What You Need to Know About the New 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S

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A new sports car from Mercedes aims at a segment it hasn't played in before, and it's one that's got some tough competition. Our initial tests find it does the job admirably too.

It also heralds an odd name change. The GT S omits Benz entirely from the car's name. Find out more about the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S below:

Snapshot

  • Starting price: $130,825, including a destination fee
  • Competes with: Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Audi R8, BMW M6, Dodge Viper, Maserati GranTurismo, Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911 Turbo
  • On sale: April 2015

 

What We Like

  • Lightning fast transmission
  • Glorious V-8 exhaust note
  • Versatility from street to track
  • Styling

 

What We Don't

  • Poor visibility
  • Tablet-like navigation screen
  • Numerous buttons

 

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By David Thomas | January 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

What You Need to Know About the 2015 Toyota Camry

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The redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry looks a little different but feels and performs the same as the old one — meaning the best reason to buy a new one is because you like the one you already have. Here is an overview from the Cars.com staff:

Snapshot

  • Starting price: $23,795, including a destination fee
  • Competes with: Chevrolet Malibu, Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Mazda6, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy
  • On sale: Now

 

What We Like

  • Roominess and visibility
  • Decent power from either engine
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Build quality

 

What We Don't

  • Interior materials
  • Gaping front grille
  • Firm ride (SE trim)
  • Wind and road noise

 

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By David Thomas | January 29, 2015 | Comments (2)

What You Need to Know About the 2015 Lexus NX 200T, NX 300h

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As compact luxury SUVs go, the 2015 Lexus NX combines enough driving fun and occupant comfort to deserve a look, but anyone with serious cargo needs should look elsewhere or stick to the brand's popular RX. For those looking for a smaller crossover, here is a primer on the new Lexus:

 

Snapshot

  • Starting price: NX 200t, $35,405; NX 300h, $40,645 (prices include destination fees)
  • Competes with: Acura RDX, Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
  • On sale: Now

 

What We Like

  •  Cabin quality
  •  Relatively roomy backseat
  •  Many standard features, upscale options
  •  Fuel efficiency with either drivetrain
  •  Responsive transmission in NX 200t

 

What We Don't

  •  Engine/transmission response in NX 300h
  •  Mushy brakes in NX 300h
  •  Smallish cargo area
  •  Usability of navigation system
  •  NX 200t requires premium gas

 

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By David Thomas | January 28, 2015 | Comments (1)

What You Need to Know About the 2015 BMW i3

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BMW takes a giant leap into the electric-vehicle game with this little city car. Here's a quick reference guide:

 

Snapshot

  • Starting price: $43,350, including a destination fee
  • Competes with: Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Kia Soul EV
  • On sale: Now

 

What We Like

  • Handling
  • Acceleration
  • Tax credit availability

 

What We Don't

  • Ride on rough pavement
  • Compromised rear visibility
  • Appearance of some of the eco-friendly materials

 

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By David Thomas | January 27, 2015 | Comments (1)

What You Need to Know About the 2016 Kia Sorento

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Kia has redesigned its midsize crossover in hopes of swaying more families to the brand. Here are some vitals:

 

Snapshot

  • Starting price: $25,795, including a destination fee
  • Competes with: Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder
  • On sale: Now

 

What We Like

  • Grown-up interior refinement
  • Seating comfort
  • 8-inch touch-screen
  • Cargo room
  • Access to third row

 

What We Don't

  • Second row too low
  • Styling still conservative

 

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By David Thomas | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

How The Automakers Scored in Super Bowl XLVII

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Wondering which of the automakers that advertised in Super Bowl XLVII got the biggest bang from their buck, whether it was from social buzz (people tweeting or posting on Facebook) or through driving consumers to Cars.com to search for their cars and trucks?

Well, we've got answers for you. The winner on the buzz front was Ram, whose "Farmer" ad featuring the voice of the late radio great Paul Harvey drew lots of accolades. As for driving consumer action, Toyota took home the trophy. Check out our infographic below for all the details. Click on it for a larger version.

By Patrick Olsen | February 6, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Missed Super Bowl Halftime Show

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If the cameo reunion of Destiny's Child didn't surprise you enough, Super Bowl XLVII's halftime show was supposed to have another stunner: the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette. The Detroit News reports producers approached GM about including the seventh-generation supercar, which debuted at January's 2013 North American International Auto Show, in Beyoncé's halftime performance.

Alas, it fell through.

"We were glad to help when we were approached by the producers of the Super Bowl halftime show about the possibility of integrating a car into the show production," GM said in a statement. "We worked with all the parties involved on a variety of possibilities, including one scenario that would have included the new Corvette Stingray as part of the show. In the end it did not work out, but we were honored to be asked."

By Kelsey Mays | February 5, 2013 | Comments (1)

Grading Super Bowl XLVII's Car Commercials

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Every year it's easy to say that the Super Bowl commercials aired between plays often get more attention than the action on the field. As in previous years, we grade the commercials that automakers have spent millions of dollars on to woo car shoppers. Check out our scores and the full videos below, and if you haven't seen it already, Cars.com had a spot in the big game, too.

By David Thomas | February 3, 2013 | Comments (3)

Watch Cars.com's Super Bowl XLVll Commercial

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In our latest Super Bowl commercial, Cars.com shows there's "No Drama" when using our website for online car shopping. If you missed the ad, you can watch it on your computer, smartphone, tablet, mini-tablet — what have you.

This is the first spot in a new campaign that shines a spotlight on Cars.com's approach to drama-free car shopping online no matter which device you've got handy.

Check out the commercial below.

By David Thomas | February 3, 2013 | Comments (0)

Super Bowl Ad Announces Price of 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

According to a Mercedes-Benz ad running Sunday during Super Bowl XLVII, you won't have to make a deal with the devil to own a luxury vehicle and enjoy all of the "seductive" side effects that come with it. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class — the automaker's first front-wheel-drive compact sedan — will start at $29,900 when it hits dealerships in September (no word yet on the destination charge), according to the TV spot. The CLA-Class starts higher than many competitors, including the 2013 Audi A3 ($28,165), 2013 Acura ILX ($26,795) and 2013 Buick Verano ($23,965). All competitor prices include destination.

By Matt Schmitz | January 31, 2013 | Comments (3)

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