Audi Latest Automaker to Introduce Gas-Price App

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Joining automakers such as GM and Ford, whose respective infotainment systems — Chevrolet MyLink and MyFord Touch — offer drivers the ability to find the nearest station with the cheapest gas, Audi has added an app to its lineup helping folks find where to fill 'er up frugally. The German automaker announced this week that, beginning in May, members of its A3 family of hatchbacks equipped with Audi connect will have access to Refuelling Stop, a new online service that provides information about where to find the cheapest gas.

According to Audi, the service consults an online database of gas stations and prices and matches the list to the driver's current location or destination. The driver can sort search results by price or distance, and simply click on the station and set it as the navigation destination. The system will even consider the type of fuel required by the A3, which can be premium or diesel depending on the engine.

By Matt Schmitz | April 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Soft-Top, Hard Cash: 2013 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet Prices Announced

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If you're a high-performance Audi faithful who's just got to feel more wind through your hair than a lowered window can provide, your 2013 RS 5 Cabriolet awaits. Take note, though: For the price difference of that soft-top compared with the coupe, you could buy a used convertible 2003 Audi Audi A4.

Audi announced pricing this week for the new RS 5 Cabriolet, which will go on sale next month for a whopping $78,795, including an $895 destination fee. For comparison, that’s a full $11,000 more than its 2013 coupe counterpart and $17,000 more than the 2013 Porsche Boxter S. To be fair, the rear-wheel-drive Porsche won't provide anywhere near the 450 horsepower or 317 pounds-feet of torque that the all-wheel-drive RS 5's 4.2-liter V-8 — good for a zero-to-60 time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph — boasts.

Not expensive enough? A $6,000 stand-alone package offers ceramic brakes on the front rotors for superior braking performance.

By Matt Schmitz | March 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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With the new year comes some new blood, at last, in the No. 1 spot among Cars.com'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.

Check out what else was popular this week:

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

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Still unwilling to share the spotlight after five consecutive weeks, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek yet again nabs the No. 1 spot among Cars.com'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.

Check out what else was popular this week:

By Matt Schmitz | December 15, 2012 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Audi A4

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Taking advantage of Audi's aptitude for creating quickness in smaller, lower-horsepower engines, the 2013 A4 shouldn't have to work so hard to keep sales pace with its better-selling German competitors. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the midsize luxury sport sedan manages hefty torque with its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine while maintaining respectable fuel efficiency and responsive handling. Offering a reliably sophisticated, if not dynamic, interior, along with some subtle revisions to its face, the A4 is a "textbook example" of how to keep an older model fresh.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 10, 2012 | Comments (1)

NHTSA Adds Six Models to Five-Star Award List

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a crop of new crash-test scores for several all-new or recently redesigned vehicles.

Audi's A4 sedan earned five stars across the board, including in front, side and rollover crash tests. Other vehicles earning the safety agency's top overall score are the 2013 Dodge Dart sedan, the 2013 Ford Focus sedan and hatchback, the 2013 Buick Verano sedan, Acura's new 2013 ILX and ILX Hybrid sedan, and Hyundai's redesigned 2013 Santa Fe Sport SUV.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 Audi A4: Car Seat Check

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For 2013, the Audi A4 received fresh-looking exterior styling. This luxurious five-seat sedan can make the most mundane of family errands fun with its 211-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder. For those looking for an even better time, there's also the performance-oriented S4 with a 333-hp, supercharged V-6 and sport seats. If you prefer cargo volume to horsepower, the 2013 Audi Allroad is a wagon version of the A4.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Newman | November 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 Audi A4 Priced at $33,395

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The updated 2013 Audi A4 sedan has a starting price of $33,395, including an $895 destination fee. Besides a $20 increase in destination and handling for the model year, the A4 has the same MSRP as the 2012 model. That compares favorably to the 2013 BMW 328i ($37,395), 2013 Cadillac ATS ($33,990) and 2012 Lexus IS 250 ($34,670).

The 2013 A4 received a mild refresh for the model year, including a new front and rear bumper along with new headlight, taillight, hood and front grille designs. All models now have LED daytime running lights.

By Colin Bird | July 20, 2012 | Comments (6)

Many Automakers' Latch Systems Difficult to Use, Study Finds

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Installing a child-safety seat can be a difficult and automakers aren't making it any easier with their Latch systems, according to a new study.

The study evaluated 98 of the best-selling passenger vehicles from the 2010 and 2011 model years and found that only 21 of them had easy-to-use Latch systems. The Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children system, which is found in cars from the 2003 model year and on, standardizes the in-car equipment for car-seat installation.

It's supposed to make it easier for parents to get the proper car-seat fit and ensure that the child riding in the car seat is protected in a crash.

By Jennifer Newman | April 12, 2012 | Comments (4)

2013 Audi A4 Allroad: Photo Gallery

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For the 2013 model year, Audi will ditch its A4 Avant wagon for the more rugged Audi A4 Allroad.

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The Allroad adds some composite plastic body cladding, a roof rack and a taller ride height compared to the soon-to-be-discontinued Avant. 

By Colin Bird | January 12, 2012 | Comments (0)

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