2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Edges Closer to Production

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When Chevrolet introduced the new Camaro back in 2009 with a fresh face, a new platform and hot engines under the hood, enthusiasts around the country had one question: Where's the Z/28? The moniker has long graced amped-up versions of Chevrolet's muscle car, but for the last few years it has remained suspiciously absent from the latest Camaro, with the performance mantle being handled by the SS and, later, the super-powerful ZL1.

Rumors of a 7.0-liter V-8-powered Camaro in the pipeline persisted, however, and at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, Chevy finally unveiled the goods — a new 2014 Z/28 meant specifically for road-racing enthusiasts who want to drive a competitive car to the track, win, and drive it home again.

I recently got some passenger seat time in a new preproduction Z/28, still in development phase, at GM's Milford Proving Grounds. The company has a specially built track called the Milford Road Course that combines elements from tracks around the world, including the famed Nürburgring, all laid out in the company's southeast Michigan backyard.

By Aaron Bragman | October 17, 2013 | Comments (4)

2014 Buick LaCrosse: First Drive

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Buick, the brand, is on a roll. Conquest sales are up, meaning there are far more people who are new to buying any GM car coming into dealerships and walking out with a new Buick. Building cars like the 2014 Buick LaCrosse and steadily improving quality and customer satisfaction is working to attract new customers.

For the 2014 model year, Buick's biggest American sedan receives a mild face-lift and a revised interior with some new color choices and content. Outside, the front and rear end get a little crisper, with LED taillights that evoke the style of the Hyundai Equus; that's not a bad thing, as both the Equus and LaCrosse are attractive cars. Up front, a new grille and headlights keep things fresh and attractive. The overall look is still clean but chunky: This is a big car and there's no disguising that.

By Aaron Bragman | June 26, 2013 | Comments (12)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays' critique of the 2014 Acura MDX during the 2013 New York International Auto Show rose to No. 1 this week on our list of most-watched videos. Acura's redesigned SUV, which Mays calls "forgettable," knocked former champ the 2014 Jeep Cherokee down to No. 3. New to the list at No. 2 is our video in which Mays familiarizes viewers with the features of competitors in our $46,000 Sports Sedan Challenge, and at No. 5 is the 2014 Subaru Forester. Check out what else what popular:

1. 2014 Acura MDX
2. Sports Sedan Challenge: Features
3. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
4. 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
By Matt Schmitz | April 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

As the 2013 New York International Auto Show winds down this weekend, reflect on what was popular with our roster of most-watched videos. All newcomers to the list are from the nation's most-attended auto show. At No. 1 is the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, returning to production as a Liberty replacement after a dozen-year absence. The new Cherokee's exterior design has been divisive, to say the least, among the public and our own reviewers at Cars.com. See what you think by watching the video below, and check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
3. 2014 Acura MDX
4. 2014 Chevrolet SS
5. 2014 Toyota Highlander
By Matt Schmitz | April 6, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 New York Auto Show Favorites: Photo Gallery

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With so many new cars and SUVs unveiled last week at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, it's hard to play favorites. Emotions ran high when Jeep raised the curtain on its 2014 Cherokee — the new crossover's extreme styling definitely earned it the title of the most loved and hated vehicle of the show.

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Cars.com photographer Evan Sears has collected a few of his favorite shots from this year's New York Auto Show. Check out his gallery below.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 5, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Acura MDX Video

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Overall, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays seemed underwhelmed by Acura's 2014 redesign of its best-selling SUV, the MDX. The more aerodynamic MDX is longer, narrower and shorter than its predecessor, but a lack of fresh styling provides little exterior excitement.

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Still, the interior is comfortable, with ample headroom and legroom in the first two rows, and a nifty one-touch feature that powers the second row forward for third-row access is convenient. However, space negotiations will be continual among anyone not in the front seats unless you designate the back row a kids-only zone. Watch the video below.

By Matt Schmitz | April 3, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Video

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Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit? Anywhere he wants to. Well, if the big fella takes a seat in the all-new 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, the luxury SUV will see no net weight gain compared with the previous model. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays, who got to monkey with the Range Rover Sport during its debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, notes that this version shed 800 pounds through liberal use of lightweight aluminum, boosting quickness and fuel efficiency for 2014.

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Also new for 2014 are a supercharged V-6, an auto terrain response setting that senses surroundings and adapts to it, and a platform shared with the Range Rover making it more evocative of its namesake vehicle. Check out the video below.

By Matt Schmitz | April 2, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Photo Gallery

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911 buyers will once again be able to hit the track in Porsche's new high-performance GT3 that's positioned at the top of the 911 lineup and set to go on sale later this year.

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Power comes from a 475-horsepower, 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine, which teams only with a recalibrated seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The rear-wheel-drive GT3 gets numerous aerodynamic enhancements like a large rear spoiler, front and rear lip spoilers, numerous air vents and special 20-inch wheels.

Porsche claims the new GT3 needs just 3.3 seconds to accelerate from zero to 60 mph, and it can reach a top speed of 195 mph. It even has rear-wheel steering for spirited handling and stability, a Porsche first.

Check out photos of Porsche's new 911 GT3 to get your adrenaline pumping, below. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Robby DeGraff | April 2, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Buick LaCrosse: Photo Gallery

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Updated interior materials and a new control panel make the Buick LaCrosse's interior easier on the eyes and more user friendly. The updated exterior styling keeps Buick's midsize sedan fresh looking for 2014.

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A bigger, bolder grille and new LED running lights are the big changes up front; LED taillights join the LaCrosse's rear this year. Check out the gallery below. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 2, 2013 | Comments (3)

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible: Up Close

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The Corvette Convertible looks like it was designed specifically as a convertible. It was, in fact, co-developed with the coupe and looks that way with nearly perfect body lines and flow that don't detract from the Corvette's overall aggressiveness.

Forget about the coupe all together.

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This convertible with a silver-blue exterior at the New York International Auto Show is one of the best-looking 2014 Corvettes. It took a while for me to come around on the seventh-generation 'Vette, partly because of a red example on display at other auto shows. That red coupe's carbon fiber removable top and other darkened highlight trim pieces created a boy racer vibe and overall dissonance with the rest of the bright red exterior. That's not the case with this one, since it doesn't have a hardtop and hides the black surrounds of the taillights and other trim for a cohesive look.

By Joe Bruzek | April 1, 2013 | Comments (2)

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