Recall Prompts Move of Lincoln MKC's Start Button

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Imagine Matthew McConaughey serenely cruising down a moonlit road in his brand-new Lincoln MKC when all of the sudden the crossover stalls, upsetting his suave mojo (and interrupting the conversation he appears to be holding with the rearview mirror). Ford issued a recall last week to prevent just this scenario from happening, and the fix requires relocating the MKC's start button. 

Related: 2015 Lincoln MKC Review

According to Ford, the push-button start module is too close to other controls, and drivers could inadvertently bump the button and shut off the engine while driving. If this happens, the restraint systems may not function, increasing the risk of an injury during a crash.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 6, 2015 | Comments (11)

2015 Lincoln MKC: Car Seat Check

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It appeared with actor Matthew McConaughey in Lincoln's heavily discussed and parodied TV ads, but the 2015 Lincoln MKC should have been the star of the commercial. Based on its sibling, the Ford Escape, this five-passenger compact luxury crossover is good looking both inside and out. Did it perform in our Car Seat Check as well as McConaughey did in "True Detective"?

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | January 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Escape and 2015 Lincoln MKC

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Vehicles Affected: Ford is recalling about 9,000 model-year 2014 Ford Escape and model-year 2015 Lincoln MKC compact crossovers. In a separate recall, Ford is also recalling approximately 11,000 model-year 2015 Lincoln MKC crossovers.

The Problem: For the first recall, Ford says an issue with the nickel plating on the fuel pump could cause the pump to seize. If this happens, the car may not start or may stall while driving, which could increase the risk of a crash. In the second recall, the MKC is being recalled to move the push-button start’s location. Because the button is close to other controls, drivers have inadvertently shut off the engine while driving, which turned off the restraint system. This could increase the risk of injury in a crash.

The Fix: Ford and Lincoln dealers will replace the fuel delivery module for the first recall. For the second MKC recall, dealers will replace the gearshift module with one that has the push-button in a different location and reprogram the power train control module.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 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 Newman | December 31, 2014 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 2013-2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 55,000 model-year 2013-15 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vehicles manufactured July 20, 2012, through July 23, 2014.

The Problem: In affected vehicles, the front passenger lap belt attachment fastener may not be torqued to specification and could loosen with time. A loosened fastener may not be able to withstand load forces in a vehicle crash, leaving the front passenger insufficiently restrained and increasing the risk of injury.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the lap belt attachment fastener free of charge.

What Owners Should Do: Mitsubishi began notifying owners earlier this month. For more info, owners can call Mitsubishi at 714-372-6000 and reference number SR-14-011. Owners also may call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s hotline at 888-327-4236.

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

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By Jennifer Newman | December 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

What We Know About the New Audi Q7

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The Audi Q7 may be a bit long in the tooth but it is the epitome of a luxury SUV. The new Audi Q7 — lighter, more efficient, larger on the inside — turns down the wagon road in terms of styling.

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Even though the SUV is making its first public appearance at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month, Audi only released details of the European version. We can tell quite a bit about what will be essentially the same vehicle but the company declined to confirm certain specifics like a model year. This is what we can safely tell you until the SUV's debut in Detroit on Jan. 12.

By Joe Bruzek | December 15, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Honda CR-V Video

Honda updated its best-selling compact SUV for 2015. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays likes the exterior changes and cargo area but finds quite a few issues inside. Watch the video for more.

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By David Thomas | December 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Nissan Murano First Drive

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Nissan has a specific buyer in mind for its redesigned Murano. The midsize SUV has shed weight and increased fuel economy, but it's the upscale interior and comfortable ride that will woo and wow shoppers, whether they're the ideal empty-nester Nissan is aiming at or not.

Related: Nissan Prices 2015 Murano SUV

I drove a variety of trim levels through Northern California wine country last week in torrential rains and found the Murano to be a terrific all-around vehicle that has eye-grabbing looks to spare. But the previous generation's performance-focused spirit is no longer present.

By David Thomas | December 8, 2014 | Comments (12)

2015 Honda CR-V: Car Seat Check

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Honda's compact crossover took home the top slot at Cars.com's $25,000 Compact SUV Shootout in 2012; how does the revised-for-2015 model measure up? The CR-V was lightly updated with styling and powertrain tweaks this year but interior dimensions remain the same, so its backseat still easily handles two child-safety seats thanks to plenty of space and easy-to-access Latch anchors, including a bonus extra anchor for the center seat.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Honda Cargo Wars: How Does 2016 HR-V Compare to Siblings?

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Being the middle child is tough. Your parents are always asking, "Why can't you be more like your older sister?" Meanwhile your bratty little brother gets away with murder. Despite being "born" last, the all-new 2016 Honda HR-V is the middle child in Honda's brood of compact family haulers, smaller than the CR-V crossover and bigger than the Fit subcompact hatchback. Since carrying capacity no doubt tops prospective buyers' lists, we thought we'd see how the HR-V stacks up against its five-passenger siblings.

Related: Research the 2016 Honda HR-V 

The HR-V compact crossover distinguishes itself from the CR-V and Fit with its sporty looks compared with those vehicles' more right-angle-heavy exterior designs; plus, it's about 10 inches shorter than the CR-V and 9 inches longer than the Fit, with a width measuring about 2 inches less than the former and 3 inches more than the latter. Inside, Honda promised the HR-V would provide "unmatched interior spaciousness and cabin versatility." Only real-world users can decide how well those promises will be fulfilled, but in terms of passenger volume, the HR-V certainly holds its own, measuring 100.1 cubic feet compared with the 2014 CR-V’s 104 and the 2015 Fit's 96.

When it comes to cargo space, however, things get considerably more varied. Behind the rear seats, the HR-V has 24.3 cubic feet of room compared with the CR-V's 37.2 and the Fit's 16.6. Meanwhile, with the seats down, maximum cargo space for the HR-V increases nearly 2.5 times to 58.8 cubic feet. The Fit's max cargo space jumps by more than three times to 52.7 cubic feet, while the CR-V's nearly doubles to 70.9 cubic feet.

Check out the graphic below for a side-by-side comparison of cargo volume.

By Matt Schmitz | November 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

2016 Ford Explorer: Base Model Price Unchanged, New Platinum Trim is $53,495

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The refreshed Ford Explorer may have a new face, but it doesn't have a new base price: The 2016 Explorer starts at $31,595, according to Ford's consumer site, the same as the outgoing 2015 version; all prices include a destination charge. Ford plastered a bolder face on the 2016 SUV and added new features, a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine and addressed tech complaints on the inside by replacing touch-sensitive controls with tactile buttons.

Related: 2016 Ford Explorer: First Look

Other trim levels see an increase in pricing this year given the new content like a hands-free power liftgate, heated steering wheel and dual cameras included on the Limited model. Perhaps most interesting, however, is the pricing of the new luxury-oriented Platinum trim level.

By Joe Bruzek | November 25, 2014 | Comments (13)

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