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2013 Chevrolet TraverseChevrolet has an extensive lineup of SUVs and trucks with a just-right size vehicle for almost every need. A standout in the larger mid-size crossover SUV category is the Traverse. The Traverse is noticeably smaller outside than a Suburban or Tahoe, but surprisingly spacious inside. The Traverse is available in either an eight-passenger or a seven-passenger (second row buckets) configuration. read more »

 
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2013 Hyundai Santa FeThe name is the same, but the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is all new. The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is the third iteration of the company’s hugely successful mid-size crossover SUV.

There are actually two Santa Fe models, which is a little confusing. We drove the “big” Santa Fe Limited, which has three rows of seating and is powered by a 3.3-liter V6. The four-cylinder-powered Santa Fe Sport is 8.5-inches shorter, so it only accommodates two rows of seats. The Sport rides on a wheelbase that’s 3.9-inches shorter and total passenger space is almost 40 cubic feet less. read more »

 
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2013 Ford C-Max EnergiFord’s new C-Max Energi is a stylish take on fuel efficiency in a compact package. It’s Ford’s answer to the Toyota Prius plug-in and the Chevy Volt. The C-Max is also available as a traditional hybrid without the ability to run solely on electric power. Both models have their merits, but as residents of a hilly neighborhood, we’d pick the considerably less expensive C-Max Hybrid over the Energi. If we lived in Pancake, Kansas, or commuted from one end of the Bonneville (Utah) Salt Flats to the other, the Energi would win. read more »

 
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2014 Mazda CX-5The Mazda CX-5 was new for the model year 2013, so the early arriving 2014 CX-5 is more of an engine and technology update than a whole new vehicle. What Mazda has done is take an already excellent crossover SUV and refine it with a more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

We were very impressed during our time in a 2013 CX-5 and the improved 2014 model only boosted those already positive reactions. read more »

 
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2013 Chevrolet VoltMODEL TESTED

  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt 4dr Sedan

ENGINE

  • Electric motor 149-hp, 273-lb/ft
  • 1.4-liter 4-cylinder gas engine, 84-hp, 92-lb-ft

TRANSMISSION

  • CVT automatic, Front Wheel Drive

EPA RATINGS  read more »

 
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2013 Mazda CX-9MODEL TESTED

  • 2013 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD

ENGINE

  • 3.7-liter V-6, 273 hp, 270 lb/ft torque

TRANSMISSION

  • 6-speed automatic, Front Wheel Drive (AWD is optional)

EPA RATINGS  read more »

 
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2013 Acura ILXMODEL TESTED

  • 2013 ACURA ILX Tech HYBRID

ENGINE

  • 1.5-liter VTEC 4-cylinder, 111 hp 127 lb-ft torque

TRANSMISSION

  • CVT automatic, Front Wheel Drive

EPA RATINGS  read more »

 
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2013 Chevrolet SparkMODEL TESTED

  • 2013 Chevrolet Spark 2lt 4dr Sedan

ENGINE

  • 1.2-Liter 4-Cylinder, 84-Hp, 83 Lb/Ft

TRANSMISSION

  • 5-Speed Manual (With Hill Hold), Front Wheel Drive

EPA RATINGS     read more »

 
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2013 Honda CR-VMost SUV owners rarely venture off paved roads. Their vehicles are far more capable than the conditions owners encounter. So, what we really have are multipurpose vehicles that have the ability to handle rare extreme driving conditions, but seldom do. On an everyday basis SUVs are contemporary station wagons.

This reality is ideal for compact sport utility vehicles and crossovers like the just right sized 2013 Honda CR-V. read more »

 
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