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Author Archives: Chuck Giametta

This nationally recognized, award-winning writer brings to Carpreview.com two decades of automotive testing and reporting for newspapers, books, magazines, and the Internet. The former Executive Auto Editor of Consumer Guide, Chuck has covered cars for HowStuffWorks.com, Collectible Automobile magazine, and the Publications International Ltd. automotive book series. This ex-newspaper reporter has also appeared as an automotive expert on network television and radio. He’s a charter member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association, the president of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Media association, and a juror for the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards. Chuck writes from Colorado Springs, Colo. If you have a question for Chuck, write to him at [email protected]

A diesel option would be nice, but the 2018 Mazda CX-9 has more basic needs

What changes will make the 2018 Mazda CX-9 different? A diesel-engine option is a near certainty. When is the question. Mazda has confirmed it’ll add a diesel option to its CX-5 compact crossover during 2017. The high-torque, high-mileage four-cylinder seems ...

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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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Jeep to restyle 2018 Renegade crossover. Will it add new models and bolster safety features, too?

2018 Jeep Renegade

What changes will make the 2018 Jeep Renegade different? Freshened styling, maybe some feature upgrades, and quite likely yet another special trim edition. They’ll be the first notable changes to Jeep’s popular subcompact crossover SUV since its model-year 2015 introduction. Renegade ...

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In limbo: 2018 Ford Escape stands pat pending the approach of an all-new model

2018 Ford Escape

What changes will make the 2018 Ford Escape different? Very few, considering the major updates it got for model-year 2017 — and the even bigger ones just over the horizon. That leaves the 2018 version of this popular compact crossover ...

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Why a 2017 Santa Fe or Santa Fe Sport might be a better buy than a 2018

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

What changes will make the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe different? None likely, because this generation of Hyundai’s midsize crossover SUV is heading into its final season before a full model-year 2019 redesign. The ’18 version will cruise on updates that ...

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What crossover can shame truckier-looking rivals? Subaru’s 2018 Outback can

2018 Subaru Outback

What changes will make the 2018 Subaru Outback different? Probably little of note, given updates it got for model-year 2017 – and the bigger ones likely for model-year ’19. Among the more underrated midsize crossovers, this five seater will continue ...

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Midsize-sedan blues: 2018 Nissan Altima left singing familiar tune until 2019 redesign

2018 Nissan Altima

What changes will make it different? Few if any, as this popular midsize sedan prepares to sail into the sunset. The current Altima design generation bowed for model-year 2013, got a fairly thorough upgrade for 2016, and is on track ...

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Rogue’s on a roll, but a new crossover companion may alter the 2018 model’s market position

2018 Nissan Rogue

What changes will make the 2018 Nissan Rogue different? Few, if any, following a major refresh for model-year 2017. Those changes included updated styling and addition of a hybrid variant and they’ll sustain this popular compact crossover to its next ...

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Fresh looks? New safety features? An additional trim level? All may be on the table for 2018 as Ford seeks to stem Explorer’s sales stumble

2018 Ford Explorer

What changes will make the 2018 Ford Explorer different? The slim chance of a minor cosmetic refresh to sustain showroom appeal until the next full redesign, which is likely for model-year 2020. More important, we’d urge Ford to make the ...

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Ford to sharpen its 2018 Edge with fresh looks and a new tranny; more safety and luxury, too?

2018 Ford Edge

What changes will make the 2018 Ford Edge different? Freshened styling and a transmission upgrade from an automatic with six speeds to one with nine. The changes would be midcycle updates to a popular five-passenger midsize crossover SUV last fully ...

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Third seating row to expand capacity – and appeal – of 2018 Lexus RX midsize luxury crossover

2018 Lexus RX

What changes make the 2018 Lexus RX different? A third seating row to create the first seven-passenger version of America’s best-selling premium SUV. Increasing capacity from five gives Toyota’s luxury division its first direct competitor to the Acura RDX, Infiniti ...

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Buyers loved Highlander’s 2017 changes; how will they respond to Toyota’s modest plans for the ’18?

2018 Toyota Highlander

What changes will make the 2018 Toyota Highlander different? Probably nothing more than a new color choice or two, following a pretty thorough model-year 2017 freshening. The updates, which included tweaked styling and powertrain upgrades, helped spark an 11 percent ...

