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Kicking Tires: August, 2012

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

Vote for the Wackiest Street Sign

Sometimes street signs do more harm than good, confusing lost motorists. Other times they're just downright strange. The Detroit Bureau has challenged its readers to find the world's wackiest, most confusing signs. In its Wild, Weird and Wacky Street Signs.

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

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 08/31/2012

2013 Nissan Sentra: First Look

Competes with: Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla Looks like: A baby Altima Drivetrain: 130-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder and six-speed manual or CVT Hits dealerships: This fall Nissan is in the midst of refreshing most of its lineup, and now it's.

By Cars.com  |  12:15 PM ET, 08/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Toyota Adds Special-Edition Trim to Four-Cylinder Camry

As the first model year for the new eighth-generation Toyota Camry comes to an end, Toyota has announced a limited-edition SE model that offers an array of features for an extra $2,775. Called the 2012 Toyota Camry SE Sport, the...

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

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 08/30/2012

Where Do the Worst Drivers Live?

Look out, Washington, D.C., motorists: According to an Allstate Insurance study, your drivers are the worst in the nation, Forbes reports. In the insurance company's eighth annual America's Best Drivers Report, our nation's capital led the list of danger zones.

By Cars.com  |  01:37 PM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 08/30/2012

Kia's Hamsters Bring Down the Opera House

They drive, they rap, they dance, and this year, Kia's hamsters have developed a taste for the fine arts. The automaker's furry mascots are back, bringing the funk — and the Soul — to an 18th-century opera house in the...

By Cars.com  |  12:07 PM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 08/30/2012

Car Caught in Water: What You Should Do

Although Hurricane Isaac has been downgraded to a tropical storm, it’s still a dangerous weather system, especially to unsuspecting motorists farther inland from the Gulf. If you happen to get caught in a flash flood or get stuck in the...

By Cars.com  |  10:37 AM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:37 AM ET, 08/30/2012

Sun Visors That Come Up Short

The dog days of summer are in full swing in the high altitudes of the Rocky Mountains (read: close to the sun with little ozone filtration). My kids are back to school and afterschool activities, so I'm often driving north...

By Cars.com  |  07:37 AM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:08 AM ET, 08/30/2012

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT: Car Seat Check

After a several-year hiatus, a hatchback returns to the Elantra lineup, replacing the unpopular Elantra Touring wagon for 2013. Given its hatchback body style, we figured the GT would be roomier than the Elantra coupe in terms of handling a...

By Cars.com  |  07:08 AM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

For the 2013 model year, the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class gets lightly refreshed, with a more powerful engine and slight interior and exterior updates. Although the interior is nicely updated, the needlessly complicated multimedia system and the clamorous start-stop system on the.

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

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 08/29/2012

2013 Buick Encore Rated at 33 MPG Highway

When Buick's new compact crossover, the 2013 Encore, goes on sale early next year, it will have an EPA fuel economy rating of 25/33/28 mpg city/highway/combined, according to GM. That's the best fuel economy rating of any naturally aspirated Buick;...

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 08/29/2012

Gas Prices Surge as Isaac Slams Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast states are feeling the fury of Hurricane Isaac — even at the gas pump. Overnight, prices for a gallon of gas have gone up as much as 10 cents in some states, according to AAA's Daily Fuel...

By Cars.com  |  12:07 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 08/29/2012

2013 BMW X1 Rated at 34 MPG

The 2013 BMW X1 crossover is rated at 24/34/28 mpg city/highway/combined, according to the EPA. That compares favorably to the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, which gets 18/28 mpg. More small luxury crossovers from Lexus, Audi and Lincoln will...

By Cars.com  |  10:31 AM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 08/29/2012

How Much Cupholder Can $126,000 Buy?

Porsche should be pleased to hear there aren’t many shared features between the 2012 911 Carrera and my 1998 Pontiac Trans Am. Go figure. The Carrera’s $4,650 Premium Package Plus costs more than what I paid for my mullet-mobile. I...

By Cars.com  |  09:08 AM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 08/29/2012

How to Handle a Stuck Gas Pedal

Have you seen the harrowing footage of the Kia Sorento that malfunctioned and sped up to 115 mph on a Missouri highway last weekend? The driver, Lauri Ulvestad, managed to dial 911 with one hand and drive her-out-of-control car with...

By Cars.com  |  07:36 AM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 08/29/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Toyota Corolla

From its exterior to its drive experience, the 2012 Toyota Corolla is on the bland side, according to Cars.com Family contributor Carrie Kim. This is a purely pragmatic compact sedan with decent fuel economy. It will get you where you...

By Cars.com  |  07:01 AM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 08/28/2012

It's Official: Higher Fuel Economy Standards Set for 2025

After a 13-day delay, the Obama administration announced the much-anticipated corporate average fuel economy standards, which will raise industry-wide fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2025. "By the middle of the next decade, our cars will get nearly 55 miles.

By Cars.com  |  02:13 PM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 08/28/2012

2014 Mazda6: First Look

Competes with: Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion Looks like: Mazda isn't giving up on midsize sedans without a fight Drivetrain: 2.0- or 2.5-liter four-cylinder; six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission Hits dealerships: Early 2013 Despite Mazda's troubled.

By Cars.com  |  01:22 PM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 08/28/2012

Where to Sit: Scion iQ's Front Seats or GMC Yukon XL's Third Row?

There’s no reason why anyone should cross-shop the Scion iQ microcar and massive extended-wheelbase GMC Yukon XL, but coincidence brought these polar opposites into Cars.com’s test fleet at the same time. The amount of space inside the Yukon is impressive.

