We've given MSN Autos a tune-up so it's easier than ever for you to find the perfect car and stay up-to-date on the latest automotive news. The redesigned MSN Autos home page now puts our Car Finder at your fingertips, while also showcasing our unique editorial mix of content by MSN Autos writers and editors and from partners such as AutoWeek, Consumer Reports, Road & Track and Car and Driver. We've also expanded the content on the home page to include the latest news, blog posts and car reviews. And we've increased the size of the images so you can get a better look at the exciting vehicles being discussed.

Other enhancements include:

Easy access to our Car Finder. You can now research a car from the top of every page on the site. Just use the make and model drop-down menus to find your next vehicle or to simply reimagine your life in a new ride.

Improved look and feel. It's not just the MSN Autos home page that has a slick new design. We've also updated our research pages to better highlight a vehicle's features and specifications.

Better trim selection. You can now use our Compare tool to view multiple trims for any vehicle — all at once. Or you can get additional details for any trim right within the specs and features tab.

Simpler, more powerful site navigation. A fresh site is of little use if you have a hard time getting around it. With the improved MSN Autos navigation, it's now easier to find the tools and content you need at any moment from any page on the site. Within our vehicle research area, we've changed from having navigation on the left side of the page to top-of-page navigation, like the rest of the MSN Autos site.

You may have noticed that a couple of entry points have been decommissioned to eliminate redundancy on the site. For example, although the Reliability entry page has been removed, our reliability data is still available by clicking the Reliability tab of a vehicle information page. Other features such as pricing, rebates, reviews, Consumer Reports snapshots and safety ratings are still available under the appropriate tabbed area in the middle of the car-research pages. Other tools, such as Trade-in Values, Sell Your Car and Compare, can be found in the top navigation bar under both "Used cars" and "New cars."

With any redesign, tough decisions must be made in order to improve the overall site. For MSN Autos, that meant discontinuing a few low-use features to reduce maintenance costs, including the My Car and My Research tools. We are investigating how we might improve these features before considering their return as part of a more powerful feature set.

We hope you'll find the improved site easy and enjoyable to drive. This is just the beginning of our efforts to reimagine MSN Autos in 2011; check back in the coming months for additional features and enhancements. In the meantime, please use the Feedback link on any page to send us your thoughts or concerns about the current design, or what you'd like to see on MSN Autos in the future.

Jennifer Mulrean, Lead Producer