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Kicking Tires: April, 2012

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 04/30/2012

2013 Acura ILX vs. 2012 Honda Civic: Which Would You Buy?

The Acura ILX is in a unique position in the marketplace. With a starting price of around $25,000, the premium compact sedan competes with a small set of vehicles that includes the Buick Verano and Volvo C30. These types of...

By Cars.com  |  03:03 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 04/30/2012

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Car Seat Check

With the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV and its battery-electric drivetrain, the Japanese automaker has its sights set on the Nissan Leaf. The four-door sedan, which is also marketed as the Mitsubishi i, can go 80 to 100 miles on a single...

By Cars.com  |  02:15 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Toyota RAV4 EV to Debut May 7

It's been nearly two years since Toyota announced its collaboration with Tesla Motors to bring electric variants of the RAV4 to market in 2012. We first got a glimpse of what that model might look like through a demonstration prototype...

By Cars.com  |  01:38 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/30/2012

2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Crowned World's Most Powerful V-8

The most powerful production V-8 in the world sits under the hood of the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, According to the Society of Automotive Engineers. The 5.8-liter supercharged power plant in the high-performance Mustang is SAE-certified at 662 horsepower and.

By Cars.com  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Daily News Briefs: April 30, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: After overcoming "unspecified part" issues, the Dodge Dart will begin rolling off the line in Chrysler's Belvidere, Ill., assembly plant May 3, Bloomberg News reports. Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a...

By Cars.com  |  12:08 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 04/30/2012

Cars.com Buzz Index: April 2012

The Volkswagen CC, whose restyled 2013 model hit dealerships recently, tops this month's Buzz Index as the car with the highest gain in popularity on Cars.com. Perhaps it's a good sign that shoppers are interested in this coupe-like sedan, which...

By Cars.com  |  10:54 AM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:34 AM ET, 04/30/2012

Should the EPA Have Changed the BMW 328's Mileage?

When the EPA downgraded the highway mileage estimate for the new BMW 328 to 33 mpg from 36 mpg, it was a big deal. Automakers don't routinely see that kind of change from the agency when releasing a new model....

By Cars.com  |  07:34 AM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 04/29/2012

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

The redesigned 2013 Ford Escape offers better performance, fuel economy and interior amenities over the old model, according to Managing Editor David Thomas. Unfortunately, the updated model has a fairly steep asking price compared with other models in the category.

By Cars.com  |  09:03 AM ET, 04/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/28/2012

This Week's Most-Read Stories

Diesel-powered vehicles are becoming more popular in the U.S., with sales up 35% so far this year — a 27% increase from 2011. As more mainstream models get diesel engines, such as the Chevy Cruze, experts believe that even more...

By Cars.com  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 AM ET, 04/28/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Dodge Dart

Dodge resurrected an old nameplate for its 2013 Dart, but there’s nothing old about the vehicle. The new-for-2013 compact sedan is an all-new car and is the first Chrysler Group product based on a Fiat-developed platform. According to Cars.com Editor.

By Cars.com  |  12:19 AM ET, 04/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 AM ET, 04/28/2012

Dodge Dart Aero to Get at Least 41 MPG Highway

Dodge announced partial EPA fuel-economy estimates for its 2013 Dart and revealed that a fuel economy-focused version of the compact sedan will get at least 41 mpg on the highway when equipped with a manual transmission and the available turbocharged.

By Cars.com  |  12:18 AM ET, 04/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 04/27/2012

Go-To Car Music Keeps Families in Harmony

Who wins the contest for coolest dad in the school dropoff lane? Well, his YouTube name is Southlandification and he's got his family, including a little boy, singing along to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" as they drive to school. Watch the...

By Cars.com  |  04:08 PM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 04/27/2012

Ferrari Plans Hybrid Powertrain

At the Beijing Auto Show, Ferrari announced that it plans to offer a hybrid powertrain in 2013. The exotic-car manufacturer showed off its gas/electric HY-KERS concept at the show and confirmed that the technology will be available in its yet-to-be-named.

By Cars.com  |  01:04 PM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 04/27/2012

Daily News Briefs: April 27, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: Ford's profits for the first three months of 2012 have fallen compared to last year, the automaker reports. The Blue Oval reported a $2.3 billion pre-tax operating profit on $32.4 billion in...

By Cars.com  |  12:10 PM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 04/27/2012

For Honda, Next Accord Must be a Hit

Randy LeBlanc has owned a Honda Accord for more than 20 years. A 41-year-old real-estate agent in New Orleans' suburbs, LeBlanc bought his first Accord, a used 1988 model, in the early 1990s. He replaced it with a brand-new Accord...

By Cars.com  |  09:03 AM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 04/26/2012

Go-To Car Music Keep Families in Harmony

Who wins the contest for coolest dad in the school dropoff lane? Well, his YouTube name is Southlandification and he's got his family, including a little boy, singing along to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" as they drive to school. Watch the...

By Cars.com  |  05:55 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 04/26/2012

What's the Most Affordable Compact Crossover?

The compact-crossover class is exploding in popularity because of the mix of utility and affordability these types of vehicles deliver. Introduced in 1995, the Toyota RAV4 was the first car-based compact crossover available in this country, according to MotorWeek.

By Cars.com  |  03:06 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 04/26/2012

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser: Car Seat Check

There's nothing small about the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser. From its size — it can carry eight passengers — to its starting price of $77,955, this is a ginormous three-row SUV. The Land Cruiser does have two small numbers attached...

By Cars.com  |  02:14 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/26/2012

Toyota Prices Limited-Edition Tacoma TRD T/X Baja Series Package

Toyota's off-road-oriented Tacoma TRD T/X Baja Series Package will cost $5,015, less a $650 factory credit, when it goes on sale this May. The limited-edition model is equipped with a 4.0-liter V-6 engine mated either to a six-speed manual or...

By Cars.com  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 04/26/2012

Daily News Briefs: April 26, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: Many automakers reported first-quarter profits today. Chrysler fared well, posting $473 million compared with $116 million in the first quarter of 2011. Last year the automaker posted the first annual profit since.

By Cars.com  |  12:19 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 04/26/2012

2013 Audi Q5: First Look

For the 2013 model year, the Audi Q5 gets a midcycle refresh to address the compact crossover's so-so fuel economy and to tie its styling to Audi's latest design language. Starting with exterior updates, the headlight, grille and bumper designs...

By Cars.com  |  11:04 AM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 04/26/2012

Cars.com's 2012 Mock Draft: Top Car Prospects

The 2012 NFL Draft kicks off tonight, which means tomorrow will see millions of hours in lost productivity as Americans wonder why, God, why their team drafted the next JaMarcus Russell. We got to thinking: If we had to draft...

By Cars.com  |  09:39 AM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:38 AM ET, 04/26/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Volvo XC60

As a former Volvo owner, Cars.com Senior Family Editor Kristin Varela had high hopes for the 2012 Volvo XC60, but they faded over time. While the XC60 offers quick acceleration, the ride was too soft and there was too much...

By Cars.com  |  07:38 AM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 04/26/2012

New NHTSA Website Helps Parents Choose Right Seat

If you've had kids at any point when "Barney" has been on the air, you know as well as anyone what a catastrophic cluster...mess it is trying to figure out which type of car seat to put your baby/toddler/kid/preteen in...

By Cars.com  |  07:04 AM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durango is a capable family cruiser that offers a roomy three-row cabin, decent towing capacity and a welcoming interior, according to Cars.com editor Mike Hanley. But skip the V-8 model and the sport-themed R/T trim, Hanley says. The...

