2015 Dodge Challenger First Drive

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The latest Ford Mustang is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The next Chevrolet Camaro is rumored to be smaller, lighter and likely powered by a four-cylinder engine. But when Dodge updated the Challenger coupe for 2015, its new addition wasn't a four-cylinder engine — it was the tire-smoking SRT Hellcat model, powered by a jaw-dropping 707-horsepower, supercharged V-8. That's what Dodge thinks of the smaller, lighter, more efficient trend, and kudos to the automaker. Who knows how much longer we'll have cars like these on the road, given increasingly stringent fuel-economy mandates?

Related: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Photo Gallery

Dodge updated the Challenger inside and out, with a mild nose job and butt lift and a thoroughly new interior with modern conveniences. Powertrains mostly remain the same, with a new eight-speed automatic transmission replacing the old five-speed auto in the 2014 model. But with an all-new Mustang just around the corner and the Camaro not far behind, has Dodge gone far enough in updating the Challenger to keep it relevant and competitive?

By Aaron Bragman | July 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Ford Mustang Power Ratings Released

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Ford has now released horsepower figures for the 2015 Mustang, which will start at $24,425 including destination when it hits dealerships this fall. Ford's redesigned pony car will come standard with a 3.7-liter V-6 that makes 300 horsepower at that price — similar to the outgoing Mustang — while an optional turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder makes 310 hp.

Related: 2015 Ford Mustang Starts at $24,425

Why would the Mustang get the EcoBoost? In a word, torque. Though it makes just 10 hp more than the V-6, Ford says torque is rated 320 pounds-feet. Ford says the V-6 makes 280 pounds-feet — which means the EcoBoost four-cylinder and its twin-scroll turbo pack a healthy 40 extra pounds-feet of get-up-and-go versus the V-6. The V-6 actually loses 5 hp this year. We guess Ford thinks a 5-hp gap between the base engine and the more expensive EcoBoost will keep shoppers from moving up. Ten hp doesn't really seem like it would sway many who focus on that spec, however.

By Kelsey Mays | July 18, 2014 | Comments (2)

Dodge Prices 2015 Challenger Lineup

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Dodge's iconic muscle coupe will flex its way into dealerships later this summer, but it won't necessarily stretch your budget on the base-model end with a starting-price increase of only $500. The 2015 Challenger starts at $27,990 (all prices include a $995 destination charge).

2015 Dodge Challenger: First Look

The Challenger is available with four different powertrains, starting with the base SXT model, followed by R/T, R/T Scat Pack and SRT 392, and the much-hyped, 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat. SXT models again come with a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 305 hp and 268 pounds-feet of torque. New for 2015 is an eight-speed automatic transmission that Dodge says boosts fuel economy by as much as 11 percent; last year's version was EPA rated at 18/27/21 mpg city/highway/combined.

Standard exterior features include a 1971-inspired split satin-chrome grille, dual exhaust with bright tips, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a "power bulge hood" with twin functional intakes and power body-colored folding heated side mirrors. Inside the SXT comes with cloth seating, a stamped aluminum instrument panel bezel, a six-way power driver's seat, a six-speaker audio system, dual-zone temperature control, keyless entry with push-button start and a leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel and shift knob.

By Matt Schmitz | July 17, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2003-2004 Subaru Baja, Impreza, Legacy, Outback

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 8,600 model-year 2003-04 Subaru Legacy cars, Outback wagons and Baja crossovers, and 2004 Impreza cars, including its WRX and WRX STI variants, all equipped with Takata-manufactured front passenger airbag inflators

The Problem: Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, excessive internal pressure could cause the inflator to rupture; this could cause metal fragments to strike and seriously injure occupants. Subaru joins seven other major automakers that have announced U.S. recalls pertaining to defective airbag systems made by Japan's Takata Corp.

The Fix: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflators in all affected vehicles for free. The automaker has not yet provided a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783, 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 | July 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

What Does This Button Do?

