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Ford Mustang joins millions of other cars recalled for rearview camera issue

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 02/28/2022 - 14:52
The Ford Mustang joins a growing list of cars with rearview camera projections that fail to meet the safety standards of the NHTSA. Certain 2015-2017 Mustangs have loose or damaged wiring that can result in a distorted image or the lack of an image on screen when the car is in reverse, Ford disclosed last week. The NHTSA says that the faulty...
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What is an IIHS Top Safety Pick and why does it matter?

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 02/28/2022 - 14:45
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced its 2022 Top Safety Picks last week, but what does it mean for new car shoppers? This year marks a critical time in automotive safety assessment as the IIHS plans to toughen its criteria in the wake of record traffic and pedestrian fatalities. As more automakers equip their cars to meet the...
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First drive: 2022 Volkswagen Golf R weathers the storm

The Car Connection News Feed - Sun, 02/27/2022 - 13:00
The 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R represent the freshest choices in a withering class of hot hatchbacks. While we await the redesigned Subaru WRX STi and Honda Civic Type R, and hope that Hyundai doesn’t cancel the excellent Veloster N, deciding between the two Golfs reflects a gulf between wants and needs. A nicely equipped GTI costs...
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Safety awards and concerns top this week's news

The Car Connection News Feed - Sat, 02/26/2022 - 12:00
With large recalls and another widespread investigation launched by the NHTSA this week, as well as the 2022 Top Safety Pick awards announcement, it felt like safety week at The Car Connection. Two new compact crossovers got priced for 2023, and we revisit the underwhelming Cadillac XT6 three-row SUV. Some weeks, that's how it goes. Here's what...
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Ford recalls nearly 250,000 Super Duty trucks for fractured driveshaft

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 02/25/2022 - 15:37
Ford is recalling the 2017-2022 Ford Super Duty pickup truck for a potential fracture in the aluminum driveshaft. The recall encompasses 247,445 extended cab and crew cab F-250 and F-350 models equipped with gas engines, according to a notice posted by the NHTSA on Wednesday. Heat and noise insulators in the underbody of the heavy duty trucks can...
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2023 Kia Sportage preview

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 02/25/2022 - 14:00
What kind of vehicle is the 2023 Kia Sportage? What does it compare to? The Sportage is a compact crossover SUV that grows in size and features for the latest generation. With seating for five as well as hybrid and off-road models, the Sportage rivals vehicles such as the related Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape. Is the 2023 Kia...
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Honda CR-V, Accord investigated for sudden braking complaints

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 02/24/2022 - 14:57
The NHTSA is investigating 1.7 million Honda vehicles for complaints of sudden and unintended braking, according to a report published Thursday by Automotive News. Owners of the 2018-2019 Honda Accord have filed 107 complaints, and owners of the 2017-2019 Honda CR-V have filed 171 complaints for the automatic emergency braking system activating...
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Volvo, Genesis sweep 2022 Top Safety Pick+ awards

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 02/24/2022 - 05:01
For the 2022 model year, more automakers built their cars to better withstand and avoid crashes, according to the latest ratings announced Thursday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A total of 65 models earned a 2022 Top Safety Pick+ designation, which is considered the most rigorous independent safety rating in the automotive...
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Volvo, Genesis sweep 2022 Top Safety Pick+ award

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 02/24/2022 - 05:01
For the 2022 model year, more automakers built their cars to better withstand and avoid crashes, according to the latest ratings announced Thursday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A total of 65 models earned a 2022 Top Safety Pick+ designation, which is considered the most rigorous independent safety rating in the automotive...
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What's New for 2022: Kia

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 02/23/2022 - 13:00
Kia's electrified future gathers momentum across the lineup in 2022. The launch of the EV6 electric crossover leads the way, riding on a modular platform that will underpin a family of forthcoming electric vehicles from Kia, Hyundai, and Genesis. A bridge to that imminent future extends with plug-in hybrid versions of some of the brand's...
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2023 Mazda CX-50 ranges in price from $28,000 to nearly $43,000

