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Kicking Tires: January, 2013

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 01/31/2013

Recall Alert: 2003-04 Pontiac Vibe

General Motors is recalling 135,749 model year 2003-04 Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks due to an electrical problem that could cause the airbags to deploy, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the affected vehicles, manufactured between Jan.

By Cars.com  |  03:36 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 01/31/2013

2013 Mazda CX-9: Car Seat Check

For 2013, the three-row Mazda CX-9's exterior has been updated. It's now surprisingly sleek, especially for a crossover. While the CX-9 can seat seven, it's not in a comfortable fashion. The third row has little legroom unless the second-row passengers.

By Cars.com  |  02:48 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 01/31/2013

Super Bowl Ad Announces Price of 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

According to a Mercedes-Benz ad running Sunday during Super Bowl XLVII, you won't have to make a deal with the devil to own a luxury vehicle and enjoy all of the "seductive" side effects that come with it. The 2014...

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 01/31/2013

Chrysler-Fiat Plans 47 New or Updated Cars by End of 2016

Chrysler-Fiat will introduce, redesign or update 47 cars over the next four years, the automaker said Wednesday in a financial presentation to analysts. Among them are six Alfa Romeos from Fiat's upscale European division, plus seven new Fiat-branded models.

By Cars.com  |  12:32 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 01/31/2013

Recall Alert: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

GM is recalling 8,519 model-year 2013 versions of the Chevrolet Malibu sedan due to suspension bolt problems, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles may have one or more suspension bolts that weren't adequately tightened.

By Cars.com  |  11:52 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 01/31/2013

2013 Dodge Dart Mopar: Photo Gallery

Dodge is dressing up its compact sedan for the 2013 Chicago Auto Show: The Mopar version of the 2013 Dart will make its debut at the show next week. The limited-edition car rides on 18-inch glossy black wheels and features...

By Cars.com  |  11:08 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 01/31/2013

2013 Chicago Auto Show: What to Expect

The Windy City is considered one of the fan-friendliest destinations during auto-show season, and to that end the 2013 Chicago Auto Show is unlikely to disappoint. This show will give visitors a first glimpse of a few new vehicles along...

By Cars.com  |  10:11 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 01/31/2013

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid: Impressive Mileage, Irritating Brakes

Long known for its diesel powertrains, Volkswagen has ventured into alternative-fuel territory with its gas-electric 2013 Jetta Hybrid. How did the hybrid version of the sedan handle a road trip in terms of efficiency and comfort? I put more than...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 01/30/2013

2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX and ILX to Offer Apple's Siri

Later this year, Honda will integrate the iPhone's Siri artificial assistant into the 2013 Accord, as well as the 2013 RDX and ILX from the automaker's Acura luxury division. If you have an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 running the...

By Cars.com  |  03:03 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Despite its fidelity to diesel, Volkswagen's 2013 Jetta Hybrid doesn't merely humor Americans' hankering for hybrids, but makes a sincere effort to compete. Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley says a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, assisted by an electric motor with a.

By Cars.com  |  02:02 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Kia to Unveil Crossover Concept, Superman Car at 2013 Chicago Auto Show

Kia's showing in Chicago next week will be a mix of concept, in the Kia Cross GT, and just plain conceptual, in its Superman-inspired Optima Hybrid. Both cars are set to be unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, which...

By Cars.com  |  01:07 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Recall Alert: 2011 BMW 1 Series ActiveE

BMW is recalling 360 model-year 2011 versions of the 1 Series ActiveE compact electric car due to a problem with the drivetrain housing assembly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured from Aug.

By Cars.com  |  12:03 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Gas Prices on Longest Upswing Since Summer

Despite the longest streak of increases in the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline since summer — including a 4-cent spike in just the past week — Americans are still paying less at the pump than they...

By Cars.com  |  11:36 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Recall Alert: 2006-12 Lexus IS

Toyota's luxury arm is voluntarily recalling around 270,000 model-year 2006-12 versions of the Lexus IS due to a problem with the windshield wipers, the automaker announced this morning. It's Toyota's second recall today after this morning's Corolla and Matrix announcement.

By Cars.com  |  10:42 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Recall Alert: 2003-04 Toyota Corolla and Matrix

Toyota is voluntarily recalling 752,000 model-year 2003-04 versions of the Corolla sedan and Matrix hatchback due to a faulty airbag control module, the automaker announced today. In the affected vehicles, the airbag control module could have been manufactured with circuits.

By Cars.com  |  10:17 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 01/29/2013

New Jeeps on Horizon, but Old Names May Resurface

The Chrysler-Fiat product collaboration will continue in the next couple of years as both companies develop new offerings based on common architectures — the next brand to get the attention of company planners is Jeep. Coming to the New York...

By Cars.com  |  03:02 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 01/29/2013

2013 Chevrolet Traverse: Car Seat Check

For 2013, Chevrolet's three-row crossover got a mild update, with updated exterior styling and an upgraded interior. The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse may have enough room for a growing family, but connecting to its Latch anchors is anything but comfortable.

By Cars.com  |  02:05 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 01/29/2013

Ray LaHood Resigns as U.S. DOT Chief

Secretary Ray LaHood announced this morning that his time heading up the Department of Transportation has reached the end of the road, according to a news release. LaHood, 67, said that after serving for four years in President Barack Obama's...

By Cars.com  |  01:36 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 01/29/2013

Insurance Study Finds GMC Sierra 1500 Best for Safety

A new study of insurance rates for injury protection and medical payments ranked the GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck highest for occupant injury protection. The Fiat 500 ranks lowest. Insure.com studied prevailing insurance rates across hundreds of ZIP codes from.

By Cars.com  |  12:31 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 01/29/2013

Kia Sorento Prices Increase $1,000 for 2014

When the redesigned Kia Sorento goes on sale later this winter, it'll start at $24,950, including an $850 destination charge. That's $1,000 more than the outgoing model, but a new engine and more optional comfort and convenience features should remove.

By Cars.com  |  11:47 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 01/29/2013

VW Super Bowl Ad Turns Day at Office Into Jamaican Joyride

Regardless of which team is suffering the agony of defeat after Sunday's big game, Volkswagen's Super Bowl XLVII ad will try to convince football fans to "get happy," as if life were an island escape. The TV spot takes place...

By Cars.com  |  11:06 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:08 AM ET, 01/29/2013

Our 2013 Subaru BRZ Gets Winter Tires

The shiny new black Subaru BRZ sat in our collective driveways for only a week when we realized that its standard summer performance tires weren't the best for tackling a Chicago winter. Subaru added all-season tires as standard equipment depending...

By Cars.com  |  07:08 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Daimler, Ford, Nissan Plan Commercial Fuel-Cell Vehicle for 2017

An agreement among three automakers spanning three continents could lead to the development of a mass-market fuel-cell electric vehicle as soon as 2017, according to a statement from Nissan. Through the partnership, Daimler, Ford and Nissan intend to produce a.

