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Kicking Tires: June, 2012

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 06/30/2012

This Week's Most-Read Stories

The average cost of repairing a vehicle has fallen over the past year, to about $333.93, according to CarMD. Continue reading about repair costs, and our other most read topics of the week, with the links below. 1. Californians: Watch...

By Cars.com  |  01:02 PM ET, 06/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Cars.com's Convertible Buying Guide

As the temperature rises, convertible tops drop. Cars.com's Convertible Buying Guide breaks down all the latest models with reviews, photos, videos and recommendations. We cover all the players in the segment, from the tiny Fiat 500c to the luxurious Mercedes-Benz.

By Cars.com  |  03:02 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Where is Gas the Cheapest?

Summer driving season is here and gas prices are falling. That's right; they're actually decreasing during one of the biggest travel times of the year. Motorists in some states are even seeing prices below $3 a gallon. MSNBC is reporting...

By Cars.com  |  02:08 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Toyota Expands Floormat Recall

Toyota is adding the 2010 Lexus RX to its floormat recall list. The automaker is recalling approximately 131,800 model-year 2010 RX 350 and 22,200 RX 450h SUVs because the floormats might entrap the accelerator pedal, potentially causing unintended acceleration that.

By Cars.com  |  01:03 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 06/29/2012

Daily News Briefs: June 29, 2012

BMW and Toyota could develop a sports car together, Automotive News reports. The automakers plan to develop fuel-cell, EV and weight-reduction technology, plus "joint development of architecture and components for a future sports vehicle," they said in a joint statement.

By Cars.com  |  11:52 AM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 06/29/2012

2013 Subaru Impreza: What's Changed

Most significant changes: Bluetooth phone and audio streaming now standard Price change: TBA On sale: TBA Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? No need to wait on 2013; get a 2012 Subaru's compact sedan and hatchback were redesigned for...

By Cars.com  |  07:32 AM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 06/29/2012

2013 Audi Allroad: First Drive

Audi's main goal for 2013 is to "evoke an emotional response through their product lineup," said Scott Keogh, Audi of America president. While I understand how vehicles like the R8, A7 and S5 do this, how does Audi plan to...

By Cars.com  |  07:02 AM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 06/28/2012

2012 Chevrolet Equinox: Car Seat Check

The Equinox may be Chevy's smallest crossover, but there's nothing compact about its backseat. The second row offers plenty of head- and legroom, and it slides forward and back to offer even more space. Those family-friendly features coupled with visible.

By Cars.com  |  03:11 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 06/28/2012

Consumers Want Backup Cameras, Blind Spot Systems

Consumer interest is growing in safety features such as backup cameras, blind spot warning systems and pedestrian alerts, according to a survey released Wednesday by Harris Interactive. It stands in contrast to fewer people caring about safety versus traditional vehicle.

By Cars.com  |  02:07 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 06/28/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible

It's convertible season, and if you're shopping for an affordable four-seat hardtop convertible, the Chrysler 200 is your main option. Though it has a well-made and attractively designed cabin and a roomier-than-expected trunk, a lack of ride composure and sloppy.

By Cars.com  |  01:03 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 06/28/2012

Daily News Briefs: June 28, 2012

Experian Automotive reported Wednesday that U.S. roadways have 17.3 million more cars and trucks that are 7 years or older than there were three years ago. The average vehicle in America is now 11 years old, up from 10.8 years...

By Cars.com  |  12:12 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 06/28/2012

Ford Predicts 47 mpg for C-Max Hybrid

Ford's taking aim at the Toyota Prius v with the launch of its own hybrid wagon, the 2013 C-Max. The automaker says it'll get 47 mpg in the city — besting the Prius v by 3 mpg. Toyota's hybrid is...

By Cars.com  |  11:03 AM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 06/28/2012

2013 Nissan Altima: Explaining the Trim Levels

One of the hardest parts about buying a new car — besides deciding on the model itself — is deciding what trim level is the right one for your tastes and budget. Automakers don't make it easy on you. Heck,...

By Cars.com  |  07:32 AM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 06/28/2012

The Zen of Cupholders

One of the things I've learned from reviewing cars is not all cupholders are in fact cupholders. When an automaker says there are 14 cupholders in the latest crossover, that quantity is usually a variety of beverage-holding areas. Usually in...

By Cars.com  |  07:02 AM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Ford System Could Block Incoming Calls While You Merge

With federal regulators proposing new guidelines to curb driver distraction from dashboard displays and in-vehicle entertainment systems, Ford is developing its "Do Not Disturb" feature to someday intervene on its own. The automaker announced today that it will combine vehicle.

