2017 Honda CR-V
December 19, 2016

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2017 Honda CR-V</br>December 19, 2016

Even before the arrival of the new model, the Honda CR-V compact utility vehicle was the most popular of its type in all the land. Its position will be cemented with a new 2017 model that’s larger, more refined and burns less gasoline. Visually, the new fifth-generation CR-V remains recognizable for what it is, even though the redesigned sheetmetal more closely resembles the larger Pilot, especially from the front and sides where bolder fenders figure in a wider, more planted stance.

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2017 Infiniti Q60
November 14, 2016

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2017 Infiniti Q60</br>November 14, 2016

In recent years, coupes such as the Infiniti Q60 have undergone a renaissance of sorts to become a basic requirement for an increasing number of premium automotive brands. And there are more all-new or updated models coming soon.
That’s welcome news for buyers who prefer the sportiness of a two-door model in place of the roominess of a four-door sedan. These are folks wanting something that’s noticeably different in personal-luxury transportation.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt
November 7, 2016

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt</br>November 7, 2016

The knock against battery-electric cars in general is that they’re expensive, have short ranges, take far too long to charge and, with gasoline prices cheap and stable, are somewhat irrelevant.
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt scratches as least one of those negatives off the list. It has a range of 238 miles, which is more than double that of the Nissan Leaf, and enough for a full week of average daily commutes before a recharge is needed.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
October 31, 2016

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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack</br>October 31, 2016

Most automakers focus their energy on tall wagons, but Volkswagen also keeps the traditional wagon fires burning with the Sportwagen and the new Alltrack offshoot.
The Alltrack is essentially a Sportwagen that’s modified to be more capable on rough back roads and in sloppy weather conditions. The changes include increasing the ride height by 0.6 of an inch and installing all-wheel-drive and protective body side cladding as part of the vehicle’s standard equipment.

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2017 Subaru Impreza
October 24, 2016

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2017 Subaru Impreza</br>October 24, 2016

Subaru has made nary a misstep on its seemingly steady march toward mainstream automotive dominance and the Impreza is but one of the Japan-based automaker’s niche-building success stories.
With eight years of North American sales increases under its belt (an achievement most mainstream car companies can’t lay a glove on) Subaru is clearly doing just about everything right. And that includes maintaining an absolute obsession with installing all-wheel-drive in all of its sedans, hatchbacks and wagons for its legions of loyal buyers.

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2017 Ford Super Duty
October 17, 2016

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2017 Ford Super Duty</br>October 17, 2016

For buyers of big and brawny work trucks, it’s as much about the numbers as it is about the name. And the numbers produced by Ford’s newest F-Series Super Duty pickup are quite impressive, whether you’re talking power, payload or price.
There’s plenty of competition these days in virtually every vehicle category, but nowhere is it more cutthroat than in the heavy-duty truck bracket.

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Prius hits Prime Time
October 10, 2016

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Prius hits Prime Time</br>October 10, 2016

The undisputed leader in gasoline-electric vehicles has a surprise for people who would deride so-called ‘green’ cars.
The all-new Toyota Prius Prime plug-in does what it’s intended to do and does it in a way that actually makes it fun to drive.
For the uninitiated, plug-in hybrids are designed to operate for short distances on battery power alone. How short? The previous plug-in Prius was good for a maximum of 11 miles of electric-only operation, but would only make it that far with a very gentle application of the throttle.

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2017 Nissan Armada
October 3, 2016

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2017 Nissan Armada</br>October 3, 2016

You’re not likely to find too many Armadas crossing your path in this era of car-based tall wagons (a.k.a. crossovers). But that’s not too surprising when you think of the full-size, off-road-capable Nissan’s specific skill set that includes comfortably transporting you and up to seven acquaintances plus perhaps a very large trailer.
Despite what you might think, there are buyers who want a big, boxy, body-on-frame machine like the Armada and its small knot of competitors.

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2017 Kia Cadenza
Sept 26, 2016

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2017 Kia Cadenza</br>Sept 26, 2016

Packing an excessive amount of gear into a beautiful design and selling it for a steal of a deal is what Kia does to win friends and influence buyers. There’s no better example of this philosophy than the 2017 Cadenza sedan that’s due to arrive later this year. Not all that long ago (before 2009) few people would have believed that any Korea-based automaker would be selling luxury cars in North America. Today, Hyundai is spinning off the Genesis into a separate upscale brand and Hyundai’s Kia division has both mid-luxury Cadenza and upper-range K900 four-door sedans in its lineup.

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2017 Honda Accord Hybrid
Sept 19, 2016

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2017 Honda Accord Hybrid</br>Sept 19, 2016

Among all mid-sized, mid-priced sedans sold in North America (11 in total) slightly more than half, including the Honda Accord, can be ordered with a hybrid powertrain.
Of the models that don’t offer electric assist, nearly all rank near the bottom in popularity. In fact the gasoline-only Chrysler 200 isn’t long for this world as the automaker has announced the family sedan’s impending demise.

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