Most capable full-size SUV for towing? The 2018 Ford Expedition, again

One of the last provinces for full-size SUVs are its ability to haul, tow, drag, or lug myriad toys up and down interstates, from one campsite to the next.

After all, car-based seven-seaters can offer the same interior space with better fuel efficiency and a better ride.

Eager to hold the high ground, Ford’s new Expedition can lay claim to the superlative of best-in-class towing potential among full-sizers. It took the crown from itself.

The company announced Thursday that the new 2018 Ford Expedition can be equipped to haul up to 9,300 pounds attached to its stern. Ford measured the capability using the widely accepted—and more stringent—J2807 SAE standard.

The new Expedition will come equipped with a 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6, which Ford calls EcoBoost, and a 10-speed automatic as standard. Last year’s version was equipped with the same engine, but a 6-speed automatic instead, and was rated to tow up to 9,200 pounds

... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1110639_most-capable-full-size-suv-for-towing-the-2018-ford-expedition-again

Which 2017 Cars Offer In-Car Wi-Fi? | News | Cars.com

CARS.COM — The next frontier for in-car connectivity is Wi-Fi mobile hot spots that allow you to wirelessly connect multiple devices while the car is hurtling down the road. In these cars, SUVs and trucks, a tablet or laptop — not just a smartphone — can remotely connect to office networks, play movies and TV shows, access hundreds of online radio stations and tap into other internet fare while the car is rolling down the road.

Related: Which 2016 Cars Offer In-Car Wi-Fi?

Since Audi became the first brand to offer built-in Wi-Fi in 2011, the list has grown to 16 brands and more than 100 vehicle lines for the 2017 model year, and it includes non-luxury brands and pickup trucks. Moreover, most automakers now are using faster 4G LTE systems.

The vehicles listed here have factory-installed, built-in Wi-Fi that makes the vehicle a mobile hot spot, and they can

... read more at: https://www.cars.com/articles/which-2017-cars-offer-in-car-wi-fi-1420692490461/

Consumer Reports names top-ranked vehicles in reliability survey

Consumer Reports on Monday released its predicted reliability rankings for 2017 model-year vehicles and brands. The rankings are based on a survey of the magazine’s subscribers as well as Consumer Reports’ road tests and safety data.

Here are the 10 most reliable vehicles and the 10 least reliable vehicles and their scores on a scale of 0-100.

MOST RELIABLE

  1. Toyota Prius (94)
  2. Lexus CT 200h (94)
  3. Infiniti Q70 (91)
  4. Audi Q3 (91)
  5. Lexus GX (90)
  6. Lexus GS (89)
  7. Mercedes-Benz GLC (89)
  8. Chevrolet Cruze (89)
  9. Audi Q7 (88)
  10. Toyota 4Runner (88)

LEAST RELIABLE

  1. Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon (13)
  2. Fiat 500 L (13)
  3. Ford Fiesta (13)
  4. Ram 2500 (13)
  5. Tesla Model X (12)
  6. Chrysler 200 (11)
  7. Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL (10)
  8. Jeep Renegade (8)
  9. Ford Focus (6)
  10. Cadillac Escalade (3)

 


TOP 3 BY CATEGORY

Subcompact

  1. Hyundai Accent
  2. Nissan Versa Note
  3. Chevrolet Sonic

Compact

  1. Chevrolet Cruze
  2. Toyota Corolla
  3. Mazda3

Midsize

  1. Kia Optima
  2. Toyota Camry
  3. Honda Accord

Large car

  1. Hyundai Azera
  2. Toyota Avalon
  3. Chevrolet Impala

Hybrid/Electric

  1. Toyota Prius
  2. Toyota Prius V
  3. Nissan Leaf

Luxury entry-level

  1. Lexus CT 200h
  2. Buick Verano
  3. Acura ILX

Luxury compact

  1. Lexus IS
  2. Buick Regal
  3. BMW 3 Series

Luxury midsize

  1. Infiniti Q70
  2. Lexus GS
  3. Lexus ES

Luxury large car

  1. Lexus LS
  2. Tesla Model S
  3. Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Sporty car over $40,000

  1. Lexus RC
  2. BMW 2

    ... read more at: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/24/consumer-reports-top-ranked-vehicles-in-reliability-survey/

Which 2017 Cars Offer In-Car Wi-Fi?

CARS.COM — The next frontier for in-car connectivity is Wi-Fi mobile hot spots that allow you to wirelessly connect multiple devices while the car is hurtling down the road. In these cars, SUVs and trucks, a tablet or laptop — not just a smartphone — can remotely connect to office networks, play movies and TV shows, access hundreds of online radio stations and tap into other internet fare while the car is rolling down the road.

Related: Which 2016 Cars Offer In-Car Wi-Fi?

Since Audi became the first brand to offer built-in Wi-Fi in 2011, the list has grown to 16 brands and more than 100 vehicle lines for the 2017 model year, and it includes non-luxury brands and pickup trucks. Moreover, most automakers now are using faster 4G LTE systems.

The vehicles listed here have factory-installed, built-in Wi-Fi that makes the vehicle a mobile hot spot, and they can

... read more at: https://www.cars.com/articles/which-2017-cars-offer-in-car-wi-fi-1420692490461/

Marion County sheriff’s sergeant cleared in officer-involved shooting …

A Marion County sheriff’s sergeant who shot toward a man who injured him during a traffic stop earlier this month was justified in firing his weapon, a grand jury found Monday.