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Subaru’s 2018 Forester is a lame duck. Maybe buying a ’17, or waiting for the all-new ’19, is the wise move

2018 Subaru Forester

What changes will make the 2018 Subaru Forester different? Very few, since it’s coming off a model-year 2017 refresh and headed for a complete model-year 2019 redesign. That leaves the 2018 edition of this compact crossover likely treading water, with ...

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Tough act to follow: how will 2018 Honda CR-V defend its claim as best all-around compact crossover SUV?

2018 Honda CR-V

What changes will make the 2018 Honda CR-V different? Precious few, considering this compact crossover is coming off a complete redesigned for model-year 2017. The first all-new CR-V since the 2012 model, the ’17 introduced a restyled and roomier body, ...

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7 Best 2017 Cheap Sports Cars Under $30K

Wanna play? You don’t have to pay that much. These magnificent seven cars focus on pure sports driving and are affordable. Each boasts the handling balance of rear-wheel drive, an intimate cabin, and styling that says, “let’s have fun.” Five ...

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How well do the 2017 Toyota Corolla and Corolla iM handle in the snow?

Good, given they’re front-wheel drive, though no better than the run of compact-car rivals. Like almost every car in the class, the 2017 Toyota Corolla sedan and Corolla iM hatchback have front-wheel drive. That puts the engine’s mass over the ...

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Are updated styling and a turbo keys to sustaining 2018 Cherokee’s success?

What changes will make the 2018 Jeep Cherokee different? Fresh styling, suspension revisions, maybe even a new engine. These will be the first major updates to this compact crossover since its model-year 2014 introduction. Positioned as the smaller companion to ...

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How Does the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Handle in the Snow?

Exceptionally well with all-wheel drive (AWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD) and suitable tires. Not so great in standard rear-wheel drive form. Not as well as you might imagine with all-terrain tires. And worse than you might imagine with high-performance “three-season” ...

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Too much Muzak? Hyundai aims to recapture styling excitement with jazzed-up ’18 Sonata

2017 Hyundai Sonata

What changes will make the 2018 Hyundai Sonata different? Styling updates intended to recapture the impact of the 2011 Sonata. That car was a design breakthrough that made most rival midsize sedans look outdated. It was a sales hit, too. ...

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How Does the 2017 Jeep Cherokee Handle in the Snow?

Good in front-wheel-drive form and exceptional with all-wheel drive (AWD). This popular compact crossover is also the class leader in off-road performance, although the particular AWD system and tires that work best in dirt and mud aren’t necessarily optimal for ...

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How does the 2017 Kia Sorento handle in the snow?

Admirably. Even without the optional all-wheel-drive system, its front-drive configuration inherently enables this midsize crossover SUV to traverse slick or snowy surfaces without much fuss. That’s because the weight of the engine and transmission are massed over the tires that ...

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How do the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport handle in the snow?

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

Both the Santa Fe Sport and the larger Santa Fe should perform adequately in the snow with their standard front-wheel-drive configuration and quite well with their optional all-wheel-drive (AWD), the latter a boon to those in the Snow Belt, especially ...

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How does the 2017 Subaru Outback handle in the snow?

2017 Subaru Outback

Remarkably well, thanks to its highly capable all-wheel drive (AWD), generous ground clearance, and capable all-season tires. Every version of this five-passenger midsize crossover SUV comes with Subaru’s Active Torque Split AWD. The system continuously varies engine power front-to-rear to ...

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How does the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado handle in the snow?

Quite well, if you get one with 4WD and best if it’s equipped with all-season tires instead of all-terrain tires. The advantages of 4WD are pronounced when it comes to pickup trucks. With their heavy engine and transmission forward of ...

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How does the 2017 Honda Pilot handle in the snow?

The Pilot is about as capable in the snow as one can expect from a large three-row SUV. For starters, its front-drive architecture automatically gives the ’17 Pilot better traction over slick or snowy surfaces than would a traditional truck-based ...

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Redesigned 2018 X3 to showcase BMW’s next wave of style, tech, and performance

2017 BMW X3

What changes will make the 2018 BMW X3 different? Everything. An all-new generation of this premium compact crossover is due in early calendar 2017. It’ll have crisper lines, new gas engines, and a bigger, more luxurious interior. A plug-in hybrid ...

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2017 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Review

The Mustang EcoBoost is right for… Drivers who crave a fine-handling pony car and consider a gas-slurping 435-horsepower V-8 overkill. The Mustang EcoBoost is arguably the best-balanced version of Ford’s four-seat coupe and convertible and uses a lively turbocharged four-cylinder ...

