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Kicking Tires: December, 2012

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 12/31/2012

Illinois Driver's Ed Law Influenced by Cars.com Goes into Effect Jan. 1

In 2011, Cars.com and the Chicago Tribune teamed up to investigate the safety of cars driven by Chicago-area teens in driver’s education programs. The report unveiled vehicles with sub-par safety ratings and virtually no regulation for what students drive while.

By Cars.com  |  02:51 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 12/31/2012

Nissan Adds Warranty Coverage for Run-Down Leaf Batteries

Anyone with old electronics knows all too well that batteries lose capacity as they age: Start the day on a full charge and that old BlackBerry is running on empty by midafternoon. It's more vexing when it happens with your...

By Cars.com  |  12:37 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 12/31/2012

Top 10 Most-Read Stories of the Year

Out of thousands of Kicking Tires posts in 2012, a little novelty news item about the return of Chevrolet's Captiva Sport enjoyed something of a captive audience. The post, about the short-lived Saturn Vue crossover reappearing as the 2012 Chevrolet..

By Cars.com  |  09:06 AM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 12/28/2012

Hybrid Mileage Lawsuit Hits Ford

A California law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against Ford Motor Company on behalf of an owner of a new 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid. The owner claims that he is not achieving anywhere near the EPA-stated fuel economy rating...

By Cars.com  |  02:21 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 12/28/2012

Honda Dominates Cars.com's 2012 Face-offs

Pitted against competitors in three of the most bustling auto-sales segments today, Honda prevailed in Cars.com's 2012 head-to-head face-offs, emerging as the last brand standing. The 2013 Honda Accord, 2012 Honda Fit and 2012 Honda CR-V earned the automaker a.

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 12/28/2012

Recall Alert: 2007 Suzuki XL-7

Suzuki is recalling 2,830 model-year 2007 versions of the XL-7 SUV due to problems with the fuel pump, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured from June 13 through December 22, 2006 (check your.

By Cars.com  |  10:32 AM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 12/28/2012

Cadillac Safety Alert Seat is a Kick in the Pants

The 2013 Cadillac SRX was dropped off just in time to nurse me through the perils and chaos of Christmas shopping in a blizzard. My test car was equipped with the Safety Alert Seat, a part of the Driver Awareness...

By Cars.com  |  09:37 AM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 12/28/2012

Cadillac SRX's Safety Alert Seat is a Kick in the Pants

The 2013 Cadillac SRX was dropped off just in time to nurse me through the perils and chaos of Christmas shopping in a blizzard. My test car was equipped with the Safety Alert Seat, a part of the Driver Awareness...

By Cars.com  |  09:07 AM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 12/28/2012

Pontiac G8 Used Prices Slide, Buick LaCrosse Strengthens

Late-model used-car prices declined for the sixth straight month in December, dropping on average $115 from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1 to $21,711. That's the lowest average price we've seen in Cars.com's national used-car inventory since February 2012. GM models.

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 12/27/2012

Saab, GM Set New Agreement on Warranties

Brave souls who purchased a Saab over the last few years as General Motors wound down the brand and eventually sold it off will be pleased to hear that their cars' warranties will be serviced through a new agreement between...

By Cars.com  |  02:32 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 12/27/2012

Volkswagen 'Snowareg' is Ultimate Winter Attack Vehicle

As the Northeast continues to be pounded by a severe blast of winter weather, including as much as a foot of snow in some places, many motorists might find that their all-wheel-drive SUV just isn’t tough enough. If only there...

By Cars.com  |  01:01 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 12/27/2012

Honda Previews New Civic TV Spot Ahead of Rose Bowl

Honda has given fans of its Civic compact a sneak preview of the new advertising coming with the redesigned 2013 model, slated to debut next week during the Rose Bowl game on January 1. 2013 Honda Civic Photo Gallery The...

