Big updates to big sellers debut in New York
Crossovers are the fastest-growing vehicle segment in America, and they sit just behind fullsize pickup trucks in total sales. That means they are hugely important for automakers, which is why it's not surprising that crossovers played a starring role in several automakers' displays at the 2018 New York Auto Show.
Click on the image above to see the best new crossovers from New York.
2019 Acura RDX
The 2019 Acura RDX gets power from a 2.0-liter engine with 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. There's a high-tech new Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system that should make the latest RDX handle a lot better on both dry and slippery pavement, and feel a bit sportier doing it.
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2019 Cadillac XT4
The 2019 Cadillac XT4 features a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The engine puts out a healthy 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is available, with a driver-selectable rear axle disconnect to save a small amount of rolling friction. Cadillac estimates it'll be good for 30 MPG on the freeway.
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2019 Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson gets significant updates for the 2019 model year, with freshened styling, revised engine options, and more of the safety and convenience technology that buyers have come to expect from the small crossover category.
A naturally aspirated 2.4-liter engine puts out 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, and all-wheel drive is optional.
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Lincoln Aviator Concept
Lincoln surprised everyone with a preview of its next production crossover, which revives the Aviator nameplate. It's based on a chassis that borrows bits and pieces from the Ford Mustang, which has driving enthusiasts keenly interested. A production model will go on sale next year. Again, expect the broad strokes of this compelling "preview" Aviator to be reflected in the production version, with minor differences.
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2019 Mazda CX-3
Mazda's smallest vehicle, the CX-3 subcompact crossover, is getting a refresh for the 2019 model year. Visually, you'd be hard-pressed to tell what changed, and that's because not much did. The grille now has slats that are grouped in pairs, and the rear taillights have been redesigned. But there are a number of changes aside from visuals that separate this model from the 2018.
Under the hood is still a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine. It picks up two more horsepower and pound-feet of torque for totals of 148 for each.
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2019 Subaru Forester
The 2019 Subaru Forester moves to the brand's Global Platform bring a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase and 1.4 more inches of rear legroom.
All Foresters are powered by an "enhanced" version of the present 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder. The engine makes 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The old 250-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is no longer available. All-wheel drive is standard. Fuel economy reaches as high as 33 miles per gallon on the highway, depending on trim.
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2019 Toyota RAV4
The RAV4 is Toyota's best-selling model in the United States. Thankfully, though, instead of playing it safe and keeping the conservative-looking crossover inoffensive, Toyota has injected life into the little SUV for 2019 with some really rugged styling.
Two engines will be available in the new Toyota, and they're both 2.5-liter versions of the ultra-efficient Dynamic Force engine. One is a normal gasoline model connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and the other is a hybrid with a CVT.