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2014 Toyota Corolla Versus Rivals: By The Numbers

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The Toyota Corolla has long been one of the bestselling models in its class, but how will the new car stack up in the crowded compact sedan segment? To see, we pitted the 2014 Toyota Corolla sedan’s specifications against those of its closest rivals. As the chart below reveals, the segment is relatively homogenous. Four-cylinder engines of 1.8- to 2.0-liters dominate, and all the cars are within a few inches of one anothers’ dimensions. The 2014 ...

Top 10 Slowest 0-60 MPH Vehicles Motor Trend Tested in 2012

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Many of the vehicles we tested in 2012 made the 0-60 mph sprint feel more like a leisurely Sunday cruise. Not ever vehicle we test has an ultra-complex launch control system, but whether we’re talking about a small hybrid hatchback or an all-wheel-drive crossover, plenty of Motor Trend-tested vehicles took their time down the drag strip from 0-60 mph, by modern standards. As we did last year, we’re taking a look back at the hundreds of ...

2012 Compact Sales: Honda Civic Leads, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus on Podium

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The Honda Civic overtook the Toyota Corolla to become the best-selling compact in 2012, while the Ford Focus came in third place – up from its 2011 sixth-place finish. While the Chevrolet Cruze was the best-selling in the segment for several months early in 2012, the compact sedan finished fourth overall. Honda sold 317,909 Civics in 2012 – an increase of nearly 97,000 units from 2011 – which was enough for it to take compact sales ...

MT Poll: Which 2013 Detroit Auto Show Concept is Your Favorite?

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The 2013 North American International Auto Show has come and gone, leaving in its wake a trail of futuristic concept cars intended to stop show-goers in their tracks. Though this year’s Detroit show had far more production-ready concept cars than years past, there were still a few boldly styled concept cars at the show, as well. We’ve already shared with you our favorites, now we want to know yours. Acura MDX Prototype: This Acura MDX is ...

Discussing the Tesla Model S Controversy, Diesels in the U.S. on New WOT Video

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On this episode of Wide Open Throttle, Angus MacKenzie and other Motor Trend hosts discuss the Tesla Model S controversy stemming from a review in The New York Times after discussing the unexpected popularity of the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. Additionally, Ed Loh, Carlos Lago, Arthur St. Antoine and Mike Floyd ponder the possibility of diesel-powered sports cars in the U.S. The hosts begin by discussing the relevance of the F-150 SVT Raptor with its high ...

Staff Picks: The Best and Worst Cars We Drove in 2012

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And just like that, we’re closing the book on 2012 and preparing to start 2013. Motor Trend staffers were lucky enough to drive a wide assortment of fantastic cars, with everything from the 74-hp Volkswagen Up! to the 691-hp Lamborghini Aventador passing through our garage. Of the hundreds of cars we’ve driven this year, these are the cars that stood out most to our editors in 2012, for better and for worse. Erick Ayapana, Associate Online ...

On the Money? Hagerty’s Top Future Collectibles List Includes VW GTI, Audi RS5

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Hagerty has released its annual “Hagerty Hot List” of the top 10 cars the insurance company believes will become collectible in 20 years. Hagerty’s list is comprised completely of 2013 model-year vehicles that the company thinks will still be desired by enthusiasts in 20 years. Unlike our own list of future collectibles, Hagerty’s rules are a bit less stringent. To qualify as a future collectible on the Hagerty list, the vehicle must be mass-produced, and available ...

Kia Readying GTI-, Focus ST-Fighting Pro_cee’d GT Hot Hatch

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At the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, Kia took the wraps off its new Pro_cee’d, a two-door rival to the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, and Opel Astra. Now, the automaker is working on a hotter version to do battle with the Golf GTI, Focus ST, and Astra OPC. Not much has been revealed about the Pro_cee’d GT – all Kia is telling us so far is that it will be powered by a turbocharged version ...

January Compact Sales: Toyota Corolla Passes Civic for Top Spot, Focus is Third

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After winning the crown for best-selling compact car during 2012, the Honda Civic finished second during January, with 21,881 units sold. The Toyota Corolla had a better start to 2013, with 23,822 copies going home to customers, good enough for a first-place finish in its segment. The Ford Focus didn’t crest the 20,000 mark, but still took third place with 16,161 total sales. Fourth and fifth place went to the Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai Elantra with ...

2014 Kia Forte 5-Door: How Does It Compare to Mazda, Volkswagen Hatches?

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With the redesigned 2014 Kia Forte 5-Door, the automaker is positioning the four-door hatchback as a sportier alternative to the also-new 2014 Forte sedan. While the Forte 5-Door shares its hood and headlights with the sedan, the hatchback’s front end has a slimmer grille to complement the more aggressive sheetmetal. Under the hood, the Forte hatchback’s standard engine is the sedan’s optional 173-hp 2.0-liter I-4, while the Hyundai’s Veloster Turbo’s 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter engine is ...