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Author Archives: Ed Piotrowski

Ed Piotrowski has more than a decade of experience as a community and automotive journalist. As a former editor for Consumer Guide Automotive, he wrote new car news and reviews for the publication's magazine and website. He served as the lead editor of Consumer Guide's auto show coverage, managed its short- and long-term vehicle test fleet, and made regular appearances on a suburban Chicago radio station. He is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association where he served as the lodging logistics manager for the organization's annual Spring Collection road rally. Ed writes from Chicago's northwest suburbs.

11 Best 2017 Cars Under $30,000

Want to spend no more than $30,000 on a new car? We’ve got a lot of new car for under $30,000. Eleven of them, in fact, each a standout value. Hatchbacks, sedans, a coupe, a plug-in hybrid, even one that ...

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Expanded safety features? A transmission upgrade? What awaits the 2018 GMC Acadia

2018 GMC Acadia

What changes will make the 2018 GMC Acadia different? Probably little outside of new paint colors and higher asking prices. GMC’s upscale midsize crossover SUV got a clean-sheet redesign for the 2017 model year. New styling, engines and features were ...

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No rear-drive? No problem. BMW knows what X1 drivers need, and aims to deliver for 2018

What changes will make the 2018 BMW X1 different? With a midcycle freshening on tap for model-year 2019, changes to the 2018 version of BMW’s smallest crossover should amount to little more than a possible new paint color and perhaps ...

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Redesigned 2018 Audi Q3 promises more room and a better all-around driving experience

2018 Audi Q3

What changes will make the 2018 Audi Q3 different? Everything. A restyled body on a new platform, revised powertrains, and updated safety and convenience features mark the debut of an all-new Q3. Launching the second-generation of this premium subcompact crossover, ...

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After all these years: 2018 Journey aged but still appealing if you choose right

2018 Dodge Journey

What changes will make the 2018 Dodge Journey different? Nothing, because this midsize crossover is headed for a transformative model-year 2019 redesign. That’s a slight detour from original plans by Dodge’s parent company, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). It originally intended to ...

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2018 Kia Sportage story? Cool looks, hot turbo, middling mileage and cramped cargo space

2018 Kia Sportage

What changes will make the 2018 Kia Sportage different? Nothing to make it worth waiting for – unless you fancy a potential new paint color or two, and crave almost certain price increases. This compact crossover SUV was fully redesigned ...

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Redesigned 2018 4Runner to stay body-on-frame but with a modern twist

2018 Toyota 4Runner

What changes will make the 2018 Toyota 4Runner different? An all-new design with evolutionary styling, a more sophisticated powertrain, and more advanced features. Unchanged will be this midsize SUV’s rugged, old-school body-on-frame construction. The model-year ’18 redesign will launch the ...

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Good, but good enough to stave off new rivals? The 2018 Honda HR-V faces new challenges

2018 Honda HR-V

What changes will make the 2018 Honda HR-V different? Nothing, most likely, for Honda’s newest nameplate. The HR-V was introduced for model-year 2016 to do battle in an up-and-coming automotive segment: subcompact crossover SUVs. This four-door, five-passenger wagon is based ...

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Seven-seat 2018 Kia Sorento pauses between 2017 updates and 2019 re-engineering. Should you keep it on your shopping list?

2018 Kia Sorento

What changes will make the 2018 Kia Sorento different? Likely nothing except new paint colors and higher sticker prices. The 2018 edition of this midsize crossover SUV is still relatively new, having been fully redesigned for model-year 2016 and enhanced ...

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Hybrids hurtin’, but Toyota to forge ahead with 2018 Prius family expanded by new c and v models

2018 Toyota Prius

What changes will make the 2018 Toyota Prius different? Little if any for the mainstay Prius four-door compact hatchback – known as the Liftback – but expect all-new versions of its two offshoots: the Prius c subcompact hatchback and Prius ...

