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It’s the first major refresh for the Highlander in years. The company has significantly enhanced the Highlander’s value as part of an effort to remain competitive with it. The third-generation SUV will hit dealerships in the middle of November and offers more power, safety features and model choices. The Highlander’s V6 has been updated and …

After 12 years on the production line, rumors swirled in 2015 that the Nissan Armada would be put to rest. But instead of killing the Armada, Nissan decided to revive it. The second generation is much better than the first and unlike the original, the new Armada is based on the Nissan Patrol. “The Nissan …

 The 2017 Buick Encore features a more sculpted design and improved technology. It has a new front-end appearance, push-button start and an 8-inch color touchscreen. Buick is confident its refresh of the Encore will keep consumers clamoring for the small SUV. “The Buick Encore created the premium small SUV segment and remains the top choice …

Compact crossover SUVs continue to be one of the most coveted automotive segments. In fact, according to sales data provided by Good Car Bad Car, July of 2016 represented the first time sales for compact SUV/CUVs exceeded car sales. This trend continued into August of 2016 as well. A big reason for the increase in …

New for 2017, the Cadillac XT5 boasts a captivating exterior profile. Its fresh look results from its jewel-shaped headlamps, sculpted lines and its unique wheel location—for the XT5 Cadillac pushed the wheels to the four corners of the vehicle, creating more interior room. Cadillac didn’t sacrifice function for form. Located on the front and rear …

Let’s start fresh: This was Kia’s idea when it went back to the drawing board for its 2017 Kia Sorento model. The clean slate worked too, as the new Sorento carries with it a bold persona not found on its previous predecessors. Exterior The biggest changes come on the exterior, where the 2017 Kia Sorento …

The 2017 Ford Escape S features a refreshed appearance. Outside, its athletic lines, reinforced by its sculpted hood, prominent grille and LED taillamps, gives it a striking appearance. Inside, Ford designed the new Escape with functionality in mind. The best representations of this are the media bin to house your phone and the central location …

Rating 62/100 Background Shoppers have flocked to the reasonably priced Acura MDX for years due to its strong resale value and reputation for reliability. The 2016 MDX boasts numerous updates, including a standard nine-speed automatic transmission and a widely available AcuraWatch Plus bundle that provides cutting-edge safety technologies. Add the MDX’s rewarding driving dynamics to …

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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 …