Used-Car Prices Reach New Low in November

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Black Friday deals may be on the minds of many shoppers right now, but it's also a good time to grab a deal on a used car. Since April, when prices were at their peak for the year, late-model used-car prices have fallen every month thereafter and currently average $21,758 — a decrease of $1,660.

Prices for used Audi A3 and A6 cars surged last month, but they gave up their gains and then some in November. A3 prices fell 6.6 percent ($1,590) this month to lead all models, and the A6 was second with a 5.6 percent ($2,087) drop. The all-electric Nissan Leaf had the third-largest decrease in asking price with a 4.7 percent ($821) decline.

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As Audi prices weakened, Mercedes-Benz prices strengthened. There were just eight models in November that saw their average prices increase, but four of them were from the luxury brand including the S-Class flagship sedan, which led all models with a 1.4 percent ($810) gain. The Infiniti M37 sedan was next with its average price up 1.1 percent ($344), and following it was the Mercedes M-Class SUV, which saw its price rise 0.8 percent ($311).

The charts below detail used cars from the 2011 to 2013 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 inventory.

By Mike Hanley | November 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

NHTSA Tells Chrysler to Expand Its Takata Airbag Recall

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration put Chrysler in the hot seat Tuesday, telling the automaker to expand its June recall of vehicles with defective Takata airbags and to report the problem to affected owners by Dec. 1, according to The Detroit News. This comes on top of NHTSA telling Chrysler to speed up its fix of 1.56 million Jeep SUVs that have been recalled for rear fires.

Related: Takata Airbag Fix Will Take Months

"Chrysler's delay in notifying consumers and taking other actions necessary to address the safety defect identified is unacceptable and exacerbates the risk to motorists' safety,” NHTSA Deputy Chief David Friedman wrote in a letter to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.

Chrysler limited its initial Takata-related recall to cars sold or registered in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which are high-humidity areas, but NHTSA contends that the recall should include southern Georgia, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and coastal areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Get the full story from The Detroit News.

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By Jennifer Newman | November 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Honda Cargo Wars: How Does 2016 HR-V Compare to Siblings?

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Being the middle child is tough. Your parents are always asking, "Why can't you be more like your older sister?" Meanwhile your bratty little brother gets away with murder. Despite being "born" last, the all-new 2016 Honda HR-V is the middle child in Honda's brood of compact family haulers, smaller than the CR-V crossover and bigger than the Fit subcompact hatchback. Since carrying capacity no doubt tops prospective buyers' lists, we thought we'd see how the HR-V stacks up against its five-passenger siblings.

Related: Research the 2016 Honda HR-V 

The HR-V compact crossover distinguishes itself from the CR-V and Fit with its sporty looks compared with those vehicles' more right-angle-heavy exterior designs; plus, it's about 10 inches shorter than the CR-V and 9 inches longer than the Fit, with a width measuring about 2 inches less than the former and 3 inches more than the latter. Inside, Honda promised the HR-V would provide "unmatched interior spaciousness and cabin versatility." Only real-world users can decide how well those promises will be fulfilled, but in terms of passenger volume, the HR-V certainly holds its own, measuring 100.1 cubic feet compared with the 2014 CR-V’s 104 and the 2015 Fit's 96.

When it comes to cargo space, however, things get considerably more varied. Behind the rear seats, the HR-V has 24.3 cubic feet of room compared with the CR-V's 37.2 and the Fit's 16.6. Meanwhile, with the seats down, maximum cargo space for the HR-V increases nearly 2.5 times to 58.8 cubic feet. The Fit's max cargo space jumps by more than three times to 52.7 cubic feet, while the CR-V's nearly doubles to 70.9 cubic feet.

Check out the graphic below for a side-by-side comparison of cargo volume.

By Matt Schmitz | November 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

What Mileage Does the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Get After 13,000 miles?

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After climbing to its maximum average of 23.67 mpg, our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee test car just dipped below 23 mpg after 13,000 miles. A 16.8 mpg refuel marks the lowest recorded tank since our purchase of the four-cylinder all-wheel-drive Cherokee in March and was one of four fill-ups below 23 mpg since our last update 982 miles ago: 16.8 mpg, 19 mpg, 21.9 mpg and 22.8 mpg.

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By Joe Bruzek | November 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Honda Accord Review

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"The Honda Accord remains a smooth-operating, easygoing family car that practically defines the word 'pleasant,' but newer competitors have it showing its age," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman. Read the review for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 25, 2014 | Comments (2)

2016 Ford Explorer: Base Model Price Unchanged, New Platinum Trim is $53,495

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The refreshed Ford Explorer may have a new face, but it doesn't have a new base price: The 2016 Explorer starts at $31,595, according to Ford's consumer site, the same as the outgoing 2015 version; all prices include a destination charge. Ford plastered a bolder face on the 2016 SUV and added new features, a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine and addressed tech complaints on the inside by replacing touch-sensitive controls with tactile buttons.

Related: 2016 Ford Explorer: First Look

Other trim levels see an increase in pricing this year given the new content like a hands-free power liftgate, heated steering wheel and dual cameras included on the Limited model. Perhaps most interesting, however, is the pricing of the new luxury-oriented Platinum trim level.

By Joe Bruzek | November 25, 2014 | Comments (5)

2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Roundup Video

The Los Angeles Auto Show marks the official opening of the auto show season and Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says there's no shortage of new vehicles and exciting new concept cars in L.A. this year.

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Mays takes a closer look at Honda's new subcompact crossover, Cadillac's new sport-oriented offering and Mercedes' new ultra-luxury sedan.

Check out the video for more.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 99,000 2014-2015 Mazda6 Sedans

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Vehicles Affected: More than 99,000 model-year 2014-15 Mazda6 sedans manufactured between Oct. 25, 2012, to Oct. 10, 2014

The Problem: If the pressure in the four tires gradually drop at the same time, the affected car’s tire pressure monitoring system may not warn the driver of the decrease in pressure. Cars with underinflated tires may experience a tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Mazda will notify affected owners in early December, and dealers will update the tire pressure monitoring system software free of charge.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call 800-222-5500, 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 | November 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Honda Failed to Report Airbag-Related Deaths, Injuries

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GM has some company in the hot seat: Another automaker is coming under fire for failing to report safety problems in a timely manner. According to the Detroit Free Press, Honda underreported how many people died or were injured by faulty Takata airbag inflators in its vehicles; so far the airbag recall has affected 7.8 million vehicles from several different automakers. Honda failed to disclose 1,729 accident, injury and death claims between July 2003 and June 2014.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

An outside law firm hired by the automaker discovered the discrepancy in time to meet a Monday deadline imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding Honda's timeline for the recall, specifically when the automaker first became aware of the issue and when it started investigating and reporting the defect.

"Honda takes these findings extremely seriously. We are taking immediate corrective action, and we continue to fully cooperate with NHTSA to resolve this matter," Rick Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America, said in a statement. 

Click here for the full story.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Volkswagen Golf, GTI: Car Seat Check

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Both the Volkswagen Golf and its performance variant, the GTI, entered their seventh generation with 2015 redesigns. The cars haven't exactly set sales records ablaze in the past, though a reduced starting price for the Golf, a win for the GTI in Cars.com's $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge and a Top Safety Pick Plus award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety should at least spark some interest among car shoppers not already carrying a torch for the five-seat hatchbacks. Another selling point — for families with small children — should be the Golf's and GTI's accommodation of child-safety seats. Much like in 2012, when we tested the Golf R, the cars earned high marks in our tests. Check out the Car Seat Check below for more.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | November 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

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