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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]

Upscale achiever or premium pretender? 2023 Buick Envision

Premium pretender? Is the 2023 Buick Envision a legit upscale compact-crossover SUV?

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2023 Hyundai Elantra stalks the Civic for value, performance, mileage

With high-value models, a 56-mph hybrid, and 276-hp N model, the 2023 Hyundai Elantra builds on a redo that earned it the prestigious North American Car of the Year award.

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Return of 300-plus-horsepower Type-R highlights 2023 Honda Civic changes

Return of the high-performance Type-R model with more than 300 horsepower marks the biggest change for the 2023 Honda Civic. A hybrid's coming, too.

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Crave a Cadillac Escalade with over 600 horsepower? The 2023’s your baby

Wait for the 2023 if you believe the 420 horsepower of today’s Escalade is somehow inadequate and crave the 600 or so the Escalade-V model should have. As the ultimate 'Slade – for now – the ‘23 V should also radiate a cachet other Escalades can’t match, which is saying something.

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2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Pleasing some of the people all of the time

Sedans, wagons, coupes, and convertibles, all-wheel drive, and up to 603 horsepower: the 2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class pleases some of the people all of the time.

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Best all-around compact crossover for families? 2022 Nissan Rogue is hard to beat

The popular 2022 Rogue will continue as arguably America’s most family-friendly compact crossover SUV, packed with standard safety features and smartly priced.

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Seven for the price of five: 2022 Kia Sorento midsize crossover is an appealing ‘tweener with plug-in potential

With three rows of seats and a plug-in hybrid, the 2022 Kia Sorento midsize crossover SUV should be worth considering against anything in the competitive set.

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Beauty, a bit of brawn: is the 2023 Acura MDX the top all-around premium-crossover value?

2022 Acura MDX A-Spec By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2023 Acura MDX different? Access to a full model year of the high-performance Type S variant, but mainstream versions of the 2023 MDX won’t change. They’ll carry forward ...

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2022 Acura TLX: legit 3 Series, C-Class, A4 alternative?

Acura has achieved a Germanic feel some German-brand rivals don’t always deliver.

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Aged to perfection? Can the 2022 Lexus RX hold off fresher premium midsize crossovers?

By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Lexus RX different? 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport Little beyond a fresh paint color or two and maybe a new trim package as America’s top-selling premium midsize-crossover SUV soldiers on ...

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2022 Chevrolet Tahoe: No.-1 seller to face new Jeep Wagoneer, updated Ford Expedition

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe LS by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe different? Perhaps yet another trim package, maybe new colors, but likely nothing major for America’s best-selling full-size SUV. We would, however, urge Chevrolet to make ...

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Off-road Adventure, TRD models on tap for 2022 Toyota Highlander?

By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Toyota Highlander different? 2021 Toyota Highlander XLE Maybe a blacked-out Nightshade appearance package. Possibly off-road-themed Adventure or TRD trims. Aside from those sorts of trendy additions, this popular midsize crossover will ...

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Mid-engine marvel: 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray to add hot Z06, cool plug-in hybrid

2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe in Amplify Orange by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray different? Introduction of the 600-plus-horsepower Z06 and perhaps launch of the most radical Corvette yet – a plug-in hybrid with ...

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All-wheel drive, 290 horses, high style: is the 2022 Kia K5 your next midsize sedan?

2021 Kia K5 GT-Line by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Kia K5 different? Perhaps some connectivity tweaking but nothing major following a model-year-2021 redesign that brought fresh styling, optional all-wheel drive, a 290-horsepower flagship — and a ...

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Will the 2022 Mazda CX-9 go all BMW with rear-drive and an inline-6?

2021 Mazda CX-9 Signature By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Mazda CX-9 different? A dramatic rebirth as a BMW-baiting, rear-wheel-drive-based crossover with a 300-plus-horsepower inline-six-cylinder engine – or little more than a warmed-over rerun of the 2021 ...

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2022 Ford F-150: power (cords) to spare

2021 Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCrew By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Ford F-150 different? A 700-plus-horsepower Raptor R is on the way. So is the first all-electric F-150. Ford promises the Raptor R for calendar 2022, although ...

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2022 Mazda 3: updated, and upmarket, too?

2021 Mazda 3 sedan by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Mazda 3 different? Freshened styling, perhaps some authentic luxury appointments, maybe even new engine technology. We’d advocate for more standard safety features, too. Those and other changes ...

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2022 BMW 5 Series: how far from premium-sedan perfection?

