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2016 Acura ILX Review

When is a luxury car not a luxury car?

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TSI S Review

Nevermind the Crossovers, Here's the Perfect Car

2015 Nissan Murano Platinum Review

Your crossover, supersized.

2015 Volkswagen Golf R Review

The car of the year, gone wild.

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2015 Volkswagen Golf

Throwback Thursday: Six Generations of an American Institution, the Ford Taurus

A look back on six generations of Ford Taurus

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! This week we commemorate freedom with a "capital F" for Ford, America's beloved sweetheart and progenitor of seven generations of Taurus.

2010 vs 2015: Is the Volkswagen Beetle Still the "People's Car"?

This design platform has been manufactured for over 70 years now.

What have the last five years done to our favorite rides? If you're in the market for a new vehicle, it might be prudent to take a look at some previous model years. We all know that cars depreciate as soon as they're driven off the lot, but how much do they depreciate after half-a-decade? Are there options you simply can't live without today, that weren't available five years ago?

Recall Roundup: Jeep Liftgates, Subaru EyeSight, and Nissan Anti-Lock Brakes

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

Nissan has issued a recall for 9,614 2015 Murano crossovers for an issue with its anti-lock braking system. A potentially contaminated solenoid valve within the ABS might cause hydraulic brake pressure to either build up or drop entirely. That could unsettle the vehicle and increase the risk of a crash, so Nissan will be inspecting and replacing the affected ABS actuators.

Did Volvo Really Create the Industry's Best Interface? The Germans Seem to Think So

Sensus interface wins award for innovation in Berlin.

Human-machine interfaces (HMI) in cars have come a long way. Time was, the only interfacing you had to do with your transportation machine involved adjusting the choke, turning the crank, inserting a key, switching the gears, using the steering wheel, and operating the brake lever. But things have gotten a bit more complicated with all our modern conveniences like the radio and the air vents, so a more complex HMI is needed.

Scion's iA and iM Pricing Is Released, and They're Just as Affordable as You Think

These twee little cruisers won't hurt your wallet.

Scion's on the verge of releasing two all-new small cars, a hatchback and-a first for Scion-a sedan. One is based on Mazda underpinnings, and the other is all Toyota (JDM Toyota, at that). Both cars are attempts to reinvigorate slumping sales numbers for Toyota's small-car subsidiary. And now that pricing has been released for both cars, we can see how truly affordable they actually are.

The Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV Is the Perfect Way to Celebrate America's Birthday

It's a modern day version of the old Ford Excursion.

On the eve of our country's 239th birthday, aftermarket tuner Hennessey has released a car - or, rather, a truck - that is so undoubtedly American that it should arrive emblazoned with the Stars and Stripes across the side. It's bigger than you'll ever need it to be, it's more powerful than you'll ever need it to be, and it's more money than you'll ever want to spend. It's the VelociRaptor SUV, and it is America.

The Transformation of the VW Beetle: It's a Bug's Life #CarPorn

The longest-running car of a single design platform.

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 take a look at the longest-running and most manufactured car of a single design platform worldwide - the Volkswagen Beetle.

Volkswagen Tests Renewable Diesel, and the Results Are Good

Renewable diesel is not only ecofriendly, it works!

The common myth about oil is that it comes from dinosaurs. Even if you believe that oil and petroleum are fossil fuels (a theory that is far from universally accepted), the vast majority of the stuff would have come from decaying vegetable matter. The amount of dinosaur matter in the mix is so infinitesimal it wouldn't even need to be listed as an ingredient if petroleum was sold as food.

Finally, You Can Afford a Ferrari F40 ... So Long as It's Made of Lego

As you might expect, some assembly is required.

Lego's Creator line has already given us two amazing vehicles - an old-school Mini Cooper and a T1-generation Volkswagen Type 2 camper van (full disclosure: your author owns and loves the latter model). Now, the famous toymaker is back with yet another plastic model of a piece of automotive history, the glorious Ferrari F40, Ferrari's first turbocharged street car.

The 2016 Audi A4: Still a Bit Boring, but Better than Ever Before

It's lighter, it's more efficient, and it's loaded with gadgetry.

Audi's ready to make some moves in the compact luxury sedan segment. BMW's 3 Series is pending a refresh, and Mercedes just released an all-new C-Class. Thus, the time is right for Volkswagen's luxury arm to strike with something, er, striking. And that's exactly what it's doing; say hello to the all-new Audi A4, a sedan that strikes a good balance between pragmatism and plushness.

GALLERY: The Best Racing Simulators in the World, from the Czech Republic

For the cost of a car, you can pretend to drive in your own home.

As anyone who's ever played a racing game knows, using actual steering wheel controllers makes any game, from Mario Kart 8 to Forza 6, way more fun to play. Of course, the more expensive the accessory, the more realistic the driving experience; a Wii wheel is all well and good, but a Thrustmaster T300RS force-feedback racing wheel with metal pedals (including a progressive resistance brake) will kick your gameplay up a dimension.

The Dodge Challenger Drag Pak: Mopar Wants You to Head to the Strip

An eight-second car with a three speed transmission. Awesome.

Dodge has a vibrant history of offering drag-strip-ready cars for its customers. It started in the 1960s, and by the end of that decade, amateur draggers were fawning over 426-Hemi-equipped Darts and Barracudas. After a four-decade pause, the idea returned with the Challenger Drag Pak, which was available with both V-8 and V-10 options. Now, to celebrate the refreshed Challenger, the Drag Pak is coming once again to a drag strip near you.

Self-Driving Audi and Self-Driving Lexus in Near Collision

Self-driving-car manufacturers defend safety records.

Technology, no matter how benign, is never foolproof. Even a simple crockpot responsible for millions of slow-cooked meats over the years invariably leads to house fires if not monitored. It's the same in the auto sphere. Take the recent near-collision of Delphi Automotive' s self-driving Audi and Google's self-driving Lexus last week in California.

Chevrolet Gets Fancy and a Little Bit High-Tech with the All-New 2016 Cruze

It's bigger, it's lighter, and it should hit 40 mpg on the highway.

Redesigns of family cars are big deals, even if it's not the most terribly exciting segment on the planet. These are the cars people buy; these are the volume sellers that permit OEMs to build smaller-batch cars that enthusiasts tend to fawn over. So, when a good family car is announced, we should all celebrate it. Such is the case with the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.