2017 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid First Drive: Refreshed Inside and Out, But No More Energetic

-As plug-in hybrids go, the Ford Fusion Energi has ranked among the best. It won a comparison test in 2013 against the now discontinued Honda Accord plug-in hybrid and has seen little competition from other mid-size sedans with plugs until this model year, when the Hyundai Sonata plug-in arrived. Next came that car’s mechanical twin, the 2017 Kia Optima hybrid, which made its debut earlier this year. With more contenders on the way, Ford put its Fusion Energi into the refresh-o-tron for 2017, with a facelift and some nifty interior updates as well as a new, fancy-pants Platinum model for green-leaning types who prefer to be eco-friendly while nestled in the lap of luxury. READ MORE ››-
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2016 Mazda CX-9 First Drive: Sporty and Efficient

-The new Mazda CX-9 occupies a class of vehicles that often come up a bit short on style, even though that’s ostensibly the reason why many buyers are choosing a three-row crossover over a much more spacious and practical minivan. The need for passenger and cargo space tend to drive body-side sheetmetal that’s more upright and a roofline that plunges less dramatically, if much at all. And these competing priorities tend to water down the elegance of these vehicles, where functionality is so mission critical. READ MORE ››-
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2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid First Drive: A More Refined and Quietly Efficient Four-Door

-For 2017, Ford has graced its Fusion hybrid with an additional trim level—the zooty Platinum spec—along with a host of cosmetic changes shared with the rest of the mid-size Ford Fusion sedan range, but you’ll have to look closely to detect differences. The Aston Martin–like grille is slightly wider than before to give the front end a lower look. The headlights are new, too, with the base S and SE models using projector-beam-style halogen lights, while the Titanium and Platinum trim models get standard LED lights. All trim levels employ restyled LED taillights dressed up by a chrome spear. READ MORE ››-
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2017 Ford Fusion Platinum First Drive: Quiet Competence

-The current Ford Fusion has proved eminently popular, with more than 300,000 sold in each of the past two years, offering audacious looks (for the segment, mind you), secure handling, and a good amount of technology. Thing is, the fetching four-door hasn’t proved to be terribly premium or overtly sporty, just reasonably good at being a mid-size Ford sedan. For 2017, Ford attempts to bring both traits to the lineup by adding two more Fusion trim levels: the new 325-hp Fusion Sport and the car reviewed here, the Fusion Platinum. READ MORE ››-
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Subaru Recalls 48,500 Legacy, Outback Models for Steering Failure

-Subaru is recalling 48,500 Legacy and Outback models for total steering failure, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.–Steering shafts on the 2016–2017 Legacy and Outback, plus one 2015 Outback brought in for service, may have been manufactured using a faulty machine. The result isn’t a lack of power assist but a total loss of all steering connection to the front wheels. A spokesman told us that the defect does not have anything to do with Subaru’s latest EyeSight upgrade for 2016 models, which adds lane keeping assist that moves the steering wheel automatically when the car’s cameras detect that it’s crossing lane markings.—Subaru Recalls 32,000 Imprezas for Airbag Sensors -EyePatch: Subaru Recalling 72,000 Vehicles for Faulty EyeSight Safety Tech-GM and Subaru Add 390,000 Cars and Trucks to Takata Airbag Recall —Subaru first discovered the problem on May 3 when a customer reported it on a 2016 Outback. It’s unusually swift for any automaker to approve a recall within one week, but Subaru did just that and warned owners not to drive their cars until dealers can replace the steering columns. No injuries or accidents have been reported related to the potential defect.-
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2015 Tesla Model S P85D Long-Term Update: Not Quite Weatherproof

-WHAT WE LIKE: Riding in Car and Driver’s long-term Tesla Model S P85D may result in feeling butterflies in your stomach, or your stomach in your throat, or the sensation that partially digested butterflies might suddenly stream out of your throat. These are just a few of the reactions reported by passengers after thrill rides in Tesla’s electric rocket. Of all of the fast and slinky cars that pass through our parking lot, the Tesla Model S is the only one that consistently astounds automotive enthusiasts and agnostics in equal measure. We’re big fans of the P85D’s effortless 3.3-second zero-to-60-mph blast—sudden but never violent—but we’re even happier that Tesla seems to be getting average Americans excited about cars again. READ MORE ››-
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