By Cars.com  |  02:06 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

The Ford Escape Hybrid may be gone, but Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is a credible replacement, offering seamless gas-electric power and decent fuel economy. The tall hatchback is the first vehicle to directly compete.

By Cars.com  |  01:07 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 01/28/2013

Toyota Reclaims Global Sales Crown

Thanks to a 23% gain over an inventory-bedraggled 2011, Toyota overtook GM for 2012's global sales crown. Bloomberg News reports the Japanese automaker sold 9.75 million vehicles worldwide last year, including subsidiary brands Lexus, Scion, commercial-truck maker Hino and internationally.

By Cars.com  |  11:52 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 01/28/2013

Recall Alert: 3,235 2009-13 Toyotas

Southeast Toyota Distributors is recalling 3,235 vehicles spanning model-years 2009-13 due to problems with the occupant sensing system, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were modified by Southeast Toyota Distributors to include accessories such as.

By Cars.com  |  10:52 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:37 AM ET, 01/28/2013

Mitsubishi Galant Prices Tumble in January

Late-model used-car prices dipped slightly in January 2013, dropping about one-half of a percentage point ($101) from December 2012 to $22,662. However, a number of models saw significantly steeper declines. Leading the way was the Mitsubishi Galant. The now-discontinued family.

By Cars.com  |  07:37 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 01/28/2013

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Nissan Quest

Before the arrival of her third child, Cars.com Family reviewer BreAnn Ahara placed the Nissan Quest high on her list of favorite minivans. With baby making five, BreAnn had to put her oldest daughter and her booster seat in the...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 01/27/2013

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

The 2013 RAV4 held off the competition once again to retain the top spot among our most-read reviews of the week. It was joined by some fresh faces this week: the 2013 models of the Hyundai Sante Fe Sport, Nissan...

By Cars.com  |  09:06 AM ET, 01/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 01/26/2013

2014 Subaru Forester Photo Gallery

On Friday, we ran our full review of the redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester. It details some of the driving I did of various Forester trims in different scenarios including an off-road course, a racetrack and unpaved roads. Here is a...

By Cars.com  |  09:40 AM ET, 01/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Ford Offers Big Deals on Focus Electric

Hoping to spark consumer interest in the Ford Focus Electric — one of the weakest-selling electric vehicles on the market — the automaker announced deep discounts, including $10,750 off a three-year lease, according to The Detroit News. With the so-called.

By Cars.com  |  04:01 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Are You Guilty of the Top 10 Worst Car-Maintenance Crimes?

Are you the type of car owner who dutifully changes the oil every 3,000 miles or the one who ignores the check engine light because you figure the problem most likely is a malfunctioning check engine light? If you fall...

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Nissan's GT-R Gets Even More Expensive for 2014

Nissan's halo car got more horsepower and a huge price bump for 2013. For 2014, only the price continues to increase. The 2014 Nissan GT-R just went on sale with a base price of $100,590, including a $1,000 destination charge;...

By Cars.com  |  12:02 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 01/25/2013

Dodge Turns to Crowdsourcing to Sell Darts

Social media has played an increasing role in the automotive industry during the past few years. Now Dodge is using a form of social media called crowdsourcing to alter the new-car buying process. What is crowdsourcing? In this case, if...

By Cars.com  |  11:07 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 01/25/2013

2014 Subaru Forester Rises Seven Spots in Small-SUV Affordability

A few weeks ago we threw the redesigned Toyota RAV4 into our compact crossover affordability index, and the popular Toyota ranked right around the group's average. Subaru fans may notice the outgoing 2013 Forester sat near the bottom, largely because.

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 AM ET, 01/25/2013

2014 Subaru Forester: Explaining the Trim Levels

Subaru's redesigned 2014 Forester goes on sale in March and is impressive for many reasons. The biggest is its price for standard all-wheel drive versus the competitors with front-wheel drive. You can read the full review of the 2014 Subaru...

By Cars.com  |  12:06 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 AM ET, 01/25/2013

Cars.com Reviews the 2014 Subaru Forester

Subaru's all-new Forester goes on sale in March and features a more efficient base engine, a significantly more powerful XT version and an upgraded interior, says Cars.com reviewer David Thomas. Read the full review and find out how the Forester...

By Cars.com  |  12:03 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Audi to Let Viewers Choose Super Bowl Ad Ending

Remember "Choose Your Own Adventure" books? This year, Audi's Super Bowl XLVII commercial will be something of a "Choose Your Own Advertisement" for online voters. Imagine for a moment you're a teenage boy on prom night with no confidence …...

By Cars.com  |  04:01 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 01/24/2013

2013 Buick Encore: First Drive

Americans have traditionally had a unique perspective on small cars: They're cheap and economical, driven because they had to, not because they wanted to. The Mini brand largely began to change that kind of thinking in the U.S., suddenly proving...

By Cars.com  |  02:53 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 01/24/2013

BMW and Toyota Finalize Fuel-Cell Collaboration, Plan New Sports Car

It's game-on for a jointly developed fuel-cell system from BMW and Toyota. The automakers previously announced a partnership to collaborate on alternative-fuel systems; they finalized the deal today. The arrangement has the automakers combining their existing fuel-cell technology to create.

By Cars.com  |  02:22 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 BMW M5

The topline version of BMW's 5 Series sedan may be thrillingly fast, but a vague shifter and numb clutch ruin some of the fun, says Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek. The manual is a no-cost option that Bruzek thinks shoppers should...

By Cars.com  |  01:08 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Kia Teases New Urban Concept Car

While it's unknown whether Kia's new "urban concept car" will ever make an appearance in the U.S., a statement from the Korean automaker this week teased its appearance at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March. Kia's brief release on...

By Cars.com  |  12:16 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 01/24/2013

Why Current Leaf Owners Should Hate the 2013 Model

After 48 days on the market, Cars.com sold our long-term 2011 Nissan Leaf SL for just $19,000 in November 2012. Such was the result of aggressive federal and state tax incentives on the $35,665 all-electric hatchback, as well as weak...

By Cars.com  |  11:18 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 01/24/2013

2013 Kia Sorento: Road Trip Report

There are many comfortable, capable SUVs in the midsize class and in some ways, the Kia Sorento is one of them. But change is afoot: Model-year 2013 is the Sorento's last year before a fully redesigned model goes on sale...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Car Talk: What's the Ugliest Car?

Just as a person's beauty is only skin deep, a car's is in the eye of the pink-slip holder. Still, there's just no denying that some have a face only an owner could love. Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the hosts...

By Cars.com  |  02:32 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Ford Fusion is a comfortable, quiet and composed sedan, and the hybrid version only builds on those qualities, says Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek. The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is also roomy and refined — two points that not all...

By Cars.com  |  12:32 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 01/23/2013

2014 Aston Martin Rapide S: First Look

Competes with: Rolls-Royce Ghost, Bentley Continental Flying Spur, Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG, Porsche Panamera Turbo S Looks like: The Rapide adopted a conjoined grille Drivetrain: 550-hp, 6.0-liter V-12 with six-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Next month Aston Martin's four-door.

