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Kicking Tires: December, 2011

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 12/31/2011

This Week's Most-Read Stories

As 2012 nears, so does the most important automotive event (arguably) in the world: the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. We're only about a week away from the start of the show, and we have a pretty good...

By Cars.com  |  01:04 PM ET, 12/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 12/31/2011

Most-Watched Video Reviews of the Week

Loyal Volkswagen Jetta shoppers who felt somewhat betrayed by the latest model’s downmarket approach might take solace in the 2012 Volkswagen GLI. The model features a more sophisticated suspension, a more powerful engine and some nicer interior amenities that echo.

By Cars.com  |  09:04 AM ET, 12/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 12/30/2011

Illinois Seat Belt Law Reminder

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, seat belt use is up thanks in part to publicized enforcement, leading some states to require both front and rear passengers to wear them. Starting Sunday, backseat passengers in Illinois must buckle.

By Cars.com  |  02:19 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 12/30/2011

2012 Chevrolet Sonic, Volkswagen Passat Earn Five-Star NHTSA Ratings

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released another batch of 2012 model-year crash-test ratings today. Under the stricter guidelines, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic compact and the new 2012 Volkswagen Passat sedan earned five-star composite scores.

By Cars.com  |  01:14 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 12/30/2011

Cars.com Podcast: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, 2012 Buick Verano, 2012 Audi A6

This week's podcast covers three totally redesigned or new models, each of which is integral to its respective make. We start with the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, which features a radical interior design and the return of a mild hybrid system...

By Cars.com  |  12:39 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 12/30/2011

Year-End Car Resolutions for Families

Despite our best intentions as parents, we sometimes fall a little short. We harp on our kids to keep their rooms picked up and may even dock their allowance if they don't, yet look at our own cars. They're filthy....

By Cars.com  |  07:05 AM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 AM ET, 12/30/2011

2013 Ford Fusion, Explorer to Get Lane Mitigation System

For the 2013 model year, the completely redesigned Ford Fusion will get an available lane departure warning system. The safety feature, usually reserved for luxury vehicles from Mercedes-Benz or Volvo, will help keep drivers aware of lane markings and alert.

By Cars.com  |  12:09 AM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 12/29/2011

Cadillac Adds New Touring Package to 2012 CTS Lineup

Components usually reserved for Cadillac’s exclusive and expensive V club are now a bit more accessible to 2012 CTS buyers. Features usually found in V-trim Cadillacs are newly available on 2012 CTS models through a Touring Package. Available on coupes,.

By Cars.com  |  01:44 PM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 12/29/2011

2012 Hyundai Elantra, Accent Earn Four-Star NHTSA Ratings

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra and Accent received an overall rating of four out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's crash-test rating system. The Elantra's composite score is composed of a three-star frontal, four-star rollover and a.

By Cars.com  |  12:44 PM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 12/29/2011

Year-End Deal Reality Check: Chrysler Group

Chrysler's had a very successful year overall, with sales up 25% through November. Part of that has to do with the automaker's redesigned and refreshed vehicles, and part of it has to do with Chrysler's seemingly eternal and robust incentive...

By Cars.com  |  11:09 AM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:14 AM ET, 12/29/2011

Year-End Reality Check: Mazda

The end of the year means dealers are trying to move old product to make room for next year’s new cars, trucks and SUVs; it also means more deals for new-car shoppers. According to Mazda, ‘Tis the Season of Saving....

By Cars.com  |  08:14 AM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 12/29/2011

Reader Review of the Week: 2012 Ford Fusion

Lowell from Niagara Falls, N.Y., is a new owner of a 2012 Ford Fusion. After looking for a replacement for his 2001 Mercury Sable wagon, Lowell considered several Ford vehicles — including the Escape and Focus — but settled on...

By Cars.com  |  07:04 AM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 12/28/2011

Year-End Deal Reality Check: Chevrolet

As the year comes to an end, Chevrolet is offering some unique deals on select models, including no-money-down leases or financing that defers the first monthly payment for a few months. Special deals are available to shoppers of the 2012...

By Cars.com  |  02:14 PM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 12/28/2011

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Buick Verano

Compact, entry-level luxury vehicles haven't exactly set the world on fire, at least not here in the U.S. Nonetheless, Buick is taking another swing at the segment, its first attempt since the Buick Skylark was canceled in 1998. The Verano...

By Cars.com  |  12:09 PM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 12/28/2011

Dodge Caliber, Dodge Nitro, Ford Ranger Officially Dead

The oft-forgotten Dodge Caliber and Dodge Nitro are officially dead; both vehicles ceased production this month. The old, but still popular, Ford Ranger compact pickup has also ended production, according to PickupTrucks.com. The 2012 Caliber officially kicked the bucket this.

By Cars.com  |  11:04 AM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:04 AM ET, 12/28/2011

Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats?

Parents are often searching for the automotive holy grail: a car that's not a minivan and can fit three child-safety seats across the backseat. It's a short list. In the nearly two years that Cars.com editor Kelsey Mays, Cars.com photographer...

By Cars.com  |  08:04 AM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 12/28/2011

New Luxurious Trim Joins Chrysler 300 Lineup

The refreshed-for-2011 Chrysler 300 sedan earned major points for its much-improved interior. For 2012, Chrysler is adding even more premium materials and upping the fancy factor of its flagship sedan. Chrysler is adding a new top-line trim level to the.

