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Power, efficiency, reality all catch up with 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

3 hours 45 min ago
For 2020, Ram isn’t letting off the gas—or maybe I should say “accelerator.” The 2020 Ram 1500 marks the return of the EcoDiesel engine under the hood of the automaker’s light-duty pickup truck. With a $4,995 price premium (or $3,000 over the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 e-Torque mild-hybrid) the burning question for the diesel...
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More than 100K 2015 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ sedans recalled for seat belts that can erode

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:47
Ford announced last week that it would recall more than 100,000 2015 Ford Fusion and 2015 Lincoln MKZ sedans for seat belt fasteners that could erode and fail to hold occupants in place in a crash. The automaker said it was aware of one injury caused by the faulty seat belts. In a statement, Ford said that 2015 Fusion sedans built between Aug. 1...
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Updated 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is the practical pick with the heart of an enthusiast

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:42
Compact hatchbacks get a bad wrap as soulless econoboxes. Perhaps that's why fewer Americans buy them each year and run toward crossovers like they're In-N-Out Burger. (Eds note: Crossovers are basically hatchbacks on stilts, but we won't tell anyone else.) The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is one of the few remaining dedicated hatchbacks on sale...
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2020 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel has a price, Bond car sells for more than $6M, electric VW Buggy driven: What's New @ The Car Connection

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 20:50
2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup trucks priced from $38,585 The turbodiesel is a $3,000 upgrade from V-8-powered trucks, $4,995 upcharge from the V-6. The 2020 Nissan Versa tests the limits of content in a value-driven segment Nissan's subcompact sedan remains less expensive than many rivals, but is that still enough? 2020 Toyota Corolla Nightshade...
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2020 Toyota Corolla Nightshade editions turn to the dark side

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 20:30
Toyota reinvented its compact stalwart for 2019, injecting it with much-needed shots of youthful energy and modern sophistication. For 2020, the Toyota Corolla sedan and hatchback will be offered with a new Nightshade package, giving buyers access to an edgier, blacked-out aesthetic. Nightshade models will have gloss-black exterior badges, side...
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The 2020 Nissan Versa tests the limits of content in a value-driven segment

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 16:00
The average transaction price for a new car is now more than $37,000. For those with access to low-interest, long-term loans, that's not too difficult to stomach. In the real world, not everybody is in that position. Some need new-car reliability and the peace of mind brought about by the accompanying warranty, and they need to do it for...
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2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup trucks priced from $38,585

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 05:01
When the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel goes on sale later this year it'll be the most expensive optional engine available in a light-duty truck. On Friday, Ram said the 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine option in the 2020 Ram 1500 will command a $4,995 premium over the base V-6 mild-hybrid or a $3,000 premium over the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 mild-hybrid. That's...
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2020 Corvette costs less than $60K all-in, 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 performance, 2020 E-tron smashed: What's New @ The Car Connection

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 21:00
2020 Chevrolet Corvette costs $59,995 to start, including fees Chevy said Thursday that its new mid-engine Corvette would cost less than $60,000—no surprise charges. Ford backtracks on Fiesta, Focus transmission claims, offers extended warranties Ford said it would add two years and 40,000 miles to warranties for a clutch in its problematic...
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2020 Chevrolet Corvette costs $59,995 to start, including fees

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 20:00
Chevrolet on Thursday confirmed a surprise. Although the automaker announced last month that the mid-engine 2020 Chevy Corvette would cost less than $60,000, many expected that price would exclude the mandatory destination charge that would add another $1,000 or so. Not so. When it goes on sale later this year, the 2020 Chevy Corvette will cost...
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2020 Honda Odyssey

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:30
Cool after kids is possible. The 2020 Honda Odyssey is more about convenience, and less about capitulation. This year, the van is standard with a 10-speed automatic in all trims and celebrates its 25th anniversary with some special badges and wheels, if you like. The basic formula hasn’t changed over two and a half decades. The Odyssey still...
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2019 Audi E-tron earns IIHS' first Top Safety Pick+ award for an electric car

