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...
When SUVs were first becoming part of the mainstream automotive marketplace, buyers loved their tough, heavy-duty image. The first crossovers offered the same truck-like looks, but were derived from popular passenger cars to offer superior on-road drivability and comfort. Today's...
The subcompact crossover market segment has exploded with options in recent years, with more automakers providing mini-SUVs that are a size smaller than the best-selling Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, or Ford Escape.  Such vehicles make perfect sense in D.C. Compact...
Volkswagen has largely missed the booming demand for crossovers in the U.S. While most automakers have offered a seven-passenger SUV-looking car for years, VW instead chased smaller niches with the luxury five-seat Touareg and the upscale compact Tiguan. But now,...
There are lots of cars these days with “Sport” in their names. Sometimes “Sport” means “flashy-looking.” Sometimes it’s used as a diminutive, to indicate a smaller vehicle or the base model with the fewest options. On the redesigned 2017 Hyundai...
Lexus was an early pioneer of the luxury crossover — combining the comfort and fuel efficiency of a premium sedan with the high driving position and handy cargo space of an SUV. The first Lexus RX appeared in 1999,...
As electric cars continue to grow in popularity, their manufacturers have been making tremendous gains in battery technology. Most notably, electric vehicles have been seeing a huge boost in the available range per charge. Even a model you wrote...
For an economical way to drive around town, it’s pretty hard to beat a hybrid. Unlike gas-powered cars, most hybrids get better mileage in the city than on the highway. At low speeds, their small electric motors can help...
Generally if you want to fit seven passengers into your car, you need one that’s fairly large and expensive. Most midsize or large crossovers with three rows of seats have a base price at or above $30,000, and minivans...
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...

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