A variety of cars made up this week’s list of most-researched vehicles including selections from American, Japanese and German brands.
Audi’s Q5 compact crossover made an appearance, as did the Mazda CX-5. Both fit into the same segment by size, but match different driver preferences. The Q5 offers a wider variety of engine options and costs quite a bit more. The German brand sells it with four- and six-cylinder gasoline options as well as a diesel six-shooter. Then there’s the hybrid and hotter SQ5 performance variant. Mazda’s small crossover serves a broader group of drivers, but with a narrower scope of engine choices restricted to a 2.0- or 2.5-liter “SkyActiv” four-cylinder.
BMW’s 328i was also a popular pick this week. It’s force-fed four cylinder makes 240 hp sending power to either the rear or all four wheels via an eight-speed autobox.
Ford hasn’t done anything exciting with its Explorer mid-size SUV this year, but that didn’t keep it from rising to the top as one of the most popularly researched cars this week. The base model starts just under $31,000 while the “Sport” model, which uses a turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, costs about $11,000 more to start.
Finally, the diminutive Ford Fiesta brought up the rear this week. Depending on your inclination, owning a Fiesta doesn’t mean condemnation to slow-paced sub-compact car hell. The Fiesta ST uses a 197-hp 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine to deliver thrills to the front wheels and passengers.