SUVs/Wagons

Recall Roundup: Kia Optima, Honda CR-V Investigated
Recall Roundup: Kia Optima, Honda CR-V Investigated

Two popular family vehicles are being investigated for potential defects that could lead to safety recalls. The Detroit News reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is studying whether transmissions in the 2007 Kia Optima, and the electrical systems in the 2006 Honda...Read More»

2011 Dodge Journey
2011 Dodge Journey: First Drive

In the two years since the Dodge Journey first showed up in showrooms, Chrysler's been through a couple of near-death moments. For all its turmoil with the private-equity crowd and the bankruptcy courts, Chrysler's now churning out a heavily revamped line of 2011 vehicles that includes a Journey...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited: Driven

The Grand Cherokee's popularity with families was always a little puzzling. Decidedly old-tech in some respects, and clumsy-feeling on a curvy road, the old Grand was in many trims very compromised on the road in favor of the rare off-roading it might someday see. In recent years, Chrysler seemed...Read More»

2011 Dodge Durango R/T
2011 Dodge Durango R/T: First Drive

If the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a distant cousin to the Mercedes ML--and a proud one at that--does that make this 2011 Dodge Durango kin to the Benz GL? And does that make its $30,000 base price even more of a screaming bargain? Chrysler set the Grand Cherokee free earlier this year, in a...Read More»

TCC Best Car to Buy 2011
TCC's Best Car to Buy 2011 Nominees: SUVs and Crossovers

When SUVs truly ruled the American new-car roost, only a handful of names could be picked out of the best-seller list: Grand Cherokee, Explorer, and the outliers. A decade or so later, it's crossovers that dominate the sales charts, and this year's list of nominees for TheCarConnection's Best Car...Read More»

2006 Nissan Titan XE
Nissan Recall Affects Nearly 750,000 Cars

A massive recall at Nissan and Infiniti--the automaker's third-largest recall ever--affects nearly 750,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. Nissan says the 2004-2006 Nissan Armada pickup and Titan sport-utility vehicle, as well as the same-year models of the Infiniti QX56, are being recalled for an issue...Read More»

2011 Honda Element
2011 Honda Element in a Death Spiral?

The 2011 Honda Element returns with fewer options and fewer model lines for the new model year, with no sign of a replacement in sight. The funky, flexible crossover comes back in LX and EX trim--missing the more sporty SC edition introduced with much fanfare a few years ago. The remaining versions...Read More»

2011 Buick Enclave
2011 Buick Enclave: Driven

When the Enclave crossover was introduced for 2008, it not only replaced the half-hearted Rainier and Rendezvous but gave the brand a smooth, class-leading vehicle; it could be seen as the first of a new generation of Buicks. Oh, how times have changed. Normally, three years isn't a big deal; but...Read More»

2011 Nissan Murano
2011 Nissan Murano: Fresh Face, New Trims, Higher Prices

Nissan has announced specs, details, and pricing for its 2011 Murano, and there are indeed a few noteworthy changes versus the 2010 model. The 2011 Murano gets just a few front and rear enhancements: a new grille, reshaped front lower fascia, and new 18-inch wheels on S, SV, and SL models. Of those...Read More»

First Ride: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
When Is An Evoque Not An Evoq?

Interesting thing about car names – concept and otherwise - they are intended to evoke (pun intended) certain feelings as consumers look at the vehicles. Here we look at Evoque and Evoq, which are actually very different vehicles from two different automakers. They’re both luxury, but...Read More»

2011 Honda CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V: Special Edition Added, Family Goodness Intact

Honda's CR-V crossover enters what's likely its final model year before a redesigned 2012 Honda CR-V, with no significant changes—only a new Special Edition (SE) model added to the lineup. Although The Car Connection has not yet driven the 2011 CR-V, our editors have put various CR-V models...Read More»

2011 Scion xD Release Series 3.0
2011 Scion xD Release Series 3.0 Will Cost You At Least $17,625

Toyota's Scion brand has released its first special edition of the 2011 model year into the wild--and it's safe to say if you like teensy hatchbacks and the color brown, you're in luck. The new xD Release Series 3.0 may sound as if it needs an engineer to write a bug ticket, but it's the long-ish...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Tucson
Captivating 2011 Crossovers, Part Two

In part one of Captivating 2011 Crossovers, we covered two from Honda (CR-V and Accord Crosstour), and one each from Ford (the Edge) and MINI (the all-new Countryman, arriving in January 2011). Here, again in no particular order, are a few more too-cute-and-more 2011 crossovers to check out. Note...Read More»

2010 Honda CR-V
Captivating 2011 Crossovers, Part 1

Back in 1995 when Toyota introduced the RAV4 as a 1996 model, there wasn’t such a word as “crossover.” Then, the Honda CR-V and Subaru Outback came out and met with consumer interest. Over the years, more and more automakers joined the fray with entries that were more car-like...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
Family Car Guide: SUV Names That Start With "E"

How automakers name their vehicles has always fascinated me. It would appear that some go for alliteration, while others dream up some pretty crazy names. Actually, it’s a difficult process to name a new product. After coming up with about 100 names, there’s the whole process of...Read More»

North American Car of the Year
North American Car and Truck of the Year: The Short List

The North American Car and Truck of the Year nominees were named earlier this year--and now, the short list of contenders have been culled from the long list. The NACOTY organizing committee reports that General Motors and Nissan dominate the car list with three models each. Four European models...Read More»

2011 Toyota Highlander
2011 Toyota Highlander and Hybrid: First Look

After a global debut at the Moscow auto show, the 2011 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid are making their way back home to the U.S. with new faces, new tails and other updates. For the Highlander Hybrid, there's a meaningful increase in power. The gas-electric crossover's petroleum-drinking...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKX
Downsizing: Where Have All the Full-Size SUVs Gone?

The painful truth is that we all know about downsizing these days, whether it’s cars or houses. But it wasn’t too many years back when bigger was better – again, for both. The collapse of the housing market, massive loss of jobs, and the free-fall of the stock market hit everyone...Read More»

2011 Ford Expedition 2WD 4-door Limited Angular Front Exterior View
RIP Eddie Bauer, 1991-2010 (Trucks and SUVs, That Is)

When the 2011 Ford F-150 goes on sale in October, truck shoppers will be confronted with the usual panic-inducing array of choices: powertrain choices, bed choices, cab choices, audio choices, even trim-level choices. Those F-150 trim packages include stalwarts like the XLT, Harley-Davidson, FX2...Read More»

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