2014 BMW 640i Gran Coupe Review

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"It has coupe-like style and grace in spades, but the 2014 BMW 640i Gran Coupe also has a shocking price tag, yet still doesn't include many of the luxury and safety features you'd expect," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

2014 BMW 640i Gran Coupe Expert Review

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By Matt Schmitz | September 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Honda Fit Video

Honda's compact hatchback, the Fit, is back for 2015 with a redesign and a host of new entry-level features. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says that "if the last Fit was already a solid effort, this one is a must-drive for anyone shopping small cars." Watch the video to learn why.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2008-2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser, Tacoma

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Vehicles Affected: About 20,000 model-year 2008-14 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUVs and Tacoma pickup trucks equipped with accessory wheels and tires installed by Toyota or dealers before the vehicles' first sale.

The Problem: The vehicles may incorrectly list the spare tire size or inflation info on the tire placard. If the incorrect pressure is provided, tire failure may occur while it's being driven on, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Toyota will begin notifying owners this month, and the automaker will provide, either by mail to owners or to dealers, overlay stickers for placement over the incorrect info on the placard.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

New York Times: NHTSA Has 'Record of Missteps'

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A New York Times investigation into the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration alleges that the nation's top auto safety regulator spent the past decade stumbling over recalls and withholding its legal powers to regulate an auto industry with record-breaking recalls in 2014.

Perhaps the most damning part: Since 2000, automakers are required to report any claims of serious injury or death as a result of vehicle defects. NHTSA is allowed to make what's called a "death inquiry," which asks automakers to provide the cause of a given accident. But the answer is optional, and the vast majority of automakers decline to provide it. Prior to the publication of the article, NHTSA reversed its policy and now requires those answers.

Click here to read the story, which winds through airbag failures at Honda and fires at Jeep, plus NHTSA's subpoena powers and budget.

By Kelsey Mays | September 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

Child Passenger Safety Week: Protect That Precious Cargo

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Child-safety seats are an important part of keeping your child safe in your car. To be effective, however, they must be installed correctly. This is harder than it sounds; 3 out of 4 children aren't as safe in a car because their car seat is installed incorrectly, according to Safe Kids Oregon, a nonprofit agency dedicated to children's safety.

Related: Car Seat Checks

This week is Child Passenger Safety Week, a time to remind parents about proper car seat use and encourage them to check their children's car seats for correct installation and use.

At Cars.com, we have four editors who are certified child passenger safety technicians. We use our expertise to cover car-seat news and recalls as well as conduct Car Seat Checks with test cars that arrive at our Chicago headquarters.

For parents, here are a few stories and a video that will help ensure that they're using their child's car seat correctly:

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By Jennifer Newman | September 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

What Are the Top 10 Exhaust Tips On Sale Today?

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Aesthetically, there is a lot to consider when analyzing a car's design. Most people probably focus on a car's grill or even the profile. But for a certain group of people the tailpipes have an allure all their own. Here are what our editors consider the 10 best examples of exquisite exhausts on the market today.

By David Thomas | September 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

1. 2015 Subaru Outback
2. 2014 Nissan Rogue
3. 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe
4. 2014 Honda CR-V
5. 2015 Honda Fit
6. 2014 Hyundai Elantra
7. 2014 Mazda3
8. 2014 Toyota Highlander
9. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
10. 2014 Chevrolet Malibu

By Matt Schmitz | September 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

1. 2014 Ultimate Heavy-Duty Challenge: One-Ton Video
2. 2014 Ultimate Three-Quarter-Ton HD Challenge
3. 2015 Infiniti QX70
4. Top Ten Hottest Autoshow Cars
5. 2014 Nissan Titan

By Matt Schmitz | September 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Video: Five Things Families Should Look for in SUVs

Need a vehicle that can accommodate your growing family, but recoil at the very notion of a minivan or station wagon? OK, by default you've selected an SUV, so Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says there are some factors you must now consider, including seats, step-in height, third-row access, cargo space and child-safety provisions. Watch the video for tips on making the best buy for your brood.

By Matt Schmitz | September 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Toyota Prius Review

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"The 2014 Toyota Prius hybrid is spacious and its extreme efficiency is impressive, but you have to put up with a noisy, bumpy ride and an interior that's showing its age," said Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley. Check out Hanley's review for more.

2014 Toyota Prius Expert Review

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By Matt Schmitz | September 12, 2014 | Comments (15)

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