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Kicking Tires: November, 2011

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2011 Infiniti G37x

With its sinewy looks and 3.7-liter V-6 engine, the 2011 Infiniti G37x coupe isn’t the typical mom- or dad-mobile. It can work as a family car, but you’ll need lots of patience when loading the kids in and out of...

By Cars.com  |  04:54 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 11/30/2011

2013 Subaru BRZ: First Look

Competes with: Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Nissan 370Z Looks like: A Bizarro World Subaru Drivetrain: 200-hp, horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine; six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Mid-2012 Less than two weeks separate the unveiling of the Subaru.

By Cars.com  |  12:21 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 11/30/2011

How To Transport Your Christmas Tree Safely

With Thanksgiving behind us, the winter holiday rush can begin. For many, the holiday season starts with Christmas tree shopping. Bringing the tree home can sometimes be difficult for motorists who aren’t used to ferrying objects as awkwardly shaped as.

By Cars.com  |  10:44 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Mileage Rules Bump Car Costs, Savings at the Pump

A Nov. 16 proposal by the Obama administration proposed doubling Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards to 54.5 mpg by 2025, up from 27.3 mpg today and 35.5 mpg by 2016. The standards are expected to be finalized by next...

By Cars.com  |  10:29 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Since its debut in 1996, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has been a model that looks better than it drives, according to Cars.com Industry Analyst Kelsey Mays. The third-generation 2012 SLK-Class is certainly sportier than its predecessor, but it still can’t keep.

By Cars.com  |  08:54 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Honda Civic Si

Like the rest of the redesigned Civic lineup, the high-performance 2012 Honda Civic Si is a disappointment when compared to its competition and its predecessor, according to Cars.com Industry Analyst Kelsey Mays. The new Si is equipped with a more...

By Cars.com  |  01:54 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Tiny Chevy Spark Gets Mom, Teen Approval

I learned long ago not to assume I know what teenagers think is cool. That's why I asked my 17-year-old niece if she would be caught driving the candy-colored subcompact 2013 Chevrolet Spark. Not only would she, but her social...

By Cars.com  |  01:10 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Big Sedans No Big Deal, Honda Says

Full-size sedans got some attention at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show, with Hyundai redoubling its efforts on the slow-selling Azera. This comes seven months after Ford unveiled a refreshed 2013 Taurus and less than a year after the redesigned Chrysler...

By Cars.com  |  12:10 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:20 AM ET, 11/29/2011

2012 Hyundai Veloster: Car Seat Check

From the driver's side of the all-new 2012 Hyundai Veloster, it looks like a sporty coupe. Walk around to the passenger side, and presto chango, there are two doors instead of one. In truth, the Veloster is a three-door hatchback....

By Cars.com  |  07:20 AM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 11/28/2011

GM Offers Loaners to Concerned Volt Owners

To alleviate fears involving recent evidence that a severe crash in a Chevrolet Volt could result in a car fire, GM today announced it’s offering free vehicle loans to wary Volt owners. In May, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...

By Cars.com  |  02:29 PM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 11/28/2011

Small Cars Grow in Popularity

Compact and subcompact cars are booming in popularity and could become the best-selling vehicle category by year's end, according to J.D. Power and Associates. This would push midsize sedans from their prominent position as the American car of choice.

By Cars.com  |  01:49 PM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 11/28/2011

2013 Lexus GS 450h Rated at 34 MPG Highway, GS 350 at 28 MPG

The 2013 Lexus GS 450h’s fuel-economy estimates beat the automaker’s expectations with an EPA-estimated 29/34/31 mpg city/highway/combined, Toyota announced. That’s about a 35% improvement in gas mileage over the 2011 GS 450h, which gets 22/25/23 mpg.

By Cars.com  |  12:44 PM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 11/28/2011

Maybach Brand Discontinued

Mercedes-Benz’s ultra-luxury Maybach brand will be no more starting in 2013, according to the Detroit News. While having a century’s worth of history, the Maybach marquee was revived in the U.S. market in 2003 to compete against Rolls-Royce and Bentley.

By Cars.com  |  11:24 AM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:59 AM ET, 11/28/2011

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Toyota Prius v

To create the family-friendly 2012 Toyota Prius v, the automaker took its well-liked Prius and increased the space in the cargo area and the second row. For Cars.com Family reviewer BreAnn Ahara, a 2008 Prius owner, this extra room made...

By Cars.com  |  07:59 AM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:09 AM ET, 11/28/2011

Cars.com Podcast: 2012 Honda Civic Si, 2012 Nissan Altima, 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK

Our podcasts are often a mixed bag in terms of discussing various cars for very different buyers. That holds true with this podcast where editors Joe Wiesenfelder, Kelsey Mays and Mike Hanley talk about a high-power compact coupe, mainstream family...

By Cars.com  |  07:09 AM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 11/25/2011

Did the New Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT Change Enough?

The Ford Flex has one of those love-it-or-hate-it vehicle designs. It's boxy, it's square, it's retro and apparently it's also totally L.A. (It turns out Los Angeles is one of the Flex's hottest markets). Case in point, when we hosted...

By Cars.com  |  09:00 AM ET, 11/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 11/23/2011

Decade's Worth of Vehicle Fatalities Mapped

Approximately 38.2 million Americans will take to the roads this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to AAA. That’s the first significant increase (about 4%) in any holiday traffic this year. With so many people out on the road, it’s important to.

By Cars.com  |  03:35 PM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 11/23/2011

2012 BMW 3 Series Starts at $34,900

The all-new sixth-generation 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan gets a starting price of $34,900, excluding an $895 destination fee. The 2012 sedan goes on sale in February. The 2012 3 Series wagons, coupes and convertibles are currently on sale, but...

By Cars.com  |  02:45 PM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 11/23/2011

Revealing Volvo Crossover Illustrations Uncovered

Volvo is still searching for its place in the automotive landscape. Will it compete with premium vehicles from Buick or Volkswagen, or with luxury vehicles from Audi and BMW? While the marketing department continues its eternal debate, we’re at least.

By Cars.com  |  01:55 PM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 11/23/2011

Recall Alert: 2012 Dodge Journey, Fiat 500

Chrysler is recalling 340 2012 Dodge Journey and Fiat 500 vehicles because sealing components in the brake system could degrade, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles, which were built between Oct. 24 and Oct.

