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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Ford Escape

1. What’s new for 2016? A next-generation infotainment interface to replace the automaker’s confounding MyFord Touch system. The more intuitive, more graphically attractive, and hopefully more reliable Sync 3 connectivity system will be offered in a number of model-year 2016 ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Fiat 500X

1. What’s new for 2016? Everything. This all-new four-door wagon propels Fiat into the burgeoning subcompact-crossover segment where it’ll compete with the just-introduced Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3, as well as the Chevrolet Trax and Nissan Juke. Also in the ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Jeep Renegade

1. What’s new for 2015? Jeep is one of the hottest automotive commodities in the world right now and this all-new subcompact crossover is the new entry point to the brand. Though it has some traditional Jeep styling cues, much ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Lincoln MKC

1. What’s new for 2015? The dawn of a new era…hopes Lincoln’s corporate parent, Ford. It needs this new premium-compact crossover to attract younger buyers to the struggling luxury brand. That’s a tall order, given a segment chock full of ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Ford Edge

1. What’s new for 2015? Everything. This popular five-passenger, midsize crossover gets a stem-to-stern redesign. New and updated engines join freshened styling and a host of new high-tech amenities. In size and price, Edge ranks second in Ford’s crossover-SUV lineup, ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Lincoln Navigator

1. What’s new for 2015? The first significant updates to one of the oldest vehicles on the road. This full-size body-on-frame SUV dumps its V-8 powertrain for a twin-turbocharged V-6 that’s better-performing and more efficient. Steering and suspension revamps elevate ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015.5 Volvo XC60

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1. What’s new for 2015? Mid-year powertrain advances so significant Volvo tags the updated version of this crossover a “2015.5” model. A new family of turbocharged four-cylinders under the Drive-E banner signals the automaker’s move away from five- and six-cylinder ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Mazda CX-5

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What’s New for 2016? Fresh styling, an upgraded interior, and newly available safety features. This compact crossover SUV debuted for the 2013 model year and its first updates include a revised grille and wheel designs along with newly LED headlights ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Honda HR-V

1. What’s new for 2016? A fresh Honda nameplate on an all-new subcompact crossover. Based on the automaker’s pacesetting Fit hatchback, HR-V joins the burgeoning mini-SUV class to compete with the Chevrolet Trax, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3 and others for ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Subaru Outback

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1. What’s new for 2015? A redesigned but scarcely different-looking generation of a deceptively roomy and decidedly accomplished midsize crossover. Outback was present at the creation, debuting for 1996 as an all-wheel-drive wagon based on Subaru’s compact Legacy sedan. It ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 BMW X4

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1. What’s new for 2016? Nothing, but that’s OK because this compact premium crossover is still dewy from its model-year 2015 introduction. Inspired by the German automaker’s midsize X6 – a fastback take on its square-cut X5 crossover – the ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Porsche Cayenne

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1. What’s new for 2016? After a modest model-year 2015 freshening, the lineup expands to include new entry-level and sporty models. This peppery people-hauler is a five-passenger midsize premium crossover with standard all-wheel drive (AWD). It borrows elements of its ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Chevrolet Trax

1. What’s new for 2015? General Motors is hoping shoppers will “make tracks” to their local Chevrolet dealer to check out this new-to-the-United-States small crossover. Trax joins the growing class of “subcompact” crossovers whose ranks include current and upcoming products, ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 BMW X3

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1. What’s new for 2016? Very little after a model-year 2015 freshening that updated styling, introduced diesel and two-wheel-drive models, and added features. The ’16 carries over the revised front end that helps link this premium compact crossover visually with ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Infiniti QX80

1. What’s new for 2015? The flagship SUV from Nissan’s luxury division is updated with a new Limited Package that adds even more luxury to an already high-end vehicle. Formerly badged QX56, the QX80 borrows elements of its basic design ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Volkswagen Touareg

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1. What’s new for 2015? Updated styling, an upgraded interior, and new driver-assist features. VW again positions this midsize five-seater against premium-class crossovers such as the Acura MDX. Indeed, Touareg is priced at the top of its competitive set and ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

1. What’s new for 2015? This distinctive SUV enters 2015 with no notable changes, just like it has for most of its 30-plus-year life. Tall, boxy, and priced over $100,000, it continues as a lifestyle accessory for the rich and ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

1. What’s new for 2016? Not quite as much as Chevrolet would like you to believe, although the styling is freshened styling, there’s more standard and optional equipment, and a few added interior enhancements. Unaltered are the basic engineering, four- ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Acura MDX

1. What’s new for 2016? A transmission upgrade, an all-wheel-drive -system reboot, and revised equipment and safety features. Acura’s best-selling vehicle is a seven-passenger premium midsize crossover that received a clean-sheet redesign for model-year 2014. So it shows how tough ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Honda CR-V

