Recall Alert: 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat

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Vehicles Affected: About 26,452 model-year 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible and Passat cars equipped with a 1.8-liter turbo engine and torque converter automatic transmission.

The Problem: The O-ring seals between the oil cooler and transmission may leak fluid, which could contact a hot surface and result in a fire. The automaker said it is not aware of any fires, injuries or accidents attributed to this issue.

The Fix: Volkswagen began notifying owners earlier this month, and dealers will replace the O-ring in the transmission oil cooler for free. On April 9, the automaker issued a mandatory stop-sale order on all of the affected models manufactured between Feb. 1, 2014, and now.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Volkswagen at 800-822-8987, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Mazda3, 2014-15 Mazda6

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 5,700 model-year 2014 Mazda3 compact cars and model-year 2014-2015 Mazda6 midsize sedans equipped with the 2.5-liter engine and a regenerative braking system. Only Mazda3 vehicles manufactured from June 12 through Dec. 18, 2013, and Mazda6 vehicles manufactured from May 20 through Dec. 4, 2013, are affected. 

The Problem: Driving through rain or heavy puddles could cause the alternator belt to slip and send a faulty message to the power control module. This could cause a loss of power steering assist and possible engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will reprogram the PCM for free.

What Owners Should Do: Mazda will notify owners later this month. Owners can call Mazda at 800-222-5500 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

Which City Has the 'Greenest' Car Shoppers?

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When it comes to eco-conscious car shoppers, the Golden State is the greenest. From SoCal to the Central Coast to NorCal, California lays claim to seven of the top 10 places on Cars.com's annual "Greenest Car Shoppers" list, up from five last year. The greater West Coast accounts for two more spots, while only one non-Western locale — Charlottesville, Va. — made this year's roster. Data is compiled based on Cars.com visitors’ searches for hybrid and electric vehicles.

The Top 10 Cities Where Car Shoppers Go Green (2013)

"While California continues to lead in car shoppers' adoption of hybrid and electric cars, overall demand for these green cars has led car companies to make hybrids in all shapes and sizes, capable of accommodating the needs of just about any type of driver," said Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder.

Here are the top 10 greenest cities:

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

Will an Electric Vehicle Work for Your Family?

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Electric vehicles have been a little too pricey to show up in most neighborhood driveways, but with the 2015 Kia Soul EV arriving at dealerships this summer, EVs and plug-in hybrids like the new-for-2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid are becoming increasingly more affordable and appealing to families.

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Of course the benefits from an environmental standpoint are motivating, as is information on fuel efficiency and range, but what does a family need to know when considering buying or leasing an EV or plug-in hybrid? This primer addresses a few things you may be wondering about.

By Carrie Kim | April 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Fiat 500 Turbo Photo Gallery (14 Photos)

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Fiat is shifting gears for the 2015 model year, offering the performance-oriented small car, the 500 Turbo, with an optional six-speed automatic transmission in an effort to lure younger buyers. Visitors to the 2014 New York International Auto Show can see the new 500 Turbo — sans stick — today through April 27 as Fiat showcases the model's 2015 lineup.

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Set to arrive at dealerships in July, the new 500 Turbo continues to offer a Fiat-fabulous look, punctuated by an aggressive front end, unique 16-inch aluminum wheels, a roofline-elongating liftgate-mounted spoiler and a black-accented rear diffuser. Inside, the 500 Turbo gets a new-for-2015 instrument panel with a 7-inch high-definition display.

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

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

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Readers jumped on the bandwagon this week to put the 2014 Subaru Outback up top in its debut on our list of most-read reviews. Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela says the cultishly popular wagon gets better every year, and 2014 is no exception. Also enjoying a robust start is list newcomer the 2015 Audi A3 luxury sedan, which bows at No. 2. Further down the roster, at Nos. 8 and 9, are the 2014 Buick Regal sedan and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee crossover. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Subaru Outback
2. 2015 Audi A3
3. 2015 Honda Fit
4. 2014 Nissan Rogue 
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2014 Honda CR-V
7. 2014 Infiniti Q50
8. 2014 Buick Regal
9. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
10. 2015 Subaru WRX

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

2015 Hyundai Sonata Video

The popular midsize sedan class is one of the toughest segments, but Hyundai's updated-for-2015 Sonata sedan should have more than a fighting chance with shoppers. The new Sonata boasts attractive, fluid styling and loads of creature comforts. Watch the video above and climb inside the new Sonata with Cars.com's Kelsey Mays. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Kia Sedona Photo Gallery (48 Photos)

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Kia's minivan has always been a bit player in the class, but that could change with the redesigned-for-2015 Sedona. Its bold grille with LED accent lights will be sure to turn shoppers' heads.

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Inside, the Sedona is available in seven- and eight-seat configurations, and new Slide-n-Stow second-row seats should appeal to parents; they stack vertically against the front seatbacks to quickly convert the minivan from people-mover to stuff-hauler.

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

By Jennifer Geiger | April 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Chevrolet Cruze: Up Close

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The 2015 Cruze's mild restyle features updates up front that shares elements with other Chevrolet products to create a more cohesive brand image among Chevrolet sedans.

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On the 2015 Cruze this includes a grille similar to the Chevrolet Malibu and new lower front styling with available LED running lights like the Chevrolet Impala.

By Joe Bruzek | April 19, 2014 | Comments (5)

What You Can't Miss at the 2014 New York Auto Show

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The U.S. auto show season isn't closing quietly this year. New York hosts the last big auto show, and the Big Apple is offering quite the spread for 2014, from significant production reveals like the 2015 Toyota Camry and 2015 Subaru Outback to in-your-dreams performance cars like the Alfa Romeo 4C and Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible. Oh, and if you're looking for weird, check out the redesigned Nissan Murano's styling and Land Rover's full-size remote-control concept SUV.

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The 2014 New York International Auto Show runs from April 18-27 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, 11th Avenue between 34th and 40th streets. The floor is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Regardless of when you go, there will be plenty to see. Continue below to check out the Cars.com editorial team's list of New York Auto Show can't-miss vehicles and displays.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

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