Cars.com Names Top 10 Tailgaters

Tailgating

It's already late summer, and increasingly your day revolves around trolling sports websites for the latest news on training camps, preseason college football power rankings, alma-mater rivalries and so on. Alabama or LSU? Steelers or Ravens?

The season of pigskin bliss is upon us, and the truly serious fans have tickets, and many of those serious ticket holders tailgate. Which brings us to Cars.com's annual Top 10 Tailgaters — our top picks for cars to hit the stadium lots and pregame 'til the brats run out.

As always, please tailgate responsibly, and check out our list below.

By Kelsey Mays | August 28, 2013 | Comments (4)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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There was very little movement of note on this week's list of most-read reviews, as the 2014 Jeep Cherokee retained the No. 1 spot. The lone newcomer was the 2013 BMW X1, the smaller sibling of the X3 that Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek called "downsizing done right." Bruzek's X1 review checks in at No. 9. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2014 Infiniti Q50

3. 2013 BMW 3 Series
4. 2013 Toyota RAV4
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

7. 2013 Toyota Avalon

8. 2013 Chrysler 300

9. 2013 BMW X1

10. 2013 Ford Fusion

By Matt Schmitz | August 25, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

2014JeepCherokee

The 2013 Toyota RAV4, a long-term tenant of the top spot on our list of most-read reviews, has at last vacated the premises to make way for our new No. 1, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The 2014 Infiniti Q50, 2013 Dodge Charger and 2013 BMW 3 Series follow at Nos. 2, 3 and 4. And, finally, refusing to drop out of sight entirely, the RAV4 rounds out the top five. Here's what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2014 Infiniti Q50
3. 2013 Dodge Charger
4. 2013 BMW 3 Series
5. 2013 Toyota RAV4
6. 2014 Subaru Forester
7. 2013 Toyota Avalon
8. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
9. 2013 Chrysler 300
10. 2013 Ford Fusion
By Matt Schmitz | August 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

July's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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We'd like to think most auto executives drove to work this morning listening to The Cars' "Good Times Roll." June and July turned out the best seasonally adjusted auto sales since before the recession. In raw numbers, new-car sales saw the healthiest July since 2007.

The fastest sellers, unsurprisingly, were also some of the strongest. Recent redesigns of the 2014 Acura MDX (July sales up 29.5%), 2014 Lexus IS (sales up 58.6%) and 2014 Subaru Forester (sales up 52.5%) joined the updated 2014 Honda Odyssey (sales up 10.9%) among July's fastest-selling cars.

The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover topped the list, but the sybaritic SUV was redesigned a year ago. No matter: Each Rover stayed on dealer lots less than a week apiece, and July sales flew 111.3%.

Stranger still, the Audi Q5 has gone without a substantial redesign since it arrived in early 2009, yet it was the third fastest seller on the list — and it's been among the fastest-selling cars for nine of the past 10 months. Its Q7 sibling, meanwhile, has been on the roster for four straight months despite showing up in late 2006.

By Kelsey Mays | August 2, 2013 | Comments (1)

The Top 10 Biggest Recalls of 2013

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Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues recalls on millions of vehicles. In 2012, NHTSA recalled just shy of 18 million, and 15.5 million in 2011. While some recalls affect just a handful of vehicles, others impact millions.

So far this year, the biggest recall is technically not a recall at all. In June, we reported that NHTSA had requested Chrysler fix 2.7 million Jeep SUVs — 1993-2004 Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Liberty models — due to a potential fuel-system problem that could cause fires in a rear-end crash. Jeep initially refused, insisting the vehicles "met and exceeded all applicable requirements" of federal standards pertaining to fuel-system integrity. NHTSA then gave Chrysler a June 18 deadline to either issue a recall themselves, or be ordered to do so.

On the day of its deadline, Chrysler announced it would launch a campaign to inspect and, if necessary, fix the 2.7 million Jeeps — never officially referring to the action as a "recall." Still, that's what it was, and therefore it earns the distinction of being the biggest one this year.

