Video: 2015 Chicago Auto Show's Family Cars

Family cars made a big splash at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. From the show floor, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays takes us on a tour of the newest special features in family cars. Check out the video for more.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 18, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Chevrolet Equinox Video

Chevrolet's compact crossover is one of its best-selling vehicles, and the Equinox gets an update for 2016. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says it might be tough to spot the changes this year, however.

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The exterior got a minor styling update and a couple things changed inside too, including a new control layout. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

How Much Has the 2016 Chevy Equinox Really Changed? (28 Photos)

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The Equinox has set sales records each of the past five years, according to Chevrolet, which perhaps explains why the brand didn't feel compelled to fully redesign it for 2016; the Equinox is now in its seventh model year, but it receives just a mild styling update for 2016.

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And those changes are mild, even by refresh standards. They're concentrated in the new front-end design that Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet, says shows where the brand's look is heading. The new face gives the Equinox a greater Chevy family resemblance, and the new taillights are nice, but otherwise this small SUV looks exactly like the current one, which has had handsome proportions since its 2010 redesign.

By Mike Hanley | February 12, 2015 | Comments (2)

2016 Chevrolet Equinox: First Look

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Competes with: Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4

Looks like: Equinox gets bedazzled instead of full redesign

Drivetrain: 182-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder; 301-hp, 3.6-liter V-6; six-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Fall 2015

The five-seat Chevrolet Equinox small SUV has been on sale in its current form for six model years. At that age, a car is typically due for a full redesign, but that's not what the Equinox gets for the 2016 model year. Instead, Chevrolet said in a statement that it has "contemporized" the Equinox with new styling and more features like a newly standard backup camera. The 2016 Equinox debuts at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

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The base L trim level is only available with front-wheel drive, but LS, LT and LTZ trims can have all-wheel drive. Like its predecessor, the 2016 Equinox is powered by a standard four-cylinder engine or an available V-6. It hits dealerships this fall.

By Mike Hanley | February 11, 2015 | Comments (10)

Chevrolet Teases 2016 Equinox

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A trend is starting to emerge for next week's Chicago Auto Show: updated crossovers. Honda plans to unveil a new Pilot, Acura will reveal a freshened RDX and GM just announced that it'll pull the wraps off the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox.

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Chevrolet's crossover is coming off its best January ever, with sales up nearly 20,000 units last month compared to year-ago levels, and the automaker is hoping to keep the momentum rolling with a refreshed model. GM didn't release any details but published a teaser pic, above. Check back with us on Feb. 12 when the 2016 Equinox is unveiled.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 414,000 GM Sedans, Sports Cars, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 414,000 model-year 2011-12 Buick LaCrosse and Regal sedans, and Chevrolet Camaro sports cars, and 2010-12 Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs, all equipped with power height adjustable driver and passenger seats

The Problem: The bolt that secures the driver and passenger power front-seat height adjuster may fall out, causing the seat to drop to the lowest vertical position. If the driver's seat unexpectedly drops, the distraction and altered seat position could affect the driver's control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. We first reported on the recall last week.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the height adjuster shoulder bolts for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 or GMC at 800-462-8782. Owners also 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.

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 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

What's the Most Affordable Compact SUV for 2014?

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If you're shopping for a compact SUV, the bevy of competitive options to choose from may overwhelm you. Since our last comparison test in 2012 new models from Jeep, Nissan and Toyota have gone on sale, and they're selling quite well.

Related: What's the Most Affordable Midsize Sedan for 2014

One other thing that has changed recently: Most models in this segment come with relatively well-equipped base levels, or with just a few options selected. That makes finding the most affordable versions easier, but it's not a simple task.

We've done the hard part and compiled the right trim levels that deliver expected features in this class and included the cost of gas over five years to determine the most affordable compact SUV amongst the ranks.

By David Thomas | June 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

Ford Escape Again Walks Away With 'Most-Stolen' Title

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As stolen SUVs go, crooks are still most likely to abscond with the Escape. Once again, the Ford Escape topped the National Insurance Crime Bureau's list of most-stolen SUVs and crossovers. The Des Plaines, lll.-based nonprofit today released the 2014 SUV hot list, which examines model-year 2011-13 SUV and crossover thefts that occurred between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2013.

Ford Escape Tops List of Most-Stolen SUVs

According to the NICB, a total of 21,711 SUVs and crossovers were reported stolen in that time; that's up from just less than 20,000 on the list released in February 2013. The consistently coveted Escape did its share in making up the difference in the increase. At 1,421 thefts, the Escape logged 407 more thefts than reported in the 2013 list, a nearly 29 percent spike. Ford also dominates the balance of the top three, with 1,140 Edge thefts and 958 Explorer thefts.

By Matt Schmitz | June 16, 2014 | Comments (2)

Several Midsize SUVs Fail IIHS Crash Test

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The 2014 Honda Pilot didn't do very well in Cars.com's $40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge, and it fared even worse in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's latest crash test. The Pilot is one of several SUVs that scored poorly in the IIHS's challenging small front overlap test.

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The agency recently performed the test, meant to simulate a 40-mph crash of a vehicle's front corner into another vehicle, a tree or a pole, on nine midsize SUVs; six scored marginal or poor. Only the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain took home good ratings, earning them Top Safety Pick Plus status.

The GM twins join the redesigned-for-2014 Toyota Highlander, which was tested last year and also deemed a Top Safety Pick Plus. To qualify for the agency's highest award, a vehicle must earn a good or acceptable small overlap rating, good ratings in four other occupant protection tests and a rating of basic or higher for front crash prevention.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 7, 2014 | Comments (13)

Chevrolet Helps Drivers Pull Fast One With Corvette Data Recorder, 4G Wireless

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Whether your need for speed manifests itself on the track or online, GM is offering two new ways to get a quick fix. This past weekend at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the automaker announced a first-of-its-kind performance data recorder for the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which allows drivers to record video and audio of their hot laps and then use telemetry technology to analyze and improve their times. Meanwhile, the Stingray and a host of other 2015 Chevrolet models will also be available soon with an accelerated data connection to AT&T's high-speed 4G LTE network.

GM developed the performance data recorder with British motorsports-engineering firm Cosworth, and the system will be available on the 2015 Corvette; pricing will be announced later. The PDR's three major components are a high-definition camera mounted in the windshield header to record the driver’s point of view, a self-contained telemetry recorder that uses a GPS receiver to record performance data and a 32-gigabyte memory-card slot in the glove box for recording and transferring video and vehicle data of up to 13 hours.

By Matt Schmitz | January 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

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