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Kicking Tires: March, 2012

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 03/31/2012

This Week's Most-Read Stories

Can a case be made for bringing Ford's subcompact wagon, the 2013 Ford B-Max, to America? The vehicle will go on sale in Europe later this year, but Ford has no intentions of bringing it here. There may be a...

By Cars.com  |  01:08 PM ET, 03/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 03/30/2012

GMC Celebrates 100 Years With Heritage Edition

To commemorate its 100th anniversary of the brand, GMC will offer a Heritage Edition package on select model-year 2012 pickups and full-size SUVs. They include the GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL models in SLT trim....

By Cars.com  |  02:23 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Cars.com Buzz Index: March 2012

Welcome to the Buzz Index, where we rank the hottest cars that consumers search on Cars.com. These cars have seen the biggest increase in searches and dealer contacts since last month. Top cars in March were an eclectic bunch. Summerlike...

By Cars.com  |  01:29 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 03/30/2012

2012 New York Auto Show: What to Expect

According to the weather forecast, there will be plenty of rain in New York next week, but there are so many new cars debuting at the auto show that we’ll hardly notice. Press unveilings start Wednesday, and the show opens...

By Cars.com  |  01:08 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 03/30/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: March 30, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: Chrysler follows up its Clint Eastwood "Halftime in America" Super Bowl spot with four new ads. At 60 seconds apiece, all four follow the same "hope and encouragement" theme, Advertising Age reports....

By Cars.com  |  11:23 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 03/30/2012

Recall Alert: 2002-04 Honda CR-V, 2003 Honda Pilot

Honda announced today that it is voluntarily recalling about 554,000 model-year 2002-04 CR-V crossovers and 2003 Pilot SUVs to replace the headlight wiring system. The faulty wiring could cause the low-beam headlights to fail, increasing the risk of a crash.

By Cars.com  |  10:48 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 03/30/2012

SRT Reveals one More Viper Pic

With less than a week before the new Viper's official reveal in New York, the SRT group rolled out one more teaser pic of the 2013 performance car. It's the third pic released on the group's Facebook page, and this...

By Cars.com  |  10:23 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 03/30/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI

With its roomy interior and trunk and lower starting price, there’s a lot to like about the 2012 Volkswagen Passat. Get the TDI trim with its turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, and you’ll love its EPA-estimated 30/40 mpg city/highway, says Cars.

By Cars.com  |  07:33 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:13 AM ET, 03/30/2012

Cadillac XTS' Seat Buzzes for Danger

When the new-for-2013 Cadillac XTS goes on sale this summer, it'll be the first vehicle to count a vibrating seat among its safety features. Cadillac's Safety Alert Seat uses pulsating inputs to alert the driver of dangers on the road....

By Cars.com  |  07:13 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 03/29/2012

What Car Would You Buy if You Won Mega Millions?

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot has hit a record $500 million. With just one more day before Friday's drawing, plenty of people are standing in line to buy a ticket and dream a little about what they'd do if they...

By Cars.com  |  02:19 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 03/29/2012

2013 Subaru Legacy at the 2012 New York International Auto Show

Competes with: Ford Fusion, Suzuki Kizashi, Toyota Camry Looks like: The Legacy grows a pair of eyes Drivetrain: 173-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with six-speed manual or CVT; 256-hp, 3.6-liter six-cylinder with five-speed automatic Hits dealerships: This summer For the 2013 model.

By Cars.com  |  12:33 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: March 29, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: Fighting a strengthening yen, Honda will build its Fit hatchback in Mexico for the U.S. and other markets, Automotive News reports. The automaker plans to build the Fit, whose sales improved 9%...

By Cars.com  |  11:48 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 03/29/2012

2013 Subaru Outback at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Competes with: Toyota Venza, Volvo XC70 Looks like: The Outback gets some styling tweaks for a more rugged look Drivetrain: New 173-hp, 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder engine; 256-hp, 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine carries over Hits dealerships: TBD Subaru's Outback gets freshened styling,.

By Cars.com  |  11:18 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 03/29/2012

OnStar's Family Link Helps Parents Keep Tabs on Teen Drivers

Forget Big Brother. With OnStar's Family Link, teen drivers should have no doubt that Mom or Dad is checking in on them and their car's location. For OnStar subscribers, Family Link is an optional service that allows them to log...

By Cars.com  |  09:03 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:34 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Would You Buy It? 2013 Ford B-Max

Does the U.S. market need another mini-minivan? Well, the Mazda5 is doing OK here, so why not add Ford's B-Max to the mix? The B-Max was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show earlier this month and will go...

By Cars.com  |  07:34 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 03/29/2012

2012 Audi Q5: Car Seat Check

After commuting in the 2012 Audi Q5 for a few days, I couldn't help but describe it as vehicular butter to a friend. For those who haven't seen the old "Saturday Night Live" sketches, butter is good. Its available adaptive...

By Cars.com  |  07:04 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 03/28/2012

2013 Chevrolet Traverse at 2012 New York Auto Show

Competes with: Honda Pilot, Kia Sorento, Toyota Highlander Looks like: Somehow more elegant and yet derivative at the same time Drivetrain: 288-hp, 3.6-liter V-6; six-speed automatic transmission Hits dealerships: TBD For the 2013 model year, the Chevrolet Traverse gets a.

By Cars.com  |  04:29 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 03/28/2012

2013 Ford Explorer Sport: First Look

Competes with: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango, Nissan Pathfinder Looks like: The Explorer product range is now complete Drivetrain: 350-hp, turbocharged 3.5-liter six-cylinder; six-speed automatic transmission Hits dealerships: Late this year For the 2013 model year Ford is adding a.

By Cars.com  |  03:33 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 03/28/2012

New Lexus ES at New York Auto Show

It looks like the Lexus ES is next in line to get the brand's spindle grille treatment. The sixth-generation ES will be unveiled next week in New York. Lexus' midsize sedan was freshened for 2010 and will be all new...

