Recall Alert: 2013-2015 Jaguar XK

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Vehicles Affected: About 150 model-year 2013-15 Jaguar XK luxury sports cars, including XKR and XKR-S variants, manufactured between Aug. 24, 2012, and June 10, 2014, and equipped with a 5.0-liter engine

The Problem: The tire placard has incorrect info for the spare tire stating "none" for the inflation pressure of the spare wheel. If the recommended pressure is not provided, the tire may not be properly inflated, which may result in its failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Jaguar will begin notifying owners on Aug. 30, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and, if necessary, attach a corrected tire placard label stating the tire size and pressure, for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Jaguar at 800-452-4827, 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 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Chevrolette Corvette Stingray Gets New Eight-Speed Transmission; We Drive It

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Chevrolet has been enjoying amazing success with the redesigned Corvette Stingray, delivering 37,000 of the 2014 model to buyers, nearly tripling sales of the iconic two-seat sports car overnight. Now 2014 model production has ended, and the company is ready to begin shipping 2015 models out the door of the Bowling Green, Ky., manufacturing plant. The new model is largely the same as the 2014, with one notable exception: The 2015 Stingray receives a new General Motors-designed eight-speed automatic transmission, joining the seven-speed manual and replacing the old six-speed automatic.

Related: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Review

Why upgrade to a new transmission so soon after launching the popular Stingray? The reason is simple: The upcoming Corvette Z06 and its 650-horsepower, supercharged LT4 engine make more power than the current six-speed can handle without fragging itself. No suitable transmission could be found from a supplier to both handle the Z06's power and fit in the Corvette's unusual packaging, so GM made its own, and buyers of any Corvette variety will now get the eight-speed when they opt for an automatic.

By Aaron Bragman | August 20, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

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"The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is no all-out sport sedan, but it's one hell of an appealing luxury car," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Expert Review

By Matt Schmitz | August 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

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

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | August 18, 2014 | Comments (7)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Ford Escape, Ford Focus ST

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Vehicles Affected: More than 130,000 model-year 2013-14 Ford Focus ST hatchbacks equipped with 2.0-liter engines and manufactured at the Michigan Assembly Plant between Feb. 14, 2012, and Oct. 14, 2013, and Escape crossovers equipped with 2.0-liter engines and manufactured at the Louisville Assembly Plant between Oct. 5, 2011, and April 1, 2013, according to The Detroit News

The Problem: Wiring harnesses may have splices that were insufficiently compressed by the supplier, The Detroit News reported. Poor electrical connections can cause erroneous signals to be sent to the powertrain control module and affect engine performance. The defect may result in an engine malfunction indicator light illuminating, reduced engine power, hesitation or stalling, the newspaper reported. No crashes or injuries related to the condition have been reported. This is the 11th recall involving the 2013 Escape.

The Fix: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected wiring splices for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 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 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Toyota FT-1 Concept Goes Upscale (18 Photos)

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Toyota's bright red FT-1 sports car concept drew the excitable eye of everyone who attended the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit where it debuted. We haven't forgotten about the red and racy concept, and neither has Toyota, which just released a reimagined version with an upscale vibe more ready for a leisurely cruise down a coastal highway than carving corners on a racetrack.

Related: Toyota FT-1 Concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

The pull-me-over red exterior is replaced with a graphite re-skin, and I think does a better job showing off the FT-1's curves. New interior touches are equally as minimalistic and work to great effect with saddle leather highlights and new textures providing a more Lexus-like experience than Toyota. Toyota's design team took inspiration for the interior from modern, high-tech superhero costumes and high-end leather bags.

By Joe Bruzek | August 14, 2014 | Comments (2)

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)

2014 Hyundai Veloster Review

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"Even a nifty multimedia system and a Lady Gaga-sized helping of uniqueness can't distract from the fact that the 2014 Hyundai Veloster is slipping behind its competition," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

2014 Hyundai Veloster Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | August 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Video

Sonny, we can remember when 700 horsepower was just for supercars. Nowadays, you spoiled kids have the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which throws what Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek calls "ludicrous" power behind the iconic muscle car. Watch Bruzek at the drag strip testing the fury the Hellcat hath in the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Sport Suspension Changed My Tune on the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

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We often test-drive cars at drive events on unfamiliar roads. This can paint a different picture of how that same model may perform when driven in and around Cars.com's Chicago headquarters, where the majority of our testing occurs.

When I tested the new Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG last year in our nation's capital, I was sure that the area's pockmarked roads were so similar to Chicago's brutal terrain that the overtly firm ride I was experiencing was a no-go — even in a trim level meant for extreme performance.

Related: 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe Photo Gallery (39 Photos)

Here's what I said in my original review: "The AMG's ride is extremely rough, with jolts coming through sharply over every road imperfection. It's so severe that it reminded me of more aggressive alterations like Audi's RS5 coupe."

Recently, another 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG arrived in our Chicago fleet. When I picked up the keys I was expecting to relive that brutal ride. I was pleasantly flabbergasted that this CLA45 AMG didn't ride anything like I remembered.

By David Thomas | August 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

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