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2014 Kia Optima Hybrid EX Review

A perfectly fine hybrid, but alas, still a hybrid.

2014 Jaguar XJL Supercharged Review

An expensive value proposition.

2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Review

More proof that you can't manufacture muscle.

FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Dodge Challenger

Big-body fun without breaking the bank.

The Daily Driver

Our auto journalists give daily impressions of the cars they drive.

2014 Nissan Rogue and 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Meet The Psycho Sisters

Susan Cowsill and Vicki Peterson release long awaited CD

Susan Cowsill and Vicki Peterson were meant to find each other and make music. They have done just that for over two-decades, first as the unrecorded duo The Psycho Sisters, then as sought-after back-up singers, and ultimately by spearheading the vocal attack in the Continental Drifters

Wicked Tech: Brighten Up Your Love Life

Ayatori phone accessory connects people through romantic light.

Dating in the 21st century has already become complicated enough with the internet and social media offering a host of new channels for people to connect, but what if your potential partner is actually sitting in the coffee shop right next to you while you're too busy swiping left on your phone to notice?

Has the Battery Barrier Been Broken?

Stanford research could lead to practical electric cars.

Overcoming the technical limitations of battery storage is one of the great big prizes in the tech world. The battery biz accounts for about $50 billion dollars of our global economy, but despite the tireless research of dozens of high-dollar R&D departments, battery life continues to vex our attempts to build a better laptop, or smart watch, or electric car. But if new research from Stanford University proves practical, that could all change very soon.

Recall Roundup: It Never Stops, Does It?

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week, shall we?

The case of the faulty Takata airbag inflators claims even more victims this week, as Mazda announced yet another recall, this one affecting 18,050 vehicles. If you're new to this problem, Takata-supplied airbag inflators might emit more shrapnel than airbag in the event of an accident. Repairs start in August, so be on your best behavior until then.

Feds Want Faster Recalls

A quicker pace for recalls may not be practical.

Given how many recalls have taken place in the auto industry this year, it's no surprise that the federal government wants automakers to speed up the recall process. However, that might not be possible for practical reasons, as General Motors shows with the case of the not-yet-fixable Cadillacs.

Weekly Car Porn: Street Racing Cars

These barely legal rides have the need for speed.

For those of you who like to drool over ridiculously good-looking cars, you are not alone. Web2Carz will now be bringing you 10 swoon-worthy automobiles every Wednesday that will always be easy on the eyes and get you through the rest of the week! Happy hump day, if you know what we mean! This week we're feeling the need for speed with these hot street cars.

Death to the Cube: 5 Nissan Replacements

Some future/concept cars Nissan should work on now.

Nissan just announced its Cube won't be returning to the 2015 lineup. Should you care? Not especially. The Nissan Cube didn't pick up where others have left off. It simply attempted to cash in on the success of similar models from other manufacturers.

On The Run: Beyoncé & Jay-Z Take Chicago by Storm

Dynamic duo brings down the house at Soldier Field.

Flawless - while it may sound cliché, it's really the only word that will do justice to describe the show-stopping, explosive performances given by Beyoncé and Jay-Z during their "On The Run" concert at Soldier Field last Thursday. Over 60,000 eager, screaming fans anxiously waited for the power couple to take the stage, and boy, do they know how to make an entrance.

Six Japanese Cars to Not Look Forward To

Innovation doesn't always work out for the better.

This week, Automotive News released a series of articles describing its vision for the five-year product pipeline of Japan's Big Three automakers (Honda, Toyota, and Nissan). It's a compilation of rumors and facts that attempts to paint a picture of what we can expect from imported vehicles through the end of the decade. There's a lot of potential in these projected timelines, but while not every bit is exciting, some things on that list are very unexciting.

BMW Creates Its Own Fast-Charging Station

The German stalwart is taking a page from Tesla's textbook.

One of the biggest issues with electric vehicles at the moment is charging time. With most standard plugs, it takes hours upon hours to return your EV to a full charge. And, with most EV ranges under 300 miles, this fact could be troublesome for drivers with long commutes or the desire for a proper road trip. Tesla's already remedied the situation for its own brand by installing high-powered Superchargers. No other automaker has a similar system - until now, thanks to BMW.

The James Brown Story Gets Told

New biopic aims to introduce the Godfather of Soul to new generations.

Biopics are pretty much all terrible. At their best they give a basic biography of a well-known life, usually omitting the more interesting details, especially those that might put their subjects in a less-than-perfect light. At their worst they are terrible soap-opera-level melodramas that could just as easily be about anybody else who did something that got them famous.

Nine Japanese Cars to Look Forward To

Rising stars from The Land of the Rising Sun.

This week, Automotive News released a series of articles describing its vision for the five-year product pipeline of Japan's Big Three automakers (Honda, Toyota, and Nissan). It's a compilation of rumors and facts that attempts to paint a picture of what we can expect from imported vehicles through the end of the decade. There's a lot of potential in these projected timelines, and while not every bit is exciting, there are plenty of things over which to geek out.

What's the Deal With Salvaged-Title Vehicles?

Should you pass on a good deal because of title status?

So I've been toying with the idea of trading the Jeep for something else. Recently I approached someone about bartering my Wrangler for his 2001 Subaru Impreza RS. I spent a few sleepless nights weighing the pros and cons of making the switch. I finally, after several years, have gotten the Jeep to a point where it is reliable again. This reliability came at the cost of several dozen new parts, some blood, and a lot of curse words.

The Most Versatile Airplane

Fish, camp, and explore, all with the MVP Aero.

As our means of transportation continue to evolve, we expect more and more out of the machines we rely on to get us from point A to point B, be it planes, trains, or automobiles. While we're still figuring out how to design a mash-up of these methods for a super vehicle, individually, planes and cars are making huge strides, from cars that park themselves to versatile aircrafts that do more than simply fly.