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First drive: The 2020 Hyundai Venue sets a small but splashy stage

2020 Hyundai Venue (Australian spec)I struggle with sentience while a hotel clerk tells me there are four Australian accents: university, city, Western Australia, and everywhere else. None of them make sense at 9 a.m., not after a 24-hour ride over the ocean for a first drive in the 2020 Hyundai Venue. Hyundai chose Australia’s Sunshine Coast for this first drive because Oz is...

2020 Ford Escape

2020 Ford EscapeThe 2020 Ford Escape crossover SUV whistles into a new model year with three distinct personalities. There’s the thrifty turbo-3 model, an engaging turbo-4 hustler, and a hybrid (and plug-in hybrid) for anyone with strong feelings about visiting the Wawa more than once a week (we recommend the donuts). This Escape flips and reverses its...

How active safety features work, 2.3 Mustang handles a 5.0, Amazon places huge Rivian order: What's New @ The Car Connection

IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection testWhat are active safety features and how do they work? From automatic emergency braking to lane keeping assist, active safety features are confusing drivers even as they come in more vehicles. 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid overview The 2020 Ford Escape compact crossover hybrid is poised to hit a fuel-economy high. Tesla Model 3 finally earns top safety...

What are active safety features and how do they work?

IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection testSafety has always been a top concern for car shoppers. Recently, it has become a source of frustration. Nearly a quarter of car shoppers who bought or leased a model year 2019 vehicle found the technology to be annoying or bothersome, according to a J.D. Power study of more than 20,000 consumers within the first 90 days of ownership. Many of the...

Tesla Model 3 finally earns brand's IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

Tesla Model 3 crashThe Tesla Model 3 has earned a Top Safety Pick+ award in crash-test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Model 3 electric vehicle earned top “Good” ratings on all six crash tests, as well as a “Good” rating for its headlights from the nation's most rigorous crash-testing authority. It is the...

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid arrives, Jeep Gladiator recall, 5-star rating decoded: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid crossover debuts with more efficient powertrain Honda offers a new hybrid in the 2020 CR-V compact crossover to compete with the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid and 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Jeep tells dealers to stop selling certain 2020 Gladiator models until driveshaft fixed Consumers looking to buy a 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup...

Jeep tells dealers to stop selling certain 2020 Gladiator models until driveshaft fixed

2020 Jeep GladiatorConsumers looking to buy a 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup may have to wait. Parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issued a recall for the popular new model and told dealers to stop selling certain Gladiators until a fix can be made on the rear driveshaft. On Sept. 5, FCA issued a voluntary recall for 2020 Jeep Gladiators built from Dec. 15, 2018...

New 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid crossover debuts with more efficient powertrain for popular utility

2020 Honda CR-V HybridOne of the most popular crossovers now has one of the most efficient powertrain options. Honda announced Wednesday its 2020 CR-V compact crossover would offer a hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive, making it the first hybrid crossover offered by the automaker in the U.S. and the first all-wheel-drive hybrid from Honda. The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid...

2020 Ford Escape vs. 2019 Honda CR-V: Compare Cars

2020 Ford EscapeShoppers flock to compact crossover SUVs like the 2020 Ford Escape and the 2019 Honda CR-V for good reason. They’re right-sized for daily commutes and long-distance getaways alike. They’re right-priced, too, and efficient and flexible. They’re outfitted with excellent safety and technology. One’s better in the overall TCC...

Review update: The 2019 Honda Passport is the tweener SUV

2019 Honda PassportIf the Pilot is too large and the CR-V’s too small, then Honda has a “new” mid-size crossover SUV for you: the 2019 Passport. I use the term “new” loosely because the Passport name has been with us before, (remember the ‘90s?) and most of the “new” Passport is ported over from the Pilot, which...

Nissan forges the same path with 2020 Pathfinder

2020 Nissan PathfinderThe 2020 Nissan Pathfinder will lumber down the same path it's been on since 2017, when it was last updated. While other automakers have ushered in new models to compete for three-row buyers—redesigns and new launches for 2020 alone include the new Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander—Nissan seems content...

2020 Ford Escape review, Tesla Model S Plaid on Nurburgring, VW's electric vehicles: What's New @ The Car Connection

2020 Ford Escape2020 Ford Escape first drive With turbocharged and hybrid powertrains in its lineup, the redesigned 2020 Ford Escape asks drivers to choose their fighter. We surprised ourselves by preferring the Hybrid. Compare: 2020 Ford Escape versus 2019 Toyota RAV4 The redesigned 2020 Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 are compact-crossovers titans with great fuel...

Ford recalls sedans and crossovers affected by road salt

2016 Ford EdgeRoad salt can corrode the electric power steering mechanism in certain Ford and Lincoln models, Ford announced in a recall. The 2013-2016 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ mid-size sedans, as well as the 2015-2016 Ford Edge and 2016 Lincoln MKX five-seat crossovers were listed in the recall. The recall was specific to vehicles originally sold or...

Last wave: Chevrolet cancels Malibu Hybrid sedan for 2020

2019 Chevrolet MalibuThe most efficient sedan in Chevrolet's lineup won't return for 2020. The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will be discontinued after the 2019 model year, Chevy spokesman Kevin Kelly confirmed to The Car Connection this week. The mid-size Malibu sedan will be offered with a 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter turbo-4 for 2020. The Chevy Malibu Hybrid returned 46 mpg...

GM recalls 2018 Chevy Malibu with turbo engine

2018 Chevrolet MalibuGeneral Motors is recalling certain 2018 Chevy Malibu mid-size sedans equipped with 1.5-liter turbo-4 engines. A software error can prevent the engine from starting and, in rare cases, the car can stall while running and increase the risk of a crash. The software error in the engine control module (ECM) disables the fuel injectors, which is a...

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