Day: May 7, 2020

5 things to know about Uconnect 5

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Uconnect 5 is the latest update to one of the few native infotainment systems that is preferable to smartphone connections. Improvements to the system include five times faster processing power, larger touchscreens with three times better resolution, over-the-air updates for seamless patches to the system, and an interface that is familiar to Uconnect 4, FCA spokespeople said in a virtual demonstration of the system.

“We didn’t want to undo what we had, we wanted to take it to the next level,” Vince Galante, chief designer-user experience, said in the call. To do so, FCA tripled the size

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The 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 SUV “nose” the right spice level

These are halcyon days for fleet-footed crossover SUVs. 

Saucy ‘utes like the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 43 AMG hardly look like they’re just as quick as their smaller siblings but stopwatches don’t lie. In the example above, Mercedes says the GLC43 crossover takes just 4.7 seconds from 0-60 mph compared to the C43 sedan’s time of 4.5 seconds. Two-tenths of a second is about how long it takes for you to double-tap the start/stop button on your phone’s stopwatch. (Go ahead and give it a try, I’ll wait here. Done? Good.) That difference is meaningless in the real world, innit?

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Traffic fatalities decreased, miles driven increased in 2019

Estimated traffic fatalities decreased in 2019 despite an increase in driving, according to a report from the NHTSA released on Wednesday. 

There were projected to be 36,120 traffic fatalities in 2019, which is a 1.2% decrease from 2018. It marks the third consecutive year of declines from a post-recession high point of 37,806 traffic fatalities in 2016.

“Safety is our top priority so this report that traffic fatalities appear to have decreased again for the third year is great news,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

At the same time, the total number of vehicle miles traveled increased 0.9%

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2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Ford Explorer: Compare Crossover SUVs

2020 Ford Explorer ST – First Drive – Portland OR, June 2019

Three-row crossover SUVs are having their day in the sun. These family haulers provide the spaciousness and safety of a minivan with the style and performance of something less…egg-shaped. 

Two of the bestselling three-row SUVs, the 2020 Honda Pilot and 2020 Ford Explorer, go about their family business a bit differently. What the Pilot lacks in style it makes up for in roominess and top safety ratings. Overhauled for 2020, the Explorer added new powertrains, including hybrid and ST performance models, but still provides a comfy ride in

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