Video: 2015 Dodge Challenger, Charger in Motion

Any attempt to describe the visceral experience of hitting the gas in the 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger would be words "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." The only way to truly appreciate the sound and fury is to plant your backside in the driver's seat. Until then, check out our video above of the pair rumbling and spitting exhaust about, and we'll just see if you don't get revved up for the real thing.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Dodge Challenger Photo Gallery (30 Photos)

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While the 2015 Dodge Charger has adopted the look of the present-day Dart, the new Challenger is sticking to its retro-style guns. Blissfully stuck in the '70s, the large sports coupe hasn't undergone much of a makeover for the new model year, save for some front- and rear-end refinement, projector-beam headlamps with LED halos, a split grille and grinning front bumper.

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Interior design updates the Challenger's style all the way from 1970 to 1971 with that model year's trapezoidal dashboard, door and center console shapes. On the other hand, cabin materials have received an overdue refresh, lending some elegance to this muscle car's gun show.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | April 17, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Jeep Renegade: Up Close

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Few topics get automotive enthusiasts riled up like a discussion of the future of the Jeep brand. Should they remain true to their boxy, off-road military origins with products like the Wrangler, or go more on-road friendly with swoopy, daring designs like the new Cherokee? Jeep itself seems conflicted, giving us a range of styles and capabilities to choose from, but the brand's global push in the next couple of years will be with this model, the 2015 Jeep Renegade. It debuted at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show and appears this week at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

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It's a mix of both worlds — built on a platform shared with a tiny Fiat crossover, the Renegade did not start life as an off-roader. But you wouldn't necessarily know that from looking at it — this is a traditional Jeep look, with boxy upright styling, round headlamps, the iconic seven-bar grille up front and square taillights out back.

By Aaron Bragman | April 16, 2014 | Comments (4)

2014 Chrysler 300: Car Seat Check

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Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Chrysler 300, but our results apply to the 2014 model.

Chrysler's largest car is classy and comfortable, and families looking for a sedan that easily accommodates three child-safety seats should add it to their shopping list. The 2013 Chrysler 300 has a roomy backseat and three sets of Latch anchors — one more set than most sedans offer — making it extra versatile when it comes to installing car seats.

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

Fiat Updates 500 Lineup for 2015

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Visitors to the 2014 New York International Auto Show this month will find a 2015 Fiat 500 lineup with updated offerings inside, outside and under the hood. Perhaps the most significant among these is a newfangled gauge cluster with a 7-inch high-definition display, which will be standard on the 2015 Fiat 500 Sport, Lounge, Turbo and Abarth models, and optional on the Pop. Meanwhile, the performance-focused Abarth, Abarth Cabrio and Turbo models will offer a new six-speed automatic transmission.

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Fiat says the new Thin Film Transistor, or TFT, instrument cluster allows drivers to more easily monitor data including speed, fuel level, Eco index and trip info. On the main screen, an image of the vehicle is surrounded by info such as distance traveled, gas mileage and range; other display options include audio and phone screens showing station and call info, respectively. For models equipped with rear parking assist, a screen shows drivers their backup camera view.

By Matt Schmitz | April 7, 2014 | Comments (3)

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

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Vehicles Affected: About 644,354 model-year 2011-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs manufactured from Jan. 5, 2010, through Sept. 8, 2013.

The Problem: A brake booster's center shell may corrode and allow water to get inside, which could freeze and limit the braking ability of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners starting in May, and dealers will add a water diverter shield to the booster after the booster has been tested to confirm that it can hold an acceptable amount of vacuum pressure. If the booster inspection confirms an unacceptable loss of vacuum pressure, the booster will be replaced for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can contact 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.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 2, 2014 | Comments (7)

2015 Chrysler 200 Review

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Fact is, the bar for the 2015 Chrysler 200's redesign to be considered an improvement was not high. But even if up was its only viable direction, Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger says the new midsize sedan soars to new heights in style, comfort and performance. Geiger gushes over the upgrades, starting with a "flowing, aerodynamic" exterior design that favors refinement over aggressiveness, with an elegant interior to match. Throw in a couple new powertrains — a capable four-cylinder and a particularly impressive V-6 — and a starting price less than its predecessor, and this recovering underachiever realizes grand ambitions.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 24, 2014 | Comments (17)

2015 Chrysler 200: First Drive

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I've been an editor and reviewer at Cars.com for just more than two years; in that time, I've reviewed the Chrysler 200 three times, and found it lacking in just about every way. Apparently the fourth time is the charm for Chrysler's midsize sedan.

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With the redesigned-for-2015 200, Chrysler finally has a legitimate contender in the midsize class. The sedan is refined, stylish, comfortable and affordable; competitors should be worried.

By Jennifer Geiger | March 19, 2014 | Comments (12)

When Can You Buy Stock in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles?

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You can buy Fiat stock right now, but the exact date of when the recently merged Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will offer its own shares remains up in the air. CEO Sergio Marchionne told reporters on March 14 that the automaker, which concluded its merger in late January, still wants to list its stock on the New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 1. But that listing could be delayed as late as the beginning of 2015.

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"Look, everybody has an internal date of Oct.1, but we're running against the clock," Marchionne said at a Michigan unveiling of the production line for the redesigned Chrysler 200 sedan, according to the Detroit News. It could be "30, 60 or 90 days later."

By Kelsey Mays | March 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2011-2012 Dodge Charger

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Vehicles Affected: About 43,450 model-year 2011-2012 Dodge Charger sedans equipped with halogen headlamps.

The Problem: Jumper harnesses and other headlamp components could overheat. Chrysler said the recall is similar to a 2012 recall of police vehicles for the same issue. The automaker said it is not aware of any injuries or accidents related to the previous recall or the current one, and it learned of the latest issue through customer-service data.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace headlamp jumper harnesses and bulbs or headlamp assemblies for free. The automaker has not specified a timeframe for notification.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call the automaker at 800-853-1403 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 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

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