New compact and sedan car reviews
12:38 PM EST, February 4, 2016
The redesigned Nissan Maxima is like a new shoe. It looks sharp but feels better, and the more you wear it, the better it feels.
12:46 PM EST, January 6, 2016
Kia has come a long way in the U.S. since its budget car days of the mid-'90s. The South Korean automaker is now known for value-loaded vehicles that offer exceptional warranties and enough style to never feel budget-focused.
2:52 PM EST, December 28, 2015
Some words just sound right. To say "smile" turns up the corners of the lips into the very thing it defines; to say "love" is to open up, then embrace that which was once parted. The perfect word transcends the object it defines into something more.
4:55 PM EDT, June 22, 2015
There is a German word, gestalt, that means the whole is greater than its parts: The Audi S3 is automotive gestalt.
4:00 PM EDT, July 2, 2015
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.
4:04 PM EDT, March 20, 2015
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.
11:03 AM EST, March 3, 2015
Midwesterners are known as hard-working, snow-shoveling, practical, reliable, without pretense, middling, safe and maybe even plain. Sounds like a Subaru Legacy.
3:02 PM EDT, March 13, 2015
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.
1:57 PM EDT, August 4, 2014
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.
1:49 PM EDT, July 1, 2014
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.
2:13 PM EDT, June 16, 2014
Who knew hipster hamsters could’ve taken the Kia Soul this far.
10:16 AM EST, February 12, 2014
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.
2:02 PM EST, January 29, 2014
The Volkswagen CC is the Passat in Europe. Not so in North America.
8:00 AM EDT, October 12, 2013
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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