Recall Alert: 2012-2013 Dodge Durango


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 338,000 model-year 2012-13 Dodge Durango SUVs

The Problem: The fuel-pump relay inside the Totally Integrated Power Module may fail, preventing the vehicle from starting or causing it to stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. This is an expansion of a previous recall. "Of the two scenarios, the no-start condition is the more common. FCA US is unaware of any related injuries or accidents," the automaker said in a statement.

The Fix: Dealers will install new a relay circuit that improves fuel-pump relay durability for free.

What Owners Should Do: FCA has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call FCA at 800-853-1403 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

Should You Wait for the 2016 Acura RDX or Buy the 2015?


The Acura RDX, the Japanese luxury brand's entry-level SUV, has just come off of its best sales year ever. But Acura isn't content with coasting on that recent success, introducing a mildly refreshed version of the RDX at the recent Chicago Auto Show to keep that sales momentum going.

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We've had an up-close look at the new '16 RDX and wondered if the changes that Acura has made to the new luxury SUV go far enough. If you're in the market for a new RDX, or will be soon, the question then becomes: Should you wait for the new 2016 to arrive in showrooms this spring, or should you go out and buy one of the slightly more than 10,000 that are sitting on dealer lots right now?

Normally we ask this question before we've actually seen the new model, so we have an advantage here in that we can compare what we know about the 2016 model with the vehicle currently for sale. Sadly we have to wait a bit before driving it, but based on what we do know, here's what we can recommend.

By Aaron Bragman | February 26, 2015 | Comments (2)

GMC Adds Parent's Secret Weapon to 2015 Yukon


Most of us grew up with parents joking about having eyes in the back of their heads, and many of us in turn have used this "threat" on our own kids. Several car manufacturers help make this superhero power real with conversation mirrors — a separate flip-down mirror specifically designed for a quick sneak peek on backseat shenanigans. The GMC Yukon is the latest vehicle to add one to its standard features list, thanks to the brand's heavily mom-centric design team.

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On this superpowered GMC mom team is Kay Jarboe, product manager for the 2015 Yukon and Yukon XL. "As a mom, when it came time to design the next-generation Yukon and Yukon XL, I wanted to give our customers a better way of keeping tabs on their kids without forcing them to turn around and take their eyes off the road," she said in a statement.

By Kristin Varela | February 25, 2015 | Comments (13)

2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: First Look


Competes with: BMW X3, Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Looks like: The Evoque gets a revised front bumper design and more LEDs

Drivetrain: 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with nine-speed automatic transmission; four-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Fall 2015

The smallest of Land Rover's Range Rover derivatives, the Range Rover Evoque gets a few updates for 2016. It will make its global debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in March and will hit Land Rover dealerships this fall.

Related: 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: Family Checklist

The five-seat Evoque still comes in two- or four-door SUV body styles, though both cars are roughly the same size. Revised trim levels are now the SE, HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography.

By Kelsey Mays | February 24, 2015 | Comments (1)

2015 Buick Encore Is a Winter Surprise


Buick's tiny Encore is no stranger to exceeding expectations, most notably ride comfort and interior quality for a $25,000 small SUV. The subcompact SUV can easily add winter drivability to its list of accomplishments. After a storm dumped around 19 inches of snow on Chicagoland, my test all-wheel-drive 2015 Encore surprised me by proving it was up to the task.

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With the Encore buried up to its front bumper and the undercarriage flattening the big snow mound underneath, the car clawed for traction and pulled itself up and over piles of snow with an almost Subaru-like confidence.'s long-term Jeep Cherokee test car with the basic all-wheel-drive system didn't muscle through the same snow pile as confidently the Encore.

By Joe Bruzek | February 20, 2015 | Comments (4)

Infiniti Teases QX30 Concept


Compact luxury SUVs have multiplied like "Lord of the Rings" installments, but the Infiniti EX-turned-QX50 is a place holder in the segment. It hit dealerships in December 2007, so it's older than Gandalf. Enter the QX30 Concept, a low-slung compact SUV that heralds a "future premium compact vehicle," according to the luxury brand.

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Infiniti released the first image of the QX30 Concept — a rear-quarter shot with bulging fenders, converging character lines and bumper-integrated tailpipes — ahead of a full debut at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show in March.

The QX30 Concept has aluminum bumper trim up front, with 21-inch wheels and carbon fiber in the roof rails and lower cladding, Infiniti says. The rails themselves merge toward the center of the vehicle, which passengers can see through glass roof panels.

The QX30 does not necessarily signal the demise of the QX50, even as the latter car's sales have slowed to a crawl — just 188 cars in January 2015, a fraction of the similarly priced Acura RDX or Lexus NX. Still, it's a good bet Infiniti will build the small SUV, and it could share underpinnings (or replace entirely) with the Q30 hatchback concept, which Infiniti showed in 2013. Infiniti says the QX30 is about an inch taller than the Q30.

Stay tuned for more photos from the Geneva show.

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By Kelsey Mays | February 19, 2015 | Comments (1)

Video: 2015 Chicago Auto Show's Family Cars

Family cars made a big splash at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. From the show floor, reviewer Kelsey Mays takes us on a tour of the newest special features in family cars. Check out the video for more.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 18, 2015 | Comments (0)

Does The 2016 Honda Pilot Look Too Much Like Other Crossovers?


There's no doubt that Honda did a terrific job in redesigning its family-focused three-row crossover. The new Pilot will go on sale this summer and rejoins a competitive field, including strong-sellers such as the Chevrolet Traverse and Hyundai Santa Fe.

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We were impressed by just how significantly Honda departed from the previous generation's boxy yet unique look. The new styling seems like it will maintain the previous Pilot's standout visibility.

The 2016's design diverges from its past, and it now looks like it has been assimilated into stereotypical suburbia styling. See how closely the 2016 Pilot resembles two of its future competitors.

By David Thomas | February 18, 2015 | Comments (9)

2015 Mazda CX-9 Review


"The 2015 Mazda CX-9 is a goodie but an oldie, and increasingly its problems — from recent crash tests to uncompetitive gas mileage — may be too much to overlook for family shoppers,” reviewer Kelsey Mays says.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 18, 2015 | Comments (0)

The 2016 Honda Pilot Could Be the Ultimate Family Car


We like to think we know the family-car shopper. Besides our diligence in checking just how well child-safety seats fit in new vehicles, we also happen to be a staff with a lot of kids of various ages at home. That's one of the reasons the redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot, unveiled at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, is so interesting to us.

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To be a great family car — like the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe, winner of's Family Car of the Year — it needs to not only handle all the kids' wants and needs, but also take care of the adults. After all, it's important that Mom or Dad remain sane on even the shortest drives.

By David Thomas | February 16, 2015 | Comments (16)

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