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The Car Connection News Feed: 2022 Toyota Tundra and 2022 Audi A3 headline this week's new car reviews

The Top Zones - Wed, 10/20/2021 - 15:47
Toyota launched its first new Tundra pickup truck in 15 years and the hybrid leader expands its leadership into the pickup truck segment. Audi revitalized the entry-level luxury segment with the always good A3 and even better S3 sport sedans. Those two vehicles aren't all we tested in the past week, but they represent two ends of the spectrum of...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2022 Kia K5

The Top Zones - Wed, 10/20/2021 - 12:00
What kind of car is the 2022 Kia K5? What does it compare to? A five-seat sedan with a new face and a new name (formerly, it was the Optima), the 2022 Kia K5 competes with cars like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Hyundai Sonata. Is the 2022 Kia K5 a good car? Sold in LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX, and GT models, the K5’s especially good at...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2022 Jeep Compass

The Top Zones - Wed, 10/20/2021 - 04:01
What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Jeep Compass? What does it compare to? The 2022 Jeep Compass is a five-seat crossover SUV slotting between the slightly smaller Renegade and larger Cherokee. Its rivals include small crossovers such as the Subaru Crosstrek, Hyundai Kona, and Kia Seltos. Is the 2022 Jeep Compass a good car? The coarse powertrain is...
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The Car Connection News Feed: What's New for 2022: Acura

The Top Zones - Tue, 10/19/2021 - 15:45
Acura enters the 2022 model year at an inflection point. Honda's luxury arm redesigned the MDX three-row crossover SUV and refreshed the RDX compact crossover—its two bestsellers—but sold out the last iteration of its rare NSX supercar in hours. The comfy utility vehicles support the brand as it tries to reassert its affordable...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2022 Audi A3

The Top Zones - Tue, 10/19/2021 - 13:00
What kind of car is the 2022 Audi A3? What does it compare to? A subcompact sedan from a luxury automaker, the A3 reaches toward the mainstream like the BMW 2-Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class and CLA-Class. Is the 2022 Audi A3 a good car? The A3 is a fun little sedan with good looks, plenty of safety and interior technology, and peppy engines. We...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2022 Ford Bronco Sport

The Top Zones - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 12:22
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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The Car Connection News Feed: 2022 Kia Forte

The Top Zones - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 11:00
What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Kia Forte? What does it compare to? The Forte has a big cargo hold and room for five, but it’s not a crossover. The four-door rivals other sedans hanging on during the SUV onslaught; it’s aimed at cars like the Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, and Toyota Corolla. Is the 2022 Kia Forte a good car? Yes...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2022 Land Rover Range Rover

The Top Zones - Sat, 10/16/2021 - 11:00
What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Land Rover Range Rover? What does it compare to? The Range Rover created the luxury-SUV niche now filled with vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, BMW X7, and Cadillac Escalade. The Range Rover remains at the pinnacle; you’d have to spec out a Bentayga or a Cullinan to come close to its prestige, and...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2022 Audi E-Tron

The Top Zones - Fri, 10/15/2021 - 11:00
What kind of car is the 2022 Audi E-Tron? What does it compare to? The 2022 Audi E-Tron electric crossover SUV seats five. Offered in SUV or Sportback body styles, it’s a rival for the Tesla Model X. Is the 2022 Audi E-Tron a good car? Yes, just make sure you’re good with its range limitations. The E-Tron achieves the highest possible...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2022 Hyundai Elantra

The Top Zones - Thu, 10/14/2021 - 12:00
What kind of car is the 2022 Hyundai Elantra? What does it compare to? The 2022 Hyundai Elantra compact four-door casts a long styling shadow over rivals like the Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3. It’s brash on the outside, underbaked inside, but has a welter of powertrain choices that include a Hybrid with stellar EPA ratings. Is the 2022 Hyundai...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2022 Ford Maverick vs 2022 Nissan Frontier vs 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: A tale of 3 trucks

