2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid arrives, Jeep Gladiator recall, 5-star rating decoded: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 17:55
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid crossover debuts with more efficient powertrain Honda offers a new hybrid in the 2020 CR-V compact crossover to compete with the 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid and 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Jeep tells dealers to stop selling certain 2020 Gladiator models until driveshaft fixed Consumers looking to buy a 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup...
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Jeep tells dealers to stop selling certain 2020 Gladiator models until driveshaft fixed

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 16:48
Consumers looking to buy a 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup may have to wait. Parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issued a recall for the popular new model and told dealers to stop selling certain Gladiators until a fix can be made on the rear driveshaft. On Sept. 5, FCA issued a voluntary recall for 2020 Jeep Gladiators built from Dec. 15, 2018...
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New 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid crossover debuts with more efficient powertrain for popular utility

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 16:30
One of the most popular crossovers now has one of the most efficient powertrain options. Honda announced Wednesday its 2020 CR-V compact crossover would offer a hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive, making it the first hybrid crossover offered by the automaker in the U.S. and the first all-wheel-drive hybrid from Honda. The 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid...
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British Property Federation calls for more diversity on its board

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 16:20
The British Property Federation (BPF) is putting out a call for applications to join its board as it seeks to bring in more diverse board members.
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Aviva sells Forum St Paul’s for more than £80m

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:48
Aviva Investors has sold the freehold interest in Forum St Paul’s to investment manager Goldstone Commercial, which is backed by Hong Kong capital, for £80.75m.
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Safestay acquires fifteenth site in Scotland

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:18
Hostel operator Safestay has agreed to acquire the freehold of its fifteenth hostel in Glasgow.
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Review update: The 2019 Honda Passport is the tweener SUV

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:00
If the Pilot is too large and the CR-V’s too small, then Honda has a “new” mid-size crossover SUV for you: the 2019 Passport. I use the term “new” loosely because the Passport name has been with us before, (remember the ‘90s?) and most of the “new” Passport is ported over from the Pilot, which...
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2020 Ford Escape vs. 2019 Honda CR-V: Compare Cars

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:00
Shoppers flock to compact crossover SUVs like the 2020 Ford Escape and the 2019 Honda CR-V for good reason. They’re right-sized for daily commutes and long-distance getaways alike. They’re right-priced, too, and efficient and flexible. They’re outfitted with excellent safety and technology. One’s better in the overall TCC...
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British Land confirms Bank of Montreal letting

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 11:27
British Land has confirmed that Bank of Montreal has committed to take 60,000 sq ft at its 100 Liverpool Street scheme.
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Airbnb-style proptech rental platform Lavanda scores £4m investment

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 10:23
Proptech startup Lavanda has received $5m (£4m) in a round of Series-A funding led by Henley Ventures.
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Tested: The 2019 Porsche Macan S is a Well-Balanced Performance SUV

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 09:00

The future is electric, even for Porsche. The Macan will be one of the first vehicles from the brand to go electric; the next generation will be a fully electric series rolling out at the start of the next decade. After driving a preproduction Taycan, we’re not worried about a new model losing its Porsche DNA to electrification. But as much as we enjoy electric car performance, we love this car’s sonorous turbo-six.

Unlike most SUVs, which make compromises in ride and handling, the Macan’s biggest strength is performance. Accurate steering makes life easier, and corners come easy despite the 4,338-pound curb weight. Paired with the optional adaptive air suspension, our Macan S tester glides over uneven surfaces. Even though it sits on large 21-inch wheels, it shields the cabin from road imperfections, smoothing out dips and bumps you’ll find on everyday roads. Not overly firm, it almost calls to mind the buttery smooth ride of the Panamera.

The 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 is equally competent. Packing 348 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, it rockets to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. That’s slightly quicker than a 2018 BMW X3 M40i we tested in 4.8 seconds, as well as a 2018 Audi SQ5 Prestige that hit the mark in 5.0 seconds. Bear in mind these engines have slightly more power and torque than the Macan S. All proved much quicker than a supercharged 2018 Range Rover Velar P380 R-Dynamic SE we tested, which took 5.7 seconds to reach 60 mph.