By Cars.com  |  11:43 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 01/23/2013

Obese Drivers at High Risk in Cars

A new study by the Emergency Medicine Journal finds that overweight drivers are between 20 and 80 times more likely to die in car crashes than individuals with a "normal" body mass index below 30. As if we needed more...

By Cars.com  |  10:32 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 01/23/2013

EV Range Info on EPA's Website is Tough to Find

Finding the EPA's official combined city/highway range ratings for electric cars is not as easy as it should be. The EPA's website, FuelEconomy.gov, lists the rating in a comparison tool within its electric-car section, but not on the vehicle's main..

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 01/22/2013

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Steals Limelight in New Schwarzenegger Movie

Arnold Schwarzenegger muscled his way back into big-screen action last weekend with "The Last Stand," but the real muscle came compliments of the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, for which the film essentially serves as a 90-minute commercial. The 2013 ZR1.

By Cars.com  |  02:42 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 01/22/2013

2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid Priced at $40,570

Honda announced yesterday the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid will start just over $40,000, including a $790 destination charge. It’s on sale now but only in New York and California. The automaker announced the plug-in Accord's EPA mileage — 115 miles...

By Cars.com  |  01:42 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 01/22/2013

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Buick LaCrosse

The 2013 Buick LaCrosse eAssist doesn't offer the Volkswagen Passat TDI's value or the high-end Lexus ES 300h's fuel economy, but Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger says it "pleasantly" splits the difference between practicality and price. The mild hybrid version of.

By Cars.com  |  12:01 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 01/22/2013

Rolls-Royce Teases New Wraith Coupe

British luxury-car maker Rolls-Royce is launching a coupe version of its Ghost sedan and resurrecting an old name for the model. The Wraith will join the Ghost and the Phantom in the lineup and will debut at the Geneva Motor...

By Cars.com  |  11:08 AM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:13 AM ET, 01/22/2013

2013 Subaru BRZ: Photo Gallery

We described last week how we bought our latest long-term fleet car after it won our "Best Of" award. We're still collecting our initial impressions on the sleek, little Subaru BRZ, but we figured we could still inform our readers...

By Cars.com  |  07:13 AM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 01/21/2013

Original TV Batmobile Sells for $4.2M

BAM! POW! ZONK! A mystery bidder defeated competitors at an auction on Saturday to acquire the original Batmobile used in the 1960s "Batman" TV series, according to USA Today. So, how much did the campy yet classic crime-fighting car fetch...

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 01/21/2013

Chrysler CEO: Alfa Romeo to Return to U.S. With New 4C

Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has announced that storied Italian luxury brand Alfa Romeo will indeed be returning to the U.S. market, arriving by year's end with the new 4C — a lightweight two-seat rear-wheel-drive sports car developed in conjunction with.

By Cars.com  |  12:02 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/21/2013

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Ford Escape

With its redesign, the Ford Escape shed its boxy looks for a sleek crossover shape, and it's better for it, says Cars.com Family reviewer Sara Lacey. The Escape now easily juggles family needs — both on the inside and out:...

By Cars.com  |  10:42 AM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 01/21/2013

Toyota Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Toyota has settled the first wrongful death lawsuit over unintended acceleration, involving two people killed in a Toyota Camry, the Associated Press has reported. It was the first of hundreds of lawsuits over fatalities and injuries arising from claims of.

By Cars.com  |  07:36 AM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 01/21/2013

Experts Predict Auto Sales Could Increase 10% in 2013

Hear that whooshing sound? That's the auto industry letting out a collective sigh as last year turned out half-decent. Absent the natural disasters that bedraggled 2011, 2012 picked up steam. Shoppers bought 14.5 million new cars, up 13.4% from an...

By Cars.com  |  07:02 AM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 01/20/2013

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

Despite some midlist musical chairs, this week's most-read reviews played a familiar tune. The 2013 Toyota RAV4 and 2013 Ford Explorer held their ground at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. The 2013 models of the Toyota Avalon, Acura RDX,...

By Cars.com  |  09:01 AM ET, 01/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 01/19/2013

2013 Detroit Auto Show: A Photo Gallery

Cars.com photographer Evan Sears has collected 25 of his favorite shots from this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit for a unique gallery. "Photographing auto shows can be tricky," Evan says. "There can be any combination of questionable.

By Cars.com  |  02:58 PM ET, 01/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 01/18/2013

2013 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Join NHTSA's Five-Star Club

Several new vehicles joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star club today, earning the top score of five stars overall in crash tests performed by NHTSA. New inductees are the 2013 Ford Fusion, 2013 Lincoln MKZ and the 2013.

By Cars.com  |  02:01 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 01/18/2013

Recall Alert: 2013 Chevy Express, GMC Savana Vans

GM is recalling 980 model-year 2013 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans due to a problem with the ignition system that could result in a rollaway accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall affects Express vans.

By Cars.com  |  01:36 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 01/18/2013

Recall Alert: 748,000 Honda Pilots and Odysseys

Honda is voluntarily recalling 748,000 model-year 2009-13 Pilot SUVs and 2011-13 Odyssey minivans due to problems with the driver's-side airbag. According to Honda, the driver's-side airbags in the affected vehicles could be missing some of the rivets that secure the.

By Cars.com  |  01:07 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 01/18/2013

2014 Subaru Forester Starts at $22,820

Although it may not look like it, Subaru's compact crossover is redesigned; subtly updated exterior styling joins a new turbocharged engine and a slightly higher starting price for 2014. When the new Forester goes on sale later this year, it'll...

By Cars.com  |  11:57 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 01/18/2013

NHTSA Issued 17.8 Million Recalls in 2012

You complained, the automakers listened. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, manufacturers filed more than 650 safety recalls in 2012, affecting more than 17.8 million vehicles, vehicle equipment and child-safety seats. The federal safety organization, which reviews defect.

By Cars.com  |  11:07 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:38 AM ET, 01/18/2013

2013 Detroit Auto Show Winners and Losers: Concept Cars

We'd like to institute a new rule: Only cars that are truly conceptual in nature should be labeled as "concept" cars. Of this list, only the Hyundai or Nissan could be considered a true concept car; all the others are...

By Cars.com  |  07:38 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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Infiniti to Make Hybrid Version of Every Car

Nissan wants its Infiniti luxury division to sell 500,000 cars a year across the world, with 200,000 of those sales coming from China. The automaker also wants to sell more low-emissions cars, but it expects a production version of Infiniti's...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 01/17/2013

2013 Dodge Challenger Wins Cars.com Shoppers' Choice Award

America loves its muscle cars, and Cars.com's Facebook fans once again proved as much by selecting the 2013 Dodge Challenger as this year's winner of the Shoppers' Choice Award. We can't say we disagree; as we stated on our Facebook...

By Cars.com  |  03:27 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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2014 Nissan Versa Note: Photo Gallery

Nissan's Versa sedan was updated for 2012 — now it's the hatchback's turn. The 2014 Versa Note hatchback shares its powertrain with its sedan sibling, but looks nothing like the previous Versa hatchback or the redesigned sedan. More 2013 Detroit...