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 02/22/2022 - 16:49
Mazda's newest vehicle arrives with a broad price delta and a staggered lineup encompassing ten trim levels that straddle the mainstream and premium markets. The 2023 Mazda CX-50 crossover SUV starts at $28,025, including a $1,225 destination fee, but ranges to $42,775 for the 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus, Mazda announced Tuesday. Sharing a platform...
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Review update: 2022 Cadillac XT6 fails to imprint a strong impression

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 02/21/2022 - 13:00
The Cadillac XT6 has a problem: It’s a lackluster crossover SUV in a cutthroat premium segment that includes the lounge-like Lincoln Aviator and gorgeous Volvo XC90. Despite being a milquetoast option, the three-row SUV still has some surprising details that ever so slightly redeem it for family hauling duties, though certainly not for...
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Review update: 2022 Cadillac XT6 fails to imprint an strong impression

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 02/21/2022 - 13:00
The Cadillac XT6 has a problem: It’s a lackluster crossover SUV in a cutthroat premium segment that includes the lounge-like Lincoln Aviator and gorgeous Volvo XC90. Despite being a milquetoast option, the three-row SUV still has some surprising details that ever so slightly redeem it for family hauling duties, though certainly not for...
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Subaru, Tesla dominate this week's news at The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Sat, 02/19/2022 - 12:00
Subaru benefited from good news this week, while Tesla did not. Improved reliability and minor price increases on its latest model reflected well on the small but strong Japanese automaker, while another investigation and poor performance scores on its latest models bogged down the press on the American electric vehicle maker. Here's the hits from...
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Newer Tesla models investigated for sudden braking complaints

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 02/18/2022 - 16:30
Tesla vehicles are under regulatory safety scrutiny once again, the Automotive News reported Thursday. The NHTSA opened a probe to investigate widespread owner complaints of sudden braking in the 2021-2022 Tesla Model 3 compact sedan and Model Y compact crossover. The probe, which often times elicits a voluntary recall from automakers, encompasses...
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2022 Audi A8

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 02/18/2022 - 12:00
What kind of car is the 2022 Audi A8? What does it compare to? The A8 is a full-size sedan that takes on some of the best, most opulent cars on the planet, such as the BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Porsche Panamera. Is the 2022 Audi A8 a good car? The Audi A8 is a wonderful car that’s packed with power, comfort, and technology in...
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Subaru climbs, Tesla falls in Consumer Reports’ top brands of 2022

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 02/17/2022 - 16:55
Subaru climbed to the top spot in Consumer Reports' annual rankings of 32 automotive brands, while Tesla suffered the biggest drop from last year, falling seven spots that resulted in a 23rd-place ranking. Six of the top 10 brands were Japanese makes, and the top 10 cars by category ranged from the Nissan Sentra to the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the...
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Review update: 2022 Nissan Leaf shows two sides to every leaf

The Car Connection News Feed - Thu, 02/17/2022 - 15:00
I respect the Nissan Leaf even though it’s only recommendable for its value. The respect comes easy. Initially launched at the end of 2010 with a range of 73 miles, Nissan proved to the world that you could build and sell an affordable electric vehicle. More than a decade later, most automakers still aspire to fulfill this promise. I respect...
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2022 Ford Bronco Sport

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 02/16/2022 - 14:24
What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport? What does it compare to? The Bronco Sport compact crossover SUV fills the space between the curvy car-adjacent Escape and the bricklike, truck-based Bronco. It’s a rival for vehicles like the Jeep Compass and Cherokee and the Subaru Crosstrek. Is the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport a good SUV?...
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2022 Kia Seltos

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 02/16/2022 - 14:21
What kind of car is the 2022 Kia Seltos? What does it compare to? The Seltos anchors Kia’s crossover lineup with a five-seater with available all-wheel drive, which the smaller Soul lacks. With that feature and crisp styling, the 2022 Seltos also sports a smart base price of $23,665. Rivals include the Hyundai Kona, Kia Soul, and Subaru...
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