2014 BMW 640i Gran Coupe Review

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"It has coupe-like style and grace in spades, but the 2014 BMW 640i Gran Coupe also has a shocking price tag, yet still doesn't include many of the luxury and safety features you'd expect," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

2014 BMW 640i Gran Coupe Expert Review

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By Matt Schmitz | September 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible: First Look

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Competes with: Volvo C70, Audi A3 Cabriolet, Mercedes SLK-Class

Looks like: A 2 Series coupe without a roof

Drivetrain: 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (228i, 228i xDrive); 320-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder (M235i); rear-wheel drive on 228i and 235i, all-wheel drive on 228i xDrive; eight-speed automatic transmission (228i, 228i xDrive, M235i) or six-speed manual transmission (M235i only)

Hits dealerships: Early 2015

Pricing: 228i, $38,850; 228i xDrive, $40,650; M235i, $48,650 (includes destination)

BMW went a year without a convertible version of its subcompact model, but the automaker has rebirthed its outgoing 1 Series convertible for 2015 as the all-new 2015 BMW 2 Series convertible. The 2 Series convertible range — based on the new-for-2014 2 Series coupe — includes the rear-wheel-drive 228i as well as an all-wheel-drive 228i xDrive, a somewhat ironic — or perhaps perfect — pairing of fair- and foul-weather features.

Related: 2014 BMW M235i Expert Review

Performance enthusiasts in sun-rich regions will welcome the M235i in drop-top format with its 320-horsepower, turbocharged six-cylinder and performance-tuned underpinnings. The 2 Series convertible debuts at the Paris Motor Show in early October, and the U.S. will get its first look at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in November before the convertible goes on sale in early 2015.

By Joe Bruzek | September 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 BMW i3, Mini Cooper Hardtop

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 30 model-year 2014 BMW i3 electric vehicles manufactured March 31, 2014, and Mini Cooper Hardtop cars manufactured between Feb. 2 and May 30, 2014

The Problem: The airbag inflator may not have been assembled correctly, preventing the airbag from deploying properly in a crash and increasing the risk of an injury.

The Fix: BMW will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will replace the front passenger side airbag for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417, 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 | September 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 BMW 535d Review

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"The BMW 535d is a highly capable midsize sport sedan made better by the power and efficiency of its new diesel engine — but adding options quickly spends any money saved by choosing an alternative-fuel powertrain," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

2014 BMW 535d Expert Review

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By Matt Schmitz | August 18, 2014 | Comments (9)

Top 10 Urban Cars

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From squeezing between a Dumpster and a wall to holding your breath as a bus hard aports past your bumper, cities can be an automotive minefield. And cars are often the casualties. Need proof? Look no further than auto insurance rates. A 40-year-old male with a 2012 Honda Accord in Manhattan's West Village would pay 27 percent more for the exact same coverage than if he lived across the Hudson River in Hoboken, N.J., according to CarInsurance.com's analysis of six leading carriers.

Related: Top 10 Most Overlooked New Cars

Yet scores of Americans still prefer to live in the city. From New York to San Antonio, the country's 25 largest urban centers are home to 31.9 million people within city limits, according to the 2010 Census. That's 10.3 percent of the entire U.S. population in 2010, and given the trend of increasing urbanization, it doesn't look like it will recede anytime soon.

Most city-zens still have to drive. Not to worry: Our latest Top 10 nominates cars best suited for urban driving. Editors considered our candidates' overall size relative to their competitors, as well as visibility, city gas mileage, turning radius, city drivability, utility and more.

Here are our picks, in order of which cars received the most votes. In cases of a tie, we ranked by turning circle and other dimensions.

By Kelsey Mays | August 11, 2014 | Comments (10)

2014 BMW X5 Review

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"The redesigned 2014 BMW X5 carries on its winning formula of being a stylish, expensive, luxurious SUV for secret station-wagon fans who prefer to sit up high," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

2014 BMW X5 Expert Review

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By Matt Schmitz | July 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2000-2006 BMW 3 Series

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Vehicles Affected: About 574,000 model-year 2000-06 BMW 3 Series luxury cars manufactured between May 1999 and August 2006

The Problem: This is a voluntary expansion of a May 2013 recall of 42,000 3 Series cars to replace the passenger-side front airbag; the airbag inflator may deploy the device with too much pressure, causing a rupture and, possibly, serious injury to occupants. The problem is related to the massive recall involving several other automakers whose vehicles are equipped with airbags manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp., a worldwide supplier of airbags. BMW said this recall, which excludes the models recalled in the 2013 campaign, is precautionary. The automaker is unaware of any incidents involving related to this issue.

The Fix: BMW will notify owners by mail, and dealers will replace the passenger-side airbag module. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or email customer.relations@bmwna.com 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 | July 16, 2014 | Comments (2)

2014 BMW 4 Series Review

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"Along with its new name, the all-new 2014 BMW 4 Series coupe is much more defined than the 3 Series coupe it replaces," Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek said. Check out Bruzek's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 11, 2014 | Comments (3)

Volt Versus All: How Does Chevy's Plug-in Hold Up Against the Plug-In Competition?

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Cars.com owned one of the earliest Chevrolet Volts in the country for more than a year and experienced the highs and lows of ownership. I've had my own Bow-Tie brand plug-in for nearly two years, and I've routinely been one of our editors tapped to test newcomers to the electrified car segment from an electric Fiat to new plug-ins from BMW, Ford and Toyota.

2014 Chevrolet Volt Review

Yet, the Volt remains a lightning rod in many ways ... pun slightly intended. Rumors suggest we're at least six months away from seeing a second-generation Chevrolet Volt and probably at least a year away from driving one. The question then becomes, is the Volt the best plug-in hybrid out there, or is one of the newcomers a better choice?

By Aaron Bragman | July 2, 2014 | Comments (4)

BMW, Chrysler, Ford Join Ever-Expanding Airbag Recall

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Three more major automakers have joined the massive expansion of the recall action involving airbags that could deploy with too much pressure and cause injury. BMW, Chrysler and Ford added their names to the roster of automakers — which already includes Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota — that are recalling millions of vehicles equipped with a faulty airbag inflator, manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp. As we reported Monday, Honda, Mazda and Nissan announced they are recalling millions of vehicles to fix the airbag problem that was supposedly addressed last year; that followed Toyota's June 11 recall announcement of its expansion of the initial April 2013 recall. Today's announcement comes as 2014 reaches a new record for U.S. recalls, now topping 31 million — well over half of which are from GM, beleaguered by its ignition-switch debacle.

Get the full story from the Detroit News, here.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

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