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Rivian walks back price increase for reservation holders, CEO apologizes

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 03/03/2022 - 15:12
Rivian on Thursday made an about-face to not raise prices on anyone who had preordered an R1T electric truck or R1S SUV but not yet finalized their transaction. On Tuesday, March 1, Rivian increased prices $12,000 on both vehicles it manufactures. Preorder holders who canceled their order due to the abrupt $12,000 price increase can reinstate...
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Rivian bumps price of R1T and R1S electric vehicles nearly 20%

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 03/02/2022 - 16:35
Rivian raised the price of its R1T electric pickup truck and R1S electric SUV by $12,000 on Tuesday, firmly establishing the American automaker as a luxury brand. The price of the R1T pickup, which just went on sale late last year, increases from $68,575 to $80,575 (17.5%), and the R1S electric SUV, which hasn't yet been delivered to purchasers...
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2014 Kia Soul recalled for front airbag issue

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 03/01/2022 - 16:21
The 2014 Kia Soul is being recalled for front airbags that may not deploy in a crash, the NHTSA disclosed last week. Communication between the control unit and front impact sensors can be scrambled at the onset of a severe crash, and the airbags won't deploy. The recall covers 128,280 Soul hatchbacks. The issue could increase the risk of injury...
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2022 Lincoln Navigator

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 03/01/2022 - 14:55
What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Lincoln Navigator? What does it compare to? The 2022 Lincoln Navigator is a luxury full-size SUV based on the Ford F-150 pickup. It’s one of the most polished and posh SUVs we’ve driven. It competes against the Cadillac Escalade, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, BMW X7, and the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. Is the 2022...
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Review update: 2022 BMW X3 complements the active lifestyle

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 03/01/2022 - 13:00
Americans tend to overbuy their cars. Anyone south of St. Louis probably doesn’t need all-wheel drive, and yet it’s wildly popular. The space of the SUV itself is seldom needed versus the trunk of a sedan. Anything over 150 hp isn’t necessary to keep up with traffic, but more power is always better. We want what we want. I say...
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2022 Buick Encore GX

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 02/28/2022 - 16:10
What kind of car is the 2022 Buick Encore GX? What does it compare to? The Encore GX five-seat crossover blends hatchback utility, crossover-SUV traction, and a layer of premium trim that’s more than a thin veneer. It’s bigger and better than the Encore still sold in Buick showrooms, but trust us: The GX is the Encore you want to sit...
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2022 Acura MDX

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 02/28/2022 - 15:20
What kind of car is the 2022 Acura MDX? The 2022 Acura MDX is a three-row crossover SUV that’s sold under Honda’s luxury imprint. It can seat up to seven passengers, offers some of the automaker’s most advanced technology and most luxurious features, and comes with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. It introduces a new design...
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2022 Honda Civic

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 02/28/2022 - 15:08
What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Honda Civic? What does it compare to? The 2022 Honda Civic is one of the bestselling and best-known compact cars on the planet. Emerging now in sedan and hatchback body styles, it’s offered as a Civic LX, Sport, EX, or Touring. The hatchback swaps the EX trim for EX-L, and the Touring for Sport Touring. The...
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Ford Mustang joins millions of other cars recalled for rearview camera issue

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 02/28/2022 - 14:52
The Ford Mustang joins a growing list of cars with rearview camera projections that fail to meet the safety standards of the NHTSA. Certain 2015-2017 Mustangs have loose or damaged wiring that can result in a distorted image or the lack of an image on screen when the car is in reverse, Ford disclosed last week. The NHTSA says that the faulty...
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What is an IIHS Top Safety Pick and why does it matter?

