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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Chevy Cruze vs. Toyota Corolla: Compare Cars

Despite the surging popularity of utility vehicles, today’s small sedans are do-it-alls. They’re practically mid-size these days, and the top entrants still sell hundreds of thousands of units a year. And each new entrant offers better safety, nicer interiors, and features that equal and sometimes outdo pricier rivals.

The Toyota Corolla has long been the sales champ among compact sedans, but it’s now five years old. The Chevy Cruze is brand-new this year, and better than it’s ever been. To shoppers looking for value, reliability, and comfort around $20,000, which is the better choice: the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze or the 2016 Toyota Corolla?

This year, the Cruze

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Chevrolet Impala vs. Dodge Charger: Compare Cars

The formula for the full-size sedan is pretty simple. It has to be spacious and comfortable, and a reasonable price wouldn’t hurt, either.

The two cars we are pitting against each other here each take different routes to that formula. The Chevrolet Impala opts for front-wheel drive and 4-cylinder or V-6 power, while the Dodge Charger goes with rear- or all-wheel drive and V-6 or V-8 power. Both work well, but which is best for you? Let’s dig deeper to find out.

Both cars are equally attractive. The Impala’s crisply themed sheet metal has a bit of Mercedes CLS in its rear quarters. Most cars are best approached

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Woodbury to Wazzu: Suggs commits to Washington State

Now, after just one year of junior college hoops, Suggs is committed to play at an even bigger stage.

Suggs recently committed to play basketball at Washington State University, starting in the 2015-16 season.

He initially announced his intent to play for Washington while at a dinner with the Cougars’ coaches during a visit to the school.

“I announced it and everyone hugged me,” he said. “My mom was crying.”

It would have been hard for her not to be. Her son had just made his dreams come true.

“This is what I pictured,” Suggs said, “and it’s finally happening.”

It’s happening after a brief detour right out of high school. Suggs, while a standout for the Royals, didn’t receive any Division-I scholarship offers right off the bat.

So he took his talents to Gillette College — a two-year community college in Gillette, Wyoming, a relatively small town with a population of less than 30 thousand people.

“There’s

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This Handmade American Furniture Maker is Racking Up Awards

Thos. Moser, Handmade American Furniture, announced that its Hartford Collection, designed by Adam Rogers of Cumberland, Maine, and its Portland Chair, designed by Ben Klebba of Portland, Oregon, have both received Architizer A+ Awards. The Hartford Collection was the Jury Winner in the Products Categories | Furniture for Furniture – Residential while the Portland Chair won both the Jury and Popular Choice Awards in the Products Categories | Furniture for Seating – Residential.

With entries from more than 100 countries, the Architizer A+ Awards represent the best of architecture worldwide. The Architizer A+ Jury Winners are selected by an industry-based jury comprised of equal parts architects, designers, cultural thought leaders, and developers. The Popular Choice Winners are chosen by the online voting public after a three-week campaign.

The Hartford Collection, which consists of a Sofa, Lounge Chair, Media Case, Coffee Table and Side Table, embodies all things Thos. Moser: a dedication to

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Tom Brinsko rides across America

“Physically, you’re drained and you’re tired and you consume a lot of calories, and you’ve got to get yourself up the next day,” he says. “You’re going to have sore muscles day-to-day and week-to-week, but you kind of get over that.”

The pain that might cause you to skip a day of riding back home is shaken off, because, “Well, you don’t have the choice. You’ve got to get on the bike and get to the next city.”

Brinsko, a Hudson resident since 1995, is the former president and CEO of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities. He stepped down from the position within the past year and now works part-time as a resource specialist for the national YMCA organization.

His semi-retirement is what allowed Brinsko to go on the 50-day bicycle ride that had long been a dream of his.

“Obviously, it takes some resources to do this,” he adds. And, “it

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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Spring Training begins for Brewers

They’ll have their first workouts on Sunday.  Position players report by next Wednesday, and manager Ron Roenicke will hold his first full-team workout on Thursday.  The Brewers are hoping to get a full season of production this year.  They led the National League Central division for five months last season, before collapsing so badly in September that they failed to make the playoffs.  As always, the Brewers will have to address a number of concerns during Spring Training.  That includes getting minor league sensation Jimmy Nelson to win more consistently as a starter at the big league level.  He’ll replace Yovani Gallardo, who was dealt to Texas in the off-season.  The Brewers don’t know who their Opening Day closer will be yet.  Jonathan Broxton is penciled in for the moment — but Chris Perez is also on board, and former closer Jim Henderson continues to recover from shoulder surgery.  The

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Dougherty inks entry-level deal with Predators

While he has already accomplished something most kids only dream of by signing with an NHL team, Dougherty knows he still has a long ways to go before he can consider himself a success story.

“There are a lot of guys that sign that contract and never make it,” the defenseman said. “I know I have a lot of work to do.”

Dougherty recalls his journey to where he is now very fondly. It started years ago when he laced up the skates for the first time at 3 years old. He was emulating his older brother at the time, a bit unaware that his passion for the game would grow from that moment forward.

“He was always a role model for me so I kind of always did what he did growing up,” Dougherty said. “I grew up playing in the Cottage Grove Athletic Association and that’s where I started to realize

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