2014 New York Auto Show Winners and Losers

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This year's New York auto show is packed with redesigns and updates to some of the best-selling cars on the market. However, it was hard not to notice the lack of flash that normally accompanies an auto show. Despite a slew of introductions, there was just one new concept car on display and only a handful of sports cars.

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Editors Aaron Bragman, Joe Bruzek, Mike Hanley and Joe Wiesenfelder covered the show and took-in every introduction. They weigh in on the 15 most significant ones here.

By David Thomas | April 18, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe: Up Close

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The 4 Series Gran Coupe is emblematic of BMW's expanding product line. Even though the automaker sells the 3 Series sedan, wagon and GT, and now the 4 Series coupe, the luxury brand thinks there's room for something more. Enter the 4 Series Gran Coupe, a four-door car with sleeker, coupelike lines.

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There's some tradeoff in interior roominess in the name of style, but more cargo versatility than you might expect.

By Mike Hanley | April 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Subaru Outback: Up Close

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Subaru has found its styling stride with the new Outback. It's an attractive wagon with smoother lines and a more conventional front-end look. Even though it has crossover-like ground clearance, the 2015 Outback doesn't look like a high-riding SUV and it's easy to step in and out of it.

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New cabin styling has a richer appearance, and the 3.6R Limited on the auto-show floor had matte-style woodgrain trim and soft-touch surfaces.

By Mike Hanley | April 17, 2014 | Comments (10)

2015 Acura TLX: Up Close

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No surprises here: The 2015 TLX is nearly identical to the prototype Acura showed earlier this year. That's a good thing, though, as this is Acura's most cohesive car design in years.

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The chrome bar in the shield grille still doesn't look quite right to my eye, but I like how Acura has evolved its multi-element LED headlights; they're thinner and sleeker than the ones on the Acura RLX flagship sedan.

By Mike Hanley | April 17, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Dodge Challenger: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Looks like: The current Challenger, now with more LEDs

Powertrains: Standard 305-hp, 3.6-liter V-6, optional 375-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 or 485-hp, 6.4-liter Hemi V-8; eight-speed automatic (standard on V-6, optional on V-8s) or six-speed manual (standard on V-8 only) transmissions; rear-wheel drive

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With the update to the 2015 Dodge Charger, Chrysler now offers two distinct flavors of big, performance-oriented rear-drive cars for enthusiasts. The Charger's gone modern, with swoopy new styling that apes the Dart and Durango in the brand's lineup, but the new 2015 Challenger sticks to its retro theme that has been relatively successful for the big sports coupe.

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But even retro has to show progress, and Dodge has decided to base the new 2015 model on the 1971 Challenger for inspiration instead of the 1970 model that the current Challenger uses as a model. The updated interior, however, is taken right from other modern Dodge models.

By Aaron Bragman | April 16, 2014 | Comments (5)

2015 Dodge Charger: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Taurus, Hyundai Genesis, Chevrolet SS, Chevrolet Impala

Looks like: Dodge Dart styling replaced retro-chic

Powertrains: Standard 292 hp, 3.6-liter V-6, optional 370-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8; eight-speed automatic; optional all-wheel drive

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It used to be that nearly every American brand had a big rear-wheel-drive V-8-powered sedan as its mainstream family car. Those days are gone, and of the dozens of choices only two remain and one of those is the Dodge Charger.

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It's the least-expensive full-size rear-wheel-drive sedan you can buy, but according to Dodge, that's not why the majority of its owners buy it - more than half of its buyers are young people, Millennials and Generation X-ers who cite the primary reason for buying a Charger as its style and powertrains. So for them, it's a sports car - cross-shopped most often with Dodge's own Challenger, believe it or not.

By Aaron Bragman | April 16, 2014 | Comments (16)

2015 Nissan Murano: Up Close

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Nissan's Murano has always been a bit weird. While most SUVs have morphed into a common look across manufacturers, the Murano always did its own thing. Now Nissan has updated the Murano, giving it its first true complete redesign, and the look is just as wild as ever.

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At first glance, one might think that the 2015 Murano is almost overstyled, with lines, creases, folds, streaks, fins and slats from bumper to rump. The resemblance to Nissan's Resonance concept car is strong, but it works.

By Aaron Bragman | April 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Toyota Camry: Up Close

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Just three years after Toyota redesigned the Camry, the family sedan has gone under the knife again for 2015. The result is a car with all-new styling that actually looks all new, and it seems to be in direct response to the increasing prevalence of bold-looking competitors like the Ford Fusion and Mazda6.

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The new front end is the most daring element of the 2015 Camry, which debuted at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

By Mike Hanley | April 16, 2014 | Comments (19)

Limited Edition Scion FR-S Debuts in Yuzu Yellow

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At this week's 2014 New York International Auto Show, Scion unveiled the latest special edition of the rear-drive FR-S coupe. Dubbed the now-familiar Release Series, in this case the inaugural Release Series 1.0, the special edition will have a production run of just 1,500 cars when it hits Scion showrooms in August.

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All of them will have Yuzu paint — to wit, bright yellow. (Yuzu is an Asian citrus fruit; it's also the name for an untold number of Japanese restaurants.) Changes to the FR-S' taut lines include a custom rear spoiler, front and rear ground effects, and side fender garish — er, garnish.

By Kelsey Mays | April 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Hyundai Sonata: Up Close

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When the prior-generation Sonata debuted as a 2011 model it made waves with a daring design that challenged conservatively styled competitors. Fast-forward a few years and Hyundai has a new Sonata and the 2015 Sonata is unlikely to create the kind of stir its predecessor did. The new sedan is handsome, but there's enough of the old version that casual observers could easily confuse them.

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The 2015 Sonata retains its distinctive coupe-like profile, and it seems even more pronounced now as the rear roof pillars extend nearly to the tail. This makes for a very short trunklid, and also makes the rear-quarter angle one of the car's best.

By Mike Hanley | April 16, 2014 | Comments (4)

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