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

Hits dealerships: First quarter of 2015

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 (1)

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)

Mazda Updates CX-5, Mazda6 for 2016

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Mazda's been busy at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show: The automaker debuted an all-new subcompact crossover, the CX-3; showed off a redesigned MX-5 Miata roadster; and unveiled updates to its midsize car and compact crossover. Both the Mazda6 and CX-5 get a mildly face-lifted exterior, revised control layout, new cabin materials and additional connectivity systems for 2016.

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Mazda's compact SUV was new for 2012, and the automaker has updated it slightly for every model year since its launch. For 2016, the CX-5's face gets a slightly bolder grille with new metallic gray accents. The headlights have a revised interior layout, and Mazda's "signature" LED lighting is optional with the Technology Package.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

2016 Honda HR-V: Up Close

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If there's one thing Honda does well, it's making small, comfortable and efficient vehicles. The automaker's new small crossover, the 2016 HR-V, should do just fine.

As traditionally "small" SUVs and crossovers have gotten bigger and bigger, space underneath the Honda CR-V has opened up and Honda thinks it can fill it. Taking a page from Subaru's playbook in which it created a smaller, smarter entry under the Forester with the XV Crosstrek, Honda's "smaller can be better" strategy could fit buyers looking for a little bit of cargo room and efficient transportation.

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The HR-V uses the Civic's 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine along with a continuously variable automatic transmission or optional six-speed manual transmission. The manual is not available on all-wheel-drive models.

The HR-V is based on the Fit but has more stylish front and rear styling, as well as a familial grille and shape. The rear of the vehicle is rather nondescript with a clamshell hatch offering access to a fairly deep rear deck and 60/40-split rear seats. The rear bumper acts as the only impediment for lifting heavy or bulky boxes into the rear cargo area.

By Mark Williams | November 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Honda HR-V: First Look

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Competes With: Kia Soul, Chevrolet Trax and Nissan Juke

Looks Like: The CR-V's smaller, much sportier looking sibling

Drivetrain: 138-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder; continuously variable automatic or six-speed manual transmission; two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive

Hits Dealerships: Early 2015

What's bigger than the Honda Fit subcompact hatchback but smaller than the Honda CR-V compact crossover? Sliding into the tiny space between the automaker's popular compacts is the new-for-2016 HR-V.

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Honda calls the HR-V a multidimensional vehicle and promises "fun-to-drive performance, class-leading fuel economy ratings and unmatched interior spaciousness and cabin versatility," it said in a statement. It debuted today at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2014 | Comments (6)

2016 Mazda CX-3 Photo Gallery (44 Photos)

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Mazda unveiled its all-new compact crossover, the 2016 CX-3, today at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The long-nosed front end is characterized by a silver seven-fin grille and headlights resembling skeptically narrowed eyes. The automaker says blacked-out D-pillars help create a sleek side view while the solid mass of the rear end conveys strength.

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Interior flourishes include soft-touch surfaces with a "stitch-like" finish, dark red accent color on the door trim armrests and floor console kneepads, and sophisticated leather and suede seats adorned with piping.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Joe Bruzek.

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (2)

2016 Mazda CX-3: First Look

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Competes with: Jeep Renegade, Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V

Looks like: A Mazda3 hatchback with lifted suspension

Drivetrain: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, six-speed automatic transmission, front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Spring 2015

The super-small SUV segment is booming. Mazda's CX-3 introduction marks the growth of a new range of SUVs including the Jeep Renegade, Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V as bite-sized SUVs with a downsized approach to their volume-seller cohorts (Jeep Cherokee, Chevrolet Equinox and Honda CR-V, respectively).

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The CX-3's footprint is considerably smaller than the CX-5 and remains uniquely Mazda. It looks similar to the Mazda3 compact sedan and hatchback rather than the automaker's SUV lineup.

By Joe Bruzek | November 19, 2014 | Comments (7)

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