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No. 1 in sales, by far. So what changes might benefit the 2018 Toyota Tacoma?

2018 Toyota Tacoma

What changes will make the 2018 Toyota Tacoma different? Minor ones, if any, given this truck’s relative newness. Toyota redesigned America’s best-selling compact pickup for model-year 2016, giving it updated styling and a new engine. For model-year ’17, it shuffled ...

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Tucson sales are spiking, despite a powertrain oddity. Will Hyundai continue to address the quirk for 2018?

2018 Hyundai Tucson

Last Updated March 14th, 2017 What changes will make the 2018 Hyundai Tucson different? Nothing of consequence as Hyundai’s entry-level SUV awaits a model-year 2019 revamp that’ll bring updated styling and – we hope – new or expanded features. That ...

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Honda to rest on laurels with 2018 Civic. Good thing they’re considerable

2018 Honda Civic

What changes will make the 2018 Honda Civic different? A break from change is the news, following two very busy model years for Honda’s venerable compact car line. Figure no more than a new color choice or two for ’18 ...

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All-new ’18 Accord promises improvements to the benchmark midsize sedan, but here’s why some buyers shouldn’t wait for it

2018 Honda Accord

What changes will make the 2018 Honda Accord different? A clean-sheet redesign bringing with new styling, fresh features, and the end of V-6 availability in favor of turbocharged four-cylinder engines. Expect more aggressive-looking sheet metal as this midsize sedan becomes ...

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Hey, Honda, how about a little safety-system democracy? It’s the only dent in the 2018 Pilot’s excellence

What changes will make the 2018 Honda Pilot different? Probably very little. Expect the 2018 Honda Pilot to be a virtual re-run of the 2017 Pilot – itself a little-altered continuation of the all-new, third-generation Pilot that debuted for model-year ...

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End approaching for smash-hit RAV4 generation, but 2018 model still has plenty to offer

2018 Toyota Rav4

What changes will make the 2018 Toyota RAV4 different? The Adventure, a new off-road-themed model that encourages this popular compact-class crossover SUV to wander a bit further from the beaten path than its tamer trim levels. Also newly available on ...

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Visual panache and vivid performance are lofty goals for the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry.

Last Updated January 11, 2017 What changes make the 2018 Toyota Camry different? Most everything but the name. America’s most popular car is new from the ground up for 2018, with curvaceous new styling, revised features, and updated engines. Camry ...

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Today’s Corolla too dull? Wait ‘till 2020. Meantime, the 2018 boasts some solid virtues

What changes will make the 2018 Toyota Corolla different? Probably not much, coming off a freshening for model-year 2017 and heading for a full model-year 2020 redesign. The ’17 Corolla sedan got updated styling, a newly standard suite of advanced ...

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Bye V-6, hi turbo-four-cylinder in an all-new body. Acura preps fully redesigned 2018 Acura RDX crossover

2018 Acura RDX

What changes will make the 2018 Acura RDX different? Just about everything. Honda’s luxury brand plans to launch an all-new version of its popular premium compact-crossover SUV for model-year 2018. We project a “less is more” approach: the third-generation RDX ...

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All-new inside, outside, and underneath, the 2018 Audi Q5 aims for premium-compact-crossover supremacy

2018 Audi Q5

What changes will make the 2018 Audi Q5 different? A full redesign, including a new body on a new underskin structure, along with updates to powertrains, safety, and technology. These sweeping changes mark the model-year 2018 debut of the second-generation ...

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Appeal is strong but sales are weakening; how will Acura solve its MDX dilemma for 2018?

2018 Acura MDX

What changes will make it different? A new paint color or two and higher prices. That’s all to expect for the 2018 Acura MDX following a major freshening for model-year 2017. The ’18 will carryover the improved styling, added safety ...

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How does the 2017 Toyota Tacoma handle in the snow?

