Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Photo Gallery (31 Photos)

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The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG certainly isn't ashamed that it's the high-performance variant of the C-Class. Racing cues abound on the luxury sedan, now making its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, from widened aluminum fenders and rear wheels to "power domes" on the hood to a trio of rear diffuser fins.

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Building on the regular C-Class' standard aluminum cabin trim, the C63 AMG adds performance seats covered in faux leather and microfiber. In Edition 1 models, the seats have black Nappa leather highlighted with a diamond pattern; plus there’s red contrast stitching on the badged performance steering wheel.

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

By Matt Schmitz | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Mazda6 Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

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Mazda's midsize sedan was already one of the most dynamic looking in the class; for 2016, the Mazda6's styling is even edgier thanks to a revised winged grille design and new LED headlamps. It's being showcased at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Inside, Mazda tweaked the sedan's control layout to make room for the latest version of the Mazda Connect knob-controller-based multimedia system. Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Chrysler 300: Up Close

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I wasn't wild about the 2011 redesign of the big sedan, which smoothed out the Chrysler 300's classic (if derivative) front end, reflecting what was described at the time as an aftermarket influence. The 2015 tweaks recess the headlights, giving the bumper more presence and returning some of the original's boldness. The big-ass grille handles the rest.

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If anything, I wish Chrysler had taken the opportunity to tone down the prominent wheel arches, especially in front where they rise above the character line almost to the hood and recall a Mazda RX-8. It just doesn't work for me. Beyond that, what's great about the 2015 300s, at least as evidenced by three versions here at the show, is that they put not a single foot astray.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600: Up Close

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As the first Cars.com editor to view in person the Mercedes-Maybach S600 detailed in our earlier report, I can corroborate that it is indeed a larger S-Class with some extra badges on it.

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That might be diminishing it too much, because it also has finer interior materials and gizmos, as billed to go along with the new high-end name of Maybach. The backseat is indeed cavernous, which makes it both unique and of extremely limited appeal in the U.S. market. The requisite reclining seats are here; the primary difference being that there's enough legroom for adults of decent heights to use the leg rests — unlike some limousine-style luxury sedans that include the ottomans regardless.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 Photo Gallery (26 Photos)

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Kanye West may be disappointed to learn that the return of the stratospherically expensive luxury brand name Maybach won't be accompanied by that old-school opulence on the window sticker. Instead, he’ll have to settle for an extended-length 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 luxury sedan with the three-point star logo on the hood, steering wheel and tail, while "Maybach" adorns the trunk lid to let other drivers know what they're in line behind.

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Inside is a spacious cabin with posh appointments, exclusive materials and unique seats with upholstery-stitched window pillars, power rear seats with extending ottomans and quilted leather along the seats, center armrest and footwells. So Yeezus will just have to make do.

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

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Chrysler 300 Photo Gallery (64 Photos)

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Chrysler's flagship sedan gets a face-lift for 2015, but luckily the updates to the 300 — an already stylish sedan — are subtle and only heighten its classiness. The 300's large grille takes on a more aggressive, snoutlike look this year bordered by available adaptive high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED fog lights. New LED taillights, updated rear bumper styling and rectangular exhaust outlets round out the changes to the back end.

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A new upscale Platinum trim level joins the lineup this year with premium interior features like hand-sanded low-gloss wood trim, Nappa leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped instrument panel and center console.

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

By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

Mazda Updates CX-5, Mazda6 for 2016

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Mazda's been busy at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show: The automaker debuted an all-new subcompact crossover, the CX-3; showed off a redesigned MX-5 Miata roadster; and unveiled updates to its midsize car and compact crossover. Both the Mazda6 and CX-5 get a mildly face-lifted exterior, revised control layout, new cabin materials and additional connectivity systems for 2016.

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Mazda's compact SUV was new for 2012, and the automaker has updated it slightly for every model year since its launch. For 2016, the CX-5's face gets a slightly bolder grille with new metallic gray accents. The headlights have a revised interior layout, and Mazda's "signature" LED lighting is optional with the Technology Package.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Photo Gallery (26 Photos)

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The updated exterior style of the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V sedan and coupe — both making their debut now at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show — goes a long way toward injecting some magic into the meh of their predecessors. V-Series flourishes like flared fenders, aggressive-looking front- and rear-end style and additional performance flourishes flirt with the line between elegant and ostentatious.

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That aesthetic extends to the interior, as well, with a faux-suede-wrapped steering wheel and shifter and optional 16-way-adjustable and microfiber-covered Recaro performance seats. That's in addition to a Performance Data Recorder that captures high-definition video of the forward view for a post-race self-critique right on the car’s multimedia touch-screen.

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

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Chrysler 300: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Taurus, Toyota Avalon, Kia Cadenza

Looks like: The new 300 reclaims much of the swagger of its now decade-old forebear

Drivetrain: 292- or 300-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 or 363-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 with eight-speed automatic transmission; rear- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: First quarter of 2015

Starting price: $32,390, including a destination charge

The Chrysler 300 was a smash hit when it debuted as a 2005 model and now, a decade later, the sedan has a new boldness that harkens back to that of the original model. The 2015 Chrysler 300 is offered with V-6 or V-8 power and rear- or all-wheel drive, and besides its new styling and features, there's a new high-end Platinum trim level with upscale appointments. The 300 arrives early next year with the same starting price as before: $32,390, including the destination charge.

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By Mike Hanley | November 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

$27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge: What the Judges Said

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To evaluate our midsize sedans, we put them through a battery of tests in and around Baltimore:

  • We took all 10 cars on a mileage drive of about 180 miles to judge real-world fuel economy.
  • The experts drove all 10 over the same course, back-to-back, to judge ride and handling, acceleration and braking.
  • Then we brought in a real-life family, Amit and Michelle Kapoor, both 34, and their two young children (above), to help us evaluate these cars. Amit works as a defense contractor, and his wife works for the federal government. They live in suburban Washington, D.C.

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The Kapoors joined our judges:

  • Aaron Bragman, Cars.com Detroit bureau chief
  • Jennifer Newman, Cars.com assistant managing editor
  • Joe Wiesenfelder, Cars.com executive editor
  • Fred Meier, auto editor for USA Today
  • Brian Robinson, producer for PBS' "MotorWeek"

We set a maximum price of $27,000, including a destination charge, and each car had to get at least 28 mpg in combined EPA ratings. Ten cars fit that bill (in alphabetical order):

  • 2015 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT
  • 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited (all-new)
  • 2015 Ford Fusion SE
  • 2015 Honda Accord EX
  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport (all-new)
  • 2015 Mazda6 iTouring
  • 2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV
  • 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium (all-new)
  • 2015 Toyota Camry SE (refreshed)
  • 2015 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T SE

Here's how the scoring broke down: The experts' scores accounted for 75 percent of the total score; 15 percent came from the family's scores; and 10 percent was based on fuel economy.

Here is what the judges had to say about each car, in order of how the cars finished:

By Patrick Olsen | November 17, 2014 | Comments (8)

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