The Top 10 Worst Car Redesigns Since 2000

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Typically when a car gets redesigned, it gets better. An automaker has likely spent years improving its performance, styling and comfort to make car shoppers take note. A redesigned model can spark sales, and the most successful ones can change the course of an entire brand.

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However, not every redesign is a success. The editors at Cars.com have come up with 10 of the worst attempts at overhauling a car since the millennium turned in 2000. And to prove first impressions count we've included some of our thoughts from the cars' original reviews that seem to still resonate today.

By David Thomas | November 11, 2014 | Comments (7)

Used Fiat 500c Convertible Prices Spike in August

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Summer is winding down, but that didn't stop used Fiat 500c prices from heading up in August. Asking prices on Cars.com for the subcompact 500c, which features a power-retractable soft-top, jumped 8.1 percent ($1,324). That increase put it well ahead of the Toyota Sequoia full-size SUV and Nissan Quest minivan, which advanced 1.9 percent ($792) and 1.8 percent ($405), respectively.

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Prices for the Chevrolet Express 1500 full-size van decreased the most, down 5.3 percent ($1,153) from a month ago. The Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car and BMW 650i luxury two-door round out the month's top three biggest drops, with prices down 3.8 percent ($897) and 3.6 percent ($2,370), respectively.

Overall used-car prices declined again in August, continuing a trend that began in the spring. Average listing prices were down 1.4 percent ($315) to $22,604. That's the steepest monthly decline we've seen so far this year.

By Mike Hanley | August 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Used-Car Prices Fall for Third Straight Month in July

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Late-model used-car prices dipped below $23,000 in July for the first time this year, settling at $22,919. That's a 0.78 percent drop from June, and it's the third month in a row that prices have dropped.

Related: What’s the Most Affordable Car in 2014?

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's price fell the most in July, dropping 3.2 percent ($653) to $19,511. The only other alternative-fuel car in the top 10 list is the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, and all of the other models are from luxury brands.

By Mike Hanley | July 25, 2014 | 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 (101)

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Nissan Quest

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Before the arrival of her third child, Cars.com Family reviewer BreAnn Ahara placed the Nissan Quest high on her list of favorite minivans. With baby making five, BreAnn had to put her oldest daughter and her booster seat in the third row, but the seats were too narrow to accommodate the car seat. That kicked the Quest down a few notches on the list, BreAnn said. But she maintains that there's still plenty to like about this stylish minivan.

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By Jennifer Newman | January 28, 2013 | Comments (2)

Suburban Dad: Taking My Daughter to College in a 2012 Nissan Quest

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It's a rite of passage for many families: driving your kid off to college. For our daughter, this meant a 1,500-mile trip from the Chicago suburbs to upstate New York. Assisting us on this trip was the 2012 Nissan Quest minivan. Given that I was recently in the Ford Flex for our summer vacation, this gave me a nice opportunity to compare and contrast two different types of family haulers, crossover versus minivan. Here's what we found.

By the numbers
On the way there: 713 miles
Driving time: 11 hours 40 minutes Leg mpg: 22.8

On the way back: 633.6 miles (because we have relatives in the area, we started our return trip 80 miles closer to home)
Driving time: 10 hours Leg mpg: 21.6

Full trip: 1,582 miles (includes miles racked up during the three days we were in upstate New York)

By Patrick Olsen | September 3, 2012 | Comments (3)

Car Storage Wars: Inventive Places to Stash Your Stuff

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Admitting you have a problem is the first step toward recovery: Hi, my name is Jennifer and I have a lot of stuff. Luckily, so does much of the auto-buying public, forcing automakers to get creative about car storage. A few years ago we saw a console bin that could fit a laptop; now that's almost commonplace.

But carmakers continue to get clever with storage spaces, thoughtfully carving out areas, both small and large, to hold — and better yet, conceal — our ever increasing amount of stuff.

Nothing can touch well-known storage kings like Chrysler's minivans with 140.6 cubic feet of cargo volume once the Stow 'n Go seats are folded. That's why I wanted to look at vehicles with storage places that range from inventive (hidden in-seat cubbies) to excessive (10-plus cupholders).

By Jennifer Geiger | June 8, 2012 | Comments (2)

Daily News Briefs: June 7, 2012

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Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne has decided to keep the number of offerings at Dodge and Chrysler brands to no more than five models, according to Automobile Magazine. The Chrysler brand is already below that level at four models, but Dodge has seven models. Primed for the chopping block are the Dodge Avenger and, over time, the Dodge Durango SUV, the magazine reports. The Durango will be replaced by a seven-passenger Jeep model, says the magazine.

In other news:

By Colin Bird | June 7, 2012 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Underappreciated Cars and Trucks

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Good products usually sell themselves … but not always. We've assembled here a list of cars and trucks that should be more popular than they are. In some cases the sales figures aren't bad, but in none of the cases below do the sales match our assessment of the cars' relevance or excellence. That usually means car shoppers can find a bit of a deal, too. Here are our Top 10 Underappreciated Cars and Trucks in no particular order.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | May 7, 2012 | Comments (21)

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Nissan Quest

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With its boxy exterior and bold styling, the 2012 Nissan Quest refuses to blend in with the rounded corners of crossovers and minivans, says Cars.com Family contributor BreAnn Ahara. This minivan is unexpectedly luxurious, especially in a segment that’s geared toward juice boxes and Goldfish crackers. BreAnn’s family of four fit well in this minivan, but she found it difficult to access the third row when her daughters’ child-safety seats were installed in the second row.

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By Jennifer Newman | March 16, 2012 | Comments (0)

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