2015 Nissan GT-R Review

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"The 2015 Nissan GT-R is the Japanese equivalent of a Dodge Viper: loud, crazy and faster than hell, yet flawed in unique ways," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

2015 Nissan GT-R Expert Review

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By Matt Schmitz | October 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Review

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"A paradox of modern and historical sports-car technology — and driving characteristics — the beautiful 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C is thoroughly, unrelentingly, a machine. For that you may love it or hate it," said Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder. Check out the rest of his review.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Expert Review

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By Matt Schmitz | September 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class: First Drive

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As luxury brands wage a battle royale for mini-SUV shoppers, Mercedes-Benz offers a welterweight fighter in the new GLA-Class. It has more practicality than its profile — a butched-up hatchback — suggests, and the turbocharged-to-the-hilt GLA45 AMG version packs rowdy, gleeful performance. Unfortunately, this SUV, if you want to call it that, loses its shine as a daily driver.

Related: Mercedes Prices New 2015 GLA-Class Under $33,000

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class combines practicality and premium value with performance that ranges from capable to superlative, but you'll want to weigh that against its unforgiving ride quality and poor sight lines.

By Kelsey Mays | September 29, 2014 | Comments (2)

Wait a Sec, Porsche Has More Plug-Ins Than Toyota?

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Porsche's new 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid with plug-in electric drive is the third plug-in hybrid offered by the performance-luxury automaker, following the exotic 918 Spyder and Panamera S E-Hybrid. All three can drive using electric-only power and once depleted continue driving using the hybrid gasoline/electric powertrain. The Cayenne S E-Hybrid debuts at the Paris Motor Show on Oct. 2 and shoves the automaker into unexpected territory as the self-proclaimed "only manufacturer worldwide to offer three plug-in hybrids," Porsche said in a statement.

Related: 2015 Porsche Cayenne First Look

OK, so we're not exactly talking about mass-market plug-in hybrids, with a starting price of $847,975, including a destination charge, for a 918 Spyder, $97,095 commanded by the Panamera S E-Hybrid or $77,395 for the Cayenne S E-Hybrid. For Porsche, however, the plug-in Panamera has been a hit stateside as 16 percent of Panamera sales are of the EPA-rated 16-mile electric-range hybrid, and Porsche expects the plug-in Cayenne to make up a similar share. The 2015 Cayenne goes on sale starting Nov. 1.

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By Joe Bruzek | September 25, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2013 Audi Q7

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Vehicles Affected: More than 1,800 model-year 2013 Audi Q7 luxury crossovers manufactured between June 5 and Nov. 29, 2012, and equipped with a 3.0-liter diesel engine

The Problem: A check valve in the engine may become contaminated with plastic debris and allow engine oil to leak into the brake booster. If this happens, the brake booster diaphragm may rupture, causing a loss of power braking assist and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Audi-manufacturer Volkswagen began notifying owners this week, and dealers will replace a vacuum line for free. Dealers will also inspect the brake booster system for oil contamination and, if contamination is found, replace additional components, also for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Audi at 800-253-2834 or 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 | September 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63: First Look

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Competes with: BMW M3, Audi RS 7

Looks like: A 2015 C-Class with a touch more attitude

Drivetrain: 469- or 503-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8; rear-wheel drive; seven-speed automatic transmission

Hits dealerships: March 2015

Mercedes isn't keeping high-performance buyers waiting very long for the next AMG-a-fied C-Class. The all-new version of the standard C-Class sedan is just hitting the road with four- and six-cylinder engines. Coming in March 2015, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 builds on the new C-Class by stuffing a 469-or 503-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 between widened front fenders of this high-performance C-Class.

Related: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Expert Review

The 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V-8 is gone, replaced by a more efficient twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter. So efficient, in fact, that Mercedes says the 32 percent improvement in fuel economy over its predecessor makes the C63 the "most fuel-efficient eight-cylinder, high-performance vehicle in the world."

By Joe Bruzek | September 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Lexus RX 350 Video

Cars.com reviewer Bill Jackson said the Lexus RX 350 luxury crossover returns for 2015 as a "comfortable car that impresses with its responsive engine, general comfort, but comes up short in a few areas." Watch the video above for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2010-2014 Ferrari Italia F458, Spider

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Vehicles Affected: More than 3,000 model-year 2010-14 Ferrari Italia F458 and F458 Spider sports cars manufactured between March 5, 2010, and May 20, 2013

The Problem: The secondary latch for the front trunk storage compartment may not release when the vehicle is stationary. If someone becomes trapped in the trunk, the latch system does not release the trunk lid, increasing the risk of injury or death.

The Fix: Ferrari will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will modify the existing front trunk latch system with a new component for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ferrari at 866-551-2828, 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 | September 22, 2014 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS, 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala

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Vehicles Affected: More than 130,000 model-year 2013-15 Cadillac XTS sedans manufactured between Feb. 14, 2012, and Aug. 22, 2014, and model-year 2014-15 Chevrolet Impala sedans manufactured between Jan. 15, 2013, and Aug. 22, 2014

The Problem: The electronic parking brake piston actuation arm may not fully retract, causing the brake pads to stay partially engaged with the rotors. If this occurs, excessive brake heat could cause a fire.

The Fix: GM will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will update the electronic parking brake software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 or Cadillac at 800-458-8006. They can also call 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 | September 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cadillac to Build New Flagship Sedan

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Cadillac announced today it plans to build a new "top-end, high-technology car" starting in late 2015. Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac's new president, said the rear-drive car would slot above the CTS and XTS to play against the "elite class of top-level luxury cars" with "new, custom-designed materials on a unique vehicle architecture."

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

It's possible the all-new model will debut Cadillac's first vehicle-to-vehicle communication and "Super Cruise" semi-autonomous driving tech, which GM announced earlier this month. Cadillac's de facto flagship, the Escalade SUV, tops out in the mid-$80,000s. But this would be the first time in recent history that the brand had a flagship sedan that vied for attention from shoppers of the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and other such top-shelf cars. Given the competition, Cadillac may price its contender even atop the Escalade.

The car will come from GM's Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, a 29-year-old facility just north of the automaker's corporate headquarters - whose first car, incidentally, was a Cadillac Eldorado. Detroit-Hamtramck now produces the Chevrolet Volt, Impala and Malibu, plus the Volt-based Cadillac ELR. (GM's U.S. brands are Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC.)

Expect more details on the uber-Caddy in the first half of 2015.

Editor's note: This post was corrected on Sept. 22 to reflect the correct age of GM's Detroit-Hamtramck facility.

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By Kelsey Mays | September 19, 2014 | Comments (6)

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