1. What’s new for 2015? Cosmetic updates, better fuel economy, and the most luxurious CR-V model ever. This five-seater is the sales leader in America’s highly competitive compact-crossover-SUV category and the ’15 freshening also upgrades cabin materials. A new grille, ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Cadillac Escalade

1. What’s new for 2015? It’s a clean-sheet redesign for the vehicle that’s bling incarnate. Compared to the outgoing 2007-2014 Escalade, the ‘15 is brasher on the outside, more opulent inside, and more powerful under the hood. This full-size luxury ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Audi Q3

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1. What’s new for 2015? The Q3 itself. This is a new entry-level crossover, slotting below the brand’s Q5 in size and price. It’s one of the newest members of a burgeoning class of “premium-subcompact” crossovers populated by the likes ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Nissan Murano

1. What’s new for 2015? Designer fashion at outlet prices. The first full redesign of this five-passenger crossover since model-year 2009 brings flamboyant new styling and a coolly contemporary cabin, but retains an aging powertrain. Seeking distinction in a jammed ...

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Even With Losing the Coupe and Convertible to Their Own Model Name, the BMW 3-Series Offers Numerous Powertrains Options to Please Any Buyer

What changes will make it different? Although the 3-Series has been around since the mid-1970s, it’s still only in its sixth generation, which first came to us as a 2012 model year. That means that the ’16 should signal the ...

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For 2016 the BMW 4-Series Could See Small Revisions to the Engines and Front Styling

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What changes will make it different? Although the 4-Series will continue to be viewed by many as simply a rebadging of the 3-Series coupe and convertible, it was actually a new car in its own right for the 2014 model ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Honda Pilot

1. What’s new for 2016? Everything but the name. Sleeker styling, more power yet better fuel economy, and overdue safety features mark the first full redesign of this midsize crossover since model-year 2009. Looking much like an inflated version of ...

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A X6 M Variant Is Expected From BMW For 2016 With Plenty Of Power

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What changes will make it different? BMW now has a huge range of models that can be sporty, luxurious, practical, opulent, great-looking and very, very fast. Until the arrival of the X6 as a 2009 model year, you could see ...

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A Diesel and Hybrid Version Of The BMW 7-Series For 2016

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What changes will make it different? From what we’ve been seeing and hearing, the 2016 model year of BMW’s flagship 7-Series sedan is expected to be a redesigned sixth generation of the nameplate. While we shouldn’t expect anything too radical ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Nissan Juke

What’s new for 2015? Revised styling freshens this kooky crossover while additional standard equipment makes it a better value. The styling changes are subtle: slightly reshaped nose and tail, updated headlamps and taillamps, and mirrors with LED turn-signal repeaters. Amenities ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado or GMC Canyon

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What’s new for 2015? Everything. Originally developed for overseas markets, these new trucks join GM’s U.S. lineup for model-year 2015 to augment the larger, more expensive full-size Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. They’re pitched as more fuel-efficient, more maneuverable alternatives ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Hyundai Veloster

1. What’s new for 2015? This sporty compact hatchback adds automatic climate control to its optional Technology package and makes 18-inch alloy wheels part of its Style package. Available with naturally aspirated and turbocharged four-cylinder engines, the front-wheel-drive Veloster is ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Nissan Rogue

1. What’s new for 2015? Nissan’s compact crossover SUV gets minor updates on the heels of its model-year 2014 redesign. Heated cloth front seats are now included with the SV Premium Package. Arctic Blue Metallic is added to the exterior ...

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Driving Performance Is a Highlight For the Compact X4

What changes will make it different? It was completely new for 2015, so don’t expect much to be different in model-year ’16. We might, however, see a performance M version. These days it seems that if BMW can find even ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Ford Fusion

1. What’s new for 2015? A rear-backup camera is standard across the line and the combination of all-wheel drive and the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available on more than just the top-line model. In other changes for this ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Hyundai Equus

What’s new for 2015? This surprisingly plush full-size flagship is unchanged, continuing as a rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan with standard V-8 power. It slots above the smaller Genesis sedan in Hyundai’s lineup and is roughly the size of the Lexus LS ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Honda Pilot

1. What’s new for 2015? Honda’s square-shouldered midsize crossover SUV gets only minor changes for 2015. A newly added Pilot Special Edition (SE) trim level at about the middle of the product line includes pewter gray aluminum alloy wheels, a ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Nissan Altima

1. What’s new for 2015? Upgraded safety and convenience features and better mileage improve this popular midsize sedan for 2015. Engineering improvements for its available V-6 engine increase fuel-economy ratings 1 mpg in highway and in combined city/highway driving. V-6 ...

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