What's the Most Affordable Car in 2014?

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Shoppers may face legitimate sticker shock when they're shopping for a new car. TV and radio advertisements may lead them to believe that new cars all get at least 35 mpg for less than $15,000, but the price of entry for even a modestly equipped new car is well above that.

Related: What's the Most Affordable Compact SUV for 2014?

That's why we've taken the cars with the lowest sticker prices and added a dose of reality. A vast majority of buyers never consider buying a car with a manual transmission (often the standard equipment on inexpensive new cars), so right out of the gate the car they're shopping for costs significantly more than they thought it would. Opting for an automatic transmission can cost $1,000 or more.

By David Thomas | July 21, 2014 | Comments (7)

Recall Alert: 2013 Honda Fit

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1,038 model-year 2013 Honda Fit hatchbacks manufactured May 24 through July 5, 2013, and equipped with a manual transmission

The Problem: Due to a manufacturing error, the passenger-side driveshaft may break. If this happens while driving, the vehicle would lose power and coast to a stop, increasing the risk of a crash. Honda says no crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect the passenger-side driveshaft and replace it, if necessary, for free.

What Owners Should Do: Honda will notify owners starting June 15. Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline 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 | June 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Honda Announces 2015 HR-V SUV

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Honda, an automaker known for its small-car portfolio, is introducing a compact SUV named the HR-V. Honda says the HR-V will feature a spacious and versatile interior helped by a center-mounted fuel tank for additional passenger room, like the Fit with which the HR-V shares its platform. Also like the Fit, the HR-V receives Honda's Magic Seat front passenger seat capable of folding completely flat for increased storage space.

The HR-V will be positioned below the CR-V in both price and size, according to Honda, and will be the entry point to Honda's light truck lineup — the 2014 CR-V starts at $23,775 with destination. When it goes on sale this winter, it will compete with the Kia Soul, Chevrolet Trax and Nissan Juke.

Otherwise, we won't know much more about the HR-V until later this year.

By Joe Bruzek | April 17, 2014 | Comments (10)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Oh, how the mighty have fallen! OK, it really wasn't much of a fall for the 2014 Nissan Rogue, but a No. 2 finish this week, after so many weeks at No. 1 that we lost count, sure feels like a crushing defeat. The conqueror? Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays' critique of the frugally fast fave, the 2015 Subaru WRX, accelerating straight to the top in its debut. Another 2015 model also bowed this week, the 2015 Honda Fit subcompact, in at No. 3, while the 2014 Lexus ES 350 sedan joins the pack at No. 10. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2015 Subaru WRX
2. 2014 Nissan Rogue
3. 2015 Honda Fit
4. 2015 Chrysler 200
5. 2014 Toyota Venza
6. 2014 Subaru Forester
7. 2014 Honda CR-V
8. 2014 Lexus ES 300h
9. 2014 Infiniti Q50
10. 2014 Lexus ES 350

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By Matt Schmitz | April 13, 2014 | Comments (1)

Honda Boosts 2015 Fit's Gas Mileage

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The redesigned 2015 Honda Fit receives a much-needed fuel economy boost over the outgoing model's wimpy 31 mpg combined rating with automatic transmission. For 2015, Honda bumps the Fit's EPA ratings as high as 36 mpg combined (33/41 mpg city/highway) on LX trim levels with the optional automatic transmission.

2015 Honda Fit Expert Review

New engine and transmission technology unlock the improved mileage now that the engine uses direct injection and a new continuously variable automatic transmission, which replaces a conventional five-speed automatic. Don't do the CVT cringe just yet, however; Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays was impressed by the Fit's drivability with the CVT in his review of the 2015.

By Joe Bruzek | April 10, 2014 | Comments (10)

2015 Honda Fit Review

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If you liked the outgoing Honda Fit, you'll likely love the redesigned-for-2015 hatchback, which brings more power and passenger space, along with a new continuously variable automatic transmission. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the Fit forgoes its buglike look for a Civic-like appearance. Healthy increases in horsepower and torque make the Fit a better fit for highway maneuvers, while the interior has some decent features for its entry-level price. Legroom improves for backseat passengers, but at the expense of cargo space. Read Mays' review below.

2015 Honda Fit Expert Review

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By Matt Schmitz | April 9, 2014 | Comments (9)

2015 Honda Fit To Start at $16,315

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The Honda Fit has been one of the most successful subcompacts in the U.S. market. Its size, standard list of features and sizable cargo area make it feel like a substantial car for shoppers in the segment. For 2015, the Fit has been completely redesigned, but the prices have gone up minimally compared to the outgoing model.

2015 Honda Fit Expert Review

The starting price of the base LX model is $16,315, including a destination charge. That's with a six-speed manual transmission. Adding a continuously variable automatic transmission ratchets up the price by $800 to $17,115. Both prices are $100 more than the 2013 Honda Fit base model with a manual or an automatic. Honda points out that added features for the 2015 model at this trim level — a standard backup camera, spoiler, center armrest, automatic headlights and more — outweigh the price change.

The 2014 Toyota Yaris four-door starts at $16,265, including destination, but comes with a four-speed automatic transmission standard. The 2014 Nissan Versa Note has less standard equipment than the Fit, but its starting price is considerably less at $14,800, including destination with a five-speed manual transmission.

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

Honda's New Touch Display Multimedia System Put To the Test

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The automotive world is in a battle over touch-sensitive controls versus old-fashioned buttons and knobs. Some automakers pull off the new-wave systems well, others not so much. As a group, the editors at Cars.com generally favor some sort of physical buttons to complement the latest in-car technology.

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Honda doesn't seem to agree. Its latest Touch Display Radio is devoid of any physical controls and is featured in one of its most popular cars, the Civic. It also will be rolled out in the redesigned 2015 Fit that goes on sale later this year. How well does it work?

By David Thomas | March 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

IIHS: Chevrolet Spark is Safest Microcar

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This probably doesn't come as much of a surprise, but microcars just aren't as safe as larger vehicles, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's new round of crash tests. Of the 11 model-year 2013 and 2014 microcars and subcompacts evaluated, the agency reported that only the Chevrolet Spark earned an acceptable rating in the challenging small overlap front crash test. The 10 others in the group earned marginal and poor scores, the two lowest ratings. "Minicars are the worst performing group so far in this test," IIHS said in a statement.

22 Cars Earn IIHS' Revised Top Safety Pick Plus Award

The 40 mph crash test simulates the front corner of a vehicle striking a smaller-diameter object like a tree or a telephone pole. The Honda Fit and Fiat 500 got the lowest scores of the group. "In both the 2013 Honda Fit and the 2014 Fiat 500, intruding structure seriously compromised the driver space, and the dummy's head didn't stay in contact with the frontal airbag. The 500's driver door tore open at the hinges," IIHS said in a statement. The agency also reported that the side-curtain airbag failed to deploy in the Toyota Yaris (pictured below), leading to its low score.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 22, 2014 | Comments (20)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2014 Toyota Highlander reached the top of the hill this week, relegating the consistently popular 2014 Nissan Rogue to No. 2 on our SUV-dominated list of most-read reviews. Newcomers this week include the 2013 Honda Fit hatchback and the 2014 Mazda3 compact sedan. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Toyota Highlander
2. 2014 Nissan Rogue
3. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
4. 2014 Subaru Forester
5. 2014 Infiniti Q50
6. 2013 Toyota RAV4
7. 2013 BMW 328i
8. 2013 Honda Fit
9. 2014 Audi A8 L TDI
10. 2014 Mazda3

By Matt Schmitz | January 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

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