2015 Toyota Camry: Up Close

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Just three years after Toyota redesigned the Camry, the family sedan has gone under the knife again for 2015. The result is a car with all-new styling that actually looks all new, and it seems to be in direct response to the increasing prevalence of bold-looking competitors like the Ford Fusion and Mazda6.

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The new front end is the most daring element of the 2015 Camry, which debuted at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

By Mike Hanley | April 16, 2014 | Comments (11)

2015 Toyota Camry Photo Gallery (24 Photos)

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Toyota last updated its best-selling sedan for model-year 2012, and the Camry is getting another makeover for 2015. The sedan grows in length by 1.8 inches this year, and Toyota says it's new from the ground up — the only carryover component is the roof.

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The sedan's overall look is sportier; a wider, more prominent grille and available LED low- and high-beam headlights are hard to miss.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 16, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 Hyundai Sonata Photo Gallery (25 Photos)

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Hyundai's midsize sedan has always been one of the best-looking cars in the class. A redesign for 2015 means revised styling, but is it enough to keep the Sonata looking fresher than its competitors?

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The Sonata's trapezoidal grille and chrome trim along the sides of the hood return for 2015, as does its sleek, coupelike rear roofline. New this year is a more upright nose, which gives the sedan an aggressive look.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 16, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Toyota Camry: First Look (56 Photos)

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Competes with: Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata

Looks like: The Toyota Highlander's grille found a new home

Drivetrain: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 3.5-liter V-6, six-speed automatic transmission; hybrid with 2.5-liter four-cylinder and CVT

Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

Toyota didn't wait long to redesign the Camry, the best-selling sedan for the last 12 years. The Camry was previously tweaked for the 2012 model year. This time, though, Toyota says it has rebuilt the Camry from the ground up with more than 2,000 new parts. The roof is the only unchanged part of its exterior, according to the automaker.

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Much of the 2015's focus is on a sportier experience in both the style and driving performance. The current Camry SE trim level is the sportiest variant, accounting for 45 percent of Camry sales, which Toyota took as a hint that its buyers want sportier models. A new XSE trim level tops the SE as the most sporting with unique hardware, while the Camry Hybrid now has its own SE version.

By Joe Bruzek | April 16, 2014 | Comments (30)

2015 Hyundai Sonata: Up Close

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When the prior-generation Sonata debuted as a 2011 model it made waves with a daring design that challenged conservatively styled competitors. Fast-forward a few years and Hyundai has a new Sonata and the 2015 Sonata is unlikely to create the kind of stir its predecessor did. The new sedan is handsome, but there's enough of the old version that casual observers could easily confuse them.

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The 2015 Sonata retains its distinctive coupe-like profile, and it seems even more pronounced now as the rear roof pillars extend nearly to the tail. This makes for a very short trunklid, and also makes the rear-quarter angle one of the car's best.

By Mike Hanley | April 16, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Hyundai Sonata: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry

Looks like: Hyundai is taking an evolutionary styling approach with the updated Sonata

Drivetrain: 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder or 245-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with six-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Summer 2014

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Family sedan shoppers already have a number of relatively new cars to consider like the Ford Fusion and Honda Accord, and later this year there'll be a new version of Hyundai's Sonata. It's offered with a choice of two four-cylinder engines, including a performance-oriented turbocharged unit, and is available with a host of convenience features from an automatically opening trunk lid to Apple's CarPlay entertainment interface. It's available in SE, Limited, Sport and Sport 2.0T trim levels and will be built in Alabama.

By Mike Hanley | April 16, 2014 | Comments (7)

2015 Infiniti Q70: First Look

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Competes with: Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS

Looks like: Infiniti gave the Q70 the Q50 treatment with more flowing lines and a pumped-up grille for a look that's both more graceful and athletic

Drivetrain: 330-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 engine; 420-hp, 5.6-liter V-8; or a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a 50-kilowatt electric motor (hybrid); seven-speed automatic transmission; rear- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Fall

Infiniti's midsize sedan gets a makeover and welcomes a long-wheelbase version for 2015. The 2015 Q70 (previously called the M) will be unveiled at the 2014 New York International Auto Show alongside a revised version of the Infiniti QX80 full-size SUV.

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The Q70 follows in the smaller Q50 sedan's footsteps with more fluidic styling outside, an emphasis on luxury inside and a host of additional convenience features and safety systems for the 2015 model year.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

Truly Remote Start Impresses in 2014 Chevrolet Impala

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Regular readers are probably just as tired of us talking about Chicago's polar vortex winter as we are tired of persistent cold temperatures. If there's one car feature we can point to that made one of the area's coldest and snowiest winters on record more bearable, it's the remote engine starting system on our 2014 Chevrolet Impala long-term tester.

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The Impala's remote start is a factory-installed feature included in the $1,095 navigation and stereo package or $940 Convenience Package. Time and time again, the Impala's remote start would fire up the engine at surprisingly long distances or from well inside a house, which beat having to crack the front door and hold the key fob outside like other systems we've tested.

By Joe Bruzek | April 15, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Subaru WRX Video

While the performance faithful may consider it blasphemy that Subaru put a continuously variable automatic transmission in the 2015 WRX, it isn't without its redeeming qualities. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the bargain sport sedan's CVT doesn't suck, though two of three driving modes do "suck away some of the fun." Not sold on the CVT? Fear not: With an available six-speed manual and $27,000 starting price, that familiar thrifty throttle endures. Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Volkswagen Jetta: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla

Looks like: We'll need stronger glasses to notice the changes

Drivetrain: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder/electric hybrid, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel

Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

There may not be much new to see when evaluating the updated 2015 Volkswagen Jetta, but there has been a lot of work under the hood and on the option list. VW will showcase the upgraded sedan this week during the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

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The Jetta trim lineup also remains the same with the base car, a GLI high-performance model, hybrid and TDI diesel.

By David Thomas | April 14, 2014 | Comments (5)

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