By Cars.com  |  02:44 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 04/25/2012

2013 Ford Escape Gets 33 MPG Highway; Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ Get 34 MPG Highway

When the 2013 Ford Escape goes on sale later this spring it will do so with three four-cylinder powertrains that all achieve better than 30 mpg on the highway, according to Ford. The 2013 Scion FR-S hits dealerships this June...

By Cars.com  |  01:43 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Nissan Armada, Titan

Nissan is recalling 26,626 model-year 2012 versions of the Titan pickup truck and Armada SUV because they are missing a label containing wheel rim size information, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The label's omission could lead to.

By Cars.com  |  12:39 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 04/25/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Mazda5

The Mazda5, a six-seater, is a mini-minivan, so compromises are necessary when hauling kids in child-safety seats, says Cars.com Family contributor Carrie Kim. Third-row legroom is best for younger kids, and Carrie’s rear-facing convertible seats ate up all the second-row.

By Cars.com  |  09:03 AM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 04/25/2012

Which Foreign-Owned Carmakers Build the Most in America?

Last year, Honda built more cars at its Alabama, Indiana and Ohio facilities than it did in Japan — 826,440 versus 710,621, according to data from Automotive News and the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. It's the first time Honda's U.S....

By Cars.com  |  07:04 AM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 AM ET, 04/25/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Scion FR-S

Scion, Toyota's youth brand, wanted to inject some passion into its lineup with its newest offering, and the Scion FR-S did just that, according to Cars.com Editor Joe Bruzek. The new-for-2013 rear-wheel-drive sports coupe is feisty, maneuverable and engaging to.

By Cars.com  |  12:09 AM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 04/24/2012

2012 Chevrolet Tahoe: Car Seat Check

Talk about a family car. The 2012 Chevy Tahoe can fit up to nine passengers in three rows of seats. That's more passenger-hauling ability than any new minivan currently on the market. Of course, we're looking at child-safety seats and...

By Cars.com  |  03:05 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 04/24/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan

It may not be what the cool kids want to drive, but Dodge's minivan has all the stuff to make it a comfortable, versatile family hauler. What's even better is that the Grand Caravan is also good enough to convert...

By Cars.com  |  02:04 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 04/24/2012

What You Really, Really Want: A Posh Range Rover Evoque

At the Beijing auto show, Land Rover announced a new special-edition Evoque, created with a partner who matches the compact crossover in style and glamour: Victoria Beckham. The British fashion designer and former Spice Girl collaborated with Land Rover's design.

By Cars.com  |  01:19 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 04/24/2012

Limited-Edition Altitude Joins Jeep Wrangler Lineup

Like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Compass and Patriot before it, the Wrangler Unlimited will get a limited-production Altitude model. Built off the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited in Sahara trim, the Altitude edition adds a body-colored hardtop and unique interior and.

By Cars.com  |  12:38 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 04/24/2012

Daily News Briefs: April 24, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: Volkswagen, the Detroit Three and other automakers drafted a plan to speed the implementation of alternatives to nylon resin, which the industry uses for brake and fuel lines, Bloomberg News reports. An...

By Cars.com  |  11:58 AM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 04/24/2012

Jaguar Outlines New Engines, Transmission

In a bid to offer a wider array of powerful, fuel-efficient gasoline engines, Jaguar will add two new engines and a new eight-speed transmission to its lineup. In the U.S., Jaguar's V-8 lineup makes it the only volume luxury automaker...

By Cars.com  |  09:39 AM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 04/24/2012

Your Family Car is a Volkswagen Jetta?!

I have a baby. I carpool a lot with other moms who have babies. I have two rear-facing child-safety seats installed in my car the majority of the time, and I just got a new 2012 Volkswagen Jetta. You may...

By Cars.com  |  07:39 AM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 04/24/2012

Cars.com Predicts 2013 Nissan Altima Will Outpace Market by 24%

What's a redesign worth to an automaker? Very often, it can mean a whole new life with a boom in sales. Nissan unveiled the redesigned Altima at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, and we think the new version...

By Cars.com  |  07:03 AM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Ford Escape

Ford continues its radical redesign of mainstream models with the 2013 Ford Escape. Managing Editor David Thomas heaps praise on the compact crossover and compares it favorably to the rest of the class in almost every category. The only place...

By Cars.com  |  03:28 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Strict Laws Convince Teens to Buckle Up

States with tougher seat belt laws translate to more teens buckling up, according to a new seat belt study conducted by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance. The study found that new teen drivers who live in...

By Cars.com  |  02:58 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Nissan Titan

Nissan is recalling 918 model-year 2012 versions of the Titan pickup truck because a label lists the incorrect seating capacity, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were built from June 10 through July 22, 2011,.

By Cars.com  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Scion xB and xD to Be Discontinued

Toyota plans to discontinue its iconic Scion xB and the ill-remembered xD, according to Ward's Auto. Scion Vice President Jack Hollis told Ward's that the brand didn't "have plans for a direct xB or xD replacement." Scion, which debuted in...

By Cars.com  |  12:34 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Daily News Briefs: April 23, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: Total new-car discounts fell sharply in April as incentives from automakers and dealers combined for 15% off the average new-car MSRP, according to last week's Retail Automotive Summary from CNW Marketing Research.

By Cars.com  |  12:13 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 04/23/2012

Nissan Teases 2013 Sentra

At the Beijing auto show, Nissan revealed a new car that will be the basis for the 2013 Sentra. Nissan's compact sedan was last updated for model-year 2010, when it got a light refresh. The 2013 Sentra marks the car's...

By Cars.com  |  10:33 AM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 04/23/2012

How Much Stuff Can You Fit in a Toyota Yaris?

We usually make our weekend plans long before I know what I'll be driving, and my family's plans don't change for anything—not even a 2012 Toyota Yaris. The plans: grocery shopping, picking up a large birthday gift and hauling some...

By Cars.com  |  07:39 AM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 04/23/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota improved its large Land Cruiser SUV for model-year 2013 in several ways: It has a more refined interior, comfortable ride and quieter cabin. The Land Cruiser’s not for everyone, though, says Cars.com Managing Editor David Thomas. Though this eight-passenger.

By Cars.com  |  07:03 AM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 04/22/2012

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

Ford appears to be dedicated to keeping its large family sedan, the Taurus, current with car shoppers. For the 2013 model year, the Taurus gets an extensive refresh, delivering edgier styling and a new turbo four-cylinder power plant to the...

By Cars.com  |  09:03 AM ET, 04/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:11 AM ET, 04/22/2012

Lamborghini Urus Concept at the Beijing Motor Show

Looks like: The Devil's own SUV Defining characteristics: Aggressive design, 600 hp, 24-inch wheels, side cameras in lieu of mirrors Ridiculous features: A name that is simultaneously shorter and more cumbersome than Lamborghini's other model names Chances of being mass-produced:.

By Cars.com  |  08:11 AM ET, 04/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/21/2012

This Week's Most-Read Stories

Fun fact: Volkswagen was the first carmaker to have an assembly plant in the U.S. when it purchased a former Chrysler plant in 1978. While that plant ultimately failed, the automaker returned to our shores with a new, large plant...

By Cars.com  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 04/20/2012

What Are the Greenest U.S. Cities for Car Shoppers?

For Earth Day on Sunday, we've compiled a list of U.S. cities with the most and least eco-friendly car shoppers. We looked at search data from Cars.com's millions of site visitors and determined that, based on their searches for vehicles...

