Automotive Review

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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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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Chevy Malibu
Chevy Malibu interior

The Chevrolet Malibu was introduced more than 50 years ago, and for 2016, this quintessential midsize sedan boldly steps into the future with an all-new model that is completely redesigned.

With a starting MSRP of $21,625, the 2016 Malibu is available in five trims: L, LS, LT, Premier and Hybrid.

Engines

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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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2016 GMC Sierra 1500 (Photo courtesy of General Motors)

GMC’s best-selling truck rolls into 2016 with a fresh appearance that takes its signature premium styling to a higher level.

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With a starting MSRP of $22,140, Kia’s popular midsize sedan enters 2016 with an all-new look. The 2016 Optima is stylishly designed with exterior dimensions that are marginally longer, taller and wider. The wheelbase has been extended to 110.4 inches (increased 0.4 inches) and the vehicle has been widened to 73.2 inches (increased 1.2 inches). Both changes enable a comfortable cabin with more shoulder room and rear seat legroom.

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2016 Mazda6 sedan

Debuting in 2012 as the flagship model in Mazda’s new-generation product lineup, Mazda6 enters 2016 with a refreshed look.

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