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2017 Ford Escape SE Review

The Escape SE is right for… Drivers who favor the spice of sporty performance over the vanilla of family values. It’s the best buy in one of America’s most popular compact-crossover lineups. Like all ’17 Escapes, the SE has freshened ...

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Safest 2017 Minivans

The safest minivan is the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. That’s a qualified judgement based on its class-leading safety features and not on independent crash testing, which had not been conducted in time for this report. Of minivans tested under the government’s ...

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The Best Big 8-Passenger 2017 Minivans

The best big eight-passenger minivan is the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. This stylish family hauler isn’t the only minivan to offer two front bucket seats, three three-across second-row seating, and space for three in the third row. But it’s got the ...

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The Most Reliable Minivans

The most reliable minivan is the Toyota Sienna. Finishing ahead of Chrysler, Honda, Nissan, and Kia minivans, it’s the overall award recipient in the latest Vehicle Dependability Study from J.D. Power, the industry’s most respected surveyor of customer satisfaction. Results ...

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2017 Toyota Camry XLE Review

See Also: Our Review on the 2017 Toyota Camry The Camry XLE is right for… People who appreciate the virtues of a midsize sedan and want one that excels at them all. Camry is America’s No.1-selling car and the XLE ...

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The latest Explorer XLT Ford will benefit Family-focused shoppers

2017 Trim

See Also: Our Review on the 2017 Ford Explorer The 2017 Ford Explorer XLT is right for… Family-focused shoppers looking for a balance of comfort, driving ease, and available safety features. This is a great value in a roomy, nice-driving ...

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All-New 2017 Kia Sportage a Top Honda CR-V Alternative

2017 Kia Sportage

2017 Kia Sportage Buying Advice This is the best compact crossover for you if you want an all-new alternative to standbys like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Redesigned for 2017, this five-seater is the biggest and best Sportage yet, ...

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Upgraded standard safety features, third seating row coming for Lexus RX. Will they be here for 2017?

2017 Lexus RX

What changes will make the 2017 Lexus RX different? A seven-passenger version of this popular midsize luxury crossover is coming – but not until late 2017, and probably as a 2018 model. Meantime, the 2017 edition of America’s bestselling premium ...

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2017 Kia Sportage Video and Review

The 2017 Kia Sportage is the best compact crossover for you if you’re ready with a response when someone asks what’s a Kia and why didn’t you buy a Honda? This is the all-new version of the South Korean automaker’s ...

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Styling, refinement, and safety boosts on tap for ’17 Forester

2017 Subaru Forester

2017 Subaru Forester Buying Advice This is the best compact compact crossover for you if you want a brilliantly packaged backpack of a car. Spend extra for the turbocharged engine, and you’ll add a dose of performance at odds with ...

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Great crossover, Honda. But why so stingy with blind-spot protection? Is there change in store for the 2017 Pilot?

2017 Honda Pilot

What changes will make the 2017 Honda Pilot different? Very few, following a praiseworthy model-year 2016 redesign. That was the first complete remake of this midsize crossover since model-year 2009. The ’17 Pilot will carry on with the sleeker styling, ...

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Styling, V-6, transmission, hybrid accessibility — all change for 2017 Toyota Highlander

What changes will make the 2017 Toyota Highlander different? Updated styling, more standard safety features, and an upgraded powertrain. The model line expands, too, with a sport-themed version and lower-cost Hybrid trim levels. These are the most extensive changes to ...

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Tough Trailhawk, more sumptuous Summit bolster 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Last Update September 1st, 2016 What changes make the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee different? New peaks in off-road ability and luxury. They’re late-in-life updates to this aging but popular midsize crossover SUV. Introduction of the Trailhawk model creates the most ...

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Redesigned 2017 X3 to showcase BMW’s next wave of style, tech, and performance

Last Update August 4th, 2016 What changes make the 2017 BMW X3 different? Introduction of wireless smartphone charging and WiFi-hotspot capability head the short list of 2017 updates as BMW readies an all-new version of this premium compact crossover for ...

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AMG heat, diesel range to expand 2017 Mercedes GLC compact-crossover line

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC

What changes will make 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC different? Addition of a high-mileage diesel model and a high-performance AMG variant. They’ll expand the lineup of a premium compact crossover fully redesigned for model-year 2016. Replacing the 2010-2015 GLK, the GLC launched ...

