Car Reviews

First Drive: The 2015 Toyota Camry

The redesigned Camry is sportier than ever.

2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Review

It's getting harder and harder to recommend German.

2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Review

Fun without overcomplicating things.

2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium Review

It's a dinosaur, but it still has plenty of reason to live.

The Daily Driver

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

2015 Volkswagen Jetta

Chrysler Goes International

New ad campaign positions Chrysler as a world-class brand.

A new marketing campaign, titled "Ready to Take on the World," is seeking to change Chrysler's brand image from troubled American automaker to first-class international marque. The campaign alludes to various automotive stereotypes - Swedish, German, Japanese - but is most notable for the one country it omits any mention of the good ol' U. S. of A.

5 Reasons to Choose a Hybrid Over a Diesel

Electrification confers some serious benefits.

Diesels, gas-electric hybrids, electric cars ... when it comes to saving money at the pump (or at the plug), there are more ways than ever to accomplish this. Of course, with variety comes responsibility - namely, the responsibility to do your due diligence before settling on a new car. More options mean more research, and all of a sudden, it might be hard to figure out whether you need a hybrid or a diesel. Hybrids are the new kids on the block, but they're certainly coming out swinging.

Pickups Up, Hybrids Down As Gas Prices Stabilize

Car buyers might not value MPG as much as they say.

When asked to name the most important factor when choosing a car, the average consumer will say gas mileage (it's the number-one factor for 80% of consumers, according to one study), but if this were true there would be far more small cars, not to mention hybrids and electrics, on the road. According to a study by automotive pricing website TrueCar, hybrid sales are dependent on gas prices, but not in any way that makes sense.

The 85-MPG Three-Wheeled Car of the Future is Near

Elio clears major financial hurdle, hopes to build in 2015.

Automotive startup Elio Motors, which describes its three-cylinder, three-wheeled, two-seat fully-enclosed motorcycle as "the product of a mobile society naturally evolving to a more efficient and practical form of transportation," just announced its application for the $185 million Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan it is seeking from the Department of Energy (DOE) has passed the first of three phases of review.

How to Have Tons of Driving Fun at 5 MPH

All you need is an open exhaust, your foot, and maybe $100,000.

This past week, we've been driving a 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe for evaluation and review. It's a 550-horsepower-packing V-8 sports car that is most at home on the track (ask us how we know), which means that, more often than not, owners of this car won't be able to do one of the things that this car does best - blast down straights at extralegal speeds. But that doesn't mean that all hope is lost; in fact, there's one key way that you can have plenty of fun under 10 miles per hour.

5 Reasons to Choose a Diesel Over a Hybrid

Oil-burners are much better now than in the days of old.

We're in a golden age of vehicle efficiency. Now, there are more ways than ever to achieve excellent gas mileage. However, that also means that buyers need to do more research prior to deciding upon a specific method of propulsion. Each method (hybrid-electric, full-electric, gas, and diesel) comes with its own benefits and its own drawbacks. Nowadays, diesels are making a comeback, but in what ways are they better than the stellar gas-electric hybrids out there?

The 2015 Chevy Impala Is Going Bi-fuel, Which Is Awesome

The iconic vehicle will be able to run on waste.

Earlier this month, General Motors announced its 2015 Chevrolet Impala would have a bi-fuel option, meaning it could run on either compressed natural gas (CNG) or conventional gasoline. It's the only OEM-produced full-size sedan in North America capable of running on either CNG or gasoline, and the base model starts at $38,210. The sedan will have a tank for the CNG mounted in the trunk and will push the car another 150 miles.

The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe: Fitter, Happier, Better Steering

Sharpening the crossover experience for frugal buyers.

Hyundai's Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport are versatile crossovers. The Santa Fe Sport can be had with multiple engine configurations, and the Santa Fe has optional seating for the whole extended family. They're both great to drive, too. So, how exactly can Hyundai improve upon these vehicles for the 2015 model year? Easy - improve on the refinement.

Bang for Your Buck: Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

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

This week, our basis for comparison is the all-new Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. It's powered by a 550-horsepower, 5.0-liter supercharged V-8, which creates the most glorious noise ever heard. It only seats two, but it's not really meant to be so much functional as pure, unadulterated fun. It's fast, it's beautiful, and it's expensive - that's a tough act to beat. Let's see what sort of counterattack the used-car market can muster up.

Ford's SEMA Presence Will Be Simply Massive

It's a very important year for the big blue oval.

It goes without saying that 2015 will be a very important year for Ford. It's released two new models (the Mustang and the F-150), both of which feature very serious revisions over their previous generations. These cars are going to be all over the place in no time flat, starting with the SEMA aftermarket convention in Las Vegas. A whole host of tuners have descended upon Ford's new darlings, and the results are looking very interesting.

Autospeak Explained: Powertrain

Simplifying car jargon and techspeak for ordinary people.

Although it sounds like either a particularly potent cocktail or an item on offer in certain parts of Amsterdam, "powertrain" refers to neither of those things, nor to locomotives. Simply put, the powertrain is the part of your car (or motorcycle, boat, tractor, or other piece of machinery) that makes it work.

241 MPH: Toyota Supra Sets World Speed Record

We can only hope Toyota plans to get these back into production.

For a while, Toyota has been ping-ponging back and forth about whether or not they're bringing back the beloved Supra. It would be a dream come true for many enthusiasts, for whom the Supra is synonymous with drag racing beasts. Sales of the Supra in the United States halted in 1998, and Toyota officially stopped production of the car in Japan in 2002, but the Supra still remains an iconic sports car.

Subaru's 2015 XV Crosstrek: More Tech, Bigger Screen

Technology lords over the quasi-Impreza's model-year update.

The Subaru XV Crosstrek is a vital component of Subaru's lineup. Just as the Legacy has its own crossover variant, the Outback, so, too, does the Impreza have the XV Crosstrek. These tall wagons are very popular in W2C's home market of Chicago, and the Crosstrek has been a very strong contributor to Subaru's nationwide sales numbers, as well.

The McLaren P1 GTR Turns You into a Real Racer

You're paying for way more than the car itself.

The McLaren P1 is a hell of a hypercar. It's a plug-in hybrid that produces a net output of 903 horsepower and 722 lb-ft of torque. It's one of the fastest and most capable cars on the road, and McLaren believes that if you want to go any faster, you should be stuck with a track-only car. That's the idea behind the P1 GTR, a hardcore apex-carver that comes with enough training to turn you into a proper race car driver.