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Best all-around compact crossover for families? 2022 Nissan Rogue is hard to beat

The popular 2022 Rogue will continue as arguably America’s most family-friendly compact crossover SUV, packed with standard safety features and smartly priced.

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Seven for the price of five: 2022 Kia Sorento midsize crossover is an appealing ‘tweener with plug-in potential

With three rows of seats and a plug-in hybrid, the 2022 Kia Sorento midsize crossover SUV should be worth considering against anything in the competitive set.

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2022 Chevrolet Tahoe: No.-1 seller to face new Jeep Wagoneer, updated Ford Expedition

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe LS by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe different? Perhaps yet another trim package, maybe new colors, but likely nothing major for America’s best-selling full-size SUV. We would, however, urge Chevrolet to make ...

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Off-road Adventure, TRD models on tap for 2022 Toyota Highlander?

By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Toyota Highlander different? 2021 Toyota Highlander XLE Maybe a blacked-out Nightshade appearance package. Possibly off-road-themed Adventure or TRD trims. Aside from those sorts of trendy additions, this popular midsize crossover will ...

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All-wheel drive, 290 horses, high style: is the 2022 Kia K5 your next midsize sedan?

2021 Kia K5 GT-Line by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Kia K5 different? Perhaps some connectivity tweaking but nothing major following a model-year-2021 redesign that brought fresh styling, optional all-wheel drive, a 290-horsepower flagship — and a ...

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Will the 2022 Mazda CX-9 go all BMW with rear-drive and an inline-6?

2021 Mazda CX-9 Signature By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Mazda CX-9 different? A dramatic rebirth as a BMW-baiting, rear-wheel-drive-based crossover with a 300-plus-horsepower inline-six-cylinder engine – or little more than a warmed-over rerun of the 2021 ...

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2022 Ford F-150: power (cords) to spare

2021 Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCrew By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Ford F-150 different? A 700-plus-horsepower Raptor R is on the way. So is the first all-electric F-150. Ford promises the Raptor R for calendar 2022, although ...

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2022 Mazda 3: updated, and upmarket, too?

2021 Mazda 3 sedan by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Mazda 3 different? Freshened styling, perhaps some authentic luxury appointments, maybe even new engine technology. We’d advocate for more standard safety features, too. Those and other changes ...

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2022 Subaru Crosstrek: more power to ya. Was bigger engine the answer?

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Limited by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek different? Maybe some new color choices but no big changes as this popular subcompact-crossover SUV stands pat after several years of notable upgrades. Spunky kid ...

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2022 Toyota Venza crossover: high-fashion and hybrid-only

2021 Toyota Venza Limited By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Toyota Venza different? Toyota could add another trim level – a sporty XSE model is a reasonable possibility. But that won’t fundamentally change the 2022 version of ...

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Lame duck but still soaring: 2022 Mazda CX-5

2021 Mazda CX-5 By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Mazda CX-5 different? Very little, in what’s probably this compact-crossover SUV’s final model year before a full redesign. The 2022 CX-5 might gain a new color choice or ...

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Dukes up, 2022 Nissan Sentra. Here comes the all-new Civic

2021 Nissan Sentra SR by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Nissan Sentra different? Nothing major as this compact car continues to surf the wake of a model-year-2020 redesign that emboldened styling, bolstered road manners, and bettered the ...

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2022 Volkswagen Atlas: what beyond roominess puts it on the map?

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium R-Line By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas different? Nothing significant as Volkswagen’s largest-ever vehicle takes a breather between a model-year 2021 refresh and bigger changes expected for model-year 2024. The ...

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High style, extreme mileage, elevated performance: 2022 Hyundai Sonata

2021 Hyundai Sonata By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Hyundai Sonata different? Minor details as this eye-catching front-wheel-drive midsize sedan gets ready for a model-year 2023 refresh. The 2022 Sonata will continue as a family-car style leader ...

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2022 Toyota RAV4 poised to defend top-selling-crossover crown

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Toyota RAV4 different? Little of consequence as Toyota prepares America’s best-selling crossover for a model-year-2023 refresh. Likely limited mostly to cosmetic tweaks, the ’23 refresh won’t fundamentally ...

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2022 Honda Civic: can the best compact car get better?

2022 Honda Civic Sedan prototype 2021 Civic Sedan by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Honda Civic different? Everything except perhaps the powertrains. The first fully redesigned Civic since model-year 2016 will have new styling, a revamped interior, ...

