What You Need to Know About the 2015 Toyota Camry

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The redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry looks a little different but feels and performs the same as the old one — meaning the best reason to buy a new one is because you like the one you already have. Here is an overview from the Cars.com staff:

Snapshot

  • Starting price: $23,795, including a destination fee
  • Competes with: Chevrolet Malibu, Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Mazda6, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy
  • On sale: Now

 

What We Like

  • Roominess and visibility
  • Decent power from either engine
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Build quality

 

What We Don't

  • Interior materials
  • Gaping front grille
  • Firm ride (SE trim)
  • Wind and road noise

 

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By David Thomas | January 29, 2015 | Comments (2)

What You Need to Know About the 2015 Lexus NX 200T, NX 300h

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As compact luxury SUVs go, the 2015 Lexus NX combines enough driving fun and occupant comfort to deserve a look, but anyone with serious cargo needs should look elsewhere or stick to the brand's popular RX. For those looking for a smaller crossover, here is a primer on the new Lexus:

 

Snapshot

  • Starting price: NX 200t, $35,405; NX 300h, $40,645 (prices include destination fees)
  • Competes with: Acura RDX, Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
  • On sale: Now

 

What We Like

  •  Cabin quality
  •  Relatively roomy backseat
  •  Many standard features, upscale options
  •  Fuel efficiency with either drivetrain
  •  Responsive transmission in NX 200t

 

What We Don't

  •  Engine/transmission response in NX 300h
  •  Mushy brakes in NX 300h
  •  Smallish cargo area
  •  Usability of navigation system
  •  NX 200t requires premium gas

 

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By David Thomas | January 28, 2015 | Comments (1)

Where's the Cheapest Place to Insure Your Car?

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Car-insurance rates depend on a litany of factors: driving record and claim history, gender, age, marital status and more. Then there's the elephant in the room — location, location, location. That alone can multiply your rates by nearly eightfold, according to a new study by CarInsurance.com. The Foster City, Calif., insurance comparison site compared rates across six major auto-insurance carriers for a 2014 Honda Accord with a 40-year-old male owner who commutes 12 miles per day and has a clean record and good credit, with typical policy and deductible terms.

Related: Detroit Tops U.S. In Car Insurance Costs

The result? Detroit's 48227 ZIP code has the highest annual rate by a lot, averaging annual premiums of $5,109. That's 130 percent more than Michigan's average, according to CarInsurance.com. But just 102 miles south, Green Springs, Ohio's 44836 is the cheapest ZIP code in America, averaging just $647 for the same coverage.

New York City's Brooklyn borough's 11226 ZIP code and Philadelphia's 19132 ZIP code round out the priciest locales, while Arden, N.C., and Saco, Maine, join Green Springs in discount territory. Want to know the priciest and cheapest ZIP codes, according to CarInsurance.com? Read on.

By Kelsey Mays | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

What You Need to Know About the 2016 Kia Sorento

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Kia has redesigned its midsize crossover in hopes of swaying more families to the brand. Here are some vitals:

 

Snapshot

  • Starting price: $25,795, including a destination fee
  • Competes with: Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder
  • On sale: Now

 

What We Like

  • Grown-up interior refinement
  • Seating comfort
  • 8-inch touch-screen
  • Cargo room
  • Access to third row

 

What We Don't

  • Second row too low
  • Styling still conservative

 

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By David Thomas | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

Would You Choose Pay-as-You Drive Insurance?

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Pay-as-you-drive insurance programs appeal for their low price, but a new study suggests that many Americans would not consider enrolling in one due to privacy concerns. According to the study, 51 percent of people surveyed said they would never consider enrolling in a pay-as-you-drive insurance program, up from 37 percent last year.

Related: By-the-Mile Car Insurance Targets Urban Drivers

The programs, like Metromile, are designed for urban drivers who drive less than 10,000 miles a year and claim to offer a 10-30 percent discount off annual premiums compared with a traditional flat-rate policy. Mileage is tracked via a device that plugs into your car; it captures the data and transmits it to the insurance company for tracking. Most people, however, aren't willing to trade savings for privacy.

