The Car Connection News Feed

The Car Connection News Feed
Latest news, reviews, and more from around the High Gear Media network of sites
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2019 Ford F-150

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 20:04
The 2019 Ford F-150 proves that the title of “best-selling” doesn’t have to mean “sellout.” The F-150 makes few compromises on its way to excellent towing, comfort, and safety; it’s the best among full-size trucks in those regards. It didn’t choose the luxury-wagon life, but in King Ranch and Limited trim...
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2019 Toyota Sienna SE now offers all-wheel drive

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 16:14
The sportier version of Toyota's minivan is ready for snowy road conditions this winter. The 2019 Toyota Sienna SE—a version of the company's minivan with firmer suspension tuning—will offer all-wheel drive as an option for the first time. Previously, the Sienna minivan was available with all-wheel drive in the LE, XLE, and Limited...
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2019 Chevy Silverado, 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, Fuel-economy standards: What's New @ The Car Connection

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 15:30
2019 Chevrolet Silverado first drive: American work horse Wyoming is the American ideal for truck buyers. The sky is vast, the mountains big, and people have room to spread out. Any drive can pass by amber waves of grain with purple mountains’ majesty as their backdrop. It’s that beautiful. Infrastructure study: Cold weather states are...
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2019 Honda Civic

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 14:05
The 2019 Honda Civic injects more personality into the driving experience than we’re used to with most compact cars. For 2019, the Civic also adds standard active safety gear to the equation. It’s hard to make a great car even better, but with the 2019 Civic, Honda has done so. We rate the entire Civic range at 6.4 out of 10. (Read...
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2019 Ford Ranger pickup truck priced from $25,395

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 14:00
The 2019 Ford Ranger mid-size pickup truck will be priced above most its competition when it goes on sale later this year, the automaker said Tuesday. The automaker said that the least expensive version of the 2019 Ranger will cost $25,395. That price is for the Ranger XL with rear-wheel drive, a 2.3-liter turbo-4 engine, an extended-cab body, and...
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Infrastructure study: Cold weather states are falling apart

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 13:53
If there’s one thing almost every American can agree on, it’s this: our roads, bridges, tunnels, and dams need some serious renovation going forward. That’s why President Donald Trump proposed a $1 trillion plan to improve the country’s aging infrastructure, though funding the project has proven difficult given the...
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2019 Ford Explorer

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 20:44
The 2019 Ford Explorer tackles family life well. The popular Explorer makes its way onto just about every three-row crossover SUV shopping list, and with good reason. It’s roomy, rides well, and offers some standout features. Yet the 2019 Explorer’s basic design is showing its age, now nearly a decade into its life cycle. A new model...
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2019 Toyota Camry, Sienna add Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 17:13
The Venn diagram overlap between Toyota shoppers, Apple iOS users, and Amazon Prime members now includes the 2019 Toyota Camry mid-size sedan and 2019 Toyota Sienna minivan. According to Cars Direct, the 2019 Camry and 2019 Sienna will come with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility when they go on sale this fall. MORE: Developer derby...
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2019 Honda Civic gets new look, standard active safety features, Sport trim

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 17:13
Big changes are happening to one of America's favorite small cars. The new 2019 Honda Civic made its debut Monday with a slightly revised front and rear bumpers, standard suite of advanced safety features, and a new Sport trim for all body styles that was previously reserved for the Civic Hatchback. Honda didn't announce how much the 2019 Civic...
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2019 Chevrolet Silverado first drive: American work horse

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 16:42
Wyoming is the American ideal for truck buyers. The sky is vast, the mountains big, and people have room to spread out. Any drive can pass by amber waves of grain with purple mountains’ majesty as their backdrop. It’s that beautiful. Chevrolet has designed the 2019 Silverado not for beauty, but to help Americans get work done. It's now...
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2019 Acura RDX safety, Tesla and the Saudis, VW diesel claims: What's New @ The Car Connection

