Chevy Steers the Action in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Iron Man has an affinity for Audi. The Avengers are all about Acura. Now, Captain America — the poster boy for Made in the U.S.A. — demonstrates his domestic disposition by pledging allegiance to a brand that's as American as apple pie: Chevrolet. As Marvel Entertainment's latest Avengers-universe entry, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" dominated the box office this past weekend with an April-record-smashing $96 million bow, the bow-tie brand dominated the film's driving scenes.

Black Widow Corvette Stingray Is Auto Show Avenger

As we reported during the 2014 Chicago Auto Show in February, among the most prominently featured vehicles in the Chevy-heavy sequel is the custom black-on-black-on-black Chevrolet Corvette Stingray driven by actress Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow when she picks up Cap in front of the Capitol. (She's a spy, so obviously a totally bad-ass-looking supercar should help her keep a low profile, right?) Other showcased Chevrolets include the Tahoe SUV, Impala sedan and Silverado pickup truck.

By Matt Schmitz | April 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: March 2014

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The final month of winter continued to be a challenging one for many automakers. Poor weather through large swaths of the country dampened sales in many regions buried under snow and ice. March capped off a weak sales quarter, which saw inventories swell and incentive spending boosted to lure customers into showrooms. The past month proved that signs of spring are finally upon us, and for some automakers the thaw came early to dealers across the U.S., especially those selling trucks and luxury cars.

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: February 2014

In fact, trucks led much of the sales gains for March, with especially strong performances from Ram, Ford and Toyota. The Ram brand had its best month for pickup sales in a decade, and the brand as a whole posted a 29 percent gain year-over-year in March versus March 2013. Ford's F-Series was up as well, jumping 5.1 percent for the month, while Toyota's Tundra posted its best sales month since August 2008. The Chevrolet Silverado saw a 6.8 percent gain, while the GMC Sierra sales were up by 22 percent.

By Aaron Bragman | April 1, 2014 | Comments (23)

Another Recall for General Motors

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General Motors continues to make recall news this week; yesterday it was new Chevrolet Cruze sedans and older-model Chevrolets, Pontiacs and Saturns, today its new full-size SUVs and pickup trucks. GM is recalling 489,936 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks as well as model-year 2015 Tahoe and Yukon SUVs to fix a faulty transmission oil cooler line.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: February 2014

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Winter dragged on in February and car sales for many automakers remained in hibernation, at least for the first half of the month. Shoppers shunned popular sedans like the Honda Accord (down 12.1 percent), Ford Fusion (down 14.3 percent), Toyota Camry (down 7.3 percent) and Hyundai Sonata (down 30.1 percent). They did buy more Chevrolet Malibus and Nissan Altimas, however, placing the Altima atop the car-only pile for February, a roost it last held in March 2013.

February's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

That wasn't the only changing of the guard. Shoppers gravitated toward the Chevrolet Cruze last month (up 21.7 percent versus a weak February 2013) but drifted from the Honda Civic (down 5 percent versus an also-weak February 2013); the Civic hasn't been absent from the top 10 best-sellers list since September 2012.

As we expected, snow-ready cars had their day. We reported Feb. 20 that sales for all-wheel-drive vehicles were up some 20 percent in the first part of the year. Indeed, shoppers preferred off-road brands: Land Rover gained 3 percent and Subaru climbed 24 percent. Jeep saw the highest gains, with sales up 47.4 percent. Shoppers bought more Jeep Cherokees, Grand Cherokees and Wranglers than 16 other nameplates across Fiat Chrysler's five U.S. brands. Reid Bigland, head of U.S. sales, said February's harsh weather across most of the country "has been ideally suited" for the brand, which had the best February in its 73-year existence.

By Kelsey Mays | March 3, 2014 | Comments (10)

GM's Big SUVs Lead Segment in Mileage

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GM has released new EPA fuel economy numbers for its newly refreshed and upgraded Chevrolet and GMC full-size SUVs, and they're leading the segment. The 2015 Chevy Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon/Yukon XL will come standard with the EcoTec3 all-aluminum 5.3-liter V-8 that debuted in the all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra half-ton pickup trucks last year. The new engine produces more power and offers better city and highway fuel economy than either of the previous 5.3-liter V-8 engines (LC9 or LMG) it replaces.

