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Road Test: 2020 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

The Jaguar F-Pace SVR remains unchanged after being introduced for 2019 except for Apple Car Play and Android Auto now coming as standard.

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Road Test: 2020 Buick Encore

Not much changes for the Buick Encore in 2020. The more powerful version of the 1.4L turbocharged engine has been discontinued and besides that just some minor tweaks to options available on certain trims.

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Road Test: 2020 Toyota Rav4 XSE Hybrid AWD

The RAV4 is one of the original small CUV/SUVs and is now entering the second year of its fifth generation and is still going strong. There are a plethora of trims to choose from at a lot of different price points which means it will appeal to lots of different people. Our XSE Hybrid AWD model finds itself near the top of the food chain and certainly did not disappoint.

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Road Test: 2019 Toyota RAV4 Trail AWD

The Toyota RAV4 is completely brand new for 2019 and is the first RAV4 to benefit from Toyota’s New Global Architecture platform. The new model features an all-new design both inside and out and a new powertrain that delivers more power and better fuel economy. Many of the same models return from the previous generation including the slightly off-road oriented Trail model which is featured here.

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Road Test: 2019 Honda Passport Touring

This mid-sized cross-over fits nicely between Honda’s CR-V and Pilot offerings while sharing both their Pilot and Ridgeline’s same wheelbase. The Passport is 6 inches shorter than its larger 3 row Pilot sibling, and is really designed for those folks that don’t need to be hauling the entire kids team with them when they head up-country to test the vehicles light Off-Road capability. The exterior has a sturdy almost rugged looking appeal that presents well as the Off-Road AWD offering that Honda has brought to compete in the segment.

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Road Test: 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Outlander PHEV receives a slight update to the front and rear fascia, a new seat design and material, new LED headlamps and new 18-in. alloy wheels.

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Road Test: 2019 Cadillac XT4

Cadillac is one of the last luxury automotive manufacturers to venture into the compact-luxury-crossover segment and will look to make a big splash in hopes of luring potential buyers away from their more established competition. On the exterior appearance side of things, Cadillac have done quite well and produced a nice, contemporary looking crossover that bears Cadillac’s current design theme with bold lines and an all-around nice look. Having always been a fan of Cadillac’s interior designs, the XT4 has got that right as well with simple interior that looks to be made of upscale materials and a sense of functionality that can sometimes be lost with all of the technology and features available today.

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First Drive: 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Story and photos by Benjamin Yong, Plucked out of GM’s lineup over a decade ago, the brand has reinstated the Blazer for 2019. But don’t expect a body-on-frame offering built

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Road Test: 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature

The CX-5 introduces a new Signature trim level for 2019 which features a new 7.0-in. TFT digital gauge display, new 19-in. alloy wheels and a plethora of other new features both inside and out. A new SKYACTIV-G 2.5L turbocharged engine is available (standard with Signature trim) and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment technologies is now standard on all trim levels.

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Road Test: 2019 Acura MDX Tech

The 9-speed transmission receives new calibrations and programming for 2019 while a engine idle-stop system has also been added. Higher up models now feature continuously variable suspension dampers and a new, sporty A-Spec variant has been added.