Ten Cars That Won't See 2015

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Automakers give all sorts of reasons for canceling a model. Sometimes it comes from a deliberate one-and-done cycle, as Scion often employs. Other times a car too similar to its corporate siblings — compare the ultra-luxury Maybach brand to an optioned-out Mercedes-Benz S-Class — and allowed to age without a redesign can spell doom. And some cars just plain stink: Four of our 10 Worst Cars of the 2000s sputtered out with no direct replacement.

Whatever the cause, cancellations often coincide with lackluster sales. Consider former Volvo spokesman James Hope, whose eulogy for the now-defunct S40 and V50 was short and sweet. "The S40 and V50 are great cars," Hope said. "Our focus, however, needs to be on our [sales] volume vehicles."

More than a dozen models were discontinued in 2013. We polled our editors to see which cars we think will meet their end next year.

By Kelsey Mays | December 18, 2013 | Comments (28)

Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats?

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Parents are often searching for the automotive holy grail: a car that's not a minivan and can fit three child-safety seats across the backseat. It's a short list.

In the more than three years that Cars.com editors have been installing car seats into test vehicles, we've come across several vehicles that can hold three car seats across a backseat.

The newest vehicle to make our list is the 2014 Honda Odyssey. The minivan has loads of room and plenty of accessible Latch anchors.

As we come across more cars that fit three child-safety seats, we'll add to this list. For now, here are the cars from our Car Seat Checks that can fit three car seats in the second row:

By Jennifer Newman | October 15, 2013 | Comments (92)

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser

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Family reviewer BreAnn Ahara is mom to three young girls and she's already dreaming of ditching her minivan for a three-row SUV like the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser. This eight-passenger SUV's starting price of $79,550 (including destination) means it's going to remain firmly in dreamland, though, BreAnn says. While she liked its ability to fit three child-safety seats across its second row, she didn't think this off-road-capable SUV's interior lived up to its price tag.

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser Family Review

By Jennifer Newman | March 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

What Does This Button Do?

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I’ve been waiting for a button like this for some time: automatic doughnut mode. Engage and do your best impersonation of a winning NASCAR driver with smoky, tire-torching doughnuts until the tires pop. I wish that button did exist in something like the Dodge Challenger SRT8, but in the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser the button’s purpose is very different.

By Joe Bruzek | May 2, 2012 | Comments (2)

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser: Car Seat Check

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There's nothing small about the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser. From its size — it can carry eight passengers — to its starting price of $77,955, this is a ginormous three-row SUV. The Land Cruiser does have two small numbers attached to it: 13/18 mpg city/highway. With a 5.7-liter V-8 engine, those fuel-economy numbers probably aren't too much of a shock, though.

Here's another number: three. Three child-safety seats fit across the Land Cruiser's second row, making it one of a handful of cars that can handle this feat.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and a Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Newman | April 26, 2012 | Comments (2)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser

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Toyota improved its large Land Cruiser SUV for model-year 2013 in several ways: It has a more refined interior, comfortable ride and quieter cabin. The Land Cruiser’s not for everyone, though, says Cars.com Managing Editor David Thomas. Though this eight-passenger sport ute excels at off-roading, it doesn’t really work as a daily-driver, and according to Thomas, for nearly $80,000, it really should.

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser Review

By Jennifer Geiger | April 23, 2012 | Comments (0)

Toyota: 19 New Models in 2012

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Toyota had a rough year in 2011. Safety investigations and natural disasters presented challenge after challenge and wounded the company’s supply chain, sales figures and brand image. It's a new year, and it sounds like Toyota plans to stay busy.

The automaker is planning to launch 19 new vehicles in 2012 across its Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands, according to the Detroit Free Press. Executives detailed the plans to dealers last weekend at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Las Vegas.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 7, 2012 | Comments (7)

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser: First Look

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  • Competes with: Audi Q7, Infiniti QX56 and Land Rover Range Rover
  • Looks like: Same old Land Cruiser, albeit slightly more polished-looking
  • Drivetrain: 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission
  • Hits dealerships: early February

After skipping model-year 2012, Toyota is updating one of its largest, most expensive and least popular vehicles with fresh styling, new standard features and more off-road capability for 2013. Its Lexus sibling, the LX, is getting similar treatment — the 2013 LX will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 6, 2012 | Comments (16)

Recall Alert: 22,000 Toyota Vehicles

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Toyota is recalling about 22,000 vehicles from the 2008-11 model years because the tire pressure monitoring system in these vehicles was not properly calibrated, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall affects the 2008-11 Toyota FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Tacoma and Tundra.

In the affected vehicles, the tire pressure warning light will not illuminate at the required minimum activation pressure. This could lead to tire failure and increase the risk of a crash.

Dealers will re-initialize the system to restore the proper calibration at no charge. Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

By Dave Lee | March 7, 2011 | Comments (0)

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