Thieves Still Favor the Honda Accord

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As is often the case in these "most-stolen" lists, the vehicles that are most popular with those who buy cars are commensurately popular with those who steal them. Of the top 10 popularly pilfered vehicles on the Des Plaines, Ill.,-based National Insurance Crime Bureau's annual "Hot Wheels" list, seven are also mainstays among the nation's top 10 best-selling cars each month.

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Topping the list is the consistently beloved Honda Accord, with nearly 54,000 thefts in the 2013 counting period, followed by the Honda Civic (45,000) and full-size Chevrolet pickup trucks (28,000). Moreover, while No. 8 combines the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee into one listing, it should be noted that these are two entirely separate vehicles, one a crossover and the other a full-size SUV.

By Matt Schmitz | August 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 3,000 2011-14 GM Compact Cars, Crossovers

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 3,000 GM compact cars and crossovers, including model-year 2011-14 Chevrolet Cruzes and 2012-14 Sonics, as well as 2013-14 Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore crossovers, and Buick Verano sedans

The Problem: Insulation on the engine block heater power cord, if equipped, may become damaged during very cold conditions.

The Fix: GM will notify owners and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 or Buick at 800-521-7300.

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 | June 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 29,019 model-year 2013-14 Chevrolet Cruze sedans

The Problem: General Motors is reporting that a faulty inflator in the driver's side front airbag could cause the bag to rupture, and metal pieces could injure the occupants. The faulty inflator could also cause the airbag not to inflate, increasing the risk of an injury in a crash. GM said it's aware of one warranty claim related to this issue.

Reuters is reporting that although the affected airbag inflators were made by Takata, the Japanese supply company at the center of a massive, multi-automaker airbag recall, the Cruze airbag inflator issue is separate. 

The Fix: Dealers will replace the driver's side airbag inflator for free.

What Owners Should Do: General Motors has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Chevrolet at 866-694-6546 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | June 30, 2014 | Comments (20)

Recall Alert: 2012 Buick Verano and Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze and Sonic

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 31,520 model-year 2012 Buick Verano and Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze and Sonic cars. This is an expansion of a previous recall.

The Problem: A defect inside the driver's side front airbag terminal could cause the airbag not to deploy in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. The air bag warning light will illuminate in affected vehicles.

GM said it's aware of one crash and subsequent injury related to this problem as well as other non-airbag deployment crashes, but the automaker cannot confirm if the latter crashes are related to this recall. 

The Fix: Dealers will replace the steering-wheel airbag coil for free.

What Owners Should Do: General Motors has not yet provided an owner notification schedule but did say courtesy transportation would be provided as needed. Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300 or Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | June 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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After just a week out of the spotlight, the 2014 Nissan Rogue just couldn't stay away. The crossover made a big comeback, landing it yet again in the No. 1 spot on our list of most-read reviews. The lone newcomer to this week's roster is Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder's 7-month-old review of the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, which checked back in at No. 10. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
2. 2015 Honda Fit
3. 2015 Audi A3
4. 2014 Honda CR-V
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6.2014 Q50
7. 2014 Subaru Outback
8. 2014 Buick Regal
9. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
10. 2014 Chevrolet Cruze

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | April 27, 2014 | Comments (1)

Which Compact Car Looks New to You?

The 2014 New York International Auto Show continues this week with a bevy of new models atop revolving pedestals. However, while many updates, like the new Nissan Murano, were certainly easy to notice others were not.

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Three popular compact sedans in terms of sales received tweaks for the 2015 model year and were introduced in New York. Their updates, however, are harder to spot. We're unsure if any of them received enough attention from their respective automakers to register with folks attending the show.

What do you think? Check out the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze, 2015 Ford Focus and 2015 Volkswagen Jetta and let us know which one looks most like a "new" model in our survey below.

By David Thomas | April 25, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Chevrolet Cruze: Up Close

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The 2015 Cruze's mild restyle features updates up front that shares elements with other Chevrolet products to create a more cohesive brand image among Chevrolet sedans.

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On the 2015 Cruze this includes a grille similar to the Chevrolet Malibu and new lower front styling with available LED running lights like the Chevrolet Impala.

By Joe Bruzek | April 19, 2014 | Comments (5)

2015 Chevrolet Cruze Photo Gallery (19 Photos)

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Chevrolet freshened the exterior styling of its Cruze compact car for 2015, but the updates look minor. Highlights include a revised front end with a more streamlined grille and LED running lights. 

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Inside, there are revised cupholders, and some of the controls get new locations — the door-lock switches move from the center console to the front door panels and the trunk release is now relocated near the center console. Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

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

2015 Chevrolet Cruze: First Look

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Competes with: Kia Forte, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic

Looks like: The Cruze is chomping on something sour

Drivetrain: 1.8-liter four-cylinder, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder, turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder; six-speed manual and automatic transmissions; front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Fall

Debuting at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze receives minor updates for 2015 including a restyled front end Chevrolet says is inspired by the Impala and Malibu. We see more Malibu than Impala now that the upper and lower grilles' edges are lopped off compared to the 2014, though the Impala influence is apparent with the Cruze LTZ and LT models' LED running lights.

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Mobile connectivity is hot for the 2015 Cruze, which now includes an actual hotspot with newly released 4G LTE high-speed internet along with a few other mobile updates. The interior is also reworked slightly with relocated buttons and switches for added convenience.

By Joe Bruzek | April 12, 2014 | Comments (10)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze

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Vehicles Affected: About 174,046 model-year 2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedans equipped with a turbo 1.4-liter engine and manufactured between Nov. 28, 2012, and March 7, 2014.

The Problem: The right front half shaft may fracture and separate while driving, potentially causing the vehicle to lose power and coast to a stop. If a vehicle with a fractured half shaft is parked without the parking brake applied, the car could move unexpectedly. Either condition increases the risk of a crash. The recall comes after GM recently announced that it was ordering dealers to stop selling 2013 and 2014 Cruzes with the 1.4-liter engine, but did not reveal why at the time.

The Fix: GM will initially notify owners starting April 28 and a second time when parts are available, and dealers will inspect and replace the right half shaft, if necessary, for free. Some vehicles in this recall were subject to another recall initiated in August 2013 and repaired using defective parts. GM also said those owners will be advised that they must have their vehicles fixed again under this new recall campaign.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 866-694-6546 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 31, 2014 | Comments (28)

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