Recall Alert: 2011 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee


Vehicles Affected: Nearly 190,000 model-year 2011 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs manufactured between Jan. 5, 2010, and July 20, 2011, and equipped with either a 3.6-liter or 5.7-liter engine

The Problem: The fuel pump relay inside the Totally Integrated Power Module may fail, causing the vehicle to stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Chrysler will begin notifying owners Oct. 24, and dealers will replace the fuel pump with one external to the module for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to, for more info.

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

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By Matt Schmitz | September 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

So Far, So Good for iPhone 6 in Cars We've Tested


When the iPhone 5 rolled out in September 2012, we had some major trouble getting it to work in our fleet of test cars. Thankfully, it turned out to be a simple fix. With the iPhone 6, it seems there are little to no hiccups with car integration.

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First, we tested the iPhone 6's basic iTunes functions, which was something that didn't work for the iPhone 5.

We had a 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T with the Uconnect multimedia system at our Chicago headquarters. The iPhone paired easily with Uconnect, quickly bringing up all track information and album artwork. Then we tried our long-term 2014 Chevy Impala equipped with the MyLink multimedia system. Again, track info and album artwork immediately displayed.

Next was the all-new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which is in for two weeks of testing with us.

By David Thomas | September 22, 2014 | Comments (2)

This is the First Photo of the 2015 Honda CR-V


Witness the first photo of the 2015 Honda CR-V. Honda characterizes the changes as an "aggressive and bold" update that "portends the significant enhancements made" to the popular SUV, which has been around in its current form since the 2012 model year.

Related: 2015 Honda Pilot: What's Changed

The 2015 CR-V mixes in some of the Accord's horizontal lighting themes; the headlights also appear to get some sort of wraparound LED piping. We won't know more about the updated CR-V until Sept. 30 when Honda says it will unveil full information. The 2015 CR-V goes on sale the next day, Oct. 1.

There are more than 35,000 2014 models in's new-car inventory, which means people looking for the outgoing model should have plenty to choose from when the 2015s hit dealer lots.

Check out a photo of the 2014 (below) to see how different the front end truly is.

By Kelsey Mays | September 22, 2014 | Comments (3)

Is This the Ugliest Paint Color on a Great Car? 2015 BMW M4 Edition (17 Photos)


A new M from BMW is always exciting. The company unveiled the M3 sedan and M4 coupe ahead of the 2014 Detroit auto show in some uncommon colors. The M3 had a unique shade of blue, but the M4 was adorned in something called Austin Yellow Metallic that left a bad taste.

Related: 2015 BMW M3, M4 Video

Color us somewhat surprised that more than six months later the M4 that arrived for us to test wore the same paint color. There are six other colors it could've been painted in, including the Yas Marina Blue Metallic that the M3 was dipped in.

Spending more time with the color didn't make it any more endearing for most of our editors.

By David Thomas | September 22, 2014 | Comments (6)

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By Matt Schmitz | September 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

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By Matt Schmitz | September 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

NHTSA Tool Makes It Easier for Parents to Find Right Car Seat


Buying the correct child-safety seat for a child can be an overwhelming task for parents, especially if it's for their first child. For Child Passenger Safety Week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just launched its Car Seat Finder Tool that makes selecting the correct car-seat style a lot easier.

Related: Child Passenger Safety Week: Protect That Precious Cargo

Using the tool is easy. Parents enter their child's birthdate, weight and height into the Car Seat Finder, and it tells parents what kind of car seat is best for their child. It also offers a listing of compatible car seats with their height and weight recommendations as well as NHTSA's ease-of-use ratings.

I tested the tool by entering info about my 7-year-old, who still needs to ride in a booster seat. Remember, kids should stay in booster seats until they're 4 feet 9 inches tall and at least 80 pounds. The tool correctly told me that my son should be in a booster and gave me a list of boosters to consider.

Anything that demystifies car-seat shopping is a major win. If you already have a car seat for your child, but aren't sure it's installed correctly or is the right fit for your little one, visit a car-seat inspection station during National Car Seat Check Saturday where certified car-seat technicians will be happy to help.

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By Jennifer Newman | September 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

Hey Metal Heads: Slayer-Inspired Scion to Stalk SEMA


As long as there has been heavy metal, teenagers have sought out bands with which to frighten their parents. Now there's a car to really drive 'em nuts. In November, Toyota-owned Scion will unleash a special-edition car perfectly suited for that purpose, the Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC, inspired by the irreverently iconic headbangers, Slayer. On second thought, given the band's influential career spanning more than three decades, the youngsters' enthusiasm may actually take a backseat to that of Mom and Dad for a road trip "South of Heaven" to spend some "Seasons in the Abyss."

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You can't make out a whole h-e-double-hockey-sticks of a lot from the rudimentary pencil-sketch-style image Toyota released this week of the modified version of Scion's sporty coupe — beyond it being obligatorily black in color with a large, red circle adorning the hood (the band's inverted-pentagram logo, perhaps?). No doubt something very similar has been sketched on more than a couple fifth-period Life Sciences textbooks by daydreaming junior-high misfits (we don't mean us). In any case, the automaker promises an exterior style commensurately aggressive to its subject with band-inspired details. And perhaps of equal importance, that influence carries over into the interior as the "multimedia machine" boasts amps, towers of speakers, a custom mixer and a 32-inch monitor for media playback, Toyota said.

By Matt Schmitz | September 19, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Dodge Challenger Review


"If a retro-styled American muscle car is what you crave, you don't have to spend Hellcat money to get Hellcat fun — the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack costs less but is easily as entertaining," said reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

2015 Dodge Challenger Expert Review photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | September 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cadillac to Build New Flagship Sedan


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. photo by Evan Sears

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

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