Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Debuting at No. 1 this week on our list of most-watched videos is our overview of the Cars.com $40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge. Watch as expert judges from Cars.com, "MotorWeek" and USA Today, along with a real-life family, rank their favorites among the contenders. Filling out the middle of the list are a trio of videos from "MotorWeek," including list newcomers the 2014 Audi Q5 TDI and 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S. Check out what else was popular.

1. $40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge
2. 2014 Audi Q5 TDI ("MotorWeek")
3. 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S ("MotorWeek")
4. 2014 Nissan Rogue ("MotorWeek")
5. 2014 Honda Ridgeline

By Matt Schmitz | April 12, 2014 | Comments (2)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Our latest challenge pitted seven full-size sedans against each other to determine which one was the best for your $38,000. The full-size segment might be declining in popularity, but that didn't prevent one of our videos from the $38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge from being the most popular this week. Likewise, the 2014 Nissan Versa Note generated interest among video viewers, landing at No. 2 in its first week. Check out what else was popular:

1. $38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge Features
2. 2014 Nissan Versa Note

3. 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
4. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG

5. 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

By Matt Schmitz | September 14, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Much of this week's most-watched videos list goes unchanged from last week, with the 2013 Midsize SUV Challenge, 2013 Light-Duty Challenge and 2013 Nissan Juke videos remaining right where we left them last time at Nos. 1, 2 and 4, respectively. More surprising was the sudden resurgence of one of our older videos in which we asked passersby in downtown Chicago about ways they'd tried to talk their way out of a speeding ticket — like freestyle rapping for the investigating officer (we're not kidding). Check out what was popular:

1. 2013 Midsize SUV Challenge
2. 2013 Light-Duty Challenge
3. Getting Out of a Speeding Ticket

4. 2013 Nissan Juke
5. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Exhaust Note
By Matt Schmitz | July 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

In its debut week, our overview of Cars.com's 2013 Midsize SUV Challenge accelerated straight to the No. 1 spot on our list of most-viewed videos. Watch as Cars.com reviewers join judges from USA Today and "MotorWeek," as well as a regular family, to put six qualifying competitors to the test. Also new this week was our 2013 Land Rover LR2 Exhaust Note video at No. 5, giving you a sample of the SUV's growl. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2013 Midsize SUV Challenge
2. 2013 Light Duty Challenge
3. 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata

4. 2013 Nissan Titan
5. 2013 Land Rover LR2 Exhaust Note
By Matt Schmitz | July 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Ford Edge

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The Ford Edge was competitive in the midsize crossover class after its 2011 redesign, and while it has held up in some areas, others need work. Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman says that, as a family-hauler, the 2013 Edge continues doing its dutiful best with a standard 3.5-liter V-6 providing smooth, serviceable acceleration from stops or while passing — if not much fun through curves. Although some interior features are quite upscale, it lacks in areas like seat comfort — and let's just say we look forward to that promised MyFord Touch overhaul and leave it at that.

Click here to read how the Edge fared against several competitors in Cars.com's $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge.

2013 Ford Edge Review
By Matt Schmitz | July 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Zipping straight up to the No. 1 spot on our list of most-watched videos in its debut week is the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger says the relatively static roadster proves change is not always necessary: "same looks," "same mission," same "affordable, uncomplicated fun." Also joining the list this week are PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams' overview of the 2013 Nissan Titan at No. 4 and Cars.com's 2013 Ford Edge Exhaust Note video at No. 5, giving you a taste of the crossover's acceleration sounds. Check out what was popular:

1. 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2. 2013 Light-Duty Challenge
3. 2013 Infiniti FX37
4. 2013 Nissan Titan

5. 2013 Ford Edge Exhaust Note
By Matt Schmitz | July 6, 2013 | Comments (2)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

The debut of PickupTrucks.com's 2013 Light Duty Challenge put up some heavy-duty numbers to seize the No. 1 spot on our list of most-watched videos. The video highlights this year's contest, featuring six trucks — all meeting minimum criteria of being four-door and four-wheel-drive, able to tow 8,500 pounds and costing no more than $45,000 — undergoing a battery of tests. Find out how the competing pickups fared and check out what else was popular:

1. 2013 Light Duty Challenge
2. 2014 Acura RLX
3. 2013 Toyota Tundra
4. 2013 Infiniti FX37
5. 2014 Chevrolet Silverado (MotorWeek)
By Matt Schmitz | June 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

$46,000 Sport Sedan Challenge: By the Numbers

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It wasn't hard for the 2013 BMW 3 Series to win over our critics at our latest Challenge. The sedan was exceptionally well-balanced on the track and around town and was overall a blast to drive. It was when the tests came down to hard numbers, though, that the 3 Series separated itself from the pack.

We put each of the six contenders through an approximately 180-mile mpg route that included surface roads and highway driving across Southern California. We also tested each of the car's zero-to-60 and quarter-mile times as well as braking distance on the drag strip.

The 3 Series kept delivering the best numbers, no matter what the test.

By David Thomas | April 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com, USA Today, 'MotorWeek' $46,000 Sport Sedan Challenge

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Cars.com has teamed up with our partners at USA Today and "MotorWeek" for the past three years to compare the most popular car categories on the market. We've tackled compacts, compact crossovers, midsize sedans and even minivans.

Finally, we found a segment that gave us an excuse to rent a racetrack for a day: the luxury sport sedan.

Cars.com/USA Today/ "MotorWeek" $46,000 Sport Sedan Challenge

We first thought up the grouping when both BMW and Mercedes-Benz announced their entry-level versions of the 3 Series and C-Class would switch from six-cylinders to turbocharged four-cylinders like Audi's A4. Then a short while later Cadillac introduced the ATS and its turbocharged model as well.

We rounded out the group with the Acura TL — with a V-6 — and the Volvo S60 with a turbocharged five-cylinder and hit the road to California for a few days of testing on area roads, the track and the drag strip.

Find out which car bested the field — most handedly — and let us know what you think in the comment section below.

By David Thomas | April 7, 2013 | Comments (12)

2014 Toyota Highlander Video

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With the 2014 Highlander, Toyota says it has addressed shortcomings that led to a fifth-place finish in our $37,000 SUV Challenge. The popular SUV debuted at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, and Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says its improvements include a higher-quality interior with touch-point padding and upgraded tech such as standard Bluetooth connectivity and a backup camera. While once-stingy cargo room has improved, Mays notes the Highlander still trails competitors in that department.

More 2013 New York Auto Show Coverage

Exterior updates to the longer, wider SUV include a more vertical front end with a chrome strip running between the headlights and through the grille as well as RAV4-like taillights. The new Highlander is set to hit dealerships in early 2014. Check out the video below.

By Matt Schmitz | March 27, 2013 | Comments (6)

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