By Cars.com  |  12:36 PM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 08/28/2012

Detroit Three Ramp Up Capacity

Three years ago, Detroit automakers were running around 50% capacity as the auto industry hobbled toward a year with just 10.4 million new-car sales. With sales this year poised to break 14 million, capacity usage is back. GM, Ford and...

By Cars.com  |  12:33 PM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 08/28/2012

Staying Safe in the School Drop-Off Lane

My son started Kindergarten last week. After weeks of everyone asking him how excited he was, he very nervously entered the building last Friday. He was a wreck but didn't cry (I might have, just a little), and he ended...

By Cars.com  |  11:22 AM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 08/28/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Scion iQ

Sure, the Scion iQ is cute, but smart shoppers considering it would be wise to look elsewhere in the subcompact-car class, according to reviewer Kelsey Mays. It has an impressively small turning circle and is way ahead of its rival,...

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 08/27/2012

Volkswagen and Detroit Score in Latest Quality Survey

Toyota leads a new study with the fewest reported problems per vehicle, but Volkswagen has the best overall quality, according to Strategic Vision. The San Diego-based consulting firm said just 17% of Toyota owners reported problems with their cars, but.

By Cars.com  |  01:36 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 08/27/2012

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4, 4 S: First Look

Competes with: Nissan GT-R, Audi R8, Lamborghini Gallardo Looks like: The new 991 series finally gets its crucial all-wheel-drive models Drivetrain: 350-hp, 3.4-liter flat-six engine or 400-hp, 3.8-liter flat six; seven-speed manual transmission or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; all-wheel drive.

By Cars.com  |  12:43 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 08/27/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Fisker Karma

Boutique hybrid-car maker Fisker is recalling 1,377 model-year 2012 versions of the Karma four-seat plug-in hybrid due to problems with the engine cooling fan, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the affected vehicles, which were built from.

By Cars.com  |  11:02 AM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 08/27/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

GM is recalling 44,668 model-year 2012 versions of the Chevrolet Sonic compact car because of a faulty windshield-wiper washer hose, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured from May 5, 2011, through Feb.

By Cars.com  |  10:21 AM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 08/27/2012

Bill Could Banish Those Impossible Latch Anchors

A federal highway bill that passed Congress last month could improve the safety of children in child-safety seats during a side-impact crash — and make it easier for parents to install those child seats. The bill calls on the National...

By Cars.com  |  07:36 AM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 08/27/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Toyota Prius

After more than a decade on the market, there are now more than a million Toyota Prius hybrids on the roads today, and despite a slew of competitors, the Prius manages to make up half of all hybrid sales. The...

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 AM ET, 08/27/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

A redesign for 2013 takes Hyundai’s midsize SUV from stale to stunning, according to Cars.com Editor Jennifer Geiger. A competent new turbo engine, dynamic styling and competitive prices mean the Santa Fe Sport is sure to turn heads. 2013 Hyundai...

By Cars.com  |  12:06 AM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 08/26/2012

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

For the 2013 model year, the Chevrolet Camaro gets several significant changes, including a multimedia system and a track-ready 1LE Package, that make the car a better Ford Mustang competitor, according to Cars.com Managing Editor David Thomas. Read more about.

By Cars.com  |  09:06 AM ET, 08/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 08/25/2012

This Week's Most-Read Stories

Some vehicles you test-drive seem perfectly fine for all your needs — until you invite your friends to hop in the backseat. Some vehicles with particularly disappointing rear accommodations include the Lexus IS and the Chevrolet Malibu. Continue reading about.

By Cars.com  |  01:01 PM ET, 08/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 08/24/2012

A Billboard That Doesn't Ruin the View

While we don't often get this issue here in flat Illinois — Cars.com HQ is in downtown Chicago — we’ve all seen our fair share of chintzy, vulgar ads for fireworks, ambulance chasers … and let’s not forget adult book/video...

By Cars.com  |  02:06 PM ET, 08/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 08/24/2012

Mazda Builds Last Mazda6 in Michigan

Mazda will give the redesigned Mazda6 a soup-to-nuts reveal in just a few days, but the family sedan won't come from Flat Rock, Mich. That's where the automaker has built the Mazda6 for a decade, but it announced more than...

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 08/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 08/24/2012

Breakdown Lane: Up-Close Mobile App Inspection

What is it? Finds the nearest mechanic and guides you through common roadside repairs Price: $1.99 Platforms: iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices with iOS 3.2 or later Info: Click here If you're ever stuck by the side of the...

By Cars.com  |  12:11 PM ET, 08/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 08/24/2012

PickupTrucks.com Drives the 2013 Ram 1500

Chrysler went big with the redesign of the Ram 1500 pickup with new powertrains, fresh interior, restyled exterior and a new control interface. PickupTrucks.com took the Ram on- and off-road, testing out the new air suspension, towing boats and campers.

By Cars.com  |  11:06 AM ET, 08/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 08/24/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 GMC Yukon XL

The 2012 GMC Yukon XL is good at two things: carrying lots of people and holding all their cargo, says Cars.com Industry Analyst Kelsey Mays. But he wonders why you would spend the extra money for the GMC model when...

By Cars.com  |  07:36 AM ET, 08/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 08/24/2012

VW to Debut New, Lighter Golf on Sept. 4

We've praised the quality and drivability of Volkswagen's smallest U.S. offering, the Golf hatchback, but the gas version’s fuel economy still underwhelms — 26 mpg combined with Volkswagen's inline-five-cylinder, versus 28 to 32 mpg combined in the Toyota Matrix, Ford.

