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FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Dodge Challenger

Big-body fun without breaking the bank.

2014 Toyota Prius Review

Mission-focused hybrid does what it sets out to do.

2014 BMW M235i

A not-so-quiet riot.

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Half the Range Rover for half the price.

The Daily Driver

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

2014 Jaguar XJ and 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe: Road-Trip Review

Does Chevy's big SUV work as a long-distance cruiser?

When Chevrolet pitched the idea of one of us driving one of its cars across the Midwest to take in the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Minneapolis, with the idea being that Chevy is as American as baseball and apple pie (please tell me you remember that ad. If you don't, I'm making my reservation for the nursing home right now), my first thought, after hoping I'd draw the assignment, was "I hope the test vehicle is a Corvette Stingray."

Bang for Your Buck: 2015 Chrysler 200

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

This week, our choice of vehicle is a bit more sensible. It's also brand new; it's the 2015 Chrysler 200, and it positions itself as a competitor in the midsize market, which contains such venerable vehicles as the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. The 200 has a pretty spiffy interior design, and it gets up to 36 mpg highway. That said, it's a bit on the expensive side; a 4-cylinder model with some equipment comes in at almost $27,000.

Don't Be an Idiom: Gun it

Exploring the origins of everyday words and phrases.

Why do people "gun" their engines? And what do guns have to do with automobiles? The first usage of the phrase "gun it," or "gun the engine" appeared sometime in the 1930s, and was almost certainly a shortened form of an earlier phrase "give it the gun."

Top 7 Banned Car Commercials

These videos were just too risqué for the public to handle.

By now you've probably heard that the awesome Jaguar ad featuring the dashing Tom Hiddleston has been forever pulled from the airwaves. We'll miss you Hiddleston, and we know you aren't the only one to feel the iron hand of censorship. We found some other interesting car commercials that were banned, some more provocative than others, so here they are, five videos deemed too risqué for society to view.

GALLERY: An Illuminating History of the Headlight

Showing us the way, from gas light to lasers.

If Einstein was correct, our cars (as well as our planes, trains, and shuttles) will never travel faster than the speed of light, no matter how many pound-feet of torque their engines produce. This means that until humans evolve the ability to see in the dark, we will always rely on headlights to guide us through the inky blackness.

Vagina Kayak, Black Captain America, and Weird Al

All the trends that have been trending online this week.

Unless you've been there (i.e. really high), you really can't judge the two dudes for breaking into a school and stealing Froot Loops. They were hungry. Just after burning, one of the stealthy Florida teens, outfitted in commando gear, went on a mission to cure their munchies when Hernandez County Police nabbed the two "heads."

7 Essential Road Trip Foods

There's no reason you shouldn't splurge when driving

There's almost nothing I love more than a road trip. I don't really care where I'm headed. Whether it's a semi-annual trip to Mexico or Las Vegas, or an annual holiday trip at Thanksgiving or Christmas, there's always a palpable energy of excitement. What will happen? Will I reach my destination safely? Will this trip take a bizarre twist and become the basis for the next Wrong Turn sequel? But there's one thing I can always count on during a road trip - shitty "bomb shelter"

Nissan Remains Dedicated to Semi-Autonomous Vehicles

The Japanese OEM is one of few to announce a proper roadmap.

We keep hearing so much about autonomous cars, but from what we've seen, the progress towards that goal isn't exactly clear. Google's developed a car based around its fully-autonomous system, and automakers have integrated semi-autonomous safety systems into their better-optioned cars, but nobody's really laid out their full plan. Until now, that is; finally, Nissan's come out with a proper autonomy roadmap.

Wicked Tech: Date Rape Drug Detector

Instantly know if your drink has been tampered with.

Date rape drug detection just got a whole lot smarter with the unveiling of a new, sleek device called pd.id - Personal Drink ID. The battery-operated device is about the size of a lighter, and it is equipped with technology proven by the U.S. DEA to identify in seconds whether a drink has been drugged.

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Sure They're Lemons

If that new car is a lemon, you can take action.

The definition of "Lemon", as it applies to automobiles, is rather elusive. Everyone thinks they know what it is, and what qualifications a vehicle must meet to be considered a lemon, but if pressed, no one is ever really sure. The truth is, those qualifications will vary from state to state and your newly-purchased used vehicle might not qualify.

Tesla's New Car, Mazda's New Car, Hellcat's New-Car Pricing

Your auto news roundup for the week of 07/11 - 07/18.

What happens when Ford poo-poos all over Tesla's decision to call its next car - the so-called "affordable" EV - the Model E? If you're Tesla, you throw shade in Dearborn's direction and flip the letter backwards. So now, after the Model X SUV is released, we'll have the Model III. According to Tesla, it should have a range above 200 miles, and at the ideal price point of about $35,000, it should make a formidable competitor to BMW's ubiquitous 3-Series.

Is the Cadillac ELR a Failure? Or Simply Overpriced?

Poor pricing may be killing one of Cadillac's products.

Google "Cadillac ELR sales" and just about every link from the past six months is from one auto-journo outlet or another, reporting on just how slowly the ELR is selling. We can't say we're surprised, because the ELR seemed flawed from the start. The ELR is essentially a Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric with two fewer doors.

Night Vision Without Goggles

Striker II pilot helmet points the way to enhanced reality.

No matter how ridiculous you think Google Glass is (and it is ridiculous), don't kid yourself into thinking that the concept of enhanced reality is going away any time soon. Jaguar and other companies are busy developing enhanced-reality windshields which project visual cues and important information into a drivers' field of vision.

VIDEO: Hot Laps in the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

We head to Portland to put American muscle to the test.

As you might know by now, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is an obscene beast. It's a 707-horsepower variant of the all-new 2015 Challenger (a car that's much improved over its predecessor). To give the new lineup a proper shakedown, Chrysler invited us to Portland to take its latest and greatest to Portland International Raceway (PIR). Of course, we captured some video for you to enjoy.