By Cars.com  |  07:04 AM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 12/27/2011

Year-End Deal Reality Check: Infiniti

Just because the Christmas shopping season is over, doesn't mean the deals are. The end of the year can be a great time to buy a new car. Infiniti's Limited Engagement sale is back this year, enticing new-car shoppers with...

By Cars.com  |  02:04 PM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 12/27/2011

2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Priced at $25,850

For the 2012 model year, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid edges up only $55 from 2011 pricing and now comes standard with Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system, for a starting price of $25,850. That price excludes a $760 destination fee, which...

By Cars.com  |  11:59 AM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 12/27/2011

Recall Alert: 14,718 2011-12 Nissan and Infiniti Vehicles

Nissan is recalling 14,718 model-year 2011 and 2012 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles due to faulty engine bolts, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced. The recall affects the 2011 Infiniti FX, 2012 Infiniti M, 2011-12 Nissan Frontier, 2011-12 Nissan.

By Cars.com  |  11:09 AM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 12/27/2011

Most Popular Car Seat Checks

Parents, grandparents and caretakers know what a pain it can be to install child-safety seats into a car. Imagine doing it over and over and over again. That's what our Car Seat Check team does nearly every week as it...

By Cars.com  |  09:34 AM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:20 AM ET, 12/27/2011

2012 Kia Soul: Car Seat Check

Known by my kids as the "hamster car" because of its entertaining commercials, the 2012 Kia Soul is a small, boxy wagon that can easily handle a couple of child-safety seats. It's not quite wide enough to fit three car...

By Cars.com  |  07:20 AM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:04 AM ET, 12/26/2011

Year-End Deal Reality Check: Subaru

Many major retailers are parading their best deals to boost year-end sales, and automakers are no exception. This means the year’s end can be one of the best times to buy a new car, and if it’s a Subaru, donate...

By Cars.com  |  08:04 AM ET, 12/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 12/23/2011

Year-End Deal Reality Check: Volkswagen

So, Santa isn't bringing you a new car for the holidays, and the wife's Christmas present probably has nothing to do with a giant bow in your garage. Maybe it's time to be your own Santa. The end of the...

By Cars.com  |  10:34 AM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 12/23/2011

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

Some might question the family friendliness of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, but Cars.com Family contributor Carrie Kim says this four-seater is a bona fide family car. With a spacious interior and a “four-door coupe” design, the CLS550 fits passengers big.

By Cars.com  |  08:39 AM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Recall Alert: 2010-11 Cadillac SRX

General Motors is recalling 20,000 model-year 2010 and 2011 Cadillac SRX SUVs for problems with the transmission shift cable. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cables in the affected vehicles were improperly installed and may come out of.

By Cars.com  |  03:44 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Tips for Safe Winter Driving

It's the first day of winter so we're reposting this handy list of tips from last year. This checklist, provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is a perfect aid before heading out in snowy conditions. Plan Ahead It’s...

By Cars.com  |  03:39 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 12/22/2011

2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Hybrid at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Competes with: Lexus GS 450h, BMW ActiveHybrid 5, Infiniti M Hybrid Looks like: Mercedes won’t let anyone win the hybrid race without a fight Drivetrain: 302-hp V-6 gas/electric hybrid powertrain Hits dealerships: Mid-2012 Mercedes-Benz will unveil a new hybrid system.

By Cars.com  |  01:19 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 12/22/2011

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Headed to 2012 Detroit Auto Show

The 2012 Detroit auto show is shaping up to be one exciting event! Volkswagen is adding to the anticipation with news that it will debut the Jetta Hybrid, along with an all-new concept vehicle, at the show. The Jetta Hybrid...

By Cars.com  |  10:44 AM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 12/22/2011

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Audi A6

For the 2012 model year, the Audi A6 has been completely redesigned, now featuring the same technology-laden design theme of its bigger cousin, the A8. Besides the gee-whiz features and the polarizing styling, the A6’s driving dynamics lag behind a...

By Cars.com  |  08:19 AM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 12/21/2011

2013 Lexus GS 350 Priced at $46,900

The redesigned 2013 Lexus GS 350 maintains the same pricing as its predecessor, starting at $46,900, excluding an $875 destination fee, according to Lexus. That compares favorably to a similarly equipped 2012 BMW 535 i ($52,250), though a 2012 Cadillac.

By Cars.com  |  05:19 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 12/21/2011

2012 Honda Crosstour to Get Four-Cylinder

The 2012 Honda Crosstour (Honda dropped the “Accord” moniker from the nameplate for 2012) has been on sale since last summer, but now the automaker is adding a more fuel-efficient powertrain to its lineup. One of the few V-6-only Hondas...

By Cars.com  |  02:39 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Tesla Model S Gets Official Price of $57,400

As the Tesla Model S prepares to go on sale later next year, the car company has reaffirmed its previous pricing strategy. The sedan will start at $57,400, though the first models available will be the Model S Signature trim,...

By Cars.com  |  01:34 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Lexus LF-LC Concept in Profile

Lexus continues to unwrap more of its upcoming concept car with this full-view shot of the LF-LC. Before, we only saw a headlight shot of the four-seater. The full profile image reveals a design that looks almost production ready with...