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 08/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 08/23/2012

Next-Gen Chevy Cruze to be Built in Ohio

Ohio manufacturing plants in Lordstown and Parma will get a $220 million investment from GM for the production of the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze. An actual production date for the second-generation Cruze has yet to be determined, but nearly 5,000 employees.

By Cars.com  |  03:17 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 08/23/2012

First Look: 2013 Land Rover LR2

Competes with: Acura RDX, BMW X3 Looks like: A minor update outside, a major one under the hood Drivetrain: 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic Hits dealerships: TBD On the heels of announcing a new-for-2013 Range Rover, Land Rover.

By Cars.com  |  02:02 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 08/23/2012

Auto Loan Delinquency at Lowest Levels Ever

The percentage of car financers who are 60 days or more late on their loan repayments has fallen to its lowest recorded level, according to The Los Angeles Times. The data was provided by TransUnion, which, admittedly, has been collecting...

By Cars.com  |  01:07 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 08/23/2012

2013 Nissan Pathfinder: From Tough Guy to Family Guy

It's what's inside that matters, right? In the case of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, definitely. But the outside is just as much a part of the transformation of this once-rugged SUV. For 2013, Nissan's three-row SUV was completely redesigned, shedding..

By Cars.com  |  12:03 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 08/23/2012

Recall Alert: 2013 Infiniti JX

Nissan's luxury arm, Infiniti, is recalling 7,842 model-year 2013 versions of the JX crossover due to problems with the fuel tank, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were built from Feb. 15 to June 22.

By Cars.com  |  10:52 AM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 08/23/2012

2013 Cadillac XTS: Car Seat Check

The all-new 2013 Cadillac XTS is a full-size sedan with a roomy interior. The XTS replaces Cadillac's DTS and STS, and much to some Cadillac fans' chagrin, the XTS has front- or all-wheel drive instead of rear-wheel drive. For the...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 08/22/2012

2013 Ford Fusion Priced at $22,495

The 2013 Ford Fusion will start at $22,495, including a $795 destination fee, when it goes on sale early this fall. That puts the new Fusion on pretty competitive footing compared with its competitors: The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu ($23,150) and...

By Cars.com  |  03:46 PM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 08/22/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427

The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette marks a fitting end to GM's sixth-generation icon, says Cars.com Industry Analyst Kelsey Mays. This is the generation’s last year before an all-new 2014 Corvette is unveiled. The Corvette’s departure is marked by a 427 Convertible.

By Cars.com  |  02:17 PM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 08/22/2012

2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Priced at $20,995

When the slightly sporty Chevrolet Sonic RS goes on sale early this fall, it will do so with a starting price of $20,995, including destination, and $22,280 for a Sonic RS equipped with an automatic transmission. It is offered as...

By Cars.com  |  01:32 PM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 08/22/2012

Illinois Passes Stricter Driver Ed Rules After Cars.com Investigation

Almost one year after a joint investigation by Cars.com and the Chicago Tribune that highlighted aging and unsafe driver’s education fleets, the state of Illinois passed a law to improve safety in these programs. It's 10 a.m.: Do You Know...

By Cars.com  |  10:51 AM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 08/22/2012

Living with MyFord Touch on a 3,500-Mile Road Trip

Ask Ford's reps about MyFord Touch and they say if you live with the system, you'll love it. They say that 80% of Ford owners with the system would recommend it to others. My family and I lived with it...

By Cars.com  |  07:47 AM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 08/22/2012

Car Companies Satisfy Buyers Better Than Apple

Customer satisfaction for the automotive industry is at its highest point in about 20 years, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, as reported by USA Today. The automotive industry ranked 84 out of 100, tying its best-ever rank in...

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 08/21/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Jeep Liberty

The 2012 Jeep Liberty is an off-roader made for those filled with wanderlust. But its ride was so jarring that Cars.com Family contributor Sara Lacey found it exhausting, and its V-6 engine had to work hard to manage highway speeds,...

By Cars.com  |  04:52 PM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 08/21/2012

OnStar Revamps Buttons for 2013

For the first time in years, GM’s OnStar is redesigning the system’s core buttons, changing what users see. If we chose one of the new logos for our What Does This Button Do? series, we’d guess the X-Men’s screaming Banshee...

By Cars.com  |  11:31 AM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 08/21/2012

One Less Brand For The 1 Percent

Remember Maybach? You wouldn't be remiss for forgetting about Mercedes-Benz’s once-aspiring ultra-luxury brand, resurrected in 2003 to compete better with Rolls-Royce and Bentley. The last 2012 models had starting prices from $376,300 to $1,380,000. Mercedes confirmed nearly a year ago.

By Cars.com  |  10:36 AM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 08/21/2012

A 3,445-Mile Road Trip in the 2013 Ford Flex

It was an ambitious roadmap for a summer vacation: Go from Chicago to the Twin Cities, across Minnesota and through Bismarck, N.D., down to Rapid City, S.D., to see Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial, and then over to...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 08/20/2012

Cars.com Reviews 2012 BMW M6 Convertible

BMW's M brand has a special meaning for most automotive enthusiasts; the modified BMW models usually are the pinnacle of handling, power and braking that the automaker has to offer. The new 2012 BMW M6 certainly has the power, but...

By Cars.com  |  03:46 PM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 08/20/2012

BMW Zagato Roadster: Photo Gallery

BMW took the wraps off another BMW Zagato concept this weekend. This time it's a roadster interpretation of the concept. Co-developed with automotive design consultancy Zagato, the roadster has a few key styling differences compared with the coupe aside from.