2022 BMW M5 CS by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 BMW 5 Series different? Very little. This suave premium midsize sedan will continue updates that came with a model-year-2021 refresh. They included cleaned-up styling, upgraded infotainment, and ...

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2022 Subaru Crosstrek: more power to ya. Was bigger engine the answer?

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Limited by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek different? Maybe some new color choices but no big changes as this popular subcompact-crossover SUV stands pat after several years of notable upgrades. Spunky kid ...

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2022 Toyota Venza crossover: high-fashion and hybrid-only

2021 Toyota Venza Limited By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Toyota Venza different? Toyota could add another trim level – a sporty XSE model is a reasonable possibility. But that won’t fundamentally change the 2022 version of ...

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Lame duck but still soaring: 2022 Mazda CX-5

2021 Mazda CX-5 By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Mazda CX-5 different? Very little, in what’s probably this compact-crossover SUV’s final model year before a full redesign. The 2022 CX-5 might gain a new color choice or ...

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No Raptor. No problem? 2022 Ford Ranger treads familiar ground

2021 Ford Ranger with Tremor Off-Road Package By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2020 Ford Ranger different? Nothing earthshaking, to the disappointment of Ford fans panting for a 300-plus-horsepower Baby Raptor inspired by the full-size F-150’s. Instead, Ford ...

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2022 Acura RDX: fresh look for popular premium-compact crossover

2022 Acura MDX prototype (above) could preview 2022 RDX styling updates 2021 Acura RDX By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Acura RDX different? Updated styling and perhaps more standard safety features for Acura’s most popular vehicle and ...

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Dukes up, 2022 Nissan Sentra. Here comes the all-new Civic

2021 Nissan Sentra SR by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Nissan Sentra different? Nothing major as this compact car continues to surf the wake of a model-year-2020 redesign that emboldened styling, bolstered road manners, and bettered the ...

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Big, bold. Too old? 2022 Infiniti QX80 premium SUV

2021 Infiniti QX80 Premium Select by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Infiniti QX80 different? Nothing significant as Infiniti’s flagship SUV sets course for an expected model-year-2024 redesign. Until then, this old-school SUV will continue with a V-8 ...

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2022 Honda Odyssey: a better minivan than Pacifica and Sienna?

2021 Honda Odyssey By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Honda Odyssey different? Nothing significant, after a model-year-2021 refresh that tweaked styling, added safety tech, and upgraded the cabin. The ’22 Odyssey will carry over those changes as ...

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2022 Volkswagen Atlas: what beyond roominess puts it on the map?

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium R-Line By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas different? Nothing significant as Volkswagen’s largest-ever vehicle takes a breather between a model-year 2021 refresh and bigger changes expected for model-year 2024. The ...

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High style, extreme mileage, elevated performance: 2022 Hyundai Sonata

2021 Hyundai Sonata By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Hyundai Sonata different? Minor details as this eye-catching front-wheel-drive midsize sedan gets ready for a model-year 2023 refresh. The 2022 Sonata will continue as a family-car style leader ...

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2022 Toyota RAV4 poised to defend top-selling-crossover crown

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Toyota RAV4 different? Little of consequence as Toyota prepares America’s best-selling crossover for a model-year-2023 refresh. Likely limited mostly to cosmetic tweaks, the ’23 refresh won’t fundamentally ...

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2022 Honda Civic: can the best compact car get better?

2022 Honda Civic Sedan prototype 2021 Civic Sedan by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Honda Civic different? Everything except perhaps the powertrains. The first fully redesigned Civic since model-year 2016 will have new styling, a revamped interior, ...

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Can the 2022 Lexus ES remain America’s top-selling premium midsize car?

By Chuck Giametta 2021 Lexus ES 350 F Sport What changes will make the 2022 Lexus ES different? Bolstering standard safety features and replacing a wonky infotainment interface – if Lexus deems such improvements worthwhile. Otherwise, expect the 2022 edition ...

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Subcompact serenity: 2022 Buick Encore GX crossover uncommonly refined

2021 Buick Encore GX Essence By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Buick Encore GX different? Nothing significant as this pretty little SUV with upscale aspirations enters its third model year. Buick’s follow-up to the smaller, dumpier-looking just-plain ...

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2022 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe: two-door looks, four-door function

2021 BMW 228i xDrive Gran Coupe by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe different? A hot-rod variant may be in the works, but model-year 2022 changes probably will be limited to a new ...

