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Hybrid Fuel Economy Comes up Short in Consumer Reports' Testing, Diesels Impress

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee The fuel economy of a couple hybrid vehicles didn’t hit the mark in testing by Consumer Reports, but some diesel models fared much better. The magazine tested the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, and it earned a combined 28 mpg overall, which is short of the EPA-estimated 31 mpg city/highway combined. Consumer Reports found that the non-hybrid base XV Crosstrek earned 26 mpg overall in its tests, and points out in a statement that due to the higher price ... continue reading»

Tags: BMW 3 Series, Honda Accord Hybrid, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Model News, Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

BMW, General Motors and Toyota Issue Recalls

BMW 3-Series E46 BMW is recalling 42,080 3-Series models for a potential issue with the front airbag on the passenger side. The recall affects 2002-03 3-Series convertibles, coupes, sedans and wagons, as well as M3 coupes and convertibles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the airbag “may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the airbag.” In the event of a collision, metal fragments from the inflator could strike vehicle occupants, increasing the risk of ... continue reading»

Tags: Recalls, Safety, BMW 3 Series, Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Malibu, Toyota FJ Cruiser, Buick Regal, Model News

Goodbye BMW 3-Series Coupe, Hello BMW 4-Series

If you’ve been waiting for BMW to unveil the new 3-Series coupe to complete the redesigned 3-Series lineup, your wait was in vain. BMW announced Wednesday that when it goes in sale in 2013, the new BMW 4-Series coupe will replace the 3-Series coupe. BMW hasn’t disclosed much information about the new 4-Series, but in a press release, the automaker says the 4-Series rides lower to the ground and has a longer wheelbase than the outgoing 3-Series coupe ... continue reading»

Tags: Auto Shows, BMW 3 Series, BMW, Model News, BMW 4 Series

BMW 3-Series, Chevrolet Malibu Earn NHTSA's Top Safety Rating

The 2012 BMW 3-Series sedan and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Eco received five-star overall safety ratings from the federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2012 BMW 3-Series sedan earned five out of five stars in side crash tests and rollover risk tests, and four stars in front crash tests. While the 2012 3-Series coupe and convertible haven’t been thoroughly tested, they did receive five stars in rollover tests. “The 3 Series joins about 15 other ... continue reading»

Tags: IIHS, NHTSA, BMW 3 Series, Chevrolet Malibu, Model News, Safety scores

BMW 3-Series, Acura RDX Given IIHS Top Safety Pick Status

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the redesigned 2012 BMW 3-Series midsize sedan and 2013 Acura RDX crossover SUV Top Safety Picks. This means they both received the highest score of “good” in the Institute’s front, rear, side and roof strength tests. “Both vehicles earned their listed status by upgrading the strength of their roofs,” Autoblog reports. The 2007 to 2012 Acura RDX was rated “marginal” for its roof strength, which is the second lowest rating, while ... continue reading»

Tags: Safety, IIHS, Acura RDX, BMW 3 Series, Model News, IIHS Top Safety Pick

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