VW Announces Cheaper e-Golf Limited Edition Trim

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Volkswagen has announced it's adding a less-expensive version of its all-electric e-Golf compact hatchback EV to the lineup: the e-Golf Limited Edition. It will sticker at $34,270 (including an $820 destination fee), almost $2,000 less than the higher-spec SEL trim level. It will be available for lease at $229 per month, according to the company.

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Like the SEL trim, the e-Golf Limited Edition will feature a 24.2-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, standard DC fast charger system, an 83-mile range and a host of standard features like navigation, keyless entry with push-button start, automatic climate control, an electrically heated windshield, rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors. It will differ from the current e-Golf in that it will feature 16-inch steel wheels instead of aluminum ones, halogen headlamps instead of LED lights, cloth seats instead of faux leather and the deletion of a heat-pump system meant to speed cabin warmth on cold days.

These minor de-contenting changes should help the car find a few more buyers as it becomes more widely available, but one has to wonder what these changes might do to the car's practical energy usage - LED headlamps consume less energy than incandescent halogen ones, and the lack of a heat pump could reduce the car's cold-weather range considerably. When the e-Golf was first released, VW said that adding the heat pump increased the e-Golf's winter range by nearly 20 percent, so eliminating it might be best suited to warm-weather climates.

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By Aaron Bragman | March 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

Gas No Longer Under $2 in Any State

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The national average for regular unleaded gas has increased 38 days in a row, the longest such streak in more than two years, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, and has climbed 41 cents per gallon during that period.

AAA said Thursday the national average for regular was $2.45, up 11 cents from a week ago. The average for premium gas was $2.85, 12 cents higher than last week, and for diesel it was $2.92, up 3 cents from a week ago.

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The U.S. average for regular reached a low of $2.03 per gallon on Jan. 26 after dropping for a record 123 consecutive days. Prices have increased every day since. Whereas regular gas averaged less than $2 in 27 states six weeks ago, today the lowest statewide average is $2.14 in Wyoming. South Carolina and Utah are the next lowest at $2.16. Motorists who had their pick of stations offering gas for less than $2 may now have only a handful of choices — or none in many areas.

By Rick Popely | March 5, 2015 | Comments (1)

2016 Hyundai Tucson to Debut at 2015 New York Auto Show

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One of the oldest models in Hyundai's lineup is getting a complete redesign. Fresh off its European debut earlier this week at the Geneva International Motor Show, Hyundai's new Tucson will hit the U.S. at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. For 2016, it looks like the automaker's smallest SUV gets much more aggressive front styling with a taller, more sculpted version of the brand's hexagonal grille and a new, sweeping LED headlamp design.

Related: More 2015 New York Auto Show News

Inside, the automaker promises more soft-touch surfaces and higher-quality materials throughout the cabin. Hyundai says the new Tucson is built on an all-new platform, and it will offer more passenger room and cargo space.

The model that debuted in Geneva also boasts some new safety features, including an autonomous emergency braking system, lane keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot detection, a speed limit information function (monitors speed limit road signs) and an active hood system (hood rises during a crash with a pedestrian to reduce impact). No word yet on feature availability for the U.S. version, but we'll know more when the compact SUV meets the U.S. press in early April.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

Used Luxury-Car Prices Fall Again in February

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Sellers dropped the average asking prices on luxury cars in February, and it's led to prices that are now thousands of dollars lower than we saw at the beginning of the year.

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Buyers looking for a used BMW 5 Series midsize sedan are among those in luck. Through the first two months of the year, prices for the 528i and 535i have fallen to $36,866 and $42,430, respectively. That's a price drop of 7.7 percent ($3,082) and 6.9 percent ($3,148). Audi A8 prices have also tumbled; the full-size sedan's $57,688 asking price at the end of February is 6.4 percent ($3,966) less than it was on Jan. 1.

The charts below detail used cars from the 2012 to 2014 model years with the biggest price drops and increases. To be eligible for the lists, a model had to have at least 250 cars in Cars.com's national search listings.

By Mike Hanley | March 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 BMW X4 Video

BMW's X4 is an all-new vehicle for 2015, but don't call it an SUV; the automaker calls it a sport activity coupe despite its four doors and tall ride height. Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek says our test X4 M Sport's styling is a big win, but its firm suspension makes the ride less than comfortable. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

Will Three Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Nissan Murano?

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Nissan took the styling of its two-row SUV from mild to wild for 2015, but the changes to the Murano are not just skin deep. A redesign increased its length and width, which translated to a couple extra inches of backseat legroom and more cubic feet of cargo space. Since we were able to fit three car seats across the backseat of the previous version, the bigger Murano should have no problem in this department, right?

Related: 2015 Nissan Murano: First Drive

Think again, families. It was difficult and time-consuming to correctly install three car seats in the Murano. With an almost-5-year-old daughter and infant twins, I have two rear-facing Graco SnugRide infant seats and an Evenflo Titan convertible seat, which is a bit different from the trio of seats — a Graco SnugRide 30, Britax Marathon convertible and Graco TurboBooster — we use in Cars.com's Car Seat Checks. Despite the Murano's extra room for 2015, the bench seat just wasn't big enough. Even after swapping out my daughter's forward-facing convertible seat for our narrower booster, it was still a very tough install.

By Jennifer Geiger | March 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 GMC Yukon Denali XL 1500 Review

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"The 2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali is a powerful full-size SUV with seating for up to eight, but the cabin isn't distinct enough from its Chevrolet siblings to warrant its luxury-class price tag," said Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

Chevrolet Teases 2016 Malibu

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Chevrolet is planning some big news for April's New York International Auto Show. The bow-tie brand announced that the next generation of its midsize sedan will be unveiled, and it sounds like the Malibu is in for some big changes.

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Chevrolet said it's using a "blank slate" approach to the redesign; the Malibu will ride on a nearly 4-inch-longer wheelbase, which will increase passenger space. The automaker also expects the new Malibu to be around 300 pounds lighter than the outgoing model thanks to a higher-strength steel structure.

In terms of design, the teaser image depicts a sleeker-looking sedan with a more sloping roofline and shorter front and rear overhangs than the previous generation.

The 2016 Malibu will go on sale at the end of this year; stay tuned for more information after the sedan makes its debut in early April.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 4, 2015 | Comments (5)

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat at Roebling Road Raceway Photo Gallery (33 Photos)

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Dodge calls its 2015 Charger Hellcat the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world, and some pretty impressive numbers back that up. The supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 makes 707 horsepower and 650 pounds-feet of torque, good for a 3.6-second zero-to-60-mph sprint and a top speed of 204 mph.

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We let the Hellcat roar at the Roebling Road Raceway just outside of Savannah, Ga. Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | March 4, 2015 | Comments (2)

2015 Subaru Impreza Video

For 2015, Subaru's compact car takes a big step forward in terms of its multimedia system, said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. The Impreza is updated this year with lightly revised exterior styling and a new control layout inside.

Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

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