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Kicking Tires: February, 2013

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 02/28/2013

2013 Geneva International Motor Show: 2014 Volkswagen GTI Preview

Volkswagen has unveiled the latest incarnation of its iconic GTI hot hatch ahead of the March 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. In keeping with VW's tradition of updating the Golf on which the GTI is based, the new car is...

By Cars.com  |  02:42 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Nine-Speed Transmission to Debut on 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover is making a major shift in transmission technology with its new nine-speed automatic, which the British automaker will demonstrate at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show in March. Land Rover told Kicking Tires that the newly developed transmission,.

By Cars.com  |  01:36 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 02/28/2013

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and SRT Grand Cherokee: First Drive

Chrysler's 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee pretty much saved the company's bacon as it struggled to pull itself out of a demoralizing bankruptcy. Now Jeep is presenting a refreshed 2014 Grand Cherokee even as the old one is still propelling the...

By Cars.com  |  12:37 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 02/28/2013

Recall Alert: 2007-08 Lotus Elise and Exige

Lotus is recalling 451 model-year 2007-08 versions of the Exige and Elise sports cars due to problems with the oil cooler line, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is an expansion of an earlier recall. The affected...

By Cars.com  |  11:31 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 02/28/2013

Recall Alert: 2012-13 Porsche 911

Porsche is recalling 2,263 model-year 2012-13 versions of the 911 Carrera and Carrera 4 coupes and convertibles due to a problem with the exhaust system, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured from March.

By Cars.com  |  10:41 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 02/28/2013

2013 Buick Encore: Car Seat Check

The all-new Buick Encore is part of a new class of cars: the near-luxury subcompact crossover segment, which also includes the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. The 2013 Encore seats five, but space is at a premium. The Encore is...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse

Watch your back, Honda Pilot — the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse has addressed previous shortcomings and covets the car-based SUV crown. Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder says the new Traverse makes great strides with its interior, particularly in the LTZ trim.

By Cars.com  |  03:06 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Study: Many Average U.S. Households Can't Afford a New Car

Do you live in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.? If so, there's a decent chance you can't afford a new car, according to a report by Interest.com, a consumer financial information website. It concludes that out...

By Cars.com  |  02:06 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Recall Alert: 2012 Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai is recalling 6,071 versions of the 2012 Veloster hatchback due to panoramic sunroofs that could crack, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is an expansion of a December 2012 recall that affected 13,500 Velosters with panoramic.

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 02/27/2013

2014 Ford Fiesta Starts at $14,795

Ford's smallest car gets a tiny price bump for 2014. Sedan versions of the refreshed-for-2014 Fiesta will start at $14,795, hatchbacks at $15,395. The sport-tuned ST, which comes only as a hatchback with the five-speed manual transmission, starts at $22,195.

By Cars.com  |  11:46 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Signs Suggest Automaker, Consumer Confidence Rebound

If it can be said that "as car buying goes, so goes the economy," then Americans' confidence in their spending power appears to be improving. As auto-loan delinquency decreases overall, borrowers are taking on greater debt for vehicle purchases and...

By Cars.com  |  10:01 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Take it Slow in Snow and Ice

It's been a mild winter at Cars.com's Chicago headquarters — until now. A late February snowstorm means the city streets are slick and snowy while visibility is poor. In fact, much of the Midwest and East Coast are digging out...

By Cars.com  |  07:36 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Dodge Durango

The 2013 Dodge Durango stands out from other three-row SUVs with its sleek looks, says Cars.com Family reviewer Sara Lacey. While its longer doors make it look distinctive, they can be parking-lot dynamite and lead to many door dings in...

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Luxury Wagons Work to Woo Families

I'm a wagon lover, and I'm not ashamed to say it. If things went my way, I'd have one of those big, wood-paneled ones in my driveway right now. However, most Americans don't share my enthusiasm for the old-school wagon....

By Cars.com  |  03:47 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Teen Driver Deaths Continue to Climb

One of the most dangerous places for teens continues to be behind the wheel, according to a study by the Governors Highway Safety Association. The GHSA says deaths of 16- and 17-year-old drivers went up by 19% during the first...

By Cars.com  |  01:31 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 02/26/2013

AAA: Gas-Price Ascent Won't Stop Anytime Soon

U.S. gas prices in recent months have been on a steady climb and this week has been no exception: The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline jumped by more than 3 cents to $3.78, according to AAA....

By Cars.com  |  12:36 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Nissan to Develop 2014 GT-R NISMO

Nissan is expanding its performance arm: The automaker announced today that it plans to offer a NISMO version of the 2014 GT-R supercar. This is the third vehicle to launch under the NISMO brand; it follows the revised 370Z and...

By Cars.com  |  10:57 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

2013 Toyota Avalon: Car Seat Check

The large-car class is typically full of forgettable faces, but the Toyota Avalon isn't one of them. For 2013, Toyota injected a big dose of style into its largest sedan, but the Avalon also got a bit smaller this year....

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

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

Clek Foonf Makes Extra Room in the Car, but Costs $470

When Baby No. 3 is on the way, most parents find themselves in the market for a larger vehicle. The addition of that third child-safety seat normally means buh-bye sedan and ugh-hello minivan (or three-row SUV). That is no longer...

