2015 Chrysler 200 Earns NHTSA Five-Star Rating

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Chrysler's midsize sedan underwent a dramatic update for 2015, and so too did the 200's safety ratings. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the redesigned car its top honor: a five-star overall safety rating. The front-wheel-drive sedan earned five stars out of five in front- and side-crash tests as well as a four stars in the rollover test. In all-wheel-drive trim, it earned five stars in the side-impact crash test and four stars in rollover testing; it was not front crash tested.

Related: Research the 2015 Chrysler 200

The 2014 model received an overall score of four stars, comprised of four stars in the frontal impact test, three stars in the side-impact test and four stars in the rollover evaluation. Chrysler says the new model's body is stronger than the outgoing car; approximately 65 percent of the sedan consists of high-strength steel, the automaker reported.

NHTSA's award comes on the heels of the 2015 Chrysler 200 earning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top honor, the Top Safety Pick Plus designation.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

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This week saw the latest expansion of airbag recalls that began 18 months ago from Japanese supplier Takata Corp. and is now linked to at least four deaths. As of today, the recall affects some 7.8 million vehicles in the U.S. from 10 automakers based in three continents. The bulk of them — 5 million — are from Honda. Takata issued a statement earlier this year that noted the incidents of airbag malfunction — where a faulty inflator can send metal and plastic shrapnel into occupants if the front passenger airbag deploys in a crash — have occurred in warm areas like Florida and Puerto Rico, and it suspects that high humidity plays a role in the problem. Returned airbags from Toyota confirmed as much, USA Today reports.

Related: NHTSA Urges Quick Fix of Defective Airbags

USA Today reports most owners should have already received recall notices by now, and some automakers — namely, Toyota and BMW — have advised keeping the front passenger seat clear of occupants until a dealer inspects the car for a faulty inflator and, if there is one, replaces it.

What cars have been recalled? And what should you do if you get a notice? We've compiled everything we know so far below:

By Kelsey Mays | October 23, 2014 | Comments (5)

2015 Chrysler 200 Real-World Fuel Economy

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Chrysler's new 200 sedan is a dramatic improvement over the outgoing model, but it would almost have to be — the old Chrysler 200 (neé Sebring) was one of the most awful new cars on the market. But the new one is quite good, with its top-notch interior appointments, attractive styling, unique powertrains and class-leading multimedia systems.

Related: 2015 Chrysler 200 Expert Review

Comparisons of expected fuel economy with the previous-generation 200 are difficult, as the new 2015 200 is a completely new vehicle, riding on a different chassis with a much talked about nine-speed transmission. When an example of the latest 200 landed in our Detroit office's test garage, we figured it would be a good opportunity to see what kind of mileage we could get on real-world roads.

By Aaron Bragman | October 23, 2014 | Comments (2)

Dodge Prices 2015 Charger Lineup

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Hot on the 2015 Dodge Challenger's trail of burnt rubber comes its four-door muscle-car mate, the Charger. Chrysler has announced pricing on the newly updated Charger lineup — including the 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat — with the starting price of all but one model increasing by no more than $1,000. The base SE trim starts at $28,990, including a $995 destination charge. That's $1,000 more than the 2014 version, but Chrysler says it's the "most-equipped entry Charger model ever." The 2015 Charger is available in SE, SXT, R/T and SRT trims.

Related: 2015 Dodge Charger: First Look

Last year's SRT8 models are replaced by the SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat, the latter of which starts at a range-topping $64,990. Up from three in 2014, the lineup now offers four engines: the base 3.6-liter V-6, 5.7-liter V-8, 6.4-liter V-8 and the Hellcat's supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. For comparison, the 2015 Challenger starts at $27,990 with destination and tops out at $60,990 for the Hellcat, the 2014 Chrysler 300 starts between $32,390 and $50,926 for the SRT8 version, and fellow full-size sedan the 2014 Chevrolet Impala starts between $27,670 and $36,715 for the top LTZ style.