By Cars.com  |  12:35 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 12/21/2011

Recall Alert: 2011 Toyota Tundra

Toyota is recalling 502 Tundras from the 2011 model year because a label on the pickup trucks lists the wrong load-carrying capacity, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. An inaccurate label could lead to vehicle overloading, which could.

By Cars.com  |  11:29 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 12/21/2011

Slow But Social 2013 Buick Encore Unveil Begins

Buick will be showing off a fifth addition to its growing lineup at the 2012 Detroit auto show: a compact five-passenger crossover called the Encore. We already showed off an initial teaser shot, and today we found another via the...

By Cars.com  |  10:09 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 12/21/2011

Naughty or Nice: Attention Grabbers

The two cars that get the nod here have already been highlighted or lowlighted in our 12 days of year-end remembrances. More Naughty or Nice Picks Being an automotive journalist can be cool. I still remember pulling out of the...

By Cars.com  |  07:50 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:34 AM ET, 12/21/2011

Year-End Holiday Traffic Predicted to Increase

The 11-day year-end holiday period this year — Friday, Dec. 23, to Monday, Jan. 2 — is the longest travel holiday season of the year, according to AAA. That means it’s also one of the busiest times for America’s roadways....

By Cars.com  |  07:34 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Saab Stops Covering Warranties

As it falls into liquidation, Saab confirmed today that will no longer honor warranties on any models. This includes not only cars still on dealer lots, but all 2010 and 2011 models already sold. If you bought a Saab while...

By Cars.com  |  03:39 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Toyota to Show off Plug-In Hybrid Concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Toyota apparently is making its 2012 Detroit auto show exhibit all about hybrids. We’ve already covered the 2013 Toyota Prius c — the carmaker’s new entry-level dedicated hybrid — which will debut at the show, and now we’re hearing there...

By Cars.com  |  01:44 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Honda Extends Fuel Tank Warranty on 80,000 2006-11 Civic Hybrids

Honda is extending the warranty on the gas tank assembly of 80,000 2006-11 Honda Civic Hybrids, according to the New York Times. The warranty is being extended because fuel may leak from some vehicles, the automaker says. On the affected...

By Cars.com  |  01:29 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Naughty or Nice: Headlights

Designers and engineers have a tough task when combining headlight styling and function. The lights must look good as the focal point of the car’s front design, but the driver still needs to see the road. Here are two examples...

By Cars.com  |  12:54 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 12/20/2011

2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class: Car Seat Check

Little was left untouched with Mercedes' redesign of its compact SUV, the 2012 M-Class. This five-seater has a new look inside and out as well as revised engine offerings and chassis. Of course, we focused on child-safety seats, and we...

By Cars.com  |  11:20 AM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 12/20/2011

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco

Chevrolet has been on a bit of a roll lately producing comfortable and quiet new vehicles like the Equinox, Cruze and Sonic. Cars.com executive editor Joe Wiesenfelder says the redesigned Chevy Malibu follows that same trend. His review tackles the...

By Cars.com  |  09:59 AM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:09 AM ET, 12/20/2011

Cars.com Podcast: 2012 Honda CR-V, 2013 Mazda CX-5

The 2011 L.A. Auto Show brought us plenty to gawk at in the compact-crossover segment. We test-drove two of the top compact crossovers shown at the event — the 2012 Honda CR-V and 2013 Mazda CX-5 — right out of...

By Cars.com  |  07:09 AM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Nissan Pathfinder Concept Teased

Nissan told us last week that it will show off its next-generation Pathfinder utility vehicle at the Detroit auto show, and today we got our first glimpse of the concept, along with more info. The Pathfinder Concept looks like it...

By Cars.com  |  03:49 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Naughty or Nice: Shifters

A proper shifter inspires confidence in the overall driving experience by adding precision to the transmission’s operation. Manual transmission shifters may automatically come to mind as potential culprits when done wrong, but automatic transmissions can drop the ball in similar.

By Cars.com  |  03:04 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 12/19/2011

What Saab's Liquidation Means to You

As the automotive industry digests the news that embattled Swedish automaker Saab filed for bankruptcy liquidation this morning, current Saab owners and prospective buyers likely have serious questions. Saab is seeking a true liquidation, meaning there will be no future.

By Cars.com  |  12:24 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 AM ET, 12/19/2011

2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Competes with: Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit Looks like: A racier Sonic with a cooler interior Drivetrain: 138-horsepower, 1.4-liter four-cylinder with six-speed manual or automatic; front-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Fall 2012 Chevrolet is introducing a Sonic RS for 2013, bringing show.

By Cars.com  |  12:19 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 12/18/2011

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

The redesigned 2012 Honda CR-V went on sale this week. During our initial testing, we thought it was one of the most well-rounded compact crossovers in the segment. To learn more about the CR-V and the other popular reviews from...

By Cars.com  |  09:04 AM ET, 12/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 12/17/2011

This Week's Most-Read Stories

As the 2012 Detroit auto show fast approaches, we’ve already gathered a ton of intel on what to expect at the show. Exciting debuts include production versions of the 2013 Ford Fusion, 2013 Acura RDX, 2013 Toyota Prius c and...

By Cars.com  |  01:14 PM ET, 12/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 12/17/2011

Most-Watched Video Reviews of the Week

The Cadillac SRX is nipping at the heels of the CTS series for best-selling Cadillac of the year. The model’s appeal comes from its good exterior looks and composed ride. There are still some issues such as so-so brakes and...

