2022 Infiniti QX55

Back in the early 2000s, Infiniti set the stage for crossovers that prioritized style over practicality. Today there are plenty of examples, now known as crossover coupes, from BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Land Rover, and even Porsche – not bad company. While the flame went out on the FX several years ago, Infiniti has rejoined the fray with the QX55 but has it done enough to stand out from the crowd as its spiritual forebearer did? 

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2022 Nissan Pathfinder SL AWD

Nissan Pathfinder

What a leap forward – the all-new Nissan Pathfinder goes from sleepy and mundane to adventurous and lively. Gone are the ponderous shape, inset wheels, and syrupy CVT that sucked the emotion out of the strong engine. The Pathfinder turns to its rugged roots for inspiration without neglecting the reality of a modern crossover’s routine. 

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Quick Drive: 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

With the introduction of fully-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, traditional hybrids don’t capture the limelight like they used to. But it would be a mistake to ignore this one. Even though it lacks an EV Mode button, the Tucson Hybrid provides meaningful acceleration without requiring support from the turbocharged gasoline engine. But when called upon, the two power sources combine to deliver a robust thrust off the line while the standard all-wheel-drive system helps maintain traction and the six-speed transmission eliminates the high-revving drama of a CVT. The interior is delightfully modern in design yet there are plenty of hard controls for an affirmative engagement. With a spacious interior and a long list of features, the Tucson Hybrid offers a unique combination of power, efficiency, and value.

2021 Lexus IS 350 AWD F Sport

Looks can be deceiving – especially in the case of the Lexus IS 350 AWD. Its current silhouette has a close resemblance to its 2014 debut model year, but this year it gains numerous updates that go beyond the typical nip and tuck. But all this while the IS has been honing its existing designs, the competition has been making significant leaps in technology and design that has the IS feeling like it’s holding onto the past just a little too tightly. 

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2021 Acura TLX A-Spec

2021 Acura TLX A-Spec

Acura’s mid-size sedans have regularly found themselves without a direct competitor as their larger size, lower MSRP, and missing tier-one status makes credible comparisons with the BMW’s, Mercedes’, and Audi’s a bit of a challenge. But this all-new generation seeks to force its way into that conversation by riding on Acura’s current wave of successful designs and engineering achievements and, with an all-new chassis, more power, cutting-edge safety technology, a studio-grade sound system, and a premium and edgy design, the TLX is the most convincing competitor yet.

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Quick Drive: 2022 Nissan Pathfinder

This new generation of Pathfinder attempts to re-establish its link with a rugged past with upright and blocky exterior and interior styling. The ride is nicely isolated and it has a sense of heft when negotiating fast turns while the steering feels a bit light just off-center – both traits that show the Pathfinder’s commitment to a trucky theme.

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2022 Acura MDX SH-AWD Advance

First impression: Wow! This all-new fourth-generation is impressive. It handsomely wears the brand’s latest and unique design traits and is the most luxurious and tech-laden vehicle that Acura has created, so far. As it pushes into new territory, however, some areas of the MDX prove to be more successful than others. 

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Quick Drive: 2021 Acura TLX Type-S

The TLX Type S is the result of Acura’s heightened efforts to deliver a true sports sedan. A turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 provides very strong acceleration as the standard SH-AWD system effortlessly puts the power down for a neutral full-power corner exit. The suspension in Sport+ mode keeps the TLX very flat and always ready for the next curve. But in typical Acura fashion, the practicality of the base sedan is not lost and the Type S can just as easily adapt for a smooth highway ride. Initial impressions – it’s an exciting piece of machinery that will certainly please the Acura faithful. 

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