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by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
20 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
The city-friendly 2019 Chevrolet Sonic enters its eighth year with more candles on its cake, but little else. This subcompact sedan and hatchback lineup is showing its age. For 2019, the Sonic adds an additional paint color, dubbed “Shock,” and otherwise carries over the LS, LT, and Premier trim levels, as well as sedan and hatchback...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Aaron Cole)
19 Sep 2018 at 10:45am
Big, luxury SUVs like the 2019 Infiniti QX80 feed our macho egos. It boasts a tall seating position, big V-8, and impressive capabilities. Infiniti knows how to dress an interior too: The big QX80 has more leather and chrome than Harley-Davidson meetup, and we mean that in a good way. The 2019 Infiniti QX80 earns a 6.4 on our overall scale...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
19 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
What was once the top-selling car of all time is now far from it, as the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle lives on for one more year before it is lost to the annals of history (at least for now). Still, we give this fitting tribute to the original peoples’ car 5.6 out of 10 overall for its quality, warranty, and attitude. (Read more about how we rate...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Aaron Cole)
17 Sep 2018 at 9:00am
Mary Kay can’t make up as good as the 2019 Cadillac XT4 that was long overdue. The first compact crossover SUV from Cadillac was a long time coming. Thankfully, it was mostly worth the wait. With the 2019 XT4, Cadillac offers some of its most daring designs yet, wrapped around an impressive new powertrain and swathed in high-quality...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
17 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
Among crossover SUVs, the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan stands out for its spacious interior—so long as every seat isn’t filled in seven-seat versions. The VW Tiguan aces real-world utility with its excellent outward vision, comfortable interior, available active safety gear, and good infotainment system. It’s less thrifty than some...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
15 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
The 2019 Toyota Sienna minivan may seem familiar. That’s because it hasn’t been significantly changed since 2010. For 2019, the Sienna gets some minor updates to keep it in the thick of the minivan market to hold on for at least one more model year before a full redesign. The sportier-looking and firmer-riding Sienna SE trim offers...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
13 Sep 2018 at 9:28am
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class looks back to the future. For the first time in 15 years, Mercedes’ mid-size crossover SUV has seating for up to seven passengers—and it can drive itself in certain traffic situations. The 2020 GLE debuts Mercedes’ new traffic-assistance system that recognizes traffic jams and can keep the vehicle...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
12 Sep 2018 at 2:10pm
The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser is a large SUV that can deliver far more than what most buyers want. It’s immensely capable over any kind of terrain, which is why the 2019 Land Cruiser and its predecessors have been trusted tools in some of the most remote stretches of the globe. We rate the latest Land Cruiser at 5.2 out of 10. It’s hurt...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
12 Sep 2018 at 1:34pm
With its 2019 Atlas, Volkswagen doesn’t shrug at the notion of seating seven adults under a single crossover SUV’s roof. The 2019 VW Atlas has one of the most spacious interiors short of an ocean-going vessel. It’s like a big house in the suburbs: you may not get much charm, but with the 2019 Atlas there’s plenty of room...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Marty Padgett)
12 Sep 2018 at 3:00am
The 2019 Lexus UX is the automaker's first foray into the smallest niche of crossover SUVs, and it's a bit tardy. Rivals from the BMW X1 to the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class have been around for years, and the Volvo XC40 presents a formidable new challenge. With the 2019 UX, Lexus has made it worth the wait for anyone with more monthly income than...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Aaron Cole)
11 Sep 2018 at 1:28pm
The 2019 Buick Regal stretches far for its mid-size moves—across the ocean, in fact. The Regal comes in a fastback body shape or a long-roofed wagon shape, both by way of Europe where they’re sold under the Opel brand. GM formerly owned Opel. A sportier Regal GS was new last year, and all three cars share styling, underpinnings, and...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
11 Sep 2018 at 1:12pm
The 2019 Ford Fiesta subcompact sedan and hatchback vies for buyers on a budget, but they’d better act fast. Ford will phase out the Fiesta during the 2019 model year and sell only crossovers, SUVs, and pickups in the future. The 2019 Fiesta enters its ninth model year unchanged. We rated it 3.7 out of 10. It’s hurt by weak safety...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
11 Sep 2018 at 1:02pm
The smaller 2019 Audi Q3 distills the automaker's latest crossover shape down to a smaller package. With an octagonal grille borrowed from the much bigger Q8, the new 2019 Q3 is relatively daring and a departure. The biggest changes might not be obvious at first glance, however. With the 2019 Q3, Audi has transitioned its entry-level crossover SUV...

