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Kicking Tires: October, 2012

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 10/31/2012

How Hurricane Sandy Could Affect Auto Sales

As the East Coast starts to recover from a hurricane that could end up costing more than Katrina, European automakers, whose ports of entry lay in the storm's path, are still assessing damage. The Port Authority of New York and...

By Cars.com  |  02:56 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Subaru Legacy

Subaru's updated-for-2013 Legacy is a handsome-looking sedan with a capable all-wheel-drive system, says Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela. The interior, however, needs work. Despite the rest of the car being overhauled for the new model year, the cabin looks and feels.

By Cars.com  |  01:36 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Texas Opens High-Speed Toll Road

Several interstates have speed limits higher than 65 mph, but Texas has the first 85 mph toll road. The privately owned, 91-mile highway recently opened, giving Texas the fastest highway in the U.S. The high-speed segment of Texas State Highway...

By Cars.com  |  12:31 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Recall Alert: 2007-2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Toyota is recalling 655 model-year 2007-12 versions of the FJ Cruiser SUV due to problems with an accessory brake kit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles use Toyota Racing Development (TRD) brake kits P/N PTR09-35070.

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

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 10/31/2012

Three-Row SUVs Don't Measure Up to Minivans' Family-Friendliness

A little over two years ago, I was pregnant with my second child and shopping for a new family car. Seeing our obviously growing family, the well-meaning salesman brought us over to a minivan. The second those power doors slid...

By Cars.com  |  07:36 AM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 10/31/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V

If you’re in the rare position to use your car as both a family taxi and a toy, the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V sedan is for you, says Cars.com Family reviewer Carrie Kim. This four-door sedan can easily handle a smaller...

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 10/30/2012

2013 Toyota Avalon Pricing

Toyota's largest sedan gets fresh styling and a new hybrid model for 2013. When the redesigned Avalon goes on sale later this year, it will start at $31,785, including a $795 destination charge. Hybrid models will begin at $36,350, including...

By Cars.com  |  03:52 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 10/30/2012

Auto-theft Rate Fell 3% in 2011

In the FBI's 2011 crime statistics report released Monday, the rate of auto thefts dropped 3% from 2010. Auto thefts — attempted or successful — were 174.9 per 100,000 Americans in 2011, down from 180.3 in 2010. In 2007, it...

By Cars.com  |  01:11 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 10/30/2012

Nissan's Next Seats Could Feel like Human Skin

This is no Halloween trick: Nissan is trying to make its seats and surfaces feel like human skin. Engineers researched what material feels the most comfortable to drivers and passengers, and the answer is a texture that replicates baby skin....

By Cars.com  |  12:06 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 10/30/2012

From Die Cast to Driveway: the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition

Kids with dreams of cruising in a real Hot Wheels Chevy Camaro should save their pennies. GM just unveiled the first full-size production Hot Wheels car: a Kinetic Blue 2013 Camaro. The package is available on Camaro 2LT V-6 and...

By Cars.com  |  11:06 AM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 10/30/2012

2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe: Car Seat Check

The 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is a head-turner with its matte finish exterior and striking white leather interior. The fun continues under the hood: the swoopy four-door coupe's 445-horsepower, twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine offers pin-you-in-your-seat excitement.

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 10/29/2012

Consumer Reports’ Reliability Survey: Ford, Lincoln Continue to Plummet

Consumer Reports' latest reliability survey has dropped Ford and its Lincoln subsidiary to the bottom tier in the magazine's 2012 Annual Auto Reliability Survey, which predicts reliability for 2013 models. Among 28 brands ranked, Lincoln ranked 26th; Ford placed 27th.

By Cars.com  |  05:11 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 10/29/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

Chevrolet packed lots of style into the tiny 2013 Spark, according to Cars.com reviewer David Thomas, but it's the car's size that really impresses. Though tiny, a tall roofline gives passengers plenty of room and clever flip-fold seats mean there's..

By Cars.com  |  02:06 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 10/29/2012

Storm Safety: What You Should Do if You Get Caught in Water

Hurricane Sandy may be focused on pummeling the East Coast, but motorists further inland also need to be careful as the system moves into the interior. Staying off the roads is the safest way to avoid the storm. However, if...

By Cars.com  |  11:41 AM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 10/29/2012

Recall Alert: 2005-2008 BMW 7 Series

BMW is recalling 45,500 model-year 2005-08 versions of the 7 Series sedan because of problems with the automatic transmission, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles are equipped with the Comfort Access option and were manufactured.

By Cars.com  |  10:36 AM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 10/29/2012

Keep Halloween Trick-Free With These Safety Tips

Here's a scare for parents: For the past 21 years, Halloween has been the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians. An average of 5.5 child fatalities happen on Oct. 31 each year compared with 2.6 fatalities for the...

By Cars.com  |  07:05 AM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 10/27/2012

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

With plenty of redesigned-for-2013 sedans in the midsize class, competition is fierce. Ford's Fusion again topped our most-read review list again this week, followed closely by Toyota Camry and the Nissan Altima. New to the list this week is Lexus'...

By Cars.com  |  03:06 PM ET, 10/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 10/27/2012

Car Talk Wants Your Favorite Bumper Stickers

It's the height of election season, and everyone we hear from seems a bit burned out by the ads, the pundits, the yard signs and, yes, even the bumper stickers. And while a rectangular piece of sticky paper might not...

By Cars.com  |  11:06 AM ET, 10/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 10/26/2012

2013 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet: Car Seat Check

It sometimes seems that editor Jennifer Geiger and I are gluttons for punishment when it comes to installing child-safety seats into cars with cramped backseats like the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet. Our rule of thumb for Car Seat Checks is...

