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First drive: The 2020 Hyundai Venue sets a small but splashy stage

2020 Hyundai Venue (Australian spec)I struggle with sentience while a hotel clerk tells me there are four Australian accents: university, city, Western Australia, and everywhere else. None of them make sense at 9 a.m., not after a 24-hour ride over the ocean for a first drive in the 2020 Hyundai Venue. Hyundai chose Australia’s Sunshine Coast for this first drive because Oz is...

2020 Ford Escape

2020 Ford EscapeThe 2020 Ford Escape crossover SUV whistles into a new model year with three distinct personalities. There’s the thrifty turbo-3 model, an engaging turbo-4 hustler, and a hybrid (and plug-in hybrid) for anyone with strong feelings about visiting the Wawa more than once a week (we recommend the donuts). This Escape flips and reverses its...

How active safety features work, 2.3 Mustang handles a 5.0, Amazon places huge Rivian order: What's New @ The Car Connection

IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection testWhat are active safety features and how do they work? From automatic emergency braking to lane keeping assist, active safety features are confusing drivers even as they come in more vehicles. 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid overview The 2020 Ford Escape compact crossover hybrid is poised to hit a fuel-economy high. Tesla Model 3 finally earns top safety...

What are active safety features and how do they work?

IIHS automatic emergency braking for pedestrian protection testSafety has always been a top concern for car shoppers. Recently, it has become a source of frustration. Nearly a quarter of car shoppers who bought or leased a model year 2019 vehicle found the technology to be annoying or bothersome, according to a J.D. Power study of more than 20,000 consumers within the first 90 days of ownership. Many of the...

Tesla Model 3 finally earns brand's IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

Tesla Model 3 crashThe Tesla Model 3 has earned a Top Safety Pick+ award in crash-test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Model 3 electric vehicle earned top “Good” ratings on all six crash tests, as well as a “Good” rating for its headlights from the nation's most rigorous crash-testing authority. It is the...