Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee and 2013 BMW 328i refused to budge from the top of our list of most-read reviews this week, holding fast at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Returning to the roster this week is the 2013 BMW X1, the X3's smaller sibling, at No. 6. Meanwhile, at Nos. 7 and 8, respectively, the 2014 versions of the Toyota 4Runner and the Ford Taurus make their debuts. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2013 BMW 328i
3. 2014 Subaru Forester

4. 2013 Toyota RAV4

5. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

6. 2013 BMW X1

7. 2014 Toyota 4Runner
8. 2014 Ford Taurus

9. 2014 Infiniti Q50

10. 2014 Acura MDX

By Matt Schmitz | September 22, 2013 | Comments (3)

Should I Buy a Subaru Forester, Subaru XV Crosstrek or Mazda CX-5?

Should I buy a Subaru Forester or Subaru XV Crosstrek? What about the Mazda CX-5?

Ron S., Sheridan, N.Y.

By Rick Popely | September 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee knocked the 2014 Infiniti Q50 out of the No. 1 spot this week on our list of most-read reviews, while the 2013 BMW 328i ascended two places to claim the No. 2 spot. Elsewhere, the 2014 Kia Cadenza and 2014 Acura MDX returned to the list at Nos. 5 and 9, resepectively. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2013 BMW 328i
3. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
4. 2013 Toyota RAV4
5. 2014 Kia Cadenza
6. 2014 Subaru Forester
7. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
8. 2014 Infiniti Q50
9. 2014 Acura MDX
10. 2013 Nissan Altima

By Matt Schmitz | September 15, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Subaru Forester: Real-World Mileage

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It's been a few years since I was last in a Subaru Forester test car, but I've spent quite a bit of time in my mom's 2012 Forester. As an artist, she needs space to haul around large canvasses and occasionally the grandkids. And, lets not kid ourselves, the sky blue metallic exterior paint is what really won her over, since this girly color is uncommon and easy for her to spot in a busy parking lot. While she loves many things about her car, fuel economy isn't one of them. After just a few weeks, she became concerned that something was wrong with it because she was visiting the gas station too often.

For 2014, Subaru promised the redesigned Forester would feature "significantly improved performance, economy, comfort and space." It's offered in six different trim levels: the 2.5i, the 2.5i Premium, the 2.5i Limited, the 2.5i Touring (which I drove), the 2.0XT Premium (pictured above) and the 2.0XT Touring. Check them out side by side here.

By Kristin Varela | September 11, 2013 | Comments (1)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Both the 2014 Infiniti Q50 and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee remained in their perches at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, this week on our list of the most-read reviews. Newcomers to the roster included the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which clocked in at No. 3, and the 2013 Chrysler 300, debuting in eighth place. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Infiniti Q50
2. 2014 Jeep Cherokee

3. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

4. 2013 BMW 328i

5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2013 Toyota RAV4

7. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

8. 2013 Chrysler 300

9. 2013 Toyota Avalon

10. 2013 Nissan Altima

By Matt Schmitz | September 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

Several 2014s Earn NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating

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GM, Lexus, Toyota and Subaru vehicles gained membership to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star safety ratings club, though not all of GM's entries made the cut. NHTSA's crash tests examine vehicles' safety performance in frontal and side collisions, as well as roof strength in rollover accidents.

Both the all- and rear-wheel-drive versions of the 2014 Lexus IS 250 sedan earned an overall five-star rating, scoring a four in front tests and fives in both side and rollover tests. The 2014 Subaru Forester also got an overall five-star rating; the compact crossover earned a four in both frontal-crash and rollover ratings and a five in side-impact tests. The 2014 Toyota Prius v wagon mirrored the Forester's scores, with fours in frontal and rollover tests and a five in side-impact tests for an overall score of five.

By Matt Schmitz | September 3, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Names Top 10 Tailgaters

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It's already late summer, and increasingly your day revolves around trolling sports websites for the latest news on training camps, preseason college football power rankings, alma-mater rivalries and so on. Alabama or LSU? Steelers or Ravens?

The season of pigskin bliss is upon us, and the truly serious fans have tickets, and many of those serious ticket holders tailgate. Which brings us to Cars.com's annual Top 10 Tailgaters — our top picks for cars to hit the stadium lots and pregame 'til the brats run out.

As always, please tailgate responsibly, and check out our list below.

By Kelsey Mays | August 28, 2013 | Comments (4)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

2014JeepCherokee

There was very little movement of note on this week's list of most-read reviews, as the 2014 Jeep Cherokee retained the No. 1 spot. The lone newcomer was the 2013 BMW X1, the smaller sibling of the X3 that Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek called "downsizing done right." Bruzek's X1 review checks in at No. 9. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2014 Infiniti Q50

3. 2013 BMW 3 Series
4. 2013 Toyota RAV4
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

7. 2013 Toyota Avalon

8. 2013 Chrysler 300

9. 2013 BMW X1

10. 2013 Ford Fusion

By Matt Schmitz | August 25, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

2014JeepCherokee

The 2013 Toyota RAV4, a long-term tenant of the top spot on our list of most-read reviews, has at last vacated the premises to make way for our new No. 1, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The 2014 Infiniti Q50, 2013 Dodge Charger and 2013 BMW 3 Series follow at Nos. 2, 3 and 4. And, finally, refusing to drop out of sight entirely, the RAV4 rounds out the top five. Here's what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2014 Infiniti Q50
3. 2013 Dodge Charger
4. 2013 BMW 3 Series
5. 2013 Toyota RAV4
6. 2014 Subaru Forester
7. 2013 Toyota Avalon
8. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
9. 2013 Chrysler 300
10. 2013 Ford Fusion
By Matt Schmitz | August 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

July's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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We'd like to think most auto executives drove to work this morning listening to The Cars' "Good Times Roll." June and July turned out the best seasonally adjusted auto sales since before the recession. In raw numbers, new-car sales saw the healthiest July since 2007.

The fastest sellers, unsurprisingly, were also some of the strongest. Recent redesigns of the 2014 Acura MDX (July sales up 29.5%), 2014 Lexus IS (sales up 58.6%) and 2014 Subaru Forester (sales up 52.5%) joined the updated 2014 Honda Odyssey (sales up 10.9%) among July's fastest-selling cars.

The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover topped the list, but the sybaritic SUV was redesigned a year ago. No matter: Each Rover stayed on dealer lots less than a week apiece, and July sales flew 111.3%.

Stranger still, the Audi Q5 has gone without a substantial redesign since it arrived in early 2009, yet it was the third fastest seller on the list — and it's been among the fastest-selling cars for nine of the past 10 months. Its Q7 sibling, meanwhile, has been on the roster for four straight months despite showing up in late 2006.

By Kelsey Mays | August 2, 2013 | Comments (1)

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