By Cars.com  |  03:12 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 10/26/2012

New Jersey's GDL Sticker Saves Lives

Can a license plate sticker prevent teen driving accidents? Yes, according to research from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The hospital's study looked at the effectiveness of New Jersey's Graduated Driver Licensing program for teens and found that the decal.

By Cars.com  |  12:57 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 10/26/2012

Audi Unplugs Electric R8

If the idea of an electric supercar sounds crazy to you, it probably is. Audi has just come to the same conclusion. Wired is reporting that the automaker has canceled plans to mass-market an electric version of the R8. The...

By Cars.com  |  11:36 AM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

With its rounded edges and orange color, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek has been dubbed the "pumpkin" car by the son of Cars.com Family reviewer Courtney Messenbaugh. Courtney says she found it to be a capable hatchback that’s fun to...

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

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 10/26/2012

Lincoln MKX's Maddening Volume Sliders

I spent the past several days traversing Florida with my family for a long weekend retreat in Clearwater Beach. We happened to be driving the Lincoln MKX, which worked beautifully for our family in all ways but one: The touch-sensitive...

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 10/25/2012

A More Retro Camaro: When Factory Vintage Isn't Enough

For those who don't think the 2010 and newer Camaros are retro enough, the performance gurus at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering offer a throwback package that will make people look twice and ask if that's a brand-new or 1969 Camaro. It's...

By Cars.com  |  03:55 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Dusk Falls on the Chevy Sonic

There's apparently a darker side to Chevrolet's Sonic subcompact car, and Chevy has given it a name: the Sonic Dusk. The more aggressive-looking Sonic was first seen in concept form at the 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, and..

By Cars.com  |  01:56 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Nissan Sentra

For 2013, the redesigned Nissan Sentra gets a 34 mpg combined city/highway rating, which is tops among commuter sedans, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. While the automaker softened the compact sedan’s look, adding curves where there were once hard corners,.

By Cars.com  |  12:06 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 10/25/2012

Recall Alert: 2005-2007 BMW 7 Series

BMW is recalling 7,485 model-year 2005-2007 versions of the 7 Series sedan due to problems with the doors' latching mechanism, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles are equipped with both the Comfort Access and Soft.

By Cars.com  |  11:36 AM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 10/25/2012

IIHS Names 47 Booster Seats Best Bets

Forty-seven booster seats have been named Best Bets by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. These models include brand-new boosters as well as older designs that are still on the market; prices range from $19 to $300. "Booster manufacturers have.

By Cars.com  |  11:05 AM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 10/25/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Subaru BRZ

Subaru's new BRZ is a lightweight, fun-to-drive coupe that brings some excitement back to the brand's lineup, says Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder. The BRZ and its mechanical twin, the Scion FR-S, are entertaining, affordable sports cars with mostly minor shortcomings,.

By Cars.com  |  10:11 AM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 10/25/2012

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: Review Notes

Hits: Styling update gives it a dynamic look inside and out; turbocharged engine is refined and powerful Misses: Second row could be bigger While the old Hyundai Santa Fe was a nice, comfortable vehicle, the competition had clearly passed it...

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 10/24/2012

Oh, Deer: November Most Dangerous Month for Deer-Car Collisions

Things get the ugliest between deer and drivers during the month of November, with October and December taking second and third places, respectively, according to research from State Farm. In fact, State Farm says deer-vehicle crashes are three times more.

By Cars.com  |  02:06 PM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 10/24/2012

2014 Corvette to Get New 6.2-Liter V-8

The information about Chevrolet's all-new 2014 Corvette is trickling out. First a teaser shot and then a quick video. Today, GM announced that the C7 will get a new small-block 6.2-liter V-8 making an estimated 450 horsepower. The current model's...

By Cars.com  |  01:01 PM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 10/24/2012

Disguised Jeep Grand Cherokee Spotted in Chicago

We've been surprised a few times when automakers have driven camouflaged cars undergoing testing by our offices in downtown Chicago. Generally, car companies go to great lengths to keep these secret cars as far away from automotive journalists as possible.

By Cars.com  |  12:01 PM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 10/24/2012

VW's Next SUV Aims at U.S. Market

Volkswagen has seen huge sales successes with Americanized versions of its latest Jetta and Passat sedans. The company now plans to do the same with its next SUV. VW executives told reporters earlier this week that the next SUV would...

By Cars.com  |  11:06 AM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 10/24/2012

What Does This Gear Do?

Chevrolet's Spark microcar is pointed directly at the tech-savvy youth market with features like the slick MyLink multimedia system. Did GM pull an Apple with the name of the gear selector? There's an "I" in the shift pattern, as in...

By Cars.com  |  10:06 AM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:49 AM ET, 10/24/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Ford Taurus

The 2013 Ford Taurus is a full-size sedan that can easily haul of family of four or five as well as all their gear with a trunk that’s the largest in its class, says Cars.com reviewer Sara Lacey. While the...

By Cars.com  |  07:49 AM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 10/24/2012

Lexus RX 350 Used Prices Tumble in October; Ford Crown Vic Claws Its Way Back

In last month's used-car price report, we were surprised to see the average price for a used Lexus RX 350 spike nearly $6,000, making it one of the biggest price movers September. Well, it's one month later, and the party...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 10/23/2012

GM Sends Volt Owners to Dealership for Fix

The Detroit News is reporting that GM told 4,000 owners of the 2013 Chevy Volt to head to the dealership to fix a charging glitch that could shut down the electric motor. It's not an official recall, however; GM is...