By Cars.com  |  01:35 PM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 08/20/2012

Honda Accord, Civic Remain Most-Stolen Vehicles

The 1994 Honda Accord and 1998 Honda Civic were the most-stolen vehicles in 2011, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The most-stolen list is compiled by data submitted to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center from law enforcement agencies.

By Cars.com  |  12:31 PM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 08/20/2012

Recall Alert: 2004-06 Suzuki Forenza, 2005-06 Suzuki Reno

Suzuki is recalling 101,688 Forenza sedans from the 2004-06 model years and Reno hatchbacks from the 2005-06 model years because the headlamps could malfunction, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the affected vehicles, which were built from.

By Cars.com  |  11:26 AM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 08/20/2012

Recall Alert: 249,260 GM vehicles

GM is recalling 249,260 vehicles because the driver's door module may corrode and cause an electrical short, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recalled vehicles — which affects 2006 models of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT and GMC.

By Cars.com  |  10:51 AM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 08/20/2012

Used Chevrolet Corvettes See Biggest Price Drop on Cars.com

Prices for late-model used cars continued their decline in August, dropping nearly $200 on average, or almost 1%, from a month earlier. Used Chevrolet Corvettes saw the biggest declines, dropping on average 6% from July 1 to Aug. 1. The...

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 08/19/2012

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

For 2012, Porsche redesigned its 911 Carrera and Carrera S in coupe and convertible Cabriolet versions. The new models bring new tech, including an electromechanical power-steering unit that loses some steering feel, according to Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder.

By Cars.com  |  09:06 AM ET, 08/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 08/18/2012

This Week's Most-Read Stories

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announce a new offset frontal-barrier crash test this week, and with it, its first round of crash-test results on select luxury models. Many of the 11 luxury cars tested received low marks in the...

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 08/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 08/17/2012

Could the 'Year of Lexus' Include a Hybrid Sports Car?

2012 is a big year for Lexus. The Japanese luxury carmaker is getting nine new or refreshed models during it. In fact, it's such a big year that Bob Carter, senior vice president of Toyota, has dubbed 2012 "The Year...

By Cars.com  |  02:03 PM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 08/17/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Model-year 2013 brings a host of updates to Mercedes-Benz's SL, including a new aluminum body and drivetrain. These updates make the redesigned SL even more of a luxury touring roadster, says Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder. And with prices topping.

By Cars.com  |  12:37 PM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 08/17/2012

2013 Fiat 500 Turbo: First Look

Competes with: Mini Cooper S and Volkswagen Beetle Looks like: An Abarth-light model, straddling the space between the regular 500 and the Abarth in terms of styling Drivetrain: 135-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission Hits dealerships: This.

By Cars.com  |  11:07 AM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 08/17/2012

Why Isn't the Buick Regal Selling Well?

Over the past few years, we've seen a global convergence and streamlining of major vehicle lineups, which means more of the Eurocentric vehicles that automotive enthusiasts covet are coming here. But many of them aren't selling well. For proof, just..

By Cars.com  |  10:17 AM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:37 AM ET, 08/17/2012

New App Keeps Tabs on Texting Drivers

Texting while driving has become a nationwide epidemic, one that the developers of a new smartphone application hope to eradicate. The Vehawk app tracks a driver's cellphone usage during a trip and sends notifications to the account holder (most likely.

By Cars.com  |  07:37 AM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 08/17/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Land Rover LR4

Practical luxury and rugged capability coexist in the 2012 Land Rover LR4, according to Cars.com Family contributor Courtney Messenbaugh. This off-road-capable SUV can easily seat five or seven with the optional third row, and its powerful V-8 engine accelerates smoothly.

By Cars.com  |  07:01 AM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 08/16/2012

2013 Hyundai Genesis: What's Changed

Most significant changes: 4.6-liter V-8 dropped; 5.0-liter V-8 now a rare option Price change: TBA On sale: TBA Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? If you had any interest in an affordable new V-8 Genesis, buy now For the...

By Cars.com  |  02:02 PM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 08/16/2012

Ram Truck's Outdoorsman Trim Returns for 2013

An Outdoorsman model will again join the Ram 1500 lineup for 2013. Originally introduced two years ago, the model combines off-road capability and trailer-towing hardware and has become a popular part of the pickup truck's lineup. Quad and crew cab...

By Cars.com  |  02:01 PM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 08/16/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro

Some model-year 2013 updates mean Chevrolet's muscle car is finally ready to compete with Ford's 2013 Mustang, according to Cars.com Managing Editor David Thomas. The addition of the MyLink multimedia and navigation system along with a new track-ready 1LE Package.

By Cars.com  |  01:07 PM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 08/16/2012

New Gas Mileage Rules Delayed

Remember the federal government’s corporate average fuel economy rules? They were supposed to raise industry-wide gas mileage to 54.5 mpg by CAFE standards, or the high 30s in combined EPA gas mileage on window stickers, by the 2025 model year....

By Cars.com  |  12:02 PM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 08/16/2012

Recall Alert: 2013 Dodge Durango

Chrysler is recalling 1,449 model-year 2013 versions of the Dodge Durango SUV due to problems with the side curtain airbags, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured from April 11 through July 20, 2012.

By Cars.com  |  10:11 AM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:08 AM ET, 08/16/2012

Car Backseats You Want to Sit In

We’ve told you which cars to call front-seat dibs to avoid being stuck in the backseat with leg cramps and neck spasms. It only seems appropriate to fill you in on which cars allow you to relax comfortably in the...

