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Review and Test Drive: 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier

The Chevrolet Bolt, Detroit’s answer to the call for electric vehicles with sufficient range as to be useful for more than short trips and commutes, made its debut not at one of the major auto shows but at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.
That alone should be telling.
The Bolt is assembled in General Motor’s Orion Assembly plant in Michigan, which received a $160 million upgrade in order to produce the high-tech …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Kia Telluride SX AWD

The last thing one might think of is that the world needs yet another mid-size SUV.  The folks at Kia clearly thought it did, and, after a little over a week with the new 2020 Kia Telluride – the largest vehicle Kia ever produced for the United States – we believe they were spot on.
The 2020 Kia Telluride made its official debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Kia Seltos SX AWD

As crossovers continue to gain in popularity, automakers are naturally adding additional models to their lineups.  Some models are merely OK, while others stand out in their class.  The all-new 2021 Kia Seltos is representative of the latter.
The Seltos is Kia’s sixth SUV in the United States and fits in the lineup between the Soul and the Sportage. However, the family member it resembles most in Kia’s lineup is the much …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Honda CR-V Touring

Since its launch in 1995, the Honda CR-V has been one of the best-selling vehicles in the United States. We last looked at the fourth generation CR-V in 2015, and the current fifth generation CR-V made its debut in 2016 at the North American International Auto Show and went on sale in December as a 2017 model.
Honda saw fit to refresh the CR-V for 2020 but didn’t tinker with what makes …

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 was a lot to like), you will undoubtedly like the new one as well.
We last looked at the Passat in GT form two years ago, a vehicle that offered tighter handling and a sporty and more powerful V6 powerplant. The 2020 redesign focuses 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, …