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2019 Chevrolet Blazer back from the dead, will cost $29,995 to start
2019 Chevrolet BlazerThe 2019 Chevrolet Blazer will cost a hair under $30,000 when it returns to dealers later this year, Chevy said Tuesday. The 2019 Blazer is more crossover and less SUV than its predecessor, which was last sold in the U.S. in 2005. The new Blazer will come standard with a 2.5-liter inline-4 rated at 193 horsepower that sends power to the front...
2019 Honda Civic adds active safety tech, price climbs to $20,345
2019 Honda CivicAt $20,345 to start, the 2019 Honda Civic costs about $500 more than last year's model thanks to a suite of active safety tech that's newly standard, the automaker said Monday. Every 2019 Civic includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control—features that cost about $1,000 last year. That's good news...
Toyota and Android, 2019 Mercedes A-Class driven, Flooded electric cars: What's New @ The Car Connection
2019 Toyota Land CruiserToyota reportedly will add Android Auto to its cars Good news, Android fans. A Bloomberg report Monday said that Toyota and Google have reached an agreement that will see Android Auto compatibility appear in the automaker's cars in the future. Mitsubishi recalls 67,000 crossover SUVs to fix faulty active safety tech Mitsubishi last week issued two...
2019 Fiat 124 Spider
2019 Fiat 124 SpiderWith the 124 Spider, Fiat grabs bits of its sports-car heritage from the 1960s and applies them lightly to a Mazda MX-5 Miata chassis. Drop in a turbo-4, tune the handling just so and–ecco!–the Spider’s reborn. Built in Japan, massaged via remote from Italy, the 2019 Fiat 124 Spider does what the Miata does, with slight...
Toyota reportedly will add Android Auto to its cars
2019 Toyota SiennaGood news, Android fans. A Bloomberg report Monday said that Toyota and Google have reached an agreement that will see Android Auto compatibility appear in the automaker's cars in the future. The report cited, but did not name, a Toyota representative who said the automaker could announce Android Auto compatibility as soon as next month. It's not...
Used car sales skyrocket as high prices drive down new car sales
Lance Treankler receives his replacement Certified Pre-owned 2008 Escalade (source: gm)If you think new cars are getting too expensive, you’re certainly not alone. According to a report Monday by The Wall Street Journal, the gap between the price of the average new and used vehicle is as wide as it’s been in five years, pushing buyers away from dealerships and towards used car lots and classified ads. However, demand for...
2019 Nissan Rogue
2019 Nissan RogueNot every trip to the grocery store or school need be a white-knuckle ride at full speed. We get that. The 2019 Nissan Rogue does too. Reality dictates that good people and good cargo space win the weekday. The Rogue’s low starting price at less than $26,000 is just its victory dance. We give the 2019 Rogue a 6.5 on our overall scale thanks...
Mitsubishi recalls 67,000 crossover SUVs to fix faulty active safety tech
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse CrossMitsubishi last week issued two recalls for about 67,000 crossover SUVs to address active safety technology that the automaker said may not work as intended to apply the brakes if it detects an impending collision. The recalls cover 2017-2018 Outlander, 2018 Outlander Sport, and 2018-2019 Eclipse Cross models fitted with either automatic emergency...
2019 Subaru Forester driven, Trump's new Beast limo, VW Microbus revived: What's New @ The Car Connection
2019 Subaru Forester2019 Subaru Forester first drive review: Backwoods solitude Deep in the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains, which covers more than half a million acres, American forestry was born over a century ago.
 Maintaining the dense old-growth forest takes patience and a close attention to detail. Disturbing its...
VW looks back to TDI for pricing on upcoming electric vehicles
VW Electric for AllVolkswagen, as it develops several vehicles on its new modular electric platform (MEB) and plans dozens more, is looking past Tesla and aiming to go “Electric for All.” The affordability that once made the automaker famous with the original Beetle, the Type 2 "Microbus," and tens of millions of Golfs, Jettas, and other models over...
2019 Subaru Forester first drive review: Backwoods solitude
2019 Subaru ForesterDeep in the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains, which covers more than half a million acres, American forestry was born over a century ago.
 Maintaining the dense old-growth forest takes patience and a close attention to detail. Disturbing its countless habitats could send waves of change through its...
2019 Subaru Forester
2019 Subaru ForesterThe 2019 Subaru Forester sweats the small stuff. A redesign for 2019 keeps the plucky crossover SUV’s virtues such as a spacious interior, good fuel economy, and plentiful safety tech intact, but improves the experience in countless ways. The 2019 Forester’s interior has an upscale feel with pockets and storage bins for just about...
Amazon rolls out Echo Auto for Alexa voice-activated capability in almost any car
Amazon Echo Auto Amazon announced Thursday the launch of Echo Auto, an in-car device that brings the familiar Alexa system to your car. Though many new vehicles now offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, Amazon has been late to the game. The Seattle-based tech giant is attempting to catch up by bringing its familiar in-home software to the many drivers...
2019 Nissan Pathfinder
2019 Nissan PathfinderForget its rugged heritage. The only path the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder plans to trudge is the carpool line. And that’s just fine. This big, three-row crossover SUV has a comfortable interior with a versatile second row and lots standard of active safety tech. Its competitors have surpassed it in many ways, but the Pathfinder still rates 6.2...
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe earns top marks in latest crash tests
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe first driveThe insurance industry-funded IIHS said Friday that the redesigned 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover SUV earned its Top Safety Pick+ award when equipped with optional LED headlights. The headlights are standard on the Santa Fe Limited and Ultimate trim levels. Other Santa Fe trims—SE and SEL—have halogen headlights that the IIHS rated...