By Cars.com  |  12:23 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: March 28, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: The National Transportation Safety Board defended a proposal last December to ban drivers making calls on cell phones, even those with a hands-free function, The Detroit News reports. NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman.

By Cars.com  |  12:03 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 03/28/2012

New Mitsubishi Outlander Sport at New York Auto Show

With just under a week to go, the New York auto show is shaping up to be a busy one. Mitsubishi just announced it will unveil an updated-for-2013 Outlander Sport at the show. The automaker's smallest crossover originally joined the...

By Cars.com  |  10:33 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Audi A8 L

When it comes to the intersection of sedans and families, size matters, according to Cars.com Family contributor Courtney Messenbaugh. The 2012 Audi A8 L is long on cabin and cargo space, making this luxurious sedan a perfect fit for Courtney’s...

By Cars.com  |  07:33 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:13 AM ET, 03/28/2012

2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350: Is New Really Better Than Old?

I was excited to test-drive the newly redesigned 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Bluetec. I've never had a chance to drive the ML, having assigned a previous test ML to another reviewer, Sara Lacey, who fell so hard for it that she...

By Cars.com  |  07:13 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 03/27/2012

2013 Chevrolet Camaro: What's Changed

For the 2013 model year, the Chevrolet Camaro gets a new performance package that makes it ready to hit the racetrack. The LT, SS and ZL1 models are now available with a 7-inch touch-screen (shown above) and the MyLink multimedia...

By Cars.com  |  03:28 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Infiniti JX

For 2013, Infiniti is jumping into the three-row crossover market with the new JX, and Cars.com Senior Family Editor Kristin Varela says the automaker hit a homerun in the family-friendly features department. The crossover's product manager put his wife and.

By Cars.com  |  02:33 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Toyota to Debut New Sedan in New York

Toyota is being extra secretive about its New York International Auto Show reveals, showing us just a glimpse of what it plans to unveil at the show. Joining an updated Venza on the automaker's stage will be what Toyota is...

By Cars.com  |  01:59 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Jeep Liberty Replacement to Use Nine-Speed Transmission, UAW Local Says

More details are emerging about the Jeep Liberty replacement, including the addition of a nine-speed automatic transmission and a 3.2-liter engine, according to a union president who spoke to WTVG-TV, an ABC affiliate serving the Toledo, Ohio, area. UAW Local.

By Cars.com  |  01:08 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: March 27, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: The House Science Committee is investigating the Obama Administration's support for electric vehicles, specifically whether administration officials still believe the U.S. can have 1 million plug-in vehicles by 2015, The Detroit News.

By Cars.com  |  12:13 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Jeep Adds Limited-Edition 'Altitude' Models to Lineup

The blacked-out, menacing-looking Jeep Grand Cherokee that debuted at the Houston Auto Show earlier this year now has a name, as well as a few new siblings. Jeep launched the “Name My Ride” contest to christen the production-intent model and...

By Cars.com  |  10:49 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Cars.com Compares 2012 Nissan Leaf with 2011

Though Cars.com has owned a 2011 Nissan Leaf for 13 months, we accepted the opportunity to evaluate a 2012 model. Its changes are few, but we figured we'd compare it with our Leaf, with an eye toward any unexpected differences....

By Cars.com  |  07:39 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 03/27/2012

2012 Jeep Patriot: Car Seat Check

The rugged 2012 Jeep Patriot is a compact SUV that seats five. One of the Patriot's trims has Jeep's Trail-Rated designation in case parents want to take the road less traveled while driving the kids to baseball practice. This means...

By Cars.com  |  07:04 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 03/26/2012

BMW Recalling 368,000 Vehicles

BMW is recalling 368,000 5 Series and 6 Series vehicles from the 2003-10 model years because of a potential problem with the car battery, according to Reuters. In some of the vehicles, the electrical system may malfunction because the battery...

By Cars.com  |  05:39 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 03/26/2012

2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedan: What's Changed

The Hyundai Elantra coupe and Hyundai Elantra GT are the big news for the 2013 lineup, but the Elantra sedan gets some updates, too. The 2013 Hyundai Elantra sedan is already on sale with a base MSRP of $16,695, excluding...

By Cars.com  |  04:33 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Fisker Replaces Karma Batteries

The problems keep piling up for Fisker and its plug-in electric car. Today, the beleaguered automaker announced its battery supplier is replacing the batteries in all of its 2012 Karma sedans due to a manufacturing defect discovered by supplier A123..

By Cars.com  |  02:09 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Dodge Challenger Sees Red With New Trim

Dodge's muscle car is getting a little more attitude this year. Joining the 2012 Challenger lineup is the Rallye Redline trim. It adds a performance-tuned suspension and brakes, sport-themed red exterior accents and a unique interior. The new model joins.

By Cars.com  |  01:09 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: March 26, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: Correspondent Steve Kroft of CBS' "60 Minutes" interviewed Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, who recounted arriving in early 2009 to 54,000 employees fearful of liquidation. The report aired Sunday night. Marchionne told CBS.

By Cars.com  |  11:53 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Porsche is recalling 1,232 model-year 2012 Carrera S vehicles because their fuel lines may leak, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the affected vehicles, which were built from Oct. 26, 2011, through Jan. 24, interference between the.

By Cars.com  |  10:48 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Chevrolet Express and Suburban, 2012 GMC Savana and Yukon XL

GM is recalling 6,159 model-year 2012 versions of the Chevrolet Express, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Savana and GMC Yukon XL heavy-duty vans and SUVs, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles use a faulty steering gear pitman.

By Cars.com  |  10:23 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:43 AM ET, 03/26/2012

What Does This Button Do?

We had little doubt what the wavy button inside the Land Rover Range Rover HSE and Jaguar XF Portfolio actually does. It had to be a play-it-now, one-touch button that pipes REM’s “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” through the stereo. OK,...

By Cars.com  |  07:43 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:08 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Land Rover LR4

Despite its lumbering looks, the 2012 Land Rover LR4 is a surprisingly maneuverable and sprightly SUV, according to Cars.com editor Jennifer Geiger. For 2012, the luxury SUV gets upgrades to its multimedia system, though the touch-screen's graphics and performance still.

