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BMW’s big 2020 X7 is a luxo 7-seat crossover, now with M Performance heat. But it’s far from faultless.

2020 BMW X7 What changes will make the 2020 BMW X7 different? Addition of the 523-horsepower X7 M50i model injects this premium full-size crossover with even higher performance in its second year on the market. With seating for up to ...

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Plenty of room, too little vroom: 2020 Honda HR-V subcompact crossover

2020 Honda HR-V What changes will make the 2020 Honda HR-V different? Probably not much after a model-year-2019 refresh that tweaked styling, updated safety and connectivity features, and added sport-themed and flagship trim levels. As a follow-up, however, we urge ...

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2020 Toyota Tundra: good truck, or good riddance?

2020 Toyota Tundra

2020 Toyota Tundra What changes will make the 2020 Toyota Tundra different? More convenience features and a second body style for the most hardcore off-road version of this full-size pickup truck. The 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro updates its connectivity ...

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2020 Hyundai Accent: small-car value, style, refinement. Excitement? Well…

2020 Hyundai Accent What changes will make the 2020 Hyundai Accent different? New driver-assistance features – we hope. Don’t hold your breath, though. Hyundai’s entry-level car is likely to be virtually unchanged for model-year 2020. It should return unaltered as ...

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2020 Toyota Tacoma freshened; bigger changes ahead for America’s top-selling compact pickup?

2020 Toyota Tacoma What changes will make the 2020 Toyota Tacoma different? Freshened styling, extra comfort and convenience features, and enhanced off-road hardware are the first significant changes since this third-generation Tacoma debuted for model-year 2016. The model-year-2020 updates for ...

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2020 GMC Sierra: more than big-pickup burlesque?

2020 GMC Sierra What changes will make the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 different? Probably little more than some new paint colors — and higher asking prices – following a full redesign for model-year 2019. This report covers the half-ton Sierra ...

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A Camaro nose? A Caddy engine? A safety-feature rethink? Changes ahead for 2020 Chevrolet Equinox crossover

2020 Chevrolet Equinox What changes will make the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox different? Freshened styling and a new flagship engine are on tap for the 2020 edition of Chevrolet’s top-selling crossover. More vital, however, would be for Chevy to expand availability ...

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact crossover: go-anywhere cred, plug-in-hybrid cool, but there’s a problem

2020 Subaru Crosstrek What changes will make the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek different? Little of consequence as America’s most popular subcompact crossover settles into its second-generation design. All new for model-year 2018, Crosstrek for ’19 added a plug-in-hybrid variant, becoming the ...

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Model-year muddle: a redesigned Lexus NX is coming, but as a 2020 or 21?

2020 Lexus NX What changes will make the 2020 Lexus NX different? Maybe nothing. Maybe everything. A fully redesigned version of Lexus’s popular small crossover is in the works. But only the insiders at Toyota’s luxury division know whether it’ll ...

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2020 Lexus IS premium compact sedan: game over? Or is a BMW six in its future?

2020 Lexus IS What changes will make the 2020 Lexus IS different? Little of note while the fate of Lexus’s entry-level car hangs in the balance. Rumors abound. Some reports suggest model-year 2020 could be the last for this compact ...

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Why the lame-duck 2020 Kia Optima is still a tasty dish

2020 Kia Optima What changes will make the 2020 Kia Optima different? Likely little of consequence because Kia freshened most iterations of its midsize sedan for model-year 2019 – and a fully redesigned Optima is coming for model-year 2021. The ...

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2020 Toyota Land Cruiser: conquering, cushy, and compromised

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser What changes will make the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser different? A specially trimmed Heritage Edition celebrating this iconic SUV’s sixth decade in Toyota’s U.S. lineup is new, but model-year 2020 is unlikely to bring substantive changes. ...

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Petite but posh, the 2020 Lexus UX premium subcompact crossover is a likable little surprise

2020 Lexus UX What changes will make the 2020 Lexus UX different? Hardly anything, as this surprisingly refined premium subcompact crossover heads into its sophomore season. “Urban + X-over (crossover) = UX” decodes the name, and this little five-seater does ...

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Throwback values vs. fashion-forward pressure: can the 2020 Toyota Avalon manage its dual burden?

2020 Toyota Avalon What changes will make the 2020 Toyota Avalon different? Expect the usual round of new paint hues and steeper asking prices, but little else as this full-size sedan settles in after a complete redesign for model-year 2019. ...

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Swan-song Sienna: coming redesign leaves 2020 Toyota minivan in limbo – and it could lose its AWD monopoly, too

2020 Toyota Sienna What changes will make the 2020 Toyota Sienna different? No changes are likely for model-year 2020, as Toyota closes out the current design generation of its eight-seat minivan. A fully redesigned Sienna is on track for release ...

