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Driven: 2010 Mazda CX-9
Driven: 2010 Mazda CX-9

Mazda's CX-9 can be more than a little deceiving. Get caught up in the driving experience—as you actually can in the somewhat nimble-feeling CX-9—and you might actually think you're driving a tall but reasonably compact wagon. That is, until you look back from the front seat at the spacious...Read More»

2010 Toyota RAV4
2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport: Cleaner Look, More Convenient Layout

Last year the Toyota RAV4 got a little bit of a facelift, with a refreshed front and rear appearance, a stronger and more refined base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and an upgraded feature set. But it was a little surprising—as it had been when the RAV4 was last fully redesigned for 2006—that...Read More»

2010 Subaru Outback
Driven: 2010 Subaru Outback

In Portland and Seattle, or throughout the coastal or mountain backcountry of the Pacific Northwest, you won't have to look long to find a Subaru Outback. They're every which way you look, in the driveways of everyone from windsurfers to skiers to antiquing empty nesters. And if there's an official...Read More»

2010 Toyota Venza
Bluetooth, iPod Connectivity Expanded In 2010 Toyota Venza

The Venza carries into its second model year with no significant changes. That's the short story, however some people might find the Venza's entertainment system considerably more functional; tech-savvy shoppers will be quick to verify that an USB auxiliary port and iPod connectivity are newly...Read More»

2010 Nissan Murano
Preview: 2010 Nissan Murano

• What is it? Nissan’s powerful and well-equipped mid-sized crossover • The basics: V-6 and front- and all-wheel drive • On sale: Now • Price: $28,050 to $38,180 Nissan today announced pricing for the 2010 Nissan Murano crossover, which is on sale now across the...Read More»

2010 Lexus RX 350
Driven: 2010 Lexus RX 350

The RX was one of the first crossovers and arguably the first luxury crossover when it was introduced for 1998. Since then it’s become the long-time bestseller for the brand, and it’s easy to see why. The 2010 Lexus RX 350 is nearly as practical as a minivan and more fuel-efficient than an...Read More»

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander
Preview: 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander

• What is it? The facelifted version of Mitsubishi’s versatile crossover. • The basics: Four- and six-cylinder engines and two- and four-wheel drive modes • On sale: Later this year • Price: $20,580 - $25,980 (est.) Though the first-generation Outlander was often...Read More»

2010 GMC Acadia
Preview: 2010 GMC Acadia Denali

Moving away from gas-guzzling SUVs and toward their hybrid and crossover variants is a hot trend once again. As buyers move to lighter and often smaller vehicles, however, they don't necessarily want to give up comfort or features. Recognizing this trend, GMC has decided to fit its GMC Acadia with...Read More»

2009 Hyundai ix-Metro concept car
Hyundai Unveils 2009 ix-Metro Hybrid Crossover Concept

Following on from the Blue-Will plug-in hybrid concept car rolled out at April’s Seoul auto show, South Korean automaker Hyundai has now unveiled the all-new ix-Metro hybrid concept that’s set to appear later this month at the Frankfurt auto show. The latest model in Hyundai’s...Read More»

2010 Honda Crosstour
2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Revealed

It’s been official since early July that the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour will arrive in showrooms this fall, but today the automaker finally lifted the covers off its newest model addition after weeks of drip-fed teasers. Toyota has had the Venza, a similar crossover-wagon hybrid design, on...Read More»

MINI Crossover concept
BMW News: MINI Crossover Delayed, Isetta Based On Toyota iQ?

There's been a lot of chatter about the MINI Roadster (also known as the MINI Speedster) which is set to debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in just a couple of weeks. That's not surprising: everyone likes a roadster, and the sporty renderings popping up on the web have sparked the interest of...Read More»

2010 Lincoln MKT Vs. Acura MDX
Compared: 2010 Lincoln MKT Vs. Acura MDX

Big seven-seat crossovers with near-luxury nameplates: who can keep track of them all? TheCarConnection.com, that's who. In the past few weeks, we've spent time in nearly all the vehicles in this niche promising lots of personal space, lots of longing stares and lots of passenger-distracting...Read More»

2009 teaser shot of Buick crossover plug-in hybrid, a rebadged Saturn Vue quickly dubbed the 'Vuick'
GM Cancels Plug-in Buick Based On Vue, Announces Replacement

The web has spoken, and GM listened. Or at least that's part of the story behind the cancellation of the Saturn Vue-based 2011 Buick plug-in crossover hybrid previewed during GM's technology event a couple weeks ago. According to many sources, including Christopher Barger, GM's social media guru...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Tucson Teaser
Frankfurt Teasers: Hyundai Previews 2010 Tucson

From the Genesis to the Equus, Hyundai has been leaping and bounding forward in its quality, design and marketing, and now its next generation of SUVs and crossovers is getting ready to hit the show floor at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show as part of its preparation for a very busy 2010. The first up...Read More»

2009 Ford Edge Sport
2011 Ford Explorer Won't Replace Ford Edge

There's a 2011 Ford Explorer in the pipeline for America's largest independent automaker. Does that mean the Ford Edge is edging toward history? Not according to Ford. A spokesman confirms to TheCarConnection that the 2011 Ford Explorer due next year will be joined by a revamped Ford Edge not too...Read More»

2009 teaser shot of Buick crossover plug-in hybrid, a rebadged Saturn Vue quickly dubbed the 'Vuick'
GM Reveals New, Smaller 2011 Buick Crossover (Nee Saturn Vue)

General Motors announced today that Buick will launch a five-passenger crossover next year, with a plug-in hybrid version to follow in 2011. And it looks to us like the Saturn Vue is getting a three-shields makeover. GM released an image of the new Buick crossover's grille. Which looks a whole lot...Read More»

Volvo XC60 R
Volvo XC60 R-Design: Big Wheels Keep On Turning

The 2010 Volvo XC60 is a handsome, comfortable crossover vehicle--and a highly rated one, scoring an 8.2 in TheCarConnection.com's road test rating. And yet, even though its out-of-the-box good looks are just hitting showrooms around the U.S., Volvo's tweaking the XC60's appearance and handling...Read More»

2009 Audi Q5
2009 Audi Q5: An IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says the 2009 Audi Q5 is among the safest vehicles on the road. The IIHS--an insurance industry-funded testing body that crash-tests new vehicles--says the 2009 Q5 earns "good" ratings in all three of its tests. The agency uses front-end...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Traverse
Driven: 2009 Chevrolet Traverse

The best vehicles exude character befitting the vehicle's brand. Character doesn't magically appear by some accidental assemblage of parts. A vehicle's character comes from engineers and designers who know, systemically, what the vehicle should look and feel like. This is why luxury drips from the...Read More»

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