2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Car Seat Check

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Mitsubishi's smallest crossover is also the runt of the compact crossover class. The 2014 Outlander Sport is several inches shorter than competitors such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, so it offers much less legroom. This was a big issue when installing child-safety seats, but it wasn't the only problem. Awkward top tether anchor placement also made installing the forward-facing convertible difficult.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Jeep Renegade Video

The 2015 Jeep Renegade is all-new, but visitors to the 2014 New York International Auto Show — where the subcompact SUV is bowing — will see a lot of familiar features. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says its boxy shape, Patriot-like lines and seven-bar grille show its Jeep pedigree. However, the Renegade's similarities to the Fiat 500L hatchback on which it's based reveal some family blending as the Italian automaker and Chrysler realize their landmark merger. Watch the video for more — especially the rather novel etching of Moab, Utah, topography into storage-compartment mats.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 BMW X4 Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays is willing to refer to BMW's crossovers as the automaker-coined "sport activity vehicles" like Chicagoans are willing to refer to the Sears Tower as the Willis Tower — he's not. Despite BMW's attempt to be different in naming its crossovers, Mays says they all look alike, and the 2015 X4 is no exception. The X4 is shorter than the X6 and offers good backseat comfort, but comes up short on cargo space. Watch the video for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Nissan Murano Video

Nissan's midsize crossover gets a redesign, and although its styling still errs on the side of wild, new design cues should make it look familiar — especially its Rogue and Pathfinder-like new grille. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the Murano's evocative styling is nicely matched by a well-dressed interior with plenty of room and high-quality materials. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 BMW X4: Up Close

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I've never really understood the thinking behind a massive SUV trying to pass itself off as a sporty hatchback. That's what BMW's X6 tried to do, with limited success. BMW is making another go at the concept with the new 2015 X4.

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After seeing the X4 in person, I'm still unconvinced this vision has legs.

By Mike Hanley | April 23, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Nissan Murano: Up Close

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Nissan's Murano has always been a bit weird. While most SUVs have morphed into a common look across manufacturers, the Murano always did its own thing. Now Nissan has updated the Murano, giving it its first true complete redesign, and the look is just as wild as ever.

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At first glance, one might think that the 2015 Murano is almost overstyled, with lines, creases, folds, streaks, fins and slats from bumper to rump. The resemblance to Nissan's Resonance concept car is strong, but it works.

By Aaron Bragman | April 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Nissan Murano Photo Gallery (40 Photos)

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More often than not, when a concept car moves to production, little of the flashiness and daring design that made it an eye-catcher in the first place actually make it to the dealer showroom. That's not the case with the 2015 Nissan Murano, now making a spectacle of itself at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The new Murano's prototype, the Resonance concept, introduced the crossover's bold exterior styling back in January at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Surprisingly, much of that design translates to the production version, notably the "floating" roof element, boomerang-style headlights, kooky LED taillights and overall aerodynamic shape. Meanwhile, the forward-looking interior adopts an "upscale social lounge" design, says Nissan.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | April 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Buick Encore: Car Seat Check

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Space is at a premium in the 2014 Buick Encore, a compact crossover, but surprisingly, its smaller dimensions didn't negatively affect child-safety-seat installation. While we did have to move the front passenger seat forward to fit our rear-facing car seats behind it, our tester still had enough legroom to sit comfortably. That's in part due to the Encore's dash design, which is upright rather than jutting out into the cabin.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | April 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Nissan Murano: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Jeep Grand Cherokee

Looks like: 2013 Nissan Resonance concept SUV

Powertrains: 260-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, continuously variable automatic transmission, front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Late 2014

Nissan has two SUV flavors in its showrooms. If you need family-hauler, there's the seven-passenger Pathfinder. If you just want style, all-weather functionality and really only need room for five passengers, there's the Pathfinder's quirky younger sibling, the Murano.

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Nissan has redone the Murano for 2015 and will introduce it at this week's 2014 New York International Auto Show, showing off a new version that takes its styling cues from the Nissan Resonance concept car unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

By Aaron Bragman | April 14, 2014 | Comments (10)

2014 Nissan Rogue Earns NHTSA Four-Star Overall Safety Rating

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Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its latest crash scores for new vehicles. Nissan's redesigned 2014 Rogue received a four-star overall score out of five stars with just a three-star frontal crash score, which are low numbers for an all-new compact SUV. NHTSA's ratings are especially strange since the Rogue earned top crash scores across the board from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, giving it the highest Top Safety Pick Plus designation.

By David Thomas | April 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

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