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NIRO: Kia wants to triple its green car lineup by 2020, and the Niro hybrid subcompact SUV is a first step. Looks sporty with a short hood and a long, swept-back roofline. Powered by 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 146 horsepower when combined with an electric motor. Kia expects it to get 50 mpg in city and highway driving. Eventually, the company plans a plug-in hybrid version. Engine is paired with a new six-speed transmission. Hybrid battery is tucked under the rear seats to preserve cargo space. Has Kia's first application of coasting guide, which coaches the driver to maximize fuel economy, and predictive energy control, which decides when to recharge the battery or expend stored energy based on topographical road changes. Goes on sale later this year; price not announced.

SPORTAGE: Fourth generation of Kia's small SUV has a more sophisticated design, starting with chrome accents and grille, which is now separated from the headlights and sits significantly lower. Inside, there's more headroom, legroom and cargo room and more creature comforts, including a 10-way power driver's seat. Kia says increased use of high-strength steel on the frame has significantly improved safety and handling. New safety features include automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning. Two engine options: 181-horsepower, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder, or on the SX Turbo, a 2.0-liter, 240-horsepower four-cylinder. Gets up to 25 mpg in city and highway driving. Start at $22,990. Read the review>>>

>2017 Kia Sportage contends in crowded class of compact crossovers

There are 16 compact crossovers on the market, another 20 midsize crossovers, and nearly a dozen subcompact crossovers. Then there's the luxury makes.

With so many crossovers on the market, automakers are playing with paint, parts and design — anything and everything — to stand out.

The fourth-generation...


CENTENARIO: Limited edition Centenario celebrates the 100th anniversary of Ferruccio Lamborghini. Has a 770-horsepower V12 engine that can go from zero to 60 mph in a ridiculous 2.8 seconds. Top speed of 217 miles per hour. Only 40 — 20 coupes and 20 roadsters — will be delivered to fans and collectors in 2017. The starting price? $1.97 million.


LAND ROVER DISCOVERY: The first complete redesign of the Discovery in 12 years, this family- oriented large SUV has room for seven adults in three rows. The seats can be rearranged remotely through a smartphone app even when the operator is outside the vehicle, and the second and third rows can fold flat in 14 seconds. The suspension automatically lowers the car 1.5 inches to make it easier to get in and out. There are six charging points, places to store iPads, 9 USB ports, and a 4G WiFi hotspot that can handle up to eight devices. There's no shortage of power for towing, with three diesel variants of 180, 240 and 258 horsepower and a 340 horsepower gasoline engine. Prices range from $57,000 to $84,000.

RANGE ROVER SVAUTOBIOGRAPHY DYNAMIC: Following last year's release of the long-wheelbase, $200,000 Range Rover SVAutobiography, Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations unit introduces another performance-oriented Range Rover in a smaller package. New driver assist technologies like tow assist, lane-keeping (which keeps the vehicle centered in its lane) and an intelligent speed limiter that automatically adjusts speed to the speed limit. Also a larger, 10.2-inch touchscreen dashboard and 20-way adjustable leather seats. Shares its 550-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 with the SVAutobiography, but has a specially configured suspension to hold tighter to the road. There's an eight-speed transmission. On sale later this year starting at $170,995.


IS: Lexus's smallest sedan gets a refresh for 2017 with a more aggressive, angular version of the brand's spindle grille to better match big siblings like the midsize GS. LED headlights now standard. New standard safety features include adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. Inside, there's an optional 10.25-inch dashboard screen. The engines are carried over from the previous model. Gets up to 22 mpg in city and highway driving. On sale in October.


CONTINENTAL: Ford's luxury brand revives the big sedan 14 years after the last one rolled off the line. The new flagship has gently undulating sides, wraparound taillights, a panoramic glass roof and an elegant mesh grille. Unique features include doors that open with little effort and snap closed by themselves, patented seats that adjust 30 ways and a 19-speaker Revel audio system. Top-of-the-line engine is a new, 3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 400 horsepower that gets 29 mpg on the highway. A 2.7-liter V6 and a 3.7-liter V6 are also offered. Goes on sale this fall in the U.S. and China starting at $44,560.

MKZ: Midsize sedan, last redesigned in 2013, gets significant updates. New mesh grille and optional LED headlights and new driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control that can slow the car in stop-and-go traffic and resume speed when traffic clears. Atop the engine lineup is a new 3.0-liter, 400-horsepower V6. Also a 2-liter turbocharged four with 240 horsepower, and a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain with 188 horsepower and an estimated EPA combined rating of 40 mpg. Went on sale this summer. Starts at $35,010.


LEVANTE: Maserati's first SUV gives it access to a fast-growing market. The four-door Levante — named for a warm, ever-changing Mediterranean wind — has coupe-like lines and Maserati's unique styling cues, including a trio of chrome-trimmed air inlets on the front bumpers and chrome trident logos on the rear C-pillars. U.S. buyers can choose between two variants of the Ferrari-made twin-turbo 3-liter V6: The base has 345 horsepower and the S has 424 horsepower. Diesel version available in Europe. All-wheel-drive is standard. Inside, leather seats are standard and safety features include adaptive cruise control that works in stop-and-go traffic. Gets 16 mpg in city and highway driving. Starts at $72,000.


MX-5 RF: "RF" stands for "retractable fastback," a nod to its sloped roofline and retractable hardtop. This is the hardtop version of the fourth-generation MX-5 Miata, which went on sale last year. It's big business for Mazda; the company says half its Miata sales were hardtops by the end of the third generation. The hardtop has a unique design, featuring back window glass that fully retracts with the roof. The roof stows behind the rear seats, so the trunk capacity isn't compromised. Roof opens or closes with the flip of a switch, even at speeds of 6 mph or less. The engine is a 2-liter four- with 155 horsepower. Manual or automatic transmissions are available. Goes on sale next year.

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