midsize cars

midsize cars

  Midsize cars offer a compromise between expensive luxury and cheap cars. They are comfortable and nicely equiped but they often look a bit dull and not real fast. But they will often be the best deal for the money conscious consumers.

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Mercedes brought out the C-Class in 1993 as a replacement for the 190E, and since then, it has sprouted three generations and has become the most important model in the company’s lineup. To keep the momentum going, Mercedes is working on the fourth-generation C-Class (internally called the BR205), and, after testing it for months, the company released today the first official details on the new model.

The car’s design lines are inspired by the F800 Concept Car displayed in Geneva two years ago, with a more marked front grille. This will obviously change the look of the C-Class, but won’t change it so severely as to present a completely new design.

Mercedes is set on keeping the essence of the model, but it added a certain degree of sportiness and dynamic so that it can compete with the Audi A4 and the BMW 3-Series .

The Mercedes C-Class Sedan will arrive in 2014 and six months later, it will be followed by a station wagon version. Approximately one year after that, the company will unveil the coupe and convertible versions as well.

For the U.S. market, the C-Class will be built in the Alabama plant alongside the GL-Class and ML-Class .

Updated 12/16/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images, video and specs.

Updated 02/05/2014: Mercedes unveiled a new video in which it explains the progressive and emotional design featured in the new generation C-Class. Enjoy!

Updated 07/29/2014: Mercedes released prices for the 2015 C-Class which will be put on sale in September. Prices will range from $38,400 for the base C300 up to $48,590 for the C400 4MATIC version.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes C-Class.

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Volkswagen has always had some of the most hilarious commercials to run during the Super Bowl. For the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII, Volkswagen wanted to show the world what happens when a Volkswagen hits 100,000 miles.

Developed by Argonaut — a San Francisco-based creative agency — the commercial shows a dad who explains to his daughter the importance of hitting 100,000 miles: "It’s a big deal. What if I told you every time a Volkswagen hits a 100,000 miles a German engineer gets his wings."

Of course, this does not mean that the German engineers actually enjoy what’s happening to them, as there are moments when these wings can be rather disturbing. You will understand what are we talking about by simply watching the commercial prepared for Super Bowl.

Check out the above video to see what happens when a Volkswagen hits 200,000 miles, it’s rather interesting.

Hyundai is doing well these days. Its sedan lineup includes classy models ranging from bargain transportation to Lexus - and Mercedes -rivaling luxury. With a total of five separate, true-sedan designs, you’d be forgiven for forgetting about the middle-child Azera.

Flanked by the Elantra and Sonata below, and the Genesis and Equus above, the Azera hangs precariously somewhere in no-man’s-land looking for buyers craving just the right about of options, luxury, and price. Never mind it shares those same options and levels of luxury with the Sonata and Genesis – all packaged within a design that share nearly identical exterior and interior dimensions.

Perhaps that is why Hyundai has lowered the Azera’s asking price in 2014 while bumping up its standard features. Nevertheless, the Azera soldiers on another year with Hyundai’s second slowest sales numbers (only the $61,000 Equus Equus sold fewer) in hopes of building a market for itself. Don’t hear it wrong, the Azera is a great car with plenty of features and standard equipment making it competitive within its class. Its only major downfall is obscurity within its own lineup.

With that said, clicking past the jump will give an in-depth view of the 2014 Azera and the options and amenities that make it the competitive sedan you’ve never heard about.

Click past the jump for more info on the 2014 Hyundai Azera

Diesel-powered cars are gaining ground in the United States lately with both Volkswagen and Audi introducing new models into the market. Mazda is looking to join the fray of consumer diesel model with its Mazda6 sedan.

If the idea of parking an oil-burning "zoom zoom" sedan in your garage sounds great you need to put on your hat of patience. Mazda has just announced that the Skyactiv-D equipped Mazda6 has been delayed.

The car has not been delayed due to emissions testing, rather Mazda feels the car doesn’t have quite the right driving dynamic. In its own words words the diesel Mazda6 needs to be tweaked to provide "the right balance between fuel-economy and Mazda-appropriate driving performance."

While it makes us a little sad that Mazda has delayed the introduction of this engine to the US market again, we can’t help but appreciate the desire to deliver the best-driving product they can.

With how much the gasoline-powered 2014 Mazda6 impressed us, it’s no surprise that Mazda is refusing to deliver a sub-par product.

Click past the jump to read about the Sktactiv-D engine.

Like a company beaming over its new prized model, Chrysler is putting a lot of its eggs in the basket of the new 200 sedan. That’s how much it hopes the redesigned model will get over with the public after mercifully ending the Sebring’s run.

So, with an all-new 200 rekindling new hope for Chrsyler, the American brand is set to unleash the full-court press on the new midsize sedan , and that includes an aftermarket program courtesy of Mopar.

The model that’s being touted in the Mopar guise is actually a 200S, and it features a Lunar White Pearl Tri-coat exterior. If fancy and classy can go together, this color certainly does a good job at highlighting the 200’s impressive new looks.