By Cars.com  |  11:49 AM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 11/23/2011

2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet: First Look

Competes with: Chevrolet Corvette, Maserati GranCabrio, Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster Looks like: More 911 iterations are ready for primetime Drivetrain: 350-hp, 3.4-liter flat-six engine or 400-hp, 3.8-liter flat-six; seven-speed manual transmission or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission Hits dealerships: Spring.

By Cars.com  |  11:15 AM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:44 AM ET, 11/23/2011

2013 Infiniti JX35 Priced at $40,450

Infiniti has released the 2013 JX35’s full slate of standard features and options, reinforcing our initial opinion that this three-row crossover, which debuted at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show, is a good deal in this segment. To recap, the seven-passenger..

By Cars.com  |  07:44 AM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 11/23/2011

The Great CUV Face-off

The allure of a crossover can't be denied when it comes to families, and there are three all-new major players that are sure to pique their interest: the redesigned Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5. They all may be...

By Cars.com  |  07:15 AM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 11/22/2011

Infiniti Teases Plug-in Hybrid

Infiniti announced nearly a year ago that it was working on an electric car — something that would fit five passengers and probably be based off the trailblazing Nissan Leaf. On top of the Infiniti EV, it now looks like...

By Cars.com  |  03:10 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 11/22/2011

Cars.com Podcast: 2011 L.A. Auto Show Edition

If you enjoyed reading our Winners and Losers posts from last week, this is the podcast for you. Our editors take a no-holds-barred approach to this podcast, and they aren’t afraid to call each other out if their opinions seem...

By Cars.com  |  02:04 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 11/22/2011

Best Cars for Black Friday Shopping

A successful Black Friday shopping trip is all in the planning. Bargain hunters study store ads and websites as though they're cramming for a test, and now they have less time to do so as several major chains — Target,...

By Cars.com  |  01:19 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 11/22/2011

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Priced at $25,235

When the redesigned 2013 Chevy Malibu goes on sale early next year, it will only be available as a high-efficiency trim called the Malibu Eco. Today, Chevy announced that trim level will start at $25,235, excluding a $760 destination fee....

By Cars.com  |  12:44 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 11/22/2011

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Priced at $25,995

When the redesigned 2013 Chevy Malibu goes on sale early next year, it will only be available as a high-efficiency trim called the Malibu Eco. Today, Chevy announced that trim level will start at $25,995, excluding a $760 destination fee....

By Cars.com  |  12:14 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 11/22/2011

Is The Infiniti JX What Families Need It To Be?

Infiniti says it had families in mind when designing its brand-new seven-seat crossover, the 2013 JX. Boasting "innovation that makes life more efficient" seems like a surefire way to grab a parent's attention. With a third row, low step-in height...

By Cars.com  |  11:55 AM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 AM ET, 11/22/2011

Hybrids Safer for Passengers, More Deadly to Pedestrians

A hybrid version of a passenger car is safer than a conventional gas-powered one for occupants, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That’s because a hybrid model typically weights more, says the Institute. For instance, a Toyota Highlander.

By Cars.com  |  07:14 AM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 11/21/2011

Tips For Transporting Holiday Foods Safely in the Car

At some point, we've all been tasked with the thankless Thanksgiving job of holding a casserole dish overflowing with piping-hot buttery potatoes on our laps while speeding down the highway over the hills and through the woods to Grandmother's house..

By Cars.com  |  02:59 PM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 11/21/2011

2012 Chevrolet Equinox: What's New

For the 2012 model year, the Chevrolet Equinox gets the same new safety and multimedia options first seen in the 2012 GMC Terrain, including a new lane mitigation system with all models now getting Bluetooth and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls as.

By Cars.com  |  12:34 PM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 11/21/2011

2013 Audi S6: Photo Gallery

Audi has gone with a smaller displacement engine on the 2013 Audi S6, meaning there’s no more V-10 option. Even so, the twin-turbocharged V-8 is more efficient than the old engine and still nets a big boost in horsepower over...

By Cars.com  |  09:51 AM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:21 AM ET, 11/21/2011

Jaguar C-X16 Concept: Photo Gallery

The Jaguar C-X16 Concept is a study of design and efficiency, combining a hybrid powertrain with a stunning exterior. More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage Jaguar had performance on the mind with this concept so there's a supercharged V-6 and...

By Cars.com  |  07:21 AM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 11/20/2011

Ford Focus ST: Photo Gallery

Those looking for a Ford performance car that’s not a Mustang will finally have something new to fawn over in the guise of the Ford Focus ST. More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage The Focus ST is the spiritual replacement...

By Cars.com  |  11:51 AM ET, 11/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 11/20/2011

2013 BMW M5: Photo Gallery

A high-performance M version returns to the 5 Series lineup for 2013 after taking a few model years off. More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage Visual changes are pretty typical for an M car with a gaping front lower grille,...

By Cars.com  |  09:36 AM ET, 11/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 11/19/2011

2013 Audi S8: Photo Gallery

Unlike the recently unveiled 420-horsepower S6 and S7, the 2013 Audi S8 gets a more potent 520-hp V-8 engine, which is a 148-hp increase from the A8's regular V-8 powertrain. More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage Like the other “S”...

By Cars.com  |  10:53 AM ET, 11/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 11/18/2011

2013 Honda Fit EV: Photo Gallery

Like the Ford Focus EV, the 2013 Honda Fit EV is based off of a currently on sale gas powered model. As such, there isn't much to distinguish two except for the closed grille design and a driver's side charging...

By Cars.com  |  04:27 PM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 11/18/2011

2013 Audi S7: Photo Gallery

The 2013 Audi S7 is a new high-performance derivative of the A7 hatchback. The model will feature the same 420-horsepower, 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that comes on the recently announced Audi S6 but has that cool hatch out back. More 2011...

By Cars.com  |  04:11 PM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 11/18/2011

2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible: Up Close

As affordable convertibles go, the Camaro does pretty well. The ZL1 convertible, however, is 1) no longer cheap and 2) based on the daddy of all Camaros. So execution will matter a lot more than with, say, the V-6 car....

By Cars.com  |  03:45 PM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 11/18/2011

2011 L.A. Auto Show Day 2: What You Missed

The press days of the 2011 L.A. Auto Show have come to end. With the bulk of unveilings happening on the first day, we focused our second-day coverage on photos, up-close analysis and videos from the show floor. There were...

