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 |  Jul 14 2014, 8:02 AM

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Subaru’s future plans include hybrid and full-electric powertrains, but not until after the company is able to clear the plate it is currently chewing through.

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 |  Jun 25 2014, 9:15 AM

Cutting 'Edge' Technology


2015 Ford Edge Technology

Whether it’s a base model small car or a flagship luxury sedan, every modern automobile is chockablock with high-end features, some of which seemed like impossibilities just a few years ago.

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 |  May 20 2014, 5:02 PM

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Storied British brand Bentley is adding 140 employees to its payroll. The new hires will be put to work at their headquarters in Crewe, England.

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Should I Buy a Toyota Prius V 2012-2014

2012 - 2014 Toyota Prius Used Car Review

 |  May 03 2014, 8:00 AM

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Vehicle Overview

The Prius V joined the expanding Prius lineup in 2011 as a 2012 model. For the North American market the “V” is basically a wagon version of the regular Prius. In other markets the Prius V is sold as a three-row multi-person vehicle, which means all versions worldwide include second row seating set on adjustable rails. This cargo flexibility combined with 50 percent more interior volume compared to the regular Prius gives the Prius V a sizable utility advantage.

Power for the Prius V comes from the same 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle four-engine gasoline engine paired to an electric motor as found in the regular Prius. Total system power is rated at 134 hp which is adequate for the 3,274 lbs. hybrid wagon. Since its introduction in 2011, not much has changed for the Prius V other than minor shuffling of the features available in each trim package.

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 |  May 01 2014, 5:30 PM

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Mainstream midsize sedans have been the most popular car category for 10 years in a row, but that streak might be in jeopardy.

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 |  Apr 29 2014, 8:54 AM

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Things are heating up in the premium-EV segment. The folks at Mercedes-Benz are poised to introduce their new B-Class Electric Drive. Pricing for this small people-hauler was just announced.

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 |  Apr 17 2014, 10:28 AM

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BMW’s new X4 Sport Activity Coupe debuted in New York, showing the world a slightly sexier looking compact crossover. Continue Reading…

 |  Apr 16 2014, 11:24 AM

2015 BMW X4

Like an angry chef armed with a Ginsu BMW is slicin’ and dicin’ the automotive market. It seems like there’s no niche too small, no white space worth leaving alone. In the interest of filling every possible product category, the German automaker revealed their new X4 Sports Activity Coupe in New York.

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 |  Apr 10 2014, 8:30 AM

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A new leaked image from Automobile Magazine is showing more of the upcoming Lexus NX than ever before.

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 |  Apr 08 2014, 4:35 PM

Worth the Price of Admission


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When sales of the awkward looking second generation Durango began to tailspin at the end of its lifecycle, Dodge was forced back to the drawing board.

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 |  Apr 04 2014, 11:02 AM

Ask AutoGuide No. 42


Ask AutoGuide No. 42

Apparently family values matter. Conservative politicians tap-dance around these issues, pundits prognosticate about their demise and segments of the driving population make them a central issue when it’s time to purchase a new vehicle. Not surprisingly they play a starring role in this week’s installment of Ask AutoGuide.

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 |  Mar 27 2014, 5:01 PM

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The world’s top luxury auto maker will announce plans to build a seven-seat utility vehicle tomorrow.

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 |  Mar 26 2014, 11:32 AM

The Kings of the Big Family Haulers


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Until the mid-1980s, those with large families usually bought station wagons with a who-cares-about-safety rearward facing third row of seats. But then the minivan was introduced and everything changed. For the next fifteen years, troops of kids were transported here and there in these pragmatic boxes on wheels. As is often the case though, consumer taste’s changed.

Today the three-row station wagons rival the mountain gorilla on the critically endangered species list while the minivan has become more passé than bridge clubs. Now there is a new king of big family transport – the three-row crossover utility vehicle (CUV).

And the Crossover Takes Over

After a brief foray with three-row body-on-frame SUVs in the early 2000s, the vast majority of auto manufacturers have settled on unibody crossovers to handle passenger duties of six or more. Last year, more than 1.7 million of these CUVs were sold in the U.S. compared to less than 525,000 minivans.

With nearly two million annual sales up for grabs, manufacturers are constantly tweaking their products to entice customers. Over the last year alone, all-new versions of the Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander hit the market while the Kia Sorento and Dodge Durango received significant updates. To see which CUV is the best value for the money, we gathered these five crossovers along with three older models; the large Chevrolet Traverse, the best-selling Ford Explorer and the eight-passenger Honda Pilot. Which one emerged as the victor in this stacked field? Read on to find out.

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 |  Mar 21 2014, 8:50 AM

2015 Subaru Outback Spy Photos

Spy photographers have managed to snap some photos of the all-new 2015 Subaru Outback as it undergoes testing in Europe. The crossover-ish sort of station wagon has been on the market since 2009 and is overdue for a redesign.

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 |  Mar 05 2014, 7:10 AM

2015 Range Rover Evoque Autobiography

The folks at Land Rover are introducing Autobiography versions of the Range Rover Evoque for the 2015 model year. The included upgrades should make an already desirable small utility vehicle even more lust-worthy.

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 |  Feb 27 2014, 1:02 PM

2015 Lexus RX

The popular and luxurious Lexus RX crossover has received a number of minor updates for the 2015 model year.

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 |  Jan 27 2014, 9:02 AM

Volkswagen Polo

When dozens of manufacturers gather this March at the Palexpo for the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen is expected to display a Polo-based crossover.

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 |  Jan 23 2014, 11:58 AM

2014 Ford Escape PictureFord’s Escape small crossover is hot in more ways than one but this popular model is getting a modest price increase for 2014, which could cool things off.

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 |  Jan 15 2014, 7:58 AM

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Infiniti boss, Johan de Nysschen, revealed that the Japanese automaker, in partnership with Mercedes parent company Daimler, are developing a new platform that will result in four models.

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 |  Jan 09 2014, 11:29 AM

2015-audi-q3

Audi announced today that it will begin marketing its small Q3 crossover to the U.S. next fall following a North American debut at next week’s Detroit Auto Show.

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 |  Jan 08 2014, 10:48 AM

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Volvo just unveiled the second of three concepts meant to preview its future product design based on its new Scalable Product Architecture.

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 |  Jan 03 2014, 1:51 PM

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Two’s company but three’s a crowd. More may be merrier in certain situations but undoubtedly not in every circumstance. Sure, having more flavors of ice cream to choose from or more paid vacation time is like hitting the jackpot at your local Native American tribal casino. Bingo was indeed his name-o.

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 |  Dec 19 2013, 7:15 AM

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Next year, Honda will introduce a compact crossover based on the Fit that will sit below its CR-V.

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 |  Dec 16 2013, 7:02 AM

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Leaked sketches of MG’s first crossover show the unnamed vehicle, which is set to make its public debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show.

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