By Cars.com  |  02:34 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 04/20/2012

First Drive: 2013 Acura ILX

When Acura introduced its 2013 ILX sedan at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, we wondered why the company would add another small sedan, just under the TSX in size and price. We also wondered if the demand truly exists for...

By Cars.com  |  01:05 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 04/20/2012

Lamborghini Urus Concept Photo Gallery

Lamborghini's four-door, four-seat Urus concept SUV will officially meet the public on Sunday at the Beijing Motor Show. Cars.com got a sneak peek at the SUV earlier this month at a top-secret preview in New York City. Check out the...

By Cars.com  |  12:21 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 04/20/2012

Daily News Briefs: April 20, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: Invista, the company responsible for Stainmaster carpets, may relieve the auto industry's pending resin shortage, Automotive News reports. The shortage spawns from a March 31 plant explosion at Evonik Industries; Evonik is.

By Cars.com  |  11:48 AM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 04/20/2012

Cadillac Tests Self-Driving Car

Cadillac is taking the meaning of cruise control to new levels. The automaker is testing "Super Cruise," a semi-autonomous driving technology. Super Cruise uses radar, ultrasonic sensors, forward- and rear-facing cameras and GPS map data to guide the car.

By Cars.com  |  11:14 AM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 04/20/2012

Field Trial: Level 3 Quick-Charging Two EVs

After more than a year with our 2011 Nissan Leaf, we finally got the opportunity last week to charge it using one of the first public Level 3 quick-chargers installed in Chicago. We purchased our Leaf with a dedicated quick-charge...

By Cars.com  |  07:04 AM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 AM ET, 04/20/2012

2013 Acura ILX to Start at $25,900

Earlier this year, Acura said its ILX compact will be priced well below $30,000; the automaker is sticking to the plan. The newest Acura on the block will start at $25,900 when it goes on sale next month. Prices for...

By Cars.com  |  12:13 AM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 04/19/2012

Mercedes Concept Style Coupe at the Beijing Motor Show

The carmaker who first made the fastback, four-door coupe body style popular — with its 2005 CLS-Class — looks to capitalize on its success with a new compact four-door coupe. The Mercedes Concept Style Coupe will be unveiled at the...

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

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 04/19/2012

What's Under Nissan’s Sheets?

Nissan is advertising that it plans to debut five all-new models in the next 15 months, giving consumers a glimpse of its future by showing vehicles hidden under sheets in TV ads and on billboards. So, what's under there? Starting...

By Cars.com  |  02:09 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 04/19/2012

Daily News Briefs: April 19, 2012

Here’s what we have our eye on today: Volkswagen picked Mexico as a location for its latest factory, which will likely build the Audi Q5, Automotive News reports. VW elected to go with Mexico rather than a site near Volkswagen's...

By Cars.com  |  12:33 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 04/19/2012

2013 Chevrolet Volt, Equinox Add Safety and Tech Features

For the 2013 model year, the Chevrolet Volt and Equinox add an impressive array of safety options which just a few years ago would have been relegated to luxury vehicles. The new safety measures include forward collision alert and lane...

By Cars.com  |  10:03 AM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:40 AM ET, 04/19/2012

2012 Jeep Compass: Car Seat Check

One of only two front-wheel-drive Jeeps, the 2012 Compass is built on a car-based platform for a smoother ride and better fuel economy. This five-seat crossover keeps the characteristic Jeep styling, though. For the Car Seat Check, we use a...

By Cars.com  |  07:40 AM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:38 AM ET, 04/19/2012

New Car Tracker: April 2012

Perhaps making the biggest splash at the 2012 New York International Auto Show was the all-new 2013 Nissan Altima with its promise of 38 mpg highway in a midsize sedan for $21,500; the Altima goes on sale this July. Also...

By Cars.com  |  07:38 AM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Slow Sales for Ford's Electric Focus

It might not be readily apparent, but there is a fifth major electric car offering currently on sale in select markets. The 2012 Ford Focus Electric has been on sale since December 2011, but the carmaker has only managed to...

By Cars.com  |  03:28 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 04/18/2012

2013 Cadillac ATS: More Details

As GM prepares to launch its Cadillac ATS this summer more information is beginning to leak out, including standard features and what trims will have an available manual transmission. Starting with the engine lineup, we now have more accurate power...

By Cars.com  |  02:13 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Are Americans Starting to Embrace Diesel?

According to a new study, diesel-powered vehicles sales are up, indicating that Americans might finally be warming to them. A joint report from Hybridcars.com and research company Baum and Associates show sales have been steadily trending upward for the last.

By Cars.com  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Daily News Briefs: April 18, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: A shortage on auto resin, used for brake and fuel lines, could take months to mend, Reuters reports. Evonik Industries, whose German plant suffered an explosion on March 31, said the damaged...

By Cars.com  |  12:08 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 04/18/2012

Audi To Show RS Q3 Concept at Beijing Motor Show

Audi recently announced that its tiny Q3 crossover will hit U.S. shores in the 2013 calendar year and showed off a concept version at the 2012 Detroit auto show. The automaker plans on debuting a second concept at the Beijing...

By Cars.com  |  11:28 AM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:38 AM ET, 04/18/2012

Incentives Diet: Buy This, Not That

With new models coming fast and furious via announcements at the four major auto shows — L.A., Detroit, Chicago and New York — of the season, we thought we'd focus our incentives breakdown on some older, proven models that are...

By Cars.com  |  07:38 AM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 04/18/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Audi A3 TDI

Now that Cars.com Family contributor Sara Lacey’s children are older, she can easily fit them into smaller cars. She was delighted to zip around with her family of four in the 2012 Audi A3 TDI. With its turbodiesel engine, this...

By Cars.com  |  07:03 AM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Infiniti Has Big Plans for G Lineup

Big changes are coming to Infiniti's G lineup. An Infiniti insider in Japan recently spilled the beans to Motor Trend about the brand’s future plans, including a new G that borrows heavily from the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Motor Trend reports that...

By Cars.com  |  02:09 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Ford to Take Retro Looks Out of Next Mustang

When the next-generation Ford Mustang debuts sometime next year, consumers can expect a modern, luxurious look, according to the Wall Street Journal. In a bid to stop sagging sales and attract the attention of a younger audience, the Mustang will...

By Cars.com  |  01:13 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Daily News Briefs: April 17, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: An eight-month investigation on transmission issues in the prior-generation BMW 7 Series has revealed 16 crashes and five injuries, prompting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to launch an engineering analysis.

By Cars.com  |  12:03 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 04/17/2012

NADA Warns of Impending Sticker Shock

Making fuel-efficient cars isn't cheap, and a new study warns that consumers are going to end up paying a lot for them. According to a National Automotive Dealer Association study, new government fuel-economy requirements are going to cost consumers a.

By Cars.com  |  11:28 AM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 04/17/2012

Gas Buddy: Up-Close Mobile App Inspection

What is it? Gas Buddy allows users to report gas prices at fueling stations across the United States and Canada. Price: Free Platforms: iOS 3.0 or higher; Android 1.5 or higher; BlackBerry and Windows phones. Info: www.gasbuddy.com With the national..

By Cars.com  |  07:39 AM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 04/17/2012

2012 Nissan Leaf: Car Seat Check

Very little has changed in the Nissan Leaf for the 2012 model year. It now has heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel, which is one of my favorite car features. The battery pack has more insulation...

By Cars.com  |  07:04 AM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 04/16/2012

Dodge Releases Full Dart Pricing

Dodge previously announced that its new-for-2013 compact car will start at $15,995, and today, the automaker released full pricing for the 2013 Dart. The automaker's first small sedan since the Neon will be available in five trim levels: SE, SXT,...