By Cars.com  |  03:14 PM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 11/18/2011

2011 L.A. Auto Show Winners and Losers: Concept Cars

The art of the concept car has been stymied for the past few years with economic turmoil facing the industry. But these future visions on four wheels are back in a big way this auto show season with some stunners...

By Cars.com  |  02:00 PM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 11/18/2011

2011 L.A. Auto Show Winners and Losers: Production Cars

This year's L.A. Auto Show will make attendees' heads spin in terms of all the new production cars on display. Automakers are rolling out important cars from full-size luxury sedans to the smallest of compact cars. Actually, one company did...

By Cars.com  |  01:29 PM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 11/18/2011

2013 Audi S6, S7, S8: Up Close

Typical of Audi, the higher-powered S variants of the A6, A7 and A8 have modest visual changes, but all three cars look aggressive to start, so I wasn't left hankering for more flair. More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage On...

By Cars.com  |  12:40 PM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 11/18/2011

2013 Lincoln MKT: Up Close

The slow-selling MKT tones down some of its more controversial elements for 2013, and it remains spacious in the first and second rows. But the latest version of MyLincoln Touch still needs work. More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage Shallower...

By Cars.com  |  11:50 AM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 11/18/2011

2013 Lincoln MKS: Photo Gallery

The 2013 Lincoln MKS receives a host of improvements, including a more power powertrain, handling upgrades, interior updates and the MyLincoln Touch multimedia system. More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage The MKS's exterior looks were updated, too, but the baleen.

By Cars.com  |  11:20 AM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:50 AM ET, 11/18/2011

2013 Lincoln MKS: Up Close

The MKS' new grille does the automotive equivalent of wearing a pinstriped shirt: It thins the car out a bit. There's more visual depth up front, taking your focus off the car's bulbous rear flanks. The grille is still a...

By Cars.com  |  06:50 AM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 11/17/2011

2013 Chevrolet Spark: Photo Gallery

The 2013 Chevrolet Spark joins a rare breed of American city focused roundabouts. More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage The mini will be positioned below the Chevrolet Sonic, in terms of pricing, size, and features. That doesn’t’ mean the Spark...

By Cars.com  |  05:23 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Volkswagen Beetle R Concept: Photo Gallery

Volkswagen's Beetle R Concept previews what a high-performance Beetle could look like if given a head-to-toe go-fast package. More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage Add-ons include 20-inch wheels, aggressive front and rear styling, hood vents, and a massive rear wing;.

By Cars.com  |  05:08 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 11/17/2011

2013 BMW M5: Up Close

There's nothing surprising about the latest M from BMW. Traditional M styling cues — a gaping front lower grille, vents in the front-quarter panels and quad exhausts — look right at home on the new 5 Series, and black grates...

By Cars.com  |  04:50 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 11/17/2011

2013 Ford Flex: Up Close

There's not a lot to say about the changes to the Ford Flex, because there aren't a lot of changes. The most noticeable, of course, are the alterations to the front and back ends. Gone from each is the big...

By Cars.com  |  04:00 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 11/17/2011

2013 Infiniti JX: Photo Gallery

While Infiniti is already full of quirky crossovers — like the EX and FX — it was still missing a conventional large luxury crossover that could compete with the likes of the Acura MDX. More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage...

By Cars.com  |  03:51 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Volkswagen Beetle R Concept at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Looks like: Less of an April Fools' joke than you'd think Defining characteristics: Aggressive bodywork, 20-inch wheels, racing-style bucket seats Ridiculous features: Giant rear wing Chance of being mass-produced: It's just a concept for now, but it wouldn't take much.

By Cars.com  |  03:26 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Kia GT Concept: Photo Gallery

Kia's GT Concept is a look at what a rear-wheel-drive luxury car from Kia could look like. More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage The carbon-fiber wheel accents, front styling and interior are pretty wild for a production car, though GT...

By Cars.com  |  03:07 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 11/17/2011

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth: Up Close

If you dislike like the Fiat 500's gumdrop profile, the go-fast Abarth doesn't change it much. The styling upgrades add a bit of muscle, but they don't go overboard, ­ so there are no foot-high spoilers or overblown ground effects....

By Cars.com  |  02:35 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Cadillac Ciel Concept: Photo Gallery

You may see design cues from Cadillac's four-door convertible Ciel concept in future Cadillac products, even if the Ciel itself has little chance for production. More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage The more wild aspects of the Ciel's design are...

By Cars.com  |  02:23 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Kia GT Concept at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Looks like: Kia has Audi and Jaguar in its sights Defining characteristics: Swept windshield and sleek roofline; 395-horsepower, turbocharged V-6 sends power to rear wheels Ridiculous features: Few; carbon-fiber-trimmed wheel spokes Chances of being mass-produced: Kia is aiming big, and.

By Cars.com  |  02:01 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 11/17/2011

2012 Honda CR-V: Photo Gallery

The all-new 2012 Honda CR-V has an eye catching look that may make the crossover seem bigger than the previous model. On the contrary, the model is slightly shorter but still manages to eke out more passenger and cargo volume....

By Cars.com  |  01:49 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 11/17/2011

2013 Chevrolet Spark: Up Close

A car sold overseas since 2008, the Chevrolet Spark will make arrive stateside by mid-2012. At the L.A. Auto Show, Chevrolet had four Sparks on hand, but just one — a well-equipped 2LT trim — was open. So we poked...

By Cars.com  |  01:30 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 11/17/2011

2012 Porsche 911: Photo Gallery

The 2012 Porsche 911 may not look significantly different than previous generations to all but 911 loyalists, but underneath there's an all-new chassis and wider stance. More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage Most notable changes on the outside include new.

By Cars.com  |  01:23 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 11/17/2011

KIA GT Concept at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Looks like: Kia has Audi and Jaguar in its sights Defining characteristics: Swept windshield and sleek roofline; 395-horsepower, turbocharged V-6 sends power to rear wheels Ridiculous features: Few; carbon-fiber-trimmed wheel spokes Chances of being mass-produced: Kia is aiming big, and.

By Cars.com  |  01:01 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 11/17/2011

2013 Ford Escape: Photo Gallery

This is the first true redesign for the Ford Escape since it was introduced more than a decade ago. The 2013 model ditches its previously rugged, SUV design for a more conventional crossover silhouette. More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage...

