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  • 2014 Audi Allroad - Review

    BENGT HALVORSON, thecarconnection.com | Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Take a family-friendly crossover and splice in an energetic on-the-road attitude more like that of a sport sedan and you end up with the brawny, eminently useful 2014 Audi Allroad.

  • 2014 Ford C-Max - Review

    BENGT HALVORSON, thecarconnection.com | Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    The 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi are dedicated hybrids -- meaning you won't find a simple, non-hybrid version out there. They aim their sights directly at the Toyota Prius (and Prius Plug-In), and definitely offer more driving enjoyment than the iconic Toyota hybrid. In size and shape, the Ford C-Max pretty much splits the difference between the Prius Liftback and the more family-oriented Prius V wagon. At the same time, it's built on Ford Focus underpinnings, so it's essentially a tall-wagon version of that Ford subcompact.

  • 2015 Hyundai Genesis going more upscale, but no turbocharged engine for the coupe

    by ALAN GELL | Updated: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    The Hyundai Genesis has been a very traditional designed car and a good selling vehicle for the Korean motor company.  However, sales have dropped very noticeably during the first few months of 2014.  Perhaps the new 2015 will be a turning point and bump sales up where they need to be.  Letting go of the 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine may be a big part of the turn-around.

  • Movie Review: 'The Fault in Our Stars'

    By Roger Moore, MCT Services | Published: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    Sweet, cute to the point of cutesy, it’s a weeper about doomed teenagers who meet in a cancer patients support group and dare to fall in love.

  • 2014 Chevrolet Corvette - Review

    Nelson Ireson, thecarconnection.com | Updated: Thu, May 22, 2014

    The all-new, seventh-generation 2014 Chevrolet Corvette has an edgy new design that's still instantly recognizable as a Corvette, plus a new engine line, and the promise of even better handling and performance thanks to weight reduction, improvements to the chassis, and more. What does it all add up to? That the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe and Convertible might just have the right stuff for sports car fans all around the world. At the heart of the 2014 Corvette Stingray is a new LT1 V-8 engine. While it displaces the same 6.2 liters as the previous base Corvette’s LS3, the LT1 is lighter, more powerful, and more fuel efficient.

  • 2014 Hyundai Genesis - Review

    Bengt Halvorson, thecarconnection.com | Updated: Thu, May 15, 2014

    The Hyundai Genesis has led the turnaround for a brand once best known for economy cars, low pricing, and features for the money. And with a focus on things like styling, ambiance, and refinement, the 2014 Genesis remains an interesting alternative to both luxury-badged sedans and high-end mainstream models. Although the mostly unrelated Genesis Coupe follows a different, more muscled performance tack, the brand has more recently followed up with its Equus sedan—an even more ambitious (and larger) luxury sedan. And those models have in played a more upscale chord that's reverberated throughout the lineup—and turned the brand into a sales powerhouse. We expect the brand to again step up its game with the all-new

  • 2014 Fiat 500L: a fun car for a low price

    By ALAN GELL, Automotive Journalist | Updated: Mon, May 5, 2014

    Italian design, Italian brands, Italian fashions, and most of all, Italian cars are all romanced around the world and into our memory banks.  The Fiat car has taken the U.S. market by storm and about a year ago, the Italian automaker added to their portfolio by introducing their new 'L' model. I had my first chance to see the new Fiat 500L at the 2013 Dallas Auto Show, followed by a media event ride-and-drive.  After a year-long wait, I finally had a week-long test-drive of the 500L which proved everything I had hoped for in this little car. The Fiat 500L is two feet longer than the regular 500 and is a four-door model.  This offers 42 percent more interior space, allows more comfortable seating, and can

  • 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek - Review

    JOHN VOELCKER, thecarconnection.com, Senior Editor | Updated: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek, now in its second year on the market, has single-handedly defined a new category of all-wheel-drive vehicles in the U.S. market, which you might call the compact-hatchback crossover utility vehicle. With higher ground clearance, bigger tires, and a few mechanical upgrades added to body cladding and other styling changes that turn a base Impreza five-door hatchback into a remarkably different-looking vehicle, the Crosstrek enters 2014 with a new powertrain option: Subaru's first-ever hybrid. The only other car that offered that particular combination was the Suzuki SX4, and Suzki no longer sells in the U.S. at all.

