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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...


2020 Toyota Camry TRD costs $31,995

 

2020 Toyota Camry TRDThe sport-tuned 2020 Toyota Camry TRD will start at $31,995 (including a $955 destination fee), making it cheaper than other V-6 variants of the long-running family sedan. Toyota has't formally announced pricing for the Camry TRD, but the company's 2020-model-year order guide for the Camry includes pricing for all available variants, the TRD...

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV gets 21-mile range bump, to 259 miles

 

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVChevrolet announced Thursday that its 2020 Bolt EV is getting a 21-mile bump in range, bringing its total up to 259 miles---an almost-10-percent increase compared to the 2019 model. The additional range comes from an adjustment to the Bolt EV's battery chemistry, which resulted in a 10% improvement in the pack's capacity---from 60 kwh to 66. EVs...

Decades of engineering preceded the milliseconds before this Honda was crashed

 

Honda safety demonstrationHidden in crumpled metal, rippled hoods, shattered wheels, and smeared paint, Honda engineers have found order. Order exists all around them, of course. The research and design center near Columbus, Ohio, coats cold office space with white paint and lots of sterile concrete, hard walls, and inanimate dummies. Every worker wears a white coat to...

2020 Honda Civic Si gets updated looks, performance tweaks

 

2020 Honda Civic SiThe perky Honda Civic Si is getting a handful of tweaks for the 2020 model year, including some nip-and-tuck styling updates and a shorter final-drive ratio for better performance. In the design department, the 2020 Civic Si sedan and coupe get only minor updates to keep the styling fresh. Up front, the grille has been tweaked and new body-colored...

2019 Volvo S90, XC90 awarded IIHS Top Safety Pick

 

2019 Volvo XC90Volvo scored two more Top Safety Pick awards for its 2019 lineup, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced Thursday. This round of awards goes to the S90 sedan and the XC90 SUV. Both vehicles were penalized for the subpar performance of their optional curve-following headlights, which actually fared worse in IIHS testing than...

New car buyers avoid electric cars because of cost, range, infrastructure, according to report

 

2020 Kia Soul EV first drive  -  South Korea  -  April 2019More than 1,500 car shoppers said they avoid electric cars because they're too expensive, don't offer a usable range, or because they don't have access to a charger, a new report found. The survey, conducted by Autolist.com, collected responses from 1,567 car shoppers and asked shoppers the reasons why they would or would not consider an electric...

2020 Ford Escape price, 2020 Honda Civic Si detailed, California's emissions deal: What's New @ The Car Connection

 

2020 Ford Escape, 2019 New York International Auto ShowNew 2020 Ford Escape crossover costs $26,080 and keeps going from there The redesigned crossover is more car-like and bigger, without a dramatic price increase. Electric 2020 Porsche Taycan debuts native Apple Music streaming service Apple and Porsche announced the first native application of the streaming service in a production vehicle. New car...

Electric 2020 Porsche Taycan debuts native Apple Music streaming service

 

Porsche TaycanPorsche announced Tuesday that its first fully electric vehicle will be the first car available with native Apple Music baked into the infotainment system. The automaker's announcement also gave us our earliest glimpse of the Porsche Taycan's interior as part of the tie-up with the tech company. The 2020 Porsche Taycan will offer the streaming...

New 2020 Ford Escape crossover costs $26,080 and keeps going from there

 

2020 Ford Escape, 2019 New York International Auto ShowThe redesigned 2020 Ford Escape crossover will cost at least $26,080, including mandatory destination charges, when it goes on sale later this fall, about $250 more than the outgoing model. The new Escape's price was first reported by Motor1. The 2020 Ford Escape SE is powered by a 1.5-liter turbo-3 that makes 180 horsepower and shifts power to...

2020 Lincoln Aviator rated, Mercedes-Benz electric van revealed, Apple-Porsche tie-up: What's New @ The Car Connection

 

2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring2020 Lincoln Aviator full review We rate the new luxury SUV at 7.0 overall thanks to a comfortable interior and a good-looking exterior. Power, efficiency, reality all catch up with 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Why pick a turbodiesel light-duty pickup? The answer won't be the same for all buyers. More than 100K 2015 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ sedans...

Kia sharply discounting Stingers to challenge rivals

 

2019 Kia StingerKia Stingers already have plenty of power to move, but they haven't been moving off dealer lots and now Kia is pricing them to move quicker. Our partners at CarDirect found a dealer incentive of up to $3,000 on some Stinger models, but there's a catch. According to CarsDirect, the $3,000 is dealer-incentive cash, which may not be passed along to...

Power, efficiency, reality all catch up with 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

 

2020 Ram 1500 EcoDieselFor 2020, Ram isn’t letting off the gas—or maybe I should say “accelerator.” The 2020 Ram 1500 marks the return of the EcoDiesel engine under the hood of the automaker’s light-duty pickup truck. With a $4,995 price premium (or $3,000 over the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 e-Torque mild-hybrid) the burning question for the diesel...

More than 100K 2015 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ sedans recalled for seat belts that can erode

 

2015 Ford Fusion HybridFord announced last week that it would recall more than 100,000 2015 Ford Fusion and 2015 Lincoln MKZ sedans for seat belt fasteners that could erode and fail to hold occupants in place in a crash. The automaker said it was aware of one injury caused by the faulty seat belts. In a statement, Ford said that 2015 Fusion sedans built between Aug. 1...

Updated 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is the practical pick with the heart of an enthusiast

 

2020 Honda Civic HatchbackCompact hatchbacks get a bad wrap as soulless econoboxes. Perhaps that's why fewer Americans buy them each year and run toward crossovers like they're In-N-Out Burger. (Eds note: Crossovers are basically hatchbacks on stilts, but we won't tell anyone else.) The 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback is one of the few remaining dedicated hatchbacks on sale...

2020 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel has a price, Bond car sells for more than $6M, electric VW Buggy driven: What's New @ The Car Connection

 

2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup trucks priced from $38,585 The turbodiesel is a $3,000 upgrade from V-8-powered trucks, $4,995 upcharge from the V-6. The 2020 Nissan Versa tests the limits of content in a value-driven segment Nissan's subcompact sedan remains less expensive than many rivals, but is that still enough? 2020 Toyota Corolla Nightshade...


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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