By Cars.com  |  07:08 AM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 08/15/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Hyundai Equus

The Equus delivers Hyundai into the luxury-car market, but a few things are missing from Hyundai's large sedan, according to Cars.com Managing Editor David Thomas. A potent V-8 and a supple ride are among the car's strengths, but an interior...

By Cars.com  |  03:07 PM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 08/15/2012

2013 Land Rover Range Rover: First Look

Competes with: Toyota Land Cruiser, Lexus LX 570, Mercedes-Benz G-Class Looks like: The 21st century finally tames the once-rugged Range Rover Drivetrain: A pair of 5.0-liter V-8s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission Hits dealerships: December 2012 Land Rover Range.

By Cars.com  |  01:38 PM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 08/15/2012

Tesla: Sell Enough Cars by Year's End, or Else

Tesla faces a new challenge: Build 5,000 Model S sedans by Dec. 31 or risk insolvency, CEO and founder Elon Musk said at the National Clean Energy Summit, according to Left Lane News. The California electric-car maker received 10,000 orders...

By Cars.com  |  12:37 PM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 08/15/2012

Gas Prices Spiking

Gas prices started out lower than average this summer, but industry analysts now predict that 2012 may turn out to be the costliest summer in years, reports USA Today. Brian Milne of energy tracker Telvent DTN believes that gas prices...

By Cars.com  |  11:06 AM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 08/15/2012

Car Backseats to Avoid

Car shoppers without families often overlook the backseat. It can go empty weeks at a time, until friends jump in for that trip across town and find out Johnny's shiny new ride has a backseat best suited for groceries, overcoats...

By Cars.com  |  10:08 AM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 08/15/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Hyundai Azera

Hyundai's redesigned full-size sedan, the Azera, shows that a car can be affordable and luxurious, according to Cars.com Family contributor Carrie Kim. The five-seat sedan is so spacious that Carrie's husband was able to stretch out in the front passenger.

By Cars.com  |  07:36 AM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 08/15/2012

Treasury: Auto Bailout Will Cost $3.4 Billion More

The U.S. Treasury increased the estimated cost of Detroit’s auto bailout by $3.4 billion to $25.1 billion, a report to Congress shows. Since 2008, the Bush and Obama administrations have spent some $85 billion on loans to GM, Chrysler and...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 08/14/2012

2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe: Car Seat Check

The Hyundai Elantra sedan successfully mixes good looks with high mileage, and the automaker has been rewarded with good sales, selling more than 18,000 Elantra vehicles in July 2012. Looking to expand on that success, Hyundai has introduced the Elantra.

By Cars.com  |  02:07 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 08/14/2012

Recall Alert: 2003-04 Chevy Express, GMC Savana

GM is recalling 9,389 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans from the 2003-04 model years because the fuel filler pipe might corrode, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall affects Express and Savana vehicles that are equipped.

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 08/14/2012

Fiat Plans a Much Bigger 500

The Fiat 500 lineup, which has already spawned a 500C targa top and a high-performance 500 Abarth edition, is about to get a whole lot bigger, both figuratively and literally. Recent patent filings show that a seven-passenger version of the...

By Cars.com  |  12:01 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 08/14/2012

Recall Alert: 2011 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 189 model-year 2011 versions of the G550 and G55 AMG SUVs due to problems with the front passenger airbag, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured from Sept. 20, 2010, through.

By Cars.com  |  11:36 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 08/14/2012

The Darker Side of the 2013 Nissan Juke

Nissan's quirky little hatchback already has one of the most unique profiles on the road. A new-for-2013 accessory package gives the Juke an even more aggressive look. The Midnight Edition accessory package adds specific 17-inch black wheels, a Sapphire Black.

By Cars.com  |  11:07 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 08/14/2012

What Does This Button Do?

High-performance luxury cars like the 2012 BMW M6 never disappoint when it comes to providing a multitude of modes that manifest in perplexing buttons. But there are two curious buttons on the BMW M6’s steering wheel named M1 and M2...

By Cars.com  |  08:42 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:37 AM ET, 08/14/2012

Mercedes, Lexus and Audi Fail Latest IIHS Crash Tests

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and two Lexus sedans — the IS 250/350 and the outgoing ES 350 — failed the latest round of IIHS frontal tests. As we reported Monday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s new offset...

By Cars.com  |  07:37 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 08/14/2012

Air Supply: Putting Today's Fresheners to the Test

My car has a special stench. It's a stench reserved for those of us in our familial prime, those of us whose cars have been the scene of many scent crimes, from dirty diapers to long-forgotten gym bags to plenty...

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Tougher IIHS Crash Test Could Mean Fewer Top Safety Picks

A new crash test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety will likely reduce the number of coveted Top Safety Picks, and Automotive News reports at least two automakers have voiced concern. On Tuesday IIHS will release the first round...

By Cars.com  |  04:37 PM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Some Chrysler V-6s in Need of Repairs

About 1,300 new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram brand vehicles are in Chrysler dealerships awaiting maintenance because of defective cylinder heads, according to Automotive News. The trade publication reports that a small percentage of Chrysler-built 3.

By Cars.com  |  02:06 PM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Car Smells Like Teen Spirit? Not Anymore

It feels like summer just arrived a couple of weeks ago, yet I'm already facing the start of my kids' school year in a few weeks. We're trying to soak up every last bit of fun in the sun we...

