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Florida retirees to participate in largest self-driving car test yet

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 11:00
Del Boca Vista may be a fictional community for retired Cadillac drivers like Morty Seinfeld, but one company is set to feature a real-world Del Boca Vista—a retirement community near Orlando—as the setting for the world’s largest self-driving car test. Voyage, a Florida-based startup focused on robo-taxi services, will offer...
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Hyundai Kona, Lamborghini Urus, Gas tax increases: What’s New @ The Car Connection

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:30
2018 Hyundai Kona rated at 30 mpg–with a catch The 2018 Hyundai Kona's outlandish styling isn't the only thing likely to grab buyers' attention when it goes on sale in the next few months. The EPA rates front-wheel drive versions of the quirky, pint-size crossover at 30 mpg combined, but there's a big fuel-economy hit for the Kona's optional...
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2018 Bentley Bentayga

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:59
Looks alone don’t tell the story of the 2018 Bentley Bentayga. From the outside, the automaker’s first SUV appears to fit with the stable of high-priced, high-luxury coupes and sedans. From the inside, the Bentayga relays the same opulence of the Continental and some of the ceremony of the Mulsanne. Start up the twin-turbo...
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2018 Porsche Cayenne

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:49
It seems hard to call something understated when it wears a crest from Stuttgart on its hood, but the 2018 Porsche Cayenne has defied convention ever since it arrived. The automaker’s big SUV single-handedly makes Porsche’s sports cars possible today; the Cayenne has brought the automaker from the brink and into beaucoup profits in a...
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2018 Porsche Panamera

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:45
The 2018 Porsche Panamera does nearly all the things all the time—and even more this year. It’s the 911 of sedans, just as Porsche intended it to be, and in our eyes it rates 8.4 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) There are a staggering 15 models from which to choose: base cars, all-wheel-drive Panamera 4 and 4S cars...
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2018 Ford Transit Connect

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:19
The 2018 Ford Transit Connect is a relatively stylish commercial vehicle you may see a dozen times a day without realizing it. A family version called the Transit Connect Wagon is offered in XL, XLT, and Titanium trim levels, while the commercial variants come in a dizzying variety of wheelbases, body heights, and configurations. Changes for 2018...
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2018 Ford Fiesta

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:19
The 2018 Ford Fiesta bears the brunt of The Car Connection’s objective ratings. Small cars just don’t fare as well in categories like comfort and safety, by nature. Even in fuel economy, the smallest cars often lose out to larger cars with better aerodynamics. That said, we don’t find it difficult to find a Fiesta we like. Skip...
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2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:55
The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi are now in their sixth model year, older than any competing mid-size sedans with high-efficiency hybrid or plug-in versions. Mildly refreshed last year, the Fusion remains a good-looking sedan with a comfortable and stylish interior. The hybrid Fusion has four trim levels: the base S, the mid-level SE...
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2018 Ford Super Duty

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:52
The 2018 Ford Super Duty series spans a wide spectrum of big pickup trucks including swanky, near-luxury models, bare-bones work trucks, towing champs, and nearly every step in between. It was redesigned last year to bring the big rigs in line with its best-selling Ford F-150 light-duty models. Both trucks share similar cabs, trim levels, and...
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2018 Ford Flex

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:47
We loved the Ford Flex when it was new. Then again, we also loved the iPhone’s 2G connectivity, the Atlanta Thrashers, and Chicago’s Summer Olympic bid in the same year. We’re not fickle, we’ve just outlived most of those things. The Flex—still sold in SE, SEL, and Limited trims—is the lone survivor in that...
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2018 Ford Focus

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:36
The 2018 Ford Focus has broad appeal, maybe too broad to digest at a glance. Commuting daily? There’s a Focus for that. Into the gas-mileage lifestyle? There’s one of those, too. How about shredding tires as a part of your daily ablutions? Check. The Focus family runs the gamut from miserly sedans and hatchbacks to legitimate track...
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2018 Ford Explorer

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:26
In a lineup of cars and trucks that includes crazy uncle Shelby and cousin Raptor and a litter of baby RSs and STs, the 2018 Ford Explorer takes on the role of mom. Go ahead and have fun, it’s happy to do the shopping and the carpool, no matter what the weather holds. Someone has to do the chores around here, you know. With three rows of...
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2018 Ford EcoSport preview

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:42
Although the Ford EcoSport is just now arriving in the United States, the automaker was actually one of the first in the pint-size crossover game. More than a decade ago, Ford's Brazilian operations took the wraps off of the first-generation EcoSport; so successful was the model there that its follow-up has been offered just about everywhere Ford...
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2018 Ford C-Max

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:09
The 2018 Ford C-Max, now in its sixth and final model year, is a tall compact hatchback available only as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid. It launched in 2013 as the company’s response to the popular and fuel efficient Toyota Prius. The higher-volume C-max Hybrid suffered from a pair of reductions in its EPA fuel-economy rating, and has not sold...
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2018 Fiat 500X

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 21:52
The 2018 Fiat 500X is in its third year as the first Fiat designed specifically for North American buyers. Small crossovers are hugely popular right now, and the 500X adds sales to the aging Fiat lineup with a mix of Italian style and utility-vehicle practicality. We rate the 2018 Fiat 500X at 6.3 out of 10 overall. (Read more about how we rate...
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2018 Fiat 124 Spider

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 21:47
The 2018 Fiat 124 Spider's name traces its roots back to the 1960s, but its bones are much newer than that. The two-seat sports car shares a structure with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but the Fiat makes an effort to strike its own path. While it is built in Japan by Mazda, it has Italian model names like Classica, Lusso, and Abarth, unique styling, and...
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2018 Fiat 500L

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 21:37
The 2018 Fiat 500L is a different vehicle than the stylish little three-door hatchback that relaunched the Italian brand in the U.S. seven years ago. The five-door 500L is a compact tall wagon (or perhaps a five-door hatchback) that offers lots of interior room and a decent level of standard and optional features. The trim levels are the base Pop...
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2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 21:23
The 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia has the world’s finest sports sedans in its sights. Although it isn’t quite the bullseye that the Italian automaker might need, the Giulia compact sports sedan is brimming con brio, a delight to drive in even its humblest form, and sells for a fair price, too. We rate it at 7.4 out of 10. We give points above...
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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 21:08
The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the make-or-break moment for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Italian luxury brand. It’s the brand’s first crossover SUV, and as such the Stelvio plunges the company into uncharted territory. Alfa Romeo hopes it can blend old-world charm with the New World’s obsession with high-riding off-roaders better...
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2018 Hyundai Kona rated at 30 mpg—with a catch

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:08
The 2018 Hyundai Kona's outlandish styling isn't the only thing likely to grab buyers' attention when it goes on sale in the next few months. Front-wheel drive versions of the quirky, pint-size crossover will be rated at 30 mpg combined by the EPA, but there's a big fuel-economy hit for opting for the Kona's optional all-wheel-drive system. Those...
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