Car Reviews

2014 Mini Hardtop Cooper S Review

A street-legal, fuel-sipping go-kart.

FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Lexus NX

Finally, a fun-to-drive Lexus crossover.

2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD Review

It may be far from rogue, but the Rogue is a fine crossover.

2014 Fiat 500C Abarth Review

An absolute blast, despite itself.

The Daily Driver

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

2015 Kia K900 and 2015 Honda Fit

10 Smallest Cars of 2015

Also known as the easiest cars to park and maneuver in the city.

While some automakers are trying to make their cars "bigger and better," others recognize that not everyone has a need for an enormous vehicle - especially those living in major urban cities where space is a luxury. Squeezing through narrow alleys or finding an accommodating space to parallel park are much easier done in a sedan versus an SUV. So if you like compact cars, we went ahead and rounded up the 10 smallest cars for the 2015 model-year lineup, based on the shortest overall length.

The BMW X5 Security Plus: Armored Luxury

If you're in the market for a luxury armored car, look no further.

With BMW's latest foray into the field of armored personnel carrier vis-a-vis the new BMW X5 Security Plus, imminence of violence suddenly seems very real. I'm not sure what can be said about a world that needs a luxury crossover with armor plating and bullet-proof glass, or an automaker that sees the demand for one and supplies it.

5 More Japanese Cars to Look Forward To

Subaru, Mitsubishi, and Mazda get ready to impress.

This week, Automotive News released a series of articles describing its vision for the five-year product pipelines of Japan's three smaller automakers - Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Mazda. The articles are a compilation of rumors, facts, and info from inside sources that attempt to paint a picture of what we can expect from these three through the end of the decade or thereabouts. No matter which segment you love, there will be something good for you coming out of the woodwork.

Bang for Your Buck: 2015 Kia K900

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

This week, we're taking a look at the brand-new 2015 Kia K900. It's Kia's full-size luxury sedan, meant to go up against stalwarts like the BMW 7-Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. However, unlike those two cars-which can reach into six-digit figures when loaded with options-a damn-decently-loaded K900 will set you back less than $70,000. Like many other Kias, this is a pure value proposition against other new cars.

Autos 101: Changing Your Air Filter Is a Cinch

It's so ridiculously easy; you should never pay for it.

Having some basic auto knowledge is important for everyone, not just gearheads. Autos 101 is your resource to learn about basic auto maintenance, along with common problems and how to fix them. This week we look at air filters, both under the hood and in-cabin, because they are inexpensive and incredibly easy to replace.

How to Not Lose Things Under Your Car Seat While Driving

A maladroit's guide to not having to pull over to find your lighter.

If you're like most drivers, you've probably dropped something you needed between your car seat and the center console, or else between your car seat and the door. Either way, you can see where this is heading. Trying to retrieve small objects dropped under car seats -- especially while driving -- is a frustrating and dangerous exercise in futility.

Autospeak Explained: Start-Stop

Simplifying car jargon and techspeak for ordinary people.

Stop-start is a relatively new technology. I t was introduced in the 1970s by Toyota, but was only used sporadically (mostly by VW and Fiat) throughout the '80s and '90s. BMW was the first company to bring start-stop to the masses in the 2008 Mini. Since then, nearly every automaker has integrated the technology into some, if not all, of their cars.

5 Worst Shift Knobs Ever

If you have one of these on your car, pull over.

I've seen some dumb shift knobs before. The tried-and-true 8 ball was a classic choice during the mid '90s. Beer cans were also a popular choice for reasons I'll never understand. But some people out there aren't satisfied with just a ridiculous shift knob. They have to push the limits into total stupidity. Whether aesthetically unappealing or just plain dangerous, these are the five worst shift knobs I've ever seen.

Jeremy Clarkson's Ice Bucket Challenge, Tesla Drag Racing

The Web2Carz top 5 kick-ass car videos of the week

Jeremy Clarkson tweeted a hilarious video and wrote alongside it: "This is a video of me being ice bucketed. @MrJamesMay @RichardHammond You're next." The Top Gear host is one of many celebs who've taken the Ice Bucket Challenge in recent weeks. Jeremy Clarkson tweeted a hilarious video and wrote alongside it: "This is a video of me being ice bucketed.

Forget the Motor City

Has Detroit's Car Capital Image Finally Cracked?

Every year, without fail, stories appear in the national press touting a comeback for the beleaguered city of Detroit. It's a story all but the most heartless, cynical bastards wish would be true — Detroit is the underdog city of all underdog cities, but despite how much we all might root for Detroit to make a comeback, the city continues to be mired in poverty, corruption, and crime. Now there are signs that even auto companies may be looking to cut ties to the Motor City.

Wicked Tech: Spy on Your Valet

Chevy's Performance Data Recorder acts as your eyes and ears.

It can be difficult for any car owner to relinquish their keys to another driver, let alone a complete stranger, especially when your car costs tens - or hundreds - of thousands of dollars. To help ease anxieties, and ensure that your "baby" won't be returned to you in worse condition than when you dropped it off, Chevrolet is building upon their Performance Data Recorder (PDR) package to enable Valet Mode recording.

Crossover Chaos: Marketing Is the Real Difference

Station wagons, SUVs, and crossovers are all basically the same.

I'm tired of the term "crossover," and I know I'll just have to suck it up and deal with it. Both the term and the vehicle model are probably here to stay. The crossover craze is gaining serious momentum in the U.S. market. But why? What's the difference between a crossover and a traditional SUV?

The Coolest Details of the 2015 Kia K900

Pulling inspiration from every corner of the luxo-barge market.

Kia's K900 marks the Korean automaker's first foray into the full-size luxury market. It's meant to go up against such industry stalwarts as the Lexus LS, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and the BMW 7-Series. That's some serious competition, which means the K900 needs to come out of the gate swinging. As with many other luxury cars, there exist all sorts of unique touches that give the K900 that little something extra.

News Roundup: Efficiency, Efficiency, Efficiency!

Your auto news roundup for the week of 08/15 - 08/22.

We're all pretty excited about the upcoming 2015 Ford Mustang, especially the one that comes equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. That four-pot slots into place between the base V-6 and the hi-po V-8, and thanks to some window stickers leaking out, now we know what sort of gas mileage to expect from the lower two engines. The EcoBoost I-4, will earn 22 mpg in the city and a staggering 31 mpg on the highway.