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.

2015 Honda Accord Expert Review

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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 (4)

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.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show News

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)

2015 Car Seat Trends

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Child-safety seats are always evolving as manufacturers look to create safer and easier-to-use car seats that meet changing federal standards.

Related: Car Seat Checks

This year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mandated a weight limit for Latch anchors, and it has proposed new side-impact crash tests that some car-seat makers are already using to design safer car seats. Car seats already have to pass federal safety standards to be sold in the U.S.

At the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas earlier this fall, car-seat makers were among the many manufacturers showing off their latest wares. Here are the trends we noticed for 2015:

By Jennifer Newman | November 25, 2014 | Comments (1)

2016 Volvo XC90 Video

Volvo's large SUV was last redesigned 12 years ago; for 2016 the XC90 — debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show — is all new with a plug-in gas-electric hybrid powertrain. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the new XC90 should be worth the wait.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Inside, Mays says the new XC90 has a cabin full of high quality materials and one of the biggest touch-screens in the industry. Check out the video for more.

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

2016 Toyota Mirai Video

"Toyota delivers on a mission announced in 2010 to deliver a hydrogen fuel-cell electric sedan by 2015 priced around $50,000. Well, here it is: the all-new Toyota Mirai," Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays said last week as he got up close to the model-year 2016 fuel-cell electric vehicle at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Watch the video to see what Mays found out.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru Impreza Earns IIHS' Top Safety Pick Plus Award

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The 2015 Subaru Impreza has joined the ranks of the most crashworthy vehicles on the road as determined by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The car, available as a sedan or hatchback, earned the safety agency's highest distinction, Top Safety Pick Plus, when equipped with the optional EyeSight Driver Assist Technology; without the option, the Impreza earns the Top Safety Pick designation.

Related: 2015 Subaru Impreza Starts $300 Higher, Adds More Standard Features

Redesigned for the 2015 model year, the Impreza received ratings of good in IIHS' front small overlap, front moderate overlap, side impact, roof strength and rear impact evaluations. EyeSight earned the car a superior rating in front crash avoidance. EyeSight comes as part of a $2,795 option package that includes a moonroof, navigation, keyless entry and push-button start; it's available on the 2.0i Limited model sedan and 2.0i Sport Limited hatchback.

By Matt Schmitz | November 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

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