2017 Toyota Tacoma

Quite well, if you get one with 4-wheel drive (4WD). We expect most buyers who live in areas where it snows to select this option as opposed to the standard rear-wheel drive configuration. A rear-drive pickup truck isn’t well suited ...

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How Does the 2017 Acura RDX Handle in the Snow?

Expect it to do about as well as any of its rivals, maybe slightly better due to Acura’s prudent decision to not go crazy with the 2017 RDX’s wheel/tire selection. Like most of its rivals, the RDX is based on ...

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How does the 2017 Acura MDX Handle In the Snow?

The 2017 Acura MDX should handle just fine in the snow, assuming you pony up the extra $2,000 for the brand’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). Don’t let the “Super Handling” part throw you. While the system is designed to ...

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How does the 2017 Toyota Prius handle in the snow?

Not bad, given its front-wheel drive and narrow tires. But probably not quite as well as a conventional front-drive car of similar size and tire width. That’s because the Prius spreads its weight out front to rear rather than concentrating ...

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How Does the 2017 Nissan Altima Handle in the Snow?

As well as can be expected from a front-wheel-drive midsize sedan. You won’t plow through the powdery white stuff like a rallycross driver, but the Altima likely won’t leave you stranded, unless something happens that’s a result of pilot error. ...

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Want a Small Minivan? Check Out These Alternatives

The best small minivan for 2017 might not be a minivan at all. Consider instead a select group of compact- and midsize-class crossover SUVs that offer three seating rows, good cargo space, and tidy exterior dimensions. They’re the 2017 Dodge ...

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Best 2017 Cheap Minivans

The best cheap minivan for 2017 is the Honda Odyssey in mid-level SE trim. “Cheap,” of course, is a relative term these days, with new-vehicle transaction prices averaging more than $30,000. You can certainly purchase a new minivan for under ...

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Best 2017 All-Wheel-Drive Minivans

The Best 2017 All-Wheel-Drive Minivan is the Toyota Sienna. That it’s one of the few vans of any kind sold in the U.S. to offer the traction-enhancing system doesn’t diminish its appeal. Reliable and roomy, Sienna among the most passenger-friendly ...

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Best 2017 Luxury Minivans

The Best 2017 Luxury Minivan is the Toyota Sienna, with its Lexus-like amenities and premium feel. No luxury automotive brand offers a minivan. But if Toyota’s upscale Lexus division did, it’d likely be a lot like the Sienna’s flagship Limited ...

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Ever thought about a Minivan? Here are the best ones in 2017.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

The best minivan for 2017 is the Chrysler Pacifica for its sleek looks, smooth ride, hushed cabin, and flexible passenger and cargo configurations. A wealth of available convenience features is another highlight of this fully redesigned minivan, helping put it ...

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Best big luxury SUV? New 2017 Mercedes GLS Review

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class Buying Advice This is the best full-size-premium crossover for you if you desire the S-Class of SUVs. Conjuring the performance and prestige of its flagship sedan, that’s what Mercedes-Benz calls this all-new version of its seven-passenger SUV. ...

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The Good-Looking 2017 Mazda CX-3 Has Its Downside

2017 Mazda CX-3

2017 Mazda CX-3 Buying Advice This is the best subcompact crossover for you if styling and sportiness mean more to you than utility. Introduced for model-year 2016, the CX-3 belongs to a booming new segment of SUVs smaller and less ...

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Best luxury crossover contender: 2017 Lincoln MKC

2017 Lincoln MKC

2017 Lincoln MKC Buying Advice This is the best premium-compact crossover for you if you hanker to “Buy American” in a segment dominated by import brands. Lincoln’s entry-level crossover is one of only two from a U.S.-based manufacturer that’s also ...

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The Redesigned 2017 Honda Ridgeline Looks to Compete with the Other Small Trucks

2017 Honda Ridgeline

2017 Honda Ridgeline Buying Advice This is the best truck for you if you want the capability of a midsize pickup and the driving dynamics of a midsize sedan. No other pickup blends those seemingly disparate virtues like the fully ...