There’s a certain deliberateness to the Macan S, from its precise steering and smooth seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to its steady braking that exhibits little dive. We managed to stop from 60 mph to a standstill in 107 feet. Compare that to the X3 and SQ5’s 112 feet and the Velar’s 124 feet. Our test team praised the consistent performance from the Porsche’s brakes through multiple runs.

None of the aforementioned competitors could match Porsche in the figure eight, where the mighty Macan achieved a time of 24.8 seconds at an average 0.75 g. Instead, the BMW rounded the bends in 25.9 seconds at 0.72 g while the SQ5 managed 25.7 seconds at 0.73 g. The Velar moseyed through the course in 26.2 seconds at 0.70 g. Testing director Kim Reynolds had good things to say about the figure-eight experience, calling it “sublime, as are all Porsches,” adding that “even this one, albeit with an S in its badge, blends all its dynamics brilliantly.”

The BMW came closer to the Macan in the quarter mile. The Porsche’s time of 13.2 seconds at 103.1 mph wasn’t that far off the BMW’s 13.4 seconds at 103.7 mph or the Audi’s 13.5 seconds at 101.8 mph. The Velar lagged behind a whole second from the Macan, topping out at 97.7 mph.

The Macan S exhibits razor-sharp precision in the city, on the highway, and on the track, but not as much in the parking lot. At very low speeds, the steering becomes heavy and stiff to an uncomfortable point, and you really have to press on the accelerator to get it going. It almost feels like you forgot to disengage the parking brake.

In areas other than performance, the Macan S doesn’t lead the pack. Inside the cabin, you’ll find comfortable leather seats and a responsive touchscreen, but many parts of the dash feel hard and less than premium in our $74,650 tester. If you prefer to use physical buttons instead of a touchscreen as much as possible, you’ll enjoy the button-happy center console. Unfortunately, this setup leaves virtually no space for storing small items. The view from the rearview camera isn’t as clear as we would like, either. Although Apple CarPlay is available, Android Auto is not. Other than this inconvenience, you can get most options you want, but for a price: A base Macan S won’t afford you keyless entry or ignition, nor does it have Apple CarPlay or heated or ventilated seats. One more gripe: Many adults will find the rear seats a bit cramped. If it’s interior luxury and tech you’re after, I’d say take a good look at the SQ5.

In exchange for strong performance, the Macan S takes a hit when it comes to fuel economy. The most recent BMW X3 M40i tops out at 21/27/23 mpg city/highway/combined, the Macan S only manages 18/23/20 mpg. That’s slightly worse than the SQ5’s 19/24/21 mpg and the Velar’s 18/24/20 mpg.

The Macan was Porsche’s best-selling vehicle last year in the U.S.—and by a large margin. With 23,504 units sold, it was more than twice as popular as the Cayenne, the brand’s second best-seller. In today’s crossover-obsessed market, it may not be the most well-rounded compact luxury SUV, but it excels in what it came to do: perform like a Porsche. For even sharper performance, Porsche is rolling out an updated Macan Turbo with 434 hp. Relish it while you can.

2019 Porsche Macan S BASE PRICE $59,850 PRICE AS TESTED $74,650 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV ENGINE 3.0L/348-hp/354-lb-ft turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6 TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-clutch auto CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4,338 lb (56/44%) WHEELBASE 110.5 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 184.3 x 76.1 x 63.9 in 0-60 MPH 4.6 sec QUARTER MILE 13.2 sec @ 103.1 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 107 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.94 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 24.8 sec @ 0.75 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 18/23/20 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 187/147 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.97 lb/mile

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Top 10 Cheapest New Cars for 2020, and Which Are Worth Driving

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 09:00

New cars can seem so out of reach, but sift through all those pricey SUVs or trucks and—trust us—there are actually quite a few choices. When the allure is too much to resist, many affordable new cars are available. Before we get to our top 10 list of the cheapest new cars available for 2020, keep in mind that there’s more to a new car’s cost than just the starting price. That’s why we’re proud to work with the experts at IntelliChoice—check out the Best Overall Value award winners for 2019 right here.