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 02/28/2022 - 14:45
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced its 2022 Top Safety Picks last week, but what does it mean for new car shoppers? This year marks a critical time in automotive safety assessment as the IIHS plans to toughen its criteria in the wake of record traffic and pedestrian fatalities. As more automakers equip their cars to meet the...
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First drive: 2022 Volkswagen Golf R weathers the storm

The Car Connection News Feed - Sun, 02/27/2022 - 13:00
The 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R represent the freshest choices in a withering class of hot hatchbacks. While we await the redesigned Subaru WRX STi and Honda Civic Type R, and hope that Hyundai doesn’t cancel the excellent Veloster N, deciding between the two Golfs reflects a gulf between wants and needs. A nicely equipped GTI costs...
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Safety awards and concerns top this week's news

The Car Connection News Feed - Sat, 02/26/2022 - 12:00
With large recalls and another widespread investigation launched by the NHTSA this week, as well as the 2022 Top Safety Pick awards announcement, it felt like safety week at The Car Connection. Two new compact crossovers got priced for 2023, and we revisit the underwhelming Cadillac XT6 three-row SUV. Some weeks, that's how it goes. Here's what...
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Ford recalls nearly 250,000 Super Duty trucks for fractured driveshaft

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 02/25/2022 - 15:37
Ford is recalling the 2017-2022 Ford Super Duty pickup truck for a potential fracture in the aluminum driveshaft. The recall encompasses 247,445 extended cab and crew cab F-250 and F-350 models equipped with gas engines, according to a notice posted by the NHTSA on Wednesday. Heat and noise insulators in the underbody of the heavy duty trucks can...
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2023 Kia Sportage preview

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 02/25/2022 - 14:00
What kind of vehicle is the 2023 Kia Sportage? What does it compare to? The Sportage is a compact crossover SUV that grows in size and features for the latest generation. With seating for five as well as hybrid and off-road models, the Sportage rivals vehicles such as the related Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape. Is the 2023 Kia...
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Honda CR-V, Accord investigated for sudden braking complaints

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 02/24/2022 - 14:57
The NHTSA is investigating 1.7 million Honda vehicles for complaints of sudden and unintended braking, according to a report published Thursday by Automotive News. Owners of the 2018-2019 Honda Accord have filed 107 complaints, and owners of the 2017-2019 Honda CR-V have filed 171 complaints for the automatic emergency braking system activating...
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Volvo, Genesis sweep 2022 Top Safety Pick+ awards

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 02/24/2022 - 05:01
For the 2022 model year, more automakers built their cars to better withstand and avoid crashes, according to the latest ratings announced Thursday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A total of 65 models earned a 2022 Top Safety Pick+ designation, which is considered the most rigorous independent safety rating in the automotive...
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Volvo, Genesis sweep 2022 Top Safety Pick+ award

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 02/24/2022 - 05:01
For the 2022 model year, more automakers built their cars to better withstand and avoid crashes, according to the latest ratings announced Thursday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A total of 65 models earned a 2022 Top Safety Pick+ designation, which is considered the most rigorous independent safety rating in the automotive...
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What's New for 2022: Kia

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 02/23/2022 - 13:00
Kia's electrified future gathers momentum across the lineup in 2022. The launch of the EV6 electric crossover leads the way, riding on a modular platform that will underpin a family of forthcoming electric vehicles from Kia, Hyundai, and Genesis. A bridge to that imminent future extends with plug-in hybrid versions of some of the brand's...
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2023 Mazda CX-50 ranges in price from $28,000 to nearly $43,000

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 02/22/2022 - 16:49
Mazda's newest vehicle arrives with a broad price delta and a staggered lineup encompassing ten trim levels that straddle the mainstream and premium markets. The 2023 Mazda CX-50 crossover SUV starts at $28,025, including a $1,225 destination fee, but ranges to $42,775 for the 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus, Mazda announced Tuesday. Sharing a platform...
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Review update: 2022 Cadillac XT6 fails to imprint a strong impression

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 02/21/2022 - 13:00
The Cadillac XT6 has a problem: It’s a lackluster crossover SUV in a cutthroat premium segment that includes the lounge-like Lincoln Aviator and gorgeous Volvo XC90. Despite being a milquetoast option, the three-row SUV still has some surprising details that ever so slightly redeem it for family hauling duties, though certainly not for...
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