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Stand-pat Subaru: 2017 Outback to see little change. Why that’s OK

2017 Subaru Outback

Last Update August 21st, 2016 What changes make the 2017 Subaru Outback different? A new flagship model, autonomous braking to prevent a collision while backing up, and automatic high-beam-headlight dimming. They update an underrated five-passenger midsize crossover that continues with ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 BMW 3 Series

1. What’s new for 2016? Freshened styling, chassis upgrades, expanded features, and a new 6-cylinder engine. This roster of compact four-door sedans and station wagons constitutes BMW’s best-selling vehicle line. They get appearance changes minor enough to escape casual notice. ...

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Better looks, higher tech, smarter safety systems update 2017 Escape

Last Updated June 19th, 2016 2017 Ford Escape Buying Advice This is the best compact crossover for you if you want a thoroughly updated edition of one of America’s top-selling SUVs. Freshened styling, upgraded features, and better engines keep it ...

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Are updated styling and a turbo keys to sustaining ’17 Cherokee’s success?

Last Update September 1st, 2016 What changes make the 2017 Jeep Cherokee different? Extra standard equipment at no extra cost, including xenon headlamps on all but the entry-level model and luxury upgrades for the popular Trailhawk version. Jeep’s largess is ...

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Murano nails the fashion part, what’s next? Look ahead to 2017 and beyond

What changes will make the 2017 Nissan Murano different? Nothing of note, just two seasons after an all-new design was introduced for model-year 2015. That was the first redesign of this midsize crossover since 2009. It brought wild new styling ...

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Unloved but unbowed, is the 2017 Flex right for you?

What changes will make 2017 Ford Flex different? Maybe a new color choice or two, an outside chance of added safety features. But the end is near for this odd duck. A low-set, three-row crossover, Flex was Ford’s brave attempt ...

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Rogue sales are torrid and changes are on the horizon. Will they come for 2017?

2017 Nissan Rogue

What changes will make 2017 Nissan Rogue different? Lots in the pipeline, including styling updates and possible addition of a hybrid model. Precisely when is the question. All new for model-year 2014, Rogue is due a midcycle freshening before its ...

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Styling is solid, sales are up, but will 2017 Kia Sorento be missing something?

Last Update August 23rd, 2016 What changes will make the 2017 Kia Sorento different? Additional safety features would be welcome, but don’t expect much else after a total remake for model-year 2016. That was the first redesign of this midsize crossover ...

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Will Nissan’s sweeping 2016 update be enough to sustain Altima’s appeal for 2017?

2016 Nissan Altima

What changes will make 2017 Nissan Altima different? Few if any, following uncommonly bold updates for model-year 2016. Debuting as a 2013 model, today’s generation of this popular midsize sedan is on pace for a full redesign in model-year 2019. ...

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Can Fiesta survive on styling updates until it’s remade – or retired?

What changes will make 2017 Ford Fiesta different? A cosmetic facelift is possible as Ford attempts to juice interest in a design headed for its sunset years. It’ll be a modest tweak and could be accompanied by a new feature ...

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Will a 10-speed automatic and a reprised Raptor keep the ’17 F-150 on top?

2017 Ford F-150

What changes will make 2017 Ford F-150 different? Fuel-saving automatic engine stop-start on most models and an upgrade from a 6-speed automatic transmission to a 10-speed automatic for improved response and gas mileage. Oh, yes, returning from a one-year hiatus ...

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Horsepower, hybrids, luxury, and looks modernize ’17 Fusion. Is it enough?

What changes will make the 2017 Ford Fusion different? Fresh styling, new features, and two new models — one of them the most powerful car in the class. It’s the most significant update to this popular midsize sedan since its ...

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More updates in store for Explorer before its next redesign? Maybe there should be.

2017 Ford Explorer

Last Update July 8th, 2016 2017 Ford Explorer Buying Advice This is the best crossover for you if you appreciate a modern take on classic squared-off styling — and the interior volume that comes with it. It’s a good choice, ...

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How bold with Honda get with the completely redesigned 2017 CR-V?

2016 Honda CR-V

Last Update August 6th, 2016 What changes will make the 2017 Honda CR-V different? Most everything. America’s top-selling crossover will be fully redesigned but won’t veer from its role as a roomy, economical compact with wide appeal. It’ll grow slightly, ...