With that very important caveat out of the way, here are the cheapest new cars (by base price) for 2020.

Choices based on 2020 vehicles available at time of writing.

2020 Kia Forte

Base Price: $18,715

If bigger is better, give the 2020 Kia Forte FE a try. The car may have been a dynamic letdown at our 2019 Car of the Year competition, but it’s hard to argue with an 8.0-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto even on the base model. A 147-hp four-cylinder engine, six-speed manual, and automatic emergency braking are all standard. Get the $800 CVT for the best EPA-rated fuel economy of any Forte model, at 31/41 mpg.

2020 Kia Soul

Base Price: $18,535

If SUV-like style is what you’re after, the new Kia Soul could be the affordable new car for you. The front-drive compact hatch does offer automatic emergency braking, but only on the S trim and above. The 2020 Soul LX lacks that safety feature, but the base model does offer a slightly higher seating position than many others on this list, plus a 7.0-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A CVT on the LX trim is a $1,500 option.

2020 Chevrolet Sonic

Base Price: $17,595

If the smaller Spark’s 98 horsepower isn’t enough for your driving needs, a base 2020 Sonic sedan could be the affordable new car with your name on it. The aging Sonic is powered by a 138-hp turbo-four and mated to a six-speed automatic. Aside from that sedan body style (and more power than the Spark), the LS trim gets a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but lower fuel economy than the Spark.

2019 Honda Fit

Base Price: $17,120

With the redesigned 2020 Honda Fit on the way, you may be able to score a good deal on one of the last remaining 2019s. The Fit may be a small affordable car, but its interior is far more spacious than you’d expect. A CVT will cost you $800 over the standard six-speed manual; either way, the Fit remains one of the better subcompacts around. To get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you’ll have to step all the way to the $19,090 EX trim, but then you also get advanced safety tech including automatic emergency braking and more basic features like hands-free keyless access.

2020 Kia Rio

Base Price: $16,675

The Rio made it to our Car of the Year finalist round a couple years ago, and the 2020 model gets meaningful updates. The 2020 Rio’s new engine is less powerful than the one it replaces, but at 120 hp, it should still get the job done. An automatic transmission is standard, and it’s a new CVT. We haven’t yet driven the 2020 Rio with the available CVT, but we weren’t impressed by the transmission in the new Forte. Still, the Rio enters 2020 with better fuel economy and standard compatibility for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2019 Toyota Yaris

Base Price: $16,555 (for a 2019 model)

The Toyota Yaris sedan and 2020 Yaris hatchback are actually Mazdas wearing bold Toyota grilles and badges. And they’re pretty good cars. Although we don’t have pricing info on the 2020 Yaris as this is written, the 2019 sedan comes with automatic emergency braking even on the base model.

2020 Hyundai Accent

Base Price: $15,925

As you’d expect, Hyundai leads with value. The 2020 Accent SE has a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty as well as remote keyless entry, power door locks, and power windows. An automatic is $1,000 more, and if fuel economy is important to you, you should consider it. As long as you’re not expecting a sporty daily driver, know that the 2020 Accent gets 33/41 mpg city/highway, an impressive bump above the 2019 model’s 28/38 mpg when it had a six-speed automatic.

Read about how it performed during our 2019 Car of the Year competition here.

2020 Nissan Versa

Base Price: $15,625

Nissan’s best-selling subcompact returns for 2020 only as a redesigned sedan. Admirably, automatic emergency braking is standard on the base model, as it’s way more content than any true base-model Versa you may have seen on a dealer lot in years past. The 2020 Versa S even has power door locks and power windows with a one-touch up/down control on the driver’s side—not every automaker offering this feature at these low prices offers auto up and down. A CVT will raise the 2020 Versa’s price by $1,670.

Wait, what about the Sentra? The redesigned Sentra sedan may qualify at the top end of this cheapest new cars list once it goes on sale in the U.S.

