Crossovers

2014 Nissan Rogue Recalled For Steering Issue
2014 Nissan Rogue Recalled For Steering Issue

Nissan is recalling certain 2014 Nissan Rogue crossovers due to a problem with the steering column. On some vehicles during the manufacturing process, the incorrect bolt was installed on the upper portion of the steering column. The bolt in question tightens the clamp on the steering shaft, which...Read More»

2014 Subaru Outback
Squealing On 2013-2014 Subaru Legacy, Outback Gets A Free Fix

Subaru will solve a squealing noise on some of its Outback wagons and Legacy sedans, by replacing the vehicles' serpentine belts. Only those 2013-2014 Legacy and Outback vehicles equipped with 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines are involved in the service action. Those vehicles may be afflicted with a...Read More»

2013 Ford Explorer Sport
2011-2013 Ford Explorer Recalled For Steering Gear Glitch

Ford Motor Company is recalling 2011-2013 Explorer SUVs for a steering problem. On affected vehicles, the power steering may revert to manual steering due to the power steering control module detecting a motor position sensor failure. This is a safety default built into the system, should the...Read More»

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, March 2014
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Video Road Test

Subaru’s built its reputation as the king of all-wheel-drive wagons, but it hasn’t always been the king of fuel economy. That sticking point has led to the first Subaru gas-electric car, the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid. ALSO READ: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: Gas Mileage Review Under...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester
Some 2011-2014 Subarus To Get New Piston Rings

Subaru will replace the piston rings on some 2011-2014 Outback, Forester, and XV Crosstrek crossovers, and Impreza and Legacy sedans, due to a problem with excessive oil consumption. CHECK OUT: What Car Should You Really Drive? On some of these vehicles, Subaru has found unanticipated wear of the...Read More»

2004 Ford Escape XLT
2001-2004 Ford Escape Recalled for Rust

Ford Motor Company is recalling 2001-2004 Escape crossovers operated in salt-belt-states due to a condition that develops from prolonged exposure to road salt. In affected vehicles, the forward attachment of the car's lower control arm can separate from the front subframe due to corrosion. ALSO...Read More»

2013 Ford Escape
NICB Reveals Most-Stolen SUVs In America: Ford Nabs Gold, Silver, And Bronze

Generally speaking, auto thieves gravitate toward cars, especially perennial targets like the Honda Accord and Civic. But as everyone knows, SUVs and crossovers are big business in America, and they're not immune to crime. Which SUVs and crossovers rank highest with the nation's ne'er-do-wells? The...Read More»

2011 Kia Sorento SX
2011-2013 Kia Sorento Stalling Will Get Factory Fix

Kia has issued a service bulletin to fix Sorento crossovers with a stalling problem. Kia has found that some 2011-2013 Sorento crossovers manufactured during certain dates can, under certain operating conditions, stall when coming to a stop. Typically the engine can be restarted immediately, but it...Read More»

2007 Jeep Compass
Jeep Compass / Patriot, Dodge Caliber Get Extended Warranty For Rust

Chrysler has extended the warranty on the 2007 Jeep Compass and Patriot, as well as the Dodge Caliber, for a problem with rusting crossmembers. In those vehicles, some structural crossmembers are prone to rust, resulting in a steering wheel vibration. Affected vehicles may fail state inspections...Read More»

2014 Ford Escape
2013-2014 Ford Escape Recalled for Misaligned Door Handles

Ford has found that certain 2013 -2014 Ford Escapes built at the Louisville Assembly plant during certain dates have door handles that were misaligned to the door outer panel during assembly. A misaligned door handle may cause internal interference of the door linkage and a binding condition. This...Read More»

2013 Nissan Pathfinder  -  First Drive  -  10/2012
2013 Nissan Pathfinder Recalled for Leaky CVT Fluid Hose

Nissan is recalling certain Pathfinder crossover vehicles for a CVT (constantly variable transmission) fluid hose that was manufactured out of specification. This may cause a CVT fluid leak, which in the presence of an ignition source could cause a fire. CHECK OUT: What Car Should You Really Drive?...Read More»

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander  -  First Drive, March 2013
2012-2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport To Get Fix for Faulty ECU

Mitsubishi has found a problem with the KOS Engine Control Units in some 2012-2013 Mitsubishi Outlander crossovers. When the ECU in these vehicles is subjected to low temperatures, it may fail, resulting in a no-start condition. Additionally, the fault could interrupt the driver's ability to lock...Read More»

2015 BMW X6
2015 BMW X6 Unveiled

The BMW X6 might not be the prettiest or the most practical utility vehicle on the market, but BMW has sold more than 250,000 of its “Sports Activity Coupe” since 2008. Big sales mean that the X6 will be sticking around, and it also means that competitors (namely Mercedes-Benz) are...Read More»

2004 Mazda Tribute DX
2001-2004 Mazda Tribute Recalled For Rust

Mazda will recall its former Tribute crossover for problems with corrosion. Mazda says that 2001-2004 Tributes that operate in salt-belt-states for extended time periods are prone to excessive corrosion of the front subframe. Over time, exposure to road rock salt, calcium and magnesium chloride as...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Traverse
Big GM Crossovers Recalled for Seat Belt Anchor Cables

GM will recall its large crossover vehicles for a problem with the seat belt anchor cable. In the 2009-2014 Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia, and the former 2009-2010 Saturn Outlook, the flexible steel cable that connects to the seat belt anchor on the outboard seating can fatigue and...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester XT Six-Month Road Test, Catskill Mountains, New York
2014 Subaru Forester: Five Things We Liked, Five We Didn't

Our 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT long-term test car is now back in Atlanta, and we've had a chance to sort through our notes and think about the experience of living with it in the hills of upstate New York for a month. Like any car, we found some things we loved and some things we didn't. We remain...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester XT Six-Month Road Test, Catskill Mountains, New York
2014 Subaru Forester: SUV, Crossover, Or Wagon? We Try To Define

Language matters, as you'll hear from everyone from scholars to activists. And the way we describe cars matters too--but that's where it can get complicated. We conventionally call our 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT six-month test car a "crossover," short for crossover utility vehicle. But others call...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sienna SE: photo by Todd Allen
510,000 Toyota, Lexus Models Recalled for Rust, Brake, Airbag Issues

Another day, another half million vehicles being recalled. This time, according to CBS Detroit, it’s a trio of vehicles from Toyota and Lexus, which are being recalled for various issues. The largest of this batch is for the 2004-2011 Toyota Sienna, which is being recalled again for an issue...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT with 2000 Subaru Outback, Catskill Mountains, NY, May 2014
2014 Subaru Forester: Today's Compact Crossover Was Mid-Size In 2000

If you haven't shopped for a car recently, you may not have noticed the trend: Every car segment is getting larger. Our long-term test car, a 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT, is considered a compact crossover utility vehicle. So are the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Chevy Equinox, Nissan Rogue...Read More»

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