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2015 Chevrolet Trax LT AWD Review

Affordable yes, but also cheap.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD LS Review

Redefining the words entry-level pickup.

2015 Audi S3 Review

A hero in a half-shell.

2015 Range Rover HSE Review

Conspicuous consumption done right.

The Daily Driver

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

2015 Volkswagen Golf

BMW's 435i ZHP Pays Homage to One of the Best Equipment Packages Ever Conceived

It's not the same, but hey, it's better than nothin'.

Back in the days of the E46-generation BMW 3 Series, the hi-po M3 was offered in coupe form only. To rework the sedan to fit the M3's wheel setup would have required more fender work than BMW wanted, so the sedan only received a Performance Package, option-code ZHP. The E46 ZHP went on to be one of the most celebrated BMWs, but once the M3 sedan came back, the ZHP floated away into the ether. Now, it's back. Sort of.

News Roundup: American Driving Habits, Mazda's New Commercials, and an Alabama Aston

Your auto news roundup for the week of 05/15 - 05/22.

"Driving Matters" is the slogan behind Mazda's newest ad campaign, which is targeted at buyers who view driving as the opposite of a daily chore. It's a little less whimsical than "Zoom-Zoom," if you ask us. This campaign, which stretches across multiple mediums including print and television, features the whole vehicle lineup, not just the all-new MX-5.

The Legal Hits Just Keep on Coming for Ride-Sharing Company Uber

Drivers and passengers are taking aim at how Uber is doing business.

We already know Uber has been slapped with a billion-dollar suit alleging its founders stole their ride-sharing idea. But it has also been involved in two class-action suits involving the appropriation of drivers' gratuities. Uber drivers brought a putative class-action suit against the company alleging the car service tricked passengers into paying a 20-percent tip that wasn't fully paid to drivers.

Throwback Thursday: The Mazda MX-5 is the Bane of All British Roadsters

The Japanese creation is still one of the best values for sports cars.

Every week we take a look back at how our favorite cars, trucks, and SUVs have evolved over the years - the "embarrassing childhood photos". Welcome to Throwback Thursday! The Mazda MX-5 is deeply rooted in the history of the British roadster, although no one in Japan probably wants to admit that.

Do You Want to Work for Tesla? Well, Now's Your Chance

You don't mind moving to Nevada, do you? On your dime, of course.

Whether or not you like the company, you've got to admit that Tesla is one ambitious little company. The small-batch electric automaker, helmed by noted mad scientist Elon Musk, first started building electric cars. Then, it wanted to bring batteries into your home to reduce reliance on the grid. Of course, it'll need somewhere to build all these batteries, and its Gigafactory in Nevada is the answer to that question. Now, it needs a few more heads on the payroll.

Cranking Tunes with the Top Down? The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Has a System Built Just for That

And you don't need to sell a child to afford it!

Have you ever driven a convertible with the top down? (If you haven't, stop what you're doing right now and go do that. We'll wait here.) Have you tried to play music with that top down? More often than not, you're spinning the volume knob fruitlessly to the right, doing battle against cacophonous wind noise. At that point, you're missing out on any sort of sonic nuance. Some very expensive roadsters have solved this issue, but what of cars for the common man?

Recall Roundup: Takata Takata Takata Takata Takata Takata Takata Takata Takata Takata

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

Notice a theme with this week's recall roundup? This is a big week for the Takata recall, which began because some of their airbag inflators started exploding in clouds of shrapnel, rather than, you know, inflating an airbag. Now, Takata's finally issued a recall of its own. The company is still compiling the full list of vehicles; all we know for now is that this recall will affect a staggering 34 million vehicles in the United States.

Minor Speed Bump: Google's Self-Driving Vehicles Were Involved in 11 Accidents

Google states self-driving cars were never the cause of the accident.

Equipped with cameras, radar, and copious amounts of sensors, self-driving cars are better drivers than the humans operating them. Driver error causes 94 percent of crashes, so, in a self-driving car, the margin of error is greatly reduced using state-of-the-art modern technology. However, though self-driving cars have the potential to be more competent drivers than we are, they're not immune to the realities of human error.

Cars Ready To Go the Distance: 10 High Performance GT Vehicles #CarPorn

These Grand Tourers travel in comfort and style.

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!

5 Unavoidable Auto Mechanic Services You Never Want to Attempt Yourself

Even DIY owners should plan on skipping these services.

Even with a garage full of tools, there will inevitably come a time when all but the most experienced of shade-tree mechanics will have to seek the help of a professional. If you've forgotten what it's like to shell out huge dollars for your car, here's a reminder. These are five services for the pros.

BMW's New M6 Competition Package Will Satisfy Your Need for Even More Speed

Adding more power to stay ahead of the, um, competition.

Do you like fast cars? Do you like it when those fast cars are made even faster, without any harm to the precious factory warranty? Of course you do. So does BMW; the automaker announced a new version of its Competition Package on all variants of the M6 super-coupe, and it's all about making this fast car even faster. It's also about making your wallet ever so slightly lighter.

2010 vs 2015: The Dodge Charger Has Morphed from Muscle-Car Throwback to Something New Entirely

Slimmed-down trim offerings make for unusual comparisons.

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 options you simply can't live without today, that weren't available five years ago?

These Are the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000, According to Kelley Blue Book

Shopping for value doesn't mean you have to be boring.

When you're looking for a new car on a budget, some folks think that you need to sacrifice some degree of personal preference to find a vehicle that suits your wallet; in essence, they assume that cheap cars lack the same intrigue that their more expensive counterparts have. That's about as far from the case as it gets; as many auto writers have noted, small, inexpensive cars can still be very fun to drive, and they're pretty easy on the eyes, too.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Sticks to Its Guns, but Those Guns Are Bigger than Ever

Actually, its guns come in a wide variety of sizes now.

This ain't no stinkin' refresh. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is an all-new car, marking the venerable nameplate's sixth generation. With the Ford Mustang receiving a hefty update in the past year, the pony-car wars are once again in full swing. For 2016, the Camaro brings all sorts of updates - new engines, new tech, you name it. The next year is going to get very interesting as we await the arrival of this beast.