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Volvo earns highest safety marks with sweep of Top Safety Pick+ awards

2021 Volvo S90 Recharge T8Every 2021 Volvo model earned a Top Safety Pick+ award, the automaker announced Thursday. The 2021 XC40 Recharge small electric crossover completed the sweep of coveted safety awards. A TSP+ award from the IIHS is considered the most rigorous safety honor in the industry, and reflects a vehicle's ability to withstand six crash tests, avoid or...

2021 Top Safety Pick awards: Volvo, Subaru, Mazda top IIHS list

2021 IIHS TSP+ winners, Volvo XC40, left, and Kia K5, rightVolvo, Subaru, Mazda, and Hyundai/Kia/Genesis led all other automakers in earning Top Safety Pick awards bestowed by the IIHS, the non-profit safety group announced Wednesday. On average, safety ratings improved and the number of Top Safety Pick+ winners more than doubled from 2020. “With these awards, we want to make it easy for consumers...

Review update: 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo balances sport and utility

2021 Mazda CX-30Size matters. Especially with small crossovers. Their popularity has motivated car makers to offer two or sometimes three models differentiated by inches. Take the 2021 Mazda CX-3 as Exhibit A, and the 2021 Mazda CX-30 as Exhibit A0. The CX-30 expands on the fun driving characteristics of the CX-3 with more space for passengers and gear. Mazda was...

2021 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2021 Mazda 3: Compare Cars

2021 Mazda 3 TurboMainstream compact sedans are no longer penalty boxes. We’ve come a long way, baby. Two of the better choices in the compact segment are the Hyundai Elantra and Mazda 3, but both break out of the box for different reasons. The 2021 Mazda 3’s TCC Rating of 6.7 edges the 2021 Hyundai Elantra’s 6.6 score thanks to a new turbocharged...

2022 VW Taos priced, Porsche 911 GT3 tested, 2023 Cadillac Lyriq debuts: What's New @ The Car Connection

2022 Volkswagen Taos2022 Volkswagen Taos small SUV costs $24,190, skimps on standard features The 2022 Volkswagen Taos small crossover starts at $24,190, but buyers will want to spend more to get features and safety equipment that should be standard. 2021 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2021 Mazda 3: Compare Cars These fresh compact sedans and a hatchback prove that fun and...