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Best Mileage Crossovers: Top 11 Fuel-Efficient New Crossover SUVS

Good news: you need not go electric — or even hybrid — to drive a crossover that ranks among the most fuel-efficient. And you needn’t spend a bundle: some of the most frugal cost under $27,000. We base our Top ...

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Gas stop: The 11 Best Mileage Cars for 2016

Some 2016 cars are so fuel efficient their owners never need visit a gas station. They’re electric vehicles, of course, but some plug-in hybrids are nearly that miserly. Our Top 11 Fuel-Efficient New Cars are chosen for combined city/highway fuel-economy ...

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From also-ran to front-runner? Tucson challenges top compact crossovers for style, refinement, features

2017 Hyundai Tuson

What changes will make the 2017 Hyundai Tucson different? Few, if any, considering this compact crossover was fully redesigned for model-year 2016. The ’17 will carry over the attractive new styling and better road manners that came with the redesign. ...

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Do 2017 price cuts keep Sonata appealing, or should you wait for the updated ’18?

Last Update August 18th, 2016 What changes make it different? Lower prices! It costs $2,300 less to get into the lively turbocharged Sport model, and $600 less to buy the high-mileage Eco version of this roomy midsize sedan for 2017. ...

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Better-looking and safer, too: improved Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport due for ‘17

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

Last Update August 22nd, 2016 What changes make the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe different? Fresh styling, higher fuel economy, and first-time availability some of the latest high-tech accident-avoidance safety systems highlight midcycle updates. Last redesigned for model-year 2013, this midsize ...

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Equinox evolution: 2017 is last stand for tweener size and V-6 power before radical redesign

What changes will make the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox different? None – and that’s evidently a bold assessment on our part, given widespread reports that the ’17 Equinox will be all-new and radically different. We believe the next-generation of this crossover SUV ...

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

1. What’s new for 2016? Freshened styling inside and out; an updated, a slightly more fuel-efficient engine; and a new flagship trim level. These are the first big updates to this premium compact crossover SUV since its model-year 2012 redesign. ...

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Great rental. Good enough to own? Malibu continues fight for respect in 2017

What changes will make the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu different? None, if any, since it’ll be in only its second season after a stem-to-stern model-year 2016 redesign. A new color choice or two and the remote possibility of some minor equipment shuffling ...

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RAV4 makes run for best compact-crossover title; will the ’17 finally do it?

Last Update August 21st, 2016 What changes makes the 2017 Toyota Rav4 different? Expansion of high-tech safety features to all models, not just the most expensive, and addition of a new flagship trim level. The safety adjuncts include automatic emergency ...

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Plug-in to juice up 2017 Prius line, extending reach of radical new hybrid

Last Update August 22nd, 2016 What changes make the 2017 Toyota Prius different? Newly standard safety gear and re-introduction of a plug-in model designed to travel 22 miles on electricity alone. This report covers the 2017 Toyota Prius Liftback hatchback ...

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Versatile hatchback, hot Si, and torrid Type R set to upgrade 2017 Honda Civic

What changes will make it different? An additional body style and sporty new models. They’ll join the mainstay four-door sedan and two-door coupe that were redesigned for model-year 2016. They kicked off the 10th generation of this popular compact car, ...

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2017 Honda Accord Is Redesigned – Review, Prices, Buying Advice

 Last Update August 19th, 2016 What changes make 2017 Honda Accord different? This venerable nameplate turns 40 for model-year 2017, and Honda celebrates by resurrecting a gas-electric Hybrid model and adding a new midlevel trim, the Sport Special Edition. About ...

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11 Best Sports Cars for 2016

Under assault from SUVs, the marketplace appeal of sports cars has narrowed even as their capabilities have expanded. Here are 11 examples of today’s best, based on value for money, technical innovation, and above all, driving fun. All are thoroughbreds, ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Subaru Impreza

1. What’s new for 2016? Peace-of-mind connectivity that, among other services, can remotely unlock your car and automatically notify authorities if you’ve been in a crash. Available on Impreza’s top two trim levels, the Subaru StarLink Safety and Security system ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Range Rover Evoque

1. What’s new for 2016? Updated styling and new safety and infotainment features. With its couture looks and premium accoutrements, this SUV helped launch the now-crowded premium-compact-crossover segment, and the 2016 changes are its most extensive since its model-year 2012 ...

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

1. What’s new for 2016? Styling updates, a new turbocharged-engine option, and introduction of Explorer’s fanciest trim level ever. These are the first significant alterations since a model-year 2011 redesign transformed Explorer from truck-type body-on-frame engineering to carlike unibody construction, ...

