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Best Car To Buy 2020: Past winners

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 16:30
We'll soon announce the nominees for The Car Connection's top award: Best Car To Buy 2020. After spending the year logging tens of thousands of miles test driving more than 100 new 2020 vehicles, our team identified those new vehicles that best handle the realities of everyday life. Through informed debate and collegial bickering, our staff picks...
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Best Car To Buy past winners, CLA35 review, EV battery cost plummets: What's New @ The Car Connection

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 16:05
Best Car To Buy 2020: Past winners From the Subaru Forester to the Hyundai Sonata, a look back at past winners of The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy awards reveals a preference for value, safety, modern style and convenience features. Lincoln appeals to millennials and women with Phone As A Key function for Corsair The function is part of a...
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2020 Honda Passport

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 14:43
If the CR-V is too small and the Pilot is too big, Honda’s punched your ticket with the 2020 Passport. For 2020, the Honda Passport doesn’t stray far from the crossover that was new last year. In fact, nothing’s changed. It’s kind of a theme with the Passport—it’s closely related to the Pilot, minus a rear third...
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Lincoln appeals to millennials and women with Phone As A Key function for Corsair

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 13:00
Forget the fob, use the phone. That’s Lincoln’s message with the Phone As A Key function on the redesigned 2020 Lincoln Corsair. With Android devices and Apple iOS versions 9.0 and higher, owners can unlock doors on approach, start the car, and drive away, while freeing up space in pockets or pocketbooks by leaving the key fob behind...
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Car thieves prefer Honda sedans, American pickup trucks

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:45
Nearly 750,000 vehicles were stolen in 2018, according to the FBI, and very few of them were the high profile vehicles glamorized in films like "Gone in 60 Seconds," "John Wick," or all of the "Fast and Furious" films. The vehicles most prized by car thieves were workaday models easily stolen and easily stripped for parts. The Honda Civic and...
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Car thieves prefer Honda, Acura SLX retuned for RADwood, Toyota Vs. EVs: What's New @ The Car Connection

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:30
Hot take? Honda sedans, pickup trucks top most stolen vehicle list Commuter sedans and pickups topped the list for most stolen cars of 2018. Free and clear: BMW relents on charging for Apple CarPlay Rejoice! BMW is dropping its subscription fee for Apple CarPlay. 2020 Volvo S90 review The luxury sedan with an available plug-in hybrid powertrain...
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2020 Volvo S90

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:09
The 2020 Volvo S90 is a European luxury sedan without the normal European luxury pretense. Looking good from every angle (outside and in) is only one of its many virtues. For 2020, the good stuff gets even better, thanks to a new R-Design trim incorporating popular features and unique looks The 2020 Volvo S90 earns a 7.2 on our ratings scale...
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Hot take? Honda sedans, pickup trucks top most stolen vehicle list

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:00
Nearly 750,000 vehicles were stolen in 2018, according to the FBI, and very few of them were the high profile vehicles glamorized in films like "Gone in 60 Seconds," "John Wick," or all of the "Fast and Furious" films. The vehicles most prized by car thieves were workaday models easily stolen and easily stripped for parts. The Honda Civic and...
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Free and clear: BMW relents on charging for Apple CarPlay

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 13:00
Our editorial team doesn't agree on many things, but we were unanimous in calling out BMW for fleecing shoppers by charging a subscription fee for Apple CarPlay. "BMW still irks us with an $80 annual CarPlay user fee that begins a year after purchase," Editorial Director Martin Padgett wrote in his 2019 BMW X7 review. "It’s a chintzy...
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New cars are safer but most owners won't have them for decades, says study

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 19:35
Critical life-saving safety features are arriving to new cars quicker but still take decades to trickle down to a majority of car owners. On Tuesday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety-Highway Loss Data Institute reported that an analysis of cars' crashworthiness and safety systems revealed that automakers are about three times quicker to...
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Buick Regal ends, 2020 Mercedes GLB review, EVs we're missing: What's New @ The Car Connection