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All-New Approach: 2017 GMC Acadia Changes Size

2017 GMC Acadia

2017 GMC Acadia Buying Advice This is the best crossover for you if you’re drawn to GMC’s new, downsized approach to upscale motoring. The ’17 Acadia is radically different from the 2007-2016 model, losing significant bulk and adding the choice ...

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Best In Class? All-New 2017 Audi Q7 SUV Stakes a Claim

2017 Audi Q7

2017 Audi Q7 Buying Advice This is the best crossover for you if you want an all-new seven-passenger premium-class SUV at a price that undercuts fellow German-brand rivals. The ’17 Q7 is fully redesigned and introduces styling themes that will ...

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Audi Updates 2017 Q3 SUV with Cheaper New Model

2017 Audi Q3

2017 Audi Q3 Buying Advice This is the best premium-subcompact crossover for you if your priorities place style slightly ahead of substance. Hoping to make its least expensive crossover more attractive to budget-minded shoppers, Audi adds a new entry-level Premium ...

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All-New Audi: 2017 A4 Targets BMW 3 Series

2017 Audi A4 Buying Advice All-new for 2017, this is the best premium-compact car for you if you’re looking for a solid balance of performance, luxury, technology, and safety features. Again offered with front- or all-wheel drive, this fifth-generation A4 ...

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2017 Acura ILX Updates Slim as All-New ’18 Looms

2017 Acura ILX

2017 Acura ILX Buying Advice This is the best compact car for you if you’re intrigued by the sporty performance potential of the Honda Civic Si but are turned off by that car’s street-racer image and its lack (to date) ...

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Will cooler styling heat up Corolla’s codger image for 2017?

2017 Toyota Corolla

Last Update September 21st, 2016 What changes make the 2017 Toyota Corolla and Corolla iM different? Revised styling, fresh features, new model names, and adoption of a hatchback body style orphaned by the shutdown of Toyota’s youth-oriented Scion division. Addition ...

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Grab the tried-and-true? Or hope the redesigned ’17 is as good or better? Big questions surround the all-new Jeep Wrangler.

2017 Jeep Wrangler

What changes will make the 2017 Jeep Wrangler different? Everything – except a rock-solid focus on staying the No. 1 off-road compact SUV. Wrangler’s first full redesign since model-year 2007 will also aim to improve fuel economy while maintaining a ...

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Eight-speeds for all! GMC extends upgraded transmission to all 2017 Sierras

2017 GMC Sierra 1500

What changes will make the 2017 Sierra 1500 different? Wider availability of the 8-speed automatic transmission, along with minor trim and detail updates. This full-size pickup is GMC’s mechanically similar, but generally more expensive, version of the Chevrolet Silverado. This ...

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2017 Toyota Tacoma gets a baby Raptor, the off-road rampaging TRD Pro

2017 Toyota Tacoma

Last Update September 20th, 2016 What changes make the 2017 Toyota Tacoma different? A new trim level aimed at hardcore off-road enthusiasts. This compact pickup is already highly capable when traversing parts unknown, but the 2017 TRD Pro model takes ...

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Bank on a fully redesigned Ram 1500 for model-year 2018, not 2017. Here’s why

2017 Ram 1500

What changes will make the 2017 Ram 1500 different? Nothing, or everything. An all-new generation of this full-size half-ton pickup is in the wings. The question is will it launch as a 2017 model, or a 2018? The redesign will ...

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All 2017 Silverados to upgrade with 8-speed automatic; what else might Chevy do?

2017 Chevrolet Silverado

What changes will make the 2017 Silverado 1500 different? New paint colors, repackaged options, and a complete phase-out of 6-speed automatic transmissions for more sophisticated 8-speed automatics. These 2017 updates will come on the heels of a substantial model-year 2016 ...