By Cars.com  |  04:01 PM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 10/23/2012

Another Glimpse of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette

Actually, Chevy provides a couple glimpses of the new 'Vette in a teaser video. You'll have to be quick to spot the car, however, as a montage of parts flashes by the screen. The video is the second teaser GM...

By Cars.com  |  12:36 PM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 10/23/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Honda CR-V

Honda is recalling 264 model-year 2012 versions of the CR-V compact crossover due to incorrect labels, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured from Aug. 30 through Aug. 31, 2012 (check your vehicle's build.

By Cars.com  |  12:06 PM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 10/23/2012

Volkswagen Reveals its Taigun Concept

No, it's not a typo — it's Taigun, not Tiguan. VW took the wraps off the compact SUV concept at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Smaller than the automaker's tiniest crossover, the Tiguan, the Taigun concept likely previews...

By Cars.com  |  10:54 AM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 10/23/2012

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: Car Seat Check

There are a lot of great midsize crossovers out there, and thanks to a 2013 redesign, the Hyundai Santa Fe is one of them. Hyundai added "Sport" to Santa Fe's name for 2013 and gave the five-passenger crossover a total...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Lexus RX 350

Lexus' midsize crossover may tend to blend into the crowd, but a light refresh for 2013 helps the RX 350 stand out, says Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela. The styling updates give it a more polished look, furthering the appeal of...

By Cars.com  |  03:06 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Is Nissan Planning an Infiniti JX Hybrid?

Nissan has been late to the hybrid party, instead focusing on its all-electric Leaf. That could change soon, however, as the automaker explores new hybrid powertrains; first in line could be the new-for-2013 Infiniti JX crossover. Nissan spokesman Brian Brockman.

By Cars.com  |  01:56 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 10/22/2012

2013 Volkswagen CC R-Line Starts at $33,020

Along with refreshing the midsize sedan for the new model year, Volkswagen added a sporty version to the CC's lineup. The R-Line will start just over $33,000, including a destination fee, when it goes on sale at the end of...

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 10/22/2012

Forza Horizon: A 1995 Toyota Corolla Never Looked So Good

The Forza series of racing games for Xbox has always nailed the translation of sports cars into the video game world. The way cars look, feel and sound can successfully rope any gamer into Forza for hours and days on...

By Cars.com  |  10:37 AM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 10/22/2012

Recall Alert: 2012-2013 Nissan Altima

Nissan is recalling 13,919 Altima sedans due to bolts that weren't torqued properly during assembly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 2012- and 2013-model-year Altimas built between May 10 and July 26, 2012, could have the bolts become.

By Cars.com  |  10:00 AM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 10/22/2012

Nissan's Tire Filling System Removes the Guesswork

There's just something about Nissan's TV commercial for its Easy-Fill Tire Alert system. It's a bit gross — three words: the kiss scene — but it's also hilarious. It's the kind of ad that makes people laugh even when they've...

By Cars.com  |  07:05 AM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 10/20/2012

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

Ford's redesigned-for-2013 Fusion topped our most-read review list again this week. The automaker's new midsize sedan is more stylish and fun to drive compared with the Toyota Camry and the Nissan Altima, says Cars.com reviewer David Thomas. Two main competitors,.

By Cars.com  |  09:06 AM ET, 10/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 10/19/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Buick LaCrosse

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse is a classy sedan. While some might think that would age it, that’s not the case, says Cars.com Family reviewer Carrie Kim. It’s got a sculpted look with plenty of chrome accents, making it well-suited to...

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 10/19/2012

SADD: Parents Not Setting the Right Example

One of the easiest ways to get through to teens about dangerous driving habits is to lead by example. According to new survey, many parents are dropping the ball despite research from Students Against Destructive Decisions that indicates parents are..

By Cars.com  |  12:01 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 10/19/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 499 model-year 2012 versions of the E-Class, specifically E350 and E550 coupes, due to problems with the curtain airbag, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Faulty stitching of the passenger-side curtain airbag could prohibit it.

By Cars.com  |  10:36 AM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 10/19/2012

Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats?

UPDATE: Parents are often searching for the automotive holy grail: a car that's not a minivan and can fit three child-safety seats across the backseat. It's a short list. In the more than two years that Cars.com editors have been...

By Cars.com  |  07:36 AM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 10/19/2012

Unexpected Family Car: 2012 Mini Cooper S Countryman

In our pre-baby days, the mister and I were the proud owners of a Mini Cooper. With its unmistakable styling, great gas mileage, and fun handling and overall drive experience, we each had our own reasons for loving it. Once...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 10/18/2012

2013 Chevrolet Impala: Car Seat Check

It's been seven years since the Chevy Impala underwent its last redesign. It's long overdue for one, but the Impala and its fans won't have to wait much longer: The redesigned 2014 Impala is due to hit dealerships in early...

By Cars.com  |  03:07 PM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 10/18/2012

Lexus LF-LC Concept Part II: It’s Blue

The Lexus LF-LC hybrid supercar concept at Detroit’s 2012 North American International Auto Show was one of the most stunning vehicles of the show, with a wild attention to detail and exotic looks. A second variation, clad in a striking...

By Cars.com  |  01:05 PM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 10/18/2012

2014 Chevrolet Corvette To Debut at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

GM's latest announcement about the next-generation Corvette is all tell and no show. Chevy announced that the 2014 C7 Corvette will meet the press and the public on Jan. 13, 2013, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit....

