On this page you'll find the latest updates to our Long-Term Road Tests. The topics covered in these ongoing vehicle reviews range from things like fuel efficiency and comfort to highlights of specific features like GPS and audio technology. Check back frequently as our auto reviews are updated on a regular basis.
Not too long ago, Brent Romans wrote a great post about the ELS system in our long-term 2015 Acura TLX. I'd like to add my two cents. I have a 2015 TLX myself and I spent some serious time bouncing between the base and Tech Package while deciding which TLX model would work best for my lifestyle.
The choice was tough primarily because of the ELS audio system that comes standard in the Tech Package. This is the same audio system in our long-term TLX. Although I would have enjoyed all the goodies that came with the Tech Package, the difference in price between the Base and Tech is, as Brent noted, about $4000.
No matter how you slice it, $4000 makes a nice-size bump in your car payment.
by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on October 6, 2015
Soon after we purchased the 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8, we started to notice that the parking brake wasn't quite holding the car in place as well as it should. After a while, you'd press the pedal to the floor and it did nothing.
"We should have this looked at," said Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing "You don't want the transmission bearing the weight of this car."
So we took it in to our local Dodge dealer and, no surprise, the mechanic confirmed that the parking brake needed new shoes.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on October 6, 2015
As I pulled up to the exit of the Edmunds parking garage in our long-term 2015 Volvo S60, I rolled down the window and extended my arm, parking pass in hand.
I intended on pulling all the way up to the exit arm, waving my parking pass at the high-mounted sensor, and exiting the garage in the sort of graceful fashion that befits an Edmunds automotive editor. The Volvo had other plans.
by Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor on October 6, 2015
Call them delusional, but most people think they're good at parallel parking. So good, in fact, that they say they don't need help from autonomous parking systems in cars, such as the one in our 2014 BMW i3, thank you very much.
Those are the findings of a new survey by AAA. According to the auto club, nearly 80 percent of American drivers "are confident in their parallel parking abilities." And just one in four people would trust the technology to park their cars.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 6, 2015
When I first started driving our 2015 Ford F-150, I assumed that it would be quite unwieldly in urban settings. There's some truth to that, given the truck's overall size, but I didn't expect how easy it would be to know what's going on around the F-150 while driving.
by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 18,608 miles on October 5, 2015
In August and September combined, we drove our long-term 2015 Audi A3 about 2,500 miles and averaged 25.2 miles per gallon of 91 octane. Those miles included a grand mix of environments, from longer highway hauls to the short-trip shuffle on Saturdays.
Mileage for the nine fill-ups ranged from 20.7 mpg to 29.2 mpg.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 5, 2015
When it comes to subcompact SUVs like our 2015Jeep Renegade, I don't expect much. Given their size, price range and intended use, I figure as long as they get decent mileage, have useful interiors and comfortable rides, that's all they need. This Renegade has all that and more.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 5, 2015
If you own a 2015 Dodge Viper, chances are you've got another vehicle in your fleet that is better suited for transporting kids to school. (No doubt Dodge will happily point you to the Durango or Grand Caravan.) Then again, it all depends on how you define "better." If you measure by kid smiles, other parent envy and all-around awesomeness, then the Viper might indeed be your new school bus.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on October 5, 2015
Our former Intern Extraordinaire, Reese Counts, now turned full-time Vehicle Testing Assistant (applause), lauded our 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI as harder, better, faster, and stronger than the generations of GTI that came before. While I don't disagree with his overall sentiment, there are elements in the older vintage that I prefer to the newest iteration out of Wolfsburg — or should I say Puebla, Mexico?
by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on October 5, 2015
I'm an unabashed map fan. Real maps. Made out of paper. I love opening one up, spreading it out and planning the cool route I'll take on my next road trip. Maybe I'm old, maybe it's my romantic outlook on hitting the open road, I'm not sure. But for me, looking at a map on the computer just doesn't give me the same feeling of adventure.