By Cars.com  |  09:14 AM ET, 12/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

2012 Honda CR-V Priced at $22,295

The 2012 Honda CR-V goes on sale this week at dealerships with an asking price of $22,295 excluding an $810 destination fee, according to the automaker. That’s a small $400 increase from the 2011 model, but there’s more standard features...

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

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 12/16/2011

Recall Alert: 2011 Ford F-150, 2012 Ford F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550

Ford is recalling more than 16,000 F-Series pickups from the 2011-12 model years because the transmission can be shifted out of Park without pressing the brake pedal, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall affects the 2011.

By Cars.com  |  11:59 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Naughty or Nice: Ergonomics

What good is a touch-screen if it’s out of arm’s reach or a radio volume knob positioned on the far side from the driver? Poor ergonomics make for frustrated drivers. Well-designed ergonomics offer comfort and ease of use while taking...

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

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 12/16/2011

Recall Alert: 2010-11 Nissan Sentra

Nissan is recalling 33,803 Sentras from the 2010 and 2011 model years because the vehicle may stall while it is moving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the affected cars, which have MR20 engines, the zinc coating...

By Cars.com  |  11:09 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 12/16/2011

Reader Review of the Week: 2012 Chevrolet Equinox

We’ve talked about the apparent disparity between the Chevrolet Equinox’s stated gas mileage and its real-world returns. “On the road” from Union Grove, Wis., is noticing the same thing in the new 2012 Equinox. The reader does a lot of...

By Cars.com  |  09:05 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:54 AM ET, 12/16/2011

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Toyota Camry

The 2012 Toyota Camry with a V-6 engine had Cars.com Family contributor BreAnn Ahara cackling as she zipped onto the freeway in this midsize sedan. The Camry continued to surprise her throughout her test drive with its edgy looks, sizable...

By Cars.com  |  07:54 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Nissan Pathfinder Concept Coming to 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Nissan says it will show off its next-generation Pathfinder concept and an electric van concept at the 2012 Detroit auto show next month. The new Pathfinder will go on sale in fall 2012, according to Nissan. Besides that, we don’t...

By Cars.com  |  04:00 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Recall Alert: 2011 Nissan Juke

Nissan is recalling 28,294 Jukes from the 2011 model year because of a defective weld, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the affected vehicles, the turbocharger boost sensor bracket could separate from the air inlet tube.

By Cars.com  |  04:00 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 12/15/2011

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class: First Look

Competes with: BMW 6 Series Looks like: A more mature SLK-Class Drivetrain: 429-hp, 4.6-liter V-8; seven-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz has updated most of its vehicle lineup with more fuel-efficient models in a relatively short.

By Cars.com  |  02:28 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 12/15/2011

115 Vehicles Earn Top Safety Pick Award from IIHS

For the 2012 model year, a record number of cars have earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick award. The safety award highlights vehicles that best protect passengers in front, side, rollover and rear crash tests. "For...

By Cars.com  |  11:35 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 12/15/2011

Ford Says 2012 Focus Electric to Beat 100 MPG Equivalent

Ford officials say the 2012 Focus Electric will achieve more than a 100 mpg-equivalent. That would make it the highest mpg equivalent for a five-passenger vehicle. The $39,200 Focus EV goes on sale in select markets by year's end with...

By Cars.com  |  11:34 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 12/15/2011

2013 Cadillac ATS to Get 270-hp Four-Cylinder

When Cadillac's ATS debuts at next month's North America International Auto Show in Detroit, GM will offer a turbocharged four-cylinder as the midlevel engine for its new sport sedan. Cadillac officials revealed the new 2.0-liter turbo in Detroit, saying that.

By Cars.com  |  10:44 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:21 AM ET, 12/15/2011

2012 Honda CR-V: Car Seat Check

Honda has redesigned its venerable CR-V for the 2012 model year. This best-selling compact crossover has an improved interior, cargo configurations and ride quality. The CR-V easily carries five passengers, but when child-safety seats are added to the mix, only.

By Cars.com  |  08:21 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 12/15/2011

Naughty or Nice: Front Seats

What one driver finds comfortable in a front seat, another may deride as sitting on lumpy coal. Seat comfort is different for everybody, though features like center armrests and tilt/telescoping steering wheels help drivers dial into the comfort zone.

By Cars.com  |  08:05 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 12/14/2011

2013 Buick Encore Teased

Buick officially released the name and an initial teaser image of its upcoming compact crossover, which will be called the 2013 Buick Encore. The five-passenger model represents the Tri-Shield's first foray into the compact crossover category. The brand was meant.

By Cars.com  |  05:04 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Recall Alert: 2012 Audi A6

Audi s recalling 317 2012 A6s due to a potential defect with the head curtain airbags, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. On the affected models, which were built between April 8 and May 26, the seam of...

By Cars.com  |  01:04 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 12/14/2011

2012 Detroit Auto Show: What To Expect, Updated

Twenty-five days separate us from the 2012 Detroit auto show. Of the more than 36 new cars coming to the show, we now can confirm at least 21 vehicles will be there. Unlike the 2011 L.A. Auto Show, the Detroit...

