SUVs/Wagons

Toyota Issues Recall For Sticking Gas Pedals, Affects 2.3 Million Cars
Toyota Issues Recall For Sticking Gas Pedals, Affects 2.3 Million Cars

As many suspected, it turns out there's more to the claims of unintended acceleration at Toyota than some problematic floor mats. Unfortunately, also like the floor mat issue, Toyota appears to be taking voluntary action only after widespread complaints about the issue. The recall affects 2.3...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKX
2010 Detroit Auto Show: 2011 Lincoln MKX

Ever since its introduction in 2006, the Lincoln MKX hasn’t fully delivered on its potential. Based on the Ford Edge, the MKX offered a very generous feature list, but its appearance was deemed too conservative by some (especially the egg-crate grille) and its interior materials—as we pointed...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
2010 Detroit Auto Show: 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Gets Two New Engines

We're standing on the brink of the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, and the embargoes are breaking. This time, it's Hyundai's plans for updated engines in its Santa Fe crossover, which gets a new four-cylinder and a larger V-6. The previous entry-level Santa Fe got its power from a 2.7-liter V-6 engine, but...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
Second Drive: 2010 Kia Soul

Los Angeles commuting conditions are quite the proving ground for small cars. With most of LA commute times spent either racing from stoplight to stoplight, crawling along in gridlock, or screaming along expressways at 80 mph or more, these conditions bring out the worst in a lot of small...Read More»

MINI Crossman patent drawing [via PistonHeads]
Sketches Of The Upcoming MINI Crossman SUV

The folks at PistonHeads have dug up some interesting sketches of the upcoming MINI Crossman SUV, which we've previously seen in spy pics, and subsequently in concept form at the 2008 Paris auto show. On the stylistic front, there were some fairly significant differences between those two vehicles...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer mule, captured by Ryan O'Keefe
2011 Ford Explorer Mule Captured

It takes a lot of determination to capture new-car mules in the wild. It takes even more to do so in the chilly wintertime. But the cojones that Ryan O'Keefe demonstrates as he videotapes this 2011 Ford Explorer tester...well,  we can only imagine that the guy's riding in a BIG bucket seat. Ford...Read More»

2009 Kia Borrego
Kia Drops 2010 Borrego From Lineup, Fate TBD

The Kia Borrego could be a one-year wonder. The South Korean automaker says the full-size Borrego sport-utility vehicle will not return to the U.S. for the 2010 model year. The Borrego arrived on the market late in 2008, a victim of poor timing and bad luck. Kia had hoped to sell up to 20,000...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class
Rumor: Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake?

In America, station wagons began falling from favor in the late 1970s, when vans and, subsequently, SUVs became the preferred family ride. Today, however,  there appears to be a resurgence of interest in the lower-profile wagon and its two-door offspring, the shooting brake. In fact, rumors have...Read More»

2010 Toyota 4Runner
First Drive: 2010 Toyota 4Runner

Although we sometimes find ourselves sampling vehicles out of their element—convertibles with summer performance tires in the snow, for instance—and that’s sometimes fun in itself, the conditions proved perfect for our first drive of the 2010 Toyota 4Runner last week as we headed out in a...Read More»

2010 Toyota 4Runner SR5
Toyota Not Planning On Many Takers For 4-Cylinder 4Runner

Toyota is bringing an economical new four-cylinder engine back to the base SR5 version of its fully redesigned 2010 4Runner. But as we recently discovered, this doesn’t significantly improve fuel economy for this body-on-frame ute. Instead though, it appears to enable Toyota to offer a...Read More»

2010 Honda Element 2WD 5dr Auto LX Angular Front Exterior View
Honda Element Gets a Second Coming

It was new in 2003, and hasn't changed much since--but U.S. Honda officials say the funky Element crossover vehicle will get a second act. Honda sales chief John Mendel tells Automotive News that the automaker has plans for a second coming of the Element. And though he didn't divulge any details to...Read More»

Hyundai Veloster Concept
Hyundai CEO Confirms New Veloster-Based Coupe, Elantra, Accent And Santa Fe for 2011

John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, has just confirmed that Hyundai will be turning out a new Elantra, Accent, Santa Fe and a Veloster-based coupe for the 2011 calendar year. The new-model barrage will make the Hyundai lineup one of the newest in the industry. The most...Read More»

Volkswagen Up! Light Concept Hints At Future Hybrid Models
Volkswagen Up! Light Concept Hints At Future Hybrid Models

At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Volkswagen revealed an all-new concept car, called the Up! Lite, that demonstrates a new focus on fuel-efficiency and hybrids by getting straight to numbers; its carbon-dioxide emissions are just 65 grams per mile and at 70 mpg, it's the most fuel-efficient...Read More»

2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara
Driven: 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara

While the all-new 2010 Kizashi sedan is earning Suzuki some well-deserved attention, we can't forget that SUVs are what Suzuki has really built its name on in the U.S.  Vehicles like the Samurai, Sidekick, and Vitara forged a path for Suzuki as the producer of sturdy, compact, off-road-capable...Read More»

2010 Lexus GX 460
First Drive: 2010 Lexus GX 460

Stepping into the brand-new 2010 Lexus GX 460 for the first time, it's hard not to feel a bit nostalgic. Why? Among mid-size utes, the Lexus GX 460 is the last one standing; it's the only vehicle this size that sticks with the body-on-frame construction long preferred those who do heavy towing, and...Read More»

FUSE interface in 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi Debuts Sync Rival, Called Fuse, In 2010 Outlander

It's about time that another automaker took on Ford's Sync hands-free communication and entertainment interface. One of the best rival systems—at least in affordable vehicles—comes from an unlikely source: Mitsubishi. The new 2010 Outlander is the first vehicle to get the handy interface. In a...Read More»

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
Driven: 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT

In the three years since the second-generation Mitsubishi Outlander first went on sale, Mitsubishi has gone through a sort of identity crisis here in the U.S. market. While the Japanese automaker’s compact Lancer models—especially the high-performance Evolution and Ralliart—have...Read More»

2009 Los Angeles Auto Show GM Car Hero
2009 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

It's not quite the glamorous Staples Center--home to the Grammys and a certain celebrity endpoint this year--but just next door to the tabernacle of music sits the Los Angeles Convention Center. The convention center's the next roosting spot for the car world, as the industry sets down next month...Read More»

2010 Mazda CX-9
Driven: 2010 Mazda CX-9

Mazda's CX-9 can be more than a little deceiving. Get caught up in the driving experience—as you actually can in the somewhat nimble-feeling CX-9—and you might actually think you're driving a tall but reasonably compact wagon. That is, until you look back from the front seat at the spacious...Read More»

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