By Cars.com  |  11:56 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 10/18/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Maserati GranTurismo and Quattroporte

Maserati is recalling 485 model-year 2012 versions of the GranTurismo and Quattroporte due to problems with the tire pressure monitoring system, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the affected vehicles, a software error prevents the system from.

By Cars.com  |  11:06 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 10/18/2012

Nissan Does Hard Work and Finds Best Car Seats for its Cars

Not all child-safety seats fit well in all cars and Cars.com's editors know this very well. We use car seat checks to show consumers how each vehicle handles child-safety seats; so does Nissan. The automaker is the first to perform...

By Cars.com  |  10:36 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 10/18/2012

Electric iQ Joins Car-Sharing Programs

An all-electric version of Scion's iQ microcar is set to join several on-campus and urban car-sharing programs throughout the country. The 2013 Scion iQ EV uses a 12-kilowatt-hour battery that provides up to 50 miles of pure electric driving. Toyota..

By Cars.com  |  07:35 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 10/18/2012

Regular Cars that Take Premium Gasoline

It's common to see "requires 91 octane gasoline for best performance" on the fuel door of sports or luxury cars. So, we scratch our heads when we see the same premium recommendation on a family car, hybrid or non-performance car....

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 10/17/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Ford Flex

The 2013 Ford Flex has family duty down pat: This three-row SUV has a low step-in height that makes it easy for kids to climb into its spacious interior, and it can haul six or seven passengers. Rear cargo space...

By Cars.com  |  02:36 PM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 10/17/2012

Fisker Delays Mass-Market Atlantic

Production of Fisker's smaller Atlantic extended-range electric sedan has been pushed back to 2014 or 2015, according to a report from Reuters. Fisker planned the Atlantic to be a more affordable, mass-marketed luxury electric sedan, a follow-up to the expensive.

By Cars.com  |  01:35 PM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 10/17/2012

2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid EPA Rated at 45 MPG

With the MKZ Hybrid, Lincoln has set its sights set on its direct competitor, the Lexus ES 300h, and just scored major points in the fuel-economy department. The EPA gave the 2013 MKZ Hybrid a rating of 45 mpg across...

By Cars.com  |  11:37 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 10/17/2012

2013 Nissan Pathfinder: First Drive

Nissan officials readily admit they're one of the last automakers to offer a three-row crossover; it's something Honda and Toyota have peddled since the early 2000s. Through September, droves of Costco-hauling suburbanites have edged three-row midsize and large crossovers north.

By Cars.com  |  10:43 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 10/17/2012

Volvo Cancels C30

Model-year 2013 will be the Volvo C30’s last. The automaker will stop production of the compact hatchback this December. The turbocharged C30 hit the market for model-year 2008, and Volvo will end its run with a Limited Edition version for...

By Cars.com  |  07:36 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 10/17/2012

Was Gas More Expensive Four Years Ago?

The price of fuel four years ago has been one of many hot topics discussed during this election year. A dizzying number of factors influence fuel prices, though whoever is in the White House often takes the blame when prices...

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 10/16/2012

Cadillac ELR Coupe To Be Built Alongside Chevrolet Volt

Cadillac's ELR extended-range hybrid coupe will be assembly-plant buddies with the Chevrolet Volt and its international variations — the Opel Ampera and Holden Volt — when production starts in late 2013. GM will soon be preparing the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant.

By Cars.com  |  03:05 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 10/16/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Volvo S60

The 2013 Volvo S60 base model isn't quite a performance machine, but the sedan's stylish looks, contemporary cabin and interior space make it a notable competitor among its peers such as the Audi A4 and BMW's 3 Series, according to...

By Cars.com  |  02:36 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 10/16/2012

Recall Alert: 2011-2013 Ford Fiesta

Ford is recalling 154,604 model-year 2011-13 versions of the Fiesta subcompact car due to problems with the passenger side curtain airbag, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured from Nov.

By Cars.com  |  01:41 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 10/16/2012

Urban Car Dealers Get Creative

In most of the country, the car dealership is a standalone building on a strip of road. Sometimes it's a road lined with dealer upon dealer so shoppers don't have to go far if they're cross-shopping. In recent years, these...

By Cars.com  |  10:30 AM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:09 AM ET, 10/16/2012

2013 Ford Focus ST: Car Seat Check

The Focus ST is Ford's take on the sporty hatchback. Its vibrant yellow exterior paint and matching interior trim make it stand out from the compact hatchback pack, as does its tricked-out engine: a 252-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

By Cars.com  |  07:09 AM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 10/15/2012

3 In-Car Systems That Keep Teen Drivers Safe

If the thought of your teen getting behind the wheel scares you, one look at the statistics will make that feeling really hit home: In 2010, more than 4,500 young drivers were involved in fatal car crashes, according to the...

By Cars.com  |  02:31 PM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 10/15/2012

India's Dirt-Cheap Nano Aimed at U.S.

Tata, the Indian automaker that owns Land Rover and Jaguar, may bring its super affordable Nano microcar to the U.S. At least that's what the company's CEO Ratan Tata said in a recent interview. The Nano would go through intensive...

By Cars.com  |  01:41 PM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 10/15/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Infiniti IPL G Convertible

Infiniti's IPL trim is supposed to up the performance factor of the G line, but according to Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley, you don't get what you pay for. The added price you'll pay for the IPL version of the 2013...

By Cars.com  |  12:36 PM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 10/15/2012

Recall Alert: 2011 Lotus Evora

Lotus is recalling 80 model-year 2011 versions of the Evora coupe due to problems with the engine oil feed pipe, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured from February through September 2011 (check your.

