2014 New York Auto Show Winners and Losers

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This year's New York auto show is packed with redesigns and updates to some of the best-selling cars on the market. However, it was hard not to notice the lack of flash that normally accompanies an auto show. Despite a slew of introductions, there was just one new concept car on display and only a handful of sports cars.

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Editors Aaron Bragman, Joe Bruzek, Mike Hanley and Joe Wiesenfelder covered the show and took-in every introduction. They weigh in on the 15 most significant ones here.

By David Thomas | April 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

First Baby? Don't Forget: Install Car Seat Before Little One Arrives

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When I was pregnant with my first child, I spent way too many hours online researching which stroller, child-safety seat, diaper bag and crib sheets we needed. As the big day approached, I washed and organized new clothes and cleaned out kitchen cabinets to make room for bottles. However, there was one key piece of gear that didn't make it to its rightful place: the car seat.

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When it was time to leave the hospital with our brand-new baby, I had to rely on my already exhausted husband to install our daughter's rear-facing infant seat. Naturally, he pulled up to the front of the hospital with it installed backward. After some choice words, we finally got it installed and went on our merry way.

Those early moments of parenting were needlessly stressful. If we had spent a couple of hours before the baby arrived having our car seat's installation inspected by a certified car-seat technician (who will do this free of charge), we could have avoided that fiasco in front of the hospital. Find a car-seat check in your area.

By BreAnn Ahara | April 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Chevrolet Trax Video

Chevy's new baby SUV technically isn't new; it's been on sale in many global markets for years but will be coming to a dealership near you in early 2015. The Trax's grille and headlight treatment help it blend into the Chevy family, and its wedgy profile looks a lot like the tiny Buick Encore's, the Trax’s platform mate. Take a walk around the new subcompact SUV with Cars.com's Kelsey Mays.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Nissan Versa Photo Gallery (22 Photos)

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Nissan's subcompact car gets a mild refresh for 2015. A restyled grille, larger headlights and new fog-light surrounds accent the Versa's face this year. 

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Standard Bluetooth connectivity joins the Versa's features list for 2015, as do some higher quality materials, which should improve cabin comfort.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears. 

By Jennifer Geiger | April 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe: Up Close

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The 4 Series Gran Coupe is emblematic of BMW's expanding product line. Even though the automaker sells the 3 Series sedan, wagon and GT, and now the 4 Series coupe, the luxury brand thinks there's room for something more. Enter the 4 Series Gran Coupe, a four-door car with sleeker, coupelike lines.

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There's some tradeoff in interior roominess in the name of style, but more cargo versatility than you might expect.

By Mike Hanley | April 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Concept Photo Gallery (27 Photos)

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With the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen concept, now bowing at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, the German automaker heralds the all-wheel-drive diesel hatchback as a "bigger, more spacious, and more fuel-efficient replacement for the Jetta SportWagen." The concept is 1.1 inches longer, 0.7 inches wider and 0.9 inches lower than the current Jetta SportWagen, and the wheels are 1.7 inches farther forward.

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On the front end, the hood slopes down into the front fenders instead of the fender peaks being higher than the hood, in addition to a more angular horizontal design and slender grille, VW says. In the rear is a clean surface around the VW badge, a wider rear window and geometric taillights.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | April 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

SUV Gone Wild: Nissan Murano Keeps Its Design Crazy

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There is a theory in the automotive world that you either design for the middle-of-the-road to attract the largest possible group of shoppers or go full-tilt wild to completely win over a smaller fringe.

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There is no better example of the latter than Nissan's midsize SUV, the Murano. Debuting at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, the third generation of the family-friendly vehicle - the current generation scored well in our Car Seat Check - ups the ante when it comes to in-your-face styling.

Below is a look at the three generations and what our editors said at the time those vehicles were new to us. It's hard to believe now that the first Murano was at the time a radical-looking SUV.

By David Thomas | April 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Audi A3 TDI Sportback Photo Gallery (29 Photos)

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If you've seen the quintet of other Audi A3 variants, you already have a solid idea of what you'll see when the 2015 A3 Sportback TDI hits U.S. dealerships in June. We confirmed the family resemblance this week when we got an early peek at the new A3 TDI at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

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While its design is similar to the rest of the A3 lineup, the hatchback body style and resulting raised roof should improve headroom. The Sportback carries on the interior family tradition, as well, with a nice array of standard features for its entry-level price.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | April 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Dodge Charger: Up Close

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Dodge is a little surprised by who's buying the current Charger: The brand says more than half of Charger buyers are the coveted millennial generation, and a third don't even cross-shop any competitors before they buy one. For Charger buyers, the car isn't a family sedan. It's a style statement, with its aggressive lines, big engines and in-your-face attitude.

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When it came time to update the Charger and Challenger, Dodge decided to take a new route with the Charger. The Challenger is retro, and the 2015 model plays up that aspect; the new 2015 Charger is now more modern than the outgoing one, giving Dodge buyers a choice in how they want their performance — old school or latest thing.

By Aaron Bragman | April 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Dodge Challenger: Up Close

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We've seen a new 2015 Ford Mustang unveiled and have enjoyed a slightly refreshed 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, so now it's time for the third member of the American pony-car club to get its update. The 2014 New York International Auto Show is where Dodge decided to unveil its latest 2015 Challenger, which from the outside may not look all the different from the current one.

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Certainly the shape is the same, but the retro-mobile's flavor has been moved forward in time a bit. While the Challenger's latest iteration was based on the 1970 model for style and cues, this new 2015 model takes more ideas from the 1971 version. That means a new split-pane grille, a smiley lower bumper opening and split taillights, which are now LED, in keeping with the rest of the Dodge lineup.

By Aaron Bragman | April 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

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