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Refreshed, or a little stale? 2021 Honda Accord counts on updates

By Chuck Giametta 2020 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T What changes will make the 2021 Honda Accord different? Updates to styling and connectivity should headline this popular sedan’s model-year-2021 refresh. Sources suggest the top-line Touring model might get a panoramic moonroof. ...

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Best seller. Best in class? 2021 Toyota Highlander hits and misses

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021Toyota Highlander different? A sporty XSE model expands the 2021 lineup of America’s top-selling three-row midsize crossover SUV. It joins a roster expected to be little-changed otherwise coming ...

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Old-school spirit: 2021 Toyota 4Runner upholds traditional SUV values

2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff What changes will make the 2021Toyota 4Runner different? A Trail trim level with accessories designed for those who spend time in parts unknown. Otherwise, this old-school midsize SUV should return ...

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Will the redesigned Lexus NX crossover be a 2021 or 2022 model?

2020 Lexus NX 300 F Sport By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Lexus NX different? Probably very little – unless Lexus proves prognosticators wrong. An all-new version of this small, premium-crossover SUV is in the works. But ...

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Style to burn. Self-parking, too. Is the 2021 Hyundai Sonata a wicked-good family car?

2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited 1.6T By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Hyundai Sonata different? Very little, because this front-wheel-drive midsize sedan is coming off a model-year 2020 redesign that re-established it as a family-car style leader. The ...

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Looks can deceive: 2021 Subaru Forester stealth pick for top all-around compact crossover

2020 Subaru Forester Touring by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Subaru Forester different? Subaru almost certainly is exploring returning a turbocharged engine to its popular compact crossover SUV. It dropped the turbo option when it introduced the ...

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2021 Cadillac XT5 pressed from all sides, still earns a look

2020 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff What changes will make the 2021 Cadillac XT5 different? Very little, following a model-year 2020 refresh that tweaked styling, updated features, introduced an entry-level engine, and added a new ...

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Midsize, mainstream and unexpectedly rewarding: 2021 Nissan Altima sedan

2020 Nissan Altima By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Nissan Altima different? Nothing noteworthy is expected as Nissan readies its roomy, comfortable midsize sedan for a model-year-2022 refresh. That midcycle update probably will focus on minor styling ...

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Mazda’s modern GLC: 2021 CX-30 is a Great Little Crossover

2020 Mazda CX-30 by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Mazda CX-30 different? Possibly more than expected, given that the 2021 Mazda CX-30 will be in just its second season. A new, more powerful engine option is rumored. ...

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2021 Chevrolet Equinox: freshened styling, sporty new RS model

by Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff 2021 Chevrolet Equinox RS What changes will make the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox different? Freshened exterior styling and the addition of a sport-themed RS trim level make news for the 2021 edition of this popular ...

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Fighting father time: 2021 Mazda 6 battles to stay relevant

2020 Mazda 6 Signature By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Mazda 6 different? Very little, even as Mazda strives to keep its stylish midsize sedan relevant against newer competition — and against the market’s rush to crossover ...

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2021 Range Rover Evoque: high style; questionable quality?

2020 Range Rover Evoque P250 by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Range Rover Evoque different? Perhaps return of the Autobiography flagship, but significant change isn’t likely until model-year 2022, when an all-electric model may be added. The ...

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Get past the nose, and what do you have? 2021 BMW X7 is an intriguing 7-seat crossover

2020 BMW X7 M50i by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 BMW X7 different? Maybe a new color choice or two and another round of feature-shuffling. But major changes to BMW’s full-size premium crossover SUV aren’t anticipated before ...

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Less is less: 2021 Cadillac XT6 struggles for premium midsize crossover legitimacy

2020 Cadillac XT6 Sport By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Cadillac XT6 different? A new color choice or two and maybe some feature-shuffling, but nothing likely to redeem this underwhelming premium midsize crossover. With three rows of ...

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2021 Subaru Outback: still the brainy crossover choice?

2020 Subaru Outback By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff What changes will make the 2021 Subaru Outback different? A sport-themed trim level could be added to the 2021 lineup of Subaru’s most-popular vehicle. Otherwise, expect little of consequence following the ...

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How will the 2021 Ram 1500 fight the all-new F-150 and updated Chevy Silverado?

2020 Ram 1500 Crew Cab By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff What changes will make the 2021 Ram 1500 different? Mostly just tweaks to trim, color, and features. The 2021 edition of Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) full-size pickup should mostly stand ...

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2021 Acura RDX makes its case as best premium-compact crossover value

By Chuck Giametta 2020 Acura RDX A-Spec What changes will make the 2021 Acura RDX different? We’d hope for blind-spot and rear cross-traffic detection as standard rather than optional, but that change might have to await the RDX’s expected model-year ...

