2015 Chrysler 200 Dials Up More Storage Space

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It may be difficult to get riled up about something as boring as a gear shift, but the change to an electronic gear dial by Chrysler in the all-new 2015 200 leads to other modifications that are worth getting excited about.

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The center console area has been transformed from a cheap plastic bin full of noisy rattles in the last 200 iteration to a sleek and modern functional space built for today's tech-savvy families. By eliminating the bulky traditional gear shift, Chrysler has created additional space for creative functionality.

By Kristin Varela | January 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Mercedes C-Class Comfort Box: Awful Name, Useful Gadget for Families

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When you think about Mercedes-Benz, platitudes about German engineering, luxurious interior and cutting-edge technology may dance in your head. Creative storage solutions to help us haul our American-sized loot may not be foremost in our minds.

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Well, we should give Mercedes more credit. The new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class features the unique Comfort Box. Designed originally to help keep you groceries from rolling all over the trunk, the Comfort Box can work equally well to contain the mess from wet, snow-loaded boots or muddy soccer balls and cleats.

By Kristin Varela | January 20, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Audi Q3 Video

While most of our Cars.com reviewers at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit were pleased with the 2015 Audi Q3, reviewer Joe Bruzek was the lone dissenter, saying the five-passenger luxury SUV was virtually indistinguishable as a new model. In the video above, reviewer Kelsey Mays seems to agree, saying the Q3's exterior styling closely resembles the long-in-the-tooth Q5 and Q7, and calling the interior "conservative." Still, Mays notes that a well-positioned driver's seat, comfortable backseat and competitive cargo area are pluses that could give the Q3 an edge in the market.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 17, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Lexus RC F: Up Close

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One of the first things you notice about the new Lexus RC F — apart from its massive hourglass grille — is how low it is, both its roofline and stance. The coupe is hunkered down on 19-inch forged-alloy wheels, which together with low-profile tires fill out the wheel wells nicely.

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The rear-quarter view is my favorite; it lets you see the coupe's stout rear fenders, fastback roofline, thin taillights and aggressive bumper styling.

By Mike Hanley | January 17, 2014 | Comments (5)

2015 Hyundai Genesis Video

No longer fighting the brand-respect battle it faced when first entering the luxury-sedan fray, the updated 2015 Hyundai Genesis brings improvements that should solidify its place in the segment. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays got close to the new Genesis earlier this week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and he was impressed with its updated design, premium features and powertrain prospects. Watch the video and don't miss Mays' explanation of the cool new Smart Trunk feature.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 17, 2014 | Comments (6)

What You Can't Miss at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Our Editorial team left Detroit Rock City earlier this week after covering this year's North American International Auto Show's press days, filing dozens of stories, taking hundreds of photos and filming some of the best videos from the show floor.

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Four editors already weighed in on the 2014 Detroit auto show's Winners and Losers, but we asked the entire staff to share their impressions on the one car that a show-goer simply cannot miss when roaming the floor at Cobo Center.

By David Thomas | January 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru WRX STI Video

There's no need to call a doctor for this STI, jokes Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. The performance-oriented version of Subaru's redesigned WRX debuted at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, and the STI version looks a lot like the regular model of the sedan but a hood scoop, quad tailpipes and giant rear wing help differentiate the two. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 GMC Canyon Video

PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams got a chance to look over the 2015 GMC Canyon this week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and what a grand Canyon it was. Williams took note of the "organic look" of the front-end styling (surprisingly more similar to the larger Sierra than the Chevrolet Colorado) and a host of aerodynamics-enhancing details, along with a distinguishing line across the front and rear fenders.

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One of Williams' favorite things about the new Canyon is that some of its finest features — like the easy-drop-and-lift tailgate — come standard. Check out the video above and decide if you could see yourself in the Canyon.

By Matt Schmitz | January 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 SRT Viper Stryker Green Photo Gallery (27 Photos)

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If the Wicked Witch of the West were to trade in her broom for an image-appropriate whip to tear down the yellow brick road in, it would be the 2014 SRT Viper in Stryker Green. But don't be intimidated, the Chrysler-made supercar isn't exactly known for its subtlety, so there's no reason why the average Emerald City resident can't rock this wicked Oz-tentatious paint job — if they're willing or able to afford it, that is.

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Stryker Green is likely in line with the Red Tinted Pearl color, which costs just shy of $15,000 and is available only on the pricier Viper GTS and standard model with the GT package, which includes high-end stuff like Nappa leather seats. Check out the photo gallery below and see if this green is worth your green.

By Matt Schmitz | January 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Honda Fit Magic Seat Actually Magical for Families

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For a subcompact hatchback packed with ethereal-sounding technology such as an Earth Dreams powertrain and the curiosity-inducing "Magic Seats," you might be expecting a car based more in fiction than fact. The 2015 Honda Fit, however, is as real as they get, and will be in dealerships this spring.

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This time out Honda has taken the best feature of the Fit, the Magic Seat, and made it even better. The 2015 Fit has managed to squeeze in an extra 4.8 inches of rear-seat legroom, making it more functional for families with rear-facing child seats, school-aged kids bearing massive backpacks or even adults.

By Kristin Varela | January 17, 2014 | Comments (1)

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