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Honda Pulls Wrap Off 5th-Generation CR-V

New CUV could replace Accord, Civic as brand’s best-seller.

by on Oct.13, 2016

The 2017 Honda CR-V is just slightly longer outside but a lot roomier inside.

It’s bigger, roomier, more powerful, though we’ll have to wait to see just how much more fuel-efficient the 2017 Honda CR-V will be than the outgoing crossover-utility vehicle.

Honda offered a sneak peek at the new crossover during a media briefing at Detroit’s Eastern Market and while there were plenty of things to focus on, one of the most significant was the return of the volume knob to the instrument panel, a concession that not all buyers are enamored of the new touchscreen technologies sweeping through the auto industry.

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That small detail is likely to enhance the appeal of what has already become one of Honda’s most popular products, the new 2017 CR-V set to roll out of three separate plants in the U.S. and Canada. It is, in fact, very likely set to become the best-selling model in the entire Honda U.S. line-up.

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First Look: 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

New V-6, updated front end, “smart” safety features top list.

by on Jul.07, 2016

The Pathfinder gets its first big update since the current model debuted for 2013.

In a market that’s gone crazy over utility vehicles, few nameplates have had as long a history as the Nissan Pathfinder which made its American debut at a time when SUVs were largely the purview of rugged outdoorsmen.

The current version went through a dramatic makeover for the 2013 model-year, shifting from a classic body-on-frame design to a car-based crossover platform. But the Japanese automaker isn’t planning to let the ute go stale, and has some significant updates in store for its mid-cycle refresh.

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That includes a new 284 horsepower V-6, plenty of new advanced driver assistance systems, or ADAS technologies, as well as an updated exterior.

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Acura Set to Debut 2017 MDX at NY Auto Show

New design language debuts; new powertrain option may be in the works.

by on Feb.24, 2016

A rendering of the 2017 Acura MDX.

After giving us a tease of its new styling direction with the Precision Concept at the Detroit Auto Show last month, Acura is about to show us what that actually will translate into. The first new model to pick up on the new design language will be the 2017 Acura MDX making its debut at the New York International Auto Show next month.

The MDX isn’t due for a complete makeover until around 2020, but the ute scheduled for a Big Apple unveiling appears to be more than the typical, mid-cycle makeover, picking up a number of design details first seen on the Acura show car.

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“We are sharpening our focus on the Precision Crafted Performance DNA of the Acura brand and the 2017 MDX will integrate new styling elements and powertrain technology that takes us another step in that direction,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

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Nissan Moves Up-Market with 2015 Murano Redesign

Midsize CUV moves up-market.

by on Apr.14, 2014

Nissan's Andy Palmer introduced the all-new Murano for 2015.

Nissan delivered real game-changer when it introduced the original Murano back in late 2002, the midsize crossover breaking with the styling trends of the day that made most CUVs look like traditional, truck-based sport-utility vehicles.

The Japanese maker is back with an all-new Murano which will reach showrooms later this year, and the challenge was to come up with something that pushed the envelope even further.  The maker will get a sense of how well it succeeded when the third-generation CUV makes its official debut at the New York Auto Show this week.

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As with a number of other recent Nissan products, the 2015 Murano began life in show car form – the design signaled through the recent Nissan Resonance show car.

“At Nissan, we create concept vehicles with an eye toward production, rather than just for entertaining auto show audiences,” said Andy Palmer, chief planning officer and executive vice president at Nissan Motor Co. “Likely few people who saw Resonance in its North American International Auto Show debut imagined that we could build such a futuristic design. But here it is, ready to hit Nissan showrooms less than 24 months later.”

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2015 Nissan Murano to Make NY Auto Show Debut

Maker offers a subtle tease of new CUV.

by on Mar.24, 2014

Nissan teases the new 2015 Murano.

At a time when most manufacturers tried to disguise their early crossovers to look like conventional sport-utility vehicles, Nissan took a decidedly different direction, when it launched the original Murano, a halo vehicle for the makers expanding range of crossovers and CUVs.

Where to go next?  The little Nissan Juke crossover that debuted at the recent Geneva Motor Show suggests that the Japanese maker isn’t backing away from its commitment to edgy styling.  Far from it.  We actually got a hint of what’s coming in early 2013, when Nissan rolled out the radical Resonance design concept.

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Now it’s ready to show us the real deal, the 2015 Nissan Murano slated to debut at the New York Auto Show next month.

We’ve gotten a couple teaser images of the new car that provide another hint of what’s coming, Nissan promising that the 2015 Murano “features a spacious, premium interior and advanced, purposeful safety and connective technology.”

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4Runner Gets Makeover

Toyota gives SUV a more aggressive look.

by on Apr.30, 2013

Toyota gave the fifth-generation 4Runner a facelift featuring a more aggressive look.

For nearly three decades, the Toyota 4Runner has been a key part of the Japanese automakers’ product portfolio.

Now one of a small number of true body-on frame sport utility vehicles left in the market, the 4Runner is getting a facelift and new interior appointments for the 2014 model year, Toyota announced.

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Currently in its fifth-generation, 4Runner carries on as a fully capable mid-size SUV. The redesigned 2014 4Runner receives a new exterior design, and interior refinements that add comfort and convenience. They are combined with a comprehensive suspension technology that provides off-road capability with a smooth ride and comfort more often associated with crossovers, Toyota officials noted during an event offering media a look at the updated 4Runner.

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