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Compact utility vehicles: More style. Less consumption.



“Small SUV” is no longer an oxmoron. In fact, it’s a whole new auto segment—the compact utility vehicle, or CUV—and drivers are snapping them up. Sure, behemoths still roam the roads: the Escalade, Navigator, QX80, GL 550, and Volvo’s new XC90. But CUVs combine the versatility of their SUV siblings with the virtues of the car platforms on which most are based—great fuel economy and handling. Plus, parking’s a snap when you’re not docking a yacht.

Is it time to trade in your XL for a small or medium? We sampled some of the latest offerings:

Nissan recently introduced all-new versions of their compact Rogue and mid-sized Murano. Along with attractive exteriors and stylish interiors, they’re roomier and ergonomically friendlier than earlier models. The Murano’s design and materials seemingly belong to a more upscale model. The best part, though, is how these two US-built Nissans drive: like comparably sized sedans, with smooth power delivery and good handling on all surfaces. Priced from $23,000 for the Rogue and $29,500 for the Murano.

Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln MKC TV commercials were hilariously bad. But the vehicle itself is nothing to laugh at. Based on the best-selling, and great driving, Ford Escape, this luxury CUV is as handsome as its spokesman. The interior, with its top-shelf fit and finish, is worthy of the Lincoln brand. Options abound, but the hands-free rear lift gate is a must-have. Hands full? Just swipe your foot under the rear bumper and—voilá. The Lincoln MKC starts at $33,100.

With the compact Q3 and mid-size Q5, Audi has two hits on its hands. The quattro drivetrain and perfect interior layout are everything you expect in an Audi. Both drive like Audi cars, which is to say, darn near perfect. Crave a bit more “sport” in your CUV? The SQ5 is your answer. As with all Audi “S” models, its interior is designed for the spirited driver. A flat-bottom, thick-rimmed steering wheel, well-bolstered seats and paddle shifters (controlling Audi’s sweet DSG dual clutch automatic transmission) invite you to use all 354 hp of the supercharged V6 engine. Think of it as a high-performance German sports sedan with a supersized trunk. Prices start at $32,500 for the Q3, $39,300 for the Q5 and $52,700 for the SQ5.

In 2002, Porsche rocked the enthusiast world when it introduced the Cayenne SUV. Now they’ve done it again, with the new, smaller Macan CUV. Available in S and Turbo variants (actually, both engines are turbocharged), the Macan feels every bit a Porsche. The sculpted exterior improves on the Cayenne’s proportions. And with 600 fewer pounds to haul around, the Macan feels incredibly nimble. How nimble? I took the 400 hp Turbo to NY’s Monticello Motor Club to see how it would stack up against true sports cars. Let’s just say there were a few drivers on the track who were shocked to be passed by a CUV. Macan prices start at $52,600

Land Rover is best known for its luxurious, full-sized Range Rover SUVs, offering the ultimate go-anywhere capability. In 2011 they boldly introduced the smaller, aggressively styled Evoque CUV. The Evoque, available with two or four doors, is still among my favorites in the category—and is in my opinion the best looking. It’s fun on the road, yet retains the off-road prowess of its big brothers. Land Rover has now expanded the line with the surprisingly affordable and infinitely capable new Discovery Sport. The “Disco” is less visually extroverted than the Evoque, but offers more room inside and equal off-road skills. Both smaller Land Rovers come with a strong, fuel-efficient 2.0-liter turbo engine, along with paddle shifters for, well, drivers like me. Opt for the ginormous panoramic roof and your passengers can spend evening drives star-gazing. Evoque from $41,100 and Discovery Sport from $37,000

With more than 20 versions of what they call Sport Activity Vehicles, BMW is trying to fill every SUV niche. Some efforts are more successful than others. My two favorites: The X3 xDrive35i is the 3-series sedan of CUVs, with excellent handling, performance, and comfort and a spacious interior. If you have a crazy streak, here’s your ride: the X5M. This M version of the mid-size X5 packs a ferocious 567-hp TwinPower Turbo V8, good for 0-60 in just 4 seconds. With monster brakes and sticky tires, you’ll have no excuse for getting little Johnny to the ballgame late. The X3 starts at $38,600, X5 from $53,900 and the X5M from $98,700.

The new Lexus NX is smaller than the best-selling RX but is arguably the better vehicle—and with its aggressive styling is definitely better-looking. It’s available in 200t, 200t F Sport (performance) and 300h (hybrid) versions. The F Sport is the best looking, especially in lighter colors, with a mean, blacked-out front grill that complements the sharp creases and squinty headlights. Inside, you’ll find all the luxury and features that have made Lexus so successful against the Euro competition. Power delivery is smooth, and the driving experience is more engaging than the softer RX. NX prices start at $34,500. 

