2015 Acura TLX Video

It has a different name, but Acura's new TLX looks to resurrect the company's misfire with the last TL sedan. In this video, Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek says it mostly does the job with a variety of engines and powertrains.

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By David Thomas | December 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Volkswagen Passat Review

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"Three model years after winning Cars.com's Best of 2012 Award, the 2015 Volkswagen Passat remains a compelling family sedan, offering above-average space, mileage, drivability and quality," says reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder. Check out his review for more, and click here to see how the sedan fared in Cars.com's $27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge.

2015 Volkswagen Passat Expert Review

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By William Jackson | December 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

What We Know About the New Audi Q7

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The Audi Q7 may be a bit long in the tooth but it is the epitome of a luxury SUV. The new Audi Q7 — lighter, more efficient, larger on the inside — turns down the wagon road in terms of styling.

Related: More Audi Q7 News

Even though the SUV is making its first public appearance at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month, Audi only released details of the European version. We can tell quite a bit about what will be essentially the same vehicle but the company declined to confirm certain specifics like a model year. This is what we can safely tell you until the SUV's debut in Detroit on Jan. 12.

By Joe Bruzek | December 15, 2014 | Comments (2)

Prediction: 10 Cars We Think Won't See 2016

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Like your favorite new network TV show, some cars just won't be around anymore. This year yielded a bumper crop of exciting new cars, trucks and SUVs, but what about those that have been, let's say, taken out to the farm? Which cars won't make it another model year?

Related: Ten Cars That Won't See 2015

We asked our fellow editors to gaze into their automotive crystal balls and predict 10 cars that we think could meet their end after the 2015 model year. Some may surprise you; some have been rumored to get the ax for a while, and thus grace our endangered species list again this year. This list is ordered from most likely to vanish to least likely, in our opinion.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 15, 2014 | Comments (9)

GM Issues Fix for New Key Issue in Cars Under Ignition Recall

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GM is sending letters to the owners of some 2.2 million 2000s-era small cars involved in the automaker's ignition-cylinder recall for an unrelated problem: Put the car in Park and the key may not come out when you turn it off. Although it applies to the same group of vehicles subject to one of the automaker's most serious recalls this year, GM spokesman Alan Adler insists it's unrelated.

Related: GM: 58 Percent of U.S. Cars in Ignition Recall Are Fixed

You can still get a stuck key out of many cars by pressing a plunger under the steering column. But it’s an inconvenient procedure, as depicted above in the owner's manual for a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. GM's fix? Replace the console-mounted automatic transmission shifter, which can fail to send an electrical signal to the ignition when the car is put in Park. That signal allows you to rotate the key from the Run position into the Lock position and remove it, the automaker said in an emailed statement.

The problem only occurs in "3 to 4 percent of the vehicles," Adler said, but GM is sending letters to owners of all 2.2 million cars in the original recall. That figure comes from 2.59 million cars worldwide — the vast majority in the U.S. and Canada — under the ignition-switch recall, minus cars with manual transmissions, which don't have the problem, and cars that have been scrapped. If owners experience the sticking key, they can bring their vehicles into any GM dealer (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet or GMC) and get the transmission shifter replaced for free.

By Kelsey Mays | December 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

What Are the Most Searched Vehicles on Cars.com?

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New-car sales are forecasted to reach 16.5 million units by the year's end, and car shoppers from coast to coast are going online to research new models in record numbers. What are the most searched vehicles on Cars.com? The answer to that depends on where you live. Turns out Illinois residents have a thing for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, while Florida's sun-loving shoppers prefer the Ford Mustang. Although a certain truck seems to be pretty popular everywhere.

Check out the graphic to see what's hot in your state; click to enlarge.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Chrysler, Mazda Expand Takata Airbag Recalls

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Two automakers are expanding their Takata-airbag-related recalls. Chrysler is adding more than 200,000 vehicles to its regional recall of front passenger-side airbag inflators, while Mazda is following Honda’s lead and expanding its recall of approximately 330,000 vehicles to now include the driver-side Takata airbag.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall

In late November, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Chrysler to expand its June recall of cars with defective Takata airbags by Dec. 1. The expanded recall is for 208,783 older-model vehicles in areas with high humidity, according to a statement from Chrysler. The automaker’s original recall included about 69,000 cars in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Chrysler’s latest recall affects vehicles purchased, ever registered in or still registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas as well as American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

By Jennifer Newman | December 12, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Transit Connect

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 25,000 model-year 2014 Ford Transit Connect vehicles manufactured Aug. 1, 2013, to July 10, 2014

The Problem: The fuel and vapor lines may have been installed incorrectly and could make contact. This could result in an abrasion to the lines and a possible fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected lines for free.

What Owners Should Do: Ford began notifying owners last month. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Audi Plans Tesla Model S Fighter

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Tesla just beat out Porsche and Audi as the top brand in a consumer satisfaction survey from Consumer Reports, and the industry is taking notice. Now, The Detroit News reports Audi plans to build a competitor to the California luxury-carmaker’s sole car, the Model S.

Related: Tesla Launches Model S Lease Program

But the German brand won't develop a sedan (or hatchback, technically) like the Model S. Rather, Audi says it will likely build an electric crossover as its Tesla fighter. It would come on the heels of electric versions of the A3 compact, due this year, and the R8 sports car planned for next year. Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said the Model S fighter is "probably going to be a crossover, but development work is still ongoing," according to the newspaper.

Click here to read the full story.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Kelsey Mays | December 12, 2014 | Comments (3)

Infiniti Previews Q60 Concept

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On the heels of the stunning Q80 Concept that debuted at last month's Los Angeles Auto Show, Infiniti plans another concept reveal for the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, only this one will likely see production as the next Q60, the coupe counterpart to the Q50 sedan.

Related: More 2015 North American International Auto Show News

The automaker released a teaser pic of the Q60 Concept, and we'll know more when it hits Infiniti's auto show stage on Jan. 13.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

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