By Cars.com  |  03:18 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 06/27/2012

2013 Subaru Forester: What's Changed

Most significant changes: Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming are standard Price change: TBA On sale: TBA Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? No need to wait on 2013; get a 2012 The Subaru Forester hits the 2013 model...

By Cars.com  |  02:08 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Daily News Briefs: June 27, 2012

Ford hopes its marketing efforts can lift the 2013 Fusion above the noise of four other redesigned family cars, and its tool is Ryan Seacrest. (Pun totally intended.) The 37-year-old "American Idol" host will headline a campaign dubbed "Random Acts...

By Cars.com  |  12:17 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 06/27/2012

Ford Developing Traffic Jam Fighter

We already have cars that can park themselves, and it looks like vehicles that can predict and prevent a traffic jam are just around the corner. Ford is developing a system that enables a vehicle to automatically keep pace with...

By Cars.com  |  11:02 AM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 06/27/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Infiniti QX56

The luxurious three-row 2012 Infiniti QX56 can easily handle larger families with its seating for up to eight passengers, according to Cars.com Family contributor Courtney Messenbaugh. Its 400-horsepower V-8 engine can tackle mountain passes, but you'll pay for all that.

By Cars.com  |  09:56 AM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 06/26/2012

2013 Ford Escape: Car Seat Check

The Ford Escape was long overdue for a redesign, having the same look since its 2001 introduction. With the 2013 model, Ford found styling inspiration for the compact crossover in its Fiesta and Focus cars. The redesigned five-seater has plenty...

By Cars.com  |  03:08 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 06/26/2012

2013 Ford Taurus EPA-Rated at 32 MPG

Ford's largest sedan was just inducted into the 30-plus-mpg club. The 2013 Ford Taurus' turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is EPA-rated at 32 mpg highway, beating Ford’s previous estimate by 1 mpg. The EcoBoost engine makes 237 horsepower and is joined by.

By Cars.com  |  01:07 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Daily News Briefs: June 26, 2012

U.S. auto sales will increase but stay below 16 million annual deliveries — a target hit from 1999 through 2007 — through 2015, according to a new report from AlixPartners LLC. Why? Blame factors like lingering unemployment, which has been...

By Cars.com  |  12:13 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 06/26/2012

Top 20 Most Commonly Used Street Names

What may be the most important throughway in Peoria could be just a dead-end cul-de-sac in Schenectady. Despite the differences, the one thing American streets have in common is they share many of the same names, according to the U.S....

By Cars.com  |  10:26 AM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:12 AM ET, 06/26/2012

Dodge Dart's Fashion-Forward Influence

If you hadn't read anything about Dodge's new Dart, you're doing a great job of avoiding coverage of the brand's first compact sedan since the Neon. It's an extremely important model for a company that has seen success with minivans,...

By Cars.com  |  07:12 AM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 06/25/2012

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid: First Look

Competes with: Volkswagen Passat TDI, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Looks like: The new, gaping-maw Avalon with hybrid badging and a blue-tinted Toyota logo Drivetrain: 200-horsepower (combined), 2.5-liter four-cylinder with two electric motor-generators and electrically variable transmission.

By Cars.com  |  05:42 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 06/25/2012

2013 Mazda3: What's Changed

Most significant changes: 40-mpg engine added to more affordable trim level Price change: TBA On sale: TBA Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? Until 2013 price changes are made available, there's no reason not to get a 2012 model...

By Cars.com  |  01:36 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Nissan Murano

The only thing that’s outdated on this seemingly long-in-the-tooth crossover is its gas mileage, says Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder in his review. The Murano’s performance and interior remain class-leading, but others have an edge in fuel economy.

By Cars.com  |  12:37 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Daily News Briefs: June 25, 2012

Hatchback shoppers, take note: Next year's Toyota Yaris may come from France, Reuters reports. Sacre bleu! Well, not really. Toyota plans to slash Japanese production amid rising energy costs and a stronger yen hurting export revenues, and the Japan-built Yaris.

By Cars.com  |  12:15 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Mind the Gap: The Downside of Sliding Second Rows

We love second-row seats that slide back and forth for the legroom versatility and easy access to third row. It’s extremely relieving to sit in the second row of an SUV, pull a lever and instantly gain five generous inches...

By Cars.com  |  12:15 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Land Rover Evoque's Puddle Lamps Chase Away Creepy Feelings

Does anyone else hate creepy, dark parking garages at night? Anytime I walk to my car at night in the airport or a theater parking lot, scenes from horror movies and "20/20" relentlessly play through my head. Is someone following...

By Cars.com  |  12:14 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

The redesigned 2013 Nissan Altima is wider, longer and more fuel efficient than its predecessor. At 27/38 mpg city/highway, the 2013 Altima is currently the most fuel-efficient midsize, naturally aspirated sedan on the road. The Altima has other perks, too,.

