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Shoppers' Choice finalists (in alphabetical order):

  • Audi Q5
  • Dodge Challenger
  • GMC Terrain
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Pilot
  • Kia Soul
  • Ram 1500
  • Subaru Outback
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota Sienna
By David Thomas | November 2, 2011 | Comments (0) Podcast: 2011 Detroit Auto Show

In this week’s podcast, editors Kelsey Mays, David Thomas and Joe Wiesenfelder each discuss the one model they loved and the one model they loathed from the 2011 Detroit auto show, which runs through Sunday. Listen to find out why the VW Passat struck one editor as terrific and another as awful. Did anyone like the Prius V? Is it a capital V or a lowercase v? These and many other questions are answered in podcast #82.
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By David Thomas | January 19, 2011 | Comments (1)

Most-Watched Video Reviews of the Week

The 2011 Detroit auto show shed light on some potentially big hitters for the coming year, including hints at a redesigned Honda Civic, a more Americanized Volkswagen Passat and a refined Chrysler 300. Arguably, the vehicle that will impact the U.S. the most is the Civic, which has consistently been one of the most popular cars here for decades. Some say the car is too conservatively designed, but the estimated 40-mpg highway rating of the new gasoline engine lineup is what really matters. Check out our introductory video (above) as well as our other top videos.

1.  GMC Sierra Terrain HD Concept Exterior Tour 
2.  GMC Sierra Terrain HD Concept Interior Tour  
3.  Honda Civic Concept Video 
4.  2012 Volkswagen Passat Video 
5.  2011 Chrysler 300 Video

By Colin Bird | January 15, 2011 | Comments (0)

2011 Detroit Auto Show Winners & Losers: Production Cars


Concept cars didn’t really steal the show in Detroit this year, but neither did the new cars that will hit dealerships throughout the year. These debuts may be vitally important to each of their respective automakers, but none made the sort of splash this show was eagerly awaiting.

2012 Toyota Prius V

David Thomas: Winner
The big green W is simply because a bigger Prius will get 40 mpg. This will be the most efficient vehicle of its size on the road. However, the styling is so bland inside and out that I’m not sure eco-friendly, fashion-forward families will consider it.
Joe Wiesenfelder: Winner
A Prius with more space? Sure, why not, especially if it gets a combined 40 mpg at a time in automotive history when we’re praising compact cars for doing so.
Kelsey Mays: Winner
Toyota’s reputation has been sullied in the past year, but there’s still tremendous equity in the Prius name, recalls notwithstanding. Expanding the lineup has been a long time coming, and the Prius V looks, at first glance, reasonably well executed.
Joe Bruzek: Winner
I was sold on the Prius V the second I sat in the spacious sliding and reclining rear seat. That’s where I’ll stay, too, because I felt overwhelmed sitting in the driver’s seat looking at the cluster of dashboard, stereo, climate controls and the new Entune grouped together in the middle.

By David Thomas | January 14, 2011 | Comments (30)

2011 Detroit Auto Show Winners & Losers: Concept Cars


The auto industry is booming, and if you need more proof, check out the sheer number of concept cars at this year's Detroit auto show. Concepts had been largely omitted from the show circuit the past few years as a way to save money and focus on products people actually bought. Well, the good times are back again, and so are the concept cars. But should they be?

You can also check out which production cars won our hearts here.

Honda Civic

David Thomas: Winner
Detroit showgoers will only get to see the coupe concept, as the sedan was shipped to another show in Canada, but the coupe is the more radical, with a very intriguing spoiler — a spoiler that may even make it into production later this year. It isn’t a radical departure, but the Civic is a perennial best-seller with good looks. Why mess with it?

Joe Wiesenfelder: Winner
Agreed. The current Civic is still competitive, despite being relatively “old” in the market. Honda needs to dial it up in terms of interior, mileage and features, but the styling is probably best tweaked rather than overhauled. It would have been nice to see an interior, though. We expect to drive the production cars – both body styles, including the hybrid – in April, so Honda has some work to do, and fast.

Kelsey Mays: Winner
Provided Honda keeps the Civic’s cabin materials top-notch, this was a good direction. The prior-gen Civic was the first design to really take, from a styling standpoint. The automaker hasn’t messed with a good thing. If the gas-mileage claims pan out — 40 mpg or better highway from the base model — then the next Civic should be as competitive as ever.

Joe Bruzek: Loser
It’s too bad that auto-show visitors won’t be able to see the Civic sedan concept. The new styling hugs the sedan much better than the coupe. The coupe looks bulky, bloated and less athletic than the current car and sedan concept.

By David Thomas | January 14, 2011 | Comments (5)

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Video

If there were a “when pigs fly” moment for the car industry it would be “when GM makes a good small car.” This often held belief softened with the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and, judging from first appearances, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic might be a strong competitor versus its subcompact competition too. The styling works better on the sedan, than it does on the hatchback, according to editor Joe Bruzek, and there are a few gripes with the interior. Still, the Sonic might finally silence GM naysayers...when pigs fly.

By Colin Bird | January 14, 2011 | Comments (3)

2012 Audi A6 Video

The current-generation Audi A6 has been on the market for six years and counting. While the car is still competent, something new will help the German luxury automaker keep up with the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series. The redesigned 2012 Audi A6 features a lot of the same design cues as recent members to the brand's lineup, giving the car an almost inbred look, according to senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder. There are some things that we really liked about the new A6 such as the hybrid powertrain and the wheel designs, but the automaker won’t commit to those features for U.S. production quite yet. If you want those items make your opinion heard in our comment section below.

By Colin Bird | January 13, 2011 | Comments (5)

2012 Hyundai Veloster Video

The 2012 Hyundai Veloster fills the void left by the Tiburon, an affordable and fuel-efficient sports coupe. While the Veloster is definitely a coupe, it has three-doors for better access. According to senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder, its bold design is reminiscent to the risky move Nissan made with its Juke crossover. On the inside, the raked roof affects the cargo area and precludes the rear seats to only kids or a pair of petite adults. Still, this unique vehicle is entering into a market occupied by few players. Given all that, we think it could be popular.
By Colin Bird | January 13, 2011 | Comments (4)

2012 Prius V Video

At the 2011 Detroit auto show, the Prius family grew threefold, adding a plug-in model, small hatch and a family mover. The latter, called the Prius V, will be the first model to join the regular hybrid model later this summer. The Prius V is supposed to be a more accommodating place for kids and cargo. As editor Joe Bruzek points out in this video, the backseat is roomy. But will Prius owners want a larger vehicle that takes such a heavy hit to fuel economy?

By Colin Bird | January 12, 2011 | Comments (12)

Mini Paceman Concept Confirmed for Production

Mini Paceman Concept
Well, that didn’t take long. We received word today that the Mini Paceman concept will, in fact, go into production, according to BMW Group, owner of the Mini brand.

The concept vehicle was officially unveiled Monday at the 2011 Detroit auto show. The Paceman will become the seventh member of Mini's growing lineup.

The crossover coupe will go on sale later this year. A roadster — same model but with the roof chopped off — will show up later in 2012. The production model will include an available all-wheel-drive system and the 1.6-liter turbocharged power plant currently found in Mini's John Cooper Works editions, the automaker says.

BMW did not give a specific launch date for the model and wouldn’t confirm if the “Paceman” moniker would stay, but the company said more info will be announced later.

Mini Cooper Paceman Concept at 2011 Detroit Auto Show

By Colin Bird | January 12, 2011 | Comments (6)

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