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Faulty fuel pump prompts Honda, Acura to recall 437k cars and crossover SUVs

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Honda last week recalled nearly half a million sedans and crossovers SUVs sold under both its mainstream Honda and its upmarket Acura divisions due to a defective fuel pump. The latest recall, effective Jan. 29 and published by the NHTSA last week, includes the 2015-2019 Acura TLX sedan, 2016-2018 MDX crossover, and 2015-2017 Honda Accord. Each of...
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Redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer to cost $33,860 to start

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 22:42
When it hits dealer showrooms this summer, the 2020 Ford Explorer will command $33,860—that's $400 more than the outgoing model. For most buyers, the redesigned 2020 Explorer will be worth the extra cost. It boasts a new rear-wheel-drive platform shared with the Lincoln Navigator and considerably more features than its predecessor, even if...
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2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock fights for pickup truck buyers on a budget

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:35
With its 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock, Ram revives an historic name for a special edition of its last-generation pickup truck. While there's a redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck in dealers, the Warlock package is exclusively available on the old model that was renamed Ram 1500 Classic for the 2019 model year. The 1500 Classic Warlock that was...
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Honda Ridgeline recalled, Volvo V60 Cross Country driven, Kia Soul EV's 243-mile range: What's New @ The Car Connection

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:11
Honda Ridgeline recalled for fuel pump that may crack when exposed to car wash soap Keeping a car clean is usually a good thing, but not when it comes to certain Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks. The Honda pickup is subject to a new recall to rectify a faulty fuel pump that could crack when exposed to certain car-wash detergents. Detroit-built...
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2019 Infiniti Q50

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:32
Fierce competition has left a bevy of good compact luxury car choices for shoppers like the 2019 Infiniti Q50. While crossovers like the Infiniti QX50 get more attention, the Q50 remains a compelling value among sedans. We give the Q50 a 6.2 on our overall scale thanks to its good looks and relatively strong value. (Read more about how we rate...
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2019 Infiniti QX80

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:32
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...
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2019 Toyota Corolla

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:01
The 2019 Toyota Corolla bears one of the longest-running small-car nameplates in the world because of its dependable name and no-nonsense approach to commuting. This year, the 2019 Corolla comes in two distinct flavors: a redesigned hatchback borrowed from Toyota’s European lineup and a U.S.-oriented sedan that dates back more than half a...
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Detroit-built self-driving delivery vehicles put to the test in China

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 18:30
Detroit-based Quadrobot is ready to take its self-driving mail delivery vehicle on the road. The startup company told The Detroit Free Press Sunday that it has plans to begin tests in China, and locally in Michigan, later this year with its Quadrobot U1. The tiny vehicle boasts an all-wheel-drive system, four-wheel steering, and sits on a...
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Honda Ridgeline recalled for fuel pump that may crack when exposed to car wash soap

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:35
Keeping a car clean is usually a good thing, but not when it comes to certain Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks. The Honda pickup is subject to a new recall to rectify a faulty fuel pump that could crack when exposed to certain car-wash detergents. The recall approved by the NHTSa this week covers 106,683 affected Ridgelines from the 2017-2019 model...
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Ford truck recall, New JLR engine, Washington state's EV push: What's New @ The Car Connection

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:30
1.5M Ford F-150 pickup trucks recalled over transmission problem Ford Motor Company said Wednesday that it will recall about 1.3 million full-size pickup trucks in the U.S. to fix a software issue that could cause their automatic transmissions to abruptly downshift. The recall affects 2011-2013 Ford F-150 pickup trucks built with 6-speed automatic...
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2019 Nissan GT-R

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:00
The 2019 Nissan GT-R might be the least-dramatic supercar in the world, but only because it’s effortlessly, breathtakingly fast. The GT-R’s video game-like pace and driving dynamics and (somewhat) palatable price keep it a compelling option even as this design’s age is readily apparent, warranting a rating of 6.6 out of 10...
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Gas prices hurts more than healthcare, Americans say

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:00
Americans consider fuel prices more important than their healthcare budget, results of a new study from GasBuddy revealed Tuesday. In fact, Americans would prefer a free fill-up to finding $20 on the street, or even having their meal paid for. The study looked at a small sample of 1,016 Americans that covered all age brackets and income levels;...
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Japan, EU push to make automatic emergency braking a requirement

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 18:00
Forty countries have agreed to a United Nations regulation draft that calls for automatic emergency braking to be standard equipment on all new cars and commercial vehicles by early 2020. Chief among the countries are members of the European Union and Japan. Reuters reported on the regulation draft Tuesday and countries will move to adopt the...
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1.5M Ford F-150 pickup trucks recalled over transmission problem

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 15:55
Ford Motor Company said Wednesday that it will recall about 1.3 million full-size pickup trucks in the U.S. to fix a software issue that could cause their automatic transmissions to abruptly downshift. The recall affects 2011-2013 Ford F-150 pickup trucks built with 6-speed automatic transmissions. The trucks may unexpectedly downshift to first...
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2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, 2019 Corvette ZR1, Rivian's suitors: What's New @ The Car Connection

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 15:30
Feds say auto loans went up in 2018–but so did the number of delinquencies Car shoppers borrowed more in 2018 than before, but roughly 7 million owners are behind in their car payments by 90 days or more, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported Tuesday. Amazon makes investment in Aurora Innovation self-driving car company Online...
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2019 BMW 7-Series

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 14:12
The 2019 BMW 7-Series luxury sedan is proof that bigger isn’t always better. Although it swims upstream from buyers migrating to megabuck crossovers, the 7-Series coddles and cossets drivers and owners in leather, wood, horsepower, and technology. An update is on the way for 2020 that places the 7-Series into the crossfire of competing...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:59
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class has the family-hauling goods of a big wagon, without the usual SUV setbacks. It’s one of the brand’s best-selling models, and for good reason: The GLE is a safe bet, one with plenty of high-end features and a great range of available customization options. We rate it 6.4 out of 10 overall. (Read more...
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Lexus, Porsche, Toyota tops for long-term dependability in latest study

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:55
Three-year-old cars are more reliable than they used to be, J.D. Power found in its latest study of long-term reliability released Wednesday. The study named Lexus the most reliable brand, with 106 problems per 100 cars reported, while Porsche and Toyota tied for second place with 108 problems. Fiat, Land Rover, and Volvo took home the bottom...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:53
The 2019 Mercedes C-Class runs deep with upgrades, but a quick glance won’t reveal many of them. The changes come mostly under its skin, which works out beautifully since the latest C-Class is one of the best-looking vehicles of its kind. In C300 or AMG C43 spec, the 2019 C-Class flourishes with a new base engine, and revamped safety gear...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:49
Mercedes-Benz sells five crossover SUVs, and the 2019 Mercedes GLC-Class is one of the better ones. It’s the C-Class for the rest of us who aren’t so attached to body styles rendered irrelevant by consumer taste. It’s also a family of vehicles that includes GLC300s with turbo-4s, AMG GLC43s with a twin-turbo V-6, and GLC63s with...
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