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2021 Genesis G70: why buying a 2020 or waiting for the ’22 might be wise

2020 Genesis G70 by Ed Piowtrowski and CarPreview Staff What changes will make the 2021 Genesis G70 different? Probably just new color choices and higher asking prices for this sporty sedan in the final season before an expected model-year 2022 ...

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Freshened styling on tap for 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan different? 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line Freshened styling but no alterations to the body itself and probably no change to the powertrain. We would urge Volkswagen to filter ...

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Redesigned 2021 Acura MDX: still a premium-crossover value leader?

2021 Acura MDX, as leaked on AcuraZine.com By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff What changes will make the 2021 Acura MDX different? Most everything. Honda’s luxury division will redesign its flagship crossover for model-year 2021, with new exterior and interior ...

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The all-new Mazda CX-5 is coming soon. Will it be a ’21?

2020 Mazda CX-5 By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff What changes will make the 2021 Mazda CX-5 different? A complete redesign of this compact crossover is just over the horizon – but only Mazda knows when it’ll arrive. If it ...

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Rhymes with fun day: 2021 Hyundai Elantra GT a high-value hoot in N-Line form

By Ed Piotrowski What changes will make the 2021 Hyundai Elantra GT different? 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line Good question. The hatchback companion to Hyundai’s Elantra sedan could stand-pat or get a midcycle refresh — only Hyundai knows for ...

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2021 Honda CR-V compact crossover: again the overall best in class?

By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Honda CR-V different? 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Maybe some new colors, hopefully a Sport edition. Realistically, little newsworthy following a significant model-year-2020 refresh that updated styling, extended safety features, and introduced ...

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Three doors down: 2021 Hyundai Veloster moving to a better neighborhood

By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff 2020 Hyundai Veloster What changes will make the 2021 Hyundai Veloster different? Freshened styling and perhaps wider availability of safety and convenience features. Expect the most noticeable appearance changes to be to the nose, ...

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How good will the 2021 Toyota Camry be beneath its snazzy skin?

by CarPreview staff 2020 Toyota Camry TRD What changes will make the 2021 Toyota Camry different? America’s top-selling car should largely stand pat for 2021, returning a broad lineup of gas and hybrid models, plus available all-wheel-drive (AWD). In the ...

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Where’s the zoom-zoom? 2021 Mazda 3 needs to stir, not just soothe

by Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff What changes will make the 2021 Mazda 3 different? Little of consequence ahead of a likely model-year 2022 refresh. The revamp isn’t apt to be sweeping; whether it’ll stir demand for Mazda’s troubled compact ...

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Beauty seeking beast: 2021 Audi Q8 and RS Q8 5-seat premium midsize crossover

2020 Audi Q8 by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Audi Q8 different? Addition of a high-performance RS model with near 600 horsepower, for sure. Continued migration of features to the least expensive model, perhaps. New packages that ...

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Too dull? What will the aging 2021 Ford Edge bring to the fight against newer five-seat midsize crossovers?

Ford Edge with Titanium Elite appearance package By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff What changes will make the 2021 Ford Edge different? Very little. This five-passenger, midsize crossover is treading water until an all-new Edge arrives in calendar 2022 for ...

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New Volkswagen subcompact crossover: 2021 Apollo on launchpad

By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff Expect the 2021 Volkswagen Apollo to be based on a subcompact crossover VW sells in China as the Tharu What is the 2021 Volkswagen “Apollo”? A new entry-level crossover slotting below Volkswagen’s compact Tiguan ...

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Styling freshened, all-wheel drive added, plug-in hybrid returns: 2021 Chrysler Pacifica preview

by Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Red S Edition What changes will make the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica different? Freshened styling inside and out and available all-wheel drive (AWD) will update the 2021 edition of this stylish minivan. ...

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The art of the wheel: 2021 Volkswagen Arteon makes a subtly stylish statement

By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff What changes will make the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon different? Probably not much, aside from a new color or tow and higher prices. We do, however, urge Volkswagen to make key safety features, such as ...

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Will new QX55 fastback help rescue 2021 Infiniti QX50 premium-compact crossover?

By Chuck Giametta 2020 Infiniti QX50 What changes will make the 2021 Infiniti QX50 different? A fastback companion for the returning squared-off body style. The QX55 would give Infiniti a premium-compact crossover rival to costlier fastbacks from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. ...

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2021 BMW 3 Series to add hot M3 and green plug-in hybrid, both available with all-wheel drive

by Chuck Giametta 2021 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid What changes will make the 2021 BMW 3 Series different? Return of the high-performance M3 and a low-emissions plug-in-hybrid. They’ll help BMW flesh out the lineup of its compact premium sedan, which ...

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Addition of plug-in hybrid keynotes 2021 Toyota RAV4 changes

By CarPreview staff 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid What changes will make the 2021 Toyota RAV4 different? Addition of a plug-in hybrid as the most powerful version of this popular compact crossover. Packing 302 horsepower, capable of traveling 39 ...

