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)

November's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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Snow may have hit parts of the country early, but that didn't stop people from buying sporty cars and SUVs. The three cars that tied to top November's fastest-sellers list all have serious performance chops with the rear-wheel-drive Ford Mustang on top for the second consecutive month. The other two — the Porsche Macan and Subaru WRX — sport all-wheel drive, so weather is less of a worry for buyers.

Related: 2015 Ford Mustang Expert Review

October also saw the all-season-friendly Honda CR-V tied for first place, but this week it took a whole 24 hours longer to sell the practical people mover versus the Mustang.

By David Thomas | December 1, 2014 | Comments (1)

Holiday Sales Come Early This Year, Even for Cars

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If Santa Claus is on television roaming a garage filled with shiny Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs then Christmas must be just around the corner, right?

Not any longer. Just as retailers now try to gain an early edge with holiday shoppers through "pre-Black Friday" sales, Mercedes and archrival BMW couldn't even wait until daylight saving time ended to start their annual year-end sales promotions.

Related: Zero Percent for 84 Months Hits Midwest Chrysler Dealers

BMW, currently the top-selling sales brand in the U.S., began advertising its Happier Holiday Event on Nov. 1 — before many had a chance to take down Halloween decorations.

Mercedes-Benz, nipping at BMW's heels for sales leadership, was on the same schedule. Mercedes dealers started their annual Winter Event on Nov. 1, and around the same time Santa popped up on TV, ushering trucks loaded with naughty and nice Mercedes vehicles out the door.

By Rick Popely | November 24, 2014 | Comments (3)

Volkswagen Prices 2015 Golf R

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Volkswagen today announced pricing for the latest addition to its sporty hatchback lineup, the 2015 Golf R. The Golf R will arrive in dealerships early next year, initially available only as a four-door and with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Prices start at $37,415 for the base Golf R and $39,910 for the technology-loaded DCC and Nav trim; both prices include an $820 destination charge.

Related: Volkswagen Golf R: Up Close

VW says the all-wheel-drive Golf R is the fastest and most powerful Golf ever to hit the U.S. market. The 292 horsepower from the R's 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder represents a 14 percent power boost over the previous version, while torque is up 15 percent from the outgoing car's 243 pounds-feet. But those gains don't come at the expense of fuel economy; VW says the new R gets 30 mpg with the dual-clutch automatic compared with its manual predecessor's 27 mpg. Meanwhile, its zero-to-60 mph sprint improves by nearly 1.7 seconds to 4.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155 mph.

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Best Resale Values

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Today, automotive forecast company ALG released its annual list of the best resale — or residual — values broken down by segment. The list, now in its 15th year, highlights the model-year 2015 vehicles across 26 segments expected to retain the highest percentage of their retail price after three years. 

Related: 2014 Best Resale Values

This year, Land Rover and Toyota topped the list in the Premium Brand and Mainstream Brand, respectively, with Toyota taking home five segment awards. The Mini Hardtop (Premium Compact Car) and Subaru Outback (Midsize Utility Vehicle – 2-row) are back on the list despite full redesigns, and several cars made the list for the first time, including the Dodge Charger (Full-Size Car), Porsche Macan (Premium Compact Utility Vehicle) and Ford Transit Connect (Midsize Commercial Van). Continue below for the full list of winners broken down by segment.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Zero Percent for 84 Months Hits Midwest Chrysler Dealers

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We reported recently on the growing trend of the seven-year car loan, but as we head into the holiday car-shopping season some dealers in the country's heartland are adding a twist to the lengthy term.

Related: Seven-Year Car Loans More Popular, but Beware

Chrysler dealers in certain Midwest states including Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin are offering 84 month financing deals with zero percent interest through Chrysler Capital the company confirmed with Cars.com. The deal is also only good on three models at this time — the 2015 Chrysler 200 (excluding LX trims), 2015 Chrysler Town & Country and 2015 Dodge Grand Caravans — and runs through Dec. 1.

By David Thomas | November 11, 2014 | Comments (8)

2015 Hyundai Accent: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: Bluetooth available at lower cost

Price change: $100 increase on all models

On sale: Early- to mid-November

Which should you buy, 2014 or 2015? 2014

For 2015, the subcompact Hyundai Accent gets a midlife exterior freshening and new option packages for GLS sedans with the optional automatic transmission that make Bluetooth hands-free capability available at lower cost.

Bluetooth is included in the new $600 Popular Equipment Package with cruise control, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel with built-in audio controls and a sliding armrest storage box. Previously, those features were lumped in the $1,400 Option Group 2 with 16-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, projector-style headlights, upgraded interior trim and other items. Those latter features are now available in the new $800 Style Package, and you have to buy the Popular Package to get them.

By Rick Popely | November 11, 2014 | Comments (3)

Mercedes-Benz Renames Much of its Lineup

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It seems to be happening all the time in the auto industry. A manufacturer just isn't happy with its vehicles' names, especially when it wants to add new, additional models to the lineup.

Related: Cadillac Changes All Model Names To Alphanumeric, Starts With CT6, etc.

Mercedes-Benz is the latest to do the ole name switcheroo in advance of this year's auto show season. While the company's sedans will continue as-is, that can't be said of its SUV and sports car lineup.

By David Thomas | November 11, 2014 | Comments (5)

Survey: Recalls Influence Car Shoppers

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If you're weary of the nonstop recall coverage lately, we don't blame you. It's been an unprecedented year for them. Tallying recalls is a dubious task, given the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's counts a vehicle recall as anything from passenger cars to garbage trucks and motorcycles. But the Detroit Free Press counted 56.1 million auto recalls year to date on Oct. 20 — a figure that thumped NHTSA's prior record of 30.8 million vehicle recalls set in 2004, according to annual totals obtained by Cars.com. And that was two days before NHTSA added another 3.1 million cars to a widespread airbag recall.

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

Meanwhile, new-car sales at GM are up 3.9 percent through October. That falls short of the industry's 5.5 percent gain, according to Automotive News, but it's better than you'd expect for an automaker whose 25.6 million recalls top other automakers by a mile. Other recall-heavy automakers have had mixed years: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is up 15.8 percent and Toyota is up 5.8 percent, but Ford and Honda are roughly flat.

Still, a new survey suggests that car shoppers do, in fact, care about recalls — and most of them know about this year's largest ones. How that influences shoppers' decisions, on the other hand, is up for debate.

By Kelsey Mays | November 10, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: Available hands-free, automatically opening power lift gate

Price change: Zero to $600 higher depending on model

On sale: Since late October

Which should you buy, 2014 or 2015? 2014

One reason to buy a new 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe or Santa Fe Sport is to get a new hands-free power liftgate. Unlike Ford's, which requires a kicking motion under the rear bumper, Hyundai's opens automatically when someone with a proximity smart key comes within a few feet of the rear bumper. Sounds good, but it comes at a hefty price.

By Rick Popely | November 5, 2014 | Comments (2)

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