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If you’ve got a big group of people, a large load of cargo, a trailer full of fun, or some combination thereof, a sport-utility vehicle (SUV) is often the ideal answer. As the all-wheel-drive adventurer’s tamer of terrain or the parent’s 3-row alternative, today’s SUV assumes a number of identities.

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This Week in Car Buying: Sales rebound; Top deals of the month

The Black Friday magic has struck gold as automakers posted a 3.6-percent increase in sales last month, reversing a three-month dip in volume. A record 1.378 million vehicles for the month of November topped the earlier high mark of 1.328 million posted in 2001. It put the industry back on track to either equal or surpass 2015’s record sales of 17.47 Read more...

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Buyer's Guide

#12 of 13 in Compact SUV Sales  |  Next Starting Price: $25,860 | Build Above Average: Euro-inspired handling, excellent driving dynamics Below Average: Aging SUV has worse fuel economy, higher base price than rivals Consensus: Like a Volkswagen GTI with more ground clearance, this SUV is a fun-to-drive charmer. The Read more...

I mostly review cars for a living, but occasionally I assist Kelley Blue Book’s marketing department. A recent example involved flying to Fort Worth, Texas, to host a Facebook live chat with hyper-talented, KBB-sponsored NASCAR driver Chase Elliott. Since Texas plus NASCAR equals ‘Murica, a soot-spewing pickup might’ve been a logical conveyance during my Read more...

#13 of 13 in Compact SUV Sales  |  Back to #1 Starting Price: $21,890 (with automatic transmission) | Build Above Average: Ease of parking, affordable price, excellent warranty Below Average: Resale value, refinement, roominess, fuel economy Consensus: Better for 2017, but still lags far behind the competition Likable, Value-Minded Read more...

#8 of 13 in Compact SUV Sales  |  Next Starting Price: $24,495 (with automatic transmission) | Build Above Average: Handling, fuel economy, style Below Average: Rear-seat room Consensus: A compact SUV that’s remarkably fun to drive but also surprisingly well-rounded A Practical Crossover with Sporty, Car-Like Attitude Like so Read more...

Subaru took the wraps off of the Viziv-7 Concept in Los Angeles, foreshadowing a large SUV it has in the works. The latest member of its Viziv, shorthand for Vision for Innovation, approach to show vehicles, is the biggest, boldest SUV that Subaru has ever created. A 3-row midsize production model under development is expected to be launched in the North Read more...