2015 Dodge Charger: Up Close

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Dodge is a little surprised by who's buying the current Charger: The brand says more than half of Charger buyers are the coveted millennial generation, and a third don't even cross-shop any competitors before they buy one. For Charger buyers, the car isn't a family sedan. It's a style statement, with its aggressive lines, big engines and in-your-face attitude.

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When it came time to update the Charger and Challenger, Dodge decided to take a new route with the Charger. The Challenger is retro, and the 2015 model plays up that aspect; the new 2015 Charger is now more modern than the outgoing one, giving Dodge buyers a choice in how they want their performance — old school or latest thing.

By Aaron Bragman | April 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Dodge Charger Photo Gallery (29 Photos)

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The previous version of Dodge's large sedan wore some retro styling cues, evoking its heritage-based name. The 2015 Charger, by contrast, looks very, well, 2015 with fresh, modern styling that ties it to its smaller Dodge Dart sibling.

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Up front, a new grille, headlights, bumper and fog lights create a modern, aggressive look. In back, the previous version's square and muscular angles have been chopped in favor of smoother, more rounded edges. Dodge’s signature LED "racetrack" taillights return for 2015. 

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

By Jennifer Geiger | April 17, 2014 | Comments (5)

2015 Toyota Camry Video

The thought of an updated Toyota Camry might not be sexy, but in the case of the 2015 model, it certainly is Lexy. That's based on what Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays saw at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The best-selling sedan's thousands of new parts look a lot like they came from Toyota's luxury division, Lexus. From the spindle grille all the way to the rear, Mays says, "You could put an 'L' badge on this and people might not know the difference." See for yourself in the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Acura TLX Photo Gallery (19 Photos)

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Although the production version of Acura's new sedan looks like a near copy of the prototype we saw earlier in the year, there's still plenty to look at on the 2015 TLX's front end.

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Its sculpted hood, new interpretation of Acura's beak-like shield grille and what the automaker calls "jewel-eye" LED headlights give it an upscale look. Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 17, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 Ford Focus: Up Close

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Ford would like you to know that the Focus is the best-selling compact car in the world, and it's not difficult to see why it's popular. The Focus always has been stylish, and adding in its European-style tight handling and excellent interior materials means that there's a definite appeal to the compact sedan and hatchback. Ford showed off the latest 2015 Focus at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show last month, but now it's time to see the sedan version, which is more popular in the U.S.

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The hatchback variant was on display in Geneva, but the 2015 Ford Focus sedan and Focus Electric hatchback are rolling out here at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. All are set to arrive in the U.S. late this year.

By Aaron Bragman | April 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Photo Gallery (19 Photos)

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Chevrolet freshened the exterior styling of its Cruze compact car for 2015, but the updates look minor. Highlights include a revised front end with a more streamlined grille and LED running lights. 

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Inside, there are revised cupholders, and some of the controls get new locations — the door-lock switches move from the center console to the front door panels and the trunk release is now relocated near the center console. Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Dodge Charger: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Taurus, Hyundai Genesis, Chevrolet SS, Chevrolet Impala

Looks like: Dodge Dart styling replaced retro-chic

Powertrains: Standard 292 hp, 3.6-liter V-6, optional 370-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8; eight-speed automatic; optional all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Summer 2014

It used to be that nearly every American brand had a big rear-wheel-drive V-8-powered sedan as its mainstream family car. Those days are gone, and of the dozens of choices only two remain and one of those is the Dodge Charger.

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It's the least-expensive full-size rear-wheel-drive sedan you can buy, but according to Dodge, that's not why the majority of its owners buy it - more than half of its buyers are young people, Millennials and Generation X-ers who cite the primary reason for buying a Charger as its style and powertrains. So for them, it's a sports car - cross-shopped most often with Dodge's own Challenger, believe it or not.

By Aaron Bragman | April 16, 2014 | Comments (11)

2015 Acura TLX: First Look

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Competes with: Cadillac ATS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Volvo S60

Looks like: Surprise, surprise — it looks like the prototype unveiled at the 2014 Detroit auto show

Drivetrain: 206-hp, 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or a 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 paired with a nine-speed automatic; front- and all-wheel drive 

Hits dealerships: Later this year

There were no surprises at the Acura press conference during the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The automaker's new sedan looks nearly identical to the prototype that was unveiled earlier this year in Detroit.

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Today, however, Acura released more details and specs of the new-for-2015 TLX sedan and showed off the production version. The 2015 sedan launches with familiar styling, new powertrains and a host of additional safety features.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 16, 2014 | Comments (15)

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 (13)

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 (8)

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