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2020 Nissan Kicks: a subcompact crossover that’s more – and less — than it seems

2020 Nissan Kicks What changes will make the 2020 Nissan Kicks different? Maybe a new color choice or two, but Nissan’s crossover-style subcompact hatchback won’t be meaningfully altered for model-year 2020. Introduced for 2018 to replace Nissan’s kooky Juke, the ...

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Can the 2020 Honda Pilot fend off younger rivals, like the redesigned Explorer and Highlander, and the all-new Palisade and Telluride?

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Honda Pilot What changes make 2020 Honda Pilot different? Efficiency aficionados undoubtedly hope Honda adds a hybrid option to its popular three-row midsize crossover. One is probably coming, and it may well be a plug-in hybrid, at that. But ...

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More than a pretty face: where will the 2020 Mazda 6 fit in the midsize-sedan game?

2020 Mazda 6 What changes will make the 2020 Mazda 6 different? Probably very little because Mazda gave its midsize sedan a significant refresh for model-year 2018. We might see some trim level and/or feature tweaks to the 2020 Mazda ...

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All-new design takes 2020 Escape upscale and back into top-tier compact-crossover contention

2020 Ford Escape What changes will make the 2020 Ford Escape different? Styling, size, cabin, and powertrains — most everything will change as Ford launches a fully redesigned version of its popular compact crossover for model-year 2020. The first all-new ...

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Bigger than the average midsize crossover; better for it? Look ahead to the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Chevrolet Traverse

2020 Chevrolet Traverse What changes will make the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse different? Ideally, the availability of key safety features beyond the most expensive trim level. Realistically, Chevrolet will limit changes to new paint colors — and to slightly higher asking ...

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2020 GMC Terrain to cover familiar territory with a refresh over the horizon

2020 GMC Terrain What changes will make the 2020 GMC Terrain different? Little other than new paint colors and perhaps revised feature availability. Significant updates to this five-passenger compact crossover are highly unlikely before a model-year-2022 midcycle refresh. The Terrain ...

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2020 Mazda CX-9 crossover: still pretty, still more than pretty good?

2020 Mazda CX-9 What changes will make the 2020 Mazda CX-9 different? New colors, perhaps some feature-tweaks, but model-year 2020 should be a quiet one for Mazda’s flagship SUV after comfort and connectivity updates for 2019. The next major change ...

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Will Ford’s 2020 Jeep Gladiator countermeasures include a Ranger Raptor?

2020 Ford Ranger What changes will make the 2020 Ford Ranger different? Maybe a Baby Raptor to counterpunch the launch of Jeep’s Wrangler-based 2020 Gladiator. A 300-plus-horsepower off-roader inspired by the full-size F-150 Raptor would be a thrilling addition to ...

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Fresh styling, powertrain upgrades on tap for 2020 Cadillac XT5. Is a V-Sport coming, too?

2020 Cadillac XT5 What changes will make the 2020 Cadillac XT5 different? Revised styling, new features, and updated drivetrains — including the possible introduction of a high-performance. Model-year 2020 marks the midcycle refresh for this five-passenger, premium-compact crossover, Cadillac’s best-selling ...

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All-new 2020 Acura MDX to get new styling, plug-in hybrid option

2020 Acura MDX What changes will make the 2020 Acura MDX different? Nearly everything from the tires up. Model-year 2020 will debut the fourth generation of Acura’s flagship crossover SUV. Expect completely new underskin engineering, a more refined interior, and ...

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Plug-in hybrid, turbo four, hot-rod M: all could be in the mix for

What changes will make the 2020 BMW X5 different? A potential expansion of powertrain choices with addition of a turbocharged four-cylinder, a plug-in hybrid, and a hot rod V-8. They would join returning six- and eight-cylinder engines and put an ...

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Turbo GT power, hotter GT Line looks on tap for 2020 Kia Forte

2020 Forte GT What changes will make the 2020 Kia Forte different? A pair of sporty trim levels with an available high-output turbocharged engine make news for the 2020 edition of Kia’s compact-class sedan. There’s also a chance the Forte5 ...

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Looking at a Lexus LS? Don’t wait for the 2020. Here’s why.

2020 Lexus LS What changes will make the 2020 Lexus LS different? Probably not much after this full-size premium sedan received a clean-sheet redesign for model-year 2018, followed by new safety and convenience features for 2019. It’ll return little-changed for ...

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Buying Advice This is the best compact car for you if you covet the Corolla formula of reliability and value but fancy it in a sleeker, sportier form. This front-wheel-drive four-door hatchback ...

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Dulling Edge: Is Ford’s 2020 five-seater still the midsize crossover for you?

2020 Ford Edge What changes will make the 2020 Ford Edge different? Little of note following a model-year 2019 revamp that freshened styling, updated powertrains, and expanded safety features. The 2020 Edge will reprise all that – and have to ...