By Cars.com  |  07:08 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 03/25/2012

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

The uber-rich among us — the few there are — who typically opt for sharp-looking gas guzzlers now have a greener option with the 2012 Fisker Karma, according to Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder. The Karma is pretty fast, and...

By Cars.com  |  09:03 AM ET, 03/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 03/24/2012

This Week's Most-Read Stories

Faced with stricter fuel economy standards and unstable gas prices, carmakers are redoubling their efforts with their subcompact offerings. There's been an explosion of new or redesigned vehicles in the segment, which was the focus of our latest Shootout.

By Cars.com  |  01:13 PM ET, 03/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 03/23/2012

BMW Unveilings in New York Include M6, X1 Crossover

Five new or updated BMW vehicles will be unveiled at the 2012 New York International Auto Show next month. Making their world debuts are the M6 convertible and X1 compact crossover. The X6 M and M6 coupe will make their...

By Cars.com  |  04:49 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Acura ZDX

Cars.com Family contributor Carrie Kim thought the 2012 Acura ZDX would work well as a family car. After all, this out-of-the-ordinary vehicle seats five and looks sizable from the outside. But after a weeklong test drive, the ZDX’s sloped roofline...

By Cars.com  |  01:33 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 03/23/2012

GM Replacing Volt Cords

GM is issuing another "customer satisfaction initiative" for the Chevrolet Volt, the automaker said Thursday. It plans to replace the 120-volt charging cords on all model-year 2011 and certain 2012 versions of the hybrid electric car; 240-volt cords are not.

By Cars.com  |  12:58 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: March 23, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: CNW Market Research's latest Retail Automotive Summary has total incentives, including dealer add-ins, at 16.3% off the average MSRP — $5,889 of $36,172. That's up from last month's 16.1% and reflects sweeping...

By Cars.com  |  12:03 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Recall Alert: 2006 Honda CR-V

Honda is voluntarily recalling 1,316 model-year 2006 versions of the CR-V compact crossover due to problems with the right front lower control arm. Extended use combined with improper welding could cause the control arm to break, Honda says. This could.

By Cars.com  |  10:18 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 03/23/2012

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Turbo Gets Six-Speed Automatic

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic's optional 138-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter engine can now be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, according to the carmaker. The pairing delivers 27/37 mpg city/highway and 31 mpg combined. This is slightly better than the base 1.

By Cars.com  |  07:33 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:13 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover

For 2012, Land Rover's ultimate luxury off-roader got a few styling tweaks and a new uber-high-end model, the $170,000 Autobiography Ultimate Edition. Cars.com Industry Analyst Kelsey Mays tested the more pedestrian HSE version and was wowed by its rich interior.

By Cars.com  |  07:13 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 03/22/2012

2012 Coda Sedan Priced at $37,250

The 2012 Coda electric sedan finally went on sale in California this week with a starting price of $37,250, excluding an $895 destination fee. The pricing is a significant drop from earlier estimates of $44,900, though it’s still more expensive...

By Cars.com  |  03:03 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 03/22/2012

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Competes with: BMW X3, Audi Q5, Cadillac SRX Looks like: The new diesel option could make the GLK one of the most fuel-efficient luxury SUVs on the market Drivetrain: 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6; 190-hp, 2.1-liter inline-four diesel; seven-speed automatic transmission Hits.

By Cars.com  |  02:45 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 03/22/2012

The 2013 Nissan Altima Gets Teased ... Again

Another day means we get another glimpse of Nissan's all-new design for its best-selling vehicle, the Altima. This time we get a peek at the car's profile, which shows off what appears to be pronounced wheel fenders and a prominent...

By Cars.com  |  02:23 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 03/22/2012

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class: First Look

For the 2013 model year, the Mercedes-Benz GLK compact luxury SUV gets a mild refresh that includes a restyled front end, a new dash and the addition of a diesel engine. Starting with the biggest change, the GLK gets a...

By Cars.com  |  01:40 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 03/22/2012

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Competes with: Jeep Compass, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Suzuki Grand Vitara Looks like: A compact crossover with go-anywhere looks and the goods to back it up Drivetrain: 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter boxer engine and a five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission Hits.

By Cars.com  |  12:48 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 03/22/2012

2013 Scion FR-S Priced at $24,200

When Scion's new-for-2013 FR-S sports car goes on sale this spring, it will start just above $24,000. Six-speed manual versions will start at $24,200, and six-speed automatic models will start at $25,300, excluding a $730 destination charge. FR-S stands for.

By Cars.com  |  10:13 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 03/22/2012

More Parents Follow Updated Car Seat Guidelines, Survey Finds

A year after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration updated its child-safety seat guidelines recommending that children remain in rear-facing car seats until age 2 and older kids stay in booster seats as long as age 12,AAA has some good...

By Cars.com  |  08:33 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:48 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Volkswagen Launches Electric Golf Test Fleet in April

Prototypes of Volkswagen's E-Golf will soon be zipping around a few U.S. cities. The German automaker is launching a small pilot program in April to test the electric version of its Golf hatchback. The metro areas of Detroit, San Francisco...

By Cars.com  |  07:48 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 03/22/2012

2012 Subaru Outback: Car Seat Check

With its sporty looks, the 2012 Subaru Outback challenges compact crossovers for the hearts and minds of families. That may be overstating things a little, but the Outback seats five, has a roomy backseat and cargo area, and has standard...

By Cars.com  |  07:04 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Chevrolet Plans Impala and Traverse Debuts for New York Auto Show

The redesigned-for-2014 Chevrolet Impala and updated 2013 Traverse will be unveiled at next month’s New York International Auto Show. The new Impala marks the 10th generation of Chevrolet's full-size sedan since its 1958 introduction. It will share the stage with.