By Cars.com  |  12:33 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 11/17/2011

2013 Honda Fit EV: Up Close

The Honda Fit EV is based on the gas-powered Fit, but styling changes give the all-electric hatchback a distinctive appearance. It starts up front, where the regular Fit's grille has been swapped for a solid panel and a chrome bar...

By Cars.com  |  12:25 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 11/17/2011

2011 L.A. Auto Show Day 1: What You Missed

We have more than 30 posts from the 2011 L.A. Auto Show collected below, and that was just day one. We all live busy lives, so you might have missed a few vehicle launches in the onslaught of automotive news...

By Cars.com  |  11:04 AM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 11/17/2011

2012 Porsche 911: Up Close

Porsche brought the latest 911 — the "991" 911, if you're an enthusiast — to the L.A. Auto Show for its U.S. debut. The automaker introduced the car at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September. The Panamera and Cayenne overshadow...

By Cars.com  |  10:44 AM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 11/17/2011

2013 Honda Fit EV at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Competes with: Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, Mitsubishi i Looks like: A pucker-mouthed Honda Fit Drivetrain: 92 kilowatt coaxial electric motor with 20 kWh lithium-ion battery Hits dealerships: Summer 2012 Honda's Fit EV is an all-electric version of Honda's sub-compact hatchback.

By Cars.com  |  08:56 AM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 AM ET, 11/17/2011

2012 Mini Cooper Roadster Priced at $24,350

The 2012 Mini Cooper Roadster will have a starting price of $24,350 (excluding a $700 destination fee) when it joins the Mini lineup early next year. That’s $3,050 more than the 2012 Mini Cooper coupe, which the Roadster is based...

By Cars.com  |  07:14 AM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:42 AM ET, 11/17/2011

2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG: Photo Gallery

An AMG variant of the redesigned 2012 M-Class, announced this summer, was inevitable. The new ML63 AMG makes 518 or 550 horsepower thanks to a twin-turbocharged V-8 replacing the old naturally aspirated engine. More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage The...

By Cars.com  |  06:42 AM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:23 AM ET, 11/17/2011

2012 Hyundai Azera: Photo Gallery

The 2012 Hyundai Azera is the latest model to wear the carmaker’s fluid design language. The styling looks more natural here than on the Sonata, which is a smaller car. More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage The sharp lines don't...

By Cars.com  |  05:23 AM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:18 AM ET, 11/17/2011

2013 Lincoln MKS at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Competes with: BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Infiniti M Looks like: The MKT's baleen grille is spreading Drivetrain: 300-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 with front- or all-wheel drive, or 355-hp, twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 with all-wheel drive; six-speed automatic Hits dealerships: Spring 2012.

By Cars.com  |  03:18 AM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 AM ET, 11/17/2011

2013 Lincoln MKT at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Competes with: Buick Enclave, Acura MDX Looks like: The whale tail remains, but the baleen have multiplied Drivetrain: 300-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 with front-wheel drive, or 355-hp, twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 with all-wheel drive; six-speed automatic Hits dealerships: Spring 2012 The refreshed.

By Cars.com  |  03:14 AM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:47 PM ET, 11/16/2011

2013 Ford Mustang: Photo Gallery

Ford has consistently evolved the Mustang with fairly significant changes each model year since 2010. For 2013, the front and rear styling has been tweaked on V-6, GT and Boss 302 models, and the GT's 5.0-liter makes more power. More...

By Cars.com  |  07:47 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 11/16/2011

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: Photo Gallery

In order that make sure there's no question that the Ford Shelby GT500's is the ultimate Mustang, the automaker has added another 100-horsepower to the model, which now produces 650-hp and 600 pounds-feet of torque from a new supercharged 5.8-liter...

By Cars.com  |  07:13 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:54 PM ET, 11/16/2011

2013 Ford Escape: Up Close

Even in its lower, SE trim level, the Ford Escape is a handsome SUV -- if you prefer the Fiesta and Focus design language over the language seen on the Explorer and Edge. Although my impression is positive overall, I...

By Cars.com  |  06:54 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 11/16/2011

2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302: Photo Gallery

The Ford Boss 302 was introduced just last year as a 2012 model and maintains its position in between the Mustang GT and the Shelby GT500, with its 444-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8. More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage Though, now that...

By Cars.com  |  06:41 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 11/16/2011

2013 Infiniti JX: Up Close

The new Infiniti JX is more proof that it's unwise to judge a car's styling by photos alone. The three-row crossover's FX-inspired grille seemed especially prominent in snapshots, but it doesn't seem excessive in person. The JX doesn't pretend to...

By Cars.com  |  06:05 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 11/16/2011

2013 Ford Mustang: Up Close

Does any model get revised as frequently as the Ford Mustang? The 2010 featured updated styling, and 2011 brought a slew of drivetrain and other upgrades that probably made 2010 buyers hate life. The 2013 comes early in 2012 with...

By Cars.com  |  05:20 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 11/16/2011

2012 Hyundai Azera: Up Close

Hyundai's lineup is taking shape. The Azera marks the seventh car to adopt the automaker's fluid design language, and the proportions beat the Sonata's: curvier rear flanks and a nose that hugs the front fenders tighter. Though it's a few...

By Cars.com  |  05:05 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 11/16/2011

2012 Honda CR-V at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Competes with: Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5 Looks like: Honda finally got a new design right Drivetrain: 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, five-speed automatic transmission, front- or all-wheel drive Hits dealerships: December 2011 It seems Honda isn't going to let one.

By Cars.com  |  04:54 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Honda CR-V

The all-new Honda CR-V just debuted at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show, but I’ve already test-driven the compact crossover. I put the CR-V through hundreds of miles of driving across Southern California and discovered it’s one of the most well-rounded...

By Cars.com  |  04:44 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 11/16/2011

2013 Cadillac XTS: Photo Gallery

The 2013 Cadillac XTS is the first all-new large sedan from the American luxury marque since the STS debuted more than seven years ago. (The STS has since then been discontinued.) More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage Along with a...

By Cars.com  |  03:59 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Subaru BRZ-STI Concept: Photo Gallery

Subaru's BRZ-STI sports car concept is a departure from other new Subaru's. For one, it's a coupe. Secondly, it's rear-wheel drive instead of using Subaru's famous all-wheel drive. More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage The lightweight BRZ coupe is a...

