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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 Hyundai Sonata is the flag-bearer for the Korean company. As its entry into the hotly contested midsize market, the Sonata could make or break the company. Sales have been strong for the Sonata for many years, but Hyundai is hoping that 2014 will be a breakout year for the sedan .

Thanks to a massive collection of changes and enhancements, the new 2014 Sonata wades into battle with the best suit of armor and weapons it has ever had at its disposal. The exterior design has seen updates, interior equipment has been upgraded, and interior refinement is at an all-time high.

Will this be enough to unseat the kings of the midsize market from Japan? The Accord , Altima and Camry have ruled this segment for decades, but Hyundai thinks it has a chance to break into the top three.

Read on to find out if the changes are going to be enough to allow the Sonata to usurp the throne.

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

The C63 AMG is up for elimination after this year, as we already know. So, what better way to say farewell to the old girl than with a proper sendoff by Chris Harris. Harris spent a little more time with the C63 AMG , after giving it a thorough thrashing earlier. This time, however, he spent most of his time simply talking about what a great car it was., and I couldn’t agree more...

With 507 horsepower pumping out from its 6.2-liter, V-8 engine, the C63 AMG Edition 507 was the ultimate sedan and wagon. Unless you knew what you were looking at, the C63 AMG looked like any other old Mercedes car, but with a sprint time of 4.3 seconds to 62 mph, there were few muscle cars that could hang with it.

Have a look at the video and give the C63 AMG the attention it deserves before Mercedes puts it to rest.

Hybrids and plug-ins are becoming big business these days and even the generally performance-oriented big dogs are getting in on the action. Spy photographers just recently snapped these photos of a modified 3 Series during some cold-weather testing.

If the “Hybrid Test Vehicle” sticker on the driver’s door didn’t spell it out well enough, the hint of an electric charging port door just aft of the left, front tire should provide a hint to what BMW ’s working on. BMW’s iconic 3 Series is going electric. At least just partially.

Not much is know about the powertrain of this test mule, but we’d suspect it’s a similar set up to what BMW was testing with in the X5 eDrive . It featured a turbocharged four-cylinder paired to a 95-horsepower electric motor and advanced Li-ion batter back. The combo was good for a 0-60 time of less than seven seconds and an all-electric range of roughly 20 miles. Fuel consumption is said to average 62 mpg when both systems work simultaneously.

That gas engine, electric motor-combination would likely result in more impressive performance numbers in the lighter, smaller 3 Series. Pure speculation through educated guessing have us figuring the BMW 3 eDrive could achieve closer to 25 miles of all-electric driving and an increased overall fuel efficiency of 65 mpg. The X5’s all-electric top speed is 75 mph, but with less wind resistance, the 3 would likely reach closer to 80 or 90 mph.

Only time will tell as BMW develops this and it i-line vehicles, like the upcoming i3 and smokin’ hot i8.

Click pas the jump for info on the standard BMW 3 Series sedans

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Kia continued its eco-onslaught today at the Chicago Auto Show when it introduced the 2014 Optima Hybrid. It features a revised exterior design similar to the refresh the base gasoline sedan just received heightens the visuals, while some specific hybrid additions increase aerodynamic efficiency. Tons of high-tech equipment and increased levels of safety make this Optima Hybrid sedan ready to storm the market.

The new Optima Hybrid’s gas-electric combination powertrain is good for 199 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to this hybrid setup, Kia is promising an EPA-estimated 36 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway, and a combined overall fuel economy of 38 mpg.

The latest Kia Optima sedan has been garnering lots of praise since its refresh this year, and it is nice to see this same level of refinement being applied to the Hybrid . The new design is both and refreshing in a world of “me-too” sedan styling.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid.


At the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show , Subaru unveiled the Legacy concept — a preview of a production model set to be unveiled in 2014. Today the company has released the first teaser image of the all-new Legacy, which will be unveiled on February 6th at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show .

Few details were released about the new Legacy, but the teaser image reveals a sleeker, more coupe-like profile with a faster windshield rake and narrower A-pillars that create a sporty and modern sedan .

We’re not too sure how many design elements from the concept will be carried over into the production version, but we will really like seeing those cool hawk-eye headlights and taillights.

Under the hood, rumors suggest that the 2015 Legacy will get an improved version of Subaru’s famous boxer engine. We also expect to see Suby’s Symmetrical AWD (S-AWD) system and a CVT.

Updated 02/07/2014: The Legacy has officially made its debut. See all of the details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Subaru Legacy.

I already showed you the Charger SRT Satin Vapor Edition , and now I present the 300 SRT with the same package. Like its Charger sibling, the 300 SRT Satin Vapor model has a set of Black Satin Vapor Chrome-finished 20-by-9-inch, split-five-spoke wheels, and a series of satin-black elements that include the mirror caps, rear spoiler and roof. It also shares the red Brembo calipers and grey "6.4L HEMI" badge.

Buyers get three color choices for this special model — Bright White, Billet Silver and Granite Crystal — and they can also opt for a black body stripe for a little extra style.

Inside the cabin, the 300 SRT Satin Vapor Edition gets black Nappa leather-trimmed seats wiyh ultra-suede inserts, and matte-carbon and piano-black inserts in the instrument panel, door bezels and center console. Unfortunately, Chrysler didn’t give us any looks at the interior, but I am sure I’ll get a peek sometime soon, and I’ll share the images with you.