By Cars.com  |  01:33 PM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 04/16/2012

Recall Alert: 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Rolls-Royce is recalling a small amount of model-year 2011 turbocharged versions of its Ghost sedan to address a faulty water pump, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A total of 69 vehicles equipped with turbocharged eight- or 12-cylinder.

By Cars.com  |  12:53 PM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 04/16/2012

Recall Alert: High-Powered BMWs

BMW is recalling turbocharged versions of several of its vehicles to address a faulty water pump, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles include model-year 2011 5 Series and 5 Series Gran Turismo and model-year 2012.

By Cars.com  |  12:38 PM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 04/16/2012

Recall Alert: BMW

BMW is recalling turbocharged versions of several of its vehicles to address a faulty water pump, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles include model-year 2011 5 Series and 5 Series Gran Turismo and model-year 2012.

By Cars.com  |  12:23 PM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 04/16/2012

Daily News Briefs: April 16, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: In a bid to restructure its business in the U.S., Suzuki has steadily cut costs for the sake of short-term profitability, according to insiders who spoke with Automotive News. The Japanese carmaker...

By Cars.com  |  11:49 AM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 04/16/2012

2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid Coming to U.S.

Audi confirmed with us that the 2013 Audi Q5 Hybrid — first shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and already on sale in Europe — will head to our shores soon, according to an Audi spokesperson. The Audi Q5...

By Cars.com  |  10:28 AM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 04/16/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Ford Mustang

For the 2013 model year, Ford tweaked the Mustang's appearance, giving the muscle car a more cohesive look with a prominent grille, according to Cars.com Industry Analyst Kelsey Mays. While the look is certainly nicer, the Mustang continues to hold...

By Cars.com  |  07:03 AM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/15/2012

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

The new 2013 Mazda CX-5 handles well and is a fuel-efficient compact crossover from a carmaker that had previously offered only a mediocre clone of the last-generation Ford Escape. The CX-5 interior is well-appointed, but its engine is a bit...

By Cars.com  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/14/2012

This Week's Most-Read Stories

The 2012 New York International Auto Show showcased a surprising amount of big hitters this year. In fact, the show was second only to the 2012 Detroit auto show in terms of debuts, which included important models like the 2013...

By Cars.com  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Chevrolet Caps Avalanche Run With 2013 Black Diamond Model

Chevrolet is ending production of its Avalanche pickup truck after model-year 2013 and releasing one last edition to celebrate. The model's swan song is the Black Diamond Avalanche, which features body-colored bed surrounds and a unique badge on the sail.

By Cars.com  |  02:39 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Audi Q5

Despite being on the market for nearly four years, the Audi Q5 is still a competent opponent to other compact luxury crossovers like the BMW X3, Cadillac SRX and Infiniti EX3, according to Cars.com editor Jennifer Geiger. The Q5 offers...

By Cars.com  |  01:33 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Do We Need Another Fiat 500?

The Fiat 500 got off to a tepid start in the U.S. thanks to a misdirected ad campaign and lack of positive brand recognition, coupled with a slowly building dealer network. How does Chrysler's Italian brand plan to change that?...

By Cars.com  |  12:37 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 04/13/2012

2013 Ford Escape Starts at $22,470

After going more than a decade without a full redesign, Ford's compact crossover gets completely updated for 2013, and base prices increase by around $1,000. Ford rep Angie Kozleski told Cars.com that the 2013 Escape starts at $22,470, compared with..

By Cars.com  |  11:34 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 04/13/2012

Daily News Briefs: April 13, 2012

Your Friday the 13th edition of what’s going on in the automotive world is here: The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas has dropped slightly to $3.90 from last week’s $3.93, but some areas are getting...

By Cars.com  |  10:58 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:34 AM ET, 04/13/2012

Car Seats: Don't Forget to Use the Top Tether Anchor

When my daughters were in forward-facing child-safety seats about 10 years ago, the Latch system was a new concept. Today, most parents are educated on cars' Latch systems and are fairly well-versed in how to install child-safety seats using the...

By Cars.com  |  07:34 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 04/13/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Subaru Outback

As a resident of Colorado, Cars.com Family contributor Courtney Messenbaugh sees Subarus all the time; they’re a vehicular fixture in her state. In her test drive of the 2012 Outback, Courtney was surprised by how much space is inside this...

By Cars.com  |  07:03 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Recall Alert: 2011-12 Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia

General Motors is recalling 50,001 model-year 2011 and 2012 versions of its midsize crossovers due to problems their windshield wiper arms, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall affects Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia models.

By Cars.com  |  03:43 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Jaguar XF

Changes for 2012 to Jaguar's midsize sedan only make a good thing better, according to Cars.com Managing Editor David Thomas. The Jaguar XF received some minor exterior tweaks for the new model year, along with an updated navigation system. A...

By Cars.com  |  02:59 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 04/12/2012

2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class: First Look

Mercedes-Benz continues to put the "G" in glitz with its 2013 G-Class. The German automaker's Gelandewagen—German for cross-country vehicle—is back for 2013 and glitzier than ever. The uber-luxury tank gets a slightly restyled exterior, new engine for the AMG model.

By Cars.com  |  12:44 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: April 12, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: Federal investigators have extended a Jeep Wrangler probe to the 2007-09 and 2011-12 model years, The Detroit News reports. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened the investigation late last month to.

By Cars.com  |  12:09 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Cars.com Adds More 2012 Best Bets

We announced this year's 2012 Best Bets last month. These are cars that we recommend based on a number of criteria including reliability, crash tests and how they perform on the road. This week we're able to announce our Best...

By Cars.com  |  09:03 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 04/12/2012

2013 Lexus GS 350: Car Seat Check

With its redesign for 2013, Lexus reworked the GS' handling, exterior looks and interior quality. The midsize sedan seats five and backseat passengers will enjoy the heated outboard seats — assuming they're not strapped into child-safety seats. For the Car.

By Cars.com  |  07:45 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Are Sedans the Forgotten Family Car?

With no minivans in sight and spending a day checking out crossover after crossover at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, I had to ask myself whether there were other family-friendly vehicles I'd overlooked. I naturally pictured minivans, crossovers.

By Cars.com  |  02:09 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 04/11/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: April 11, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: Used-car prices for compact and midsize cars may peak in the next few weeks, an analyst from the National Automobile Dealers Association told Automotive News. A shortage of late-model used cars, which...

By Cars.com  |  11:58 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 04/11/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen is recalling a small number of model-year 2012 versions of the Passat sedan due to problems with the diesel fuel filter, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Only 153 vehicles are affected by the recall; they were.

By Cars.com  |  11:03 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 04/11/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Volkswagen Routan

Volkswagen is recalling a small number of model-year 2012 versions of the Routan minivan due to problems with rear hub bearing assemblies, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Only 15 vehicles are affected by the recall; they were.

By Cars.com  |  10:33 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 04/11/2012

2013 Lexus GS Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

A third vehicle in Lexus' lineup has been awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top honors since the safety agency toughened its testing in 2010. The 2013 Lexus GS sedan was named a top safety pick, joining the RX...

By Cars.com  |  09:03 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 04/11/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 BMW 5 Series

The real draw to any BMW is the driving experience, according to Cars.com Family contributor Carrie Kim. But the 2012 BMW 528i disappointed in that department because it didn’t feel athletic on the road, Kim says. However, the sedan’s high-quality...

