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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2020 Toyota Land Cruiser

Sat, 10/19/2019 - 13:56
The 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser is an immense SUV with serious four-wheel-drive capability, with an off-road heritage unmatched by most rivals. It’s not exceptionally well-suited to urban or even suburban life, but that’s part of this big 4x4’s charm. We rate it 5.4 out of 10, a score earned by a combination of its spacious...
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What's new for Audi, Hyundai's large drift machine, Polestar 2 vs. XC40 Recharge: What's New @ The Car Connection

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 16:56
What’s new for 2020: Audi The luxury automaker added two wagons to its A6 lineup and will keep the TT around for another year. What do you get from a connected car app? Connected car apps are becoming more common and more functional in new cars, and automakers such as Ford are making these convenient apps free. NHTSA finally plans to get...
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What do you get from a connected car app?

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 16:00
As cars themselves get smarter and smarter, the technology on our dashboards is becoming ever more intertwined with the devices we carry in our pockets. From simple maintenance reminders to functions that can turn a smartphone into an advanced key fob, connected car apps vary significantly in terms of capability⁠—and cost. Earlier...
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NHTSA finally plans to get 5-star testing up to speed

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 14:00
New vehicles will have to meet more rigorous safety standards to earn five-star safety ratings doled out by federal regulators, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Wednesday. “American car buyers want safety, and NHTSA wants to help by creating additional market-based incentives for automakers to continue investing...
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2020 Toyota Prius

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 13:34
It’s hard not to have an opinion on the 2020 Toyota Prius. The car’s expressive shape, impressive fuel economy, and reasonable price have made it a favorite with drivers interested in saving fuel. But gas is cheap, and rivals are catching up, which makes the 2020 Prius less of a stand-out than before. We rate the lineup at 6.0 out of...
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What’s new for 2020: Audi

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 20:00
The luxury arm of Volkswagen is loading its lineup of stately sedans, capable crossovers, and sporty compacts and wagons with more standard safety equipment and trim options for 2020. This year, for Audi, the base Titanium trim is no longer offered, leaving the core trim levels as Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The biggest news for Audi...
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Volvo XC40 Recharge plugs in, AMG goes hybrid, Kia Soul EV delayed: What's New @ The Car Connection

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 16:30
2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge electric crossover debuts: 200 miles, all-wheel drive, constantly updated Volvo's first electric vehicle, the 2021 XC40 Recharge, leads the charge for a more sustainable future. 2019 Volkswagen Arteon earns top crash safety ratings despite poor headlights The big Volkswagen sedan's headlights kept it from earning an award...
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2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge electric crossover debuts: 200 miles, all-wheel drive, constantly updated

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 15:30
Volvo's first all-electric car made its official debut Wednesday and carries with it the automaker's ambitious plan to pollute less from the vehicles it produces and to reduce emissions from the factories that make the cars. The 2021 Volvo XC40 will go on sale later in 2020 and cost more than $55,000, before applicable federal, state, and local...
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2020 Toyota Camry

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 13:01
The 2020 Toyota Camry lineup ranges from mainstream suburban family car to hypermiling commuter to track-tuned TRD sports sedan. There’s something for everyone here, at least everyone who hasn’t followed the call of the SUV. We rate the entire range at 6.8 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) Some versions, such as the Camry...
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2019 Volkswagen Arteon earns top crash safety ratings despite poor headlights

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 13:00
The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon just missed a Top Safety Pick award due to headlights with either deficient visibility or excessive glare. But when it comes to crashworthiness, the full-size sedan earned the praise of the IIHS, which conducts the most rigorous crash-safety testing of any non-profit testing agency. In the six key tests, including the...
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Palisade versus Telluride, Bentley Flying Spur review, Chevy Bolt EV update: What's New @ The Car Connection

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 16:15
2020 Hyundai Palisade vs. 2020 Kia Telluride: Compare SUVs Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride, two of the hottest SUVs for 2020, are actually related. Review update: 2020 Nissan Versa is bigger and better than before We revisit the affordable 2020 Nissan Versa for a week to see if small cars are still a big deal. Ford recalls new Ranger pickups...
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2020 Hyundai Palisade vs. 2020 Kia Telluride: Compare SUVs

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 15:13
Two of the most anticipated SUVs this year have more in common than being named after ritzy 1-percenter outposts in Colorado and California. The 2020 Kia Telluride and 2020 Hyundai Palisade three-row SUVs are mechanically related in many ways, share similar interior features, powertrains, seating for up to eight, and offer good value. There are...
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Review update: 2020 Nissan Versa is bigger and better than before

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 15:00
In a market overrun by over-sized and over-priced cars, the redesigned 2020 Nissan Versa is relief. The small sedan demonstrates you can still get a reasonably equipped car at a reasonable price. The entry-level Nissan Versa grows from its basic budget car past with more everything. It’s lower, wider, longer, more powerful, sharper to look...
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Ford recalls new Ranger pickups for fire risk

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 17:38
Ford is recalling its brand-new midsize Ranger pickup for a potential fire hazard, the company announced Monday. The risk stems from the climate control system's blower motor, which may have been built without enough clearance between its base plate (which is conductive) and an electrical terminal. The two can make contact, resulting in a short...
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A more affordable Porsche Taycan drops, Tesla Pickup still on track, and the GTI's plaid seats headline The Car Connection news

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 19:41
How the Volkswagen GTI got those plaid seats and golf-ball shifter VW designer Gunhil Liljequist discusses how the Golf GTI's plaid seats and golf-ball shifter came to be. More than 366,000 Subaru Foresters recalled for faulty front airbag sensors A front-seat sensor may fail to detect an occupant and may not deploy an airbag if the SUV is...
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More than 366,000 Subaru Foresters recalled for faulty front airbag sensors

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 16:00
Subaru will recall certain Forester crossover SUVs equipped with heated front seats, the company announced this month. A loose electrical connection can cause a malfunction in the occupant detection system (ODS), which detects the relative size of a front-seat passenger. If the ODS doesn't detect a passenger, then the passenger airbag is...
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BMW recalls many of its newer cars, including Toyota Supra, for faulty rearview camera

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 15:00
BMW will recall most of its newer models, including the Toyota Supra, Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Phantom, for a rearview camera flaw. The camera settings in those cars can be adjusted to no longer project a rear image when in reverse, and that setting stays the same the next time the vehicle is put in reverse, which doesn't comply with the NHTSA...
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Toyota extends battery warranty on all new hybrid and electric vehicles

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 16:00
Toyota is the uncontested leader in hybrid vehicles and now it has the longest warranty to back up its hybrid know-how. On Thursday, Toyota announced it would extend its hybrid battery warranty from 8 years/100,000 miles to 10 years/150,000 miles on all 2020 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fuel-cell vehicles. Unlike Hyundai’s...
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How the Volkswagen GTI got those plaid seats and golf-ball shifter

Sat, 10/12/2019 - 15:00
While the Volkswagen Golf might not come back to America next year, the plaid seats of the Golf GTI will get another run in the legendary hatchback. Formerly known as the Rabbit in North America, the successor to the Volkswagen Beetle launched more than 40 years ago, and the plaid seats in the more performance-minded GTI trim have been winning...
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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport reveal, 2021 Toyota RAV4 gets plugged in, off-roading with trucks in muck: What's New @ The Car Connection

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 17:49
2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport fills the gap between Tiguan and Atlas Volkswagen launched the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport mid-size crossover to slot between the Tiguan compact and Atlas three-row crossovers. Mucking it up with the Jeep Gladiator, Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, and Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison The three mid-size trucks tackle an off-road course...
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