2015 Toyota Sienna Price Jumps $1,680 Over 2014 Model

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With a revised interior and a refreshed front end, Toyota hopes to draw families to its 2015 Sienna minivan. The starting price, however, might have them thinking twice: The 2015 Sienna starts at $29,485, including an $885 destination charge. That's a price increase of $1,680 over the 2014 Sienna L base model ($27,805).

Related: Toyota Releases Details on Updated 2015 Sienna

However, the base Sienna's price is less than the 2015 Honda Odyssey ($29,805) and the 2015 Chrysler Town & Country ($30,990). The 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan has the Sienna beat on price, though. The Grand Caravan SE base trim starts at $24,790.

While the Sienna's looks are new for 2015, the engine remains the same as the 2014 model year. The 266-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A 2015 all-wheel-drive Sienna gets an EPA-estimated 16/22 mg city/highway; the 2014 Sienna with all-wheel drive earned 16/23 mpg.

By Jennifer Newman | September 2, 2014 | Comments (3)

August's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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Summer came to a close, and car shoppers continued to snap up utility vehicles of every stripe in August. Fifteen of the top 19 fastest-selling cars last month were SUVs, wagons or minivans compared to 15 out of 22 in July.

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The 2015 BMW X5 (which is virtually unchanged from the revamped 2014 pictured above) unseated the smaller 2015 Porsche Macan from the top perch — tied with the 2015 Toyota Tacoma — but shoppers still covet the Macan; it made our list taking just nine days to sell from the time it arrives on a Porsche lot to the time it goes home with its new owner.

Overall the average time it took to sell any new 2014 or 2015 car was 69 days, up barely from 68 days in July but still a week longer than August 2013's average of 62 days.

By David Thomas | September 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Audi A3 Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the redesigned-for-2015 Audi A3 joins the entry-level luxury sedan trend by offering the car with four doors and a regular trunk, along with sophisticated style all around and "gutsy" engines. Is it all enough to make the A3 A-No. 1 among competitors? Watch the video.

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

How to Clean Up Spills in the Car

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When you're traveling with family in the car, at some point you're going to be faced with cleaning up a spill. If you're lucky, the spill will be harmless, like water, or maybe even pleasantly aromatic, like peppermint tea. But let's get real: The majority of us have had to deal with spilt milk from leaky sippy cups that have rolled under the car's seats, only to be found when the nuclear stench assaults our senses. Or the worst of all: the aftereffects of carsick children or leaky diapers.

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I was initiated into the club during the Great Strawberry Milk Episode of '09. My daughters each left a box of strawberry milk in the back of my Volvo C30, and the small cartons leaked milk between the car's rear seats and side panels. I'm almost always driving test cars rather than my own, so the milk had several hot summer weeks to spoil and ferment in my garage before I entered the car and proceeded to gag.

What's a parent to do in the event of a potentially noxious spill in the car? Here are our tried and true techniques:

By Kristin Varela | September 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: New appearance packages, noise cancellation for upper-crust trims, slightly more power for SRT
Price change: TBD
On sale: September/October
Which should you buy, 2014 or 2015? Vast majority of trims unchanged, so 2014

Jeep's popular Grand Cherokee has sprouted as many special editions as ... uh, most other cars from Fiat Chrysler Automobile. This time, the top-of-the-line Grand Cherokee Summit gets a California Edition appearance package, which adds body-colored — rather than chrome — door handles and mirrors, plus body-colored lower body panels instead of darker trim. The grille, fog-light bezels and a few other areas get unique "platinum chrome" accents, too. Inside, tan leather with black stitching joins the color palette.

Related: Real-Life Test: 3 Car Seats in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Cosmetic updates aside, all Summit models add active noise cancellation and more noise abatement to the windshield and second-row windows.

There's also a tad bit more power for the Grand Cherokee SRT (above), whose 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 now makes 475 horsepower and 470 pounds-feet of torque — up 5 hp and 5 pounds-feet from the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT. The SRT also adds active noise cancellation, and a new Red Vapor edition, which comes in red, white or black. The Red Vapor's other additions (all cosmetic) include unique 20-inch wheels, glossy black exterior trim and red cabin accents with an illuminated SRT steering-wheel logo.

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

2015 Jeep Cherokee: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: Stop-start now standard on V-6-equipped models

Price change: Prices increase $100 on all models except the Sport trim

On sale: Since late July

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2015

Jeep's all-new Cherokee managed to make a big splash in the crowded compact SUV field with a combination of distinctive styling, commendable on-road performance and off-road capability, a choice of three four-wheel-drive systems and a roomy, well-finished interior. That helped its appeal with Jeep loyalists who value off-road prowess as well as those who drive only on smooth pavement but want the versatility of a small SUV.

Related: Cars.com Long-Term 2014 Jeep Cherokee Coverage

Jeep delayed the launch of the 2014 Cherokee for a couple of months while it tried to fix shift quality issues with the also-new nine-speed automatic transmission, and we aren't convinced it is fully sorted out based on our long-term Cherokee test vehicle.

Aside from the transmission, though, there is much to like about the Cherokee, which offers a broad portfolio of safety features, a voice-operated infotainment system, interior furnishings that are a cut above and family-friendly utility. Because it was all-new for 2014, there are few changes to the 2015, which just recently went on sale.

By Rick Popely | September 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Dodge Durango: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: New Blacktop and Rallye Appearance packages, Beats by Dre audio

Price change: TBD

On sale: Late 2014

Which should you buy, 2014 or 2015? 2014

Dodge's seven-passenger Durango SUV received a pretty major update for the 2014 model year, bringing new powertrains, styling and interior appointments to the big traditional truck, so for 2015 Dodge is limiting changes to making the Durango look and sound even cooler.

Related: 2014 Dodge Durango Expert Review

The popular Rallye Appearance Package is extended to the Limited trim level as well as the base SXT, bringing the R/T's monochromatic look, smoked headlights, ground effects package and 20-inch Hyper Black wheels to the lower trim levels. The Rallye Appearance Package SXT still gets black cloth seats, while the Limited will feature leather, and both models get a dual exhaust on the V-6 trucks.

By Aaron Bragman | September 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

1. 2015 Hyundai Sonata
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3. 2015 Subaru Outback
4. 2014 Maserati Ghibli
5. 2015 Volvo XC60
6. 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
7. 2014 Honda CR-V
8. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
9. 2014 Mazda3
10. 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe

By Matt Schmitz | August 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

1. 2014 Ultimate Heavy-Duty Challenge: What We Hate
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By Matt Schmitz | August 30, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Focus, C-Max

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Vehicles Affected: More than 500 model-year 2014 Ford Focus compact cars and C-Max hybrids manufactured between Aug. 8 and Aug. 15, 2014

The Problem: Incorrectly assembled steering gears could cause impaired steering, including a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Ford will begin notifying owners on Sept. 8, and dealers will replace the steering gears for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 800-392-3673, 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 | August 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

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