• 2015 Kia Soul - Review

    Bengt Halvorson, thecarconnestion.com | Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

      The Soul continues for 2015 with only a handful of changes, after last year receiving its first complete redesign since its original introduction. The redesign was evolutionary, building on the Soul's unique place in the market. Kia also managed to address some of the boxy car's flaws in the process. Ride, handling, and comfort have been improved, there are more standard and available features, and the space-efficient design saw enhancements. The Soul defies categorization to some degree. It's a small hatchback, but it doesn't share the same swept-back profile that most small five-doors do. Instead, the Soul has a boxy profile and embraces its different look while capitalizing on it by providing more space for people

  • 2015 Chevrolet Volt - Review

    John Voelcker, thecarconnection.com | Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The 2015 Chevrolet Volt, now in its fifth model year, remains the first-ever high-volume electric car from General Motors. It's a five-door compact hatchback with four seats that combines around 40 miles of battery power with a small range-extending gasoline engine that produces electricity to give the Volt unlimited range for longer trips. This first-generation Volt remains a low-volume car, with roughly 23,000 sold in each of the last two years--or just slightly more than the number of Cruze compact sedans Chevy sells in a single month. Popular in states and regions with electric-car incentives, including California, the Volt remains a rarity in other regions.

  • 2014 Infiniti QX70: looks like a coupe but performs like a sports sedan

    BY ADAM GELL | Updated: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    I like Infiniti vehicles and when I was told I would have a new QX70 for an entire week of test-driving, I was thrilled.  Infiniti may not be the most luxurious of cars, but they certainly drip with a lot of those features that make you go ‘Uh-huh.’  So what is a QX70?  It is probably best described as an SUV hidden in a coupe-looking body with a sports sedan power plant under the hood.’ My test model was a 2014 model QX70 with a 3.7-liter V6 engine.  That V6 could push out 325 horsepower, which told me it could really get-up-and-go if it wanted to do so.  There was a 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control, although manual shifting there for those who like it.

  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata: accolades & more accolades is good for Hyundai

    BY ADAM GELL | Updated: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    The first press trip for media types was held in Alabama in June.  Then, a few weeks later, another 'ride-and-drive' event was held in the Memphis area.  Due to a conflict, I did not make the first one, but was privileged to be a part of the Memphis trip.  This new 2015 Sonata did not disappoint me.  It was great.   The new 2015 Hyundai Sonata is the 7th generation of this mid-size sedan.  Beginning with the 2011 model up through 2014, those six progressive generations received more than its share of awards.  Spokesman Brandon Ramirez commented, “Sonata has been a great success for the Hyundai brand.”  Over 200,000 have been sold up until now.

  • 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