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  1. 2019 BMW X5 named Top Safety Pick+ with optional headlights The IIHS last week gave the 2019 BMW X5 top marks for its crashworthiness, active safety tech, and optional headlights. Chicago police arrest 16 people for stealing cars from Daimler car-sharing service Police say that the car-theft ring stole the cars, but didn't specify how. Car2Go...View the full article
  2. The insurance industry-funded IIHS last week named the 2019 BMW X5 the latest recipient of its coveted Top Safety Pick+ award. The luxury SUV aced all six crash tests and scored top-rated "Good" marks in each category, including the trickier passenger-side small overlap front test. Vehicles must also earn a "Superior" rating for crash-avoidance...View the full article
  3. Sixteen people have been arrested in Chicago and are accused of stealing as many as 100 vehicles from Daimler's carsharing service Car2Go. The carsharing service features numerous Mercedes-Benz and Smart vehicles to rent and the company said in a tweet that the cars were stolen via a "fraud" issue. Few details have been provided on what type of...View the full article
  4. Luxury automaker BMW will recall 184,505 vehicles, including sedans, wagons, and coupes, for a fire risk. The brand filed documents with the NHTSA on April 4 that named the 2006 model year BMW 5-Series, 3-Series, Z4 coupe as the affected models. BMW estimates only 1 percent of the 184,505 recalled cars will be defective. The recall also affects...View the full article
  5. About 8,000 new Dodge and Chrysler sedans and coupes have been recalled to address an electrical issue that may prevent their dashboard warning lights from being illuminated, according to documents filed with the NHTSA that were released Wednesday. Because of the defect, the 2019 Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, and Chrysler 300 models do not...View the full article
  6. Over half of legal recreational marijuana users who responded to a survey said that they have driven under the influence of the drug. The survey was conducted by insurance comparison website in March The Zebra and its findings released last week may underscore the lack of regulations and guidelines regarding driving under the influence of...View the full article
  7. New Volvos will harness cloud-based communication technology to alert each other about obstacles and road hazards ahead. Initially, the system launches across Europe for the 2020 model year. Volvo told The Car Connection that there are plans to introduce the feature to the U.S., but it was not ready to share timing. The connected-safety technology...View the full article
  8. Audi's trial new-car subscription service now offers shoppers a less-expensive tier called Core Collection, the automaker said Tuesday. The trial program is only offered in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and now includes two tiers priced at $995 and $1,495 per month. Previously, Audi offered just one $1,495 program. CHECK OUT: BMW's new subscription...View the full article
  9. The 13 most important cars of the 2019 New York auto show From three-row crossover SUVs to shapely mid-size sedans, the 2019 New York International Auto Show had an important new-car introduction for just about every kind of buyer Wednesday. 2020 Subaru Outback unveiled: Crossover SUV laces up with more tech, turbo power The redesigned 2020 Subaru...View the full article
  10. From three-row crossover SUVs to shapely mid-size sedans, the 2019 New York International Auto Show had an important new-car introduction for just about every kind of buyer Wednesday. The show opens to the public Friday and highlights eventually headed to showrooms include the 34-mpg 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, the shapely 2020 Cadillac CT5...View the full article
  11. The redesigned Outback hits the road, trail, mountain, river crossing, or middle-of-nowhere in late 2019. Its styling is largely carried over—think tall station wagon with chunky roof rack, unpainted side cladding, and a stack of LED fog lights on most trims. Inside, the upgrades are literally a bigger story thanks to a vertical 11.6-inch...View the full article
  12. Set to go on sale this fall in base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring trim levels, the 2020 Outback boasts an exceptionally wide lineup. The Outback is still a station wagon version of the Subaru Legacy with a lift kit and standard all-wheel drive that feels more like a crossover SUV. The Outback and Legacy share many body panels, an...View the full article
