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  • 2017 Kia Sportage contends in crowded class of compact crossovers

    2017 Kia Sportage contends in crowded class of compact crossovers

    There are 16 compact crossovers on the market, another 20 midsize crossovers, and nearly a dozen subcompact crossovers. Then there's the luxury makes. With so many crossovers on the market, automakers are playing with paint, parts and design — anything and everything — to stand out. The fourth-generation...

  • Luxury or livery? Cadillac XT5 and Lincoln MKX face off in crossover showdown

    Luxury or livery? Cadillac XT5 and Lincoln MKX face off in crossover showdown

    One of the most common vehicles shuttling between downtown Chicago and its two airports is the blacked-out livery vehicle, or fancy cab. These tinted-windowed SUVs from Lincoln and Cadillac carry clients who presumably want to ride in space, anonymity and a degree of luxury. Yet, the degrees between...

  • 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe fails to resound in three-row crossover class

    2017 Hyundai Santa Fe fails to resound in three-row crossover class

    The noise started when we hit cruising speed on the highway. It wasn't a particular noise, but noise in general coming from the back. And it wasn't coming from the kids. My passenger and I figured maybe in the thrill of new car buttons, the kids accidentally cracked a window. They didn't. The 2017...

  • 2016 Mazda CX-9 crossover balances style with value, power with economy

    2016 Mazda CX-9 crossover balances style with value, power with economy

    The police officer circled back to us saying, "I gotta stop you, man." My kids stopped putting their baseball gloves in the liftgate, where we were having ice-cold sodas from the cooler. I thought maybe he was stopping to tell us the road was blocked by our doors, which were open to air out a 100-degree...

  • 2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum crossover provides luxury for a price

    2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum crossover provides luxury for a price

    Some things bear repeating. In Cadillac's case, it is the shield shape of its crest tattooed all over the new XT5 crossover. Here are a few design elements bearing the horizontal five-point crest: lift gate area holding the license plate, gate light above rear fender, dashboard, climate control...

  • 2016 Toyota RAV4 hybrid is most fuel-efficient AWD compact crossover

    2016 Toyota RAV4 hybrid is most fuel-efficient AWD compact crossover

    There are two trends that show no signs of slowing: Gas prices will continue to rise and Americans will continue to buy crossovers. Toyota is hoping that Americans will start to buy hybrids again. The 2016 RAV4 Hybrid is a first for the trailblazing compact crossover launched in 1996. Toyota's...

  • Volvo XC90 plug-in SUV foretells smarter, cleaner automotive future

    Volvo XC90 plug-in SUV foretells smarter, cleaner automotive future

    Most new-car debuts are a whole lot of hype wrapped around four wheels and some steel. The 2016 Volvo XC90 is not one of those. The redesigned three-row SUV with a plug signifies a comeback for Volvo and a future of cleaner, smarter, safer cars. The turbo and supercharged twin engine has a battery...

  • 2016 BMW X1 feels more like a crossover, less like a compromise

    2016 BMW X1 feels more like a crossover, less like a compromise

    "Is that the new BMW X5?" asked my neighbor. When I tell him it is actually the X1, two sizes smaller, he looks perplexed. "It has grown up!" Exactly. It has grown up — casting a wider shadow from a body that's noticeably more sophisticated. It's pretty nice inside too. But is it a real BMW — a...

  • Ford strikes platinum with 2016 Explorer SUV

    Ford strikes platinum with 2016 Explorer SUV

    The best-selling album of all time, Michael Jackson's "Thriller," has been certified platinum 29 times. The platinum credit card by American Express has no spending limits and qualifiers can get more cash simply by asking. In popular culture, platinum is better than gold, more exclusive, more luxurious,...

  • 2016 Volvo XC90 SUV stands out in crowded family class

    2016 Volvo XC90 SUV stands out in crowded family class

    Question: What do you get when you team the Swedish with the Chinese? Answer: An exceptional crossover SUV. The 2016 XC90 is the first vehicle developed by Volvo since the Chinese company Geely took controlling interest in 2010, and it bodes well for the future of a Sino-Swedish Volvo. The redesign...

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