Aaron Cole, Managing Editor

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2019 Kia Niro
2019 Kia Niro

The 2019 Kia Niro is efficiency without pretense. Kind of like an office stapler, but with a better stereo, perhaps. As Kia’s dedicated electrified model, no version of the Niro is sold without a hybrid battery. (A Niro with a much bigger battery and no gasoline engine is due...Read More»

2019 Kia Niro
Kia Niro

The Kia Niro is a hybrid crossover with a wagon shape. It's only available with electrified powertrains: initially offered as a conventional hybrid, a plug-in hybrid was added for 2018, and a Niro EV is on the way. With the Niro, Kia has a small crossover (or wagon, depending on who you ask) that...Read More»

2019 Buick Regal Avenir
2019 Buick Regal

The 2019 Buick Regal stretches far for its mid-size moves—across the ocean, in fact. The Regal comes in a fastback body shape or a long-roofed wagon shape, both by way of Europe where they’re sold under the Opel brand. GM formerly owned Opel. A sportier Regal GS was new last...Read More»

2019 Buick Encore
2019 Buick Encore

The 2019 Buick Encore carves a fair amount of crossover space from a very small footprint, but it does so at a premium. It returns nearly unchanged for the 2019 model year, with more competition than ever. We’ve rated the Encore a 5.8 out of 10. The smallest Buick handles decently...Read More»

2019 Buick Cascada
2019 Buick Cascada

The 2019 Buick Cascada convertible delivers comfortable, top-down cruising at a reasonable price. Among premium cars, base Cascadas present a compelling value: leather upholstery, 7.0-inch touchscreen, and 20-inch wheels, for around $34,000. The bad news? Its interior is dated and not...Read More»

2019 Cadillac XT4
2019 Cadillac XT4

Mary Kay can’t make up as good as the 2019 Cadillac XT4 that was long overdue. The first compact crossover SUV from Cadillac was a long time coming. Thankfully, it was mostly worth the wait. With the 2019 XT4, Cadillac offers some of its most daring designs yet, wrapped around an...Read More»

2019 BMW X3
2019 BMW X3

Go long on the 2019 BMW X3. The new luxury compact crossover gains a lower cost, rear-wheel-drive entry model this year and will also serve as the jumping off point for an electrified crossover due sometime soon. Here and now, the X3 still delivers on our high expectations. We give it a...Read More»

2019 Infiniti Q50
Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti Q50 is a four-door luxury compact sedan. The Q50 boasts new lines and updated powertrains, but is a continuation of the popular Infiniti G35/G37 line. The Q50 was introduced for the 2014 model year, and was the first of Infiniti's cars to adopt a new naming convention. With the Q50...Read More»

2019 Infiniti Q50
2019 Infiniti Q50

Fierce competition has left a bevy of good compact luxury car choices for shoppers like the 2019 Infiniti Q50. While crossovers like the Infiniti QX50 get more attention, the Q50 remains a compelling value among sedans. We give the Q50 a 6.2 on our overall scale thanks to its good looks...Read More»

2019 MINI Cooper Countryman
2019 Mini Countryman

Brands can stretch too far. In rare cases like the 2019 Mini Countryman, the biggest Mini on offer gets the same spunk as the adorable Cooper, applied to a more useful crossover body that mainstream buyers want. All good things. In other cases, brandalism can end up like “Chicken...Read More»

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