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FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Dodge Challenger

Big-body fun without breaking the bank.

2014 Toyota Prius Review

Mission-focused hybrid does what it sets out to do.

2014 BMW M235i

A not-so-quiet riot.

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Half the Range Rover for half the price.

The Daily Driver

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

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander and 2014 Fiat 500C

Recall Roundup: Multiculturalism

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

Takata's recall of its airbag inflator is reaching epic proportions. Now, BMW has jumped back into the fray by announcing a recall of every single 3 Series built between 2000 and 2006 (that's the E46 generation, for you Bimmerphiles). That's between one and two million vehicles, all for a faulty airbag inflator. As soon as BMW gets the parts, it'll notify the affected owners, many of whom are undoubtedly very excited to go back to the dealership.

The Ravonettes Rave On

Dynamic Danish duo deliver the goods on their seventh album.

Whenever a band gets compared to the Velvet Underground (which the Raveonettes do, constantly), it's never entirely clear what that comparison is supposed to mean. Does it mean they write noisy rave-ups like "Sister Ray" and "White Light/White Heat?" Does it mean they churn out timeless ballads like "Lisa Says," "Pale Blue Eyes," and "Jesus"? Do they write jangly pop or feedback-laden dirges?

Finally, America Has Good Reason to Love Diesel

We're finally growing out of our too-old habits.

Old habits die hard, but that doesn't mean they can't be beaten. Take diesel cars, for example; America buys fewer diesel cars than our European counterparts do, in part due to a long-standing stereotype that diesels are clunky, gross polluters that provide little in the way of benefits. Now, many, many years after the rest of the world has jumped on the bandwagon, it seems American sentiment towards diesel is changing, and for good reason.

If You Don't Buy Used Motor Oil, You're Killing Baby Seals

It's time to pull the trigger on re-refined oil.

It goes without saying that changing your oil is the most important aspect of maintaining your vehicle. It's as unavoidable as death or taxes. But have you ever stopped to wonder what happens to your oil after it's removed? Where does it go? Whether you take your vehicle somewhere and shell out the bucks or you opt to do it yourself, proper disposal of the old stuff is extremely important for the environment.

No, Self-Driving Cars Won't Make Things Worse

Despite what one engineer thinks, autonomy won't create more problems.

Most technophiles look forward to the impending autonomous-car revolution. It takes bad drivers off the roads, it should seriously reduce congestion, and it will give commuters more time to do things that aren't driving. Great, right? Well, if you're a scientist for Toyota, like Ken Laberteaux is, you might think that self-driving cars will make problems worse, not better. Of course, you'd be wrong, but every opinion is a valid one, right?

How Do Sharks Feel About Shark Week? I Asked One.

With Shark Week rapidly approaching, it's time for shark fever.

I like to start the week by watching the worst movie in the Jaws franchise - Jaws 3-D. I work my way backward, finishing with the original by the end of the week. Along the way, I binge watch whatever shark-inspired dramatizations The Discovery Channel throws at me. But I always wonder, amidst the shark attack footage and divers in chain mail diving suits, "How do sharks feel about Shark Week?" Fortunately, I was able to ask one.

GALLERY: 7 Cool Hidden-Headlight Cars

The most pointless car feature ever was also one of the best.

Headlights are one of the simplest and most effective car safety features ever devised. Not only do they light the road ahead, but they make sure your car is visible to other cars. Headlights have been in cars since before Henry Ford's first Model T rolled off the assembly line, and they are central to the design of a car's "personality."

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe: Road-Trip Review

Does Chevy's big SUV work as a long-distance cruiser?

When Chevrolet pitched the idea of one of us driving one of its cars across the Midwest to take in the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Minneapolis, with the idea being that Chevy is as American as baseball and apple pie (please tell me you remember that ad. If you don't, I'm making my reservation for the nursing home right now), my first thought, after hoping I'd draw the assignment, was "I hope the test vehicle is a Corvette Stingray."

Bang for Your Buck: 2015 Chrysler 200

Checking out a new car's competition from the used-car market.

This week, our choice of vehicle is a bit more sensible. It's also brand new; it's the 2015 Chrysler 200, and it positions itself as a competitor in the midsize market, which contains such venerable vehicles as the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. The 200 has a pretty spiffy interior design, and it gets up to 36 mpg highway. That said, it's a bit on the expensive side; a 4-cylinder model with some equipment comes in at almost $27,000.

Don't Be an Idiom: Gun it

Exploring the origins of everyday words and phrases.

Why do people "gun" their engines? And what do guns have to do with automobiles? The first usage of the phrase "gun it," or "gun the engine" appeared sometime in the 1930s, and was almost certainly a shortened form of an earlier phrase "give it the gun."

Top 7 Banned Car Commercials

These videos were just too risqué for the public to handle.

By now you've probably heard that the awesome Jaguar ad featuring the dashing Tom Hiddleston has been forever pulled from the airwaves. We'll miss you Hiddleston, and we know you aren't the only one to feel the iron hand of censorship. We found some other interesting car commercials that were banned, some more provocative than others, so here they are, five videos deemed too risqué for society to view.

GALLERY: An Illuminating History of the Headlight

Showing us the way, from gas light to lasers.

If Einstein was correct, our cars (as well as our planes, trains, and shuttles) will never travel faster than the speed of light, no matter how many pound-feet of torque their engines produce. This means that until humans evolve the ability to see in the dark, we will always rely on headlights to guide us through the inky blackness.

Vagina Kayak, Black Captain America, and Weird Al

All the trends that have been trending online this week.

Unless you've been there (i.e. really high), you really can't judge the two dudes for breaking into a school and stealing Froot Loops. They were hungry. Just after burning, one of the stealthy Florida teens, outfitted in commando gear, went on a mission to cure their munchies when Hernandez County Police nabbed the two "heads."

7 Essential Road Trip Foods

There's no reason you shouldn't splurge when driving

There's almost nothing I love more than a road trip. I don't really care where I'm headed. Whether it's a semi-annual trip to Mexico or Las Vegas, or an annual holiday trip at Thanksgiving or Christmas, there's always a palpable energy of excitement. What will happen? Will I reach my destination safely? Will this trip take a bizarre twist and become the basis for the next Wrong Turn sequel? But there's one thing I can always count on during a road trip - shitty "bomb shelter"