By Cars.com  |  03:42 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 11/16/2011

2013 Volkswagen CC: Up Close

Automakers can be a little obsessed with making their cars share styling cues, and that seems to be the impetus for the 2013 CC's design updates. The sporty sedan's new front end is a dead ringer for the recently redesigned...

By Cars.com  |  03:24 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 11/16/2011

2013 Cadillac XTS: Up Close

As you work your way up a luxury brand's sedan lineup, styling typically becomes more restrained, and that's true with the new Cadillac XTS full-size sedan ... overall. The signature shapes and design cues are there, but the only in-your-face...

By Cars.com  |  03:10 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Subaru BRZ-STI Concept at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Looks like: A little Subaru influence, a lot of Toyota Defining characteristics: A rear-wheel-drive Subaru, carbon fiber roof, boxer engine Ridiculous features: STI model with no turbocharged engine; massive rear wing outdoes even the Impreza STI's monstrosity Chances of being.

By Cars.com  |  02:51 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 11/16/2011

2013 Infiniti JX at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Competes with: Lexus RX, Acura MDX, Lincoln MKT Looks like: Infiniti's long-overdue three-row crossover is here Drivetrain: 265-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with continuously variable automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Spring 2012 MSRP: $40,450 (FWD), $41,550 (AWD) Although Infiniti.

By Cars.com  |  02:37 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 11/16/2011

2013 Volkswagen CC at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Competes with: Acura TSX, Nissan Maxima, Buick Regal Looks like: One of the sleekest family sedans around Drivetrain: 200-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or 280-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 with six-speed manual (four-cylinder) or six-speed automatic; front- or all-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Spring.

By Cars.com  |  01:21 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 11/16/2011

2013 Cadillac XTS at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Competes with: Lincoln MKS, Chrysler 300, Lexus GS, Infiniti M Looks like: A cushy Caddy from the days of yore Drivetrain: 300-hp, 3.6-liter V-6; six-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Spring 2012 Cadillac has been busy reinventing.

By Cars.com  |  01:17 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 11/16/2011

2013 Mazda CX-5: Photo Gallery

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is the Japanese automaker's next-generation compact crossover, a replacement for the aging and utilitarian Tribute. More 2011 L.A. Auto Show Coverage The Ford Escape rebadge was a poor seller for Mazda, but the CX-5 looks fresh...

By Cars.com  |  01:08 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 11/16/2011

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Competes with: Mini Cooper S Looks like: A Fiat 500 Sport with new bumpers Drivetrain: 160-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with five-speed manual transmission; front-wheel drive Hits dealerships: March 2012 In a widely expected move, Fiat finally gives us the turbocharged.

By Cars.com  |  12:34 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 11/16/2011

2012 Hyundai Azera at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Competes with: Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus, Toyota Avalon Looks like: A Sonata with a Jaguar XF tail Drivetrain: 293-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 with six-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive Hits dealerships: February 2012 Hyundai throws its hat back in the full-size sedan.

By Cars.com  |  12:29 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 11/16/2011

2013 Mazda CX-5 at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Competes with: Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Kia Sportage Looks like: No smile makes us happy Drivetrain: 155-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, six-speed manual or automatic transmission, front- or all-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Early 2012 If there’s one trend about the L.

By Cars.com  |  12:12 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 11/16/2011

2013 Mazda CX-5: Up Close

We've seen CX-5 up close, and we're driving it Friday, so check back next week for our full review. Still, our early impressions are good. The CX-5 gets high marks for quality and utility, which are two things a lot...

By Cars.com  |  12:10 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 11/16/2011

Recall Alert: 2011 Nissan 370Z, 2011-12 Infiniti G37 Coupe

Nissan is recalling about 1,800 2011 370Z vehicles and 2011-12 Infiniti G37 coupes because a faulty power window could cause a pinch injury before the window automatically reverses, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. On the affected vehicles,.

By Cars.com  |  11:39 AM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:16 PM ET, 11/15/2011

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Competes with: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Dodge Challenger SRT8 Looks like: The Boss 302 was getting too much love Drivetrain: 650-hp, supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 with six-speed manual transmission; rear-wheel drive Hits dealerships: 2012 The Ford Mustang Boss 302 is so good,.

By Cars.com  |  07:16 PM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 11/15/2011

2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 priced at $54,095

Chevrolet’s supercharged 580-horsepower Camaro coupe will start at $54,095 when it goes on sale in the spring, not including a $900 destination fee. The ZL1’s highly anticipated performance numbers have also been announced, with zero to 60 mph in a...

By Cars.com  |  02:59 PM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 11/15/2011

2012 Cadillac SRX: Car Seat Check

With its angular exterior, the 2012 Cadillac SRX looks fast, and it backs up those looks with a new-for-2012 308-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 that will have Mom and Dad arguing over who gets to drive the kids to school. However, all...

By Cars.com  |  01:41 PM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 11/15/2011

2012 Chevrolet Camaro First to Earn Perfect Five-Star Rating From NHTSA

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro is the first model to earn five stars in all six categories of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program, according to the Examier.com. NHTSA revamped its five-star rating system late last year.

By Cars.com  |  12:54 PM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 11/15/2011

2013 Toyota Prius C Production Model Heading to 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Toyota gave us our first glimpse at its ready-to-sell baby Prius, dubbed the 2013 Toyota Prius c, today. The first photos and some basic technical info showed up unceremoniously early on the company’s website. The hybrid model won’t show up...

By Cars.com  |  11:55 AM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:19 AM ET, 11/15/2011

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV

The 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV is 20 inches longer than its sibling SUV, the Escalade. This additional length translates to tons of third-row legroom and a ginormous cargo area, says Cars.com Family reviewer Sara Lacey. All that extra space doesn’t...

By Cars.com  |  07:19 AM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:19 AM ET, 11/15/2011

Brand Loyalty Declines; Shoppers Put Technology First

Bob Glanville runs a manufacturing company in Bristol, R.I. He just bought a diesel 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI wagon for its gas mileage, power and cargo room. Richard Pealer, a graphic designer in the Pittsburgh suburb of Carnegie, Pa., took...

By Cars.com  |  07:19 AM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 AM ET, 11/15/2011

2013 Ford Mustang at the L.A. Auto Show

Competes with: Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger, Hyundai Genesis Coupe Looks like: The Mustang continues to evolve Drivetrain: 305-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 or 5.0-liter V-8 rated at 420 hp or 444 hp (Boss 302) with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel.

