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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.

2018 Lexus GX 460 Review, Pricing and Buying Advice

2018 Lexus GX 460 Buying Advice This is the best premium SUV for you if you want to blend new-school luxury and features with old-school capability. The Lexus GX 460 is an anachronism in an automotive marketplace filling with smaller, ...

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2018 Dodge Journey Review and Pricing

2018 Dodge Journey

2018 Dodge Journey Buying Advice This is best midsize crossover for you if you have an immediate need for a seven-seat utility vehicle, don’t want to spend a fortune to get it, and are OK with its relative lack of ...

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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Review and Pricing

2018 Chrysler Pacifica

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Buying Advice This is the best minivan for you if you want an excellent blend of style, comfort, and available safety features. It’s also your only option for a gas-electric hybrid minivan — and it’s a plug-in, ...

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Tiny, but terrific? 2018 Buick Encore stands pat

2018 Buick Encore

2018 Buick Encore Buying Advice This is the best subcompact crossover for you if like-sized vehicles such as the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, and Mazda CX-3 are too mainstream – and the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Mercedes-Benz GLA are ...

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Does Chevy upgrade the 2018 Trax sufficiently?

2018 Chevrolet Trax

2018 Chevrolet Trax Buying Advice This is the best subcompact crossover for you if you’re looking for a utility vehicle that acts more grown up than it might look. Trax is Chevrolet’s entry-level crossover and was among the initial entries ...

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Sport, power spiffs for 2018 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban

2018 Chevrolet Suburban

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban Buying Advice These are the best full-size SUVs for you if power and refinement take precedence over third-row-seat passenger comfort. Lots of folks are OK with that tradeoff: the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban account for ...

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How does Mercedes-Benz keep the 2018 GLS fresh?

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS Buying Advice This is the best premium-large crossover for you if you’re looking for a near-ideal blend of performance, versatility, and solidity. The GLS is Mercedes-Benz’s largest SUV, with three-row seating for up to seven occupants. It ...

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2018 Kia Sorento Review and Prices

2018 Kia Sorento

2018 Kia Sorento Buying Advice This is the best midsize crossover for you if getting lots of safety and convenience features for your money is paramount. Model-year 2018 is a relatively quiet one for the Sorento; a more significant update ...

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2018 Acura RDX Review and Pricing

2018 Acura RDX

2018 Acura RDX Buying Advice This is the best premium-compact crossover for you if you want a “jack-of-all-trades” that asks little of its owner in return. Acura’s entry-level crossover, the RDX seats five and borrows elements of its underskin engineering ...

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

Updated May 30th, 2017 What changes make the 2018 Audi Q5 different? A full redesign, including a fresh body on a new underskin structure, plus updates to powertrains, safety, and technology. These sweeping changes launch the second-generation of this German ...

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Smooth and sophisticated, but somehow stilted: the 2018 Audi Q7 conundrum

Updated May 25th, 2017 What changes make the 2018 Audi Q7 different? Newly standard equipment — including power door closers for the top-line model — and higher asking prices. These tweaks update a seven-passenger crossover SUV that was all-new for ...

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

2018 Audi Q3

Updated May 25th, 2017 What changes make the 2018 Audi Q3 different? Revised styling touches – Audi’s sporty S line look is now standard — and a redistribution of features from the Prestige model, which has been discontinued. Slotting below ...

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Tougher-looking, safer-driving, and diesel-powered: Ford updates 2018 F-150

2018 Ford F-150

Updated May 25th, 2017 What changes will make it different? Many: fresh styling inside and out; new engines, including its first-ever diesel; new safety features; and expanded availability of the segment-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission. These changes mark the midcycle refresh ...

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Midsize Mazda sedan standing pat – but not for long. Here’s the 411 on the 2018 Mazda 6

What changes will make the 2018 Mazda 6 different? Nothing is likely because an all-new version of this midsize sedan is expected during calendar 2018 as a 2019 model. That upcoming fourth-generation Mazda 6 will have a new body and ...

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Hotter styling, hopped-up performance aim to keep 2018 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban relevant

2018 Chevrolet Suburban

What changes will make the 2018 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe different? Revised styling, upgraded transmissions, revamped feature packaging, and addition of a 420-horsepower high-performance version of the Tahoe. Also debuting will be Rally Sport Truck (RST) versions of both the ...

