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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...

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...

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...

Young Men Don’t Get The Most Speeding Tickets: Who Does Will Surprise You

 

police_mustang7.jpgIt’s fair to say that teenage drivers and twenty-something men carry a reputation for being especially ticket-prone. But that might be an unfair impression, as they’re not the age group that gets the most tickets—and a look at new survey results reaches some very different conclusions. Those age 50 to 64 are the actually the most...

Study: Even First Accident Claim Raises Car Insurance Rates For Years

 

moneyAfraid that making just one auto-insurance claim will raise your rates? That fear is entirely justified by the results of a new study—pointing to a premium rate hike of 41 percent, on average, after making just one $2,000 claim. That’s about $370 annually, on average, and a premium that could haunt you for several years. ALSO SEE: DEA...

2015 Subaru WRX Manual Vs. CVT: Tips To Help You Choose

 

2015 Subaru WRX  -  DrivenThe 2015 Subaru WRX is one of this year’s standout new performance cars. And if you’re considering putting one of these affordable all-wheel-drive sport sedans in your driveway, you have a fundamental choice to make: Do you go with the six-speed manual, or the so-called Lineartronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT)...

Tips to Sell Your Car Fast

 

Sell A CarEventually, and for any of many reasons, you will probably need to sell your car fast. You might sacrifice some money in exchange for a fast sale, but such is the price of quick results. Whatever the circumstances, we have some tips to help get that car out of your driveway. Get yourself set. You can’t sell it if you can’t show it. Be...

Used Car Lemon Laws: What Are They?

 

lemon law repairDoes it seem that your car is in for repairs more than it’s in your driveway--or more to the point, for the same repairs, over and over again? If that’s the case, lemon laws might apply to you. Simply put, lemon laws are meant to give you some legal leverage to seek a refund for the purchase price of your vehicle (or replacement) and...

The Car Connection's Best Used Car Finds For August 3, 2013

 

The Car Connection's Used Car FindsIt's the weekend, and we know for some of you that means either it's time to shop for a vehicle or possibly help a friend or loved one as they look for a vehicle. Either way, The Car Connection is here to help. We are the one-stop shop for all your vehicle shopping needs. From researching a a vehicle by reading our expert reviews, to locating that...

The Car Connection's Best Used Car Finds For July 27, 2013

 

The Car Connection's Used Car FindsDo your plans for the weekend include shopping for a new vehicle? If so, The Car Connection is here to help. With millions of used-car listings, and hundreds of vehicle reviews, we are your one-stop shop for all your car research needs. Once you read the vehicles reviews, it's easy to either connect with a local car dealership to request a quote...

The Car Connection's Best Used Car Finds For July 20, 2013

 

The Car Connection's Used Car FindsIf you are planning to go car shopping this weekend, have no fear, The Car Connection is here. With millions of used-car listings, and thousands of new-car reviews, we've got your back when it comes to researching and locating your next ride. Our used-car listings are a cinch to look through, as our easy-to-use sliders give you the ability to sort...

The Car Connection's Best Used Car Finds For July 13, 2013

 

The Car Connection's Used Car FindsAs we head into the heat of the summer, we think it might be time to head to the beach. And if you need a more beach-friendly vehicle, The Car Connection is your place to research and locate that perfect vehicle. With millions of used-car listings, and thousands of new vehicle reviews, The Car Connection is your one-stop shop for car shopping. We...

The Car Connection's Best Used Car Finds For June 29, 2013

 

The Car Connection's Used Car FindsWith the 4th of July holiday coming up, you may be planning a road trip. That just might involve a change of vehicles--a change into something pre-owned, perhaps? If you're about to purchase a vehicle, we can help. With millions of used car listings, and thousands of vehicle reviews, The Car Connection has all the tools you need for quick and easy...

The Car Connection's Best Used Car Finds For June 21, 2013

 

The Car Connection's Used Car FindsSo, you're finally ready to buy your next vehicle. The shopping process can be a daunting task, but with millions of listings both new and used, The Car Connection can help you find the car, truck, or crossover you really want. If it's a used vehicle you need, here's a shortcut. We've scoured our listings with our easy-to-use shopping tools to...

The Car Connection's New Android App: Car Reviews, Used Car Listings, Car News, And More

 

The Car Connection Android AppThe Car Connection has been a pioneer in mobile apps, and today we're proud to announce our latest effort: a native Android app for the millions of users who read our news, reviews, tips, and advice on a device that doesn't grow on trees. It's the perfect way for car shoppers and enthusiasts alike to get the latest car news, while also reading the...


