Recall Alert: 2014 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Vehicles Affected: More than 132,000 model-year 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs manufactured between Oct. 3, 2013, and April 11, 2014

The Problem: Due to an issue with the software for the steering column control module, the electronic stability control system may be disabled. If this happens, in certain driving situations the driver may not be able to adequately control the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Chrysler will begin notifying owners Dec. 5, and dealers will update the steering column control module software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, 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 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Toyota Leads, Fiat-Chrysler Disappoints in Consumer Reports' Latest Reliability Study

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Toyota and its Lexus subsidiary earned the top two spots in Consumer Reports' 2014 Auto Survey (subscription required), which rates reliability from consumer surveys of some 1.1 million vehicles over the past 12 months. Of the 28 brands ranked in terms of predicted reliability, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Fiat, Jeep, Ram and Dodge brands landed in the bottom four slots. At the top and bottom of the survey, those results played out similarly to Consumer Reports' study a year ago.

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

Buggy multimedia systems, including navigation systems, Bluetooth and smartphone compatibility, garnered the most complaints. It's a recurring trend, Consumer Reports notes, and respondents to J.D. Power and Associates' Initial Quality Study have expressed similar frustrations.

But rankings between the two have otherwise limited correlation. Consumer Reports says its reliability study surveys subscribers for malfunctions on existing cars, whether recently purchased or older. J.D. Power says its IQS surveys those who recently bought a new car for objective malfunctions and subjective dislikes in the first 90 days of ownership. J.D. Power ranked 32 brands in its IQS this year; Consumer Reports ranked 28. Five brands made the top 10 in both studies: Honda, Kia, Lexus, Porsche and Toyota. Just three brands made the bottom 10 in both: Fiat, Infiniti and Jeep. To some degree, that cements the reliability — or lack thereof — for those eight.

By Kelsey Mays | October 27, 2014 | Comments (8)

Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler Could Have Aluminum Body

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Ford unleashed aluminum — lighter but pricier than steel — to the masses with the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup truck, and Jeep could be close behind. Automotive News reports (subscription required) the Wrangler SUV will have an aluminum frame when Jeep redesigns it for 2017 or 2018, but it will retain the body-on-frame architecture that's loved by hardcore off-roaders.

Related: What Jeep's Future Looks Like

The combination means the next-gen Wrangler should preserve its go-anywhere roots but could shed hundreds of pounds versus the current SUV, which weighs in at 3,760 to 4,340 pounds, depending on model, and that could boost gas mileage versus the current Wrangler's 18 mpg combined EPA rating.

By Kelsey Mays | October 27, 2014 | Comments (1)

What Mileage Does the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Get After 12,000 miles?

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With both summer and road-trip season coming to an end, the Cherokee spent the last couple months primarily as an everyday commuter, ferrying our editorial staff to and from work. Like our last update, overall average mileage is down slightly from 23.54 mpg to 23.27 mpg after accumulating 2,046 miles during the past two months.

Related: Cars.com's Long-Term Cars

Winter is quickly approaching and we expect to make good use of the Cherokee's remote start system, which could ding the fuel economy even more depending on how greedy we are and how cold the temperatures get.

By Joe Bruzek | October 27, 2014 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 2011-2013 Jeep Wrangler

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Vehicles Affected: More than 313,000 model-year 2011-13 Jeep Wrangler SUVs manufactured between Feb. 16, 2010, and July 19, 2013

The Problem: Corrosion in the exterior heated power mirror electrical connector may result in an electrical short, increasing the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Chrysler will begin notifying owners on Dec. 5, and dealers will move the exterior power feed to a separate connector for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, 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 (1)

2014 Jeep Cherokee: Road-Trip Warrior

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Our long-term cars are used just like any car owners would treat their own vehicles. We drive them on the commute to work, runs to the grocery store and picking the kids up from school. They also serve duty on the all-American road trip, and we partook of many during the past few months in our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

Related: More Long Term Fleet Coverage

We've detailed a number of issues with the Jeep's nine-speed automatic transmission, but on the long haul there are many important factors that make a road trip a great road trip.

By David Thomas | October 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 127,000 model-year 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs

The Problem: The occupant restraint control system may exhibit an internal short circuit; this could cause airbag warning lamps to illuminate, a signal that supplemental restraint systems such as airbags and seat belt pretensioners may be disabled. Chrysler said it is unaware of any accidents or injuries resulting from the issue.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners and advise them when they can schedule service. Dealers will replace the occupant restraint control system for free. In the interim, the automaker advises owners to be sure to use their seat belts. Chrysler has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call the automaker at 800-853-1403 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 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Features for Showoffs

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Prefacing any great show-off moment is the phrase, "Hey, watch this." That's what Cars.com editors imagined when picking the greatest show-off features in new cars. What's surprising is the sheer number of over-the-top features surely wild enough to impress even the most non-interested parties. Want to set off car alarms in a parking garage or attract the attention of everyone who sets eyes on your car up to a mile away? This list has what it takes to be the center of attention.

By Joe Bruzek | October 13, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014 Jeep Wrangler Video

The Jeep Wrangler returns for 2014 in all of its rugged glory, retaining its status as the brand's No. 2 seller and an unlikely American automotive legend. But as it likely will make it a full decade between redesigns, Cars.com reviewer and Wrangler fan Joe Wiesenfelder suggests some improvements to help keep that legend alive. Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Jeep Cherokee Versus 2014 Toyota RAV4

2014 Jeep Cherokee Versus 2014 Toyota RAV4

We threw Cars.com's long-term Jeep Cherokee test car in the ring with a segment heavyweight for the latest installment of "Cherokee Versus." The Toyota RAV4 is an originator of car-based SUVs and one of the top-selling vehicles of any kind month after month. The Cherokee returned to the Jeep lineup for 2014 as a front-wheel-drive-based crossover SUV after a 13-year hiatus, while the RAV4 was redesigned for 2013.

Related: We Bought a 2014 Jeep Cherokee

Unlike our multicar Challenges, these head-to-head comparisons take our long-term car and pit it against a competitor from a rotating fleet of test cars supplied by various manufacturers. The RAV4 in question is an XLE four-cylinder with all-wheel drive ($28,772 as tested, with destination) that we're comparing to our Cherokee Limited four-cylinder with all-wheel drive ($33,378).

By Joe Bruzek | October 9, 2014 | Comments (4)

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