What's the Most Affordable Car in 2014?

2014MitsubishiMirage

Shoppers may face legitimate sticker shock when they're shopping for a new car. TV and radio advertisements may lead them to believe that new cars all get at least 35 mpg for less than $15,000, but the price of entry for even a modestly equipped new car is well above that.

Related: What's the Most Affordable Compact SUV for 2014?

That's why we've taken the cars with the lowest sticker prices and added a dose of reality. A vast majority of buyers never consider buying a car with a manual transmission (often the standard equipment on inexpensive new cars), so right out of the gate the car they're shopping for costs significantly more than they thought it would. Opting for an automatic transmission can cost $1,000 or more.

By David Thomas | July 21, 2014 | Comments (7)

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

2014ChevroletCruzeRecall

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.

More Recalls

By Matt Schmitz | June 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

2012ChevroletSonic

Vehicles Affected: About 21,567 model-year 2012 Chevrolet Sonic cars equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine

The Problem: The transmission turbine shaft may fracture as a result of a supplier quality issue, according to GM. If this occurs in 1st or 2nd gear, the vehicle would not be able to upshift into 3rd or 6th gears. If the turbine shift fractured while in one of the higher gears, the vehicle would coast until slow enough to downshift into 1st or 2nd gear. In both instances, a malfunction indicator lamp may illuminate. If driven in this condition for a long period of time, all forward gears may become inoperable, though the engine would continue to run and all power accessories would function. GM said it is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to the problem.

The Fix: GM will notify owners by letter, and dealers will perform the necessary repairs for free; courtesy transportation will be provided as needed.

What Owners Should Do: The automaker has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 for more info.

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

More Recalls

Manufacturer image

By Matt Schmitz | June 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

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

2012-Chevrolet-Cruze-LTZ-048

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.

More Recalls  

Manufacturer image  

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

Does the Chevrolet Sonic Get Better Gas Mileage Than the Aveo?

"Does the Chevrolet Sonic get better gas mileage than the Aveo?"

Ray G.

By Rick Popely | November 17, 2013 | Comments (2)

GM Offers Siri Eyes Free Integration on Six More Vehicles

SparkStereo

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

2010_2011sportage

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)

Recall Alert: 2013-14 Chevrolet Sonic

2014ChevroletSonic
Vehicles Affected:
Approximately 1,558 model-year 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Sonics

The Problem: Faulty fuel-tank strap welds could allow the strap bracket to separate, causing the fuel tank to rest on the exhaust pipe or plastic fuel-tank shield. If the fuel-tank shield and fuel-filler neck do not support the fuel tank, it may separate from the vehicle. If punctured and in the presence of an ignition source, a fire may occur. The automaker discovered the issue in the assembly plant and said there have been no customer complaints, crashes, injuries or fires resulting from the problem; most of the vehicles are in dealer stock.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect the bracket straps and make any necessary repairs for free.

What Owners Should Do: GM said motorists experiencing the problem may hear a rattling or scraping noise. 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.

More Recalls

By Matt Schmitz | October 7, 2013 | Comments (1)

Is the Buick Encore Underpowered?

"Is the Buick Encore underpowered?"

Anonymous

By Rick Popely | October 6, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS: Test Car Gallery

2013ChevroletSonicRS

When Cars.com reviewer David Thomas tested the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic's sporty version, the RS, he found little reason to pay the extra money when the LTZ hatchback version was just as powerful, and the additional "sportiness" marginal at best. Still, he said the RS is a fun, zippy compact with excellent fuel economy.

The Sonic that Thomas drove was Victory Red with a Jet Black interior and came with all RS-standard equipment at a cost of $20,995, including an $810 destination charge. The engine was a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual transmission, good for 138 horsepower and EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27/34 mpg city/highway. The Sonic earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's 2013 Top Safety Pick award, but fell short in the new small overlap front test, earning a "marginal" rating.

By Matt Schmitz | August 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

Search Results

KickingTires Search Results for

Search Kicking Tires

KickingTires iPhone App
Ask.cars.com