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage

Base Price: $14,990

One of the cheapest new cars of 2020 is also one of the most efficient. If the 2020 Mirage four-door hatch enters the new model year with the same destination charge as last year, it will squeak in at just under 15 grand. Not bad. With its standard five-speed manual transmission, the Mirage gets 33/41 mpg, but those figures jump to 36/43 mpg with the CVT. Be forewarned, though: Even with a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, the 78-hp Mirage isn’t our favorite car to drive.

2020 Chevrolet Spark

Base Price: $14,095

The small Spark hatchback is Chevy’s smallest car, serving as an entry to the brand (while the Cruze compact and others get discontinued). Even as a base model, the 2020 Spark includes a 7.0-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. If you want power windows, power locks, or remote keyless entry, you’ll have to upgrade from the LS to the 1LT model, but cool exterior colors including the distinctive Passion Fruit as well as bright red, orange, and Caribbean Blue are also available. Power comes from a 98-hp four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual or CVT.

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2020 Hyundai Veloster

Base Price: $19,520

One of the most charming ways to spend $20,000 is the 2020 Hyundai Veloster. With a 147-hp engine, it’s also one of the most powerful, too. If you can handle a slightly loud commute and a six-speed manual (an automatic is $1,000), the Veloster 2.0 includes a 7.0-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic emergency braking, and a lane keeping assist system. Not to mention, of course, that asymmetrical three-door styling.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Base Price: $19,640

VW’s entry-level sedan is spacious and quicker than you might expect for a low price base model. LED headlights are standard, and, were it our base-model Jetta, we’d avoid the all-black interior.

2019 Nissan Kicks

Base Price: $19,685

Like the Soul, the Kicks offers SUV-like styling at an affordable price. This front-drive hatch boasts a floating-roof look, plus automatic emergency braking, a spacious cabin, and on the 2019 model, respectable 31/36 mpg fuel economy. The 2019 model’s pricing is listed above.

2020 Hyundai Elantra

Base Price: $19,880

Dynamically and stylistically, the Elantra might not be our first choice. But the spacious interior is well laid out, and the 2020 Elantra SE also includes automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist.

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Lowriders in Vegas! See Lowrider Photos From the 2019 Las Vegas Super Show

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 09:00

On the morning of the 2019 Las Vegas Super Show, a line had already formed in front of South Hall, and upon entry they were greeted to over 700 show rides and aisle after aisle of vendor booths. Among the usual suspects, were sponsors such as Hoppos, DGA, Logos Two and Krazy Kutting and located just next to the booths was a stage where local mariachi played before artists such as Lighter Shade of Brown and MC Magic took the stage. With WC of Westside Connection headlining the show, it was an all-out affair that brought back the memories and great music of yesteryear.

This article was originally featured on Lowrider. For more stories like this, check out the Lowrider Network. And to see when Lowrider Shows are coming to a city near you, check out this page full of recaps from previous events.

Highlights of the show:

  • Bobby Garza’s 1957 Bel Air “Double Trouble” has been shown at every LRM stop from coast to coast, and aside from landing Best of Show at each one he attended, his final stamp of approval came by him taking home 2019 Lowrider of the Year.
  • Rounding off the top three Lowrider of the Years was Eddie Loya’s gold flaked out 1965 Impala (Spirit car club) who took second and Marcos Morales tricked out 1984 Buick Regal (Rollerz Only) taking the third and final spot.
  • At the show, many believed that Huero Russell was going to place in the top three for the Lowrider of the Year (LotY) title with his his 1964 Impala named Final Judgement. Unfortunately, he was unable to win sweepstakes as he didn’t qualify at a previous show but he did win the coveted, Lowrider Excellence Award.
  • In the Traditional class, Rudy Trevino took home the sweepstakes for the third and final time after he added a two-tone paintjob and new trunk airbrushing on Cloud ‘9.
  • The competitive Frank Calderon debuted the new version of his ’42 Chevy and all the hard work landed him the title of Bomb of the Year.
  • Chris Roark retired Perfect Score but came out with his all fuel-injected ’57 convertible and won the Original of the Year title.
  • Gene Bare’s 1992 Silverado repeat as the Truck of the Year, while Sal Sierra won the Bomb Truck of the Year for the very first time.

