2014 Chevrolet Impala Ownership Costs: Third Quarter

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Regular maintenance costs remain zip, zilch, nada, zero for Cars.com's long-term 2014 Chevrolet Impala test car. We've gone through two rounds of oil changes and tire rotations after 13,808 miles — once at 6,000 miles and the other at 12,000 miles — and Chevrolet's two years/24,000 miles of complimentary maintenance have kept those services freebies so far. That leaves two remaining services before we reach our maximum service frequency (four) of the service plan.

Related: More on Our Long-Term Fleet

The Impala spent unscheduled time at the dealership after we noticed a dull vibration pulsing through the floorboards and seats above 60 mph. The pulsing was worrisome enough to warrant one editor pulling into a service center during a road trip to have the car inspected.

By Joe Bruzek | October 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

GM Stops Sales of 2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Trucks

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GM is stopping all shipments and deliveries of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups due to a pending investigation about a faulty airbag sensor.

According to Automotive News, a note was sent to dealerships notifying them that an investigation with the National Highway Safety Administration has been opened regarding an airbag flaw that could cause problems with the normal deployment of the driver-side airbag. The fix is reported to be a simple software patch.

The new Colorados and Canyons went on sale just two weeks ago and fewer than 50 sales have been recorded. The stop-delivery announcement is the first glitch in the introduction of the newest members to the midsize pickup segment. GM CEO Mary Barra has stated that these types of small-volume safety recalls are likely to occur more often as GM's new recall and review policies catch issues like these earlier in the production process. So far this year GM has ordered 71 safety recalls affecting nearly 30 million vehicles.

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By Mark Williams | October 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 90,000 model-year 2013-15 Chevrolet Spark subcompact hatchbacks manufactured between Jan. 17, 2012, and July 29, 2014

The Problem: The secondary hood latch may prematurely corrode at the latch pivot, causing the striker to get stuck out of position and preventing it from properly engaging the hood latch. If this happens, and the primary hood latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while the car is in motion, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the striker and latch with a new part that has superior corrosion protection; repairs will be made for free. The automaker has not yet provided a notification schedule.

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 | October 3, 2014 | Comments (1)

Subcompact Chevrolet Trax SUV To Start At $20,995

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Small SUVs are on their way in force with the likes of the 2015 Chevrolet Trax and other soon-to-be-released competitors, including the 2015 Jeep Renegade and 2015 Honda HR-V. The Trax, which is based on Chevrolet's subcompact Sonic sedan and hatchback, goes on sale in January 2015 and will start at $20,995, with a destination charge, for an entry-level front-wheel-drive LS trim.

Related: 2015 Chevrolet Trax: Up Close and Driven

Already existing competitors like the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Nissan Juke are priced at $20,445 and $19,980, respectively. All-wheel drive is available in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels for an additional $1,500, making the Trax Chevrolet's least-expensive all-wheel-drive model. With its January introduction, we're sure all-wheel drive will be much appreciated by snow-belt buyers.

The Trax's standard feature set consists of a backup camera, six-speed automatic transmission, voice-activate multimedia system with USB port and more. A pricing breakdown of the trim levels and optional equipment isn't available at the moment, but available features include remote start, OnStar 4G LTE wireless connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot, satellite radio and Siri Eyes Free for compatible Apple iOS devices.

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By Joe Bruzek | October 2, 2014 | Comments (3)

GM Announces Performance Times for 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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We spend a lot of time at Cars.com dissecting the practicalities of SUVs and family sedans, but sometimes track numbers are just too over-the-top to go unshared. We’re at the Midwest Automotive Media Association’s fall rally in Joliet, Ill., and GM just laid down some astonishing numbers on the redesigned 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The 650-horsepower, supercharged Z06 hits 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and scorches the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds — with the manual transmission. With the automatic, the car eclipses the very exclusive sub-3-second club, hitting 60 mph in 2.95 seconds and nailing the quarter-mile in 10.95 seconds. That’s the quickest production car GM says it’s ever produced.

