2015 Acura TLX Video

At the 2014 New York International Auto Show, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays got up close to the all-new 2015 Acura TLX luxury sedan — not that proximity made things more exciting. "It kind of looks like every other Acura," Mays said. Similar to the TL/TSX replacement's prototype we saw at the 2014 Detroit auto show, the TLX is shorter than the TL and wears Acura's shield grille and "jewel-eye" LED headlights. With a comfortable cabin and roomier trunk, Mays found little to criticize but not much to get excited about either. Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 23, 2014 | Comments (1)

Toyota and Ford Disagree (Again) Over Global Best-Seller Title

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The Toyota Corolla ended 2013 in ninth place on the U.S. sales ladder, eclipsed by a cadre of full-size Detroit pickup trucks and three popular family sedans — including Toyota's own Camry. But car shoppers across the world, where the streets aren't so Texas-sized, preferred the Corolla to every other car model in 2013.

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This is according to Toyota, citing registration data from analytics firm Polk. The automaker says the data, which captures 96 percent of new-car sales worldwide, indicated 1,098,524 Corolla registrations in 2013. That beat an April 9 proclamation by Ford that the Focus was 2013's global best-seller with 1,097,618 registrations. Ford, like Toyota, cited Polk data.
 
It would seem that Toyota won by a hair. But, as a certain former president might say, it depends how you define the terms.

By Kelsey Mays | April 23, 2014 | Comments (4)

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)

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 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)

2015 Infiniti Q70 Photo Gallery (28 Photos)

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Adjectives for the new exterior styling of the 2015 Infiniti Q70 have included "fluidic," "flowing" and "wavelike" — so you might say the dramatic design of the latest version of the midsize luxury sedan is a sea change. The new wavy sidelines and "waved mesh" finish of Infiniti's familiar double-arch grille join new LED taillight design, rear-end chrome trim and a streamlined bumper.

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You'll find yourself in familiar waters inside this vessel's cabin, where interior dimensions, real wood and leather trim surfaces, and heated leather seats carry over from 2014, as do the gauge and control layout with a large color touch-screen. The Q70 is now making its maiden voyage into the public eye at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

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

By Matt Schmitz | April 18, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Nissan Versa Photo Gallery (22 Photos)

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Nissan's subcompact car gets a mild refresh for 2015. A restyled grille, larger headlights and new fog-light surrounds accent the Versa's face this year. 

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Standard Bluetooth connectivity joins the Versa's features list for 2015, as do some higher quality materials, which should improve cabin comfort.

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

By Jennifer Geiger | April 18, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Dodge Charger: Up Close

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Dodge is a little surprised by who's buying the current Charger: The brand says more than half of Charger buyers are the coveted millennial generation, and a third don't even cross-shop any competitors before they buy one. For Charger buyers, the car isn't a family sedan. It's a style statement, with its aggressive lines, big engines and in-your-face attitude.

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When it came time to update the Charger and Challenger, Dodge decided to take a new route with the Charger. The Challenger is retro, and the 2015 model plays up that aspect; the new 2015 Charger is now more modern than the outgoing one, giving Dodge buyers a choice in how they want their performance — old school or latest thing.

By Aaron Bragman | April 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Dodge Charger Photo Gallery (29 Photos)

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The previous version of Dodge's large sedan wore some retro styling cues, evoking its heritage-based name. The 2015 Charger, by contrast, looks very, well, 2015 with fresh, modern styling that ties it to its smaller Dodge Dart sibling.

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Up front, a new grille, headlights, bumper and fog lights create a modern, aggressive look. In back, the previous version's square and muscular angles have been chopped in favor of smoother, more rounded edges. Dodge’s signature LED "racetrack" taillights return for 2015. 

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

By Jennifer Geiger | April 17, 2014 | Comments (5)

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