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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

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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

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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

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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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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 2016 Honda Pilot

1. What’s new for 2016? Everything. Sleeker styling, more power yet better fuel economy, and overdue safety features mark the first full redesign of this midsize crossover since model-year 2009. Looking much like an inflated version of the automaker’s hot-selling ...

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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 Chevrolet Colorado or GMC Canyon

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What’s new for 2015? Everything. Originally developed for overseas markets, these new trucks join GM’s U.S. lineup for model-year 2015 to augment the larger, more expensive full-size Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. They’re pitched as more fuel-efficient, more maneuverable alternatives ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Hyundai Veloster

1. What’s new for 2015? This sporty compact hatchback adds automatic climate control to its optional Technology package and makes 18-inch alloy wheels part of its Style package. Available with naturally aspirated and turbocharged four-cylinder engines, the front-wheel-drive Veloster is ...

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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 Ford Fusion

1. What’s new for 2015? A rear-backup camera is standard across the line and the combination of all-wheel drive and the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available on more than just the top-line model. In other changes for this ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Hyundai Equus

What’s new for 2015? This surprisingly plush full-size flagship is unchanged, continuing as a rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan with standard V-8 power. It slots above the smaller Genesis sedan in Hyundai’s lineup and is roughly the size of the Lexus LS ...

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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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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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12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Hyundai Azera

1. What’s new for 2015? A move upscale for a full-size sedan already doing a fair impression of an entry-luxury car. Base and Limited trim levels return, with the base gaining as standard the navigation system previously exclusive to the ...

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12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Honda Odyssey

1. What’s new for 2015? This stylish and accommodating minivan is unchanged following a modest revision for model-year 2014 that included addition of a six-speed automatic transmission and the much-publicized HondaVAC in-vehicle vacuum cleaning system. This remains one of the ...

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2015 BMW X5 Test Drive

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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

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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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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Kia Sorento

1. What’s new for 2016? A bigger, better-looking body, a more sophisticated interior, and addition of a turbocharged four-cylinder-engine option. This is the first all-new version of this midsize crossover since model-year 2011 and the South Korean automaker aims to ...

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2015 Acura TLX Test Drive

The 2015 TLX is the best car for you if you want to be a part of Acura’s return to the front ranks of sports sedans. It’s been a while — probably since at least 2008, with the last of ...

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

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

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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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Status Quo Is Kept With the Updated Tundra

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The Toyota Tundra for model-year 2014 is the best truck for you if you want a revamped pickup that still seems to be searching for its identity. With revised styling and more features, this is the most extensive update since ...

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The Heart of the Kia Lineup Gets Major Revisions

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The model-year 2014 Soul is the best car for you if want a small hatchback with an edgy attitude but mainstream attributes. You may not realize it at first glance, but this is the most extensively redesigned Soul since Kia ...

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Improved Fuel Economy Highlights the Updated Sedan

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The model-year 2014 Jetta is the best car for you if you want the version that Volkswagen should have been offering since model-year 2011. That’s when Volkswagen reinvented the Jetta, inflating it up from a cramped little jewel to a ...

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Smaller, Longer and Better Gas Mileage For the Next Generation Crossover

The Acura MDX for model-year 2014 is the best SUV for you if you agree that sometimes less is more. Fully redesigned for the first time since model-year 2007, Acura’s flagship crossover is lower, narrower, lighter,and less powerful than the ...

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Is This German Legend Getting By On Reputation?

The model-year 2014 BMW 3 Series is the best car for you if you’re intrigued by an icon that’s gone from magisterial to a little mysterious. For decades this line of compact German sports sedans and coupes was the undisputed ...

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Bigger With Better Fuel Economy And Award-Winning Driving Experience: The All-New Range Rover Sport

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The model-year 2014 Range Rover Sport is the best SUV for you if a BMW X5 is too predictable, a Mercedes-Benz M Class too prudent and a Porsche Cayenne too provocative. It’s also for you if you find ads about ...

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European Road-Manners And a Tight Back Seat For This American CR-V Fighter

The model-year 2014 Ford Escape is the best compact crossover for you if you’re willing to give up some interior space to get terrific road manners. You’ll also need to acquire a taste for some—um—ambitious styling inside and out, and ...

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Inexpensive But Quality. A New Look For GM

The Chevrolet Sonic for model-year 2014 is the best car for you if you need inexpensive transportation but don’t want a cheap car. Who says an American company can’t build a subcompact every bit as good as a Nissan, Hyundai ...

