November's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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Snow may have hit parts of the country early, but that didn't stop people from buying sporty cars and SUVs. The three cars that tied to top November's fastest-sellers list all have serious performance chops with the rear-wheel-drive Ford Mustang on top for the second consecutive month. The other two — the Porsche Macan and Subaru WRX — sport all-wheel drive, so weather is less of a worry for buyers.

Related: 2015 Ford Mustang Expert Review

October also saw the all-season-friendly Honda CR-V tied for first place, but this week it took a whole 24 hours longer to sell the practical people mover versus the Mustang.

By David Thomas | December 1, 2014 | Comments (1)

July's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

Want to buy a small luxury SUV? You're not alone. Two of the fastest-selling cars in the country last month were the all-new 2015 Porsche Macan and the pretty-much-unchanged 2015 Audi Q5.

Related: Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: July 2014

The Macan regains the top spot it held back in May, taking just eight days from the day it arrived at a dealer until the day the keys were handed over to a lucky buyer. Ten of the 22 fastest-selling cars were luxury SUVs, while SUVs overall made up 14 of the 22.

While our top cars sold on average in just 12 days, the overall average for all cars in July was 68 days. That's up from 64 days in June and 62 days in July 2013.

By David Thomas | August 1, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Porsche Macan: First Drive

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I spent a day driving Porsche's all-new 2015 Macan luxury compact SUV throughout Southern California, up and down the mountain roads of the Angeles Crest Highway and at Willow Springs International Raceway in the high Southern California desert. All in all, the variety of terrain offered plenty of opportunity for the Macan to show off, or to fall short.

Related: 2015 Porsche Macan Photo Gallery (25 Photos)

The Macan Turbo I drove on the way out to Willow Springs had pretty much every box checked: Porsche Active Suspension Management with air suspension ($1,385), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus ($1,490), underbody skid plates ($1,410), adaptive cruise control with Porsche Active Safe ($1,600), Burmester High-End Surround Sound System ($4,290) and the Premium Package Plus with a host of safety and luxury features ($4,660) just to name a few. The Macan Turbo has a starting price of $72,295 (including destination), but with all of these options the price tag inched into "holy cow" territory: $101,325.

On the road the Macan is docile, especially in Normal driving mode. The suspension management system puts the adaptive shock absorbers into a more pliant setting, and the steering was lighter than I would have preferred but was still very accurate and managed to avoid the overboosted, floaty feeling found in less refined electric power steering systems. Moving the Macan into Sport or Sport Plus sharpens the SUV, especially the transmission, which delightfully holds onto lower gears. But it's still a tamer experience than I had envisioned given Porsche's claims.

By Brian Wong | July 14, 2014 | Comments (8)

May's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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SUVs and trucks remain popular as we head into summer. Seventeen of the 22 fastest-selling vehicles in May were utility vehicles or pickup trucks; the others were two performance cars, two large luxury sedans and a new Mini.

Related: Toyota and Ford Disagree (Again) Over Global Best-Seller Title

These vehicles sold quickly, but the overall average days it took to sell a new 2014 or 2015 moved steadily upward to nearly 61 days. That's up from 56 days in April and the same number, 56, in May 2013 as well. There's no single reason for this increase, and overall car sales are robust through this point in 2014 with May's sales figures being reported today.

By David Thomas | June 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cars.com's Top 10 Most Anticipated Cars

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Now that auto show season is over, the wait is over when it comes to seeing which new cars will hit dealerships soon, but now the real wait begins.

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There's plenty to look forward to, because there are almost too many new vehicles to choose from such as the redesigned, more modern Ford Mustang and the sleek, futuristic electric car from BMW, the i8. They're not all sports cars though; the tiny Jeep Renegade SUV and midsize Hyundai Sonata sedan are also on our list.

Check out the top 10 new vehicles the Cars.com reviewers can't wait to drive:

By Jennifer Geiger | May 7, 2014 | Comments (17)

2015 Porsche Macan Video

Porsche's Cayenne SUV is a hit, and it looks like the automaker used a pint-sized version of that formula to create the new-for-2015 Macan. The new compact luxury SUV debuted at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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With exterior styling that combines elements of the 911 and the Cayenne, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the Macan fits nicely into the Porsche lineup. But Mays wonders if its pint-sized interior will offer drivers and passengers a comfortable amount of room. Watch the video for more details.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

2015 Porsche Macan: Up Close

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In photos, the 2015 Porsche Macan could be mistaken for its larger Cayenne SUV counterpart at first glance. In person, there's no confusing the bite-sized Macan for anything but a compact SUV. Its small stature is fit and athletic in typical Porsche fashion, though a little too rounded toward the rear where it loses definition under the auto-show lights. Maybe out on the road some of its curves and definition will stand out. Or it really could just be somewhat of a jelly-bean shape.

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Specifications indicate the 184.3-inch Macan is a lengthy SUV among its ilk. The end-to-end dimensions don't show up on the inside where rear-seat room is in short supply. With the driver's seat positioned where I would drive, I have to slide my feet in diagonally to clear the rear seat's elevated floor. Good luck fitting three adults in the backseat.

By Joe Bruzek | November 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

2015 Porsche Macan at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

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Competes with: Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Audi Q5
Looks like: A pint-sized Cayenne
Drivetrain: 340-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6; 400-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6; seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Spring 2014

Porsche's 2015 Macan is the sports car maker's first foray into the luxury compact SUV segment filled with small utes like the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, soon-to-be-released Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and Audi Q5. Any thoughts of Porsche selling out by offering a more mainstream compact SUV can be quickly put to rest with the twin-turbocharged engines making 340 horsepower and 400 hp in the base Macan S and Macan Turbo, respectively. Porsche wants the Macan to be the first compact SUV that's also a sports car.

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But it's also an SUV, so the Macan comes with standard all-wheel drive, power liftgate, off-road mode and available air suspension with adjustable ride height. After all, Porsche has a decade of SUV experience with its popular, and larger, Cayenne.

By Joe Bruzek | November 20, 2013 | Comments (1)

2015 Porsche Macan Photo Gallery (25 Photos)

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We'll have a full report on the all-new, somewhat small, SUV from Porsche later this morning. For now check out our gallery from its pre-Los Angeles Auto Show unveiling last night.

By David Thomas | November 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

2015 Porsche Macan: Sneak Preview

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Porsche's popular Cayenne SUV will soon welcome a smaller sibling to the family; the 2015 Porsche Macan will make its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but the automaker posted a preview of the new compact SUV on its Facebook page.

Porsche originally announced the Macan early last year and has released few details since. The compact SUV's sloping roofline, sleek lines and coupelike silhouette places it squarely in Land Rover Range Rover Evoque territory. Based on the photos, it looks like it'll be off-road ready.

The Macan will likely share components with the Audi Q5 and go on sale in early 2014. Stay tuned for more news from the L.A. Auto Show and check out the photos below.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 18, 2013 | Comments (3)

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