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Sales up after Edge redesign. How will Ford keep it sharp for 2017?

2017 Ford Edge

What changes will make the 2017 Ford Edge different? A couple new paint colors, a price increase, and perhaps a bit more standard equipment. Sales of this midsize crossover are up more than 50 percent since its model-year 2015 redesign ...

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2017 MDX powers up with new hybrid, gets prettier with fresh Acura styling

2017 Acura MDX

Last Update August 25th, 2016 What changes make the 2017 Acura MDX better? Plenty. Updated styling, more standard safety equipment, and addition of a hybrid model focused on performance, not necessarily fuel economy. The MDX is a seven-passenger, midsize-class crossover ...

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Buick’s big crossover is ancient but popular. Can new Sport Touring Edition keep 2017 Encore magic alive?

What changes will make the 2017 Buick Enclave different? The Sport Touring Edition with styling tweaks designed to enliven this near-full-size premium crossover in the final year of its current design generation. The rest of the 2017 Enclave lineup will stand ...

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Cool look, posh cabin, hot AMG models define 2017 GLE. But should you settle for a ’16?

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE

What changes will make the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE different? Nothing, most likely, following major updates for model-year 2016. They included a name change, with GLE replacing M-Class as the title of Mercedes-Benz’s line of premium midsize crossovers. Fresh styling inside and ...

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Porsche adds four-cylinder affordability, GTS aggression to ’17 Macan line

What changes make the 2017 Porsche Macan different? Accessibility to a wider audience thanks to introduction of a turbocharged four-cylinder base model with a base price under $49,000. There’s also a new value in Macan high performance via a GTS ...

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How will Acura stoke RDX interest for this generation’s 2017 swan song?

Last Update September 1st, 2016 What changes make the 2017 Acura RDX different? Colors: Two new paint hues — Lunar Silver Metallic and Modern Steel Metallic — and availability of a black interior with the popular White Diamond Pearl exterior. ...

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Can ultra-cool tech offset the subtly changed styling of the redesigned 2017 Q5?

Last Update August 6th, 2016 2017 Audi Q5 Buying Advice This is the best SUV for you if you want a stylish and comfortable premium-compact crossover that’s available with one of the segment’s most potent powertrains. And this is your ...

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How will VW keep ‘17 Tiguan relevant until its redesign?

What changes will make the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan different? Maybe a new paint color or two, but that’s all for this compact crossover SUV’s final year in its current form. An all-new, larger Tiguan is due in summer 2017 as ...

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Get ‘em while they’re hot: 2017 RS fitting end to successful Focus run

What changes will make 2017 Ford Focus different? Expect a quiet 2017 model year as Ford gears up for a ground-up redesign of the 2018 model, along with a production shift to Mexico from Michigan. The compact four-door sedans and ...

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New styling? Maybe. 700-horsepower GT500? Probably. Look ahead to the 2017 Mustang

What changes will make 2017 Ford Mustang different? The crystal ball is a bit hazy: Some sources hint at a mild styling update, but we think change is more likely to come for model-year 2018. This sporty coupe – Ford ...

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Act now if you want a V-6; 2017 Toyota Camry set to close an intriguing chapter

Last Update July 27th, 2016 2017 Toyota Camry Buying Advice This is the best midsize sedan for you if you believe 429,533 new-car buyers can’t be wrong. That how many people took home a new Camry during 2015, making it ...

