What We Know About the New Audi Q7

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The Audi Q7 may be a bit long in the tooth but it is the epitome of a luxury SUV. The new Audi Q7 — lighter, more efficient, larger on the inside — turns down the wagon road in terms of styling.

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Even though the SUV is making its first public appearance at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month, Audi only released details of the European version. We can tell quite a bit about what will be essentially the same vehicle but the company declined to confirm certain specifics like a model year. This is what we can safely tell you until the SUV's debut in Detroit on Jan. 12.

By Joe Bruzek | December 15, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Lincoln Navigator: Real-World Cargo Space

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The 2015 Lincoln Navigator's list of changes includes a new engine with improved fuel economy, a high-end Reserve Package and mild interior and exterior styling updates. What hasn't changed, however, is the Navigator's cargo space of which there are two sizes: the standard wheelbase model and supersized extended-wheelbase Navigator.

Related: 2015 Lincoln Navigator: First Look

The standard-wheelbase Navigator we tested offers 18.1 cubic feet of storage space behind the third row, 54.4 cubic feet behind the second row and a grand total of 103.3 cubic feet of cargo room with the seats folded. We found the 18.1 cubic feet small given the Navigator's massive exterior size and that many crossover SUVs with a smaller footprint provide similar space in the back. However, the Navigator still offers more space than the Chevrolet Tahoe's 15.3 cubic feet, and folding the third row flat is easy thanks to its power operation. Extended-wheelbase Navigator L models provide a huge leap with 42.6 cubic feet behind the third row.

See how well common items fit in the standard-wheelbase Navigator's cargo area below.

By Joe Bruzek | December 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Honda CR-V Video

Honda updated its best-selling compact SUV for 2015. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays likes the exterior changes and cargo area but finds quite a few issues inside. Watch the video for more.

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By David Thomas | December 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Lincoln Navigator: Car Seat Check

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Lincoln's largest SUV got refreshed for 2015, but the Navigator's passenger and cargo volume are unchanged this year. Seating for eight is standard again, but our test model's optional second-row captain's chairs reduced capacity to seven. Accessible Latch anchors make the second row car-seat friendly, but the third row’s tether anchor position and lack of room complicated installation of our booster and forward-facing convertible.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Honda CR-V Review

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"Updated for 2015, the new Honda CR-V's many improvements overcome some notable stumbles, and it remains a strong choice among the horde of small SUVs out there," says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out his review for more.

2015 Honda CR-V Expert Review

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Nissan Murano First Drive

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Nissan has a specific buyer in mind for its redesigned Murano. The midsize SUV has shed weight and increased fuel economy, but it's the upscale interior and comfortable ride that will woo and wow shoppers, whether they're the ideal empty-nester Nissan is aiming at or not.

Related: Nissan Prices 2015 Murano SUV

I drove a variety of trim levels through Northern California wine country last week in torrential rains and found the Murano to be a terrific all-around vehicle that has eye-grabbing looks to spare. But the previous generation's performance-focused spirit is no longer present.

By David Thomas | December 8, 2014 | Comments (12)

2015 Chevrolet Trax: First Drive

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By William Jackson

Buying a small car used to mean buying a hatchback or sedan, but now carmakers are rolling out SUVs to fill up that end of the market. Subcompact SUVs like the Nissan Juke and Kia Soul have been around for a while, but Chevrolet, Honda and Mazda are entering the fray with the Trax, HR-V and CX-3, respectively.

Related: Research the 2015 Chevrolet Trax

With its 2015 Trax, Chevrolet offers a small SUV with exceptional visibility, good interior room, a surprisingly large cargo area, but pokey acceleration — especially with the optional all-wheel drive.

By David Thomas | December 5, 2014 | Comments (8)

2015 Volkswagen Touareg: First Drive

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Luxury SUVs continue to be popular, and as fuel prices continue to drop throughout the year, their popularity is likely to increase. Volkswagen's timing is good with its update of the Touareg SUV for 2015.

Related: Research the Volkswagen Touareg

The Touareg (properly pronounced "TWAH-regg," and named after a large nomadic Saharan desert tribe) was last redesigned for the 2012 model year. For 2015, VW freshened its expensive five-seat off-roader with some mild appearance updates; you're not likely to notice them in passing, but the minor changes add up to a more attractive package.

By Aaron Bragman | December 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Honda CR-V: Car Seat Check

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Honda's compact crossover took home the top slot at Cars.com's $25,000 Compact SUV Shootout in 2012; how does the revised-for-2015 model measure up? The CR-V was lightly updated with styling and powertrain tweaks this year but interior dimensions remain the same, so its backseat still easily handles two child-safety seats thanks to plenty of space and easy-to-access Latch anchors, including a bonus extra anchor for the center seat.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 273,000 2006-2009 GM Sedans, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 273,000 GM vehicles, including model-year 2006-09 Buick LaCrosse sedans, and SUVs including 2006-07 Chevrolet TrailBlazers, 2006 TrailBlazer EXTs, 2006-07 GMC Envoys, 2006 Envoy XLs, 2006-07 Buick Rainiers, 2006-08 Saab 9-7Xes and 2006-08 Isuzu Ascenders

The Problem: If the headlamp driver module is not operating correctly, the low-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps could intermittently or permanently fail to illuminate, increasing the risk of a crash. GM says it has not been able to confirm whether the problem has resulted in any accidents. The condition does not affect the high-beam headlamps, marker lamps, turn signals or fog lamps, the automaker said.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM at 800-458-8006 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 | December 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

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