Most Researched Cars of the Week: December 1 – 7

Most Researched Cars of the Week: December 1 – 7

An accumulation of affordable vehicles accounted for the “most researched” contingent in’s new cars shopping section this week.

Chevroelt’s Cruze “compact” car was a popular choice this week. Officially categorized as a compact, the Cruze is quite large for its segment and tiptoes on the border of being a mid-size sedan. Chevrolet offers it in a variety of models including the fuel-economy minded Eco and diesel versions.

Ford’s Fusion is officially categorized as a mid-size sedan also made this list this week. Last year it was named the green car of the year, recognized for its variety of fuel efficient powertrain options including a hybrid and plug-in hybrid. That powertrain was the center of a controversy when Ford’s C-Max ,which uses the same gear, was found not to return its advertised fuel economy. The EPA allows automakers to recycle fuel ratings for vehicles that use the same powertrain to streamline ratings Ford blamed differences in aerodynamics for the fuel economy discrepancy between the Fusion and C-Max.

Another vehicle from the Blue Oval brand made this week’s list: the Explorer mid-size crossover. It was followed by the Chevrolet Camaro muscle car. Powered by a 6.2-liter LS3 V8, the Camaro will benefit from a mid-cycle refresh next year.

Finally, the South Korean Hyundai Santa Fe Sport rounded off this week’s list. The compact crossover can be had with two four-cylinder engine options. The 2.4-liter base four offers 190 hp while the 2.0-liter turbo makes 264.

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze

2014 Ford Fusion

2014 Ford Explorer

2013 Chevrolet Camaro

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport