Recall Alert: 26,000 Audi and Volkswagen Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: About 26,000 model-year 2011-12 Audi S4, S5 and Q7 vehicles; model-year 2012 Audi A6 and Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid vehicles; and model-year 2012-13 Audi A7 sedans.

The Problem: In the affected vehicles, the fuel-injection system could experience a leak. In the presence of an ignition source, this leak increases the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the fuel rails and corresponding seals for free.

What Owners Should Do: Volkswagen will notify owners around March 10. Audi owners can call 800-822-2834 and refer to recall 24AP; Volkswagen owners can call 800-893-5298 and refer to recall 24BK. Owners also can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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

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By Jennifer Newman | January 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

Nine Things About the Jeep Cherokee's Nine-Speed Transmission

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One of the most ambitious features of the Jeep Cherokee's rebirth in 2014 was its standard and highly technical nine-speed automatic transmission from ZF Friedrichshafen AG. In fact, one of the reasons Cars.com purchased the redesigned Cherokee as a long-term test car was to test this new unit during a year of driving.

Related: Follow Cars.com's Long-Term Fleet

The nine-speed is big news for lots of reasons. First off, it's innovative: The Cherokee is one of the only SUVs to use such a transmission and to cram nine gears in the limited space of a front-wheel-drive transmission, it uses a unique construction. Secondly, the little sucker delayed the Cherokee's launch for months as Jeep worked out powertrain programming issues.

After 14,000 miles of owning a four-cylinder Cherokee with all-wheel drive, here are nine things we've observed about our Jeep's nine-speed automatic transmission:

By Joe Bruzek | January 26, 2015 | Comments (7)

What You Need to Know About the 2016 Kia Sorento

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Kia has redesigned its midsize crossover in hopes of swaying more families to the brand. Here are some vitals:

 

Snapshot

  • Starting price: $25,795, including a destination fee
  • Competes with: Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder
  • On sale: Now

 

What We Like

  • Grown-up interior refinement
  • Seating comfort
  • 8-inch touch-screen
  • Cargo room
  • Access to third row

 

What We Don't

  • Second row too low
  • Styling still conservative

 

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By David Thomas | January 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Jeep Renegade Video

Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley says Jeep's tiny new SUV is both on-road friendly and off-road capable. Hanley likes the Renegade's rugged styling but isn’t impressed with all of its interior materials. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 23, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Jeep Renegade Starts at $18,990

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When Jeep's rugged new subcompact crossover goes on sale in March, it'll start at $18,990, including a destination charge. The 2015 Jeep Renegade joins a growing group of tiny 'utes, including the Chevrolet Trax, Fiat 500X and Honda HR-V.

Related: 2015 Jeep Renegade Expert Review

The Renegade is based on the Fiat 500L and offers a choice of two engines; a 160-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed manual or a 180-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The base price is for a two-wheel-drive Sport model; four-wheel-drive Sports start at $20,990. Two-wheel-drive versions of the 2015 Chevrolet Trax start at $20,995; pricing has not yet been announced for the 2016 Honda HR-V or the 2016 Fiat 500X.

Continue below for full Renegade trim level pricing (all prices include a $995 destination fee):

By Jennifer Geiger | January 23, 2015 | Comments (10)

2015 Jeep Renegade Review

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"Jeep purists might smirk, thinking the Renegade has a fitting name, but this subcompact SUV is no Benedict Arnold: It delivers big-time off-road performance in Trailhawk form without sacrificing on-road driving refinement," says Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley.

2015 Jeep Renegade Expert Review

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

GM Issues Stop Sale on Three 2015 Three-Row Crossovers

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A pending tire recall has prompted GM to issue a stop-sale mandate to dealers for three model-year 2015 SUVs. Approximately 6,000 versions of the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclaves are affected. The vehicles use Goodyear tires that could crack.

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According to the Detroit News, the tire recall will include about 48,500 Fortera HL tires that were made from Nov. 30, 2014, through Jan. 10, 2015. Click here for the full story from the Detroit News.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 22, 2015 | Comments (1)

2015 Lincoln MKC Real-World Cargo Space

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Lincoln's all-new MKC compact SUV jumped into the luxury segment ready to duke it out with a growing number of small luxury utes. The MKC's healthy dose of style and substance proves it's capable of competing with the Acura RDX, Audi Q5 and the BMW X3. The MKC's sophistication is a big surprise partly because of its humble roots as a Ford Escape.

Related: Research the 2015 Lincoln MKC

Cargo room is down slightly after the transformation from Escape to MKC, but it's still capable enough to make big grocery store runs and can fit a number of suitcases, golf clubs and strollers behind the backseat. As I noted in my 2015 MKC review,

"The liftgate encloses 53.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the backseat folded, down from the Escape's 67.8 cubic feet and a little short of competitors. The RDX has 61.3 cubic feet of cargo space, the Q5 gets 57.3 cubic feet and the X3 56.5 cubic feet. Like the Escape, an optional hands-free power liftgate (standard on high-end Reserve models only) can be operated by waving your foot under the rear bumper."

See how well the MKC fits common items in the cargo area, below.

By Joe Bruzek | January 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Honda Pilot, 2016 Acura RDX to Debut in Chicago

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The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is still displaying the industry's newest vehicles, but Honda is already making news for its plans for the next auto show; the automaker will unveil the new Pilot alongside an updated Acura RDX from its luxury arm at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

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Details on the new version of Honda's largest SUV are slim, but the automaker says the eight-passenger 'ute will offer "new technology, advanced safety, class-leading fuel economy and enhanced family utility and versatility." The stocky, blocky family hauler should also get a total exterior makeover. Honda says the new model represents a dramatic shift in design, and the teaser image hints at the 2016 version's sloping roofline and more angular body. It looks like the rear three-quarters of the new Pilot borrows styling from Honda’s smaller SUVs, the CR-V and HR-V.

The 2016 Pilot will meet the public at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12 and go on sale this summer. Acura will also show off an updated RDX in Chicago. The automaker promises that the new compact crossover will be safer and more luxurious as well as offer styling and performance enhancements. Check back with us on Feb. 12 for more details.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 21, 2015 | Comments (6)

Only One Editor Used Our Jeep Cherokee's CD Player

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Our long-term fleet cars get around. Almost everyone on our editorial staff gets behind the wheel at some point, and a lot of those excursions are of the road-trip variety. Most are regular commutes of course, but with a long-term car the stereo is probably used more often than cars in for shorter examinations.

Related: More on Our Long-Term Fleet

Our 2014 Jeep Cherokee came with an optional — yes optional at $195 — CD player, which is located in the center console cubby, not in the dash. Most of our test drivers plugged in their smart devices via USB or tethered wirelessly via Bluetooth during trips adding up to 15,000-plus miles. There were also options for terrestrial and satellite radio. Those seemed to be enough choices for hours upon hours of listening for our staff ... all except for one.

By David Thomas | January 21, 2015 | Comments (6)

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