The SX Limited comes with a self-leveling rear suspension, head-up driver-information display, Nappa leather seat coverings (heated and ventilated front and second rows) and rain-sensing wipers. The second-row high-back bucket seats come only with the SX Limited model. With size, comfort and power in its favor, the Telluride checks off the boxes that most buyers of full-size utility vehicles are looking to fill. Welcome aboard.

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The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback might confuse some people. Although on the surface it appears to be a warmed-over version of the previous Corolla iM (originally the Scion iM), that’s just not the case. The new Hatchback’s prow shows off Toyota’s signature wide-mouth grille that’s found on a number of the automaker’s products, from the subcompact Yaris to the near-luxury Avalon. At the opposite end, the Hatchback’s more steeply raked cargo opening is made of a lightweight composite instead of steel.

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There’s nothing tricky or overly dramatic about the Ranger’s cabin, just straightforward gauges and large, clearly marked dials for the audio and drive-mode controls. The centre stack has a 20-centimetre touchscreen. Ranger pricing starts at $33,100 (including destination charges) for the base XL SuperCab. Add an extra $6,400 for the XLT SuperCrew body style. The midrange XLT and top-end Lariat arrive dressed up with plenty of luxury amenities.

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For the 2019 model year, the Altima has been reengineered from top to bottom. A lower hood helps slice the air better, and a dramatically different chrome-bordered grille extending to the base of the body is in perfect harmony with the rest of the radical (for a Nissan) design. The Altima’s overall dimensions aren’t significantly different from the outgoing model’s, except for a 2.5-centimetre lower roofline and a five-centimetre stretch between the front and rear wheels, which increases rear-seat legroom.

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Nearly every Honda and Acura model is built in North America, including the Acura NSX that turns heads and turns in quick lap times on the track. Unlike other Hondas, however, the NSX is handcrafted in the automaker’s “Performance Manufacturing Center” near Columbus, Ohio. Roughly 100 technicians work alongside several robotic assistants that perform 860 spaceframe welds per car.

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The longest-serving member of BMW’s X family dates back to the dawn of the 21st century, and was the first BMW vehicle built in North America at the automaker’s plant in Spartanburg, S.C. Now into its fourth generation, the X5 Sports Activity Vehicle sheds its benign appearance for a more aggressive look, headed by a dominating grille.

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Sports cars represent driving pleasure in its most passionate form, and the Mazda MX-5 has helped bring ear-to-ear grins to more than one million enthusiasts around the world since 1989. It also happens to be one of the best looking (and driving) at any price.

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Buyers of small sedans tend to be younger first-timers, or people who live in multi-car households requiring an occasional-use set of wheels. The 2019 Kia Forte deserves to be considered as a top pick for both groups, but it’s also an acceptable alternative for typical midsize-sedan shoppers, especially those on tight budgets.

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The seventh-generation Lexus ES — both the ES 350 and companion ES 300h hybrid — could change perceptions with a new-from-the-ground-up approach. The car remains unmistakable in origin, but it’s more visually appealing and delivers greater kick-in-the-pants performance.

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If your idea of a fun time is occasionally heading far away from painted lines, pedestrians and traffic lights, Honda has a suggestion for you. Instead of dropping major coin on a chunky off-roader that rides like a covered wagon, check out the all-new 2019 Passport that’s coming on stream this spring.

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