Toyota, GM Top J.D. Power Dependability Study; Fiat Chrysler Rounds Out Bottom

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If you're shopping a late-model used car, a new study might nudge you toward Toyota or GM. Both automakers dominated J.D. Power and Associates' influential 2015 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, released today. Toyota's Lexus luxury division topped the VDS' 31-brand dependability rankings, while the Toyota brand itself ranked third. GM was close behind, with its Buick and Cadillac divisions ranking second and fourth, respectively. The automakers' remaining brands — Scion, GMC and Chevrolet — were well above average.

Related: Porsche Flies, Fiat Flails in 2014 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

Shoppers should pay attention to the VDS, which this year surveyed more than 34,000 owners of 2012 model-year cars in late 2014 to gauge how many problems they experienced in the first three years of ownership. Don't confuse it with the firm's Initial Quality Study, which measures problems in the first 90 days.

Jeep and Fiat were recent losers in both studies, but most Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brands fared poorly in the VDS. Fiat, Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler accounted for four of the bottom nine brands; FCA's Ram truck division was the sole bright spot, landing above average.

Lexus remains the highest-ranked VDS brand for its fourth consecutive year. The brand's 89 problems per 100 cars were the lowest of all brands by a significant margin. By contrast, Land Rover and Fiat both had more than 250 problems per 100 cars — the industry average was 147 problems per 100 cars.

The 2015 VDS analyzed 177 specific problems across eight categories. Here are the full rankings:

By Kelsey Mays | February 25, 2015 | Comments (5)

GMC Adds Parent's Secret Weapon to 2015 Yukon

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Most of us grew up with parents joking about having eyes in the back of their heads, and many of us in turn have used this "threat" on our own kids. Several car manufacturers help make this superhero power real with conversation mirrors — a separate flip-down mirror specifically designed for a quick sneak peek on backseat shenanigans. The GMC Yukon is the latest vehicle to add one to its standard features list, thanks to the brand's heavily mom-centric design team.

Related: Mom Must-Have: Conversation Mirror

On this superpowered GMC mom team is Kay Jarboe, product manager for the 2015 Yukon and Yukon XL. "As a mom, when it came time to design the next-generation Yukon and Yukon XL, I wanted to give our customers a better way of keeping tabs on their kids without forcing them to turn around and take their eyes off the road," she said in a statement.

By Kristin Varela | February 25, 2015 | Comments (13)

Recall Alert: 2013-2015 Cadillac ATS

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 58,700 model-year 2013-15 Cadillac ATS sedans

The Problem: The ATS' power roof panel system will automatically close when the nonrecessed portion of the "slide" or "tilt" switch is pressed and the roof panel is open; because these switches are not fully recessed they can be activated with less force than required by federal rules. GM is unaware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this issue.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the roof console accessory switch trim plate free of charge.

What Owners Should Do: GM has not released an owner notification schedule. Consumers can call 800-458-8006 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 Jen Burklow | February 24, 2015 | Comments (0)

Cadillac Teases 2016 CT6 in Academy Awards Ad

No, that wasn't a big CTS in Cadillac's Oscars commercial – it was the brand's all-new flagship. Cadillac showed off a sneak peek of the 2016 CT6 during its "The Daring: No Regrets" ad.

Related: Cadillac to Reveal CT6 at the 2015 New York Auto Show

What we know so far is that the rear-wheel-drive sedan will be positioned above the XTS in Cadillac's lineup and will be the first to use Cadillac's new alphanumeric naming structure. It will also use an industry-first digital rearview mirror that offers a streaming video view of what's behind the car.

We'll know more when Cadillac unveils the new CT6 sedan on March 31, the eve of the 2015 New York International Auto Show.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 23, 2015 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2006-2007 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx, Pontiac G6

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 69,600 model-year 2006-07 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx sedans and hatchbacks vehicles manufactured April 1 to June 30, 2006, and 2006-07 Pontiac G6 vehicles manufactured April 18 to June 30, 2006. This is an expansion of a previous recall.

The Problem: These vehicles could experience a sudden loss of electric power-steering assist while driving. This would require more driver effort to steer the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. According to GM, if the power-steering assist is lost, a message is displayed on the driver information center and a chime sounds to inform the driver.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the torque sensor assembly for free.

What Owners Should Do: General Motors will begin notifying owners on Thursday. Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 Pontiac at 800-762-2737 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 | February 16, 2015 | Comments (0)

Report: GM Will Build Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept

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Car shoppers may see an affordable electric car with the longest range yet in the new Chevrolet Bolt, which GM reportedly plans to build near Detroit starting late next year. So says Reuters, citing two unnamed supplier sources that say GM has green-lit the concept car — which it merely hailed as an example of its "commitment to electrification" during January's 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Related: How Would Chevy's Bolt EV Stack Up Against the Nissan Leaf?

The Bolt would go into production in October 2016, Reuters reports, and GM aims to build only about 25,000 to 30,000 cars per year. That's significantly more than the 20,860 Volt range-extended EVs that the automaker built in 2014, according to Automotive News. If the Bolt delivers on its promise, there should be enough interest to justify the production. At the Detroit Auto Show, GM said it designed the concept to have an all-electric range of more than 200 miles — well beyond any affordable EV today — and start around $30,000 after a $7,500 federal tax credit.

By Kelsey Mays | February 6, 2015 | Comments (4)

Chevrolet Teases 2016 Equinox

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A trend is starting to emerge for next week's Chicago Auto Show: updated crossovers. Honda plans to unveil a new Pilot, Acura will reveal a freshened RDX and GM just announced that it'll pull the wraps off the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox.

Related: More 2015 Chicago Auto Show News

Chevrolet's crossover is coming off its best January ever, with sales up nearly 20,000 units last month compared to year-ago levels, and the automaker is hoping to keep the momentum rolling with a refreshed model. GM didn't release any details but published a teaser pic, above. Check back with us on Feb. 12 when the 2016 Equinox is unveiled.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 6, 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.

Related: More Safety News

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 Cadillac CTS-V Photo Gallery (20 Photos)

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Cadillac unveiled the third-generation of its CTS-V at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The performance-tuned sedan wears a carbon-fiber hood with an integrated functional air extractor vent that helps flow air through the mesh grille and over the top of the car.

More 2015 Detroit Auto Show Coverage

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Chevrolet Volt Video

Chevrolet's new Volt gets a major exterior styling overhaul, along with more electric range and better gas mileage. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays takes you through the new Volt, from the bumpers to the battery. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

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