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2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: Car Seat Check

2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid; Cars.com photos by Christian Lantry  Toyota lightly updated its popular RAV4 compact SUV for 2016, but the big news is the addition of a hybrid model to the lineup. The 2017 RAV4 Hybrid offers the same legroom as the regular version but slightly less cargo room. While it’s a win over the regular model in terms of fuel economy, it earned weak marks in our Car Seat Check due to its stiff imitation leather seats; buried Latch anchors complicated connection. How many car seats fit in the second…

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2018 Porsche Cayenne Teased Ahead of Debut

 Porsche released a video teasing its next Cayenne SUV ahead of its official reveal on Tuesday. The teaser video gives hints at the upcoming model’s design and claims Porsche “created something extraordinary.” It’s not wrong, either, as few other SUVs can do what the Cayenne is capable of doing in one package, both on- and off-road. The new Cayenne draws inspiration from various non-Cayenne models highlighted in the video: the 1950 Porsche 356 1100, 1956 Porsche Type 597 Jagdwagen (“hunting car”) and 1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar.

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Chrysler Pacifica Vs. Honda Odyssey: A Couch-Hauling Comparison

After the 2018 Honda Odyssey’s Magic Slide second-row bucket seats scored a big win in the saving-mom’s-sanity battle (preventing many sibling squabbles), the Odyssey won my second-row minivan challenge against the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica … but then I needed to move a couch. The Pacifica is more than capable in this department. Its seats easily tumble into underfloor bins, opening the entire cabin in seconds. In the Odyssey, the people-mover-to-cargo-hauler transformation is much more complicated. The Odyssey’s seats don’t fold at all and must be removed; they’re heavy and need to be…

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2017 Ford Fusion Platinum Hybrid Quick Take

Long, unexpected trips have a tendency to show a car’s true character, especially when the route is unfamiliar and occurs in the thick of rush-hour traffic. I found myself facing this exact scenario recently when a 200-plus mile excursion became a necessity on short notice. Faced with these road-going challenges, I grabbed the keys to a 2017 Fusion Platinum Hybrid. Late the next day, after a 16-hour grind in which about half of those hours were spent on the road going from South Orange County, California, to Santa Clarita and…

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2017 Toyota Highlander Quick Take

After passing a big rig, a motorhome and a slow moving sedan in one fell swoop during a recent road trip up to Boise, Idaho it became crystal clear that the 2017 Toyota Highlander I was piloting was going to be a highly capable travelling companion. On multiple occasions during the road trip the Highlander made the passing game enjoyable, if not thrilling. The Highlander’s new 3.5-liter V6 puts out 295 horsepower which easily propelled the midsize SUV over and in front of multiple slow moving vehicles with power normally reserved for faster cars. The V6…

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2017 Best Vehicle Brand Awards

The Best Car Brands When shopping for a car or SUV, most people start by picking the right brand. While there are certainly brand loyalists who wouldn’t consider buying something other than a Toyota or a Chevy, for most people, finding the right vehicle brand can be daunting. There are over 35 vehicle brands sold in the U.S., and with car brands being introduced or discontinued, re-entering the U.S. market, or shuffling the kind of vehicles they sell (no, Dodge doesn’t sell trucks anymore), it’s no wonder consumers can get confused. Our Best Vehicle Brand…

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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT: What You Need to Know

Is It a Sports Car in Disguise? In the late ’90s and early ’00s, the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne hit the scene, and the performance SUV was created. These vehicles carve corners like a sports car but offer multiple rows of seating and ample cargo space. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is a prime example. The Grand Cherokee SRT is based on the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is one of the top off-road SUVs in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings. However, Jeep takes the SRT in a different direction. Read on to learn…

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All-New 2018 BMW X3: What You Need to Know

The X3 Is All-New for 2018 BMW recently unveiled the third generation of the X3 compact SUV. This is the latest iteration of what has been a popular car for BMW, dating back to the first generation in the 2004 model year. The second generation arrived as a more refined vehicle for the 2011 model year, with a mid-life update in 2014. The 2018 BMW X3 continues that refinement to compete with a crop of compact SUVs that get better and better every year. Luxury compact SUVs are expected to provide composed on-road…

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