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The Death List: What Cars Aren't Coming Back For 2013?
The Death List: What Cars Aren't Coming Back For 2013?

The only thing truly constant, it’s said, is change. With the possible exceptions of the Porsche 911 and every model built by the Morgan Motor Company, nowhere is this adage more true than in the automotive industry. We said goodbye to a fair number of cars in 2012, including some that were...Read More»

2012 Scion iQ  -  Driven, April 2012
2012 Scion iQ: Driven

In our first drive of the 2012 Scion iQ, last summer, we were pleasantly surprised—almost smitten—with this new minicar (sold as a Toyota in other world markets), and impressed that such a daring product is coming to the U.S. Compared to the Smart Fortwo, which is really the only other...Read More»

Ford Focus ST, launched at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show
2013 Ford Focus ST Priced From $24,495, Order Books Open

If you've been waiting for Ford's latest high-performance take on the Focus, the ST, the wait is (nearly) over: the order books are open, and prices start from $24,495. And if you're one of the early adopters, you'll even get a free GoPro HD Hero2 Motorsports Edition camera. The 2013 Ford Focus ST...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI
2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI: First Drive

Forget for a few minutes about your urge to make the absolute smartest fiscal choice. Yes, the economics of diesel ownership often take many, many years to work out as positive. Yes, diesels, as in the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI, do generally cost thousands more initially; and yes, diesel fuel...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo
2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Two-Minute Review: Video

For 2012 Volkswagen revamped the aging Beetle and attempted turned it into a more aggressive, modern version of the original. First out of the gate is the Turbo model with the soul of a GTI and the look of a Bug. In our two-minute video review we note that while the car looks shorter, it's actually...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT
2013 Hyundai Elantra GT, Coupe: 2012 Chicago Auto Show

Hyundai expands its Elantra lineup with the debut at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show of the all-new 2013 Elantra GT five-door hatchback and Elantra coupe. The 2013 Elantra GT, which replaces the Elantra Touring model, is designed to attract buyers likely to consider Ford Focus, Mazda3 and Volkswagen...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT
2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Breaks Cover In Chicago

The current Hyundai Elantra Touring is among the oldest models in the Korean automaker’s present lineup. Based on the last-generation Hyundai Elantra, the Elantra Touring is neither as attractive nor as well equipped as compact hatchback rivals. When Hyundai introduced the I30 hatchback to...Read More»

2012 Toyota Prius C launch, Detroit Auto Show
2012 Toyota Prius C: 50-MPG Small Hybrid, $19K

Toyota used the occasion of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show to introduce the fourth member of the Prius family: the 2012 Prius C hybrid hatchback. Key attributes of the new small Prius hybrid that may make it a compelling commuter car, or second or third family car, are its 50-mpg combined fuel economy...Read More»

2012 Toyota Yaris SE  -  First Drive
2012 Toyota Yaris SE: First Drive

Toyota has the small-car market pretty well covered. In addition to the 2012 Toyota Yaris, there are the Scion xB and iQ models, which share in many places the same showroom and the same sales lot. And that's before even considering the only somewhat larger Matrix (and Corolla), as well as the...Read More»

2012 Audi A7 3.0T
2012 Large Family Cars With The Biggest Trunks

Fitting the family comfortably into the major means of transportation is one thing. Being able to stow items in the trunk or hatchback is another. The two needs are not mutually exclusive. Here we take a look at 2012 large family cars with the biggest trunks. 2012 Audi A7 With 24.5 cubic feet of...Read More»

2012 Mazda Mazda3 SkyActiv
2012 Mazda3: Familiar Look, But All-New Under The Hood

While sheetmetal changes, trim, chrome brightwork, and other minor details might come and go almost every model year, it's relatively rare for any new vehicle to get an entirely new powertrain. But that's the case with the 2012 Mazda3; even though the mid-cycle changes it gets for 2012 are quite...Read More»

2012 Mazda Mazda3 SkyActiv
2012 Mazda Mazda3 Skyactiv: First Drive

In less than a couple of years, 40 miles per gallon has gone from a lofty goal, met by only a few select high-mileage machines (almost entirely hybrids and diesels), to, almost the small-car highway norm. Now even Mazda is laying claim on 40 mpg in the 2012 Mazda3, with a new-generation engine and...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster
2012 Hyundai Veloster: From The Show Floor To The Showroom

How does an all-new type of vehicle, like the 2012 Hyundai Veloster—with such radically different packaging and very extroverted looks—come to exist? That’s what we asked Brandon Ramirez, Hyundai Motor America’s product planning manager, a couple of weeks ago as we were...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Sonic  -  First Drive
2012 Chevrolet Sonic: Subcompact, Definitely Not Subpar

With the introduction of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, General Motors at last has some truly competitive, top-notch small-car choices in its lineup. And it's about time; with decades of inconsistent model entries and frequently shifting nameplates—Chevette, Vega, Spectrum, Sprint, Metro...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster
2012 Hyundai Veloster: First Drive

Hyundai chose to give us the first drive of its all-new 2012 Veloster in Portland, Oregon, a city that's seemingly flooded with the young, educated, creative types that many other cities are trying so hard to attract. It's absolutely brimming with (often underemployed) 20- and 30-something...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus
Five Vehicles You Can Safely Substitute For A Station Wagon

Looking for the perfect family vehicle that’s not a station wagon, not a full-size SUV, minivan or sedan? We’ve got five to consider, including three hatchbacks and two small crossovers. What they’ve all got in common is versatility, plenty of room for passengers and cargo, and a...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster online configurator
2012 Hyundai Veloster Pricing, Configurator Now Online

Hyundai’s fresh interpretation on the hatchback, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster, won’t hit dealers for a few months yet. If you’re eager to see how the Veloster stacks up when you begin adding option packages, Hyundai now has its Veloster configurator online. With a starting price of...Read More»

Adam Carolla in Toyota GP gear
2012 Chevy Sonic, Adam Carolla Bashes Gays, Electric Avenue: Today's Car News

Comedian and host of The Car Show, Adam Carolla, bashed gays on his podcast. [TheCarConnection] We visit Portland's Electric Avenue project. [GreenCarReports] Advice on how to prevent backovers and keep the kids safe. [FamilyCarGuide] Is HP's WebOS coming to a dashboard near you? [AllCarTech] The...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Sonic
2012 Chevrolet Sonic: Quick Drive

Earlier this year we brought you our preview of the upcoming 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, a new subcompact that's set to replace the Aveo duo this fall. Last week, we took our first quick spin in the Sonic, and even before we've spent seat time in a production-series car, we're sure Chevy's made a smart...Read More»

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