Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

1. 2015 Hyundai Sonata
2. 2014 Nissan Rogue 
3. 2015 Subaru Outback 
4. 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 
5. 2014 Honda CR-V
6. 2014 Maserati Ghibli
7. 2015 Volvo XC60
8. 2014 Mazda3 
9. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
10. 2014 Toyota Highlander

By Matt Schmitz | August 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Review

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"The Hyundai Elantra Coupe is a youthful car chock-full of features for the tech-savvy, budget-sensitive, BC (before children) consumer," said Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela. Check out what else she had to say.

2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Kristin Varela

By Matt Schmitz | August 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Gets New Eight-Speed Transmission; We Drive It

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Chevrolet has been enjoying amazing success with the redesigned Corvette Stingray, delivering 37,000 of the 2014 model to buyers, nearly tripling sales of the iconic two-seat sports car overnight. Now 2014 model production has ended, and the company is ready to begin shipping 2015 models out the door of the Bowling Green, Ky., manufacturing plant. The new model is largely the same as the 2014, with one notable exception: The 2015 Stingray receives a new General Motors-designed eight-speed automatic transmission, joining the seven-speed manual and replacing the old six-speed automatic.

Related: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Review

Why upgrade to a new transmission so soon after launching the popular Stingray? The reason is simple: The upcoming Corvette Z06 and its 650-horsepower, supercharged LT4 engine make more power than the current six-speed can handle without fragging itself. No suitable transmission could be found from a supplier to both handle the Z06's power and fit in the Corvette's unusual packaging, so GM made its own, and buyers of any Corvette variety will now get the eight-speed when they opt for an automatic.

By Aaron Bragman | August 20, 2014 | Comments (13)

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

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"The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is no all-out sport sedan, but it's one hell of an appealing luxury car," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Expert Review

By Matt Schmitz | August 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 BMW 535d Review

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"The BMW 535d is a highly capable midsize sport sedan made better by the power and efficiency of its new diesel engine — but adding options quickly spends any money saved by choosing an alternative-fuel powertrain," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

2014 BMW 535d Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | August 18, 2014 | Comments (9)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

1. 2015 Subaru Outback
2. 2014 Nissan Rogue
3. 2015 Lexus NX 200t
4. 2014 Honda CR-V
5. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
6. 2015 Hyundai Sonata
7. 2014 Mazda3
8. 2015 Volvo S60
9. 2014 Hyundai Tucson
10. 2014 Toyota Highlander

By Matt Schmitz | August 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

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.

2015 Chevrolet Malibu Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

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

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

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

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

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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