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2019 Honda Insight first drive: relief in a rising sea

2019 Honda InsightConsider us as proverbial frogs, adrift in the rising oceans and paying nickels, dimes, and quarters more for gallons of the same gasoline every time we go to the pump. Impervious to the slow march toward $5 a gallon again, we’ll march happily along in crossovers and pickups until our credit cards boil over in exhaustion. Gas can’t get...

2019 Honda Insight hybrid sedan costs $23,725 to start

2019 Honda InsightWhen it goes on sale later this month, the 2019 Honda Insight hybrid sedan will start at $23,725 the automaker announced Wednesday. That price is for a base Insight LX that includes 16-inch alloy wheels, a 5.0-inch display for audio, Bluetooth connectivity, LED headlights, cloth upholstery and a suite of active safety features that includes...

2019 Honda Insight

2019 Honda InsightForget what you may remember about the Honda Insight. The 2019 Honda Insight is the third generation hybrid to wear the “Insight” name but shares little in common with its direct predecessors. The newest Insight takes competent bones passed down from the Civic and adds grown-up looks cribbed from the Accord. The Insight earns a 6.8...

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (C43 sedan)The 2019 Mercedes C-Class runs deep with upgrades, but a quick glance won’t reveal many of them. Most tuck in under the skin, and that works out beautifully, since the C-Class never met a handsome angle it didn’t like. In C300 or AMG C43 spec (with AMG C63 yet to come), the 2019 C-Class flourishes with a new base engine, and revamped...

Apple nabs ex-Google Waymo engineer to boost its self-driving car efforts

Apple’s self-driving system atop a Lexus RX - Image via MacCallister HigginsSelf-driving car development in Silicon Valley is starting to feel like a game of autonomous musical chairs. The Information reported Friday that Apple hired Jaime Waydo, senior self-driving car engineer away from Google’s Waymo unit. The news comes not long after news that Apple and VW will collaborate on a self-driving van set to transport...