Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Debuting at No. 1 this week on our list of most-watched videos is our overview of the Cars.com $40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge. Watch as expert judges from Cars.com, "MotorWeek" and USA Today, along with a real-life family, rank their favorites among the contenders. Filling out the middle of the list are a trio of videos from "MotorWeek," including list newcomers the 2014 Audi Q5 TDI and 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S. Check out what else was popular.

1. $40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge
2. 2014 Audi Q5 TDI ("MotorWeek")
3. 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S ("MotorWeek")
4. 2014 Nissan Rogue ("MotorWeek")
5. 2014 Honda Ridgeline

By Matt Schmitz | April 12, 2014 | Comments (2)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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None of this week's four newcomers to our list of most-read reviews was able to topple the long-running reign of the 2014 Nissan Rogue at No. 1. The 2014 Honda Civic sedan and 2014 Toyota Venza wagon settled in at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, while the 2014 Mazda3 sedan took No. 9, and the 2014 Audi Q5 compact luxury SUV, No. 10. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
2. 2015 Chrysler 200
3. 2014 Subaru Forester
4. 2014 Honda Civic
5. 2014 Toyota Venza
6. 2014 Honda CR-V
7. 2014 Infiniti Q50
8. 2014 Lexus ES 300h
9. 2014 Mazda3
10. 2014 Audi Q5

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | April 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Audi Q5 Review

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Audi already had a good thing going with its compact luxury crossover, says Cars.com reviewer David Thomas, and changes for 2014 should make the Q5 even more appealing. A new turbo diesel TDI model joins the lineup this year, and Thomas says the turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 offers strong power and impressive fuel economy. The crossover's high price didn't score it many points, however. Check out his review for more.

2014 Audi Q5 Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Jennifer Geiger | March 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Audi Q5 Cargo Room Comparison

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Audi's Q5 is extremely popular in the booming compact luxury SUV segment. One reason the Q5 is a go-to for the class is its roomy 29.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which can fit a variety of items (like the ones we show below). Plus, there's a good-sized underfloor storage bin perfect for storing items you want to hide or anything that will mess up the carpet.

By Joe Bruzek | February 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Audi Q5 TDI Video

Audi adds a diesel version to the Q5's lineup for 2014, and the new TDI model has plenty of pep and is thrifty at the pump, says Cars.com reviewer David Thomas. Sport mode makes driving fun, Thomas says, and a pleasant cabin should keep everyone happy. Check out the video above for more.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Audi Q5 TDI: Family Review Checklist

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In all aspects of my daily driving needs, the 2014 Audi Q5 TDI worked for me and my family of four. The compact crossover indulged the race-car driver in me, as well as my practical kid-chauffeur. While it's more sporty than posh, I felt spoiled during my weeklong test drive.

But wait, doesn't TDI mean it's some sort of diesel contraption? Yes, it's a diesel, and it packs a punch in the get-up-and-go department. The 240-horsepower, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 makes 428 pounds-feet of torque. It's a beast and I couldn't help but lead foot it everywhere I went. Despite my spirited driving, I managed to average 27.4 mpg during my weeklong test drive; that's right on track with the EPA's 24/31/27 mpg city/highway/combined.

The clean-diesel engine wasn't loud, but I still turned it off in the drive-through; I didn't find the engine noisy from inside the Q5, either. The Q5 handles like a dream. There was hardly any body roll; the braking was spot on, and steering was solid.

By Sara Lacey | December 6, 2013 | Comments (10)

2014 Audi Q5: Car Seat Check

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With its luxury compact crossover, Audi not only offers a premium interior and a comfortable driving dynamics, but shoppers also have plenty of powertrain choices. The 2014 Audi Q5 is available in gas, diesel and hybrid models; we tested the diesel-powered TDI version. The Q5's exposed Latch anchors mean car-seat installation is a snap, but how well did this compact accommodate our three child-safety seats?

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2013 | Comments (6)

KFC's Cupholder-Friendly Go Cups Put To the Test

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There are many things we're not supposed to do while driving: texting, talking on a cellphone and eating top most lists. Headsets and multimedia systems with voice recognition help alleviate the dangers of texting and cellphones, and now fast-food containers that fit in a cupholder are here to help.

KFC has a new item called the Go Cup, a container that houses chicken and fries and fits in your car's cupholder. Or at least it "will fit into 83 percent of cupholders out there," according to USA Today. Challenge accepted. I put on my lab coat and went to work.

By Sara Lacey | October 15, 2013 | Comments (3)

Hypermilers Shatter Audi TDI Fuel-Economy Figures

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A trio of 2014 Audi diesel models logged mileage figures that obliterated their EPA estimates during a two-day, coast-to-coast road trip last weekend. A group of hypermilers set out to prove just how far they could go on as little fuel as possible. The most impressive performance came courtesy of the new Audi A6 TDI sedan, which completed the journey with a combined fuel-economy figure that was 50% better than its corresponding EPA rating.

The A6 drove at an average speed of 62.44 mph and consumed a total of only 66.08 gallons of fuel for a recorded 43.56 mpg — 15% better than the EPA highway-mileage rating and 50% better than its combined rating (the EPA lists it at 24/38/29 mpg city/highway/combined). The A7 TDI sedan, whose EPA estimates mirror those of the A6, logged mileage of 42.65 at an average speed of 62.17 mph — 12% better than its highway rating and 47% better than the combined figure. Meanwhile, the Q5 TDI compact crossover, serving in the challenge as a support vehicle carrying luggage and supplies, still managed 38.62 mpg at an average speed of 61.9 mph, 24.5% better than its EPA highway rating and 43% better than its combined rating (24/31/27 mpg).

By Matt Schmitz | September 11, 2013 | Comments (23)

July's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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We'd like to think most auto executives drove to work this morning listening to The Cars' "Good Times Roll." June and July turned out the best seasonally adjusted auto sales since before the recession. In raw numbers, new-car sales saw the healthiest July since 2007.

The fastest sellers, unsurprisingly, were also some of the strongest. Recent redesigns of the 2014 Acura MDX (July sales up 29.5%), 2014 Lexus IS (sales up 58.6%) and 2014 Subaru Forester (sales up 52.5%) joined the updated 2014 Honda Odyssey (sales up 10.9%) among July's fastest-selling cars.

The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover topped the list, but the sybaritic SUV was redesigned a year ago. No matter: Each Rover stayed on dealer lots less than a week apiece, and July sales flew 111.3%.

Stranger still, the Audi Q5 has gone without a substantial redesign since it arrived in early 2009, yet it was the third fastest seller on the list — and it's been among the fastest-selling cars for nine of the past 10 months. Its Q7 sibling, meanwhile, has been on the roster for four straight months despite showing up in late 2006.

By Kelsey Mays | August 2, 2013 | Comments (1)

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