By Cars.com  |  07:33 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Ford Taurus

A few changes were in order for Ford’s largest sedan, the Taurus. For 2013, it gets a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the MyFord Touch multimedia system as options, but does that fix its past problems? Cars.com editor Kelsey Mays...

By Cars.com  |  04:18 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Second-Row Supremacy for Three-Row Crossovers

There's one hard and fast reality about three-row crossovers: You — or more likely your kids — have to get past the second row to get to the third. It's just plain logic. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage...

By Cars.com  |  02:09 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Movers & Losers: March 2012

The Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Prius were in high demand in March, with just-released 2013 Elantra sedans staying at dealerships just three days before shoppers take them home — proof that if a car is executed right, it can sell...

By Cars.com  |  01:38 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 04/10/2012

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Competes with: Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson Looks like: Cleaner-looking nose, more chrome trim Drivetrain: 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual or CVT Hits dealerships: This summer Mitsubishi's smallest crossover and best-selling vehicle gets slightly refreshed for 2013.

By Cars.com  |  11:05 AM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 04/10/2012

2012 Jaguar XF: Car Seat Check

With its relatively low starting price of $53,000, the 2012 Jaguar XF offers a (sort of) wallet-friendly entry into the Jaguar lineup. The XF sedan seats five, but it doesn't fit three child-safety seats across the backseat. For the Car...

By Cars.com  |  09:04 AM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 04/10/2012

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek: Photo Gallery

The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is a rugged variant of the Impreza hatchback. It features black-cladded lower sills, a raised suspension, roof rails and different wheel designs. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage The Crosstrek's cargo area is equipped.

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

2013 Lexus GS 450h Priced at $58,950; RX at $39,310

When the redesigned 2013 Lexus GS 450h goes on sale in May, it will start at $58,950, excluding an $875 destination fee. The new Lexus GS hybrid is priced identically to the 2011 Lexus GS 450h model, despite having more...

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

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 04/09/2012

Mazda Takeri Concept: Photo Gallery

Mazda gave us a preview of the next-generation Mazda6 at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. The Takeri concept sedan turned heads with its sleek profile and aggressive styling. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage According to the...

By Cars.com  |  02:05 PM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 04/09/2012

Acura RLX Concept: Photo Gallery

The Acura RLX Concept is a good indication of the luxury brand's direction for its next-generation flagship, which will replace the RL. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage Underneath the RLX's skin is a high-tech hybrid powertrain that makes...

By Cars.com  |  01:07 PM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 04/09/2012

Cars.com News Briefs: April 9, 2012

Here's what we have our eye on today: Nissan will use Intel chips in select models beginning next year, Bloomberg News reports. The Infiniti LE concept, which Nissan's luxury division introduced at last week's New York International Auto Show, uses...

By Cars.com  |  12:03 PM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 04/09/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Jeep Compass and Patriot

Chrysler is recalling 1,689 model-year 2012 versions of the Jeep Compass and Patriot compact crossovers due to problems with their fuel tanks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured from Dec.

By Cars.com  |  11:03 AM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 04/09/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Ford Focus

Ford is recalling more than 140,000 Focus sedans and hatchbacks due to problems with the windshield wiper motor, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In these cars, a seal in the passenger-side wiper motor's wiring harness connector may.

By Cars.com  |  10:23 AM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:20 AM ET, 04/09/2012

Top 10 Cargo Surprises

Cargo space isn't just a nice-to-have for consumers; shoppers demand it. On a five-point scale of importance, 87 percent of Bankrate.com subscribers last year rated functionality or practicality as important factors in buying a car. Only one factor, vehicle price,.

By Cars.com  |  06:20 AM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 04/08/2012

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

The 2012 Toyota Prius c got off to a fast start in this country, selling more cars in its first three days than Chevrolet sold Volts or Nissan sold Leafs in all of February, according to the automaker. Part of...

By Cars.com  |  09:03 AM ET, 04/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/07/2012

This Week's Most-Read Stories

The 2012 New York International Auto Show is old news for the media, but for folks eager to attend the show, the fun has just begun. Public days for the show start today and run through April 15; the 10-day...

By Cars.com  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 04/06/2012

Infiniti LE Concept: Photo Gallery

The Infiniti LE Concept is Nissan's hint that it intends to build a version of its electric Leaf for its luxury carmaker. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage The LE packs a slightly more powerful electric motor than the...

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

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 04/06/2012

2013 Buick Enclave: Photo Gallery

The 2013 Buick Enclave gets the same treatment that its sibling crossovers — the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia — received for the model year, including a new face and interior updates. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage The...

By Cars.com  |  02:37 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 04/06/2012

Infiniti May Build EV alongside Nissan Leaf in U.S.

Infiniti's plug-in LE concept, unveiled Thursday at the New York International Auto Show, will hit dealerships within the next two years, and there's a good chance parent company Nissan will build it alongside the Leaf, which will begin rolling off...

By Cars.com  |  01:58 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 04/06/2012

2013 Lexus RX: Photo Gallery

For the 2013 model year, the Lexus RX gets a mild refresh, giving the crossover a version of luxury carmaker’s new spindle grille design. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage Other exterior updates include a revised front bumper, new...

By Cars.com  |  01:53 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 04/06/2012

Two Hyundai Santa Fes, Both Aimed at Families

Hyundai's Santa Fe, a midsize crossover, was in dire need of a redesign, and its larger sibling, the three-row Veracruz was all but forgotten by family shoppers. At the 2012 New York auto show, the automaker fixed both problems with...

By Cars.com  |  01:04 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 04/06/2012

2013 Lexus ES: Photo Gallery

The 2013 Lexus ES is all-new for the model year, featuring a sportier look and stylish interior. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage The new ES also brings with it its first hybrid powertrain that’s borrowed from the Toyota...

By Cars.com  |  12:38 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 04/06/2012

2012 New York Auto Show: Winners and Losers

Many of the press conferences at this year's New York auto show were packed with multiple debuts, as if the automakers knew this was their last opportunity to make a splash before the summer lull between international showcases. The jam-packed...

By Cars.com  |  12:03 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 04/06/2012

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG: Photo Gallery

The recently redesigned 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class gets another AMG trim for the model year, called the SL65 AMG. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage The top-of-the-line trim packs a 621-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-12; exterior updates include high-polished chrome, a differently.

By Cars.com  |  11:41 AM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 04/06/2012

2013 Cadillac SRX: Up Close

We've never been enthusiastic about the Cadillac SRX, in part because we didn't think its interior was up to snuff. The SRX's biggest problem, actually, was the Chevrolet Equinox with which it shares a platform. Simply put, the Equinox's quality...

By Cars.com  |  10:49 AM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 04/06/2012

Bentley EXP 9 F Concept: Photo Gallery

While Bentley still intends to make an SUV, it won’t necessarily look like this one shown at the 2012 New York auto show. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage Apparently the automaker is already working on a redesign featuring...

By Cars.com  |  09:58 AM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:43 AM ET, 04/06/2012

2012 Honda CR-V Earns Five-Star NHTSA Safety Rating

Honda redesigned its compact crossover for 2012, and the new model did better in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash testing than the previous version. NHTSA gave the 2012 CR-V five stars out of five versus last year's four star-rating.

By Cars.com  |  07:43 AM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:43 AM ET, 04/06/2012

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450: Photo Gallery

The updated 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL450 gets more than just an exterior update. There’s more interior room and more standard features, and two new turbocharged V-8 engines and a re-engineered diesel V-6 are under the hood. More 2012 New York Auto...