By Cars.com  |  12:09 AM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 AM ET, 11/15/2011

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 at the L.A. Auto Show

Competes with: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Dodge Challenger SRT8 Looks like: The Boss 302 was getting too much love Drivetrain: 650-hp, supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 with six-speed manual transmission; rear-wheel drive Hits dealerships: 2012 The Ford Mustang Boss 302 is so good,.

By Cars.com  |  12:07 AM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 11/14/2011

Land Rover Brings DC100 and DC100 Sport Concepts to 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Land Rover has decided to bring its DC100 and DC100 Sport concepts to the L.A. Auto Show to gauge American interest for each vehicle. Both models are trims of what is the next-generation Land Rover Defender, according to the British...

By Cars.com  |  02:47 PM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 11/14/2011

2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Competes with: BMW X5 M, Infiniti FX50 Looks like: A more efficient but less aggressive-looking AMG Drivetrain: 518-hp or 550-hp twin-turbo V-8; seven-speed automatic transmission Hits dealerships: Early 2012 When Mercedes-Benz unveiled an all-new M-Class this summer — in V-6.

By Cars.com  |  12:26 PM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 11/14/2011

2013 Chevrolet Spark at 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Competes with: Scion iQ, Fiat 500, Smart ForTwo Looks like: More proportionally challenged than an Angry Bird Drivetrain: 85-hp, 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine; five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission Hits dealerships: Mid-2012 The microcar segment may be well-established overseas, but in.

By Cars.com  |  11:51 AM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:49 AM ET, 11/14/2011

Nissan Leaf Range Gets More Predictable

Using an entire month of data from the Cars.com long-term Nissan Leaf, we found that the electric-powered car was about 86% correct in gauging its remaining range. When we first got the Leaf last winter — one of the snowiest...

By Cars.com  |  07:49 AM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 11/13/2011

Most-Watched Video Reviews of the Week

We saw a slew of customized vehicles at the SEMA show in Las Vegas this year. One of the best finds was spotted by PickupTrucks.com. The AEV Brute Double Cab is a highly modified 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon that’s...

By Cars.com  |  09:04 AM ET, 11/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 11/11/2011

Recall Alert: 2012 Cadillac CTS

General Motors is recalling 674 2012 Cadillac CTS models for potential brake failure, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. On select CTS models, built from Oct. 21 to Oct. 26, the power vacuum brake boost pushrod may not...

By Cars.com  |  04:55 PM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 11/11/2011

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe: First Look

Hyundai posted three photos of its 2013 Genesis Coupe (above and below) to its global Facebook page this week. The company doesn't say when to expect a U.S. reveal of the car, but we anticipate seeing this new face sometime...

By Cars.com  |  02:15 PM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 11/11/2011

2012 Chevrolet Camaro Video

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro gets some practical revisions for the model year, including an easier-to-use steering wheel and a more legible gauge cluster, which are much needed improvements, according to Cars.com editor Kelsey Mays. Less practical updates includes the brash.

By Cars.com  |  12:34 PM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 11/11/2011

Dodge Debuts Charger, Challenger SRT8 Special Editions at 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Two names from Dodge’s past return for 2012 with the Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee and Dodge Challenger SRT8 Yellow Jacket. Both are appearance packages with interior and exterior add-ons including exterior graphics and embroidered seats with nostalgic flair.

By Cars.com  |  09:54 AM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 11/11/2011

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Nissan Altima

The 2012 Nissan Altima is a lesson in competence, according to Cars.com Family reviewer Courtney Messenbaugh. It’s relatively good looking and nimble enough for everyday driving. Its four-cylinder engine won’t win any drag races, but it will get you and.

By Cars.com  |  07:39 AM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 11/10/2011

2012 Jaguar XJ: What's New

Now in its third model year, the 2012 Jaguar XJ adds more comfort and sport package trims to its already long list of available configurations. Base prices also increase for 2012. A new options package is the Sport and Speed...

By Cars.com  |  05:29 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 11/10/2011

2013 Cadillac XTS: First Photo

GM unveiled an exterior photo of the production 2013 Cadillac XTS large sedan a week before the model was to be unveiled at 2011 L.A. Auto Show. The exterior photo above was prematurely revealed on Cadillac’s website yesterday, prompting the...

By Cars.com  |  03:20 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Reader Review of the Week: 2012 Hyundai Sonata

“Happy with Hyundai,” from Cincinnati describes himself as a hard-working, middle-class cop who doesn’t like to waste money. After extensive car shopping, this reader decided to go with a brand-new 2012 Hyundai Sonata to replace his 12-year-old Infiniti I30.

By Cars.com  |  02:20 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Movers and Losers: October 2011

Fall is turning quickly into winter, and the 2012 model year is making a big impact on the movers and losers list. In October there were still more 2011s sold versus 2012s, but it took much longer to sell them....

By Cars.com  |  12:29 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 11/10/2011

2012 Kia Sorento: Car Seat Check

With seating for seven and a low starting MSRP of $21,250, the 2012 Kia Sorento is on a lot of parents' must-see lists when car shopping. Despite its less-than-ample legroom in the second and third rows, the Sorento did well...

By Cars.com  |  07:35 AM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 PM ET, 11/09/2011

Win One of Cars.com's Top Tailgating Cars

Did you hear our big news tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live? You could win one of Cars.com's top tailgating vehicles. All you have to do is take a high-quality photo that shows you tailgating in style, along with a witty...

By Cars.com  |  10:19 PM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 11/09/2011

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Dodge Challenger

Like an NFL linebacker, the 2012 Challenger SRT8 possesses a quickness that's unexpected from something so big and heavy, according to Cars.com editor Mike Hanley, who also tested the 3.6-liter V-6 Challenger. Even with its aggressive side, the Challenger makes.

By Cars.com  |  02:54 PM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 11/09/2011

2012 Honda CR-V Will Launch in December

Honda says the redesigned 2012 CR-V will arrive at dealerships next month as originally planned, rescinding an earlier statement that flooding in Thailand could delay the small crossover's launch by several weeks. Although no U.S.-bound Honda vehicles come from Thailand,.

By Cars.com  |  11:59 AM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 11/09/2011

Toyota Recalls 420,000 Cars, SUVs and Minivans

Toyota has issued a voluntary recall to a correct a potential defect with the power steering pump. The recall affects about 283,000 Toyota and 137,000 Lexus vehicles in the U.S, the company says. In the recall are V-6 models of...