Juan Francisco Martinez 

Sgt. Jason Hickam fired toward Juan Francisco Martinez on April 7 near Woodburn, authorities said. Martinez wasn’t injured, according to the county district attorney’s office, and he was arrested later that day. 

Prosecutors announced details of the traffic stop Monday, saying Hickam and another sergeant told Martinez during the stop that his Cadillac Escalade would have to be towed because he didn’t have insurance. They said Martinez then started the engine and began driving away while Hickam’s arm was caught inside the SUV.

Hickam fired once toward the SUV before being “thrown to the ground,” prosecutors said. He was treated and released from a hospital. The other sergeant, Kevin Roberts, wasn’t injured.

The grand jury also indicted Martinez, 35, on

... read more at: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2017/04/marion_county_sheriffs_sergean.html

2017 Tesla Model X Review

After a rocky launch, the Tesla Model X SUV is seemingly on its (silent) way into many owners’ hands.

It’s too early for 2017 details—the automaker doesn’t follow traditional model years like others, and rolls out changes on the fly—but Tesla is finally building 5-seater versions of the Model X and now offers fold-flat rear seats, which was an early and frequent gripe from owners.

It’s offered in 75-, 90-, and 100-kwh battery sizes, all with all-wheel drive, and one performance model, the P100D. Ranges start at 237 miles and go up to 289 miles.

The Model X earns an 8.2 out of 10 on our overall scale with plenty of points for efficiency and features. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

Style and performance

It would always be hard for Tesla to follow up on the great looks of the Model S. (Eds note: The Model S could be coal-powered and still

... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/overview/tesla_model-x_2017

Man charged with hit-and-run in Gardiner that injured 2 people …

A West Gardiner man was arrested early Wednesday morning after allegedly driving a sport utility vehicle into two people Tuesday night in Gardiner.

The two injured people were taken to the hospital and the driver, 20-year-old Dakota Brann, was arrested on two counts of elevated aggravated assault, said Gardiner Police Chief James Toman. He was taken to the Kennebec County jail.

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Brann also has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and two counts of aggravated driving to endanger, according to a complaint filed by prosecutors at the Capital Judicial Center. His bail was set at $30,000.

The alleged assault was reported at 6:04 p.m. Tuesday after Brann got into an argument with a man and woman near their home on Winter Street in Gardiner, Toman said.

Brann left the scene in a 2005 Cadillac

... read more at: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/12/man-arrested-for-alleged-hit-and-run-in-gardiner/

Man charged with hit-and-run in Gardiner that injured 2 people

A West Gardiner man was arrested early Wednesday morning after allegedly driving a sport utility vehicle into two people Tuesday night in Gardiner.

The two injured people were taken to the hospital and the driver, 20-year-old Dakota Brann, was arrested on two counts of elevated aggravated assault, said Gardiner Police Chief James Toman. He was taken to the Kennebec County jail.

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Brann also has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and two counts of aggravated driving to endanger, according to a complaint filed by prosecutors at the Capital Judicial Center. His bail was set at $30,000.

The alleged assault was reported at 6:04 p.m. Tuesday after Brann got into an argument with a man and woman near their home on Winter Street in Gardiner, Toman said.

Brann left the scene in a 2005 Cadillac

... read more at: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/12/man-arrested-for-alleged-hit-and-run-in-gardiner/

Which 2016 Cars Offer In-Car Wi-Fi? | News | Cars.com

CARS.COM — Bluetooth technology that allows hands-free use of a cellphone in a car now is almost universal, and the ability to operate smartphone apps through a vehicle’s audio system with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay is rapidly heading in that direction. Conquering the next frontier for in-car connectivity — turning vehicles into Wi-Fi mobile hot spots for wirelessly connecting multiple devices — also is gaining momentum.

Related: Which 2017 Cars Offer In-Car Wi-Fi?

Since Audi became the first brand to offer built-in Wi-Fi in 2011, the list has grown to 16 brands and nearly 100 vehicle lines for the 2016 model year, and it includes non-luxury brands and pickup trucks. Moreover, most automakers now are using faster 4G LTE systems.

In these cars, SUVs and trucks, a tablet or laptop — not just a smartphone — can remotely connect to office networks, play movies and TV shows, access

... read more at: https://www.cars.com/articles/which-2016-cars-offer-in-car-wi-fi-1420692485384/

West Gardiner man arrested after allegedly hitting two people with his SUV

A West Gardiner man was arrested early Wednesday morning after allegedly driving a sport utility vehicle into two people Tuesday night in Gardiner.

The two people were taken to the hospital for their injuries and the driver, 20-year-old Dakota Brann, was arrested on two counts of elevated aggravated assault, said Gardiner Police Chief James Toman. He was taken to the Kennebec County jail.

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Brann also has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and two counts of aggravated driving to endanger, according to complaint filed by prosecutors at the Capital Judicial Center. His bail was set at $30,000.

The alleged assault was reported at 6:04 p.m. Tuesday after Brann got into an argument with a man and woman near their home on Winter Street in Gardiner, Toman said. According to witnesses, Brann decided to

... read more at: http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/04/12/west-gardiner-man-arrested-after-allegedly-hitting-two-people-with-his-suv/