  • 2014 Ford Explorer: Old school is gone, new is here

    by ALAN GELL | Updated: Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    Consumers, especially car-buyers, recognize brand names and identify with them. The F-150 and Mustang are instantly identified as a Ford. Number three on Ford's recognition list is the Explorer. This popular SUV is not a truck, but a crossover. The Ford Explorer offers so much more than it has in the past. My teenage granddaughter is currently learning to drive. My son-in-law drives an older model Explorer, which is well-cared-for and nicely equipped. When my granddaughter rode in the test-drive model with my wife and I, she was almost overwhelmed. The exterior is more streamlined, as was expected, but the interior is so much more updated and has so many advanced technical features, she was not sure she was really in an

  • 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

    by Bengt Halvorson, thecarconnection.com | Updated: Fri, Feb 21, 2014

    The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 sets a new, no-compromise direction for serious work or play, it's been completely refreshed this year. The Silverado gets an upright, chiseled look inside and out; strong yet more fuel-efficient lineup of engines; quieter, more refined cabins; and noteworthy set of safety and infotainment technology—and it all simultaneously nods to the looks of buff Chevy HD trucks while adding a luxury-car feature set to the top of the lineup. And it’s been a long time coming; GM has given its lineup of full-size pickups a serious revamp for the first time since the 2007 model year. At first glance, you’re not likely to find the exterior of these trucks particularly revolutionary, but so goes the (very

  • 2015 Volvo S60

    John Voelcker, thecarconnection.com | Updated: Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    If you still think about Volvos as tall, square wagons, the 2015 Volvo S60 will come as a shock. This sport sedan combines traditional Volvo virtues like straightforward interiors and outstanding safety with a sleek shape and more than one high-performing powertrain option. You'd better hit reset on your preconceptions, because today's S60 is the snappy, safety-minded harbinger of Swedish cars to come. Slightly restyled and re-equipped last year, the S60 gets two new engine options for 2015 that combine more power and better acceleration with far higher fuel-economy ratings than the ones they replaced.

  • 2014 Scion FR-S

    by Nelson Ireson, thecarconnestion.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 31, 2014

    Light, agile, and affordable, the 2014 Scion FR-S is a true enthusiast's car. It's among the most engaging, fun-to-drive cars available at any price, and it moves into its second model year largely unchanged. The FR-S isn't your typical Scion. Economy and practicality are still evident, but they're not the priority. Instead, the Toyota-styled, Subaru-built sports car is engineered from the ground up to be fun. Simple surfaces and classic proportions give the outline of the FR-S. Details at the nose and tail give a modern, aerodynamic look to the car. Inside, the 2014 Scion FR-S is basic, but well-built and handsome, if not quite beautiful. Under the hood you'll find a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine rated

  • 2014 Volkswagen Beetle

    by Nelson Ireson, thecarconnestion.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 24, 2014

    The Volkswagen Beetle was redesigned two years ago to better suit both male and female buyers--the rounded, friendly looks of the previous model found mostly women drawn to its shape. Best of all, it's no corny retro-themed recreation, but a reinterpretation of the original Beetle's aesthetic. The first Beetle was a charmer in its own right, but its day is long past. The New Beetle that replaced it met almost universal acclaim for its design when introduced, but didn't stand the test of time. Now, the third time around, the Beetle appears to have hit its stride once again, taking the best of its forebears and building on them. Wanting to draw in more male buyers, the Beetle's look has grown more masculine, especially with the