Monthly Archives: January 2014

2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad: When Life Is at a Crossroad, Get an Appearance Package [2014 Chicago Auto Show]

2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad AWD

Believe it or not, but following its thorough—and, we think, effective—Journey refresh for 2011, Dodge reports the crossover racked up the highest sales of its life last year. Still, for buyers looking for tough SUV looks, the wagon-like Journey can leave a bit to be desired, so Dodge is rolling out a new Crossroad trim ...

The First Days of Turbocharged, Hybridized Formula 1: Phallic Noses and Breakdowns

In August of 2012, a man wearing a fake nose robbed a bank in St. Louis. Police managed to get an accurate description of the culprit, but according to authorities, this particular shenanigan isn’t uncommon. The fake nose is supposed to draw the attention of witnesses, who presumably would have trouble identifying the rest of ...

Survey Shows Which Cars Drive Men, Women Wild

CarCrushes

Here's the long and short of it: When it comes to vehicles driven by potential suitors, ladies are most attracted to the rugged masculinity of a man in a big black pickup truck, while gentlemen prefer BMWs where their romantic prospects are concerned. Hey, don’t blame us for perpetuating gender-based stereotypes — there's statistical science ...

Beta Version of Apple’s iOS in the Car Demonstrated on YouTube

January 31, 2014 at 3:27 pm by Clifford Atiyeh The first video of Apple’s upcoming iOS in the Car has hit YouTube, which we found thanks to some sleuthing from the team at Jalopnik, and if we’re to believe everything app developer Steven Troughton-Smith is doing with this beta version, automotive suppliers can breathe easy. From ...

First 2015 BMW 4-series Gran Coupe Photos: It Looks Exactly How You Imagine It Would

2015 BMW 4-series Gran Coupe

January 31, 2014 at 3:04 pm by Alexander Stoklosa After recently forcing all of its models into a rigid even-number-equals-coupe, odd-number-means-sedan naming scheme—a process that saw the 3-series coupe morph into the 4-series—BMW also layered on a sub-nomenclature for its “four-door coupes,” the Gran Coupe moniker. Now, the first photos of the second BMW Gran Coupe ...

Paging Doctor Sound: Harman Introducing Signal Doctor to Improve Audio Quality in the Car

January 31, 2014 at 3:01 pm by K.C. Colwell Compressed audio files are the written word’s equivalent of CliffsNotes. Sure, you understand the artist’s thesis, but all the fine details are lost alongside the missing information. Audiophiles know this. For most, us included, the lost information goes unnoticed when an audio compressor cuts all audio frequencies ...

Backfires Brief No. 6 Winner: marrp Takes Home Victory, Plus a New V1 Radar Detector

Backfires Brief No. 6 Winner

January 31, 2014 at 2:39 pm by Car and Driver Backfires Brief No. 6 was a fun one: We asked our qualified Backfires members to share their best or worst traffic-violation experiences, and they did not disappoint. All of the submissions were entertaining, and some were even worthy of a hearty “LOL,” but the one that ...

2014 Chicago Auto Show: What to Expect

ChicagoAutoShow

Whether the "Windy City" moniker comes from the bluster of our 19th century windbag politicians or that of our frequently frigid lakeshore breezes, here in Cars.com's home city of Chicago we're known for being boastful about everything from our big buildings to our big pizza. As such, we won't hesitate to brag about having the ...

Why the Next Tiguan Is Hugely Important for VW’s Goals of World Domination

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line

Volkswagen’s Tiguan was in trouble from the very beginning. After VW unveiled the Concept A crossover, it was widely understood that this presaged a “Golf SUV” that would be known as “Marrakesh.” Political figures and leaders in the automotive industry alike used the name. Volkswagen’s media and marketing departments had their hands full informing the ...

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop First Drive, Photo Gallery

2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop First Drive

A small squad of new Mini Cooper Hardtops was flinging around the narrow mountain roads of Puerto Rico Thursday as journalists tested the redesigned icon. I piloted a bright Volcanic Orange Mini Cooper S with a six-speed automatic and one Deep Blue Cooper with a six-speed manual transmission, and both impressed more than the tropical ...