Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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In Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley's critique of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, he describes the sedan’s triumphant return to a form worthy of its flagship status. That triumph was validated by the review rocketing straight up to No. 2 in its debut on our list of most-read reviews. It still wasn't enough to interrupt the 2013 Toyota RAV4's nearly three-month reign at No. 1.

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1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2014 Chevrolet Impala
3. 2014 Subaru Forester
4. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
5. 2013 Honda Accord
6. 2014 Mazda CX-5
7. 2013 Ford Fusion
8. 2013 Ford Escape
9. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder

10. 2013 Ford Explorer
By Matt Schmitz | March 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Now halfway through its third month atop our list of most-read car reviews, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 remained holed up at No. 1 this week with no other vehicle even coming close to smoking it out. The 2013 Ford Fusion, Ford Escape and Hyundai Santa Fe also stayed put at Nos. 5, 6 and 10, while all the other returning reviews shuffled around again.

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1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2014 Subaru Forester
3. 2013 Honda Accord
4. 2014 Mazda CX-5
5. 2013 Ford Fusion
6. 2013 Ford Escape
7. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
8. 2013 Toyota Avalon
9. 2013 Ford Explorer
10. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
By Matt Schmitz | March 17, 2013 | Comments (2)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2013 Toyota RAV4 review refused to budge from the top position, which it has held the entire year. Meanwhile, the 2013 Honda Accord and 2014 Subaru Forester hung onto second and third place, respectively. The balance of the list is composed of last week's holdovers.

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1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Honda Accord
3. 2014 Subaru Forester
4. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
5. 2013 Ford Fusion
6. 2013 Ford Escape
7. 2014 Mazda CX-5
8. 2013 Ford Explorer
9. 2013 Toyota Avalon
10. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
By Matt Schmitz | March 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Contrary to popular belief as per Benjamin Franklin, there are actually three certainties now: death, taxes and the RAV4 holding the No. 1 spot on our list of most-read reviews, as it has for all of 2013 so far. Among the less-certain aspects of this week's list, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays' critique of the 2013 Honda Accord suddenly rocketed straight to No. 2 with nearly 81% of the RAV4's traffic. Mays says the Accord gained refinement and convenience features in its ninth generation, but at the expense of fun — something already lacking in the ultracompetitive family-sedan segment. Everyone else on the list was here last week &mdash and about half haven't even moved seats.

Check out what was popular this week:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Honda Accord
3. 2014 Subaru Forester
4. 2014 Mazda CX-5
5. 2013 Ford Fusion
6. 2013 Ford Escape
7. 2013 Ford Explorer
8. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
9. 2013 Toyota Avalon
10. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
By Matt Schmitz | March 3, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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If the persevering popularity of the 2013 Toyota RAV4 is any indicator, we should've included it on our list of Top 10 Cars for the 2012 Apocalypse. As the scrappy crossover has been the lone occupant of the No. 1 spot on our list of most-read reviews for the entirety of 2013 so far, it seems an extinction-level event would leave behind only the cockroaches and the RAV4. Despite a spirited challenge to the RAV4's stranglehold on the top spot, list newcomer the 2014 Mazda CX-5 managed just better than two-thirds the traffic, good for second place. Otherwise, holdovers from last week did some spot swapping.

Check out what was popular this week:
1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2014 Mazda CX-5
3. 2014 Subaru Forester
4. 2013 Ford Explorer
5. 2013 Ford Fusion
6. 2013 Ford Escape
7. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
8. 2014 Kia Sorento
9. 2013 Toyota Avalon
10. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
By Matt Schmitz | February 24, 2013 | Comments (2)

Cars.com Reviews the 2014 Mazda CX-5

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When the Mazda CX-5 entered the competitive crossover market last year, it might have rocketed straight to the top of the heap if the automaker could have fixed one thing: the engine. Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley says that with the 2014 CX-5, Mazda has eliminated that weak spot. A 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine boosts power sufficiently to overcome the sluggishness of the old 2.0-liter without great sacrifice to gas mileage. Some may feel the "unapologetically" firm ride offers far more information about what they're driving over than they need, but otherwise the CX-5 has little to apologize for. Read Hanley's review below.

2014 Mazda CX-5 Review
By Matt Schmitz | February 18, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Subaru Forester Rises Seven Spots in Small-SUV Affordability

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A few weeks ago we threw the redesigned Toyota RAV4 into our compact crossover affordability index, and the popular Toyota ranked right around the group's average. Subaru fans may notice the outgoing 2013 Forester sat near the bottom, largely because the small SUV got mediocre gas mileage and required stepping up a trim level to get a telescoping steering wheel — one of seven features we included in our pricing scheme.

Our affordability index compared 13 models — each was the least expensive trim level that included common equipment like an automatic transmission, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, cruise control, remote keyless entry, a USB/audio jack port and tilt/telescoping steering. We also factored in the destination charge and four years of gas.

With its 2014 redesign, the Forester moved up seven spots, thanks to more standard features and better gas mileage. In fact, the new Forester is the third most affordable compact crossover on the market, behind the Mazda CX-5 and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport — and it has standard all-wheel drive.

By Kelsey Mays | January 25, 2013 | Comments (8)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Despite some midlist musical chairs, this week's most-read reviews played a familiar tune. The 2013 Toyota RAV4 and 2013 Ford Explorer held their ground at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. The 2013 models of the Toyota Avalon, Acura RDX, Subaru XV Crosstrek and Ford Escape simply rearranged third through sixth place. Meanwhile, the 2013 Ford Fusion entered at No. 7, bumping the Nissan Altima to No. 8; the 2013 Mazda CX-5 ascended one spot to No. 9, forcing out the Honda Accord to make room for the 2013 Cadillac ATS in 10th.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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There wasn't a lot of movement among our most-read reviews this week, with six of the top 10 spots going unchanged and the 2013 Toyota RAV4 holding onto first place. The Toyota Avalon jumped two spots to No. 5, bumping the Acura RDX and Nissan Altima down to sixth and seventh place, respectively. The Chevrolet Equinox entered the list in eighth place, knocking the Audi A4 off completely as the Honda Accord and Mazda CX-5 held their places at ninth and 10th.

Check out what else was popular this week:

  • 1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
  • 2. 2013 Ford Explorer
  • 3. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • 4. 2013 Ford Escape
  • 5. 2013 Toyota Avalon
  • 6. 2013 Acura RDX
  • 7. 2013 Nissan Altima
  • 8. 2013 Chevrolet Equinox
  • 9. 2013 Honda Accord
  • 10. 2013 Mazda CX-5
  • By Matt Schmitz | January 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

    Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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    With the new year comes some new blood, at last, in the No. 1 spot among Cars.com's most-read reviews of the week. In 2013's first top 10, the Toyota RAV4 has supplanted the Subaru XV Crosstrek — the reigning champion for nearly six weeks. Meanwhile, the consistently popular 2013 Ford Explorer review found its way from the bottom half of the list up to No. 2 this week, bumping the XV Crosstrek down to third.

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    By Matt Schmitz | January 5, 2013 | Comments (1)

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