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  A sedan car is a four-door vehicle, with a separate hood covering the engine in the front, and a separate trunk for luggage at the rear — the achetypical 3-box car. However, other variations of the body style exist as well, including two-door and hatchback/fastback models.

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The 2014 Ford Taurus SHO only brings minor updates to the speedy sedan’s active safety technology, and a new setup for the wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The SHO still wears its standard 19-inch wheels and exclusive exterior styling with pride: happy to explode from any stoplight with the full force of its twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine.

A near-equal 55:45 front-to-rear default split for the SHO’s standard all-wheel-drive traction really performs miracles on this large and tall sedan’s handling attitude and eagerness. The SHO looks like, feels like, and drives like the best Taurus out there for a reason: it is.

The SHO still brings hundreds of unique touches to its performance credentials, interior luxury and tech sophistication versus the base models.

No one likes a stripped-out car. Years of driving is no fun when forced to stare at all the blanked-off switch holes, and driving a modern Ford without the Touch controls and other tweaks can lessen satisfaction over time. If missing a decent radio, what other extra tech or performance was left on the table?

Luckily, the SHO acronym might as well mean "everything," because that is what this roomy and wide hot rod brings as standard. No more regrets, other than the updated Performance Pack or the adaptive cruise control that are on the options list.

A two-fer of new arrivals from Chevy is set to bring some pressure to the SHO nearing the end of this model cycle: the new front-drive 2014 Chevrolet Impala and the rear-drive 2014 Chevy SS sedan .

With pricing that is a bit steep for the handling or sprint pace, is the 2014 Taurus SHO still the hero car that Ford needs at the top of its sedan range?

Click past the jump to find out.

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When you choose a car to update, we are pretty certain that a Rolls-Royce wouldn’t be on the top of your list. It’s not because they are undesirable, but rather because they simply aren’t that easy to tune. However, Vorsteiner decided to give it a try and came up with a very interesting tuning kit for the Rolls Royce Ghost .

As with pretty much every other kit from Vorsteiner, this updated Ghost receives only aesthetic changes. No one should complain though, as the car’s standard performance figures are pretty impressive: a 6.6-liter, twin-turbo V12 engine that delivers 563 horsepower that sprints the car to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and pushes it to 155 mph.

The exterior kit is made from carbon fiber and, as usual, buyers can combine it with a set of VSE-002 Forged Wheels.

Click past the jump to read more about the Rolls-Royce Ghost by Vorsteiner.

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As Mercedes ’ flagship model since roughly the beginning of time, the Mercedes S-Class has always been at the forefront of the automaker’s technological advancements. In a lot of ways, it was ahead of the curve and contained features that would eventually move down to the company’s other models.

At last month’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance , Mercedes took the unprecedented step of showcasing all of its S-Class models, including a number of iconic models that have since been given the classic treatment.

But the best part about this showcase was that Mercedes was able to capture it on video, giving all of us a chance to relive the legendary history of the company’s flagship model dating back to its infancy. There are a lot in there that were released way before any of us were born, so you can understand how reverential we treat some of these models.

Click past the jump to read about the latest model to be bestowed the S-Class designation, the recently revealed 2013 Mercedes S-Class Coupe Concept

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Acura unveiled the fourth-generation TL in 2008, and four years later, it decided to update its look. Unfortunately, Acura didn’t manage to obtain the sleek looks that the TL’s competitors have featured as of late, putting it slightly behind the eight ball in terms of buyers that want the latest and greatest looks. And despite Acura calling it a performance-oriented sport sedan, the TL is anything, but "sporty."

The TL has the advantage of offering a pretty big list of standard features on both the exterior and the interior. This is an absolute must, considering the TL essentiall falls on its face in every other category: it’s not too attractive, has too much plastic inside the cabin and front-wheel isn’t too sporty.

For the 2014 model year, the TL is offered in two versions — base and SH-AWD — with prices starting from $36,030 and $39,580, respectively. Acura is also offering two additional packages: Technology Package and Advance Package that add $3,730 and $5,930, respectively. A Special Edition package was also added for the 2014 model year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Acura TL.

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At the end of 2012, Infiniti announced plans to change its naming strategy once again. The usual G, M, FX, EX names were dropped and all models will get new names prefixed by Q for sedans, coupes and convertibles, and QX, for crossover and SUV models.

Next to the Q or QX lettering, each model will also get a double digit representing its level within the range. The first model to adopt the new strategy was the Q50 — a sedan that replaced the G37. It will be followed by the Q30 Coupe, plus there are rumors that suggest there will also be a flagship model called either Q70 or Q80.

Now, Infiniti released a video that explains why the company opted for this new naming strategy. The company launched its first model in 1989. It was named Q45 and the new naming strategy pays tribute to this original model.

The 2014 Acura TSX has officially been unveiled and in the two years since it received a facelift, the model sure looks like it’s need of another one.

That’s not a knock on the TSX per se, just an observation based on the improvements its competitors have had since then. There are still some pretty interesting qualities to one of Acura’s sportier models, including the rather spacious interior cabin and the refined handling characteristics, but if the Japanese brand has any intention to keep up with the times, it’s pretty important that it starts with arguably the first thing customers will notice when in the market for a new car.

