Car Reviews

2014 Ford C-Max Energi Review

Purely electric roadtrips are still just publicity stunts.

2015 Subaru BRZ Series Blue Review

Blue Is the Funnest Color.

2015 Honda Accord Touring Review

Still the King of Cars, after all these years.

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Review

The Phineas Gage of sports cars.

The Daily Driver

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

2015 Buick LaCrosse

Throwback Thursday: The Ford Explorer

Ford's iconic SUV has reached a milestone of 7 million units.

What have the last five years done to our favorite rides? If you're in the market for a new vehicle, it might be prudent to take a look at some previous model years. We all know that saying about cars depreciating as soon as they're driven off the lot, but how much do they depreciate after half-a-decade? Are there optiions you simply can't live without today, that weren't available five years ago?

The Volkswagen Golf R Variant: The Wagon Is Back!

And there's actually a chance that America will get it!

The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is the automaker's replacement for the outgoing Jetta SportWagen. The Volkswagen Golf R is the hottest of hot hatches, with an all-wheel-drive system coupled to a high-horsepower turbocharged motor. Up until this year, Volkswagen hadn't thought it necessary to combine the two. But now it has, and the result is the Golf R Variant, otherwise known as the station wagon that America has been waiting on for some time.

Recapping the 2014 L.A. Auto Show: Day 2

2015 is going to be a great year for, well, everybody.

While there were plenty of releases on the first day of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the real meat-and-potatoes of the event took place on the second day. Automakers from around the world showcased a variety of cars, some heading to production, some remaining (for now) as mere concepts. If you can't make it to the L.A. Auto Show, fear not; we've recapped all the important unveilings of the second day right here for you to enjoy.

Recall Roundup: Ford, Land Rover, and Yes, Takata Again

Let's see what's new in automotive recalls this week.

Ford has issued a recall for the 2014-2015 Ford Fusion, Fusion Energi, and Fusion Hybrid. According to the automaker, the key might be able to be removed from the ignition without the vehicle in park. It's not a common situation where the problem can occur, so no crashes or anything have been linked to the problem yet. This recall affects about 65,000 cars in North America, 57,000 of which are in the U.S.

How to Refinance Your Auto Loan

Know what to look for when didtching double-digit interest rates.

The last time I purchased a new car, I was socked with a ridiculously high interest rate of nearly 15 percent. There was an unfortunate mishap with a certain credit reporting agency that had confused me with someone of the same name and home address - I'm technically a junior although neither my father nor I use our respective suffixes. As a result, several items appeared on my credit report that didn't belong to me including a home loan and an old bankruptcy.

Audi Gets Tied-Up with 50 Shades of Grey

German luxury cars featured in best-selling erotic romance novel.

What do Tony Stark and Christian Grey have in common? Audi's R8 Spyder. The German luxury automaker has officially announced its partnership with Universal Pictures for their upcoming film adaptation of the bestselling erotic romance novel 50 Shades of Grey. Turns out the novel that brought S&M to vanilla audiences everywhere is also filled with provocative autos, a collaboration Audi's marketing team describes as "a natural fit."

Black Rides We Wish We Could Buy Next Friday #CarPorn

Sit back and window shop from the comfort of your computer.

For those of you who like to drool over ridiculously good-looking cars, you are not alone. #CarPorn is'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! Happy hump day, if you know what we mean! We're not much for Black Friday shopping, but we're all about window shopping, and these black rides certainly caught our attention.

Recapping the 2014 L.A. Auto Show: Day 1

Highlighting the topography of next year's automotive landscape.

Another winter, another auto-show season. Once the weather gets cold, automakers seek to heat things up by releasing a whole host of new cars - both concept and production-ready - right in front of the public's collective face. Of course, not everybody can make it to each and every auto show, but that's where we come in. And it all starts today, with our recap of the first day of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Range Rover Has a Cruise Control for Off-Roading

Skill? Pff. Here's a button to press, instead.

From the company that brought you an invisible hood, you can now take your Land Rover off-road without ever having to, you know, drive the darn thing. If you happen to lack any sort of off-road experience, but you find yourself in the middle of the forest with no paved roads, this system could save you a whole host of time and effort. It's called All-Terrain Progress Control.

Volkswagen's 2014 Innovation Workshop Ramps up Efficiency

A slew of next-gen technology rises to the surface in Germany.

Breaking new ground in automotive technology doesn't come without a good deal of behind-the-scenes research and development. At Volkswagen's 2014 Innovation Workshop, the automaker discussed a variety of next-gen technologies that it plans to implement in the coming years. Some are more interesting than others (announcing the implementation of both CarPlay and Android Auto isn't exactly earth-shattering), but they're all important in one way or another.

Light and Charge: BMW's Brilliant Way to Charge Your EV

Hidden electric-car chargers might be the best bet.

When it comes to building out our electric-car infrastructure, we have yet to find a clever way to implement all this new technology alongside already existing structures. The best we've been able to do thus far is pack the chargers up in an attractive package (like Tesla's Supercharger); otherwise, most chargers just stand around by themselves, loitering in Walgreen's parking lots. Thankfully, BMW realized that this isn't the best way to approach the matter.

Year One: 2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited

Calculating first-year ownership expenses to show a car's true cost.

A car is an expensive thing to own. And the costs of ownership don't stop once you've settled on financing; between insurance, gas, and maintenance, you might end up spending several thousand dollars per year above and beyond the checks you send to the bank. In order to give you an idea of what these costs might be, we've compiled a list of additional expenses that owners are likely to encounter during their first year of vehicle ownership.

7 Best Concepts of Local Motors Sports Car Design Challenge

They brought us the Rally Fighter, sports cars are next.

In 2009, Local Motors ushered into the world an icon with the first-of-its-kind Rally Fighter. They're looking to do it again, but this time with a front engine, rear-wheel drive, manual transmission sports car. After persistent fans berated them with requests to design a sports car, they decided to turn to their loyal followers for ideas. Here's what they received.

This Week in 1998: DiamlerChrysler Hits the Stock Exchange

and all hell breaks loose for everyone involved.

On November 17, 1998, DaimlerChrysler hit the New York Stock exchange. What was touted as a "merger of equals" between Daimler AG and Chrysler would become a black mark on the history of both companies. Motivated by potential market growth and reduced production costs among other things, the $36 billion purchase was one of the biggest industrial mergers ever.