2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: Car Seat Check

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The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport earned Cars.com's Family Car of the Year award for 2014, and it's easy to understand why after spending some time in it. With roomy backseat, sizable cargo area and family-friendly touches such as an optional panoramic sunroof and rear sunshades for the side windows, the Santa Fe Sport has a winning combination of features that appeal to families.

We found this two-row crossover easy to work with in terms of child-safety-seat installation. While we have some gripes with the seat belt bases, we seemed to have less trouble with our car seats' impact on front passenger legroom with this year's model as compared to the 2013. Read on to find out how the current model measured up.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | July 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Toyota 4Runner Real-World Cargo Space

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The off-road-ready 2014 Toyota 4Runner packs a fair amount of cargo room for an SUV geared toward rugged dirt duty. The five- or seven-occupant 4Runner's maximum 89.7 cubic feet of cargo space is actually a wee bit more than the family-focused eight-person 2014 Toyota Highlander's 83.7 cubic feet.

Related: 2014 Toyota 4Runner Expert Review

Though redesigned for 2014, the changes are mostly cosmetic and a number of the 4Runner's interesting cargo features carry over, including the available sliding rear cargo deck on five-person 4Runners that supports more than 400 pounds and slides out of the rear hatch area. The sliding cargo floor makes it easier to cope with the tall off-road-friendly ride height. See how well common items fit into the 4Runner's cargo area, below.

By Joe Bruzek | July 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Lexus NX Review

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"As compact luxury SUVs go, the 2015 Lexus NX combines enough driving fun and occupant comfort to deserve a look, but anyone with serious cargo needs should look elsewhere, or stick to the brand's popular RX," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

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Cars.com photo by Kelsey Mays

By Matt Schmitz | July 30, 2014 | Comments (1)

Bench Seats Versus Captain's Chairs

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I'm on a quest for a new family car, one with three rows to accommodate my three tween/teen daughters and the occasional friend or grandparent. My pool of available options is quite limited by one hard fact: We must have captain's chairs.

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While many families may think they want the extra seating capacity that a second-row bench seat allows, I'm here to save you from making that mistake.

While offering room for three passengers, bench seats can create problems in family cars. If you have kids in child-safety seats, you're most likely to put them in the outboard position of the second row, where you have the easiest access to help them climb in and out and get buckled and unbuckled. The problem is that in most three-row SUVs, the only access to the third row comes by sliding, folding and/or flipping one of the outboard seats in the second row. That's difficult to do when a child-safety seat is installed there, though there are a few SUVs (like the Infiniti QX60, formerly the JX35), that work around this problem. Most, however, do not. This leaves limited options.

By Kristin Varela | July 30, 2014 | Comments (5)

Recall Alert: 414,000 GM Sedans, Sports Cars, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 414,000 model-year 2011-12 Buick LaCrosse and Regal sedans, and Chevrolet Camaro sports cars, and 2010-12 Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs, all equipped with power height adjustable driver and passenger seats

The Problem: The bolt that secures the driver and passenger power front-seat height adjuster may fall out, causing the seat to drop to the lowest vertical position. If the driver's seat unexpectedly drops, the distraction and altered seat position could affect the driver's control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. We first reported on the recall last week.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the height adjuster shoulder bolts for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 or GMC at 800-462-8782. Owners also can 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 | July 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Kia Teases Next Generation Sorento SUV

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Kia's Sorento SUV is about due for a redesign, and the South Korean automaker has given the world a blurry look at the next version through the release of a couple of concept sketches and an accompanying video. The new look bears more than a passing resemblance to the recently unveiled Sedona minivan, which itself adopts a more SUV-like stance with a distinctive hood instead of a sloping front end like most vans. The new Sorento builds on that theme, but still maintains some distinctive design cues.

Rumor has it that the new Sorento will debut in South Korea next month, with an international debut at the Paris Motor Show in October. Our first look at it stateside could come at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show in November, if Kia decides to bring it over.

By Aaron Bragman | July 29, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 226,000 Nissan, Infiniti Sedans and SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 226,000 model-year 2002-03 Nissan Maxima sedans and Pathfinder SUVs, and Infiniti I35 sedans and QX4 SUVs, as well as 2002-04 Nissan Sentra sedans and 2003 Infiniti FX crossovers

The Problem: A defect in the passenger-side front airbag could produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment; this could result in metal fragments striking and seriously injuring occupants. This expansion of an earlier action involving a massive recall of vehicles from multiple automakers using airbags manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp. addresses both the passenger-side front airbags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement airbags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. For example, a replacement airbag may have been installed if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger-side front airbag.

The Fix: Nissan will begin notifying owners Aug. 11, and dealers will replace airbags on all vehicles in which defective airbags may have been installed either as original equipment or as a replacement; repairs will be made for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or 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 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 BMW X5 Review

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"The redesigned 2014 BMW X5 carries on its winning formula of being a stylish, expensive, luxurious SUV for secret station-wagon fans who prefer to sit up high," 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 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Nissan Juke NISMO RS Photo Gallery

 Cheap Speed Challenge: 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS

The 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO RS finished seventh in our $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge. "For a crossover, it's a pretty poor execution, but for a performance car trapped inside a crossover body, this thing is pretty remarkable," said one of our judges. Check out our gallery below of the Juke NISMO RS up close and on the track.

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Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | July 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Porsche Cayenne First Look

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Competes with: Land Rover Range Rover, Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Looks like: The current Cayenne with slightly different headlights

Drivetrain: 240-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel; 416-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 plug-in hybrid; 420-hp, twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6; 520-hp, twin-turbo 4.8-liter V-8; eight-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Nov. 1

Pricing: $62,695-$114,595 including destination

A redesign of Porsche's most popular model has just been unveiled, updating what has been a surprisingly successful experiment for the German sports car company. The new 2015 Cayenne SUV will hit dealerships on Nov. 1 with a new face, new tail, lightly updated interior and two new powertrains that should serve to separate the truck from the new entry-level Macan SUV.

By Aaron Bragman | July 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

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