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by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Brian León)
20 Sep 2018 at 11:15am
German auto parts giant ZF announced Wednesday that it is developing an autonomous electric delivery vehicle for “last mile” solutions with a $14 billion investment in the next five years. Even if you’ve never heard of ZF, it’s likely that your car, truck, or SUV uses parts in its drivetrain, specifically whole transmission...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Brian León)
20 Sep 2018 at 10:35am
Smartphone compatibility is a major selling point in new cars, with a majority of new vehicles offering either Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or both with their standard infotainment systems. Nissan and Mitsubishi, members of the aptly-named Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, are taking things a step further. On Tuesday, the alliance Announced that...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
20 Sep 2018 at 10:30am
2019 Genesis G70 undercuts Germans, costs $35,895 The 2019 Genesis G70 luxury compact sedan will directly challenge established rivals when it goes on sale this year, starting with its relatively low price. Genesis on Wednesday said that the 2019 G70 will cost $35,895 to start. 2019 Nissan Versa Note adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto compatibility...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
20 Sep 2018 at 12:01am
The 2019 Genesis G70 luxury compact sedan will directly challenge established rivals when it goes on sale this year, starting with its relatively low price. Genesis on Wednesday said that the 2019 G70 will cost $35,895 to start. That price includes a mandatory $895 destination charge, and it's less costly than competitors such as the BMW 330i...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
20 Sep 2018 at 12:01am
The 2019 Nissan Versa Note will be available with Apple and Android smartphone integration when the subcompact hatchback goes on sale soon, the automaker said Wednesday. Nissan's announcement puts the Versa Note hatchback in line with the Versa sedan, which also gained smartphone compatibility this year. MORE: 2019 Nissan Versa still America's...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Brian León)
19 Sep 2018 at 10:35am
In the six years since the ride-sharing company was founded, Lyft has crested one billion rides. According to The Verge, while it took Uber about the same amount of time to reach the mark, Lyft accomplished this feat entirely within the U.S. and Canada, with no overseas operations to bolster numbers. To celebrate, the company is offering a free...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
19 Sep 2018 at 10:30am
2019 BMW Z4 first look: Back in the roadster game BMW's on-again, off-again flirtation with topless driving changed its status back to "in a relationship" Tuesday when the German automaker detailed its 2019 Z4 roadster. Fidelity favors: The best loyalty discounts on cars, trucks, and SUVs If there’s one brand you’re loyal to above all...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Brian León)
19 Sep 2018 at 8:34am
If there’s one brand you’re loyal to above all others when it comes to buying cars, you may be able to get a reward for your fidelity in the form of a serious discount. Some marques offer up to $3,500 in savings on select models these days, and Cars Direct on Tuesday laid out the details for General Motors, Ford, and more for repeat...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
19 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
BMW's on-again, off-again flirtation with topless driving changed its status back to "in a relationship" Tuesday when the German automaker detailed its 2019 Z4 roadster. The latest Z4 will come in two configurations—sDrive30i and M40i—with a choice of turbo-4 or turbo-6 power. An 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters will...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
18 Sep 2018 at 12:42pm
The 2019 Subaru Ascent earned top marks from the IIHS, the insurance industry-funded crash testers said Tuesday. In its barrage of crash tests, the IIHS said that the 2019 Ascent earned "Good" marks in every test. Additionally, the IIHS said that the Ascent's child-seat anchors rated "Good" and that its automatic emergency braking rated...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Brian León)
18 Sep 2018 at 12:12pm
On your way to a date or business meeting in the back of an Uber and realize your breath could use freshening up? A new service called Cargo has a solution for that. According to CNBC, the start up aims to put fully-stocked boxes of snacks, toiletries, and more on the center consoles of ride-sharing vehicles, allowing users to purchase items...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
18 Sep 2018 at 10:35am
A plate that protects their fuel pumps from being punctured in a crash prompted BMW on Tuesday to issue a recall for 10,000 Mini Cooper Countryman crossover SUVs. The recall covers 2017 through 2019 Countryman models. To fix the issue, BMW-parent Mini said in government filings with the NHTSA that it will install the correct crash protection...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
18 Sep 2018 at 10:30am
More features bump 2019 Nissan Pathfinder price to $32,225 The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder costs about $200 more than last year's model, but it now includes rear parking sensors and USB Type C ports. Audi dabbles in $1,395 monthly subscription program Audi earlier this month kicked off a trial subscription program in the Dallas area. For $1,395...

