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Test drive: 2014 Audi RS7

Friday May 30, 2014

2014 Audi RS7

Take me straight to the review!

I have revered the Audi RS series ever since I drove my first RS4 in 2007 -- in fact, it was a large part of the inspiration for my Best New Cars series. The RS models have been missing in this country for quite a while, but they are starting to trickle back -- first the RS5 (in which I have only had a brief drive) and now in the form of the 560 horsepower RS7 -- my favorite initials attached to my favorite Audi car. How does it all come together? Check out my 2014 Audi RS7 review. -- Aaron Gold

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Adaptive cruise control: What it is, how it works

Wednesday May 28, 2014

nullWe've seen some nifty new technology come to the market in the past few years, and adaptive cruise has to be one of my favorite features -- simply put, it makes driving safer and easier. Learn more about adaptive cruise control: What it is and how it works. -- Aaron Gold

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Aaron's first Indy

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Ryan Briscoe prepares for the 2014 Indy 500I spent Memorial Day weekend in Indianapolis at my first-ever Indy 500! What an amazing event -- Firestone Tires brought me out for a complete Indy immersion. Feel free to read about my experience, but I have to warn you, if you've always wanted to go to Indy and haven't yet, my write-up may induce strong feelings of envy. Thanks to Firestone for letting me and my fellow journalists do Indy right! -- Aaron Gold

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A change is gonna come...

Friday May 23, 2014

A note for my regular blog readers -- I have some good news and some bad news.

You might have seen About.com in the news over the past few months. About a year and a half ago, the New York Times Corporation sold us to IAC, and since then our new owners have been making massive changes behind the scenes. And thank goodness -- if ever a web site needed the upgrades, it was ours.

The good news is that next month, About.com will begin rolling out a much-needed site redesign. (We're finally going to shed-our 1990s-era page layout!) One of the big changes will be to the home page. Essentially, the "blog" format is going away; our home page will now feature articles. (You can see a preview at our Neurology and Home Security sites.)

This really is good news -- it brings us into line with what other web sites are doing. The bad news is that we're going to lose blog comments. No big deal for some About.com sites, but it's a blow for us, as I've not only enjoyed the two-way communication, but I always gain a lot of perspective from your thoughts and sentiments.

Update: I just got word that comments may be shut down as early as today to prepare for the home page change.

I want to keep the conversation going, so with your help, I'd like to move it to my Autonerd page on Facebook. Every time I post a new article, I'll post a link to a Facebook discussion. (Let's try it now: Discuss this post.) The Autonerd page is also where I post links to articles and videos I do for other publications, so it's a great way to keep up with All Things Aaron.

I hope you'll join me over there and continue the conversation, and I hope you like the look of the redesign -- we should see it here at the Cars site in a week or so. As always, thanks for reading, commenting, and continuing to support About.com Cars! -- Aaron Gold

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Test drive: 2015 Subaru Legacy

Wednesday May 21, 2014

2015 Subaru Legacy

Take me straight to the review!

When the last-generation Legacy came out, I wasn't a huge fan -- not because there was anything wrong with the car, but because I thought it had lost a lot of its Subaru-y character. Subaru still hasn't forgiven me for the opening paragraph of my 2010 Legacy review, and to be fair, they have a point -- I was judging the car against its predecessor, not against its competition.

So when the all-new 2015 Legacy came out, I vowed to look at it as I would a Camry, or an Altima, or an Accord, or any other mid-size sedan. And you know what? From that perspective, the Legacy does look a lot different. Get the full story in my 2015 Subaru Legacy test drive. -- Aaron Gold

A note on photos: As always, I've packed the review with links to larger photos, but there are problems with the Legacy photo gallery at present -- our system is cropping the images square. Click on the image and you'll see the whole thing. Hopefully our gurus can get this fixed quickly.

Long-term Mitsubishi Mirage: Our third month

Tuesday May 20, 2014

2014 Mitsubishi MirageTake me straight to the update!

It's time (past time, actually) for our Month 3 report on the Mitsubishi Mirage. I spent a good part of the month driving other low-cost, high MPG cars, and that gave me a chance to see how our much-maligned mini Mitsubishi compares to the cars against which it actually competes. Find out in my long-term Mitsubishi Mirage month 3 update. -- Aaron Gold

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2014 Kia Forte5 SX Turbo: The DriveWays review

Monday May 19, 2014

2014 Kia Forte5 Take me straight to the review!

I'm back from my travels and have lots of keyboarding ahead, so in the meantime, I have another DriveWays review from Frank Aukofer, this time on Kia's new hot-hatch contender, the 201 hp Kia Forte5 SX. Much as I like Kia's vehicles, I would never have considered one as a rival for the great Mazda3 -- but Frank says it's a contender and not just a pretender. Get the full story in Frank's 2014 Kia Forte5 SX review. -- Aaron Gold

Photo © Kia

POLL: Are hatchbacks on the way back?

Thursday May 15, 2014

2015 Volkswagen GolfVolkswagen seems to think so.

I'm just back from my first drive of the all-new 2015 Volkswagen Golf, and it's interesting to see how much content VW has put into these cars. Even the basic "S" model (shown here) is surprisingly plush, with a padded dash, V-Tex upholstery (that fake leather stuff with which I fell in love in our long-term Passat TDI), a display stereo, turbo engine (the same 1.8T engine I drove [and loved] in the '14 Passat), alloy wheels, and -- for the first time, as far as I know -- the option of a diesel in the base model.

Now, I'm sure a lot of this has to do with lessons learned from the "decontented" 2011 Jetta (remember my review of the base-model Jetta S? Cripes, what a disappointment that car was!). But after listening to VW's marketing plans for the Golf, it appears there's more to it -- they say cars like the Mazda3 and Subaru Impreza have stirred interest in premium hatchbacks, and indeed most manufacturers do price and position their hatchbacks higher than sedans.

So what do you think -- is the hatchback making a comeback, or is this wishful thinking on Volkswagen's part? Vote in our poll and sound off in the Comments section. Look for my review coming soon -- I'm jetting off to drive the new 2015 Subaru Legacy this weekend, then I'll be back at the keyboard. -- Aaron Gold

Photo © Aaron Gold

DriveWays: 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop

Monday May 12, 2014

2014 MINI CooperTake me straight to the review!

Today I'm once again going to turn the helm over to Frank Aukofer, who tested a car I've not yet driven: The 2014 MINI Cooper. Now, when I saw the new MINI, I thought it was going to be as close to the outgoing 2nd-generation MINI as that car was to the first-gen MINI. But Frank says no -- he says there's a definite change in the all-new MINI Cooper's demeanor. Find out why in his 2014 MINI Cooper DriveWays review. -- Aaron Gold

Photo © MINI

Reflections on the Mustang from a man who was there

Friday May 9, 2014

2007 Ford Shelby GTIt's a busy week for me -- I run an off-road event for the Motor Press Guild, an organization for auto journos and PR people in southern Cali, and it's coming up next week. If you're curious to see the kind of stuff we do, check out this video.

Meanwhile, Frank Aukofer sent me his thoughts surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang -- and Frank was there at the beginning. With all due apologies to Jonathan Lamas, here's Frank: Read More...

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