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2016 Mazda CX-5: Versatile, sporty, fuel efficient

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 features a 185 horsepower, 4-cylinder engine.

The Mazda CX-5 replaced the Mazda Tribute and Mazda CX-7 in 2012 as a 2013 model, and it has succeeded quickly in the popular compact SUV segment. For 2016, the Mazda CX-5 has been refreshed with minor interior and exterior upgrades, including improved materials quality, additional insulation and an improved technology interface. There’s also improved ...

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2015 Nissan Rogue: Worthy SUV in packed segment

The 2015 Nissan Rogue has a handsome exterior design.

What can an underdog sport utility vehicle offer to gain a share of the vastly competition automotive segment? The Nissan Rogue found a way. It didn’t start well. The Rouge debuted in late 2007 as a 2008 model and was met with a mediocre response. The Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV-4 and Ford Escape, among others, ...

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Driving the Tour of California in a Lexus SUV #3


With two days remaining in the nine-day Amgen Tour of California bicycle race, I stopped for my third refuel of the trip. The 2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport had taken me from Sacramento to Santa Clarita, and the new luxury sport utility had done well for itself. The weather in the previous week included ...

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Driving the Tour of California in a Lexus SUV, #1

The new 2015 Lexus 200t F Sport. Images © James Raia/2015

After driving the first three stages of the Amgen Tour of California in my weekly driver, a 2015 Lexus NX 200t F Sport, I stopped for my first refuel of the race’s 10th edition. Lexus is a sponsor of the event and it has provided vehicles for staff and media members. The Lexus NX 200t ...

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