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Three-pot thriller? 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer subcompact crossover

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer different? Perhaps an all-black Midnight Edition trim level, but little else of note as Chevrolet’s newest subcompact crossover SUV sidles into its second season. Launched ...

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2022 Toyota Camry: family-car stalwart or sporty-sedan pretender?

2021 Toyota Camry TRD by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Toyota Camry different? Nothing major as Toyota continues small but notable refinements to America’s best-selling midsize car. The 2022 Camry will return a broad lineup of gas ...

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Does all-wheel drive or plug-in hybrid get the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica on your minivan wish list?

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle with all-wheel drive (AWD) by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica different? Probably nothing more than a new color or two as this stylish minivan capitalizes on major updates made for model-year ...

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Hot hybrid to juice up refreshed 2022 Ford Expedition full-size SUV

by Chuck Giametta 2021 Ford Expedition Limited with FX4 Off-Road Package What changes will make the 2022 Ford Expedition different? Fresh styling and a 450-horsepower hybrid option should help this full-size SUV answer all-new versions of the archrival Chevrolet Tahoe ...

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2022 Kia Seltos: subcompact crossover flexes its muscles

2021 Kia Seltos SX by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Kia Seltos different? Little more than a new color choice or two is likely for this eye-catching subcompact crossover SUV’s second model year. The 2022 Seltos will ...

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America’s best-selling premium-subcompact car: 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz A 220 4Matic by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class different? Performance dialed up to 11 could be in the cards, but we’d rather Mercedes-Benz give its least expensive vehicle more standard safety features. ...

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Excessive where it matters: 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport V-6 SEL Premium By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport different? Very little in the sophomore season for this startlingly voluminous five-seat midsize-crossover SUV. The Cross Sport will return ...

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Buick elevates sights for all-new 2021 Envision premium-compact crossover

2021 Buick Envision by Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff What changes will make the 2021 Buick Envision different? This premium compact crossover will be fully redesigned, going upscale with svelte new styling over an all-new architecture. The 2021 Envision helps ...

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Apex sedan, Hatchback Special Edition enliven 2021 Toyota Corolla

2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Special Edition By CarPreview staff What changes make the 2021 Toyota Corolla different? A high-performance edition to rival the Honda Civic Si and Volkswagen Golf GTI would be the most tantalizing addition to America’s best-selling compact ...

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Crossover or entry-level car? 2021 Hyundai Venue wants it both ways

2020 Hyundai Venue SEL by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Hyundai Venue different? Little of substance, but a change in status is probably on the way. In a year or two, this subcompact wagon will likely assume ...

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB: a true premium compact crossover?

Mercedes-Benz GLB 250 4Matic by Chuck Giametta What changes make the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLB different? Addition of the 302-horsepower Mercedes-AMG GLB 35 4Matic model keynotes the sophomore season for this crossover SUV, the first compact vehicle from Mercedes-Benz with seating ...

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Eight seats, four cylinders: is that enough love from the 2021 Subaru Ascent?

2020 Subaru Ascent Limited What changes will make the 2021 Subaru Ascent different? by Chuck Giametta Nothing major as Subaru’s largest-ever vehicle settles in to await a refresh expected for model-year 2023. Launched for model-year 2019 with seating for up ...

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC fights to stay No. 1 in premium compact-crossover sales

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 63 SUV by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC different? Little of note after model-year-2020 styling, features, and power updates. That midcycle refresh should sustain Mercedes-Benz’s best-selling vehicle and America’s most-popular premium-compact crossover ...

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Roomy, solid, but 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe needs to find its crossover mojo

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.0T By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe different? Nothing major while Hyundai readies a model-year-2022 refresh of this five-seat midsize crossover SUV. Tweaked styling and possible hybrid and high-performance ...

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Alfa bones, Jeep muscle, go-anywhere heart: redesigned 2021 Grand Cherokee

by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee different? Everything. The first all-new Grand Cherokee in a decade will grow larger and get new styling and fresh powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid. Jeep’s popular SUV will ...

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All-new 2021 Ford F-150: electrification is just the start

By Chuck Giametta Redesigned 2021 model will be the 14th-generation F-150 What changes will make the 2021 Ford F-150 different? A full redesign with fresh styling, a modernized interior, and new powertrains — including electrified options. The first all-new F-150 ...

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

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

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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 Onyx Edition XT By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff What changes will make the 2021 Subaru Outback different? Subaru’s five-seat midsize crossover SUV could gain a sport-themed trim level for model-year 2021. It would join an otherwise ...

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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 Touring 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 off younger premium midsize-crossover rivals

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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