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2018 BMW X4
2018 BMW X4The 2018 BMW X4 doesn’t bother with convention, tradition, or labels. It’s a luxury sport crossover SUV coupe—add any other names you like. Actually, it’s probably best to just stick to X4. We rate the X4 at 6.8 overall, which reflects our opinion of its trendy looks and performance potential. It’s not particularly...
2018 GMC Yukon
2018 GMC YukonThe 2018 GMC Yukon is a traditional SUV with enough muscular V-8 power to tow just about anything. It’s old-fashioned underneath with its body-on-frame construction, but it doesn’t feel like a relic. Accordingly, we’ve rated the Yukon lineup—which includes standard-length and Yukon XL body styles—at 6.6 out of 10...
2018 Volkswagen Beetle
2018 Volkswagen BeetleThe 2018 Volkswagen Beetle lives where culture and cars collide—always has. This year, the Beetle follows that ethos with a simplified powertrain lineup and a special edition that probably couldn’t afford the royalty nut to the Beach Boys, so they call it “Coast.” This Beetle is getting on in its years and it shows. We give...
As NAFTA battle lines are drawn, repercussions loom on dealership lots
FCA's Windsor, Ontario, assembly plantNAFTA negotiations have reached an impasse in several key areas, chief among them a series of regulations surrounding the automotive sector. While Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland referred to a “series of unconventional proposals” and Mexican Secretary of the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo said, “we all have our...
Passenger-side crash tests, Design icons, Best green car: What’s New @ The Car Connection
2017 Chevrolet Malibu in the IIHS' new passenger-side small-overlap crash testLatest crash tests show big discrepancy in front-seat passenger safety A new round of crash-testing from the IIHS illustrates that not all new cars are as safe for front-seat passengers as they are for drivers. Buick Enclave: Best Car to Buy 2018 Nominee Straddling the line between mass-market and luxury, the Buick Enclave offers families a...
2018 Porsche Macan
2018 Porsche MacanIt didn’t take long after its arrival for the Porsche Macan to become the best-selling model from the luxury automaker. It satisfied not only the growing appetite for luxury crossover SUVs, but also the Macan supplied the performance that many expected from the Porsche badge. The 2018 Porsche Macan is hitting its stride now. A year removed...
Buick Enclave: Best Car to Buy 2018 Nominee
2018 Buick EnclaveStraddling the line between mass-market and luxury, the Buick Enclave offers families a pleasingly and shapely upmarket take on three-row transportation. It took nearly a decade for Buick to revamp its Enclave, but the wait was worthwhile. The sleek, curvy Enclave's exterior styling is echoed by a coddling, dressy interior with good room in all...
GM to develop its own self-driving car tech
General Motors' Dan Ammann (center) with Lyft's John Zimmer (right) and Logan Green (left)General Motors CEO Dan Ammann said Tuesday that the Detroit automaker intends to make its own self-driving car hardware rather than rely on suppliers to deliver technology that may be shared with other automakers. Ammann said at a technology conference that GM's decision to develop autonomous car technology internally is driven by a sense of...
2018 Nissan Rogue
2018 Nissan RogueThe 2018 Nissan Rogue is an unlikely springboard for some of the automaker’s most advanced technology on the road to self-driving cars. This five-seat crossover ranges from relatively basic, inexpensive family transportation to a high-tech showcase. We’ve rated the Rogue 6.6 out of 10 for its hefty dose of standard and optional safety...
Audi Q5: Best Car to Buy 2018 Nominee
2018 Audi Q5With its high-tech options and cossetting ride quality, the Audi Q5 is a thoughtful, conservative reinvention of the automaker's compact luxury crossover. The latest Q5 is essentially a tall wagon version of the automaker's Audi A4 sedan, which was a strong contender for last year's Best Car to Buy award. With its extra utility, high seating...
Latest crash tests show big discrepancy in front-seat passenger safety
2017 Chevrolet Malibu in the IIHS' new passenger-side small-overlap crash testA new round of crash-testing from the IIHS illustrates that not all new cars are as safe for front-seat passengers as they are for drivers. The insurance industry-funded agency said Thursday that in a new passenger-side small-overlap crash test performed on 13 mid-size cars, some do not offer the same level of safety for both front seat occupants...
Driverless cars in New York, Honda Civic Type R, Toyota Camry Hybrid mpg: What’s New @ The Car Connection
Chevrolet Bolt EV Cruise Automation test mule in San FranciscoGM's Cruise Automation to test self-driving cars in Big Apple General Motors-owned Cruise Automation is applying to begin testing fully-self driving cars in the Empire State, according to an announcement from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The news comes just a month after another Cruise Automation announcement that it intends to test its...
1.3 million Ford F-150 and Super Duty trucks recalled over door latches
2016 Ford F-150 LimitedFord will recall 1.3 million pickup trucks made between 2015 and 2017 to fix an issue that could prevent their doors from opening or closing correctly in cold weather, the automaker said Wednesday. Affected trucks may have their door latches freeze in cold weather and the automaker says that the doors may appear to be fully closed even though the...
Jeep Compass crashed, Porsche 718 GTS, UAW's job threats: What’s New @ The Car Connection
2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk off-road 2017 Jeep Compass named Top Safety Pick by IIHS The IIHS said Tuesday that the redesigned 2017 Jeep Compass earned its coveted Top Safety Pick award, albeit with some caveats. What's New for 2018: Alfa Romeo After more than two decades of teasing, Alfa Romeo is back in the U.S.—and with a lineup of cars designed for the real world, not just...
GM's Cruise Automation to test self-driving cars in Big Apple
Chevrolet Bolt EV Cruise Automation test mule in San FranciscoGeneral Motors-owned Cruise Automation is applying to begin testing fully-self driving cars in the Empire State, according to an announcement from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The news comes just a month after another Cruise Automation announcement that it intends to test its self-driving technology with members of the public in San Francisco...