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For 2016 the BMW 4-Series Could See Small Revisions to the Engines and Front Styling

What changes will make it different? Although the 4-Series will continue to be viewed by many as simply a rebadging of the 3-Series coupe and convertible, it was actually a new car in its own right for the 2014 model ...

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A X6 M Variant Is Expected From BMW For 2016 With Plenty Of Power

What changes will make it different? BMW now has a huge range of models that can be sporty, luxurious, practical, opulent, great-looking and very, very fast. Until the arrival of the X6 as a 2009 model year, you could see ...

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A Diesel and Hybrid Version Of The BMW 7-Series For 2016

What changes will make it different? From what we’ve been seeing and hearing, the 2016 model year of BMW’s flagship 7-Series sedan is expected to be a redesigned sixth generation of the nameplate. While we shouldn’t expect anything too radical ...

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Driving Performance Is a Highlight For the Compact X4

What changes will make it different? It was completely new for 2015, so don’t expect much to be different in model-year ’16. We might, however, see a performance M version. These days it seems that if BMW can find even ...

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Gas Mileage Improvements Are Not Expected To Arrive in ‘16 For the Jeep Cherokee

What changes will make it different? The Cherokee nameplate was only recently resurrected, as a 2014 model year, so it’s unlikely that too much will change for the ’16. Fiat Chrysler is keen on sticking to a well-constructed plan that ...

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If Available For ‘16, Don’t Expect Gas Mileage For the Compass To Rival Other Compact Crossovers

What does the future hold? Unfortunately for fans of this nameplate, the 2015 model looks like it will be the last. It appears the Compass and the Patriot are both being discontinued, with the all-new Fiat 500L-based Renegade and another, ...

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2016 Jeep Renegade Preview

What should we expect? It isn’t every day that a completely new SUV is launched, especially by a specialist manufacturer like Jeep. That’s why the model-year ’15 Renegade is such big news and why there is so much anticipation about ...

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The Supercar Acura NSX Is Expected To Debut Sometime In the Summer Of 2015

What should we expect? It’s been quite a while since Honda had the NSX nameplate in production, with the last models rolling off the line in 2005. When it was first revealed that an all-new edition would be a hybrid, ...

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Will Acura Add Safety And Connectivity Technology and Features the RDX Has Been Missing For 2016?

What changes will make it different? This was Acura’s entry into the luxury compact crossover market in 2006 as a ’07. The second generation came into being as a 2013, so after a carryover for ’15, we expect a least ...

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An Improved Engine and Transmission Will Improve the Performance and Fuel Economy of the 2016 Acura ILX

What changes will make it different? This luxury compact sedan, which is being re-engineered for 2016, is set to get a new powertrain, an attractively restyled exterior that gives it a more aggressive look and a significantly upgraded interior. Bottom ...

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The 2016 MDX Will Deliver All the Technology and Features Expected of a Luxury SUV Along With Acura’s Well-Earned Reliability Reputation

What changes will make it different? Acura currently seems to be a business of two halves: (1) a maker of luxury sedans that are struggling to make a significant impact in their segments, and (2) a manufacturer of luxury utility ...

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Cadillac Escalade to Stand Pat For 2016 After Previous Year’s Changes

What changes will make it different? Few American vehicles are as iconic as the Escalade. If you want to make a statement with the vehicle you drive, this full-size SUV certainly gets the job done. Although it has seemingly been ...

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Cadillac Should Increase Fuel Efficiency With the Updated SRX or Its Replacement XT5

What changes will make it different? Depending on your point of view, this midsize crossover is either being redesigned or replaced for 2016. It appears as if an all-new vehicle is being tested by Cadillac, and despite the heavy camouflage, ...

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With the Arrival Of the new CT6, the XTS Will No Longer Be Cadillac’s Flagship Car

What changes will make it different? The 2015 version is billed by Cadillac as “one of the most technologically advanced production cars in the brand’s history,” so we’re a bit surprised about rumors suggesting this latest model could be the ...

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Delightful (and devilish) dozen: what to drive when styling and performance are paramount

These are the purebreds, designed from the first stroke of the engineer’s mouse to advance the pleasure of driving. Their powertrains and suspensions are crafted to deliver what their gorgeous bodies promise: excitement. Each is reserved for an intimate two ...

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The Cadillac ELR Will Continue To Combine Fuel Economy And Luxury For 2016

What changes will make it different? This is one of a growing number of extended-range plug-in electric vehicles that uses a gasoline engine to extend its approximately 35-mile electric-only range. The claimed total range is a very usable 340 miles, ...

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Will Most Likely Continue With the Current Exterior Styling For the CTS In 2016

What changes will make it different? It doesn’t sound as though there will be much happening here for the 2016 edition, other than the introduction of a CTS-V that should make Caddy fans more than happy. The CTS midsize sedan ...

