By some definitions, Subaru's most popular compact car isn't actually a car. That best-seller is the Crosstrek — essentially an all-wheel-drive hatchback with some off-road-focused styling details and an elevated ground clearance. Subaru calls the Crosstrek a crossover, marketing it...
What separates a luxury car from a mainstream one? Is it the image of a premium brand, and the status that it conveys to yourself and anyone else? Or is it the flashier styling, the more elegant interior, the...
By historical standards, the Jeep Cherokee has been a thoroughly mainstream vehicle since 2014. Once a boxy, hardily utilitarian SUV, the more recent Cherokee chased the sales success of the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape by becoming a car-based...
With crossovers displacing sedans as many automakers’ best-selling models, Hyundai has taken steps to shore up the heart of its crossover lineup. That’s the newly redesigned 2019 Santa Fe and the updated 2019 Tucson. The compact Tucson and midsize...
In much of the world, the Volkswagen Golf stands at or near the top of the automotive best-seller list. This compact hatchback combines sensible functionality with an upscale driving experience at attainable prices — a winning strategy for many...
Most crossovers aim to be pretty functional vehicles. Typically high and boxy, they deliver a commanding seating position and ample space for passengers and cargo. This is usually the norm in the subcompact crossover class. While these models tend...
Traditionally, luxury sedans have included big, powerful engines. High cylinder counts guaranteed smooth, effortless power and an elegant soundtrack. Today, it’s easier than ever to find an almost absurdly powerful luxury sedan. Two recently tested models — the Volvo S90...
With SUVs pulling away from passenger cars as the default choice for more buyers, it is not too surprising that most of them are more like cars than trucks. Best-sellers like the compact Honda CR-V, midsize Kia Sorento or...
Over its three decades of existence, the Lexus brand has cultivated a reputation for quiet rides, rich leather upholstery, and long-term reliability. This luxury division of Toyota is also sometimes seen as dull, lacking the exquisite driving experience found...
When it is designed right, a hatchback can combine all the style of a four-door sedan with a lot more cargo versatility. Whereas a sedan’s trunk is walled off from the passenger compartment, a hatchback lets you fold down...

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