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by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Aaron Cole)
30 May 2018 at 11:27am
The 2018 Mini Countryman is a compact crossover that adapts the automaker's shape into a bigger body. It's newly available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which is the automaker's first. We give the Mini Countryman a 6.6 on our overall scale thanks to plentiful features and good style. The plug-in hybrid would do better thanks to its...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
29 May 2018 at 3:21pm
The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu is a solid mid-size sedan that commits no sins. It stands out for its attractive styling, refined demeanor, and efficient hybrid powertrain, but we wish that its high-tech safety equipment didn’t require ponying up quite so much cash for a loaded model. Overall, we’ve assigned it a 7.3 out of 10. (Read more...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
25 May 2018 at 3:50pm
Some days you feel like an electric, some days you don't. The 2018 Chevrolet Volt is both, if that's what you're looking for. It's a five-door compact hatchback that can be driven up to 53 miles on electricity alone, but offers a backup gasoline motor for longer trips. It was the pioneer extended-range electric car, a vehicle that eliminates range...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Aaron Cole)
25 May 2018 at 12:24pm
The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid is a mid-size sedan with all the right moves. On top of its safe package (its crash-test scorecard is spotless) and relatively handsome looks, a fuel-efficient powertrain is subbed in for fewer trips to gas stations. For those reasons, the 2018 Optima Hybrid earns a heady 7.3 overall score on our scale, reflective of its...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Aaron Cole)
24 May 2018 at 3:28pm
These days BMW leaves no stone unturned, yet the 2018 BMW 3-Series is still its rock. The automaker seemingly makes a model for every imaginable mood, and the 3er’s starting to feel tired to us. It earns a respectable 6.7 out of 10 on our overall scale. Its style, tech, and execution are outclassed by competitors from Mercedes and Audi, but...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Aaron Cole)
24 May 2018 at 3:23pm
The 2018 BMW 5-Series is more than a mid-size luxury sedan. Aside from the hardware that powers the car, helps drive the car, and is the car, the new 5-Series is more about what you don’t see. It's one of BMW's most advanced vehicles. It can park itself without a driver, take pictures of its own surroundings without a driver on hand, can...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Aaron Cole)
24 May 2018 at 2:53pm
The 2018 BMW 7-Series full-size luxury sedan is excellence hiding in plain sight. The flagship sedan from BMW may be lost among the company’s growing number of crossovers, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. The 7-Series features the automaker’s most advanced construction, its most powerful or most efficient engine, and the latest...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Marty Padgett)
23 May 2018 at 5:07pm
The first days of Lexus were filled with champagne glasses stacked on hoods and ball bearings running down doors. Forget that. Lexus is now in the game of big power and handling, outrageous looks and nothing boring. It earns a 7.4 on our overall scale, but it's deceptively low—for now. Crash data doesn't exist right now (and likely won't...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Brandon Turkus)
22 May 2018 at 10:32pm
The 2018 Infiniti Q50 is the automaker’s most popular vehicle and returns this year after a modest restyling and reshuffling of its trim levels. The major changes include new front and rear bumpers, some light, stylish interior refinements, and a reshuffled trim lineup. These changes are enough to score a 7.0 out of 10 on our overall scale...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Aaron Cole)
21 May 2018 at 5:26pm
MSRP: From $34,385 Horsepower: 268 hp MPG: Up to 21 mpg city/30 highway Dimensions: 195” L x 72” W x 58” H Curb Weight: 3,461 lbs The 2018 Toyota Avalon is a safe pick. Not only is the full-size sedan a top performer when it comes to safety data, it’s also a purely logical pick: not a lot of style, all substance. This year...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (John Voelcker)
21 May 2018 at 4:54pm
The 2018 Toyota Prius C is the least expensive hybrid from the company that’s made more hybrids than any other. Now in its seventh and perhaps last year, the 2018 Prius C is a compact hatchback that’s the smallest of the four-car Prius lineup. For 2018, it gets some minor styling tweaks after a more comprehensive front and rear restyle...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Brandon Turkus)
10 May 2018 at 2:44pm
A luxurious alternative for Volkswagen Golf owners that are looking for a more prestigious ride without an appreciable increase in vehicle size, the 2018 Audi A3 soldiers on with minor equipment changes. The 2018 Audi A3 scores a solid 7.2 out of 10, thanks to a class-leading feature set and an impressive focus on safety. (Read more about how we...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Richard Read)
26 Jul 2017 at 10:44am
No fossil fuels, please--we're British. That's the message put out by the United Kingdom's Environment Minister, Michael Gove, earlier today. Speaking to BBC Radio, Gove said that the U.K. plans to outlaw the sale of vehicles that run solely on gas or diesel by the year 2040. Completely details of that plan haven't been announced. However, it...

