Recall Alert: 2013 Infiniti QX56, 2014 QX80

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Vehicles Affected: More than 1,800 model-year 2013 Infiniti QX56 SUVs manufactured between Sept. 1, 2012, and April 26, 2013, and model-year 2014 Infiniti QX80 SUVs manufactured between June 18, 2013, and Feb. 11, 2014

The Problem: The driver's frontal airbag inflator may have been manufactured with an incorrect part. In a crash necessitating the deployment of the driver's airbag, the incorrect part may block the flow of propellant to the airbag and the inflator may rupture, which could cause metal fragments to strike and potentially seriously injure vehicle occupants. This latest action is part of the massive ongoing Takata airbag recall affecting nearly 8 million vehicles from 10 automakers.

The Fix: Infiniti manufacturer Nissan will begin notifying owners in late December, and dealers will replace the front driver airbag inflator for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or to go 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 | October 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Toyota Avalon, Camry, Sienna, Highlander and 2015 Lexus RX 350

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Vehicles Affected: About 20,000 model-year 2014 Toyota Avalon and Camry sedans, Sienna minivans and Highlander SUVs, and model-year 2015 Lexus RX 350 luxury crossovers

The Problem: Fuel may leak from one of the fuel delivery pipes in the engine compartment; in the presence of an ignition source, this increases the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Toyota will begin notifying owners Monday, and dealers will replace any of the suspect fuel delivery pipes for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 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 | October 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M: First Look

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Competes with: Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Porsche Cayenne S

Looks like: The new X5 and X6 with more aggressive scoops, wheels and colors

Drivetrains: 567-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8, eight-speed automatic transmission, standard all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Spring 2015

MSRP: X5 M starts at $99,650; X6 M at $103,050, both prices include a $950 destination fee.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

After a one-model-year absence from the U.S., German luxury automaker BMW has unveiled the latest versions of its two 'bahn-burning sport utility vehicles, the X5 M and X6 M. These are hotter versions of the standard X5 "sport activity vehicle" and X6 "sport activity coupe" that share common components and serve upscale neighborhood carpools throughout the world. BMW let its M Division loose on the expensive family haulers and came up with versions that are faster, more powerful and more expensive than the models they replace.

By Aaron Bragman | October 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Audi Q3 Review

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"The 2015 Audi Q3 looks like an Audi, drives like an Audi and has the real-deal Audi experience on the inside — and it drinks gas more like its larger Audi brethren," said Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek. Check out Bruzek's review for more.

2015 Audi Q3 Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

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

2016 Ford Explorer to Debut at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

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Ford announced this week that a redesigned Explorer will bow next month at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in advance of the popular SUV's 25th anniversary. The 2016 version of the SUV will make its debut Nov. 19, during the media-only days of the auto show, which opens to the public Nov. 21-30. Ford said the SUV will arrive in U.S. showrooms in 2015 with a new look, added capability and additional driver-assist technology.

Related: Is This the Next Ford Explorer?

There's no official word yet on the extent of the revisions the Explorer will receive. The last time the SUV had a full redesign was in 2011, when it went from a truck-based platform to a unibody one. For the 2014 model year, it received upgrades to its brakes, additional standard equipment and new available exterior colors.

By Matt Schmitz | October 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2007-2008 Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 205,000 model-year 2007-08 Ford Edge crossovers and Lincoln MKX luxury crossovers manufactured between June 15, 2006, and Sept. 22, 2008, at Ford's Oakville Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada, and registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

The Problem: Rust under the reinforcement brackets where the fuel tank is mounted could cause a fuel odor, leak or check engine light, and increases the risk of a fire, according to The Detroit News. Ford said it is aware of one fire related to the condition, but no accidents or injuries have been reported.

The Fix: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel tanks and repair or replace them for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

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 | October 29, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2014 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Vehicles Affected: More than 132,000 model-year 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs manufactured between Oct. 3, 2013, and April 11, 2014

The Problem: Due to an issue with the software for the steering column control module, the electronic stability control system may be disabled. If this happens, in certain driving situations the driver may not be able to adequately control the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Chrysler will begin notifying owners Dec. 5, and dealers will update the steering column control module software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, 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 | October 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru Outback Video

"The Subaru Outback has been redesigned and updated for the 2015 model year; it's got new exterior styling, some interior refinement, a new drivetrain and improved fuel economy," said Cars.com reviewer Bill Jackson. "But has Subaru done enough to appease the faithful while attracting new buyers?" Watch the video and decide.

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

Recall Alert: 2007-2009 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Vehicles Affected: More than 37,000 model-year 2007-09 Mitsubishi Outlander crossovers manufactured between Dec. 15, 2006, and Oct. 31, 2007, and between April 16, 2008, and Aug. 22, 2009

The Problem: The brake light switch may malfunction, causing the brake lights not to illuminate when braking. This means other drivers would not be warned that the vehicle is stopping, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Mitsubishi began notifying owners in mid-October, and dealers will replace the brake light switch for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mitsubishi at 888-648-7820, 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 | October 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler Could Have Aluminum Body

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Ford unleashed aluminum — lighter but pricier than steel — to the masses with the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup truck, and Jeep could be close behind. Automotive News reports (subscription required) the Wrangler SUV will have an aluminum frame when Jeep redesigns it for 2017 or 2018, but it will retain the body-on-frame architecture that's loved by hardcore off-roaders.

Related: What Jeep's Future Looks Like

The combination means the next-gen Wrangler should preserve its go-anywhere roots but could shed hundreds of pounds versus the current SUV, which weighs in at 3,760 to 4,340 pounds, depending on model, and that could boost gas mileage versus the current Wrangler's 18 mpg combined EPA rating.

By Kelsey Mays | October 27, 2014 | Comments (1)

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