All British SUVs Should Be Green (16 photos)

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There are a few established theories about cars that are reinforced the longer you review them for a living. Stuff like "It's really hard to beat the Honda Accord." Or "Yep, Subarus are really good in the snow."

After parking a 2014 Range Rover Supercharged long wheelbase in the driveway for a few days I can add one more to the list, "All British SUVs should be green."

Related: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Long Wheelbase: Up Close

Why? Well, for one, hues of dark green have been identified with British cars for decades. It's also a color you don't see that often, and in this case the Aintree Green paint job was both subtle and sophisticated, reemphasizing the fact that not only are you piloting a giant, powerful and luxurious SUV but it's also a British SUV. And isn't that what you're trying to say when you pick a Range Rover over a Lexus LX or Mercedes-Benz GL?

By David Thomas | August 19, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2015 Lincoln MKC

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Vehicles Affected: About 1,300 model-year 2015 Lincoln MKC crossovers

The Problem: According to The Detroit News, some vehicles may have windshields that do not meet federal requirements specifying that no bubbles or other defects are allowed. Certain manufacturing conditions may have allowed air to be trapped between layers of glass.

The Fix: Lincoln manufacturer Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace faulty windshields for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 800-392-3673 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)

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)

Subaru Three-Row SUV Still in the Works

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Remember the Subaru B9 Tribeca? Subaru introduced the warthog-nosed, three-row SUV at the Detroit auto show in early 2005 to widespread criticism of its ... well ... schnoz. Car shoppers agreed: In its first full calendar year of sales (2006), they bought just 18,614 B9 Tribecas, or about one-seventh of Toyota Highlander sales. Even emergency rhinoplasty and a name change to simply Tribeca in early 2007 couldn't right the ship. Sales plunged below 6,000 units by 2009 and never recovered from there.

Related: Subaru Cancels Tribeca SUV

A three-row Subaru should have been a hit but shoppers had spoken; the Tribeca was toast. Subaru announced in October 2013 that it would finally pull the plug on the ill-fated SUV, which was entering its ninth model year for 2014. But spokeswoman Jessica Tullman told us that the automaker hasn't put a fork in the segment just yet.

By Kelsey Mays | August 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 124,000 GM Cars, Crossovers

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Vehicles Affected: More than 124,000 GM vehicles, including model-year 2013-14 Buick Encore crossovers and Cadillac ATS cars; 2014 Cadillac CTS and ELR cars; 2014 Chevrolet Caprice and SS cars; and 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks

The Problem: Due to an incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly, the front seats in the affected vehicles may not stay secured in place during a high-load condition such as a crash, increasing the risk of an injury. We first reported on this issue on July 23.

The Fix: GM will begin notifying owners late this month, and dealers will inspect the seat hook bracket assembly weld and, if necessary, replace the lower seat track for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 and GMC at 800-462-8782. They can also call 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 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Land Rover LR4 Video

Cars.com reviewer Patrick Olsen said the 2014 Land Rover LR4 is a handsome and reasonably affordable luxury SUV. That third row, though. Ugh. Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 83,000 Ford and Lincoln Crossovers, Sedans, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 83,000 model-year 2012-14 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers manufactured between Sept. 2, 2010, and Nov. 30, 2013; 2013-14 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans manufactured between Aug. 25, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2013; and 2013-14 Ford Flex SUVs and Lincoln MKT crossovers manufactured between Sept. 12, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2013

The Problem: The halfshaft retention circlip may not have been properly installed, and as a result the halfshaft may move outward and disengage from the linkshaft while driving and without warning. If this occurs, power will no longer be transmitted to the wheels, increasing the risk of a crash. In addition, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, a rollaway may occur despite the transmission being in Park, increasing the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.

The Fix: Ford will begin notifying owners Aug. 29, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure that the halfshaft is properly retained; if it is not, dealers will replace the linkshaft and the halfshaft if it shows evidence of spline damage. The automaker will make the repairs for free.

What Owners Should Do: Both Ford and Lincoln owners can call Ford at 800-392-3673, 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 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2010-2015 Land Rover LR2, 2012-2013 Range Rover Evoque

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 41,000 model-year 2010-15 Land Rover LR2 and model-year 2012-13 Range Rover Evoque small luxury SUVs

The Problem: A component within the occupant classification system electronic control unit may fail, resulting in the front passenger airbag being totally or partially disabled. In a crash necessitating airbags, deployment may not occur or may occur improperly, increasing the risk of injury to the front-seat passenger.

The Fix: Land Rover will begin notifying owners on Aug. 30, and dealers will update the restraint control module software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Land Rover at 800-637-6837, 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 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Kia Releases Photos of Redesigned Sorento

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The Kia Sorento's looks didn't change much in the past few model years, Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek noted in his review, but he'll definitely notice the difference now. The Korean automaker today released the first official images of its third-generation Sorento SUV, which is longer and lower, and pulls a few styling cues from the space-agey Kia Cross GT concept we saw back at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Related: Kia Cross GT Concept: Photo Gallery

The new photos reveal an elongated, more swept-back profile and lower stance, as well as a somewhat more aggressive visage courtesy of its grille's less-smiley maw, angrier stare and trapezoidal fog lights in place of upright, rectangular ones. The rear end doesn't appear drastically different, save for newly shaped, less-squinty wraparound taillights. The new Sorento owes its low, muscular stance in part to its updated dimensions; it's 3.7 inches longer and more than a half-inch shorter in height. Moreover, a 3-inch-longer wheelbase provides increased passenger space in all three rows, according to Kia.

By Matt Schmitz | August 12, 2014 | Comments (10)

Cadillac Upgrades 2015 Escalade, Adds Platinum Edition

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Just a few months after Cadillac introduced the redesigned 2015 Escalade, the automaker has announced upgrades to the line of luxury SUVs and the arrival of a new range-topping model.

Related: 2015 Cadillac Escalade: First Look

All Escalades will get a new eight-speed automatic transmission, replacing the six-speed automatic that the SUV had at launch, as well as 4G LTE wireless connectivity for (theoretically) super-fast onboard data service for personal electronic devices. A hands-free closing liftgate feature joins the already present hands-free opening feature, and a new Surround View camera system for the display screen allows a 360-degree view of the Escalade's surroundings.

By Aaron Bragman | August 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

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