By Cars.com  |  06:43 AM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 04/05/2012

2012 New York Auto Show: Day 2 Recap

Day two of the 2012 New York International Auto Show was a bit slower, as expected, but there were still many important debuts, including the Infiniti LE electric car, a refreshed Ram 1500 and the radically altered 2013 Toyota Avalon....

By Cars.com  |  06:23 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 04/05/2012

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class: Photo Gallery

For the 2013 model year, the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class gets a new face and a diesel engine. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage The GLK250 Bluetec trim features a 2.1-liter inline-four that produces 369 pounds-feet of torque and comes with...

By Cars.com  |  06:07 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 04/05/2012

2013 Subaru Legacy: Photo Gallery

The Subaru Legacy gets a mild refresh for 2013, bringing the same updates also found on the new 2013 Outback. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage Updates include a new four-cylinder engine that's more powerful and fuel efficient. Unfortunately,...

By Cars.com  |  05:12 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Infiniti LE Concept: Up Close

Infiniti's electric LE Concept, which debuted at the 2012 New York auto show, is 85% production ready, says Nissan's President and CEO Carlos Ghosn. The overall body design, premium options and telematics system are all expected to carry over into...

By Cars.com  |  04:39 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 04/05/2012

2013 Subaru Outback: Photo Gallery

The 2013 Subaru Outback gets refreshed styling and a new base four-cylinder engine that’s more powerful and fuel efficient. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage The most noticeable design changes are the larger foglights and squared off grille. The..

By Cars.com  |  04:14 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

2013 Jaguar XK: What's Changed

For the 2013 model year, the Jaguar XK gets a new luxury trim and 20-inch wheels standard. The new luxury trim is called the Portfolio Pack, which first debuted on the 2012 Jaguar XJ. On the XK, the luxury package...

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Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Want to Drive and Fly? Get Ready

While many have dreamed of having a car that could turn into a plane, you won't have to be James Bond to make it happen. Terrafugia, a Woburn, Mass.-based company, has built the Transition, a vehicle that can convert from...

By Cars.com  |  03:54 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 04/05/2012

2013 Toyota Avalon: Photo Gallery

For the 2013 model year, the Toyota Avalon gets radically redesigned and features a dramatic new exterior that’s a departure from previous Toyota models. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage The new Avalon is also, technically, a midsize sedan,...

By Cars.com  |  03:52 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 04/05/2012

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek: Up Close

The Subaru XV Crosstrek's dark lower panels and raised suspension suit its Impreza-based styling well. So do the muscular 17-inch alloys, which are standard on both trims Subaru plans to offer. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage I'd prefer...

By Cars.com  |  03:29 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 04/05/2012

2013 Subaru Outback and Legacy: Up Close

It takes a close inspection to sniff out the styling changes to Subaru's popular midsize cars, the Legacy sedan and Outback wagon. Subaru's winged grille bars jog up at the center, and both cars get larger optional fog lights. More...

By Cars.com  |  03:19 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 04/05/2012

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: Photo Gallery

This summer, car shoppers looking for a midsize crossover will be treated to the redesigned 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, which features more athletic styling. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage Two four-cylinder engines will be offered — the same...

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Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 04/05/2012

2014 Chevy Impala Marks End of Front Bench Seats in Cars

It's a question we get a lot on Ask.Cars.com: What cars have a front bench seat? We've always been able to answer: the Chevrolet Impala. But not after 2013, when the redesigned 2014 Chevy Impala hits dealers early in the...

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Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Limited-Edition Models Join Range Rover Sport and LR4 Lineups

In case Land Rover's SUVs aren't luxurious enough for you and owning one isn't exclusive enough, the automaker announced two new limited-edition models at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. New for 2013 is the Range Rover Sport Limited...

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Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 04/05/2012

2013 Smart ForTwo: Up Close

You need to look closely to see the changes Smart made to the 2013 ForTwo. Optional LED running lights run flat along the bumper rather than curving up, and sculpted side skirts replace the old flat skirts. Smart moved its...

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Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 04/05/2012

2013 Smart ForTwo at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Competes with: Scion iQ, Chevy Spark, Mini Cooper Looks like: New wrappings around the same small box Drivetrain: 70 hp, three-cylinder engine with automated-manual transmission Hits dealerships: May 2012 Smart debuted the ForTwo in the U.S. to great fanfare.

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Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 04/05/2012

2013 Toyota Avalon: Up Close

The Toyota Camry was redesigned last year, so it makes sense that the Avalon would soon follow, as it's based on a stretched Camry platform. Toyota keeps telling us how beautiful the 2013 Avalon is, which is always a questionable...

By Cars.com  |  01:39 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 04/05/2012

2012 BMW M6 Convertible: Up Close

The 6 Series is a classy convertible in its own right with great lines and proportions, and its transformation into the high-performance M6 adds an aggressive front bumper and introduces the spectacular San Marino Blue metallic paint color you see...

By Cars.com  |  01:13 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/05/2012

2013 Cadillac XTS Priced at $44,075

The 2013 Cadillac XTS will go on sale with a starting price of $44,075, excluding a $920 destination fee. It goes on later this spring, according to the automaker. That's a significant $2,605 decrease from the XTS' predecessor — the...

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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 04/05/2012

2013 Toyota Avalon at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Competes with: Hyundai Azera, Chevy Impala, Nissan Maxima Looks like: Toyota tried really hard to make the Avalon cool Drivetrain: 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine; front or all-wheel drive; six-speed automatic transmission Hits dealerships: Late 2012 The current Toyota Avalon is.

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Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 04/05/2012

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: Up Close

The Santa Fe Sport looks as if Hyundai took all of its recent introductions and created one collage of a midsize SUV. And wouldn't ya know, it works. Front styling features the tall, angular grille of the 2013 Genesis coupe...

By Cars.com  |  12:08 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 04/05/2012

Acura RLX Concept: Up Close

Acura's parent company, Honda, will debut a production RLX in early 2013, but American Honda President Tetsuo Iwamura said the RLX Concept is a "strong indication" of the automaker's next flagship. The concept packs a lot of technology and a...

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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 04/05/2012

Infiniti LE Concept at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Looks like: With all the futuristic-looking LED lighting, it's hard to hide the fact that the LE is an electric car, but it doesn’t have overtly electric-car styling since it's a sedan. Defining characteristics: Infiniti's first electric car Ridiculous features:.

By Cars.com  |  11:36 AM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/05/2012

Subaru Prices 2013 BRZ at $25,495

Subaru announced today that its rear-drive BRZ sports car will start at $25,495 for the Premium trim with a manual transmission. That excludes a destination charge of $750. A few will trickle into dealerships at the end of this month,...

By Cars.com  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/05/2012

2013 Lincoln MKZ: Photo Gallery

It seems like weeks ago that we got our first glimpse of Lincoln's new stunner of a sedan. That day-old haze is easily cleared when checking out photos of the MKZ on the show floor in New York. More 2012...

By Cars.com  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 04/05/2012

2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe: Up Close

BMW's 6 Series Gran Coupe — the brand's Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class fighter — is here, and it's gorgeous. Based on a stretched version of the 6 Series coupe, the Gran Coupe uses the same front-end styling with a...

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Posted at 07:53 AM ET, 04/05/2012

2013 BMW X1: Up Close

BMW's newest crossover is also its smallest, and its compact dimensions make it look a little like a small hatchback, especially from the rear. One of BMW's traditional design cues — the twin-kidney grille — seems exaggerated on such a...

