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Mar
13
2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Mazda CX-5

Consumer Guide First Spin Already one of our favorite compact crossovers, Mazda’s CX-5 gets a redesign for 2017 that – in virtually every measure – makes it a better choice than ever.

Mar
09
2018 Toyota C-HR

2018 Toyota C-HR

Consumer Guide First Spin At first blush, Toyota’s 2018 C-HR looks all the world like a rakish new entry in the compact-crossover segment, but it’s not. At least, not in the traditional sense.

However, that may depend on how one defines a “crossover.” Despite the fact that roughly 40-50 percent of small SUVs are purchased in front-wheel-drive form, Consumer Guide’s definition has traditionally included the mandate that it has to at least be offered with all-wheel drive, and the C-HR is not … at least, not yet.

Feb
24
2017 Jeep Compass

2017 Jeep Compass in Billet Silver Metallic

Consumer Guide First Spin Jeep, a name virtually synonymous with SUVs for more than three-quarters of a century, has hit the mother lode in recent years as buyers suddenly began flocking to that market. And in the hottest segment of that market – compact SUVs – the company has long had three entries, together accounting for half of its entire model portfolio.

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
01
2017 Chevrolet Bolt

2017 Chevrolet Bolt in Orange Burst Metallic

Consumer Guide First Spin In the world of electric vehicles, the new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt might well go down as a game-changer.

Jan
29
2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD

2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD in TorRed

Consumer Guide First Spin While it’s certainly not the first all-wheel-drive coupe on the market, the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT is putting a new spin on an old formula.

Dec
12
2017 Subaru Impreza

2017 Subaru Impreza sedan in Lithium Red Pearl

Consumer Guide First Spin Since its introduction for 1993, Subaru’s Impreza has stood out in the compact class as being one of the few – and in many years, the only – member to offer all-wheel drive. And since 1997, AWD has been standard.

Dec
01
2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Honda CR-V

Consumer Guide First Spin Honda introduced the compact CR-V to the U.S. for 1997 to resounding reviews and great sales success. In fact, the company says it has stood as the best-selling SUV – of any size – for most of the two decades since.

Nov
22
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid in Silver Teal

Consumer Guide First Spin When it goes on sale early next year, Chrysler will break new ground by offering the first hybrid minivan to be sold in the U.S.

Nov
15
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring in Sonic Gray

Consumer Guide First Spin Honda’s popular Civic was redesigned for 2016, arriving first as a sedan, then as a coupe, both offered in rather conventional LX, EX, EX-T (turbo), EX-L, and Touring trim levels.

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