By Cars.com  |  12:49 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Lexus GS 350

Lexus has established a reputation of providing cushy, quiet sedans. With the 2013 GS 350, Lexus aims to improve upon the car’s predecessor, which couldn’t appease the sport-minded and comfort-minded alike. Does it succeed? The sport sedan not only impresses.

By Cars.com  |  11:44 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Bubble Bum Inflatable Booster Seat Does the Job

If you're a parent, you're guaranteed to run into the "three-across" conundrum at some point. If you drive a sedan, a wagon, a crossover or an SUV with two rows, there will come a time in your parenting career when...

By Cars.com  |  11:30 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2011 Chrysler 300C

The redesigned 2011 Chrysler 300C wowed Cars.com Family contributor Sara Lacey and her family. From its Hemi V-8 engine to its heated front and rear rows, this full-size sedan whisked her family around town in style and luxury. The 300C...

By Cars.com  |  09:24 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Naughty or Nice: Hotly Anticipated New Models

The process of seeing new cars evolve from sketches to concepts to production cars on sale creates anticipation and excitement over the months and years it takes to release or redesign a car. Driving these cars for the first time...

By Cars.com  |  08:35 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 12/14/2011

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: Car Seat Check

With its sleek looks, the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque lets everyone know that it isn't the average crossover. The interior looks just as good as the exterior, but we found this five-seat crossover had our car-seat testers frustrated...

By Cars.com  |  07:50 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 12/13/2011

2013 SRT Viper To Arrive in Late 2012

The latest Viper is coming sooner than expected, but when it does go on sale it will no longer be sold as a “Dodge." It will be known as the 2013 SRT Viper, and the super car will go into...

By Cars.com  |  02:15 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Feds Call for Ban on Driver Cellphone Use

The National Traffic Safety Board, in the wake of a fatal crash in Missouri, is recommending today that all states ban the use of cellphones by drivers, even if using a hands-free device, except in case of emergency. "No call,...

By Cars.com  |  02:14 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Acura ILX to Be Built in Indiana

Acura’s recently announced entry-level luxury sedan, the Acura ILX, will be built in America, the company said. The move marks the fifth vehicle from Acura — joining the MDX, RDX, ZDX and TL — that will be built in North...

By Cars.com  |  12:54 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 12/13/2011

2013 Dodge Dart Interior Revealed

Dodge understands it will face an uphill battle in the compact-car category against more-established players like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and even the new-ish Chevy Cruze, and it will try to compete against those sales leaders by offering exclusive.

By Cars.com  |  11:29 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Naughty or Nice: Steering Wheels

The steering wheel is an important piece of a car’s success or failure. It is, after all, what drivers interact with the most, whether commuting to work or sawing away on a racetrack. A great steering wheel combines a natural-feeling...

By Cars.com  |  09:54 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 12/13/2011

New Bentley Continental GT, GTC V-8: First Look

Competes with: Rolls-Royce Ghost, Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Looks like: A "more affordable and fuel-efficient" Continental is on its way complete with sarcasm-filled quotation marks Drivetrain: 500-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8; 631-hp, twin-turbocharged W-12; six-speed automatic and eight-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive Hits.

By Cars.com  |  07:45 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:29 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Why the Chevrolet Cruze Beat the Ford Focus

Philip Couts doesn't normally buy compact cars. The 53-year-old mechanical engineer downsized from his usual midsizer last August to Chevrolet's latest commuter car, the Cruze, to help save gas on his 22-mile commute between two Chicago suburbs. Except for a.

By Cars.com  |  07:29 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Lexus Teases its Concept Vehicle

This front fender photo is all we have to go on for a concept vehicle that Lexus says will show off its future design language. Is this a different language than the just-released GS, which sports the brand’s future grille?...

By Cars.com  |  03:04 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 12/12/2011

2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe: First Look

Competes with: Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, Audi A7 Looks like: A more animated 5 Series ... with a 7 Series price tag Drivetrain: 315-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder; 445-hp, twin-turbo 4.4-liter inline-eight-cylinder; eight-speed automatic transmission; rear- or all-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Summer 2012.

By Cars.com  |  02:27 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Naughty or Nice: Ultra-Luxury Cars

Most folks would jump for joy to find a car worth six figures in their driveway, but reality doesn't always live up to celebrity culture. As we experienced this year, a car decked out in ultra-luxury features from top to...

By Cars.com  |  01:24 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 12/12/2011

2013 Honda Accord Coupe Concept Headed to Detroit

News about the 2012 Detroit auto show just keeps on coming. Besides three debuts for Acura, Honda will also roll out a concept version of its next-generation Accord coupe at the auto show in January. Called simply the Accord Coupe...

By Cars.com  |  10:44 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Cars.com Announces Best of 2012 Award Nominees

Last year, the 2011 Kia Optima won Cars.com's Best of 2011 award for its outstanding combination of performance, practicality, style and value. This year, six new nominees will fight it out for our ultimate prize that will be revealed during...

By Cars.com  |  10:24 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:09 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox

The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox impressed Cars.com Family reviewer Courtney Messenbaugh with its good looks both inside and out. While she appreciated its spacious cabin with sliding rear seats, she wasn’t surprised when this five-seat crossover couldn’t handle her three child-safety.

By Cars.com  |  07:09 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Acura Bringing Three New Vehicles to 2012 Detroit Auto Show

A redesigned Acura RDX. A new compact sports sedan. A concept for an all-new NSX supercar. That's all Acura is bringing to Detroit come January 9 on the first media day of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The three reveals...