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The Cadillac ATS Is Expected To Get a New Front For ’16

What changes will make it different? The ATS is a luxury compact sedan and coupe that made its debut in 2012 as a ’13 model year in sedan form only; the coupe appeared the following a year later. It’s about ...

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If Dodge Keeps the Durango Around For 2016, Expect Little Change

What changes will make it different? There’s little official word out there about what will happen with the 2016 Durango, a popular offering that sits somewhere between a crossover and a full-size SUV. Despite being a good seller and the ...

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This Powerful Midsize Muscle Car Has Many Of Latest Advancements In Connectivity and Safety

What changes will make it different? Since this muscle car throwback only just received its first major re-engineering since taking on its current form in 2007, we shouldn’t really expect anything to change for ’16. To be fair, the latest ...

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Is There Still a Market For the 2016 Charger: A Car Which Focuses On Power and Aggressive Styling?

What changes will make it different? The Charger name has existed in various guises since the fall of 1965, but the model we are so familiar with today has been around since ’05, when the name was resurrected after a ...

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Fuel Economy Should Improve With ‘16 Redesign of the Dodge Avenger

What changes will make it different? Production of this midsize sedan ended with the 2014 model, and it was last updated back in ’11. Although there is no official word from the manufacturer about a replacement, there are strong rumors ...

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How will Honda protect Fit’s place atop the 2016 subcompact class?

What changes will make it different? Nothing of consequence. This subcompact hatchback entered its third generation in model-year 2015, so an overhaul for ’16 isn’t in the cards. Nor does it need one. The most amazing thing about this five-passenger ...

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Can the Honda Civic Compete in the Competitive Compact Class For ’16

What changes will make it different? This enduring compact was refreshed for the 2014 model year, so it carries over largely unchanged into model-year ’15. Rumors have circulated that an all-new model is on deck, although Honda is staying tight-lipped ...

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Nissan stays jiggy with Juke for 2016, but competition’s heating up

What changes will make it different? Just when we thought this subcompact crossover’s styling could get no more radical, a model-year 2015 revamp of the nose and tail proved it could. That freshening will hold it until the next all-new ...

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Honda Looks to Attract the Upscale Crowd With the New CR-V Touring

What changes will make it different? Not much. The crossover was freshened for 2015 with a new front and back, better fuel economy, and additional safety features for top-end models. The ‘16 edition should see little to no changes. Perhaps ...

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Fighting Civic, Cruze and Corolla isn’t easy. What are Ford’s 2016 plans for the Focus?

What changes will make it different? When a manufacturer has a car as popular as this compact, careful consideration must be given to changing it too radically. The 2015 model year isn’t all new by any means, but it does ...

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Flex is an acquired taste. Should Ford’s low-slung SUV alternative be on your 2016 crossover menu?

What changes will make it different? The one thing we can rely on with this crossover is that it will stay the same. And when you are as fascinatingly unique as the Flex is and you have a dedicated band ...

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EcoBoost is 2016 Expedition reality. Should you buy before Ford’s full-size SUV adopts aluminum construction?

What changes will make it different? Predictions conflict about the Expedition in model-year 2016 following one of the vehicle’s infrequent revamps for the ’15 model year. This is among the remaining leviathans of the full-size SUV world. It’s been with ...

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Do C-Max hybrid and plug-in hybrid give Ford worthy 2016 Prius fighters?

What changes will make it different? Although Ford appears to be focused on synchronizing its global offerings, the C-Max follows a completely different type of strategy. It’s known in the United States as a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid that ...

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How will Ford keep Edge sharp for sophomore 2016?

What changes will make it different? It’s difficult to imagine Ford doing too much to change this crossover SUV, which will be all new as a 2015 model in calendar-year ’15. The Edge is the rare vehicle that actually will ...

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Chevy makes Trax its hope for a 2016 impact on emerging SUV segment

What changes will make it different? Don’t expect many since this compact SUV has yet to come to the United Sates after being initially designed for the European and Asian markets. The most we might see is a very minor ...

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Should you commit to today’s Camaro or can Chevy make the all-new 2016 worth waiting for?

What changes will make it different? Many cars in recent years have grown in size, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing…unless it’s a muscle car. A larger size invariably means more weight; that compromises performance, and performance is everything where ...

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It’s not your dad’s Impala. It’s better. Check out 2016 plans for Chevy’s full-size four-door.

What changes will make it different? An entirely new version of the famous nameplate was introduced as a 2014 model year, and there isn’t too much wrong with it. Thus, model-year ’16 should bring only a refreshing. Why should I ...

