PickupTruck.com's 2015 Annual Physical

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For its second Annual Physical, sibling site PickupTrucks.com gathered six V-6 pickup trucks and put them through a battery of acceleration, braking, hill climb and fuel-economy tests. Click below to check out their vitals.

2015 Annual Physical

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By Jen Burklow | January 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Car Seat Check

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The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is having a good year. It was recently named Cars.com's Best Pickup Truck of 2015. This midsize pickup truck is built on an all-new platform and has a redesigned exterior and interior. The Colorado comes in extended- or crew-cab models; we tested a Colorado crew cab, which seats five.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | January 27, 2015 | Comments (2)

What You Need to Know About the 2015 BMW i3

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BMW takes a giant leap into the electric-vehicle game with this little city car. Here's a quick reference guide:

 

Snapshot

  • Starting price: $43,350, including a destination fee
  • Competes with: Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Kia Soul EV
  • On sale: Now

 

What We Like

  • Handling
  • Acceleration
  • Tax credit availability

 

What We Don't

  • Ride on rough pavement
  • Compromised rear visibility
  • Appearance of some of the eco-friendly materials

 

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By David Thomas | January 27, 2015 | Comments (1)

Stay Safe on the Road With NHTSA's Winter Driving Tips

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New York, Boston and well, basically all of the Northeast, are hunkering down as the first blizzard of 2015 pounds the area.

Related: Get Winter-Ready for the Road

With more than 6,000 flights canceled and Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island declaring states of emergencies, it's clear that this blizzard isn't being taken lightly.

While no one should be driving in this weather — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered nonessential vehicles, including cabs and food-delivery bicycles, off of city streets by 11 tonight — here are some tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just in case you do have to head out in snowy conditions. But really, just stay home.

By Jennifer Newman | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

Where's the Cheapest Place to Insure Your Car?

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Car-insurance rates depend on a litany of factors: driving record and claim history, gender, age, marital status and more. Then there's the elephant in the room — location, location, location. That alone can multiply your rates by nearly eightfold, according to a new study by CarInsurance.com. The Foster City, Calif., insurance comparison site compared rates across six major auto-insurance carriers for a 2014 Honda Accord with a 40-year-old male owner who commutes 12 miles per day and has a clean record and good credit, with typical policy and deductible terms.

Related: Detroit Tops U.S. In Car Insurance Costs

The result? Detroit's 48227 ZIP code has the highest annual rate by a lot, averaging annual premiums of $5,109. That's 130 percent more than Michigan's average, according to CarInsurance.com. But just 102 miles south, Green Springs, Ohio's 44836 is the cheapest ZIP code in America, averaging just $647 for the same coverage.

New York City's Brooklyn borough's 11226 ZIP code and Philadelphia's 19132 ZIP code round out the priciest locales, while Arden, N.C., and Saco, Maine, join Green Springs in discount territory. Want to know the priciest and cheapest ZIP codes, according to CarInsurance.com? Read on.

By Kelsey Mays | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S Starts at $130,825

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Mercedes-Benz has announced pricing for the all-new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S coupe, set to arrive in showrooms in April. The more powerful GT S version of the coupe will start at $130,825 including destination; Mercedes has not yet announced pricing for the base model, which will not arrive until spring of 2016.

Related: 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT: First Look (43 Photos)

The S trim comes with a number of standard features, including Nappa leather, keyless start, the Comand multimedia system, automatic park assist, an adaptive suspension, LED headlights, heated power performance seats, a backup camera, red painted brake calipers, a forward collision warning system and the premium Burmester sound system. It will also feature standard 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, as well as the more powerful version of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine, producing 503 horsepower and 479 pounds-feet of torque.

By Aaron Bragman | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014-15 Toyota Prius V

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 5,000 model-year 2014-2015 Toyota Prius V hybrids manufactured Nov. 7, 2013, through Jan. 7, 2015

The Problem: In these vehicles, the occupant classification system may not have been calibrated correctly. As a result, the passenger air bag may not deploy in a crash, increasing the risk of injuries.

The Fix: Dealers will recalibrate of the OCS system for free.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota will being notifying owners Feb. 15. Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 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 | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Video

Cars.com reviewer David Thomas says shoppers looking for a well-rounded family car should look no further than the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. In fact, Cars.com just named Hyundai's crossover the Best New Car for Small Families. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Kia Forte

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 87,000 model-year 2014 Kia Forte vehicles manufactured from Dec. 5, 2012, through April 17, 2014

The Problem: In these vehicles, the cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt; this could cause a fire. Several consumer reports of engine fires prompted the safety investigation but Kia says no related accidents or injuries have been reported.

The Fix: For vehicles produced from Dec. 5, 2012, through Jan. 27, 2014, dealers will replace the cooling fan resistor and multifuse unit for free; for vehicles produced from Jan. 28 to April 17, 2014, dealers will replace the multifuse unit only. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, owners of vehicles with a 1.8-liter engine will also have the engine control unit software updated.

What Owners Should Do: Kia will being notifying owners Feb. 24. Owners can call Kia at 800-333-4542 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 | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

Nine Things About the Jeep Cherokee's Nine-Speed Transmission

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One of the most ambitious features of the Jeep Cherokee's rebirth in 2014 was its standard and highly technical nine-speed automatic transmission from ZF Friedrichshafen AG. In fact, one of the reasons Cars.com purchased the redesigned Cherokee as a long-term test car was to test this new unit during a year of driving.

Related: Follow Cars.com's Long-Term Fleet

The nine-speed is big news for lots of reasons. First off, it's innovative: The Cherokee is one of the only SUVs to use such a transmission and to cram nine gears in the limited space of a front-wheel-drive transmission, it uses a unique construction. Secondly, the little sucker delayed the Cherokee's launch for months as Jeep worked out powertrain programming issues.

After 14,000 miles of owning a four-cylinder Cherokee with all-wheel drive, here are nine things we've observed about our Jeep's nine-speed automatic transmission:

By Joe Bruzek | January 26, 2015 | Comments (8)

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