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Sedan or Hatchback? Either Way Its A Sporty Small Car

The model-year 2014 Ford Fiesta is the best economy car for you if can sacrifice subcompact roominess for subcompact sportiness. The car gets a restyled nose for model-year 2014, and under the hood is a big surprise in a small ...

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The All-New Toyota Highlander Acts Like a Minivan But Looks Like SUV

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The model-year 2014 Highlander is the best crossover for you if you want a family wagon that looks like an SUV but acts a lot like a minivan. This popular crossover gets its first significant updates since model-year 2008. Its ...

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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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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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The Luxury Audi A3 Could Just As Easily Be a Top-Of-the-Line Volkswagen

The model-year 2015 A3 is the best car for you if you’re hip to an emerging category that’s putting some of the most glamorous names in motoring on small, sporty and expensive cars. We’re talking about Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Cadillac and ...

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The Range Rover Evoque is Comfortable At the Country Club or On the Backroads

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The Evoque for model-year 2014 is the best SUV for you if you like your style with substance. Evoque looks like an auto-show concept car, but it’s most assuredly at home on real roads. And being a Range Rover, it’s ...

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The Very Best SUV From Volkswagen

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The model-year 2014 Audi SQ5 is the best SUV for you if you fantasize about turning a Golf R into a high-performance crossover. With all-wheel drive, a sport-tuned suspension and unique details, this offering is a lot like a jacked-up ...

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Smaller Outside, Bigger Inside, Better In Every Way. If You Can Find a Finer Subcompact Hatchback, Buy It

What changes make it different? Almost everything. Redesigned for the first time since model-year 2009, this subcompact hatchback gets sleeker styling, more power, better fuel economy, and additional features. It retains its mini-wagon profile and the aptly named “Magic Seat,” ...

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Upheaval: Can Less Weight, Smaller Engines, Higher Prices, And Cabs And Beds That Aren’t Made Of Steel Satisfy American Pickup Buyers?

What changes will make it different? Revolutionary ones. Fully redesigned for the first time since model-year 2009, it adopts a weight-saving aluminum body and offers two turbocharged V-6 engines – and ignites a debate about durability and repair costs. The ...

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Beauty And Brains: Mazda’s Redesigned 3 Is a Compact-Class Standout

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What changes make it different? Everything. This line of four-door sedans and four-door hatchbacks gets a clean-sheet redesign that benefits from the brand’s Skyactiv suite of fuel efficiency-enhancing technologies. Eye-catching new styling is courtesy of the automaker’s “Kodo” (Japanese for ...

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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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More Than Meets the Eye: Kia’s Best-Selling SUV Gets Major Revisions

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What changes will make it different? This midsize sport-utility vehicle gets a significant overhaul for 2014, with fresh styling inside and out, a different engine, revised chassis, and new safety and convenience features. It’s the first major update since its ...

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

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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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How Will the Forte Sedan, Hatchback, And Coupe Defend Their Value Positioning For 2015?

What changes will make it different? Probably very few because this compact-car lineup was just redesigned for model-year 2014. Expect a nominal price increase for the 2015 Forte four-door sedan, two-door coupe (called the Koup), and Forte5four-door hatchback. And Kia ...

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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?

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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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Better Options Packaging, Improved GT Appearance, And a Revamped Roster Renew This Style- And Value-Pacesetter

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What changes will make it different? Deletion of the two-door coupe body style and addition of new options packages to the carried-over four-door sedan and a revised grille and wheels for the returning hatchback. This is another course-correction for a ...

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Style, Features, Value And Roominess Again Trump Road Manners. Is That a Deal Breaker For You?

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What changes will make it different? Not many. A midcycle freshening is more likely for model-year 2016, leaving the ’15 to coast on the most recent updates to this stylish full-size sedan. It slots into the automaker’s lineup between the ...

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It’s a Lame Buck, But At 50 mpg City/Highway Combined, This Icon Still Deserves To Top Your Hybrid Shopping List

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What changes will make it different? Introduction of a fancy Persona Series Special Edition helps send this generation of the world’s best-selling hybrid out on a luxury note. An all-new design will launch for model-year 2016, billed as a leap ...

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Sharp New Styling, Tighter Handling, More Digital Technology — This Is a Camry?

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What changes will make it different? Major revisions to styling, two new sporty models, and tweaks designed to sharpen its driving dynamics. Interior updates include wireless charging for selected smartphones. This is an unusually broad “midcycle” freshening to a midsize ...