By Cars.com  |  12:13 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 06/25/2012

This Week's Most-Read Stories

California dominated the list of hot spots for vehicle theft in 2011, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. To read more, and to check out our other top stories of the week, continue with the links below: 1. What...

By Cars.com  |  12:12 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Gas Could Fall to $3 by Autumn

The last time the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline fell below $3 a gallon was Christmas 2010, but it could hit that mark long before you hang this year's mistletoe. Citing falling tensions in the Middle East, fewer...

By Cars.com  |  12:12 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 06/25/2012

413,418 2011-2012 Chevrolet Cruze Vehicles Recalled

GM announced two voluntary recalls today for its popular Chevrolet Cruze. The first recall affects all U.S.-produced manual- and automatic-transmission Cruzes built between September 2010 and May 2012. On those vehicles, the engine shield under the vehicle could cause an.

By Cars.com  |  12:12 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 06/25/2012

2012 Tesla Model S Deliveries Start Today, EPA Figures Official

The 2012 Tesla Model S has been in production since at least the start of June, and today, the first 10 Signature models will be picked up by owners at Tesla's factory in California, according to the San Francisco Chronicle....

By Cars.com  |  12:12 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Daily News Briefs: June 22, 2012

Volvo is looking to build cars in North America, company CEO Stefan Jacoby told Bloomberg News. But the Swedish automaker, which is owned by China's Zhejiang Geely, won't likely build them at a standalone U.S. facility like European carmakers Volkswagen,.

By Cars.com  |  12:12 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 06/19/2012

2012 Hyundai Azera: Car Seat Check

Hyundai's full-size sedan was redesigned for 2012 and can count among its strengths high-quality interior materials, a competent powertrain and a cavernous backseat. The Azera has plenty of room for two child-safety seats, and a wide, flat bottom seat cushion.

By Cars.com  |  02:05 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 06/19/2012

2013 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive: First Look

Competes with: Mitsubishi i, Ford Focus Electric Looks like: The ForTwo goes green, literally Drivetrain: a 16.7-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and a 55-kilowatt motor Hits dealerships: This fallFuel economy has never been a strong suit of the tiny ForTwo, but.

By Cars.com  |  01:08 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Daily News Briefs: June 19, 2012

AAA predicts holiday travel will increase 4.9% over the Fourth of July weekend, with 42.3 million Americans hitting the road — or airport, train station and the like — between Tuesday, July 3, and Sunday, July 8. That's up 42%...

By Cars.com  |  12:23 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 06/19/2012

2013 Chevrolet Sonic: What's Changed

Most significant changes: 7-inch touch screen and Chevy’s multimedia system added to the mix Price change: TBD On sale: This summer Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? Standard Bluetooth and other features make the 2013 worth the wait, especially...

By Cars.com  |  10:48 AM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 06/19/2012

What Does This Button Do?

The 2012 Porsche 911 didn’t make our list of the Top 10 Cars for the 2012 Apocalypse, but one button may lead you to believe that it’s armed and ready for battle. Like an old pirate ship, the button’s graphic...

By Cars.com  |  07:03 AM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 06/18/2012

An Overview of Apple's Eyes Free for Cars

We learned last week of not only Apple's new Maps application for the next iPhone operating system (iOS 6) but also a feature called Eyes Free. While the Maps app is familiar — we tested it last week — Eyes...

By Cars.com  |  04:24 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 06/18/2012

2013 Chevrolet Equinox: What's Changed

Most significant changes: More powerful V-6 Price change: TBA On sale: August Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? If you're a V-6 shopper, you should wait for a 2013; otherwise, a 2012 shouldn't bring buyer's remorse. For the 2013...

By Cars.com  |  01:18 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 06/18/2012

Daily News Briefs: June 18, 2012

If you're shopping luxury cars, now might be a good time to buy. Automotive News reports Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and BMW raised incentives past the industry average as the brands remain neck-and-neck for this year's luxury sales crown. Through May, Mercedes.

By Cars.com  |  11:48 AM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 06/18/2012

Car Seat Basics Part One: Get Your Seat Checked

As adults, we can choose whether or not to wear a seat belt no matter what the law says. Children, however, are our most vulnerable passengers, and they rely on others to make the right choice. I recently became a...

By Cars.com  |  07:03 AM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 06/17/2012

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

Infiniti has been busy expanding its G lineup to compete better with BMW's diverse 3 Series, which is the best-selling luxury model in America to date. The new high-performance IPL version of the 2012 G37 coupe is exhilaratingly fun to...

