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Audi drops manual transmissions from 2019 lineup

2 hours 51 min ago
Fans of three pedals should shift their attention away from Audi showrooms for the 2019 model year. The automaker said Friday that in response to weak demand it will no longer offer a manual transmission model in its U.S.-market lineup beginning next year. Audi confirmed to Car and Driver that it will pull the no-cost 6-speed manual option from...
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2019 Ford Taurus

Sat, 08/18/2018 - 11:00
We all forget a thing or two, so perhaps we should forgive Ford for dropping the ball on its full-size sedan. The 2019 Ford Taurus has been around for a while. The current model debuted 10 years ago, and even then its bones were derived from a decade-old Volvo platform. The years have not been kind to the Taurus, which is likely to disappear...
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2019 Subaru Forester, Elon Musk, Swiss diesel emissions: What's New @ The Car Connection

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 15:30
2019 Subaru Forester compact SUV costs $25,270 to start, about $500 more than outgoing model The 2019 Subaru Forester crossover SUV will cost $25,270 when it goes on sale later this year, the automaker announced Thursday. Top-of-the-line Touring versions will cost $35,270. All prices include a mandatory $975 destination fee. 2019 Nissan Sentra...
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Kroger supermarkets jump into self-driving car grocery delivery in Arizona

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 12:44
With Waymo, Uber, and more testing all over the state, Arizona is a hotbed (pun intended) of self-driving car activity, and Kroger supermarkets said Thursday that it would be starting self-driving grocery delivery with partner Nuro at a single store in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, Arizona, according to Reuters. The announcement comes shortly...
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2019 Subaru Forester compact SUV costs $25,270 to start, about $500 more than outgoing model

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 20:22
The 2019 Subaru Forester crossover SUV will cost $25,270 when it goes on sale later this year, the automaker announced Thursday. Top-of-the-line Touring versions will cost $35,270. All prices include a mandatory $975 destination fee. Base versions of the new Forester cost $560 more than last year's version, when similarly equipped. A 2018 Forester...
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2019 Chevrolet Impala

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:50
The 2019 Chevrolet Impala delivers muscular style and a spacious, comfortable interior without the land-yacht ride of full-size sedans of yore. It’s a handsome, likeable sedan, but limited standard active safety gear keeps its rating to 5.8 out of 10 on our scale. (Read more about how we rate cars.) The 2019 Impala is much like last...
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2019 Nissan Sentra adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:35
The long-servicing 2019 Nissan Sentra gets a few important updates and a slight price bump for the new model year, highlighted by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on most trim levels. The 2019 Nissan Sentra S now starts at $18,685 including a mandatory $895 destination charge, and comes standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine making 124...
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Minivan crash-tests, BMW gets sporty again, Eco-car deals: What's New @ The Car Connection

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:30
IIHS finds mixed results in latest minivan crash tests Not all minivans provide the best crash protection for their occupants, the IIHS said Thursday. In its testing, the insurance industry-funded group praised the 2018 Honda Odyssey while noting structural deficiencies in the 2019 Toyota Sienna and 2019 Chrysler Pacifica. Ohio senator wants to...
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2019 Ram ProMaster City

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 13:36
The 2019 Ram ProMaster City doesn’t have time for our clever analysis—there’s work to do. Normally, it’s a small cargo van (sometimes a small passenger van) destined for a rough-and-tumble life wherever it goes. With seats up front and a box in back, it wasn’t built to shine on our scale that prefers passenger cars...
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2019 Chevrolet Volt

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 05:01
The 2019 Chevrolet Volt is a robust plug-in hybrid that doubles as an all-electric daily driver and gas-aided road trip vehicle, all in the form of a usable compact hatchback. The 2019 Volt had the honor of being the first extended-range electric car, using a small gasoline engine to eliminate the range anxiety associated with other small EVs such...
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IIHS finds mixed results in latest minivan crash tests

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 05:01
Not all minivans provide the best crash protection for their occupants, the IIHS said Thursday. In its testing, the insurance industry-funded group praised the 2018 Honda Odyssey while noting structural deficiencies in the 2019 Toyota Sienna and 2019 Chrysler Pacifica. The IIHS subjected the three minivans to its small-overlap test on both the...
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2019 Ford Escape

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 22:01
The 2019 Ford Escape lives in a household full of bro-dozers and brute-utes, and somehow it thrives. The sleek, hatchback-ish crossover sells hundreds of thousands of copies a year, and we think we know why. Sold in S, SE, SEL, and Titanium trim, the 2019 Escape can and wants to be driven like a hot hatch, so long as you order the frothy engine...
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Ohio senator wants to give car shoppers $3,500 to buy American-made cars

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 16:52
A bill proposed this week in the U.S. Senate aims to give car buyers $3,500 to buy American-made cars, including models from Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, and others, the latest thrust in escalating threats between lawmakers and the auto industry. Democratic Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown proposed the legislation this week and said the measure...
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2019 Ram 1500, 2019 Toyota Sienna, 2019 Audi RS 5: What's New @ The Car Connection

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:30
2019 Ram 1500 Review The 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck wants to be more than just a trusted hauler. With its roomy, refined interior and its choice of engine options, the 2019 Ram is the most livable full-size pickup on the market today. 2019 Toyota Sienna SE now offers all-wheel drive The sportier version of Toyota's minivan is ready for snowy road...
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Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Corvette top list of new cars owners keep the longest

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:00
According to a new study, Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Corvette, and a variety of Toyota owners are most likely to keep their new vehicles the longest, almost 9 years on average. The study by iSeeCars.com reported that the average length of ownership for both the Expedition and Corvette stood at 9.0 years, almost 21 percent longer than the average...
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2019 Ford F-150

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 20:04
The 2019 Ford F-150 proves that the title of “best-selling” doesn’t have to mean “sellout.” The F-150 makes few compromises on its way to excellent towing, comfort, and safety; it’s the best among full-size trucks in those regards. It didn’t choose the luxury-wagon life, but in King Ranch and Limited trim...
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2019 Ford EcoSport

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 17:08
The 2019 Ford EcoSport is the smallest of six crossover SUVs sold with the blue oval badge. Distinct from the compact Escape, the EcoSport doesn’t offer very good value compared to that larger, slightly more expensive vehicle. The EcoSport’s a dated design sold around the world long before it made it to the U.S., and it shows in its...
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2019 Toyota Sienna SE now offers all-wheel drive

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 16:14
The sportier version of Toyota's minivan is ready for snowy road conditions this winter. The 2019 Toyota Sienna SE—a version of the company's minivan with firmer suspension tuning—will offer all-wheel drive as an option for the first time. Previously, the Sienna minivan was available with all-wheel drive in the LE, XLE, and Limited...
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2019 Chevy Silverado, 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, Fuel-economy standards: What's New @ The Car Connection

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 15:30
2019 Chevrolet Silverado first drive: American work horse Wyoming is the American ideal for truck buyers. The sky is vast, the mountains big, and people have room to spread out. Any drive can pass by amber waves of grain with purple mountains’ majesty as their backdrop. It’s that beautiful. Infrastructure study: Cold weather states are...
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2019 Honda Civic

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 14:05
The 2019 Honda Civic injects more personality into the driving experience than we’re used to with most compact cars. For 2019, the Civic also adds standard active safety gear to the equation. It’s hard to make a great car even better, but with the 2019 Civic, Honda has done so. We rate the entire Civic range at 6.4 out of 10. (Read...
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