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Off-road, safety tech added to rugged 2020 Lexus GX 460

2 hours 11 min ago
The 2020 Lexus GX 460 is treated to a minor styling update that masks its newly standard active safety tech and available off-road features. Under its crisper tuxedo for the new year, the 2020 GX 460 is still a global-market Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. Up front is a new spindle grille that falls better in line with Lexus design as of recent, and a...
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2019 Mazda 6 crash tested, Ford Shelby GT500 horsepower, Fiat Ducato Electric van unveiled: What's New @ The Car Connection

2 hours 16 min ago
2019 Mazda 6 crash tested, earns Top Safety Pick award The 2019 Mazda 6 sedan is a Top Safety Pick, according to the insurance industry-funded IIHS. 2020 Cadillac CT6 lineup sliced with fewer options and engines The 2020 Cadillac CT6 will soldier into its final year with a simplified lineup. 2020 Ford Explorer rated as high as 24 mpg combined The...
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2020 Cadillac CT6 lineup sliced with fewer options and engines

6 hours 46 min ago
The 2020 Cadillac CT6 will soldier into its final year with a simplified lineup. The luxury division has chopped trim to just three with fewer options and engine choices. CarsDirect reported Monday the 2020 CT6 will be available in Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum trims. Those intrigued by a 2.0-liter turbo-4 or even a twin-turbo V-6 won't...
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2020 Ford Explorer rated as high as 24 mpg combined

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 18:00
The 2020 Ford Explorer is frugal for a full-size SUV, even with optional all-wheel drive. EPA ratings indicate it may be the thriftiest of its direct rivals. The EPA last week released its fuel economy estimates for the new SUV and show the 2020 Explorer will return up to 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. Those figures come with...
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2019 BMW X5, Porsche's 414-hp Cayman and Boxster GT4, Hummer revival proposed: What's New @ The Car Connection

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 15:35
Review update: Tonight, let’s just 2019 BMW X5 and grille BMW didn’t invent the SUV—they don’t even like to use the term. But they have made some crossovers and SUVs worth loving. Florida will allow autonomous test cars to operate without a human backup driver "Florida man" headlines may be a thing of the past when it comes...
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2019 Mazda 6 crash tested, earns Top Safety Pick award

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 15:35
The 2019 Mazda 6 sedan is a Top Safety Pick, according to the insurance industry-funded IIHS. Mazda's mid-size sedan earned the accolade when equipped with optional headlights, as is often the case for vehicles that win the award. However, the 6 fell short of the Top Safety Pick+ award because even its best headlights aren't up to par. The IIHS...
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Review update: Tonight, let’s just 2019 BMW X5 and grille

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 13:00
BMW didn’t invent the SUV—they don’t even like to use the term. But they have made some crossovers and SUVs worth loving. The early X1s were E90s that wore platform shoes, the early X5s had leftover Land Rover DNA tucked below its beltline. The newest X3 is arguably the most consumer-focused luxury car on the road, and the X6M is...
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Florida will allow autonomous test cars to operate without a human backup driver

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 11:00
"Florida man" headlines may be a thing of the past when it comes to cars. The Sunshine State will become home to the nation's least stringent autonomous car legislation come July 1. Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation into law last Thursday that does not require a self-driving test car to have a human driver present, Fox 13 reported. The law...
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2020 GMC Canyon

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 21:45
The 2020 GMC Canyon is a no-nonsense mid-size pickup truck that remains a good choice even against its stiff competition. It’s more comfortable and luxurious than other options in its class especially in top trims, though safety is a concern, so we’ve awarded it 4.8 out of 10 overall. (Read more about how we rate cars.) For 2020, the...
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Hyundai, Kia in driver's seat as VW exits its deal with self-driving car startup

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 18:00
Hyundai and Kia last week upped their investment in autonomous car technology startup Aurora Innovation just as Volkswagen stepped away from its partnership with Aurora. Specifically, the investment will expand self-driving technology research to more Hyundai and Kia models and help build a platform suitable for the brands' future autonomous cars...
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Honda Passport crash tested, BMW X3 and X4 M Competition driven, Tesla Model X police car: What's New @ The Car Connection

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 15:30
2019 Honda Passport earns five-star crash-test ratings from the NHTSA The 2019 Honda Passport earned a five-star overall rating in the federal government's crashworthiness tests, the automaker said Wednesday. The five-seat crossover SUV earned four stars for the frontal crash test, five stars in the side-impact assessments, and four stars in the...
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FCA sued over Jeep Wrangler suspension concerns

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 15:30
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been served a class-action lawsuit over suspension concerns in the Jeep Wrangler, which owners often call the Jeep "death wobble." According to the lawsuit, which The Detroit News reported on last Wednesday, it was filed in Detroit's U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and alleges FCA knew of the...
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2019 GMC Sierra 1500

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 12:45
With the 2019 Sierra, GMC has a truck that falls shy of maximum capability, but looks to cameras and software to optimize the truck experience. It also counts on a unique, versatile six-way tailgate and a carbon-fiber bed to score tech and utility points away from its stablemate, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. This year’s Sierra scores...
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2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 12:44
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado gets a new design this year, and drops up to 450 pounds in the process, but it’s more focused on its mission than ever. Its bed is bigger and offers more features, and its cab gets bigger, making this brawny pickup better at hauling cargo and people. Chevrolet also improves road manners, adds safety features, and...
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2019 Honda Passport

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 12:40
With its 2019 Passport, Honda hasn’t invented anything new. The five-seat Passport neatly plugs a gap in Honda’s crossover SUV lineup with minimal fuss. It didn’t take much effort for the automaker to create the 2019 Honda Passport: It’s a Pilot with 6.2 inches lopped off its rear end. The new Passport has a different front...
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2013 Ford F-150 trucks recalled for second time over transmission update

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 11:00
Ford has issued an update to a previous recall for 123,000 2013 Ford F-150 pickups. The recall affects trucks that haven't undergone a transmission software update, and models that have already received the previous fix, Ford said Wednesday. The problem surrounds a powertrain control module for 2013 Ford F-150 pickups equipped with the 5.0-liter...
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2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD to cost less than outgoing truck

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 15:35
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD will cost less than the truck it replaces with a starting price of $35,695. That price is $300 lower than last year's model and it includes a $1,595 destination charge, Chevrolet said Thursday. Plunking down $35,695 puts a buyer in a Silverado HD Work Truck model with a regular cab and long bed—not a...
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2020 Kia Cadenza, Aston Martin Valkyrie, Best deals on plug-in cars: What's New @ The Car Connection

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 15:30
2020 Kia Cadenza to get new look next year The 2020 Kia Cadenza has a new look for the new year. The automaker brand an updated version of the big sedan in its home market of South Korea. 1.2M Ford Explorer SUVs recalled to address suspension component About 1.2 million Ford Explorer SUVs have been recalled over a suspension part that may crack...
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2020 Kia Cadenza to get new look next year

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 11:00
The 2020 Kia Cadenza has a new look for the new year. The automaker brand an updated version of big sedan in its home market of South Korea Wednesday. There, it's known as the K7, but we'll likely see the car keep the Cadenza name when it's shown for the U.S. market. Though sedans continue to fall out of favor with buyers over crossovers and SUVs...
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2019 Honda Passport earns five-star crash-test ratings from the NHTSA

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 18:00
The 2019 Honda Passport aced the federal government's crashworthiness tests, the automaker said Wednesday. However, the 2019 Passport didn't ace the tests. The five-seat crossover SUV earned four stars for the frontal crash test overall, five stars in the side-impact assessments, and four stars in the calculated rollover risk measurement. Overall...
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