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Subcompact serenity: 2022 Buick Encore GX crossover uncommonly refined

2021 Buick Encore GX Essence By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Buick Encore GX different? Nothing significant as this pretty little SUV with upscale aspirations enters its third model year. Buick’s follow-up to the smaller, dumpier-looking just-plain ...

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2022 Kia Seltos: subcompact crossover flexes its muscles

2021 Kia Seltos SX by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2022 Kia Seltos different? Little more than a new color choice or two is likely for this eye-catching subcompact crossover SUV’s second model year. The 2022 Seltos will ...

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Excessive where it matters: 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport V-6 SEL Premium By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport different? Very little in the sophomore season for this startlingly voluminous five-seat midsize-crossover SUV. The Cross Sport will return ...

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Apex sedan, Hatchback Special Edition enliven 2021 Toyota Corolla

2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Special Edition By CarPreview staff What changes make the 2021 Toyota Corolla different? A high-performance edition to rival the Honda Civic Si and Volkswagen Golf GTI would be the most tantalizing addition to America’s best-selling compact ...

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Crossover or entry-level car? 2021 Hyundai Venue wants it both ways

2020 Hyundai Venue SEL by Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Hyundai Venue different? Little of substance, but a change in status is probably on the way. In a year or two, this subcompact wagon will likely assume ...

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Roomy, solid, but 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe needs to find its crossover mojo

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.0T By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe different? Nothing major while Hyundai readies a model-year-2022 refresh of this five-seat midsize crossover SUV. Tweaked styling and possible hybrid and high-performance ...

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Old-school spirit: 2021 Toyota 4Runner upholds traditional SUV values

2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff What changes will make the 2021Toyota 4Runner different? A Trail trim level with accessories designed for those who spend time in parts unknown. Otherwise, this old-school midsize SUV should return ...

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Midsize, mainstream and unexpectedly rewarding: 2021 Nissan Altima sedan

2020 Nissan Altima By Chuck Giametta What changes will make the 2021 Nissan Altima different? Nothing noteworthy is expected as Nissan readies its roomy, comfortable midsize sedan for a model-year-2022 refresh. That midcycle update probably will focus on minor styling ...

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2021 Subaru Outback: still the brainy crossover choice?

2020 Subaru Outback Onyx Edition XT By Ed Piotrowski and CarPreview staff What changes will make the 2021 Subaru Outback different? Subaru’s five-seat midsize crossover SUV could gain a sport-themed trim level for model-year 2021. It would join an otherwise ...

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2020 Nissan Kicks: a subcompact crossover that’s more – and less — than it seems

2020 Nissan Kicks What changes will make the 2020 Nissan Kicks different? Maybe a new color choice or two, but Nissan’s crossover-style subcompact hatchback won’t be meaningfully altered for model-year 2020. Introduced for 2018 to replace Nissan’s kooky Juke, the ...

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2020 Nissan Rogue mission: stay relevant until radical replacement arrives

2020 Nissan Rogue

What changes will make the 2020 Nissan Rogue different? Maybe a new option package or two to celebrate what’s been a remarkable run for this compact crossover SUV. An all-new — and likely radically different — Rogue is in the ...

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A better engine? Please. Freshened styling? Meh. Look ahead to the 2019 Nissan Murano

2019 Nissan Murano

What changes will make the 2019 Nissan Murano different? Perhaps the engine upgrade speculated about but undelivered as part of the model-year-2018 freshening. Nissan didn’t tweak Murano’s styling, either, and now it appears this eye-catching midsize crossover could remain visually ...

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Will a mediocre powertrain again tarnish the 2019 Nissan Rogue’s many meritorious attributes?

2019 Nissan Rogue

What changes will make the 2019 Nissan Rogue different? It’s been making annual upgrades to this compact crossover, but Nissan appears to have little of significance on tap for the 2019 edition. Rogue is the automaker’s most popular vehicle and ...

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Poised for a 2020 freshening, how will 2019 Nissan Armada maintain its appeal?

2019 Nissan Armada

What changes will make the 2019 Nissan Armada different? Nothing of significance, as Nissan prepares its sport-utility flagship for a model-year 2020 freshening. The 2019 Armada will continue as a full-size, body-on-frame SUV with luxury amenities that nudge it surprisingly ...