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

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 02/25/2013

GM Vehicles to Have 4G Wireless in 2014

General Motors vehicle owners will enjoy greater in-car connectivity starting next year when the automaker rolls out its first wave of cars and trucks equipped with 4G LTE mobile broadband delivered through AT&T. The embedded technology will first be offered.

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Ford Adds Spotify to Sync Suite

Ford drivers can already use Sync and their smartphones to stream music from Pandora, and now Spotify is adding some competition. The on-demand music streaming company is partnering with Ford to offer customers hands-free access to its catalog of more.

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

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 02/25/2013

Our BRZ's First Casualty: Factory Floormats

Much to our surprise, the carpeted floormats that came with our 2013 Subaru BRZ long-term tester were trashed after just two months. The outside piping unraveled and gray carpeting fuzz balls blew into the wind when the mats finally came...

By Cars.com  |  11:17 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 02/25/2013

Our BRZ's First Causality: Factory Floormats

Much to our surprise, the carpeted floormats that came with our 2013 Subaru BRZ long-term tester were trashed after just two months. The outside piping unraveled and gray carpeting fuzz balls blew into the wind when the mats finally came...

By Cars.com  |  10:37 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 02/24/2013

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

If the persevering popularity of the 2013 Toyota RAV4 is any indicator, we should've included it on our list of Top 10 Cars for the 2012 Apocalypse. As the scrappy crossover has been the lone occupant of the No. 1...

By Cars.com  |  09:06 AM ET, 02/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:38 PM ET, 02/22/2013

2014 Jeep Cherokee: First Photos

After a day full of leaked images, Chrysler has released a few official pictures of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The Liberty replacement will definitely stand out in Jeep's lineup with its narrow, sweeping headlights, revised seven-slot grille and creased hood.

By Cars.com  |  10:38 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Cars Damaged by Hurricane Sandy Pass 250,000 Mark

Hurricane Sandy damaged or destroyed more than 250,000 cars, the National Insurance Crime Bureau said Thursday. The Des Plaines, Ill., agency noted that these preliminary figures only include insured cars whose owners filed claims after the October 2012 storm.

By Cars.com  |  01:08 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 02/22/2013

Used BMW X5 Prices Surge in February

Late-model used-car prices held steady in February, with the average asking price in Cars.com vehicle listings falling just $12 from the month before to $22,650. The top 10 models with the biggest price drops saw considerably steeper declines over the.

By Cars.com  |  11:43 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 02/22/2013

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Honda Accord

With its 2013 redesign, the Honda Accord got its mojo back, says Cars.com Family reviewer Carrie Kim. The exterior is more stylish and the interior is now streamlined, but not everything has changed: The cabin and trunk remain roomy. Families...

By Cars.com  |  10:02 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:41 AM ET, 02/22/2013

2013 Fiat 500 Turbo: Photo Gallery

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays recently called the Turbo version of the Fiat 500 the best variant of the tiny hatchback for its even blend of the base model and unruly Abarth model. The Turbo is one of five versions of...

By Cars.com  |  07:41 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 02/22/2013

NASCAR's New Look

NASCAR has a decidedly different look for 2013, with all-new racecars debuting at the Daytona 500 on Sunday. It's a big change that should excite casual car fans as well as those hard-core enthusiasts who paint their favorite driver's number...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Mazda CX-9

The 2013 Mazda CX-9 differentiates itself from other members in the large-crossover gym by throwing some cardio and calisthenics in with the weights — and though you might not know it by looking, it's a more well-rounded athlete for the...

By Cars.com  |  04:11 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 02/21/2013

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Priced at $26,445

For the 2013 model year, Hyundai has bumped up the Sonata Hybrid's electric-only capability and fuel efficiency while reducing its price by about 6%. The Sonata Hybrid will start at $26,445, including a $795 destination charge; that's $165 less than..

By Cars.com  |  01:36 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Visteon's e-Bee Demonstrator Creates a Buzz

A new concept car has just been unveiled, but it's not from any automaker you've heard of. The car began life as a Nissan Leaf, but sit inside and you won't recognize anything from Nissan — there is no dashboard,...

By Cars.com  |  12:38 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 02/21/2013

Recall Alert: 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom

Rolls-Royce is recalling 27 model-year 2013 versions of the Phantom luxury car due to a problem with the fuel-filler neck, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured from Nov. 2, 2012, through Jan.

By Cars.com  |  11:37 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 02/21/2013

Recall Alert: 2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger

Chrysler is recalling 1,785 model-year 2013 versions of the 200 and Dodge Avenger midsize cars due to a problem with the gas tank, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured from Oct. 30 through.

By Cars.com  |  10:27 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 02/20/2013

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Gets Supercharged V-6

For the 2014 model year, Land Rover is eliminating one of the two available V-8 engines on its flagship SUV, the Range Rover, and replacing it with a supercharged V-6. The new 340-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 replaces the 375-hp, 5.0-liter..

By Cars.com  |  03:06 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 02/20/2013

2014 Volvo XC70: What's Changed

Most significant changes: New multimedia system and gauge cluster; minor exterior styling tweaks Price change: TBA On sale: TBA Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? If you think the wagon needs a style and tech features boost, go for...