By Cars.com  |  09:03 AM ET, 06/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 06/16/2012

This Week's Most-Read Stories

Did you know that many states have made it illegal to mount a GPS unit (or anything else) to a car's windshield? That revelation was our most popular story of the week. Check it out, and our other top stories,...

By Cars.com  |  01:03 PM ET, 06/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 06/15/2012

2013 Elantra Coupe Priced at $18,220

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra coupe will go on sale later this month with a starting price of $18,220, including a $775 destination fee. That price is for a six-speed manual-transmission model; the six-speed automatic version will start at $19,220. The...

By Cars.com  |  03:23 PM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 06/15/2012

2013 Chevrolet Cruze: What's Changed

Most significant changes: Chevy's MyLink multimedia system is standard across more of the lineup, and some new option packages are available. Price change: TBD On sale: This fall Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? If price is your biggest...

By Cars.com  |  01:40 PM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 06/15/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Volvo C70

Volvo's C70 exhibits some typical convertible hallmarks, like high levels of wind noise, a cramped backseat and a tight cargo area, says Cars.com Editor William Jackson. But it also surprised in several ways, with good visibility, smooth top operation and.

By Cars.com  |  12:49 PM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 06/15/2012

Daily News Briefs: June 15, 2012

The World Health Organization says diesel fumes cause lung cancer, according to The New York Times. The fuel's exhaust is considered to be more carcinogenic than secondhand cigarette smoke, said WHO, adding that it is a likely cause of bladder...

By Cars.com  |  12:14 PM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:40 AM ET, 06/15/2012

Mini Rocketman Concept Gets Even More British

In commemoration of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, Mini has repackaged its Rocketman Concept, which was first seen at the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show, to give it even more British overtones. Additions include red, white and blue...

By Cars.com  |  07:40 AM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 06/15/2012

Infiniti JX's Smart Second Row Means No More Squeeze Play

In a lot of crossovers, getting into the third row is usually a tricky exercise for adults. If a child seat is installed in the second row, it's almost impossible. According to Infiniti, the second row of its new JX...

By Cars.com  |  07:04 AM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 06/14/2012

Car Seat Alerts Parents Via Smartphone

Parents have a new ally when it comes to ensuring their children's safety in a vehicle. A new child-safety seat with a built-in monitoring system will send warnings if it detects certain life-threating situations. The First Years IAlert convertible car.

By Cars.com  |  02:04 PM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 06/14/2012

Nissan's Juke Lineup Gets Nismo Boost

If the limited-edition 530-horsepower Nissan Juke R is out of your price range, the Juke Nismo from Nissan's performance arm is the consolation prize. The sport-tuned version of Nissan’s compact crossover debuted Wednesday at the 24 Hours of Le Mans..

By Cars.com  |  01:04 PM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 06/14/2012

Daily News Briefs: June 14, 2012

More details have emerged on the potential Saab asset sell, according to Automotive News. The deal, devised by a devised by a Japan-Hong Kong partnership, so far only includes the purchasing rights to the current Saab 9-3 vehicle and a...

By Cars.com  |  12:04 PM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 06/14/2012

Volvo Incentive Offers Two Months of Free Payments

During its summer sales event, Volvo is offering longer free-maintenance plans on its 2013 models and is allowing buyers to waive the first two months of finance or lease payments on its 2012 models. There's a catch, though. The waived...

By Cars.com  |  09:33 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:34 AM ET, 06/14/2012

Cars.com Tests New iPhone Maps App in a Mercedes-Benz SL550

By David Thomas and Dave Lee Apple unveiled a number of new laptops and two new operating systems earlier this week. The new mobile platform's operating system, iOS 6, will be coming to iPhones this fall, and one of its...

By Cars.com  |  07:34 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 06/14/2012

2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible: Car Seat Check

The Chrysler 200 midsize sedan may be roomy enough to hold a couple child-safety seats comfortably, but things change with the drop-top version. The 200 convertible has seating for just two passengers in the back, and inconveniently placed tether anchors.

By Cars.com  |  07:05 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 06/13/2012

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Priced at $19,170

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT will go on sale later this month with a starting price of $19,170, including a $795 destination fee. That price is for a manual-transmission base model; an automatic transmission version of the hatchback starts at $20,170....

By Cars.com  |  02:29 PM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 06/13/2012

Daily News Briefs: June 13, 2012

Bankrupt Swedish automaker Saab has found a new suitor; a Chinese-Japanese investment group wants to buy the brand and turn it into a builder of electric vehicles, according to sources who spoke with Reuters and Bloomberg News. The group formed...

By Cars.com  |  12:04 PM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 06/13/2012

Recall Alert: 2013 Scion FR-S and 2013 Subaru BRZ

The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ mechanical twins are being recalled because of inaccurate owner's manuals, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected FR-S cars were manufactured from March 22 through May 14, 2012, and 1,156 are.