By Cars.com  |  12:22 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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Nissan Works on Leaf Range Concerns, Expects Sales to Rise

Amid sales uncertainty, Nissan has doubled down on its all-electric Leaf. The automaker brought production stateside for the 2013 model, which sheltered it from currency fluctuations that played havoc with pricing for Japan-imported 2011 and 2012 Leafs.

By Cars.com  |  11:32 AM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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2013 Detroit Auto Show: Winners and Losers

The 2013 edition of the Detroit auto show kept a steady pace with elegant new production cars and one of the biggest crops of concept cars we've seen in years. We'll grade both groups, starting here with the cars you'll...

By Cars.com  |  09:43 AM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport: Photo Gallery

Lexus’ small sports sedan gets an entirely new look for the 2014 model year. Outside, the design now resembles other new Lexus sedans with an oversized spindle grille dominating the front bumper. Dagger-like LEDs accent the headlights, which are integrated.

By Cars.com  |  08:05 AM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 01/16/2013

2014 Acura RLX Pricing Announced

Acura’s flagship 2014 RLX will start at $49,345, including an $895 destination charge, when the luxury automaker’s largest sedan goes on sale March 15. The almost $50,000 entry fee includes numerous standard features like a 310-horsepower V-6 with direct injection,.

By Cars.com  |  05:36 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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Acura NSX Concept: Photo Gallery

If such a thing can be said of a supercar this exotic and technologically advanced — and at least two years away from production — the Acura NSX concept is old hat to us. The NSX we're seeing this week...

By Cars.com  |  03:45 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport: Up Close

The Lexus IS' dominant design theme is its oversized spindle grille, which looks great in the F Sport trim on display at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. LED daggers below the headlights complement the pinched upper area of...

By Cars.com  |  01:47 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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Nissan Resonance Concept: Photo Gallery

Nissan says designers of the Resonance were inspired by the "future allure of hypersonic travel," and though the hybrid crossover concept won't break the sound barrier, its influence likely will resonate in models to come. Showing off its sci-fi-friendly features.

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We Bought a 2013 Subaru BRZ

Each year Cars.com names a "Best Of" winner that our editors pick as the ultimate car we've driven over the past 12 months. This year, the award went to two cars, the nearly identical Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ sports...

By Cars.com  |  07:23 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Cars.com Names Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ Best of 2013

As we have for the past several years, our editors have spent countless hours behind the wheel of every brand-new or redesigned mainstream car sold in the U.S., and from that group we've chosen our Best Of Award winner. This...

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Cars.com Picks its Family, Work, Play and Eco-Friendly Cars of the Year

We know that shoppers often aren't looking in only one segment when they're shopping for a new car, and we know that they're often not only looking at the newest cars out there. For these reasons and more, we choose...

By Cars.com  |  08:01 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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2013 Detroit Auto Show, Day 2: What You Missed

The second day of the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit comes to a close with the revealing of many production vehicles. Nissan showed off a new Versa Note hatchback and announced big pricing news for the Leaf;...

By Cars.com  |  05:08 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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2014 Acura MDX Prototype: Photo Gallery

Acura’s next-generation MDX SUV is previewed at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit with a larger interior, newly available front-wheel drive and new technology on the inside. The new MDX may look similar to the current generation,.

By Cars.com  |  04:42 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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2014 Cadillac ELR: Up Close

There is little lost in the transition from the Cadillac Converj concept car to the Cadillac ELR production car under the auto-show lights. It's a successful testimony to the efforts of GM's design and engineering staffs, who were told to...

By Cars.com  |  04:08 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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Honda Urban SUV Concept: Photo Gallery

Honda took the wraps off its new Urban SUV concept at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The subcompact Urban SUV is based on Honda's popular Fit hatchback and plans are already set for production to start...

By Cars.com  |  03:51 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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2014 Cadillac ELR: Photo Gallery

The Chevy Volt has company: Cadillac unveiled its version of the extended-range electric vehicle, the ELR, at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. More 2013 Detroit Auto Show Coverage Like the Volt, the ELR will have an...

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Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 01/15/2013

2014 Audi SQ5: Photo Gallery

A new version of Audi's compact crossover is upping the Q5's fun factor. The 2014 SQ5 builds off of the regular version's supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, bumping up horsepower by 82 for a total of 345 hp. Audi claims a zero-to-60...

By Cars.com  |  01:21 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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Ford Atlas Concept: Photo Gallery

The Ford Atlas concept may not be as futuristic-looking as concepts often are, but it's certainly a glimpse into the future. The Atlas, making its debut this week at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is a...

By Cars.com  |  01:11 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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2014 Nissan Versa Note: Up Close

The new 2014 Nissan Versa Note, a five-door subcompact hatch made in Mexico will slot a notch higher than the entry-level Versa sedan in the U.S. That means it will have a more expensive starting price and a more comprehensive...

By Cars.com  |  12:54 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Acura 2014 MDX Prototype at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Looks like: There's little guessing about what the next MDX will look like Defining characteristics: LEDs galore, more spacious interior than current MDX Ridiculous features: None at all Chances of being mass-produced: This is essentially the 2014 Acura MDX Acura's.

By Cars.com  |  12:48 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Acura NSX Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Looks like: Déjà vu. It's the same NSX concept we saw last year Defining characteristics: It has an interior! We finally get a peek inside Acura's new supercar Ridiculous features: It's a hybrid mid-engine exotic car Chances of being mass-produced:...

By Cars.com  |  12:09 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 01/15/2013

2014 Kia Cadenza at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Competes with: Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus, Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Azera Looks like: Kia is getting back into the full-size sedan game Drivetrain: 293-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 engine with six-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Spring Kia hasn't had a full-size.

By Cars.com  |  11:26 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 01/15/2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Photo Gallery

Like all families, Mercedes-Benz's E-Class lineup continues growing and changing through the years. The automaker brought the whole clan to the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week for a reunion. The revised-for-2014 E-Class family portrait includes.

By Cars.com  |  11:23 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Ford Atlas Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Looks like: Ford knows how to wow — even with a pickup truck Defining characteristics: Retractable cargo ramps and 360-degree camera system Ridiculous features: Active wheel shutters open and close at highway speeds to improve the wheel’s aerodynamics Chances of.

By Cars.com  |  11:13 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept: Photo Gallery

Based on Hyundai's new HCD-14 Genesis concept, it looks like the automaker is planning to take its large sedan upmarket with what looks like a Bentley-inspired rear. More 2013 Detroit Auto Show Coverage Although the concept hints at what the...

By Cars.com  |  10:59 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Toyota Furia Corolla Concept: Photo Gallery

If you look closely at Toyota's Furia Corolla concept, you'll see features that hint at the next version of the automaker's compact sedan. The update is a radical one. More 2013 Detroit Auto Show Coverage Compared to the Corolla, the...

By Cars.com  |  10:28 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Nissan Lowers Leaf Price $6,400

Nissan lowered the price of its slow-selling Leaf electric car by $6,400 for 2013. Including the destination charge, the Leaf will start at $29,650, or as little as $22,150 after a maximum federal tax credit. Nissan says state credits could...

