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Apr
13
2018 Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan

2018 Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan

New York Auto ShowIntroduced in advance of the 2017 New York Auto Show, Ford’s newest police-fleet vehicle has an unexpected twist—it’s a fuel-saving gas/electric hybrid.

The 2018 Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is essentially a Ford Fusion Hybrid that’s been fortified for police duty with cop-car gear such as steel wheels, wiring for light bars and other upfit equipment, easy-to-clean vinyl rear seats and floor, anti-stab plates in the front seat backs, and slim-bolstered cloth front seats (to accommodate officers’ utility belts). It shares the Fusion Hybrid’s Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired with an electric motor fed by lithium-ion battery. The powertrain produces a combined 188 horsepower and can run in battery-only mode up to 60 mph.

Apr
12
2018 Buick Enclave

2018 Buick Enclave

New York Auto ShowThe second generation of Buick’s 7-passenger midsize luxury SUV made its show-floor debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show. The redesigned 2018 Buick Enclave wears sleek new styling and boasts improved passenger room and a host of new comfort and technology features. 

Apr
12
2018 Hyundai Sonata

2018 Hyundai Sonata

New York Auto Show

The 2017 New York Auto Show marked the North American debut of the refreshed-for-2018 Hyundai Sonata. Hyundai’s midsize-sedan contender gets flashier styling, a few new features, and several incremental improvements. 

Apr
12
Subaru Ascent Concept

Subaru Ascent Concept

New York Auto ShowThe arrival of Subaru’s forthcoming 7-passenger midsize SUV is getting closer, and the company unveiled more details—and the production vehicle’s name—on a concept vehicle that debuted at the 2017 New York Auto Show. 

Apr
12
2018 Lincoln Navigator

2018 Lincoln Navigator

New York Auto ShowLincoln unveiled the latest generation of its full-size luxury SUV at the 2017 New York Auto Show. The all-new 2018 Navigator brings a long list of new luxury and convenience features, and is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that puts out an estimated 450 horsepower with the aid of a 10-speed automatic transmission. 

Apr
11
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

New York Auto Show After a months-long social-media campaign of teaser videos and cryptic clues, Dodge finally pulled the wraps all the way off its new king-of-the-hill muscle car at a special event in conjunction with the 2017 New York Auto show. The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is a factory hot-rodded muscle car that is more relentlessly focused on straight-line, drag-race-style acceleration than any regular production vehicle in history.

Apr
11
2018 Volkswagen Atlas

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Consumer Guide First SpinOver the past few years, the compact and midsize crossover SUV segments have grown hotter than ever, but Volkswagen’s two entries in those categories have fallen a bit behind the pack as they’ve aged. While it’s a perfectly capable and pleasant compact SUV, the current VW Tiguan is seriously long in the tooth—it has soldiered on for a full nine seasons with no major changes to its 2009-model-year platform. Likewise, the current Touareg—VW’s pricey, luxuriously trimmed midsize SUV contender—dates back to 2011, and hasn’t seen any significant architectural updates since.

Feb
24
2016 CX-5 and 2017 CX-5

2017 Mazda CX-5 (left) and 2016 Mazda CX-5

The official launch of the redesigned-for-2017 Mazda CX-5 is just around the corner; it’s slated to begin arriving in dealerships later this spring. The new CX-5 represents an evolution of Mazda’s KODO—Soul of Motion design theme, a motif that debuted on the Mazda Shinari concept car of 2010. The new bodywork also bears an obvious family resemblance to the CX-5’s larger sibling—the redesigned-for-2016 Mazda CX-9 midsize SUV.

Feb
22
2017 GMC 2500HD

2017 GMC Sierra Denali HD 2500 with Duramax diesel engine

Consumer Guide First Spin If you’re looking for obvious visual differences that separate the 2017 GMC Sierra HD Duramax from its 2016 predecessor, there is one main tip-off: a new hood scoop. That might not sound like much, but that scoop sits atop the ’17 Sierra HD’s biggest news: a revamped 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 diesel engine that cranks out class-leading horsepower.

Feb
14
New Car colors for 2017

Damon takes a closer look at the most-interesting colors seen at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

2017 Chicago Auto ShowBored with beige? Sick of silver? Weary of white? Tired of tan? Chagrined by champagne? Troubled b… OK, sorry, we’ll stop. Though muted, conservative colors seem to dominate in the new-vehicle marketplace, most manufacturers offer at least a couple unusual hues in their factory-paint palettes. Auto shows are a great place to see these colors up close and in person on a new vehicle, instead of looking at a computer screen or a paint chip at the dealer. If you’re an extroverted type who wants your ride to turn heads, an out-of-the-ordinary color is a great way to do it. Keep in mind, however, that these colors can fall out of fashion much quicker than the “safe” standby colors, which can be an issue come resale time.

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