SUVs/Wagons

2011 BMW X1: The Tease Begins
2011 BMW X1: The Tease Begins

  BMW's big product year continues with the 2011 BMW X1 sport-utility vehicle, shown here in photos from their Facebook group for the X1. The new sport-utility vehicle--or is it a crossover?--is being readied for a fall debut, possibly at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show. BMW is releasing information...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC60
Pricing: 2010 Volvo XC60 Just Announced

I liked the 2010 Volvo XC60 from the moment I laid eyes on it earlier this year. The XC60 is the Swedish car company's first foray into the compact crossover segment—the same niche that includes a number of new entries this year; the 2010 Lexus RX350, the 2010 Cadillac SRX, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz...Read More»

2009 Toyota Venza
Second Drive: 2009 Toyota Venza

Follow-up drives with a vehicle—when we revisit a new model in our own driveways, following our normal drive routines and familiar roads—almost always prove worthwhile. When we first sample many new vehicles it’s part of product-launch events, with routes cherry-picked by the automaker. You...Read More»

2010 Cadillac SRX
2010 Cadillac SRX Pricing News: $7,080 Under 2009!

  One of the things that have hurt Detroit manufacturers for the last two decades was unreasonable pricing. While over simplified, here's how companies like General Motors would arrive at the pricing for new vehicles; some marketing wonk would look at the competitive set, find the average price of...Read More»

Electric 2009 HUMMER H3 by Raser Technologies and FEV
Electric HUMMER H3 In Washington: Any Impact?

  I first saw the 2009 HUMMER H3 by Raser Technologies at the SAE World Congress held last month in Detroit. The vehicle uses a powertrain similar to vehicles from Fisker Automotive; an electric drive motor that takes power from a large battery pack. The batteries are charged via a plug-in source...Read More»

Badge on 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid: Why Driving A Hybrid Is Different

Just like rich people are different from you and me, hybrid-powered vehicles are not exactly like the vehicles you're used to driving. After spending a week with a 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid, the overall experience reminded me of just how different these vehicles are. Here are six "did you knows"...Read More»

2009 Lexus GX 470
2010 Lexus GX: SUVs Get a Ninth Life

When the Lexus GX first hit the streets early in the decade, a truck-based SUV seemed like the ticket to sales success. Now, six years later with a 35.5-mpg federal fuel economy standard looming, Lexus is still planning on replacing the mid-size GX with a new traditional sport-ute. Ward's Auto...Read More»

2010 Lincoln MKT at Ford's Romeo, MI Proving Grounds
Driven: 2010 Lincoln MKT With EcoBoost V-6

In the automotive world, the words big and responsive don't normally go together.  The all-new 2010 Lincoln MKT puts those two words comfortably in a curvy shape that stands out in a parking lot and on the road. (What else can you drive with a grill that looks like a baleen whale?) We introduced...Read More»

2010 Lincoln MKT at Ford's Romeo, MI Proving Grounds
Ford's EcoBoost Almost Ready For Liftoff

  Yesterday was actually my third time in an EcoBoosted Ford, but this is the first time I can actually tell you what it was like to nail the throttle of an engine that may become the next 5.0-liter. If you're unfamiliar with the old Five-O, that was the way a generation of enthusiasts referred to...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz G Class 5.5L AMG
Driven: 2009 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG

Have you heard? Frugal is the new wretched excess. Target’s Merona house brand is the new Paul Smith, Kia, the new Aston Martin. Should I say it louder? Really, luxe is dead. Really! Unless you still have dough, in which case none of the above applies. Exclusivity still trumps piety and it will...Read More»

2009 Infiniti QX56
2010 Infiniti QX56: Once More, With Feeling

The 2010 Infiniti QX56 is already in showrooms, and the upscale Japanese brand says the pricetag starts from about $56,050. Not much has changed for the new model year with the QX. The big "Endurance" 320-horsepower V-8 still powers the seven-passenger SUV, and a five-speed automatic links in with...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz M Class 5.5L
Driven: 2009 Mercedes-Benz ML550

  Mercedes-Benz launched its M-Class back in 1997 as a 1998 model. What followed the blessed event wasn't pleasant for the manufacturer. Along with being panned for its dull, minivan-esque styling, the American-built ML fell down in lots of quality tests but amazingly, didn't deter shoppers from...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Chrysler-Fiat: We Predict The 2012 Lineup

It's official--Chrysler has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Now the long task of sorting out the good from the bad at the storied automaker, with the added task of joining hand in hand with Italy's Fiat Group to build a new Chrysler with a new range of small cars. You might have...Read More»

Hyundai HED-6 ix-onic Concept
Coming This Fall: 2010 Hyundai Tucson, 2011 Sonata Hybrid, and Maybe Equus?

It's shaping up to be a banner fall, if you work at one of the automakers that will still be in business in its current shape come September. That's the case at Hyundai, where the ambitious product strategy has two and maybe three new vehicles in the bullpen for 2009 and early 2010. The first? A...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Touareg TDI
Driven: 2009 Volkswagen Touareg TDI

Last weekend we drove VW's brand-spanking new 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 powered Touareg TDI. It's VW's second vehicle in its diesel onslaught for 2009, made possible by the German obsession with the oil burner, and it's the first time they've put their new clean diesel in the big SUV. So is "Clean...Read More»

2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo
BMW for 2010: 5-Series GT, X1, and Two Hybrids

BMW has a busy year ahead, with introductions of four important new models throughout the rest of 2009 and into 2010. Earlier this year, we showed you the first photos of the 2010 BMW 5-Series GT. BMW labeled it as a concept--but our sources confirm the first production cars will emerge this fall...Read More»

2008 Saturn Astra XR
Saturn Astra Shuffling Over to Buick? Really?

GM's multi-billion-dollar Saturn experiment hasn't paid off--and in its latest iteration, even a raft of pretty good Opel derivatives couldn't move the needle for the hug-happy, haggle-free division. So while GM considers spinning off Saturn to Roger Penske, or maybe Renault, what happens to the...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Gets Price Cut

Mercedes-Benz hopes that an attractive new pricetag on its new 2010 E-Class will help you forget the recession, the bankruptcy of its old pal Chrysler, and will open your wallet. The new E-Class gets a significant price cut for 2010. The base rear-drive E-Class will sticker for $48,600 when it goes...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
Driven: 2010 Kia Soul vs. 2009 Nissan Cube

Less than a week after TheCarConnection.com’s first drive of the new 2009 Nissan Cube, I had “the other new boxy hatch,” the Kia Soul, in my driveway. Naturally, at almost all moments, I couldn’t resist weighing it against the Cube. Design-wise, there’s a lot to process in these two...Read More»

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