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2017 Mazda CX-3 changes little in sophomore year
2017 Mazda CX-3 changes little in sophomore year

The Mazda CX-3 crossover hatchback returns for its sophomore year, little changed. Mazda announced yesterday that the 2017 CX-3 goes on sale in July, sporting the same base price tag as last year. For $20,860, the CX-3 comes standard with the 146-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4, a 6-speed automatic...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot Touring long-term road test
2016 Honda Pilot long-term road test: 7 reasons to buy one

We're entering month four with our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot Touring AWD, and the miles continue to roll up without a hitch. That's as we expected. We spent a lot of time with the Pilot last year in its run-up to our Best Car To Buy 2016 award. It was just about a year ago we took it for a first...Read More»

2016 Lincoln MKX
2016 Lincoln MKX scores Top Safety Pick+ in IIHS crash test

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has slammed a Lincoln MKX against a wall a few times and declared it a Top Safety Pick+, the agency's highest rating. Of course, the actual testing is a lot more complicated than that, and it factors in such important safety features as the availability of...Read More»

2017 GMC Acadia
2017 GMC Acadia first drive review

When GMC released the Acadia for the 2007 model year, it showed that the automaker was starting to get it. Instead of limiting families to large truck-based SUVs like the Yukon that could double as tow vehicles and break the family fuel budget, GMC, along with Saturn, Buick, and eventually...Read More»

2017 Kia Sportage  -  First Drive
2017 Kia Sportage video road test

Kia has made quite a name for itself with its Soul compact hatchback, Optima mid-size sedan, and Sorento crossover; yet one must not forget the Sportage compact crossover. With the 2011 update, the Sportage traded off-roader looks for more sophisticated crossover styling with hints of European hot...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot
Long-Term Test Drive: Which 2016 Honda Pilot trim level should you buy?

Spring finally is here, and for The Car Connection's editors, that typically means it's time to hit the road for miles and days on end. This spring, we've been hitting the road--a lot--in the long-term 2016 Honda Pilot Touring AWD that joined our test fleet earlier in the year. With rivals like the...Read More»

2016 Lexus RX 350
2016 Lexus RX video road test

The Lexus RX is a trend-setter. It's been the best-selling vehicle in the luxury brand's lineup since it was new. It convinced other luxury brands that crossover SUVs were the way to big profits. This year, there's a new RX, with more interior space, a more lavish look and feel, and a suite of new...Read More»

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe, 2016 New York International Auto Show
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC43 AMG and GLC Coupe video preview

Mercedes has a hit on its hands with its new GLC crossover SUV. And even though it’s just a year old, the GLC is already growing more offshoots, and adding the vaunted AMG badge. At the New York auto show, audiences got a first look at the GLC43 and the new GLC Coupe. The GLC Coupe...Read More»

2017 Acura MDX, 2016 New York Auto Show
2017 Acura MDX video preview

The Acura MDX is one of the standouts in the luxury crossover SUV class, with great room for passengers and strong performance. What’s it missing? How about a hybrid version? That's what Acura unveiled at the 2016 New York auto show. MORE: Read about the Acura MDX The big news for the 2017...Read More»

2017 Buick Encore, 2016 New York Auto Show
2017 Buick Encore video preview

The Buick Encore has been a surprise hit for GM’s premium nameplate. It’s turning four years old this year—and that means it’s time for an update. At the 2016 New York Auto Show, Buick gave the world its first look at the 2017 Encore. The Encore is still Buick’s...Read More»

2017 Cadillac XT5  -  First Drive
2017 Cadillac XT5 first drive

Why again is Cadillac walking away from its best-selling nameplate, the SRX? We’ll leave that one hanging; but much of what Cadillac’s doing at the moment is very big-picture—and the new XT5 nameplate fits into that picture, as part of a lineup of several “XT”...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot (Touring, long-term road test)
2016 Honda Pilot: our long-term road test begins

Now that awards season is behind us, The Car Connection's editors are ready for some in-depth seat time with one of our highest-rated vehicles from the 2016 model year. Join us in welcoming the 2016 Honda Pilot Touring AWD to the TCC long-term test fleet. The Pilot is a well-known quantity on these...Read More»

2017 Nissan Armada
2017 Nissan Armada Preview Video

With gas prices low, big SUVs are back in vogue. At this year's Chicago auto show, Nissan is showing off its latest large sport-utility vehicle--one with a global reputation for toughness--as it unveils the 2017 Nissan Armada. MORE: Read Our 2017 Nissan Armada Preview Until now, the Armada has been...Read More»

2016 Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai Adding Up To Four New Crossover SUVs In "Permanent Shift"

When FCA chairman Sergio Marchionne said last week that crossovers were the future--and killed the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart mid-size cars--he wasn't alone in seeing a utility-heavy future. Hyundai Motor America president and CEO Dave Zuchowski also says his company's future lies in crossover...Read More»

2016 Jeep 75th Anniversary edition complete model lineup
Fiat Chrysler Kills Chrysler 200 & Dodge Dart, Puts Brakes On Alfa Romeo, Ramps Up Jeep

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has updated its current business plan, and...well, let's just say that changes are afoot at FCA, but none of them will catch anyone off-guard. The new plan stems from changes in the global marketplace that position some FCA products for greater success than others. Such...Read More»

2017 GMC Acadia
2017 GMC Acadia Trims Down, As GM Plans For Less Product Overlap

General Motors [NYSE: GM] may be attempting to put its days of nearly identical, “brand-engineered” models behind it—especially with respect to the ever-growing crossover utility market. One such example is the new 2017 GMC Acadia that was introduced earlier this month at the...Read More»

2017 GMC Acadia  -  2016 Detroit Auto Show live photos
2017 GMC Acadia Preview Video

Big SUVs have helped the GMC brand to all-time sales highs. But does every SUV it sells have to be so big? Apparently not. For 2017 GMC is downsizing the Acadia, to make it a better fit in the mid-size class that includes the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Acadia's shrinking down to...Read More»

2016 Buick Envision, 2016 Detroit Auto Show
2016 Buick Envision Preview Video

Buick has the teensy Encore and the broad-shouldered Enclave in its lineup--but it's missing a big-selling mid-size crossover SUV in its lineup. Not anymore--say hello to my not so little friend, the new 2016 Buick Envision. The Envision fits right in the middle of the Buick SUV lineup, as a rival...Read More»

2016 Honda Pilot
Honda Pilot: The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2016

The 2016 Honda Pilot is a turnaround success story. When it was new in 2003, it was one of the best family vehicles of its day--but a 2009 redesign turned it into a trucky and less refined crossover SUV. That's all in the past now. The 2016 Pilot is suave, slick, with great utility and safety to...Read More»

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