2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible: First Look

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Competes with: Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, Audi R8 Spyder, BMW M6 convertible

Looks like: A convertible ripe for a superhero movie appearance

Powertrains: 625-hp (est.), supercharged 6.2-liter V-8; seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission

Hits dealerships: Early 2015

Chevrolet's Z06 continues to appeal to a wider range of buyers with the introduction of a 2015 Corvette Z06 convertible at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Recent generations have only had a hardtop with a manual transmission until the 2015 Z06 coupe debuted at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit with a removable center roof and an automatic transmission.

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Chevrolet says the 2015 Z06 convertible is its most powerful ever made, producing an estimated 625 horsepower from the Z06's supercharged V-8.

By Joe Bruzek | April 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Chevy Steers the Action in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Iron Man has an affinity for Audi. The Avengers are all about Acura. Now, Captain America — the poster boy for Made in the U.S.A. — demonstrates his domestic disposition by pledging allegiance to a brand that's as American as apple pie: Chevrolet. As Marvel Entertainment's latest Avengers-universe entry, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" dominated the box office this past weekend with an April-record-smashing $96 million bow, the bow-tie brand dominated the film's driving scenes.

Black Widow Corvette Stingray Is Auto Show Avenger

As we reported during the 2014 Chicago Auto Show in February, among the most prominently featured vehicles in the Chevy-heavy sequel is the custom black-on-black-on-black Chevrolet Corvette Stingray driven by actress Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow when she picks up Cap in front of the Capitol. (She's a spy, so obviously a totally bad-ass-looking supercar should help her keep a low profile, right?) Other showcased Chevrolets include the Tahoe SUV, Impala sedan and Silverado pickup truck.

By Matt Schmitz | April 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

$40,000 3-Row SUV Car Seat Challenge: the Highs and Lows

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Large families basically have two choices when it comes to what to drive: a three-row SUV or a minivan. Both have their merits and handle cargo and passenger room differently. During Cars.com's recent $40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge, I spent a few days getting to know seven of the contenders in the midsize crossover class, driving them, climbing in and out of them, and installing car seats in their second and third rows.

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Although they all have to offer a large amount of room in order to fit that third row, it's obvious that not all SUVs are created equal. When it comes to car seats, there were some very clear winners and losers, with the Honda Pilot and Hyundai Santa Fe leading the pack, and the Chevrolet Traverse and Mazda CX-9 bringing up the rear.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 9, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Switches to 8-Speed Automatic Transmission

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Chevrolet's range-topping 625-horsepower 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 won't be the only Corvette with an eight-speed automatic transmission for 2015. Entry-level Stingray models ditch 2014's six-speed automatic transmission in favor of the Z06-derived eight-speed that will boost fuel efficiency an estimated 5 percent while improving performance.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Expert Review

Current Corvette Stingrays with the optional six-speed automatic are rated at 16/28/20 mpg city/highway/combined while the standard seven-speed manual is 17/29/21 mpg. Official EPA test results for the eight-speed are currently pending.

By Joe Bruzek | April 7, 2014 | Comments (1)

$40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge: What the Judges Said

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Here are our judges for this Challenge:

  • Joe Bruzek, Road Test Editor, Cars.com
  • Jennifer Geiger, Assistant Managing Editor, Cars.com
  • Kelsey Mays, Consumer Affairs Editor, Cars.com
  • Chris Woodyard, L.A. Bureau Chief, USA Today
  • Brian Robinson, Producer, "MotorWeek"
  • LadyAnn and Ed Sabalburo, a Southern California couple with a young daughter and a second child on the way; they own an Acura MDX currently and are thinking about moving up to a bigger SUV.

We set a maximum price of $40,000, including a destination charge, and a minimum EPA combined city/highway mileage rating of 19 mpg. There were eight SUVs that met our criteria:

By Patrick Olsen | April 6, 2014 | Comments (7)

2014 Chevrolet Traverse Photo Gallery

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The 2014 Chevrolet Traverse finished seventh in our $40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge. "It handles like a truck, and parking lots are not its friend," said one of our judges. Check out our gallery below to inspect the Traverse's styling, interior and family-friendliness.

