Recall Alert: 2006-2007 Jeep Commander, 2005-2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 650,000 model-year 2006-07 Jeep Commander and 2005-07 Grand Cherokee SUVs

The Problem: Chrysler said an outside force, typically the driver's knee, may move ignition key from the On position. This could cause the engine to stall, reducing braking power and making steering more difficult, as well as possibly disabling frontal airbags and other safety features.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners by mid-September, and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. In the meantime, the automaker advised owners of affected SUVs to ensure there is clearance between their knees and the key, and as a further precaution to remove all items from their key rings, leaving only their ignition key.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 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 | July 23, 2014 | Comments (1)

Top 10 Most Overlooked New Cars

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Every year hundreds of new-car models are introduced and enter the research process for millions of car shoppers. The dizzying number of choices sometimes shrouds from the masses what are good cars.

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Here are 10 cars that Cars.com's editors agree are overlooked due to no fault of each vehicle's own substantial merits.

 

1. 2015 Mazda6

The Mazda6 is one of the rare family sedans that is both fun to drive and fuel-efficient; it's rated as high as 28/40/32 mpg city/highway/combined with an automatic transmission and the optional GT Technology Package, which includes regenerative braking and active grille shutters. But even the base automatic gets 38 on the highway. Good cabin quality, intuitive controls, comfortable seating and a striking design also fall into the Mazda's favor.

By David Thomas | July 23, 2014 | Comments (9)

Dodge Prices 2015 Challenger Lineup

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Dodge's iconic muscle coupe will flex its way into dealerships later this summer, but it won't necessarily stretch your budget on the base-model end with a starting-price increase of only $500. The 2015 Challenger starts at $27,990 (all prices include a $995 destination charge).

2015 Dodge Challenger: First Look

The Challenger is available with four different powertrains, starting with the base SXT model, followed by R/T, R/T Scat Pack and SRT 392, and the much-hyped, 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat. SXT models again come with a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 305 hp and 268 pounds-feet of torque. New for 2015 is an eight-speed automatic transmission that Dodge says boosts fuel economy by as much as 11 percent; last year's version was EPA rated at 18/27/21 mpg city/highway/combined.

Standard exterior features include a 1971-inspired split satin-chrome grille, dual exhaust with bright tips, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a "power bulge hood" with twin functional intakes and power body-colored folding heated side mirrors. Inside the SXT comes with cloth seating, a stamped aluminum instrument panel bezel, a six-way power driver's seat, a six-speaker audio system, dual-zone temperature control, keyless entry with push-button start and a leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel and shift knob.

By Matt Schmitz | July 17, 2014 | Comments (2)

Photo Gallery: 100 Years of Dodge

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The Dodge brand just celebrated its 100th anniversary by throwing a party at Meadow Brook Hall, a historic mansion built by the widow of one of the brand's founders in suburban Detroit. The media was invited to see where the brand has been during the last 100 years in preparation for the relaunch of the marque as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' North American performance brand

Dodge Means Performance: SRT Comes Back to the Fold

On hand were a collection of Dodge's most notable concept cars from the last 20 years, as well as something truly special — another collection of just over two dozen historically significant vehicles from the company's own museum. Vehicles ranged from an original 1915 Dodge Brothers Touring car to a smattering of late '60s/early '70s muscle cars, right up to more modern cars like the latest Charger. Even more remarkable — they were there for journalists to drive on short loops around the mansion's grounds. Have a look through the photo gallery to get a glimpse of some classic Mopars.

By Aaron Bragman | July 15, 2014 | Comments (6)

Recall Alert: 2011-2014 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Vehicles Affected: More than 651,000 model-year 2011-14 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs manufactured between Jan. 5, 2010, and Dec. 11, 2013

The Problem: Wiring for the vanity lamp in the sun visor could short circuit after a service repair is performed, increasing the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners starting in August, and dealers will inspect and repair any damaged wiring and install a new sun visor that properly routes the wire for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit 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 | July 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio Automatic: Quick Spin

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Fiat's plucky little 500 Abarth has gained a reputation among performance enthusiasts as a fun, snorty, raucous little hot hatch. With its 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder pumping 160 horsepower out of a specially tuned, snapping, popping, rasping exhaust system and its go-kart-like handling, it's a monster on the track — and something of a monster on the street as well.

Why Your Neighbors Will Hate the Fiat 500 Abarth

It's mainly been an enthusiast's toy because it's only been available with a five-speed manual transmission. But stick shifts are falling out of favor with U.S. buyers, so in the interest of expanding the Abarth's appeal Fiat added a six-speed automatic transmission for 2015. I had an opportunity to drive the new automatic Abarth Cabrio at Chrysler's Chelsea Proving Grounds in Michigan and it won't let enthusiasts down.

By Aaron Bragman | July 3, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2009-10 Dodge Journey, 2008-2010 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 438,000 model-year 2009-10 Dodge Journey crossovers manufactured between June 29, 2007, and June 17, 2010, as well as model-year 2008-10 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans manufactured between Jan. 26, 2007, and June 17, 2010

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that a road condition that could jar the vehicle may cause the ignition switch to move out of the Run position, turning off the engine and disabling safety systems like airbags, power steering and power braking. This is an expansion of a previous recall, and Chrysler said the issue has been linked to two rear-end collisions.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the ignition switch for free. NHTSA is cautioning owners to remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key.

What Owners Should Do: Chrysler has not yet announced an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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

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By Jennifer Geiger | July 1, 2014 | Comments (1)

BMW, Chrysler, Ford Join Ever-Expanding Airbag Recall

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Three more major automakers have joined the massive expansion of the recall action involving airbags that could deploy with too much pressure and cause injury. BMW, Chrysler and Ford added their names to the roster of automakers — which already includes Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota — that are recalling millions of vehicles equipped with a faulty airbag inflator, manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp. As we reported Monday, Honda, Mazda and Nissan announced they are recalling millions of vehicles to fix the airbag problem that was supposedly addressed last year; that followed Toyota's June 11 recall announcement of its expansion of the initial April 2013 recall. Today's announcement comes as 2014 reaches a new record for U.S. recalls, now topping 31 million — well over half of which are from GM, beleaguered by its ignition-switch debacle.

Get the full story from the Detroit News, here.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Chrysler 200: Car Seat Check

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Plenty of families choose a midsize sedan for carting around the kids, and the 2015 Chrysler 200 is bound to be on their shopping list thanks to a redesign that added style, refinement and affordability. A fairly roomy and comfortable backseat coupled with easy-access Latch anchors should make this sedan even more appealing to parents with kids in child-safety seats.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | June 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Fiat Chrysler Announces Alfa Romeo Dealer Network

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Alfa Romeo fans, warm up your credit cards: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced today the names of 86 dealers that will operate an Alfa Romeo franchise in the U.S. and Canada. We've known that the brand is on its way back to the U.S. for a while, but it's taken years for the specifics to be unveiled. After the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C's official launch in New York earlier this year, the details are finally becoming clear, including where shoppers can get their hands on the stunning new coupe.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C: First Look

The initial list of dealers was drawn from existing Fiat and Maserati dealers in 33 states — 82 dealers in the U.S. and four in Canada. Peter Grady, vice president of Chrysler Group Network Development, said he expects the dealer network to eventually exceed 300 franchises in North America.

The 2015 4C is set to go on sale later this year; the special 4C Launch Edition will be the first to go on sale. Check out the complete list of dealerships below.

By Jennifer Geiger | June 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

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