Ford Expedition vs. Chevy Suburban: Compare SUVs

 

2024 Ford Expedition previewThe Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition represent the two largest and bestselling full-size SUVs on the market. They promise to do it all, haul the family and friends, tow the toys, trudge over the river and through the woods to all of that. The spacious three-row SUVs range from utilitarian workhorses to luxury land barges. The 2024 Ford...

Chevy Suburban vs. GMC Yukon XL: Compare SUVs

 

2024 GMC Yukon previewThe Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL are pure America. These full-size three-row SUV provide plenty of everything, including space, power, equipment, and options. The 2024 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2024 GMC Yukon are cousins that share their underpinnings, powertrains, features and most options. The chrome-laden GMC Yukon Denali meets its match in...

VW ID.7 won't reach the U.S. in 2025, date still TBD

 

2025 Volkswagen ID.7Volkswagen announced Wednesday that it is delaying the U.S. and Canadian launch of the ID.7 electric hatchback due to what the automaker calls changing market dynamics. The ID.7 went on sale in Europe and 2023, and was originally scheduled to launch in North America in 2025. That's no longer the plan, although VW's brief announcement did not...

Dodge Hornet vs. Alfa Romeo Tonale: Compare Crossover SUVs

 

2024 Alfa Romeo TonaleThe related Dodge Hornet and Alfa Romeo Tonale share many things under the fabric of their small crossover suits, though their differences are more noteworthy. They both represent each brand’s first foray into electrification with plug-in hybrid powertrains, but for Dodge the Hornet represents how electric motors can power the performance...

Kia Carnival vs. Honda Odyssey: Compare Minivans

 

2024 Kia CarnivalMinivans haven’t given way entirely to SUVs, and the latest family movers offer almost all the goodness of a utility vehicle—and they do it with easier access and better comfort. They do it with an increasingly luxurious spin, too. With the 2024 Honda Odyssey and the 2024 Kia Carnival, drivers and passengers get a swole list of...

Preview: 2025 Honda Civic Hybrid taps 2 motors for nearly 50 mpg

 

2025 Honda Civic HybridThe 2025 Honda Civic Hybrid will achieve an EPA combined fuel economy rating of nearly 50 mpg when it reaches U.S. showrooms in the coming months, Honda confirmed Tuesday. Honda previously said that the hybrid powertrain could catch 40% of Civic sales, and as such it will be available in both sedan and hatchback body styles. The two available trim...

Chrysler Pacifica vs Toyota Sienna: Compare Minivans

 

2024 Chrysler PacificaDespite the unabated rise in popularity of SUVs, the minivan is the ultimate suburban utility vehicle. With seating for up to eight, cargo volume like a box van, incomparably easy sliding doors, and versatile seating arrangements, the minivan lacks only the powertrain options of SUVs. No longer. For years, if you wanted an all-wheel-drive minivan...

VW Atlas vs. Kia Telluride: Compare SUVs

 

2024 Kia TellurideThree-row crossover SUVs have become the most popular suburban family wagons—and of course, some are better than others. The VW Atlas and Kia Telluride are two large popular family crossover SUVs with lots of space for families. The former keeps things simple while the latter punches above its price class in top trims. The Atlas is the...

Test drive: 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 coddles the family

 

2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580If there’s one vehicle my children begged, and wished, we were taking on a road trip to the lake, it’s the Mercedes-Benz GLS three-row SUV. The 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS has a segment-leading TCC Rating of 7.2 out of 10 for a host of reasons, ranging from its comfortable cabin to its terrific powertrain lineup. Dads like me appreciate it...

Test drive: 2024 Kia EV9 remains a winner

 

2024 Kia EV9Consumers looking for a three-row crossover SUV for the family will struggle to top the 2024 Kia EV9. The EV9 electric SUV took top honors this year and was named The Car Connection Best Car To Buy 2024 and Best Family Car To Buy 2024. Months later, I have no regrets about the way we voted. This thing is aces. With impressive efficiency, a...

Test drive: 2024 Genesis G70 doubles down on value

 

2024 Genesis G70Genesis may be following BMW's lead in rear-drive sport-sedan performance, but it's taking its own path on value. Yes, the 2024 G70 may have a lower TCC Rating of 6.5 out of 10 than the BMW 3-Series’ 7.2 out of 10 rating. It’s thirsty, the trunk is tiny, and Genesis still lacks the brand cachet of BMW or Mercedes-Benz, for people that...

