2015 Infiniti Q70: Up Close

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Infiniti is making a play to take its products a bit further upmarket, making them nicer and more luxurious than outgoing models by focusing more attention on the interior appointments. The latest model to get that attention is the new 2015 Q70 sedan, unveiled at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

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The brand's big sedan has languished a bit when compared to its competition, but this new redesign should finally turn some heads at valet stands everywhere.

By Aaron Bragman | April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Acura TLX Video

At the 2014 New York International Auto Show, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays got up close to the all-new 2015 Acura TLX luxury sedan — not that proximity made things more exciting. "It kind of looks like every other Acura," Mays said. Similar to the TL/TSX replacement's prototype we saw at the 2014 Detroit auto show, the TLX is shorter than the TL and wears Acura's shield grille and "jewel-eye" LED headlights. With a comfortable cabin and roomier trunk, Mays found little to criticize but not much to get excited about either. Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C: Up Close

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From the moment mere cooperation between Fiat and Chrysler was hinted at (long before partnership, much less ownership), auto enthusiasts have predicted and pined for the return of Alfa Romeo to the U.S. market. It's finally happening with the 2015 Alfa 4C.

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Alfa Romeo is known for fabulous Italian styling, but I admit I've occasionally had doubts. Maybe it's just because I thought my 1970s Fiat Spider was better looking than the Alfa Romeo Spider, which nonetheless got more attention ... and a higher resale value. 

By Joe Wiesenfelder | April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Nissan Murano Video

Nissan's midsize crossover gets a redesign, and although its styling still errs on the side of wild, new design cues should make it look familiar — especially its Rogue and Pathfinder-like new grille. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the Murano's evocative styling is nicely matched by a well-dressed interior with plenty of room and high-quality materials. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Kia Sedona: Up Close

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With its upright grille and angular headlights, the redesigned Sedona looks tougher than the average minivan. The crossover-like styling is on purpose, and it's immediately apparent in that front end and also the hood lines. Overall, the execution is more successful than when GM tried the same thing with its Chevrolet Uplander van.

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The avoidance of traditional minivan cues continues in the cabin as the Sedona gets a large center console between the front seats that houses the gear selector — just like any number of crossovers. This may seem like a small thing, but it significantly changes your perception of the interior; it doesn't feel like you're sitting in the driver's seat of a minivan.

By Mike Hanley | April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Toyota and Ford Disagree (Again) Over Global Best-Seller Title

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The Toyota Corolla ended 2013 in ninth place on the U.S. sales ladder, eclipsed by a cadre of full-size Detroit pickup trucks and three popular family sedans — including Toyota's own Camry. But car shoppers across the world, where the streets aren't so Texas-sized, preferred the Corolla to every other car model in 2013.

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This is according to Toyota, citing registration data from analytics firm Polk. The automaker says the data, which captures 96 percent of new-car sales worldwide, indicated 1,098,524 Corolla registrations in 2013. That beat an April 9 proclamation by Ford that the Focus was 2013's global best-seller with 1,097,618 registrations. Ford, like Toyota, cited Polk data.
 
It would seem that Toyota won by a hair. But, as a certain former president might say, it depends how you define the terms.

By Kelsey Mays | April 23, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Subaru Outback Video

The reigning champ among most popular vehicles for Cars.com editors to actually own — the Subaru Outback — is redesigned for 2015 and there's even more to like about it. The first thing Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays noted when he saw the new all-wheel-drive wagon was a greater sense of harmony in its exterior styling, tied together by a hexagonal grille. A PIN-locking system for the rear liftgate and a 6.2- or 7-inch touch-screen multimedia system are new, while passenger comfort and utility continue to impress. Watch the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 BMW X4: Up Close

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I've never really understood the thinking behind a massive SUV trying to pass itself off as a sporty hatchback. That's what BMW's X6 tried to do, with limited success. BMW is making another go at the concept with the new 2015 X4.

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After seeing the X4 in person, I'm still unconvinced this vision has legs.

By Mike Hanley | April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Features We Don't Need: Purse Hooks

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The purse hook: much debated, much discussed. For a while, it seemed automakers were really proud of their purse hooks. They've been highlighted with glee in brochures for family-haulers like the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. My very own 2005 Sienna features a purse hook on the front passenger side.

The purse hook came of age during a time when auto manufacturers mistakenly thought we women had nothing better to think about than where our purse would go; never mind our children, jobs outside the home or managing a household — where in the heck was a girl supposed to hang her purse?

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Now, automakers are savvier about what women want. We want seats that massage us, integrated multimedia systems, cupholders that keep our drinks hot or cold, and rear entertainment systems that silence our noisy progeny.

By Courtney Messenbaugh | April 23, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Subaru Outback More Cargo Friendly

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The Subaru Outback has been a popular alternative to traditional crossovers for years. The redesigned 2015 model looks to further that appeal with a number of convenience features centered on the cargo area.

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The new Outback's cargo area is only slightly larger than before. Thanks to a little extra width and reshaped interior pieces it now measures 35.5 cubic feet with the backseat up and 73.3 cubic feet with the split-folding backseat down. That's more than the Honda Crosstour's 25.7 cubic feet with the backseat up and 51.3 with it down, and it's similar to the Toyota Venza's measurements of 36.2 and 70.2 cubic feet. But there are more upgrades than just the extra room.

By Mike Hanley | April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

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