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Hot take? Honda sedans, pickup trucks top most stolen vehicle list

2018 GMC Sierra 1500 DenaliNearly 750,000 vehicles were stolen in 2018, according to the FBI, and very few of them were the high profile vehicles glamorized in films like "Gone in 60 Seconds," "John Wick," or all of the "Fast and Furious" films. The vehicles most prized by car thieves were workaday models easily stolen and easily stripped for parts. The Honda Civic and...

Car thieves prefer Honda, Acura SLX retuned for RADwood, Toyota Vs. EVs: What's New @ The Car Connection

2000 Honda Civic DXHot take? Honda sedans, pickup trucks top most stolen vehicle list Commuter sedans and pickups topped the list for most stolen cars of 2018. Free and clear: BMW relents on charging for Apple CarPlay Rejoice! BMW is dropping its subscription fee for Apple CarPlay. 2020 Volvo S90 review The luxury sedan with an available plug-in hybrid powertrain...

2020 Volvo S90

2020 Volvo S90The 2020 Volvo S90 is a European luxury sedan without the normal European luxury pretense. Looking good from every angle (outside and in) is only one of its many virtues. For 2020, the good stuff gets even better, thanks to a new R-Design trim incorporating popular features and unique looks The 2020 Volvo S90 earns a 7.2 on our ratings scale...

Free and clear: BMW relents on charging for Apple CarPlay

BMW's wireless Apple CarPlay integrationOur editorial team doesn't agree on many things, but we were unanimous in calling out BMW for fleecing shoppers by charging a subscription fee for Apple CarPlay. "BMW still irks us with an $80 annual CarPlay user fee that begins a year after purchase," Editorial Director Martin Padgett wrote in his 2019 BMW X7 review. "It’s a chintzy...

New cars are safer but most owners won't have them for decades, says study

2019 Tesla Model 3  -  IIHS small overlap frontal crash testCritical life-saving safety features are arriving to new cars quicker but still take decades to trickle down to a majority of car owners. On Tuesday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety-Highway Loss Data Institute reported that an analysis of cars' crashworthiness and safety systems revealed that automakers are about three times quicker to...