Florida retirees to participate in largest self-driving car test yet

Del Boca Vista may be a fictional community for retired Cadillac drivers like Morty Seinfeld, but one company is set to feature a real-world Del Boca Vista—a retirement community near Orlando—as the setting for the world’s largest self-driving car test. Voyage, a Florida-based startup focused on robo-taxi services, will offer free rides to the elderly […]

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2018 Ford Fusion Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos

The Ford Fusion comes in S, SE, Titanium, and Platinum editions. While Ford works on the inevitable Rhodium edition, it fits all Fusions with a fair amount of standard and optional features. It’s worth an 8 for features, with extra points for the equipment levels and its infotainment system. (Read more about how we rate […]

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2018 Ford Explorer Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos

Ford ladles on lots of features with every Explorer, and packages of gear boost its luxury credentials and its price. We’re still not sure how we feel about a $53,000 Explorer, but can’t argue with its ample equipment. The Explorer lineup gets an 8 here, for standard and optional gear, and for the lush trim […]

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2018 Ford Focus Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos

Focus sedans offer mild performance across the board. The hatchback Focus? It’s all over the map, with miserly acceleration and skinny-tire handling on some models, stabby turbo thrust and board-flat handling on others. We rate the Focus a 6 for performance. It handles well in all versions, and the engine lineup is wide-ranging. The dual-clutch’s […]

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2018 Ford Flex Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos

We loved the Ford Flex when it was new. Then again, we also loved the iPhone’s 2G connectivity, the Atlanta Thrashers, and Chicago’s Summer Olympic bid in the same year. We’re not fickle, we’ve just outlived most of those things. The Flex—still sold in SE, SEL, and Limited trims—is the lone survivor in that bunch. […]

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2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos

The Ford Super Duty is a rolling contradiction. Its muscle is equaled only by its intellect, which may take some shoppers by surprise. It’s remarkably high-tech for a work machine and can be a draft horse with a doctorate. We give it an 7 out of 10 for features. Base trucks are equipped with fewer […]

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2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos

The six-year-old 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid remains a handsome, comfortable mid-size sedan with good fuel efficiency and a plug-in hybrid option, but competitors now boast higher EPA ratings. The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi are now in their sixth model year, older than any competing mid-size sedans with high-efficiency hybrid or plug-in versions. […]

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2018 Ford Fiesta Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos

The 2018 Ford Fiesta bears the brunt of The Car Connection’s objective ratings. Small cars just don’t fare as well in categories like comfort and safety, by nature. Even in fuel economy, the smallest cars often lose out to larger cars with better aerodynamics. That said, we don’t find it difficult to find a Fiesta […]

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2018 Porsche Panamera Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos

We’ve spent time in about half of the Panamera’s vast lineup of many flavors for many purposes. There’s not a bad apple in this group of five-doors that mask their girth exceptionally well. We’ve thrown on points for their powertrains, for their ride, and for their handling, landing at just a single point shy of […]

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2018 Porsche Cayenne Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne is like everything else from the automaker: expensive, but well-equipped. Shoppers can get a headache trying to personalize everything about their Cayenne with the automaker’s myriad options—there are 17 wheel options and more than 20 interior surfaces that can be covered with leather, for example. The Cayenne gets a 7 on […]

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