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 13:00
The first electric car to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest award is the 2019 Audi E-Tron, the insurance industry-funded group announced Wednesday. The IIHS said the E-tron crossover earned top "Good" scores in every crash test, including the driver- and passenger-side small overlap crash tests. The group noted that every...
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Ford backtracks on Fiesta, Focus transmission claims, offers extended warranties

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 18:00
Ford will extend warranties by two years or 40,0000 miles on some 2014-2016 Fiesta and Focus sedans and hatchbacks equipped with a problematic dual-clutch automatic transmission, the automaker announced Wednesday. The move follows building criticism from owners and media over the maligned transmission, which has plagued the automaker since its...
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2020 Honda Insight

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 17:30
Efficiency-focused shoppers would do well to consider the 2020 Honda Insight hybrid sedan. The small car from Honda returns not only more than 50 mpg combined in most configurations, according to the EPA, it also manages to do it for less than $24,000 in base form and perhaps, more importantly, without drawing attention to itself. It has plenty to...
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2020 Ford Ranger FX2 arrives, Acura Type S Concept is coming, Porsche Cayenne with a plug: What's New @ The Car Connection

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 17:00
2020 Ford Ranger FX2 is the baja pickup ready for cities The off-road package for rear-drive pickups adds chunky tires, a rear locking differential, and an off-road suspension. Congress plans to try again on self-driving car legislation Congressional committees plan to take up legislation again that would even the playing field for self-driving...
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New Terrain to climb? Small GMC crossover's price goes up for 2020 in most trims

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 15:00
The 2020 GMC Terrain will feature newly standard active safety features when it goes on sale later this year and a new price for most versions. GMC confirmed to The Car Connection that the 2020 Terrain will cost the same for a base model when it goes on sale later this year. A 2020 GMC Terrain SL will cost $26,195, including destination, for a...
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Congress plans to try again on self-driving car legislation

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 14:00
Congress may revisit an overhaul to federal rules for self-driving cars when it reconvenes early next month. House and Senate committees are looking for comments from the public and automakers to standardize federal rules for testing and selling self-driving cars and cars with semi-autonomous driver-assistance features, Automotive News reported...
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2020 Ford Ranger FX2 is the baja pickup ready for cities

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 11:00
Tradition won't skip Ford's newest pickup truck. On Wednesday, Ford announced that the 2020 Ford Ranger FX2 will be available for order as a $595 upgrade on the mid-size pickup. The package adds off-road tires, front skid plates, an electronically locking rear differential, and chunkier styling. Ford said the FX2 package is available for ordering...
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2020 Nissan Altima

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 17:00
Come for the bargain, stay for the value. The 2020 Nissan Altima will attract many buyers for its affordability. It costs less than $25,000 in base trim. Over time they’ll appreciate their choice more: the 2020 Altima’s a good mid-size sedan with impressive value. It’s a 6.7 on our scale, which reflects its good base features...
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2020 Honda Odyssey is here, drive-thrus in Minneapolis are banned, Porsche's carbon credit offsets: What's New @ The Car Connection

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 17:00
2020 Honda Odyssey gets standard 10-speed automatic, 25th anniversary package Honda's mega-selling minivan will add an appearance package for its 25th birthday and make standard a 10-speed automatic for all versions. 2019 Lexus NX aces IIHS tests, earns Top Safety Pick+ nod The small crossover earned top marks for its crashworthiness and crash...
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Lawsuit alleges GM sold heavy-duty trucks that couldn't reliably run on US diesel fuel

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 15:30
Some truck owners say General Motors knowingly used a defective fuel pump in many heavy-duty pickups and vans that could erode and pump metal shavings through engines, according to a lawsuit filed this month. The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Detroit, is the continuation of several lawsuits filed against many truckmakers including...
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