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It Got a Lot Better With Its Last Redesign But How Can This Big Sedan Improve Before Next Year’s Likely Restyle?

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What changes will make it different? Very few, probably, given that this spacious five-passenger four-door is just two years out from a full model-year 2013 redesign. It got a sleeker look and new features, and gained a gas/electric hybrid version ...

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Styling Tweaks And Clever “Voice Of God” System Enhance a Minivan Still Alone In Class With Available All-Wheel Drive

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What will change? A revised grille, available LED headlamps, and addition of the company’s parent-assisting Driver Easy Speak voice-amplifying system highlight updates to this versatile minivan. Should I wait for the 2016 model? This gets complicated. An all-new generation of ...

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With New Styling On the Way, What Alterations Might Improve This Popular Compact Crossover SUV?

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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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Its Value Equation Shouldn’t Change But Revised Styling Could Keep This Small Car Fresh Until Its Next Full Redesign

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What changes will make it different? These subcompact sedans and hatchbacks are in line for revised styling and an updated interior. New convenience features could be part of the mix, and a sporty-performance model could be added. Debuting for model-year ...

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Want a 16-Inch Video Screen And a Built-In Vacuum For Popcorn You’ll Spill? Here’s Your Ride.

What changes will make it different? A few new color choices, perhaps. But that’s about it after a model-year-’14 revamp that brought updated styling and a host of new safety and convenience features. This popular seven- and eight-seat family hauler ...

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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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Updated For ’13 And ’14, Would Honda Revise the Civic Yet Again For 2015?

What changes will make it different? Expect the 2015 versions of these outstanding compact sedans and coupes to largely stand pat following a round of 2014 enhancements that included a major shift in transmission philosophy. Following a model-year 2012 redesign ...

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Why Shouldn’t Wait For the 2015 Accord – And Why You Should; A Look Ahead at Honda’s Midsize Sedan

What changes will make it different?  Don’t expect too much. Honda redesigned its popular four-door midsize sedan and two-door coupe for model-year 2013 and added gas/electric and plug-in electric hybrid sedans for ’14. The carmaker is working on a new ...

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Better Hemi Performance And a Bolder New Look Revamp This Full-Size Car

What changes will make it different? The styling inside and out, an eight-speed automatic transmission for V-8 models, and new safety features. A complete redesign isn’t likely until model-year 2017 but this large-class sedan will get a 2015 update that ...

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Presence? Check. Performance? Yes, In the SHO. Big Outside and Relatively Small Inside? Yes, Again

What changes will make it different? Added standard features in an effort to increase showroom appeal as this full-size sedan slides into the final year of its 2010-2015 design generation. SE, SEL, Limited, and performance SHO (Super High Output) models ...

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Rearview Camera Joins Standard Equipment, While High-Fashion Style, Great Dynamics – And Tight Back Seat – Return

What changes will make it different? Just some features tweaks as this shapely sedan heads into a final season before a model-year 2016 freshening. The lineup returns base S, volume-selling SE, and top-line Titanium models, plus a conventional hybrids and ...

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Fast, At Least On the Info Superhighway: Malibu Gets 4G LTE Connectivity For 2015

What changes will make it different? The addition of high-speed 4G LTE connectivity and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot will make this midsize car a mobile hub for the digitally inclined. A few new exterior color choices should round-out the short ...

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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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Small Car, Big Bandwidth: 4G LTE And Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot — At No Extra Cost — Coming To This Solid Subcompact

What changes will make it different? Superfast connectivity and a car that’s a mobile Internet hotspot, thanks to addition of 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi to the standard OnStar assistance system. Giving the top-trim LTZ model more zip – on ...

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The 2014 Redesign Was Successful, If Unexciting. Now What Can They Do To Stay Ahead of the Honda Civic In Sales?

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What changes will make it different? Very few. It’s expected to be a virtual rerun of the 2014 model, which was the first fully redesigned edition of this compact sedan since model-year 2009. It introduced sleeker styling, dramatically improved rear-seat ...

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Can Good Gas Mileage, Fine Handling, And Affordable Prices Outweigh the Connectivity And Packaging Compromises?

What changes will make it different? Very few. With their next full redesign due for model-year 2016, these subcompact sedans and hatchbacks are held to minor trim revisions. Should I wait for the 2016 model? If you’re intrigued by an ...

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