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11 Best Cars for an Executive

You’re a success; drive something that reflects it. Here are 11 cars any executive ought to consider. We list them least expensive to most, and include in the base prices the manufacturer’s destination fees, which average about $925. And because ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Jeep Renegade

1. What’s new for 2015? Jeep is one of the hottest automotive commodities in the world right now and this all-new subcompact crossover is the new entry point to the brand. Though it has some traditional Jeep styling cues, much ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Lincoln MKC

1. What’s new for 2015? The dawn of a new era…hopes Lincoln’s corporate parent, Ford. It needs this new premium-compact crossover to attract younger buyers to the struggling luxury brand. That’s a tall order, given a segment chock full of ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Ford Edge

1. What’s new for 2015? Everything. This popular five-passenger, midsize crossover gets a stem-to-stern redesign. New and updated engines join freshened styling and a host of new high-tech amenities. In size and price, Edge ranks second in Ford’s crossover-SUV lineup, ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Mazda CX-5

What’s New for 2016? Fresh styling, an upgraded interior, and newly available safety features. This compact crossover SUV debuted for the 2013 model year and its first updates include a revised grille and wheel designs along with newly LED headlights ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Porsche Cayenne

1. What’s new for 2016? After a modest model-year 2015 freshening, the lineup expands to include new entry-level and sporty models. This peppery people-hauler is a five-passenger midsize premium crossover with standard all-wheel drive (AWD). It borrows elements of its ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Chevrolet Trax

1. What’s new for 2015? General Motors is hoping shoppers will “make tracks” to their local Chevrolet dealer to check out this new-to-the-United-States small crossover. Trax joins the growing class of “subcompact” crossovers whose ranks include current and upcoming products, ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Infiniti QX80

1. What’s new for 2015? The flagship SUV from Nissan’s luxury division is updated with a new Limited Package that adds even more luxury to an already high-end vehicle. Formerly badged QX56, the QX80 borrows elements of its basic design ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

1. What’s new for 2015? This distinctive SUV enters 2015 with no notable changes, just like it has for most of its 30-plus-year life. Tall, boxy, and priced over $100,000, it continues as a lifestyle accessory for the rich and ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

1. What’s new for 2016? Not quite as much as Chevrolet would like you to believe, although the styling is freshened styling, there’s more standard and optional equipment, and a few added interior enhancements. Unaltered are the basic engineering, four- ...

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

1. What’s new for 2016? A transmission upgrade, an all-wheel-drive -system reboot, and revised equipment and safety features. Acura’s best-selling vehicle is a seven-passenger premium midsize crossover that received a clean-sheet redesign for model-year 2014. So it shows how tough ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Cadillac Escalade

1. What’s new for 2015? It’s a clean-sheet redesign for the vehicle that’s bling incarnate. Compared to the outgoing 2007-2014 Escalade, the ‘15 is brasher on the outside, more opulent inside, and more powerful under the hood. This full-size luxury ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Audi Q3

1. What’s new for 2015? The Q3 itself. This is a new entry-level crossover, slotting below the brand’s Q5 in size and price. It’s one of the newest members of a burgeoning class of “premium-subcompact” crossovers populated by the likes ...

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11 Best Old-School SUVs

Return with us now to the days of the original sport-utility vehicles. These are essentially trucks with passenger-wagon bodies attached to heavy-duty frames. That’s in contrast to crossover SUVs, in which body and frame is constructed as a single unit ...

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From family values to fabulous adventurers, this list of best crossover SUVs might surprise you

Crossovers are SUVs that are built like cars. Their body and frame is a single unit; the industry term is “unibody.” By contrast, traditional SUVs ride a truck-like frame to which the body is bolted. Crossovers can’t match body-on-frame SUVs ...

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Cross over to high style, performance, and prestige with the top 2016 luxury crossover SUVs

You can have your luxury and utility, too, not to mention true performance and real prestige. This is the happy convergence of upscale attributes that underpins our 11 best luxury crossovers. Every size class is represented – from the burgeoning ...

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7 Best Cars For an Executive

You’ve made it. Now drive a car that reflects your success. Here are seven any executive ought to consider. Presented from least expensive to most, all are 2014 models unless noted. The base prices include the manufacturer’s destination fees, which ...

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11 Best Cars For Tech Lovers

Be it for economy, performance, safety, convenience, or connectivity, lots of new cars can scratch your geek itch. And some of the least expensive offer tech that until recently was premium-brand stuff. Of course, if you have the means, there ...

