2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Car Seat Check


The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is having a good year. It was recently named Cars.com's Best Pickup Truck of 2015. This midsize pickup truck is built on an all-new platform and has a redesigned exterior and interior. The Colorado comes in extended- or crew-cab models; we tested a Colorado crew cab, which seats five.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | January 27, 2015 | Comments (2)

GM Issues Stop Sale on Three 2015 Three-Row Crossovers


A pending tire recall has prompted GM to issue a stop-sale mandate to dealers for three model-year 2015 SUVs. Approximately 6,000 versions of the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclaves are affected. The vehicles use Goodyear tires that could crack.

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According to the Detroit News, the tire recall will include about 48,500 Fortera HL tires that were made from Nov. 30, 2014, through Jan. 10, 2015. Click here for the full story from the Detroit News.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 22, 2015 | Comments (1)

How Would Chevy's Bolt EV Stack Up Against the Nissan Leaf?


Chevrolet unveiled its Bolt EV concept car at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit today, a car that promises a 200-mile range and a price "around" $30,000. The automaker didn't say much more about it — like how much room it has inside or when we might expect a production version to hit the road, if ever.

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Of course, there are other electric cars on the road with the best-selling amongst them being Nissan's Leaf. Here's a quick snapshot of how the two compare and more photos of the Bolt's debut in Detroit.

By David Thomas | January 12, 2015 | Comments (0)

Inside the 2016 Chevrolet Volt (26 Photos)

2016 Chevy Volt

The differences between the original Chevrolet Volt concept car from 2007 and the eventual production version in 2011 left many people who were excited for GM's first mass-market electric vehicle rather cold. What started out as a hot-looking, angular and futuristic design had morphed into a somewhat messy, odd-looking mishmash of styles influenced by the demands of aerodynamic efficiency.

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The subsequent Cadillac ELR coupe proved that GM EVs could indeed be sexy. With the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, GM has had plenty of time to work with designers and aerodynamic specialists to craft something genuinely attractive, and it has succeeded in doing so.

By Aaron Bragman | January 12, 2015 | Comments (9)

Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept: First Look


Looks like: Chevy Spark EV meets Nissan Leaf

Defining characteristics: Compact all-electric car with a range of 200 miles and a price around $30,000

Ridiculous features: The automatic park-and-retrieval system; the driver can exit the vehicle and tell the Bolt to park itself, and when needed, the concept can be summoned to return to the owner's location.

Chance of being mass-produced: It's likely GM will offer a compact all-electric production car in the near future. "The Bolt EV concept demonstrates General Motors' commitment to electrification and the capabilities of our advanced EV technology," the automaker said in a statement.

The new Volt isn't the only electric news coming off the Chevrolet stage at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year; GM also unveiled a new concept that looks like it's aimed straight at the Nissan Leaf. Chevrolet says the Bolt EV concept embodies the brand's vision for an affordable, long-range electric vehicle; it's designed to go more than 200 miles on a charge and starts around $30,000.

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The tall hatchback's styling screams electric car with its aerodynamic-optimized wedge shape and vented rear fenders; it also uses materials like aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber and woven mesh to reduce weight and maximize range. Other exterior highlights include a full-length frosted glass roof, wraparound rear window and jewel-like high-intensity LED head- and taillights.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 12, 2015 | Comments (1)

2016 Chevrolet Volt: First Look


Competes with: Toyota Prius Plug-In, Nissan Leaf, Audi A3 e-tron, Ford C-Max Energi

Looks like: A little last-gen Volt, a little current-gen Honda Civic

Drivetrain: Two-motor electric-drive unit; 101-hp, 1.5-liter gasoline range extender; 18.4-kwh lithium-ion battery pack; front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Late 2015

The second generation of GM's most advanced vehicle has been revealed, and while it looks considerably more mainstream than the outgoing model, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is still a remarkable and unique vehicle that has been refined with significant input from previous Volt owners.

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The first Volt was created in something of a customer vacuum — GM really didn't know who would buy it, how they would exactly use it, or if people would be satisfied with the range-extended electric vehicle's abilities. Now after 73,000 have been sold, GM quizzed owners on what to improve and used that feedback to create the 2016 model. The resulting car is designed to bring Volt customers back to the showroom once their leases are up while broadening the car's appeal to a more mainstream crowd.

By Aaron Bragman | January 12, 2015 | Comments (5)

2015 Chevrolet Trax Review


"With its 2015 Trax, Chevrolet has offered up a tiny SUV with exceptional visibility, good interior room and a surprisingly large cargo area, but pokey acceleration — especially with optional all-wheel drive," says Cars.com reviewer Bill Jackson.

2015 Chevrolet Trax Expert Review

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 9, 2015 | Comments (2)

Chevrolet Teases 2016 Volt


Chevrolet unmasked the 2016 Chevrolet Volt at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week before its full reveal at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 12. Based on the initial photos, the next-generation range-extender plug-in electric hybrid Volt receives a significant styling overhaul on top of the efficiency improvements Chevrolet previously outlined.

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Chevrolet promises the 2016 Volt will be more efficient than the current generation thanks to a revised propulsion system featuring a battery with increased storage capacity and a more efficient two-motor drive unit. The 2015's 1.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine gets the boot for a direct-injected 1.5-liter four-cylinder with the promise of increased efficiency. More details will be announced at the Detroit auto show on Jan. 12.

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By Joe Bruzek | January 5, 2015 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 83,572 GM Trucks, SUVs


Vehicles Affected: About 84,000 GM trucks from the 2011-12 model year, including certain Chevrolet Silverado and Avalanche pickup trucks and Tahoe and Suburban SUVs; GMC Sierra pickup trucks and Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs; and Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs and Escalade EXT pickup trucks. Certain 2007-14 models from that group with previous repairs may also need this recall because of defective replacement parts.

The Problem: If the cabin is warm, a faulty ignition lock actuator could cause the key to stick in the Start position when you turn the car on. (That's past the Off, Accessory and Run positions.) If you drive with the key stuck in Start and the cabin temperature falls or you hit a bump, the key could release from the Start position and rotate all the way past Run into the Accessory position. That would turn off the car, disabling important systems like power steering and airbags.

The Fix: The actuator is too large, spokesman Alan Adler told us, and a warm cabin may cause the piece to expand even more. GM dealers (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet or GMC) will inspect and replace the ignition lock housing if needed, according to The Detroit News. Adler told us GM expects fewer than 500 cars to need the repairs.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM at 800-458-8006 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 Kelsey Mays | January 2, 2015 | Comments (5)

Would We Buy a Chevrolet Impala Again?


When the Chevrolet Impala was redesigned for 2014 it got our attention in a big way, winning both Cars.com's $38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge as well as our Best of 2014 award — so we bought one. Since December 2013, the Cars.com staff accumulated 15,800 miles on the sedan. The Impala proved near bulletproof in terms of reliability with no trips to the dealership for warranty repairs and just two no-charge oil changes as part of Chevrolet's two-year free maintenance plan.

Related: We Bought a 2014 Chevrolet Impala

Well, we also bent two rims to the tune of a $1,300 repair bill after getting up close and personal with Chicago's deepest potholes. And then there were the recalls, of which our car had three: taillight condensation, a poor power steering ground wire connection and a faulty parking brake, all of which were taken care of when the car was in for oil changes or wheel repair.

All in all, it was an eventful year for the large sedan; would we buy it again? Cars.com's editors — the Impala's daily drivers — weighed in:

By Joe Bruzek | January 2, 2015 | Comments (8)

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