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2018 Audi A7
2018 Audi A7The 2018 Audi A7 remains one of the most evocative ways to carry four passengers in comfort. Not only is it one of the most attractive new cars available today, its hatchback configuration delivers stellar utility and its balanced chassis makes it a hoot to drive. The A7 is based on the workaday A6, but its heftier price tag brings with it added...
2018 Honda Odyssey
2018 Honda OdysseyThe 2018 Honda Odyssey is on a quest. Just when we thought that every possible family-oriented convenience had been plugged into the world of minivans, Honda has delivered a new minivan with every imaginable feature, and with one big rival in mind. With the redesigned Odyssey, Honda's translated its Civic-on-steroids styling in its quest to take...
Earn Delta SkyMiles while catching a Lyft
Earn Delta SkyMiles while riding LyftWe talk a good bit about the death of brand loyalty and how automakers often go to great lengths to keep customers in the fold. That's nothing compared to what airlines do, though, and now one of them has partnered with Lyft to make frequent fliers happy. Yes, for every dollar you spend on Lyft rides, you'll rack up one mile in your Delta Skymiles...
2018 Cadillac CTS
2018 Cadillac CTSWe’ve nearly reached Peak Crossover SUV, which means great cars like the 2018 Cadillac CTS seem hopelessly off-trend. It’s too bad. With the brilliant CTS, Cadillac puts itself on par with the Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6, whether it’s a base model, or one of Luxury trims, or a CTS VSport. No need for a concealed-carry permit...
2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-ClassThe 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class serves as the most affordable luxury model from the brand and also as a statement for what entry luxury cars can be nowadays. Its looks punch above its starting price, but the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 doesn’t stay affordable for long—many of the features luxury buyers would want on the CLA don’t come...
Ford adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto with first over-the-air update
Ford SYNC 3Today, much of the auto world's attention is focused on the game of musical chairs taking place in Ford Motor Company's corner offices. In all the hubbub, though, you might've missed a truly interesting technology tidbit: the automaker has rolled out Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to late-model Ford vehicles via an update of the SYNC 3...
Diesel emissions, Ford fires CEO, Dieselgate fixes approved: What’s New @ The Car Connection
Screencap from Volkswagen video explaining diesel emissionsStudy: Diesel emissions are higher than expected (and cause 38,000 more deaths each year) Diesel emissions are a serious problem--as serious as a heart attack (literally). Diesel Ram, Jeep models resubmitted to EPA; closer to sale now? Jeeps and Ram pickups with the company's 3.0-liter diesel engines are one step closer to going back on sale in...
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term test: not just a passenger hauler
2017 Chrysler Pacifica, long-term testMinivans are dual-nature vehicles—as adept at transporting humans as they are cargo. I recently tested the latter in our long-term 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited by packing up many of my childhood memories, a 6-foot-tall tool chest, and a nearly 20-year old Specialized Stumpjumper mountain bike that were being graciously stored in my...
Ford CEO Mark Fields ousted in favor of self-driving car exec
Jim HackettIt's the end of an era, albeit a short one: this morning, Ford Motor Company announced the conclusion of CEO Mark Fields' three-year run. Instead of launching a lengthy hunt for a new executive, the automaker is promoting its self-driving car chief, Jim Hackett, to the top role. Fields' unexpected retirement, which is being billed by the automaker...
2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat diesels recalled: 84,000 U.S. vehicles affected
2014 Volkswagen Passat TDIVolkswagen is recalling more than 84,000 Passat diesels from the 2012, 2013, and 2014 model years, but surprisingly, the recall has nothing to do with the cars' emissions systems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the Passat's heat shields might not do the one job they're designed to do: protect the underbody from...
Study: Diesel emissions are higher than expected (and cause 38,000 more deaths each year)
Woman with smog mask (pic by Nicolò Lazzati on Flickr)Diesel emissions are a serious problem--as serious as a heart attack (literally). As if that weren't bad enough, this week, a team of researchers from the U.S. and the U.K. published a study showing that emissions from diesel vehicles are far, far worse than official estimates suggest. By the team's calculations, the additional damage to our...
Diesel Ram, Jeep models resubmitted to EPA; closer to sale now?
2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014Jeeps and Ram pickups with the company's 3.0-liter diesel engines are one step closer to going back on sale in the U.S. after the automaker announced Friday it would resubmit those vehicles to federal testers. In a statement, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said that it filed an application to sell 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2017 Ram 1500 models...
Crash testing, BMW's next M5, GM's electric car plan: What’s New @ The Car Connection
2017 Jeep Grand CherokeeFiat Chrysler is about to be sued over diesel emissions say insiders Fiat Chrysler Automobiles hasn't exactly been ahead of the curve on developing electric cars. Nor has it done much work on self-driving vehicles (though its partnership with Waymo has picked up some of the slack). 2018 Subaru Forester turns out lights with new Black Edition Black...
2018 Subaru Forester turns out lights with new Black Edition
2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium Black EditionBlack is the new black when it comes to the 2018 Subaru Forester. To mark the popular crossover’s fifth model year in its current generation, Subaru is making a style-oriented Black Edition package available on the mid-range 2.5i Premium Forester. The new-for-2018 package includes paddle shifters for its continuously variable transmission...
2018 Chevrolet Cruze diesel priced from $24,670
2017 Chevrolet Cruze DieselIt’s not fair to say that Chevrolet is setting sail in uncharted waters with its 2018 Cruze diesel lineup, but the bowtie brand certainly is up to something new. The Cruze diesel launched earlier this year as a 2017 model, but it was only available as a sedan. Now, courtesy of CarsDirect, we know what Chevy’s going to charge for the...