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If the illustration on the 2015 Volkswagen GTI's key fob is any indication, the automaker wants us to prepare for an impending alien death-ray attack. VW's counterattack strategy? Honking the horn and flashing the turn signal lights really fast. Man, who would have thought defending Earth would be that easy?

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Really, this particular button isn't much of a surprise as much as an interesting way to illustrate the common panic button, which should be used in real emergencies and will honk the horn and flash the exterior lights to alert passersby. Or as we often encounter, scare the crap out of you when your smartphone accidentally hits the button in a pocket.

Cars.com photo by Joe Bruzek

By Joe Bruzek | July 8, 2014 | Comments (18)

2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Review

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"The brute power, luxurious roominess and remarkable technology of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic make it a superior — albeit expensive — choice among ultra-luxury full-size sedans," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

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Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | July 7, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2008-2011 Lotus Elise and Exige, 2011 Evora

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Vehicles Affected: About 860 Lotus sports cars, including model-year 2008-11 Lotus Elises and Exiges manufactured between November 2007 and July 2011, and 2011 Evoras manufactured between September 2010 and September 2011

The Problem: The oil cooler hose may detach from its fitting, which could cause oil to spray on a tire, increasing the risk of a crash; oil also could spray throughout the engine compartment, increasing the risk of a fire. This is an expansion of previous recalls in 2008 and 2013.

The Fix: Lotus will notify owners, and dealers will replace the oil cooler hose fittings on Elises and Exiges, and will replace oil cooler hose assemblies on Evoras, for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Lotus at 800-245-6887, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit 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 | July 7, 2014 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, Lancer Ralliart

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 150 model-year 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution sports sedans manufactured between Jan. 31, 2014, and Feb. 21, 2014, and 2014 Lancer Ralliart sports sedans manufactured between Feb. 3, 2014, and Feb. 14, 2014

The Problem: The cars may have insufficient clearance between the power steering pressure tube and the crossmember brace. Due to abrasion and rust, a hole may develop in the power steering tube, allowing fluid to leak out, resulting in the need for greater steering effort and increasing the risk of a crash. The leaking fluid also increases the risk of a fire in the presence of an ignition source such as a hot engine or exhaust component.

The Fix: Mitsubishi is notifying owners this month, and dealers will inspect the power steering tube for sufficient clearance; if necessary, they will replace the power steering tube assembly for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mitsubishi at 888-648-7820 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit 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 | July 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Mazda Confirms New MX-5 Miata for 2016

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Mazda is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its feisty little roadster with a big announcement: The automaker plans to unveil the fourth generation of the MX-5 Miata in September. Mazda didn't release any details, but we know the redesigned car will wear the 2016 model year.

2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

Mazda gave enthusiasts a sneak peek at the 2014 New York International Auto Show when it showed off the vehicle's new SkyActiv chassis and announced that the new MX-5 "would be lighter, stronger and with a physical footprint more in tune with its first-generation predecessor than with its heavier, larger current-day cousin." Check back for more when the car debuts on Sept. 3.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears (2014 model shown)

By Jennifer Geiger | July 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio Automatic: Quick Spin

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Fiat's plucky little 500 Abarth has gained a reputation among performance enthusiasts as a fun, snorty, raucous little hot hatch. With its 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder pumping 160 horsepower out of a specially tuned, snapping, popping, rasping exhaust system and its go-kart-like handling, it's a monster on the track — and something of a monster on the street as well.

Why Your Neighbors Will Hate the Fiat 500 Abarth

It's mainly been an enthusiast's toy because it's only been available with a five-speed manual transmission. But stick shifts are falling out of favor with U.S. buyers, so in the interest of expanding the Abarth's appeal Fiat added a six-speed automatic transmission for 2015. I had an opportunity to drive the new automatic Abarth Cabrio at Chrysler's Chelsea Proving Grounds in Michigan and it won't let enthusiasts down.

By Aaron Bragman | July 3, 2014 | Comments (1)

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