How critical is the new Ford F-150? Is the Acura TLX a real game changer? Will the Porsche Macan be the big newsmaker of 2015? Each year, a bumper crop of new cars ushers in a new model year--but this year that crop is bigger than usual, including a new Ford Mustang, GM's new compact Colorado and Canyon pickups, and the subcompact Jeep Renegade. Out of all of those brand-new vehicles and more, we've picked 17 of them to be the most important new cars of 2015.
2015 Chevrolet Colorado, 2013 Los Angeles Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
GM has more big news about smaller trucks this week--its new pickup's base price has been announced. When it goes on sale later this year, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado will come with a base price of $21,890. The base Colorado will come with a 2.5-liter, 193-horsepower four-cylinder, and a six-speed manual. Also standard on the base pickup: a rearview camera, a locking tailgate, and power windows. Four-wheel drive will be an option. The Colorado will come in either extended-cab or four-door body styles. Extended-cab trucks will have a six-foot truck bed, while four-doors get a choice of five- or six-foot beds. There's also an option for a V-6 engine. Stay tuned soon for a first drive.
2006 Saab 9-7XEnlarge Photo
GM has revised its recall of some SUVs. In some Chevy TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, and Buick Rainier SUVs, an electrical short could result in a fire. The situation is potentially severe enough for the automaker to advise that owners park affected vehicles outside until they're fixed. Also included in the recall: the Saab 9-7X and Isuzu Ascender, which were also built by GM. The revised recall may require those who already brought their vehicle in for a fix to check back in again for a new remedy.
2003 Subaru BajaEnlarge Photo
The latest chapter of the massive Takata airbag recall now involves a few thousands Subarus--and a total of more than 12 million vehicles worldwide. Subaru has added some of its Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and Baja vehicles from the middle of last decade to the recall list. In affected vehicles, the airbags could rupture in an accident, and hurt passengers with flying shrapnel. Subaru's recall of these airbags affected only drivers in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
2014 Toyota SiennaEnlarge Photo
Finally this week, the Toyota Sienna is being recalled for a transmission problem. In the 2014 Sienna minivan, the transmission shift control cable could fail, leading a driver to believe that the gear lever has been shifted to Park when it's not—and potentially causing the vehicle to roll away on exit. The recall only covers 263 vehicles, many of which haven't been sold yet--but it's a particularly important recall, since the problem could lead to injuries. Affected vehicles will have their transmission shift control cable inspected and replaced, if necessary, at the dealership.