Related: Chevrolet Prices 2015 Corvette Z06 at $78,995

How quick is 10.95 seconds? Well, consider that when Car and Driver magazine tested a Bugatti Veyron in 2005 — at the time the 1,001-hp, $1.25 million all-wheel-drive godfather of all supercars — it ran the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds. And today's Z06 starts at less than $79,000. It’s little surprise that GM just took its first orders and the automaker is already overwhelmed, particularly since the car pulls 1.2 g lateral acceleration and stops from 60 mph in an impossible 99.6 feet, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter told reporters.

By Kelsey Mays | October 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Chevrolet Impala: Road Trip Report

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Long-haul road trips have helped Cars.com's long-term 2014 Chevrolet Impala register nearly 14,000 miles in just nine months of ownership. The Impala is a staff favorite when it's time to hit the road and log miles because its seriously comfortable ride and cavernous interior are perfect for the needs of a traveling small family, carload of adults or a nice solo trip across the state.

Related: More on Cars.com's Long-Term Fleet

Comfort and cargo room aren't all the factors that make a good road-trip ride. Fuel economy and keeping passengers occupied contribute to an enjoyable road trip; for some, a bangin' stereo also should be added to the list. The Impala is no doubt a comfy car, but does it have everything it needs to be a successful road-tripper?

By Joe Bruzek | September 24, 2014 | Comments (6)

Recall Alert: 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS, 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala

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Vehicles Affected: More than 130,000 model-year 2013-15 Cadillac XTS sedans manufactured between Feb. 14, 2012, and Aug. 22, 2014, and model-year 2014-15 Chevrolet Impala sedans manufactured between Jan. 15, 2013, and Aug. 22, 2014

The Problem: The electronic parking brake piston actuation arm may not fully retract, causing the brake pads to stay partially engaged with the rotors. If this occurs, excessive brake heat could cause a fire.

The Fix: GM will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will update the electronic parking brake software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 or Cadillac at 800-458-8006. 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 | September 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2011-2014 Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana

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Vehicles Affected: More than 3,000 GM full-size cargo vans from the 2011-14 model years that run on compressed natural gas, including Chevrolet Express vans manufactured between Sept. 10, 2010, and April 28, 2014, and GMC Savana CNG vans manufactured between May 23, 2011, and April 21, 2014

The Problem: The vans may leak natural gas from the CNG high-pressure regulator, which in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire or an explosion.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the high-pressure regulator for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 or GMC at 800-462-8782 for more info. They can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.

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 | September 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

How Much Can You Stow in the 2014 Chevy Impala's Cubbies?

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The 2014 Chevrolet Impala's 18.8 cubic feet of trunk space is downright massive for a sedan, but it's not the only impressive storage feat inside our long-term test car. The front seats are a compulsive organizer's dream with treasure trove of big and little storage spaces within easy reach. There's a hidden storage compartment behind the retractable touch-screen, dual umbrella holders and numerous other ways to store cellphones, wallets, music players and more.

Related: More Long-Term Test Car Coverage

There are so many cubbies that we wanted to see just how much stuff can seamlessly fit in the Impala's large collection of storage areas.

By Joe Bruzek | September 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

GM Issues Stop Sale on 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes

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GM has issued a stop-sale order on about 2,800 new Chevrolet Corvettes, a spokesman for the automaker told The Detroit News. GM spokesman Alan Adler told the newspaper that the Detroit automaker has instructed dealers to halt delivery on about 2,000 model-year 2015 Corvettes to repair a problem with the driver-side airbag, and has temporarily stopped shipments of the high-performance sports cars from its Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant.

Related: GM Ignition-Switch Recall: What Owners Need To Know

Another 800 Corvettes, most still at dealerships, were also placed on hold because they may have been built with only one of the rear parking brake cables fully seated and engaged. The part must be inspected to ensure the brake is operating on both brake drums, Adler told the newspaper. Adler said very few of the 2,800 were already in customer possession, and would not say whether the stop sale would be followed by a recall. Get the full story from The Detroit News.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 12, 2014 | Comments (7)

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