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Utility vehicle of the year? Really? Why the subcompact 2020 Hyundai Kona is a goofy surprise

2020 Hyundai Kona What changes will make the 2020 Hyundai Kona different? Not much, as this appealingly odd-looking little crossover takes a breather after hitting the market for model-year 2018, then adding an impressive pure-electric version for 2019. Distinctive, solidly ...

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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee: caught between the really old and the very new

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

What changes will make the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee different? Likely little of consequence as this midsize crossover SUV awaits a ground-up redesign for model-year 2021. Jeep’s flagship SUV will return for ’20 as a five-seater with an unusually broad ...

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Enough room? Adequate power? Pros and cons of 2020 Subaru Ascent crossover

2020 Hyundai Ascent

What changes will make the 2020 Subaru Ascent different? Expect little more than a new color choice or two to mark the sophomore season of Subaru’s largest-ever vehicle. Available with room for up to eight passengers, the Ascent bowed for ...

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Would new safety tech compensate for the 2020 Ford EcoSport’s shortfalls?

2019 Ford EcoSport

What changes will make the 2020 Ford EcoSport different? Hopefully the addition of today’s most important safety features, prominent among them autonomous emergency braking designed to automatically stop the vehicle to mitigate a frontal collision. This and other vital driver ...

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Jaguar’s E-Pace crossover needs a Jaguar-worthy interior. Will it get it for 2020?

2020 Jaguar E-Pace

What changes will make the 2020 Jaguar E-Pace different? Hopefully, a revamped cabin with materials befitting a Jaguar. That would help this five-seat premium subcompact crossover compete on a more even footing with rivals such as the BMX X1, Lexus ...

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Blazer, Passport and other new crossovers are coming for you, 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

What changes will make the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe different? Probably very little, considering Hyundai has shelved its plan to offer this five-seat midsize crossover with a diesel-engine option. That likely limits changes for model-year 2020 to a couple new ...

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Unprecedented power, pure-electric propulsion on tap for 2020 BMW X3

2020 BMW X3

What changes will make the 2020 BMW X3 different? Two new variants — one for super-performance enthusiasts, the other for electric-vehicle disciples. They’ll expand this premium compact crossover’s lineup into niches already occupied by top rivals and broaden the market ...

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2020 Jeep Wrangler changes likely to take a backseat to Gladiator pickup while new rivals Bronco and Defender loom

2020 Jeep Wrangler

What changes will make the 2020 Jeep Wrangler different? Jeep is adding a Wrangler-based pickup truck for 2020, called the Gladiator. But the traditional lineup of Wrangler two- and four-door compact SUVs should carry over for ’20 with little more ...

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2020 Subaru Forester crossover: big changes ahead?

2020 Subaru Forester

What changes will make the 2020 Subaru Forester different? Very likely little of consequence following a ground-up redesign for model-year 2019. The 2020 edition of this compact crossover will profit from the larger dimensions, expanded safety features, and higher fuel ...

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2020 Kia Sorento crossover: hanging on but hanging in?

2020 Kia Sorento

What changes will make the 2020 Kia Sorento different? Likely very little because this midsize crossover just received styling and feature updates for model-year 2019. Other than a new color choice or two, expect the 2020 Sorento to be a ...

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Would more standard safety features help the 2020 Mazda CX-3 find more buyers?

2020 Mazda CX-3

What changes will make the 2020 Mazda CX-3 different? Hopefully, advanced driver-assistance features will become standard on all versions of this subcompact crossover, not just the most expensive trim. To Mazda’s credit, all ’20 CX-3s will continue with blind-spot and ...

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Redesigned 2020 Toyota Highlander: new look, larger siz

2020 Toyota Highlander

What changes will make the 2020 Toyota Highlander different? Everything from stem to stern. The all-new fourth-generation of Toyota’s popular midsize crossover SUV will debut for model-year 2020. It’ll have new styling, updated drivetrains, more convenience features, and should continue ...

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Styling updates highlight 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC revamp. Should you wait?

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC

What changes will make the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC different? Freshened styling, revised features, and potentially more power. These changes mark the midcycle update for Mercedes-Benz’s best-selling vehicle and America’s top-selling premium-compact crossover. The GLC launched for model-year 2016 and replaced ...

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2020 Ford Expedition full-size SUV: why you might prefer a 2019 or a 2021 model instead

2020 Ford Expedition

What changes will make the 2020 Ford Expedition different? Perhaps a new option or trim package as Expedition enjoys one more model year of full-size-SUV supremacy before facing off against the redesigned 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban. The ’21 General ...

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2019 Lexus RX Review, Prices and Release Date

2019 Lexus RX Buying Advice This is the best premium-midsize crossover for you if you believe one of the segment’s pioneers is still at the head of the class. Lexus shook the luxury-vehicle market with the 1998 launch of the ...