By Cars.com  |  02:01 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 02/20/2013

2014 Volvo S60: What's Changed

Most significant changes: Smoother front styling, new instrument cluster and multimedia system Price change: TBA On sale: TBA Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? Unless you're a gadget fiend, the 2013 should do just fine. Volvo's S60 luxury sedan...

By Cars.com  |  11:06 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 02/20/2013

2014 Bentley Flying Spur: First Look

Competes with: Rolls Royce Ghost, Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Looks like: An updated "entry-level" Bentley, with cues from the Mulsanne Drivetrain: 616-hp, twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W-12, eight-speed automatic transmission, standard all-wheel drive Hits dealerships: This spring Bentley has updated the sedan version.

By Cars.com  |  09:58 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:37 AM ET, 02/20/2013

Do Recalls Affect Sales?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalled some 16.2 million cars and trucks in 2012, up 4.5% versus 2011. Yet new-car sales increased 13.4%, reaching the highest annual total since 2007. More than half of those recalls came from Toyota.

By Cars.com  |  07:37 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 02/20/2013

2014 Volvo S80 Sedan: What's Changed

Most significant changes: Wider, lower exterior design; a new touch-screen multimedia interface; enhanced safety technology. Price change: TBA On sale: TBA Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? If the lower profile and touch-screen technology suit your fancy, the 2014.

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Beefed-Up Chevy Corvette V-8 Could Power Next Caddy CTS-V

When the 2014 Cadillac CTS debuts at the New York International Auto Show in March, Motor Trend reports the high-powered CTS-V will have a supercharged or turbocharged version of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette's 6.2-liter V-8. Cadillac parent GM is still.

By Cars.com  |  04:37 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 02/19/2013

2014 Volvo XC60: What's Changed

Most significant changes: Exterior styling tweaks and a new gauge layout Price change: TBA On sale: TBA Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? If you bemoan the loss of traditional gauges to panels and screens, stick with the 2013....

By Cars.com  |  03:24 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 02/19/2013

How Often Should You Replace Wiper Blades?

by Rick Popely, Cars.com If your windshield wiper blades leave streaks and smears, or if they scrape and chatter even when there is plenty of moisture on the glass, you could need new wiper blades. If in bad weather you...

By Cars.com  |  01:07 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 02/19/2013

2013 Chicago Auto Show Favorites: Photo Gallery

The 2013 Chicago Auto Show closed Monday, and it was a raging success with the public, attracting a huge crowd during its 10-day run, said Mark Bilek, the show's director of communications and technology. Though he couldn't give us a...

By Cars.com  |  10:42 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 02/19/2013

The Dodge Dart Stereo Is Almost Perfect

There is nothing that can salvage a brutal commute to work like a good "shuffle" from your iPod. It can be even better when piped through a great car stereo. And lately vehicle multimedia systems let you view album artwork...

By Cars.com  |  07:47 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 02/18/2013

Cars.com Reviews the 2014 Mazda CX-5

When the Mazda CX-5 entered the competitive crossover market last year, it might have rocketed straight to the top of the heap if the automaker could have fixed one thing: the engine. Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley says that with the...

By Cars.com  |  03:11 PM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 02/18/2013

Fisker's Savior Could Come From China

Start-up plug-in car company Fisker Automotive may have started in Anaheim, Calif., but the troubled automaker's operations could be moving to China. According to USA Today, Fisker is interested in selling a controlling stake of the company, and an interested.

By Cars.com  |  01:07 PM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 02/18/2013

Recall Alert: More Than 500,000 BMW Cars

BMW is recalling 504,545 vehicles due to a problem in the electrical system that could cause unexpected stalling, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected cars include model-year 2008-12 1 Series coupes and convertibles manufactured between December.

By Cars.com  |  11:36 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 02/18/2013

2014 Chevrolet SS: More Photos

GM fans who miss the Pontiac G8 should be happy about the latest addition to the Chevrolet family. The 2014 SS, based on the next-generation Holden VF Commodore from Australia, will go on sale later this year. The new rear-wheel-drive...

By Cars.com  |  10:54 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 02/18/2013

Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats?

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

By Cars.com  |  07:31 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 02/18/2013

What Does This Button Do?

A 2013 Ford F-150 that we recently tested didn't have the much-maligned MyFord Touch setup, but we still found ourselves confused by one of the physical buttons we say we prefer. It's clearly related to engine speed with a tiny...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 02/17/2013

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

Our review of the 2013 Toyota RAV4 crossover unsurprisingly extended its stay atop the list of most-read reviews this week. Aside from a bit of movement among the ranks and the 2014 Kia Sorento and 2013 Toyota Avalon joining the...

By Cars.com  |  09:06 AM ET, 02/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 02/16/2013

2014 Chevrolet SS: First Look

Competes with: Hyundai Genesis R-Spec, Dodge Charger SRT8, Ford Taurus SHO Looks like: A proper Pontiac G8 successor Drivetrain: 415-hp, 6.2-liter V-8; six-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Late 2013 Chevrolet has unveiled its new top-of-the-line high-performance sedan based.

By Cars.com  |  12:01 AM ET, 02/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Toyota to Pay $29 Million Settlement in Unintended Acceleration Claims

Toyota will pay $29 million in settlements to 29 states and one U.S. territory resulting from claims that the automaker concealed information about its unintended acceleration recalls in 2009 and 2010. New Jersey led the investigation, which began in 2010.

