Recall Alert: 2014 Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid and Avalon, Avalon Hybrid

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 5,650 model-year 2014 Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon and Avalon Hybrid sedans

The Problem: Toyota is reporting that the left front suspension lower arm may have an improperly manufactured bolt hole which could affect bolt clamping force. In the event of severe impact to the area, which could be caused by driving on rough pavement, the lower arm could separate from the ball joint, causing a loss of steering control. The automaker said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this recall.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the left front lower suspension arm for free.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota is currently notifying owners via mail. Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 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 Geiger | November 4, 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)

2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Review

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"The Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a modern automotive interpretation of the La-Z-Boy: smooth, comfortable and easy to drive or ride in as a passenger, if lacking in quickness or sporty style," says Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela. Check out Varela's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 15, 2014 | Comments (3)

What's the Most Worry-Free Car You Can Buy?

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Car shoppers have a lot to sort through when looking for a new car. Is it big enough for the family? Does it have good fuel economy? Often, one of their biggest concerns is how much a car will cost to repair over time. We take a stab at translating a lot of information to give shoppers more peace of mind. That's why we came up with the Worry-Free Index.

By Kelsey Mays | September 29, 2014 | Comments (18)

Best Hybrids for the Money 2014

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Gas prices remain historically high and volatile, and one of the most successful ways automakers and American motorists have adapted is by embracing hybrid technology. Though a few full-size hybrid trucks from GM have been discontinued, 2014 sees as many models as ever. No matter why you may want a hybrid, you might want to know how well it meets its mission.

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To determine if a hybrid's added expense is worth the cash, we devised an efficiency-cost rating. It's simply the EPA's combined mpg rating divided by the base price (meaning MSRP plus destination charge). We then multiply that result by 1,000. This formula can be applied to any type of vehicle, hybrid or not. A high mpg rating and low price provide a high efficiency-cost rating. A higher score is the better score.

We don't account for equipment levels, quality judgments, cost of ownership or any variances from EPA mileage estimates. The goal here is to pay the least for the most mileage, barring all other considerations.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | April 14, 2014 | Comments (11)

Recall Alert: 2003-2004 Toyota Avalon

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Vehicles Affected: About 119,000 model-year 2003-2004 Toyota Avalon sedans.

The Problem: Certain circuits within the airbag control module may be susceptible to damage if exposed to electrical noise from other electrical components. In some instances, front airbags or seat belt pretensioners could inadvertently deploy. This is an expansion of an earlier recall.

The Fix: Toyota will notify owners by mail and dealers will add an electrical noise filter to the airbag control module for free. The automaker did not specify a timeframe.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or go to www.toyota.com/recall for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 27, 2014 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 800,000 Toyota Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 803,000 model-year 2012-2013 Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza vehicles in the U.S.

The Problem: The affected vehicles have a problem with the air conditioner condenser unit housing. According to the automaker, water from the condenser unit housing could leak onto the airbag control module. This could cause a short circuit and if this happens, the airbag warning light will illuminate and the airbags will either become disabled or deploy inadvertently. Toyota also warns that, in "limited instances," the power steering assist function could also become inoperable, leading to increased steering effort.

The Fix: Dealers will apply sealant and install a cover to the air conditioning condenser unit housing for free.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota has not provided an owner notification schedule but will contact affected owners by mail. Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or visit www.toyota.com/recall for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 17, 2013 | Comments (6)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Toyota Sedans

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 10,000 model-year 2013-14 Toyota Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, Camry, Camry Hybrid and 2014 Corolla sedans.

The Problem: Certain components of the wiper switch assembly could have been improperly manufactured. A potential short circuit could occur if the wiper is moved from the Off position to the Mist position. This could cause the wipers to break, increasing the risk of a crash.   

The Fix: Dealers will replace the affected wiper switches for free.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota has not provided an owner notification schedule, but will notify owners via mail. Customers can visit www.toyota.com/recall or call 800-331-4331 for more information.  

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 11, 2013 | Comments (0)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Mileage Results

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A mileage drive with full-size sedans is the 200-mile trek editors have been yearning for, because if we're going to spend all day in cars evaluating gas mileage, they might as well be large, comfy, feature-laden sedans.

Our route west of Chicago consisted mostly of highway driving with slower stoplight-to-stoplight traffic driving sprinkled in. We observed average speeds of around 40 mph, according to various onboard computers.

Surprises were minimal.

By Joe Bruzek | September 8, 2013 | Comments (4)

$38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge: Overview

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If the new-car market is a Big Mac, full-size sedans would amount to only the sesame seeds. They're a sliver of the auto market, accounting for just 3.5% of new-car sales in the first seven months of 2013. Still, automakers believe in big cars. Seldom does a comparison see so many redesigned or new entrants. From April 2012 to April 2013, four new or redesigned full-size sedans hit dealerships. Through the first seven months of 2013, those four nameplates accounted for nearly half of full-size sedan sales.

By Kelsey Mays | September 8, 2013 | Comments (3)

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