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Recall Alert: 2008-12 Chevrolet Impala

GM is recalling 36,413 model-year 2008-12 versions of the Chevrolet Impala large sedan because of problems with the control arm, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Only police versions are affected, though many of these cars will eventually.

By Cars.com  |  12:06 PM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 08/13/2012

Recall Alert: 2012-13 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 8,675 model-year 2012 and 2013 versions of the M-Class SUV equipped with accessory all-season floormats because of a lack of clearance between the mat and the gas pedal, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By Cars.com  |  11:07 AM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

Chevy debuted the 2013 Malibu with a mild-hybrid system it called Eco. Now, you can finally buy a Malibu with a traditional and less expensive four-cylinder gas engine. How does it drive? Pretty well, according to Cars.com Managing Editor David...

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

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 08/11/2012

This Week's Most-Read Stories

Our quest to identify every strange, curious, poorly marked and downright strange button inside every new car continues in our What Does This Button Do? series with the Jaguar XJL Portfolio. Continue reading below to find out what the checkered-flag..

By Cars.com  |  12:23 PM ET, 08/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 08/11/2012

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

The redesigned 2013 Nissan Altima’s popularity continues this week in our most-read reviews as well as the sales charts where Altima sales accounted for a big portion of Nissan’s sales gain. Almost half of Altima sales were the 2013 model,...

By Cars.com  |  08:27 AM ET, 08/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 08/10/2012

Audi To Put Rearview Screen Into Production

Sure, a digital display teamed with a rear-mounted camera seems like a logical thing to do, but for the most part a rearview mirror is a better — and much cheaper — option. Well, when you drive a car with...

By Cars.com  |  03:31 PM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 08/10/2012

Report: Foreign Automakers Got Raw Deal in New Fuel-Economy Rules

Next Wednesday, expect the federal government to unveil final corporate average fuel economy rules for 2017 through 2025. The latest CAFE requirements took more than a year to finalize and will require combined EPA city/highway mileage in the high 30s.

By Cars.com  |  02:33 PM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 08/10/2012

Parents Still Aren't Getting Car Seats Right

It seems like car-seat talk is everywhere. Starting before the child is even born, hospital educators often include child-safety-seat curriculum in required new-parent classes. In the news and online, parents hear regularly about changes to child-seat regulations.

By Cars.com  |  11:07 AM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 08/10/2012

Recall Alert: 2011 and 2012 Ford Transit Connect

Ford is recalling 16,330 model-year 2011-12 Transit Connects because the wiper arms might not be correctly riveted, which could cause inconsistent clearing of the windshield or possible detachment of the wiper arm, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By Cars.com  |  10:17 AM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 08/10/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Toyota Prius c

The 2012 Toyota Prius c, the Prius’ smaller sibling, is the perfect city car, according to Cars.com Family contributor Sara Lacey. With its EPA-estimated 53/46 mpg ratings, it’s made for zipping around town while running small- to medium-sized errands, which.

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 08/09/2012

'American-Made' Quality Still Seen as Inferior

The Detroit Three build plenty of high-quality cars. Buick, Ford and Lincoln scored above average in the latest Vehicle Dependability Study from J.D. Power and Associates, and Cadillac ranked third in the study's rankings. J.D. Power's three-month Initial Quality Study.

By Cars.com  |  12:08 PM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 08/09/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Mitsubishi is recalling 261 model-year 2012 i-MiEV electric cars for an airbag fault that could deactivate the frontal and side airbag system. The problem is caused by an incompatibility between the airbag sensors and self-diagnostic software that will trigger a.

By Cars.com  |  11:43 AM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 08/09/2012

Buick's Different Sort of Collision Warning System

Buick added a host of safety features for 2013: a standard backup camera and optional cross-traffic and blindspot alerts to the Verano, a standard front-center airbag for the Enclave and optional forward collision and lane departure warnings for the new.

By Cars.com  |  10:47 AM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:08 AM ET, 08/09/2012

Jeep Liberty Ends Production Next Week

The Toledo, Ohio, plant that assembles the Jeep Liberty will go idle next week and not resume its SUV operations until 2013 with an all-new replacement. During that time the plant will undergo $500 million in upgrades and an expansion,...

By Cars.com  |  07:08 AM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 08/09/2012

Google Adds Lexus RX 450h to Self-Driving Fleet

Google’s self-driving car program now makes a lot more sense to us with the addition of an autonomous Lexus RX 450h. If you’re going to only be a passenger, why not do it in luxurious comfort with a 15-speaker premium...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 08/08/2012

2013 Buick Verano Turbo Priced at $29,990

Buick’s hopped-up 2013 Verano Turbo sedan with a 250-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder will start at $29,990 when it goes on sale this fall; pricing includes an $885 destination fee. Buick’s smallest sedan with big power comes with a standard six-speed automatic.

By Cars.com  |  11:51 AM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 08/08/2012

This is What the 2013 Honda Accord Looks Like

Honda will reveal all the details of the redesigned Accord lineup next month, but today the automaker is giving us a look at the exterior of both the sedan (above) and the coupe (below). The design is obviously new, but...

By Cars.com  |  10:07 AM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 08/08/2012

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Already has $1,000 Cash Back

The Ford C-Max Hybrid isn't even on sale yet and it already has cash on the hood. Ford's first dedicated hybrid has a $1,000 cash-back program or 5.9% financing for 72 months in most major markets. That means the $25,995...

