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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]

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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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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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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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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Six Big Things to Know About the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel

ONE: It’s hot. The Rebel is the fastest-selling member of the Ram family. Brand reps won’t disclose the average duration a Rebel is in dealer inventory before it’s sold, but they insist no other Ram model has a briefer stay. ...

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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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Tweaked styling, enhanced safety for the 2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Honda Pilot

What changes make the 2019 Honda Pilot different? Freshened styling, improved connectivity, and the Honda Sensing suite of safety features as standard on every trim level. The nine-speed automatic transmission is revised, drivers can now talk to passengers through an ...

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2019 Honda Fit Review, Pricing, and Buying Advice

2019 Honda Fit

2019 Honda Fit Buying Advice This is the best subcompact car for you if your modest aim is a brilliantly packaged, fuel-sipping urban runabout. Indeed, Honda has achieved a space-efficiency milestone here. Fit furnishes real room for four adults — ...

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How will the 2019 Honda Accord defend its claim as America’s unsurpassed new-car value?

2019 Honda Accord

What changes will make the 2019 Honda Accord different? Maybe a new color or two, hopefully a more liberal distribution of safety features, almost certainly higher prices, definitely tougher competition. Coming off a complete model-year-2018 redesign, Honda’s four-door sedan will ...

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Plug-in hybrid intriguing addition to 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. Do you qualify? Do you care?

2019 Subaru Crosstrek

Updated August 21st, 2018 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Buying Advice This is the best subcompact crossover for you if you’re feeling adventurous. You don’t have to actually be adventurous, of course, but Crosstrek’s go-anywhere attitude — backed by genuine off-road ability ...

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A better engine? Please. Freshened styling? Meh. Look ahead to the 2019 Nissan Murano

2019 Nissan Murano

What changes will make the 2019 Nissan Murano different? Perhaps the engine upgrade speculated about but undelivered as part of the model-year-2018 freshening. Nissan didn’t tweak Murano’s styling, either, and now it appears this eye-catching midsize crossover could remain visually ...

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Too cool or burnished just right? Look ahead to the elegant, appealing 2019 Audi Q7

What changes make the 2019 Audi Q7 different? Maybe innovative toll-payment technology, and hopefully, a more liberal approach to safety-feature availability, but no changes to styling or engineering are expected until model-year 2021. That leaves the 2019 version of Audi’s ...

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Buy a Volvo crossover for safety, sure, but style, performance, and premium-grade luxury? The compact 2019 XC60 makes its case

2019 Volvo XC60

What changes will make it the 2019 Volvo XC60 different? Perhaps the re-introduction of a front-wheel-drive model, but little else of consequence as the newest version of Volvo’s premium compact crossover enters its sophomore season. The XC60 was fully redesigned ...

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Will a mediocre powertrain again tarnish the 2019 Nissan Rogue’s many meritorious attributes?

2019 Nissan Rogue

What changes will make the 2019 Nissan Rogue different? It’s been making annual upgrades to this compact crossover, but Nissan appears to have little of significance on tap for the 2019 edition. Rogue is the automaker’s most popular vehicle and ...

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Poised for a 2020 freshening, how will 2019 Nissan Armada maintain its appeal?

2019 Nissan Armada

What changes will make the 2019 Nissan Armada different? Nothing of significance, as Nissan prepares its sport-utility flagship for a model-year 2020 freshening. The 2019 Armada will continue as a full-size, body-on-frame SUV with luxury amenities that nudge it surprisingly ...

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Will new rear-drive model and likely plug-in hybrid balance the 2019 BMW X3 shortfalls?

2019 BMW X3

What changes make the 2019 BMW X3 different? Addition of a rear-wheel-drive model and likely, launch of a plug-in hybrid. These changes continue BMW’s rollout of a premium compact-crossover SUV that was fully redesigned for model-year 2018. With slightly racier ...

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Once a tech leader, now a safety follower, can the 2019 Ford Escape remain relevant until its 2020 redesign?

2019 Ford Escape

What changes will make the 2019 Ford Escape different? Maybe a new trim level to commemorate the final model year before this popular compact-crossover SUV gets a full redesign. Expect an all-new Escape for model-year 2020, with fresh styling and ...

