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What automaker charges the most for destination charges?

 

2019 Kenworth Toyota T680 FCET class 8 semi-trailer truckDestination charges on a new car are one of life’s pain points. Like mowing the lawn, vacuuming, or pulling hair out of the drain, the costs associated with shipping a car from the factory are unavoidable—the bill comes due whether you like it or not. But some automakers charge more than others. Why? The added cost for destination and...

What's a Monroney window sticker for, and what does it do?

 

2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee window sticker optionsWhat is the one thing you’ll find on every showroom floor aside from four wheels and the fear of a bum deal? The window sticker. Also known as the Monroney label, the window sticker is a universal data sheet mandated on all new passenger vehicles 10,000 pounds or less sold in the U.S. It’s meant to keep shoppers from getting swindled...

Seven ways to tell if a used car has flood damage

 

Nashville flood carMany car shoppers don’t realize just how much damage floodwaters do to a vehicle. That represents a problem—not just to the owner of a car or truck that falls victim to a catastrophic flood, but to prospective buyers unaware of the vehicle’s history. The risk of flooded vehicles on the market affects everyone looking for a used...

Car hacks: how an old iPhone and in-car Wi-Fi gave me free navigation

 

Chevrolet Bolt EV with Apple CarPlayCar hacks are little ways to make your time in a car easier, quicker, smarter, or more convenient. Auto journalists have a few of their own, but we learn a lot of them from readers. Here's one from Jay Lucas. What follows are his words, lightly edited by The Car Connection for clarity and style. I recently replaced my wife's old iPhone 5 with an...

GM: Sticking Rudolf's nose on your car hurts fuel economy

 

GMC Terrain AntlersRudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer may be perfectly suited to guiding sleighs in inclement weather, but if you played Santa: The Home Game this year, the chances are the little guy took some of the edge off of your fuel economy. That’s according to GM, which tested a GMC Terrain in a wind tunnel to gauge the effects of antlers and a reindeer...

PSA: Please don't put your feet up on the dashboard

 

Audra Tatum's car accident, via Audra TatumThe warning given by Audra Tatum from Walker County, Georgia is simple: Don't put your feet up on the dashboard of your car. The reason? It's beyond dangerous. Tatum and her husband were in a car crash two years ago as they were on their way to pick up their children. Everyone involved walked away, except Audra. Despite previous warnings from her...

What are the different levels of self-driving cars?

 

Volvo Launches Latest Autonomous Cars Pilot In SwedenIn many ways self-driving cars are an eventuality and a reality. As automakers approach full autonomy toward the end of this decade, several new cars now boast self-driving features that inch toward the goal of driver-less cars soon. Many of these features can be grouped together in a uniform set of self-driving "levels," which were defined by the...

Now's the time to buy winter tires

 

2017 Dodge Challenger GT, Media drive, Portland, Maine, January 2017Check that date. Yes, it's the beginning of February and we're telling you that you should buy winter tires now, even though we're already halfway through the snowy season. If you've been contemplating winter tires for your car, this may very well be the best time to take advantage of clearance sales as tire retailers like Tire Rack are looking to...

Mid-size sedans scrapping vanilla in favor of sport

 

2017 Ford Fusion SportThe family sedan is in the midst of a quiet revolution. What was once indisputably the type of car most likely to be found in the average American garage has been displaced by crossovers and SUVs that channel a little Marlboro Man with room for the kids and their gear (plus maybe the neighbors' kids). Mid-size sedans like the Toyota Camry, Honda...

How to be sure you're buying an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ car

 

2017 Audi A4 in IIHS crash testingYou've seen the TV spots. You've read the ads. You've visited the automaker's website. That new car you want is very safe, they proclaim. It has received top marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety—the Top Safety Pick+ award. But not every car on the dealer's lot is necessarily a Top Safety Pick+ recipient, even if it looks...

Here's what a destination charge means and how it's calculated

 

2017 Volvo V60Picture this: You're sitting at home one night watching TV or flipping through a magazine when you see an ad for a shiny new sports car whipping through a curvy canyon highway—or maybe it's a rugged pickup kicking up a cloud of dust in search of adventure. The announcer screams at you, "$29,995!" You think to yourself—wow, that's a lot...

2016 Chevy Colorado: V-6 Or Duramax Diesel?

 

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel pulling Chevy CorvetteIf you have your mind set on skipping past the full-size Silverado (or F-150 or Ram 1500, for that matter) and heading for the somewhat more manageable 2016 Chevrolet Colorado—or the closely related GMC Canyon—you’ll be facing a dilemma: do you get the V-6 gasoline engine, or the new-for-2016 Duramax 2.8-liter turbo-diesel...