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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 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

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 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

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

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 BMW X3

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 Volkswagen Touareg

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 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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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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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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12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Hyundai Azera

1. What’s new for 2015? A move upscale for a full-size sedan already doing a fair impression of an entry-luxury car. Base and Limited trim levels return, with the base gaining as standard the navigation system previously exclusive to the ...

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12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Honda Odyssey

1. What’s new for 2015? This stylish and accommodating minivan is unchanged following a modest revision for model-year 2014 that included addition of a six-speed automatic transmission and the much-publicized HondaVAC in-vehicle vacuum cleaning system. This remains one of the ...

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2015 BMW X5 Test Drive

The 2015 BMW X5 is the best SUV for you if you like being master of most of what you survey. This is a big, solid block of an SUV, proudly square in a field of increasingly rounded rivals. That ...

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Why the allroad Is a 2015 Audi Wagon And a Crossover

The 2015 Audi allroad is the best car for you if your ideal is a mix of station wagon and crossover SUV. Judging by its very modest sales numbers it isn’t the ideal of a great number of people. But ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Kia Sorento

1. What’s new for 2016? A bigger, better-looking body, a more sophisticated interior, and addition of a turbocharged four-cylinder-engine option. This is the first all-new version of this midsize crossover since model-year 2011 and the South Korean automaker aims to ...

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2015 Acura TLX Test Drive

The 2015 TLX is the best car for you if you want to be a part of Acura’s return to the front ranks of sports sedans. It’s been a while — probably since at least 2008, with the last of ...

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Don’t buy before learning what makes these 21 the best 2015 cars

Here are the best 2015 cars in seven key automotive segments. Overall excellence and value for the dollar are our guiding principles. The base-price range includes the manufacturers’ destination fee, which average around $800. Fuel-economy ratings are the EPA city/highway ...

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Choose Your Adventure: Small or Large Crossover, Regular or Sport

The Hyundai Santa Fe for model-year 2014 is the best SUV for you if you want a crossover that’s probably under your radar but likely to exceed your expectations. In fact, Hyundai thinks the vehicle is so nice, it named ...

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You’re Gonna Like the Way You Look: Good Thing This Car Is More Than a Pretty Face. Next Big Changes Are a Year Off

What changes will make it different? Probably very few, considering updated styling and features are coming for model-year 2017. This sporty midsize sedan will likely continue mechanically unaltered as well. Why should I wait for the 2016 model? Little reason, ...

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Running In Place: Can Great Road Manners And a Euro Attitude Sustain This Compact Crossover Until Its Next Big Update?

  What changes will make it different? A midcycle update is coming, likely reaching showrooms during the first half of calendar 2016. The revamped edition of this popular, fun-to-drive compact SUV likely will be labeled a 2017 model, though there’s ...

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11 Best Cars For Baby Boomers

With the kids graduated from college and moving on in life, it’s time to dump the old family car for a shiny new ride. Consider it reward for a job well done. Here are 11 models in as many categories ...

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The V60’s Look Has Been Modernized To Compete With the New-Age Family Movers

The model-year 2015 Volvo V60 is the best car for you if you don’t remember—or don’t care—that the company’s station wagons once looked like they were built of Legos. Today’s designers are intent on making you forget that celebration of ...

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Status Quo Is Kept With the Updated Tundra

The Toyota Tundra for model-year 2014 is the best truck for you if you want a revamped pickup that still seems to be searching for its identity. With revised styling and more features, this is the most extensive update since ...

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The Heart of the Kia Lineup Gets Major Revisions

The model-year 2014 Soul is the best car for you if want a small hatchback with an edgy attitude but mainstream attributes. You may not realize it at first glance, but this is the most extensively redesigned Soul since Kia ...

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Mild To Wild: How Radically Different Will This Midsize Sedan’s Looks And Powertrains Turn Out?

What changes will make it different? Styling and the likely addition of an unusual gas-electric hybrid. This popular midsize sedan was last all-new for model-year 2013 and is on path for its next full redesign around model-year 2019. That leaves ...

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Will Sharper Styling And Better Gas Mileage Improve the 2016 Accord

What changes will make it different? Probably styling and possibly a powertrain upgrade. This popular midsize four-door sedan and two-door coupe are due a freshening and it’ll likely come for model-year 2016. Look for designers to lift a few exterior ...

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