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The Driver’s Crossover: 2017 Porsche Macan, in Depth!

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If you haven’t driven one, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Porsche Macan is not to be taken seriously. It looks like the result of a 911 and a Cayenne that were fused together in a teleportation accident, it’s frequently spotted emerging from underground parking structures in Tribeca, and, you know, it’s a four-door hatchback Porsche. But a few minutes behind the wheel of a Macan will reveal a compact crossover that holds true to almost everything we love about Stuttgart’s best exports. The Macan is quick, agile, and rewarding to drive. It feels athletic when pushed hard, but it’s also comfortable around town. The steering, brakes, powertrain, and chassis all respond to inputs from the driver in near perfect harmony. Sure, it’s not as immersive a driving experience as in Porsche’s classic sports cars. But it’s surprisingly close. And, yes, it puts the “compact” in compact crossover—don’t think you’re going to fit two kids and a dog in the back seat—but the Macan is still more than we ever dared to hope for from Porsche’s foray into suburban environs. It’s great enough, in fact, that we have previously presented it with one of our 10Best Trucks and SUVs awards. READ MORE ››


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Small crossover, big price tag: 2018 BMW X3 priced from $43,445

2018 BMW X3 M40iCompact luxury crossovers don’t exactly boast pint-size price tags, and the all-new 2018 BMW X3 is no exception. The redesigned 2018 X3 will hit BMW dealers soon with a $ 43,445 price of entry—and that’s before any of the myriad optional extras are added on. That entry-level figure is for the X3 xDrive30i, which is BMW-speak for a 2.0-liter…
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2018 Mazda CX-9 in Depth: A Three-Row Crossover with a Sporting Bent

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Three-row crossovers are great for hauling kids and cargo, but they aren’t always pleasing to drive. The Mazda CX-9 is a rare example of a crossover that still blends a great deal of driving fun in with all the utility thanks to a well-sorted chassis and communicative steering. Also, its beautifully designed exterior looks the part, with a long hood, steeply raked windshield, and fastback rear end. Inside is an equally lovely cabin, dressed in nearly class-above materials and features. We’d be lying if we told you all this goodness came without compromises: Cargo capacity and third-row passenger space are among the lowest in the segment. But those compromises are small, and they weren’t enough to sway us from naming it to our 10Best Trucks and SUVs list for 2017. READ MORE ››


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