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Running update to 2018 GMC Terrain, 2018 Chevy Equinox bolstered side-impact crash safety

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 23:27
General Motors made an uncommon running update to its popular 2018 GMC Terrain and 2018 Chevrolet Equinox crossovers to bolster side-impact crash safety last year. The update, which consumers won't be able to spot by looking at the crossovers' exteriors, was applied to 2018 GMC Terrains built after Nov. 28, 2017 and 2018 Chevrolet Equinox...
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Fatal crash prompts Uber to shut down Arizona self-driving car trial

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:23
Two months after one of its vehicles was involved in a fatal crash with a pedestrian, Uber said Wednesday that it will formally cease self-driving car testing and development in Arizona. Uber's announcement comes after Arizona Governor Doug Ducey suspended the ride-sharing company from testing self-driving cars in Arizona and it is a clear sign...
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2018 Lexus LC

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 22:07
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...
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2018 Lexus GS

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 21:14
The 2018 Lexus GS mid-size luxury sedan is a new rival for an old idea, and takes a sharper tack than most of its contemporaries. Available in GS 300, GS 350, GS 350 AWD, and GS 450h, in addition to the high-performance GS F (covered separately) models, this mid-size car is appealing for more than just its agile moves. We also like the GS’s...
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2018 Lexus RC F

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 20:33
The Lexus RC F doesn't have a high-performance sheen built up over decades. Rivals like the BMW M4 have considerable laurels to rest on, in that regard. But the RC F comes the closest yet of any Lexus to nailing the elusive German recipe for track and street two-door performance. We rate the RC F a 6.6, giving it points for its sleek design...
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2018 Lexus RC

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 19:07
The 2018 Lexus RC didn't know it couldn't do that. It takes on rivals from BMW, Mercedes, and Audi on their own turfs: base coupe, all-weather coupe, and performance two-door. This year, Lexus renames the RC 200t and makes it the RC 300. It’s the sole 4-cylinder coupe; the 300 AWD, 350, and 350 AWD models each have a V-6 engine, and each...
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2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo driven, 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T, 2-cylinder Silverado: What's New @ The Car Connection

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:30
2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo first drive: the benefits of bodybuilding Austin, Texas, may have weaponized food trucks in our culture wars, and turned weirdness into a commodity, but it can’t take away one thing. 2018 Jeep Cherokee recalled over leaky fuel line More than 48,000 examples of Jeep's compact crossover SUV—the 2018 Jeep...
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5 hidden ways automakers keep new cars affordable

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 05:01
A cheap car used to feel like what it was: a cheap car. That’s no longer the case, and it’s due in part to exceptionally careful cost-cutting. Car manufacturers trim pennies here and dollars there in ways not always obvious to consumers. Here’s a look at a few tricks automakers use and how they’re passed onto consumers. 1...
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2018 Infiniti QX60

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 03:43
The 2018 Infiniti QX60 is a mid-size three-row crossover that hits right at the heart of a growing market. It's somewhat overshadowed by its smaller brother, the QX50, but both are relatively handsome ways to transport a small or big family. From the outside, the three-row crossover doesn’t hide its elegant interior with a plunging roofline...
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2018 Infiniti Q70

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 03:41
The 2018 Infiniti Q70 is creeping close to "unintentionally retro cool" like old pants. It wears full-size clothes with a mid-size interior that can be stretched in a long-wheelbase version. It offers a choice among three engines—with available all-wheel drive for two of those—and is mated exclusively to a 7-speed automatic. It...
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2018 Infiniti Q50

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 03:32
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...
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2018 Infiniti Q60

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 03:30
On looks alone, the 2018 Infiniti Q60 should insert itself into many arguments over a midlife crisis coupe. With 400 horsepower available, it should win some too. The two-door is back this year with the same shape that was new last year and a fairly high score on our overall scale. It earned a 7.2 overall, partly thanks to those looks, which are...
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2018 Infiniti QX30

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 03:26
The 2018 Infiniti QX30 is a pint-sized crossover with eye-catching styling and a remarkably Teutonic personality. It’s tight inside and can get pricey with options, but the QX30 has its charms and thus rates a 6.2 out of 10 on our scale. (Read more about how we rate cars.) After bowing last year, the QX30 is unchanged this year. It’s...
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2018 GMC Sierra 1500

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 03:17
The 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 full-size pickup makes its own trail. The 2018 Sierra 1500 is a kissing cousin to the Chevrolet Silverado, but it brings more to the table than just chiseled good looks. With its blend of performance, panache, and, yes, style, the Sierra scores 6.7 out of 10 on our scale. (Read more about how we rate cars.) This year, the...
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2018 Jeep Cherokee recalled over leaky fuel line

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 23:09
More than 48,000 examples of Jeep's compact crossover SUV—the 2018 Jeep Cherokee—are subject to a recall to address a fuel supply line that could leak. Fuel that leaks into the engine compartment from the potentially faulty supply tube could result in a fire, although Jeep says it is not aware of any fires or injuries related to the...
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Survey finds public trust in self-driving cars declined after fatal crashes

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 22:07
Consumer confidence in self-driving cars is on the decline, according to a new survey. Nearly three-quarters of 1,014 Americans polled by AAA last month said that they’re afraid to ride in a self-driving vehicle. Willingness to ride in a self-driving car dropped from 64 percent late last year to just 49 percent of millennials—those...
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2018 GMC Canyon

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:42
The 2018 GMC Canyon is a mid-size pickup that shines up pretty well. In top trims, it's more comfortable than others in its class, so we’ve rated it a solid 6.0 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) Like its Chevrolet Colorado kissing cousin, the 2018 Canyon is on the small end for a pickup. But at nearly 19 feet from...
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2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:38
The 2018 GMC Sierra HD is Western wear with starch. It’s based on the Silverado HD, but the GMC heads for the hills in terms of price and luxury appointments, based on its buyers’ preferences. Most models are four-door crew cabs with room for adults. Most of those are Denali models with luxury appointments you might expect from...
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2018 GMC Acadia

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:32
The 2018 GMC Acadia is a mid-size, family-hauling crossover that bucks the trend: it was recently downsized. The 2018 Acadia lineup does almost everything well, even if it’s more of a B+ student than an A-standout. We’ve rated it 7.0 out of 10, accordingly. (Read more about how we rate cars.) One thing that’s important to note is...
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2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo first drive: the benefits of bodybuilding

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:11
Austin, Texas, may have weaponized food trucks in our culture wars, and turned weirdness into a commodity, but it can’t take away one thing. It can’t take away the 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo’s asymmetrical doors. We know, because we just spent a day driving the Veloster in a big loop that lassoed the Texas capital but failed to...
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