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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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Still desirable, still potent, but still worth waiting for? Pros and cons of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE

What changes will make the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE different? With a complete redesign anticipated for model-year 2019, expect only the slightest updates for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE line of midsize crossovers. Known as the M-Class prior to a thorough model-year-2016 ...

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Pretty, powerful, and gaining a plug-in hybrid, the 2018 GLC premium compact crossover is a worthy Mercedes-Benz

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC

What changes will make the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC different A plug-in hybrid and possibly a turbodiesel model. Mercedes-Benz’s compact crossover SUV dropped the GLK tag and became the GLC with its model-year 2016 redesign. Larger, more gracefully styled, and better-driving ...

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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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After freshened styling and updated safety, the 2018 Chevrolet Trax faces tough new competition

2018 Chevrolet Trax

What changes will make the 2018 Chevrolet Trax different? Nothing of consequence because it’s coming off a model-year 2017 freshening. Those updates included revised styling, a revamped dashboard, and newly available safety and convenience features. The ’17 changes should sustain ...

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Jeep to restyle 2018 Renegade crossover. Will it add new models and bolster safety features, too?

2018 Jeep Renegade

What changes will make the 2018 Jeep Renegade different? Freshened styling, maybe some feature upgrades, and quite likely yet another special trim edition. They’ll be the first notable changes to Jeep’s popular subcompact crossover SUV since its model-year 2015 introduction. Renegade ...

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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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In limbo: 2018 Ford Escape stands pat pending the approach of an all-new model

2018 Ford Escape

What changes will make the 2018 Ford Escape different? Very few, considering the major updates it got for model-year 2017 — and the even bigger ones just over the horizon. That leaves the 2018 version of this popular compact crossover ...

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Why a 2017 Santa Fe or Santa Fe Sport might be a better buy than a 2018

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

What changes will make the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe different? None likely, because this generation of Hyundai’s midsize crossover SUV is heading into its final season before a full model-year 2019 redesign. The ’18 version will cruise on updates that ...

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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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What crossover can shame truckier-looking rivals? Subaru’s 2018 Outback can

2018 Subaru Outback

What changes will make the 2018 Subaru Outback different? Probably little of note, given updates it got for model-year 2017 – and the bigger ones likely for model-year ’19. Among the more underrated midsize crossovers, this five seater will continue ...

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Midsize-sedan blues: 2018 Nissan Altima left singing familiar tune until 2019 redesign

2018 Nissan Altima

What changes will make it different? Few if any, as this popular midsize sedan prepares to sail into the sunset. The current Altima design generation bowed for model-year 2013, got a fairly thorough upgrade for 2016, and is on track ...

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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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Rogue’s on a roll, but a new crossover companion may alter the 2018 model’s market position

2018 Nissan Rogue

What changes will make the 2018 Nissan Rogue different? Few, if any, following a major refresh for model-year 2017. Those changes included updated styling and addition of a hybrid variant and they’ll sustain this popular compact crossover to its next ...

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

2018 Hyundai Tucson

What changes will make the 2018 Hyundai Tucson different? Model-year 2018 will likely be a holdover for Hyundai’s entry-level SUV as it awaits a model-year 2019 freshened that’ll bring updated styling and – we hope – new or expanded features. ...

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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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The same, only better? Big questions surround all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler

2018 Jeep Wrangler

What changes make the 2018 Jeep Wrangler different? A full redesign — its first one since 2007– that should revitalize this iconic 4×4 from the inside out, but without treading far from its traditional look or reputation as one of ...

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Fresh looks? New safety features? An additional trim level? All may be on the table for 2018 as Ford seeks to stem Explorer’s sales stumble

2018 Ford Explorer

What changes will make the 2018 Ford Explorer different? The slim chance of a minor cosmetic refresh to sustain showroom appeal until the next full redesign, which is likely for model-year 2020. More important, we’d urge Ford to make the ...

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Ford to sharpen its 2018 Edge with fresh looks and a new tranny; more safety and luxury, too?

2018 Ford Edge

What changes will make the 2018 Ford Edge different? Freshened styling and a transmission upgrade from an automatic with six speeds to one with nine. The changes would be midcycle updates to a popular five-passenger midsize crossover SUV last fully ...

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Third seating row to expand capacity – and appeal – of 2018 Lexus RX midsize luxury crossover

2018 Lexus RX

What changes make the 2018 Lexus RX different? A third seating row to create the first seven-passenger version of America’s best-selling premium SUV. Increasing capacity from five gives Toyota’s luxury division its first direct competitor to the Acura RDX, Infiniti ...

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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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Buyers loved Highlander’s 2017 changes; how will they respond to Toyota’s modest plans for the ’18?

2018 Toyota Highlander

What changes will make the 2018 Toyota Highlander different? Probably nothing more than a new color choice or two, following a pretty thorough model-year 2017 freshening. The updates, which included tweaked styling and powertrain upgrades, helped spark an 11 percent ...

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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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Subaru’s 2018 Forester is a lame duck. Maybe buying a ’17, or waiting for the all-new ’19, is the wise move

2018 Subaru Forester

What changes will make the 2018 Subaru Forester different? Very few, since it’s coming off a model-year 2017 refresh and headed for a complete model-year 2019 redesign. That leaves the 2018 edition of this compact crossover likely treading water, with ...

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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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Going out with a bang: 2018 Grand Cherokee last of a generation, but Hellcat means it won’t go quietly

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

What changes make the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee different? The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee could become the fastest SUV on the planet with addition of a rip-roaring supercharged V-8. With an all-new Grand Cherokee due for model-year 2019, the 700-horsepower ...

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Pickup letdown: 2018 Silverado skates on special editions until aluminum-body 2018 redesign arrives

2017 Chevrolet Silverado

What changes will make the 2018 Silverado 1500 different? Only minor ones, given that this half-ton pickup truck is on track for a complete model-year 2019 redesign. Expect the ’18 Silverado 1500 to add a feature or two and maybe ...

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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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Tough act to follow: how will 2018 Honda CR-V defend its claim as best all-around compact crossover SUV?

2018 Honda CR-V

What changes will make the 2018 Honda CR-V different? Precious few, considering this compact crossover is coming off a complete redesigned for model-year 2017. The first all-new CR-V since the 2012 model, the ’17 introduced a restyled and roomier body, ...

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Smaller, smarter, available with a diesel: fully redesigned 2018 Equinox takes a new direction

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

What changes will make the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox different? A full redesign makes this popular five-passenger crossover a bit smaller, gives it fresh styling, introduces a trio of new turbocharged four-cylinder engines, and adds safety features. Interior accommodations are likewise ...

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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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Are updated styling and a turbo keys to sustaining 2018 Cherokee’s success?

What changes will make the 2018 Jeep Cherokee different? Fresh styling, suspension revisions, maybe even a new engine. These will be the first major updates to this compact crossover since its model-year 2014 introduction. Positioned as the smaller companion to ...

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Too much Muzak? Hyundai aims to recapture styling excitement with jazzed-up ’18 Sonata

2017 Hyundai Sonata

What changes will make the 2018 Hyundai Sonata different? Styling updates intended to recapture the impact of the 2011 Sonata. That car was a design breakthrough that made most rival midsize sedans look outdated. It was a sales hit, too. ...

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Redesigned 2018 X3 to showcase BMW’s next wave of style, tech, and performance

2017 BMW X3

What changes will make the 2018 BMW X3 different? Everything. An all-new generation of this premium compact crossover is due in early calendar 2017. It’ll have crisper lines, new gas engines, and a bigger, more luxurious interior. A plug-in hybrid ...

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