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2017 Encore

Introduced in 2013, the Encore quickly carved out a niche of its own and rose to the top of the fast-growing small SUV market, topping it in 2014 and 2015. Encore was Buick’s best-selling vehicle in North America in 2015, accounting for nearly a third of overall sales. Its sales were up 34 percent for the first two months of 2016, extending a year-over-year sales increase streak to 26 months.

For 2017, a new front-end appearance and a new premium interior highlight the visual refinements.

Exterior design

Toyota Corolla

Forty-three million and counting — that’s the number of Corollas that Toyota has sold globally since it began building the model in the fall of 1966. The Toyota Corolla made its United States debut in 1968 and has evolved over the decades, becoming roomier and more efficient.

2017 Ford Fusion 2017

The 2017 Ford Fusion brings significant updates including new front styling with new grille options, as well as a freshly redesigned rear end. Additionally, a new Platinum model provides a premium experience for Fusion buyers.

With a starting MSRP of $22,120, the Ford Fusion is available in 12 different models, including Sport and Hybrid models. For this review, we will focus on the S, SE, Titanium and the new Platinum model.


Ford Expedition, which debuted in 1996, is the company’s largest utility vehicle, with seating for up to eight. It’s powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, which is also featured in the Ford F-150 pickup.


The Lincoln MKX blends luxury, craftsmanship and style into its top-of-the-line, mid-size crossover utility vehicle. With seating for five, the MKX features a warm and tailored experience — with rich materials and exquisite detailing adding to the ambiance.