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Jeff Maddrell writes for Carpreview.com's News section. Primary working as an editor and an website administrator, Jeff has been covering the automotive industry for the past five years. If you questions for Jeff, write to him at [email protected]

After freshened styling and updated safety, the 2018 Chevrolet Trax faces tough new competition

2018 Chevrolet Trax

What changes will make the 2018 Chevrolet Trax different? Nothing of consequence because it’s coming off a model-year 2017 freshening. Those updates included revised styling, a revamped dashboard, and newly available safety and convenience features. The ’17 changes should sustain ...

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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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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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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

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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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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The 2016 TLX Is a Practical Offering From Acura Meant To Compete Against the Numerous Other Quality Luxury Sedans

What changes will make it different? It was a bold when Acura decided to axe two popular models in the TL and TSX and replace them with the TLX. The move seems to be paying off, as the 2015 TLX ...

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Will The ’16 Elantra Improvements Stand Out In The Competitive Compact Car Class?

What Will Change? According to the latest reports, a re-engineering will come in late 2015 or early the following year as a model-year ’16. Unveiled for 2011, freshened for 2014, the current generation Elantra’s re-engineering will be the last alteration ...

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Will The Grand Cherokee Gas Mileage Improvement Be The Only Changes For ’16?

What will Change? Only minor exterior appearance upgrades are expected but more powerful engine choices with better fuel efficiency are also in the works in time for the 2016 model. Consumers will have to wait until 2017 or possibly even ...

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Is the Dependability Of the ’16 Enough To Overcome the Bland Design And Keep the Corolla a Class Leader?

What is expected to change? Very minor styling changes are possible, but not probable. The front fascia and grille could get slight revisions, but barring an unexpected Corolla Furia Concept-influenced aesthetic upgrade, the 2016 version of Toyota’s popular compact car ...

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Styling, Fuel Economy, Pricing, Release Date Projections and More For the ’16 Camry

What changes will make it different? No major changes are expected for this popular four-door family sedan from Japan. Freshened for 2015, a full update is not expected until 2018. The ’15 model did not alter the general shape of ...

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Honda’s popular compact crossover CR-V goes upscale with a meaner appearance and a new premium model

What changes make it different? Bolder styling, better fuel economy yet more torque, and a new top-line model packed with safety features. This is America’s best-selling SUV and the changes are intended to make it more appealing to affluent buyers. ...

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The Soul of Kia’s Lineup May Have a New Special Edition For ’16

What will change? Not much. An all-new Soul was released in October of 2013 as a 2014 mode. The next redesign is not expected until the end of the decade. In the meantime Kia will release special edition models every ...

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Safety Technology Like Lane Departure Warning Are Added For the Kia Optima For ’16

What changes will make it different? Probably a major re-engineering, with possible addition of an Eco model. With the third generation debuting in 2011, the Kia Optima is due a major overhaul, and it’ll likely come for model-year 2016. Look ...

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Pricing For the All-New 2015 Subaru Outback

Pricing has been announced for the all-new Subaru Outback. The fifth-generation of this sport utility wagon arrives with what Subaru calls their most “compelling blend of on-road agility, off-pavement control, ride comfort, interior refinement and safety technology.” Highlights of the ...

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New Nissan Design Center in Rio de Janeiro

Already headquarters to Nissan in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro will be home to a new design center. The design center known as Nissan Design America Rio will look to help bring some of Brazil’s vibrant culture to future designs. All ...

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Pricing Announced For the 2015 Nissan Versa Note

Pricing for the 2015 Nissan Versa Note has been announced. The latest Note is a copy of the debut 2014 with the only changes affecting what features are available with what model. In fact, the major change is the addition of ...

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The 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe look to continue to lead the large SUV class

2015 GMC Tahoe

Expected out in the first quarter of of 2014, to be built in Arlington, TX, the Chevrolet suburban and the Chevrolet Tahoe will be all new for model year 2015. Already dominating the full-size SUV category (something GM is happy ...

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