By Cars.com  |  11:24 AM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:49 AM ET, 11/09/2011

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2011 Land Rover Range Rover

The 2011 Land Rover Range Rover HSE performed a miracle during Cars.com Family reviewer Sara Lacey’s weeklong test drive: It turned her kids into perfectly mannered children. While Sara couldn’t pinpoint what about the Range Rover brought out the best.

By Cars.com  |  07:49 AM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:09 AM ET, 11/09/2011

2012 Toyota Corolla: What's New

After its mild refresh for 2011, the 2012 Toyota Corolla gets more standard features, along with new audio, multimedia and navigation options. The Corolla still comes in L, S and LE trims, like last year. The base L trim now...

By Cars.com  |  07:09 AM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 11/08/2011

Nissan NV Van Can Now Carry Up to 12 Passengers

In Nissan's bid to develop a full-fledged competitor to the successful Ford E-Series (formerly called the Econoline/Club Wagon) and the less-successful Chevy Express and GMC Savana full-size vans, the carmaker has added a passenger version to the relatively new NV.

By Cars.com  |  04:39 PM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 11/08/2011

Hyundai Stops Marketing Accent, Elantra Base Models

While the 2012 Hyundai Accent starts at $12,445 and the Hyundai Elantra at $15,195, you’d be hard pressed to find either of those low-priced models at Hyundai dealerships. Because of the limited supply of base models, Hyundai has stopped marketing...

By Cars.com  |  02:24 PM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 11/08/2011

2012 Nissan Versa Sedan: Car Seat Check

With a starting price of $10,990, the 2012 Nissan Versa sedan is the most affordable new car on the market. Its low price point could have parents eyeing it for their teen drivers, but it can work for families with...

By Cars.com  |  02:10 PM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:20 AM ET, 11/08/2011

2012 Nissan Versa sedan: Car Seat Check

With a starting price of $10,990, the 2012 Nissan Versa sedan is the most affordable new car on the market. Its low price point could have parents eyeing it for their teen drivers, but it can work for families with...

By Cars.com  |  07:20 AM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 AM ET, 11/08/2011

2013 Ford Flex at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Competes with: Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9 Looks like: The Flex is embarrassed to wear the Ford logo Drivetrain: 285-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 or 355-hp, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 with six-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive Hits dealerships: 2012 For.

By Cars.com  |  12:05 AM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 11/07/2011

2013 Nissan GT-R: What's New

After the Nissan GT-R’s mild refresh last year, which included a more powerful engine, Nissan is back at it again, adding more power and refinement to the sports car for the 2013 model year. Upgrades include numerous engine, transmission and...

By Cars.com  |  03:14 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 11/07/2011

2011 SEMA Highs and Lows: Photo Gallery

Walking onto the show floor at SEMA is like being dropped into the bottom of a rugby scrum. All five senses are abused at once, and if you're not careful, you could be caught listening to a 20-minute sales pitch...

By Cars.com  |  01:17 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 11/07/2011

Nearly 250,000 Owners Will Get MyFord Touch Upgrade

As we reported earlier, Ford will upgrade the performance speed and usability of its MyFord Touch system and will deliver the upgrade via USB jump drive to existing customers starting early next year. The 2013 Ford Escape, Flex and Taurus...

By Cars.com  |  12:24 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 11/07/2011

Recall Alert: 2008-2009 Pontiac G8

General Motors is recalling 38,444 2008-2009 Pontiac G8s because of the increased risk of head injury in smaller adult females when the airbag deploys in a collision, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The G8 doesn’t have adequate.

By Cars.com  |  11:54 AM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:19 AM ET, 11/07/2011

No More Cutouts: Where Do Aftermarket Stereos Go?

Getting an aftermarket stereo used to be straightforward. Head down to the electronics store, pick a new unit, yank out your old stereo and install the replacement in a same-size dashboard cavity. Installation professionals could do it in a jiffy...

By Cars.com  |  07:19 AM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 AM ET, 11/07/2011

MyFord Touch Gets Upgrade

Ford has upgraded its MyFord and MyLincoln Touch systems to be faster and simpler to use, according to the automaker. Prominent differences are simpler graphics and larger, bolder fonts used throughout the interface. We have images of the old and...

By Cars.com  |  12:15 AM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 11/06/2011

Most-Watched Video Reviews of the Week

The 2012 Fiat 500c is the Italian carmaker’s novel way to give an open-air driving experience without building a full convertible. The canvas roof certainly adds more eccentricity to this cute small car, but there are many small problems, according...

By Cars.com  |  09:09 AM ET, 11/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 11/05/2011

Have a Laugh Before Game Day With Jimmy Kimmel

Cars.com is sponsoring "Jimmy Kimmel Live" this month and sending show personality Yehya to the best tailgating schools in the country. Last week he stopped by Arizona State in the video above. Maybe he'll be in your school's parking lot...

By Cars.com  |  10:14 AM ET, 11/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 11/04/2011

Don't Forget to Change Your Car's Clock for Daylight Saving Time

Daylight saving time has gotten easier since the smartphone has replaced so many wristwatches and DVD players access the internet. In cars, GPS-linked navigation systems often change the time automatically in the same way. Of course, most folks have a.

By Cars.com  |  03:04 PM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:24 AM ET, 11/04/2011

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2011 Nissan Pathfinder

If curvy crossovers aren't your style, the 2011 Nissan Pathfinder might fit the bill. With its standard three rows, this truck-based SUV can easily handle all the kids in your neighborhood carpool. The second and third rows fold flat into...

By Cars.com  |  07:24 AM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 11/03/2011

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Package: SEMA Photo Gallery

Over the past few years, Lexus has tried to be more than just a maker of reliable but bland luxury vehicles. The Lexus IS F, CT 200h and LFA try to move the brand toward that sporty and aggressive strategy....

By Cars.com  |  04:00 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 11/03/2011

Ford Focus ST at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Competes with: Mazdaspeed3, Honda Civic Si, Subaru WRX Looks like: Focus SVT fanatics will be rewarded for their patience Drivetrain: 247-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, six-speed manual transmission Hits dealerships: 2012 Ever since the North American and European Focus coalesced into.

