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2019 Volkswagen Golf
2019 Volkswagen Golf AlltrackThe 2019 Volkswagen Golf is what we would all drive if we were all rational people. We’re not, so we buy three-row SUVs to take to Kroger and convertibles for family cars. We’re imperfect. So is the VW Golf, but not as much as we are. On our scale, the 2019 Golf rates 6.6 out of 10. That figure is for the lineup as a whole, but...
2019 Infiniti Q50
2019 Infiniti Q50Fierce competition has left a bevy of good compact luxury car choices for shoppers like the 2019 Infiniti Q50. While crossovers like the Infiniti QX50 get more attention, the Q50 remains a compelling value among sedans. We give the Q50 a 6.2 on our overall scale thanks to its good looks and relatively strong value. (Read more about how we rate...
2019 Mini Countryman
2019 MINI Cooper CountrymanBrands can stretch too far. In rare cases like the 2019 Mini Countryman, the biggest Mini on offer gets the same spunk as the adorable Cooper, applied to a more useful crossover body that mainstream buyers want. All good things. In other cases, brandalism can end up like “Chicken Soup for the Fisherman’s Soul.” The 2019...
US to allow brighter, self-dimming headlights on new cars
Mercedes-Benz HD matrix LED headlightsWith many new cars, trucks, and SUVs failing to meet more stringent headlight safety standards from the federal government and the IIHS, the NHTSA announced Thursday it plans to change regulations to help headlight development. The agency said in its report that it plans to allow development of “adaptive driving beam” headlights on new...
2019 Lexus IS
2019 Lexus ISThe 2019 Lexus IS takes on compact sports sedans from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. Angular styling themes, available sport trim packages, and a strong V-6 option pronounce the 2019 IS sedan’s intentions, but the IS ultimately falls short of benchmarks set by its rivals due to its tight interior and dated technology We give it a 6.0 out of...
BMW fire recall, Traffic light-free future, Tesla tax credits: What's New @ The Car Connection
2018 BMW i3sFire risk prompts BMW to recall 3,500 electrified cars BMW announced Friday that it will recall about 3,500 electrified models to inspect charging cables that may lead to shocks or fires. The recall covers a wide range of plug-in hybrid and fully electric 2018 and 2019 BMW and Mini models. 2019 Toyota C-HR recalled over wheel loss risk Toyota on...
Fire risk prompts BMW to recall 3,500 electrified cars
2018 BMW i3sBMW announced Friday that it will recall about 3,500 electrified models to inspect charging cables that may lead to shocks or fires. The recall covers a wide range of plug-in hybrid and fully electric 2018 and 2019 BMW and Mini models. In government filings, BMW said that incorrect electrical capacitors in its charging cords may fail and either...
2019 Toyota C-HR recalled over wheel loss risk
2019 Toyota C-HRToyota on Thursday said that it will recall its subcompact crossover SUV over concerns that their rear wheels could come off due to improperly tightened bolts. The recall covers just a handful of 2019 Toyota C-HR vehicles—about 700, Toyota said in a statement. MORE: Read our 2019 Toyota C-HR review At fault are rear axle bearing bolts that...
2019 Hyundai Kona
2019 Hyundai KonaThe 2019 Hyundai Kona plumps up its safety offerings, just as it prepares to launch a new battery-electric model. Both are important advances for a compact crossover that battles with the likes of the Subaru Crosstrek and Honda HR-V. With its newly standard automatic emergency braking, the 2019 Kona boosts its overall score here, to 6.2 overall...
Scientific study examines morality of self-driving car maneuvers involving pedestrians
Full Auto Brake with Pedestrian Detection  -  2011 Volvo S60It’s a question asked many times by philosophy professors, autonomous car engineers, and even the former hosts of Top Gear: if a self-driving car is barrelling towards a pedestrian in the road and has the option to swerve and put other pedestrians in danger, which alternative should it choose? The results of a study released Tuesday show...
2019 Toyota Highlander
2019 Toyota HighlanderThe 2019 Toyota Highlander is a family crossover SUV with three rows of seats and space for up to eight occupants. It has morphed from mid- to nearly full-size over the years and has become one of our favorite versatile family cars for its spacious interior, impressive safety record, and strong, reliable V-6 engine option. All in, the 2019...
Mazda adds CarPlay, Audi e-tron driven,Bollinger's electric pickup: What's New @ The Car Connection
2017 Mazda 3Apple CarPlay, Android Auto added to 2018 Mazda 3 The 2018 Mazda 3 compact sedan and hatchback joined the ranks of compact cars available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Lyft hires former Obama DOT secretary Anthony Foxx as chief policy officer Ride-sharing giant Lyft has an eye on its self-driving taxi development going...
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto added to 2018 Mazda 3
2017 Mazda 3The 2018 Mazda 3 compact sedan and hatchback joined the ranks of compact cars available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. CarsDirect reported Wednesday that Mazda dealers were instructed to upgrade Mazda 3 Touring and Grand Touring trim levels with Apple and Android smartphone compatibility for free. The automaker isn't including...
Lyft hires former Obama DOT secretary Anthony Foxx as chief policy officer
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony FoxxRide-sharing giant Lyft has an eye on its self-driving taxi development going forward, as the company said Tuesday that it hired Anthony Foxx, former Transportation Secretary under President Barack Obama, as its new chief policy officer. According to CNN, Foxx is the first former transportation secretary to make the jump to Silicon Valley. Waymo...
2019 Chevy Silverado mpg, Porsche's steering wheel commitment, Tesla vs. NHTSA: What's New @ The Car Connection
2019 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ concept2019 Chevrolet Silverado's new turbo-4 rated at 21 mpg combined A new turbo-4 engine found under the hood of the redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado packs a punch—with the thirst for fuel to match. Production shift in Europe could spell end for Buick Cascada Former General Motors subsidiary Opel's announcement Tuesday that it will cease...