Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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None of this week's four newcomers to our list of most-read reviews was able to topple the long-running reign of the 2014 Nissan Rogue at No. 1. The 2014 Honda Civic sedan and 2014 Toyota Venza wagon settled in at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, while the 2014 Mazda3 sedan took No. 9, and the 2014 Audi Q5 compact luxury SUV, No. 10. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
2. 2015 Chrysler 200
3. 2014 Subaru Forester
4. 2014 Honda Civic
5. 2014 Toyota Venza
6. 2014 Honda CR-V
7. 2014 Infiniti Q50
8. 2014 Lexus ES 300h
9. 2014 Mazda3
10. 2014 Audi Q5

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | April 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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It should come as no surprise to anyone who regularly reads our list of most-read reviews that the 2014 Nissan Rogue once again occupies the No. 1 spot this week. Only two newcomers join the roster, including the 2014 versions of the Toyota Venza wagon and Land Rover Range Rover Sport luxury SUV. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
2. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
3. 2014 LX 570
4. 2014 Subaru Forester
5. 2014 Infiniti Q50
6. 2014 Scion tC
7. 2014 Toyota Venza
8. 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
9. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
10. 2015 Volvo V60

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | March 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Toyota Venza Review

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The Toyota Venza is a bit of an odd duck, with few direct competitors in the rather marginal "fat-wagon" family. Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela tested the 2014 version of the Venza and found that it gets a lot right, particularly for a parent running around town getting groceries and ferrying children to school and such — even on slick winter roads. Problems became evident, however, when Varela hit the highway; that's when the cabin — already hampered by some cheap-looking materials — became a sonic assault of road noise. Read the review below.

2014 Toyota Venza Expert Review

By Matt Schmitz | March 17, 2014 | Comments (8)

2014 Toyota Venza: Family Review Checklist

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I'm just going to say it: The 2014 Toyota Venza isn't much of a looker. Some call the Venza a wagon while others say it's a large hatchback, but it's certainly not a head-turner.

If you can get past the Venza's exterior, there's a lot to like about it, including its roomy interior.

The Venza has a 181-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder as well as an available 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. I drove an all-wheel-drive Venza Limited V6 with, that's right, the V-6 engine. It gets an EPA-estimated 18/25/21 mpg city/highway/combined. I managed to average 22 mpg in my weeklong test drive.

By Sara Lacey | December 11, 2013 | Comments (5)

Recall Alert: 800,000 Toyota Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 803,000 model-year 2012-2013 Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza vehicles in the U.S.

The Problem: The affected vehicles have a problem with the air conditioner condenser unit housing. According to the automaker, water from the condenser unit housing could leak onto the airbag control module. This could cause a short circuit and if this happens, the airbag warning light will illuminate and the airbags will either become disabled or deploy inadvertently. Toyota also warns that, in "limited instances," the power steering assist function could also become inoperable, leading to increased steering effort.

The Fix: Dealers will apply sealant and install a cover to the air conditioning condenser unit housing for free.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota has not provided an owner notification schedule but will contact affected owners by mail. Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or visit www.toyota.com/recall for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 17, 2013 | Comments (6)

The $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge: State of the Midsize SUV

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A lot has changed in the midsize SUV segment in the last 10 years. What once was a class dominated by truck-based models has given way almost entirely to car-based versions with a high seating position and styling that helped make SUVs popular, but offer improved ride and handling, fuel economy and interior space.

The class took a hit to its popularity around the first time gas prices reached $4 a gallon, but lately sales have been roaring back. Jeep's Grand Cherokee is Chrysler's second-best-selling vehicle this year after the Ram 1500 pickup truck, and it's a reason the joint venture with Fiat is booming. Ford's Edge, while not as successful as sister SUVs Explorer and Escape, still outsells Ford's largest and smallest cars, the Taurus and Fiesta.

By Mike Hanley | July 8, 2013 | Comments (11)

The $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge: Meet the Family

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The family testers arrived at our Challenge with a history with one of the competing automakers, but they left choosing a different automaker's SUV. But it wasn't an easy or quick decision.

Midsize SUVs are all about family friendliness, so we called in a family of four to help us evaluate six SUVs in the Cars.com/USA Today/"MotorWeek" $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge. Brian and Melissa "Missy" Brown live in the Chicago suburbs with their kids, Zachary, 7, and Taylor, 6. Missy is an elementary school teacher, and Brian is a technical support engineer for Panasonic's biomedical division.

Along with our experts, Brian and Missy evaluated the 2013 Ford Edge, 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2014 Kia Sorento, 2013 Nissan Murano and 2013 Toyota Venza. Their evaluation scores helped determine the competition's winner.

By Joe Bruzek | July 7, 2013 | Comments (1)

The $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge: Results

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A quick look again at our judges:

  • Aaron Bragman, Detroit bureau chief for Cars.com
  • Joe Bruzek, editor and car reviewer for Cars.com
  • Mike Hanley, editor and car reviewer for Cars.com
  • James R. Healey, auto writer for USA Today
  • Ben Davis, producer for PBS' "MotorWeek"
  • Brian and Melissa Brown, our family judges for this Challenge

Here's how the score broke down: The experts' scores account for 75% of the total score; 15% from the family's scores; and 10% was based on fuel economy. To help you make your own comparisons of these SUVs, we've pulled together a list of what you get for $38,000.

By Patrick Olsen | July 7, 2013 | Comments (14)

The $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge: Cargo

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Any of the six vehicles we tested for the $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge can swallow a generous dose of Little League equipment, potting soil, groceries or whatever you can imagine in the cargo area. When shopping for an SUV, it's important to remember that a big exterior doesn't mean it will have a huge cargo area.

The 2013 Nissan Murano is the longest of the bunch, yet it has the smallest cargo area. To drive that point further, the 2014 Kia Sorento is the second shortest but has the largest cargo area compared to the Murano, 2013 Ford Edge, 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and 2013 Toyota Venza.

By David Thomas | July 7, 2013 | Comments (2)

2013 Toyota Venza: Car Seat Check

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Toyota's Venza offers the passenger and cargo room of an SUV but the look and ride height of a wagon. It scores high on the family-friendliness scale thanks to a comfortable, roomy backseat, but loses points for awkwardly placed Latch and tether anchors.

By Jennifer Geiger | June 18, 2013 | Comments (2)

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