2015 Car Seat Trends

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Child-safety seats are always evolving as manufacturers look to create safer and easier-to-use car seats that meet changing federal standards.

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This year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mandated a weight limit for Latch anchors, and it has proposed new side-impact crash tests that some car-seat makers are already using to design safer car seats. Car seats already have to pass federal safety standards to be sold in the U.S.

At the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas earlier this fall, car-seat makers were among the many manufacturers showing off their latest wares. Here are the trends we noticed for 2015:

By Jennifer Newman | November 25, 2014 | Comments (2)

2016 Volvo XC90 Video

Volvo's large SUV was last redesigned 12 years ago; for 2016 the XC90 — debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show — is all new with a plug-in gas-electric hybrid powertrain. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the new XC90 should be worth the wait.

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Inside, Mays says the new XC90 has a cabin full of high quality materials and one of the biggest touch-screens in the industry. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Toyota Mirai Video

"Toyota delivers on a mission announced in 2010 to deliver a hydrogen fuel-cell electric sedan by 2015 priced around $50,000. Well, here it is: the all-new Toyota Mirai," Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays said last week as he got up close to the model-year 2016 fuel-cell electric vehicle at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Watch the video to see what Mays found out.

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

2015 Subaru Impreza Earns IIHS' Top Safety Pick Plus Award

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The 2015 Subaru Impreza has joined the ranks of the most crashworthy vehicles on the road as determined by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The car, available as a sedan or hatchback, earned the safety agency's highest distinction, Top Safety Pick Plus, when equipped with the optional EyeSight Driver Assist Technology; without the option, the Impreza earns the Top Safety Pick designation.

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Redesigned for the 2015 model year, the Impreza received ratings of good in IIHS' front small overlap, front moderate overlap, side impact, roof strength and rear impact evaluations. EyeSight earned the car a superior rating in front crash avoidance. EyeSight comes as part of a $2,795 option package that includes a moonroof, navigation, keyless entry and push-button start; it's available on the 2.0i Limited model sedan and 2.0i Sport Limited hatchback.

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

2016 Fiat 500X Video

Fiat's new SUV is a bit smaller than the brand's 500L tall hatchback, and Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the 2016 Fiat 500X is the most capable but conventional-looking Fiat so far. The brand's newest offering made its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Inside, Mays says drivers will be impressed with the quality of the cabin materials and the easy-to-use controls. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 9,000 2012-2014 BMW Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 9,000 BMW vehicles, including model-year 2014 328i Sports Wagons; 2012-14 BMW 320i sedans, 328i sedans, 320i xDrive sedans and 328i xDrive sedans; 2012-13 BMW 528i and 528i xDrive sedans; 2013-14 BMW X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i sports activity vehicles; 2013-14 BMW X3 xDrive28i sports activity vehicles; 2012-14 BMW Z4 sDrive28i roadsters; and 2014 BMW 428i and 428i xDrive coupes

The Problem: Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail, causing a reduction in braking power and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: BMW will begin notifying owners late this month, and dealers will install a locking ring in the camshaft to retain the camshaft seal disk in the proper location for free. This latest action is an expansion of a recall from earlier this year.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417, 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 | November 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays is literally sitting in the lap of luxury in his latest video from the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Mercedes wants to make Maybach a separate sub-brand, and the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is the automaker's first offering.

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Mays says the car is opulent, inside and out, and rear-seat room is absolutely outrageous.  Watch the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Record Number of Motorists to Hit the Road This Thanksgiving

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If you're headed over the river and through the woods this Thanksgiving, the roads might be just a bit more crowded this year. AAA is reporting that 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the holiday weekend, a 4.2 percent increase over 2013 and the highest volume of travelers since 2007.

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For drivers, the news is both good and bad. According to AAA, the 41.3 million travelers who plan to drive to their destination will enjoy the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices in five years. Last year, motorists paid an average of $3.28 per gallon of regular gas, more than 40 cents higher than the current national average. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is less enthusiastic. "It's one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately that means more crashes," the agency said in a statement.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 24, 2014 | Comments (4)

Holiday Sales Come Early This Year, Even for Cars

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If Santa Claus is on television roaming a garage filled with shiny Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs then Christmas must be just around the corner, right?

Not any longer. Just as retailers now try to gain an early edge with holiday shoppers through "pre-Black Friday" sales, Mercedes and archrival BMW couldn't even wait until daylight saving time ended to start their annual year-end sales promotions.

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BMW, currently the top-selling sales brand in the U.S., began advertising its Happier Holiday Event on Nov. 1 — before many had a chance to take down Halloween decorations.

Mercedes-Benz, nipping at BMW's heels for sales leadership, was on the same schedule. Mercedes dealers started their annual Winter Event on Nov. 1, and around the same time Santa popped up on TV, ushering trucks loaded with naughty and nice Mercedes vehicles out the door.

By Rick Popely | November 24, 2014 | Comments (3)

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Photo Gallery (24 Photos)

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Get on the clock, Hollywood big-shot wannabes, 'cause it's time to start thinking about leasing a new 911 to hand off to the valet in front of The Ivy. The latest version of the Porsche 911 — the Carrera GTS — is now getting face time at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show after its global premiere in the city where its cache is perhaps most appreciated.

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According to Porsche, the four variants of the Carrera GTS bridge the gap between the Carrera S and 911 GT3. Available as a coupe or convertible and rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, it puts out 430 horsepower. The red Carrera GTS coupe with big black wheels on display in L.A. sported quintessential 911 looks sure to be sufficiently impressive to everyone sitting on the patio outside The Coffee Bean.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

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