By Cars.com  |  02:47 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Affordable Sedans Add High-End Features to Backseats

Nothing makes a person feel neglected like sitting in the backseat. Unless you are being driven by a chauffeur, most rear passengers in a sedan feel more like second-class citizens. Until now. A recent automotive trend has my kids jumping...

By Cars.com  |  01:58 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Cadillac SRX

The 2013 Cadillac SRX is a stylish, comfortable and family-friendly crossover, says Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela. The crossover's panoramic sunroof and optional entertainment system kept her family happy, and its additional safety features for the 2013 model year kept them.

By Cars.com  |  12:37 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Recall Alert: 2003-04 Dodge Viper

Chrysler is recalling 3,660 model-year 2003 and 2004 Dodge Viper performance sports cars due to a problem that could cause the airbags to deploy unexpectedly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured between Nov.

By Cars.com  |  11:37 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Recall Alert: 2007-10 BMW X5

BMW is recalling 30,265 model-year 2007-10 versions of the X5 midsize SUV due to a problem with the brakes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles are equipped with V-8 engines and were manufactured from Sept.

By Cars.com  |  10:37 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:37 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Family Feud: Stick-Figure Stickers Spark a Backlash

It seems like it was back in 2006 when stick-figure sticker families started popping up on cars here and there. They seemed to quickly breed and multiply like wild stick-figure bunnies. What started as a personalized novelty grew into a...

By Cars.com  |  07:37 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Dodge Dart

The 2013 Dodge Dart has good looks both inside and out, but what's even better is its low starting price of $16,790, says Cars.com Family reviewer Sara Lacey. The compact sedan easily handled a trip to the warehouse store as...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Ford Escape Tops List of Most-Stolen SUVs

The Ford Escape tops a new list of the most-stolen SUVs and crossovers, according to a study by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The NICB — an insurance-supported nonprofit in Des Plaines, Ill. — combed through vehicle thefts from Jan....

By Cars.com  |  04:48 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 02/14/2013

New 'Die Hard' Drives Cars With a Vengeance

As "A Good Day to Die Hard" opens nationally today, near-unanimous criticism doesn't bode well for the fifth installment of the explosive Bruce Willis-fronted film franchise. But from the sound of things, its crashing and burning with critics will be.

By Cars.com  |  03:21 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Recall Alert: 278,222 Ram and Dodge Pickups, SUVs

Chrysler is recalling 278,222 Ram pickup trucks and Dodge and Chrysler SUVs due to a problem with the rear axle that could cause it to lock up, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall affects model-year 2009-12...

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 02/14/2013

EPA Estimates Your Share of Cost for Fuel-Economy Mandate

If you could double your new car's gas mileage, how much would that be worth to you? If you're thinking of a number somewhere in the neighborhood of $2,600, you'll at least be spared the sticker shock. The EPA projects...

By Cars.com  |  12:06 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 02/14/2013

Ram Adds Diesel to 1500 Lineup

Jeep recently announced the addition of a diesel powertrain to the Grand Cherokee lineup, and the Ram brand is following with news that it'll borrow the power plant for the 1500 pickup later this year. The 2014 Ram 1500 will...

By Cars.com  |  10:58 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 02/14/2013

2013 Subaru BRZ: Impressions After 2,000 Miles

Cars.com's long-term 2013 Subaru BRZ has been in full rotation among our editors for roughly a month and 2,000 miles of its planned year-long duty as a daily driver. The BRZ joined our test fleet after we named it and...

By Cars.com  |  10:03 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:08 AM ET, 02/14/2013

2013 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew Cab: Car Seat Check

The 2013 Ford F-150 comes in plenty of trims, cab styles and bed styles, but the F-150 XLT with the SuperCrew cab passed our Car Seat Check with flying colors. It easily held three child-safety seats across its backseat, putting...

By Cars.com  |  07:08 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo

The Fiat 500 Turbo is the Goldilocks version of the compact coupe, offering a just-right blend of the base model and the raucous Abarth model, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. However, Mays cautions that several features annoy — subpar interior...

By Cars.com  |  03:08 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 02/13/2013

BMW Hopes Customer-Service 'Geniuses' Are Smart Move

BMW is taking a page from the successful Apple playbook as it prepares to staff its dealerships with "geniuses" to help car shoppers navigate the potentially intimidating technicalities of trim levels, specifications and features. According to marketing-industry publication AdvertisingAge, the.

By Cars.com  |  01:56 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Lexus, Porsche Top 2013 J.D. Power Dependability Study

New-car quality keeps improving, according to J.D. Power and Associates' annual dependability study. The 2013 report, released today, says that overall vehicle dependability across all brands and vehicles has improved by 5%. The big winner this year is Lexus, ranking.

By Cars.com  |  11:14 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 02/13/2013

How to Car Shop at an Auto Show

While still important, test drives aren't the only way car shoppers can narrow down a big list of potential new cars. Auto shows are an invaluable resource for car shoppers to compare an entire segment of vehicles under one roof...

By Cars.com  |  10:02 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:37 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Amid Rise of Crossovers, Jeep Wants Class-Leading Capability

In January, Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne outlined dozens of forthcoming models for the automaker's smorgasbord of brands — Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, SRT, Fiat and soon-to-come Alfa Romeo. The Jeep brand got quite the overhaul: an updated Compass and Grand.

