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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Range Rover Evoque

1. What’s new for 2016? Updated styling and new safety and infotainment features. With its couture looks and premium accoutrements, this SUV helped launch the now-crowded premium-compact-crossover segment, and the 2016 changes are its most extensive since its model-year 2012 ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Ford Explorer

1. What’s new for 2016? Styling updates, a new turbocharged-engine option, and introduction of Explorer’s fanciest trim level ever. These are the first significant alterations since a model-year 2011 redesign transformed Explorer from truck-type body-on-frame engineering to carlike unibody construction, ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Ford Escape

1. What’s new for 2016? A next-generation infotainment interface to replace the automaker’s confounding MyFord Touch system. The more intuitive, more graphically attractive, and hopefully more reliable Sync 3 connectivity system will be offered in a number of model-year 2016 ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Fiat 500X

1. What’s new for 2016? Everything. This all-new four-door wagon propels Fiat into the burgeoning subcompact-crossover segment where it’ll compete with the just-introduced Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3, as well as the Chevrolet Trax and Nissan Juke. Also in the ...

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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 2015 Lincoln Navigator

1. What’s new for 2015? The first significant updates to one of the oldest vehicles on the road. This full-size body-on-frame SUV dumps its V-8 powertrain for a twin-turbocharged V-6 that’s better-performing and more efficient. Steering and suspension revamps elevate ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015.5 Volvo XC60

1. What’s new for 2015? Mid-year powertrain advances so significant Volvo tags the updated version of this crossover a “2015.5” model. A new family of turbocharged four-cylinders under the Drive-E banner signals the automaker’s move away from five- and six-cylinder ...

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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 Honda HR-V

1. What’s new for 2016? A fresh Honda nameplate on an all-new subcompact crossover. Based on the automaker’s pacesetting Fit hatchback, HR-V joins the burgeoning mini-SUV class to compete with the Chevrolet Trax, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3 and others for ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Subaru Outback

1. What’s new for 2015? A redesigned but scarcely different-looking generation of a deceptively roomy and decidedly accomplished midsize crossover. Outback was present at the creation, debuting for 1996 as an all-wheel-drive wagon based on Subaru’s compact Legacy sedan. It ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 BMW X4

1. What’s new for 2016? Nothing, but that’s OK because this compact premium crossover is still dewy from its model-year 2015 introduction. Inspired by the German automaker’s midsize X6 – a fastback take on its square-cut X5 crossover – the ...

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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 2016 BMW X3

1. What’s new for 2016? Very little after a model-year 2015 freshening that updated styling, introduced diesel and two-wheel-drive models, and added features. The ’16 carries over the revised front end that helps link this premium compact crossover visually with ...

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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 Volkswagen Touareg

1. What’s new for 2015? Updated styling, an upgraded interior, and new driver-assist features. VW again positions this midsize five-seater against premium-class crossovers such as the Acura MDX. Indeed, Touareg is priced at the top of its competitive set and ...

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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 Honda CR-V

1. What’s new for 2015? Cosmetic updates, better fuel economy, and the most luxurious CR-V model ever. This five-seater is the sales leader in America’s highly competitive compact-crossover-SUV category and the ’15 freshening also upgrades cabin materials. A new grille, ...

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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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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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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Honda Pilot

1. What’s new for 2015? Honda’s square-shouldered midsize crossover SUV gets only minor changes for 2015. A newly added Pilot Special Edition (SE) trim level at about the middle of the product line includes pewter gray aluminum alloy wheels, a ...

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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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2015 BMW X5 Test Drive

The 2015 BMW X5 is the best SUV for you if you like being master of most of what you survey. This is a big, solid block of an SUV, proudly square in a field of increasingly rounded rivals. That ...

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Why the allroad Is a 2015 Audi Wagon And a Crossover

The 2015 Audi allroad is the best car for you if your ideal is a mix of station wagon and crossover SUV. Judging by its very modest sales numbers it isn’t the ideal of a great number of people. But ...

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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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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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Will The Grand Cherokee Gas Mileage Improvement Be The Only Changes For ’16?

What will Change? Only minor exterior appearance upgrades are expected but more powerful engine choices with better fuel efficiency are also in the works in time for the 2016 model. Consumers will have to wait until 2017 or possibly even ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Honda’s popular compact crossover CR-V goes upscale with a meaner appearance and a new premium model

What changes make it different? Bolder styling, better fuel economy yet more torque, and a new top-line model packed with safety features. This is America’s best-selling SUV and the changes are intended to make it more appealing to affluent buyers. ...

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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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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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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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Running In Place: Can Great Road Manners And a Euro Attitude Sustain This Compact Crossover Until Its Next Big Update?

  What changes will make it different? A midcycle update is coming, likely reaching showrooms during the first half of calendar 2016. The revamped edition of this popular, fun-to-drive compact SUV likely will be labeled a 2017 model, though there’s ...

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The V60’s Look Has Been Modernized To Compete With the New-Age Family Movers

The model-year 2015 Volvo V60 is the best car for you if you don’t remember—or don’t care—that the company’s station wagons once looked like they were built of Legos. Today’s designers are intent on making you forget that celebration of ...

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The Tahoe and Yukon Can Seat 8 And Haul A House

The model-year 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon are the best SUVs for you if you wonder what it might be like had dinosaurs not gone extinct. Full-size, body-on-frame SUVs are the fossils of the automotive world. Built like trucks, ...

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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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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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Updates To Honda’s Popular Compact Crossover Could Include Different Styling And a New Transmission

What changes will make it different? Exterior styling tweaks, a freshened interior, and maybe a new transmission are likely on tap for Honda’s popular small SUV. Today’s version of this utility vehicle was all-new for 2012 and is on schedule ...

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Escape To Stand Pat For 2015, Awaiting Bigger Changes For ’16 And ’17

What changes will make it different? Not much, but expect a simplified version of the controversial MyFord Touch infotainment option. That’s a band-aid for one of the many high-tech features that help distinguish this popular compact crossover from less adventurous ...

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