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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...

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...

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...

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Highest MPG Of Any Sports Car

 

2016 Mazda MX-5 MiataLooking for the best compromise between driving fun and fuel efficiency? The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata could very well be the new winner. CHECK OUT: The Lowest-Rated Cars Of 2015 Mazda has released full details for the redesigned 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata lineup; and while pricing and features have been updated incrementally, far and away some of the...

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...


BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce cars recalled to replace faulty seat belts

 

2016 MINI Cooper S ConvertibleBMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce will recall about 15,500 cars to fix faulty rear seat belts that may not retract correctly, according to documents released by the NHTSA last week. All three automakers are owned by the BMW Group. In total, the recall covers five models: the 2016 BMW 5-Series, 2016-2017 BMW X1, 2016-2017 Mini Cooper and Cooper S, and the...

Nearly 200K Chrysler Pacifica minivans recalled over power steering loss risk

 

2019 Chrysler PacificaFiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Friday that it will recall almost 200,000 2017-2019 Chrysler Pacifica minivans to remedy an electrical wiring fault that may affect the vehicles' power steering system. A loss of electric power steering assist may occur if a wiring harness and an electrical contact point were contaminated with sealer during the...

Window stickers explained, 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe driven, Electric car adoption in Norway: What's New @ The Car Connection

 

2016 Honda Pilot (Touring)What's a Monroney window sticker for, and what does it do? What 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. Mercedes-Benz to scale back models, options in US After years of adding new nameplates to its portfolio, Mercedes-Benz is ready to prune some vehicles from...

The $20,370 2019 Honda Civic LX is the best $20,000* new car you can buy

 

2019 Honda CivicThe rule in our household is simple: New cars cost less than $20,000. Nevermind that the average new-car transaction price tops $37,000 now, made easy by 72-month financing. We’re cheapskates who hate debt. Twenty grand’s the limit. If we were to buy a new car today, the choices for $20,000 that score well across The Car...

Mercedes-Benz to scale back models, options in US

 

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 coupeAfter years of adding new nameplates to its portfolio, Mercedes-Benz is ready to prune some vehicles from its lineup. The German luxury brand will reportedly cull some models, variants, and options from its U.S. portfolio, Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Sunday. The brand delivered the news at a May 8 dealer meeting in Las...

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...

IIHS wrecks Lexus UX, we drive the Ford Explorer Hybrid, BMW i3 gets recalled: What's New @ The Car Connection

 

2019 Lexus UX (UX250h E-Four hybrid)2019 Lexus UX crossover earns Top Safety Pick award from IIHS The 2019 Lexus UX is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, but only when equipped with certain headlights. Hyundai's fix for smelly cities is an in-car air purification system The outside world can be smelly: exhaust fumes, foul food, and farm animals. Hyundai thinks it has an answer. The Car...

The Car Connection's Greenest Cars of 2019

 

2020 Hyundai Ioniq [2020 Euro-spec model]Fuel efficiency is so last century. This year, we learned that energy efficiency is the new fuel efficiency, and not all electric cars are equal—even if they’re all zero emissions vehicles. Credit for that falls squarely on the Jaguar I-Pace’s broad shoulders because, although it’s an all-electric crossover, its big battery...

Ram recalls 410,351 pickups with faulty tailgate latches

 

2017 Ram 1500 Copper SportFiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall 410,351 Ram pickup trucks that have faulty tailgate latches, the automaker said Friday. The recall affects 2015-2018 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 models equipped with 8-foot cargo beds. The redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 is not affected. FCA said the power-locking mechanisms feature a small internal component that could...

2020 Lincoln Corsair to cost $36,940

 

2020 Lincoln CorsairThe 2020 Lincoln Corsair compact crossover will cost $36,940, which includes a $995 destination charge, when it reaches dealers later this year. The 2020 Corsair, which replaces the MKC, will come in just two variants: Standard and Reserve. Both trims arrive with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive will be a $3,600 option. Lincoln also will...

Hyundai's fix for smelly cities is an in-car air purification system

 

Hyundai Smart Air Purification systemThe outside world can be smelly: exhaust fumes, foul food, and farm animals. The South Korean automaker announced this week it developed a new "smart air purification system" that may appear in new cars soon. The smart system monitors the air quality inside of the car and purifies the air to an "excellent" standard, defined by heath officials in...

2019 Lexus UX crossover earns Top Safety Pick award from IIHS

 

2019 Lexus UXThe 2019 Lexus UX is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, but only with certain headlights equipped. The insurance-funded safety body said this month that the UX aced its slew of crash tests, including the trickier passenger-side small overlap front test. To qualify for a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn "Good" ratings in all crash tests save for the...

The Car Connection's Lowest Rated Cars of 2019

 

2018 Dodge JourneyBad things happen to the best among us. Just ask U2. Automakers are no strangers to bad compositions themselves. Although some of the lowest rated cars on our list for 2019 have withered over time, some were never fruitful in the first place. There’s no common denominator among our dogs—poorly performing cars come in all shapes and...

The Car Connection's Best Looking Cars of 2019

 

2019 Lexus LC500hBeauty isn’t abstract, it’s a formula. For cars, beautiful is measured in the number of heads turned on the street, multiplied by the number of parking lot stares, divided by the number of right angles, which is added to the inverse of its general availability. It’s all very scientifical mathematism, you see. The prettiest cars...

2020 Elantra gets a price bump, Cadillac XTS bites the dust, and California considers EV only: What's New @ The Car Connection

 

2013 Ford Fusion270K Ford Fusion sedans recalled over rollaway risk Ford announced Wednesday that it would recall hundreds of thousands of Ford Fusion sedans for a shifter cable that could split and cause the car to roll away. 2020 Hyundai Elantra adds safety tech, to cost $19,870 New safety tech and a dropped standard manual transmission are the reasons for the...


2020 Toyota Highlander unveiled: Crossover SUV juices up with thrifty, 34-mpg hybrid

 

2020 Toyota Highlander, 2019 New York International Auto ShowWith the 2019 New York auto show debut Wednesday of its redesigned 2020 Highlander, Toyota hasn’t built the Prius of three-row crossover SUVs. The automaker’s 34-mpg combined fuel-economy estimate for the 2020 Highlander Hybrid comes close, however. That figure is a hefty 6 mpg higher than last year’s hybrid combined EPA test...

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...

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 debuts: Crossover SUV stamps its docs, returns to market

 

2019 Honda Passport, 2018 LA Auto ShowWith its 2019 Passport, Honda is back in the SUV game. The automaker revived the long-forgotten Passport name ahead of the 2018 LA auto show Tuesday as a new crossover SUV that slots between its compact CR-V and its three-row Pilot. The 2019 Honda Passport will hit dealers early next year with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a choice of front- or...

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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