2015 Audi A3 Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the redesigned-for-2015 Audi A3 joins the entry-level luxury sedan trend by offering the car with four doors and a regular trunk, along with sophisticated style all around and "gutsy" engines. Is it all enough to make the A3 A-No. 1 among competitors? Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Audi RS 7 Real-World Cargo Space

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Who says you have to compromise when buying a sports car? The pumped-up high-performance 2014 Audi RS 7 variant of the A7 has a 560-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-8, four doors and an entirely usable cargo area. Zero to 60 mph comes in 3.7 seconds, so you better strap down both strollers in the cargo area. Yes, "both strollers." We fit our large and small strollers in the back of the RS 7 with room to spare.

Related: Research the 2014 Audi RS 7

The RS 7's cargo area isn't the widest. Its strengths are in how deep the cargo area stretches combined with the large hatchback opening and split-folding backseat. There's a generous 24.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, which is roughly how much room a compact-to-midsize SUV offers behind the backseat. See how well our assortment of common cargo goods fit in the RS 7's cargo area below.

By Joe Bruzek | August 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

Confounded by Car Technology? It's Time to Embrace It

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Today's technology-laden cars, SUVs and even trucks can be challenging for older drivers as well as car buyers who have been out of the market for several years. I'm among the many mature drivers who don't replace vehicles until they've been driven into the ground — my husband and I often go a decade or more between car purchases. Our current vehicles are of 2004 and 2006 vintage, and they lack much of the technology that's rapidly becoming common, often standard, on today's new cars.

Related: AAA Recommends Car Features for Older Drivers

As a Cars.com's copy editor, I'm encouraged to drive the test vehicles we receive at our Chicago offices so that I can experience the things I read about when I edit articles. I enjoy this part of the job, but it's proven to be a challenge due to unfamiliar technology. I often find myself communing with the owner's manual before I can leave the parking garage with one of our test cars.

Here are a few things other potentially overwhelmed car shoppers of any vintage should prepare to encounter:

By Jen Burklow | July 7, 2014 | Comments (11)

Google Unveils Android Auto

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Last week, we told you of Google's plans for a vehicle operating system to rival Apple's CarPlay; at today's Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco, the tech giant unveiled the details of its new Android Auto system.

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The operating system runs on a smartphone, and after connecting the phone to the car, it projects its interface to a vehicle's touch-screen, allowing the user to interact with the system's functions via vehicle screen or voice command. Users can access and control Google maps and Google Play Music, as well as their phone's contacts and messages; third-party apps like Spotify and iHeartRadio will also be compatible.

Android Auto is the first system to come from the Open Automotive Alliance, a coalition of tech and auto companies working toward bringing the Android platform to cars. The group consists of more than 40 members, including Google, Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia, a tech company. Honda, Hyundai and Audi have announced that Android Auto will be available in select model-year 2015 vehicles, but specific models and trims will be announced at a later date.

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By Jennifer Geiger | June 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Audi Prices A3 Family Newcomers

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The 2015 Audi A3 sedan, which arrived in April, soon will welcome a trio of siblings. Audi this week announced pricing on the expanded A3 family, which includes the 2015 S3 performance sedan, the A3 Cabriolet and A3 TDI diesel sedan. The three new models are slated to go on sale late this summer, ranging in price from around $33,000 to nearly $42,000.

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Standard features across the lineup include leather seats, power panoramic roof, Bluetooth connectivity, Sirius XM Satellite and HD radio, a power driver's seat, a split-folding rear seatback and Audi's collision-mitigation system, as well as standard Singleframe grille, bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED taillights. Available features include full LED headlights, a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system, an updated version of Audi's multimedia system and Audi's four selectable driving modes.

Joining the already-available regular A3 sedan, which starts at $30,795, including an $895 destination charge, the S3 performance sedan will start at $41,995, including destination. The S3 is powered by a 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine making 292 horsepower and features standard all-wheel drive and a sport suspension. The S3 can be outfitted with trim-specific 18- or 19-inch wheels. Standard interior features include a leather-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel, paddle shifters and aluminum details.

By Matt Schmitz | June 20, 2014 | Comments (4)

Google to Unveil Apple CarPlay Rival

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Well, that didn't take long. Less than four months after Apple unveiled its CarPlay operating system that brings apps and maps galore to a car's multimedia system, Google is reportedly launching an in-car operating system of its own.

Apple Unveils CarPlay for Volvo, Mercedes, Ferrari at 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Automotive News reports (subscription required) that Google's internal designation for the system is Google Auto Link. It's the product of Google's Open Automotive Alliance, a group that includes Google, Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and tech company Nvidia. The consortium, formed in January 2014, promised to bring Google's Android platform to the car by year's end.

The schedule appears on track.

By Kelsey Mays | June 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Audi A7: First Look

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Competes with: BMW 5 Series GT, Porsche Panamera

Looks like: Audi's striking four-door coupe retains its swoopy profile but gains a more chiseled front and rear end

Drivetrain: 310-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 (3.0T); 240-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 (TDI); 420-hp, 4.0-liter V-8 (S7); 560-hp, 4.0-liter V-8 (RS 7)

Hits dealerships: Audi said the car will go on sale in Germany late this summer, but would only confirm a 2015 on-sale date for the U.S. market

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Audi's sleek "four-door coupe" is getting a light refresh for the 2016 model year. The 2016 A7 is updated with a slightly revised face, tweaked rear-end design and updated cabin materials.

By Jennifer Geiger | May 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Used Audi Sedan Prices Drop in May

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If you're shopping for a used Audi sedan, you're in luck; asking prices for the A4, A6 and A8 saw some of the biggest drops in May. The luxury brand's flagship A8 full-size sedan led all models with a 4 percent ($2,490) drop to $59,784.

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The most expensive car in this month's top 10 lists — the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class convertible — tied with the Chevrolet Express 1500 full-size van when looking for the biggest price jump. Both were up 3.3 percent.

By Mike Hanley | May 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Audi A6 Video

For 2014, the turbocharged four-cylinder in Audi's A6 sedan received a power boost, but is it enough to keep up with the competition? Check out Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek's video for the answer. 

By Jennifer Geiger | May 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Audi A6: Car Seat Check

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The 2014 Audi A6, a midsize luxury sedan, makes quick work of installing most child-safety seats. That's because it has some of the best Latch anchors ever. They sit behind plastic covers that, when removed, expose easy-to-access Latch anchors. There's no fighting to get past seat belt buckles or straps or struggling with stiff seat cushions that block access to buried Latch anchors. If only other automakers would take note.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | May 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

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