After making No. 1 its "entry level" on our list of most-read reviews last week, Mercedes-Benz's new entry-level luxury sedan, the 2014 CLA-Class, returns to the top spot this week. The CLA-Class' encore is followed by two 2014 debuts in the Mazda3 compact car and Kia Soul hatchback, bowing at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Meanwhile, the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover rejoins the list at No. 5. Check out what else was popular:1. 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
Editor's note: This post was updated on Oct. 14 with the correct photo of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.
Mercedes-Benz's new entry-level luxury sedan debuted in the No. 1 spot on this week's list of most-read reviews. The 2014 CLA Class, which Cars.com reviewer David Thomas describes as sleek-of-style yet rough-of-ride, managed to nudge the 2014 Jeep Cherokee out of the top spot, which the all-new SUV had been guarding closely for several weeks running. Other popular debuts this week came courtesy of the 2014 Nissan Versa Note (No. 4), the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel (No. 8) and the 2013 Volkswagen CC (No. 10). Check out what else was popular:
1. 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
2. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
3. 2014 Subaru Forester
4. 2014 Nissan Versa Note
5. 2013 BMW 328i
6. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
7. 2013 Toyota RAV4
8. 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
9. 2014 Ford Taurus
10. 2013 Volkswagen CC
Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays calls Nissan's redesigned hatchback "basic, affordable transportation." Its loud powertrain and cut-rate-looking interior do not impress, but its price tag does. Mays says bargain shoppers will find this "blue-light special" irresistible.
Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman got behind the wheel of the track-ready 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport and burned rubber straight to the No. 1 spot on this week's list of most-watched videos. Get Bragman's impressions as he takes a few turns in a Caddy that hauls more than grandpa's golf clubs. Also debuting this week is Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder's lukewarm assessment of the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, clattering into the No. 3 spot. Check out what else was popular:1. 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport
Of a dozen 2013 and 2014 models vying for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star safety club in the latest round of testing, less than half made the cut. NHTSA's crash tests examine vehicles' safety performance in frontal and side collisions, as well as roof strength in rollover accidents.
Both the 2014 Buick Regal with eAssist and Verano front-wheel-drive sedans made the grade. The Regal received fours in both frontal and rollover ratings and a five in side-collision tests for an overall score of five. The Verano, also finishing with an overall score of five, received fives in both frontal and side collisions, and a four in rollover tests.
Although Nissan's hatchback is compact, there's nothing small about its backseat. The Versa Note was redesigned for 2014, and accessible Latch anchors, a flat seat cushion and loads of legroom made it easy to install our child-safety seats into it. In fact, it earned high marks across all areas of testing in our Car Seat Check.
Our latest challenge pitted seven full-size sedans against each other to determine which one was the best for your $38,000. The full-size segment might be declining in popularity, but that didn't prevent one of our videos from the $38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge from being the most popular this week. Likewise, the 2014 Nissan Versa Note generated interest among video viewers, landing at No. 2 in its first week. Check out what else was popular:1. $38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge Features
For those who missed the hatchback after it disappeared during Nissan Versa's 2013 redesign, it's back. Now called the Versa Note, Nissan improves on the sedan version's bland looks, but its value for bargain shoppers remains constant, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. This sub-$15,000 car is plenty roomy for front and rear occupants and zippy enough to get into the highway groove. Some chintzy interior materials and unimpressive cargo space disappoint, but not nearly enough to sour the overall harmony of the fun, practical Versa Note. Watch the video above.Related
Nissan is recalling nearly 13,000 model-year 2014 Versa Note subcompact hatchbacks due to weak, loose or missing bolts that could result in injury to backseat passengers or reduced crash performance, the Detroit News reported.
The affected vehicles were manufactured before July 5 in Mexico and distributed mainly in North America, according to the newspaper. Bolts holding the rear seatback latches may not be strong enough, increasing the risk of injury for backseat passengers in a crash. Other bolts securing the body to the undercarriage may not have been tightened enough, or they could be missing in some cases, weakening the car's rear-crash performance; Nissan stated that it is unaware of injuries or accidents related to the bolt issue.
Nissan will notify owners starting in mid-August, and dealers will check the bolts and fix or replace them for free, the newspaper reported. Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.Related
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