By Cars.com  |  04:38 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 03/21/2012

2012 BMW 3 Series Rated at 33 mpg Highway

The redesigned 2012 BMW 328i, with its 240-hp, twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder and an eight-speed automatic transmission, gets a fuel-economy rating of 23/33 mpg city/highway, according to the EPA. While that figure is respectable, it's lower that what was expected.

By Cars.com  |  03:03 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 03/21/2012

New Hyundai Sonata Coming in 2014

Hyundai plans to follow up its successful Sonata midsize sedan with a completely new model for 2014, Hyundai CEO Kim Choong-ho told Reuters. Redesigned for 2011, the Hyundai Sonata has helped tremendously with the South Korean automaker's fast-paced growth here.

By Cars.com  |  01:33 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Honda to Unveil Crosstour Concept at the New York Auto Show

The 2012 New York International Auto Show is turning into a wagon fest. Just before Toyota unveils its new Venza at the show, Honda will drop the curtain on the Crosstour concept. The thinly veiled concept previews Honda’s design direction...

By Cars.com  |  12:33 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: March 21, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne told Bloomberg News today that European automakers need to incur "painful" restructuring to stanch losses in the region. Europe's sovereign-debt crisis has stymied consumer confidence, drying.

By Cars.com  |  11:59 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 03/21/2012

First Look: 2013 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

After taking a few years off, Chevrolet's TrailBlazer is back, but Thailand will see it before we do. We got a sneak peek of the 2013 TrailBlazer last year at the Dubai International Motor Show, and it will debut next...

By Cars.com  |  10:49 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Nissan Versa

The 2012 Nissan Versa does its job of getting from Point A to Point B, but this redesigned sedan is rather bare-bones, so it’s hard to get excited about it, according to Cars.com Family contributor Sara Lacey. What consumers should...

By Cars.com  |  07:33 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Fisker Karma

The ultra-rich among us — the few there are — who typically opt for sharp-looking gas guzzlers now have a greener option with the 2012 Fisker Karma, according to Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder. The Karma works similarly the Chevrolet...

By Cars.com  |  07:03 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Infiniti EX35

Infiniti's EX35 works well in many situations. For both carpooling with a small family and a night out, sans kids, the EX35 was a great vehicle, according to Cars.com Senior Family Editor Kristin Varela. A fun-to-drive powertrain and enough room...

By Cars.com  |  03:03 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Leather, Efficient Heating Coming to 2013 Nissan Leaf

Nissan added more standard features to its Leaf electric car for 2012, and the automaker is planning even more updates for 2013. Nissan is adding leather seats, a darker interior option and a more efficient heating system to the Leaf...

By Cars.com  |  02:13 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 03/20/2012

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Competes with: BMW 6 Series Looks like: A top-of-the-line SL-Class Drivetrain: 621-hp, 6.0-liter V-12; seven-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive Hits dealerships: November 2012 The newly redesigned 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class gets another — now top-of-the-line — trim added to its roster.

By Cars.com  |  01:36 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Mazda's 2013 CX-5 Named Top Safety Pick

Mazda's new-for-2013 CX-5 compact crossover was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It qualified after receiving the highest score of Good in front-, side-impact, rear and roof-strength crash tests. In each test, vehicles are.

By Cars.com  |  12:33 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: March 20, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: Low interest rates and high trade-in values have helped auto leasing mount a comeback, The Dallas Morning News reports. Before they collapsed in 2008, leases used to account for about 25% of...

By Cars.com  |  12:03 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 03/20/2012

2012 Land Rover Range Rover: Car Seat Check

Cars.com's team of car-seat installers was foiled by the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover. Three people attempted to use the luxury SUV's Latch anchors to install our child-safety seats, but there was no joy. In frustration, we ended up using...

By Cars.com  |  08:34 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:38 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Subaru Celebrates 25 Years of Manufacturing in the U.S.

This month, Subaru celebrates its 25th anniversary of production in the U.S., according to the carmaker. Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. started in 1987 as a joint-venture between Fuji Heavy Industries (owner of the Subaru brand) and Isuzu. The car.

By Cars.com  |  07:38 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:09 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Vlingo: Up-Close Mobile App Inspection

What is it? Voice-to-text assistant that lets you speak phone, text and navigation commands. Price: Free (with ads) Platforms: Android 2.0.1 or higher; iOS 4.0 or higher Info: www.vlingo.com I’ve always wished that my 2008 Toyota sedan had some kind..

By Cars.com  |  07:09 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Nissan Attempted to Lure Manning to Tennessee

It looks like Peyton Manning will probably go to Denver to play for the Broncos despite Nissan's attempts to return the NFL quarterback to his Tennessee roots. The automaker offered to "make him a Titan" to make playing for the...

By Cars.com  |  01:24 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Recall Alert: 2011-2012 Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai is recalling a portion of the 14,728 model-year 2011 and 2012 Sonata Hybrid sedans manufactured with a faulty backseat center seat belt, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured starting on Dec.

By Cars.com  |  12:34 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

The 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR is a not-so-subtly disguised sports demon, according to Cars.com editor Joe Bruzek. Beyond the normal compromises that come with buying a sports machine — uncomfortable bucket seats, for one — the Evo GSR has..

By Cars.com  |  11:49 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Cars.com News Brief: March 19, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: Auto manufacturing output in the Midwest increased 17.5% year over year in January, according to the Chicago Fed Midwest Manufacturing Index. Total national automotive output increased 12.1% for the month as compared.

By Cars.com  |  11:48 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Volvo S60 and XC60

Volvo is recalling 2,742 model-year 2012 versions of the S60 sedan and XC60 SUV because of problems with the underbody coating, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the affected vehicles, an incorrect mixture of underbody coating could.

By Cars.com  |  10:18 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 AM ET, 03/19/2012

2013 Ford Mustang: First Drive

PORTLAND, Ore. — Last Thursday morning, Al Roker crooned about summerlike temperatures across the country: 82 degrees in Washington, D.C., 72 in Chicago, 67 in Minneapolis. NBC’s telecast then segued to the local forecast: Forties and rain on Thursday, Friday,.

