2014 BMW 535d Review

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"The BMW 535d is a highly capable midsize sport sedan made better by the power and efficiency of its new diesel engine — but adding options quickly spends any money saved by choosing an alternative-fuel powertrain," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

2014 BMW 535d Expert Review

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By Matt Schmitz | August 18, 2014 | Comments (9)

2014 Chevrolet Malibu Review

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"In a crowded, competitive field, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu stands out for its technology, power and quietness — but its handling and interior space fail to impress," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman’s review for more.

2015 Chevrolet Malibu Expert Review

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By Jennifer Newman | August 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 124,000 GM Cars, Crossovers

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Vehicles Affected: More than 124,000 GM vehicles, including model-year 2013-14 Buick Encore crossovers and Cadillac ATS cars; 2014 Cadillac CTS and ELR cars; 2014 Chevrolet Caprice and SS cars; and 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks

The Problem: Due to an incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly, the front seats in the affected vehicles may not stay secured in place during a high-load condition such as a crash, increasing the risk of an injury. We first reported on this issue on July 23.

The Fix: GM will begin notifying owners late this month, and dealers will inspect the seat hook bracket assembly weld and, if necessary, replace the lower seat track for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 and GMC at 800-462-8782. They can also call 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 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Hyundai Elantra Sedan: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: New option packages for the sedan; Elantra Coupe discontinued for 2015

Price change: Base prices are $50 higher on the base SE and top-shelf Limited models and $100 lower on the Sport

On sale: Since early July

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2015

The compact Elantra is Hyundai's best-selling model but was last redesigned for 2011, so its sales are falling at the same time that the midsize Sonata (redesigned for 2015) is on the upswing. That and the competitive nature of the compact car market mean that suggested retail prices on 2015 models are about the same as comparable 2014s.

Starting prices are $17,250 for the SE, $21,600 for the Sport and $21,700 for the Limited, not including the $810 destination charge (unchanged from 2014).

By Rick Popely | August 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 83,000 Ford and Lincoln Crossovers, Sedans, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 83,000 model-year 2012-14 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers manufactured between Sept. 2, 2010, and Nov. 30, 2013; 2013-14 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans manufactured between Aug. 25, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2013; and 2013-14 Ford Flex SUVs and Lincoln MKT crossovers manufactured between Sept. 12, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2013

The Problem: The halfshaft retention circlip may not have been properly installed, and as a result the halfshaft may move outward and disengage from the linkshaft while driving and without warning. If this occurs, power will no longer be transmitted to the wheels, increasing the risk of a crash. In addition, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, a rollaway may occur despite the transmission being in Park, increasing the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.

The Fix: Ford will begin notifying owners Aug. 29, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure that the halfshaft is properly retained; if it is not, dealers will replace the linkshaft and the halfshaft if it shows evidence of spline damage. The automaker will make the repairs for free.

What Owners Should Do: Both Ford and Lincoln owners can call Ford at 800-392-3673, 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 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Chevrolet Impala

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Vehicles Affected: More than 57,000 model-year 2014 Chevrolet Impala sedans manufactured between Nov. 5, 2012, and Dec. 20, 2013

The Problem: Due to a poor electrical ground connection to the power steering control module, the vehicle may lose power steering assist during start up or while driving; this could require greater driver effort to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash. We first reported on this issue on July 23.

The Fix: GM will begin notifying owners late this month, and dealers will clean paint from behind the ground stud nut and update the power steering control module software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, 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 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Hyundai Sonata Review

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"With its redesigned 2015 Sonata sedan, Hyundai has focused less on distinguishing design statements, and more on a clean, timeless, sophisticated design with detailed engineering and thoughtful features," said Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela. Check out Varela's review for more.

2015 Hyundai Sonata Expert Review

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By Matt Schmitz | August 14, 2014 | Comments (24)

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: First Look

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  • Competes with: Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, BMW M5, Chevrolet SS
  • Looks like: The meanest, baddest, kick-ass Dodge Charger ever built
  • Drivetrain: 707-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 with eight-speed automatic; rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Early 2015

You knew it was coming. There was no way Dodge was going to make an engine like the Hellcat V-8, a 707-horsepower, supercharged monster motor, and limit its use to the 2015 Challenger SRT. Sure enough, Dodge proved the internet rumor mill right by unveiling the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat sedan today, christening it the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world.

What'll she do? Zero-to-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, two-tenths of a second quicker than a Challenger SRT Hellcat. The National Hot Rod Association has certified it as running the quarter mile in 11.0 seconds flat on street tires with a top speed of 204 mph. It's only 100 pounds heavier than the Challenger Hellcat, and it's faster than the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, BMW M5, Aston Martin Rapide or any other sedan you can name.

By Aaron Bragman | August 13, 2014 | Comments (13)

2015 Chrysler 200 Earns IIHS’ Top Safety Pick Plus Award

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the redesigned-for-2015 Chrysler 200 sedan a Top Safety Pick Plus award winner. The institute's top honor requires that a vehicle earn a good or acceptable rating for small overlap protection; good ratings in moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests; and a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. The previous Chrysler 200 scored only acceptable in the small overlap test, which approximates what happens when a vehicle strikes a tree or telephone pole. This time out, the "midsize moderately priced car," as IIHS classifies it, earned the small overlap evaluation's top rating of good, bumping it up from Top Safety Pick to Top Safety Pick Plus.

Related: 2015 Chrysler 200 Review

"In the small overlap test, the driver's space was maintained well, and injury measures recorded on the dummy indicated a low risk of any significant injuries in a real-world crash of this severity," IIHS stated in a news release. "The dummy's head was well controlled by the frontal airbag, which stayed in position during the crash. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structures."

In addition, the sedan earned a superior rating for front crash prevention when equipped with an optional forward collision system with autobrake, included in the $1,295 SafetyTec package. IIHS said the system completely stopped the vehicle at 12 mph and "significantly reduced the vehicle's speed" at 25 mph.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 12, 2014 | Comments (1)

Glitches Call Reliability of Tesla Model S Into Question

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Automatically extending door handles that don't extend, a multimedia screen that blanks out, a creaky roof, difficulties with the trunk latch. These are just some of the glitches with Tesla's long-range-electric luxury sedan, the Model S, that have resulted in backlash from Consumer Reports after initial praise of the vehicle, USA Today reported. We at Cars.com noted these and other quirks during our tests of the 2012 model. How might this affect the Model S' reliability ratings in the future? Get the full USA Today story here.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 12, 2014 | Comments (9)

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