Michael Hines

2018 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid: The best hybrid compact CUV out there, but not for long

The compact crossover segment is booming, as is the market for hybrid cars. Considering that fact, you’d think that there’d be a huge market for affordable hybrid compact crossovers as a result, right? Well, not exactly. Buyers who want a hybrid CUV don’t have many options, at least not right now. There’s the Toyota Rav4...

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2018 BMW X5: An Aging and Expensive Icon

It only feels like the BMW X5 has been on the road forever. The luxury SUV, or “sport activity vehicle” as the automaker refers to it, debuted in 1999 and has become a staple of the suburbs. The current-generation X5 debuted in 2014 and is at the end of its life cycle. That said, the...

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The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC: A Luxury German CUV That Might Not Break the Bank

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is one of the hottest compact luxury crossovers on the market. The model has helped push the automaker’s sales to new heights in 2018. There are many reasons why the GLC is so popular with buyers, including its wealth of standard features, quality cabin materials, and variety of engines and body...

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2018 Acura RDX: A Competitive and Affordable Luxury Crossover

The 2018 Acura RDX is one of the many choices in this segment. The RDX has been given lukewarm praise by reviewers and hasn’t been a huge hit with consumers in terms of sales. If you’re in the market for a luxury crossover and are considering the 2018 Acura RDX, here’s everything you need to...

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The 2018 Subaru Forester: An Affordable SUV More Capable Than Most

Over the past decade, Subaru has grown from a niche brand into a major force in the auto industry. A lot of the automaker’s recent success is due to the Forester, its largest SUV and second-best selling model. The Forester has been on a roll, with sales increasing every year since 2011. The crossover is...

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The 2018 Mazda6: One of The Best Mid-Size Sedans Gets Even Better

Today’s consumers want more out of an affordable mid-size sedan than reliable build quality and good gas mileage. They also want luxury interiors, drivability, and good looks. Mazda knows this, which is why it gave the 2018 Mazda6 a significant refresh, which includes an upgraded interior, more powerful engines, and a new trim level.

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The 2018 Volvo XC90: An Affordable Alternative to German Luxury

Volvo’s ultimate goal is to be seen as a luxury automaker on par with Germany’s big three: BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz. It’s not quite there yet, but the Swedish automaker is well on its way, as evidenced by the 2018 XC90. After spending a week behind the wheel of the company’s flagship three-row crossover, we...

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