By Cars.com  |  07:37 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:08 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Love Drives These Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Valentine's Day is tomorrow, and for those of you who have waited too long to order the always appreciated box of Vosges truffles, shame on you! However, there's no need to fret. I've polled our diverse staff members — young...

By Cars.com  |  07:08 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Blizzards Often Precipitate White Sale for Car Shoppers

Weather statisticians are now finding Nemo didn't wind up ranking among the worst winter storms in history. That's cold comfort for residents of, say, Portland, Maine, still thawing out from the weekend blizzard that dumped as much as 32 inches...

By Cars.com  |  03:31 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Alfa Romeo 4C: First Look

Competes with: Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type, Lotus Evora Looks like: A smaller, sleeker version of Alfa's limited-production 8C Competizione Drivetrain: Turbocharged 1.7-liter four-cylinder and dual-clutch automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Sometime in 2013 Alfa Romeo left the U.

By Cars.com  |  02:36 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 02/12/2013

2013 Toyota Avalon Joins NHTSA's Five-Star Club

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration continues to test new or redesigned-for-2013 models, and it just awarded the Toyota Avalon a five-star safety rating. The 2013 Avalon's overall five-star score was composed of five and four stars across the different.

By Cars.com  |  11:47 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Chicago Blackhawks Chevrolet Camaro SS: Photo Gallery

Joining an array of production and concept cars at this year's 2013 Chicago Auto Show is a custom Chicago Blackhawks-themed Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible. You may remember the Blackhawks Camaro that debuted at the 2010 auto show. Chicago-based RealWheels Corp.

By Cars.com  |  09:16 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Crashes Don't Have Monopoly on Car Damage

If you think managing to avoid hitting or being hit by another moving vehicle is a foolproof way to maintain a spotless claims record with your insurance provider, beware of obstacles in the road ahead. According to a study by...

By Cars.com  |  08:16 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Why Buy a BMW 3 Series Hatchback When There's a Wagon?

In the pantheon of dismissed body styles, the wagon reigns supreme. What was once a fixture of the automotive landscape is now offered by just a handful of automakers, and few are big sellers. Shoppers instead gravitate toward crossovers, SUVs...

By Cars.com  |  07:39 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 02/12/2013

NHTSA Offers Tips to Guard Against Car Theft (Infographic)

If your morning caffeine isn’t enough to wake you up for the commute to work, perhaps this statistic will: In the time it takes you to reheat your coffee in the microwave, someone's car will be stolen. According to the...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Lincoln Expects 2013 MKZ Supply to Hit Full Speed by April

Looking for Lincoln's redesigned 2013 MKZ or MKZ Hybrid that you saw advertised during the Super Bowl? You might have to wait a while. Cars.com national inventory has just 781 new 2013 MKZs in stock. That’s a drought compared to...

By Cars.com  |  04:52 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Chevrolet Lowers Prices on 2013 Malibu

Online searches are increasingly important for selling cars, and GM has recognized this, deciding to drop the Chevrolet Malibu's price as much as $770 on some models in an effort to improve the car's position in search results. The average...

By Cars.com  |  01:12 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Chrysler CEO 'Saw Tears' Over Next-Gen 200

Chrysler dealers stood and clapped in Las Vegas in September 2012, and it wasn't because the blackjack dealer drew a bust. It was at a closed-door dealer meeting and Chrysler had just unveiled the next-generation 200, a midsize sedan that...

By Cars.com  |  11:37 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:52 AM ET, 02/11/2013

2014 Mazda6: Photo Gallery

The redesigned-for-2014 Mazda6's rear styling looks so good that admirers will hate to see it go, but they'll love to watch it leave. Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley says one of the midsize sedan's best features is one to which automakers...

By Cars.com  |  07:52 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:13 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Top 10 Features Drivers Don't Need

Shopping for a new car can be dangerous territory for gadget-obsessed consumers. Given the number of new toys available, the line between wants and needs is easily blurred. Many of these features look great on paper, but their usefulness is...

By Cars.com  |  07:13 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 02/09/2013

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

Yet again this week, no competitor coming up the hill was hungry enough to wrestle Toyota's ravenous RAV4 from its perch atop our most-read reviews list. But with four newcomers to this week's list — including a trio of 2014...

By Cars.com  |  09:06 AM ET, 02/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Cars.com Reviews the 2014 Kia Sorento

With the redesigned-for-2014 Sorento, Kia has improved its seven-passenger crossover with better driving dynamics and more comfort and convenience features, says Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek. The automaker claims that around 80% of the crossover is new and that its interior.

By Cars.com  |  03:38 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 02/08/2013

2013 Chicago Auto Show Winners and Losers

The Chicago Auto Show is traditionally big on floor space and short on new product debuts, and the 2013 edition is no different with just a handful of all-new production and concept cars making their premieres. Editors Mike Hanley, Aaron...

By Cars.com  |  02:31 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 02/08/2013

New SRT8 'Core' Models Drop Features, Price

Dodge's and Chrysler's high-performance SRT8 models receive a substantial price drop courtesy of a new breed of high-performance trim levels called the Core models. Challenger SRT8 and 300 SRT8 Core models strip convenience features like leather, moonroof, high-power stereo and.

