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Feb
26
2019 Volvo XC40

2019 Volvo XC40

Consumer Guide Automotive If you think of Volvo as autodom’s safe but slightly stodgy Swede, think again; the company’s new XC40 compact crossover just might be enough to alter your perception.

Jan
26
2019 Jeep Cherokee

2019 Jeep Cherokee

Consumer Guide Automotive With the automotive market making a tsunami-like shift to SUVs, Jeep has found itself in an enviable position.

Dec
19
2018 Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf

Consumer Guide Automotive

As the first mass-market electric car to be sold by a major manufacturer, the original Nissan Leaf was a landmark vehicle. And it only gets better with its 2018 redesign.

Dec
11
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Consumer Guide Automotive

Whether by deft planning or stroke of luck, Mitsubishi has found itself in an enviable marketing position.

With the introduction of the new Eclipse Cross compact crossover slated for next spring – and the dropping of the electric i-MiEV and long-running Lancer sedan – Mitsubishi will be fielding a lineup of three crossovers and one car line (the slow-selling Mirage) for 2018. That puts the bulk of its wares in the hot-selling “small crossover” segment.

Nov
17
2018 Hyundai Accent

2018 Hyundai Accent Limited

Consumer Guide Automotive

The subcompact-car market isn’t anywhere near as hot as the subcompact-SUV category these days, but there is still activity afoot. The segment’s biggest news for 2018 is the introduction of two redesigned contenders from South Korea—the Kia Rio and the Hyundai Accent. Both of these vehicles are built on the same basic platform; we’ll be driving the new Rio in the near future, and we just got our first taste of the new Accent.

Oct
02
2018 Honda Accord

2018 Honda Accord

Consumer Guide Automotive Although consumer sentiment has shifted to crossovers of late, midsize sedans still account for a sizable chunk of automotive sales. And for more than two decades, Honda’s Accord has accounted for a sizable chunk of the midsize market.

Sep
26
2018 Lexus LS 500 and Lexus LS 500h

2018 Lexus LS 500

Consumer Guide Automotive Few cars have made a stronger entrance than the Lexus LS 400. Introduced for 1990 as the make’s debut into the U.S. market, this luxury offshoot of plebeian Toyota immediately set the premium-sedan segment on its ear.

Sep
05
2017 Honda Civic Type R

2017 Honda Civic Type R

Consumer Guide Automotive After 20 years and five generations, Americans will finally get their shot at a legendary car that has long been dangled in front of them like the proverbial basket of forbidden fruit.

Aug
30
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Consumer Guide Automotive Even in the rarified world of sub-4-second 0-60 cars, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk stands out. But not for the reason you might expect.

Jul
17
2018 Subaru Crosstrek

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

First Spin Subaru’s smallest crossover just keeps on getting better.

When introduced for 2013, the XV Crosstrek was essentially Subaru’s Impreza compact wagon set on stilts. Simplistic as that may sound, it was a formula the company had used nearly two decades earlier to turn the ho-hum Legacy wagon into the wildly successful Outback. And while the XV Crosstrek never quite matched its larger sibling in sales, the redesigned version arriving later this summer certainly has a chance to narrow the gap.

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