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2014 Kia Optima Hybrid EX Review

A perfectly fine hybrid, but alas, still a hybrid.

2014 Jaguar XJL Supercharged Review

An expensive value proposition.

2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Review

More proof that you can't manufacture muscle.

FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Dodge Challenger

Big-body fun without breaking the bank.

The Daily Driver

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

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander and 2014 Fiat 500C

Six Japanese Cars to Not Look Forward To

Innovation doesn't always work out for the better.

This week, Automotive News released a series of articles describing its vision for the five-year product pipeline of Japan's Big Three automakers (Honda, Toyota, and Nissan). It's a compilation of rumors and facts that attempts to paint a picture of what we can expect from imported vehicles through the end of the decade. There's a lot of potential in these projected timelines, but while not every bit is exciting, some things on that list are very unexciting.

BMW Creates Its Own Fast-Charging Station

The German stalwart is taking a page from Tesla's textbook.

One of the biggest issues with electric vehicles at the moment is charging time. With most standard plugs, it takes hours upon hours to return your EV to a full charge. And, with most EV ranges under 300 miles, this fact could be troublesome for drivers with long commutes or the desire for a proper road trip. Tesla's already remedied the situation for its own brand by installing high-powered Superchargers. No other automaker has a similar system - until now, thanks to BMW.

The James Brown Story Gets Told

New biopic aims to introduce the Godfather of Soul to new generations.

Biopics are pretty much all terrible. At their best they give a basic biography of a well-known life, usually omitting the more interesting details, especially those that might put their subjects in a less-than-perfect light. At their worst they are terrible soap-opera-level melodramas that could just as easily be about anybody else who did something that got them famous.

Nine Japanese Cars to Look Forward To

Rising stars from The Land of the Rising Sun.

This week, Automotive News released a series of articles describing its vision for the five-year product pipeline of Japan's Big Three automakers (Honda, Toyota, and Nissan). It's a compilation of rumors and facts that attempts to paint a picture of what we can expect from imported vehicles through the end of the decade. There's a lot of potential in these projected timelines, and while not every bit is exciting, there are plenty of things over which to geek out.

What's the Deal With Salvaged-Title Vehicles?

Should you pass on a good deal because of title status?

So I've been toying with the idea of trading the Jeep for something else. Recently I approached someone about bartering my Wrangler for his 2001 Subaru Impreza RS. I spent a few sleepless nights weighing the pros and cons of making the switch. I finally, after several years, have gotten the Jeep to a point where it is reliable again. This reliability came at the cost of several dozen new parts, some blood, and a lot of curse words.

The Most Versatile Airplane

Fish, camp, and explore, all with the MVP Aero.

As our means of transportation continue to evolve, we expect more and more out of the machines we rely on to get us from point A to point B, be it planes, trains, or automobiles. While we're still figuring out how to design a mash-up of these methods for a super vehicle, individually, planes and cars are making huge strides, from cars that park themselves to versatile aircrafts that do more than simply fly.

Small Cars with Big Power

Mini Cooper JCW gets a power bump, and we take a peek at its rivals.

Big power in a small car is almost always a good way to generate lots of smiles. Minis have been known for their handling prowess, but now the company wants to go a little more nuts with the top-line John Cooper Works (JCW) edition of the Mini Cooper. AutoWeek reports that the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the current JCW cars will be replaced by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.

7 Cars to Own Before You Die

Put these cars on your automotive bucket list.

Whether you've just discovered you're middle-aged, or you just hit 30 and want to get a jump on that automotive bucket-list, there are a few "must-own" cars for everyone. They are staples of automotive perfection for one reason or another. Driving one of these is great but owning one is better. If you've never had the pleasure, it might be about time to sell that minivan or sedan and grab yourself a used one of these on the cheap.

Bang for Your Buck: 2014 Fiat 500C Abarth Cabrio

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

This week, our control is the 2014 Fiat 500C Abarth Cabrio. It's a "retro" car, in that it's built to resemble the Fiat 500s of old. It sports a hopped-up 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the gnarliest exhaust note south of $200,000. And, since this is the Cabrio model, it sports a power-retractable cloth soft top for some fun in the sun. Quite the package, don't you think?

Don't Be an Idiom: Carpool

Exploring the origins of everyday words and phrases.

Carpool is one of those interesting idioms that seems to have simply been appropriated from another meaning because it sounds good. A carpool is not a pool of cars, it's actually a pool of passengers. In our current usage, a "carpool" involves subtracting cars, not adding them.

J.D. Power Picks the Most APEAL-ing Cars

A wide swath of automakers takes home high praise.

People, especially auto writers, love to talk about the "emotion" inherent in a vehicle. Sure, your car gets you to and from work, but does it do so in a method that you find even remotely exciting or appealing? If you've been the kind of person to assign emotional value to your driving experience, you'll be excited to see the results of J.D. Power's APEAL study.

50 Shades of Grey, Auschwitz Selfies, and James Garner Dies

All the trends that have been trending online this week.

Women, betrothed and unspoken for, have been hot and bothered in anticipation the film version of 50 Shades of Grey. This week the trailer was released and met a lackluster response, Baton Rouge to Burma. Nothing says validation more than a college diploma, especially when it's from one of the nation's most reputable universities, University of California- Berkely.

5 GM Cars to Not Look Forward To

Not everything new is destined to be good. Such is life.

Recently, Automotive News released a series of articles outlining its vision for GM's five-year automotive product roadmap. It's a compilation of rumors and facts that attempts to paint a picture of the U.S. domestic market through the end of the decade. We've already looked at the five most exciting cars to come out of this collection, but now, we're going to spend some time with some of the announcements that are, well, not so good.

Military-Grade Aluminum? 7 Vehicles That Should Use It

Ford's 2015 F-150 has it. Who else should jump on board?

Ford just announced its decision to make the 2015 F-150 out of "military grade" aluminum. By doing so, Ford has cut the weight of its flagship vehicle by 700 pounds. This is pretty significant in terms of manufacturing, because aluminum is harder to stamp and takes substantially more energy to turn into a vehicle, as opposed to steel. Are they setting the bar with a commitment of this magnitude? How much of an impact will this have on on the auto industry?