More 2016 Lexus GS F Details and Photos


Lexus returns to the high-performance luxury sedan segment with the debut of the GS F, and it's given its latest performance model some significant styling changes along with more power under the hood to distinguish it from the standard GS.

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I really like the car's new headlight design. It's something you rarely see changed when a car makes the transition from the mainstream to a niche performance model, but the thin lights look slick and work well with the F line's signature hourglass grille. That grille somehow doesn't look as massive here as it does on Lexus' RC F coupe.

By Mike Hanley | January 14, 2015 | Comments (0) Names Mercedes-Benz C-Class Best of 2015


The last time we tested the C-Class in a Challenge, the C250 fared very poorly. The judges didn’t care for the brakes, found the engine wanting and disliked the handling.

Now, with the advent of the new C-Class, our editors are impressed: "The luxury automaker has stunned the public and pundits by producing a stylish new compact luxury sedan that plays second fiddle to no one."

The C-Class edged out five worthy competitors:

  • 2015 BMW M4
  • 2015 Dodge Challenger
  • 2015 Honda Fit
  • 2015 Subaru Outback
  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Check out our awards coverage for all the details. photo by Evan Sears

By Patrick Olsen | January 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

Does the World Need the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country?


Not since the extinction of Subaru's Legacy Outback has an off-road-focused crossover sedan been so bold as to even exist. Until now. Volvo is betting on the new S60 Cross Country luxury sedan as yet another way to strut its Swedish quirkiness.

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So just who would buy an S60 sedan pumped up with an extra 2.5 inches of ground clearance? According to Joe Haslem, brand manager for Volvo's entire S60 range, "It's for someone who's grown up out of a Subaru WRX, but is SUV averse. They spend their weekends skiing or exploring wineries." They also might be wagon averse as Volvo revealed the V60 Cross Country late last year.

By Kristin Varela | January 13, 2015 | Comments (3)

2016 Cadillac CTS-V Photo Gallery (20 Photos)


Cadillac unveiled the third-generation of its CTS-V at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The performance-tuned sedan wears a carbon-fiber hood with an integrated functional air extractor vent that helps flow air through the mesh grille and over the top of the car.

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Check out the gallery below; photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid: First Look


Competes with: Ford Fusion Hybrid, Honda Accord Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid

Looks like: The new Sonata wearing a more Genesis-like grille

Drivetrain: Hybrid: Combined 193-hp with 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 38-kW electric motor; 1.62-kwh lithium-polymer battery; front-wheel drive; six-speed automatic transmission. Plug-in Hybrid: 202-hp with 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 50-kW electric motor; 9.8-kwh lithium-polymer battery; front-wheel drive; six-speed automatic transmission.

Hits dealerships: Hybrid, summer; Plug-in Hybrid, late 2015

While non-hybrid Sonatas got all the attention for 2015 with the drastically restyled all-new Sonata, the Sonata Hybrid carried over from 2014 to 2015 unchanged. Now it's time for the hybrid to take the spotlight.

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For 2016, Hyundai is launching a hybrid variant of its redesigned Sonata with a boost in fuel economy over the outgoing model; it's also debuting its first plug-in hybrid to select markets with the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle.

By Joe Bruzek | January 12, 2015 | Comments (0)

Buick Avenir Concept Photo Gallery (26 Photos)


Buick's new concept surprised for its stunning styling. The Avenir, French for future, is a full-size, all-wheel-drive sedan with a giant face, upswept LED headlights, 21-inch wheels and a sculpted body.

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Check out the gallery below; photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 12, 2015 | Comments (9)

Volvo Expands S60 Lineup With Inscription Model


If a raised version of the S60 sedan isn't what Volvo sedan shoppers are looking for, then maybe it's an extra-long version. Volvo unveiled the S60 Cross Country ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and the S60 Inscription will follow.

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The Inscription offers 3.4 inches of additional rear legroom, which Volvo says results in best-in-class space. Aside from the extra length, the model will wear premium materials, including linear Walnut trim and silk metal detailing, as well as Inscription badging. Power will come from the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder T5 unit with front- and all-wheel drive.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 12, 2015 | Comments (2)

Buick Avenir Concept: First Look


Looks like: Buick acquired some French style along with its new concept's French name.

Defining characteristics: The all-wheel-drive, four-passenger full-size sedan has a bold face, broad shoulders and chiseled lines.

Ridiculous features: It's gorgeous … and it's a Buick.

Chance of being mass-produced: It's doubtful that it will see the showroom in a version even remotely close to the concept: "It demonstrates the growing international reach of Buick and offers an exciting vision of where it can go," the automaker said in a statement.

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Buick is bringing some European flair to this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit; on the heels of announcing its new Opel-based convertible, the Cascada, GM's upscale brand also took the wraps off the Avenir concept, which is French for future.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 11, 2015 | Comments (6)

Volvo Announces 2016 S60 Cross Country


On the heels of Volvo announcing a Cross Country version of its new V60 compact wagon, the automaker said it plans to give the same treatment to its midsize sedan, the S60, calling it "the sole contender in the crossover sedan segment." The 2016 S60 Cross Country will make its debut on the Volvo stage next week at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Like the V60 Cross Country, modifications to the new S60 model include an additional 2.5 inches of ground clearance compared to the regular version and a more rugged-looking appearance hinting at its increased off-road abilities. Visual cues distinguishing it include front and rear skid plates, side scuff plates and fender extenders.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 9, 2015 | Comments (6)

2015 Cadillac CTS Discounted Up To $3,000


Automotive News reports (subscription required) that Cadillac will drop pricing immediately on certain trim levels of the CTS by up to $3,000. GM redesigned its premium brand's luxury sedan for the 2014 model year, and it arrived in late 2013 with a price hike of more than $6,000. Sales in 2014 fell 3.8 percent compared to 2013 — not exactly the pace you'd expect for a redesigned car.

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But Cadillac will reportedly dial back the car's pricing. In a memo obtained by Automotive News, the brand told its dealers it will trim sticker prices by $1,000 to $3,000 and add more features to certain trim levels. We reached out Cadillac for full pricing but didn't hear back. Still, Automotive News says that with the CTS' 3.6-liter V-6, the Premium and Performance trims fall $3,000 apiece. Prices for certain turbocharged 2.0-liter trims will fall $2,000, but the base model (also with the turbo 2.0-liter engine) remains the same $46,340, including a destination fee.

That still positions the CTS as a bargain alternative to midsize luxury cars like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which both start above $50,000. It doesn't necessarily mean you'll save as much cash on a CTS, as Cadillac executives have said they want to reduce the brand's reliance on incentives. For the new CTS, those are steep: Citing research firm Autodata, Automotive News noted that the average CTS needed $9,213 in total incentives to sell in 2014, which is much higher than the E-Class ($7,219) or 5 Series ($6,831). Lower MSRPs will all but certainly prompt GM to scale back incentives, but that, in turn, could bolster the car's resale value down the road. photo by Evan Sears

By Kelsey Mays | January 7, 2015 | Comments (2)

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