2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport: Up Close

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By now it should be evident that Land Rover's purchase by India's Tata Motors in 2008 was a very good thing. The company has had one hit after another, and the Discovery Sport looks like another one.

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It's larger than the LR2 it replaces, as well as the Range Rover Evoque, and it takes on the styling direction seen in the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, but with a more rounded nose to distinguish it a bit. It looks good from all angles. The only misstep I see is that the optional black roof looks odd with a wide, body-colored C-pillar, the only pillar that isn't black.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M Photo Gallery (49 Photos)

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Dial M for motorsports. BMW is introducing the race-ready variants of its X5 sport activity vehicle and X6 sport activity coupe this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, on track for a spring 2015 release. Consistent with their performance purposes, the X5 M and X6 M rock aggressive-looking racing cues such as enlarged scoops, 21-inch wheels, unique tiers, rear diffusers, quad tailpipes and monochrome blue or gray metallic paint.

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Both the M and M boast sweet interior flourishes, too. Sporty cues in the cabin include a unique steering wheel, paddle shifters and gauges, Merino leather seats with contrast stitching and M badging, a simulated Alcantara headliner, a Nappa-covered dash and plenty of aluminum trim. The X5 M starts at $99,650 and the X6 M at $103,050, including destination.

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

By Matt Schmitz | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Volvo XC90 Photo Gallery (33 Photos)

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Save for the instantly identifiable diagonal crosspiece logo that is Volvo's trademark, the 2016 XC90 three-row crossover injects some new flare into the Swedish automaker's familiar design. Updated cues include a waterfall grille with vertical bars, T-shaped daytime running lights Volvo likens to Thor's hammer and slightly ridic 22-inch wheels.

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Also departing from garden-variety Volvo style, the seven-seat cabin has a horizontal, stacked dashboard. Other interior features include a crystal shifter, a leather-covered dash and a Bowers & Wilkins premium stereo with an air-ventilated subwoofer.

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

By Matt Schmitz | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

Nissan Prices 2015 Murano SUV

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The third-generation 2015 Nissan Murano has made quite a splash, slated to arrive in showrooms early next month with its show-car styling and high-tech, luxurious interior. And now, Nissan has announced pricing for its premium SUV: The new model will start at $30,445, including the destination fee. That price is for the front-wheel-drive Murano S model; four trim levels will be offered overall, each with an all-wheel-drive option.

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The S all-wheel drive starts at $32,045, with just one package offered, a navigation system. The SV comes in at $33,505 for the front-wheel-drive model or $35,105 for the all-wheel-drive version. Only one package will be offered here as well, a Premium Package. Stepping up from there will be the leather-lined Murano SL for $37,835 with front-wheel drive and $39,435 for all-wheel drive. The top of the line is the Murano Platinum, starting at $39,885 for front-wheel drive and $41,485 for all-wheel drive. The SL and Platinum models also offer a Tech Package, with items such as NissanConnect, navigation, Around View monitor, Intelligent Key with push-button start, an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system and more. Available safety systems include blind spot warning, forward collision alert with emergency autonomous braking and rear cross-traffic alert.

Pricing for the various packages has not yet been provided by Nissan. The new Murano goes on sale Dec. 5 at Nissan dealerships nationwide.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Aaron Bragman | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Volvo XC90: Up Close

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The 2016 Volvo XC90 is one of Volvo's first steps in reviving the Swedish brand in the U.S., which has seen declining sales during the past 10 years. Volvo's new XC90 — debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show — could very well change how the general public views Volvo vehicles given the luxurious experience inside the all-new seven-passenger SUV.

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The seven-passenger XC90 is littered with high-quality materials that would look right at home inside a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, combined with technology including a massive touch-screen that wouldn't look out of place in a concept car — think Tesla-Model-S-touch-screen big.

By Joe Bruzek | November 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

2016 Mazda CX-5 Photo Gallery (28 Photos)

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As has been the case each model year since its 2012 entree, the Mazda CX-5 gets a mild makeover for 2016. Updated exterior styling to the compact SUV includes a bolder grille, metallic gray accents, revised headlights and optional LED lighting.

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Interior revisions include an electronic parking brake, longer rear seat cushions, larger door pockets with expanded storage and the latest version of the Mazda Connect multimedia system. Interior trim options now include an aluminum-look panel with a vertical hairline finish, a metallic-finish panel and a piano-black panel.

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

By Matt Schmitz | November 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

2016 Honda HR-V: More Photos

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If Goldilocks were shopping for a small Honda and found the CR-V compact crossover "too big!" and the Fit subcompact hatchback "too small!" she might find the all-new 2016 HR-V "just right!" Slotting below the CR-V, the HR-V, which bows this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, wears a sportier, more rounded look than its right-angled siblings, in addition to a more aggressive-looking mug.

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Interior space is competitive with larger vehicles both in passenger and cargo room. That versatile spaciousness is complemented by Honda's Magic Seat, which folds completely flat to free up more cargo room in the front passenger position.

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

By Matt Schmitz | November 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

2016 Mazda CX-3: Up Close

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Mazda is on a roll introducing aesthetically interesting new cars and SUVs. Check out the Mazda6; it looks right as rain. The all-new Mazda CX-3 is no different. Mazda's design team takes what could have been a bland, uninteresting subcompact SUV and crafts a stunner out of the awkwardly small proportions.

2016 Mazda CX-3: First Look 

There is no bad angle to view the CX-3 from when you check it out in person. The front styling, profile and rear have a continual design flow from front to back that's attractive and cohesive. The attention to detail up front is surprisingly impressive for a small SUV, showing off a more upscale appearance than some of its competitors like the Jeep Renegade, Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V.

By Joe Bruzek | November 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

2016 Kia Sorento: First Look

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Competes with: Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder

Looks like: Kia Sedona minivan meets the Toyota Venza

Drivetrain: 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or 290-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 with six-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive

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The redesigned 2016 Kia Sorento grows in size, has all-new interior styling and is offered with a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Like its predecessor, the 2016 Sorento is available with seating for five or seven. Pricing will be announced nearer to the crossover SUV's on-sale date early next year.

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By Mike Hanley | November 20, 2014 | Comments (2)

2016 Ford Explorer Video

Ford wowed the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show crowd with the new Shelby GT350 Mustang, but it also provided some meat and potatoes in the form of the refreshed Explorer SUV. In this video, Kelsey Mays explains the changes to this popular family mover and if you should check it out under the auto-show lights.

By David Thomas | November 19, 2014 | Comments (1)

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