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Latest news, reviews, and more from around the High Gear Media network of sites
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GM recalls its full-size Chevy, GMC vans over fire risk

8 hours 3 min ago
General Motors on Tuesday said that it will recall about 30,000 full-size vans to trim insulation around electrical components that could catch fire. The recall covers 2016 through 2018 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans fitted with a specific type of rear climate control system. In those vans, GM said that it identified electrical wiring...
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2019 Nissan Titan

8 hours 3 min ago
The 2019 Nissan Titan is a full-size pickup truck that gets the basics right: it’s a hauler with plenty of power and a spacious cab. What it doesn’t do is offer many compelling reasons for loyal truck buyers to jump ship after years behind the wheel of its chief rivals. We land at a 4.5 out of 10 for Titan, awarding it praise for its...
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2019 BMW X7 first look: Maximum crossover SUV

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 23:01
With the 2019 X7, BMW stands ready to take on the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. Finally. It's taken the German automaker a while to get the hint that well-heeled American families are eager to buy three-row crossover SUVs draped in leather with powerful engines under their hoods. By those measures, the 2019 BMW X7 looks like it was worth...
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Lyft expands monthly ride-hail subscription service nationwide

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 16:33
Ride-hailing giant Lyft said Monday that its monthly subscription service is now available nationwide. For $299 per month, "All-Access Pass" subscribers get 30 rides costing up to $15 apiece. Anything over $15 is charged directly to the rider's credit card through the Lyft smartphone app. MORE: Lyft launches its scooter service The subscription...
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Honda airbag theft, Porsche Panamera GTS, Hyundai Nexo driven: What's New @ The Car Connection

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 15:30
Thieves are stealing Honda airbags and reselling them on the black market In the past, car thieves have gone for unattended items, radio head units, and even the car itself. Now they’re going for airbags. According to a report by USA Today, there has been a recent spike in airbag thefts in many major markets around the country. The ultimate...
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Thieves are stealing Honda airbags and reselling them on the black market

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:32
In the past, car thieves have gone for unattended items, radio head units, and even the car itself. Now they’re going for airbags. According to a report by USA Today, there has been a recent spike in airbag thefts in many major markets around the country. The airbags, which can sell for over $1,000 a piece on the black market, are being...
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2019 Chevrolet Blazer preview

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:07
Reboots come in all shapes and sizes, from the kind found on TV and film, to the daily process you go through just to get your phone to receive voice mails. The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is a reboot, but the familiar nameplate won't return on a truck-based SUV. With the reformatted Blazer, Chevy will fill the niche in its lineup left between the...
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2019 Chevrolet Cruze

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:06
The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze compact car finally gets with the times. This year, the Cruze sedan and hatchback sport revised styling, updated technology, and a raft of collision-avoidance gear it lacked last year. The 2019 Cruze, available in L, LS, LT, and Premier trim levels, can be had with either a 1.4-liter turbo-4 gas engine or a 1.6-liter...
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2019 Chevrolet Spark

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:05
Some cars are honest about their intentions. Not the 2019 Chevrolet Spark. The five-door minicar that could, the 2019 Spark is offered in a bevy of trim levels and bursts with personality. It’s a cheap car that doesn’t want to be lumped with other transportation appliances. It has its virtues, but also its compromises. Overall, we rate...
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2019 Kia Niro

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:00
The 2019 Kia Niro is efficiency without pretense. Kind of like an office stapler, but with a better stereo, perhaps. As Kia’s dedicated electrified model, no version of the Niro is sold without a hybrid battery. (A Niro with a much bigger battery and no gasoline engine is due soon, we hear.) We give the 2019 Niros that are on sale now a 6.0...
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The ultimate guide to compact crossover SUVs

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:33
Shopping for a compact crossover SUV is like looking through the menu at most popular chain restaurants: choices abound. The most popular crossover SUVs come in a few flavors that aren’t always easy to directly compare. To help out, we’ve put our shopping shoes on and picked the configurations of some of the most commonly researched...
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GM dealers to offer factory-backed extended bumper-to-bumper warranties

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 15:35
General Motors dealers on Monday began offering extended full-coverage new-car warranties that the automaker said are the first of their kind. Rather than extending coverage for certain components like other factory-backed warranties, GM's new, extra-cost warranty is a complete extension of the bumper-to-bumper coverage its cars include when they...
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GM warranty boost, Mercedes GLE hybrid, Hyundai Kona EV driven: What's New @ The Car Connection

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 15:30
GM dealers to offer factory-backed extended bumper-to-bumper warranties General Motors dealers on Monday began offering extended full-coverage new-car warranties that the automaker said are the first of their kind. Group calls on Hyundai, Kia to recall 2.9 million vehicles for fire risk The nonprofit Center for Auto Safety called on Hyundai and...
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2019 Buick Regal

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 13:10
The 2019 Buick Regal stretches far for its mid-size moves—across the ocean, in fact. The Regal comes in a fastback body shape or a long-roofed wagon shape, both by way of Europe where they’re sold under the Opel brand. GM formerly owned Opel. A sportier Regal GS was new last year, and all three cars share styling, underpinnings, and...
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2019 Buick Enclave

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 13:02
The 2019 Buick Enclave is a handsome, comfortable SUV with an appearance that belies its size. It offers interesting options and safety features, but at a steep price. We’ve rated the new Enclave 7.2 out of 10, with points for its good looks and high-end cabin and ride. (Read more about how we rate cars.) After 10 years wearing the same...
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2019 Buick Encore

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 13:01
The 2019 Buick Encore carves a fair amount of crossover space from a very small footprint, but it does so at a premium. It returns nearly unchanged for the 2019 model year, with more competition than ever. We’ve rated the Encore a 5.8 out of 10. The smallest Buick handles decently and makes good sense in urban environments, but its small...
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2019 Buick Lacrosse

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 13:00
The 2019 Buick Lacrosse is the most traditional sedan left in the storied brand’s lineup. Roomy, quiet, and tame, the Lacrosse offers the traditional Buick experience but skips the barge-like experience. The brand’s largest sedan offers enough style, compelling options, and refinement to compete with luxury cars that cost more...
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2019 Cadillac CT6 preview

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:56
The 2019 Cadillac CT6 offers all on paper that a flagship luxury sedan should. It's stylish, a technological leader, and it has one of the industry's most advanced semi-autonomous driver-assist systems. For 2019, it adopts a new twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. As cool as a 550-hp luxury sedan is, the CT6’s tauter, more stylish skin is what...
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2019 Cadillac XTS

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:53
The 2019 Cadillac XTS builds on the brand’s reputation for comfortable, modern big-car luxury. Unchanged from the 2018 model year, the 2019 XTS remains a capable full-size sedan that carries plenty of heritage without the stale nostalgia. We rate the 2019 XTS at 6.8 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) Trim packages carry over for...
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2019 Cadillac ATS

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:52
The 2019 Cadillac ATS drops two doors this year, but retains its European character and manners. Because of lackluster sales, the ATS will be offered only as a coupe for this year, and will be discontinued soon. Even though the sedan is off the table, the remaining coupe is fun to drive and relatively luxurious, and deserves a 6.4 out of 10...
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