The TSX SE model is back, though, and that’s a huge plus, especially for those looking for a cheap yet performance-inclined midsize sedan . The return of the two powertrain options also gives the TSX a little performance variety, much needed considering that it’s segment has some pretty strong competitors that offer equal amounts of horses with more features catered to enticing buyers to splurge money for their respective models.

But Acura opted to keep still with the 2014 model. It should be enough to get the TSX its fair share of looks, but not enough to put it over the top as one of the most desired models of its class.

With every passing year, compact cars seem to get better and better, so it’s no surprise that the the Sentra is not the same entry-level, cheapo Nissan it used to be. Our Sentra tester is fitted with the SR trim package, which adds in plenty of bells and whistles that you would expect from a more expensive vehicle, including keyless entry, push-button start and navigation. The best part is the price; at $21,550 as tested, the Sentra SR offers plenty of bang for your buck.

The Sentra SR’s exterior is very well appointed with LED headlight surrounds, sport front and rear bumpers, and side skirts that look like they belong in "The Fast and the Furious" series. Even the alloy wheels look pretty good for the price.

What really pulls the whole exterior together is that Electric Metallic Blue paint that we last saw on the 370Z a few years back. Sure, it’s not a Ferrari, but there’s a lot to take in for the price point.

Nissan Sentra SR

The interior is a not quite as satisfying as the outside, but the push-button start and navigation system for under $22k, we’re not complaining.

The seats are cloth, but they look good for the class, and the dash is padded with the more expensive, soft plastic. Add to that trimming that doesn’t feel like it was stamped in the same Chinese factory as your iPhone case, and the overall interior package is fairly attractive. Top that with good rear leg room, nice visibility all around and folding rear seats, and you have a flexible product with very little compromises.

On the road, the Sentra drives okay, but with a CVT driving the front wheels, it is not an overly exhilarating experience. The leather-wrapped steering wheel feels better than a lot of more expensive cars, and the CVT does a good job at limiting torque steer and unwanted movement in the steering wheel.

The suspension is comfortable for daily use, but it also allows you to take corners with confidence. We even caught ourselves taking a few corners fast enough to get a little feedback from the tires, which added a some extra fun to the drive. Is it Porsche fun? No, but it is above average for the econo-box class.

Overall The Nissan Sentra SR gives you a lot for your money. On the outside, it looks good enough to prevent your buddies from chuckling at you when you roll up in it, and inside, you have plenty of premium features to keep you happy for years to come.

Of course, with the 2014 Toyota Corolla debuting a sporty look, your choice of entry-level sedans is getting harder.

Toyota Corolla
Toyota Corolla
Nissan Sentra SR
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Ford unveiled the Taurus nomenclature for the first time in 1985 and kept the model into production for almost two decades, making the sedan the second oldest nameplate it offered on the North American market. Because of dwindling sales, Ford pulled the Taurus from its retail showrooms in the 2007 model year, leaving it just as a fleet vehicle. In the 2008 model year, the Taurus returned as the re-badged and restyled Ford Five Hundred.

However, Ford understood that bringing back the name won’t help much if its neglected the model as much as it did just before its initial demise. Having learned from its mistakes, Ford unveiled the sixth-generation Taurus with an all-new look that was revolutionary for the era.

This new generation brought a completely new look, completely transforming the face of the Taurus and, of course, customers’ opinions about it. In 2013 Taurus received a facelift that made it even more attractive and kept it looking relatively fresh.

For the 2014 model year, Taurus is offered in three trim levels — SE, SEL and Limited — with prices starting from $27,495.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ford Taurus.

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Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC

Various reports suggest that the current-generation Mercedes S63 AMG will be the last model powered by the company’s M157 5.5-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine.This engine was unveiled in 2010 to replacement the previous naturally aspirated M156 6.2-liter, V-8. According to AMG chief Tobias Moers, the relatively young 5.5-liter has reached its output limits, so it cannot exceed 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque without threatening reliability.

Of course, the engine will see use in the upcoming S63 AMG coupe and convertible variants, and in every other 63 AMG models in 2014, but you shouldn’t expect to see it in any next-gen AMG models, like the next generation E-Class set to arrive in 2016.

While there are no indication on what engine will replace the 5.5-liter, V-8 engine, AMG is currently developing a new 4.0-liter engine by essentially bonding two of its 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engines together. This new engine will see its first action in the AMG variant of the upcoming C-Class and the upcoming SLC .

There is the possibility of the 5.5-liter engine being replaced by a hybridized version this new 4.0-liter, V-8 engine, but this is pure speculation at this point.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes S63 AMG.

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Compact cars usually don’t generate the same kind of buzz compared to supercars .

Tell that to the 2014 Ford Focus , which seems to be getting its fair share of attention, thanks to a balanced offering that crosses off a whole lot boxes from people’s checklists.

The new Focus isn’t entirely new, although Ford did put some new additions to keep the model as fresh as can be in the face of competitors rolling out new models of their own (hello there, Toyota Corolla !).

Ultimately, Ford’s objective with the 2014 Focus appears to be simple. Keep it true to its nature and build on all the things people enjoy about it.

It’s still styled impressively; it’s got impressive efficiency numbers; and it’s technologically proficient. All of these give the Focus even more depth, character and appeal to the consumer. These are the kind of things that translate to sales.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ford Focus


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