Thieves Still Favor the Honda Accord

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As is often the case in these "most-stolen" lists, the vehicles that are most popular with those who buy cars are commensurately popular with those who steal them. Of the top 10 popularly pilfered vehicles on the Des Plaines, Ill.,-based National Insurance Crime Bureau's annual "Hot Wheels" list, seven are also mainstays among the nation's top 10 best-selling cars each month.

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Topping the list is the consistently beloved Honda Accord, with nearly 54,000 thefts in the 2013 counting period, followed by the Honda Civic (45,000) and full-size Chevrolet pickup trucks (28,000). Moreover, while No. 8 combines the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee into one listing, it should be noted that these are two entirely separate vehicles, one a crossover and the other a full-size SUV.

By Matt Schmitz | August 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: May 2014

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All signs point toward another strong month for the auto industry. Toyota gained 17 percent as shoppers bought nearly 50,000 Camry sedans, leapfrogging the Chevrolet Silverado to a No. 2 spot in May's best-sellers. Cash incentives on the Camry increased versus year-ago levels, which likely fueled some of the nameplate's 26.4 percent gain. But so did renewed interest in family sedans: The Ford Fusion (up 14.6 percent), Nissan Altima (up 12.9 percent) and Honda Accord (up 19.3 percent) drew more shoppers, too.

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Nissan's 18.8 percent gain led the top seven automakers, while big increases from its Jeep and Ram divisions lifted Chrysler sales 16.7 percent. The Ram pickup truck gained 17.2 percent, the biggest percentage gain of any full-size pickup. Its rival Ford F-Series dropped 4.3 percent; no doubt shoppers are awaiting a new F-150 that hits dealerships at the end of this year.

Ford, Hyundai-Kia and Honda all gained less than 10 percent, falling below the seven largest automakers' 11.8 percent gain. Still, even the poorest performer (Ford) saw sales up 3 percent.

By Kelsey Mays | June 3, 2014 | Comments (3)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

It's uncommon to have 100 percent turnover on our list of most-watched videos, but this week's roster is all-new. The pack of debuts is led by Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays' First Look at the 2015 Kia Sedona during the 2014 New York International Auto Show. He was impressed by the minivan, particularly the interior, which boasts pop-out ottomans for the second row. First Looks from the auto show dominated the entire list, with 2015 models including the Acura TLX, Alfa Romeo 4C, BMW X4 and Toyota Camry. Check out what was popular.

1. 2015 Kia Sedona — First Look
2. 2015 Acura TLX — First Look
3. 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C — First Look
4. 2015 BMW X4 — First Look
5. 2015 Toyota Camry — First Look

By Matt Schmitz | April 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Toyota Camry Video

The thought of an updated Toyota Camry might not be sexy, but in the case of the 2015 model, it certainly is Lexy. That's based on what Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays saw at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The best-selling sedan's thousands of new parts look a lot like they came from Toyota's luxury division, Lexus. From the spindle grille all the way to the rear, Mays says, "You could put an 'L' badge on this and people might not know the difference." See for yourself in the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Toyota Camry: Up Close

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Just three years after Toyota redesigned the Camry, the family sedan has gone under the knife again for 2015. The result is a car with all-new styling that actually looks all new, and it seems to be in direct response to the increasing prevalence of bold-looking competitors like the Ford Fusion and Mazda6.

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The new front end is the most daring element of the 2015 Camry, which debuted at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

By Mike Hanley | April 16, 2014 | Comments (19)

2015 Toyota Camry Photo Gallery (24 Photos)

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Toyota last updated its best-selling sedan for model-year 2012, and the Camry is getting another makeover for 2015. The sedan grows in length by 1.8 inches this year, and Toyota says it's new from the ground up — the only carryover component is the roof.

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The sedan's overall look is sportier; a wider, more prominent grille and available LED low- and high-beam headlights are hard to miss.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 16, 2014 | Comments (10)

2015 Toyota Camry: First Look (56 Photos)

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Competes with: Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata

Looks like: The Toyota Highlander's grille found a new home

Drivetrain: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 3.5-liter V-6, six-speed automatic transmission; hybrid with 2.5-liter four-cylinder and CVT

Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

Toyota didn't wait long to redesign the Camry, the best-selling sedan for the last 12 years. The Camry was previously tweaked for the 2012 model year. This time, though, Toyota says it has rebuilt the Camry from the ground up with more than 2,000 new parts. The roof is the only unchanged part of its exterior, according to the automaker.

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Much of the 2015's focus is on a sportier experience in both the style and driving performance. The current Camry SE trim level is the sportiest variant, accounting for 45 percent of Camry sales, which Toyota took as a hint that its buyers want sportier models. A new XSE trim level tops the SE as the most sporting with unique hardware, while the Camry Hybrid now has its own SE version.

By Joe Bruzek | April 16, 2014 | Comments (45)

Study Ranks Owners' Ability to Afford Their Cars by City

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Can you afford your car? Obviously, the answer to that question is more complicated than "yes" or "no." But far more often than you might imagine, it's the latter, according to a study of the nation's 25 largest metropolitan areas by Interest.com. Now you can gauge your own financial solvency as it relates to your household vehicles — or just use the info to justify your condescending smirk/head-shake combo as your neighbor drives by in his new luxury sedan.

2013 Year-End Sales Preview

"Too many families are spending way too much on new cars and trucks," Interest.com Managing Editor Mike Sante said in a statement. "Just because you can manage the monthly payment doesn't mean you should let a $30,000 or $40,000 ride gobble up such a huge share of your paycheck. You can get a great car for much less and use the savings to invest in yourself."

The study calculated how much a household can afford to spend on a car or light-duty truck using the so-called 20/4/10 rule: a down payment of at least 20 percent; a financing term of no more than 48 months; and principal, interest and insurance not exceeding 10 percent of a household's gross income. Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Boston led the charge in ability to afford vehicles, while Miami and Tampa, Fla., car owners were at the bottom of the list. The nation's three largest cities were clustered toward the middle of the list of 25, with New York at No. 10, Chicago at No. 12 and Los Angeles at No. 14.

By Matt Schmitz | March 14, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014 Toyota Camry: Car Seat Check

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Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Toyota Camry, but our results apply to the 2014 models.

Toyota's midsize sedan was redesigned for 2012 and the changes for 2013 are minor, including a standard 6.1-inch touch-screen, new interior trim and additional safety feature options. Chances are the brand's best-selling car pulls family duty quite often. How well does it handle child-safety seats? The Camry's roomy backseat meant there was plenty of space for our seats, but stiff cushions complicated Latch access and fixed head restraints compromised the fit of our forward-facing seats.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two, but three car seats almost fit.

 

By Jennifer Geiger | March 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Winter Weather Impacts Auto Production Worldwide

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The severe weather that has made drivers' commutes miserable for much of this winter across much of the U.S. is also affecting global and domestic auto production. Production was expected to resume Tuesday at most Toyota and Honda factories shut down after a major snowstorm in Japan disrupted shipments from parts suppliers.

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According to the Detroit News, Toyota stopped production Monday at its Takaoka plant, which builds cars including the Corolla and iQ (sold in the U.S. under the Scion brand); the Tsutsumi factory that makes the Prius and Camry; and plants in Motomachi and Tahara. All facilities but Tsutsumi were expected to resume production Tuesday. Honda, meanwhile, suspended work at its Yorii factory near Tokyo after snow affected output Feb. 14 and 15, the Detroit News reported.

By Matt Schmitz | February 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

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