Recall Alert: 2013-2014 GM Sedans, SUVs, Pickup Trucks, Vans

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Vehicles Affected:
Nearly 100,000 model-year 2013-14 GM vehicles, including Cadillac CTS sedans, Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs; Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs, Express vans, Impala sedans, Silverado heavy-duty pickup trucks and Traverse crossovers; and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs, Acadia crossovers, Savana vans and Sierra HD pickups

The Problem: The chassis electronic module may be internally contaminated, resulting in an electrical short, which could cause the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the chassis electronic module for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, GMC at 800-462-8782 and 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)

2015 Lexus NX: Car Seat Check

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The Lexus NX 300h is the gas-electric hybrid version of the all-new compact luxury crossover, which also comes in gas-powered form as the NX 200t. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays tested the NX 300h and counted "more hits than misses," particularly with regard to driving fun and occupant comfort. For families, he also noted "anyone with serious cargo needs should look elsewhere." In our Car Seat Check, the NX 300h had a respectable showing, earning high marks for ease of installation and well-positioned Latch anchors.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | October 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

'Price Is Right' Contestants to Bid on 'Dream Cars'

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OK, playing "The Price is Right" rules, as close as you can without going over: How much would you expect to pay for a Porsche Cayenne? How about a Range Rover Sport SE? A Maserati Quattroporte S Q4, Tesla Model S or Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster? All next week contestants on the iconic game show will be making bids on that half-million-dollar quintet of luxury vehicles in hopes of hearing Bob Barker … er … we mean, Drew Carey, announce that they've won "A NEW CARRR!!!"

What Car Would You Buy if You Won Mega Millions?

"Dream Car Week" runs Oct. 13-17 on the four-decade-old-plus shopping-themed game show that asks contestants to wager on the retail price of merchandise in hopes of winning extravagant prizes presented by comely models. The show was famously hosted by Barker from its inception until 2007, when bespectacled comedian and sitcom star Carey succeeded him. The show runs 11 a.m. to noon Eastern Standard Time weekdays on CBS.

By Matt Schmitz | October 10, 2014 | Comments (5)

Recall Alert: 2009-2011 Mitsubishi Sedans, Hatchbacks and SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 166,000 model-year 2008-11 Mitsubishi Lancer and Lancer Evolution performance sedans and Outlander SUVs, model-year 2009-11 Lancer Sportback performance hatchbacks and model-year 2011 Outlander Sport crossovers, all equipped with four-cylinder engines

The Problem: The vehicles have an engine pulley and belt arrangement for turning the alternator, the cooling fan and the power steering pump (if equipped); these pulleys may experience unusual wear and allow for belt detachment. If this occurs, the battery may discharge, resulting in an engine stall and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the drive belt with a rubber belt; drive pulleys that are excessively worn will be replaced. All repairs will be made for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mitsubishi at 888-648-7820, 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 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Audi Q3: Car Seat Check

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The all-new Audi Q3 is a subcompact crossover, a new class of cars that's growing quickly with competitors such as the BMW X1, Buick Encore, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and the Jeep Renegade. Although it's small on the outside, the Q3 made good use of its interior. With seating for five, this tiny SUV managed to easily handle all of our child-safety seats with ease.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | October 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Honda CR-V: Explaining the Trim Levels

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We try to "explain" trim levels so consumers will be less confused — hopefully — by the alphabet soup of trim names and seemingly endless list of option packages. The Honda CR-V is one of the most popular compact SUVs on the market and just received a significant overhaul for 2015, so we thought it deserved a closer look at the trim... level.

Related: 2015 Honda CR-V First Drive

The biggest change for 2015 is the addition of a Touring trim level. Also of note is Honda's against-the-grain practice of not offering option packages. Instead, you can only add features by moving up a trim level. We detail them all below.

By David Thomas | October 7, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014, 2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad Pros and Cons

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Let's just say it right away: There are many, many compact and midsize SUVs on the market that are likely better all-around choices than the Dodge Journey. Sometimes that's a hard truth to swallow, especially for Dodge. However, the SUV is an example of a vehicle that may be appealing enough to buyers that they send off their hard-earned money into an envelope each month to own one.

Related: 2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad Photo Gallery (24 Photos)

I talk to a lot of car shoppers, and they often come up with pro-and-con lists about the cars they're considering. The Journey is perhaps the perfect illustration of how even if a car isn't the best-in-class, the pros may still outweigh the cons.

By David Thomas | October 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Focus, Escape and 2015 Lincoln MKC

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Vehicles Affected: More than 300 model-year 2014 Ford Focus compact cars manufactured between May 1 and May 24, and Escape compact crossovers manufactured on June 6, and model-year 2015 Lincoln MKC luxury compact crossovers manufactured between June 4 and July 7

The Problem: The fuel delivery module may crack between the filter body and the filter cap, possibly resulting in low fuel pressure and increasing the risk of a crash

The Fix: Ford began notifying owners in September, and dealers will replace the fuel delivery module for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332, 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 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Subcompact Chevrolet Trax SUV To Start At $20,995

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Small SUVs are on their way in force with the likes of the 2015 Chevrolet Trax and other soon-to-be-released competitors, including the 2015 Jeep Renegade and 2015 Honda HR-V. The Trax, which is based on Chevrolet's subcompact Sonic sedan and hatchback, goes on sale in January 2015 and will start at $20,995, with a destination charge, for an entry-level front-wheel-drive LS trim.

Related: 2015 Chevrolet Trax: Up Close and Driven

Already existing competitors like the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Nissan Juke are priced at $20,445 and $19,980, respectively. All-wheel drive is available in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels for an additional $1,500, making the Trax Chevrolet's least-expensive all-wheel-drive model. With its January introduction, we're sure all-wheel drive will be much appreciated by snow-belt buyers.

The Trax's standard feature set consists of a backup camera, six-speed automatic transmission, voice-activate multimedia system with USB port and more. A pricing breakdown of the trim levels and optional equipment isn't available at the moment, but available features include remote start, OnStar 4G LTE wireless connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot, satellite radio and Siri Eyes Free for compatible Apple iOS devices.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Joe Bruzek | October 2, 2014 | Comments (3)

Is Driving a Certain Car Your Ticket to Traffic Court?

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Look, just because you drive a Subaru WRX doesn't mean you're more likely to be the type of person who exceeds the speed limit or breaks other traffic laws. OK, it actually does mean that, but we're not the ones saying it, Insurance.com is. The auto-insurance rate-comparison website analyzed online quote info from more than half a million drivers and more than 500 car models between January 2013 and July 2014, and identified the cars most likely to be used in the commission of a traffic offense. Coincidentally, a fifth of the list is composed of competitors in Cars.com's $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge in which the WRX scored the fastest times.

Related: The $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge

According to the study, one in three drivers of the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Subaru WRX compact performance sedan has had a traffic violation for an offense such as speeding, failure to yield or drunken driving in the past three years, making it the No. 1 most-ticketed car.

By Matt Schmitz | September 30, 2014 | Comments (5)

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