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Volkswagen Rabbit GTI to Return for 2019

The first generation Volkswagen Golf was marketed as the Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States when it was introduced in 1974 to replace the Beetle. Wolfsburg introduced a second generation Golf in 1983 along with a sportier model called the GTI.
The GTI is turning 35 next year and Volkswagen is bringing back the Rabbit nameplate with a limited production run of the 2019 Volkswagen GTI Rabbit Edition.
{Editor’s note: GTI, incidentally, …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWD

The Mitsubishi Outlander first made its appearance in 2001 in Japan as the Airtrek, a vehicle that promised “footloose, adventure-filled motoring pleasure.” It arrived in the States in 2003 as the Outlander and that name replaced Airtrek in all markets, including Japan, by 2005.
Now in its third generation, the Mitsubishi Outlander has been updated since its launch in 2013 and heavily revised for 2015 with the automaker’s new design language, …

Road Test and Review: Waze in Apple CarPlay

Waze is now the second non-Apple navigation app to work with Apple CarPlay following the release of iOS 12 last week. Version 4.43.4 officially supports the popular option and I updated my iPhone the moment the update was available.
Once the download was complete, I was able to go to the CarPlay settings for my car (General / CarPlay / My Cars) and found the Waze icon on the second CarPlay …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Lexus LS 500h

When Lexus’ flagship sedan, the LS, made its debut in 1989, it marked the first successful volley of a Japanese automaker into the luxury space. Its very existence was headline worthy and it overtook BMW and Mercedes-Benz in overall U.S. sales within two years, although it took a little over a decade to beat Cadillac at its own game. Lexus’ success also reshaped the image auto buyers had of Toyota, …

Road Test and Review: Google Maps in Apple CarPlay

With the launch of Apple iOS 12, Apple introduced the ability to support Google Maps and other third-party navigation apps via the new CarPlay framework that allows developers to provide detailed maps, search, and other navigation functions.
Google released version 5.0 of the iOS version of Google Maps on September 18, just days after the release of iOS 12.  The update didn’t come up in the App Store under updates but …

What’s New in CarPlay with iOS 12

With the launch of iOS 12, Apple provides some significant updates to CarPlay as well. The updates revolve around two of the most popular types of apps used by drivers, namely audio and navigation.  The overall user interface remains largely unchanged.
If you’re not familiar with Apple CarPlay, it is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone and was introduced at the 2014 Geneva …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Mazda Mazda6 Signature

The new 2018 Mazda Mazda6 is confusing. While we do love Mazda – and have appreciated how all Mazdas seem to share a common DNA in handling, à la BMW – we weren’t fully prepared for the makeover that Mazda has bestowed on the Mazda6, giving it the aura of an entry-level German luxury sedan.
While it is merely the beneficiary of a mid-life refresh, it looks like a new model. …