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Auto Word: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback is Business in the Back, Fun up Front

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The current clamor for SUV crossovers may be a rising tide for five-door hatchbacks. Many makers offer a compact hatchback for their sedan models, including the Ford Focus, Mazda3, Kia Forte, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa, Subaru Impreza and Volkswagen Golf. But more consumers have been taking home the sedan body style.

The trend might be ...Read more

Auto Word: The 2017 Subaru Impreza is Pushing Limits, Raising Expectations, and Pulling Away!

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The new 2017 Subaru Impreza isn't just a completely re-engineered compact-class car; it is a messenger of change for this Japanese carmaker. And a lot rides on its global platform architecture, which will support gasoline, plug-in hybrid and electric variants.

The new model, in sedan and five-door hatchback body styles, is built in a new $1.3 ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Subaru Impreza is Pushing Limits; Raising Expectations; Pulling Away

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The new 2017 Subaru Impreza isn't just a completely re-engineered compact-class car; it is a messenger of change for this Japanese carmaker. And a lot rides on its global platform architecture, which will support gasoline, plug-in hybrid and electric variants.

The new model, in sedan and five-door hatchback body styles, is built in a new $1.3 ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 BMW X5 xDrive 40e Plug-In Hybrid Has 14-Mile EV Range

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The most notable element of BMW's first plug-in hybrid X5 SUV isn't the fuel economy but the power.

The all-wheel drive X5 xDrive 40e uses the jolt of electrification as backup for the 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The engine is integrated with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. The electric motor lays ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Infiniti QX30 is a Sling Blade of Crossover Style

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Infiniti's new QX30 is a sling blade of style that the brand hopes will take a slice out of the already-crowded subcompact crossover segment. The low-slung roofline, high stance and crossover appearance is a fashionable presentation intended to appeal to a much younger Infiniti buyer.

This little car is the tip of a large global partnership. It...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Ford Fusion Sport Brings the Pleasure of Dynamic Displacement

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

As manufacturers endeavor to do more with less, it is refreshing to enjoy the dynamic displacement of a V-6 in a family sedan, as most are now four-cylinder. And even the turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 in the Ford Fusion Sport is downsized but feels quite full and eager.

Ford does offer three four-cylinder powertrains and two hybrid models for the ...Read more

2017 Lincoln Continental's Flagship Brings Back American-Class Luxury

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The 2017 Lincoln Continental is a showpiece of style and technology that does justice to an iconic nameplate. This big sedan has a swaggy confidence for which American luxury cars were once known. And it has the refinement and conveniences of a flagship sedan.

Built in Flat Rock, Michigan, the Continental is sold in front- and all-wheel drive ...Read more

Auto Word: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a Wagon for Urban Survival and Weekend Renewal

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Station wagons are uncool, except when they are beefed up and dressed to look tough for a can-do performance in nature. Subaru first tackled this terrain with its likable Crosstrek, and now Volkswagen has hit the same trail with the Golf Alltrack.

It's the same trail with a very different map.

The Alltrack is a variant of the Golf Sportwagen, ...Read more

Auto Word: Nissan Sentra SR Turbo Presents Perky Performance Without Penalty

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The 2017 Sentra SR Turbo kicks up the performance level by about 64 clicks, Nissan likes to say. With its new turbocharged and direct-injection 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, the SR Turbo has 64 horsepower more than the standard Sentra SR with its non-turbocharged 124-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder.

Nissan has grown its compact Sentra ...Read more

Auto Word: Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic: Innovation, Sophistication and Gratification

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Mercedes-Benz started over for the redesign of its second-generation SUV crossover and renamed it GLC from GLK.

What was once a five-passenger utility vehicle with blocky styling to appeal to an American audience is now a sleek evolution. It integrates all the luxurious filigree that Mercedes can muster for its passenger vehicles.

The GLC is ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 GMC Acadia Denali Has a Big, Easy Attitude and American Ingenuity

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

The three-row crossover is the family car of the 21st century. It embodies the best qualities of an SUV, a minivan and a car, with fuel economy that won't vaporize a gas card. The 2017 GMC Acadia is among the many choices, which include the Dodge Durango, Ford Flex, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander ...Read more

Auto Word: 2017 Cadillac XT5 Looks Like Hollywood, Rolls like Main Street

Automotive / Mark Maynard /

Cadillac's reborn XT5 crossover looks like Hollywood and rolls with good Midwestern values.

Cadillac says it developed the XT5 from the inside out, and the result is a far more luxurious and drivable midsize five-seater than the SRX it replaces. Cadillac crossovers now wear the "XT" designation, which stands for "cross touring."

There are many...Read more

 

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