The Top Zones - Wed, 10/13/2021 - 14:00
Three new small pickup trucks have launched over the past three months, and we drove them all. Together, they tell us a lot about the U.S. market’s headlong scramble into trucks of all sizes and types. We think the 2022 Ford Maverick will be a smash hit, the 2022 Nissan Frontier should continue to sell the way it always has, and the new 2022...
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The Car Connection News Feed: Free wireless Apple CarPlay: Infiniti retrofits several 2020-2021 models

The Top Zones - Wed, 10/13/2021 - 11:00
Infiniti doubled down on equipping its new cars with wireless Apple CarPlay by offering owners of older cars the same convenience feature, the automaker announced Tuesday. Wireless Apple CarPlay may lure customers into dealerships to overcome the perennial problem of frustrating infotainment systems, according to successive annual surveys...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2021 Ford F-150 joins Ram 1500 with Top Safety Pick

The Top Zones - Tue, 10/12/2021 - 14:00
The redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck earned a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS, the insurance-industry funded safety agency announced Tuesday. The award applies for crew and extended cab models, but not the regular cab. The bestselling vehicle in the U.S. earned top "Good" marks on all six crash tests conducted by the IIHS. The...
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The Car Connection News Feed: First drive: 2022 Toyota Tundra tackles a Texas-sized problem of old age with a good new truck

The Top Zones - Tue, 10/12/2021 - 11:00
The state of Texas proudly plants one boot in its independent past and its other boot in a future built on individual freedoms. It’s a fitting setting to drive the new 2022 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck. Beyond San Antonio, not far from the backyard of Toyota Motor North American headquarters in Plano, I drove the new Tundra off-road...
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The Car Connection News Feed: What's New for 2022: Mazda

The Top Zones - Mon, 10/11/2021 - 16:25
Mazda's expansion continues in North America for 2022, with larger iterations of its crossover SUVs and more available sizes. The biggest news for Mazda in 2022 has the smallest impact: Sales of the Japanese brand's first electric vehicle, the MX-30, will be limited to California, initially, in limited numbers capped at 560 units. The model's...
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The Car Connection News Feed: Volvo recalls older S80, S60 sedans for airbag issue

The Top Zones - Mon, 10/11/2021 - 13:40
Volvo will be recalling 259,383 older sedans for an exploding airbag risk, the NHTSA disclosed on Monday. The issue is similar to the Takata airbag recall that has roiled the automotive industry and affected more than 67 million vehicles as the largest automotive recall in history. The Volvo airbags in question, however, came from a different...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2022 Audi A4

The Top Zones - Sat, 10/09/2021 - 12:00
What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Audi A4? What does it compare to? The 2022 A4 is a compact sedan and wagon lineup with plenty of high-tech luxury features and stellar turbocharged performance. Its traditional rivals include the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, though shoppers are equally likely to compare it to the Audi Q5 crossover SUV...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2022 Ford Maverick, 2022 Lexus NX showcase this week's new car reviews

The Top Zones - Fri, 10/08/2021 - 15:40
A hybrid pickup truck that costs only $20,000, a plug-in hybrid first from Lexus, and new flagship electric sedans highlight the latest new cars coming soon to dealer lots. It's an impressive crop of vehicles, with a broad spectrum in price, powertrains, and capability. Here's what we've been driving, and what's been moving us. 2022 Ford Maverick...
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The Car Connection News Feed: What's New for 2022: Alfa Romeo

The Top Zones - Fri, 10/08/2021 - 15:35
Alfa Romeo may just be getting started. Not long after the Italian performance brand returned to the U.S. in 2014, it seemed like its revival would be short-lived. Last year, the Italian luxury brand discontinued the 4C Spider, and speculation on the future of the Giulia sedan and related Stelvio compact crossover was bearish at best. Then parent...
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The Car Connection News Feed: Tesla hikes price of Model 3, Model Y by $2,000

The Top Zones - Thu, 10/07/2021 - 14:34
Tesla increased the price of the Model 3 compact sedan and related Model Y compact crossover this week. The base price of each electric vehicle increases by $2,000, and that follows a $1,000 price hike in July. The Performance trims of each model also increase by $1,000. The Model 3 Standard Range Plus with a single motor, rear-wheel drive, and...
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