By Cars.com  |  02:39 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 11/03/2011

Ford Fiesta ST Concept at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

Looks like: The Focus ST's pipsqueak brother Defining characteristics: Turbocharged four-cylinder, six-speed manual, aggressive styling Ridiculous features: None to speak of — it's ready for primetime Chances of being mass-produced: Count on it joining the Focus ST in Ford's lineup.

By Cars.com  |  01:48 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 11/03/2011

Updated 2013 Volkswagen CC Coming to 2011 L.A. Auto Show

The 2013 Volkswagen CC adds new front and rear styling to better match VW’s new corporate look. That's the biggest takeaway we can see in Volkswagen's early release of information ahead of the car's debut at the 2011 L.A. Auto...

By Cars.com  |  01:12 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 11/03/2011

Reader Review of the Week: 2012 Nissan Versa

“John” from Maine recently bought a 2012 Nissan Versa sedan and is not very impressed so far. Although the small car is perfectly fine around town, it is downright dangerous on the highway, he says. Other drivetrain characteristics bug him,...

By Cars.com  |  11:06 AM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 11/03/2011

2012 Audi A6: Car Seat Check

Audi's midsize sedan, the A6, has been redesigned for 2012. While trunk space has increased, interior space has remained the same in the five-seater, making for a tight fit in some instances. Leather seating is standard, which is good news...

By Cars.com  |  09:45 AM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:34 AM ET, 11/03/2011

Cars.com Reviews the 2011 Toyota Highlander

There isn’t much to complain about on the 2011 Toyota Highlander, according to Cars.com Managing Editor David Thomas. The vehicle is quiet, comfortable and capable against newer competitors like the Ford Explorer. Not much has changed on the 2012 model.

By Cars.com  |  07:34 AM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:19 AM ET, 11/03/2011

Lexus' 'December to Remember' Sale Already Started

Lexus' iconic red-bow sales program, December to Remember, begins earlier this year, with financing and lease specials available now on various 2011 and 2012 models. Everyone is used to seeing winter holiday decorations hit department stores earlier each year, but.

By Cars.com  |  07:19 AM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Mazda MX-5 Spyder Concept: SEMA Photo Gallery

Mazda rolled out a Spyder version of its iconic MX-5 Miata at SEMA, and while it’s clear that this is only a concept, Mazda says some elements may be used in future production cars. The idea behind this Spyder is...

By Cars.com  |  05:21 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Japanese Automakers Show Signs of Recovery

A natural disaster can have a devastating impact on not just a country's people but also its economy. That's certainly the case with March's earthquake and tsunami in Japan that hampered the health of the country's automotive industry. Last month,...

By Cars.com  |  04:29 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Vote for the Cars.com's Shoppers' Choice Award

Cars.com's annual popularity award is back. We have found the 10 most popular new-car models that shoppers are not only searching for on Cars.com but are contacting dealers about. These models also receive positive consumer reviews. This fervent interaction delivers.

By Cars.com  |  02:19 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 11/02/2011

2012 Ford Electric Priced at $39,200

Starting today, Ford will take orders for the 2012 Focus Electric, which has been priced at $39,200, excluding a $795 destination fee. A limited number of the electric compact cars will be available before the end of the year in...

By Cars.com  |  01:49 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 BMW X5

The 2012 BMW X5 helped to bridge the driving sensibility gap between Cars.com Family reviewer Carrie Kim and her husband, aka Mr. Driving Enthusiast. While he enjoys tiny cars that hug the road, she wants to ride in comfort in...

By Cars.com  |  01:34 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 11/02/2011

GM, Chrysler Offer 48-Month Buy-Back Program

Ally Financial, the in-house lender for GM and Chrysler, is launching a new program to buy your car back after four years if you have a five-, six- or seven-year loan. The program, called Buyer’s Choice, rolled out yesterday in...

By Cars.com  |  10:19 AM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:44 AM ET, 11/02/2011

2012 Mini Cooper Roadster: First Look

Competes with: Mazda MX-5 Miata Looks like: Another Mini Cooper derivative, only smaller and with no top Drivetrain: 121-hp four-cylinder; 181-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder; 208-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder; six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission Hits dealerships: Early 2012 It’s been a while.

By Cars.com  |  07:44 AM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:09 AM ET, 11/02/2011

2012 Honda Civic Si Video

Like the rest of the Civic lineup, the Si is all-new for 2012. Updates include a 201-horsepower 2.4-liter engine that’s more powerful around town, according to Cars.com editor Kelsey Mays. However, the Si has a lot of the cushier aspects...

By Cars.com  |  07:09 AM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 11/01/2011

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: October 2011

Falling consumer confidence hasn't deterred car shoppers, as pent-up demand raised October sales versus a year ago for all but one major carmaker. Chrysler, Hyundai/Kia and Nissan posted big gains, with GM, Ford and Honda growing modestly. Toyota was the.

By Cars.com  |  04:15 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 11/01/2011

Hyundai Confirms Veloster Turbo

A turbocharged version of the Hyundai Veloster is coming, the automaker confirmed today via Twitter. The model will first be unveiled at Detroit’s 2012 North American International Auto Show in January. While we don’t know which turbocharged engine Hyundai will.

By Cars.com  |  03:24 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 11/01/2011

2012 Ford Explorer: Car Seat Check

The popular Ford Explorer remains mostly the same for 2012. It does get a new four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that delivers V-6 power. On the inside, the crossover’s interior remains unchanged from 2011, with three rows of seats standard. The Explorer..

By Cars.com  |  12:10 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 11/01/2011

Chrysler, Dodge, VW Minivans Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick

Chrysler’s pair of near-identical minivans — the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan — as well as the Chrysler-built but Volkswagen-branded 2012 Routan have been named Top Safety Picks in the minivan category by the Insurance Institute.

By Cars.com  |  11:19 AM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 11/01/2011

New Subaru BRZ Concept - STI Coming to L.A. Auto Show

Don't let the horrible name fool you — there is no Impreza STI coming to the L.A. Auto Show along with a concept of a new sports coupe. There's just a new version of Subaru's BRZ rear-wheel-drive concept with touches...

By Cars.com  |  10:49 AM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 11/01/2011

PickupTrucks.com Tests the 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCrew

At the 2011 State Fair of Texas, Ford unveiled an updated 2012 Ford SVT Raptor F-150, which received some performance upgrades for the model year. PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams had the opportunity to test-drive the model, and he thinks it’s...

By Cars.com  |  10:09 AM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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