By Cars.com  |  09:21 AM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 12/27/2012

Cars.com $26,000 Midsize Sedan Showdown: Mileage Results

We took six of the top-selling, most fuel-efficient cars in the U.S. and pitted them against each other. How’d they do in our mileage drive? While Nissan's redesigned 2013 Altima may have the highest EPA-estimated mileage rating among family sedans,..

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 12/27/2012

The Cars.com $26,000 Midsize Sedan Showdown

It's been two and a half years since we conducted our very first multi-car comparison with USA Today and Motorweek. That showdown featured eight midsize family sedans competing against each other, with the Hyundai Sonata taking first and the Ford...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:12 PM ET, 12/26/2012

Toyota Announces Settlement in Unintended Acceleration Lawsuit

Toyota announced today that it has come to a tentative settlement in an ongoing class-action lawsuit, one which claimed owners were negatively impacted in the value of their cars due to Toyota's unintended acceleration scandal in 2010. If accepted by.

By Cars.com  |  09:12 PM ET, 12/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 12/26/2012

AAA Warns New Year's Day Is Worst for Drunk-Driving Deaths

Planning to head out for New Year's Eve? Make sure you get home safe. New Year's Day is the worst day for alcohol-related traffic fatalities, AAA warned today. The group threw its support behind the National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation.

By Cars.com  |  11:57 AM ET, 12/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 12/26/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer

The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer sedan is an underdog in the competitive compact sedan segment and its lackluster driving experience and interior don't help it, says Cars.com Family reviewer Carrie Kim. Not everything is dire; Carrie said this five-seat sedan's exterior.

By Cars.com  |  09:07 AM ET, 12/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Infiniti JX35's Sliding Seat Not Very Booster-Friendly

Every year we're wowed by the new features automakers roll out at auto shows. Under the bright lights of the convention hall they seem perfect, but once we get them home they don't always stand up to scrutiny. One of...

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

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 12/23/2012

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek must've been awfully good this year, as the crossover will spend the Christmas holiday atop Cars.com's most-read reviews list for its sixth straight week. Newcomers to the list this week include the 2013 Toyota RAV4,...

By Cars.com  |  09:01 AM ET, 12/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 12/21/2012

2013 Honda Accord Sedan Joins NHTSA's Five-Star Club

The redesigned 2013 Honda Accord sedan is the latest vehicle to be awarded the top rating of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The ninth generation of the popular family sedan earned top scores in three...

By Cars.com  |  02:31 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 12/21/2012

Suzuki Demand Rises After Bankruptcy Announcement

We’ll take shameless credit. Following Suzuki's bankruptcy announcement of its U.S. arm, shoppers are responding to our endorsement of the nimble Kizashi. Or maybe all that Christmas eggnog is going to our heads. Still, Bloomberg News reports Suzuki is sending.

By Cars.com  |  02:02 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 12/21/2012

2013 IIHS Top Safety Picks

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released a list of its 2013 Top Safety Pick award winners. Although this is no longer the agency's highest rating, each car on the list must earn the top score of Good in...

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 12/21/2012

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

"An absurd, over-the-top fossil." "The automotive equivalent of an antique, wind-up pocket watch." "Like driving a building." These are just a few of the zingers Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays has for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, a premium-priced throwback SUV with.

By Cars.com  |  12:01 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 12/21/2012

Cars.com's 2012 Family-Friendly Feature Roundup

The year's end is just days away, and that means a flurry of "Best of" lists will make their debut. Cars.com Family writers decided to get in on the fun and share their favorite in-car features found in the test...

By Cars.com  |  11:07 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 12/21/2012

Rental Car Review: 2012 Ford Edge

Renting a car used to mean getting stuck with the oldest, most-outdated cars that were still being produced. Today, you can rent the newest models that are in high demand. I recently took my family on a trip to Disney...

By Cars.com  |  10:03 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 12/21/2012

End of Year Luxury Battle Means Deals for Shoppers

A battle has quietly been waged over the last year, with the prize being the sales crown for luxury cars here in the U.S. For most of this century, that title has been solidly in the hands of Lexus, but...