By Cars.com  |  11:08 AM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 06/13/2012

Heard of Driver's Arm? What About Driver's Face?

Many of us slather on the sunscreen before heading outdoors, but are you applying it before you get in the car for your morning and evening commute? If you're not, you should be, especially if you spend hours a week...

By Cars.com  |  10:03 AM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 06/13/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Ford Explorer

Cars.com Family contributor BreAnn Ahara had high hopes for the 2012 Ford Explorer. With its 2011 redesign, the Explorer became a three-row crossover that seemed like it could be a minivan alternative. Unfortunately, the Explorer’s large exterior doesn’t equal a.

By Cars.com  |  07:33 AM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:08 AM ET, 06/13/2012

Do You Know Your State's Windshield Law?

Many companies sell gizmos that let you mount your hand-held GPS device or smartphone to your windshield, but if your state prohibits the placement of devices, you could wind up with a ticket. A user at the POI Factory website...

By Cars.com  |  07:08 AM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 06/12/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Honda Civic

Honda said it is voluntarily recalling about 50,000 model-year 2012 versions of the Civic compact sedan due to problems with the left driveshaft. In the affected vehicles, the driver-side driveshaft may not have been assembled properly, and it could separate.

By Cars.com  |  04:33 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

2013 Infiniti JX35: Car Seat Check

When it comes to three-row vehicles, third-row access is a big deal, especially when child-safety seats are part of the equation. With child-safety seats installed in a second-row bench, it can be anywhere from difficult to impossible to get into...

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

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 06/12/2012

2013 Kia Sorento: What's Changed

Most significant changes: Newly standard are leather seats in EX models and a third-row bench in LX V-6 versions. The SX trim loses its standard third row. Price change: Varies by trim level -- some stay the same, increase modestly...

By Cars.com  |  01:33 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 06/12/2012

2013 Buick Verano Turbo: First Look

Competes with: Acura ILX, Volvo S40 Looks like: A Verano with a "T" badge for turbo Drivetrain: 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder Hits dealerships: Late 2012 Today, Buick revealed the details of its Verano Turbo model, which will follow in its.

By Cars.com  |  12:41 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 06/12/2012

Daily News Briefs: June 12, 2012

As auto sales continue to rise, so too does the number of car dealerships and salespeople working at them, according to The Detroit News. In the first three months of 2012, 66 auto dealerships opened and 146,500 more jobs were...

By Cars.com  |  11:33 AM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 06/12/2012

Stop-Go System Not Coming to 2012 Kia Rio

One of the many features meant to distinguish the Kia Rio from its platform mate, the Hyundai Accent, was its advanced technology, including a backup camera, Microsoft UVO voice-recognition system and an available stop/start system called Idle Stop and Go.

By Cars.com  |  10:03 AM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 06/12/2012

Incentives So Big They May Change Your Mind

Big incentives don't usually land on cars that are widely shopped and/or praised by the media, but sometimes deals this good are hard to pass up. Below are some of this month's most significant incentives that may have shoppers reconsidering...

By Cars.com  |  09:49 AM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 06/12/2012

May's Fastest and Slowest Selling Cars

The Toyota Prius may have left the Top 10 Best-Sellers last month, but shoppers still snapped up the latest additions to the Prius family: the Prius Plug-in and subcompact Prius c. Both have been among the fastest-selling cars since they...

By Cars.com  |  07:33 AM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 06/12/2012

Incentives Needle Movers

Big incentives don't usually land on cars that are widely shopped and/or praised by the media, but sometimes deals this good are hard to pass up. Below are some of this month's most significant incentives. 2012 Ford Taurus Starting price:...

By Cars.com  |  07:04 AM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 06/11/2012

New Maps Coming to iPhone, iPad

At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference today, the company announced a new mapping system built from the ground up. The new system is intended to replace Google Maps on iOS 6 devices including the iPhone. The new Maps application catches up...

By Cars.com  |  04:18 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 06/11/2012

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Priced at $24,065

After a long hiatus, a diesel version of Volkswagen’s Beetle is back on the market. It will start at $24,065, including a $770 destination fee, when it goes on sale this August. The 2013 Beetle TDI is the sixth Volkswagen...

By Cars.com  |  02:04 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 06/11/2012

Daily News Briefs: June 11, 2012

Honda says that shipping vehicles from Japan to the United States is not profitable, and the automaker will limit the amount of vehicles it sends to the country, according to Automotive News. Honda produces most of its popular vehicles in...