Used Electric Cars: Quick Guide For Getting The Best Deal

 

2012 Nissan Leaf electric car - net pricing shown on Nissan websiteIf you think that electric-car ownership is beyond your financial reach, think again. Due to a matter of supply and demand, and a flood of used models entering the market, electric vehicles (EVs) like the Nissan Leaf are remarkably affordable. This summer, and likely into the fall, there’s a surplus of electric cars being returned from two-...

Feeling Patriotic? GM, Ford Vehicles Top Made In America Index

 

GM Renaissance Center American flagAmericans are increasingly rediscovering the importance of buying local, or buying U.S.-made products. And for some households, that value system extends to their family vehicle. Yet it’s not entirely clear what constitutes ‘made in America’ for a car or truck. There is no 100-percent American model on the market; every vehicle...

May Lease Deals: Five Smart Vehicle Picks

 

2015 Toyota Avalon LimitedFor a certain kind of shopper, leasing can be a smart option. If you’re the type who wants a new vehicle with the latest look and features every few years, it can often give you more car for the money. Yet it’s worth laying out the numbers first, to see if leasing adds up in your case—or even makes sense versus buying. ALSO SEE...


Toyota, Lexus recall nearly 700,000 new models for fuel pump failure

 

2019 Toyota CamryToyota is recalling 695,541 new Toyota and Lexus vehicles for a fuel pump that can fail, causing the engine to stall, which can increase the risk of a crash, the NHTSA announced Monday. An impeller in the low-pressure pump in the fuel tank that supplies pressure to the fuel injection system can deform. The driver may be warned of the failure by a...

2020 Hyundai Venue review, worst spin-off models, Audi PHEVs arrive: What's New @ The Car Connection

 

2020 Hyundai VenueFirst drive: The 2020 Hyundai Venue sets a small but splashy stage With the Venue, Hyundai finds a niche below the Kona for first-time crossover buyers who want rugged style and slim prices. But can it pass the utility test? Toyota, Lexus recall nearly 700,000 new models for fuel pump failure Toyota is recalling 695,541 new Toyota and Lexus...

Takata airbag recall expands as Nissan, BMW, GM, Ferrari call back already repaired vehicles

 

2008 BMW 3-Series 328iMore automakers are recalling vehicles already recalled and repaired in the ongoing Takata airbag recall. The latest surge in recalls covers vehicles that had a temporary replacement, or like-for-like repair, while regulators and automakers scrambled to assess the scope of one of the largest automotive recalls in history. Last week, Nissan...

First drive: The 2020 Hyundai Venue sets a small but splashy stage

 

2020 Hyundai Venue (Australian spec)I struggle with sentience while a hotel clerk tells me there are four Australian accents: university, city, Western Australia, and everywhere else. None of them make sense at 9 a.m., not after a 24-hour ride over the ocean for a first drive in the 2020 Hyundai Venue. Hyundai chose Australia’s Sunshine Coast for this first drive because Oz is...

2020 Audi A4 returns, Tesla subject to NHTSA safety petition, Honda Clarity PHEV updated: What's New @ The Car Connection

 

2020 Audi A4Refreshed 2020 Audi A4 returns to the U.S. with more content for less money Audi is upping the value for a revamped and refreshed A4 sedan and wagon lineup, including next-generation infotainment systems. 2020 Lexus UX review Lexus has a family of crossover SUVs, but the smallest and one of the most efficient also has some of the edgiest styling...

Refreshed 2020 Audi A4 returns to the U.S. with more content for less money

 

2020 Audi A4 AllroadAfter much delay, the 2020 Audi A4 is officially returning to North America. Audi showed off the facelifted compact sedan and wagon for the European market in May, 2019, but didn't confirm U.S. specs and pricing until Tuesday. The 2020 A4 and S4 sedans, as well as the A4 Allroad wagon, wear a larger, broader grille, and underneath the standard LED...

2020 Subaru Ascent review update: 3-row SUV climbs to safety

 

2020 Subaru Ascent The 2020 Subaru Ascent is a three-row crossover SUV with standard all-wheel drive and standard active safety features. There is nothing remarkable about it. It doesn’t have the rugged good looks of the Kia Telluride, or the high-performance variants of so many “bromobiles,” or the fuel economy of the 2020 Toyota Highlander...

2020 Subaru Ascent review, 2021 Genesis GV80 review, Porsche Taycan range disappoints: What's New @ The Car Connection

 

2020 Subaru Ascent 2020 Subaru Ascent review update: 3-row SUV climbs to safety The 2020 Subaru Ascent is a three-row crossover SUV that comes loaded with standard safety features, all-wheel drive, and comfy seating for up to eight passengers. Takata airbag recall expands as Nissan calls back more than 300,000 vehicles Nissan aims to replace a temporary fix with its...

