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2016 BMW X4

Rating 65/100 Background The 2016 BMW X4 marks the second year of production for this so-called "sports-activity coupe." That’s BMW’s term, mind you, not ours. What does it mean? Well, in practice, it refers to an existing BMW crossover: in this case, the exemplary X3, which has undergone some serious cosmetic surgery, emerging as a …

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2016 BMW X5

Rating 65/100 Background BMW has decided to embrace the plug. The new 2016 X5 xDrive40e enters the fledgling segment of plug-in hybrid luxury crossover SUVs, and like other X5 models, it looks to be a contender. Combining a turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, the xDrive40e provides a …

Rating 75/100 Background With a number of well-rounded competitors nipping at its heels, the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox gets a welcome rejuvenation. This aging crossover still has plenty of life, and Chevrolet has improved its features in some key areas. A touchscreen interface, for example, is increasingly expected by shoppers in this segment, and the 2016 …

Rating 63/100 Background The original RDX bounded onto the scene as Acura’s high-tech wonder, boasting a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (Acura’s first) and a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system. It failed to resonate with as many shoppers as Acura had hoped, however, so in 2012 the company redesigned it as a more conventional small luxury crossover SUV with …

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2016 Audi Q3

Rating 68/100 Background Audi’s Q5 compact crossover has been crushing it for years, so we expect big things from its little sibling, the subcompact 2016 Audi Q3. In some ways, there’s no doubt that the pint-sized Q3 delivers. Interior quality has long been an Audi hallmark, and the Q3’s got plenty of it. How about …

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2016 Audi Q5

Rating 77/100 Background When is an aging car truly past its prime? It’s a tough question to answer, but we’re confident that the 2016 Audi Q5 isn’t there yet. With engine offerings ranging from a sprightly turbocharged 4-cylinder to a diesel-powered V6, with a gas-electric hybrid and a supercharged V6 in between, the Q5 remains …

Rating 80/100 Background With its old-school, truck-based design and cutting-edge amenities, the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe is one of the rare vehicles on the market with one foot solidly planted in the past and one in the future. Coming off a major redo just last year, the Chevy Tahoe benefits from improvements including a quieter and …

Rating 85/100 Background A decade ago, if you wanted a car with eight seats and a giant cargo bay, your choices were either a minivan or an SUV big enough to require its own ZIP code. Today, though, there are several large crossover SUVs that give you generous interior space in a reasonably sized package, …

Rating 60/100 Background If you are like us, you may be surprised to learn that the 2016 Dodge Journey is still on sale. Other than an admittedly thorough refresh in 2011, under its skin the Journey is pretty much the same as it was when the three-row crossover debuted in 2009. During that time, the …

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2016 BMW X6

Rating 67/100 Background You could put together a pretty good argument that the BMW X6 is the car that killed the "U" in SUV. Once upon a time, all sport-utility vehicles were boxy-looking and were meant for hauling people and cargo. But the X6, which is now in its second generation after last year’s full …

Rating 60/100 Background Fiat made its return to the United States in 2012 with the 500, a auto that was high on character but low on utility. Then the company introduced its 500L, which has plenty of room for a small auto but falls short in just about every other quantifiable area. With the release …

Rating 52/100 Background It’s rare when a auto goes longer than six years between full redesigns, yet the GMC Acadia is soldiering into its ninth year since it was first introduced way back in the latter half of the Bush administration. Now, there are ways in which it is metaphorically graying at the temples. But …