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2017 Buick Encore 1.4L Turbo FWD

In nearly every one of our reviews of Buick’s tiny Encore since the subcompact crossover went on sale in 2013, we’ve called out its remarkable resemblance to a shiny potato. There, we did it again, but now that the Encore has been refreshed for 2017, dare we rename it a …

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2017 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum AWD

We can’t all be winners. The lucky among us learn this lesson early, after coach-pitch strikeouts or unscored but obviously one-sided soccer games. Others—the mildly gifted or the carefully insulated—come to the realization later in life, when it hurts more. It takes only one track-and-field meet to realize that there’s …

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2017 BMW X4 M40i

When BMW pioneered the fastback SUV with its X6, it wasted little time bringing out an M version, figuring correctly that buying an X6 isn’t about making a rational choice—it’s about making a statement. And the X6 M makes that statement louder and prouder, a preening, muscular brodozer among SUVs. …

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2017 Mercedes-AMG GLC43 SUV

Couple the fungal bloom of crossovers with the spread of Mercedes-AMG’s welterweight “43” model designation, and this high-performance GLC-class compact luxury ute seemed inevitable. Fortifying the 2017 GLC43 with a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine, the AMG folks painted a bull’s-eye on Porsche’s comparison-test-winning Macan GTS, landing slightly on the softer side …

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2017 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD

Big looks good when you’re Bill Gates eyeing his double-decker yacht sitting in the bay, but maybe not so much when you’re handed a blind-date dinner bill that could be confused for a phone number. Chevrolet’s time-honored Tahoe falls on both the good and the bad sides of bigness. On …

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2017 Audi A4 Allroad

When the previous-generation Audi Allroad replaced the A4 Avant in the U.S. model range for the 2013 model year, sales increased by 50 percent. Yes, hard-core Audi aficionados went ballistic about the lack of a regular A4 wagon—or A4 Avant in Audi-speak—but understand that a regular station wagon isn’t what …

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2017 Honda CR-V

Honda has had its ups and downs over the past few years, but the CR-V is one of the rocks upon which the house stands. Through October 2016, the compact crossover accounted for almost one-quarter of Honda’s annual volume in North America. And the automaker knows that if you want …

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2017 Toyota C-HR Euro-Spec

Sometimes you need more than flowers or chocolates or even a dewy-eyed kitten to say, “Sorry.” Sometimes you need a subcompact crossover. That’s the case with the new Toyota C-HR, which will be coming to the U.S. next year and which is at least as much an apology as it …

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2017 Porsche 718 Cayman PDK Automatic

If you’ve read anything about Porsche’s junior sports cars, the 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster, during the last year, you probably know that its mid-cycle update went well beyond the cosmetic nips and tucks typical of automobiles entering midlife. In addition to de rigueur fascia, headlight, and taillight revisions, each …

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