Recall Alert: 355 GM Sedans, Crossovers

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Vehicles Affected: About 355 Buick Regal, LaCrosse and Verano sedans and Enclave crossovers; Chevrolet Malibu and Cruze sedans and Traverse crossovers; and GMC Acadia crossovers — all 2014 models equipped with automatic transmissions.

The Problem: The transmission shift cable adjuster may disengage from the transmission shift lever, which could prevent the driver from shifting gear positions, and the indicated shift position may not represent the actual gear position. If disengagement occurs while the vehicle is in motion, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the driver may be able to shift the lever to the "Park" position, but the vehicle transmission may not be in the correct gear position; if this occurs, the vehicle could roll away, increasing the risk of injury to occupants and bystanders.

The Fix: GM will notify owners starting late this month, and dealers will inspect and replace any affected transmission shift cable adjusters for free.

What Owners Should Do: Chevrolet owners can call 800-222-1020, Buick owners 800-521-7300 and GMC owners 800-462-8782, or owners can call 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 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Chevrolet Cruze: Family Review Checklist

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The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze worked for my family of four, as long as there were no surprises, but life is full of them. During my weeklong test drive of the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, there were instances that highlighted the Cruze's lack of flexibility.

During my time in the Cruze, I had a family emergency that required taking an older adult to the hospital. The Cruze's low roofline made getting in it difficult, and I hated even thinking about taking the Cruze for the emergency-room run. So, I didn't use the sedan. I also didn't drive the Cruze when my son and his friend decided to go to an ice rink. Both of them, my daughter, their two hockey bags and sticks didn't come close to fitting in the Cruze.

I did drive the Cruze diesel for errands and meeting up with friends. The 2014 Cruze's 151-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel engine makes 264 pounds-feet of torque. It was plenty powerful on the highway and city streets, though I had to work with the throttle. The Cruze diesel gets an EPA-estimated 27/46/33 mpg city/highway/combined. In my test drive, I averaged 36.4 mpg, beating the EPA's combined number. From the driver's seat, it's difficult to hear the clean-diesel engine, but in the drive-through lane I usually turned the Cruze off to prevent issues with my order due to the somewhat loud engine noise outside the car.

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Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 3,161 model-year 2013-14 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedans equipped with manual transmissions and manufactured from Jan. 24 to Aug. 1, 2013. 

The Problem: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the right front half shaft could fracture and separate. If this happens while driving, the car could lose power, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the half shaft assembly for free.

What Owners Should Do: General Motors has already notified all affected owners. Consumers can call GM at 800-521-7300 or NHTSA at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

GM Offers Siri Eyes Free Integration on Six More Vehicles

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Look for Siri Eyes Free Integration on a host of 2014 GM vehicles. Previously offered on the Chevrolet Sonic and Spark, Apple's voice-activated "intelligent assistant" — requiring neither the driver's hands nor eyes for use — will now be available on the Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS and Volt, the automaker announced Monday.

Through the vehicles' available Chevrolet MyLink multimedia system, users with a compatible iPhone running the iOS 6 or iOS 7 operating systems can direct Siri to perform a number of tasks while they keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. To use the feature, motorists connect their iPhone with the MyLink radio via Bluetooth, pair with the system and use the steering-wheel voice-activation button to begin and end sessions. In addition to the feature's no-look use, it prevents the iPhone's screen from lighting up, further mitigating distraction.

By Matt Schmitz | October 15, 2013 | Comments (1)

Top 10 Most-Improved Cars from the Past 15 Years

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If you read our series on the business of redesigns, you know that reimagining a car from the ground up can be a billion-dollar feat to implement the industry's latest technology, keep up with ever-improving competition and ultimately (hopefully) increase sales. They usually do just that: In Cars.com's analysis of 61 redesigns from 2009 to 2012, sales for the average remake saw an increase of 32.6% in the months following.

Why? Just look at their predecessors. Some undertakings replace a onetime star that lingered well past its freshness date (see the Volkswagen New Beetle), while others are the successor to a product doomed from the get-go (see the Dodge Caliber). Whatever you call it, the most improved overhauls can sometimes create butterflies out of automotive caterpillars. An important note: Sometimes the changes go beyond just interiors and drivetrains, and sometimes the car being replaced was so poor that the automaker gave the new version an all-new name.

The last time we named the most-improved cars, we considered models that showed progress through successive generations in the 2000s. This time, our editors nominated the most improved single redesigns from the past 15 years.

By Kelsey Mays | October 14, 2013 | Comments (13)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Mercedes-Benz's new entry-level luxury sedan debuted in the No. 1 spot on this week's list of most-read reviews. The 2014 CLA Class, which Cars.com reviewer David Thomas describes as sleek-of-style yet rough-of-ride, managed to nudge the 2014 Jeep Cherokee out of the top spot, which the all-new SUV had been guarding closely for several weeks running. Other popular debuts this week came courtesy of the 2014 Nissan Versa Note (No. 4), the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel (No. 8) and the 2013 Volkswagen CC (No. 10). Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
2. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
3. 2014 Subaru Forester
4. 2014 Nissan Versa Note
5. 2013 BMW 328i
6. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
7. 2013 Toyota RAV4
8. 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

9. 2014 Ford Taurus
10. 2013 Volkswagen CC

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Is the Buick Encore Underpowered?

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Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: September 2013

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The federal government may have shut down for the first time in 17 years, but that didn't keep automakers from reporting sales. With the largest seven automakers reporting numbers, September new-car sales fell 5%.

Chrysler stayed roughly flat as an 8.4% bump in Ram pickup truck sales offset losses from the group's Jeep and Fiat brands. Ford rose slightly, while Toyota and Nissan saw small losses. Larger losses came at Honda (down 9.9%) and Hyundai-Kia (down 13.9%, mostly due to a 21% plunge at Kia). GM fell 11% from losses at Chevrolet and GMC, including full-size pickup sales. The Chevrolet Cruze plunged 50.6% versus a strong September 2012 as lower inventory played against higher incentives for the compact sedan, which has encountered fierce competition since it hit dealerships three years ago. Other small cars faltered, too: The Honda Civic and Dodge Dart had decent months, but the Ford Focus, Mazda3 and Nissan Sentra saw double-digit losses despite redesigns for the latter two. Toyota Corolla sales stayed flat despite a redesign, too, and the Volkswagen Jetta fell 9.8%.

By Kelsey Mays | October 1, 2013 | Comments (3)

Which Cars Have Heated Seats with Separate Back and Bottom Heaters?

In the new Chevrolet Impala, I noticed the heated seats are two-stages like GM vehicles used to have. But many GMs I've been in recently have just the one setting for bottom and back combined. Is this GM-wide? Which vehicles have the two-setting heaters?

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By Rick Popely | September 29, 2013 | Comments (1)

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