Cars.com's 2013 Midsize SUV Challenge and Light Duty Challenge held fast at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on our list of the week's most-watched videos. Meanwhile, our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Exhaust Note struck a chord with viewers, landing at No. 3 in its debut week, while Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays' critique of the controversial-looking 2013 Nissan Juke bowed at No. 4. Check out what was popular:
In its debut week, our overview of Cars.com's 2013 Midsize SUV Challenge accelerated straight to the No. 1 spot on our list of most-viewed videos. Watch as Cars.com reviewers join judges from USA Today and "MotorWeek," as well as a regular family, to put six qualifying competitors to the test. Also new this week was our 2013 Land Rover LR2 Exhaust Note video at No. 5, giving you a sample of the SUV's growl. Check out what else was popular:1. 2013 Midsize SUV Challenge
Zipping straight up to the No. 1 spot on our list of most-watched videos in its debut week is the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger says the relatively static roadster proves change is not always necessary: "same looks," "same mission," same "affordable, uncomplicated fun." Also joining the list this week are PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams' overview of the 2013 Nissan Titan at No. 4 and Cars.com's 2013 Ford Edge Exhaust Note video at No. 5, giving you a taste of the crossover's acceleration sounds. Check out what was popular:1. 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Ram, Chevrolet and GMC recently redesigned their light-duty trucks, and Ford’s F-150 underwent a well-received overhaul prior to that heating up the extremely important segment. PickupTrucks.com teamed up with Popular Mechanics to test all six players in the segment to see which one claims bragging rights as the top truck.
Nissan is recalling 2,180 model-year 2013 versions of the Titan pickup truck and NV commercial van due to a problem with the transmission shift lever, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The affected vehicles were manufactured from Jan. 22 through Feb. 20, 2013 (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb) and have faulty steering column-mounted transmission levers. In these vehicles, chemicals from the manufacturing process may cause the brake shift interlock device to malfunction, allowing the shift lever to be put into Park without depressing the brake pedal. This could lead to an accident.
This is the second recall in two weeks for Nissan's NV commercial van.
Nissan will start notifying owners on Friday, and dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.
Nissan is recalling 26,626 model-year 2012 versions of the Titan pickup truck and Armada SUV because they are missing a label containing wheel rim size information, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The label's omission could lead to an incorrect wheel and tire combination and increase the risk of a crash, NHTSA says. The affected vehicles were built from Aug. 12, 2011, through March 13, 2012. You can check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb.
Nissan will notify owners starting May 14 and will give owners a new label. Owners can install the label themselves or visit a dealership for assistance, free of charge. Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or NHTSA's hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.
Nissan is recalling 918 model-year 2012 versions of the Titan pickup truck because a label lists the incorrect seating capacity, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The affected vehicles were built from June 10 through July 22, 2011, and are equipped with the Sport Appearance Package. You can check your vehicle’s build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb.
These vehicles are equipped with two bucket seats in front and a three-seat bench in the rear; the tire information label indicates a capacity of six passengers. An incorrect seating capacity could lead to vehicle overloading and increase the risk of an accident, NHTSA says.
Nissan will notify owners starting May 14 and will give owners a new label. Owners can install the label themselves or visit a dealership for assistance, free of charge. Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.
It looks like Peyton Manning will probably go to Denver to play for the Broncos despite Nissan's attempts to return the NFL quarterback to his Tennessee roots. The automaker offered to "make him a Titan" to make playing for the Tennessee Titans a bit more appealing.
The Titans were on Manning's short list of NFL teams, though Nissan says it will build him a 2012 Titan Pro-4X pickup truck regardless of whether the quarterback signed with the team.
Tennessee was a popular pick for most football analysts since Manning has a history there: Before going to the NFL, he played for the University of Tennessee. Nissan, whose North American operations are based in Nashville suburb Franklin, Tenn., sent Manning an open letter outlining the offer.
Read the letter after the jump.
The latest PickupTrucks.com Shootout is a different beast from its predecessors. Instead of choosing between similarly equipped pickup trucks, the focus of this Shootout is pricing. All the trucks in the competition had to stick to a firm $30,000 budget, leading to significant differences between them.
Five trucks participated in the Shootout:
To see how the trucks fared through a vigorous barrage of testing, including four days of back-to-back driving and a long stint at Ford’s Michigan Proving Grounds, go to PickupTrucks.com.
2011 $30,000 Shootout (PickupTrucks.com)
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