2025 Subaru Forester, Hyundai Sonata top this week's reviews

 

2025 Subaru ForesterHappy Mother's Day! We won't bother with a nonsensical Best Cars for Mom list, but we wish that your flowers are in bloom, your brunches are mimosaed, and your loved ones are loved. This week we hunkered down and dug deep on a few of the most popular new cars sold, and looked into why Hyundai and Kia sedans were the most stolen cars of 2023...

Kia, Hyundai sedans top most stolen car list of 2023

 

2021 Hyundai ElantraFor the first time in a long time, Kia and Hyundai sedans outpaced full-size trucks as the most stolen vehicles in America, according to an annual report released Thursday by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). The Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima took the top three spots for the most stolen vehicles in 2023. The Chevy...

Test drive: 2024 Chevrolet Trailblazer aims for all-weather value

 

2024 Chevrolet TrailblazerCar shoppers looking for a cost-conscious small crossover SUV with all-wheel drive shouldn’t sleep on the latest Chevy Trailblazer. Checking in after a light design nip and technology tuck for 2024 with a TCC Rating of 5.8 out of 10, the 2024 Chevrolet Trailblazer wins with a spunky turbo-3, roomy interior, and great tech for the right price...

Test drive: 2024 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport takes two steps forward, one back

 

2024 Volkswagen Atlas Cross SportVolkswagen is its own worst enemy. The automaker gave the three-row Atlas and two-row Atlas Cross Sport a refresh that enhances the duo with better materials, a gem of a new engine, and kept all the wonderful stretch-out space. This all improved the Atlas’ TCC Rating from 5.8 out of 10 to a very competitive 6.7 out of 10 for 2024. But for...


2025 Toyota Crown Signia SUV will replace Venza hybrid

 

2025 Toyota Crown SigniaThe 2025 Toyota Crown Signia coronates the latest crossover SUV in Toyota's vast lineup, but where does the five-seat hybrid fit? Launched on Tuesday on the eve of the 2023 Los Angeles auto show, the Crown Signia builds off the high-riding Toyota Crown sedan of the same name that was launched new for 2023. Both Crowns employ as their subjects a...

Infiniti reboots with 2 EVs, QX65 SUV, and redesigned QX80

 

Infiniti teases expanded lineupOn Tuesday, Infiniti announced its latest reboot to bolster sales. In addition to a redesigned version of the QX80 full-size SUV expected for the 2025 model year, Nissan's premium brand previewed a QX65 coupe-like crossover SUV, and teased two electric vehicles as a sedan and a crossover. On the eve of the Japan Mobility Show, Infiniti showcased a...

2023 Nissan Pathfinder SUV levels up with off-road Rock Creek grade

 

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock CreekNissan on Tuesday announced the return of its rugged Rock Creek grade to the Nissan Pathfinder three-row SUV. Redesigned for 2022, the SUV embraces more off-road capability and a more outdoorsy look with the 2023 Pathfinder Rock Creek trim. With its shift last year from a CVT to a 9-speed automatic transmission, the Pathfinder boasted better...

Best of the 2020 Chicago Auto Show: TCC picks the posh and practical

 

2020 Chicago Auto ShowThe 2020 Chicago Auto Show kicked off auto show season and gave car shoppers a preview of what they can expect on dealer lots later this year. The new cars shown off on Thursday's media day ranged from pure performance to posh and practical. We'll stick with the latter, even though the $750,000 Liquid Carbon limited edition 2020 Ford GT is auto...

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a 54-mpg green-tech highway machine

 

2020 Hyundai SonataIf you drive a lot on the highway and think mileage really matters, yet you’re still not ready to turn in your gas card for a charging-network app, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid might prove the perfect choice when it arrives in a few months. With the Sonata Hybrid’s debut at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show on Thursday, Hyundai announced a...

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...

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...

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 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 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...

North American Car & Truck/Utility of the Year jury announces 2019 finalists

 

North American Car of the YearFinalists for the 2019 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year were announced Wednesday at the 2018 LA Auto Show. The jury, composed of automotive media from North America including three Internet Brands Automotive editors, narrowed the semi-finalist list to just three cars, three trucks, and three crossover SUVs.The original list of...

2019 Honda Passport crossover SUV teased ahead of LA revival

 

2019 Honda Passport teaserAfter rumors swirled at the start of 2018 over a reborn Honda Passport, the brand has confirmed the nameplate's revival. Honda teased the forthcoming mid-size crossover SUV on Thursday (#ThrowbackThursday) and announced the model will make its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show. The brand didn't reveal much about the 2019 Honda...

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