Not only that, Mopar’s accessory list for the 200S also includes a host of exterior and interior goodies, highlighted by a graphics package, a bicycle-hitch receiver, white leather seats, bronze contrast stitching, Autonet WIFI and ambient lighting, among a smorgasbord of new digs, all of which you can check out after the jump.

No performance upgrades were given to the Mopar-tuned 200S, but considering how Chrysler is trying to establish the 200 as the new "face" of its lineup, keeping it in its current mechanical guise — a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that produces 295 horsepower and 355 lb-ft of torque — is important to elucidate the 200’s appeal to the public.

Click past the jump to read more about Mopar’s program for the Chrysler 200

When Chrysler replaced the Sebring with the 200 , the world rejoiced at the elimination of the outdated and never truly impressive drop top. Unfortunately, the 200 was not a full redesign of its predecessor, rather just a nip here, a tuck there, some new headlights and basic interior changes. So, essentially, the 200’s body style is in its 6th production year, making it a year overdue for a revision.

This revision happened just in time for the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, when Chrysler unveiled not only the new 200, but also its new design direction. According to the company, some of the design features you see in the new 200 will also be featured in all its future models, like the new grille and headlamps.

The new Chrysler 200 will be put on sale in the second quarter of 2014 at a starting price of $21,700.

Updated 01/13/2014: The new Chrysler 200 made its world debut today at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. With this occasion we’ve updated our review with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 01/20/2014: Chrysler revealed a new video in which it reveals how the new generation 200 is being developed at the company’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) in Michigan. Enjoy!

Updated 03/24/2014: Chrysler announced prices for the all new 2015 200 sedan set to go on sale later in the summer. Prices for the base model will start from $21,700, excluding $995 destination charge.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chrysler 200.

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Do you recall the Volkswagen Passat Performance Concept that we saw at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show ? Well, it looks like Volkswagen decided to wait a year before giving it the concept a place in its production lineup.

Known as the Passat Sport in its production guise, this concept-turned-production model will be displayed at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and will hit the market in early 2014. It will start at $27,295 with a manual transmission or $28,495 with a six-speed automatic transmission, and it will take a mid-level spot between the SE and SEL Premium trims.

The Passat Sport will take lots of design cues from the concept car, including the black roof, black mirror caps, sport seats, interior carbon trim and more.

The new addition to the Passat lineup will be powered by a 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volkswagen Passat Sport.

Whenever the end of the year is upon us, we all spend enough time to take a break from all the holiday shopping to reflect on the year that was.

The same holds true in the automotive industry, except that instead of merely reminiscing, there are those that are in positions to hand out what they deem are the best cars of the year. Last week, 48 journalists from North America voted on the North American Car and Truck of the Year, whittling down the list to three finalists in each category with the winners being announced at the 2014 North American International Auto Show this coming January.

Well, Europe has its equivalent in the aptly named "Car of the Year jury." It consists of 58 members from 22 countries in Europe with representation depending on a specific country’s market size and its "importance in car manufacturing."

A subjective criteria, but okay, we’ll roll with it.

What’s important is that the list of contenders for the prestigious award has been narrowed down to seven finalists, all of which have as much chance as the other to succeed the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf . The winner will be announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March, giving the "Car of the Year" jury enough time to exhaust every analytical measure possible before making a decision on which car to vote for.

Good luck to all the finalists!

Click past the jump to read about the seven finalists for the Car of the Year award

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Volkswagen Passat

Last time we caught the next-generation Volkswagen Passat out testing, all we saw was a mule. Today, however, it looks like Volkswagen took the real deal out for a testing session in Spain. As expected, the car wears tons of camouflage, but even it’s still easy to see that is will be completely revised.

The new Passat will be built on Volkswagen’s new MQB platform — also used for the new Golf — making it the biggest car on that platform. Despite being larger than the current generation, the next Passat will be about 140 to 220 pounds lighter and will get a family of four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel and gasoline engines to help increase fuel efficiency. Volkswagen also plans to work in a plug-in version of the next Passat.

The model will be offered either as sedan or wagon and with optional Haldex 4Motion all-wheel drive. It should arrive on the market sometime in late 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Volkswagen Passat.

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After being officially unveiled in 2011, the fifth-generation Hyundai Elantra continues into 2014 with some improvements that include a series of new exterior and interior features and a more powerful engine. The old GLS version is now known as the SE trim and there is also a more powerful Sport trim, giving the sedan a little extra pop.

Next to being more powerful, the new Sport version will also add a sport-tuned steering and suspension calibrations, plus a series of exterior updates that will distinguish it from the rest of the lineup, like chrome insertions, a rear spoiler and an exposed single exhaust tip.

The new Sport version gets a new 2.0-liter engine, that delivers an extra 25 horsepower and 23 pound-feet of torque when compared to the 1.8-liter Nu engine used last year in the Elantra.

Updated 07/03/2014: Hyundai today announced details on the 2015 Elantra which brings a series of new features and packaging updates. Hyundai is now offering a set of new exterior colors and two new packages: Style Package and Tech Package.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Hyundai Elantra.


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