New 'Bentley:100' Book Celebrates the English Automaker's History | In 2019, we celebrate Bentley Motors' 100th anniversary. This momentous milestone has been met with a multitude of magnificent limited-edition models

New 'Bentley:100' Book Celebrates the English Automaker's History

New 'Bentley:100' Book Celebrates the English Automaker's History

New 'Bentley:100' Book Celebrates the English Automaker's History

New 'Bentley:100' Book Celebrates the English Automaker's History

New 'Bentley:100' Book Celebrates the English Automaker's History

New 'Bentley:100' Book Celebrates the English Automaker's History
New 'Bentley:100' Book Celebrates the English Automaker's History
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New 2020 Audi Q2 facelift spotted testing

New 2020 Audi Q2 facelift spotted testing

New Audi Q2 baby SUV set for a mid-life update with only minor design tweaks

Audi’s smallest SUV, the Q2, is now the brand’s oldest so engineers and designers are busy putting the final touches to an updated version of its Mercedes GLA rival. 

These first spy pictures show the updated Q2 cold weather testing. As a mid-life update the visual changes, as you can see from the images, are somewhat minor. Behind the disguise at the front and rear, a new set of bumpers will be fitted to bring the baby SUV in line with the rest of the recently updated Audi SUV range. 

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The headlamps on this prototype have not changed shape but fresh LED units can be seen in the images, giving the Q2 a new lighting signature. It’s also likely that LED headlamps will come as standard on all updated models. 

There are no images of the cabin but don’t expect a huge overhaul there either; adding the new dual-screen infotainment like that seen on the new Q7 will not be viable in the Q2 given the cost of such technology and the relatively low £23,000 entry price of the current SUV. Again, only minor trim and material updates are expected inside. 

Audi is likely to spend more of its development budget on the Q2’s engine line-up. Expect a suite of new 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrains to feature in the crossover as the firm looks to drive down its average fleet CO2 emissions. 

An all-new version of the Q2’s main rival, the Mercedes GLA, is only weeks away. The two premium crossovers will hit showrooms around the same time, towards the middle of next year.

2017-19 Ford Super Duty trucks recalled for tailgates that could open

2017-19 Ford Super Duty trucks recalled for tailgates that could open

Ford announced two separate recalls today, though neither has resulted in any known injuries.

The first recall, which deals with a tailgate malfunction, affects 261,617 examples of 2017-2019 F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty pickups.

The second, which anticipates the possibility of a fuel leak, affects 3,893 units of 2020 Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator SUVs with 3.0-liter engines.

Ford says tailgates might accidentally open on some 2017-2019 Super Duty trucks because of a short circuit. If the pickups have an electric tailgate latch-release switch on the tailgate handle, water might get into the wiring. If the water hits the right spots, a short circuit could cause the switch to release the tailgate latch.

In a worst-case scenario where the tailgate opens while driving, contents of the truck's bed could fall out and create a safety hazard. Dealerships will fix the problem by modifying the tailgate frame wiring harnesses with jumper pigtails and install a new tailgate handle release switch. Of the lot, 231,664 trucks are in the U.S., and 29,953 are in Canada. The Ford recall number is 19S48. 

The second recall is much smaller, involving fewer than 4,000 vehicles. In certain 2020 Explorers and Aviators with 3.0-liter engines, Ford says, "The convolute protective sleeve on the liquid fuel line is not long enough, which may allow for potential hard contact with the convolute-protected vapor fuel line. Over time, with vibration and engine roll, hard contact between the two fuel lines could cause the convolute on the vapor fuel line to rub through the plastic liquid fuel line."

If that happens, it could be a fire risk and hazardous for drivers and passengers. Only 35 of those SUVs are in Canada, and the rest are in the United States. Dealers will fix the problem by replacing the defective convolute with a full-length piece and tying it down with a strap. The recall reference number for the Aviators and Explorers is 19S49.

The recall adds to what has otherwise been a rocky early production phase for the new Explorers and Aviators.

