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Review and Test Drive: 2020 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T SEL

Introducing the redesigned 2020 Volkswagen Passat.  If you liked the recent editions of the Passat (and there’s a lot to like), you will undoubtedly like the new one as well.
We last looked at the Passat some two years ago in GT form, a vehicle that offered tighter handling and a sporty and more powerful V6 powerplant. The 2020 redesign focused on updating the exterior design, bringing it a bit more …

What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 14: Wallpaper, Camera Warnings, and EV Support

Apple CarPlay has come a long way since its launch at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014.  Indeed, Apple, which at one point had designs on producing its own cars, has now almost fully penetrated the in-vehicle infotainment market: the Cupertino-based company says that CarPlay is now available on 97% of new automobiles sold in the United States and 80% elsewhere.
Virtually every car manufacturer supports it except for Tesla, which …

Apple Aims to Replace Car Keys with CarKey

CUPERTINO—At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference held Monday, the company best known for its iPod and iPhone devices said it wants the latter to replace the ubiquitous car key.
Apple, which at one point had designs on producing its own cars, now estimates that its CarPlay infotainment system is available in 97% of new vehicles sold in the United States and 80% worldwide.
Having successfully replaced automaker’s navigation systems and music players, …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Rabbit –intended 46 years ago to be the successor to the vaunted VW Beetle, which never quite left the scene until the past year – is now in its eighth generation and is essentially all-new for 2020, having had its reveal in October 2019.
It’s important to keep in mind that VW introduced the Golf as the “Rabbit” at first in the United States, largely because, as the successor …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mercedes A 220 4Matic Sedan

The inventor of the automobile has reinvented, well, the automobile.  More specifically, Mercedes-Benz has rethought what constitutes an entry-level vehicle and has come up with the rather impressive 2020 A 220 Sedan.
Luxury automakers view entry-level vehicles as a means of getting a car buyer into the brand with what is typically the smallest and least expensive vehicle it offers.  In the case of the Stuttgarters, this would be the A-Klasse, …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mazda Mazda6 Signature – Road Trip to Asbury Park

Reviewing cars during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic here in the New York area was one of the few things I could really look forward to and the temporary drop in traffic made far longer day trips possible as a perverse form of compensation.
Every spring, like clockwork we have added a Mazda Mazda6 to our short-term press fleet and its arrival was always greatly anticipated.
One reason is because all …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XSE

It’s hard to imagine that the Toyota Avalon has been around long enough to be in its fifth generation but the elegant family sedan continues to carve out its niche in the United States, now sporting a massive grille à la Lexus. Built on the new TNGA platform shared with the Camry, the latest Avalon has a sporty look to it thanks to the fastback-like rear windscreen that slopes gently …