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Chevy to upgrade successful Sonic with new features, styling for 2016

What changes will make it different? Considerable upgrades could be coming to this compact. There have been some spy shots circulating, but commentators seem divided as to whether they are of a Sonic, Cruze or even Volt, which suggests the ...

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Better fuel economy, hotter looks among Chevy’s 2016 updates for redesigned Spark

What changes will make it different? Information is lacking at the moment about this minicar, but model-year 2016 should bring an all-new version. It’s a little difficult to work out what will actually be available in the United States, as ...

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All New Engine, Exterior, and Interior Are Expected For the Future Honda Ridgeline

What changes will make it different? The current Ridgeline has been around since 2005, which is a lifetime in the auto industry. Although the rules for cars and SUVs don’t necessarily apply to pickup trucks, a decade is plenty long ...

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What To Do With a Popular But Dated Vehicle? Honda Will Give Their Answer With the Updated 2016 Pilot

What changes will make it different? Probably not as many as some would like to see, given that it has remained largely the same since its introduction in 2009. It will still be a three-row midsize crossover SUV, although recent ...

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The Honda Odyssey Is Already A Great Family Mover and Could Get Major Update in ’16

What changes will make it different? Hang on to your hats, folks, because there are big changes ahead for this highly rated minivan. Nevertheless, it’s still a matter of conjecture as to whether the all-new sixth generation will appear as ...

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A Good Engine and Upscale Features Haven’t Been Enough for the Crosstour. Does Honda Have a Solution For ’16?

What changes will make it different? Let’s be honest: An awful lot needs to change if Honda is going to make a success of this crossover SUV. The model-year 2015 version really doesn’t know what it is or what it ...

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Chevrolet to Redesign Their Electric Car For ’16

What changes will make it different? Like a lot of concepts and prototypes, the exciting first incarnations of the Volt of 2007 looked significantly more futuristic than what actually went into production. Now the second generation is in development, so ...

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Fresh Exterior Styling and an Updated Interior For the 2016 Ford Explorer

What will change? It’s looking increasingly likely that the Explorer will be reengineered for the 2016 model year, which means the current architecture will remain but there will be new styling, a rejuvenated interior, new safety and connectivity features and ...

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Two body styles, different aims, same SUV value

What changes will make it different? This crossover SUV entered its third generation as a 2013 model, so anyone looking for an all-new offering will have to wait beyond model-year ’16. The first two generations of this popular vehicle lasted ...

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Better than you think, the 2016 Hyundai Genesis is not as good as it should be

What changes will make it different? With the luxury sedan’s second generation beginning in the 2015 model year, don’t look for much to be different in model-year ’16. A lot will depend on the response to the model-year 2015 version, ...

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Why a $62,000 Hyundai Equus sedan may be a good value

What changes will make it different? Model-year 2014 brought a substantial refreshing, so model-year ’15 is basically a carryover. That means more fundamental changes lie ahead, possibly for the 2016 model year. One major area that needs to be improved ...

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Can an Extremely Practical Nissan Sentra Stand Out In the Competitive Compact Class?

What changes will make it different? Don’t look for many noticeable aesthetic changes, as this current seventh generation of the popular compact sedan was only introduced in the fall of 2012 as a ’13 model year. However, things are moving ...

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Is Veloster a Sporty Family Car or Not? Hopefully We’ll Know For Sure By ’16

What changes will make it different? It seems that just about everything will change to some degree when the next generation of this compact finally hits the showrooms—apart from its unique door configuration, that is. The model-year 2015 tends to ...

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Will Updated Looks Be Enough To Keep the Hyundai Tucson Competitive in 2016?

What changes will make it different? From what we’ve learned so far, the major upgrades will center on the styling of this compact SUV. The styling of the model-year 2015 version has few detractors, but Hyundai is a company that ...

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Will Last Year’s Changes Be Enough to Keep the ’16 Hyundai Sonata Relevant?

What changes will make it different? Except when a manufacturer makes major mistakes with a new model—which is somewhat rare—the second year of that car doesn’t usually bring significant styling changes. A lot of time, money and effort go into ...

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Will the Hyundai Azera Make It To ’16?

What changes will make it different? There are strong rumors that the model-year 2015 Azera will be the swansong for the nameplate, forced out by other brands in the company’s ever-expanding range of high-quality vehicles. If it does survive into ...

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Chevrolet Redesigns The Equinox For ’16

What changes will make it different? The 2015 model year is still the second generation of this compact crossover, which has been on sale since 2009. After an apparent one-year delay, model-year 2016 will bring what should be an all-new, ...

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Will the Heavily Altered Chevrolet Cruze Continue the Success of Its Predecessor?

What changes will make it different? The model-year 2015 gets a minor facelift to hold us over until the all-new offering of this compact arrives for the ’16 model year. It turns out that there are going to be two ...

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