Best Car To Buy 2020: Past winners

Best Car To Buy 2020: Past winners

We'll soon announce the nominees for The Car Connection's top award: Best Car To Buy 2020. After spending the year logging tens of thousands of miles test driving more than 100 new 2020 vehicles, our team identified those new vehicles that best handle the realities of everyday life. 

Through informed debate and collegial bickering, our staff picks the winner based on a variety of criteria. No two opinions are the same, but we're objective about our subjectivity to help you make the most informed, fact-based decision when car shopping. We'd like to hear your opinions, too, so please weigh in for the award on The Car Connection

Best Car To Buy 2020 isn't a car for enthusiasts or one that puts eco-friendliness above all else. We're looking for the everyday, workaday heroes that best get us around to our myriad interests and purposes. We look to a car that balances fuel efficiency, safety, interior spaciousness, quality, design, and driving dynamics. 

The winner doesn't need to be good at each of those things—it needs to be great. 

A look back at previous winners provides inspiration and a frame of reference. These are winners we stand by today as we look toward the announcement of our ninth annual Best Car To Buy. 

2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Subaru Forester

It shouldn't have been a surprise that a crossover SUV topped our Best Car To Buy 2019 contest. America's best-selling segment teemed with good selections but the 2019 Subaru Forester stood above the rest for its unbeatable blend of everyday practicality and value. It's not the first time that Subaru has nailed our criteria: the 2014 Subaru Forester was our Best Car To Buy 2014, representing our only repeat winner. 

The redesigned 2019 Subaru Forester might not have turned many heads but it got heads nodding in appreciation once behind the wheel. The spacious interior, great forward vision, standard active safety features, good fuel economy of 29 mpg combined with standard all-wheel drive, and impressive comfort and convenience features made it an all around great vehicle with great value. 

We recommended a well-equipped Forester Premium for $28,300, which appealed to our frugality without feeling like a budget crossover SUV. There were more powerful compact crossovers than the Forester's 182-horsepower 2.5-liter flat-4 with a continuously variable transmission, and there were stronger outward personalities. But no other 2019 vehicle matched the Forester's blend of function, comfort, safety, and value.

2018 Honda Accord

2018 Honda Accord

The 2018 Accord wowed us before we even drove it with its sleek styling, fuel-efficient engines, and luxury-level interior. Then we drove it. Expectations: exceeded. The 2018 Accord was enough to keep us in the sedan fold even against an onslaught of crossover SUVs that handle family duties with minivan-lite confidence. 

Honda's move to a turbocharged engine lineup gave the Accord some much-needed verve without sacrificing fuel economy. The all-day comfort of its seats combined with its improved Apple and Android-compatible infotainment made the Accord pleasant for daily commutes and for long highway treks. Top trims ride on an adaptive suspension that we said "hits our sweet spot." 

And at around $25,000 to start, the Accord was highly equipped at every level and cost well less than the average new car. Our enthusiasm for Honda's mid-size sedan hasn't waned, even as buyers flock toward crossover SUVs.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Long Term Fall Gallery

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Long Term Fall Gallery

The minivan isn't dead—if anything, it's becoming the "thinking family's hauler." It's with that mindset that the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica easily won us over. Its flexibility was unmatched by anything on our nominee list. Between two rows of seats that fold into the floor to create a completely flat load space at the tug of a pair of levers, a high-class interior with lots of standard and optional technology, and a strong V-6 engine, the Pacifica checked off all our boxes.

Later in the model year, a hybrid version arrived. Factoring in a federal rebate, the hybrid's actually cheaper—and thriftier—than the standard model, although it lost the hideaway second row that tucked into the cargo floor.

The Pacifica won't reboot minivans as buyers increasingly flock to less useful crossovers, but those in the know certainly get it.

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot

In 2016, Honda surprised us with its third-generation Pilot. Its predecessor was surprisingly trucky, but the new-for-2016 Pilot arrived with slick styling and road manners to match. In typical Honda fashion it made leaps and bounds inside where buyers need the most, gaining a far more versatile interior with excellent space for every passenger.