By Cars.com  |  07:53 AM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:40 AM ET, 04/05/2012

2013 Chevrolet Traverse: Photo Gallery

For the 2013 model year, the Chevrolet Traverse gets a face-lift and a new interior. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage Updates include an optional front center airbag, a 6.5-inch touch-screen multimedia system and a new center console design....

By Cars.com  |  06:40 AM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:10 AM ET, 04/05/2012

2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel: Photo Gallery

Porsche's first diesel motor for the U.S. will come in the updated 2013 Cayenne SUV. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage The 240-horsepower diesel gets an EPA-estimated 20/28/23 mpg city/highway/combined. The model will go on sale this fall for...

By Cars.com  |  06:10 AM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 AM ET, 04/05/2012

Everything You Need to Know about the 2013 Ram 1500

It isn't every day a new truck is released. Most trucks don’t get significant updates for years but the team at Ram went above and beyond a midcycle refresh for the 2013 Ram 1500. More 2012 New York Auto Show...

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Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 04/04/2012

2012 New York Auto Show: Day 1 Recap

The 2012 Detroit auto show was so busy that the near lack of debuts at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show may have given everyone a false sense that no new cars were coming to the 2012 New York auto show....

By Cars.com  |  06:38 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 Nissan Altima: Photo Gallery

Nissan's all-new Altima promises best-in class fuel economy and a long list of trim levels to choose from. But how does it look? And are the backseats really that spacious? More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage The 2013 Altima...

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Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h: Up Close

The Lexus ES 350 doesn't get much respect. It's never been snazzy looking, and it's the only Lexus car that's based directly on a Toyota, specifically the Camry. But the ES doesn't need respect because it gets something more valuable:...

By Cars.com  |  05:54 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 Lincoln MKZ: Up Close

Most concept cars lose their show-worthy features in the translation to a production model. Lincoln's 2013 MKZ is not one of those cars. It's nearly identical to the concept we saw at the 2012 Detroit auto show in January. More...

By Cars.com  |  05:39 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 Nissan Altima: Up Close

Sometimes one signature design cue can define a car, and that's what the redesigned Nissan Altima's full-length character line does for the family sedan. Running from the wraparound headlights to the clear-lens taillights, the flowing sheet-metal crease provides a lot.

By Cars.com  |  05:20 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

2014 Mazda6 Sedan Coming Early 2013

In its bid for continued relevance, Mazda will debut a radically redesigned Mazda6 midsize sedan in September, the carmaker said today. The 2014 Mazda6 will be strongly influenced by the Takeri Concept, which made its North American introduction at the.

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

This Is What the SRT Viper Sounds Like and It's Awesome

The 2013 SRT Viper was unveiled today on a big stage surrounded by lots of people. You can read about it here and see photos of it here. Eventually, they had to move the Viper to the show floor and...

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

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Competes with: Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer Looks like: Hyundai saved money on badges for its crossovers Drivetrain: 290-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 engine; front or all-wheel drive; six-speed automatic transmission Hits dealerships: January 2013 What once was known as the.

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Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 SRT Viper: Photo Gallery

After a short hiatus from the performance-car scene, the Viper is back for the 2013 model year, under a new make called SRT. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage The new 640-horsepower Viper is 105 pounds lighter than the...

By Cars.com  |  04:18 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Honda Crosstour Concept at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Looks like: A more lovable-looking Crosstour Defining characteristics: A passenger side camera Ridiculous features: The fact that Honda's calling this a concept Chances of being mass-produced: 110% For the 2013 model year, the Honda Crosstour Concept gets a significant midcycle.

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Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 SRT Viper: Up Close

A bright red SRT Viper made its debut to earsplitting techno music today in what was one of the loudest press conferences I've ever attended. A chipper Ralph Gilles, SRT's chief, said SRT parent Chrysler designed the Viper amid nearly...

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Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Acura RLX Concept at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Looks like: A very sensible sedan, boring but sensible Defining characteristics: Big power and mileage Ridiculous features: Does the generic design count? Chances of being mass-produced: This is what the real thing will look like Acura has been beaten up.

By Cars.com  |  03:16 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Jaguar to Launch New F-Type Sports Car in 2013

Jaguar plans to add another sports car to its lineup by the middle of 2013. Dubbed the F-Type, the sports car is effectively the production version of the automaker's C-X16 (pictured below) concept that wowed auto-show attendees. Though that concept..

By Cars.com  |  02:50 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG: Up Close

If the recession left your billions of dollars unscathed, look no further than Mercedes' SL65 AMG. The 621-horsepower roadster hits 60 mph in 3.9 seconds; its turbo V-12 makes a stump-pulling 738 pounds-feet of torque. Lehman Brothers was lame, man:..

By Cars.com  |  02:49 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class: Up Close

Followed by an 11-piece brass band trumpeting Maroon 5’s "Moves Like Jagger" (because it’s nimbler?), Mercedes-Benz rolled out its GL-Class full-size SUV in New York. Calling the U.S. "by far, the most important market for the GL," Mercedes sales chief.

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Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class: Up Close

The refreshed GLK-Class, which hits dealerships this summer, has close to 1,000 new parts, Mercedes-Benz says. The show car's chrome trim is a little overboard – it girds the front bumper intake, almost like a faux grille guard. LED headlights...

By Cars.com  |  02:29 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Competes with: Dodge Journey, Chevy Equinox, Ford Edge Looks like: Hyundai keeps hitting home runs Drivetrain: 190-hp four-cylinder, 264-hp turbocharged four-cylinder, front or all-wheel drive, six-speed automatic transmission Hits dealerships: Late summer 2012 Hyundai is shaking up its lineup by.

By Cars.com  |  02:28 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 Chevrolet Traverse: Up Close

Of GM's three large crossovers, the Chevy Traverse was the one most in need of a redesign. Actually, I thought it needed a redesign the first time I saw it. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage I wouldn't say...

By Cars.com  |  01:05 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 Porsche Boxster: Photo Gallery

For the 2013 model year, the Boxster is all-new. Along with fresh exterior and interior styling, it rides a new longer, wider chassis and also gets a lightweight body and new engines and drivetrain components. More 2012 New York Auto...

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Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 SRT Viper at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Competes with: Nissan GT-R, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Looks like: Retro looks now reference the 1990s Drivetrain: 640-hp, 8.4-liter V-10 engine; six-speed manual transmission; rear-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Late 2012 It's not really an auto show unless you have rip-snorting, all-American.

By Cars.com  |  12:18 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 04/04/2012

2014 Chevrolet Impala: Photo Gallery

After seven long years, fans of the Chevrolet Impala finally see the light at the end of the tunnel in the guise of the recently unveiled 2014 model. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage You still have to wait...

By Cars.com  |  12:09 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 Lexus ES 350, ES 300h at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Competes with: Acura TL, Buick LaCrosse, Lincoln MKZ Looks like: Looks sporty … even though it's probably not Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V-6 with a six-speed automatic transmission; four-cylinder hybrid powertrain with a continuously variable automatic transmission; front-wheel drive Hits dealerships: TBA.

By Cars.com  |  11:54 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 04/04/2012

2014 Chevrolet Impala: Up Close

The Chevrolet Impala's most recent redesign came sometime between the cooling of the Earth's crust and the Industrial Revolution. That might be an exaggeration, but it's been a long, long time. More 2012 New York Auto Show Coverage Sometimes cars...

By Cars.com  |  10:54 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 04/04/2012

Fisker Atlantic Concept: Photo Gallery

Despite the recent problems with the launch of the Fisker Karma, the startup carmaker is charging ahead by showing a smaller, more affordable plug-in hybrid model at the 2012 New York auto show called the Fisker Atlantic concept. More 2012...

