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Decades of engineering preceded the milliseconds before this Honda was crashed

Honda safety demonstrationHidden in crumpled metal, rippled hoods, shattered wheels, and smeared paint, Honda engineers have found order. Order exists all around them, of course. The research and design center near Columbus, Ohio, coats cold office space with white paint and lots of sterile concrete, hard walls, and inanimate dummies. Every worker wears a white coat to...

2020 Honda Civic Si gets updated looks, performance tweaks

2020 Honda Civic SiThe perky Honda Civic Si is getting a handful of tweaks for the 2020 model year, including some nip-and-tuck styling updates and a shorter final-drive ratio for better performance. In the design department, the 2020 Civic Si sedan and coupe get only minor updates to keep the styling fresh. Up front, the grille has been tweaked and new body-colored...

2019 Volvo S90, XC90 awarded IIHS Top Safety Pick

2019 Volvo XC90Volvo scored two more Top Safety Pick awards for its 2019 lineup, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced Thursday. This round of awards goes to the S90 sedan and the XC90 SUV. Both vehicles were penalized for the subpar performance of their optional curve-following headlights, which actually fared worse in IIHS testing than...

New car buyers avoid electric cars because of cost, range, infrastructure, according to report

2020 Kia Soul EV first drive  -  South Korea  -  April 2019More than 1,500 car shoppers said they avoid electric cars because they're too expensive, don't offer a usable range, or because they don't have access to a charger, a new report found. The survey, conducted by Autolist.com, collected responses from 1,567 car shoppers and asked shoppers the reasons why they would or would not consider an electric...

2020 Lincoln Aviator

2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand TouringThe 2020 Lincoln Aviator is strong evidence that Ford’s luxury bona fides don’t start and end with the full-size Navigator. In base, Reserve, and Black Label, both the Aviator and Aviator Grand Touring hybrid vector off in a luxury lane. We give it 7.0 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) The 2020 Aviator leaps into the niche...