2014 Chevrolet Malibu Review

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"In a crowded, competitive field, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu stands out for its technology, power and quietness — but its handling and interior space fail to impress," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman’s review for more.

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By Jennifer Newman | August 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

Chevrolet, Ford Kick Off Labor Day Sales Early

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It's still a couple weeks before you can fire up the barbecue and watch your alma mater get steamrolled by the Southeastern Conference, but some car dealers are kicking off Labor Day early — on the sales front, that is. Automotive News reports (subscription required) that Ford launched its Labor Day sale on July 29. The sale, which runs through Sept. 2, includes most of its lineup save the 2015 Mustang, F-Series and commercial vans, according to Automotive News.

Related: July's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

We checked the offers, and most involve zero-percent financing for as long as 72 months, or offers of up to around $3,000 off an Escape, $3,500 off an Edge and $3,500 off a Fusion (all 2014s). That's more than what Ford offered on the Fusion a year ago, but incentives don't appear to have increased a great deal in the past month, so this summer sale could mostly be a new name for existing spiffs.

GM, meanwhile, started its Chevy Labor Day Sale early because, as GM spokesman Jim Cain told Automotive News, "Ford started its Labor Day sale a little bit early." The brand's sale includes three months' deferred payments on the 2014 Silverado, Traverse, Cruze, Malibu, Camaro and Impala. Cash incentives on those models amount to $2,500 on the Cruze, $2,000 on the Malibu, $1,000 on the Impala, $2,000 on the Camaro and $2,000 on the Traverse (all 2014s). Chevrolet is GM's only brand that's offering the 90-day deferrals, Cain told us. GM isn't offering the deal for its Buick, Cadillac and GMC brands.

By Kelsey Mays | August 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 124,000 GM Cars, Crossovers

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Vehicles Affected: More than 124,000 GM vehicles, including model-year 2013-14 Buick Encore crossovers and Cadillac ATS cars; 2014 Cadillac CTS and ELR cars; 2014 Chevrolet Caprice and SS cars; and 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks

The Problem: Due to an incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly, the front seats in the affected vehicles may not stay secured in place during a high-load condition such as a crash, increasing the risk of an injury. We first reported on this issue on July 23.

The Fix: GM will begin notifying owners late this month, and dealers will inspect the seat hook bracket assembly weld and, if necessary, replace the lower seat track for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 and GMC at 800-462-8782. They can also 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 | August 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Chevrolet Impala

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Vehicles Affected: More than 57,000 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Impala sedans manufactured between Nov. 5, 2012, and Dec. 20, 2013

The Problem: Due to a poor electrical ground connection to the power steering control module, the vehicle may lose power steering assist during start up or while driving; this could require greater driver effort to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash. We first reported on this issue on July 23.

The Fix: GM will begin notifying owners late this month, and dealers will clean paint from behind the ground stud nut and update the power steering control module software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, 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 | August 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 15,000 model-year 2014-15 Chevrolet Impala LT and LTZ sedans equipped with a front console storage compartment

The Problem: The inertia latch on the compartment door may not engage during a rear collision, and the front console compartment door may open. The automaker is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to the problem, and it has ordered a stop-sale on any unsold models until repairs are made.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the console door storage compartment door inertia latch. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: 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.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2009-2010 Chevrolet Aveo, 2009 Pontiac G3

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 2,000 model-year 2009-10 Chevrolet Aveo subcompact sedans and model-year 2009 Pontiac G3 hatchbacks

The Problem: According to the Detroit News, brake fluids used in affected vehicles may not sufficiently inhibit corrosion in key components of the vehicle's braking system, reducing braking effectiveness and increasing the risk of a crash. The affected vehicles were imported to the U.S. from Korea and are connected to a recall of nearly 44,000 model-year 2009-12 Hyundai Genesis sedans, the newspaper reported. GM had previously notified owners of the issue and its potential consequences during a voluntary customer-service campaign in 2012, but has now upgraded the action to a recall after discussions with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. GM said 66 percent of the affected vehicles were previously repaired under the customer-service action. No fatalities have been reported as a result of the issue, though Hyundai is aware of six collisions and two injuries involving the Genesis, the Detroit News reported.

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, Pontiac at 800-762-2737 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 David Thomas | August 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt to Debut at 2015 Detroit Auto Show

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Plug-in fans, mark your calendars: The next-generation Chevrolet Volt will debut on Jan. 12 or 13, 2015. Those are the press days of the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and GM said today it will unveil the 2016 Chevrolet Volt at the show. The automaker calls the 2016 Volt "the next generation" of the car, a term usually reserved for full redesigns and not just refreshes. GM also released a teaser image of the Volt's trunk, which retains the current car's lightning-bolt logo but appears to have an integrated trunk-lid rise that's similar to the Chevrolet Impala sedan.

Related: Cars.com Chevrolet Volt Hits 10,000 Miles: The Good and Bad

Does that mean the Volt will ditch its hatchback for a conventional sedan layout? It's doubtful; the Volt's profile — along with the Toyota Prius, Honda Insight and other jellybean shapes — is what happens when you put aerodynamics first. Still, we'd like to see GM improve visibility and braking on the next Volt. GM says current Volt owners are driving 63 percent of their miles in EV mode, but shoppers will expect improvements in EV range and charging times.

Will GM deliver? We'll have to wait until January to find out.

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By Kelsey Mays | August 7, 2014 | Comments (4)

GM Prices 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon

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GM has announced pricing for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, and it's safe to say that direct-competitor the Toyota Tacoma can expect to face some challenging terrain in the midsize pickup landscape. The 4x2 extended-cab Colorado starts at $20,995, including destination charge, and comes equipped with a 200-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, the nearly identically equipped Canyon starts at about $1,000 more.

Get the preliminary pricing details at PickupTrucks.com.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | August 6, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014 Chevrolet Impala: Five Surprising Features

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The 8-inch touch-screen in Cars.com's 2014 Chevrolet Impala long-term test car is a powerful command center. Powered by Chevrolet's MyLink software, you can use its touch-screen to access and control far more features than just the audio system.

More on Our Long-Term Test Fleet 

It may come as no surprise that its list of capabilities fill a 96-page owner's manual — separate from the honkin' primary one. Who has time to read through the owner's manual to find every trick in the book? Well, us, but we'll save you some time. We picked out a collection of the system's interesting, useful and likely surprising features:

By Joe Bruzek | August 5, 2014 | Comments (1)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: July 2014

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Today's sales figures continue to pave the road for a strong 2014. As the sales year steams into its second half, we've seen new optimism from analysts and automakers that expect total new-car sales this year to land close to where they were in the heyday years of the early 2000s.

Related: Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: June 2014

With the largest seven automakers reporting numbers so far today, industry sales increased 9 percent over July 2013. Honda was the odd one out (down 3.9 percent), but Hyundai-Kia, Toyota and recall-beset GM reported single-digit sales gains, while Chrysler, Ford, Nissan and Toyota reported double-digit gains. All of that is compared against a pretty good month a year ago for the industry, too.

Thanks to big gains from the Sentra and Versa, Nissan sales gained 11.4 percent. Small-car sales overall were mixed: Shoppers had more interest in the Ford Focus (up 5.7 percent) but not the recall-besieged Chevrolet Cruze (down 17.8 percent), the Honda Civic (down 7.3 percent) or the Hyundai Elantra (down 7.9 percent).

By Kelsey Mays | August 1, 2014 | Comments (4)

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