Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman got behind the wheel of the track-ready 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport and burned rubber straight to the No. 1 spot on this week's list of most-watched videos. Get Bragman's impressions as he takes a few turns in a Caddy that hauls more than grandpa's golf clubs. Also debuting this week is Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder's lukewarm assessment of the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, clattering into the No. 3 spot. Check out what else was popular:1. 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport
Our latest challenge pitted seven full-size sedans against each other to determine which one was the best for your $38,000. The full-size segment might be declining in popularity, but that didn't prevent one of our videos from the $38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge from being the most popular this week. Likewise, the 2014 Nissan Versa Note generated interest among video viewers, landing at No. 2 in its first week. Check out what else was popular:1. $38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge Features
During Cars.com's $38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge, Ford's largest sedan couldn't quite keep up with competitive entries from Chrysler, Chevrolet and Hyundai thanks to weak power and oafish handling, says Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela. Two big Taurus plusses — literally — are a wide backseat that easily accommodates three child safety seats and a downright gigantic trunk.
A mileage drive with full-size sedans is the 200-mile trek editors have been yearning for, because if we're going to spend all day in cars evaluating gas mileage, they might as well be large, comfy, feature-laden sedans.
Our route west of Chicago consisted mostly of highway driving with slower stoplight-to-stoplight traffic driving sprinkled in. We observed average speeds of around 40 mph, according to various onboard computers.
Surprises were minimal.
If the new-car market is a Big Mac, full-size sedans would amount to only the sesame seeds. They're a sliver of the auto market, accounting for just 3.5% of new-car sales in the first seven months of 2013. Still, automakers believe in big cars. Seldom does a comparison see so many redesigned or new entrants. From April 2012 to April 2013, four new or redesigned full-size sedans hit dealerships. Through the first seven months of 2013, those four nameplates accounted for nearly half of full-size sedan sales.
When you put seven of the biggest sedans on the market into one contest one thing comes to mind ... those gigantic trunks.
All seven boast large dimensions on paper ranging from 14.2 cubic feet to a whopping 20.1 cubic feet in the Ford Taurus. That's the largest trunk on the market by the way.
But sometimes specifications on paper don't live up to reality. To test the true cargo capabilities of these cruisers we gathered 10 golf bags to see which car could haul the most drivers, irons and putters.
We were a bit surprised at just how many actually swallowed all 10 sets, and those that fell short still proved that car shoppers likely won't have to worry about cargo when cross-shopping these seven.
Here is how the contenders stacked up with animation of the process.
First, a quick reminder about whom our judges are:
Here's how the score broke down: The experts' scores accounted for 75% of the total score; 15% came from the family's scores; and 10% was based on fuel economy. To help you make your own comparisons of these sedans, we've pulled together a list of what you get for $38,000.
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