More Photos of the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept (27 Photos)

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Today's media preview of the 2014 Paris Motor Show brought the full revelation of Infinti's latest inspiration, specifically the Q80 Inspiration concept car. The Porsche Panamera-like four-door coupe — which Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays earlier described as "a sedan-meets-hatchback amalgamation with cab-rearward styling, a hybrid drivetrain and enormous wheels" — heralds a new flagship vehicle for Nissan's luxury brand, though it's anybody's guess as to when the Inspiration sees production.

Related Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept: First Look

Likely to be called the Q80 if and when it hits dealerships, the concept is longer, wider and shorter in height than either its luxury-flagship or four-door coupe peers. Its aluminum exterior evokes a menacing sea creature, from its narrow-eyed stare and gaping maw to its flowing body lines directing the eye back and downward on the way to a bulbous, enlarged rear end. Check out the photo gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | October 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Subcompact Chevrolet Trax SUV To Start At $20,995

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Small SUVs are on their way in force with the likes of the 2015 Chevrolet Trax and other soon-to-be-released competitors, including the 2015 Jeep Renegade and 2015 Honda HR-V. The Trax, which is based on Chevrolet's subcompact Sonic sedan and hatchback, goes on sale in January 2015 and will start at $20,995, with a destination charge, for an entry-level front-wheel-drive LS trim.

Related: 2015 Chevrolet Trax: Up Close and Driven

Already existing competitors like the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Nissan Juke are priced at $20,445 and $19,980, respectively. All-wheel drive is available in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels for an additional $1,500, making the Trax Chevrolet's least-expensive all-wheel-drive model. With its January introduction, we're sure all-wheel drive will be much appreciated by snow-belt buyers.

The Trax's standard feature set consists of a backup camera, six-speed automatic transmission, voice-activate multimedia system with USB port and more. A pricing breakdown of the trim levels and optional equipment isn't available at the moment, but available features include remote start, OnStar 4G LTE wireless connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot, satellite radio and Siri Eyes Free for compatible Apple iOS devices.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Joe Bruzek | October 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Long Wheelbase Real-World Cargo Space

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Land Rover's ultra-posh Range Rover wasn't lacking interior or cargo space before 2014. Still, that didn't stop Land Rover from offering the ultimate Range Rover backseat experience with a new long wheelbase model by lengthening the aluminum unibody for an additional 7.3 inches of backseat legroom and an overall 7.9 inches of exterior body length.

Related: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Long Wheelbase: Up Close

Other than legroom, the Range Rover Long Wheelbase's cargo volume increases from 71.7 cubic feet to 82.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. Cargo space behind the highly versatile split-folding 40/20/40 backseat remains unchanged at 32.1 cubic, closed off by a clamshell-type cargo opening with lower tailgate and upper liftgate. The less commonly used clamshell tailgate requires a good long reach to retrieve items in the back when the tailgate is folded, one annoyance of the style. See how well common items fit in the Range Rover Long Wheelbase below.

By Joe Bruzek | October 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2010-2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

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Vehicles Affected: More than 1,800 model-year 2010-14 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicles manufactured Sept. 15, 2009, through March 25, 2014

The Problem: Either because of software programming or corrosion caused by road salt, the brake vacuum pump might stop working, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Depending on the vehicle, dealers will either reprogram the pump controller, replace the brake vacuum pump or do both for no charge.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mitsubishi at 888-648-7820, 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 Jennifer Newman | October 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

GM Announces Performance Times for 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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We spend a lot of time at Cars.com dissecting the practicalities of SUVs and family sedans, but sometimes track numbers are just too over-the-top to go unshared. We’re at the Midwest Automotive Media Association’s fall rally in Joliet, Ill., and GM just laid down some astonishing numbers on the redesigned 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The 650-horsepower, supercharged Z06 hits 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and scorches the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds — with the manual transmission. With the automatic, the car eclipses the very exclusive sub-3-second club, hitting 60 mph in 2.95 seconds and nailing the quarter-mile in 10.95 seconds. That’s the quickest production car GM says it’s ever produced.

Related: Chevrolet Prices 2015 Corvette Z06 at $78,995

How quick is 10.95 seconds? Well, consider that when Car and Driver magazine tested a Bugatti Veyron in 2005 — at the time the 1,001-hp, $1.25 million all-wheel-drive godfather of all supercars — it ran the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds. And today's Z06 starts at less than $79,000. It’s little surprise that GM just took its first orders and the automaker is already overwhelmed, particularly since the car pulls 1.2 g lateral acceleration and stops from 60 mph in an impossible 99.6 feet, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter told reporters.

By Kelsey Mays | October 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: September 2014

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The kids went back to school, the leaves began to change colors and car shoppers in September sent new-car sales from the largest seven automakers up about 10 percent versus a depressed September 2013. That made for some significant reshuffling in the top 10 sellers. As Toyota Camry shoppers await the updated 2015 model, the Honda Accord spent its second month as America's best-selling sedan, and the Ford Escape broke in to the top 10 sellers for the first time since March 2014.

Related: What's the Most Worry-Free Car You Can Buy?

Honda, Chrysler, GM and Nissan led major automakers with double-digit sales gains. Ford sales fell 2.7 percent as the F-Series had its second straight month of declining sales ahead of the redesigned F-150 hitting dealerships. Pickup-truck shoppers apparently preferred the F-Series' competitors: Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and Ram pickup sales combined to gain 39.8 percent.

By Kelsey Mays | October 1, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Nissan GT-R Review

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"The 2015 Nissan GT-R is the Japanese equivalent of a Dodge Viper: loud, crazy and faster than hell, yet flawed in unique ways," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

2015 Nissan GT-R Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | October 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Five Things Families Should Look for in Pickup Trucks

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Parenthood is rarely glamorous, and the cars we drive around often aren't either. Of course, there is merit to the practicality of a minivan or crossover, but sometimes we parents want the world to know we haven't lost our more adventurous side.

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To achieve this, parents need look no further than a full-size pickup truck. Trucks can be practical family-haulers and show the world you've still got some pizazz. If you long to be a carpool-lane iconoclast, consider a full-size pickup truck for your next family car. When you do, be sure to look out for these five family-friendly features:

By Courtney Messenbaugh | October 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

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 (4)

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