Recall Alert: 2007-2012 Hyundai Veracruz

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Vehicles Affected: More than 61,000 model-year 2007-12 Hyundai Veracruz crossovers manufactured between Dec. 26, 2006, and July 24, 2012

The Problem: An oil leak from the front cylinder bank valve cover gasket could cause enough oil to drop onto the alternator to damage it, resulting in a failure of the charging system. If the alternator is damaged, the charging system warning lamp in the instrument cluster will illuminate, causing the engine to lose power and the vehicle to stop running; an unexpected engine failure while driving increases the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Hyundai will begin notifying owners by the end of September, and dealers will inspect and repair the alternator and the front valve cover gasket for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Hyundai at 800-633-5151, 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 | August 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2001-2006 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Vehicle Affected: About 225,000 model-year 2001-06 Hyundai Santa Fe crossovers manufactured between March 31, 2000, and Feb. 15, 2006, and registered and operated or originally sold and registered in the following 20 "salt belt" states plus the District of Columbia: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin

The Problem: The vehicles may experience front coil spring corrosion from road salt, causing the coil spring to fracture and make contact with the tire. If this happens, it could cause the coil spring to make contact with the tire, possibly puncturing the tire and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Hyundai will begin notifying owners by the end of September, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, repair the coil spring for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Hyundai at 800-633-5151, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.

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 | August 1, 2014 | Comments (2)

Mercedes Prices New 2015 GLA-Class Under $33,000

Do you like the style of the Mercedes-Benz CLA four-door coupe but need a little more headroom and a hatchback? The GLA-Class might just be for you. Mercedes-Benz has announced pricing for the subcompact, front- and all-wheel-drive car-based luxury SUV, and it's just $1,400 more than the starting price for the smaller CLA.

Related: 2015 Mercedes Benz GLA250 Photo Gallery (28 Photos)

The new 2015 GLA250 will start at $32,225 (including destination charge) for a front-wheel drive, four-cylinder-powered model, rising to $34,225 for the 4Matic all-wheel-drive model. If the normal turbocharged four-cylinder isn't quite powerful enough for you, you can upgrade to the fire-breathing GLA45 AMG for $49,225 — quite a premium over a regular GLA250, but given the amount of additional go-fast equipment the AMG treatment brings, it could very well be worth it.

The GLA250 4Matic and GLA45 AMG both go on sale in September 2014, with the base GLA250 front-wheel-drive model going on sale the following year, sometime in the first quarter of 2015.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Aaron Bragman | August 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014-2015 Fiat 500L

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 26,000 model-year 2014-15 Fiat 500L small crossovers

The Problem: The driver's knee airbag may not deploy in the proper position if the driver is not wearing a seat belt. Chrysler said in a statement that it discovered the problem during routine testing and is unaware of any related injuries.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners and advise them when they can schedule service; repairs will be made for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 for more info. The automaker advises owners to wear their seat belts at all times.

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 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: Car Seat Check

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The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport earned Cars.com's Family Car of the Year award for 2014, and it's easy to understand why after spending some time in it. With roomy backseat, sizable cargo area and family-friendly touches such as an optional panoramic sunroof and rear sunshades for the side windows, the Santa Fe Sport has a winning combination of features that appeal to families.

We found this two-row crossover easy to work with in terms of child-safety-seat installation. While we have some gripes with the seat belt bases, we seemed to have less trouble with our car seats' impact on front passenger legroom with this year's model as compared to the 2013. Read on to find out how the current model measured up.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | July 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Lexus NX Review

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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," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

2015 Lexus NX Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Kelsey Mays

By Matt Schmitz | July 30, 2014 | Comments (1)

Bench Seats Versus Captain's Chairs

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I'm on a quest for a new family car, one with three rows to accommodate my three tween/teen daughters and the occasional friend or grandparent. My pool of available options is quite limited by one hard fact: We must have captain's chairs.

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While many families may think they want the extra seating capacity that a second-row bench seat allows, I'm here to save you from making that mistake.

While offering room for three passengers, bench seats can create problems in family cars. If you have kids in child-safety seats, you're most likely to put them in the outboard position of the second row, where you have the easiest access to help them climb in and out and get buckled and unbuckled. The problem is that in most three-row SUVs, the only access to the third row comes by sliding, folding and/or flipping one of the outboard seats in the second row. That's difficult to do when a child-safety seat is installed there, though there are a few SUVs (like the Infiniti QX60, formerly the JX35), that work around this problem. Most, however, do not. This leaves limited options.

By Kristin Varela | July 30, 2014 | Comments (5)

Kia Teases Next Generation Sorento SUV

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Kia's Sorento SUV is about due for a redesign, and the South Korean automaker has given the world a blurry look at the next version through the release of a couple of concept sketches and an accompanying video. The new look bears more than a passing resemblance to the recently unveiled Sedona minivan, which itself adopts a more SUV-like stance with a distinctive hood instead of a sloping front end like most vans. The new Sorento builds on that theme, but still maintains some distinctive design cues.

Rumor has it that the new Sorento will debut in South Korea next month, with an international debut at the Paris Motor Show in October. Our first look at it stateside could come at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show in November, if Kia decides to bring it over.

By Aaron Bragman | July 29, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 226,000 Nissan, Infiniti Sedans and SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 226,000 model-year 2002-03 Nissan Maxima sedans and Pathfinder SUVs, and Infiniti I35 sedans and QX4 SUVs, as well as 2002-04 Nissan Sentra sedans and 2003 Infiniti FX crossovers

The Problem: A defect in the passenger-side front airbag could produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment; this could result in metal fragments striking and seriously injuring occupants. This expansion of an earlier action involving a massive recall of vehicles from multiple automakers using airbags manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp. addresses both the passenger-side front airbags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement airbags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. For example, a replacement airbag may have been installed if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger-side front airbag.

The Fix: Nissan will begin notifying owners Aug. 11, and dealers will replace airbags on all vehicles in which defective airbags may have been installed either as original equipment or as a replacement; repairs will be made for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or 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 | July 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 BMW X5 Review

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"The redesigned 2014 BMW X5 carries on its winning formula of being a stylish, expensive, luxurious SUV for secret station-wagon fans who prefer to sit up high," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

2014 BMW X5 Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | July 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

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