2017 Subaru Impreza preview

The 2017 Subaru Impreza is a redesigned version of the automaker’s compact sedan and hatchback, which was last updated for the 2012 model year. The new Impreza has sleeker and crisper styling, a nicer interior, and more standard and optional features, including active-safety systems. In due course, it will spin off a new version of the Crosstrek small crossover as well—but for now, the four-door and five-door passenger cars come first.

While the 2017 Impreza appears to be a nipped-and-tucked version of the preceding model, it actually rides on entirely new underpinnings that Subaru says will make the car more agile and fun to drive, offer a more comfortable ride, and provide even better crash protection. It competes with the sportier compact sedans and hatchbacks, including the Mazda 3, Volkswagen Golf and Jetta, and perhaps the Ford Focus. As always, all Subaru Imprezas sold in the U.S. have all-wheel drive as

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2017 Acura MDX preview

Among luxury crossovers, the Acura MDX is a standout in nearly every possible way—and it stands as quite a counterpoint to the brand’s sedans, which can’t seem to get proper traction in the market.

While this model is already one of the best-driving models in its class, the 2017 Acura MDX has been given ride and handling improvements, more standard active-safety features, and a new Sport Hybrid variant that promises both better performance and higher fuel economy numbers.

The 2017 MDX has styling improvements, too. The beak-like front end is now mostly in Acura’s past, as the MDX gets a version of the diamond pentagon grille the brand previewed in its Acura Precision Concept from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. In addition to that, it gets newly sculpted front fenders, a new hood, and LED fog lamps with restyled jewel-eye headlamps. Chrome rocker panels, some additional lower-body trim, and a twin-tailpipe design

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Mitsubishi: U.S. cars not affected by fuel economy scandal

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There’s good news and bad news for Mitsubishi fans. Since it’s Friday, we’ll start with the good stuff.

Mitsubishi Motors North America has just issued a statement confirming that late-model Mitsubishi vehicles sold in the U.S. do,

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Will Apple ever sell cars? One analyst says no

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Apple and Google are both interested in autonomous cars, but they’re approaching them in very different ways. According to one analyst, Apple’s plan is entirely unfeasible.

Two companies, two paths

Since 2009, Google has been working on autonomous cars right out

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Toros Notebook: Sanchez relishing opportunity with RGV FC

Earlier this year, Arturo Sanchez was among 200 participants who tried out for the RGV FC Toros. After two days of scrimmages at the McAllen Sports Park, Sanchez was told he would be notified by e-mail if he had landed a training camp invite.

“Every

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Sales stumble in Germany, and who’s buying all those VW dealerships?

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Germans have a reputation for being on-time, and this week, Volkswagen will have a chance to prove (or disprove) that stereotype in a very big way. A federal judge has

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2017 Cadillac XT5 Preview

It’s now been more than 15 years since Cadillac reinvented itself with Led Zeppelin-infused ads and an edgy Art Science design theme that really showed up the lozenge-shaped exteriors of the time.

Although that reopened the door to Cadillac to a generation of Baby Boomers, now the American luxury brand is focusing in on Gen X and Millennial shoppers, with more voluptuous styling and lavishly appointed interiors, brimming with technology, and more finely honed than ever to delight from the driver’s seat. That new thrust is kicked off with the Cadillac CT6 sedan, and the 2017 XT5 crossover closely follows.

The XT5 is a very important new model, because the SRX it replaces has come to symbolize growth for the brand. The outgoing version has sold consistently well, topping 50,000 units every year since its 2010-model-year introduction, and even doing better toward the end of its lifecycle. It brought nearly 40

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