By Cars.com  |  11:36 AM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 10/15/2012

Recall Alert: 2010-2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Aston Martin is recalling 169 model-year 2010-12 versions of the V12 Vantage coupe due to problems with the tire pressure monitoring system, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the affected vehicles, the low tire pressure warning light.

By Cars.com  |  10:36 AM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 10/15/2012

Storing Your Car For Winter

From washing and waxing to detailing the interior, people baby their cars in all sorts of ways. But it's equally important to take care of your car before you put it into storage. Here are a few tips to make...

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 10/12/2012

Consumer Reports Finds Faulty Release Inside Trunks of Lexus ES, GS

If you own a car from the last 10 years, you've probably noticed a glow-in-the-dark trunk release on the inside of the trunk. That's to help anyone who happens to find themselves inside the trunk escape from it. It's been...

By Cars.com  |  03:11 PM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 10/12/2012

2013 Cayenne Turbo S Is the Most Powerful Porsche SUV Yet

For the first time in three model years, the Porsche Cayenne is once again available in a Turbo S variant. The 2013 Cayenne Turbo S makes 550 horsepower, a 50-hp increase from the Cayenne Turbo. The 2009 and 2010 Cayenne...

By Cars.com  |  02:35 PM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 10/12/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Land Rover Range Rover

Land Rover is recalling 36 model-year 2012 versions of the Range Rover SUV due to problems with the windshield, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the affected vehicles, the windshield wasn't installed correctly, and it could come.

By Cars.com  |  11:01 AM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 10/12/2012

Parking Mate: Up-Close Mobile App Inspection

What is it? Allows you to keep track of meters, find your car using GPS tracking, take photos of your vehicle and input notes regarding certain parking restrictions. Price: Free or $1.99 for the ad-free version Platforms: iOS 3.0 or...

By Cars.com  |  10:08 AM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 10/12/2012

2013 Porsche Boxster: Review Notes

Whenever a Cars.com editor reviews a new car he or she gets feedback from the rest of the staff on how they as a group thought the car performed. By teaming these insights with the reviewer's own experience with the...

By Cars.com  |  07:36 AM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 10/12/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Ford Edge

There’s a lot to recommend about the 2012 Ford Edge — its optional EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, roomy interior and luxurious looks — but the optional MyFord Touch multimedia system was so difficult to work with that Cars.com Family reviewer BreAnn..

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 10/11/2012

Used Cars Still Expensive, But Prices Are Falling

A sustained rise in new-car sales has boosted the supply of late-model used cars, and now ADESA Analytical Services reports the average wholesale price — what the dealer pays for a used car at auction — hit $9,550 in September,...

By Cars.com  |  04:06 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 10/11/2012

Leasing a Lincoln MKZ? You Can Trade Early for a 2012

Remember when Ford's Lincoln division was America's best-selling luxury brand? You probably don't; it was more than two decades ago. Today, the Lexus RX outsells Lincoln's five-car lineup combined. But Ford pledged resources toward its luxury brand — perhaps easier.

By Cars.com  |  02:52 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 10/11/2012

2013 Ram HD 2500 CNG: First Drive

The 2012 Ram 2500 CNG is the first compressed-natural-gas pickup truck available to the public. The model features a bi-fuel setup; it can drive on and switch between both gasoline and CNG. Continue reading at PickupTrucks.com to see how CNG...

By Cars.com  |  01:45 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 10/11/2012

2013 Ford C-Max Energi Rated at 100 MPGe

When the new Ford C-Max Energi goes on sale later this fall, its fuel efficiency will be rated at 100 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) under the EPA’s combined five-cycle testing format. The C-Max Energi gets 108 MPGe in the...

By Cars.com  |  01:35 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 10/11/2012

2013 Ram HD 2500 CNG: First Look

The 2012 Ram 2500 CNG is the first compressed-natural-gas pickup truck available to the public. The model features a bi-fuel setup; it can drive on and switch between both gasoline and CNG. Continue reading at PickupTrucks.com to see how CNG...

By Cars.com  |  12:35 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 10/11/2012

Used Cars Still Expensive, But Prices are Falling

A sustained rise in new-car sales has boosted the supply of late-model used cars, and now ADESA Analytical Services reports the average wholesale price — what the dealer pays for a used car at auction — hit $9,550 in September,...

By Cars.com  |  11:36 AM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 10/11/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Ford Fiesta

The tiny Ford Fiesta has been a hit in Europe for years, but does it have what it takes to appeal to U.S. consumers? To Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger, the car has a few hits and lots of misses. Competitive...

By Cars.com  |  10:26 AM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:37 AM ET, 10/11/2012

2013 Ford Explorer: Car Seat Check

With its standard three rows of seats, the Ford Explorer is a crossover that begs for family duty. For 2013, Ford added a new top-of-the-line Sport trim to its Explorer lineup. The Explorer Sport that we tested had seating for...

By Cars.com  |  07:37 AM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 10/11/2012

What-If Game Narrows Car No. 2 Choices Quickly

My husband Rich's car is in need of serious repair, and the hard truth is we need to be thinking about a new (or new-to-us) car. This conversation should be entertaining to have because a second car gets to be...

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 10/10/2012

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Priced at $29,095

When the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder goes on sale later this month, it will start at $29,095, including an $825 destination charge. That means the new Pathfinder costs less than the outgoing 2012 Pathfinder ($30,115). It’s also less expensive than the...

By Cars.com  |  04:52 PM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 10/10/2012

2013 Acura ZDX: What's Changed

Most significant changes: New grille and more standard safety features Price change: $4,800 increase On sale: Oct. 19, 2012 Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? The 2013's refined refresh is worth the wait. Introduced in 2009, the Acura ZDX...