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 16:52
Buick Regal won't return next year as brand shifts to SUV-heavy lineup Buick to discontinue the Regal sedan and Tour X wagon after model year 2020. 2020 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe costs about the same as the two-door, is still not a coupe 2020 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe splits the cost difference between the X1 and X2 AWD crossovers. 2020 BMW 4-Series...
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2020 BMW 4-Series

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 16:16
The 2020 BMW 4-Series has us all tied up, and that’s before we’ve taken any turns. What’s likely to be its last year in the current iteration, the two-door coupe and convertible, and five-door hatchback (which BMW calls a Gran Coupe) earn a 6.0 on our overall scale. That rating is based on the 430i coupe, which is the most...
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2020 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe costs about the same as the two-door, is still not a coupe

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 15:50
When it goes on sale next year, base versions of the 2020 BMW 228i xDrive Gran Coupe four-door sedan will cost $38,495, including destination, the automaker announced Wednesday. That's $200 more than a 2020 230i xDrive coupe, which is already on sale, but not related to the upcoming 2-Series. That's because the new Gran Coupe is based on a...
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Buick Regal won't return next year as brand shifts to SUV-heavy lineup

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 15:30
The Buick Regal sedan and Regal TourX wagon won't return for 2021, signaling the likely end of Buick's car lineup in the U.S. for now, our colleagues at Motor Authority reported Wednesday. Buick spokesman Stu Fowle confirmed the Regal's demise after model year 2020, which was largely telegraphed by U.S. buyers' increasing preference for crossovers...
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2020 Kia Soul vs. 2020 Mazda 3: Compare Cars

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 16:45
If the compact hatchback was the precursor to the small crossover, then the Kia Soul and Mazda 3 took completely different approaches in influencing small crossovers that came after them. The redesigned 2020 Kia Soul is less quirky than when the hamsterbox first launched for 2010, yet it still retains the tall boxy proportions that provide roomy...
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2020 Kia Soul vs. Mazda 3, 2021 Jaguar F-Type facelift, Audi E-Tron range boost: What's New @ The Car Connection

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 16:33
2020 Kia Soul vs. 2020 Mazda Mazda 3: Compare Cars The 2020 Mazda 3 packs just a bit more sophistication to come out with a 6.7 out of 10 ranking from our editors, compared to a 6.3 for the 2020 Kia Soul. 2020 Chevrolet Equinox earns Top Safety Pick for more standard safety features Uprated headlights and standard automatic emergency braking on...
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2020 Chevrolet Equinox earns Top Safety Pick for more standard safety features

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 14:31
The 2020 Chevy Equinox compact crossover SUV earned a Top Safety Pick award, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported last month. The insurance-industry funded group recognized the high-beam assist feature standard on the 2020 Equinox for improved ratings on its headlight tests, helped it qualify for the coveted award over the 2019...
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2020 Ford Ranger

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 13:00
It would be a shame if the 2020 Ford Ranger were lumped into a category to include “all trucks.” The 2020 Ranger is not a diesel-swilling, lifted, train-sized hauler that hardly fits in your driveway. The Ranger is not a profane sticker with a comic character or an ill-advised tattoo. The Ranger isn’t faultless, but it is good at...
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2020 Kia Soul

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 18:00
The 2020 Kia Soul hatchback scopes in its target audience by aiming at the fringes. Outre style, light-up speakers, and a low price speak to periphery shoppers who don’t mind trading style for substance. The Soul’s secret? Its hatchback practicality, fuel-efficient powertrains, and quiet ride are right down Broadway for many buyers...
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Telluride vs. Atlas, Hyundai RM19 review, electric Microbus builds Buzz: What's New @ The Car Connection

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 16:30
2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2020 VW Atlas: Compare Crossover SUVs The two three-row crossovers fight for family buyers, and the all-new Telluride gets the edge, but it's closer than the scores reflect. 2019 Ford Ranger recalled again, this time for defective taillights The 2019 Ford Ranger has been recalled for a fifth time, this time due to taillights...
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