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2017 Mazda CX-5
2017 Mazda CX-5The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is new this year, and improves upon last year's model with a better interior and exterior look, quieter ride, a new-ish standard engine, and a coming turbodiesel that could be among the leaders for small crossovers in highway mileage. It's offered in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trims with varying levels of creature...
2018 Toyota Yaris preview
2018 Toyota YarisToyota's itty-bitty subcompact hatchback adds a little more flair (or at least the appearance of it) for 2018. The changes are, admittedly, only skin deep. Underneath, the 2018 isn't expected to be substantially changed from the 2017, which has only been updated lightly since the 2012 model year. That's a long time in small car years, but the 2018...
Uber's self-driving car guru steps aside in wake of lawsuit
Uber self-driving prototype in San FranciscoUber's race to develop fleets of self-driving cars and big rigs has hit another speed bump: yesterday, the head of its autonomous vehicle program stepped down from his post in the wake of a complicated lawsuit. The move isn't especially surprising. A recap For nearly nine years, Anthony Levandowksi was a software engineer at Google, where he...
Toyota Tacoma recall, Raptor vs. Hellcat, 2018 Chevy Volt: What’s New @ The Car Connection
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro2016-2017 Toyota Tacoma pickup recalled: 228,000 U.S. vehicles affected Toyota has announced a recall of 2016 and 2017 Toyota Tacoma pickups. The automaker says that some of those vehicles could experience oil leaks, reduced acceleration, and in extreme cases, the truck's drivetrain could seize. 2018 VW Atlas won't be easy to find as a 4-cylinder...
2018 VW Atlas won't be easy to find as a 4-cylinder
2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Boerne, TexasSaving money by buying the base engine in the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas won't be as easy as it looks on paper. That's because VW is making the base engine, which runs $1,400 to $1,730 less than the optional V-6 an order-only item for all but the very base model of the Atlas, its long-anticipated three-row crossover SUV. So if you visit a dealer lot to...
2016-2017 Toyota Tacoma pickup recalled: 228,000 U.S. vehicles affected
2016 Toyota TacomaToyota has announced a recall of 2016 and 2017 Toyota Tacoma pickups. The automaker says that some of those vehicles could experience oil leaks, reduced acceleration, and in extreme cases, the truck's drivetrain could seize. The Tacoma's problem is rooted in its rear differential, which may suffer from a loose gasket. If that's the case, the...
America, we have an infrastructure problem, and this documentary is here to explain it
Highway sign: 'Expect delays'Infrastructure isn't a sexy topic. When many people hear the word, their eyes glaze over and they begin thinking about to-do lists or vacation plans or anything other than the state of our highways and byways. But ignore it all you want, the fact remains that America's infrastructure has been rode hard and put up wet. Now, there's a documentary on...
Flying Ubers, Nismo's growth, Apple's self-driving car: What’s New @ The Car Connection
Concept drawing for Uber Elevate flying taxi serviceUber to launch flying autonomous taxis in Dallas and Dubai within 10 years (or less) Flying cars are April's flavor of the month. Aeromobile recently showed off an awkward prototype in Monaco, clips of a Larry Page-backed levitating jet ski have gone viral, and studies have even been published about the things, even though serious talk about...
Chrysler plumps up 2017 Pacifica with new value-oriented Touring Plus
2017 Chrysler Pacifica - Best Car to Buy 2017Chrysler has added a little more meat to its 2017 Pacifica minivan with a new, feature-packed Touring Plus trim level. At $33,455, the Touring Plus adds a power tailgate, triple-zone automatic climate control, projector headlamps, LED tail lamps, a universal garage door opener, and sunshades for the second and third rows to the existing Pacifica...
Uber to launch flying autonomous taxis in Dallas and Dubai within 10 years (or less)
Concept drawing for Uber Elevate flying taxi serviceFlying cars are April's flavor of the month. Aeromobile recently showed off an awkward prototype in Monaco, clips of a Larry Page-backed levitating jet ski have gone viral, and studies have even been published about the things, even though serious talk about flying cars seems pretty premature. Now, Uber is getting into the flying-car game--well...
Live in Phoenix? Take one of Waymo's self-driving cars to work (or school, or the mall)
Waymo self-driving prototypeBack in December, just a few days after Google's self-driving car project became known as Waymo, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced that it was partnering with the new company to build a test fleet of autonomous vehicles. According to the agreement, FCA ponied up 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids, and Waymo tricked out those minivans with...
Uber's Hell, The self-driving minivan, Electric ride-shares: What’s New @ The Car Connection
Uber CEO Travis KalanickUber sued for unleashing 'Hell' on Lyft drivers Uber has been experiencing its own brand of hell for the past several months. Complaints about mistreatment of female and LGBT employees, allegations of trade-secret theft, faulty self-driving software, its tone-deaf manchild CEO: headlines about these and other unsavory matters have fueled a...
2018 Toyota Sienna review
2018 Toyota SiennaThe 2018 Toyota Sienna has a familiar minivan shape and mission, but its new shape and unique features separate the van from the clan—maybe that's the plan? Last year, the Sienna's upgrades were largely confined to spaces you couldn't see: a new engine and transmission. This year's upgrades are all about what we can see: a new front bumper...
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport costs $22,360 to start, Darwin may be proud
2017 Nissan Rogue SportIt may be coincidental that the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport will go on sale May 11, 2017, 197 years to the day that the HMS Beagle was launched to eventually carry Charles Darwin all over the globe to look at turtles—or maybe not. After all, the pint-sized Nissan crossover making its way to the U.S. as the Rogue Sport (around the world and in...
2018 Ford Focus Electric
2018 Ford Focus ElectricThe 2018 Ford Focus Electric is a battery-electric five-door compact hatchback that directly competes with the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Nissan Leaf, and Volkswagen e-Golf. Like all, except the 238-mile Bolt EV, its recently expanded range falls between 105 and 125 miles, seemingly the norm these days. The Ford Focus Electric...