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

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 10/10/2012

Nisan Pathfinder Priced at $29,095

When the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder goes on sale later this month, it will start at $29,095, including an $825 destination charge. That means the new Pathfinder costs less than the outgoing 2012 Pathfinder ($30,115). It’s also less expensive than the...

By Cars.com  |  02:17 PM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 10/10/2012

Chicago to Washington, D.C., on One Tank of Diesel

The maximum fuel range you see advertised on TV can be a myth. Technically, the claimed range is accurate if you squeeze every last drop of fuel from the tank and are able to achieve a sometimes optimistic highway mileage....

By Cars.com  |  01:37 PM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 10/10/2012

NHTSA Warns of Counterfeit Airbags

Motorists who get replacement airbags after being involved in a crash should be careful, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Today the organization issued a consumer safety warning about counterfeit airbags. NHTSA has been investigating the sale of.

By Cars.com  |  11:36 AM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 10/10/2012

Recall Alert: Evenflo Big Kid Booster Seats

Car-seat manufacturer Evenflo is recalling 151 Big Kid Factory Select boosters because the seats were for display only and are missing the instruction manual and required registration card, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By Cars.com  |  11:02 AM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Toyota Recalls 2.5 Million Vehicles

Toyota is recalling 2.5 million vehicles to address a faulty driver-side power window switch. It's one of the biggest recalls in history, and it's the automaker's largest since recalling millions of vehicles for unintended-acceleration issues in 2009 and 2010.

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

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 10/10/2012

School Sports Make In-Car First-Aid Kit a Must

The school sports season is back in swing with baseball diamonds and soccer and football fields once again full of colorful but small uniforms. Along with the season comes many scrapes, bumps, bruises and other more severe injuries that we...

By Cars.com  |  07:36 AM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Nissan Altima

The redesigned Nissan Altima looks leaner but not quite meaner for 2013, says Cars.com Family reviewer Sara Lacey. What really impressed Sara was the amount of legroom in the first and second rows, which made for a comfortable test drive...

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

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 10/09/2012

Free Fuel for Honda Civic Natural Gas Customers

Honda is taking a unique approach to moving its Civic Compressed Natural Gas sedans off dealer lots: The automaker is offering a lot of free natural gas with a vehicle purchase. Honda and Clean Energy, a compressed natural gas supplier,...

By Cars.com  |  02:31 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 10/09/2012

New Sedan Coming to A3 Lineup

Last year we got our first glimpse of the Audi A3 sedan. The next-generation A3, which is already on sale in select European markets, will arrive on U.S. shores within the coming year, according to Car and Driver Magazine. When...

By Cars.com  |  01:11 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 10/09/2012

Mitsubishi Offers Free Car Seat Checks

Mitsubishi's Kids Safety First non-profit group and car seat maker Dorel are setting up free car seat inspections in several states this month. Kids Safety First hosted a similar event last year and found that 84% percent of child-safety seats...

By Cars.com  |  12:11 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek: Car Seat Check

Subaru's new crossover may be built for off-roading with its rugged styling, all-wheel drive and 8.7-inch ground clearance, but it'd also have no problem pulling regular family duty. The XV Crosstrek's accessible Latch and tether anchors eased child-seat installation, though.

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

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 10/09/2012

Prius Plug-In Quietly Ranks No. 2

The much-ballyhooed sales figures for the Chevrolet Volt hide another green-car success: the Toyota Prius Plug-In. Toyota's rechargeable hybrid hummed along with 1,652 sales in September, and it's only available in 15 coastal states. You won’t be able to buy.

By Cars.com  |  07:36 AM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 10/09/2012

Toyota Coms: Would You Buy It?

In dense, urban environments — where there's little parking, gridlocked traffic and strict regulations — many residents may forgo a car and get an electric moped instead. For those looking in this direction, Toyota’s Coms may be an even better...

By Cars.com  |  07:05 AM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 10/08/2012

2014 Jaguar F-Type: Up Close

When a beautiful concept car becomes a gorgeous production reality, it should be applauded. After spending some time in and around Jaguar's new F-Type, I'd argue that this car should get its own parade. The car debuted at the Paris...

By Cars.com  |  03:48 PM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 10/08/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Nissan Rogue

There's really nothing wrong with Nissan's compact crossover, but Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela doesn't see why you'd choose the 2013 Rogue over the many competitive and exciting crossovers available in the compact class. More appealing vehicles like the Honda CR-V.

By Cars.com  |  02:06 PM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 10/08/2012

Dealership has Customer Arrested Over Pricing Mistake

A Virginia-area Chevrolet dealer is in hot water after a having a customer arrested. A salesman's pricing mistake led to a deep discount for the customer, along with a pair of handcuffs for him and a lawsuit against the dealership....

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 10/08/2012

Cadillac Adds CUE Functionality to Rear Entertainment System

The 2013 Cadillac SRX's Cadillac User Experience system will control two optional 8-inch screens behind the front seats that can play separate media — a video game and a movie, for example — for rear passengers via Bluetooth-paired smartphones, SD...

By Cars.com  |  12:06 PM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 10/08/2012

Recall Alert: 2002-2006 Honda CR-V

Honda is recalling 268,655 model-year 2002-2006 versions of the CR-V compact crossover due to problems with the driver's side power window switch, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured from Feb.

By Cars.com  |  11:06 AM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Recall Alert: 2009-2010 Ram 1500, Dodge Dakota

Chrysler is recalling 44,300 Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota pickup trucks from the 2009 and 2010 model years because the rear axle could lock up, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the affected vehicles, which were built...