By Cars.com  |  07:02 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Toyota Previews Sedan Concept

Toyota plans to unveil a new sedan concept at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The Furia concept will meet the press on Jan. 14. Toyota is mum on details and only provided a quick...

By Cars.com  |  04:01 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Fiat to Build Small Jeep in Italy

Fiat confirmed expected plans to build a Jeep in Europe, where low car sales have many factories running well under capacity. The Detroit Free Press reports the Italian automaker, which owns 58.5% of Chrysler, plans to build a small Jeep...

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Vehicle Thieves Don't Take a Holiday

Did you know that, statistically, you're far more likely to have your vehicle stolen while singing "Auld Lang Syne" with a champagne flute in your hand than "Joy to the World" with an eggnog? That's according to analysis of National...

By Cars.com  |  12:01 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 12/20/2012

Bulky Coats and Car Seats Don't Mix

It's cold out and you're hitting the road. Two must-haves for your kids are a warm coat and a properly installed child-safety seat. This is obvious; what isn't is that a bulky coat combined with a car seat can lead...

By Cars.com  |  11:07 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 12/20/2012

Recall Alert: 2010-12 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon

GM is recalling 118,800 model-year 2010-12 versions of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks due to problems with the trucks' hood latch system, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured from Nov.

By Cars.com  |  10:06 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 12/20/2012

2013 Nissan Pathfinder: Car Seat Check

The last-generation Nissan Pathfinder was one of the least family-friendly SUVs on the market. The 2013 version is its opposite in many ways. Nissan's three-row SUV got a complete redesign, shedding its blocky, stocky look and trucklike body-on-frame architecture for.

By Cars.com  |  07:02 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 AM ET, 12/20/2012

Honda Shines, Toyota Falls in Latest IIHS Crash Tests

The 2013 Toyota Camry sedan and Prius v hybrid (above, right) failed a new crash test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that simulates a frontal impact overlapping a small portion of the car — say, piling into a...

By Cars.com  |  12:07 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Nissan Maxima

The 2013 Nissan Maxima is a comfortable family cruiser with plenty of power for both the city and highway, says Cars.com Family reviewer Sara Lacey. On the inside, the front seats are soft leather and have a cushion extender for...

By Cars.com  |  04:17 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 12/19/2012

So Long, Canucks: Camaro Production Moves to U.S.

One of the most iconic American cars will actually be made in America again. GM announced today that production of the next-gen Camaro will move from Canada to the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Lansing, Mich. The pony car...

By Cars.com  |  04:02 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Hyundai Veloster

In its second recall of the day, Hyundai is recalling 13,500 versions of the 2012 Veloster hatchback due to panoramic sunroofs that could crack, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured from Nov.

By Cars.com  |  01:07 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Recall Alert: 2013 Jaguar XF

Jaguar is recalling 13 model-year 2013 XF sedans due to a problem in the electrical system that could affect the fuel pump and cause engine stalling, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the affected vehicles, manufactured from.

By Cars.com  |  12:16 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 12/19/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai is recalling 4,490 model-year 2012 versions of the Veloster compact hatchback due to problems with the parking brake, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles have manual transmissions and were manufactured from July 2, 2011,.

By Cars.com  |  11:22 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 12/19/2012

U.S. Government To Sell All GM Stock

Within the next 12-15 months, you won’t have "Government Motors" to kick around anymore — the federal government and GM have announced a plan for the U.S. to begin selling its remaining stake in the automaker, starting today with a...

By Cars.com  |  10:27 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 12/19/2012

One-Stop Shopping: Car Seat Checks for 2012's Best-Selling Family Cars

If you're shopping for a family car, chances are high that at least one of the vehicles on our list below is on yours, too. These are the best-selling family cars for January-November 2012, and we've installed child-safety seats in...

By Cars.com  |  10:02 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 12/19/2012

AAA: Make Holiday Travel Safety List, Check It Twice

Baby, it's cold outside, and that means motorists should take precautions to ensure they safely make it home — or wherever they're headed — for the holidays. Among the 84.4 million travelers projected to hit the highways between Wednesday and...