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Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 04/04/2012

Porsche Adds Diesel Engine to 2013 Cayenne

Porsche's first diesel engine for the U.S. market makes its debut in the 2013 Cayenne SUV. With an estimated 20/28/23 mpg city/highway/combined, the Cayenne Diesel should get 21% better fuel economy than a base Cayenne with a gas V-6 and...

By Cars.com  |  10:33 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 04/04/2012

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

Competes with: Infiniti QX56, Lexus LX 570 and Cadillac Escalade Looks like: A supersized GLK-Class with a CL-Class nose Drivetrain: 240-hp, 3.0-liter diesel V-6; 362-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V-8; 429-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V-8; all use a seven-speed automatic transmission Hits dealerships:.

By Cars.com  |  10:26 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 Porsche Boxster: Up Close

Porsche's redesigned Boxster is both familiar and different at the same time. The classic low-slung roadster shape carries over to the 2013 model year, but all-new styling introduces a design theme with more creases and sharper edges, particularly along the.

By Cars.com  |  09:28 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 04/04/2012

Fisker Atlantic Concept at the New York Auto Show

Looks like: A smaller Karma with a family focus Defining characteristics: Familiar Fisker lines, 22-inch wheels, folding backseat Ridiculous features: No timetable, no price, few drivetrain details and no factory in which to build it Chance of being mass-produced: The.

By Cars.com  |  09:14 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 BMW X1 Starts at $30,650

When BMW's tiniest crossover hits U.S. shores later this year, it will have a base price just below $30,000. Unveiled at the 2012 New York International Auto Show today, the premium compact BMW X1 will slot below the X3 in...

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

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Looks like: Land Rover is testing the popularity of its new Evoque with a convertible variant Defining characteristics: The fact that it’s a Land Rover convertible sums it up Ridiculous features: If you thought a two-door SUV was silly, consider...

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

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

How Gas Could Hit $6 a Gallon

The national average gas price eclipsed $3.90 last week, leaving March auto sales awash in high-mpg choices. With two new variants hitting dealerships, the Toyota Prius saw its best sales month in nearly 12 years of U.S. sales. Half of...

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Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 Nissan Altima Sedan Priced at $21,500

The redesigned 2013 Nissan Altima sedan will go on sale with a starting price of $21,500, excluding a $780 destination fee. That's a $950 increase from the 2012 model, but the base 2013 Altima is better equipped. Pricing is comparable...

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Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 Nissan Altima at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Competes with: Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Subaru Legacy Looks like: Nissan is bringing some serious heat to the midsize-sedan category Drivetrain: 182-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder; 270-hp ,3.5-liter V-6; continuously variable automatic transmission Hits dealerships: July 2012 For the 2013.

By Cars.com  |  06:30 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:28 AM ET, 04/04/2012

2013 Nissan Altima Rated at 38 MPG

The 2013 Nissan Altima sedan has a preliminary EPA rating of 27/38/31 mpg city/highway/combined. That's an outstanding rating for a midsize sedan, and it easily outdoes all other naturally aspirated midsize sedans. The 31 mpg rating isn't for a special.

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

2014 Chevrolet Impala at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Competes with: Hyundai Azera, Toyota Avalon, Ford Taurus Looks like: A stylish sedan, but not a rear-wheel-drive successor to the Pontiac G8 as some might have hoped Drivetrain: 182-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with eAssist mild-hybrid system; 195-hp, 2.

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Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 04/03/2012

2013 Buick Enclave: Up Close

Buick unveiled the redesigned Enclave in New York today, and its look is sleeker and more up-to-date. The grille is a bit bigger and LEDs surround the headlight cluster and taper back along the hood a bit give a more...

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Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 04/03/2012

2013 Lincoln MKZ at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Competes with: Lexus ES, Acura TL, Buick Regal, Infiniti G Series Looks like: Lincoln is doubling down on its controversial MyLincoln Touch buttonless interface Drivetrain: 237-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with six-speed automatic; 300-hp, 3.

By Cars.com  |  03:50 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: March 2012

March was a record-setting month for many automakers. Some companies, including Nissan, Kia, Subaru and Audi, had their best month in terms of sales, and our top 10 best-sellers show massive amounts of sales. Some point to unseasonably warm weather...

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

2013 Toyota Venza at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Competes with: Honda Crosstour and Ford Edge Looks like: A lightly refreshed Venza Drivetrain: 181-hp, 2.7-liter four-cylinder and 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 Hits dealerships: Late May For 2013, Toyota's Venza sees its first significant update since it was introduced for the.

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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 04/03/2012

2013 Buick Enclave at 2012 New York Auto Show

Competes with: Acura MDX, Infiniti JX, Lincoln MKZ Looks like: Small changes should maintain sales Drivetrain: 288-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine; six-speed automatic transmission; front or all-wheel drive Hits dealerships: This fall We've seen GM's updated versions of the GMC Acadia.

By Cars.com  |  11:06 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Honda's U.S. factory: 'Canary in coal mine' to dam-breaker

By James R. Healey USA TODAY When Japan's Honda Motor announced in 1980 its then-radical decision to build cars in the U.S., the auto business collectively said, "What?" Volkswagen, alone among foreign car companies, was trying limited U.S. production, assembling.

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America the Exporter

As the auto industry regains its footing here, both foreign and domestic automakers are exporting more cars from the U.S. than five years ago, and they plan to dramatically expand that effort over the next half-decade. The combination of plant...

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Where Our Cars Are Manufactured

In our joint series with USA Today, Cars.com looked at exactly where automakers are building cars in the U.S. We took a snapshot of assembly plants over three decades from 1982 to 2012 to see where domestic, European and Asian...

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Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 04/02/2012

BMW i8 Spyder Concept: First Look

Looks like: Ethan Hunt can get a tan in the next “Mission: Impossible” movie Defining characteristics: Hybrid power plant, sci-fi looks Ridiculous features: Motorized scooters where a trunk should be Chances of being mass-produced: Good We were blown away when.

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Volkswagen Alltrack Concept at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Looks like: Volkswagen is teasing U.S. consumers with a European-market off-road-ready wagon Defining characteristics: Diesel engine, all-wheel drive, extra ground clearance Ridiculous features: None to speak of, unless you consider the idea of an off-road wagon ridiculous Chance of being.

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2013 Cadillac SRX at the 2012 New York Auto Show

Competes with: Acura MDX, Lexus RX and Lincoln MKX Looks like: More chrome accents and LED lighting give it an even more upscale look Drivetrain: 308-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission Hits dealerships: This fall Cadillac is showing off.

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Mazda Takeri Concept at the 2012 New York Auto Show

It looks like a diesel powertrain is in Mazda's near future. The automaker is showing its first SkyActiv diesel concept in New York. The Takeri is an aggressively styled coupe-like sedan that uses a variety of new fuel-saving technologies, some...

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2012 Buick Regal Earns Five-Star NHTSA Safety Rating

Buick's midsize sedan is the latest vehicle to be awarded the top rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2012 Buick Regal earned an overall five out of five stars in NHTSA's crash tests. The Regal's composite score...

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Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Infiniti FX35

When the Infiniti FX hit the market in 2003, it stood out from the crowd with its curvaceous silhouette and sporty driving dynamics – two traits atypical of an SUV. The FX's appeal has only dulled slightly over the past...

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Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 04/01/2012

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

The 2013 Infiniti JX35 is the luxury carmaker's first soiree in the full-size crossover category. You can tell that Infiniti kept families in mind when it designed the JX, according to Cars.com Senior Family Editor Kristin Varela. The product manager.

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