2020 Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot: Compare Crossover SUVs

 

2020 Toyota Highlander XLEThe 2020 Toyota Highlander and the 2020 Honda Pilot might not have the same rugged good looks as the 2020 Kia Telluride, yet those legacy family haulers excel where it matters most to most families, in comfort and safety. But which one of them does it better? The redesigned 2020 Highlander narrowly wins with a TCC Rating of 6.8 before any crash...

Highlander vs. Pilot, 2021 GMC Yukon review, Lucid Air to launch in April: What's New @ The Car Connection

 

2020 Honda Pilot2020 Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot: Compare Crossover SUVs The 2020 Toyota Highlander and 2020 Honda Pilot are three-row crossover SUVs with large interiors, standard active safety features, and strong V-6 engines. But the redesigned Highlander gets the edge for features. 2021 GMC Yukon preview The newest big SUV from GMC is even larger and...

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport starts at $31,565

 

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross SportThe 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport will start at $31,565, including $1,020 destination, when it arrives on dealer lots this quarter, the automaker announced Tuesday. Based on the Volkswagen Atlas three-row crossover SUV, the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport is a two-row, five-seat crossover that is lower and shorter than the Atlas, but larger than...

Atlas Cross Sport price, Audi SQ8 comes to US, 2020 Chevy Bolt discounts: What's New @ The Car Connection

 

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport starts at $31,565 The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport will start at $31,565, including $1,020 destination, when it arrives on dealer lots this quarter 2020 Nissan Armada review The 2020 Nissan Armada is a dated full-size SUV that seats eight and is a better value than the mechanically similar Infiniti QX80. The...

Kia Telluride, Chevrolet Corvette, and Jeep Gladiator win Car, Utility, Truck of the Year trophies

 

2020 Chevrolet CorvetteThe Chevrolet Corvette, Kia Telluride, and Jeep Gladiator have won the 2020 North America Car, Utility, and Truck of the Year awards (NACTOY). Considered the most independent and objective award series in the automotive industry, the NACTOY winners were whittled down from a list of about 30 contenders, the group of professional automotive...

Corvette wins Car of the Year, 2021 Ford Bronco preview, Nissan Ariya EV concept: What's New @ The Car Connection

 

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray named winner of the 2020 NACOTY Awards' Car categoryKia Telluride, Chevrolet Corvette, and Jeep Gladiator win Car, Utility, Truck of the Year trophies A panel of about 50 jurors selected the trio for its annual best-of honors in Detroit today. Subaru recalling nearly 500,000 cars for replacement airbag inflators Subaru is recalling vehicles equipped with airbag inflators that were used as...

Subaru recalling nearly 500,000 cars for replacement airbag inflators

 

2011 Subaru LegacySubaru will recall 497,922 cars to replace airbag inflators that were previously swapped in for other faulty airbag inflators as part of one of the largest recalls in automotive history. The recall covers many models sold by Subaru from 2003 to 2014, including the 2003-2006 Baja, 2009-2013 Forester, 2004-2011 Impreza, 2003-2014 Legacy, 2003-2014...


Coming for 2021: Small crossovers and EVs star at LA Auto Show

 

2019 LA Auto Show HighlightsIf cars had astrological years, 2020 will be the year of the small crossover. That's our takeaway from the unofficial start of the new car year—the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, which runs through December 1, where precocious 2021 vehicles strut their stuff on the silver floor, and those 2020 models late in the womb finally emerge into the hot...

2020 Mazda CX-30 makes room in small crossover SUV lineup

 

2020 Mazda CX-30, 2019 LA Auto ShowThe 2020 Mazda CX-30 that arrived in the U.S. on Wednesday at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show raises big questions about small crossovers in the Mazda lineup. It would seem as if the larger CX-30 would replace the CX-3 subcompact crossover, but instead it slots between the CX-3 and CX-5, Mazda spokesman Drew Carey told us on the show floor. The new...

2021 Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid revealed: Shocking power from crossover SUV

 

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, 2019 LA Auto ShowToyota on Tuesday confirmed a bit of a shocker, pun intended. The automaker confirmed details for its 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid crossover, due next year, which adds a bigger hybrid battery to its hybrid powertrain that can power the crossover up to 39 miles on electric power alone. The crossover will make 302 combined horsepower and...

Coming to America: Performance cars, rugged SUVs, and plug-ins debut in Frankfurt

 

New Audi RS 7 SportbackWhile the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany might seem like a far cry from the States, many of the performance, luxury, and electric vehicles launched there will be heading over to the U.S. in the coming months. Here’s a look at what’s coming to America. 2020 Audi RS 6 Avant The 2020 RS 6 Avant mid-size sport wagon has a mild-hybrid...

