2017 Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI Quattro Premium Plus

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With more than half a million Q7s down the road since inception no one argues against the mid-size luxury SUV's market success, but the outgoing first-generation was starting to look and feel a bit stale when its near decade-long tenure finally ended last year. Since then it's been made clear there was pent-up demand for an all-new Q7, which when combined with unparalleled growth in the luxury ... Read More

2017 Kia Niro

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For decades, the Korean brand Kia was an enigma in the United States. During its early history, Kia supplied engines and transmissions to Ford for use in U.S. and European models. When I first married, I bought my then wife a 1988 Ford Festiva, a Kia-powered tiny affair that retailed for $4,995. We drove the Festiva for 54,000 miles with the only problem being a faulty driver-side, rear wheel ... Read More

2017 Acura RDX AWD

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  If you want to know what makes a brand tick, drive its most inexpensive models in their most basic trims. With respect to Acura's SUV lineup, that would be this RDX. The SUV you're looking at has zero options other than all-wheel drive and the AcuraWatch suite of active safety features. AWD on its own would means the RDX hits the road at $37,170 plus freight and dealer fees, a full ... Read More

2017 Nissan Armada Platinum 4×4

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You may not realize, but Nissan's U.S. operation just had a year worth celebrating. No, I'm not talking about its best-ever sales of 1,426,130 units. Come to think of it, Nissan's bigwigs might not even be aware of the somewhat smaller party going on down the hall in the full-size truck-based SUV department, but 2016 was the first year the Armada SUV outsold Toyota's Sequoia. The numbers won't ... Read More

2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Sedan

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No automaker has more fully capitalized on its in-house performance sub-brand than Mercedes-Benz with AMG. Where BMW's M-badged fleet has grown to 10 models in the U.S. market, Audi is now offering four cars under its top-tier RS banner (and two R8s that qualify), Cadillac having three Vs vying for contention, Lexus earning street cred with a couple of F models, and Volvo anteing up with an equal ... Read More

2017 Acura MDX SH-AWD Advance 6 Passenger

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Now this is an MDX I can easily warm up to. Not that lesser trims leave me cold. It's just that a luxury SUV should make its owner feel rich, or at least richly pampered, and this top-line MDX six-passenger model with the Advance package is one nicely tailored ride. After ogling the stunning open-pore hardwood trim and beautiful satin-finish aluminum across the Advanced model's instrument ... Read More

2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium

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I've never been on Subaru's payroll or a Forester owner, although full disclosure requires me admit to selling new Justys, Imprezas, Brats, Loyales, Legacys, Outbacks, SVXs, and yes Foresters way back in 1994. I've also had the pleasure of living with every Forester generation for weeks at a time over the last 16 years of my auto journalism career, and therefore have experienced them grow in size ... Read More

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4×4

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There has always been a lot to like about the fourth-generation Pathfinder, unless you're one of those still lamenting its metamorphosis from body-on-frame 4x4 to car-based crossover. Still, even these off-road purists can't argue against the model's increased popularity since, as sales numbers don't lie. The larger, more refined and altogether more livable mid-size SUV arrived on the scene as ... Read More

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic Sedan

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It must be uncomfortably embarrassing to go up against Mercedes' E-Class. After all, it outsells its direct competitors so dramatically there's very little contest. Even mighty BMW pales in comparison, the M-B E Sedan, Coupe, Cabriolet, Wagon and CLS four-door coupe resulting in a cumulative 54,700 sales last year compared to just 36,355 for the similarly diverse 5 and 6 Series models. And ... Read More

2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE

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The Discovery Sport has two very good things going for it. One, it's a much better vehicle than the LR2 it replaced two years ago, and two, it's riding a wave of SUV popularity that shows no end in sight. The best the LR2 ever did in the U.S. was 9,206 units in calendar year 2007, but after nearly matching that number over its first eight months of availability in 2015 the Discovery Sport ... Read More

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