"It's still a very small percentage of consumers involved in pay-as-you-drive. I think there's still reluctance on the part of some drivers to have a GPS device installed in their cars that’s monitoring their driving habits," Mike Barry, spokesman for the Insurance Information Institute, said in a statement.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 19, 2015 | Comments (12)

Shoppers Drawn to Fuel Economy, Looks When Car Buying

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Despite months of falling gas prices, fuel economy is still top of shoppers' minds at the dealership. According to J.D. Power and Associates' 12th annual U.S. Avoider Study — this looks at the reasons consumers purchase, reject or avoid certain vehicles — fuel economy is the factor that influences new-car buyers the most; it tops the list for the fourth year in a row.

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

For the study, J.D. Power surveyed nearly 30,000 owners who registered a new vehicle in April and May of 2014; the study was conducted between July and September 2014. While 14 percent of new-vehicle owners listed gas mileage as the biggest reason for selecting their vehicle, the No. 1 reason consumers listed for avoiding certain models was exterior styling, with 30 percent of people listing that as the top reason.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 16, 2015 | Comments (4)

We Bought a 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Cars.com just named the redesigned Mercedes-Benz C-Class our Best of 2015 car. As we've done in recent years, we purchased one to put our money where our mouth is. Naturally, the process kicked off with a familiar question: Which C-Class would we get? Among the new 2015 C-Class sedans on Cars.com, we found more than 150 examples within 50 miles of our Chicago offices. We've already driven both the C300 and C400, and we deemed the C400's extra power unnecessary versus the already-punchy C300, particularly since it starts some $10,000 higher.

Related: Cars.com Names 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Best of 2015

We settled on the C300. Given the nature of Chicago weather, we opted for all-wheel drive, and so set our sights on a 2015 C300 4Matic sedan; that combination accounted for more than 80 percent of the 2015 C-Class sedans in dealer inventory near our offices at the time we were shopping. Including destination, the C300 4Matic starts at $41,325 but can spiral past $60,000 if you load up the options. Still, most examples on Cars.com near us were listed between $45,000 and $55,000.

We settled on a plan. We'd visit a Mercedes dealership near downtown Chicago to see what option groups were popular; then we'd email that dealership along with a few others when we had an idea of the equipment that we wanted. As always, we told salespeople we were looking to buy a company car, providing only our personal email addresses and mobile phone numbers. We revealed only after the price had been agreed to that we worked for Cars.com.

By Kelsey Mays | January 14, 2015 | Comments (9)

December's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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Winter may have been a little late arriving this season in parts of the country, but that didn't stop folks from running out and buying SUVs and trucks in December. Thirteen of the 19 fastest-selling cars last month were SUVs or trucks. The other six? Well, four of those were all-wheel-drive-equipped Subaru models.

Related: Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: December 2014

The wagon that acts like an SUV — the Subaru Outback — was the fifth nameplate from the brand to make the fastest list. That's an impressive feat since the brand only has nine models.

By David Thomas | January 5, 2015 | Comments (1)

Used-Car Prices Fall for Eighth Month in a Row

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Late-model used-car prices sank $115 to $21,643 in December. This is the lowest prices have been all year; they're down 6.9 percent ($1,594) since the beginning of the year.

Fiat 500c prices dropped the most this month. The subcompact car was down 4.6 percent ($741) to $15,495. The Ford Ranger pickup truck and Dodge Grand Caravan minivan followed it, with declines of 3.4 percent ($600) and 3 percent ($516), respectively.

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Prices for used luxury cars, particularly those from Mercedes-Benz, continue to strengthen. For the second month in a row, the Mercedes S-Class flagship sedan had the biggest price increase. It was up 2.1 percent ($1,200) to $59,145. The Mercedes M-Class SUV came next, with its price up 1.9 percent ($708). Following it was the Toyota Sequoia SUV, which was up 1.6 percent ($649).

By Mike Hanley | December 29, 2014 | Comments (2)

What Are the Most Searched Vehicles on Cars.com?

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New-car sales are forecasted to reach 16.5 million units by the year's end, and car shoppers from coast to coast are going online to research new models in record numbers. What are the most searched vehicles on Cars.com? The answer to that depends on where you live. Turns out Illinois residents have a thing for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, while Florida's sun-loving shoppers prefer the Ford Mustang. Although a certain truck seems to be pretty popular everywhere.

Check out the graphic to see what's hot in your state; click to enlarge.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

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