By Cars.com  |  12:33 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 02/08/2013

2014 Kia Cadenza: Photo Gallery

Although Kia's new sedan bowed at the 2013 Detroit auto show in January, we were able to get a closer look at the Cadenza this week at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. More 2013 Chicago Auto Show Coverage The automaker...

By Cars.com  |  12:16 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 02/08/2013

2014 Kia Cadenza: Up Close

The 2014 Kia Cadenza's premium aspirations are clearly evident from its design. Indeed, it draws heavily from the BMW 5 Series despite being dimensionally closer to the larger 7 Series. More 2013 Chicago Auto Show Coverage The similarities start up...

By Cars.com  |  10:38 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:10 AM ET, 02/08/2013

Superman Kia Optima Hybrid: Photo Gallery

The Superman-inspired Kia Optima Hybrid, revealed today at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, might have been the Man of Steel's sweet-16 present from daddy Jor-El if only Krypton hadn't been destroyed. The Supes-style sedan is instantly recognizable, adorned in the.

By Cars.com  |  07:10 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 02/07/2013

2013 Chicago Auto Show Recap

This year's auto show in the Windy City brought out new models like Toyota’s redesigned Tundra pickup truck, a diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze and a five-door version of Kia's new Forte. Wild concepts like the Kia Cross GT and new high-performance...

By Cars.com  |  05:11 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 02/07/2013

2013 Nissan Juke NISMO: Photo Gallery

The latest vehicle to join Nissan's motorsports-inspired lineup, the 2013 Nissan Juke NISMO, debuted today at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, boasting not only the badge's race-centric style but a little something extra under the hood to match. This more.

By Cars.com  |  05:09 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 02/07/2013

2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO: Photo Gallery

Nissan is unveiling the racing-inspired 2014 370Z NISMO sports coupe at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, which opens to the public Saturday and runs through Feb. 18. The new 370Z has a 350-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 paired with a six-speed manual...

By Cars.com  |  04:50 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 02/07/2013

2013 Nissan Juke NISMO: Up Close

The 2013 Nissan Juke is undoubtedly less awkward with a NISMO trim that enhances the oddball SUV's meanness, adding more aggressive styling on the outside and sporty interior appointments. The Juke's lowered stance from an all-new performance suspension combines with.

By Cars.com  |  04:08 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 02/07/2013

2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR: Photo Gallery

If the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR looks familiar, it should. The 2014 version of the yellow-and-black Bug is a nod to the past and reminiscent of the Beetle GSR from the 1970s. More 2013 Chicago Auto Show Coverage The 2014...

By Cars.com  |  03:45 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 02/07/2013

2014 Kia Forte 5-Door: Up Close

Kia's newest compact hatchback is here, and it's a looker. Based on the same platform as the Hyundai Elantra GT, the Forte 5-Door may share some chassis parts but gets its own unique powertrains. The one to have has to...

By Cars.com  |  03:10 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Kia Cross GT Concept: Photo Gallery

With its rear-hinged second-row doors, hexagon glass inserts in the roof and wool-felt cabin trim, Kia's newest concept offers plenty to look at. The Cross GT concept offers a glimpse of the automaker's next seven-passenger crossover. More 2013 Chicago Auto.

By Cars.com  |  03:00 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 02/07/2013

2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR: Up Close

I'm a little surprised to be writing this, but the Beetle GSR's yellow-and-black paint scheme works really well on the car's hatchback body style. In person, the yellow is much paler than I thought it would be, and it contrasts...

By Cars.com  |  02:41 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 02/07/2013

2014 Kia Forte 5-Door: Photo Gallery

The 2014 Kia Forte 5-Door, which bowed today at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, successfully builds on the platform it shares with the Forte sedan. The result is a car that's not only easy on the eyes but exciting behind...

By Cars.com  |  02:38 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Redesigned 2014 Toyota Corolla to Debut This Year

Toyota is readying a redesigned version of its Corolla compact car for the 2014 model year. The production version hasn't been seen yet, but the Furia concept that debuted at the 2013 Detroit auto show and is on display at...

By Cars.com  |  02:13 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Kia Cross GT Concept: Up Close

The 2013 Chicago Auto Show is here, and Kia is one of the few automakers unveiling a new concept car in what has been a generally uninspiring show. Behold the Kia Cross GT — what happens when you make a...

By Cars.com  |  01:33 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 02/07/2013

2014 Toyota Tundra: Photo Gallery

With little in the way of structural changes to speak of, the 2014 Toyota Tundra's unveiling at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show today was all about the full-size pickup truck's redesigned exterior. With a larger, more angular front grille and...

By Cars.com  |  12:55 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 02/07/2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible to Debut March 5

Chevrolet will unveil a drop-top version of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at the international 2013 Geneva Motor Show on March 5. Photos haven't been released yet, though Chevrolet provided a stylized graphic of what to expect. A convertible Corvette.

By Cars.com  |  11:30 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 02/07/2013

2013 Nissan Juke NISMO at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show

Competes with: Mini Cooper John Cooper Works, Fiat 500 Abarth Looks like: The Juke's evil twin Drivetrain: 197-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder Hits dealerships: March Nissan's compact crossover is joining the brand's performance-oriented NISMO club.