Moreover, the Pilot was surprisingly good to drive. We called it "suave, slick, with great utility and safety to boot" last year, and the same holds true now. 

Competition only gets fiercer among three-row crossovers, but the Pilot remains a standout. An update for 2019 made active safety tech standard and reworked some of the optional transmission's shortcomings. 

2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

Displacing even its versatile Subaru Outback sibling, the mid-size Legacy won the 2015 award for a variety of reasons. It was as polished to drive as any rival, and it came standard with all-wheel drive. Its spacious interior trended toward luxurious with its soft materials and elegant design, and Subaru didn't skimp on active safety tech. 

We had an especially competitive pool of rivals for the 2015 award, but the Legacy's outstanding value helped it: "It’s the value factor that really nudges the Legacy ahead of every other contender," we reported. 

Today, the Legacy retains those solid virtues and remains desirable among mid-size sedans—especially with active safety gear newly standard for 2019. A revamped Legacy bowed for 2020.

2014 Subaru Forester

2014 Subaru Forester

With its wide range of trim levels, two powertrains, standard all-wheel drive, and stellar outward visibility, the Subaru Forester was an easy choice as the Best Car To Buy 2014. We liked its base 4-cylinder engine as much as the zippy turbo unit in the Forester XT, and we were especially appreciative of its move toward mainstream.

"It's no longer an oddball niche wagon; instead it's a fully sorted, thoughtfully designed vehicle in nearly every respect, looking beyond the crowd that dons Tevas and fleeces and incorporates a carabiner in their daily commute gear," we said. 

Subaru reworked the Forester for 2019, keeping its chunky looks but swapping in a new, stiffer platform and a more versatile interior. 

2013 Ford Fusion

2013 Ford Fusion

Aston Martin-like styling wasn't the only thing that attracted us to the Ford Fusion a few years back. Making its predecessor look like the humble choice that it really was, the redesigned Fusion brought some much-needed style and a wide range of engine options to the mid-size sedan. Not only that, but also it was entertaining to drive and comfortable on the freeway.

"There's nothing exotic on its spec sheet, but the Fusion steers briskly, rides firmly, and barely conceals the European-engineered sport sedan hiding behind its American nameplate," we said.

Today, the Fusion is starting to feel a little long-in-the-tooth up against more recently redesigned rivals, but it's still a looker. A new Fusion Sport with a twin-turbo V-6 infused (pardon the pun) this model with some more excitement, but Ford has plans to drop sedans from its lineup over the next year. 

2012 Ford Focus

2012 Ford Focus

Ford looked to Europe for the 2012 winner, too, with its new Ford Focus. American buyers were short-changed a Focus redesign (its predecessor dated back to the late 1990s), but we found a Focus that was totally worth the wait. Available as a sedan or a five-door, the Focus was fun to drive and was a good value. Suddenly, everything else in its class felt, well, outclassed. 

"Even in a day where dull, droning econoboxes are the exception rather than the rule, the 2012 Focus grabs attention, both for the way it looks and for the way it handles," we said back then.

Ford chose not to replace the Focus after this model's run. It retired the name after the 2018 model year and shelved plans to bring the redesigned model to the U.S. in favor of crossovers and pickup trucks. 

Few cars have wowed the auto industry in recent years like the Hyundai Sonata. Going from dull to stop-and-stare in just a single generation, the Sonata is the model that vaulted Hyundai into the mainstream. Every Hyundai since owes its success to the 2011 Sonata. We loved its lineup that included naturally aspirated and turbocharged 4-cylinders, as well as a thrifty hybrid, which helped us award it top honors in our inaugural Best Car To Buy competition.

"That it does so at a base price of $19,995 is a testament to the thorough transformation it's undergone—in moving to a U.S. assembly site, in adopting a vivid and memorable new styling theme, and in delivering top-notch safety and a full list of standard features, right out of the box."

Hyundai redesigned the Sonata for 2015 and updated it again for 2018. The latest models don't capture the 2011's magic, but they remain excellent mid-size sedans. A stylish new Sonata has been introduced for 2020. 

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