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MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016

MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016

Already the most affordable German-built car sold in the U.S., the base price of the compact crossover drops $1,400 this year. (Volkswagen)

Don Adair: The Affordable VW Tiguan

Volkswagen just made it easier to own a Tiguan. Already the most affordable German-built car sold in the U.S., the base price of the compact crossover drops $1,400 this year. Its standard features list grows and its infotainment system adds functionality. Even the entry-level Tiguan...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 7, 2016

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SATURDAY, DEC. 19, 2015

SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2015

SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2015

SATURDAY, AUG. 29, 2015

SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2015

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SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2015

SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015

SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015

The new engine this year is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four that makes 240 horsepower (23 mpg combined/20 city/27 highway). It joins a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four rated at 185 hp (25/22/29), and a 290-hp 3.3-liter V-6 (21/18/26) .

Seven-passenger models are powered by the V-6; five-seaters get one of the fours. Tow capacity ranges from 2,000-6,000 pounds.  (Kia)

Kia Sorento: Filling the gaps

Like a quarterback back seeing gaps in the opponent’s defense, Kia has a knack for finding unexpected openings. Last year, it debuted the K900, a luxury sedan that aims to replicate the full-on luxury experience for thousands less than the (mostly German) competition. This year,...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2015

Besides the touchscreen, this console-mounted rotary controller — backed by assorted hard buttons — simplifies access. The system also is voice-activated.
 (Mazda)

Mazda CX-5: Exuberant efficiency

Let’s just go ahead and declare this Mazda month. In recent weeks, I’ve looked at Mazda’s MX-5 Miata and its CX-9 midsize crossover. Today, we’re looking at the CX-5 compact crossover, and in two weeks we’ll cover the Mazda6 sedan. Blame scheduling woes. I’m supplied...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 21, 2015

 (Honda)

Honda Fit: The substantial subcompact  

In the past few years, Americans have discovered the little wagons and hatchbacks that rule the roost in Europe and Asia. Honda, for one, aims to grab its share of the market. For 2015, Honda debuts the third-generation of its Fit, a hatchback that packs...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 14, 2015

The CX-9 ($31,865, including transportation) carries up to seven in a modern and comfortable cabin. Flexible seating arrangements allow easy mix-and-matching of passengers and gear. And, even though most CX-9s are destined for urban duty, the rig is strong enough to cross tall mountains and pass slow traffic. (Mazda)

CX-9: Mazda’s entertaining people-hauler

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 does everything expected of a three-row crossover, and then some. The CX-9 ($31,865, including transportation) carries up to seven in a modern and comfortable cabin. Flexible seating arrangements allow easy mix-and-matching of passengers and gear. And, even though most CX-9s are...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 31, 2015

The NX, with Its oversized spindle grille, assertive LED lamps and assorted folds, angles and creases, drives Lexus into new design territory. Cabin design is somewhat less rambunctious, but it, too, reflects Lexus's aim to attract young male buyers.  (Lexus)

Lexus NX 200t: Sign of the times 

With the all-new NX 200t, Lexus becomes the latest premium maker to succumb to the allure of the small. The NX 200t, a luxury compact crossover, slots into a booming new segment populated by entries from Audi, Acura, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. About the same size...

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MONDAY, JAN. 19, 2015

SATURDAY, DEC. 20, 2014

Now comes the XC60, a premium crossover that marries Volvo virtues with dynamics that approach Germany’s best. Whether paddling about in city traffic or trimming your favorite corner’s apex, the XC60’s reflexes are confident and assertive. (Volvo)

XC60: Volvo’s pulse-pounding crossover

Historically, Volvos have appealed more to my head than my heart. Volvos define sensible transportation. Even the turbocharged trims of recent vintage have been more sporty-ish than sporty, stronger on reason than passion. Now comes the XC60, a premium crossover (from $36,675, including destination) that...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 29, 2014

Underway, the six-cylinder GT delivers a balanced ride-and-handling package, with sufficient power for effective freeway merging and two-lane passing. Seats are firm and supportive and visibility is good in all directions. Predictably, third-row seating is cramped. (Mitsubishi)

Mitsubishi Outlander: 7-passenger utility

Earlier in the month, I wrote this about Mitsubishi’s Outlander Sport: Some compact crossovers are more refined. Some are sportier and others more utilitarian. But, for buyers facing winter weather on a limited budget, the Outlander Sport may be the value proposition they’re seeking. If...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 8, 2014

SATURDAY, SEPT. 27, 2014

Now, a 2012 makeover finds the Pathfinder back in the crossover fold, where it has established itself as a fuel-efficient, seven-passenger people-hauler. (Nissan)

Nissan Pathfinder: Efficient people-hauler

In its first four iterations, Nissan’s Pathfinder has changed identities more often than most people change their minds. The Pathfinder began life in 1985 as an old-school, truck-based, body-on-frame SUV. In 1995, it morphed into a car-based crossover, a “soft-ute” better suited to the daily...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 9, 2014

The compact crossover has remained resolutely compact; it exists in a no-man’s-land between large hatchbacks like the Nissan Juke and almost-midsize crossovers like Honda’s CR-V. (Hyundai)

Hyundai Tucson is a tidy package

By the terms of the unwritten rules of the automotive world, every car must grow larger with each succeeding generation. Larger, roomier, more powerful. It’s the automaker’s mantra. While Hyundai complies in nearly every case, its 2014 Tucson goes against the grain. The compact crossover...

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