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2015 Lexus NX Review

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.

2014 Mazda Mazda5 Grand Touring Review

Cruises like a car, carries like a crossover.

The Daily Driver

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

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and 2015 Lexus RX 450h

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt Wish List

What we want to see from the next-gen 2016 Volt

Chevy's Volt extended-range electric car is due for a redesign this year, and the brand has said the new model will be shown at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. While the green-car press is speculating over details, here's a wish list of what we'd like to see Chevy do with the car.

6 Ford Motor Company Cars to Look Forward To

It's time to say hello to the newborns from Dearborn.

This week, Automotive News released a pair of articles describing its vision for Ford Motor Company's five-year product pipeline. 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 the Darlings of Dearborn through the end of the decade or thereabouts. Ford's lineup has been getting more exciting each and every year, and that's not stopping in 2014, or anytime soon for that matter.

The Coolest Details of the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

Affalterbach never fails to impress, even with entry-level cars.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG is a polarizing car, mostly from the rear. Its swoopy, not-a-coupe-but-still-kind-of-a-coupe design resonates with some buyers, but its corresponding lack of rear headroom and egregiously large blind spots are totally capable of turning buyers off, as well. Most of the car is unchanged from the base-model CLA250, off which the CLA45 is based, but there are several little touches that give it some character above and beyond the $30,000 offering.

Bang for Your Buck: Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

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

This week, our basis for comparison is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG. It's a high-powered variant of the entry-level CLA-Class; its base engine is replaced with a 355-horsepower turbocharged four, which happens to be the most powerful four-cylinder in production. Despite all that power, and despite a fuel-economy-abhorring all-wheel drivetrain, the CLA45 still achieves 31 mpg on the highway.

The 5 Worst (or Best) Craigslist Car Ads

Good, bad .. either way, these five ads are epic.

It's not news that craigslist is a haven for awfulness. It's a great platform for finding free piles of landscaping dirt, or getting rid of those old, stained beanie babies. But it's also a great place to unload your vehicle. These are five of the worst, or maybe best, car ads we've seen.

Autospeak Explained: Displacement

Simplifying techspeak and car jargon for ordinary people.

Anyone unfamiliar with automotive and mechanical terminology could be forgiven for assuming that the term "engine displacement" refers to those times when a car crashes so spectacularly that the engine is thrown clear. While those engines certainly are displaced, that's not the type of displacement auto enthusiasts generally talk about.

5 Reasons Automakers Will Never Sell to Millennials

It's not just a marketing failure, kids today aren't buying.

Automakers are trying desperately to capture the "Millennial" market - that is, they want to sell cars to people born between 1980 and 2000, today's young adults. But like most other marketers, they're struggling to do so. And using social media doesn't seem to be helping. An AutoTrader.com study shows that not only are few millennials using social media to shop for cars, most don't even care if an automaker has as social-media presence.

The Interesting Details of the Lexus RX 450h

Proof that even the most boring of cars can still captivate.

The Lexus RX lineup is, well, a bit boring. It's a mid-size crossover, meant to appeal to middle-management families. The specific tester we have at the office, a 2015 RX 450h, is a gas-electric hybrid, too. At first glance, nothing about this car is particularly exciting. However, most people don't zoom in close enough to see any details, and it's those details that really can make this car interesting.

Wicked Tech: Satellite-Aided Transmission

Rolls-Royce's Wraith is not just all-powerful, but all-seeing.

When Rolls-Royce unveiled their fastest, most powerful car in history with a direct-injected twin-turbocharged V-12 engine giving 624 horsepower, the most interesting part of the Wraith coupe was actually the transmission. Over a decade after re-launching under BMW ownership, Rolls-Royce broke new ground with their Satellite-Aided Transmission (SAT) technology.

5 Car Fads That May Horrify You

You will be surprised by some of these growing movements.

What the hell is sticker bombing, you ask? Well, it's exactly like it sounds. Someone somewhere decided to cover a portion of their car, either exterior or interior, with a ton of stickers. The Japanese Domestic Market (JDM), in their typically strange fashion, started doing this on their cars. Somehow, it caught on to other parts of the world.

Jeep Cherokee's Wheelie, Tony Stewart's Widening Controversy

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

Well folks, the reigning World record holder for fastest NA SRT8 Jeep Cherokee pulled off a "wheelie." Lewis Performance Machine's Naturally Aspirated SRT8 Jeep's motor is 440ci and its drivetrain converted to RWD. Watch this video courtesy of the Racing Channel.

The 2008 Honda Civic Si: A Very Long-Term Review

After three years and 100,000 miles, it's time to say some things.

I really liked my last car, a 1998 Honda Accord coupe. But I wasn't writing about cars back when I sold it, so I never got to tell other people how great it was (so great). Now, it's time for me to sell a car once again. This time, I've got a lovely audience of what I assume are actual people, and so it's time for everybody to sit back, relax, and enjoy. This is my review of the 2008 Honda Civic Si, which might just be the best sport compact car made in the 21st century.

Two More Caterhams, One More Hellcat, One Less Hyundai

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

If you haven't seen a Caterham on the road, we don't blame you. These lightweight, assemble-it-in-your-garage roadster isn't terribly popular, considering it's really only useful on sunny days with bone-dry roads. That's not stopping Caterham from releasing two new models in the U.S., though. The Seven 360 and the Seven 480 are the two new models, meant to sit in-between the current two offerings.

Looking to Buy a Flex-Fuel Car? Check Your Options First

If the car you want doesn't run flex-fuel, you can always add it.

Flex Fuel cars are everywhere. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, 25 percent of all cars sold this year will be flex fuel vehicles. You might be considering whether to purchase one. Maybe you've spent a considerable amount of time weighing the pros and cons of going with a flex fuel car.