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  • 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...

  • 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid skimps on fuel but nothing else

    2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid skimps on fuel but nothing else

    The Toyota Highlander is not a minivan. It's used much the same way but lacks the convenience of sliding doors, easy ingress and egress, and easily accessible rear seats — all sacrificed for a self-conscious stigma. But the cost of cool is negligible and the marketplace has voted overwhelmingly...

  • 2016 Mazda CX-5 refresh upgrades infotainment to luxury level

    2016 Mazda CX-5 refresh upgrades infotainment to luxury level

    Mazda has a reputation across its product line for making sporty cars that are fun to drive yet fuel efficient. Car enthusiasts preach the Mazda formula, but the slight price increase over comparable imports has kept the mainstream away from embracing Mazda the way it has Subaru and Hyundai. That...

  • 2016 Discovery Sport is the best value in Land Rover lineup

    2016 Discovery Sport is the best value in Land Rover lineup

    The 2016 Discovery Sport, which goes on sale this spring, marks a new direction for Land Rover. It's part of what will become the Discovery sub-brand that is aimed at versatility while Range Rover models focus on refinement. Both model ranges will share Land Rover's tradition of offering go-anywhere...

  • Auto review: 2015.5 Volvo XC60 has as many options as safety features

    Auto review: 2015.5 Volvo XC60 has as many options as safety features

    The long-held belief about Volvo vehicles is that they wrap you in a protective cocoon that no outside force can penetrate. Whether it be a car approaching from the right, a van moving in from the left, a truck on a head-on course in front or a meteor shower raining down from the sky, just slip...

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