What Are the Most Searched Vehicles on Cars.com?

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New-car sales are forecasted to reach 16.5 million units by the year's end, and car shoppers from coast to coast are going online to research new models in record numbers. What are the most searched vehicles on Cars.com? The answer to that depends on where you live. Turns out Illinois residents have a thing for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, while Florida's sun-loving shoppers prefer the Ford Mustang. Although a certain truck seems to be pretty popular everywhere.

Check out the graphic to see what's hot in your state; click to enlarge.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Announces Its Best of 2015 Nominees

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Whenever we give out our Best of Award, we focus on quality, innovation and value, and all six of these nominees have checked all those boxes. Our editors spend all year driving, testing and reporting on virtually every new car, truck and SUV on the market, and and weíve winnowed that list to a small group of standout contenders. Itís a tough set of arguments every year, and itís never easy to pick a winner. Here are this year's nominees:

The nominees for the Best of 2015 are (in alphabetical order):

  • BMW M4
  • Dodge Challenger
  • Honda Fit
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Subaru Outback
  • Volkswagen Golf

We will reveal the winner at our awards event in Detroit on Jan. 13 during the North American International Auto Show, and of course, here on Cars.com.

By Patrick Olsen | December 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Vote for the Cars.com Shoppers' Choice Award

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Each year we look at the cars our users search for and contact dealers about the most on Cars.com. Out of all that activity we find the top 10 vehicle nominees for our Shoppers' Choice Award. We then let you, the shopper, vote for the winner.

Last year the Ford Mustang took home the prize, and it is once again nominated with Shoppers' Choice newcomers like the Dodge Durango and Mazda3.

Voting starts today on our Facebook page, and fans can place a vote once a day. The cars were selected by the amount of activity they received on Cars.com. That includes how many people researched and reached out to dealers about these cars.

Here are the 10 finalists:

  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • Dodge Durango
  • Ford F-150
  • Ford Mustang
  • Honda CR-V
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Mazda3
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Toyota Prius

The voting runs today through Dec. 4. The winning vehicle will be honored Jan. 13, 2015, at the Cars.com Best of 2015 Awards Show in Detroit.

Get out there and cast your vote.

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By David Thomas | November 5, 2014 | Comments (2)

Cars.com Adds Inventory Email Alerts

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Are you hunting for that elusive white whale of a car with just the right mileage, transmission and color at a specific price, and you're tired of searching Cars.com's listings over and over again to see if one has just been posted? Hold onto your keyboard — your prayers have been answered!

You can sign up for email alerts directly from a search results page in Cars.com's new- or used-car inventory listings.

By David Thomas | March 31, 2014 | Comments (5)

Cars.com Names Family, Play, Luxury and Eco-Friendly Cars of the Year

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As we've done for several years now, our editors have put their heads together to pick the best cars for a variety of lifestyles, and here are the winners for 2014:

Family Car of the Year: 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

With loads of high-tech and luxurious-feeling features packed in at a competitive price, it would be hard for financially savvy and tech-appreciative families to pass over the Santa Fe Sport. Our team of editors took note and voted this midsize crossover right to the top.

Play Car of the Year: 2014 Porsche Boxster

Luxury roadsters pack handsome interiors and punchy engines, but few can connect the car and its driver like the Boxster. Thanks to its sublime balance, Porsche's mid-engine icon is still a performance car through and through.

Luxury Car of the Year: 2014 BMW 328i

The 328i is the perfect blend of luxury, sport and prestige. We tested it against the industry's best luxury sport sedans in 2013 and it came out on top, beating competitors from Acura, Audi, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. It does everything well.

Eco-Friendly Car of the Year: 2014 Nissan Leaf

Less expensive and faster-charging than when it last won this award, the excellent Leaf is accessible to more buyers than ever, and the battery can be fully charged at home in about four hours rather than eight. It also adds range more quickly when grabbing juice at a public charging point.

See our complete coverage here.

By Patrick Olsen | January 14, 2014 | Comments (2)

Ford Mustang Wins Cars.com's Shoppers' Choice Award

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The Ford Mustang has been chosen by Cars.com's users as the Shoppers' Choice Award winner for 2014.

The Mustang was one of 10 finalists that were selected based on car-shopper activity on our site, including searching car listings, filling out consumer reviews and contacting dealers. The ultimate winner was determined through fan voting on our Facebook page.

Clearly, the Mustang remains a favorite among shoppers. As it gets ready to turn 50, it continues to be a sports-car icon, and it is perhaps Ford’s most recognizable car ever. The 10 finalists were (in alphabetical order):

  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • Ford F-150
  • Ford Mustang
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Civic
  • Honda CR-V
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • Ram 1500
By Patrick Olsen | December 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

Time to Vote for the 2014 Cars.com Shoppers' Choice Award

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Every year, millions of car shoppers visit Cars.com, searching our inventory and contacting dealers. And each year, we look to see which cars, trucks and SUVs get the most attention from those shoppers. From all of that activity, we find the top 10 vehicle nominees for our Shoppers’ Choice Award. The Dodge Challenger has won two consecutive Shoppers’ Choice awards, but this year the competition might be a little more intense. The Challenger did not make the list of 10 finalists that will be narrowed down by our Facebook fans to select a winner.

By David Thomas | November 4, 2013 | Comments (6)

Fall Road Rally Photo Gallery

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Every year the Midwest Automotive Media Association hosts spring and fall rallies. At these events, automakers assemble their latest wares all in one location for automotive press members to check out.

This year, the event's fall version was held at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill., and our staff was surprised and conflicted by a number of the 70-plus cars on hand. Here's a photo gallery of the event along with commentary from our editors on new cars such as the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Cadillac CTS, Ford Fiesta ST and others.

By David Thomas | October 8, 2013 | Comments (1)

Download Cars.com's Updated iPhone and Android Apps

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Cars.com has completed a major overhaul of its mobile apps for iPhone and Android smartphones.

Not only does it look more like our recently revamped wired site, there are also major new features that will make shopping for a new or used car from the couch, grocery store line or dinner with a bad blind date better.

Our menu now follows you through the app so you can easily jump to another section or tool, like a loan calculator, from wherever you are.

When you find a car you're interested in the images appear larger than before — as does the asking price.

One feature that we're particularly proud of is a saved search that you can name yourself.

By David Thomas | April 17, 2013 | Comments (2)

Dramatized Focus Group Video

Cars.com is bringing drama to the Big Game. Find out how on Feb. 3, and for a sneak peek, check out the video above.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

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