Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week


Despite some midlist musical chairs, this week's most-read reviews played a familiar tune. The 2013 Toyota RAV4 and 2013 Ford Explorer held their ground at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. The 2013 models of the Toyota Avalon, Acura RDX, Subaru XV Crosstrek and Ford Escape simply rearranged third through sixth place. Meanwhile, the 2013 Ford Fusion entered at No. 7, bumping the Nissan Altima to No. 8; the 2013 Mazda CX-5 ascended one spot to No. 9, forcing out the Honda Accord to make room for the 2013 Cadillac ATS in 10th.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

There wasn't a lot of movement among our most-read reviews this week, with six of the top 10 spots going unchanged and the 2013 Toyota RAV4 holding onto first place. The Toyota Avalon jumped two spots to No. 5, bumping the Acura RDX and Nissan Altima down to sixth and seventh place, respectively. The Chevrolet Equinox entered the list in eighth place, knocking the Audi A4 off completely as the Honda Accord and Mazda CX-5 held their places at ninth and 10th.

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  • 1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
  • 2. 2013 Ford Explorer
  • 3. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • 4. 2013 Ford Escape
  • 5. 2013 Toyota Avalon
  • 6. 2013 Acura RDX
  • 7. 2013 Nissan Altima
  • 8. 2013 Chevrolet Equinox
  • 9. 2013 Honda Accord
  • 10. 2013 Mazda CX-5
  • By Matt Schmitz | January 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

    Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week


    With the new year comes some new blood, at last, in the No. 1 spot among's most-read reviews of the week. In 2013's first top 10, the Toyota RAV4 has supplanted the Subaru XV Crosstrek — the reigning champion for nearly six weeks. Meanwhile, the consistently popular 2013 Ford Explorer review found its way from the bottom half of the list up to No. 2 this week, bumping the XV Crosstrek down to third.

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    By Matt Schmitz | January 5, 2013 | Comments (1)

    Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week


    Still unwilling to share the spotlight after five consecutive weeks, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek yet again nabs the No. 1 spot among's most-read reviews this week. Another familiar face, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, enjoys its second straight week in the runner-up position. Meanwhile, it's worth noting that Ford occupies nearly half the list with the 2013 Escape, Focus ST, Fusion and Explorer.

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    By Matt Schmitz | December 15, 2012 | Comments (0) Family Reviews the 2013 Acura RDX

    13RDX Family reviewer Carrie Kim is looking for love when it comes to luxury cars. Did she find it in the 2013 Acura RDX? Not really. Carrie liked a lot of things about this redesigned compact crossover, but she didn't think it offered enough to spring for its higher sticker price. Carrie was especially annoyed that the RDX's power liftgate is optional.

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    By Jennifer Newman | December 12, 2012 | Comments (0)

    June's Fastest and Slowest Selling Cars


    Seven all-new cars are off to a fast start. The Cadillac XTS hit dealerships just last month, but GM's flagship luxury car averaged just five days to sell. It tied the Hyundai Accent sedan and Subaru BRZ for June's fastest sellers. The nimble BRZ and its Scion twin, the FR-S, meanwhile, are taking just five and eight days to sell, respectively. Both cars hit dealerships in May.

    We should see how many of each model sold in June when sales figures are announced later today.

    Ford's redesigned 2013 Escape, Infiniti's new JX35 and two new Acuras — the ILX and redesigned RDX — also made June's Movers. The well-marketed Kia Soul, meanwhile, extended its tenure on the list to three months. Sales for the popular hatchback were up 22% through May. It's the most affordable car on the list, with a starting price (including destination) under $15,000.

    By Kelsey Mays | July 3, 2012 | Comments (2)

    2013 Acura RDX Video

    The previous-generation Acura RDX was such a competent hauler that Managing Editor David Thomas recommended one to his mother-in-law, and she ended up purchasing one. With a more powerful, fuel-efficient engine and richer-feeling cabin materials, he’d recommend the redesigned 2013 RDX, too, Thomas said.

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    By Colin Bird | June 11, 2012 | Comments (1)

    Why Did Acura Ditch the RDX's Turbo?

    When every other automaker is downsizing due to fuel-economy regulations, Acura actually added two cylinders to the engine of its redesigned compact crossover. For 2013, it swapped out the RDX's turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder and replaced it with a version of the TL sedan’s 3.5-liter V-6. Why the switch?

    It starts with an unlovable turbo. Turbos are supposed to be fun and fuel-thrifty, but the RDX's turbo engine was unrefined and thirsty at the pump. According to's Managing Editor David Thomas, the crossover's new engine offers something different: "Leaving a stoplight isn't as energizing, but accelerating onto a highway on-ramp or passing cars at highway speeds are easier maneuvers with the new V-6," he says in his 2013 RDX review.

    "When we launched the '07 RDX with the 2.3-liter turbo engine, we were using the turbo to maximize engine power. We feel that we accomplished this as this engine produced 240 hp. However, it came at the cost of higher fuel economy than the market ultimately craved once gas prices started to climb," Acura spokesman Chuck Schifsky said.

    As Thomas states in his review, the fuel-economy gains with the new engine are significant: The 2012 RDX was EPA rated at 19/24 mpg city/highway; the 2013 front-wheel-drive model is rated at 20/28 mpg. Horsepower is up, too: The previous generation had 240 horsepower; the 2013 model makes 273 hp.

    By Jennifer Geiger | June 6, 2012 | Comments (3) Reviews the 2013 Acura RDX


    Acura took an already good vehicle and made it better with the 2013 RDX, says Managing Editor Dave Thomas. Though it gained size and horsepower for the new model year, the compact crossover is lighter and more fuel efficient for 2013. An upgraded interior and reasonable prices enhance its appeal in this pricey segment, Thomas says.

    2013 Acura RDX Review

    By Jennifer Geiger | June 5, 2012 | Comments (7)

    2013 Acura RDX, 2012 BMW 3 Series Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick

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    Two redesigned vehicles have been named Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: the 2013 Acura RDX crossover and the 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan.

    The compact sedan and compact crossover received the group's highest rating, Good, across all areas of testing: front, side, rear and rollover crash tests. The rollover test includes a roof-strength test. To pass it, a vehicle’s roof must be able to withstand the force of four times its weight.

    According to IIHS, 2006-11 3 Series models received Good ratings in front and side crash tests and Acceptable in roof-strength tests, but rear crash-test scores vary by model because of different types of seats and head restraints. Model-year 2009-11 sedans with power leather seats received a Good rating in the rear crash test, but 2006-08 sedans with power leather seats were rated Acceptable, and 2006 sedans with manual leather seats received a Poor rating, the lowest on the scale.

    The 2007-12 RDX received a Good score in every category except roof strength, where it earned a rating of Marginal.


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    By Jennifer Geiger | May 21, 2012 | Comments (1)

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