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FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf

The people's electric car.

2015 BMW M4 Review

Heritage meets heresy with glorious results.

2014 Jaguar F-Type S Convertible Review

A journey through space and time with Jaguar's best car in years.

2015 Honda Fit EX-L Review

Still a good Fit after all these years.

The Daily Driver

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

2015 BMW M4

Bang for Your Buck: 2014 Honda Accord Touring V-6

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

This week, we'll be using the 2014 Honda Accord Touring V-6 for our control unit. It's the family sedan; the Accord has been around since the Precambrian Era, and it's won awards nearly every one of those years. It's a hard-to-beat combination of comfort, fun, thrift, and sensibility; these days, the 278-horsepower V-6 models are hitting 34 mpg on the highway. And, coming fully loaded for about $34,000, it's also a tough price to beat.

Autospeak Explained: Extended-Range Electric Vehicle

Simplifying car jargon and techspeak for ordinary people.

It's not surprising that the average person on the street doesn't know the difference between electric vehicles, hybrids, and extended-range electric vehicles. After all, just because we own a smart phone doesn't mean we understand how a liquid crystal display works.

The 2015 Honda Civic SE: A Proper Middle Ground

Bang for your buck is the purpose of the Civic's new trim level.

Honda revamped its Civic Sedan back in 2013, and just last year, the automaker gave the Civic Coupe a host of style updates. You'd think, then, that Honda would sit back and take the 2015 model year off - you know, maybe add a new paint color, or maybe update the roads on the navigation system, something simple like that. Nope, not Honda; for the 2015 model year, Honda's introducing the Civic SE, a new trim level that makes higher-trim tech more affordable.

Who Cares What the Hellcat's Mileage Is?

Drive it the way you'll want to, and you'll be lucky to get 16.

This week's big news in Hellcatland is that Dodge's ultramegafast muscle car has been given a damn impressive 22 mpg rating. That's a hell of an mpg rating for a car that boasts 707 horsepower and remarkable 3.6-second zero-to-sixty time. But who cares what kind of mileage a Hellcat gets?

LIST: 5 Beautiful XCAR Videos to Spend Some Time With

Good videos appeal to more than just one sense.

Most car videos on the internet involve a narrator - ours included. However, the narrator isn't always necessary. Sometimes, using little more than a great understanding of mise-en-scène, you can create videos that attack more than just the eyes or the ears. They make you feel something. That's what XCAR does; through thorough interviews and plenty of on-road footage (and, yes, some occasional narration), XCAR's efforts result in some of the most beautiful car videos on the internet.

Wicked Tech: Honda's "Virtual Towing" Safety Feature

Semi-autonomous driving features are all the rage right now.

At last week's Intelligent Transportation Society World Congress in Detroit, automakers were previewing autonomous driving technology systems currently underway. The buzz word was vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology, using which cars on the road are able to "talk" with each other to prevent accidents and make the road a safer place.

Electric Vehicle Sound Off

Automakers are fixing the problem of EV cars being too quiet.

As I sat inside of a Lexus ES 300 the other day, I put my foot on the brake and hit the start button. I observed the series of lights and chimes, indicating the car was awakening. Then ... nothing. As I closed the door and prepared to back out of a parking space I heard myself ask aloud, "Is this thing on?"

News Roundup: Numbers from GM and Two New Toyotas

Your auto news roundup for the week of 09/12 - 09/19.

GM has set up a compensation fund for families of victims who died as a result of GM's ignition switches, and they're currently in the process of vetting each settlement claim. Numbers are finally starting to come out of the woodwork; in the process of going through these claims, 19 deaths and 12 injuries have been slated for compensation thus far.

The World's First 3D Printed Car

Built in just 44 hours, with 40-some parts, and, it's electric!

Layer by layer, inch by inch, the world's first 3D printed car appeared on the McCormick Place's showroom floor as eager attendees at the International Manufacturing Technology Show watched in awe. Printed in just 44 hours, the vehicle is paving the way in automotive technology, having been successfully fabricated from a computer design to a physical object.

7 Awesome Car Beds You'll Want to Sleep In

You're never too old to sleep in a race-car bed.

No one wants to get old. People will do just about anything to recapture their youth. For some of us, that means one thing: Race car bed. If nostalgia is creeping up on you, or you just want your kid to have the coolest room on the block, a race car bed is the way to go. Nothing says "spoiled rotten" or "status" like a bed that looks like a car. Here are seven awesome examples.

Charging Batteries with Salt Water: Wait, What?

No, that doesn't mean you can drive it in the ocean.

Would you believe us if we told you that there is currently an electric car that doesn't need to be charged, but instead filled with salt water? We don't blame you for your skepticism; in fact, we were a bit skeptical, too, when we first heard of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine. However, the systems behind this potentially revolutionary (and poorly named) car are very real, so we're going to tell you how it works, and why it might still be hokum.

Porsche May Have Created the Most Hipster Thing Ever

What's more hip than a pop-up record store in Manhattan?

Occasionally, an event will take place that is so important, so seminal to a place and time that it will be remembered fondly years afterward. This is not one of those events. In actuality, it's just something very strange - so strange, in fact, that even your garden-variety hepcat might consider it too weird with which to get involved. Porsche has created a pop-up record store in Manhattan, focused entirely on the "sound of Porsche." Do we have any hipsters here that knows what that means?

Recall Roundup: Toyota, Ford, GM, Mercedes ... You Name It

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

Toyota has issued a recall for approximately 130,000 of its 2014 Toyota Tundra pickup trucks (both Crew-Max Cab and Double Cab variants). One of the body panels, a piece of trim on the pillar between the front and rear doors, might be installed in a way that prevents the side curtain airbags from deploying correctly. If that happens, occupants might not receive the highest level of protection, and that's not good news for anybody.

Weekly Car Porn: Off-Roading

These rides love to get down and dirty in the outdoors.

For those of you who like to drool over ridiculously good-looking cars, you are not alone. Car Porn is Web2Carz.com's weekly series where we bring you 10 swoon-worthy automobiles every Wednesday that will always be easy on the eyes and get you through the rest of the week! Roll up your sleeves, because this week, we're getting dirty with these rides that just can't resist adventure.