By Cars.com  |  11:28 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 02/07/2013

2014 BMW Gran Turismo: First Look

Competes with: Audi A4 Avant, Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon Looks like: BMW is still filling out the 3 Series lineup Drivetrain: 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (328i); 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder (335i) Hits dealerships: Summer 2013 BMW is expanding its 3.

By Cars.com  |  11:18 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 02/07/2013

All You Need To Know About the 2014 Toyota Tundra

Toyota took to the floor first thing this morning at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show to reveal the redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra. The pickup truck isn’t as completely redesigned as you may think. PickupTrucks.com editor Mark Williams delivers all the...

By Cars.com  |  10:48 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Kia Cross GT Concept at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show

Looks like: Kia turned an Audi A7 into an SUV Defining characteristics: Low-slung design, hybrid drivetrain with electric-only capability, torque-vectoring all-wheel drive Ridiculous features: Rear-hinged second-row doors, hexagon glass inserts in the roof, wool-felt cabin trim Chance of being mass-produced:.

By Cars.com  |  10:47 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 02/07/2013

2014 Kia Forte 5-Door at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show

Competes with: Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus hatchback, Hyundai Elantra GT, Mazda3 Looks like: Kia's built themselves a VW GTI-killer Drivetrain: 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder in SX trim or 173-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder in EX trim, six-speed manual or automatic transmissions Hits.

By Cars.com  |  10:44 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Driverless Cars Before Decade's End? Developers Say So

As self-driving-car innovators begin offering estimated times of arrival of the technology, the question of whether autonomous automobiles are possible seems to have taken a backseat to the question of who gets sued following a crash. Within a few days.

By Cars.com  |  09:46 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:09 AM ET, 02/07/2013

2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show

Competes with: Mini Cooper S, Fiat 500 Turbo, Ford Focus ST Looks like: The VW Beetle for Pittsburgh Steelers fans Drivetrain: 210-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission; front-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Fall 2013 The.

By Cars.com  |  01:09 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 AM ET, 02/07/2013

VW to Offer R-Line Trim on 2014 Beetle Convertible

Volkswagen announced ahead of today's 2013 Chicago Auto Show media preview that the 2014 Beetle convertible would become the fifth member of the VW family to offer the sporty styling of its performance-inspired R-Line trim package. The convertible R-Line's exterior.

By Cars.com  |  01:06 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 AM ET, 02/07/2013

2013 VW GTI Gets Limited Editions Before Redesign

The 2013 Volkswagen GTI gains two limited editions in its final year before a redesigned 2014 Golf and higher-performance GTI go on sale. It’s not an enthusiastic sendoff as the GTI Wolfsburg Edition and Driver’s Edition include minor interior appointments.

By Cars.com  |  01:06 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 AM ET, 02/07/2013

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show

Competes with: Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Chevy's own Cruze Eco Looks like: A lot of money to pay for little fuel economy benefit Drivetrain: Turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder making 148 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque; six-speed automatic transmission Hits dealerships:.

By Cars.com  |  12:08 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Cadillac CUE to Get Update in March, Includes Apple Siri Integration

Cadillac's advanced multimedia system, called CUE for Cadillac User Experience, is about to get its first update since its 2011 introduction. The system, which centers around a large touch-screen with a haptic response "bump" when touched, has been both celebrated.

By Cars.com  |  04:42 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 02/06/2013

How The Automakers Scored in Super Bowl XLVII

Wondering which of the automakers that advertised in Super Bowl XLVII got the biggest bang from their buck, whether it was from social buzz (people tweeting or posting on Facebook) or through driving consumers to Cars.com to search for their...

By Cars.com  |  02:18 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 02/06/2013

How The Automakers Scored in the Super Bowl XLVII

Wondering which of the automakers that advertised in Super Bowl XLVII got the biggest bang from their buck, whether it was from social buzz (people tweeting or posting on Facebook) or through driving consumers to Cars.com to search for their...

By Cars.com  |  02:13 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Nissan Leaf Adds Efficient Bose Stereo

Nissan's Leaf will be the second car, after the Chevrolet Volt, to get Bose's Energy Efficient audio series. The system debuted in 2010, and Bose says it's 30% smaller, 40% lighter and uses half the energy versus a comparable Bose...

By Cars.com  |  01:17 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Ford to Quadruple Plug-in Dealers

Ford announced today it will sell plug-in vehicles across all 50 states by spring, with more than 900 dealers certified to sell the cars — about a third of all Ford showrooms. That's up from 200 dealers in November 2012,...

By Cars.com  |  12:22 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 02/06/2013

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

With good looks and a low starting price of $19,995, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has lots of appeal until you live with it for a little while, says Cars.com Family reviewer Carrie Kim. During her weeklong test drive, Carrie was...

By Cars.com  |  11:57 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 02/06/2013

Cars.com's 2013 Subaru BRZ Mileage Hits 1,600 miles

The Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S won us over with their impressive handling dynamics and took Cars.com's Best of the Year award not only because of how they perform, but because of the value they offer as affordable cars with...

By Cars.com  |  10:57 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 02/06/2013

Who Buys the Chevrolet Spark?

The bow-tie brand's smallest car is gaining a big following with the in crowd. According to GM, the new Spark is attracting every automaker's dream demographic: young buyers new to the Chevy brand. The subcompact hatchback has been on sale...