The 13 most important cars of the 2019 New York auto show

 

2020 Toyota Highlander, 2019 New York International Auto ShowFrom three-row crossover SUVs to shapely mid-size sedans, the 2019 New York International Auto Show had an important new-car introduction for just about every kind of buyer Wednesday. The show opens to the public Friday and highlights include the 34-mpg 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, the shapely 2020 Cadillac CT5 sedan, the luxo-laden 2020 Lincoln...

The 8 most exciting new cars at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show

 

2020 Toytota RAV4 TRD Off-Road, 2019 Chicago Auto ShowThe world's automakers gathered under the bright lights at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show on Thursday to show off some off their latest and greatest new cars, trucks, and SUVs. Though there weren't many major debuts, this year's show is notable in that nearly all of the flashy new cars unwrapped in Chicago will be in dealers by the end of the year...

2020 Toyota Supra: Legendary two-seat sport coupe returns, with a European twist

 

2020 Toyota Supra, 2019 Detroit auto showLaunching a new model name costs many millions of dollars, which is why automakers often bring back old names or radically alter the vehicles sold under an existing name. That explains why Toyota's new two-seat sport coupe is called Supra, reviving a name last used in 1998. The new 2020 Toyota Supra has an inline-6 engine, just like the old one...

Crossover SUV of all trades: 2020 Ford Explorer hybrid, performance-oriented ST revealed

 

2020 Ford Explorer, 2019 Detroit auto showIllustrating its commitment to SUVs and crossovers at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford on Monday took the wraps off of two more versions of its 2020 Explorer: the thriftier Explorer hybrid and the sportier Explorer ST. The eco-friendly and performance-oriented Explorers will act like bookends for the mainstream...

The 7 most important cars at the 2018 LA Auto Show

 

2020 Jeep Gladiator, 2018 LA Auto ShowAutomakers took to the Los Angeles Convention Center this week with a host of new SUVs, sports cars, sedans, and pickup trucks to show off to the public. Three new models revive long-retired names for pickup trucks and SUVs aimed at hauling people and all their gear. Another is the long-awaited update of an iconic German sports car. And one's a...

2020 Kia Soul revealed: The box is back

 

2020 Kia Soul, 2018 LA Auto ShowThe quirky 2020 Kia Soul crossover arrived with a new look at the 2018 LA Auto Show Wednesday. This time around, the battery-electric Soul EV gained a major update, too. Shoppers who adore the Soul's boxy looks won't be disappointed. The 2020 Soul retains the same toaster oven shape as its predecessor, but the look is arguably more cohesive. Slim...

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid: 50-mpg hybrid tech for a new normal

 

2020 Toyota Corolla, 2018 LA Auto ShowThe Toyota Corolla has historically flaunted its frugal credentials. In a sign of changing times, the new 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid is angling for a lot more eco cred. For the first time, it packs something very noteworthy: Toyota’s hybrid system, and mileage that’s surprisingly close to the Prius. Toyota claims that the Corolla...

2019 Nissan Murano, Maxima debut with updated look

 

2019 Nissan Murano, 2018 LA Auto ShowAt the 2018 LA Auto Show Wednesday, updated versions of the Nissan Murano crossover SUV and Nissan Maxima sedan broke cover. The two boast evolutionary styling updates with new LED head- and running lights, revised front and rear bumpers, and new wheel designs. On both, wider availability of active safety tech follows in the footsteps—or...

2019 Mazda 3 bows with new look, upgraded tech

 

2019 Mazda 3, 2018 LA Auto ShowAn evolutionary redesign that bowed Wednesday at the 2018 LA Auto Show puts the 2019 Mazda 3 in line with the automaker's larger sedan and its crossover SUVs. Bigger changes come inside and behind the scenes, where the Mazda 3 ushers in a new fuel-saving, high-compression engine, a larger infotainment screen, an available infrared...

2020 Jeep Gladiator debuts: The off-roader's pickup truck

 

2020 Jeep Gladiator, 2018 LA Auto ShowWith the 2018 LA Auto Show debut Wednesday of the 2020 Gladiator, Jeep is back in the pickup truck game. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator pairs the Wrangler's swagger to a more utilitarian form just as the mid-size pickup wars heat up. Don't look for the 2020 Gladiator to be a back-to-basics pickup. Its Sport, Overland, and Rubicon trim levels build on...

2020 Lincoln Aviator debuts: Luxury crossover SUV takes flight

 

2020 Lincoln Aviator, 2018 LA Auto ShowThe 2020 Lincoln Aviator isn't the first time Ford's luxury brand has distilled its Navigator into something more palatable, but it's a much more thorough effort. At the 2018 LA Auto Show on Wednesday, Lincoln took the wraps off of its new, rear- or all-wheel-drive three-row crossover SUV that's set to square off against the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz...

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