The all-indoor show proved to be a successful one, and as we plan for something bigger and better in 2020, you can be rest assured that we’ve learned from our mistakes and are here to make up for lost time. With Joe Ray at the helm of our brand, he’s looking for an exciting 2020 and had this to say about the Super Show: “I said it was going to be a super event and it could have never of happened without the man upstairs and all the people who continue to support our brand and our events. This is what happens when we all join together. This is what happens when we’re not pulling each other down.”

With that said, we’d like to thank everyone for their continued support and don’t forget to log on to to see our 2020 Tour that kicks off next month in College Station, TX. The best has yet to come folks. Trust us on this.

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Warehouse REIT spends £70m on Aviva portfolio

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 08:49
Warehouse REIT, the AIM-listed specialist industrial investor, has paid Aviva Investors £70m for an eight asset fully-let portfolio of warehouse and distribution assets.
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Octopus funds Welwyn resi scheme

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 08:45
Octopus Real Estate, part of Octopus Group and a UK specialist real estate investor, has agreed to provide a £21.2m loan to Wheat Quarter to develop a brownfield site in Welwyn Garden City.
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Colliers expands in India with Synergy Property merger

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 08:36
Colliers International has bought a controlling interest in leading project management firm, Synergy Property Development Services to create one of India’s largest commercial real estate firms.
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RDI continues German retail exit

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 08:26
RDI REIT has sold the Bahnhof Center in Altona, Hamburg to Volksbank eG Braunschweig Wolfsburg for €91m (£80.8m).
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Knotel forms management partnership with Great Portland Estates

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 09/18/2019 - 07:01
Knotel has agreed to manage 82,000 sq of office space for Great Portland Estates (GPE) in Moorgate, London.
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2020 Honda Accord Priced From $24,800

Motortrend News Feed - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 22:51

The Honda Accord is the hands-down benchmark in its segment, besting rivals with its unique combination of a smooth ride, satisfying handling, and sophisticated and spacious interior. So we’ll forgive Honda for increasing the starting price by $150 as the midsizer moves into a new model year. The 2020 Honda Accord goes on sale today with a base price of $24,800, undercutting the 2020 Toyota Camry’s starting price of $25,250.

As much as we love the Accord, we were hoping Honda would make a few tweaks to the 2020 model before its 2021 mid-cycle refresh. But we didn’t get those updates, as the 2020 Accord returns virtually unchanged. It still gets a generous list of standard features, including Honda Sensing, which bundles together collision mitigation braking with pedestrian sensing, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, and traffic sign recognition.

The 1.5-liter turbo-four returns as the base engine making 192 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque, backed by a CVT. A 2.0-liter turbo-four remains available with 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, pairing with a 10-speed automatic. Don’t worry—the manual transmission is still available on either engine with the Sport trim. The Accord Hybrid will return for 2020, but prices and on-sale information will be announced separately.

Models with the 2.0-liter gas engine start at $31,990. The most expensive Accord is the Touring, and it starts at $37,030. That’s much more than the starting price of the highest trim level on the Camry, the XSE V6, which goes from $35,955.

We can’t complain that Honda is keeping the same successful formula in place for 2020. But about a year from now, we can expect some minor visual updates, which we hope will replace the large belt-buckle Honda badge on the grille with something a little more subdued. We can also reasonably expect a few additional features to help sweeten the pot further and lure back crossover-crazed customers.

Source: Honda

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Nissan forges the same path with 2020 Pathfinder

The Car Connection News Feed - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 22:30
The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder will lumber down same path its been on since 2017, when it was last updated. While other automakers have ushered in new models to compete for three-row buyers—redesigns and new launches in 2020 alone include the new Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander—Nissan seems content to let...
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