Car Reviews

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4X4 Review

No matter what kind of utility you need, the Grand Cherokee has it.

2015 Acura TLX 2.4 Review

It delivers, but it does so at a cost.

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE Review

Coming up short in neither utility nor sport.

2015 Chevrolet Sonic RS 5-Door Review

Inexpensive without feeling too cheap.

The Daily Driver

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

2015 Kia Soul EV

Are Those $4 Million Super Bowl Commercials Worth It For Automakers?

KBB survey finds car ads have little impact on viewers.

The fact that Super Bowl ads have become as over-hyped a phenomenon as the game itself is either a testament to just how boring football is or to just how creative ad agencies can get. But for all the millions spent on game-time ads ($4.5 million is the going rate for a 30-second TV spot), not to mention the expense involved in making the ads (Chrysler's famous Eminem ad cost $12 million)

VW's New Super-Bowl XLIV Pitch Is "Tailgüten": Wagons Are Great

The Golf R Wagon is good for many things, including tailgating.

There's an ugly truth, known to every single auto writer in the world, but rarely spoken of by American automakers. No, not another recall scandal - the ugly truth we're talking about is the incontestable supremacy of the station wagon. Although they're practically verboten in the States, Europeans never gave up on wagons, the way we status-obsessed Americans did.

Nissan's Attempted Revival of the Datsun Brand Is off to a Shaky Start in India  

Despite low prices, the low-end cars have failed to catch on.

Nissan killed off its Datsun brand back in 1986, but when the Japanese automaker saw it was time to make a serious push into developing markets (the two biggest of which are China and India), it decided to revive the Datsun nameplate and use it to create a third brand.

News Roundup: Rescued British Cars, BMW i3 Price Bump, Charger Hellcat Top Speed Run

Your auto news roundup for the week of 01/23 - 01/30.

Did you miss out on the chance to buy the electric BMW i3 last year? Well, that hesitation is going to cost you an extra thousand dollars or so. In order to reflect additional standard equipment and a rising destination cost, the starting price of all i3s will rise between $950 and $1,075. Now, the "cheapest" i3 will start at $42,400, and the lineup-topping variant with a gasoline-powered range extender will run you $47,200.

Could an Electric Three-Wheeled Foam Car Save Lives?

Wicked Tech: Spira4u enters pilot production.

Scores of shiny vehicles were turning heads at the Detroit Auto Show this month, but nothing made passersby do a double-take quite like the foamed exterior of the three-wheeled Spira4u. The lightweight, super-economical vehicle was an Automotive XPrize finalist four years ago in a global competition to inspire the next generation of efficient, safe vehicles.

Throwback Thursday: Check Out the Humble Beginnings of the Volkswagen Beetle #tbt

The popular "People's Car" wasn't just for Nazis.

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! It's pure coincidence that this week we chose the Volkswagen Beetle for throwback Thursday.

Kia to Debut Electric AWD Concept Car (Most Likely a Soul EV Variant) in Chicago

Could it be an AWD electric Soul? All signs point to yes.

Automakers love to tease their new vehicles. It's a cheap and easy way to generate buzz. Announce a new car, or the impending debut of a new car, and then rather than show a picture of the car, just show a silhouette, or a small detail. Just enough to give a hint of something new, but not enough to give it all away.

Recall Roundup: VW Group Fuel Leaks, Chevrolet Volt Hatches, GM CUV Stop-Sale, and More

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

A group of Volt owners on Facebook have complained that the manual rear lift gate on the 2015 Chevrolet Volt isn't that great. According to the posts, the hatch struts might not open the hatch all the way, leading many owners to bump their heads on the hatch. To remedy this, GM issued a "Customer Satisfaction program" (not a recall, but like a recall), which will offer free hatch-strut replacements to owners of 2011-2015 Volts.

Bang for Your Buck: 2015 Kia Soul EV vs. the Used-Car Market

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

It's no surprise that buyers often compare both new and used cars. For a given price point, the market for potential cars explodes once you start looking away from new cars alone. Yes, you might give up the warranty, but if you're looking for something unique, used cars provide a good value ... provided you pick the right one. Bang for Your Buck takes a look at five used cars you could get with the money you'd spend on the new car we've tested recently.

OnStar's RemoteLink App Is Now Prettier and Easier to Navigate

Monitoring data consumption never looked so nice.

If you're one of the 1.3 million people using OnStar's RemoteLink app, it would be in your best interest to head to your phone's app marketplace and download its latest update. All features you know and appreciate are still there, but in order to give the user a more pleasant overall experience, RemoteLink has received one hell of a makeover.

This Week's #Carporn is Rusty and Raunchy ... Just How We Like it

We may never know the stories behind these rusty rides.

For those of you who like to drool over ridiculously good-looking cars, you are not alone. Car Porn 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! This week we're showcasing the beauty of rust, including everything from barn finds to abandoned buckets.

Volvo Wants You to Tweet During Its Competitor's Super Bowl Ads

What else is an automaker that can't afford a $4 million TV ad to do?

You have to hand it to Volvo. The Swedish automaker, which has struggled to gain a serious foothold in the American market, is doing things differently this year. Last year Volvo announced it would be skipping all but three auto shows in 2015 (if you missed them at the Detroit show, you'll have to travel to Geneva or Beijing) to concentrate on its internet and social media presence.

Your Password Should Probably Be a Bit More Complicated Than "Mustang"

Ford takes the "honor" of having the most popular car password.

There are a good deal of folks out there that still use super-basic alphanumeric passwords to protect their online identities, whether it's for shopping, banking, or anything else you can do online these days. Recently, a company specializing in password management released a list of common passwords. Of the 25 that SplashData listed, only one is related to cars. If your password is Mustang, you should probably change it.

This One Amazing Driving Hack Will Change the World for the Better

By mastering the art of making a proper turn, you can help save lives.

Believe it or not, traffic is one of the most elegant and efficient systems ever devised by man. With it, billions of people, most of whom are dangerously under-qualified to be piloting a machine capable of causing some truly horrifying destruction, are able to get to work, run up to the store, or get to the church on time - almost always with no harm to themselves or others.