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7 Cars That Give You the Most For Your Money

Buying groceries or investing in a new car — you want a good deal. Here are seven cars that will help you avoid buyer’s remorse. They’re drawn from a variety of size and price classes, from subcompact through midsize to ...

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2014 Best Mileage SUVs: Five Top Fuel-Efficient SUVs Under $40,000

There was a time “fuel efficient” and “SUV” couldn’t be used in the same sentence without a qualifier — such as “not very.” But advancements in design, engineering, and technology mean modern crossovers and SUVs can achieve car-like gas mileage ...

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The Best Crossover SUVs of 2014

From economical compacts like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 to roomy family haulers, such as the Chevrolet Traverse and Dodge Durango, crossover SUVs encompass a spectrum of sizes, capabilities, features, and prices. Our Best Crossover SUVs of 2014 surveys ...

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2014 Best Mileage Cars: Top Five Fuel-Efficient New Cars

With fuel prices over $3.00 per gallon in much of the U.S., good mileage is a key consideration in lots of new-car purchases. Here’s your guide to the cars that use the least “conventional” fuel, be it gasoline or diesel. ...

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2014 Best Mileage Luxury SUVs: Five Top Fuel-Efficient SUVs Over $40,000

Think of a luxury SUV – a Cadillac Escalade or Range Rover – and conspicuous consumption may come to mind. But an increasing number of luxury shoppers look to crossovers and SUVs that deliver prestige and style — but with ...

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2014 Pickup Truck Buying Guide

Americans bought nearly 15.6 million new cars and light trucks in 2013, an 8 percent increase over 2012. Sales of full-size pickups grew even faster, with a 19-percent gain. That’s partly testament to the recovering commercial and construction economy. It’s ...

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Best Minivans of 2014

While most shoppers prefer the style and elevated driving position of crossovers and SUVs, there’s plenty to be said for minivans when it comes to transporting people and their gear. No SUV can match a minivan’s blend of room, family-friendly ...

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2014 Midsize Car Buying Guide

The 2014 CarPreview.com Midsize Car Buying Guide is your roadmap through the most popular segment in America’s automobile market. Modestly sized outside with room enough for a family of five inside, these four-door sedans defend a tried-and-true formula of comfortable ...

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2014 Crossover SUV Buying Guide

The CarPreview.com 2014 Crossover SUV Buying Guide covers one of America’s largest, most competitive segments automotive segments. These vehicles essentially didn’t exist 20 years ago. Today, crossovers account for 49.3 percent of light-truck sales in the U.S. – and light ...

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2014 Luxury SUV Buying Guide

The 2014 Luxury SUV Buying Guide from CarPreview.com chronicles the sport-utilities set apart from mainstream SUVs by their blend of comfort, performance, design and prestige. Our roundup spans compact-, midsize-, and full-size-luxury SUVs priced from $35,415 to $146,995 and ranging ...

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2014 Luxury Car Buying Guide

The 2014 Luxury Car Buying Guide from CarPreview.com is an inside look at what’s new for some of the classiest cars you can buy. Automakers in this segment are in a never-ending game of one upsmanship. Powerful engines, sumptuous cabins, ...

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Beauty And Brains: Mazda’s Redesigned 3 Is a Compact-Class Standout

What changes make it different? Everything. This line of four-door sedans and four-door hatchbacks gets a clean-sheet redesign that benefits from the brand’s Skyactiv suite of fuel efficiency-enhancing technologies. Eye-catching new styling is courtesy of the automaker’s “Kodo” (Japanese for ...

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New For Nissan’s Low-Cost Subcompact, the Note Hatchback Joins the Sedan For 2014. Here’s Why That’s a Good Thing

What changes will make it different? Introduction of an all-new hatchback companion to the sedan. Versa is this Japanese automaker’s entry-level car and both body styles have four side doors. The hatch returns after a one-model-year hiatus. It’s slightly more ...