By Cars.com  |  07:36 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 12/19/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Nissan Maxima

The 2013 Nissan Maxima is a comfortable family cruiser with plenty of power for both the city and highway, says Cars.com Family reviewer Sara Lacey. On the inside, the front seats are soft leather and have a cushion extender for...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 12/18/2012

What to Keep in Your Glove Box

The glove box can be a useful treasure chest in cars, housing everything from important papers and receipts to tire gauges and extra fuses. It's a safe, easy-to-access place for crucial items, and almost every car has one. Even the...

By Cars.com  |  02:38 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 12/18/2012

2014 BMW Z4: What's Changed

Most significant changes: New orange package, expanded multimedia features Price change: TBD On sale: Spring 2013 Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? Minimal changes mean go for the 2013. How quickly time flies. The current BMW Z4 will enter...

By Cars.com  |  01:32 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Cadillac to Unveil 2014 ELR at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Although Cadillac still hasn't released specifics on the 2014 ELR, the automaker announced today that the production version of the extended-range electric coupe will debut Jan. 15 at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Kicking Tires reported.

By Cars.com  |  12:46 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Recall Alert: 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque and LR2

Land Rover is recalling 70 model-year 2012 versions of the LR2 and Range Rover Evoque SUVs due to problems with the vehicles’ brakes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured on June 11, 2012,.

By Cars.com  |  12:45 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Cars.com's Lifestyle Award Nominees Announced

Every year, our editors spend countless hours behind the wheels of cars, and with their vast years of experience, they gather each fall to choose their favorite cars for Family, Work, Play and Eco-Friendly Car of the Year. Check out...

By Cars.com  |  12:45 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Mini Puts the Paw to the Pedal for Charity

In a new campaign, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is trying to get the word out that shelter dogs make great pets — and with Mini's help, good drivers. Mini of New Zealand has teamed up...

By Cars.com  |  12:45 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Infiniti to Rename Entire Lineup Q or QX

Infiniti, one of the last luxury holdouts to have model numbers that actually indicate engine size — as opposed to BMW, Mercedes and Lexus — will rename its entire lineup using Q or QX monikers starting with the 2014 model...

By Cars.com  |  12:44 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 12/18/2012

2013 Toyota RAV4 Starts at $24,145

When the redesigned-for-2013 Toyota RAV4 goes on sale this January, it'll start at $24,145 — $650 higher than the 2012 version's $23,495 base price and slightly higher than several class competitors (all prices include an $845 destination fee). The changes.

By Cars.com  |  12:44 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 12/18/2012

2013 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid: Car Seat Check

Ford's redesigned Fusion and Fusion Hybrid stand apart from the midsize sedan crowd with its slim headlights and wide-mouth grille. In our Car Seat Check, we tested the Fusion Hybrid, but its sibling, the Fusion, has the same interior dimensions...

By Cars.com  |  12:44 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Toyota RAV4

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is like a tough guy doing the two-step: He gets points for trying, but he might step on your toes with a few clumsy moves. Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger says the RAV4 literally shows its fangs...

By Cars.com  |  12:44 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Toyota Slapped With $17.35 Million Recall Fine

Toyota started recalling vehicles for floormat-related unintended acceleration problems in summer 2009. Fast forward two years — it waited until June 2012 to add the Lexus RX crossover to the list — and the automaker is now paying a hefty...

By Cars.com  |  12:42 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Cars.com's Best of 2013 Nominees Announced

Each year, automakers introduce or redesign roughly 70 cars, and our experts spend hours upon hours driving them, putting them through their paces. We're looking above all else for quality, innovation and value for the consumer. From those cars, we...

By Cars.com  |  12:42 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Wait, That's Not a 2013 Subaru Legacy

Upon unlocking the 2013 Subaru Legacy and stepping inside, a startup graphic materializes on the information display between the speedometer and tachometer to welcome drivers to Subaru's midsize sedan. I stared at the graphic dozens of times before realizing —.

By Cars.com  |  12:42 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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