2015 Jeep Renegade: First Look

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Competes with: Buick Encore, Fiat 500L, Mini Countryman

Looks like: A proper boxy Jeep

Powertrains: 160-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with six-speed manual or 184-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with nine-speed automatic transmission, front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Early 2015

Do you miss the old, boxy Jeep Cherokee? Do you desire the rugged fun of the Jeep Wrangler, but want something a bit safer, more secure and fuel efficient? Think the new Cherokee is just too big? Well, Jeep has an answer: the all-new subcompact 2015 Jeep Renegade, which was just unveiled at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.

2015 Jeep Renegade Photo Gallery (55 Photos)

The Renegade is the latest product of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and while it looks for all the world like a pure American Jeep, underneath is a modified platform shared with the Fiat 500L that Jeep calls the new "small-wide 4x4 architecture." That means it's tiny by American standards — 1.8 inches shorter than a Buick Encore but 5 inches longer than a Honda Fit. It will be a global product sold all over the world with an eye-popping number of powertrain combinations tailored to various markets, and it will even come in a right-hand-drive version.

By Aaron Bragman | March 3, 2014 | Comments (7)

The Top 10 Biggest Recalls of 2013

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Back in July, we did a midyear check-in on the biggest recalls of 2013 up to that point. Now, six months later, we’re bringing you last year’s final tally, nearly half of which are new to the list.

Latest Recalls

The biggest addition to the list isn't a vehicle recall but a tire recall. In December, about 1.2 million Michelin LTX M/X tires, size LT225/75R16, were recalled. The affected tires were used as original equipment on certain Ford vehicles and as replacement equipment on various-brand commercial light trucks, full-size heavy-duty vans, small recreational vehicles and some large pickup trucks. In affected tires the tread could separate, leading to rapid air loss and possibly leading to a loss of vehicle control.

By Matt Schmitz | January 29, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Jeep Cherokee Video

The "It's a Jeep thing … " crowd doesn't need convincing, but converts will be made by the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Cars.com reviewer David Thomas was wowed by the all-new compact SUV's "daring design" and sophisticated interior, and he gave high marks to the performance of the groundbreaking nine-speed automatic transmission when paired with the 270-horsepower V-6. Thomas wasn't smitten, however, with the Cherokee's ho-hum profile. While he found the expansive tailgate a head-scratcher, he suggested a creative use for fans of British boy bands, so watch the video and learn.

2014 Jeep Cherokee Cars.com Review

By Matt Schmitz | January 23, 2014 | Comments (12)

2014 Jeep Cherokee: Car Seat Check

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There's been a lot of buzz about Jeep's new crossover — especially how it looks — and chances are, more than a few small families will purchase one. How well did the new-for-2014 Cherokee handle our three child-safety seats? Two sets of easy-to-access Latch anchors as well as one additional anchor helped earn the Cherokee high marks.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | January 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: Four-Cylinder Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 522 versions of the 2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger sedans, and 2014 versions of the Jeep Compass and Patriot SUVs. Only vehicles equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine are affected. The affected vehicles were manufactured between March 15 and April 12, 2013.

The Problem: Abrasive debris in the balance shaft bearings could cause a loss of engine oil pressure, leading to engine failure. If the engine stalls while driving, a crash could result. One fire has been reported and Chrysler is looking into whether it's related to the issue, the automaker said in a statement to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the engine balance shaft module for free.

What Owners Should Do: Chrysler will notify owners later this month. Owners can call Chrysler at 800-247-9753 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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

Is the Jeep Compass the Smallest in its Lineup?

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By Rick Popely | December 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats?

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UPDATE 10/15/2013:
Parents are often searching for the automotive holy grail: a car that's not a minivan and can fit three child-safety seats across the backseat. It's a short list.

In the more than three years that Cars.com editors have been installing car seats into test vehicles, we've come across several vehicles that can hold three car seats across a backseat.

The newest vehicle to make our list is the 2014 Honda Odyssey. The minivan has loads of room and plenty of accessible Latch anchors.

As we come across more cars that fit three child-safety seats, we'll add to this list. For now, here are the cars from our Car Seat Checks that can fit three car seats in the second row:

By Jennifer Newman | October 15, 2013 | Comments (92)

Top 10 Most-Improved Cars from the Past 15 Years

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If you read our series on the business of redesigns, you know that reimagining a car from the ground up can be a billion-dollar feat to implement the industry's latest technology, keep up with ever-improving competition and ultimately (hopefully) increase sales. They usually do just that: In Cars.com's analysis of 61 redesigns from 2009 to 2012, sales for the average remake saw an increase of 32.6% in the months following.

Why? Just look at their predecessors. Some undertakings replace a onetime star that lingered well past its freshness date (see the Volkswagen New Beetle), while others are the successor to a product doomed from the get-go (see the Dodge Caliber). Whatever you call it, the most improved overhauls can sometimes create butterflies out of automotive caterpillars. An important note: Sometimes the changes go beyond just interiors and drivetrains, and sometimes the car being replaced was so poor that the automaker gave the new version an all-new name.

The last time we named the most-improved cars, we considered models that showed progress through successive generations in the 2000s. This time, our editors nominated the most improved single redesigns from the past 15 years.

By Kelsey Mays | October 14, 2013 | Comments (12)

Cars.com Reviews the 2014 Jeep Compass

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The 2014 version of Jeep's compact crossover is the automaker's best yet, but Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek questions whether the updates do enough to make it competitive in a segment full of impressive vehicles. A well-behaved six-speed automatic and a high-quality leather interior option are wins this year, Bruzek says, but there are many more powerful, more fuel-efficient and better-equipped vehicles in the class.

2014 Jeep Compass Review

By Jennifer Geiger | October 3, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Vehicles Affected: 91,559 model-year 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. 

The Problem: The Detroit News is reporting that the automaker is recalling the SUVs to address random warning-light illumination and instrument-cluster blackout. "Engineers discovered an issue in the vehicle's antilock braking system module that affects the instrument cluster display. The issue also has implications for the vehicle's ABS and electronic stability control systems, but Chrysler Group is unaware of any reported problems involving either," the automaker said in a statement.

The Fix: Dealers will update the instrument cluster and ABS module software on all affected vehicles for free.

What Owners Should Do: Chrysler will begin notifying owners in November. Owners can call the automaker at 800-853-1403 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 1, 2013 | Comments (157)

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