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Fearless forecast: All-new 2019 Nissan Altima to shelve V-6 for variable-compression turbo four, offer all-wheel drive

Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept

What changes will make the 2019 Nissan Altima different? It’ll be all-new: larger, racier-looking, higher-tech, and very possibly available with all-wheel drive (AWD) and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Expect a roomier, more contemporary interior along with exterior styling influenced by ...

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More power is easy. What can Nissan do to update the 2018 Murano’s styling?

2018 Nissan Murano

What changes will make the 2018 Nissan Murano different? Tweaked styling and an engine upgrade. They’ll highlight the midcycle refresh of a midsize crossover that still looks avant garde three model years after its 2015 redesign. Murano will remain a ...

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Nissan’s Rogue Sport is a subcompact-crossover standout, and the 2018 version is safer, too

What changes will make the 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport different? Autonomous emergency braking as standard equipment on all trim levels will be the key 2018 update for Nissan’s likable subcompact crossover. The driver aid – a prerequisite for top safety ...

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Nissan Armada Sets Sail for Model-Year 2018 Unchanged

2018 Nissan Armada

What changes will make the 2018 Nissan Armada different? Few, if any, following a radical reimagining for model-year 2017. The 2018 version of Nissan’s biggest SUV will continue as a surprisingly luxurious full-sizer that’s also capable of serious off-road duty. ...

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Nearly forgotten, almost gone: Nissan Quest’s uncertain future impacts 2017, 2018 models

What changes will make the 2018 Nissan Quest different? Mere survival. Miniscule sales, unsold units, and robust competition mean an uncertain future for Nissan’s spacy but solid minivan. As of mid-April 2017, the automaker still had not released the model-year ...

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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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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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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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Murano nails the fashion part, what’s next? Look ahead to 2017 and beyond

What changes will make the 2017 Nissan Murano different? Nothing of note, just two seasons after an all-new design was introduced for model-year 2015. That was the first redesign of this midsize crossover since 2009. It brought wild new styling ...

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Rogue sales are torrid and changes are on the horizon. Will they come for 2017?

2017 Nissan Rogue

What changes will make 2017 Nissan Rogue different? Lots in the pipeline, including styling updates and possible addition of a hybrid model. Precisely when is the question. All new for model-year 2014, Rogue is due a midcycle freshening before its ...

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Will Nissan’s sweeping 2016 update be enough to sustain Altima’s appeal for 2017?

2016 Nissan Altima

What changes will make 2017 Nissan Altima different? Few if any, following uncommonly bold updates for model-year 2016. Debuting as a 2013 model, today’s generation of this popular midsize sedan is on pace for a full redesign in model-year 2019. ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Nissan Murano

1. What’s new for 2015? Designer fashion at outlet prices. The first full redesign of this five-passenger crossover since model-year 2009 brings flamboyant new styling and a coolly contemporary cabin, but retains an aging powertrain. Seeking distinction in a jammed ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Nissan Juke

What’s new for 2015? Revised styling freshens this kooky crossover while additional standard equipment makes it a better value. The styling changes are subtle: slightly reshaped nose and tail, updated headlamps and taillamps, and mirrors with LED turn-signal repeaters. Amenities ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Nissan Rogue

1. What’s new for 2015? Nissan’s compact crossover SUV gets minor updates on the heels of its model-year 2014 redesign. Heated cloth front seats are now included with the SV Premium Package. Arctic Blue Metallic is added to the exterior ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Nissan Altima

1. What’s new for 2015? Upgraded safety and convenience features and better mileage improve this popular midsize sedan for 2015. Engineering improvements for its available V-6 engine increase fuel-economy ratings 1 mpg in highway and in combined city/highway driving. V-6 ...

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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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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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Mild To Wild: How Radically Different Will This Midsize Sedan’s Looks And Powertrains Turn Out?

What changes will make it different? Styling and the likely addition of an unusual gas-electric hybrid. This popular midsize sedan was last all-new for model-year 2013 and is on path for its next full redesign around model-year 2019. That leaves ...

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Nissan’s Second-Generation Rogue Takes a Step Forward In Styling

This is the best SUV for you if you want a compact crossover trying to make the transformation from frog to prince. Rogue is redesigned for the first time since Nissan introduced it for model-year 2008. It makes big strides ...

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

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

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

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

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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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