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

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 12/11/2011

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

In addition to being a fun, comfortable crossover to drive, the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque has some killer looks. In fact, its looks captivated onlookers more than any other new model Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder has tested....

By Cars.com  |  09:14 AM ET, 12/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 12/10/2011

This Week's Most-Read Stories

As the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit edges ever closer to opening, we are learning more and more about what to expect. An early surprise is Chrysler’s announcement that it’ll return to the compact sedan segment for...

By Cars.com  |  01:14 PM ET, 12/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 12/10/2011

Most-Watched Video Reviews of the Week

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic feels sporty and peppy compared with some other subcompact vehicles on the market, according to Cars.com editor Joe Bruzek. A lot of features come standard, but the fuel economy isn’t the best, Joe says. Check out...

By Cars.com  |  09:04 AM ET, 12/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Movers and Losers: November 2011

November's sales pace, the best since Cash for Clunkers-fueled summer 2009, had 2011 and 2012 models averaging 75 days to sell, which is down from October's 93 days and November 2010's 83 days. Typical of year-end months, the gulf between...

By Cars.com  |  03:44 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 12/09/2011

NHTSA Wants All Keyless Ignitions to Work the Same

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing a rule that would make all keyless ignition systems operate in the same manner, according to Bloomberg News. The safety enhancement would make turning off the car’s engine easier in an emergency.

By Cars.com  |  01:54 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 12/09/2011

Naughty or Nice: Eye-Catching Designs

When we think of good and bad, we often think about looks ... at least when it comes to cars. Some automakers have had strings of success lately, like Kia, while others have made us scratch our heads routinely; Honda...

By Cars.com  |  11:14 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 12/09/2011

Recall Alert: 2010-11 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan

Ford is recalling 128,616 2010-11 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles with 17-inch steel wheels because the wheel studs may fracture, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the affected vehicles, multiple stud fractures could occur at the.

By Cars.com  |  10:44 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 12/09/2011

2012 Detroit Auto Show: What To Expect

Nearly a month from today will mark the return of America’s — and maybe the world’s — most important auto show. Thirty-six all-new vehicles are set to debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, according to the Detroit...

By Cars.com  |  09:59 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:19 AM ET, 12/09/2011

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2011 Toyota Tacoma

Equipped with two rear seats and rear-hinged doors, the 2011 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab easily fit Cars.com Family contributor Sara Lacey’s family, but her kids started complaining about it early in the test drive. At the top of their complaint...

By Cars.com  |  07:19 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 12/08/2011

U.S. Traffic Deaths Drop to Historic Low, Again

U.S. traffic fatalities in 2010 fell to the lowest levels since 1949, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Fatalities dropped 2.9% from 2009, to 32,885. Before this recent announcement, 2009’s data represented the lowest fatalities seen in 60 years.

By Cars.com  |  04:44 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Americans Driving Less, Gas Prices Higher

The economy, an aging population and high gas prices have made Americans drive less this year, going six straight months with fewer miles driven. That half-year of decreases is the first such decline in miles driven per driver since the...

By Cars.com  |  12:39 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 12/08/2011

Ford Drops E-Series Van, Replaces with Transit

Come 2013, Ford will replace the long-running E-Series of vans with Europe's Transit van, The Detroit News reports. How long-running is it? The E-Series dates back to 1960. Its replacement has similar chops. Ford says it's sold more than 6...

By Cars.com  |  11:19 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 12/08/2011

Movers & Losers: November 2011

November's sales pace, the best since Cash for Clunkers-fueled summer 2009, had 2011 and 2012 models averaging 75 days to sell, which is down from October's 93 days and November 2010's 83 days. Typical of year-end months, the gulf between...

By Cars.com  |  10:04 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/08/2011

2012 Subaru Impreza: Car Seat Check

About the only thing left untouched in Subaru's redesign of the 2012 Impreza was its standard all-wheel drive — or maybe it just seems that way. Both the Impreza hatchback and sedan have new looks inside and out as well...

By Cars.com  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:54 AM ET, 12/08/2011

Naughty or Nice: Car Sound Systems

As our 12 days of highs and lows from the past year continue, we look at the oft-forgotten car stereo. We've seen high-end makers like Bowers & Wilkins and Bang & Olufsen invade the nicest of vehicles, but one name...

By Cars.com  |  07:54 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:09 AM ET, 12/08/2011

Reader Review of the Week: 2012 Toyota Camry

“Safedriver” from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is the former owner of a 2007 Toyota Camry and an older Honda Accord. After test-driving the 2012 Accord and a Lexus GS, this reader decided to go with a brand-new 2012 Camry instead. Saferdriver...

By Cars.com  |  07:09 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

While the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 may not be the most powerful Mustang out there, it does the best job of putting all that power to the road, according to Cars.com Managing Editor David Thomas. The Mustang Boss 302...

By Cars.com  |  05:14 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Mitsubishi i Electric Car to Go on Sale Six Months Early

Mitsubishi is moving up its nationwide rollout of its 2012 Mitsubishi i electric car by six months to compete better with the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus EV and Honda Fit EV. The rollout, which was scheduled for December 2012, will...