By Cars.com  |  09:57 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 01/15/2013

2014 Lexus IS at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Competes with: BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Infiniti Q50 Looks like: The IS aims to intimidate you with its spindle grille Drivetrain: 2.5-liter V-6 or 3.5-liter V-6 engine with six- or eight-speed automatic transmission; rear- or all-wheel drive.

By Cars.com  |  09:49 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Ford Atlas Concept: First Photos

Wondering what the next F-150 might look like? Ford is giving us a glimpse with its Atlas Concept. The futuristic-looking concept truck with the "world on its shoulders" name met the press today at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. More...

By Cars.com  |  09:27 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Nissan Resonance Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Looks like: Nissan's most dramatic design since the Juke Defining characteristics: Boomerang headlights, nifty 3-D center console screen Ridiculous features: Nifty 3-D center console screen, 22-inch wheels Chances of being mass-produced: Good chance this is the direction for the next.

By Cars.com  |  08:47 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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2014 Nissan Versa Note at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Competes with: Ford Fiesta, Mazda2, Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent Looks like: Nothing like a Versa sedan Drivetrain: 109-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder; five-speed manual or CVT Hits dealerships: Summer Nissan redesigned the Versa as a budget-conscious sedan for 2012.

By Cars.com  |  08:43 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 01/15/2013

2014 Audi RS7: Photo Gallery

For Audi performance fans, RS7 might as well spell OMG. The high-performance version of Audi's swoopy sedan bowed in Detroit yesterday, boasting a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 good for 560-horsepower, 140-hp over the already beefed-up S7. More 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

By Cars.com  |  08:19 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Up Close

One of Mercedes-Benz' higher volume vehicles is the E-Class midsize family, and the company took the opportunity of the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to unveil the updated lineup of E-Class models in one felled swoop. More...

By Cars.com  |  06:57 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:07 AM ET, 01/15/2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG: Photo Gallery

Though you can get a look at the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG this week at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, you won't get to enjoy the luxury sedan's most exciting feature until it hits dealerships in...

By Cars.com  |  06:07 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:51 AM ET, 01/15/2013

2014 Cadillac ELR at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

GM has produced its second car to use the extended-range hybrid powertrain first introduced in the Chevrolet Volt, wrapping the front-wheel-drive EV system in a striking two-door Cadillac luxury coupe. The ELR is a 2+2 version of the Volt, but...

By Cars.com  |  01:51 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 01/14/2013

2013 Detroit Auto Show, Day 1: What You Missed

And it’s a wrap! Day One of the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is in the books. Several new and redesigned vehicles from here and afar made their debuts at Detroit’s Cobo Center. High-powered sports cars like...

By Cars.com  |  04:57 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 01/14/2013

2014 Audi RS 7 at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Competes with: 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe, 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Looks like: Four-door coupes with 550-plus horsepower are all the rage for 2014 Drivetrain: 560-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 with eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

By Cars.com  |  04:49 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Lincoln MKC Concept: Photo Gallery

Lincoln's MKC concept may be based off of the Ford Escape, but it looks much more upscale than Ford's compact crossover. More 2013 Detroit Auto Show Coverage Outside, the concept wears Lincoln's signature winged grille that's bordered by LED headlights.

By Cars.com  |  03:45 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Honda Urban SUV Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Looks like: Honda is getting ready to enter the subcompact SUV segment Defining characteristics: Aggressive styling for a Honda Ridiculous features: Light-pipe head- and taillamps Chances of being mass-produced: Confirmed — launches in Japan later this year and in late.

By Cars.com  |  03:38 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept: Photo Gallery

The Volkswagen CrossBlue concept previews a midsize SUV positioned between Volkswagen's existing compact Tiguan and larger, off-road-capable Touareg. The six-seat CrossBlue has three rows of seating, and Volkswagen says a production version could seat up to seven with a bench.

By Cars.com  |  03:18 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Looks like: The next-generation Genesis sedan we'd like to see Defining characteristics: Coupe-like roofline, rear-hinged back doors, gigantic grille Ridiculous features: Driver eye tracking and hand-gesture recognition Chance of being mass-produced: We'll be shocked if this concept is recognizable in.

By Cars.com  |  03:05 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 01/14/2013

BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe: Up Close

The BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe looks terrific, and I don't feel that way about the current 3 Series coupe. I know the point behind two-doors is they're supposed to look better, but I've always found the current coupe awkward....

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Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 01/14/2013

2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe: Photo Gallery

BMW's 6 Series Gran Coupe is one of the luxury brand's most striking sedans with its coupe-like styling and sleek profile. The Gran Coupe is enhanced visually as well as under the hood with the newly introduced high-performance 560-horsepower M6...

By Cars.com  |  02:58 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Toyota Corolla Furia Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Looks like: Toyota is poised to radically remake the Corolla Defining characteristics: Aggressive stance, LED illumination, gaping lower grille Ridiculous features: Carbon fiber accents, 19-inch wheels Chance of being mass-produced: We can only hope the next Corolla has a design.

By Cars.com  |  02:43 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 01/14/2013

2013 Mini Paceman JCW: Photo Gallery

Mini plans to add a high-performance John Cooper Works model to its new two-door Paceman hatchback, which shares its platform with Mini’s crossover, the Countryman. More 2013 Detroit Auto Show Coverage Powered by a 208-horsepower, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that.

By Cars.com  |  02:43 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 01/14/2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Photo Gallery Two

If the stingray's stinger could deliver the viper's venom, could it become the most formidable fish in the sea? Chevrolet hopes to take that analogy to the high-performance sports car segment with the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray, whose design cues.

By Cars.com  |  02:24 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 01/14/2013

BMW Introduces the 2013 320i at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Joining other trim levels in the recently redesigned 3 Series lineup is the new 2013 320i sedan. Power comes from a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with direct injection that makes 180 horsepower. The engine teams with a standard eight-speed automatic.

By Cars.com  |  02:03 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept: Up Close

The Volkswagen CrossBlue three-row crossover is technically a concept, but there's relatively little in its design that would need to change to transform it into a production model and compete in the same segment as the Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder.

By Cars.com  |  02:02 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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2014 Infiniti Q50: Photo Gallery

Although the Infiniti Q50 sedan is the same size as the outgoing G37, it gets a makeover for 2014, with richer interior materials and styling cues borrowed from the larger M37 sedan. More 2013 Detroit Auto Show Coverage Under the...

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2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Competes with: Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG and E63 AMG, Audi RS7 Looks like: BMW’s baddest four-door gets the M treatment Drivetrain: 560-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine with seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission Hits dealerships: Early summer BMW’s sleek, four-door Gran Sport coupe.

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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 01/14/2013

2014 Jeep Compass: Photo Gallery

To the casual observer, the 2014 Jeep Compass may look pretty familiar. Beyond subtle cosmetic updates, most changes are under the hood, notably the available six-speed automatic transmission. It replaces its predecessor's continuously variable automatic transmission.

