2015 Nissan Murano Review

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"The redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano is a quiet, comfortable, roomy five-seat SUV that's perfectly executed for empty-nesters or others who prize a spacious cabin and cargo area, but who have no desire for a third row," says Cars.com reviewer David Thomas.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: Certain 2013-2014 Nissan and Infiniti Crossovers

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 170,665 model-year 2013-14 versions of the Nissan Pathfinder crossovers manufactured between June 20, 2012, and Nov. 18, 2013; model-year 2014 Pathfinder Hybrids manufactured between July 18 and Nov. 18, 2013; model-year 2013 Infiniti JX35 crossovers manufactured between Nov. 29, 2011, and June 14, 2013; model-year 2014 Infiniti QX60 crossovers manufactured between May 16 and Nov. 18, 2013; and model-year 2014 QX60 Hybrids manufactured between July 18 and Nov. 18, 2013.

The Problem: In these vehicles, the hood release cable assembly may have been installed incorrectly, so the hood may not latch properly. This could cause the hood to open while the vehicle is being driven, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will modify the angle of the hood release mechanism to provide additional length to the release cable for free.

What Owners Should Do: Nissan has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 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 | January 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2008-2013 Nissan Rogue, 2014 Nissan Rogue Select

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 469,000 model-year 2008-13 Nissan Rogue compact crossovers manufactured March 7, 2007, through Nov. 26, 2013, and model-year 2014 Rogue Selects manufactured Sept. 23, 2013, through July 2, 2014.

The Problem: A mixture of snow, water and salt seeping through the carpet on the driver-side floor could lead to an electrical short in the harness connector, increasing the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect the kick panel wiring harness connector and install a new harness connector and waterproof seal for free.

What Owners Should Do: Nissan has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 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 | January 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

What You Need to Know About the 2015 Lexus NX 200T, NX 300h

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As compact luxury SUVs go, the 2015 Lexus NX combines enough driving fun and occupant comfort to deserve a look, but anyone with serious cargo needs should look elsewhere or stick to the brand's popular RX. For those looking for a smaller crossover, here is a primer on the new Lexus:

 

Snapshot

  • Starting price: NX 200t, $35,405; NX 300h, $40,645 (prices include destination fees)
  • Competes with: Acura RDX, Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
  • On sale: Now

 

What We Like

  •  Cabin quality
  •  Relatively roomy backseat
  •  Many standard features, upscale options
  •  Fuel efficiency with either drivetrain
  •  Responsive transmission in NX 200t

 

What We Don't

  •  Engine/transmission response in NX 300h
  •  Mushy brakes in NX 300h
  •  Smallish cargo area
  •  Usability of navigation system
  •  NX 200t requires premium gas

 

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Cars.com photo by Kelsey Mays

 

By David Thomas | January 28, 2015 | Comments (1)

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Video

Cars.com reviewer David Thomas says shoppers looking for a well-rounded family car should look no further than the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. In fact, Cars.com just named Hyundai's crossover the Best New Car for Small Families. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

What You Need to Know About the 2016 Kia Sorento

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Kia has redesigned its midsize crossover in hopes of swaying more families to the brand. Here are some vitals:

 

Snapshot

  • Starting price: $25,795, including a destination fee
  • Competes with: Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder
  • On sale: Now

 

What We Like

  • Grown-up interior refinement
  • Seating comfort
  • 8-inch touch-screen
  • Cargo room
  • Access to third row

 

What We Don't

  • Second row too low
  • Styling still conservative

 

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By David Thomas | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

GM Issues Stop Sale on Three 2015 Three-Row Crossovers

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A pending tire recall has prompted GM to issue a stop-sale mandate to dealers for three model-year 2015 SUVs. Approximately 6,000 versions of the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclaves are affected. The vehicles use Goodyear tires that could crack.

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According to the Detroit News, the tire recall will include about 48,500 Fortera HL tires that were made from Nov. 30, 2014, through Jan. 10, 2015. Click here for the full story from the Detroit News.

Cars.com photo by Kelsey Mays

By Jennifer Geiger | January 22, 2015 | Comments (1)

2016 Honda Pilot, 2016 Acura RDX to Debut in Chicago

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The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is still displaying the industry's newest vehicles, but Honda is already making news for its plans for the next auto show; the automaker will unveil the new Pilot alongside an updated Acura RDX from its luxury arm at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

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Details on the new version of Honda's largest SUV are slim, but the automaker says the eight-passenger 'ute will offer "new technology, advanced safety, class-leading fuel economy and enhanced family utility and versatility." The stocky, blocky family hauler should also get a total exterior makeover. Honda says the new model represents a dramatic shift in design, and the teaser image hints at the 2016 version's sloping roofline and more angular body. It looks like the rear three-quarters of the new Pilot borrows styling from Honda’s smaller SUVs, the CR-V and HR-V.

The 2016 Pilot will meet the public at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12 and go on sale this summer. Acura will also show off an updated RDX in Chicago. The automaker promises that the new compact crossover will be safer and more luxurious as well as offer styling and performance enhancements. Check back with us on Feb. 12 for more details.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 21, 2015 | Comments (6)

Only One Editor Used Our Jeep Cherokee's CD Player

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Our long-term fleet cars get around. Almost everyone on our editorial staff gets behind the wheel at some point, and a lot of those excursions are of the road-trip variety. Most are regular commutes of course, but with a long-term car the stereo is probably used more often than cars in for shorter examinations.

Related: More on Our Long-Term Fleet

Our 2014 Jeep Cherokee came with an optional — yes optional at $195 — CD player, which is located in the center console cubby, not in the dash. Most of our test drivers plugged in their smart devices via USB or tethered wirelessly via Bluetooth during trips adding up to 15,000-plus miles. There were also options for terrestrial and satellite radio. Those seemed to be enough choices for hours upon hours of listening for our staff ... all except for one.

By David Thomas | January 21, 2015 | Comments (6)

2015 Mazda CX-9 Video

Mazda's three-row crossover hasn't changed much in the last several years, but Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the CX-9 is aging fairly well with a comfortable, high-quality interior and precise handling. Room could be an issue for families, however, with subpar storage space for small items and a small cargo area behind the third row. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 20, 2015 | Comments (1)

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