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Mazda May Drop V6 in Mazda6, CX-9

Recently, we’ve seen automakers like BMW replace six-cylinder engines with smaller, turbocharged four-cylinder mills in cars like the 2012 328i, 528i and the upcoming 2013 X3. Now, early reports indicate that Mazda may follow suit when it redesigns the Mazda6 and CX-9. Robert Davis, Mazda’s senior vice president of U.S. operations, spoke with Car and Driver to discuss Mazda’s Skyactiv engines, as well as what consumers can expect from the automaker in the future. “The 6 ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Mazda CX 9, Mazda Mazda6

2013 Dodge Dart Priced Less Than Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus

The 2013 Dodge Dart will start at $15,995, not including a $795 destination fee, when it goes on sale in June. This price slots the 2013 Dart below competitors like the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla, but the Dart’s base price is more than the 2012 Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3 and Kia Forte. The base 2013 Dart will get a 2.0-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine that makes 160 horsepower, Dodge says in ... continue reading»

Tags: Model News, Dodge Dart

2013 Ford Escape Pricing Announced

The redesigned 2013 Ford Escape will start at $22,470, which is about $1,000 more than the outgoing model, according to Ford’s website. Though its base price is higher, the new Escape will offer more standard features than the 2012 model. The base Escape S has front-wheel drive and a four-cylinder engine, and includes features like a six-speaker stereo system, an auxiliary audio input jack and integrated blind spot mirrors. Though the outgoing Escape was available with a ... continue reading»

Tags: Prices, Model News, 2013 Ford Escape

Chevrolet Avalanche Discontinued After 2013

General Motors announced last week that it will discontinue the Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck after the 2013 model year. The fate of the Avalanche’s corporate twin, the Cadillac Escalade EXT, is still unclear. "Long term, I don't think we're ready to talk about that yet, but there's nothing that changes the current Cadillac Escalade EXT," Cadillac Spokesman Dave Caldwell told The Detroit News. For 2013, the Avalanche will gain a special trim level, called the Black ... continue reading»

Tags: Chevrolet Avalanche, Sport Utility Trucks, Model News

Many Vehicles Make Installing Child Safety Seats Difficult

Keeping kids safe in the car means having them seated in a properly sized and properly-installed child safety seat. Lower anchors and tethers for children, commonly known as LATCH connectors, are supposed to ease the process by standardizing the anchors that car seats attach to. However, a new study suggests that LATCH connectors in many vehicles are more difficult to use than they should be. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that only 21 out of 98 of the ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, Car Seats

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