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TRD excitement on tap for 2021 Toyota Corolla?

2021 Toyota Corolla What changes will make the 2021 Toyota Corolla different? Toyota could expand Corolla’s first-ever gas/electric hybrid model to encompass more trim levels. Less likely but very tantalizing is the possibility of high-performance Corolla TRD models that would ...

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2021 Kia Soul: less than a crossover, more than just a funky face

2021 Kia Soul What changes will make the 2021 Kia Soul different? Little if anything. Kia redesigned its cheeky little wagon for model-year 2020, updating its styling and feature set while improving the driving experience. The ’21 should carryover virtually ...

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2021 Ram 2500 and 3500 aim to hold their own against newer Ford, GM rivals

2021 Ram 2500 and 3500 What changes will make the 2021 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty different? Feature tweaks and new paint colors will likely be the extent of what’s new for the 2021 edition of Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) ...

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Don’t fence us in: 2021 Hyundai Palisade expands midsize-crossover choices

2020 Hyundai Palisade Limited By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff What changes will make the 2021 Hyundai Palisade different? Perhaps a new flagship trim level, but otherwise nothing major for the sophomore season of this striking midsize crossover that seats ...

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Honda positioning redesigned 2021 Civic to defend its compact-car crown

2020 Honda Civic Sedan By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview Staff What changes will make the 2021 Honda Civic different? Perhaps everything. Honda is likely to redesign its iconic compact for model-year 2021. The Civic would enter its 11th design generation ...

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Will 2021 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta GLI get more Geist?

2021 Volkswagen Jetta What changes will make the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta different? Nothing significant is likely – although we would urge Volkswagen to match top competitors and make key safety features, particularly autonomous emergency braking, standard on every 2021 Jetta. ...

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Smarter than it looks: 2021 Hyundai Kona subcompact crossover

2021 Hyundai Kona What changes will make the 2021 Hyundai Kona different? There’s an outside chance of new transmissions aimed at improving performance and fuel economy. If that doesn’t play out, the 2021 edition of this subcompact crossover would be ...

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2021 Chevrolet Silverado needs a fresh face and a revamped cabin

2021 Chevrolet Silverado What changes will make the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado different? A fresh look inside and out could be on tap for the 2021 edition of this full-size pickup truck. The changes would come just two model years after ...

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Styling keyed to trim level, snorty ZR2, turbodiesel torque: 2021 Chevrolet Colorado aims to stand out in the compact-pickup arena

By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 What changes will make the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado different? Styling tweaked to increase model differentiation, fresh bowtie emblems, and “Chevrolet”-embossed tailgates. The off-road ZR2 model, meanwhile, becomes the only 2021 ...

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2021 Kia Telluride three-row midsize crossover: surprise contender for best in class

2021 Kia Telluride What changes will make the 2021 Kia Telluride different? Perhaps a new color or two, maybe a little feature repackaging. Overall, though, this impressive midsize crossover will stand pat for its sophomore season. Telluride debuted for model-year ...

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Ford Mustang galloping toward change, but tradition reins for 2021

2021 Ford Mustang What changes will make the 2021 Ford Mustang different? Little if any is expected ahead of a major revamp rumored for model-year 2022. Speculation about that revamp – by far the biggest alteration since the model-year 2015 ...

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Tariff tiff complicates future for China-built 2021 Buick Envision crossover

2021 Buick Envision What changes will make the 2021 Buick Envision different? Expect little aside from new paint colors and loftier sticker prices. However, there’s an outside chance this premium compact crossover could be fully redesigned for model-year 2021, with ...

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More than a pared-down Pilot? 2021 Honda Passport makes its case

2021 Honda Passport What changes will make the 2021 Honda Passport different? A lower-priced entry-level trim level would be nice, but Honda’s more likely to reissue this five-seat midsize crossover without changes for its third model year. The 2021 Passport ...

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Old but still gold? 2021 Lexus RX aims to hold

What changes will make the 2021 Lexus RX different? 2020 Lexus RX 350L By Chuck Giametta Little more than a new paint color or two on the heels of a model-year-2020 refresh for America’s top-selling premium midsize crossover SUV. The ...

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AMG heat, coupe-body fashion among updates for 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE What changes will make the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE different? Filling out the lineup following this midsize premium crossover’s complete model-year 2020 redesign. The GLE will get at least one higher-performance model and will be joined by all-new ...

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Handsome, roomy, refined, and well-priced, the 2021 Hyundai Elantra promises strong compact-sedan value

2021 Hyundai Elantra What changes will make the 2021 Hyundai Elantra different? Likely very little after Hyundai made some notable improvements to its compact sedan for model-years 2019 and ‘20. In fact, expect this comely little four-door to remain unaltered ...

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