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Review and Test Drive: Apple CarPlay’s Cool New Dual-Display Support in the VW Atlas Cross Sport

Apple first introduced its CarPlay infotainment system seven years ago at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show. 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 six years later, it became available in almost every new vehicle sold.
At the time of its introduction, CarPlay only had access to the vehicle’s central information display, or CID, typically …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport Platinum

The Cadillac XT6 is the largest vehicle in the automaker’s XT series, which offers three crossovers that include the smaller XT5 and XT4.   The only vehicle Cadillac offers that is larger than the XT6 is the Escalade.
Introduced at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the seven-seater went on sale as a 2020 model later that year.  It is the third of three vehicles announced by Cadillac in …

Get Ready for a Brighter Future: On Cars, It’s No Longer ‘Any Color So Long As It’s Black’

If you drive a bright red automobile, you’re in the minority, something that is clearly in evidence in a sea of black and white and grey vehicles that line American streets.
Indeed, buyers overwhelmingly choose black or white vehicles over other more lively choices, even though the choice of paint color defines the look of a car perhaps more so than anything else.  As of 2020, white was globally the most …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD RS

If you’re a subcompact buyer, there may be a Korean-designed crossover that will allow you to “see the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet.”
The Chevrolet Trailblazer, designed by GM Korea, made its debut at the 2019 Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, and its U.S. debut later that year at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.  It began to make its way into dealer showrooms in early 2020 as a 2021 model.
Since this …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63

Mercedes-Benz introduced the first GLS Class, which was known as the GL-Class, at the North American Auto Show in 2006.  It was the flagship SUV in the Stuttgart-based automaker’s lineup, the SUV equivalent to the S Class, if you will.
While we didn’t review the original GL, we did review the second generation GL at its launch.  My colleague Dan Collins noted that the new (at the time) GL was “larger …

Study Shows Which Car Windows to Roll Down to Keep Covid at Bay

The interior of a passenger car represents an elevated risk of coronavirus transmission and drivers and passengers have long since been told to roll down the windows to keep aerosols and droplets at bay.
But which windows should one lower, especially if one doesn’t wish to have all four down?
A new study by researchers at the University of Massachusetts and Brown University has the answer.
Noting that, even with proper mask wearing, …

Review and Test Drive: 2021 Kia K5 GT-Line

Despite long being a symbol of the open road, Americans are falling out of love with the sedan and have focused their affections on behemoth SUVs, which now dominate the market.  General Motors, whose models for the majority of the automaker’s existence were the epitome of the genre, recently killed six sedans including the Buick LaCrosse, the Cadillac CT6, the Cadillac XTS, the Chevrolet Cruze, the Chevrolet Impala, and the …