Recall Alert: 2014 Aston Martin DB9, Rapide S

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 450 model-year 2014 Aston Martin DB9 and Rapide S high-performance luxury sports cars manufactured between June 2013 and July 2014

The Problem: Due to a faulty circuit board, the transmissions in the affected vehicles may inadvertently shift to neutral without input from the driver. If this happens, the driver will not be able to maintain speed or move the vehicle out of traffic, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Aston Martin began notifying owners earlier this month, and dealers will replace the affected circuit boards for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Aston Martin at 888-923-9988, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info. The automaker noted that if the vehicle exhibits the problem, owners should turn off the ignition then restart it, which may allow the car to be driven to safety.

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 | August 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Acura TLX: First Drive

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For years the TL sedan was Acura's bread-and-butter sedan. It was a strong seller until a radical redesign in 2009. The brand has been trying to recover ever since and hopes an all-new version with an all-new name will return the brand to luxury-sedan success.

Related: 2015 Acura TLX: First Look

The TLX not only replaces the TL, but also the smaller TSX sedan — which was less controversial but didn't fit properly in the brand's lineup, which also now includes the even smaller ILX.

After spending a day driving the TLX in northern Michigan at an Acura event, the TLX might indeed cover all those bases and runs gamut with an entry-level four-cylinder to a fully loaded all-wheel-drive V-6.

By Joe Bruzek | August 29, 2014 | Comments (6)

Cadillac to Debut ATS-V at November's L.A. Auto Show

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The L.A. Times reports that Cadillac will debut a high-performance version of its compact ATS sedan at November's 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, with a go-fast ATS coupe to follow. 

Dubbed the ATS-V, the car will reportedly get the twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 from the CTS V-Sport, which makes 420 horsepower and 430 pounds-feet of torque. Given that the ATS sedan is still at least 200 pounds lighter than its CTS sibling with the same engine, the ATS-V should be one quick car. It would target BMW's redesigned M3/M4, which boasts 425 hp and 406 pounds-feet of torque.

Related: 2015 Cadillac ATS Gets Powermat Wireless Charging for Smartphones

Expect a CTS-V to debut at January's 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit; both the ATS-V and CTS-V will go on sale in 2015. Media days for November's L.A. show, which traditionally kicks off the U.S. auto-show circuit, are Nov. 18-20, so stay tuned for our up-close impressions of the ATS-V. In the meantime, click here to read more about Cadillac's forthcoming performers from our friends at the L.A. Times.

The photo above is of a 2013 ATS with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. 

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Kelsey Mays | August 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro and Impala

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Vehicles Affected: More than 100 model-year 2014 Buick Regal sedans and Cadillac XTS cars, and Chevrolet Camaro sports cars and Impala sedans

The Problem: Improperly torqued fasteners may cause the steering intermediate shaft and steering gear, or lower control arm and the lower ball joint, to separate; this could cause a steering loss, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: GM began notifying owners on June 27, and dealers will inspect fasteners for correct torque, correcting them as necessary, for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006 and Chevrolet at 800-222-1020. They can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Association's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Hyundai Genesis Video

If the notion itself of a luxury car from Hyundai weren't jaw-dropping enough back in 2009 when it debuted, the Genesis also went on to win Cars.com's inaugural "Best Of …" award for Car of the Year that year. Will the 2015 Genesis earn similar lip service from Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder, or will he be inclined to keep his mouth shut? Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Volvo XC90: First Look

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Competes with: Acura MDX, BMW X5, Infiniti QX60

Looks like: Sleeker elements meet the same upright profile

Drivetrain: 320-hp, supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder or 400-hp (est.), supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder with plug-in electric motor; available all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Early 2015

After a protracted rollout that included a reveal of the interior and details on powertrains, Volvo finally unveiled the next-generation XC90's exterior. It's all here, now, and much of it reads like a concept car. But so did the original XC90, which debuted gyroscopic rollover detection and was among the first SUVs with three-row side curtain airbags.

Related: Porsche, Hyundai Top New J.D. Power Study, Volvo and Mitsubishi Sink

That was more than 12 years ago.

This new XC90 gets some all-new tech in the safety arena like you'd expect from a Volvo but it may be the powertrain and interior opulence that woos luxury shoppers.

By Kelsey Mays | August 26, 2014 | Comments (10)

Why My $177,000 SUV's Brakes Squeal, and Why It's Not OK

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I just finished a week in a $177,000 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, the German sports-car maker's top-of-the-line, super-fast twin-turbo V-8-powered SUV. It's a remarkable machine — sleek, ridiculously quick, crazy expensive and possessed of one quality that drove everybody who rode in the machine absolutely nuts. The brakes squealed like a poorly maintained diesel city bus.

Related: Which Luxury Cars Don't Recommend or Require Premium Gas?

The noise made every stopping event more about figuring out how to modulate the brakes to prevent noise instead of enjoying the amazingly firm and fade-free properties of the huge stoppers. That's not an attribute any car should have let alone a new six-figure one.

By Aaron Bragman | August 26, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe Review

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"The 2015 Jaguar F-Type is an exhilarating sports car, but our experience with two early models raises concerns about its build quality," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

2015 Jaguar F-Type Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | August 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Video

For its first U.S. offering in roughly two decades, Alfa Romeo returns to the fold with a supercar in the 2015 4C — and it's got all the supercar hallmarks: exotic supercar looks, ultra-high supercar performance and, of course, a you've-gotta-really-want-it supercar price tag, Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder said. Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Jaguar XF

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Vehicles Affected: More than 80 model-year 2013-14 Jaguar XF luxury sedans, including XFR-S variants, manufactured between July 2, 2013, and April 11, 2014

The Problem: A component within the power assist steering system may collapse and restrict fluid flow within the system hose, causing a loss of power steering; this increases the effort needed to steer, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Jaguar will begin notifying owners on Aug. 29, and dealers will install an improved hose for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Jaguar at 800-452-4827, 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 | August 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

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