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Baby Silverado? 2018 Colorado facelift promises an image-upgrade for Chevy’s compact pickup

What changes will make the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado different? Revised styling and the possible proliferation of the eight-speed automatic transmission. Marking the midpoint in the lifecycle of Chevrolet’s compact-class pickup truck, these updates should help keep Colorado competitive until the ...

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Safety-features deficit, but outsized appeal: look ahead to the 2018 Buick Encore

2018 Buick Encore

What changes will make the 2018 Buick Encore different? Nothing of note, coming off a significant freshening for model-year 2017. In fact, the next big change for this diminutive premium crossover SUV is slated for model-year 2020, when it’ll undergo ...

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Should old nose and outdated transmission figure in your 2018 Lincoln MKX buying decision?

2018 Lincoln MKX

Buying Advice This is the best premium-midsize crossover for you want proof a Lincoln can distinguished itself from the Ford on which it’s based. The MKX separates from its parent-company’s less expensive Edge crossover with a layer of refinement, a ...

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Minivans? Kia’s got one, too, and the 2018 Sedona may be the bargain of the class

2018 Kia Sedona

What changes will make the 2018 Kia Sedona different? A new, more efficient transmission is the anticipated headline for Kia’s 2018 minivan. New color choices and higher asking prices will likely round out Sedona’s changes as Kia likely preps it ...

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Infotainment upgrade, mileage-boosting tech could be on tap for 2018 Chrysler Pacifica

2018 Chrysler Pacifica

What changes will make the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica different? Count on new paint colors and higher sticker prices for the second model year of Chrysler’s latest minivan design. Consider the possibility of an upgraded infotainment system and the even greater ...

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With little change expected, is the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS still a top crossover choice?

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS

What changes will make the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS different? Higher asking prices and maybe a new paint color or two will keep changes to a minimum following a significant model-year 2017 refresh. That refresh included a name change, from GL-Class ...

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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

2018 BMW X1

Updated June 30th, 2017 What changes make the 2018 BMW X1 different? Minor equipment-package tweaks take care of changes to BMW’s smallest crossover in advance of a midcycle freshening for model-year 2019. A rearview camera is standard instead of optional ...

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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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From a not-quite boulevardier to a no-boundaries bad-boy, the body-on-frame 2018 4Runner has reach

2018 Toyota 4Runner

Last Updated August 22nd, 2017 What changes make the 2018 Toyota 4Runner different? New accessory packages dress up this old-school SUV as it soldiers on as the only surviving midsize utility vehicle with body-on-frame construction. Last redesigned for model-year 2010 ...

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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

Updated November 13th, 2017 2018 Honda HR-V Buying Advice This is the best subcompact crossover for you if you’re looking for big space in a small footprint. Honda’s tiniest crossover debuted as a 2016 model, slotting below the compact CR-V ...

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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

Updated November 13th, 2017 What changes make the 2018 Hyundai Tucson different? Reconfigured model grades, enhanced content, and a simpler way to complete your new-car purchase. Ninety percent of Tucson models now come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity ...

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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

Updated November 13th 2017 2018 Honda Accord Buying Advice The fully redesigned Accord is the best car for you if you believe midsize sedans aren’t dead yet. Family cars, once the industry’s most popular segment, are today being outsold by ...

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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

Updated October 23rd, 2017 2018 Toyota RAV4 Buying Advice This is the best compact crossover SUV for you wanted the RAV4 to become more adventurous. Toyota’s popular “Recreational Activity Vehicle (with) 4-Wheel Drive” has been a household name for more ...

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

Last Updated October 23rd, 2017 2018 Toyota Camry Buying Advice This is the best midsize sedan for you if you crave a Camry new from the ground up. America’s most popular car is fully redesigned for model-year 2018, with curvaceous ...

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

Updated October 23rd, 2017 2018 Toyota Corolla Buying Advice This is the best compact car for you if you prioritize function over form — and fun. Other small cars are better looking and more exciting to drive, but few approach ...

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

2018 Acura MDX

Last Updated October 23rd, 2017 2018 Acura MDX Buying Advice This is the best premium-midsize crossover SUV for you if you’re looking for a near-ideal blend of comfort and cargo room, driving engagement and value. MDX is the flagship SUV ...

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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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