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For 2015, Ford replaces last year’s eight-cylinder engine with a thriftier and more powerful twin-turbocharged six. (Lincoln)

2015 Lincoln Navigator: EcoBoost to the rescue

Ford reaches into its EcoBoost bag of tricks to freshen the full-size Lincoln Navigator. For 2015, Ford replaces last year’s eight-cylinder engine with a thriftier and more powerful twin-turbocharged six. The new Navigator also receives exterior updates, a redesigned interior and updated cabin technology. A...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 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, 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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SATURDAY, JAN. 10, 2015

The 2015 Yukon is fully redesigned, with a bold, clean look; stronger and more efficient engines; and a dramatically upgraded cabin. 
 (GMC)

GMC Yukon: Big, bold and redesigned

As long as there are big families, big crews and big loads, there’s room in the market for big SUVs. Rigs like GMC’s Yukon ($48,185, including destination), a 5,500-pound body-on-frame SUV with seating for up to nine and an 8,500-pound towing capacity. The 2015 Yukon...

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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, OCT. 4, 2014

Longer than last year by 1.4 inches, wider by 1.5 inches and heavier by about 100 pounds, the 2015 Escalade (from $72,690, including destination) carries eight, tows up to 8,300 pounds and accelerates from zero to 60 in 6.1 seconds. (Cadillac)

Escalade: Bigger and better 

As long as there are big buyers, big loads and big families, Cadillac’s Escalade will always find a home. A big home. For 23015, Cadillac’s large luxury SUV is redesigned inside and out. It’s bigger, stronger and quicker. Its cabin is quieter and its ride...

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