By Cars.com  |  12:04 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 06/11/2012

Recall Alert: 2004-2007 Jeep Liberty

Jeep is expanding an earlier recall of its Liberty SUV to cover 137,176 more vehicles 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  |  11:19 AM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 06/11/2012

Recall Alert: 2009 Kia Borrego

Kia is recalling 21,912 model-year 2009 versions of the Borrego SUV because of problems with the brake pedal mounts, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were built from May 2, 2008, through Jan. 20, 2009,.

By Cars.com  |  10:28 AM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:58 PM ET, 06/10/2012

This Week's Most-Read Stories

Just like with films, there are sleeper cars, too — vehicles that get unexpected praise but are little known otherwise. The phenomenon is addressed in our latest Top 10 Underappreciated Cars and Trucks story, which is one of this week's...

By Cars.com  |  09:58 PM ET, 06/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 06/10/2012

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

The lack of a compact sedan has been a big, noticeable hole in Dodge's lineup for about the past five years. The automaker is trying to make up for that absence in a big way by introducing the 2013 Dodge...

By Cars.com  |  09:03 AM ET, 06/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 06/09/2012

Most Read Reviews of the Week

Just like with films, there are sleeper cars, too — vehicles that get unexpected praise but are little known otherwise. The phenomenon is addressed in our latest Top 10 Underappreciated Cars and Trucks story, which is one of this week's...

By Cars.com  |  01:04 PM ET, 06/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 06/08/2012

Child-Seat Rules Will Change in 2014

If you think mandates for child-safety seats are constantly revised, you're right — and now they're changing again. A new rule that goes into effect in 2014 will require car-seat makers to warn parents not to use the Latch anchor...

By Cars.com  |  02:09 PM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 06/08/2012

2013 Dodge Dart: Car Seat Check

The compact-car segment is a fiercely competitive one, and Chrysler has a lot riding on its new-for-2013 Dodge Dart. The sedan is the first Chrysler Group product based on a Fiat platform, and it replaces the unloved Caliber hatchback in...

By Cars.com  |  02:08 PM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 06/08/2012

New Engines for 2013 Infiniti FX and EX

New names and powertrains are the big news for model-year 2013 versions of Infiniti's FX and EX crossovers. Infiniti FX37 and EX37 models will now use a 325-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 instead of last year's 3.5-liter V-6. The 2013 FX37 will...

By Cars.com  |  01:04 PM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 06/08/2012

Daily News Briefs: June 8, 2012

With a federal survey released last December suggesting that half of all drivers in their early 20s send texts or emails while driving, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Thursday pledged $2.4 million in federal support for pilot programs in.

By Cars.com  |  12:14 PM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 06/08/2012

Car Talk Hosts to End New Shows This Fall

After 25 years of entertaining and informing car owners, Tom and Ray Magliozzi will not be recording new episodes of their famed weekly "Car Talk" program on NPR. In typical fashion, Tom and his brother Ray made a joke of...

By Cars.com  |  12:04 PM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 06/08/2012

2012 BMW 3 Series Earns Five-Star NHTSA Safety Rating

The 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan is the latest vehicle to join the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star safety club. It earned an overall five stars out of five in NHTSA's crash tests. The BMW's composite score was composed...

By Cars.com  |  11:39 AM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 06/08/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevrolet Suburban SUV is a slow, heavy, thirsty dinosaur, according to Cars.com Industry Analyst Kelsey Mays. The majority of people shopping large SUVs would be better served by a more efficient large crossover. For those who need to tow...

By Cars.com  |  07:39 AM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:04 AM ET, 06/08/2012

Car Storage Wars: Inventive Places to Stash Your Stuff

Admitting you have a problem is the first step toward recovery: Hi, my name is Jennifer and I have a lot of stuff. Luckily, so does much of the auto-buying public, forcing automakers to get creative about car storage. A...

By Cars.com  |  07:04 AM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 06/07/2012

2013 Pricing: Infiniti G37 Coupe, Convertible and IPL Coupe, Convertible

Model-year 2013 brings a modest price increase for Infiniti's popular G37 coupe and convertible lineup. A performance-oriented IPL version of the convertible also debuts for 2013. The IPL convertible joins the Infiniti Performance Line version of the G37 coupe.

By Cars.com  |  03:33 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 06/07/2012

2013 Hyundai Accent: What's Changed

Most significant change: Heated side mirrors, remote keyless entry and air conditioning are now standard Price change: $2,000 higher On sale: now Hyundai's popular subcompact gets more standard features for the 2013 model year, resulting in a big price increase.

By Cars.com  |  03:19 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 06/07/2012

What's Changed: 2013 Hyundai Accent

Most significant change: Heated side mirrors, remote keyless entry and air conditioning are now standard Price change: $2,000 higher On sale: now Hyundai's popular subcompact gets more standard features for the 2013 model year, resulting in a big price increase.