  13. Little crossovers now have a big stage. With the Venue, Hyundai not only has a smaller companion to the Kona crossover, but also a five-door hatchback that may fit in the shadow cast by the big Palisade. The 2020 Hyundai Venue made its debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show and will go on sale in the U.S. in late 2019. Hyundai hasn't...View the full article
  14. Small crossovers like the 2020 Hyundai Venue are cheap cars for a new generation. The tiny Hyundai hatchback that made its debut Wednesday at the 2019 New York International Auto Show has a smaller footprint than the Accent sedan and slots below the compact Kona in the automaker's menu of crossovers. Offered in SE and SEL trims, the Venue goes...View the full article
  15. Opulence and space take the driver’s seat in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, the three-row SUV that made its debut Wednesday at the 2019 New York auto show. With the new GLS, Mercedes blocks and tackles to defend its turf from new arrivals such as the BMW X7 and Lincoln Navigator. MORE: Read our 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class preview Spun...View the full article
  16. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class SUV puts a pitch-perfect marker down on ever-bigger SUVs—and on opulence. It arrives late this year just in time to defend its turf from a slew of ultra-luxury SUVs, not to mention the naff Lincoln Navigator and the new BMW X7. The 2020 GLS wears a new look that owes much to the softer shape of the mid-size...View the full article
  17. 2020 Toyota Highlander unveiled: Crossover SUV juices up with thrifty, 34-mpg hybrid With the 2019 New York auto show debut Wednesday of its redesigned 2020 Highlander, Toyota hasn’t built the Prius of three-row crossover SUVs. 2019 Audi Q3 crossover loads tech and luxury for $35,695 The 2019 Audi Q3 crossover will cost $35,695 to start when...View the full article
  18. Tesla's advanced driver-assistance technology, which isn't even fully operational yet, will cost a lot more next month. "Full Self-Driving," as Tesla calls tech that allows its vehicles to drive themselves from an on-ramp to an off-ramp on limited-access roads with no driver intervention, will cost $3,000 more "over time," Tesla CEO Elon Musk said...View the full article
  19. The 2020 Toyota Highlander looks to its RAV4 little brother for some of its styling inspiration. Boxier, more angular lines than last year’s model belie the 2020 Highlander’s larger footprint and more spacious interior. The redesigned Highlander goes on sale in December in L, LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum trim levels, with hybrid...View the full article
  20. With the 2019 New York auto show debut Wednesday of its redesigned 2020 Highlander, Toyota hasn’t built the Prius of three-row crossover SUVs. The automaker’s 34-mpg combined fuel-economy estimate for the 2020 Highlander Hybrid comes close, however. That figure is a hefty 6 mpg higher than last year’s hybrid combined EPA test...View the full article
  21. The 2020 Lincoln Corsair crossover represents what may well satisfy a wide range of harried urban parents and professionals: It’s a compact, relatively extroverted crossover utility vehicle on the outside, but inside it alms to be a calming “sanctuary for the senses.” The Corsair is a new nameplate for Lincoln, but the form...View the full article
  22. The 2019 Audi Q3 crossover will cost $35,695 to start when it goes on sale this summer, Audi said Monday. That price includes a mandatory destination fee and nets buyers a Q3 Premium, which comes equipped with standard heated seats, power driver's seat, a panoramic sunroof, and digital instrument cluster that measures 10.25 inches. All-wheel drive...View the full article
  23. NHTSA investigating Nissan Rogue over automatic emergency braking The NHTSA has opened an investigation into 2017 and 2018 model year Nissan Rogue crossovers after 87 consumer complaints of erratic automatic emergency braking events. Ford F-Series models recalled again over engine block heater fire risk Ford will recall for the second time about...View the full article
  24. Deciding between the 2019 Kia Sorento and 2020 Kia Telluride crossover SUVs may come down to how often you plan to use the third-row seats. Or it may not be that simple. Either way, the 2019 Sorento and 2020 Telluride offer compelling reasons to visit a Kia dealer. MORE: Read our 2020 Kia Telluride and 2019 Kia Sorento reviews On our ratings...View the full article
  25. Mazda will recall 187,789 compact cars to fix faulty windshield wipers that may stop operating, according to documents filed with the NHTSA. The recall covers 2016 through 2018 Mazda 3 sedans and hatchbacks. In documents filed and published earlier this month with the NHTSA, Mazda said the 3 could house a defective windshield wiper relay. The...View the full article
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