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

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 […]

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2017 Subaru Impreza: Pushing Limits; Raising Expectations; Pulling Away

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 […]

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

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 down […]

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Nissan Sentra SR Turbo: Perky Performance Without Penalty

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 sedan into a classy […]

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2017 Cadillac XT5 Looks Like Hollywood, Rolls like Main Street

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 […]