By Cars.com  |  03:04 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 06/07/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Nissan Altima

Attractive styling, great gas mileage and new tech features help make the redesigned-for-2013 Nissan Altima stand out in the competitive midsize car class, according to Cars.com Editor Mike Hanley. Though the front seats are very comfy, the car’s relatively bland.

By Cars.com  |  01:04 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 06/07/2012

Daily News Briefs: June 7, 2012

Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne has decided to keep the number of offerings at Dodge and Chrysler brands to no more than five models, according to Automobile Magazine. The Chrysler brand is already below that level at four models, but...

By Cars.com  |  12:04 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 06/07/2012

Gas Prices Keep Sinking in Time for Summer Travel

The national average price for a gallon of gas is $3.56, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report. That’s down 6 cents in a week and 20 cents from last month. A year ago, gas prices were also at $3.76....

By Cars.com  |  11:18 AM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 06/07/2012

2013 Chevy Volt Gets More Range

Owners of the 2013 Chevy Volt will be able to travel a few more miles on electric power, according to Chevrolet. For the new model year, the Volt's all-electric range has been raised from 35 miles to 38 miles on...

By Cars.com  |  10:34 AM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 06/07/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Toyota RAV4

Cars.com Family contributor Carrie Kim wasn’t expecting to become so fond of the 2012 Toyota RAV4, a compact crossover that hasn’t changed much since its 2006 model-year debut, but the more time she spent in it, the more impressed she...

By Cars.com  |  07:33 AM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:10 AM ET, 06/07/2012

Father's Day Gift Ideas for the Car-Obsessed Dad

Every dad spends time in the car, whether driving carpool to school, lugging sports equipment to games or tutus to recitals, or just commuting to and from work. Then there are the other dads who spend their free time in...

By Cars.com  |  07:10 AM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 06/06/2012

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Priced at $21,950

The 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo starts at $22,725, including a $775 destination fee. That’s a substantial $4,500 increase over the standard 2013 Hyundai Veloster, which saw a $150 increase in base pricing for the 2013 model year. The 201-horsepower, turbocharged.

By Cars.com  |  03:19 PM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Kia Seeks Premium Brand Status by 2017

Kia aims to be a "first class brand" by 2017, according to Kia Motors Vice Chairman Lee Hyung-keun. The carmaker plans to make this happen by introducing luxury vehicles like the Kia Cadenza (below), the Kia K9 (above) and the...

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

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 06/06/2012

Daily News Briefs: June 6, 2012

A Volkswagen source told Autoweek the brand is mulling a "lifestyle-targeted Jetta model" of the next Jetta Sportwagen. It would compete against the popular Subaru Outback, which is Subaru's most popular car and one of this year's 50 best-selling U.S.

By Cars.com  |  12:53 PM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 06/06/2012

2013 Honda Fit EV EPA Rated at 118 MPGe

The 2013 Honda Fit EV is setting EPA records: Its 118 mile per gallon equivalency (MPGe) is the highest rating ever given by the EPA, according to the automaker. The all-electric version of Honda's subcompact hatchback is powered by a...

By Cars.com  |  10:33 AM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:38 AM ET, 06/06/2012

Why Did Acura Ditch the RDX's Turbo?

When every other automaker is downsizing due to fuel-economy regulations, Acura actually added two cylinders to the engine of its redesigned compact crossover. For 2013, it swapped out the RDX's turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder and replaced it with a version of.

By Cars.com  |  07:38 AM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:13 AM ET, 06/06/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Infiniti G37

Infiniti has been busy expanding its G lineup to better compete with BMW's diverse 3 Series lineup; the 3 Series is the best-selling luxury model in America, to date. The new high-performance IPL version of the 2012 G37 coupe is...

By Cars.com  |  07:13 AM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 06/05/2012

First Look: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

Competes with: 2012 Aston Martin DB9, 2012 Audi R8 Looks like: the SLS gets a bit more powerful Drivetrain: 583-hp, 6.3-liter V-8 with seven-speed automatic transmission Hits dealerships: Mid-November 2012 After just two model years, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG gets.

By Cars.com  |  02:39 PM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 06/05/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Acura RDX

Acura took an already good vehicle and made it better with the 2013 RDX, says Cars.com Managing Editor Dave Thomas. Though it gained size and horsepower for the new model year, the compact crossover is lighter and more fuel efficient...

By Cars.com  |  01:39 PM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 06/05/2012

Recall Alert: 2013 Lincoln MKT

Lincoln is recalling 128 of its MKT SUVs from the 2013 model year that are equipped with the limousine or hearse preparation package, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the affected vehicles, which were manufactured from March.