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According to the press release, the new EPA-rated numbers for the Chevy Suburban (and GMC Yukon XL) are 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway for two-wheel-drive models, improving the previous engine's numbers by 7 and 9 percent, respectively. Four-wheel-drive models for both the 2015 Yukon XL and Suburban are 15/22. Shorter wheelbase Tahoe and Yukon models with two-wheel drive have an EPA rating of 16/23, with four-wheel-drive models rated at 16/22.

By Mark Williams | February 24, 2014 | Comments (14)

Recall Alert: 2012-2014 Nissan Frontier

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Vehicles Affected: About 13,535 model-year 2012-2014 Nissan Frontier pickup trucks manufactured between Nov. 28, 2012, and Dec. 17, 2013.

The Problem: A circuit breaker may have been installed incorrectly, causing the main wire harness to the circuit breaker to face outward, potentially contacting a metal bolt on the A-pillar. The bolt could wear through the wire harness covering, resulting in an electrical short, which could cause a fire.

The Fix: Nissan will notify owners starting in March, and dealers will inspect the circuit-breaker orientation and, if necessary, repair it for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 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 | February 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Toyota Tundra's Center Console Swallows Purse and More

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The 2014 Toyota Tundra is a roomy half-ton pickup truck, especially when equipped with the larger CrewMax cab. It offers fantastic passenger space, with 42.3 inches of rear legroom and places to put all of my kids' stuff that I haul around on a daily basis. Although roominess isn't unusual in a pickup of this size, the Tundra has a standout feature that makes me especially happy: its center console.

2014 Toyota Tundra: Family Review Checklist

The console is cavernous, and its lid is put to work with molded plastic spaces for pencils, papers and even a holder for a travel pack of tissues. As fantastic as all the features-within-a-feature are, there's no getting around that I love how big the console is because I can fit my purse in there.

By Sara Lacey | February 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: January 2014

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Automakers didn't quite experience a Denver Broncos-sized shellacking in January, but it was rough sledding for many. January is typically a weak sales month — and the weather, which brought a polar vortex to the Midwest and freezing temperatures to the Gulf Coast, kept even more shoppers at home.

January 2014's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

Eight of the top 10 best-sellers saw sales slide, and the results booted the Honda CR-V off the list, while the Toyota Corolla returned after a one-month hiatus.

Two of the biggest losers — the Honda Accord and Chevrolet Silverado — both pulled in a monster sales month in January 2013, but the Camry's descent has more weight. Even as Toyota turned up the spigot on purchase incentives versus year-ago levels, shoppers gave the automaker's best-seller the cold shoulder. Some may have gravitated toward competitors like the Nissan Altima (up 4.9 percent), while others may have ditched the family sedan altogether. From the Chevrolet Malibu to the Hyundai Sonata, a number of popular nameplates saw January sales slide.

By Kelsey Mays | February 3, 2014 | Comments (14)

Survey Shows Which Cars Drive Men, Women Wild

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Here's the long and short of it: When it comes to vehicles driven by potential suitors, ladies are most attracted to the rugged masculinity of a man in a big black pickup truck, while gentlemen prefer BMWs where their romantic prospects are concerned. Hey, don’t blame us for perpetuating gender-based stereotypes — there's statistical science behind these generalizations. A survey by Insurance.com polled 2,000 men and women age 18 or older on the type, brand and color of their crushes' cars.

Survey: Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin' ' Is Best Song for Driving

The top vehicles women like their men to drive, followed by the percentage saying so, are:

By Matt Schmitz | January 31, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 GMC Canyon Video

PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams got a chance to look over the 2015 GMC Canyon this week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and what a grand Canyon it was. Williams took note of the "organic look" of the front-end styling (surprisingly more similar to the larger Sierra than the Chevrolet Colorado) and a host of aerodynamics-enhancing details, along with a distinguishing line across the front and rear fenders.

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One of Williams' favorite things about the new Canyon is that some of its finest features — like the easy-drop-and-lift tailgate — come standard. Check out the video above and decide if you could see yourself in the Canyon.

By Matt Schmitz | January 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

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