Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week


In the category of least-surprising things on this week's list of most-read reviews: The 2014 versions of the Toyota Highlander, Nissan Rogue and Jeep Cherokee are at Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively (right where they were last time); the roster overall is dominated by SUVs and crossovers; and the 2013 Toyota RAV4 refuses to fall off. In new developments, however, the 2014 Chevrolet SS performance sedan and 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan debuted at Nos. 4 and 6, respectively. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Toyota Highlander
2. 2014 Nissan Rogue
3. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
4. 2014 Chevrolet SS
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
7. 2014 Infiniti Q50
8. 2013 Toyota RAV4
9. 2013 Honda Fit
10. 2013 BMW 328i

By Matt Schmitz | January 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Chevrolet SS Review


You want a Camaro's visceral thrill but need a sedan's everyday practicality. Chevrolet aims to offer the best of both worlds with the 2014 SS, its first high-performance, rear-wheel-drive sedan since Bill Clinton won a second term in the Oval Office. reviewer Aaron D. Bragman says the new SS delivers, boasting a powerful 415-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 and a comfortable, high-quality interior. The sedan's generic looks are forgettable, but with a 5-second zero-to-60 mph time, all anyone will see is a passing streak anyway. Read Bragman's review below.

2014 Chevrolet SS Review

By Matt Schmitz | January 20, 2014 | Comments (13)

GM Offers Siri Eyes Free Integration on Six More Vehicles


Look for Siri Eyes Free Integration on a host of 2014 GM vehicles. Previously offered on the Chevrolet Sonic and Spark, Apple's voice-activated "intelligent assistant" — requiring neither the driver's hands nor eyes for use — will now be available on the Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS and Volt, the automaker announced Monday.

Through the vehicles' available Chevrolet MyLink multimedia system, users with a compatible iPhone running the iOS 6 or iOS 7 operating systems can direct Siri to perform a number of tasks while they keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. To use the feature, motorists connect their iPhone with the MyLink radio via Bluetooth, pair with the system and use the steering-wheel voice-activation button to begin and end sessions. In addition to the feature's no-look use, it prevents the iPhone's screen from lighting up, further mitigating distraction.

By Matt Schmitz | October 15, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Chevrolet SS Starts at $44,470


GM today announced pricing for Chevrolet's first rear-wheel-drive performance sedan in 17 years. The 2014 Chevrolet SS will start at $44,470, including a $995 destination charge, when it hits dealerships at the end of this year. The SS' 6.2-liter V-8 makes 415 horsepower and 415 pounds-feet of torque; GM says it's good for a zero-to-60 time of 5.0 seconds.

The SS will offer only two options — a power sunroof ($900) and full-size spare tire ($500) — but comes with a host of standard equipment, including:

  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps with LED running lights
  • Automatic Parking Assist, a backup camera and rear park assist
  • Blind spot and lane departure warning systems
  • Color head-up display
  • Alloy pedal covers
  • Heated and ventilated front seats with memory and dual-zone climate control
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Chevrolet MyLink with a color touch-screen and GPS navigation
  • Bose audio system with a 12-month satellite radio trial

The SS will be available in five exterior colors — Mystic Green, Silver Ice Metallic, Red Hot 2, Phantom Black Metallic and Heron White — while interiors will be black and include sport front bucket seats.

2014 Chevrolet SS: Up Close

2014 Chevrolet SS Video

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By Matt Schmitz | June 4, 2013 | Comments (17)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

As the 2013 New York International Auto Show winds down this weekend, reflect on what was popular with our roster of most-watched videos. All newcomers to the list are from the nation's most-attended auto show. At No. 1 is the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, returning to production as a Liberty replacement after a dozen-year absence. The new Cherokee's exterior design has been divisive, to say the least, among the public and our own reviewers at See what you think by watching the video below, and check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
3. 2014 Acura MDX
4. 2014 Chevrolet SS
5. 2014 Toyota Highlander
By Matt Schmitz | April 6, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Chevrolet SS Video


There, there, performance fans. We know it's been tough for you in recent years as dinky four-cylinder fuel sippers seem to shun you into seclusion like a smoker at a restaurant. GM senses your pain and hopes its first full-fledged performance sedan in nearly two decades — the 2014 Chevrolet SS, debuting this week at the 2013 New York International Auto Show — brings solace to your solitude.

More 2013 New York Auto Show Coverage reviewer Kelsey Mays says the new SS' 6.2-liter "proper V-8," good for 415 horsepower and as many pounds-feet of torque, will help neglected enthusiasts get their groove back. Cool new features include a pounds-shedding aluminum trunk and hood, 50/50 weight distribution and Chevy's first auto-parking system. Watch the video below for more on the SS.

By Matt Schmitz | April 1, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Chevrolet SS: Up Close

One of the unfortunate effects of Pontiac getting the boot back in 2009 was the G8's premature departure. We don't miss much else of Pontiac, just the V-8-powered, rear-wheel-drive G8 GT. With the 2014 Chevrolet SS, we kind of get the G8 back in the form of a full-size sedan with a V-8 and rear-wheel drive but with a Chevrolet badge instead of a Pontiac one.

More 2013 New York Auto Show Coverage

The Chevrolet SS takes a huge leap forward in offering a more upscale interior experience compared to the now 5-year-old G8. While both the G8 and SS share development with the Australian Holden Commodore, the SS is based on a next-generation successor of the car the G8 was based on.

By Joe Bruzek | March 29, 2013 | Comments (12)

2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS to Debut at 2013 New York Auto Show


GM announced today that the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS will bow March 27 at the 2013 New York International Auto Show.

The 2014 model represents the most significant change for the fifth-generation Camaro, according to the automaker. Few details are known about the new Camaro, but check back in the coming days for full coverage leading up to and during the New York auto show.

The Camaro SS completes a trifecta of GM performance vehicles on display next week in New York, joining the 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible and Chevrolet SS sedan.

2014 Chevrolet SS: First Look
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By Matt Schmitz | March 20, 2013 | Comments (1)

NASCAR's New Look

2012 CMS Testing Brad Keselowski on Track
NASCAR has a decidedly different look for 2013, with all-new racecars debuting at the Daytona 500 on Sunday. It's a big change that should excite casual car fans as well as those hard-core enthusiasts who paint their favorite driver's number on their face. For the first time in decades, the redesigned racecars look like real street-driven production versions.

Since 2007, NASCAR's Sprint Cup series — its most elite racing tier — featured cars from Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford and Toyota with the same basic shape and little to distinguish them other than decals used to imitate headlights, grilles and taillights. Fans began to complain about how similar the racecars looked soon after their introduction.

By Joe Bruzek | February 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Chevrolet SS: More Photos


GM fans who miss the Pontiac G8 should be happy about the latest addition to the Chevrolet family. The 2014 SS, based on the next-generation Holden VF Commodore from Australia, will go on sale later this year.

The new rear-wheel-drive performance sedan debuted last weekend at the Daytona International Speedway. The last time the bow-tie brand had a rear-wheel-drive performance sedan in its lineup was the 1996 Impala. The 2014 SS will use the Corvette's 6.2-liter V-8, good for 415 horsepower and 415 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is standard.

Check out more photos below.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 18, 2013 | Comments (23)

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