By David Thomas | April 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Chevrolet Impala Ownership Costs: First Quarter

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We've spent money on fuel and floormats for our 2014 Chevrolet Impala after three months and 3,000 miles of driving, but little else. The Impala is one of our Cars.com long-term test cars and our Best of 2014 winner.

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The Impala's OnStar online vehicle diagnostic information tells us to expect an oil change at 5,300 miles, but even then, we don't expect maintenance to be an ownership cost. Our Impala is backed by Chevrolet's two-year/24,000-mile maintenance program that includes oil and filter changes, tire rotations and a 27-point inspection for up to four scheduled services within the program's term.

By Joe Bruzek | April 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Another Recall for General Motors

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General Motors continues to make recall news this week; yesterday it was new Chevrolet Cruze sedans and older-model Chevrolets, Pontiacs and Saturns, today its new full-size SUVs and pickup trucks. GM is recalling 489,936 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks as well as model-year 2015 Tahoe and Yukon SUVs to fix a faulty transmission oil cooler line.

Click here for the full story from PickupTrucks.com.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze

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Vehicles Affected: About 174,046 model-year 2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedans equipped with a turbo 1.4-liter engine and manufactured between Nov. 28, 2012, and March 7, 2014.

The Problem: The right front half shaft may fracture and separate while driving, potentially causing the vehicle to lose power and coast to a stop. If a vehicle with a fractured half shaft is parked without the parking brake applied, the car could move unexpectedly. Either condition increases the risk of a crash. The recall comes after GM recently announced that it was ordering dealers to stop selling 2013 and 2014 Cruzes with the 1.4-liter engine, but did not reveal why at the time.

The Fix: GM will initially notify owners starting April 28 and a second time when parts are available, and dealers will inspect and replace the right half shaft, if necessary, for free. Some vehicles in this recall were subject to another recall initiated in August 2013 and repaired using defective parts. GM also said those owners will be advised that they must have their vehicles fixed again under this new recall campaign.

What Owners Should Do: 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, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 31, 2014 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: 1.3 Million Older Model GM Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1.3 million older-model GM vehicles. The affected cars include model-year 2004-06 and 2008-09 Chevrolet Malibu sedans, 2004-06 Malibu Maxx wagons, non-turbo versions of the 2009-10 Chevrolet HHR hatchback, model-year 2010 versions of the Cobalt coupe and sedan, model-year 2008-09 versions of the Saturn Aura sedan, model-year 2004-07 versions of the Saturn Ion coupe and sedan, and model-year 2005-09 versions of the Pontiac G6. GM is also reporting that certain vehicles that had related service parts installed before May 31, 2010, under a previous safety recall may also be affected.

The Problem: GM is recalling the vehicles due to a sudden loss of electric power steering assist, which increases the risk of a crash. If this happens, drivers will be alerted by a message on the driver information center and a corresponding chime. "Steering control can be maintained because the vehicle will revert to manual steering, but greater driver effort would be required at low vehicle speeds," GM said in a statement.

The automaker also said that it's unaware of any fatalities related to this recall, but some crashes have been reported.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free. Customers who previously paid for repairs of these parts are eligible for reimbursement, GM said. Owners of non-turbocharged model-year 2006-09 Chevrolet HHRs and model-year 2003 Saturn Ions that are not part of this recall will be given lifetime warranties for replacement of the electronic power steering motor.  

"With these safety recalls and lifetime warranties, we are going after every car that might have this problem, and we are going to make it right. We have recalled some of these vehicles before for the same issue and offered extended warranties on others, but we did not do enough," Jeff Boyer, vice president, GM global vehicle safety, said in a statement.

What Owners Should Do: GM will notify owners, but has not yet released an owner notification timeline. Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, Pontiac at 800-762-2737 and Saturn at 800-553-6000 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 31, 2014 | Comments (2)

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