By Cars.com  |  12:04 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 PM ET, 03/18/2012

Cars.com's $16,000 Subcompact Shootout

Gas prices are high. Americans are downsizing, and automakers are meeting these needs with a slew of new subcompact cars. Cars.com along with USA Today and MotorWeek chose six recently redesigned subcompacts — and one aging one — for our...

By Cars.com  |  09:03 PM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 03/16/2012

2012 Toyota Prius C off to Fast Start

Toyota announced today that its all-new Prius c hybrid sold 1,201 units in its first three days on sale to the public. That's a blistering pace, and if you multiply that number by 10 (for a month's worth of sales),...

By Cars.com  |  12:58 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:58 AM ET, 03/16/2012

What Does This Button Do?

Those without smartphones may be confused by the “APPS” button in their new Toyota, possibly asking where Toyota hid the kitchen that dispenses the loaded potato skins or jalapeno poppers. The “apps” vernacular should be familiar if you own a...

By Cars.com  |  07:58 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:38 AM ET, 03/16/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Nissan Quest

With its boxy exterior and bold styling, the 2012 Nissan Quest refuses to blend in with the rounded corners of crossovers and minivans, says Cars.com Family contributor BreAnn Ahara. This minivan is unexpectedly luxurious, especially in a segment that’s geared.

By Cars.com  |  07:38 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 03/15/2012

2013 GMC Terrain Denali: First Look

For the first time since its introduction in 2010, the GMC Terrain will be offered in a Denali trim level. The 2013 model year also brings a new engine to the Terrain: A 301-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 mated to a six-speed...

By Cars.com  |  04:08 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Cars.com News Brief: March 15, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: To stem declining sales, the once-burgeoning Buick will start offering aggressive leasing and service incentives for its 2012 lineup, according to Automotive News. The program includes a 24-month lease program, with $0.

By Cars.com  |  01:13 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Recall Alert: 2009-12 Subaru Forester

Subaru is recalling 275,391 Forester crossovers from the 2009-12 model years because the seat belt in the backseat's middle position may not allow secure installation of a child-safety seat, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By Cars.com  |  12:04 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Yet Another 2013 Nissan Altima Teaser

We've seen two other teases for the upcoming Nissan Altima, which is to be revealed — in full — at the New York International Auto Show next month. This morning, the automaker released one more image and a short video...

By Cars.com  |  11:28 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 03/15/2012

10 Tips if You're Thinking About Going Green

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Cars.com offers 10 things you need to know about green cars. With these tips, you can do what's really green — and perhaps save some green in the process. 1. Labels don't guarantee results...

By Cars.com  |  09:39 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 03/15/2012

2012 Nissan Murano: Car Seat Check

Little has changed in the 2012 Nissan Murano compared with its 2011 version, but when we installed child-safety seats in this five-passenger crossover, we decided that three car seats don't fit in its backseat. That's a reversal of our assessment...

By Cars.com  |  08:25 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Recall Alert: 2003-2004 Infiniti M45

Nissan is recalling 8,120 model-year 2003 and 2004 versions of the Infiniti M45 sedan due to a fuel gauge glitch, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the affected vehicles, which were manufactured from March 7, 2002, through.

By Cars.com  |  01:38 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Mitsubishi's 2012 Outlander Sport Named Top Safety Pick

Mitsubishi lightly updated its smallest crossover for the 2012 model year, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety took notice. The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport earned the IIHS' top safety award. It qualified as a Top Safety Pick after receiving.

By Cars.com  |  12:38 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Is the Chevrolet Caprice Coming to Dealers?

A new model is replacing the Chevy Impala in its NASCAR Sprint Series racing lineup, GM announced yesterday. More importantly, the automaker also confirmed that the new car will be in dealer showrooms. GM is mum on the car's name,...

By Cars.com  |  11:33 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Cars.com News Brief: March 14, 2012

Gas Prices and a new Chevy top our news this morning: Gas prices continue to rise. The national average price is now $3.81 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline, according to AAA. On the positive side, the price of...

By Cars.com  |  10:53 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Infiniti FX50

The 2012 Infiniti FX50 isn’t the most practical family car on the market because of its cramped backseat and small cargo area, says Cars.com Family contributor Courtney Messenbaugh. However, if practicality isn’t high on your must-have list, the FX50 could.

By Cars.com  |  08:33 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 03/14/2012

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Priced at $105,550

When the redesigned-for-2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 goes on sale in May, it will start at $105,550, excluding an $875 destination charge, about $2,000 more than the 2012 version. Notable updates to the hardtop convertible include a body made almost exclusively out.

By Cars.com  |  07:33 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 AM ET, 03/14/2012

The Nissan Leaf on 80 Miles a Day

To put Cars.com's 2011 Nissan Leaf through a series of long-distance, boundary-pushing trips, I commuted in it for a week, about 43 miles each way. The Leaf charges fully during the day using a Level 2 public charging station. At...

By Cars.com  |  07:14 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Dodge Expands Avenger V-6 Lineup

Dodge is adding a V-6 to its entry-level Avenger. Previously available only on uplevel models, the 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission are now available on the base Avenger SE. It's EPA-rated at 19/29 mpg city/highway. For 2012, the.

By Cars.com  |  02:03 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Jeep Liberty

The SUV class is evolving to offer comfortable, composed, carlike crossovers, but Jeep's truck-based Liberty seems antiquated by comparison, according to Cars.com editor Mike Hanley. Meager power, a cramped backseat and a subpar interior only lessen this midsize SUV's appeal.

By Cars.com  |  01:03 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: March 13, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: Federal officials are expanding their Ford investigation of stuck throttles, The Detroit News reports. The original probe included 360,000 2005-'06 Ford Taurus sedans and 14 consumer complaints. Detached cruise-control cables resulted in.

By Cars.com  |  11:58 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Buick Regal

GM is recalling 3,633 model-year 2012 Buick Regal sedans because their parking lights may not illuminate, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the affected vehicles, which were manufactured from Feb. 22, 2011, through Feb.