Jeep is best known for the go-anywhere Wrangler. The Cherokee is a new take on a revered Jeep model. Its bold, attractive exterior is wrapped around a great chassis. The little Renegade is bulldog cute, yet can go places most bigger CUVs can’t. And if you get in over your head, the TrailHawk model has tow hooks built in. The Cherokee starts at $23,100 while the Renegade has a base of only $18,000. 

Buick’s Encore CUV is like a tall hatchback. It’s small, fun to drive, fits four comfortably and features a gorgeous interior with available 4G WiFi. The best part? It starts at just $24,000. 

If you need more space, consider Infiniti’s curvaceous QX60. The beautiful interior is well-equipped with seating for seven and the smooth ride of a luxury sedan. With a lower ride height than most large SUVs, getting in and out is a snap. Starting at $42,400.

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November 2018

The Fine Line Art Gallery will again host its annual fall show,Festival in Color,where original paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, photography, fused glass, prints, one-of-a-kind...

Cost: Admission Free

Where:
Fine Line Art Gallery
319 Main Street South
Woodbury, CT  06798
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Sponsor: Fine Line Art Gallery
Telephone: 203-266-0110
Contact Name: Mally DeSomma
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The Superhero Sutras is a three-part lecture series that highlights the connections and commonalities between contemporary fiction and ancient systems of meditation – and the practical...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Valley Spirit Wellness Center
6 Green Hill Rd
Washington Depot, CT  06793
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Sponsor: Valley Spirit Wellness Center
Telephone: 267-301-5182
Contact Name: Kristin Kunhardt
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Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibit of Walter Fields new  artwork opening on Friday November 2 from 5-7:00pm at Byrde + the b, 10 Titus Rd, Washington Depot, CT 06794.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255-6247
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St. Michael’s Parish will present a commemorative service for the 100th Anniversary of the World War I Armistice on Veterans Day Sunday, November 11, beginning at 5pm. Readings and music by...

Cost: Freewill Offering

Where:
St. Michael's Parish
25 South Street
Just off the Litchfield Green
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: St. Michael's-Litchfield
Telephone: 860-567-9465
Contact Name: Jo Ann Jaacks
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Art That Speaks: Exhibition and Opening Exhibition October 1-November 15, 2018 Artist Reception: October 8, 4pm to 6pm.Fuel Bistro​, 293 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230 Gabrielle...

Cost: free

Where:
Fuel Bistro
293 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Telephone: 212 255-6247
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Art That Speaks: Exhibition and Opening Exhibition October 1-November 15, 2018 Artist Reception: October 8, 4pm to 6pm.Fuel Bistro​, 293 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230 Gabrielle...

Cost: free

Where:
Fuel Bistro
293 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Sponsor: Walk Unafraid
Telephone: 413 717 0031
Contact Name: Gabrielle Senza
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Join Art Rodia, an instructor with over 30 years of yoga teaching experience, as he guides this gentle yoga class. Created for people over fifty and beginners who need a gentle and accessible...

Cost: 10 per class

Where:
New Morning Market
129 Main St North
Woodbury, CT  06798
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Telephone: 203-263-4868
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Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibit of Walter Fields new  artwork opening on Friday November 2 from 5-7:00pm at Byrde + the b, 10 Titus Rd, Washington Depot, CT 06794.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255-6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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Harper Keehn is a professional knife sharpener based in New Haven. Bring your knives, serrated knives, pizza cutters, scissors, food processor blades, and other edge tools to be sharpened on site....

Cost: 1.25/inch

Where:
New Morning Market
129 Main St North
Woodbury, CT  06798
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Sponsor: New Morning Market
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Art That Speaks: Exhibition and Opening Exhibition October 1-November 15, 2018 Artist Reception: October 8, 4pm to 6pm.Fuel Bistro​, 293 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230 Gabrielle...

Cost: free

Where:
Fuel Bistro
293 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Sponsor: Walk Unafraid
Telephone: 413 717 0031
Contact Name: Gabrielle Senza
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Join New Morning Market’s new knitting club! We’re crafting wearable items for Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury and welcome all levels to join! Instructors will be on-hand for beginners. Yarn,...

Cost: Free - registration requested

Where:
New Morning Market
129 Main St North
Woodbury, CT  06798
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Telephone: 203-263-4868
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Art That Speaks: Exhibition and Opening Exhibition October 1-November 15, 2018 Artist Reception: October 8, 4pm to 6pm.Fuel Bistro​, 293 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230 Gabrielle...

