Automotive Review

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Ford F-150, part of Ford’s F-Series, America’s best-selling truck for 38 years, continues to innovate in 2016. With a starting MSRP of $26,540, the 2016 F150 is available in six trims (XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited) and four engines.

New for 2016

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The new 2016 Volkswagen Passat is a midsize sedan built in Volkswagen’s factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee. For 2016, the Passat combines new interior and exterior design elements with a greater variety of available convenience features than ever before.

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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 Land Cruiser features 8-passenger seating

Toyota has continually sold Land Cruiser models in the United States since 1957. Over the decades, the Land Cruiser has evolved into an impressive and luxurious SUV.

For 2016, Toyota Land Cruiser receives a whole new look, with the grille, integrated Land Cruiser logo and more all contributing to the new design signature. Additionally, chrome body side molding embossed with the Land Cruiser logo and new-design 18-inch alloy wheels accentuate the Land Cruiser’s muscular profile.

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Lexus ES 350
The 2016 Lexus ES 350 offers new interior luxury features and finishes, includin

After giving the ES 350 significant enhancements for 2015, Lexus maintains its momentum by endowing the 2016 ES 350 with a makeover for the front, rear and wheels.

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