Top 10 Used Cars for $10K

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Although new cars offer the latest design, tech and safety features, shoppers buy more of their used counterparts: about 2.7 used cars for every new car sold in 2013, according to CNW Marketing Research. It's hard to blame shoppers. The average new car sells for around $30,000. By contrast, the average used car sold in early January 2014 for $10,843 at franchised dealerships (e.g., Bob's Honda) and $9,513 at independent dealerships (e.g., Bob's Used Cars), according to CNW.

Top 10 Cheapest New Cars You Can Buy

The age of paying $10,000 for a brand-new car is in the rearview mirror. So what are the best used cars for $10,000? We crunched a lot of data, and from a pool of more than 60 candidates, here are our top 10 cars, listed alphabetically.

By Kelsey Mays | March 17, 2014 | Comments (8)

Ford's Moving Assembly Line Turns 100

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Time was, transporting car bodies for assembly at the manufacturing plant required horsepower — not the unit of energy an engine exerts, mind you, but actual horses making large deliveries.

A century ago — on Oct. 7, 1913 — an innovation at Ford Motor Co.'s facility in Highland Park, Mich., not only revolutionized the car-building process but helped change the landscape of the nation forever: the moving assembly line.

By Matt Schmitz | September 30, 2013 | Comments (3)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee and 2013 BMW 328i refused to budge from the top of our list of most-read reviews this week, holding fast at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Returning to the roster this week is the 2013 BMW X1, the X3's smaller sibling, at No. 6. Meanwhile, at Nos. 7 and 8, respectively, the 2014 versions of the Toyota 4Runner and the Ford Taurus make their debuts. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2013 BMW 328i
3. 2014 Subaru Forester

4. 2013 Toyota RAV4

5. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

6. 2013 BMW X1

7. 2014 Toyota 4Runner
8. 2014 Ford Taurus

9. 2014 Infiniti Q50

10. 2014 Acura MDX

By Matt Schmitz | September 22, 2013 | Comments (3)

Cars.com Reviews the 2014 Ford Taurus

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During Cars.com's $38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge, Ford's largest sedan couldn't quite keep up with competitive entries from Chrysler, Chevrolet and Hyundai thanks to weak power and oafish handling, says Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela. Two big Taurus plusses — literally — are a wide backseat that easily accommodates three child safety seats and a downright gigantic trunk.

2014 Ford Taurus Review

By Jennifer Geiger | September 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Mileage Results

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A mileage drive with full-size sedans is the 200-mile trek editors have been yearning for, because if we're going to spend all day in cars evaluating gas mileage, they might as well be large, comfy, feature-laden sedans.

Our route west of Chicago consisted mostly of highway driving with slower stoplight-to-stoplight traffic driving sprinkled in. We observed average speeds of around 40 mph, according to various onboard computers.

Surprises were minimal.

By Joe Bruzek | September 8, 2013 | Comments (4)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Overview

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If the new-car market is a Big Mac, full-size sedans would amount to only the sesame seeds. They're a sliver of the auto market, accounting for just 3.5% of new-car sales in the first seven months of 2013. Still, automakers believe in big cars. Seldom does a comparison see so many redesigned or new entrants. From April 2012 to April 2013, four new or redesigned full-size sedans hit dealerships. Through the first seven months of 2013, those four nameplates accounted for nearly half of full-size sedan sales.

By Kelsey Mays | September 8, 2013 | Comments (3)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Golf Bags

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When you put seven of the biggest sedans on the market into one contest one thing comes to mind ... those gigantic trunks.

All seven boast large dimensions on paper ranging from 14.2 cubic feet to a whopping 20.1 cubic feet in the Ford Taurus. That's the largest trunk on the market by the way.

But sometimes specifications on paper don't live up to reality. To test the true cargo capabilities of these cruisers we gathered 10 golf bags to see which car could haul the most drivers, irons and putters.

We were a bit surprised at just how many actually swallowed all 10 sets, and those that fell short still proved that car shoppers likely won't have to worry about cargo when cross-shopping these seven.

Here is how the contenders stacked up with animation of the process.

By David Thomas | September 8, 2013 | Comments (3)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Results

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First, a quick reminder about whom our judges are:

  • Kelsey Mays, consumer affairs editor at Cars.com
  • Jennifer Newman, assistant managing editor at Cars.com
  • Kristin Varela, senior family editor at Cars.com
  • Fred Meier, automotive editor at USA Today
  • Brian Robinson, producer at "MotorWeek"
  • Bill Wegner of Skokie, Ill., our real-life family judge

Here's how the score broke down: The experts' scores accounted for 75% of the total score; 15% came from the family's scores; and 10% was based on fuel economy. To help you make your own comparisons of these sedans, we've pulled together a list of what you get for $38,000.

By Patrick Olsen | September 8, 2013 | Comments (22)

2014 Ford Taurus: Car Seat Check

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Add the 2014 Ford Taurus to the list of cars that can hold three child-safety seats across its backseat. This full-size sedan aced our Car Seat Check, earning A's in all our fit categories.

Ford has an interesting Latch anchor setup in the Taurus. The two sets of anchors are set more inward than usual in the backseat, allowing a car seat to be installed in the middle seat position with the Latch system. This makes it more flexible than a lot of sedans, but it's important for parents to remember that only one car seat may be installed using one set of Latch anchors — there's no doubling up.

When we installed three car seats in the Taurus, we put the infant seat in the middle and used Latch anchors to secure it. Then we used the seat belt to install the forward-facing convertible behind the front passenger seat. We also used a seat belt with the booster.

By Jennifer Newman | September 3, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2013 Ford Explorer and Taurus, Lincoln MKS

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Ford is recalling 12,569 model-year 2013 versions of the Explorer, Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles due to a problem with the child safety door locks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured from Nov. 29 through Dec. 12, 2012; check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb. The child safety locks in these vehicles may change from active to disabled without notice. If the door is opened by an unrestrained child, an injury could result.

"A child safety lock with low retention torque after thousands of door openings/closings could potentially become inactive without operator input. In an abundance of caution, Ford is taking this field service action," the automaker said in a statement. There have been no accidents or injuries related to this recall, the automaker also reported.

Ford will begin notifying affected owners on Aug. 5, and dealers will inspect the safety locks and replace them as needed for free. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | July 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

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