According to research, the biggest recalls affecting the U.S. market in 2013 are:

By Matt Schmitz | July 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Once again there are scant changes to our list of most-read reviews: The 2013 Toyota RAV4 is still at No. 1, followed by the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, respectively. The lone newcomer to the roster this week was the 2014 Acura RLX. The luxury midsize/full-size sedan that so confounded Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder makes its list debut at No. 4. Here's what else was popular:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Chrysler Town & Country
3. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

4. 2014 Acura RLX
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2013 BMW 3 Series

7. 2014 Acura MDX
8. 2013 Ford Escape
9. 2013 Nissan Altima
10. 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

By Matt Schmitz | July 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Not only did the No. 1 placeholder go unchanged on this week's list of most-read reviews — that, of course, belongs to long-term top-spot tenant the 2013 Toyota RAV4 — but the entire top six slots were identical to the previous week. In fact, the only thing substantially different this week was the return of the 2013 Nissan Altima at No. 7 after it dropped out of sight for a week. Here's what else was popular:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Chrysler Town & Country
3. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
4. 2014 Subaru Forester

5. 2014 Acura MDX
6. 2013 Ford Escape
7. 2013 Nissan Altima

8. 2013 BMW 3 Series
9. 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
10. 2013 Honda Accord
By Matt Schmitz | June 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

2013ToyotaRAV4

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 appears to have settled comfortably back into the No. 1 spot on our list of most-read reviews, where it has spent the majority of the first half of 2013 notwithstanding some brief absences. Further down the line were list debuts from the 2013 Toyota Camry and the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, at Nos. 7 and 9, respectively, and the return of the 2013 BMW 3 Series at No. 10. Here’s what else was popular:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Chrysler Town & Country

3. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
4. 2014 Subaru Forester
5. 2014 Acura MDX
6. 2013 Ford Escape
7. 2013 Toyota Camry

8. 2013 Honda Accord
9. 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
10. 2013 BMW 3 Series
By Matt Schmitz | June 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

2013ToyotaRAV4

Down but seemingly never out, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 spent last week at No. 3 only to reclaim the top spot on our list of most-read reviews this week, sending one-week champ the 2014 Acura MDX plummeting all the way down to No. 10. Another most-read-reviews regular, the 2014 Subaru Forester, returned to the list at No. 3 after abruptly disappearing last week. Here’s what else was popular:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
3. 2014 Subaru Forester
4. 2013 Chrysler Town & Country
5. 2013 Ford Escape
6. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

7. 2013 Nissan Altima

8. 2013 Honda Accord

9. 2013 Chevrolet Camaro

10. 2014 Acura MDX

By Matt Schmitz | June 16, 2013 | Comments (1)

May's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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From Land Rover's posh Range Rover to the redesigned Toyota RAV4, SUVs took 10 of the top 16 spots on May’s fastest-sellers list. Expectedly, redesigns ranked high on the list. The 2014 Subaru Forester is selling so fast Subaru dealers can't keep up inventory, and the Range Rover, Hyundai Santa Fe and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class — all redesigned — have repeat appearances among the fastest sellers.

The updated Mercedes E-Class demonstrates shoppers also respond well to a refresh as they do to a full redesign. And the new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid continues to sell, adding steam to the redesign's slow start. It worked well for Ford's struggling luxury brand: The MKZ had its best-ever May in the nameplate's more than seven years, Ford said Monday.

Then you have the old-timers. The 2013 Toyota RAV4 had its fifth month among the fastest-selling cars. The 2013 Ford Fusion, in hybrid or regular form, has made its seventh appearance in eight months. So did Audi's Q5 SUV, despite being in its fifth model year.

Cars in May averaged 56 days to sell. That's a little slower than April 2013's 51 days and a few ticks slower than May 2012's 50 days. Here are May's fastest and slowest sellers:

By Kelsey Mays | June 4, 2013 | Comments (2)

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