By Cars.com  |  03:09 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Nissan Leaf Now Available in 30 States

The Nissan Leaf is now for sale in Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Along with Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C., added over the summer, there are now.

By Cars.com  |  01:34 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 12/07/2011

Naughty or Nice: Key Fobs

The holidays are upon us, and we've decided to spotlight the year's best and worst in the car world over the next 12 days. We're looking at automakers that wowed us, along with those that earned our collective ire. We...

By Cars.com  |  09:14 AM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 12/07/2011

Top 10 Warning Signs That You Shouldn't Buy a Used Car

Used-car supplies have been pretty tight this year, making it harder for shoppers to find the cars they want at the right price. If you’re fortunate enough to find what you’re looking for, it’s important not to get your hopes...

By Cars.com  |  07:04 AM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 12/06/2011

2012 Toyota Camry Earns Five-Star NHTSA Rating

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its first batch of 2012 model year ratings this month. Under the stricter guidelines, only three 2012 models — the Chevrolet Camaro, Cadillac CTS and Toyota Camry — have earned five-star composite scores.

By Cars.com  |  02:19 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 12/06/2011

2012 Acura TL: Car Seat Check

In a bid to regain its best-seller status, Acura has softened the look of the 2012 TL's polarizing shield grille. Whether it's enough to appeal to consumers remains to be seen. On the inside, the midsize sedan's dimensions remain the...

By Cars.com  |  12:20 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 12/06/2011

2013 Dodge Dart Coming to the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Dodge has been planning a new compact sedan for some time, but today there is official confirmation — and a name. The 2013 Dodge Dart will debut Jan. 9 at the 2012 Detroit auto show. The compact sedan will replace...

By Cars.com  |  11:14 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:44 AM ET, 12/06/2011

2012 Nissan Versa Fails to Impress 2009 Versa Owner

Driving the redesigned 2012 Nissan Versa sedan on Chicago's streets was at times an annoying experience. On the highway, it was downright nerve-racking. As a 2009 Nissan Versa hatchback owner, I was surprised by how much this inexpensive car's driving.

By Cars.com  |  07:44 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 AM ET, 12/06/2011

Top 10 Cars for the 2012 Apocalypse

Well folks, we have only a year left before the Mayan calendar “ends.” For those worried about the soothsaying of impending doom, you better come prepared. We’ve put together a list of the best cars to survive the apocalypse —...

By Cars.com  |  07:14 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Toyota to Export U.S.-Built Camrys to South Korea

Toyota announced today it will export Camry sedans from Kentucky and Indiana to South Korea, making it the sixth U.S.-built vehicle the Japanese automaker exports. About 7,000 Camry sedans will ship from assembly plants in Georgetown, Ky., and Lafayette, Ind.

By Cars.com  |  02:54 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 12/05/2011

What Are the Top 10 Most Expensive Cars?

What automaker makes the most expensive cars? Rolls-Royce? Bentley? If that’s your guess then the Occupy protestors probably aren’t complaining about you. For members of the 1% — or probably the 0.1% in this regard — there’s an even more...

By Cars.com  |  12:59 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 12/05/2011

Recall Alert: 2010-2011 Toyota Corolla, 2011 Toyota Sienna

More than 500 2010-11 Toyota Corollas and 2011 Toyota Siennas are being recalled due to the potentially flawed installation of aftermarket navigation, overhead entertainment and Bluetooth systems by Southeast Toyota Distributors, the world’s largest Toyota franchise distributor with 173 dealerships.

By Cars.com  |  11:19 AM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 12/05/2011

Recall Alert: 2011 Nissan Rogue

Nissan is recalling 7,365 Rogue compact crossovers from the 2011 model year because the power-steering assist feature may stop functioning, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the affected vehicles, the circuit board may not have been installed.

By Cars.com  |  10:44 AM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:59 AM ET, 12/05/2011

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Nissan Altima

When thinking of popular nameplates in the midsize car category, names like the Hyundai Sonata or Toyota Camry probably come to mind. But did you know the Nissan Altima is the second best-selling vehicle in the category? This sleeper of...

By Cars.com  |  07:59 AM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:09 AM ET, 12/05/2011

'Reinventing Fire': How the Automobile Fits Into the Future of Energy

What if someone told you there will soon be cars on the market that get 125 to 240 mpg? What if that same person told you it's possible to phase out oil entirely by 2050 and run a 158% larger...

By Cars.com  |  07:09 AM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 12/04/2011

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

The Honda CR-V is currently one of the best-selling vehicles in America, making it one of Honda’s most important nameplates. When Honda recently redesigned its also critical Civic, there was a lot of consternation from buyers and critics alike that...

By Cars.com  |  09:14 AM ET, 12/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 12/03/2011

This Week's Most-Read Stories

November was one of the best months for car sales in recent years, according to Cars.com Industry Analyst Kelsey Mays. Hot movers included the always popular Toyota Camry, Ford F-Series and Chevrolet Silverado. The Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic even.

By Cars.com  |  01:14 PM ET, 12/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 12/03/2011

Most-Watched Video Reviews of the Week

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 offers good interior space and ride quality, and Mazda’s smiley front-end design is thankfully absent on the utility vehicle. Will this be enough to finally give Mazda a breakout seller in the crossover segment? Watch the...