By Cars.com  |  10:18 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:44 AM ET, 03/13/2012

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution: Car Seat Check

The 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution proves that parents can have their cake and eat it, too. The Evolution isn't normally associated with families, but its backseat easily handled most of our child-safety seats. Parents who choose this atypical family sedan.

By Cars.com  |  07:44 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:13 AM ET, 03/13/2012

California Sets Up $2,500 Tax Rebate for 2012 Ford Focus Electric

California has announced that buyers of the 2012 Ford Focus Electric will get a $2,500 tax rebate and will be able to ride solo in the state's high-occupancy vehicles lanes. California's $2,500 rebate can be combined with the $7,500 federal...

By Cars.com  |  07:13 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Mazda Discontinues the CX-7

Mazda is doing a little housekeeping this spring. It's out with the old and in with the new in terms of the automaker's SUV lineup. Mazda spokeswoman Beverly Braga recently told Cars.com that Mazda will replace its CX-7 midsize SUV...

By Cars.com  |  01:13 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 03/12/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: March 12, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: Volkswagen says it's forecasting a stable profit for 2012 and currently has $22.3 billion cash in the bank, according to Bloomberg News. That money allows the German automaker to be more aggressive...

By Cars.com  |  11:38 AM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 03/12/2012

Hyundai Previews its Next Santa Fe

A new Santa Fe is coming and Hyundai recently offered the first glimpse of its redesigned SUV. The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe will be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show next month. The smaller of Hyundai's two midsize...

By Cars.com  |  10:33 AM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 03/12/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Kia Soul

To many, the Kia Soul is known as the “hamster car,” but Cars.com Family contributor Carrie Kim says it’s so much more than that. It’s really a fantastic family car disguised in a compact car’s body. Its squared-off shape makes...

By Cars.com  |  08:38 AM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 03/12/2012

Movers & Losers: February 2012

Rising gas prices brought shoppers back toward fuel-efficient small cars and hybrids, with the hot-selling Toyota Prius — up a staggering 52% in February sales — taking just nine days to turn. The Prius is EPA-rated at up to 51...

By Cars.com  |  07:33 AM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 03/11/2012

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

The BMW 3 Series has been one of the most widely purchased luxury vehicles in America, and carmakers — from Infiniti to Cadillac — are trying to copy this seemingly popular formula. For the 2012 model year, BMW refines the...

By Cars.com  |  09:03 AM ET, 03/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 03/10/2012

This Week's Most-Read Stories

February was another great month for carmakers; it had the highest-selling rate since February 2008, according to Automotive News. Vehicles that sold well last month included the Ford Focus and Honda Civic, according to Cars.com Industry Analyst Kelsey Mays.

By Cars.com  |  01:03 PM ET, 03/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 03/09/2012

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo Will Produce 259 Horsepower

Like other recent introductions to the midsize sedan category, such as the 2012 Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima and the upcoming 2013 Ford Fusion, the next-generation 2013 Chevrolet Malibu forgoes a V-6 option. We learned today that the Malibu's turbocharged 2.

By Cars.com  |  03:04 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Dodge Charger

The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 is both practical and fun to drive, according to Cars.com editor Joe Bruzek. A 6.4-liter V-8 and 470 horses mean this hot rod is fast, and its four-door body style and large trunk make the...

By Cars.com  |  02:24 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra Earn NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released another batch of 2012 model-year crash-test ratings today. Under the stricter guidelines, the new 2012 Honda Civic and 2012 Hyundai Elantra each earned five-star composite safety scores. NHTSA's composite scores are composed of.

By Cars.com  |  01:39 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Check Out Cars.com's New Singing Commercials

What can we say? Cars.com had a surprise hit with its Super Bowl XLVI commercial. Sure, some folks might not have been fans at first, but the little ditty has crept into the public's consciousness. At least that’s what everyone...

By Cars.com  |  12:33 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: March 9, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: The Wall Street Journal reports that before GM inked a deal with French automaker Peugeot, the Detroit automaker briefly discussed merging its European business with Fiat earlier this year. The move would...

By Cars.com  |  12:03 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Consumer Reports Tests Faulty Fisker Karma

Pop star Justin Bieber and actor Ashton Kutcher may love their Fisker Karmas, but the love just isn't there for Consumer Reports. The organization paid $107,850 for Fisker's plug-in hybrid car, but it broke down right after they began testing...

By Cars.com  |  11:13 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:38 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Dodge Expands Four-Cylinder Availability on Journey

Dodge recently announced that four-cylinder power is now standard on SXT versions of its midsize crossover. It also plans to offer Journey’s Flexible Seating Group Package for free during March. Newly standard on 2012 Journey SXT is the 173-horsepower, 2.

By Cars.com  |  07:38 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 03/08/2012

2012 Nissan Versa Sedan Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

The redesigned 2012 Nissan Versa sedan was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To earn the award, a vehicle must receive the top rating of Good in front, side, rear and rollover crash tests...

By Cars.com  |  03:03 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango to Get Standard Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission

New Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango crossovers will start getting an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment by 2013, according to a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing by Chrysler. The new transmission will be equipped with the standard.

By Cars.com  |  02:03 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 03/08/2012

2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Production Halted

GM has halted production of 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 over quality issues, reports GM Inside News. The 550-horsepower Camaro is being held for a “quality assessment,” according to a GM memo sent to dealers. The automaker hasn’t said when the...

By Cars.com  |  01:39 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Could the Ford F-150 Top Cars.com's American-Made Index?

Cars.com's American-Made Index has become a bellwether in the automotive industry for the past six years. It gauges the impact domestic manufacturing has on the economy on a model-by-model basis. Because the AMI takes into account not only where a...

By Cars.com  |  12:38 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: March 8, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: BMW posted record annual profits for 2011, though fourth-quarter net income fell 12% as the German automaker spent cash to introduce global redesigns for the 3 Series and 1 Series, according to...

