Recall Alert: 26,000 Audi and Volkswagen Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: About 26,000 model-year 2011-12 Audi S4, S5 and Q7 vehicles; model-year 2012 Audi A6 and Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid vehicles; and model-year 2012-13 Audi A7 sedans.

The Problem: In the affected vehicles, the fuel-injection system could experience a leak. In the presence of an ignition source, this leak increases the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the fuel rails and corresponding seals for free.

What Owners Should Do: Volkswagen will notify owners around March 10. Audi owners can call 800-822-2834 and refer to recall 24AP; Volkswagen owners can call 800-893-5298 and refer to recall 24BK. Owners also can call 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 Newman | January 27, 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)

Cadillac to Reveal CT6 at the 2015 New York Auto Show

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General Motors' luxury brand is planning to make a big splash at the last big auto show of the season; Cadillac announced it will unveil its new CT6 sedan on March 31, the eve of the 2015 New York International Auto Show.

Related: Cadillac to Build New Flagship Sedan

The CT6 will be the brand's flagship sedan and positioned above the XTS; it will be the first vehicle to use Cadillac's new alphanumeric naming structure. The rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan will be built at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant and go on sale late this year.

Click here for more of the story from the Detroit News.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Jennifer Geiger | January 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Lexus ES 350: Car Seat Check

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For 2015 Lexus' midsize sedan now has new standard equipment every parent will appreciate: a backup camera. Families will also like how the 2015 Lexus ES 350 handles child-safety seats. Its copious amount of room and easy-to-access Latch anchors helped the sedan earn straight As across the board.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Lexus GS F Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays takes a closer look at Lexus' new performance sedan, from the GS F's aggressive front grille to its 467-horsepower V-8. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

2014 Audi S7 Review

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"With head-turning style, exquisite interior trim, sophisticated electronics and speed aplenty, the 2014 Audi S7 is practically the perfect luxury car," says Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman.

2014 Audi S7 Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Jennifer Geiger | January 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

We Bought a 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Cars.com just named the redesigned Mercedes-Benz C-Class our Best of 2015 car. As we've done in recent years, we purchased one to put our money where our mouth is. Naturally, the process kicked off with a familiar question: Which C-Class would we get? Among the new 2015 C-Class sedans on Cars.com, we found more than 150 examples within 50 miles of our Chicago offices. We've already driven both the C300 and C400, and we deemed the C400's extra power unnecessary versus the already-punchy C300, particularly since it starts some $10,000 higher.

Related: Cars.com Names 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Best of 2015

We settled on the C300. Given the nature of Chicago weather, we opted for all-wheel drive, and so set our sights on a 2015 C300 4Matic sedan; that combination accounted for more than 80 percent of the 2015 C-Class sedans in dealer inventory near our offices at the time we were shopping. Including destination, the C300 4Matic starts at $41,325 but can spiral past $60,000 if you load up the options. Still, most examples on Cars.com near us were listed between $45,000 and $55,000.

We settled on a plan. We'd visit a Mercedes dealership near downtown Chicago to see what option groups were popular; then we'd email that dealership along with a few others when we had an idea of the equipment that we wanted. As always, we told salespeople we were looking to buy a company car, providing only our personal email addresses and mobile phone numbers. We revealed only after the price had been agreed to that we worked for Cars.com.

By Kelsey Mays | January 14, 2015 | Comments (9)

More 2016 Lexus GS F Details and Photos

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Lexus returns to the high-performance luxury sedan segment with the debut of the GS F, and it's given its latest performance model some significant styling changes along with more power under the hood to distinguish it from the standard GS.

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I really like the car's new headlight design. It's something you rarely see changed when a car makes the transition from the mainstream to a niche performance model, but the thin lights look slick and work well with the F line's signature hourglass grille. That grille somehow doesn't look as massive here as it does on Lexus' RC F coupe.

By Mike Hanley | January 14, 2015 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Names Mercedes-Benz C-Class Best of 2015

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The last time we tested the C-Class in a Cars.com Challenge, the C250 fared very poorly. The judges didn’t care for the brakes, found the engine wanting and disliked the handling.

Now, with the advent of the new C-Class, our editors are impressed: "The luxury automaker has stunned the public and pundits by producing a stylish new compact luxury sedan that plays second fiddle to no one."

The C-Class edged out five worthy competitors:

  • 2015 BMW M4
  • 2015 Dodge Challenger
  • 2015 Honda Fit
  • 2015 Subaru Outback
  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf

Check out our awards coverage for all the details.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Patrick Olsen | January 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

Does the World Need the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country?

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Not since the extinction of Subaru's Legacy Outback has an off-road-focused crossover sedan been so bold as to even exist. Until now. Volvo is betting on the new S60 Cross Country luxury sedan as yet another way to strut its Swedish quirkiness.

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So just who would buy an S60 sedan pumped up with an extra 2.5 inches of ground clearance? According to Joe Haslem, brand manager for Volvo's entire S60 range, "It's for someone who's grown up out of a Subaru WRX, but is SUV averse. They spend their weekends skiing or exploring wineries." They also might be wagon averse as Volvo revealed the V60 Cross Country late last year.

By Kristin Varela | January 13, 2015 | Comments (3)

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