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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Although the Eclipse Cross is new, the foundation has been adapted from the automaker's other utility vehicles. That means the space between the front and rear wheels is identical for all three. For overall length, though, the Eclipse Cross is 10 centimetres longer than the RVR and about 30 shorter than the Outlander.

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A sleek, comfortable and fuel-efficient five-passenger Honda might seem like nothing out of the ordinary, but the 2019 Insight Hybrid raises the bar.  The same can’t be said for previous Insights, however.  The original two-door hatchback (2000-’06) was thrifty, but was too tiny and weird looking to gain much of following.

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In its press information for the RDX, Acura lists no fewer than 10 midsize luxury utility vehicles that compete for buyer attention. Honda’s primo division says the RDX has led the segment for the past decade. 

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