Automotive Review

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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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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