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by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Internet Brands)
7 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Car hacks are little ways to make your time in a car easier, quicker, smarter, or more convenient. Auto journalists have a few of their own, but we learn a lot of them from readers. Here's one from Jay Lucas. What follows are his words, lightly edited by The Car Connection for clarity and style. I recently replaced my wife's old iPhone 5 with an...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Joel Feder)
10 Aug 2017 at 4:01pm
The warning given by Audra Tatum from Walker County, Georgia is simple: Don't put your feet up on the dashboard of your car. The reason? It's beyond dangerous. Tatum and her husband were in a car crash two years ago as they were on their way to pick up their children. Everyone involved walked away, except Audra. Despite previous warnings from her...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Aaron Cole)
21 Feb 2017 at 10:00am
In many ways self-driving cars are an eventuality and a reality. As automakers approach full autonomy toward the end of this decade, several new cars now boast self-driving features that inch toward the goal of driver-less cars soon. Many of these features can be grouped together in a uniform set of self-driving "levels," which were defined by the...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
2 Feb 2017 at 6:43pm
Check that date. Yes, it's the beginning of February and we're telling you that you should buy winter tires now, even though we're already halfway through the snowy season. If you've been contemplating winter tires for your car, this may very well be the best time to take advantage of clearance sales as tire retailers like Tire Rack are looking to...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
31 Jan 2017 at 3:51pm
The family sedan is in the midst of a quiet revolution. What was once indisputably the type of car most likely to be found in the average American garage has been displaced by crossovers and SUVs that channel a little Marlboro Man with room for the kids and their gear (plus maybe the neighbors' kids). Mid-size sedans like the Toyota Camry, Honda...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
19 Jan 2017 at 4:08pm
You've seen the TV spots. You've read the ads. You've visited the automaker's website. That new car you want is very safe, they proclaim. It has received top marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety—the Top Safety Pick+ award. But not every car on the dealer's lot is necessarily a Top Safety Pick+ recipient, even if it looks...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Andrew Ganz)
21 Oct 2016 at 12:00pm
Picture this: You're sitting at home one night watching TV or flipping through a magazine when you see an ad for a shiny new sports car whipping through a curvy canyon highway—or maybe it's a rugged pickup kicking up a cloud of dust in search of adventure. The announcer screams at you, "$29,995!" You think to yourself—wow, that's a lot...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Bengt Halvorson)
4 Nov 2015 at 7:57pm
If you have your mind set on skipping past the full-size Silverado (or F-150 or Ram 1500, for that matter) and heading for the somewhat more manageable 2016 Chevrolet Colorado—or the closely related GMC Canyon—you’ll be facing a dilemma: do you get the V-6 gasoline engine, or the new-for-2016 Duramax 2.8-liter turbo-diesel...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Bengt Halvorson)
13 Jun 2015 at 7:30am
If you think that electric-car ownership is beyond your financial reach, think again. Due to a matter of supply and demand, and a flood of used models entering the market, electric vehicles (EVs) like the Nissan Leaf are remarkably affordable. This summer, and likely into the fall, there’s a surplus of electric cars being returned from two-...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Bengt Halvorson)
8 Jun 2015 at 7:17pm
Americans are increasingly rediscovering the importance of buying local, or buying U.S.-made products. And for some households, that value system extends to their family vehicle. Yet it’s not entirely clear what constitutes ‘made in America’ for a car or truck. There is no 100-percent American model on the market; every vehicle...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Bengt Halvorson)
8 May 2015 at 2:46pm
For a certain kind of shopper, leasing can be a smart option. If you’re the type who wants a new vehicle with the latest look and features every few years, it can often give you more car for the money. Yet it’s worth laying out the numbers first, to see if leasing adds up in your case—or even makes sense versus buying. ALSO SEE...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Bengt Halvorson)
25 Apr 2015 at 7:30am
Looking for the best compromise between driving fun and fuel efficiency? The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata could very well be the new winner. CHECK OUT: The Lowest-Rated Cars Of 2015 Mazda has released full details for the redesigned 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata lineup; and while pricing and features have been updated incrementally, far and away some of the...

by feedback@highgearmedia.com (Bengt Halvorson)
17 Apr 2015 at 3:38pm
It’s fair to say that teenage drivers and twenty-something men carry a reputation for being especially ticket-prone. But that might be an unfair impression, as they’re not the age group that gets the most tickets—and a look at new survey results reaches some very different conclusions. Those age 50 to 64 are the actually the most...