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Best new cars for $15,000

We'll show you five new cars at a price almost anyone can afford.

Finding an affordable car is hard. Finding a good car is harder. But finding a good, affordable car? Well, that's the hardest. Here are five choices.

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GM will help you lease a car to drive for Uber in San Francisco

Want to drive for Uber, but don't have a car? No problem.

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The basic baby crossover | 2017 Chevrolet Trax First Drive

Better, but only just.

The 2017 update is an improvement over the original crossover in almost every way, but it still has a way to go.

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Chevy recalls 317k Sonic, Trax, and Spark over key chime

Don't forget to take your key out of the ignition... duh.

317,572 examples of the Chevy Sonic, Trax, and Spark may fail to warn the driver that the key's still in the ignition ten minutes after parking, increasing the risk of theft – and prompting a recall.

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2017 Chevrolet Trax brings its fresher face to Chicago

The 2017 Chevrolet Trax wears refreshed styling that significantly improves the compact crossover's appearance, and there's more available tech, too.

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2017 Chevrolet Trax gets a friendlier face, more tech

The 2017 Chevrolet Trax debuts at the Chicago Auto Show with a stylish new makeover and a lot more optional tech.

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Chevy murders out Trax crossover with new Midnight Edition

Chevy is offering its little Trax crossover in a new murdered-out Midnight Edition, based on the LTZ model but with extra dark trim inside and out.

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Chevy bringing Spark RS Concept to SEMA

Five Red Line Series Concepts Also Featured

Chevy's 2015 SEMA Show lineup stars the new Spark RS Concept, while its accessories catalog is featured in five other production-based concepts.

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GM recalls 64k 2011-2013 Volts over carbon monoxide fears, stop sale on Trax and Encore

GM is recalling 64,186 examples of the 2011-2013 Volt because carbon monoxide can build up if the plug-in hybrid sedan is accidentally left idling in an enclosed location. Separately, the company is issuing a stop sale on roughly 2,300 units of the 2015 Chevrolet Trax and 2015 Buick Encore because of possible power steering failure.

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Buick Encore, Chevy Trax earn Top Safety Pick from IIHS [w/video]

Improvements to the 2015 Buick Encore are reaping big rewards for the popular compact crossover. Where a previous one scored a Poor result in the small overlap crash test from the IIHS, the latest model improved that to Good. Both the Encore and Chevrolet Trax now have Top Safety Pick ratings.

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Autoblog Podcast #413

2015 Detroit Auto Show Recap

Episode #413 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Chris Paukert, and Brandon Turkus recap the hot new metal coming out of the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Chevy Trax engineer says GMC version possible

The Buick Encore is doing so well and its platform-mate the Chevrolet Trax has such good reviewer vibes going for it already, that a GMC version hasn't been ruled out. During the recent press launch, Automotive News asked lead engineer Al Manzor if the Trax could wear a GMC-branded suit, to which Manzor replied, "I think that is certainly possible."

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2015 Chevrolet Trax

More Empty Nester Than Emo Kid

After the obligatory product presentation for the 2015 Trax, I caught up with Steve Majoros, Chevrolet's director of marketing for crossovers and cars, and asked him to elaborate on which markets his planners believe will be the hot starters for this tiny CUV. Without much hesitation, Majoros began to click off traditional sales havens for Subaru, namely, New England and the snowy bits of the East Coast, Colorado and the Pacific Northwest.

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Chevy Trax to start at $20,120*

The Chevrolet Trax is the slightly more meat-and-potatoes cousin to the Buick Encore, with the same platform and engine underneath but a touch less luxury. The little compact crossover is on its way to US dealers in January 2015, and Chevy is finally announcing the base price for this runabout CUV at $20,120 (*plus $875 for destination) when it goes on sale. That's around $4,000 less than a starter Encore before its destination fee.

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GM recalling 8.4M cars, 8.2M related to ignition problems [UPDATE]

Recall Covers Equivalent Populations Of Nine US States And District Of Columbia Combined

General Motors today announced a truly massive recall covering some 8.4 million vehicles in North America. Most significantly, 8.2 million examples of the affected vehicles are being called back due to "unintended ignition key rotation," though GM spokesperson Alan Adler tells Autoblog that this issue is not like the infamous Chevy Cobalt ignition switch fiasco.

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Chevy outpacing Toyota, Honda, Ford in subcompact sales

Years ago, the subcompact car market was mostly made up of under-powered, poorly featured little penalty boxes, but over the course of the past decade, this segment has absolutely flourished. Cars like the Honda Fit are something most people would happily drive. And it appears that Chevrolet is really figuring things out with booming popularity from its one-two punch of small models with the Spark and Sonic.

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