$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Overview

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If the new-car market is a Big Mac, full-size sedans would amount to only the sesame seeds. They're a sliver of the auto market, accounting for just 3.5% of new-car sales in the first seven months of 2013. Still, automakers believe in big cars. Seldom does a comparison see so many redesigned or new entrants. From April 2012 to April 2013, four new or redesigned full-size sedans hit dealerships. Through the first seven months of 2013, those four nameplates accounted for nearly half of full-size sedan sales.

By Kelsey Mays | September 8, 2013 | Comments (3)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Golf Bags

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When you put seven of the biggest sedans on the market into one contest one thing comes to mind ... those gigantic trunks.

All seven boast large dimensions on paper ranging from 14.2 cubic feet to a whopping 20.1 cubic feet in the Ford Taurus. That's the largest trunk on the market by the way.

But sometimes specifications on paper don't live up to reality. To test the true cargo capabilities of these cruisers we gathered 10 golf bags to see which car could haul the most drivers, irons and putters.

We were a bit surprised at just how many actually swallowed all 10 sets, and those that fell short still proved that car shoppers likely won't have to worry about cargo when cross-shopping these seven.

Here is how the contenders stacked up with animation of the process.

By David Thomas | September 8, 2013 | Comments (3)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

2014InfinitiQ50

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)

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)

Top 10 Best Base Models

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An ode to the base model.

Black door handles and a seat that can't move up and down/
paying monthly for not a lot has me feeling like a clown.

Just because you might not be able to afford more than the very least in a car doesn't mean you have to sing the base-model blues. Automakers are adding more features to their lowliest trim levels to entice shoppers even if some are stuck in the stone ages before the USB port became a necessity.

Here are 10 models that we consider to be solid picks, even in their base-model version.

By David Thomas | June 12, 2013 | Comments (9)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

2013ToyotaRAV4

Perhaps the 2013 Toyota RAV4 has the magic combo of a lavender-pants-suited Kaley Cuoco and her little dog, too, to thank for conjuring its continued domination on our list of most-read reviews. The ad campaign, prominently featured during this year's Super Bowl — starring Cuoco, of TV's "The Big Bang Theory," as a doggy-toting, wish-granting genie — no doubt is also being credited in part with the crossover's substantial sales increase this year. Want to know what else was popular this week? Your wish is our command:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2014 Subaru Forester
3. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
4. 2013 Chrysler Town & Country
5. 2013 Ford Escape
6. 2013 Nissan Altima
7. 2013 BMW 3 Series
8. 2013 Toyota Avalon
9. 2013 Dodge Dart
10. 2013 Honda Accord
By Matt Schmitz | June 2, 2013 | Comments (3)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

2013ToyotaRAV4

Despite having the fewest week-to-week carryovers of any most-read reviews list in recent memory, this week saw the obstinate 2013 Toyota RAV4 refuse to budge from the top spot it has dominated since the start of the year. Not only that, but the RAV4 managed to double the number of page views it received. A surprising seven of the remaining nine reviews were not in the top 10 last week.

Check out what was popular this week:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2014 Mazda6
3. 2014 Subaru Forester
4. 2013 Ford Fusion
5. 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
6. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
7. 2013 Toyota Avalon
8. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
9. 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
10. 2013 Nissan Altima
By Matt Schmitz | May 26, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

2013ToyotaRAV4

The 2013 Toyota RAV4, which spent the first three months of 2013 atop our most-read reviews list, is once again at No. 1, overtaking the also-popular 2014 Subaru Forester. Following its long reign, the RAV4 relinquished its throne to the Forster to hold the No. 2 spot for a month before returning to the top spot for a week – before losing it again to the Forester last week only to reclaim it this week … whew! The other significant change this week is at No. 10, where the 2013 Nissan Altima returns to the list.

Check out what was popular this week:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2014 Subaru Forester

3. 2014 Chevrolet Impala
4. 2013 BMW 3 Series
5. 2013 Ford Escape
6. 2013 Buick Encore

7. 2013 Toyota Avalon

8. 2013 Honda Accord
9. 2013 Dodge Dart
10. 2013 Nissan Altima

By Matt Schmitz | May 19, 2013 | Comments (1)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

2014SubaruForester

After relinquishing the No. 1 spot for a week to former longtime champ the 2013 Toyota RAV4, the 2014 Subaru Forester reclaimed its position this week atop our list of most-read reviews. Farther down the roster, this week’s order might be a little different, but the names are all the same.

Check out what was popular this week:

1. 2014 Subaru Forester
2. 2013 Toyota RAV4

3. 2014 Chevrolet Impala
4. 2013 Toyota Avalon
5. 2013 BMW 3 Series
6. 2013 Ford Escape
7. 2013 Buick Encore

8. 2013 Dodge Dart

9. 2013 Honda Accord
10. 2014 Mazda CX-5
By Matt Schmitz | May 12, 2013 | Comments (3)

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