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

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 10/08/2012

iPhone 5 Turn-by-Turn Navigation vs. Android vs. Automaker

A lot has been said about the new Maps application on the iPhone 5 and the latest iPhone operating system. People say they've gotten lost or they can't find the location they're looking for and are just generally unhappy. The...

By Cars.com  |  09:52 AM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 10/08/2012

What Does This Button Do?

A proper front seat should comfortably support your body, but the Hold button in the 2013 Lexus GS 450h looks more like a hug button that’s used when you just need someone to hold you and say, “Everything is going...

By Cars.com  |  07:36 AM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 10/08/2012

2013 Chevy Spark Finds its Mark, Impresses Millennial

While I prefer a car that's loud and fun to drive, minicars appeal to me and my wallet. The 2013 Chevrolet Spark is designed to be easier on the bank accounts of millennials like myself, who were born in the...

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 10/07/2012

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

The midsize sedan competition is heating up, and Ford’s redesigned-for-2013 Fusion is more stylish and fun to drive compared to the Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima, says Cars.com reviewer David Thomas. The Fusion again tops our list of the week’s...

By Cars.com  |  09:06 AM ET, 10/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 10/06/2012

This Week's Most-Read Stories

With the latest round of elections coming up, we compiled a list our top presidential cars of all time. The list includes many surprising models — some of which you've probably never heard of. Check out that politically charged, post,...

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

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 10/05/2012

2013 Dodge Dart Aero Priced at $20,090

When the 2013 Dodge Dart Aero goes on sale in the coming months, it will start at $20,090, including a $795 destination fee. That’s less expensive than the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze Eco ($20,475) and the 2013 Ford Focus SFE ($20,185),...

By Cars.com  |  02:05 PM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 10/05/2012

Is the U.S. Ready for Minicars?

Tiny cars are big in popularity throughout the world, but the U.S. has been slow to adopt the trend. The Smart first blazed the minicar trail in the States with the 2008 ForTwo, to mediocre success. Will new entries from...

By Cars.com  |  01:07 PM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 10/05/2012

Recall Alert: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 432 SL-Class roadsters from the 2013 model year because the air-conditioner refrigerant line could rupture in a severe frontal crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall affects SL vehicles that use R1234yf refrigerant.

By Cars.com  |  12:07 PM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 10/05/2012

September's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

Honda is off to the races with the redesigned Accord, which averaged just five days to move after the sedan hit dealer lots Sept. 19. The Accord coupe arrives on Oct. 15. The 2013 CR-V — virtually identical to the...

By Cars.com  |  11:22 AM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 10/05/2012

Recall Alert: 2013 BMW M5 and M6

BMW is recalling 696 model-year 2013 versions of the M5 and M6 coupes and convertibles due to problems with engine's oil pump, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured from July 19 through Sept.

By Cars.com  |  10:41 AM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 10/05/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Mini Cooper S Countryman

The Mini Cooper S Countryman adds plenty of fun to the family crossover, though it only suits smaller families, says Cars.com Family reviewer Carrie Kim. The Countryman’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine and nimble handling make it a thrill to drive, and.

By Cars.com  |  07:36 AM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 10/05/2012

Extreme Commuting: Diesel vs. Hybrid

Diesels and hybrids have drastically different powertrains, but they both help commuters improve their fuel economy compared with a traditional gas-powered car. The 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI with a six-speed manual and the 2012 Honda Insight hybrid achieve optimal mileage.

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 10/04/2012

Smart ForTwo Electric Is the Most Affordable EV at $25,000

The third-generation Smart ForTwo Electric was unveiled and priced this week, as it officially debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The coupe starts at $25,000, the convertible at $28,000. (It’s unclear whether the pricing includes destination.) That makes the.

By Cars.com  |  04:15 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 10/04/2012

10 Years Later, SUVs Remain Vital for Luxury Brands

It has been over a decade since the BMW X5, Cadillac Escalade, Acura MDX and others took the luxury segment by storm. Over time, many may have forgotten what kind of impact this new group of vehicles made on their...

By Cars.com  |  03:08 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 10/04/2012

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Priced at $25,790

When the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid goes on sale later this year, it’ll start at $25,790, including a $795 destination fee. The Jetta Hybrid will get 45 mpg combined city/highway rating and closely competes with the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid,...

By Cars.com  |  01:05 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Fewer Teens Drinking and Driving

It turns out that teenagers have been listening to the warnings about the dangers of drinking and driving. According to the Center for Disease Control, teenage drinking and driving is on a major decline, falling by 54% during the past...

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

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 10/04/2012

Top 10 Presidential Cars

Election season kicked into high gear last night as the country prepares to peacefully elect a new leader. While everyone is grading the first of three presidential debates from last night and how President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt...

By Cars.com  |  11:18 AM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 10/04/2012

2013 Land Rover Range Rover: Up Close

Thanks to a U.S. tour for loyalists, we got our first up-close look this week at the newly redesigned 2013 Land Rover Range Rover introduced overseas. As we previously reported, this is the model's fourth generation, but you might not...

By Cars.com  |  10:36 AM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander: Car Seat Check

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander is the automaker's largest crossover, but we found its three rows to be too small when it came to fitting rear-facing child-safety seats in its second row. The Outlander can be had with two or three...

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

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 10/03/2012

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible: First Look

Competes with: Fiat 500, Mini Cooper Looks like: A ragtop Beetle Drivetrain: A 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 2.0-liter clean-diesel four-cylinder Hits dealerships: End of 2012 A drop-top model is returning to the Beetle lineup after a.

