2014 Jeep Cherokee Ownership Costs: First Six Months

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The only out-of-pocket ownership costs for Cars.com's long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee test car after six months and 11,413 miles have been fuel and the first scheduled oil change and tire rotation. The oil life indicator currently sits at 48 percent life left after 3,637 miles since the previous oil change, so we've still got a fair amount of time until the next scheduled maintenance.

Related: Our 2014 Jeep Cherokee's Wonky Transmission Gets Updated

Cost free doesn't mean trouble free, however. We're still battling erratic transmission behavior after the most recent transmission software update. Quality representatives from Jeep's parent company Chrysler read our latest transmission woes and put us in touch with a regional service advisor for a more in-depth diagnosis. We'll have more updates on the Cherokee's transmission after that appointment.

By Joe Bruzek | October 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Is Driving a Certain Car Your Ticket to Traffic Court?

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Look, just because you drive a Subaru WRX doesn't mean you're more likely to be the type of person who exceeds the speed limit or breaks other traffic laws. OK, it actually does mean that, but we're not the ones saying it, Insurance.com is. The auto-insurance rate-comparison website analyzed online quote info from more than half a million drivers and more than 500 car models between January 2013 and July 2014, and identified the cars most likely to be used in the commission of a traffic offense. Coincidentally, a fifth of the list is composed of competitors in Cars.com's $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge in which the WRX scored the fastest times.

Related: The $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge

According to the study, one in three drivers of the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Subaru WRX compact performance sedan has had a traffic violation for an offense such as speeding, failure to yield or drunken driving in the past three years, making it the No. 1 most-ticketed car.

By Matt Schmitz | September 30, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Ford Edge Video

During Cars.com's visit to the State Fair of Texas last week, reviewer Aaron D. Bragman remarked that "while we expected to find great big trucks, what we didn't expect to find was this," the redesigned-for-2015 Ford Edge. Now sharing a platform with the Fusion sedan, the crossover has new looks, new interior features and some new stuff under the hood. Watch the video for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Buick LaCrosse: Car Seat Check

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The Buick LaCrosse full-size sedan returns for the 2015 model year with some well-executed tweaks worthy of what Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley referred to as the brand's "product renaissance." A quiet cabin, upscale interior, simple dashboard layout and commensurately simple-to-use multimedia system are noteworthy improvements. But the LaCrosse didn't need much improvement in terms of child-safety-seat installation. We gave the 2014 LaCrosse high marks in nearly all areas, with the only drawbacks being floppy seat-belt buckles and fixed head restraints. Can the 2015 model measure up to that standard? Read the Car Seat Check below and find out.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | September 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Honda CR-V First Look (36 Photos, Full Details)

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Competes with: Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5

Looks like: New Accord-inspired front end, with the same only-a-mother-could-love looks

Drivetrain: 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder; CVT; front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Oct. 1

Honda's CR-V is a perennial favorite around the Cars.com offices for its comfy ride, spacious interior and generous standard features list. For 2015, Honda tweaks the popular CR-V with a smorgasbord of fresh features and technology while introducing a new fuel-economy-boosting engine and transmission.

Related: 2015 Honda CR-V First Drive

While not a complete redesign, the 2015's updates should make a competitive difference given the convenience and technology features found in the compact SUV segment. An available power liftgate and smart keyless access with push-button start are two of the CR-V's new niceties, which are becoming common in compact and midsize SUVs. A new Touring trim level hosts much of the CR-V's new safety technology such as collision warning and mitigation systems.

By Joe Bruzek | September 30, 2014 | Comments (9)

2015 Honda CR-V First Drive

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Technically, Honda calls the CR-V's updates for the new model year a "minor model change," or a refresh in our own parlance, but the changes run much deeper than a standard refresh. A more detailed list of changes can be found in our First Look of the 2015, but in brief include a new power train, new top-of-the-line Touring trim level and the debut of new safety technology for any Honda model.

Related: 2015 Honda CR-V First Look (Full Details)

There was also the addition of many standard features across all trim levels, with only an approximate $200 increase in starting price in the lower trim levels. We spent our drive through Orange County, Calif., however, in the new, line-topping Touring trim models with pretty much every option box checked including all-wheel drive.

By Brian Wong | September 30, 2014 | Comments (1)

NHTSA: 5 Million Chrysler Vehicles Under Scrutiny for Stalling Problem

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Earlier this month, Cars.com reported that Chrysler was recalling nearly 190,000 model-year 2011 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs due to a problem with the Totally Integrated Power Module that could cause the vehicles to stall suddenly. Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it will formally review millions more Chrysler SUVs, pickup trucks and minivans starting with the 2007 model year due to complaints of problems associated with the same module. An Aug. 21 letter from advocacy group the Center for Auto Safety initiated the review, informing NHTSA of 63 complaints pertaining to problems allegedly caused by the module.

Recall Alert: 2011 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee

"The CAS alleges that TIPM failures have resulted in incidents of engine stall; airbag non-deployment; random horn, headlight, taillight, door lock, instrument panel and windshield wiper activity; failure of fuel pump shutoff resulting in unintended acceleration; and fires," NHTSA said in a statement, also noting that the CAS petition also references a class-action lawsuit that has been filed regarding the alleged module failure.

By Matt Schmitz | September 29, 2014 | Comments (2)

Five Things That Might Make You Spend $40K on a Kia Sedona Minivan

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Despite Kia's recent entrance into the uber-lux car segment with the 2015 K900, a full-size sedan, many of us may still think of Kia as a budget brand. With the launch of the reinvented 2015 Kia Sedona, some families may pause before spending around $40,000 for the fully loaded minivan, which you have to do to get all the nifty features. This puts the Sedona in the same price range as the bulk its competitors; read, no major cost savings here. So why should a family consider springing for the rather pricey Kia minivan? I spent some time with the new Kia in and around Laguna Beach, Calif., at a drive event and found five reasons.

By Kristin Varela | September 29, 2014 | Comments (10)

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Review

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"A paradox of modern and historical sports-car technology — and driving characteristics — the beautiful 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C is thoroughly, unrelentingly, a machine. For that you may love it or hate it," said Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder. Check out the rest of his review.

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Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | September 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Video: How Easy Is It to Pair the New iPhone to Your Car?

Now that you've got the iPhone6 in your hot little hand, you'll naturally want to know how compatible it is with your car's multimedia system. As Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder explains in the video above, our experts put the new smartphone to the test in a number of vehicles to generally impressive effect. Watch the video to learn what features you can use and what else you'll need to know about this mating of mobile media.

By Matt Schmitz | September 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

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