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

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 08/08/2012

2013 Chevrolet Spark EPA-Rated at 38 MPG

The 2013 Chevrolet Spark gets an EPA-estimated 32/38 mpg city/highway when equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, according to the automaker. When equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission, the Spark gets 28/37 mpg. At first glance, these numbers look disappointing.

By Cars.com  |  08:41 AM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 08/08/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Nissan Frontier

Parents looking for a pickup truck that can fit three child-safety seats across its backseat need look no further than the 2012 Nissan Frontier with a crew cab, according to Cars.com Family contributor Courtney Messenbaugh, a mom of three. While...

By Cars.com  |  07:36 AM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

2013 Ford Escape: What a Difference $11,000 Makes

It seems we may be having a love-hate relationship with Ford's redesigned Escape. Our first impressions were good, really good, in fact. "No matter how hard I looked, I couldn't find anything significantly wrong with it," Managing Editor David Thomas.

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

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 08/07/2012

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Priced at $25,275

The all-new five-passenger 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport — not to be confused with the seven-passenger 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe — will start at $25,275, including an $825 destination fee, when it goes on sale later this summer. The larger...

By Cars.com  |  02:52 PM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 08/07/2012

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid EPA-Rated at 47 MPG

The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid has an official EPA rating of 47/47 mpg city/highway for a combined score of, you guessed it, 47 mpg. The C-Max Hybrid will start at $25,995, including a $795 destination fee. The dedicated hybrid joins...

By Cars.com  |  12:17 PM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 08/07/2012

Daily News Briefs: Aug. 7, 2012

Chrysler will introduce an upgraded Uconnect system in the 2013 Ram 1500 pickup truck and SRT Viper that connects through an embedded wireless system powered by Sprint, the Detroit News reports. You can make phone calls, compose text messages by...

By Cars.com  |  12:02 PM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:41 AM ET, 08/07/2012

2012 Toyota Prius: Car Seat Check

We already know the Toyota Prius is on top when it comes to fuel economy, but how well does it handle child-safety seats? Toyota’s midsize hybrid hatchback seats five passengers and offers a comfortable amount of space for a small...

By Cars.com  |  07:41 AM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

What Does This Button Do?

Among the 2012 Jaguar XJL Portfolio's gadgetry is a checkered flag button that looks somewhat out of place in the extended-wheelbase luxury liner. Checkered flags are synonymous with racing, so the button looks more at home in the high-performance Jaguar.

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

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 08/06/2012

Midwest Sees Dramatic Spike in Gas Prices

As gasoline prices continue to rise across the country over tensions between the U.S. and Iran as well as general economic uncertainty, the national average price was up more than 13 cents from last week. However, the Midwest has seen...

By Cars.com  |  05:22 PM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 08/06/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Jaguar XJ

Buying a luxury car in the price range of the Jaguar XJ has a lot to do with exclusivity. Because it’s rare to see it on the road, Cars.com’s Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder suggests that the XJ stands out versus...

By Cars.com  |  03:02 PM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 08/06/2012

Law Aims to End Recalled Rentals

Legislation has been introduced in Congress that would require rental car companies to not rent or sell unrepaired recalled vehicles, according to the Detroit News. As the law stands now, rental car companies — which sell, rent and buy millions...

By Cars.com  |  01:22 PM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Daily News Briefs: Aug. 6, 2012

Onetime Saab owner Spyker filed a $3 billion lawsuit against GM for blocking the sale of the Swedish automaker to Chinese companies Pang Da Automobile Trade and Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile last December, Reuters reports. Spyker contends GM "had the.

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

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 08/06/2012

The Lousiest Things Mechanics' Customers Do

Tom and Ray Magliozzi of Car Talk deliver the Top 10 Lousiest Things Customers Do on Cars.com today. Why such a list? Well, mechanics can literally make or break your car. Wouldn’t you want to know how you can help...

By Cars.com  |  11:12 AM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:44 AM ET, 08/06/2012

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Photo Gallery

Nissan is the latest automaker to transition a tried-and-true SUV into a mainstream three-row crossover. The 2013 Pathfinder goes on sale this fall and looks to be a promising contender on paper … and in the photos below. What do...

By Cars.com  |  07:44 AM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 08/05/2012

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

The redesigned Toyota Camry has had a good first model year. For 2012, the model year's sales are up 39.7% with nearly a quarter million sold since July. The mainstream family sedan also rejoined our top 10 best-sellers list. There...

By Cars.com  |  09:06 AM ET, 08/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

This Week's Most-Read Stories

The regular Toyota Prius remains the mainstay of the brand even though there's the larger Prius v and the tiny, and inexpensive, Prius c. But is the Prius’ fuel economy still the king of the hill? It looks to be...

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

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

Car Talk: The Lost Art of Stick Shift

Vehicles with manual transmissions have been on the decline in America for nearly 70 years now. As such, rowing through your own gears is becoming a lost art, according to Car Talk radio hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi. Even so,...

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

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

Mini Goes to Work at the Olympics

A very mini Mini is stealing a tiny bit of the spotlight at this summer's Olympic Games in London. BMW is putting quarter-scale versions of the Mini Cooper to work at the track and field events at Olympic Stadium, retrieving...

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

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 08/03/2012

Nissan Unveils a Leaner, More Efficient Pathfinder

Nissan unveiled a concept version of its Pathfinder SUV at the 2012 New York International Auto Show last spring, and though it looked production-ready, details were slim — until today. With fresh styling and a new engine, the 2013 Pathfinder...

By Cars.com  |  01:10 PM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Daily News Briefs: Aug. 3, 2012

Toyota is expected to retake the title of No. 1 automaker from GM for 2012, according to analysts speaking with Bloomberg News. The automaker reported selling 4.97 million vehicles in the first half of the year compared to GM's 4.67...

