Roundup: This week’s most popular stories and newest reviews

1. Top 10 bad cars from good brands — Just as every family has a bad apple, every automaker has the occasional slip-up in the lineup. These cars make you say, “What were they thinking?”

2. Teen rescues special 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV from dusty barn – 1973 Alfa Romeo was sitting in a barn for 17 years before Drew Bond decided he had to have it.

Nissan Micra

Nissan’s Micra starts at $9,998, but have automakers taken the race to cheap cars too far?
Handout, Nissan

3. Motor Mouth: The race for ‘cheap’ has gone too far — In a radical cost-cutting gambit, automakers are now recycling old technology in their “new” cars. Is this a fair price to pay for a cheaper price tag?

4. Here are 10 adorable cars with happy faces — Long day? Here’s a bunch of painfully adorable cars that will cheer you up with their smiles

5. How to spot red flags in used car ads – Buying a used car off the Internet is a lot easier when you know what to look for

Latest reviews

2016 Smart fortwo reveal in Berlin

The next-generation Smart fortwo gains a chic look and new powrtrains for 2016
Jodi Lai, Driving

First Look: 2016 Smart fortwo and forfour — City car finally ditches ancient powertrain technology and gains chic new style and cool tech toys

2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty and Expedition — Ford ups its towing game with refreshed heavy-duty trucks and SUVs

2015 Audi A3 Quattro Technik — Audi’s new compact sedan is deceptively quick and dressed to the nines inside

2015 Subaru WRX STI

2015 Subaru WRX STI
Jim Leggett, Driving

2015 Subaru WRX STI — Subaru’s WRX STI is still an all-weather monster, but a little too harsh as a daily driver

Video Review: 2015 Nissan Micra — Zippy and budget-friendly subcompact punches above its price and is well-suited for city driving, but pricey options make it more difficult to compete

2014 Audi SQ5 — Supercharged SUV earns its S designation with outstanding performance

Reader Review: 2014 Toyota Prius V — For this city driver, Toyota’s roomy hybrid wagon proved to be versatile, smooth and frugalOther cool stuff you might likeVia Jalopnik: What do the Ford Crown Victoria, the Subaru Impreza 2.5RS and the Mazda Miata have in common? The fine folks at Jalopnik take a look at the 10 best first cars for teenaged gearheads.Via Autoblog: Alternative fuels to gasoline have been around for the longest time, but did you know automakers experimented with nuclear power in the 1950s? Autoblog looks back at some of the wacky concepts we saw from that era.Bonus: Porsche 914s weren’t exactly cool, but this daughter reunited her stepdad with a replica of a 914 he had in his youth. Best. Gift. Ever.

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