By Cars.com  |  12:04 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Nissan Continues 2013 Altima Tease

In advance of the car's debut at the 2012 New York International Auto Show next month, Nissan is giving another glimpse of its new midsize sedan. The hot-selling Altima will be redesigned for model-year 2013. According to Nissan, "The front...

By Cars.com  |  10:33 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:34 AM ET, 03/08/2012

2012 Infiniti FX35 and FX50: Car Seat Check

With its stylized exterior, the 2012 Infiniti FX35 and its more powerful sibling, the FX50, don't look like your average family-hauler. What surprised us in this Car Seat Check is how well our child-safety seats fit into this five-seater. We...

By Cars.com  |  07:34 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Nissan Invitation Concept at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show

Looks like: The child of a Honda Fit and Nissan Leaf Defining characteristics: Prominent trapezoidal grille with headlight cutouts Ridiculous features: Around View Monitor seems sort of unnecessary Chances of being mass-produced: Launching in Europe in 2013 Are you over.

By Cars.com  |  07:04 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Toyota Announces Voluntary Recalls of Camry, Venza and Tacoma

In the first of two recalls Toyota issued today, the automaker is voluntarily recalling approximately 70,500 model-year 2009 Camry sedans and 116,000 model-year 2009-2011 Venza crossovers to replace a faulty stop lamp switch. A total of 186,500 units are affected.

By Cars.com  |  02:48 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Toyota to Unveil 2013 Venza at the New York Auto Show

Toyota will reveal its updated Venza at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. Originally launched for model-year 2009, the freshened crossover will get updated styling and more standard features for 2013. Exterior changes include a new upper and lower.

By Cars.com  |  01:03 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: March 7, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: The National Automotive Dealers Association released a report yesterday that used-car prices could see slight variances due to $4-a-gallon gas, Automotive News reports. A NADA analyst blamed threats of U.S. military conflict.

By Cars.com  |  12:04 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: March 6, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: The National Automotive Dealers Association released a report yesterday that used-car prices could see slight variances due to $4-a-gallon gas, Automotive News reports. A NADA analyst blamed threats of U.S. military conflict.

By Cars.com  |  11:28 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Recall Alert: 2004-2005 Jeep Liberty

Chrysler Group is recalling 209,724 model-year 2004 and 2005 versions of the Jeep Liberty SUV due to problems with the rear suspension control arm, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Excessive corrosion could cause the lower control arm.

By Cars.com  |  10:38 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

A brand-new subcompact, the 2012 Chevy Sonic is no Point A to Point B drone with its lively four-cylinder engine, according to Cars.com Family contributor Sara Lacey. She was pleasantly surprised to find that her family of four fit well...

By Cars.com  |  08:33 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:38 AM ET, 03/07/2012

2013 Ford F-Series Super Duty Teased

Ford is ready to introduce an all-new 2013 F-Series Super Duty model, according to PickupTrucks.com. There isn't much to glean from the shrouded teaser pic, except that the model will have one gargantuan grille. Ford will reveal more information about.

By Cars.com  |  07:38 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Nissan Hi-Cross Concept at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show

Looks like: Nissan is going mean and lean for its next compact crossover Defining characteristics: Third-row seating, compact design, new hybrid technology Ridiculous features: 3-D displays, but they’re low-hanging fruit for the chopping block Chances of being mass-produced: We’re probably.

By Cars.com  |  02:47 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 03/06/2012

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show

Competes with: Ford Edge, Kia Sorento Looks like: Outlander gets a more fluid and sculpted look Drivetrain: No word on U.S. powertrains, but Europe will get diesel and gas versions: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel.

By Cars.com  |  01:44 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Infiniti Emerg-E Concept at the 2012 International Geneva Motor Show

Looks like: Infiniti intends to go ahead with building its first halo vehicle Defining characteristics: mid-engine, two-seater coupe, plug-in hybrid electric Ridiculous features: 0-130 mph in 30 seconds Chances of being mass-produced: 50/50 Unlike Lexus and Acura, which had halo.

By Cars.com  |  01:20 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: March 6, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: Chrysler's new Diversified Certified program will allow Chrysler dealerships — which include Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep and Fiat showrooms — to sell certified pre-owned vehicles from non-Chrysler brands, Automotive News reports.

By Cars.com  |  11:48 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Bentley EXP 9 F Concept at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show

Looks like: Bentley is upping its calorie count big time Defining characteristics: It's Bentley's first SUV concept Ridiculous features: Pop-up picnic area complete with awning, umbrella and, of course, a champagne bucket Chances of being mass-produced: Likely, though its name.

By Cars.com  |  10:45 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Road Trip Report: 2012 Subaru Outback

Model: Outback 2.5i Premium (four-cylinder/CVT) Starting Price: $24,795 Options: All-weather package (heated front seats, heated side mirrors, windshield wiper deicer, Harman/kardon audio system, Bluetooth wireless device connectivity and streaming, satellite radio with 4-month trial subscription, HD radio w/4.

By Cars.com  |  09:39 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Mercedes-Benz A-Class at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show

Competes with: BMW 1 Series, Audi A3, Lexus CT 200h Looks like: It’s a little more sporty-minded than traditional Mercedes models Drivetrain: 115-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder; 156- and 211-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; seven-speed double-clutch automatic transmission; front- and all-wheel drive.

By Cars.com  |  07:05 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:34 AM ET, 03/06/2012

2013 Lexus RX at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show

Competes with: Acura MDX and Mercedes-Benz M-Class Looks like: RX gains some style with a couple of new appearance packages; sweeping LED headlights and a more dynamic-looking grille also help Drivetrain: 270-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission (gas); 295-hp,.

By Cars.com  |  04:34 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Lamborghini Aventador J at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Looks like: a chop-top Aventador Defining characteristics: It’s missing a roof and windshield Ridiculous features: Almost everything is made of carbon fiber Chances of being mass-produced: Lamborghini will make and sell just one A racing-inspired version of Lamborghini's Aventador supercar.

