Kia Sedona — Positioned as a multi-purpose vehicle

By David Finkelstein

Love it or hate it, newer-style minivan “people movers” are generally quite purposeful and serve a good deal of the needs and desires of young family's. The number of players in this arena has trailed off over the years with Ford and General Motors having ceased production sometime back.

Nissan Maxima — Stylish upscale family sedan

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The styling direction Nissan has taken with two of its highest volume vehicles, last year with the 2015 Murano mid-sized crossover and now with the 2016 Maxima sedan have proven to be alluring head-turners. Even though many manufacturers are leery of taking design risks, Nissan’s vehicles, especially the new Maxima, seem to resonate giving buyers a compelling choice.

Acura MDX — Making an excellent crossover better

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Acura reworked its best-selling mid-sized MDX crossover for the 2014 model year and we called it "a stroke of engineering genius," the personification of what a luxury sport utility is supposed to be. Yet in just its third model year on the new platform, Acura has endowed the MDX with more updates and improvements in several areas that put additional luster on an already well-polished vehicle.

2016 Toyota Tacoma

SEATTLE, Wash. — Now ladies and gentleman please closely observe our final — and best — magic trick of the afternoon. Our driver is about to drive the all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma into this huge pile of loose sand where he will bury the truck up to its axles. Then we will hook a tow rope to the rear and pull the buried truck out of the mess it has created. Actually, ladies and gentlemen, no such assistance will be needed.

Scion iA — All new and with a touch of Mazda

By David Finkelstein

It was some 12-years ago when Toyota Motors launched its Scion automotive line in the United States. Its business model was to offer personal-sized vehicles, aimed at a select customer base that included first time buyers and younger motorists. The major difference with the Scion offered at Toyota dealerships was the dealer installed “post assembly add-ons” for personalizing the customer's beloved means of transportation, regardless of model.

Honda Pilot — Loaded with new features

By David Finkelstein

The all-new 2016 Honda Pilot Sport Utility Vehicle offers a host of new technologies and features, the flagship in Honda's expanded lineup of SUV's and the third generation of the popular three-row mid-sized people mover.

Acura ILX — Bigger engine, more gears

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Acura ILX enters its fourth model year as the luxury brand's entry-level sedan, the car meant to introduce young up-and-coming college grads to the Acura brand, win them over, and keep them coming back for more upscale Acura products as their economic lot in life improves.

2016 Mazda CX-3

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — When Shakespeare posed the question, “What is in a name?” he could have had the all-new Mazda CX-3 in mind. You see, in terms of size and handling, it’s a crossover in name only. Mazda’s 3 sedan is seven inches longer and nearly three inches wider than the CX-3. Mazda suits — well, most of them don’t wear suits — tell us that the CX-3 really has more in common with the Mazda2 than the 3. In the long run, though, does it really matter? Nah.

2016 Hyundai Tucson

ANN ARBOR, Mich.  — In the past year, car registrations have dropped 3.9 percent while light truck registrations have increased by 10.7 percent. Why then have Hyundai’s crossover utility vehicle sales fallen 14.5 percent over that same period? “The U.S. market is currently 56 percent truck and CUV,” says Dave Zuchowski president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, “and this has made it hard for us to keep our sales momentum. It’s not that we don’t have the capacity to build these vehicles. It’s that we have to reallocate our current production from cars to light trucks.”

Fiat 500X — Charming little crossover

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Fiat's newest entry in North America, the 500X — a sub-compact crossover — takes the best of the Fiat 500 design and molds it into a tiny people mover with a fun-to-drive personality offering a very comfortable and pleasing interior. It's practical and it gives the struggling brand a new lease on life in North America.