By Cars.com  |  12:43 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 01/14/2013

2014 Infiniti Q50: Up Close

Infiniti's first Q-badged car since 2006 is actually a successor to the smaller G37, thanks to a change in the brand's naming conventions. In person, the Q50 is a handsome car with nice, athletic curves and a grounded stance. Though...

By Cars.com  |  12:29 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 01/14/2013

Marchionne: Dodge Dart May Get Nine-Speed Transmission

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said today that the Dodge Dart's disappointing-to-him performance in the U.S. should be improved once Dodge gives the compact sedan more powertrain options, and that may include a nine-speed transmission the automaker is developing.

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2014 Jeep Compass: Up Close

Let's be honest: Recent exterior updates made the Jeep Compass a more attractive — and much better-selling — compact SUV, but it needed interior work. It got some of that for 2014. More 2013 Detroit Auto Show Coverage The padded...

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BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe: Photo Gallery

This may look like the 3 Series coupe, but look again. BMW unveiled its successor at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and the magic number is now 4. The Concept 4 Series Coupe is a bit...

By Cars.com  |  11:29 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 01/14/2013

Volkswagen CrossBlue at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Looks like: The offspring of a Volkswagen Touareg and a Jeep Grand Cherokee Defining characteristics: Diesel plug-in hybrid drivetrain, rugged styling, three rows of seats, exterior power outlet for small devices Ridiculous features: Hood air intakes, 21-inch wheels Chance of.

By Cars.com  |  11:23 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT: Photo Gallery

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. And with the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee — the most substantial update since 2011 — the automaker appears to have improved on its winning formula. More 2013 Detroit Auto Show Coverage On the...

By Cars.com  |  10:55 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Photo Gallery

Jeep's people-mover gets updated styling, interior upgrades and a revised powertrain lineup for 2014. More 2013 Detroit Auto Show Coverage Outside, a shorter grille is joined by slimmer headlights (with LED daytime running lights) and a higher bumper on the.

By Cars.com  |  10:23 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, SRT: Up Close

The Grand Cherokee definitely wasn't broken, and Jeep wisely didn't mess with it too much. Of the exterior changes, the front end looks good overall, though the more squinty headlights come "courtesy" of black plastic inserts that look pretty crappy..

By Cars.com  |  10:08 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Up Close

Mercedes-Benz' newest, and perhaps most significant, model won't be appearing at this year's 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but the company provided a preview of the new compact sedan at a reception the night before the show's.

By Cars.com  |  10:05 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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With SRT Rebranding, New Engines May Follow

Keen observers have noticed that the updated 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT has dropped its "8" designation in favor of just SRT. We wondered what was behind the change. Chrysler spokesman Dan Reid explained that it's part of a wider...

By Cars.com  |  10:02 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 01/14/2013

2014 Infiniti Q50, Q50 Hybrid at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Competes with: Audi A4, Lexus IS, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class Looks like: New look and no manual transmission ... G37 owners might stay away Drivetrain: 328-hp, 3.7-liter V-6, seven-speed automatic transmission, rear or all-wheel drive; 354-hp combined 3.

By Cars.com  |  09:53 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:40 AM ET, 01/14/2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA: Photo Gallery

Mercedes-Benz isn't showing its new CLA on the floor of the Detroit auto show, instead deciding to unveil it the night before things officially kicked off. That doesn’t mean we aren't giving it the same attention of cars that are...

By Cars.com  |  07:40 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 01/14/2013

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Cadillac ATS

The Cadillac ATS just captured the title of North American Car of the Year title here in Detroit. In his review of the ATS Cars.com's Joe Wiesenfelder says the sports sedan is a formidable competitor for the likes of BMW...

By Cars.com  |  07:32 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 AM ET, 01/14/2013

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, SRT at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Competes with: Audi Q7, Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Volkswagen Touareg Looks like: A bevy of significant upgrades that don't mess with success Drivetrain: 290-hp, 3.6-liter V-6; 360-hp, 5.7-liter V-8; 240-hp, 3.0-liter diesel V-6; or 470-hp, 6.4-liter V-8 (SRT); eight-speed.

By Cars.com  |  12:42 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 AM ET, 01/14/2013

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT: First Photos

Jeep is unveiling an update to its Grand Cherokee SUV today at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. You can get full details on both the regular Grand Cherokee and the high-powered SRT version here. More 2013...

By Cars.com  |  12:24 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 AM ET, 01/14/2013

2014 Jeep Compass at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Competes with: Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester Looks like: A 2013 Compass Drivetrain: 158-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder or 172-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder; five-speed manual, six-speed automatic or CVT; front- or all-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Second quarter 2013 Astute observers will see.

By Cars.com  |  12:09 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:13 PM ET, 01/13/2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Up Close

The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the seventh-generation of this iconic American sports car, and it represents the biggest design leap in recent memory for the car, which has taken an evolutionary design route for the past few generations.

By Cars.com  |  10:13 PM ET, 01/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 PM ET, 01/13/2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette: Photo Gallery

After months of teasers, the new Corvette is finally here. The 2014 Chevy Corvette wears the historic Stingray name but has a more modern, dramatic look and an all-new powertrain. More 2013 Detroit Auto Show Coverage Chevy claims the 450-hp...

By Cars.com  |  10:11 PM ET, 01/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:02 PM ET, 01/13/2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Competes with: Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang, Nissan GT-R Looks like: Chevy's new Corvette combines the historic Stingray name with modern, provocative styling Drivetrain: 450-hp 6.2-liter V-8 and seven-speed manual transmission Hits dealerships: Summer of 2013 The redesigned Corvette may wear.

By Cars.com  |  09:02 PM ET, 01/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:47 PM ET, 01/13/2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA: First Look

Competes with: Audi A3, BMW 1 Series, Buick Verano, Acura ILX Looks like: Swoopy "four-door coupe" styling, high-tech interior Drivetrain: 208-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, optional all-wheel-drive Hits dealerships: September Mercedes-Benz is about to enter a new.

By Cars.com  |  07:47 PM ET, 01/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 01/13/2013

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

There wasn't a lot of movement among our most-read reviews this week, with six of the top 10 spots going unchanged and the 2013 Toyota RAV4 holding onto first place. The Toyota Avalon jumped two spots to No. 5, bumping...

By Cars.com  |  09:01 AM ET, 01/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 AM ET, 01/13/2013

Lincoln MKC Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Looks like: An Audi Q5 had relations with a Lincoln MKZ Defining characteristics: Best use of Lincoln's winged grille to date Ridiculous features: None; it's pretty much production-ready Chances of being mass-produced: Certain - look for it later this year.

By Cars.com  |  12:12 AM ET, 01/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 01/11/2013

Volkswagen Passat Performance Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Looks like: A normal Passat with — really, just a normal Passat Defining characteristics: 250-hp, turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, 19-inch wheels, lowered suspension Ridiculous features: Nothing at all Chance of being mass-produced: Possible considering the Passat's popularity The 2013 Volkswagen.