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

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 08/03/2012

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Gains HP and MPGs

Additional horsepower and increased fuel efficiency aren't always mutually exclusive. For the 2013 model year, Mercedes-Benz's refreshed premium compact SUV got both. The 2013 GLK gets power from last year's 3.5-liter V-6. In the updated model, it makes 302 horsepower,.

By Cars.com  |  11:08 AM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:37 AM ET, 08/03/2012

July's Fastest and Slowest Selling Cars

Who says old cars won’t sell? July's fastest sellers include newbies like the redesigned Nissan Altima and two Hyundai Elantra additions — the coupe and GT hatchback — but a number of cars that have been on the market a...

By Cars.com  |  07:37 AM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Kia Sportage

With its sleek design both inside and out, the 2012 Kia Sportage scores high on the cool factor, but it didn’t do well with Cars.com Family contributor Carrie Kim. This mom of one was unimpressed by the Sportage’s small cargo...

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

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

Gas Prices Begin Slow Climb

A summer of low gas prices seemed too good to be true. As analysts predicted, prices at the pump are beginning to creep up, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report. The national average price of a gallon of regular...

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

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 08/02/2012

Here's What a Base Cadillac ATS Looks Like

The 2013 Cadillac ATS has a starting price of $33,990, including an $895 destination fee, but that doesn't include the interior amenities you've probably assumed come with it after looking at Cadillac's image gallery or watching commercials for the car.

By Cars.com  |  02:10 PM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 08/02/2012

Jeep Adds More Attitude to 2013 Grand Cherokee SRT8

Jeep's amped-up Grand Cherokee SRT8 is already loaded with attitude, but apparently it's not enough. Two aggressive-looking appearance packages will join the SRT8 lineup for 2013. The white Alpine and black Vapor special edition models add a new Black Vapor.

By Cars.com  |  01:08 PM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 08/02/2012

Daily News Briefs: Aug. 2, 2012

The debate over driver distraction from in-car multimedia systems is far from over, but a new study suggests drivers think automakers have crossed the line. Market researcher Harris Interactive released a poll that shows 76% of car owners think in-car.

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Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 08/02/2012

Frequent Redesigns Leave Some Cars Behind

The steady pace of vehicle redesigns and midcycle updates has increased precipitously over the past decade as the competition for market share continues to get fierce. The average new car is redesigned or refreshed every 2.6 years as compared to...

By Cars.com  |  10:41 AM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 08/02/2012

2012 BMW M6 Convertible: Car Seat Check

The 2012 BMW M6 convertible is a high-performance version of the 6 Series. From its turbocharged V-8 engine to its highly bolstered seats, nearly everything about this soft-top convertible screams aggressive. What it doesn't say is family car, but since.

By Cars.com  |  07:39 AM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 08/02/2012

Seat Belt Reminders Could Come to Backseat

You know that somewhat annoying seat belt reminder you hear go off when your front passenger hasn’t buckled up, even just a few seconds after starting the car? That chime could triple if a government proposal to equip backseats with...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 08/01/2012

Recall Alert: 2006-2011 Toyota RAV4 and 2010 Lexus HS 250h

Toyota issued a voluntary recall of 760,000 model-year 2006-11 versions of the RAV4 compact crossover and 18,000 model-year 2010 versions of the Lexus HS 250h hybrid sedan because of problems with the rear suspension nuts. "Toyota has determined that if.

By Cars.com  |  05:33 PM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 08/01/2012

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: July 2012

Automakers had a mixed July as shoppers paid more for their cars. CNW Marketing Research says average transaction prices increased 8.5% versus July 2011 — the third month in a row of year-over-year increases greater than 8%. Compounding all this...

By Cars.com  |  03:59 PM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 08/01/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai's compact crossover is a good vehicle, but the competition has become great since the Tucson was redesigned for 2010, according to Cars.com Senior Editor Bill Jackson. Its attractive styling and plethora of affordable features should draw buyers in, says.

By Cars.com  |  03:07 PM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Sales of Diesels Continue to Rise

Cheap gas prices aren't the only thing on drivers' minds this year. U.S. sales of diesel-powered vehicles are on a roll. According to research firm Baum and Associates, sales of diesel vehicles during the first six months of 2012 are...

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Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 08/01/2012

Daily News Briefs: Aug. 1, 2012

GM entered the month of July with more than five months’ worth of pickup trucks at its Chevy and GMC dealerships. That's the most the company has held since April 2009, Bloomberg News reported today. GM says its building up...

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Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 08/01/2012

How the Scion iQ Creeped Us Out

Of the Scion iQ’s many unique interior designs, one feature is legitimately creepy. Mounted inside the iQ is a gadget that tinfoil-hat-wearing conspiracy theorists or ring-carrying hobbits should cover with duct tape to prevent paranoia. I don’t mention hobbits as.

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Posted at 07:37 AM ET, 08/01/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 BMW 3 Series

Life is a series of compromises, but there’s one that you can skip: a boring family car. The 2012 BMW 3 Series helps parents break out of family-car boredom, according to Cars.com Family contributor Sara Lacey. This five-seat sedan has...

By Cars.com  |  07:37 AM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 08/01/2012

New Car Tracker: July 2012

Summer always brings exciting new convertibles to be displayed front and center outside the dealership with the top down. At BMW lots, the 560-horsepower M6 convertible is now on sale, while across the street at Mercedes-Benz sits the redesigned and..

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