2015 Lincoln MKC Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says there's a lot to like about Lincoln's new premium compact SUV, including a luxurious, quiet interior and a composed ride. It should stack up well against competitors from BMW and Audi, Mays says. Watch the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

Cadillac to Reveal CT6 at the 2015 New York Auto Show

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General Motors' luxury brand is planning to make a big splash at the last big auto show of the season; Cadillac announced it will unveil its new CT6 sedan on March 31, the eve of the 2015 New York International Auto Show.

Related: Cadillac to Build New Flagship Sedan

The CT6 will be the brand's flagship sedan and positioned above the XTS; it will be the first vehicle to use Cadillac's new alphanumeric naming structure. The rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan will be built at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant and go on sale late this year.

Click here for more of the story from the Detroit News.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Lincoln MKC Real-World Cargo Space

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Lincoln's all-new MKC compact SUV jumped into the luxury segment ready to duke it out with a growing number of small luxury utes. The MKC's healthy dose of style and substance proves it's capable of competing with the Acura RDX, Audi Q5 and the BMW X3. The MKC's sophistication is a big surprise partly because of its humble roots as a Ford Escape.

Related: Research the 2015 Lincoln MKC

Cargo room is down slightly after the transformation from Escape to MKC, but it's still capable enough to make big grocery store runs and can fit a number of suitcases, golf clubs and strollers behind the backseat. As I noted in my 2015 MKC review,

"The liftgate encloses 53.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the backseat folded, down from the Escape's 67.8 cubic feet and a little short of competitors. The RDX has 61.3 cubic feet of cargo space, the Q5 gets 57.3 cubic feet and the X3 56.5 cubic feet. Like the Escape, an optional hands-free power liftgate (standard on high-end Reserve models only) can be operated by waving your foot under the rear bumper."

See how well the MKC fits common items in the cargo area, below.

By Joe Bruzek | January 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Honda Pilot, 2016 Acura RDX to Debut in Chicago

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The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is still displaying the industry's newest vehicles, but Honda is already making news for its plans for the next auto show; the automaker will unveil the new Pilot alongside an updated Acura RDX from its luxury arm at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

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Details on the new version of Honda's largest SUV are slim, but the automaker says the eight-passenger 'ute will offer "new technology, advanced safety, class-leading fuel economy and enhanced family utility and versatility." The stocky, blocky family hauler should also get a total exterior makeover. Honda says the new model represents a dramatic shift in design, and the teaser image hints at the 2016 version's sloping roofline and more angular body. It looks like the rear three-quarters of the new Pilot borrows styling from Honda’s smaller SUVs, the CR-V and HR-V.

The 2016 Pilot will meet the public at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12 and go on sale this summer. Acura will also show off an updated RDX in Chicago. The automaker promises that the new compact crossover will be safer and more luxurious as well as offer styling and performance enhancements. Check back with us on Feb. 12 for more details.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 21, 2015 | Comments (6)

Infiniti Cancels Electric Car Plans

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The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is buzzing with big electric car news from Chevrolet with the Volt and the Bolt, but Infiniti quietly announced it no longer has plans to produce its electric car, the LE.

Related: Infiniti LE Concept at the 2012 New York Auto Show

When the LE concept debuted at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, Infiniti called it a "production intent" concept and said it would hit the market in the next two years. Three years later, plans to build a luxury electric sedan based on Nissan's Leaf are off due to a renewed focus on higher volume segments, an Infiniti executive told USA Today.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 19, 2015 | Comments (2)

2016 Lexus GS F Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays takes a closer look at Lexus' new performance sedan, from the GS F's aggressive front grille to its 467-horsepower V-8. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

2014 Audi S7 Review

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"With head-turning style, exquisite interior trim, sophisticated electronics and speed aplenty, the 2014 Audi S7 is practically the perfect luxury car," says Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman.

2014 Audi S7 Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Jennifer Geiger | January 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Lincoln MKX Video

Can Lincoln's redesigned midsize crossover take on Lexus' top-selling RX crossover? Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays walks us through the new 2016 Lincoln MKX. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

Inside the 2016 Lincoln MKX (29 Photos)

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The larger sibling to Lincoln's smaller MKC, the midsize MKX luxury crossover is a dramatic improvement over the truck it replaces. Whereas the old one felt like a barely nicer Ford Edge for several thousand dollars more, the new MKX is an obvious upgrade in every respect.

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Exterior styling is decidedly attractive, a more mature and grown-up look than the MKC and one that doesn't ape Audi or Acura as much as the smaller vehicle does. It has a more distinctive look, especially along the rear fenders, and the full-width rear LED taillight helps bring a gravitas to the truck. It certainly looks sportier than the Acura MDX or Lexus RX350, with a roofline that swoops low as it falls over the heads of rear-seat passengers.

By Aaron Bragman | January 14, 2015 | Comments (2)

We Bought a 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Cars.com just named the redesigned Mercedes-Benz C-Class our Best of 2015 car. As we've done in recent years, we purchased one to put our money where our mouth is. Naturally, the process kicked off with a familiar question: Which C-Class would we get? Among the new 2015 C-Class sedans on Cars.com, we found more than 150 examples within 50 miles of our Chicago offices. We've already driven both the C300 and C400, and we deemed the C400's extra power unnecessary versus the already-punchy C300, particularly since it starts some $10,000 higher.

Related: Cars.com Names 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Best of 2015

We settled on the C300. Given the nature of Chicago weather, we opted for all-wheel drive, and so set our sights on a 2015 C300 4Matic sedan; that combination accounted for more than 80 percent of the 2015 C-Class sedans in dealer inventory near our offices at the time we were shopping. Including destination, the C300 4Matic starts at $41,325 but can spiral past $60,000 if you load up the options. Still, most examples on Cars.com near us were listed between $45,000 and $55,000.

We settled on a plan. We'd visit a Mercedes dealership near downtown Chicago to see what option groups were popular; then we'd email that dealership along with a few others when we had an idea of the equipment that we wanted. As always, we told salespeople we were looking to buy a company car, providing only our personal email addresses and mobile phone numbers. We revealed only after the price had been agreed to that we worked for Cars.com.

By Kelsey Mays | January 14, 2015 | Comments (9)

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