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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.

Apr
07

New for 2017 Chevys

There’s a lot on the minds of Chevrolet sales and marketing people, judging by the diverse array of new products the brand has placed on the market in 2017. New vehicles being added starting in the spring include a pure-electric subcompact, a compact crossover, performance cars, and compact and large pickups.

Apr
04
2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Consumer Guide First Spin It’s still not often you see the words “Sport” and “Hybrid” in the same sentence – let alone in the same name – but the concept is growing in popularity. And few companies are leveraging the principle of using an electric motor’s instant low-speed torque to augment the high-end power of a gas engine as thoroughly as Acura.

Mar
31
2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country

Consumer Guide First Spin Despite their current popularity, it has come to my attention that some people just don’t like SUVs. Even when branded with the cuter “crossover” tag, they strike some as too boxy, too tall … and too common.

Mar
28
2018 Chevrolet Equinox

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Consumer Guide First Spin Chevrolet has no fewer than five SUVs in its corporate lineup, yet none fit neatly into the “compact crossover” segment, currently the most popular in all of autodom. None, that is, until now.

Mar
23
2017 Honda Clarity

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Consumer Guide First Spin

Even in this line of work, it’s not often we get to drive something truly revolutionary.

Mar
19
2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

Consumer Guide First Spin Recent buyers seeking an affordable sports car have often been forced to make a heart-wrenching choice: the open-air rush of a roadster, or the closed-roof security of a coupe.

But not any more.

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.

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