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Compact-car shocker: Impreza a rare sales hit. Look ahead to model-year 2019 changes and the end of a WRX / STI chapter

What changes will make the 2019 Subaru Impreza different? Not much, pending an expected model-year 2020 redesign of the high-performance WRX and STI variants. The mainstream Impreza four-door sedan and four-door hatchback are expected to return for 2019 with little ...

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As if from an alternative dimension comes the convention-defying Toyota C-HR. Here’s what to expect for 2019

2019 Toyota C-HR

What changes will make the 2019 Toyota C-HR different? Possibly an expanded lineup and maybe even all-wheel drive. That would help round out the appeal of a subcompact crossover SUV that looks like a visitor from an alternate dimension but ...

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Safety, high style, good handling — check, check, and check. Now what about that diesel option for the 2019 Mazda CX-9?

2019 Mazda CX-9

What changes will make the 2019 Mazda CX-9 different? Possibly an answer to the question of whether Mazda will offer its flagship crossover with a diesel-engine option, like the one it’s promised for the smaller 2018 CX-5 compact crossover. Barring ...

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Infiniti hacks Mercedes: the 2019 QX30 crossover is more – and less – than the GLA

What changes will make the 2019 Infiniti QX30 different? Expect little more than a new color choice or two for this stylish-outside, smallish-inside premium subcompact crossover. The QX30 bowed for model-year 2017 as Infiniti’s first rival to diminutive but upscale ...

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Fearless forecast: All-new 2019 Nissan Altima to shelve V-6 for variable-compression turbo four, offer all-wheel drive

Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept

What changes will make the 2019 Nissan Altima different? It’ll be all-new: larger, racier-looking, higher-tech, and very possibly available with all-wheel drive (AWD) and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Expect a roomier, more contemporary interior along with exterior styling influenced by ...

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Want full-size space at midsize prices? The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is your family-crossover value

What changes will make the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse different? Coming off a full redesign for model-year 2018, very few. We’d welcome, however, expansion of some safety features beyond the costliest models. Otherwise, expect little more than minor feature shuffling and ...

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More power is easy. What can Nissan do to update the 2018 Murano’s styling?

2018 Nissan Murano

What changes will make the 2018 Nissan Murano different? Tweaked styling and an engine upgrade. They’ll highlight the midcycle refresh of a midsize crossover that still looks avant garde three model years after its 2015 redesign. Murano will remain a ...

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Redesigned 2019 BMW X5 to boast an advance structure, and maybe some surprises

2019 BMW X5

What changes will make the 2019 BMW X5 different? A full redesign, with a restyled body on a larger yet lighter new structure. This will be the biggest change to BMW’s midsize crossover SUV since its model-year 2014 redesign. It’s ...

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What changes update the 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV?

2018 Toyota Highlander Buying Advice This is the best midsize crossover for you’re a fan of the 3 Rs: reliability, roominess, and retained value – and fond of the big S, for safety, as well. Highlander seats up to eight, ...

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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE: pacesetter or placeholder?

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE Buying Advice This is the best SUV for you if you’re interested in a standout premium-midsize crossover with an impressively broad range of models, lots of available convenience and safety features, solid overall performance – and don’t ...

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Nissan’s Rogue Sport is a subcompact-crossover standout, and the 2018 version is safer, too

What changes will make the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport different? Autonomous emergency braking as standard equipment on all trim levels will be the key 2018 update for Nissan’s likable subcompact crossover. The driver aid – a prerequisite for top safety ...

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2018 Subaru Forester Review and Pricing

2018 Subaru Forester Buying Advice This is the best compact compact crossover for you if you want this version of a great little SUV before it’s gone. An all-new Forester arrives for model-year 2019, leaving the little-changed ’18 to close ...

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2018 Porsche Macan Review and Prices

2018 Porsche Macan Buying Advice This is the best premium compact crossover for you if you’re willing to sacrifice a smidgen of practicality for a surplus of performance. Demonstrating the siren’s call of the crossover in today’s automotive market, this ...