By Cars.com  |  03:07 PM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 01/11/2013

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Infiniti M35h

Soda drinkers typically judge a diet soda's quality based on one key factor: how close it tastes to the sugary version. Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela applies a similar test to the hybrid driving experience, and the 2013 Infiniti M35h suits...

By Cars.com  |  01:21 PM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 01/11/2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Adds Power, All-Wheel Drive

Mercedes-Benz’s CLS63 AMG not only looks like a spaceship but feels rocket-powered, and for 2014, the sleek sedan receives even more power plus standard all-wheel drive. The CLS63 AMG now makes 557 horsepower in the base model and 585 hp...

By Cars.com  |  11:46 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

The 2013 Chevy Cruze Eco lived up to its fuel-economy numbers during Cars.com Family reviewer Carrie Kim’s test drive. She achieved the “hybrid-worthy number” of 42 mpg during a weekend driving around Los Angeles. But that’s not the only thing...

By Cars.com  |  09:52 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:08 AM ET, 01/11/2013

More 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Photos

Porsche announced plans to bring the Cayenne Turbo S to next week's 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. A range-topping variant of the Cayenne, the Turbo S has been absent from the lineup since the end of the...

By Cars.com  |  07:08 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Honda's Ohio Plant to Build Accord Hybrid

Call it a hybrid hat trick: Honda announced today that it will manufacture the 2014 Accord Hybrid at its auto plant in Marysville, Ohio, becoming the automaker's third hybrid model to be built in the U.S. Honda stated in a...

By Cars.com  |  02:51 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 01/10/2013

2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, Other Sport SUVs Head to 2013 Detroit Auto Show

At next week's 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, expect a couple SUVs to make a splash in the high-horsepower club — traditionally the province of super-sedans and exotic sports cars. Porsche will unveil a Cayenne Turbo S,...

By Cars.com  |  01:51 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Dodge's People Haulers Get Blacktop Package

More Dodges get the sinister-looking Blacktop Package as the 2013 Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey can now be equipped with the option’s blackened exterior features. The Dodge Charger, Challenger and Avenger were previously the only cars privy to the blacked-out.

By Cars.com  |  12:53 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 01/10/2013

2013 Honda Accord Coupe: Car Seat Check

The 2013 Honda Accord's redesign has proven to be popular with car shoppers. In December 2012's sales numbers, the Accord easily made the top 10 with 29,428 cars sold, placing it a No. 6. The Accord sedan is the recent...

By Cars.com  |  11:10 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 01/10/2013

Lexus Moves to Free Traffic, Weather Updates

The weather and traffic updates that are delivered to cars are two of the most useful features for commuters. But nearly all versions of the technology offered in cars today require a subscription of some kind with an additional monthly...

By Cars.com  |  08:01 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 01/10/2013

2013 Detroit Auto Show: What To Expect

As what is widely regarded as the most important U.S. auto show of the year opens next week in Detroit, an automotive icon returns to the claim the spotlight. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette is poised to be the star among...

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:07 AM ET, 01/10/2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Competes with: Audi S6, BMW M5, Cadillac CTS-V Looks like: More aggressive styling, dramatic wheels, LEDs aplenty Drivetrain: 550-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 (optional 570-hp S-Model), seven-speed automatic transmission and standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive Hits dealerships: This summer Mercedes-Benz is planning.

By Cars.com  |  06:07 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 01/09/2013

2014 Lexus IS: First Look

Competes with: BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G, Cadillac ATS Looks like: A scaled-down Lexus GS Drivetrain: Specifications are TBA, though the IS 250 and IS 350 trims return Hits dealerships: Second quarter 2013 There's no more waiting to see what...

By Cars.com  |  03:22 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 01/09/2013

2013 Nissan Leaf at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Competes with: Chevrolet Volt, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Toyota Prius Plug-In Looks like: A lot of small — but important — improvements could lift the Leaf's dismal sales Drivetrain: 107-hp, 80-kWh electric motor with electrically variable transmission; front-wheel drive Hits dealerships: February.

By Cars.com  |  02:17 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 01/09/2013

2013 Ram HD Pulls Ahead in Tow Ratings

In the realm of towing capacity among heavy-duty trucks, the 2013 Ram HD carries a lot of weight. Newly reported figures confirm what the automaker promised earlier: The Ram HD 2500 and 3500 have some of the largest towing and...

By Cars.com  |  11:31 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 01/08/2013

2014 Audi SQ5 at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Competes with: BMW X3 xDrive35i, Lexus RX 450h, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Looks like: The Q5 got Audi's "S" treatment Drivetrain: 354-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with eight-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Fall If the 2013 Q5's supercharged 3.

By Cars.com  |  04:11 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 01/08/2013

Chrysler to Offer Dealer-Activated Navigation Systems

Until now, new-car shoppers who want a navigation system have to pick a more expensive navigation-equipped vehicle at the dealership or have an aftermarket system installed into a lower trim level. At this week's 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, Chrysler announced.

By Cars.com  |  01:13 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 01/08/2013

Audi Puts 4G Wireless Into Cars

Audi continues to advance in-car wireless communication with today's unveiling of the 2013 A3 with 4G LTE connectivity at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. "With peak data rates approaching 100 megabits per second, the enhanced Audi connect.

By Cars.com  |  12:11 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 01/08/2013

Dodge to Introduce 2013 Dart GT at Detroit Auto Show

Chrysler has announced that yet another new trim level is joining the list for its 2013 Dodge Dart line-up, set to be introduced next week at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new Dart GT will...

By Cars.com  |  11:39 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 01/08/2013

2013 Buick LaCrosse: Car Seat Check

Families looking for a little luxury in their midsize sedan will find it in the 2013 Buick LaCrosse. This five-seater has a roomy backseat that nearly fit our three child-safety seats across it. Using narrower safety seats should make it...

By Cars.com  |  09:12 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 01/08/2013

Why Family Cars Dominated 2012

Jimmy Drew's car shopping list would make you think he was looking for a small SUV. Drew has owned cars from brands as distant as Infiniti and Ford. He trades his ride every couple years, and when the time came...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Aha Mobile App Gains Popularity Among Automakers

Don’t worry: Porsche, Ford and Subaru aren’t preloading 1980s’ pop band A-ha’s discography into every car. This Aha integration by Porsche, Ford and Subaru announced at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the Aha mobile application that.

By Cars.com  |  03:51 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox

"Androgynous" isn't an adjective typically intended or taken as a compliment — except maybe when Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela uses it to describe a family crossover's appeal for moms and dads alike. The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is neither too sporty.

By Cars.com  |  02:01 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Lexus, Audi Deliver Driverless Car News at CES

It's shaping up to be something of a landmark day in the history of driverless and semi-driverless cars; this week's 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas brings autonomous-automobile announcements from at least two major automakers. At a press conference.

By Cars.com  |  12:56 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Hyundai Teaser Reveals Future of Premium Sedan

Hyundai is best known for its affordable offerings from the Accent subcompact to Sonata midsize sedan. But its larger and more expensive Genesis and Equus sedans have always aimed at the premium market. At next week's 2013 North American International.

