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2016 Kia Sorento: First Drive
2016 Kia Sorento: First Drive

Stoic. That’s how I’d sum up our first drive of the 2016 Kia Sorento. It’s not just because this completely redesigned, third-generation Sorento felt mostly unfazed, driving through a Sierra Nevada winter "storm of the decade" that brought 100-mile-an-hour wind gusts and made some...Read More»

2016 Audi Q7
2016 Audi Q7: First Look

The 2016 Audi Q7 will be unveiled officially at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, and a major crash diet accompanies the second generation of the popular crossover SUV. READ: 2015 Nissan Murano: First Drive The Q7 is one of the first vehicles to ride on a new "MLB Evo" platform penned for the Volkswagen...Read More»

2015 Nissan Murano
2015 Nissan Murano: First Drive

As we’re getting acquainted with the 2015 Nissan Murano for the first time, it’s eye-opening to note all that this mid-size crossover doesn’t have: There are no multiple drive modes here, no variable steering assist settings, and no steering-wheel shift paddles, no low range or...Read More»

2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i, test drive, Catskill Mountains, NY, July 2014
2015 Subaru Outback Video Road Test

Is the Subaru Outback a tough and brawny station wagon or a lean, mean crossover? In the past we might have said wagon, but now the Outback’s changed. The Outback is new this year, but it doesn’t look all that different. The front end is a little more swept back with a somewhat more...Read More»

Retail market share by body style, 2009-2014 (via IHS Automotive)
SUVs & Crossovers Outsell Sedans For The First Time Ever

For many years, SUVs and crossovers have been strong sellers in the U.S. -- heck, they're one of the reasons that Volkswagen hasn't been able to keep up with its competitors. (Though that may soon change.) Still, sales of SUVs and crossovers have never quite managed to outpace those of the reliable...Read More»

2014 GMC Terrain towing
Towing With Your Crossover SUV: The Basics

Towing a vehicle doesn't have to mean buying a full-size, body-on-frame SUV or truck. Most of today's carlike crossover utility vehicles can handle a fair amount of towing--whether it's jet skis, a small boat, or a small moving trailer. Unlike those big trucks, though, most drivers towing with a...Read More»

2015 Subaru Outback  -  First Drive
2015 Subaru Outback: First Drive

“Gear up!” It's what outdoorsy people often remind each other—whether experienced granola-and-carabiner types or relative newbies—before heading out to the back country. Having the right gear can make a situation that would otherwise be trying or unpleasant turn into an...Read More»

2014 Nissan Rogue SV
2014 Nissan Rogue Recalled For Steering Issue

Nissan is recalling certain 2014 Nissan Rogue crossovers due to a problem with the steering column. On some vehicles during the manufacturing process, the incorrect bolt was installed on the upper portion of the steering column. The bolt in question tightens the clamp on the steering shaft, which...Read More»

2014 Subaru Outback
Squealing On 2013-2014 Subaru Legacy, Outback Gets A Free Fix

Subaru will solve a squealing noise on some of its Outback wagons and Legacy sedans, by replacing the vehicles' serpentine belts. Only those 2013-2014 Legacy and Outback vehicles equipped with 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines are involved in the service action. Those vehicles may be afflicted with a...Read More»

2013 Ford Explorer Sport
2011-2013 Ford Explorer Recalled For Steering Gear Glitch

Ford Motor Company is recalling 2011-2013 Explorer SUVs for a steering problem. On affected vehicles, the power steering may revert to manual steering due to the power steering control module detecting a motor position sensor failure. This is a safety default built into the system, should the...Read More»

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, March 2014
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Video Road Test

Subaru’s built its reputation as the king of all-wheel-drive wagons, but it hasn’t always been the king of fuel economy. That sticking point has led to the first Subaru gas-electric car, the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid. ALSO READ: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: Gas Mileage Review Under...Read More»

2014 Subaru Forester
Some 2011-2014 Subarus To Get New Piston Rings

Subaru will replace the piston rings on some 2011-2014 Outback, Forester, and XV Crosstrek crossovers, and Impreza and Legacy sedans, due to a problem with excessive oil consumption. CHECK OUT: What Car Should You Really Drive? On some of these vehicles, Subaru has found unanticipated wear of the...Read More»

2004 Ford Escape XLT
2001-2004 Ford Escape Recalled for Rust

Ford Motor Company is recalling 2001-2004 Escape crossovers operated in salt-belt-states due to a condition that develops from prolonged exposure to road salt. In affected vehicles, the forward attachment of the car's lower control arm can separate from the front subframe due to corrosion. ALSO...Read More»

2013 Ford Escape
NICB Reveals Most-Stolen SUVs In America: Ford Nabs Gold, Silver, And Bronze

Generally speaking, auto thieves gravitate toward cars, especially perennial targets like the Honda Accord and Civic. But as everyone knows, SUVs and crossovers are big business in America, and they're not immune to crime. Which SUVs and crossovers rank highest with the nation's ne'er-do-wells? The...Read More»

2011 Kia Sorento SX
2011-2013 Kia Sorento Stalling Will Get Factory Fix

Kia has issued a service bulletin to fix Sorento crossovers with a stalling problem. Kia has found that some 2011-2013 Sorento crossovers manufactured during certain dates can, under certain operating conditions, stall when coming to a stop. Typically the engine can be restarted immediately, but it...Read More»

2007 Jeep Compass
Jeep Compass / Patriot, Dodge Caliber Get Extended Warranty For Rust

Chrysler has extended the warranty on the 2007 Jeep Compass and Patriot, as well as the Dodge Caliber, for a problem with rusting crossmembers. In those vehicles, some structural crossmembers are prone to rust, resulting in a steering wheel vibration. Affected vehicles may fail state inspections...Read More»

2014 Ford Escape
2013-2014 Ford Escape Recalled for Misaligned Door Handles

Ford has found that certain 2013 -2014 Ford Escapes built at the Louisville Assembly plant during certain dates have door handles that were misaligned to the door outer panel during assembly. A misaligned door handle may cause internal interference of the door linkage and a binding condition. This...Read More»

2013 Nissan Pathfinder  -  First Drive  -  10/2012
2013 Nissan Pathfinder Recalled for Leaky CVT Fluid Hose

Nissan is recalling certain Pathfinder crossover vehicles for a CVT (constantly variable transmission) fluid hose that was manufactured out of specification. This may cause a CVT fluid leak, which in the presence of an ignition source could cause a fire. CHECK OUT: What Car Should You Really Drive?...Read More»

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander  -  First Drive, March 2013
2012-2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport To Get Fix for Faulty ECU

Mitsubishi has found a problem with the KOS Engine Control Units in some 2012-2013 Mitsubishi Outlander crossovers. When the ECU in these vehicles is subjected to low temperatures, it may fail, resulting in a no-start condition. Additionally, the fault could interrupt the driver's ability to lock...Read More»

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