Recall Alert: 2008-2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser, Tacoma

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Vehicles Affected: About 20,000 model-year 2008-14 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUVs and Tacoma pickup trucks equipped with accessory wheels and tires installed by Toyota or dealers before the vehicles' first sale.

The Problem: The vehicles may incorrectly list the spare tire size or inflation info on the tire placard. If the incorrect pressure is provided, tire failure may occur while it's being driven on, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Toyota will begin notifying owners this month, and the automaker will provide, either by mail to owners or to dealers, overlay stickers for placement over the incorrect info on the placard.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331, 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 | September 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Toyota Prius Review

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"The 2014 Toyota Prius hybrid is spacious and its extreme efficiency is impressive, but you have to put up with a noisy, bumpy ride and an interior that's showing its age," said Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley. Check out Hanley's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 12, 2014 | Comments (18)

2014 Toyota Prius Video

If we said the Toyota Prius hybrid is as remarkable as any ol' Ferrari or Lamborghini, some of you might be dismissive, to put it politely. But Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley argues that, in its fifth year, the fuel-sipping 2014 Prius continues to be nothing short of an "automotive marvel." Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 10, 2014 | Comments (1)

Toyota: Precollision Systems 'Widely Available' by 2018 Model Year

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Toyota says it plans to introduce new collision mitigation technology in 2015 and hopes the technology will become widely available — but not necessarily standard — across the automaker's lineup by the 2018 model year. Company executives recently told The Detroit News that the automaker would install collision-prevention systems across its lineup by 2017, but spokesman Moe Durand later clarified to Cars.com that the date reflected the 2017 calendar year, which translates to the 2017 or 2018 model year depending on the rollout.

Related: 2015 Toyota Sienna Price Jumps $1,680 Over 2014 Model

In what the automaker calls "all-new, multifeature active safety systems" that incorporate "precollision" technology, Toyota will introduce such systems ahead of any government mandate, Seigo Kuzumaki, deputy chief safety technology officer, told reporters last week.

Collision-prevention systems encompass a number of emerging technologies. Chief among them is forward-collision warning, which alerts you if you're closing fast on a slower car or stationary object. If you ignore the warning many such systems can hit the brakes just before impact. A number of Toyota models — the Prius hybrid and Highlander SUV plus every Lexus — already offer collision warning as an option. But it's missing on a number of affordable cars, including the Toyota Corolla and every Scion. Toyota will offer precollision technology even in its "most affordable compacts," Kuzumaki said, but it's unclear whether that includes Scion. A Toyota spokesman didn't respond to our query.

By Kelsey Mays | September 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Toyota Sienna Price Jumps $1,680 Over 2014 Model

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With a revised interior and a refreshed front end, Toyota hopes to draw families to its 2015 Sienna minivan. The starting price, however, might have them thinking twice: The 2015 Sienna starts at $29,485, including an $885 destination charge. That's a price increase of $1,680 over the 2014 Sienna L base model ($27,805).

Related: Toyota Releases Details on Updated 2015 Sienna

However, the base Sienna's price is less than the 2015 Honda Odyssey ($29,805) and the 2015 Chrysler Town & Country ($30,990). The 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan has the Sienna beat on price, though. The Grand Caravan SE base trim starts at $24,790.

While the Sienna's looks are new for 2015, the engine remains the same as the 2014 model year. The 266-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A 2015 all-wheel-drive Sienna gets an EPA-estimated 16/22 mg city/highway; the 2014 Sienna with all-wheel drive earned 16/23 mpg.

By Jennifer Newman | September 2, 2014 | Comments (16)

Used Fiat 500c Convertible Prices Spike in August

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Summer is winding down, but that didn't stop used Fiat 500c prices from heading up in August. Asking prices on Cars.com for the subcompact 500c, which features a power-retractable soft-top, jumped 8.1 percent ($1,324). That increase put it well ahead of the Toyota Sequoia full-size SUV and Nissan Quest minivan, which advanced 1.9 percent ($792) and 1.8 percent ($405), respectively.

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Prices for the Chevrolet Express 1500 full-size van decreased the most, down 5.3 percent ($1,153) from a month ago. The Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car and BMW 650i luxury two-door round out the month's top three biggest drops, with prices down 3.8 percent ($897) and 3.6 percent ($2,370), respectively.

Overall used-car prices declined again in August, continuing a trend that began in the spring. Average listing prices were down 1.4 percent ($315) to $22,604. That's the steepest monthly decline we've seen so far this year.

By Mike Hanley | August 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Toyota Prius Real-World Cargo Space

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Compared to its midsize sedan hybrid competitors, the Toyota Prius hatchback's cargo space is a winner with 21.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the folding backseat, a feature some sedans lose in their transformation to a hybrid. Throw in a 50 mpg combined EPA rating and it's easy to see why the purpose-built hybrid is so popular.

Related: Best Hybrids for the Money 2014

The original Prius fits in the middle of the current Prius lineup that includes the smaller Prius c and wagonlike Prius v. See how well common cargo items fit in the Prius' cargo area below.

By Joe Bruzek | August 28, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Toyota Tundra

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Vehicles Affected: More than 16,200 model-year 2013-14 Toyota Tundra pickup trucks modified by Gulf States Toyota Inc. as part of certain vehicle packages to be equipped with a combination of non-Toyota-brand 20-inch alloy wheels and chrome-plated lug nuts

The Problem: The coating on the lug nuts may give, causing the lug nuts to loosen or the wheel studs to fracture, which may cause the wheel to separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: GST will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will replace 20 lug nuts and torque them to specification for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GST at 800-444-1074, 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 | August 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Toyota FT-1 Concept Goes Upscale (18 Photos)

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Toyota's bright red FT-1 sports car concept drew the excitable eye of everyone who attended the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit where it debuted. We haven't forgotten about the red and racy concept, and neither has Toyota, which just released a reimagined version with an upscale vibe more ready for a leisurely cruise down a coastal highway than carving corners on a racetrack.

Related: Toyota FT-1 Concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

The pull-me-over red exterior is replaced with a graphite re-skin, and I think does a better job showing off the FT-1's curves. New interior touches are equally as minimalistic and work to great effect with saddle leather highlights and new textures providing a more Lexus-like experience than Toyota. Toyota's design team took inspiration for the interior from modern, high-tech superhero costumes and high-end leather bags.

By Joe Bruzek | August 14, 2014 | Comments (2)

Top 10 Urban Cars

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From squeezing between a Dumpster and a wall to holding your breath as a bus hard aports past your bumper, cities can be an automotive minefield. And cars are often the casualties. Need proof? Look no further than auto insurance rates. A 40-year-old male with a 2012 Honda Accord in Manhattan's West Village would pay 27 percent more for the exact same coverage than if he lived across the Hudson River in Hoboken, N.J., according to CarInsurance.com's analysis of six leading carriers.

Related: Top 10 Most Overlooked New Cars

Yet scores of Americans still prefer to live in the city. From New York to San Antonio, the country's 25 largest urban centers are home to 31.9 million people within city limits, according to the 2010 Census. That's 10.3 percent of the entire U.S. population in 2010, and given the trend of increasing urbanization, it doesn't look like it will recede anytime soon.

Most city-zens still have to drive. Not to worry: Our latest Top 10 nominates cars best suited for urban driving. Editors considered our candidates' overall size relative to their competitors, as well as visibility, city gas mileage, turning radius, city drivability, utility and more.

Here are our picks, in order of which cars received the most votes. In cases of a tie, we ranked by turning circle and other dimensions.

By Kelsey Mays | August 11, 2014 | Comments (10)

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