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The Car Connection News Feed
Latest news, reviews, and more from around the High Gear Media network of sites
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The 2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum earns a participation trophy

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 16:30
The modern three-row crossover SUV needs to haul a bevy of people in comfort, style, and with the latest technology. The redesigned 2020 Toyota Highlander does all these things, but excels at none of them. Squaring off against the Hyundai Palisade, Honda Pilot, Volkswagen Atlas, Dodge Durango, and the Kia Telluride, which was The Car...
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2020 Toyota Highlander revisited, 2021 Audi A7 PHEV previewed, 2020 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid reviewed: What's New @ The Car Connection

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 16:13
The 2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum earns a participation trophy The 2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum delivers everything expected from a three-row crossover SUV but it doesn’t distinguish itself. 2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel first look: more grunt, more miles On Friday, Jeep announced that its 2021 Gladiator pickup would be available with...
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2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel first look: more grunt, more miles

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 15:00
The pairing was highly eventual, but also highly anticipated. On Friday, Jeep announced that its 2021 Gladiator pickup would be available with an optional 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 plucked from the Ram 1500 pickup and Wrangler SUV. In the Gladiator, the turbodiesel will make 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque and be paired to an 8-speed...
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2021 Subaru Crosstrek: Small price bump, big power gains

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 13:30
The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek comes with a modest $100 price bump but more standard equipment and more power. A new Sport trim highlights a more powerful engine option that is only $600 more than the base engine, the automaker announced Thursday. A common gripe from shoppers interested in Subaru's smallest crossover SUV was that they needed more power...
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New 2021 Mazda 3 compact car upgrades to three available engines

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:56
The 2021 Mazda 3 compact car will offer three available engines when it goes on sale, including a new entry-level inline-4. Following the news of the return of a larger turbocharged engine, Mazda revealed a smaller 155-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4 to complement the 2.5-liter engines available in the sedan and hatchback, the automaker announced...
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2021 Toyota 4Runner updated, Lambo Sian roadster previewed, RAV4 Prime marked up: What's New @ The Car Connection

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:30
2021 Toyota 4Runner updated, Trail editions return, and TRD Pros get spacey The 2021 Toyota 4Runner will get sharper eyes, fleeter feet, a new edition, and a fresh paint job in a bid to keep the aging SUV fresh. Another small car goes boom; Chevy Sonic won't return Chevrolet will shelve the slow-selling Sonic after the 2020 model year, the...
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2021 Toyota 4Runner updated, Trail editions return, and TRD Pros get spacey

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:30
The 2021 Toyota 4Runner will get sharper eyes, fleeter feet, a new edition, and a fresh paint job in a bid to keep the aging SUV fresh. Those changes also will include a new Lunar Rock color across the TRD Pro off-road lineup and the return of the Trail edition to the Tacoma and Tundra pickups, as well as to the 2021 4Runner, Toyota announced...
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Another small car goes boom; Chevy Sonic won't return

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:00
Chevrolet will shelve the slow-selling Sonic after the 2020 model year, the automaker confirmed this week. The small compact will make way at the automaker's Orion Township plant for an electric vehicle that Chevy plans to produce next year, according to a spokesman for Chevy. Dealers were notified last month that the Sonic wouldn't return and...
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2021 Corvette stays under $60,000 and earns its racing stripes

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 16:53
The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has the same starting price of $59,995 as when the redesigned C8 mid-engine Vette launched for 2020. The 2021 Corvette convertible also stays the same at $67,495, including destination, the automaker announced Wednesday. For the same price as 2020, the 2021 mid-engine Vette comes with a bit more standard...
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2021 Mazda 3 turbo returns, 2021 Elantra N Line preview, Audi Q4 E-Tron preview: What's New @ The Car Connection

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 16:50
2021 Mazda 3 spins out a turbocharged all-wheel-drive compact contender The available engine will make up to 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque and boost the Mazda 3's performance potential. What's New for 2021: Audi After a robust 2020 that starred performance crossover SUVs and wagons such as the RS6 Avant, Audi turns its attention to...
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2020 Jeep Gladiator

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 15:08
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator combines pickup-truck utility with the Wrangler’s unmistakable swagger and off-road prowess, for better or worse. The 2020 Gladiator costs more than its rivals and is a compromised hauler in some ways, but it can trudge off-road exceptionally well, its top comes off, and it won’t be mistaken for anything but a...
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2021 Mazda 3 spins out a turbocharged all-wheel-drive compact contender

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 13:30
It's been a long time coming, but a turbocharger finally returns to the Mazda 3. Just don't call it a Mazdaspeed 3. The 2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo makes 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque from its 2.5-liter turbo-4 with 93 octane gas, the automaker announced Wednesday. The torque-rich engine doesn't match the 263-hp Mazdaspeed 3 that was...
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What's New for 2021: Audi

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 13:00
After a robust 2020 that starred performance crossover SUVs and wagons such as the RS6 Avant, Audi turns its attention to updated volume models such as the Q5 crossover and A3 compact sedan for 2021. Volkswagen's luxury brand also continues to enhance its standard safety equipment and advanced driver-assistance systems across the lineup. The core...
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2020 Kia Telluride

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 21:13
The 2020 Kia Telluride is a crossover SUV that uses its blocky styling to stand out in a sea of homogeneous three-row family haulers. With the 2020 Telluride, Kia finally offers a vehicle with room for growing families. The Telluride is the largest crossover sold by Kia, and it’s available in LX, S, EX, and SX trim levels. Base versions cost...
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2020 Kia Niro

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 20:55
The 2020 Kia Niro hybrid pairs crossover-like styling and utility with excellent fuel economy in every form. It’s a high-value car ideal for the way most people use their vehicles, and the impressive Niro plug-in hybrid only adds to this lineup’s appeal. We cover the Niro EV separately. Overall, we rate the 2020 Niro at 6.0 out of 10...
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2020 Kia Cadenza

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 20:36
The 2020 Kia Cadenza gets a new face while it carries on unchanged under the hood. It’s still a comfortable, spacious large sedan with impressive value. We give it a TCC Rating of 6.8 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) For 2020, the Cadenza receives an extensive visual refresh featuring new exterior styling, a bigger updated...
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2020 Kia K900

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 20:29
The 2020 Kia K900 has all the luxury-sedan charms a four-door can muster—but it’s still a relative unknown. Perhaps the only reason it’s not immensely popular with buyers is the three-letter badge on the hood. With its top-notch quality, amply strong powertrain, and relative value, we give it 7.2 out of 10 overall. (Read more...
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2020 Kia Rio

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 20:06
The 2020 Kia Rio is a dutiful, trustworthy small car that is a frugal choice with an excellent warranty. It drives better than some compact cars, which makes it even more appealing. We rate the 2020 Rio at 5.3 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) This year, the Rio is available in LX ($16,675) and S ($17,315) trim levels and comes with a...
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2020 Kia Forte

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 19:57
The 2020 Kia Forte is an oft-overlooked compact sedan that deserves more attention than it gets. With great standard equipment and a strong warranty, the 2020 Forte is worth a look alongside popular competitors like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. For that, we give it 6.0 out of 10 overall. (Read more about how we rate cars.) The 2020 Forte...
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2020 Kia Sedona

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 17:36
The 2020 Kia Sedona carries the torch for minivans, even as SUVs and crossovers pass it by. The stylish Sorento and new Telluride make the Sedona a hard sell even in its own showroom. With the 2020 Sedona, Kia still omits some safety features on base models, a major oversight on a family-friendly vehicle. We award points for its style, comfortable...
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