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Hyundai's fix for smelly cities is an in-car air purification system
Hyundai Smart Air Purification systemThe outside world can be smelly: exhaust fumes, foul food, and farm animals. The South Korean automaker announced this week it developed a new "smart air purification system" that may appear in new cars soon. The smart system monitors the air quality inside of the car and purifies the air to an "excellent" standard, defined by heath officials in...
2019 Lexus UX crossover earns Top Safety Pick award from IIHS
2019 Lexus UXThe 2019 Lexus UX is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, but only with certain headlights equipped. The insurance-funded safety body said this month that the UX aced its slew of crash tests, including the trickier passenger-side small overlap front test. To qualify for a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn "Good" ratings in all crash tests save for the...
2020 Nissan 370Z
2020 Nissan 370ZThe 2020 Nissan 370Z is old enough to be an awkward 12-year old middle school student. With an interior that was barely modern in 2009 and a gravely powertrain to match, the Z’s old-school approach may put some potential buyers off. As far as pure sports car experiences go, however, sometimes age is a merit. We give the 370Z 4.8 overall...
The Car Connection's Lowest Rated Cars of 2019
2018 Dodge JourneyBad things happen to the best among us. Just ask U2. Automakers are no strangers to bad compositions themselves. Although some of the lowest rated cars on our list for 2019 have withered over time, some were never fruitful in the first place. There’s no common denominator among our dogs—poorly performing cars come in all shapes and...
The Car Connection's Best Looking Cars of 2019
2019 Lexus LC500hBeauty isn’t abstract, it’s a formula. For cars, beautiful is measured in the number of heads turned on the street, multiplied by the number of parking lot stares, divided by the number of right angles, which is added to the inverse of its general availability. It’s all very scientifical mathematism, you see. The prettiest cars...
2020 Elantra gets a price bump, Cadillac XTS bites the dust, and California considers EV only: What's New @ The Car Connection
2013 Ford Fusion270K Ford Fusion sedans recalled over rollaway risk Ford announced Wednesday that it would recall hundreds of thousands of Ford Fusion sedans for a shifter cable that could split and cause the car to roll away. 2020 Hyundai Elantra adds safety tech, to cost $19,870 New safety tech and a dropped standard manual transmission are the reasons for the...
NHTSA investigates Chevy, GMC pickups over power steering loss
2019 Chevrolet ColoradoThe NHTSA has opened an investigation into the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size trucks to determine if a previous recall left out thousands of pickups. Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Tuesday that the probe aims to uncover more details about power steering loss in both of General Motors' mid-size trucks after the...
270K Ford Fusion sedans recalled over rollaway risk
2016 Ford FusionFord on Wednesday said that it will recall about 270,000 2013 through 2016 Ford Fusion sedans to fix transmissions that could slip out of gear and allow the vehicles to roll after they've been put in park. A shifter cable bushing can degrade over time and may eventually detach from the transmission. Should the bushing separate, the transmission...
2019 Ford Ranger recalled for transmission fault, rollaway risk
2019 Ford RangerThe 2019 Ford Ranger has been recalled over a faulty transmission shift cable bracket that could allow the pickup truck to roll after being put into park, Ford said Wednesday. In total, about 2,500 2019 Ranger pickups in the U.S. may have transmission shift cable brackets that were not torqued to the proper specification. Over time, the cable and...
2020 Hyundai Elantra adds safety tech, to cost $19,870
2019 Hyundai ElantraThe 2020 Hyundai Elantra costs $1,750 more than last year's model to start, but it comes standard with previously optional active safety tech and a new fuel-saving transmission that boosts fuel economy to as high as 35 mpg combined. Hyundai said Thursday that 2020 Elantra shoppers will be met with a base price of $19,870 for a 2020 Elantra SE...
New tech could alert drivers to potholes
Mitsubishi Electric and HERE develop road hazard alert systemFuture cars may be able to tell drivers in cars behind them when to slow down to avoid potholes or other road hazards. Mitsubishi Electronics and Here Technologies collaborated on the new lane hazard warning system, which debuted Wednesday in concept form and aims to tell drivers of road hazards with lane-level precision. Vehicle sensors detect...
Audi Q5 recall, Nissan ProPilot upgrade, 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC driven: What's New @ The Car Connection
2018 Audi Q5Audi Q5 recalled over brake failure risk Some 2018-2019 Audi Q5 crossover SUVs will be recalled for potential brake failure, according to government filings made public Tuesday by the NHTSA. Volvo rolls out post-crash checklist for drivers Volvo owners involved in a crash will have immediate support from the automaker. 2020 Toyota 4Runner Review...
Audi Q5 recalled over brake failure risk
2019 Audi Q5Some 2018-2019 Audi Q5 crossover SUVs will be recalled for potential brake failure according to government filings made public Tuesday by the NHTSA. The Q5 crossover's brake master cylinder may have been cast too short, which could lead to hydraulic brake failure. The electronic parking brake and emergency brake are not affected, however, and will...
Volvo rolls out post-crash checklist for drivers
2020 Volvo XC90Volvo owners involved in a crash will have immediate support from the automaker. The brand announced Tuesday its Volvo Car Accident Advisor, which delivers an essential checklist to a driver's smartphone if the vehicle detects it has been in a crash. The feature will be available to all 2015.5 and newer Volvo vehicles in the U.S. via the cars'...
Mini makes its high-value Oxford Edition available to active and retired U.S. military members
2019 Mini Oxford EditionActive and recently retired U.S. military members are now eligible to purchase the 2019 Mini Cooper Oxford Edition, a high-value trim level previously offered only to students. Mini on Tuesday called its decision to expand Oxford Edition availability as a gesture of appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. armed forces. READ THIS: High-value...