SUVs/Wagons

Driven: 2009 Toyota Highlander
Driven: 2009 Toyota Highlander

TheCarConnection.com's esteemed writers have driven the 2009 Toyota Highlander in V-6 and Highlander Hybrid form. But there's a new game in Highlander town this year, a revamped four-cylinder edition that I scored for a long weekend of much-needed beach time. Time for a "Driven," right? Focusing on...Read More»

2007 Audi Cross Coupe Concept
2012 Audi Q3 Confirmed

The 2012 Audi Q3 sport-ute is on the way--and it's making a nest in Martorell, Spain. Audi announced this morning that the Q3 would be built at Martorell, and would enter production in 2011. The VWAG brand will invest $388 million in the factory to upgrade it for assembly of the new vehicle, and...Read More»

Shanghai skyline
2009 Shanghai Auto Show Coverage

Doom and gloom have had their day--when it comes to auto shows, that is. The 2009 Shanghai auto show just might pull off what all the American and European auto shows held this year couldn't. It may keep the sense of optimism that's evaporated on the Continent and in the U.S. China, after all, is a...Read More»

2009 Land Rover LR2 HSE
Driven: 2009 Land Rover LR2

Given Detroit's winter weather has only recently broken, I hoped it would make one last-ditch pass and dump some snow to try out our freshly minted 2009 Land Rover LR2 HSE. Unfortunately, it failed--so it seems like we'll just have to trust Land Rover's claim that the LR2 can ford 20-inches of...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Traverse
Driven: 2009 Chevrolet Traverse

The best vehicles exude character befitting the vehicle's brand. Character doesn't magically appear by some accidental assemblage of parts. A vehicle's character comes from engineers and designers who know, systemically, what the vehicle should look and feel like. This is why luxury drips from the...Read More»

2010 Cadillac SRX
First Drive: 2010 Cadillac SRX

So how weird is this; part of the limited press introduction of the 2010 Cadillac SRX crossover included an autocross course set up at GM's Milford Proving Grounds. What doesn't add up here? Traditionally, one wouldn't expect GM's PR department to put a Cadillac, especially a two-ton luxury...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2009 New York Auto Show: 2010 Mercedes-Benz GL Goes Nip/Tuck

  The 2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV doesn't look a lot different, but the standard-bearing sport-ute gets small nips and tucks for the new model year, to carry it gracefully through its middle years. Outside, the GL gets new bumpers and grille, daytime running lights and new fog lamps. Newly...Read More»

2010 Land Rover LR4
2009 New York Auto Show: 2010 Land Rover Lineup Adds LR4, New Engines

Land Rover is taking the stage at this year's 2009 New York Auto Show with a completely revamped lineup of SUVs--including a renamed entry-level sport-ute. The trio of Land Rover models now includes the 2010 LR4, the replacement for the outgoing LR3, as well as the Range Rover and the Range Rover...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid
First Drive: 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz today unveiled its latest effort to reduce the fuel consumption of its large luxury vehicles with the launch of the 2010 ML450 Hybrid. This new mdoel of the ML sport utility, built in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is fitted with the Two-Mode Hybrid system jointly developed by General Motors...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2009 New York Auto Show: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee One Step Closer to Reality

Chrysler's future seems on hold for now--but the Detroit automaker says its 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a revolutionary product that marks a decided difference in the way that the legendary off-road brand builds its vehicles. Underpinned by a Mercedes ML-Class SUV chassis, the 2011 Grand Cherokee...Read More»

2009 GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid
2009 GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid Unveiled

Last month, when we drove the new GMC Sierra Hybrid pickup truck, we heard something we didn’t expect. Turns out—says John Schwegman, of Chevrolet Truck Marketing—that the highest demand for the Two-Mode Hybrid system that GM fits to five different pickups and SUVs comes from buyers of the...Read More»

2010 BMW X6 M
2009 New York Show: 2010 BMW X5 M and X6 M

They said it would never happen--a supersport version of BMW's big SUV and its swoopy sister. That was the old normal. The new normal is a pair of ferocious "M" versions of the 2010 BMW X5 and X6 sport-utes, destined for a world premiere at the 2009 New York auto show. BMW promises the new duo will...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Driven: The 70-MPG 2010 Toyota Prius

What happens when you unleash a pack of automotive journalists on the newest hybrid on the block--and challenge them to beat the chief engineer's best fuel economy? If you plan it right--set a low bogey--you'll let journalists write the best story on the 2010 Toyota Prius from behind the wheel. The...Read More»

2009 Acura ZDX Concept
Acura ZDX Bows in New York Auto Show

Acura has been releasing a slow stream of teaser images - with no details, save for the name "ZDX" - of a vehicle that is to be shown at the New York Auto Show and appears to be a low-slung crossover along the lines of BMW's SAC (Sports Activity Coupe), the X6. The latest image (we over-exposed it...Read More»

2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid
Quick Drive: 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid

Just two months ago, GM brought out a fleet of ten Vue 2 Mode Hybrids, marked as 2009 models in huge side decals, for a media-buzz caravan from the Detroit auto show, bound for the inauguration and meandering through college campuses. But the 2009 Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid—with a full hybrid/V-6...Read More»

2003 Chevrolet Suburban LS
2003 Chevrolet Suburban Finds New Life As A Family Vehicle

My brother-in-law just bought a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban. Wow. Some of us responded the same way when I announced I was buying a minivan -- shock. He's not one for big vehicles, even though he's quite tall. You get the point... this is not the vehicle most people would peg him to drive. So, why on...Read More»

Hyundai HED-6 ix-onic Concept
Hyundai 2010 Tucson Tease, HED-6 ix-onic, Shows In Geneva

Today Hyundai showed off a concept that most are saying will morph into the 2010 Tucson. Called the HED-6 ix-onic, it is one of the concept vehicles that will be on display at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. What can the HED-6 ix-onic tell us about the new Hyundai Tucson, set to bow later in 2009?...Read More»

2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo
2009 Geneva Show: 2010 BMW 5-Series GT, Now in Concept Form

•    What is it: Part sedan, part crossover, part wagon—sigh, another acronym •    Key facts: GT concept looks production-ready; new BMW 5-Series due next year, may be previewed at fall’s Frankfurt auto show •    On sale: Early 2010 •    Price: At least $50,000 For the 2009...Read More»

2009 Pontiac Vibe GT
Quick Drive: 2009 Pontiac Vibe

General Motors and Toyota have been cooperatively building cars for decades. The 1985 Chevrolet Nova was one of their first co-manufacturing efforts, and at the time, it was GM's best small car. (That's not saying much if you remember Chevette and the original J-Cars.)The Pontiac Vibe is another...Read More»

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