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2020 Nissan Rogue mission: stay relevant until radical replacement arrives

2020 Nissan Rogue

What changes will make the 2020 Nissan Rogue different? Maybe a new option package or two to celebrate what’s been a remarkable run for this compact crossover SUV. An all-new — and likely radically different — Rogue is in the ...

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All-new 2020 Chevrolet Trax subcompact crossover due for some Blazer bling

What changes will make the 2020 Chevrolet Trax different? Bet on full redesign and you’ll get new styling and features along with potentially more power and a more sophisticated transmission. Side with more conservative prognosticators, and today’s first-generation Trax will ...

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Will freshened 2020 Honda CR-V add hybrid, Sport models?

2020 Honda CR-V

What changes will make the 2020 Honda CR-V different? Freshened styling, a new sporty trim level, and perhaps a gas/electric hybrid drivetrain. Those would be part of the mid-lifecycle update for this critically and commercially successful compact crossover SUV if ...

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2020 Lincoln Navigator positioned to succeed, poised for new competition

2020 Lincoln Navigator

What changes will make the Lincoln Navigator different? Little of significance as Lincoln’s flagship SUV girds for the expected model-year 2021 redesign of its archrival, the Cadillac Escalade. Expect the 2020 Navigator to continue cruising on the success of its ...

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Democratized safety-feature spread would enhance 2020 Audi Q5 and SQ5

2020 Audi Q5

What changes will make the 2020 Audi Q5 different? Hopefully, what we urged Audi to do for the 2019 Q5: expand availability of key driver-assistance features beyond the costliest trim levels. Otherwise, expect little change to this popular premium-compact crossover ...

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2020 Volvo XC40 apt to add plug-in-hybrid versatility to its many charms

2020 Volvo XC40

What changes will make the 2020 Volvo XC40 different? The likely addition of a plug-in hybrid version as step toward eventual introduction of an all-electric variant. Volvo has confirmed it’ll add the electrified models to the gas-only versions of its ...

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The 2020 Hyundai Tucson should be a fine value, but the 2019 may be the smarter buy

What changes will make the 2020 Hyundai Tucson different? Expect little of consequence after Hyundai substantially refreshed its compact crossover SUV for model-year 2019. Among the updates were revised styling, a beneficial new engine choice, and wider availability of important ...

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2018 Toyota 86 Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2018 Toyota 86

2018 Toyota 86 Buying Advice This is the best sports car for you if you want an affordable automotive blank canvas. We hesitate to recommend the Toyota 86 as a daily driver, but it works admirably as a second car ...

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Redesigned 2020 Buick Encore: better look, bigger size, new safety features

2020 Buick Encore

What changes will make the 2020 Buick Encore different? Everything, via a clean-sheet redesign that’ll bring a roomier body with new, more graceful styling. An upgraded powertrain and additional features will be part of the changes, which launch the second ...

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Safety-feature generosity tops list of needs for 2020 Buick Envision

2020 Buick Envision

What changes will make the 2020 Buick Envision different? Probably not much. Expect little more than some new paint-color choices — and higher asking prices – following the model-year-2019 refresh of Buick’s premium compact crossover SUV. The midcycle changes updated ...

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Looks, comfort, power, mileage – all should improve in 2020 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban redesign

2020 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe

What changes will make the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban different? Just about everything. Expect these full-size body-on-frame SUVs to be completely redesigned for model-year 2020. Look for new styling, fresh drivetrains (including a possible turbocharged four-cylinder engine), and upgraded ...

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Back in the fold, and better for it: 2020 Jeep Cherokee

2020 Jeep Cherokee

What changes will make the 2020 Jeep Cherokee different? Little of note following a model-year 2019 update that added a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and defused a styling controversy. The ’19 changes were the first significant revisions to this popular compact-crossover ...

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Redesigned, restyled 2020 Subaru Outback looks to dump six-cylinder for a turbo four

2020 Subaru Outback

What changes will make the 2020 Subaru Outback different? Everything. Model-year 2020 marks the premiere of the all-new sixth-generation Outback with new styling and very likely new engines, including this midsize crossover’s first turbocharged four-cylinder in place of its six-cylinder. ...

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Does “Professional Grade” mean full safety coverage for every 2020 GMC Acadia?

2020 GMC Acadia

What changes will make 2020 GMC Acadia different? Revised exterior styling, the possible introduction of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and hopefully, expanded availability of key safety features. Considered a midcycle refresh, the changes will be the most significant since model-year ...

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2020 Acura RDX to defend premium compact-crossover turf with value, features, styling

2020 Acura RDX

What changes will make the 2020 Acura RDX different? Likely very little beyond a new paint shade or two — and higher asking prices. Model-year 2020 is the sophomore season for a premium compact crossover SUV that was fully redesigned ...

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