Cost: free

Where:
Fuel Bistro
293 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Sponsor: Walk Unafraid
Telephone: 413 717 0031
Contact Name: Gabrielle Senza
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Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibit of Walter Fields new  artwork opening on Friday November 2 from 5-7:00pm at Byrde + the b, 10 Titus Rd, Washington Depot, CT 06794.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Telephone: 212 255-6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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(Litchfield, Conn.) Brandywine Living at Litchfield will be hosting their 6th Annual Ladies Night Out Charity Shopping Event on Thursday, November 15th  from 5-7 PM. This spectacular community...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Brandywine Living at Litchfield
19 Constitution Way
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Brandywine Living at Litchfield
Telephone: 860-567-9500
Contact Name: Amber Chapman
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Brandywine Living at Litchfield's 6th Annual Ladies Night Out Charity Shopping Event.  Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 5 pm to 7 pm. Join us for food, signature drinks, fun and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brandywine LIving at Litchfield
19 Constitution Way
Litchfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Brandywine Living at Litchfield
Telephone: 860-567-9500
Contact Name: Nanette Bergin

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Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibit of Walter Fields new  artwork opening on Friday November 2 from 5-7:00pm at Byrde + the b, 10 Titus Rd, Washington Depot, CT 06794.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255-6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
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Art That Speaks: Exhibition and Opening Exhibition October 1-November 15, 2018 Artist Reception: October 8, 4pm to 6pm.Fuel Bistro​, 293 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230 Gabrielle...

Cost: free

Where:
Fuel Bistro
293 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA  01230
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Sponsor: Walk Unafraid
Telephone: 413 717 0031
Contact Name: Gabrielle Senza
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KMR Arts presents Mark Seliger: Platinum Prints. The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 3-6 pm with a reception and book signing of the monograph, MARK SELIGER PHOTOGRAPHS, with the...

Cost: no charge

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: KMR Arts
Telephone: (860)868-7533
Contact Name: Kathy McCarver Root
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Join New Morning Market’s new knitting club! We’re crafting wearable items for Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury and welcome all levels to join! Instructors will be on-hand for beginners. Yarn,...

Cost: Free - registration requested

Where:
New Morning Market
129 Main St North
Woodbury, CT  06798
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Sponsor: New Morning Market
Telephone: 203-263-4868
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EVERY THURSDAY | 7:30 PM - 10:00 pm Music | Spoken Word | Comedy | More Hosted by Don Lowe Hunt Hill Farm is excited to announce OpenMic night every Thursday night.  Please stop by to...

Cost: donation

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Road
New Milford, CT  06776
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Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farm
Telephone: 860.355.0300
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Meet us under the Dome and catch all the excitement! Come out for the 16th Annual Festival of Trees to benefit Ann’s Place at the Danbury Sports Dome for a weekend filled with live events...

Cost: Ages 3 to 64, $10; Seniors, $5; kids under 3, free.

Where:
Danbury Sports Dome
25 Shelter Rock Ln
Danbury, CT  06810
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Sponsor: Ann's Place
Telephone: 203-790-6568
Contact Name: Michelle Frosch
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Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibit of Walter Fields new  artwork opening on Friday November 2 from 5-7:00pm at Byrde + the b, 10 Titus Rd, Washington Depot, CT 06794.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255-6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
Website »

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KMR Arts presents Mark Seliger: Platinum Prints. The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 3-6 pm with a reception and book signing of the monograph, MARK SELIGER PHOTOGRAPHS, with the...

Cost: no charge

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: KMR Arts
Telephone: (860)868-7533
Contact Name: Kathy McCarver Root
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Meet us under the Dome and catch all the excitement! Come out for the 16th Annual Festival of Trees to benefit Ann’s Place at the Danbury Sports Dome for a weekend filled with live events...

Cost: Ages 3 to 64, $10; Seniors, $5; kids under 3, free.

Where:
Danbury Sports Dome
25 Shelter Rock Ln
Danbury, CT  06810
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Sponsor: Ann's Place
Telephone: 203-790-6568
Contact Name: Michelle Frosch
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St Joseph High School's Maroon & Gold Gala is a scholarship event that casts a spotlight on the school’s strong commitment to community service and leadership. It is a fabulous...

Cost: $150

Where:
The Waterview
215 Roosevelt Drive
Monroe, CT  06468
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Sponsor: St Joseph High School
Telephone: (203) 378-9378
Contact Name: St Joseph High School
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The League of Women Voters of Litchfield County will co-sponsor a talk with the Litchfield Historical Society on Saturday, November 17 at 4 p.m. entitled “Nation of Immigrants" featuring Kevin...

Cost: Free

Where:
Litchfield History Museum
7 South Street
Lithfield, CT  06759
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Sponsor: Litchfield Historical Society
Telephone: 860-567-4501
Contact Name: Litchfield Historical Society
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Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibit of Walter Fields new  artwork opening on Friday November 2 from 5-7:00pm at Byrde + the b, 10 Titus Rd, Washington Depot, CT 06794.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: Byrde + the b
Telephone: 212 255-6247
Contact Name: Steven Miller
Website »

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KMR Arts presents Mark Seliger: Platinum Prints. The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 3-6 pm with a reception and book signing of the monograph, MARK SELIGER PHOTOGRAPHS, with the...

Cost: no charge

Where:
KMR Arts
2 Titus Road
Washington Depot, CT  06794
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Sponsor: KMR Arts
Telephone: (860)868-7533
Contact Name: Kathy McCarver Root
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