By Cars.com  |  12:34 PM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 06/05/2012

Daily News Briefs: June 5, 2012

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he would sell off the remaining U.S. shares in GM, which the Obama administration has held for more than three years. Taxpayers still own 26% of GM. If the U.S. Treasury sold its remaining...

By Cars.com  |  12:04 PM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 06/05/2012

Recall Alert: 2006-08 Kia Rio

Kia is recalling 72,568 model-year 2006-08 versions of the Rio subcompact car due to problems with the airbag’s occupant-sensing system, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were built from Feb. 20, 2005, through Dec.

By Cars.com  |  11:08 AM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth Sold Out

Chrysler Group, which is owned by Fiat, is no longer taking dealer orders for its 2012 Fiat Abarth. With supplies cut off, all that's left is what remains on dealers' lots, according to the Detroit News. When the Abarth model...

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

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

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Jeep Wrangler

The 2012 Jeep Wrangler, an unapologetic off-roading machine, is cute, Cars.com Family contributor Courtney Messenbaugh says. Yes, cute, but not family-friendly. This four-seater stands out on the road and can easily tackle most off-road challenges, but it didn’t perform nearly.

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

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

Car Talk: Top 10 Road Trip Tips

Memorial Day marked the beginning of the summer driving season. During this season, AAA expects to rescue 7.9 million stranded motorists. To make sure your trip goes off without a hitch, Car Talk radio hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi have...

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

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

Ford Updates F-150 for 2013

Today, a revised-for-2013 F-150 made its debut at a Future Farmers of America event in Bruceville, Texas. Changes include a redesigned front end, updated headlights, wider availability of the MyFord Touch multimedia system across the lineup and some towing package.

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

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 06/04/2012

Daily News Briefs: June 4, 2012

We told you last April that Jaguar will introduce a two-seat F-Type to challenge the Mercedes SL-Class, but now Bloomberg News reports it will be the smallest Jaguar in more than 50 years. A loose reincarnation of the iconic 1960s...

By Cars.com  |  11:48 AM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 06/04/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Fisker Karma

Fisker is recalling 19 model-year 2012 versions of its Karma plug-in hybrid/electric sedan due to a coolant leak, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is an expansion of a December 2011 recall that involved 239 Fisker Karmas.

By Cars.com  |  10:53 AM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 06/04/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 BMW 6 Series

The 2012 BMW 650i is many things — beautiful, powerful, luxurious — but is it a family car? Cars.com Family contributor Sara Lacey says yes, but there’s a lot of qualifications to that answer. The 650i is a coupe, which...

By Cars.com  |  09:03 AM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

Despite being Scion's most expensive model to date, the 2013 Scion FR-S is meant to be a bare-bones sports car, according to Cars.com Editor Joe Bruzek. The sport coupe has more in common with the Mazda MX-5 Miata and Nissan...

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

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 06/02/2012

This Week's Most-Read Stories

Have you seen a Chevy-bowtie-wearing Saturn Vue in your area? That’s because GM is bringing back the short-lived second-generation Vue to the U.S. as the 2012 Chevrolet Captiva Sport. You won’t have any luck finding the Captiva Sport at Chevy...

By Cars.com  |  01:03 PM ET, 06/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 06/01/2012

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: May 2012

Toyota dominated the sales landscape last month, with May sales up nearly 90%. That's versus a weak May 2011, when Japan's earthquake and tsunami had shoppers thinking Toyota, Lexus and Scion showrooms would have few cars in stock. It actually...

By Cars.com  |  03:50 PM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 06/01/2012

Daily News Briefs: June 1, 2012

The first of the month can mean only one thing to followers of the automotive industry: sales numbers. In early reporting, Toyota says its sales for May shot up a dramatic 87.3% on an unadjusted basis compared with a year...

By Cars.com  |  11:34 AM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 06/01/2012

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Gets the Fender Treatment

While variants of the new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle are still getting prepped for retail sale – the fuel-efficient Beetle TDI goes on sale later this summer, for instance – that isn't stopping VW from adding even more to the mix....

By Cars.com  |  10:44 AM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 06/01/2012

Cars.com Added to the Washington Post Social Reader

If you're a Facebook user, you've probably seen a news story cross your timeline from the Washington Post Social Reader application. The news app lets you easily share what you are reading and see what your friends are reading, including...

By Cars.com  |  08:48 AM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 06/01/2012

Cars.com's 2013 Model Year Preview

We're halfway through calendar-year 2012 and that means it's time to preview new cars from the 2013 model year. Automakers can officially designate a new car a 2013 as of Jan. 1, 2012, and many 2013s are already on sale....

By Cars.com  |  07:03 AM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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