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After a major refresh for 2015 that brought a new powertrain, significantly enhanced exterior and interior styling, and a long list of new standard and available features, the 2016 Honda CR-V returns with a new Special Edition (SE) trim and a lineup with a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $23,845.

The new Special Edition CR-V is positioned above the LX trim by adding features such as larger 17-inch alloy wheels with an exclusive two-tone finish. The complete 2016 CR-V lineup is as follows: LX, SE, EX, EX-L and Touring.

Interior design

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The Mazda CX-9 made its world debut in 2006 as a midsize, three-row crossover sport utility vehicle. Just as it did back then, the CX-9 continues to turn heads with its attractive design and style.

With a starting MSRP of $31,520, the 2016 Mazda CX-9 is available in four trims: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring and Signature.

CX-9 style

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With a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, six-speed automatic transmission, and two-row seating for five, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 offers a balance of fuel efficiency, cargo capacity and stylish design. Plus, the RAV4 is available in six trim levels: LE, XLE, XLE Hybrid, SE, Limited, and Limited Hybrid.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the 2016 RAV4 gas models begins at $24,350. The MSRP for the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid is $28,370 for the XLE Hybrid and $33,610 for the Limited Hybrid.

Engine

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Lexus created the blueprint for its luxury crossover utility vehicle more than 15 years ago with the launch of the original RX model in 1998. Today, Lexus continues its success in this segment with the 2016 RX 350, which has a starting MSRP of $43,020.

For 2016, a 3.5-liter direct-injection gasoline-powered V6 engine with 295 horsepower and 267 foot-pounds of torque powers the RX 350 and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. (A hybrid model is also available.)

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The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is the second generation of Honda’s midsize pickup truck, redesigned from the ground up. With a starting MSRP of $29,475, the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline comes in a total of seven trim levels, a choice of 2WD or AWD systems, and offers many new features.

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The all-new 2017 Sportage, the fourth generation of Kia Motors America’s longest-running nameplate, features a contemporary exterior, spacious interior cabin and three distinct trim levels: LX, EX and SX Turbo.

Modern interior

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On the heels of its successful first year, the Acura TLX enters 2016 with great momentum. The starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the TLX is $31,695. Additionally, the MSRPs for all five TLX models with the 9-speed automatic transmission are unchanged from mid-model year 2015.

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Buick’s Encore continues to draw new customers to the brand, attracted by the small crossover’s unique package of luxury features and efficiency. Its lineup grows this year with the new Encore Sport Touring, which features an all-new 1.4L turbo engine along with unique exterior cues.

With a starting MSRP of $24,065, the 2016 Encore is offered in five trim levels: Encore, Encore Convenience, Encore Sport Touring, Encore Leather and Encore Premium. All models offer room for five and up to 48.4 cubic feet (with rear seats folded) of storage space.

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The Infiniti QX80 offers premium style yet is capable of transporting up to eight people in spacious elegance.

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Entering its second model year with limited changes, the 2016 Kia Sedona continues to offer an attractive design, amenities and value in the minivan segment. For 2016, Sedona offers seven- and eight-passenger seating configurations and is available in five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX and SXL.

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