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More Than Meets the Eye: Kia’s Best-Selling SUV Gets Major Revisions

What changes will make it different? This midsize sport-utility vehicle gets a significant overhaul for 2014, with fresh styling inside and out, a different engine, revised chassis, and new safety and convenience features. It’s the first major update since its ...

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Some Options Are Now Standard And Gas Mileage Improves. Is That Enough Change Against Redesigned Rivals?

What changes will make it different? The navigation system becomes standard on the top two trim grades and internal revisions help V-6 versions gain 1 mpg in fuel-economy ratings. Some minor juggling of equipment rounds out alterations to this midsize ...

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How Will the Forte Sedan, Hatchback, And Coupe Defend Their Value Positioning For 2015?

What changes will make it different? Probably very few because this compact-car lineup was just redesigned for model-year 2014. Expect a nominal price increase for the 2015 Forte four-door sedan, two-door coupe (called the Koup), and Forte5four-door hatchback. And Kia ...

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Few Compact SUVs Get Better Fuel Economy Or Offer a Third-Row Seat. Is That Enough to Woo You From a Honda or Ford Escape?

What changes will make it different? A fuel-saving Eco mode for the transmission and wider availability of heated front seats update this popular compact crossover. It’s coming off a complete model-year 2014 redesign in which it got an improved cabin ...

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Better Options Packaging, Improved GT Appearance, And a Revamped Roster Renew This Style- And Value-Pacesetter

What changes will make it different? Deletion of the two-door coupe body style and addition of new options packages to the carried-over four-door sedan and a revised grille and wheels for the returning hatchback. This is another course-correction for a ...

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Style, Features, Value And Roominess Again Trump Road Manners. Is That a Deal Breaker For You?

What changes will make it different? Not many. A midcycle freshening is more likely for model-year 2016, leaving the ’15 to coast on the most recent updates to this stylish full-size sedan. It slots into the automaker’s lineup between the ...

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Sharp New Styling, Tighter Handling, More Digital Technology — This Is a Camry?

What changes will make it different? Major revisions to styling, two new sporty models, and tweaks designed to sharpen its driving dynamics. Interior updates include wireless charging for selected smartphones. This is an unusually broad “midcycle” freshening to a midsize ...

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It Got a Lot Better With Its Last Redesign But How Can This Big Sedan Improve Before Next Year’s Likely Restyle?

What changes will make it different? Very few, probably, given that this spacious five-passenger four-door is just two years out from a full model-year 2013 redesign. It got a sleeker look and new features, and gained a gas/electric hybrid version ...

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Styling Tweaks And Clever “Voice Of God” System Enhance a Minivan Still Alone In Class With Available All-Wheel Drive

What will change? A revised grille, available LED headlamps, and addition of the company’s parent-assisting Driver Easy Speak voice-amplifying system highlight updates to this versatile minivan. Should I wait for the 2016 model? This gets complicated. An all-new generation of ...

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With New Styling On the Way, What Alterations Might Improve This Popular Compact Crossover SUV?

What changes will make it different? Probably not a whole lot, considering this popular compact SUV is just two years out from its most recent redesign – and one year away from a midcycle freshening. The ’15 could gain some ...

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Its Value Equation Shouldn’t Change But Revised Styling Could Keep This Small Car Fresh Until Its Next Full Redesign

What changes will make it different? These subcompact sedans and hatchbacks are in line for revised styling and an updated interior. New convenience features could be part of the mix, and a sporty-performance model could be added. Debuting for model-year ...

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Want a 16-Inch Video Screen And a Built-In Vacuum For Popcorn You’ll Spill? Here’s Your Ride.

What changes will make it different? A few new color choices, perhaps. But that’s about it after a model-year-’14 revamp that brought updated styling and a host of new safety and convenience features. This popular seven- and eight-seat family hauler ...

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