By Cars.com  |  07:07 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 02/05/2013

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan: Car Seat Check

In terms of passenger room and cargo space, minivans are king. When you add comfort and family-friendly features to the list, the Dodge Grand Caravan reigns supreme. Plenty of room and easy-to-use Latch anchors mean installing child- safety seats is..

By Cars.com  |  03:39 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 02/05/2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Missed Super Bowl Halftime Show

If the cameo reunion of Destiny's Child didn't surprise you enough, Super Bowl XLVII's halftime show was supposed to have another stunner: the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette. The Detroit News reports producers approached GM about including the seventh-generation supercar, which debuted.

By Cars.com  |  02:37 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Despite Efficient Cars, Savings at Pump Elusive

Despite reduced gasoline consumption, higher prices at the pump mean Americans are finding themselves with less money to spend elsewhere. That's according to a pair of reports issued Monday by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Union of Concerned..

By Cars.com  |  01:06 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Recall Alert: 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Mitsubishi is recalling 1,402 model-year 2012 versions of the i-MiEV compact electric car due to problems with the brakes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The affected vehicles were manufactured from Dec. 2, 2011, through Sept.

By Cars.com  |  10:52 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:06 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Audi Announces Pricing for 2014 A8 L TDI

As expected, Audi will continue to expand its U.S. diesel line, led by the clean-diesel variant of the automaker's flagship luxury full-size sedan, the 2014 A8 L TDI. Pricing for the A8 L TDI, Audi recently announced, will start at...

By Cars.com  |  07:06 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 02/04/2013

AAA: Get the Right Grip on Your Steering Wheel

AAA is urging drivers to get a grip — the correct grip that is — on their steering wheel. You may have learned that the best way to hold a steering wheel is to place your hands at 10 o'clock...

By Cars.com  |  02:06 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Cars.com Reviews the 2014 Kia Forte

There are a lot of stylish, refined and efficient sedans in the compact class, but the last Kia Forte didn't really stand out as any of those. The redesigned-for-2014 Forte, however, does a great job of blending attractive styling and...

By Cars.com  |  01:07 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 02/04/2013

January's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

If Toyota's genie-granting Super Bowl XLVII ad got you thinking about the RAV4, you might have to wait for your local dealer to ramp up stock. The automaker's redesigned SUV was January's fastest-selling car, averaging just five days to move....

By Cars.com  |  12:12 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Why the Dodge Dart Has a Long Way to Go

Dodge sold just 7,154 Dart sedans in January — better than December 2012, but a shabby performance when you consider that Honda moved 21,881 Civics, Ford sold 16,161 Focuses and Toyota moved 23,822 Corollas and Matrixes. Dodge dealers opened January..

By Cars.com  |  10:37 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:10 AM ET, 02/04/2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507: First Look

Competes with: BMW M3, Audi S4, Cadillac CTS-V Looks like: The family man's SLS AMG Drivetrain: 507-hp, 6.3-liter V-8; seven-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive Hits dealerships: Late 2013 Perhaps you've considered the current Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, the German uber sports.

By Cars.com  |  07:10 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:08 PM ET, 02/03/2013

Grading Super Bowl XLVII's Car Commercials

Every year it's easy to say that the Super Bowl commercials aired between plays often get more attention than the action on the field. As in previous years, we grade the commercials that automakers have spent millions of dollars on...

By Cars.com  |  11:08 PM ET, 02/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:47 PM ET, 02/03/2013

Watch Cars.com's Super Bowl XLVll Commercial

In our latest Super Bowl commercial, Cars.com shows there's "No Drama" when using our website for online car shopping. If you missed the ad, you can watch it on your computer, smartphone, tablet, mini-tablet — what have you. This is...

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Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 02/03/2013

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

Perhaps using its imposing makeover for 2013 to scare off competitors, the Toyota RAV4 continued its reign of terror atop our list of most-read reviews of the week. The compact crossover's nearest opponent, the 2013 Ford Fusion, generated a little...

By Cars.com  |  09:06 AM ET, 02/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Cars.com Reviews the 2014 Mazda6

The Mazda6 has traditionally been good looking and fun to drive, but it's a slow seller compared to many midsize sedans. The redesigned-for-2014 version again offers sharp styling and a sporty driving experience. It's also more fuel efficient than the.

By Cars.com  |  03:42 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: January 2013

Automakers should party like it's … 2012. Sales kicked off the new year at the same pace as they ended the last, with figures from the top seven largest automakers up a combined 15.6% versus January 2012. Ford and Toyota...

By Cars.com  |  03:32 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Car Talk Names Winner in Ugliest Car Contest

Last month we invited you to join us in the democratic ridicule of finalists in the Ugliest Car Contest organized by Tom and Ray Magliozzi, hosts of NPR's "Car Talk" radio show. The votes have been tallied, and it's time...

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

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

Multitasking Moms Get Wakeup Call Behind the Wheel

As a busy mom who works with a whole team of busy mom reviewers, I can sympathize with a new mom's need to multitask. I'm not naming names but some of us have been known to dole out gummy bears...

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

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

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 BMW X5

The 2013 BMW X5 has the German automaker's classic good looks on the outside, says Cars.com Family reviewer Courtney Messenbaugh. While the interior is as luxurious as expected, it's also cramped when equipped with an optional third-row bench. The X5's.

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

 

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