By Cars.com  |  09:19 AM ET, 12/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Aptera Motors Is No More

This probably won’t come as much of a surprise to folks who have closely followed Aptera Motors — designers of a funky, three-wheeled electric car — but it looks like the company is shutting down. Aptera Motors announced today that...

By Cars.com  |  05:19 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Reader Review of the Week: 2012 Honda Odyssey

“Stephmom” from North Carolina swore to never buy a minivan. Stephmom and family are now on their second minivan, a 2012 Honda Odyssey. As the previous owner of a third-generation Odyssey, Stephmom immediately noticed the enhanced ride comfort and powertrain.

By Cars.com  |  04:14 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 12/02/2011

2013 Cadillac ATS Coming to the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

We’ve already seen what Cadillac plans to offer at the top of its passenger-car spectrum in the guise of the 2013 Cadillac XTS. Now the carmaker plans to show off its new entry-level compact luxury sedan, called the 2013 ATS,...

By Cars.com  |  01:14 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Updated Favorites Top Holiday Car-Shopping Lists

Black Friday shopping isn't just relegated to hot new gadgets and deep discounts. Last month, car buyers snapped up nostalgic nameplates like they were going out of style. But while the names were familiar, the oldies that sold best had...

By Cars.com  |  12:25 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Recall Alert: 2011-2012 Toyota Sienna

Toyota is recalling 210,000 2011-12 Sienna minivans because it displays an incorrect vehicle capacity weight label, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall affects all Siennas produced since Jan. 4, 2010. After recent testing of a 2011.

By Cars.com  |  12:09 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 12/02/2011

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque looks more like a concept car than a production car. But this real-life model stunned our editorial team and onlookers throughout the Chicago area, according to Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder. To top.

By Cars.com  |  11:05 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 12/02/2011

Subaru Issues Recall, Stop-Sale Notice for 2012 Impreza, Legacy, Outback

Subaru has issued a recall for about 3,000 2012 Impreza, Legacy and Outback vehicles as well as a stop-sale order to dealers because there’s too much brake pedal travel in these cars, Subaru spokesman Michael McHale told USA Today. The...

By Cars.com  |  10:29 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 12/02/2011

As Automakers Face Hurdles, Responsiveness Becomes Key

Carmakers are reacting faster to the market these days, and their success hinges on speed more than ever. As we head into the holiday season, consider two carmakers whose latest products have had not-so-merry receptions. Honda, stung by a new...

By Cars.com  |  08:05 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 12/02/2011

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Car Seat Check

With its redesign, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle didn't just get a new look. It also gained 3.3 inches in width and 6 inches in length, which surprisingly didn't help when it came to installing child-safety seats. It won't surprise many...

By Cars.com  |  07:45 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 AM ET, 12/02/2011

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid

The 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid, a midsize sedan, shakes up the traditional hybrid formula, according to Cars.com Family contributor Carrie Kim. From its sporty exterior to its upscale interior, the Optima Hybrid doesn’t scream hybrid as it passes cars on.

By Cars.com  |  07:14 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 12/01/2011

GM Will Buy Back Chevy Volts From Nervous Owners

GM CEO Dan Akerson told the Associated Press today that, if necessary, not only will the automaker recall every Volt its ever made to fix the battery problem (once GM determines what it is), it's even willing to buy back...

By Cars.com  |  04:39 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: November 2011

Improved consumer confidence had shoppers spending record cash on Black Friday — and perhaps that same enthusiasm boosted November's auto sales. In what turns out the best month since 2009's Cash for Clunkers-fueled summer, automakers and dealers piled on the.

By Cars.com  |  04:24 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Mazda CX-5

Mazda's all-new compact crossover made its official production debut at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show earlier this month. A few days later, Cars.com’s Kelsey Mays got to test-drive the 2013 Mazda CX-5 and found it impressive in many ways but...

By Cars.com  |  03:24 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 12/01/2011

GM Considers Chevy Volt Battery Redesign After Probe

General Motor’s CEO Dan Akerson told Reuters today that the automaker may redesign the Chevy Volt’s battery pack after a recent federal probe into safety concerns about possible fires. In the one vehicle that’s the probe’s focus, a fire started...

By Cars.com  |  02:54 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Infiniti Targets Family, Entry Segments

Infiniti, Nissan's luxury division, sees an opportunity for growth in two segments — one addressed by the three-row JX crossover, the other by a future model that slots below the brand's popular G25/G37. Ben Poore, vice president of Infiniti's U.S....

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Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 12/01/2011

2013 Scion FR-S: First Look

Competes with: Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Nissan 370Z, Subaru BRZ Looks like: The first legitimately sporty Scion Drivetrain: 200-hp horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine; six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Spring 2012 Look familiar? We showed you a.

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Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Chevy Volt Tops in Owner Satisfaction

In its annual owner satisfaction study, Consumer Reports admits that it’s dominated by fuel-efficient vehicles and sporty ones. These two types of owners seem the most satisfied with their purchase versus buyers of more traditional or practical ones. The Volt.

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Posted at 07:24 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Honda To Build Two High-Tech Hybrid Systems, More Fuel-Efficient Standard Engines

Honda’s powertrain lineup is starting to look stale tech-wise compared to the competition. Despite the fuel-economy increases, the recently redesigned Honda Civic and CR-V essentially have carryover technology underneath their hoods. Under Honda’s just-announced three-year powertrain plan, that landscape is.

By Cars.com  |  07:24 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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