By Cars.com  |  12:42 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 01/07/2013

Audi To Debut 2014 R8, RS 5 Cabriolet at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Audi has announced plans to unveil a pair of new cars for 2014 — the R8 and the RS 5 Cabriolet — this month at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with more likely to come. The...

By Cars.com  |  11:01 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 01/07/2013

Is the 2013 Toyota RAV4 the Most Affordable Compact Crossover?

Back in April, we asked the question: what is the most affordable compact crossover on the market? That was when a new Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape were hitting the scene. We’re looking at it again so soon...

By Cars.com  |  09:26 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 01/05/2013

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

With the new year comes some new blood, at last, in the No. 1 spot among Cars.com's most-read reviews of the week. In 2013's first top 10, the Toyota RAV4 has supplanted the Subaru XV Crosstrek — the reigning champion...

By Cars.com  |  09:06 AM ET, 01/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 01/04/2013

EPA: 2013 Fiat 500e Goes 87 Miles on a Charge

Fiat's electrified 500e hatchback is officially rated with an EPA-estimated range of 87 miles per charge. Fiat says the subcompact 500e's range is better than other electric vehicles in its class as well as all U.S.-market EVs produced by high-volume.

By Cars.com  |  05:22 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 01/04/2013

Audi To Debut 2014 R8 and RS 5 Cabriolet at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Audi has announced plans to unveil a pair of new cars for 2014 — the R8 and the RS 5 Cabriolet — this month at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with more likely to come. The...

By Cars.com  |  03:41 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 01/04/2013

Survey Finds Lots of Drowsy Drivers

Ever felt sleepy behind the wheel? You’re not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a survey asking, "During the last 30 days, have you ever nodded off or fallen asleep, even just for a brief moment, while...

By Cars.com  |  03:19 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 01/04/2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet: Photo Gallery

The revised-for-2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet will hit U.S. dealerships just in time for summer. Fresh styling joins more safety equipment for the new year. The soft-top convertible has seating for four passengers and an acoustic top that Mercedes-Benz says gives.

By Cars.com  |  03:19 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 01/04/2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet: First Look

Competes with: BMW 6 Series and Jaguar XK Looks like: Redesigned front end and restyled bumpers give the pair a more muscular look Drivetrain: 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 and a 402-hp, twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8 Hits dealerships: Summer 2013 The coupe and...

By Cars.com  |  12:44 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/04/2013

Recall Alert: 54,686 Model-Year 2013 GM SUVs and Trucks

GM is recalling 54,686 model-year 2013 versions of several trucks and SUVs due to a faulty park lock cable, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were built from Nov. 7 through Dec. 18, 2012, and...

By Cars.com  |  10:42 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 01/04/2013

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Tesla Model S

Buying the 2012 Tesla Model S is like acquiring a Picasso with the caveat that the artist will show up periodically, at inconvenient times, to make touch ups and fix problems: It's a work in progress. Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder...

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 01/03/2013

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars of 2012

When the dust settles, 2012 will mark the third consecutive year of automotive sales gains, and the best sales year since 2007. (Remember back then? Here's a refresher.) Sales for the top seven automakers increased 12.9%, suggesting new-car sales will.

By Cars.com  |  04:07 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 01/03/2013

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: December 2012

Cliff, shmiff. Holiday shoppers brushed aside concerns about impending fiscal doom (which Congress averted, sort of) to drive new-car sales to their best December since 2007. Pickups trucks remained atop December's sales pyramid, with Chrysler's Ram trucks moving up a.

By Cars.com  |  03:47 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 01/03/2013

2013 Ford C-Max: Car Seat Check

Fans of the Ford Escape hybrid may lament the fact that it's no longer available, but Ford's new-for-2013 C-Max easily takes its place. The tall hatchback has seating for five and gets a combined city/highway EPA rating of 47 mpg....

By Cars.com  |  01:33 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 01/03/2013

Government Delays Backup Camera Decision

A set of federal rear-visibility standards that could mandate backup cameras in all vehicles by 2014 met yet another delay this week, leaving the measures' finalization up in the air. According to the Detroit News, the National Highway Traffic Safety.

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 01/03/2013

2014 Mazda6 Priced Below Ford Fusion, Honda Accord

Mazda's midsize sedan is fun to drive and good looking, but far from a sales success. The redesigned-for-2014 model's new powertrains and expressive styling should help draw more buyers to showrooms, as should its price. The 2014 Mazda6 will start...

By Cars.com  |  12:07 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 01/03/2013

Recall Alert: 633,842 Subaru Vehicles

Subaru is recalling 633,842 vehicles due to faulty lamp wiring, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The following vehicles are affected: model-year 2009-12 Foresters, 2010-11 Legacys, 2010-11 Outbacks and 2006-12 Tribecas.

By Cars.com  |  11:17 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 01/03/2013

December's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

Automakers won't report December sales results until later today, but we have data on the month's fastest and slowest sellers. The redesigned Toyota Avalon hit dealerships in the first week of December, and it stormed the fastest-selling list, with regular.

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 01/02/2013

2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible: First Look

Competes with: Rolls-Royce Ghost, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Looks like: The "world's fastest coupe" has some convertible company Drivetrain: 616-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W-12 and eight-speed automatic Hits dealerships: TBD Bentley is claiming the title of "world’s fastest convertible" for the drop-top.

By Cars.com  |  03:12 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 01/02/2013

U.S. Auto Sales Propelled the Economy in 2012

As Congress hammered out an overdue budget deal that averted the much-discussed fiscal cliff — but kicked the can down the street on larger reforms — it's important to note that auto sales played a huge role in propelling the...

By Cars.com  |  02:22 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Kia Connects With Google for Destination, Directions Service

Kia announced today it has teamed up with Google to enhance the second generation of the automaker's voice-activated multimedia system. The new version of Kia's UVO ("Your Voice") will help motorists more easily determine where they want to go and...

By Cars.com  |  01:01 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 01/02/2013

Plug-in Ford Fusion EPA Rated at 108 MPGe

In the midst of a fuel-economy controversy involving hybrid versions of the Ford C-Max and Fusion comes a bit of good news for the blue oval brand. The plug-in version of the Fusion is EPA rated at 108 miles per...

By Cars.com  |  11:22 AM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 01/02/2013

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Lexus GX 460

With its standard seating for seven, the 2013 Lexus GX 460 easily tackles the family-hauler role, says Cars.com Family reviewer Courtney Messenbaugh. It’s nimble enough for suburban streets, and the interior is quiet and comfortable. However, the GX’s cumbersome swing-gate.

By Cars.com  |  09:37 AM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:26 AM ET, 01/02/2013

Why High-Efficiency Trims Don't Add Resale Value

Fuel-economy packages are multiplying these days, and it seems every automaker has one. They do beef up mileage claims after all. Dodge makes the Dart Aero, Nissan offers a Sentra FE+ and Ford has its Super Fuel Economy packages. Most...

By Cars.com  |  07:26 AM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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