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"What about a manual transmission?"
Used luxury-car prices slid the most in September, continuing a trend from last month. The Infiniti M37's price dropped the most; it fell 4% ($1,288) to $34,687. The Volvo S60, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW Z4 registered some of the largest price drops last month, and prices for all three fell yet again in September. The Z4's price dipped 3% ($1,445), while asking prices for the S-Class and S60 dropped 2% ($1,488 and $625, respectively).
There was considerably less price fluctuation among the cars that saw price gains in September, with all models in the top 10 getting a 1% price bump. Of the 10, half were pickup trucks or full-size vans, and not a single luxury model made the list.
Vehicles Affected: Approximately 7,767 model-year 2014 versions of the S60, S80, XC60 and XC70. Only vehicles equipped with keyless ignition are affected.
The Problem: The Central Electronic Control Module may not function correctly, causing the windshield wipers to run continuously and the turn signals, high beams and headlights to malfunction; cruise control may also not work. This could lead to a crash.
On Aug. 19, Tesla announced it had the safest car in America with the 2013 Model S, which earned the top score, five stars, across six different crash tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Just 1% of cars tested earn five stars across all six grades, Tesla said, and the agency's overall vehicle safety score, which automakers receive from the agency, captures a rating above five stars — in this case, 5.4 stars. That makes the Model S the safest car ever tested by NHTSA under its tougher 2011 standards, Tesla said.
The Model S earns an overall vehicle safety score of 0.42 (lower is better), which beats other five-star cars like the Buick Verano (0.5) and Cadillac ATS (0.53) sedans. Tesla says that translates to 5.4 stars. But NHTSA demurred: "NHTSA does not rate vehicles beyond five stars and does not rank or order vehicles within the starred categories," the agency said in a statement to The New York Times. What's more, a number of other cars — from the ATS to the Honda Accord coupe — also get five stars across the board.
Dig into the details, and the stars reflect assessments of specific crash data — the individual readouts from various sensors on a crash-test dummy. Tesla argues, for example, that the Model S beats the Volvo S60 sedan (another car with five NHTSA stars across the board) because it preserved more driver space in NHTSA's side-pole test.
The average price of late-model used cars increased just $15 in August to $22,193, a gain of less than a tenth of a percent compared to July. As usual, a number of models experienced significantly larger price increases and decreases, with luxury vehicles at the top of these lists.
The Volvo S60 sedan saw the biggest August price drop as its price slipped 3% to $28,214. Three more luxury models — the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Land Rover Range Rover and BMW Z4 — were next with price declines of 2%.
Luxury models also saw some of the largest price increases of the month. The Infiniti QX56 and BMW 528i led the way with prices edging up 2%. They were followed by the Audi Q5 and Lexus GX 460, both of which recorded 1% price gains.
The charts detail the top 10 used cars from the 2010 to 2012 model years with the biggest price drops — as well as the 10 with the biggest gains. To be eligible for the lists, a model had to have 500 cars in Cars.com's national inventory.
Volvo announced pricing this week for its 2014 lineup, across which exterior updates and technological enhancements have been made. Powertrains carry over from the previous year and include the 250-horsepower T5; 240-hp, 3.2-liter six-cylinder; 300-hp, turbocharged T6; and the Swedish automaker's most powerful engine, the turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder, which makes 325 hp and 354 pounds-feet of torque. Click on each of the models for details on what’s changed for 2014 on the S60 sedan, S80 sedan, XC70 wagon and XC60 compact SUV; the XC90 SUV continues virtually unchanged.
New offerings for the 2014 model year include the Adaptive Digital TFT Display instrument cluster that allows drivers to choose between three themes — Elegance, Eco and Performance — all with different configurations and functionality, Volvo stated. New paddle shifters, coupled with the automaker's Advanced Quick Shift transmission-optimization software, are said to improve the speed of each gear change, increasing zero-to-60-mph times by as much as 0.4 seconds on some models. Safety equipment debuting for 2014 includes pedestrian and cyclist detection with full auto brake, cross-traffic alert and a new radar-based blind spot monitoring system.
We recently counted down the top 10 biggest recalls reported by KickingTires in the first half of 2013. This week, we're out to show it's not always size that counts.
As we demonstrated last time out, among the many millions of vehicles for which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues recalls each year, individual actions themselves can number in the millions — as was the case when Chrysler agreed to inspect and repair 2.7 million Jeep SUVs due to a potential fuel-system problem that could cause fires in rear-end collisions.
At the other end of the spectrum are recalls so small — single-digits-small — that in some cases it might be quicker for us just to shoot an email to the individual vehicle owners than it is to report it. Don't get us wrong; safety recalls are serious business and have the potential to save many lives each year. That said, some households have as many cars parked in their driveway right now as are affected by some recalls.
Without further ado, the smallest recalls reported by Cars.com so far in 2013 are:
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee used its formidable off-roading prowess to climb over last week's most-watched video, the 2013 Ram Heavy Duty pickup. The Jeep claims the No. 1 spot in its second week. In the video, Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek, using the top-trim Summit model as an example, notes how subtle changes have made a good SUV a great one. Newcomers to this week's list include the 2013 Volvo S60 T6 at No. 4 and the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet at No. 5. Check out what else was popular:1. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Assuming your needs are conventional, the all-wheel-drive 2013 Volvo S60 provides a quick, easy-riding and dutiful driving experience. Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder says both the five- and six-cylinder turbocharged engines provide ample power to get the luxury sedan up to speed in a flash. Interior comfort, especially the seats, is as excellent as one expects from Volvo. Fuel economy is subpar, however, and if you seek track performance, look elsewhere. Watch the video above for more info.Related
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