New compact and sedan car reviews

New compact and sedan car reviews
2015 Audi S3 compromises nothing in delivering sporty practicality

4:55 PM EDT, June 22, 2015

2015 Audi S3 compromises nothing in delivering sporty practicality

There is a German word, gestalt, that means the whole is greater than its parts: The Audi S3 is automotive gestalt.

2015 Chevy SS shifts into modern muscle sedan

4:00 PM EDT, July 2, 2015

2015 Chevy SS shifts into modern muscle sedan

I have a friend — we'll call him Bill because that's his name — who loves the full-size American sedan and laments the modern automotive diet of downsizing. An admitted throwback, he prefers bench seats, body roll, large trunks and the slip-'n'-slide rawness of rear-wheel drive.

2015 Toyota Camry wears major makeover well

4:04 PM EDT, March 20, 2015

2015 Toyota Camry wears major makeover well

For 12 years running, the Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in America, prized for its reliability, well-equipped value, safety and endurance. The Camry doesn't excite, and most car buyers don't care. But as more buyers shift to crossovers, the midsize segment has contracted, and automakers are boldly restyling what was once a function over form equation dominated by the Camry.

2015 Subaru Legacy has Midwestern sensibilities

11:03 AM EST, March 3, 2015

2015 Subaru Legacy has Midwestern sensibilities

Midwesterners are known as hard-working, snow-shoveling, practical, reliable, without pretense, middling, safe and maybe even plain. Sounds like a Subaru Legacy.

2015 Chrysler 300S hits all the right points

3:02 PM EDT, March 13, 2015

2015 Chrysler 300S hits all the right points

In the Dodge-Chrysler sedan family, the Challenger is the younger brother full of spunk and pluck, but in being so desperate for attention it lacks the refinement of the gentleman. The Charger is a bit more mature, but is capable of backsliding into his wild ways. If I'm going to run all the way through this analogy, then the Chrysler 200 is the sensible matriarch and the Fiat 500L your drunk uncle Bob; the patriarch — no, the godfather of this family, is the full-size Chrysler 300.

Subaru bolsters safety features and technology in 2015 Outback and 2015 Legacy

1:57 PM EDT, August 4, 2014

Subaru bolsters safety features and technology in 2015 Outback and 2015 Legacy

For decades, Subaru's all-wheel-drive vehicles have delivered people to the trail head, campground and ski slope safely. Now the brand is turning to technology to give drivers an extra measure of security.

2015 Hyundai Genesis redesign rivals luxury sedans

1:49 PM EDT, July 1, 2014

2015 Hyundai Genesis redesign rivals luxury sedans

Hyundai broke into the U.S. market in the mid-'80s by selling a tiny $4,999 Excel to compete against an even teenier $3,990 Yugo, both of which were promoted as low-cost new-car alternatives to used cars, and both sharing another distinction: Popular Mechanics said the economy cars "deserved to die" and they did.

2014 Kia Soul pleases as a day tripper

2:13 PM EDT, June 16, 2014

2014 Kia Soul pleases as a day tripper

Who knew hipster hamsters could’ve taken the Kia Soul this far.

2015 Subaru Legacy headlines Chicago Auto Show debuts

10:16 AM EST, February 12, 2014

2015 Subaru Legacy headlines Chicago Auto Show debuts

Subaru made the biggest news at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show with the unveiling of its midsize 2015 Legacy sedan. Billed as the roomiest Legacy ever with largest passenger compartment in the midsize segment, the 2015 Legacy is a toned down version of the concept car Subaru showed last November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

2014 Volkswagen CC: European Passat carves a sporty line in midsize America

2:02 PM EST, January 29, 2014

2014 Volkswagen CC: European Passat carves a sporty line in midsize America

The Volkswagen CC is the Passat in Europe. Not so in North America.

New Toyota Corolla is much improved, but new Mazda3 outshines it

8:00 AM EDT, October 12, 2013

New Toyota Corolla is much improved, but new Mazda3 outshines it

Compact cars are like toasters. Almost everyone, at some point, has owned one. They do their job without drama. Only rarely do they burn you.

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