Under its hood, this special edition carries the same 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that cranks out 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

The Satin Vapor model hits showrooms in the second quarter of this year at a $2,300 premium on the 300 SRT’s base price of $45,900. That comes to a grand total of $48,200.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chrysler 300 SRT.

The Charger SRT is one of the sickest sedans available today, there is no question about that. But some buyers just need a little extra aesthetic oomph to make them happy. Well, SRT was happy to cater to these discerning buyers by releasing an all-new Satin Vapor Edition at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show .

There are no performance mods under the hood, so expect the Charger SRT to carry the same 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that gets down with 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of twist. You also get the same 23 mph on the highway, thanks to the active valve exhaust system and Fuel Saver Technology — a mode that mechanically and electrically shuts down four of the eight cylinders.

What this new package does net you is a ton of aesthetic upgrades, including 20-by-9-inch aluminum wheels in a split-five-spoke design and coated in Black Satin Vapor Chrome, a Satin Black Super Bee tail graphic, a Satin Black roof and center sections on the hood, Satin Black mirrors and spoiler, grey "392 HEMI badges," and red Brembo brake calipers. Buyers can choose from four available colors with this package: Bright White, TorRed, Header Orange and Graphite.

SRT didn’t just update the exterior either, as the inside received a healthy dose of updates to go along with the upgraded exterior. These updates include a Nappa leather seats with ultra-suede inserts for superior softness and a Uconnect Media Center with an 8.4-inch LED touchscreen.

This package will set you back an extra $2,330 on the MSRP of the Charger SRT, which totals out to a starting price of $46,715. It’ll hit showrooms in the second quarter of 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Charger SRT.

Tesla Model S

It’s been a while since we’ve heard an update on Tesla , as it’s remained relatively quiet for the past few months — except for the fire issues. Well the silence is now broken, as the always-vocal Elon Musk has confirmed that the Model S will receive and all-wheel-drive option.

We already assumed that this was in the works, given the Model X — Tesla’s upcoming SUV — will be all-wheel drive and that it will share some of its drivetrain with its sedan sibling. We expect to see the Model X sometime in 2015, so the AWD version of the Model S will likely arrive in the late 2015 model year or early 2016.

Imagining the extra traction in bad weather is awesome, but what really gets me amped up is the thought of how this will affect the performance of the already fast sedan. The Model S Performance already hits 60 mph in an insane 4.2 seconds, and AWD may push that down into the sub-4-second range, rivaling gas-guzzling supercars .

On top of this fantastic news, Musk also outlined plans to release higher-capacity batteries for next year, and how he expects the new "giga factory" to reduce battery costs by up to 40 percent, making Tesla cars more affordable.

Click past the jump to read more about the Model S.


Just when we were starting to grasp BMW ’s recent name change and switch-up of its bread-n-butter 3 Series sedan and the new-for-2014 4 Series coupe, the German automaker threw another curve ball: the 2015 4 Series Grand Coupe. So now the coupe version of the 3 Series sedan has its own four-door sibling. Makes perfect sense...

The news here is the future addition of the M4 Grand Coupe — the spiced-up version of BMW’s not-a-3-Series four-door sports car. BMW has yet to release any official images of the M4 Grand Coupe, but our rendering wizard has sent us this amazing preview of the upcoming super sedan. The actual M4 GC is set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show in early March 2014. Until then, this is what we’re going off of.

In all reality, the 4 Series GC is a different car than the 3 Series sedan. It’s fully based on the regular two-door 4 Series. It even shares its same wheelbase and overall length as the 4 Series coupe. Its major difference is in the B-pillars on the back. A higher roofline, shorter front doors, and the addition of two rear passenger doors makes the 4 Series GC a much more usable, yet still coupe-like five passenger saloon.

We’re suspecting the M4 GC will get the same M treatment the M3 got, which is a 3.0-liter TwinPower turbocharged in-line six-cylinder, making a stout 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The six-speed manual gearbox and the optional seven-speed, double-clutch transmission will likely be offered in the M4 as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW M4 Gran Coupe.

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Do you want a Toyota Camry Hybrid that looks less boring? Toyota believes you do, and so for the 2014.5 lineup, Toyota is releasing the Camry Hybrid SE Limited Edition. This is the same 40-plus-mpg Camry Hybrid you know and love, but it has been given an extra dose of visual pizzazz, thanks to a full body kit that includes a unique front fascia, new headlamps, side rockers, rear bumper and valence, and a rear spoiler. The SE Limited Edition also comes with 17-inch wheels and low-profile tires.

If this looks like the perfect new car for you, you need to run to the dealership immediately, as Toyota says that only 5,000 of these will be built. Since it is based on the standard Camry SE, the SE Limited Edition Hybrid will be offered all the same great colors as the SE, but will feature unique badging to identify its significance.

I have a hard time believing that there is a huge market of buyers that were holding off on purchasing a Camry Hybrid based on looks alone, but Toyota is a multi-billion dollar organization and I am not. They probably know best.

The Camry Hybrid SE Limited Edition will carry a sticker price $27,845 — a $1,500 premium over the standard car — and it will be available with an upgrade package that adds a moonroof and the Display Audio stereo with Navigation. Price for the Upgrade package is $2,215.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid.


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