Gas Prices Continue to Ease for Labor Day Travelers

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Motorists who take to the roads for the Labor Day weekend should pay less for gas in most parts of the country than they did a year ago as the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas slipped to the lowest level on this date in four years. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said Thursday that the national average for regular unleaded was $3.43 a gallon. That is 12 cents less than a year ago and the lowest for Aug. 28 since 2010, when the effects of the recession suppressed demand and the national average was $2.68. The national average for diesel fuel was $3.80 on Thursday, 9 cents less than on Aug. 28, 2013.

August Gas Prices Hit Four-Year Low

AAA predicts that nearly 35 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more over the holiday weekend, the most since 2008, with 30 million traveling by car. Motorists are paying less for gas today than at this time last year in all, but about half a dozen states, mainly in the Western U.S., where refinery issues have reduced the supply, AAA said in its weekly assessment of gas prices. Californians, for example, are paying 6 cents more per gallon, on average. Statewide averages are higher than a year ago by 12 cents in Washington state, 13 in Colorado, 16 in Nevada and 17 in Oregon.

By Rick Popely | August 29, 2014 | Comments (1)

What Are the Safest and Most Dangerous Cities for Drivers?

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Auto accidents are among the leading causes of death in the U.S. each year, so if you're looking to play the odds you might want to consider moving to the city where the fewest crashes occur: Fort Collins, Colo. According to the 10th annual "Allstate America's Best Drivers Report," the Centennial State's fourth-most-populous city is the safest place to be behind the wheel. Fort Collins is no stranger to the honor, which it's held for four consecutive years.

Related: Speediest and Slowest States: Where Does Yours Rank?

"Fort Collins has placed in the top 10 every year since the report's inception," Allstate said in a statement. "This year, the results indicate the average driver in Fort Collins will experience an auto collision every 14.2 years, which is 29.6 percent less likely than the national average of every 10 years."

By Matt Schmitz | August 28, 2014 | Comments (7)

Used Fiat 500c Convertible Prices Spike in August

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Summer is winding down, but that didn't stop used Fiat 500c prices from heading up in August. Asking prices on Cars.com for the subcompact 500c, which features a power-retractable soft-top, jumped 8.1 percent ($1,324). That increase put it well ahead of the Toyota Sequoia full-size SUV and Nissan Quest minivan, which advanced 1.9 percent ($792) and 1.8 percent ($405), respectively.

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Prices for the Chevrolet Express 1500 full-size van decreased the most, down 5.3 percent ($1,153) from a month ago. The Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car and BMW 650i luxury two-door round out the month's top three biggest drops, with prices down 3.8 percent ($897) and 3.6 percent ($2,370), respectively.

Overall used-car prices declined again in August, continuing a trend that began in the spring. Average listing prices were down 1.4 percent ($315) to $22,604. That's the steepest monthly decline we've seen so far this year.

By Mike Hanley | August 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Jeep Cherokee Mileage Update: 10,261 Miles

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It's been a quiet 824-mile month for our long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee tester that's otherwise averaged around double that through the first five months of ownership. Putting around the city has slightly dinged the average fuel economy by .12 mpg as the Cherokee takes a breather from the onslaught of road trips encountered in its first few months. Even with that drop, the four-cylinder, all-wheel-drive Cherokee is averaging very close to its 24 mpg combined rating.

By Joe Bruzek | August 28, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Toyota Prius Real-World Cargo Space

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Compared to its midsize sedan hybrid competitors, the Toyota Prius hatchback's cargo space is a winner with 21.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the folding backseat, a feature some sedans lose in their transformation to a hybrid. Throw in a 50 mpg combined EPA rating and it's easy to see why the purpose-built hybrid is so popular.

Related: Best Hybrids for the Money 2014

The original Prius fits in the middle of the current Prius lineup that includes the smaller Prius c and wagonlike Prius v. See how well common cargo items fit in the Prius' cargo area below.

By Joe Bruzek | August 28, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Acura MDX: Car Seat Check

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With a 2014 redesign under its belt, it's no surprise that the Acura MDX is unchanged for 2015. What has changed is the child-safety seats we use for our Car Seat Checks. We were able to fit three car seats across the MDX's second-row bench, but there wasn't enough room between the booster seat and rear-facing infant seat for easy buckling access. Because the second row's middle bottom seat cushion is shorter than the outboard seats, about 30 percent of the infant seat base was hanging off the front of the seat. It's recommended that at least 80 percent of a child-safety seat is touching the car's seat. Parents should keep an eye on proper fit when installing car seats in this middle seating position.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two; three could fit if using narrow car seats

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | August 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Volkswagen Eos Final Edition Means the End of the Road

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Remember when Volkswagen introduced the 2010 New Beetle Final Edition? It signaled the passing of a car that spent an eternal 13 model years going from spring chicken to throwback turkey. Well, the Final Edition is back, and it heralds the swan-song year for the Eos hardtop convertible, which arrived at U.S. dealerships eight years ago this month.

Related: 2014 Volkswagen Eos Cars.com Review

But while the Beetle got new life a few years later that is not in the cards for the Eos.

Put a fork in it; the Eos is done. And cue the long sigh and slow nod, because we told you so. (We know, we were a year late. Let us have our moment.)

By Kelsey Mays | August 27, 2014 | Comments (2)

Video: Auto Show Stars Head to Dealers

Another auto show season is on the horizon with the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show coming in November. But many of the cars we saw throughout last season's auto shows are just going on sale now — or still later this year — like the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4c, 2015 Dodge Challenger and 2015 Ford Mustang. Reviewer Kelsey Mays gives us a rundown of those sporty cars, family haulers like the 2015 Nissan Murano and more in this video.

By David Thomas | August 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2010-2013 Suzuki Kizashi

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Vehicles Affected: More than 19,000 model-year 2010-13 Suzuki Kizashi sedans manufactured between October 2009 and July 2012

The Problem: Spiders may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent hose, blocking it and causing the fuel tank to have an excessive amount of negative pressure. This could cause the fuel tank to crack, resulting in a fuel leak and increasing the risk of a fire. This problem has affected at least three other automakers, including Honda, Hyundai and Mazda, in recent years, most recently resulting in an April 2014 recall of 42,000 model-year 2010-12 Mazda6 sedans.

The Fix: Suzuki began notifying owners on Aug. 12, and dealers will replace the evaporative canister vent line with a vent line that has a filter on the end. If the canister is found to be obstructed by a spider web, the fuel tank will also be replaced. The automaker will do all work for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Suzuki at 800-934-0934, 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 | August 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Nissan Juke Review

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"Even its high-performance RS version can't redeem the 2014 Nissan Juke from being an odd duck, and problems with refinement and crash tests make this mallard sink more than swim," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

2014 Nissan Juke Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | August 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

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