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2020 Toyota Camry TRD costs $31,995

2020 Toyota Camry TRDThe sport-tuned 2020 Toyota Camry TRD will start at $31,995 (including a $955 destination fee), making it cheaper than other V-6 variants of the long-running family sedan. Toyota has't formally announced pricing for the Camry TRD, but the company's 2020-model-year order guide for the Camry includes pricing for all available variants, the TRD...

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV gets 21-mile range bump, to 259 miles

2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVChevrolet announced Thursday that its 2020 Bolt EV is getting a 21-mile bump in range, bringing its total up to 259 miles---an almost-10-percent increase compared to the 2019 model. The additional range comes from an adjustment to the Bolt EV's battery chemistry, which resulted in a 10% improvement in the pack's capacity---from 60 kwh to 66. EVs...

Decades of engineering preceded the milliseconds before this Honda was crashed

Honda safety demonstrationHidden in crumpled metal, rippled hoods, shattered wheels, and smeared paint, Honda engineers have found order. Order exists all around them, of course. The research and design center near Columbus, Ohio, coats cold office space with white paint and lots of sterile concrete, hard walls, and inanimate dummies. Every worker wears a white coat to...

2020 Honda Civic Si gets updated looks, performance tweaks

2020 Honda Civic SiThe perky Honda Civic Si is getting a handful of tweaks for the 2020 model year, including some nip-and-tuck styling updates and a shorter final-drive ratio for better performance. In the design department, the 2020 Civic Si sedan and coupe get only minor updates to keep the styling fresh. Up front, the grille has been tweaked and new body-colored...

2019 Volvo S90, XC90 awarded IIHS Top Safety Pick

2019 Volvo XC90Volvo scored two more Top Safety Pick awards for its 2019 lineup, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced Thursday. This round of awards goes to the S90 sedan and the XC90 SUV. Both vehicles were penalized for the subpar performance of their optional curve-following headlights, which actually fared worse in IIHS testing than...