2014 Chevrolet Malibu Review

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"In a crowded, competitive field, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu stands out for its technology, power and quietness — but its handling and interior space fail to impress," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman’s review for more.

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By Jennifer Newman | August 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Hyundai Sonata Review

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"With its redesigned 2015 Sonata sedan, Hyundai has focused less on distinguishing design statements, and more on a clean, timeless, sophisticated design with detailed engineering and thoughtful features," said Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela. Check out Varela's review for more.

2015 Hyundai Sonata Expert Review

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By Matt Schmitz | August 14, 2014 | Comments (24)

2014 Hyundai Veloster Review

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"Even a nifty multimedia system and a Lady Gaga-sized helping of uniqueness can't distract from the fact that the 2014 Hyundai Veloster is slipping behind its competition," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

2014 Hyundai Veloster Expert Review

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By Matt Schmitz | August 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Sport Suspension Changed My Tune on the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

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We often test-drive cars at drive events on unfamiliar roads. This can paint a different picture of how that same model may perform when driven in and around Cars.com's Chicago headquarters, where the majority of our testing occurs.

When I tested the new Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG last year in our nation's capital, I was sure that the area's pockmarked roads were so similar to Chicago's brutal terrain that the overtly firm ride I was experiencing was a no-go — even in a trim level meant for extreme performance.

Related: 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe Photo Gallery (39 Photos)

Here's what I said in my original review: "The AMG's ride is extremely rough, with jolts coming through sharply over every road imperfection. It's so severe that it reminded me of more aggressive alterations like Audi's RS5 coupe."

Recently, another 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG arrived in our Chicago fleet. When I picked up the keys I was expecting to relive that brutal ride. I was pleasantly flabbergasted that this CLA45 AMG didn't ride anything like I remembered.

By David Thomas | August 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet Review

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"The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is a refined Sunday driver that's priced competitively against more purpose-built roadsters, and it's well-executed to boot," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Maserati Ghibli Review

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"A stylish alternative to established luxury sedans, the 2014 Maserati Ghibli relies on its brand cachet to try to make up for obvious parts-sharing and a lack of technology, and it's only mildly successful in doing so," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: First Drive

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Want a taste of the good life without eviscerating the kids' college fund? Buy an entry-luxury sedan like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, a car that's anchored the bottom of Mercedes' U.S. lineup for more than two decades.

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Or not. The outgoing C-Class sedan sputtered into last place in 2013's $46,000 Sport Sedan Challenge. That was for a turbocharged four-cylinder C250 Sport, but we drove a V-6 C350 soon after, and it didn't redeem much. If this is the baby Benz, a lot of bathwater needed draining.

Drain it, Mercedes did. With the CLA-Class now anchoring the bottom of the lineup, Mercedes moved the redesigned C-Class upmarket in terms of both quality and price. The redesign hits dealers late this month in all-wheel-drive C300/C400 form and early 2015 in rear-drive C300 form, and it's eminently more desirable than the car it replaces.

By Kelsey Mays | August 4, 2014 | Comments (13)

2014 Ram 1500 Express Review

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"In the age of expensive pickup trucks, you can still get a cool one for under $30,000 — but in the case of the 2014 Ram 1500 Express, the content you'll have to sacrifice to get there may be too much," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

2014 Ram 1500 Express Expert Review

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By Matt Schmitz | August 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

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