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The Car Connection News Feed: Ford Explorer recalled for risk of rolling away while parked

The Top Zones - Mon, 05/02/2022 - 15:10
The latest Ford Explorer is getting recalled again, the NHTSA disclosed over the weekend. A rear axle bolt can fracture when in drive, and cause the driveshaft to disconnect. The SUV can then roll away when it is in park without the electronic parking brake applied. More than 250,000 Ford Explorer and Explorer Police Interceptor vehicles are...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2023 Acura Integra and Kia Niro top this week's new car news and previews

The Top Zones - Sat, 04/30/2022 - 15:30
The return of the Acura Integra comes with a reasonable price that tops out below $37,000. We take a closer look at the redesigned Kia Niro and peruse changes to Audi's 2023 lineup. The most interesting news this week was a report of two new three-row SUVs in the Toyota Lexus lineup. Here's what we're picking up from what they're laying down. 2023...
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The Car Connection News Feed: What's New for 2023: Audi

The Top Zones - Fri, 04/29/2022 - 12:00
Audi ramps up for the 2023 model year with more standard equipment across its lineup of tech-forward luxury cars and SUVs, and a planned expansion of its E-Tron brand of electric vehicles. Audi's been pushing for matrix LED headlights for some time, and thanks to U.S. regulators finally relaxing an arcane rule separating high beams from low beams...
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The Car Connection News Feed: Toyota Grand Highlander, Lexus TX 3-row SUVs expected by 2024

The Top Zones - Wed, 04/27/2022 - 15:40
Toyota and Lexus will continue to grow its three-row SUV lineup, according to a report from Automotive News. Two new SUVs expected to arrive next year for the 2024 model year will seat up to eight passengers and slot as the largest vehicles built on a unibody platform in the Toyota family. Toyota Motors North America would not comment on future...
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The Car Connection News Feed: IIHS: 2022 Volkswagen Taos falters on safety standards

The Top Zones - Tue, 04/26/2022 - 14:00
The 2022 Volkswagen Taos small crossover earned middling results on two key crash tests conducted by the IIHS, the insurance industry-funded safety agency announced Tuesday. The new crossover failed to earn a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award, which are widely considered to be the most rigorous independent safety recognition in the US. The...
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The Car Connection News Feed: Test drive: 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 still reigns

The Top Zones - Mon, 04/25/2022 - 15:50
The bold and the beautiful still airs on the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450. With all the style and none of the drama of a certain soap opera, the seven-seat SUV formerly known as the GL has been giving luxury car shoppers a full-size option since 2006. The GLS-Class fends off relative upstarts such as the BMW X7 and redesigned 2022 Lexus LX600, while...
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The Car Connection News Feed: Faulty wipers force Ford to recall 650,000 newer SUVs and trucks

The Top Zones - Fri, 04/22/2022 - 15:38
Ford is recalling 652,996 newer trucks and full-size SUVs for front windshield wiper arms that can come loose, detach, or stop working, the NHTSA disclosed on Friday. A faulty or missing wiper arm could reduce visibility and increase the risk of a crash. Affected vehicles include the 2020-2021 Ford F-150 pickup truck, and the 2020-2021 Ford...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2023 Lexus RZ and Mercedes EQS SUV top this week's news and new car reviews

The Top Zones - Fri, 04/22/2022 - 11:00
After a flurry of product debuts at the onset of the New York International Auto Show last week, some momentum carried over into Earth Day this week with the launch of the latest electric cars. The 2023 Lexus RZ is more accessible than the latest in the Mercedes-Benz EQ lineup, but the 2023 EQS SUV can seat seven in luxury. We test drove and...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2022 Kia EV6 vs 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5: Compare Electric Cars

The Top Zones - Thu, 04/21/2022 - 15:35
The Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 share an electric crossover platform, but it would be hard to discern it on the outside. The latest and hottest electric vehicles are twins solely in the fraternal sense. The little differences and distinct personalities add up, but with 800-volt DC fast-charging, vehicle-to-vehicle charging, good value, and...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2022 Kia EV6 vs 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5: Compare Electric Cars

The Top Zones - Thu, 04/21/2022 - 15:35
The Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 share an electric crossover platform, but it would be hard to discern it on the outside. The latest and hottest electric vehicles are twins solely in the fraternal sense. The little differences and distinct personalities add up, but with 800-volt DC fast-charging, vehicle-to-vehicle charging, good value, and...
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The Car Connection News Feed: Newer Toyota and Lexus hybrids recalled for stability control issue