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 15:30
2019 Acura RDX aces IIHS crash tests The IIHS said last week that paying more for fancier headlights doesn't necessarily mean better nighttime visibility. The headlights fitted to the range-topping 2019 Acura RDX luxury crossover SUV earned an "Acceptable" rating, while the standard LED units in the base trim level scored "Good." 2019 Cadillac XT5...
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Some 2019 Subaru Ascent crossover SUVs may be replaced for faulty roof welds

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 14:11
Some owners of 2019 Subaru Ascent crossover SUVs may get a second chance at the new car smell. The automaker said in government filings last week that it will recall 293 examples of its new three-row crossover to inspect them for spot welds that may have not been applied at the factory. If Subaru finds that spot welds around one of the roof...
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2019 Acura RDX aces IIHS crash tests

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 13:43
The IIHS said last week that paying more for fancier headlights doesn't necessarily mean better nighttime visibility. The headlights fitted to the range-topping 2019 Acura RDX luxury crossover SUV earned an "Acceptable" rating, while the standard LED units in the base trim level scored "Good." The headlights standard on the base, Technology, and...
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2019 Cadillac XT5

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 18:34
The 2019 Cadillac XT5 doesn’t do much to set itself apart from other luxury crossover SUVs. Cadillac’s entry into this competitive market is a competent handler and feels luxurious enough inside, but some touches are lower-market than its price tag would suggest. We’ve given it 5.8 out of 10 points overall. (Read more about how...
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2019 Chevrolet Suburban

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 16:20
The 2019 Chevrolet Suburban is the anti-crossover, an old-school truck-based SUV for those looking to carry eight passengers, all of their stuff, and tow a boat or camper along for the ride. Thanks to an excellent towing capacity and surprisingly luxurious interior, we’ve given the 2019 Chevy Suburban 6.4 out of a possible 10 points. (Read...
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Mazda CX-5 diesel, 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, IIHS on self-driving tech: What's New @ The Car Connection

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 15:30
2018 Mazda CX-5 diesel certified by EPA at 29 mpg combined The 2018 Mazda CX-5 diesel is one step closer to arriving in showrooms. In certifying the 2018 CX-5 diesel for sale in the U.S., the EPA said that it is rated at 28 mpg city, 31 highway, 29 combined with front-wheel drive. Developer derby: Amazon enters automotive arena with Alexa Auto...
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More style, less money: 2019 Audi A7 priced from $68,995

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:34
The 2019 Audi A7 will cost $68,995 when it arrives in the automaker's U.S. showrooms later this year, Audi said Thursday. That's about a $700 savings over the outgoing 2018 model, even though the new A7 features big tech upgrades inside and under its hood. The latest A7 will be offered in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels. Audi...
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Developer derby: Amazon enters automotive arena with Alexa Auto voice-activated software

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:28
Forgot to turn your smart thermostat down at home before leaving? No problem, Amazon said Thursday. Just ask your car to do it. The e-commerce giant released an Alexa Auto Software Development Kit for new vehicles as a way to incorporate key functions of the voice-activated software into vehicle infotainment systems. MORE: AAA study finds...
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2019 Chevrolet Trax

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 20:50
The 2019 Chevrolet Trax is a city-sized crossover SUV that makes up for its low thrill demeanor with budget-friendly pricing. Overall, we rate the 2019 Trax at 4.2 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) It scores for its low price, but that’s about it. The Trax comes up short in terms of refinement, styling, and safety. The Trax...
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2018 Mazda CX-5 diesel certified by EPA at 29 mpg combined

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 17:34
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 diesel is one step closer to arriving in showrooms. In certifying the 2018 CX-5 diesel for sale in the U.S., the EPA said that it is rated at 28 mpg city, 31 highway, 29 combined with front-wheel drive. With all-wheel drive, the CX-5 diesel is rated at 27/30/28 mpg. Those looking for a big fuel economy improvement over the...
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