By Matt Schmitz | October 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2011-2013 Jeep Wrangler

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Vehicles Affected: More than 313,000 model-year 2011-13 Jeep Wrangler SUVs manufactured between Feb. 16, 2010, and July 19, 2013

The Problem: Corrosion in the exterior heated power mirror electrical connector may result in an electrical short, increasing the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Chrysler will begin notifying owners on Dec. 5, and dealers will move the exterior power feed to a separate connector 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 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 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2011-2014 Chrysler Sedans; Dodge Sedans and SUVs, Jeep SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 435,000 model-year 2011-14 Chrysler 300 sedans, Dodge Charger and Challenger sedans, and Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs, all manufactured between June 17, 2010, and Dec. 23, 2013, and equipped with a 3.6-liter engine and a 160-amp alternator

The Problem: The alternator may suddenly fail, causing the vehicle to stall without warning and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Chrysler will begin notifying owners on Nov. 28, and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker said the remedy is still being determined.

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 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 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 127,000 model-year 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs

The Problem: The occupant restraint control system may exhibit an internal short circuit; this could cause airbag warning lamps to illuminate, a signal that supplemental restraint systems such as airbags and seat belt pretensioners may be disabled. Chrysler said it is unaware of any accidents or injuries resulting from the issue.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners and advise them when they can schedule service. Dealers will replace the occupant restraint control system for free. In the interim, the automaker advises owners to be sure to use their seat belts. Chrysler has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call the automaker 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 | October 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Jeep Wrangler Video

The Jeep Wrangler returns for 2014 in all of its rugged glory, retaining its status as the brand's No. 2 seller and an unlikely American automotive legend. But as it likely will make it a full decade between redesigns, Cars.com reviewer and Wrangler fan Joe Wiesenfelder suggests some improvements to help keep that legend alive. Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Mazda Leads, Fiat Chrysler Trails in Latest EPA Fuel Economy Report

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Mazda's 28.1 mpg led all major automakers in average fuel economy for the 2013 model year, according to a new EPA report on industrywide fuel economy. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' 20.9 mpg, meanwhile, trailed the 11 automakers surveyed. The 148-page report notes that all major automakers except sixth-place Toyota and ninth-place Ford saw their averages increase between 2012 and 2013, and the industry's overall 24.1 mpg is the highest average since the EPA began tracking the data in 1975.

Related: Gas Prices Are Up, But So Is Average MPG

Preliminary 2014 model-year data shows Mazda still in the lead, with 28.8 mpg. That beats Honda (27.6 mpg), Subaru (27.5 mpg), Nissan (26.8 mpg), Volkswagen (26.7 mpg), Toyota (25.8 mpg), BMW (26.0 mpg), Daimler (22.8 mpg), Ford (23.4 mpg), GM (22.0 mpg) and FCA (21.1). The overall 24.1 mpg incorporates corrected mileage from Hyundai-Kia, but the EPA didn't include the Korean automaker in its rankings because Hyundai-Kia is under a continuing investigation for the mileage corrections it issued in late 2012.

By Kelsey Mays | October 9, 2014 | Comments (3)

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Hits the Stock Market on Monday

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Having cleared all regulatory hurdles, the merger between Fiat and Chrysler will become fully effective on Sunday, The Detroit News reports. The recently formed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will issue common shares Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and Italian stock market.

It's the final step in a process that began more than five years ago. Fiat took a stake in then-teetering Chrysler in June 2009 as part of the U.S. government's $85 billion bailout of Chrysler, GM and their financing arms. The Italian automaker completed its acquisition of Chrysler in January 2014, and the FCA name was born. Trading of existing Fiat stock ends this Friday. Current owners will receive one share of FCA for every Fiat share they owned, Fiat said in January.

Read the full story from our friends at The Detroit News here.

By Kelsey Mays | October 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

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