By Cars.com  |  04:45 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Lamborghini Aventador J at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show

Looks like: a chop-top Aventador Defining characteristics: It’s missing a roof and windshield Ridiculous features: Almost everything is made of carbon fiber Chances of being mass-produced: Lamborghini will make and sell just one A racing-inspired version of Lamborghini's Aventador supercar.

By Cars.com  |  03:45 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Road Test Report: 2012 Subaru Outback

Model: Outback 2.5i Premium (four-cylinder/CVT) Starting Price: $24,795 Options: All-weather package (heated front seats, heated side mirrors, windshield wiper deicer, Harman/kardon audio system, Bluetooth wireless device connectivity and streaming, satellite radio with 4-month trial subscription, HD radio w/4.

By Cars.com  |  02:04 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Recall Alert: 2003-05 Infiniti Q45

Infiniti parent Nissan is recalling 1,349 2003-05 Infiniti Q45 SUVs for potential issues with their seat-mounted dual front side airbags, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the affected vehicles, the wiring connecting the airbags could face increased.

By Cars.com  |  12:38 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: March 5, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: Starting the week of March 19, GM will idle Chevrolet Volt production at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant for five weeks, Automotive News reports. GM sold just 1,626 Volts through the first two...

By Cars.com  |  12:03 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 03/05/2012

Recall Alert: 17,000 2012 Volvo Vehicles

Volvo is recalling 17,000 model-year 2012 Volvo S60, XC60, S80 and XC70 vehicles because the driver-side airbag may not deploy properly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. On the affected vehicles, which were manufactured from May 16 through.

By Cars.com  |  11:33 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:58 AM ET, 03/05/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Ford Edge

The 2012 Ford edge is an all-around competitive player in the midsize-crossover segment, according to Cars.com Managing Editor David Thomas. For the 2012 model year, the Edge gets a new EcoBoost four-cylinder and updated MyFord Touch system, which we tested.

By Cars.com  |  07:58 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 03/05/2012

Cars.com Announces Best Bets for 2012 Models

As we've done for a long time, we're rolling out our Best Bets for the 2012 model year. We know that many consumers are looking for guidance when it comes time to choose a new car, and Best Bets were...

By Cars.com  |  07:03 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 03/04/2012

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is a critical new vehicle for the newly independent Japanese automaker (once controlled by Ford). The compact SUV has good interior space and a supple ride, says Cars.com Industry Analyst Kelsey Mays. The CX-5 went on...

By Cars.com  |  09:03 AM ET, 03/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 03/03/2012

This Week's Most-Read Stories

In Consumer Reports' latest auto issue, the publication anointed Subaru as its top automaker for 2012, a first the company and displacing the once-mighty Honda. Mazda also did exceptionally well, but Ford tanked, falling to 10th place. Continue reading about.

By Cars.com  |  01:08 PM ET, 03/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Fiat Taps Charlie Sheen for New Ad

If J.Lo couldn't sell Fiats, does Charlie Sheen have a chance? Chrysler Group is launching a new ad for the Fiat 500 Abarth model staring the troubled bad-boy actor and his electronic monitoring ankle bracelet. Luckily, Catrinel Menghia, the Romanian.

By Cars.com  |  01:53 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Nissan to Revive Datsun Brand

After abandoning Datsun nearly 30 years ago, Nissan is reviving the brand for economy cars sold in developing markets, according to Reuters. The Datsun brand would return to countries like India, Russia and Indonesia on cars priced around $6,200. Nissan.

By Cars.com  |  12:58 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 03/02/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: March 2, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: February's auto sales jumped 16% over February 2011, hitting a seasonally adjusted rate of 15.1 million vehicles — the highest annualized rate since February 2008, Automotive News reports. See our report on...

By Cars.com  |  11:58 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 03/02/2012

Did Super Bowl XLVI Ads Impact Car Sales?

Aside from the impact football players make on the field, the NFL's Super Bowl is known for its buzz-enducing commercials. Advertisers try to gauge success in many ways, but for automakers the proof is driving off the car lots. Between...

By Cars.com  |  11:23 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 03/02/2012

Volvo Won’t Bring the V40 Stateside

It's a gloomy day for Volvo enthusiasts jazzed at the prospect of the V40 making its way to U.S. shores. Volvo recently released official photos of the compact hatchback, but it also confirmed the V40 will only be sold in...

By Cars.com  |  07:33 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 03/02/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Nissan Xterra

The Nissan Xterra is one of the most traditional compact SUVs you can buy these days — if you're not looking at the Jeep Wrangler. But the Xterra's rough-and-tumble nature is a pain on well-kept asphalt, according to Cars.com Senior...

By Cars.com  |  07:03 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: February 2012

Chrysler and Hyundai saw big increases in February sales as shoppers, spurred by positive economic news and rising personal income, hit dealerships to find incentives remain high. Dealer and manufacturer discounts, including trade-in bonuses and discount financing, totaled 16.

By Cars.com  |  03:24 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 03/01/2012

2012 Land Rover LR4: Car Seat Check

Little has changed in the 2012 Land Rover LR4 from the 2011 model year. That's good for our car-seat-installing purposes since the LR4 is one of the few vehicles that can easily handle three car seats in its second row....

By Cars.com  |  01:46 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 03/01/2012

2012 New York Auto Show: What we Know

Spring in New York typically means rain … and new cars. The 2012 New York auto show is a little over a month away. Press reveals start April 4, and the show opens to the public on April 6. We’re...

By Cars.com  |  11:14 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:43 AM ET, 03/01/2012

School Carpool Lanes are a Danger Zone

Driving through my daughters' school carpool lane twice a day, I'm shocked to see the disregard parents have for their children's safety while under the perceived safety net of the school zone. Parents allow their kids to unbuckle their seat...

By Cars.com  |  07:43 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 03/01/2012

VW GTI Cabriolet Not Coming to U.S.

This probably won't come as much of a surprise since the U.S. never got a version of the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet when it went on sale last year in Europe, but the GTI Cabriolet also is not coming here, says...

By Cars.com  |  07:03 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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