Five Things Families Should Look for in SUVs

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The family-hauler has shifted forms over the years, from old station wagons to today's apparent favorite, the SUV. And what's not to like? Today's SUVs can handle everything from child-safety seats to long-legged teens, not to mention family road trips and carpool duty.

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Whether families opt for a two- or three-row SUV, there are a few must-have features that make life easier for both parents and kids. Here are five things you should look for in an SUV:

By Jennifer Newman | August 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Kia Sportage: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: Navigation, power folding mirrors and push-button start standard on turbocharged SX models

Price change: Base prices are up $150 on LX and EX models, up $1,200 on SX

On sale: Since mid-August

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2014

The five-passenger Sportage compact SUV received styling changes and a more powerful base engine for 2014, so the changes for 2015 are minimal. The next round of major changes will probably come for the 2017 model year, when it is due for a redesign.

Related: What's the Most Affordable Compact SUV for 2014?

Sportage comes in three models but two basic flavors: The LX and EX use a 182-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, while the SX comes with a 260-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. All come with a standard six-speed automatic transmission and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.

By Rick Popely | August 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cadillac to Debut ATS-V at November's L.A. Auto Show

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The L.A. Times reports that Cadillac will debut a high-performance version of its compact ATS sedan at November's 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, with a go-fast ATS coupe to follow. 

Dubbed the ATS-V, the car will reportedly get the twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 from the CTS V-Sport, which makes 420 horsepower and 430 pounds-feet of torque. Given that the ATS sedan is still at least 200 pounds lighter than its CTS sibling with the same engine, the ATS-V should be one quick car. It would target BMW's redesigned M3/M4, which boasts 425 hp and 406 pounds-feet of torque.

Related: 2015 Cadillac ATS Gets Powermat Wireless Charging for Smartphones

Expect a CTS-V to debut at January's 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit; both the ATS-V and CTS-V will go on sale in 2015. Media days for November's L.A. show, which traditionally kicks off the U.S. auto-show circuit, are Nov. 18-20, so stay tuned for our up-close impressions of the ATS-V. In the meantime, click here to read more about Cadillac's forthcoming performers from our friends at the L.A. Times.

The photo above is of a 2013 ATS with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. 

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Kelsey Mays | August 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro and Impala

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Vehicles Affected: More than 100 model-year 2014 Buick Regal sedans and Cadillac XTS cars, and Chevrolet Camaro sports cars and Impala sedans

The Problem: Improperly torqued fasteners may cause the steering intermediate shaft and steering gear, or lower control arm and the lower ball joint, to separate; this could cause a steering loss, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: GM began notifying owners on June 27, and dealers will inspect fasteners for correct torque, correcting them as necessary, for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006 and Chevrolet at 800-222-1020. They can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Association'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 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Hyundai Genesis Video

If the notion itself of a luxury car from Hyundai weren't jaw-dropping enough back in 2009 when it debuted, the Genesis also went on to win Cars.com's inaugural "Best Of …" award for Car of the Year that year. Will the 2015 Genesis earn similar lip service from Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder, or will he be inclined to keep his mouth shut? Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2011-2013 Buick Regal, 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

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Vehicles Affected: More than 120,000 model-year 2011-13 Buick Regal and 2013 Malibu sedans

The Problem: The vehicles are equipped with two turn signal bulbs in each front turn signal; if one of the two bulbs burns out in either front turn signal lamp, there is no indication to the driver and he or she may continue to drive the vehicle. If half of a front turn signal is not illuminating, other drivers may not be aware that the affected vehicle is turning, increasing the risk of a crash. Cars.com first reported on this issue on July 23.

The Fix: GM will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will update the body control module software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, 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 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Volvo XC90: First Look

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Competes with: Acura MDX, BMW X5, Infiniti QX60

Looks like: Sleeker elements meet the same upright profile

Drivetrain: 320-hp, supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder or 400-hp (est.), supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder with plug-in electric motor; available all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Early 2015

After a protracted rollout that included a reveal of the interior and details on powertrains, Volvo finally unveiled the next-generation XC90's exterior. It's all here, now, and much of it reads like a concept car. But so did the original XC90, which debuted gyroscopic rollover detection and was among the first SUVs with three-row side curtain airbags.

Related: Porsche, Hyundai Top New J.D. Power Study, Volvo and Mitsubishi Sink

That was more than 12 years ago.

This new XC90 gets some all-new tech in the safety arena like you'd expect from a Volvo but it may be the powertrain and interior opulence that woos luxury shoppers.

By Kelsey Mays | August 26, 2014 | Comments (5)

Honda Fit Handles Wedding Shower Haul With Aplomb

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My fiance and I have one car between the both of us; really, zero, because mine is more of a toy for the drag strip than anything practical, so we looked to the Cars.com test fleet for a cargo-friendly ride for our wedding shower. Despite having an extended-wheelbase Land Rover Range Rover in Cars.com's test fleet at the right time, I wasn't too worried — or bitter — about having to haul a full load of wedding gifts away from our prenuptial party in the hugely versatile, yet still quite small, 2015 Honda Fit.

Related: 2015 Honda Fit Expert Review

The family, however, was skeptical and still pulled two SUVs behind the subcompact Fit just in case we couldn't secure every last oven mitt and spatula in the 52.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.

It was a delicate game of Tetris with roasters and toasters, but the Fit handled the task like a champ. The low cargo floor, tall cargo height and wide opening were keys to our successful loading. I didn't even have to adjust the front passenger seat to create a few last ounces of space. I don't think Cars.com's long-term Cherokee would have handled the task any better either. It has just 2.2 more cubic feet of cargo space.

Cars.com photo by Joe Bruzek

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

Deferred Payments: Read the Fine Print

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Until someone downs that last Labor-Day brat, Fiat Chrysler Automobile's Summer Clearance event will allow you to finance a new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram or Fiat without car payments for the first 90 days. Chevrolet's Labor Day sale has a similar deal: Finance a new Chevy, and you can take three months off before your first car payment.

Sounds pretty good, right? Not so fast.

Related: Chevrolet, Ford Kick off Labor Day Sales Early

Make sure you read the fine print. Deferred payments might seem like a win-win, but the terms can vary — and the details make a big difference in how smart it might be to put off those payments.

By Kelsey Mays | August 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

Why My $177,000 SUV's Brakes Squeal, and Why It's Not OK

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I just finished a week in a $177,000 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, the German sports-car maker's top-of-the-line, super-fast twin-turbo V-8-powered SUV. It's a remarkable machine — sleek, ridiculously quick, crazy expensive and possessed of one quality that drove everybody who rode in the machine absolutely nuts. The brakes squealed like a poorly maintained diesel city bus.

Related: Which Luxury Cars Don't Recommend or Require Premium Gas?

The noise made every stopping event more about figuring out how to modulate the brakes to prevent noise instead of enjoying the amazingly firm and fade-free properties of the huge stoppers. That's not an attribute any car should have let alone a new six-figure one.

By Aaron Bragman | August 26, 2014 | Comments (3)

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