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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]

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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A top seller. Tops 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 one of America’s top-selling three-row midsize crossover SUVs. It joins a roster expected to be little-changed ...

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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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2021 Honda Pilot: is the last of a generation still worth a look?

by Chuck Giametta 2020 Honda Pilot Black Edition What changes will make the 2021 Honda Pilot different?  Perhaps a farewell trim package for the final model year of the 2016-2021 Pilot generation. An all-new version of Honda’s largest crossover SUV ...

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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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Honest work value? We review the redesigned 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 4WD Crew Cab in new Custom trim

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Custom Everyone appreciates a pickup with fancy alloys and leather upholstery. But the worksite is a DeWalt and Carhartt world, where your truck better favor function over frippery. The newest members of the pickup-as-trusted-tool club are ...

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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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Top Five Things to Know About the 2020 Honda Civic

2020 Honda Civic Sedan Touring By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview Staff It’s America’s best-selling compact car, but Honda knows the 2020 Civic needed some updates to maintain its lead over the fully redesigned 2020 Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra). Here ...

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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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Top Five Things to Know About the 2020 Acura MDX

2020 Acura MDX A-Spec By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff Acura’s flagship crossover enters the final year of its current design generation with a new limited-production trim level but no other significant changes. A fully redesigned MDX is due for ...

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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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Top Five Things to Know About the 2020 Kia Telluride

By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview Staff From zero to hero. Kia had no credible competition for the likes of the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot before launching its all-new 2020 Telluride. Now it has a contender for the best midsize ...

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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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2021 Chevrolet Blazer crossover: generous on style, still stingy on safety?

By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff 2020 Chevrolet Blazer Premier What changes will make the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer different? We’ll hope for wider availability of important safety features but expect little more than new paint colors and higher asking prices ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2020 Toyota Land Cruiser: conquering, cushy, and compromised

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

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

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

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

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

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Turbulence alert: 2020 Honda Pilot buffeted by newer Highlander, Palisade, Telluride

2020 Honda Pilot Black Edition by Chuck Giametta What changes make the 2020 Honda Pilot different? A new flagship model draped in trendy black aimed at boosting interest in this aging-but-game midsize crossover SUV. The 2020 Black Edition joins an ...

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

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

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

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

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Plug-in hybrid, turbo four, hot-rod M: all could be in the mix for 2020 BMW X5

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

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

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

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

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

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

2020 Jaguar E-Pace

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

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

2020 BMW X3

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

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2020 Subaru Forester crossover: big changes ahead?

2020 Subaru Forester

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

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2020 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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