The Top Zones - Thu, 04/21/2022 - 13:58
Toyota and Lexus will recall 458,054 hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles for a stability control glitch, the NHTSA disclosed Thursday. The sweeping recall requires only a software update to the braking electronic control unit. If the driver turns off the vehicle stability control system to go drifting in his hybrid crossover or minivan, then leaves...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2023 Lexus RZ

The Top Zones - Thu, 04/21/2022 - 11:00
What kind of vehicle is the 2023 Lexus RZ? What does it compare to? The RZ is the brand’s first dedicated electric vehicle with no gas-powered counterpart. Sharing a platform with the Toyota BZ4X, the electric compact crossover will compete in a growing premium segment, from the Volvo C40 and related Polestar 2 to the Tesla Model Y and...
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The Car Connection News Feed: Test drive: 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve climbs to luxurious heights

The Top Zones - Wed, 04/20/2022 - 13:00
Grand takes on new meaning with the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee. With its first full redesign since 2011, the Grand Cherokee becomes more of everything: It’s larger, more capable, more technologically advanced, more efficient with the 4xe plug-in hybrid variant, and more than anything, it’s more luxurious. And more expensive, of course...
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The Car Connection News Feed: Mercedes-Benz issues two recalls for fire risk in SUVs and faulty rearview cameras

The Top Zones - Tue, 04/19/2022 - 14:02
Mercedes-Benz will recall its larger new SUVs for an increased fire risk, as well as many newer model sedans, coupes, convertibles, and wagons for a faulty rearview camera projection that can be remedied with a software update, the NHTSA disclosed on Tuesday. Fire recall In many newer Mercedes-Benz SUVs equipped with a mild-hybrid system, a ground...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

The Top Zones - Tue, 04/19/2022 - 10:00
What kind of vehicle is the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV? What does it compare to? The electric-only EQS SUV—in EQS 450+ SUV and EQS 580 4Matic SUV trims—carries up to seven people, can come with a wow-worthy digital-heavy interior, and has the performance, too. It’s a rival for vehicles like the Tesla Model X, the Audi E-Tron, the...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2023 Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade headline this week's new car reviews

The Top Zones - Sat, 04/16/2022 - 11:00
The 2022 New York International Show gave automakers the stage to reveal updates to some of their most popular and largest SUVs this week. Kia debuted the refreshed 2023 Telluride three-row SUV as well as the redesigned 2023 Kia Niro and its three electrified powertrains. Hyundai launched the 2023 Palisade three-row SUV, and BMW debuted its...
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The Car Connection News Feed: Affordable EVs? How 2023 Toyota BZ4X measures up in price to other electric crossovers

The Top Zones - Fri, 04/15/2022 - 15:53
Drive impressions and pricing are in for the 2023 Toyota BZ4X, which is Toyota's first battery electric vehicle since the RAV4 EV was discontinued in 2014. Much has changed in that time, and while Toyota has remained the hybrid leader, it's now playing catchup to rival electric crossovers, including the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4...
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The Car Connection News Feed: Nearly 600,000 Tesla models recalled for Boombox interference

The Top Zones - Thu, 04/14/2022 - 15:22
The NHTSA challenged Tesla's unconventional features yet again for interfering with federal vehicle safety standards. The agency on Tuesday found the pedestrian warning system mandated on all hybrid and electric vehicles to be noncompliant on Tesla models equipped with the Boombox function. Boombox enables Tesla owners to broadcast sound outside...
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The Car Connection News Feed: 2022 Lexus NX

The Top Zones - Thu, 04/14/2022 - 14:00
What kind of car is the 2022 Lexus NX? What does it compare to? The 2022 Lexus NX is a five-seat crossover SUV that’s been revamped for the new model year with a dramatic shape, a plug-in hybrid model, and a massive touchscreen-driven infotainment system. It’s a competitor for vehicles like the Acura RDX, Infiniti QX50, and Cadillac...
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The Car Connection News Feed: Honda discontinues Insight, confirms Civic Hybrid

The Top Zones - Thu, 04/14/2022 - 13:58
Honda will discontinue production of the Insight hybrid sedan in June, and begin ramping up hybrid variants of the 2023 CR-V compact crossover and 2023 Accord mid-size sedan this year, the automaker announced Thursday. The big news is the announcement of a Civic Hybrid sometime "in the future." “Making the volume leader of our core models...
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