By Cars.com  |  06:08 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 10/03/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Honda Insight

A light refresh for 2012 made Honda's Insight hybrid a bit more competitive, but it's not enough to go up against the newbie, the Toyota Prius c, according to Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek. Although the Insight’s gas mileage improved for...

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Ford's Warriors in Pink Fights On

As October rolls in, many of us are bringing fall colors back into our wardrobes, but many more of us are rocking the color pink. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means that whether you're a survivor or...

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

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 10/03/2012

Dodge Dart, Lexus ES and Two More Named Top Safety Picks

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s list of Top Safety Picks has grown by four cars. The 2013 versions of the Lexus ES, Dodge Dart, Hyundai Santa Fe and Subaru XV Crosstrek have earned IIHS’ top award. To earn the...

By Cars.com  |  11:32 AM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Infographic: Automakers Fight the Battle of the Bulging

It's an increasingly difficult situation for automakers: On one side, they face federal mandates and consumer demand for cars that get better gas mileage, and on the other side, they find Americans with ever- increasing waistlines. What's an automaker to.

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

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 10/03/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Jaguar XJL

The 2012 Jaguar XJL isn’t a car built with families in mind. The five-seat sedan is about luxury and performance, and it masters those areas, says Cars.com Family reviewer Courtney Messenbaugh. However, families can make the long-wheelbase XJL work for.

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 10/02/2012

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: September 2012

September was another strong month of car sales, making the automotive industry one of the sole bright spots of the economic recovery. With most major carmakers reporting, sales are up 11% thus far, month-over-month, with 1,066,711 vehicles sold, according to.

By Cars.com  |  03:56 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

2013 Chevrolet Spark: Car Seat Check

Chevy's smallest car was made with the Millennial generation in mind, so chances are slim that this four-passenger hatchback will regularly pull family duty. Since ours was bubble-gum pink, moms and dads are probably even more likely to steer clear...

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

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 10/02/2012

2013 Jaguar F-Type Starts at $69,875

On the heels of the car's September debut at the Paris Motor Show, Jaguar has released pricing for its new convertible. When the 2013 F-Type goes on sale next summer, it'll start just under $70,000, including the destination charge. Loosely...

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 10/02/2012

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Earns Five Stars From NHTSA

Competition in the midsize sedan segment is heating up, with redesigned entries from Chevrolet, Honda, Ford and Nissan for 2013. The Chevrolet Malibu was recently crash-ested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and earned the agency's top honors: an.

By Cars.com  |  10:31 AM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 10/02/2012

Ski-Oriented BMW X1 Coming to 2012 L.A. Auto Show

BMW announced today that it plans to sell a skier-oriented version of the BMW X1. The compact crossover, called the X1 Powder Ride Edition, will show up at dealers next month, and it will only be on sale through the...

By Cars.com  |  07:35 AM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 10/02/2012

Compact SUV Shootout Family Buys Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V won Cars.com's $25,000 Compact SUV Shootout earlier this year, and the automaker just won again on a smaller scale when the Shootout's test family, Nicholas and Erin Ravelingeen, recently purchased a 2013 Honda CR-V. "All around, the...

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 10/01/2012

2013 Nissan Sentra Priced at $16,770

When the 2013 Nissan Sentra goes on sale later this month, it will carry a $16,770 starting price, including a $780 destination fee. That’s $260 less expensive than the 2012 Sentra. Pricing is on par with the 2013 Ford Focus...

By Cars.com  |  05:20 PM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 10/01/2012

Say It Ain't So: Volkswagen Says No to Bulli Van

It looks like the only van Volkswagen will be selling is the Routan minivan. Enthusiasts were psyched about the retro-styled Bulli concept that debuted at the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show, and they were even more excited when the automaker...

By Cars.com  |  02:36 PM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 10/01/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Nissan Frontier, Pathfinder and Xterra

Nissan is recalling 2,417 model-year 2012 versions of the Frontier, Pathfinder and Xterra pickup trucks and SUVs due to problems with the front-wheel hubs, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured from June 19.

By Cars.com  |  01:36 PM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 10/01/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Porsche Boxster

The luxurious Porsche Boxster roadster has few competitors, but that didn't stop the German sports carmaker from giving it a wholesale redesign for the 2013 model year. The redesign added cabin materials and styling similar to the Porsche 911. While..

By Cars.com  |  12:35 PM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 10/01/2012

Recall Alert: Certain 2007-2009 Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn Vehicles

GM is recalling 40,859 model-year 2007-09 versions of several Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles due to problems with the fuel pump, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were originally sold or are currently registered in.

By Cars.com  |  11:36 AM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 10/01/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Suzuki Equator

Suzuki is recalling 25 Equator pickup trucks from the 2012 model year because the front wheel hubs may wear prematurely and eventually crack, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall affects two-wheel-drive Equators built from June 19.

By Cars.com  |  10:51 AM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 10/01/2012

Recall Alert: 2007-2008 Acura TL, 2003-2007 Honda Accord

Honda is expanding an earlier recall of more than 56,000 model-year 2007-08 Acura TL sedans and adding 2003-07 Honda Accords to the recall. The automaker is now recalling 625,762 units of the TL and V-6-powered Accords because of a faulty...

By Cars.com  |  10:21 AM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 10/01/2012

Why Aren't There More Capless Fuel Fillers?

I generally don't consider myself to be overly prissy when it comes to filling my car with gas. I'm not even worried about messing up a fresh manicure since I'm really more of a pedi girl. However, after two recent...

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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