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2021 Kia Telluride vs. 2021 VW Atlas: Compare Crossover SUVs

Sat, 04/10/2021 - 13:00
Three-row crossovers have become the hottest thing in suburbia since Five Guys spread across the nation. The 2021 VW Atlas and 2021 Kia Telluride are two large popular family crossover SUVs with lots of space for families. The former keeps things simple while the latter punches above its price class in top trims. The Atlas is the automaker’s...
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Toyota Avalon TRD revisited, Ghost bankrolls options, Polestar 2 retested: What's New @ The Car Connection

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 16:48
Review update: 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD refills the fountain of youth The TRD treatment for the 2020 Toyota Camry and Avalon adds a mean look and welcome handling upgrades. Lexus Teammate debuts as hands-free driving system on 2022 LS 500h The 2022 Lexus LS500h will be the first vehicle to get the Lexus Teammate driver-assistance system that allows...
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Lexus Teammate debuts as hands-free driving system on 2022 LS 500h

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 16:43
Lexus throws its hat into the ring of driver-assist systems that let drivers take their hands off the wheel with its new Lexus Teammate hands-free driving system, Toyota's luxury brand announced Thursday. Lexus joins other hands-free driving systems such as GM's Super Cruise and Tesla's Autopilot, as well as Ford's forthcoming Active Drive Assist...
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