Cadillac XT5 — Keeping up with the competition

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Cadillac is in the process of reinventing itself as a contemporary luxury brand, and the cornerstone of its effort is the compact/mid-sized crossover, which has been its best seller over the past few years. Sales of the outgoing SRX were nearly three times that of the next best-selling Cadillac in 2015.

Kia Cadenza — A first-class redesign

By David Finkelstein

Does the all new Kia Cadenza sedan have what it takes to be a major contender in the import luxury car arena? I think it does! First unveiled at the New York International Auto Show earlier this year, the second generation 2017 Cadenza took center stage and captivated the audience.

2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport

PHOENIX — With just five percent of the automotive market share, two-door coupe models are considered objects of desire rather than a vehicle that fills a mainstream transportation need. People buy them because they want one not because they are necessarily a practical choice. And visually, the new Infiniti Q60 is not only an object of desire it’s also absolutely gorgeous inside and out.

Jaguar F-Pace — A crossover worthy of praise

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We remember sitting at a Porsche event back in the late '90s listening to representatives of the iconic German sports car company discussing the possibility of building a sport utility vehicle. We were aghast at the revelation. What is our topsy-turvy automotive world coming to when the maker of the lauded 911 was even discussing an SUV?

2017 Buick Envision

HOUSTON — In our modern driving society, crossovers are the station wagons of the seventies. Fortunately for us, shape, power, and fuel efficiency have all improved since then, and you don’t get the two kids making awkward faces at you from their rear-facing back seat. I only make the station wagon comparison to say, they’re everywhere. People with or without kids, men and women of all ages and demographics, are driving crossovers.

2017 Maxima SR Midnight

GOLDSBORO, N.C. — For years Nissan has claimed the "four-door sports sedan" moniker for its flagship Maxima. And the all-new-for-2016 Maxima is designed for those buyers who are luxury intenders, but looking for a vehicle that is more sporting in both appearance and road manners. The Maxima delivers with more than just an alluring design — it also features a healthy 3.5-liter V-6 making 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque.

2017 Nissan Rogue

LAKE OCONEE, Ga. — Following three straight years of sales growth since the introduction of the completely redesigned second-generation Nissan Rogue for the 2014 model year, it has been given a mid-cycle refreshing for 2017 to stay competitive in the booming compact crossover market.

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport — Popular crossover refreshed

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Hyundai's popular Santa Fe Sport SUV got a complete makeover in 2013 lifting it into the top tier of the crossover ranks in styling, performance, interior comfort and usability. Now, four years later, the Santa Fe has been refreshed in several areas keeping it relevant in the exploding segment.

Volvo S60 — Numerous engine options

By David Finkelstein

Volvo's compact S60 sedan enters the 2017 model year instantly recognizable as a Volvo with its brand DNA very much in evidence the moment it comes into sight. While it is a bit cutesy, it's overall size makes a statement suggesting that it's a perfect city-type commuter car, thus serving as a nice daily driver. It's also well engineered for interstate usage as well.

Jaguar XE — Sports sedan perfection

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Jaguar's last attempt at a small luxury sedan was not a successful one. The forgettable 2002-2008 Jaguar X-Type, built under Ford's ownership on a second-generation European Ford platform, felt more like a gussied up Ford than an entry-level Jaguar. Granted, Ford had improved the brand's reliability by that time, but was sacrificing exclusiveness for increased sales.