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Nissan Armada Sets Sail for Model-Year 2018 Unchanged

2018 Nissan Armada

What changes will make the 2018 Nissan Armada different? Few, if any, following a radical reimagining for model-year 2017. The 2018 version of Nissan’s biggest SUV will continue as a surprisingly luxurious full-sizer that’s also capable of serious off-road duty. ...

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All-new 2018 Honda Odyssey aims for greater comfort, safety, features and style

2018 Honda Odyssey

Updated May 25th, 2018 What changes will make the 2018 Honda Odyssey different? Everything, as befits the fully redesigned edition of Honda’s popular minivan. The first all-new Odyssey since model-year 2011, the ’18 amps up this family hauler’s blend of ...

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Redesigned 2018 BMW X5 to boast an advance structure, and maybe some surprises

Last Updated October 19th, 2017 What changes make the 2018 BMW X5 different? Minor equipment shuffling and sportier transmission behavior as BMW winds down a design generation of its midsize crossover SUV. In the wings is an all-new X5 for ...

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Diesel option puts the 2018 Mazda CX-5 in unique company…for a price

What changes will make the 2018 Mazda CX-5 different? A diesel-engine option tops the short list of changes to a compact crossover that was thoroughly revised for 2017. At an estimated price premium of $3,000 or more, the turbocharged diesel ...

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

Updated May 31st, 2018 What changes make the 2018 Subaru Outback different? Revised styling, expanded safety features, and upgraded connectivity freshen one of America’s most underrated midsize crossovers. They’re the biggest changes to Subaru’s five-seat wagon since its model-year 2015 ...

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Nearly forgotten, almost gone: Nissan Quest’s uncertain future impacts 2017, 2018 models

What changes will make the 2018 Nissan Quest different? Mere survival. Miniscule sales, unsold units, and robust competition mean an uncertain future for Nissan’s spacy but solid minivan. As of mid-April 2017, the automaker still had not released the model-year ...

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Still kickin’: Toyota answers newer minivan rivals with deft update of the 2018 Sienna

2018 Toyota Sienna

What changes will make the 2018 Toyota Sienna different? Updated styling and upgraded safety features. Though short of a full redesign, the changes help the ’18 Sienna compete with the all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey and 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. They also ...

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Placeholder and butt-kicker: what to know about the 2018 Ram 1500

2018 Ram 1500

What changes will make the 2018 Ram 1500 different? Possibly some feature bleed among models. Perhaps even another niche trim level. But nothing major because Ram is focused on developing the all-new 2019 version of its full-size pickup. More below ...

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Topping the 2018 Buick Envision wish list: better styling, broader access to safety features

2018 Buick Envision

What changes will make the 2018 Buick Envision different? Updated styling and, if Buick’s generous, wider availability of key safety features, including autonomous emergency braking. If the styling facelift feels a bit fast-tracked it’s because this five-passenger compact crossover was ...

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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

Last Updated October 23rd, 2017 What changes make it different? The expected styling refresh is delayed while Jeep instead updates the cabin, upgrades infotainment systems, and introduces a conventional dual-pane power sunroof. These are the first notable changes to this ...

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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

Updated December 6th, 2017 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Buying Advice This is the best crossover for you if you’re a bargain hunter who prefers a bird in the hand over two in the bush. A new value package option and ...

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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

Last Updated October 9th, 2017 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 ...

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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

Updated October 24th, 2017 2018 Honda CR-V Buying Advice This is the best compact crossover for you if you recognize that “best in class” needn’t mean No. 1 by every measure. Indeed, the ’18 CR-V is outdone here and there ...

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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 make the 2018 Hyundai Sonata different? Fresh styling meant to recapture the impact of the 2011 Sonata. That car was a design breakthrough and made most rival midsize sedans look outdated. It was a sales hit, too. Not ...

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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

2018 BMW X3 M40i

Updated June 30th, 2017 What changes make the 2018 BMW X3 different? Everything. The all-new third-generation of this premium compact crossover arrives with more aggressive styling, new engines, and a more modern interior. It gets its first high-performance “M” variant, ...

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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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