SUVs

2013 Ford Flex: 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show Preview
2013 Ford Flex: 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show Preview

The 2013 Ford Flex will be seen in public for the first time in two weeks at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, but the first photos are out--and if you thought the Flex couldn't get any more edgy, you would be wrong. First and foremost, the 2013 Flex wears a new nose that channels its inner geek...Read More»

Ford Kuga Concept
2013 Ford Escape Debuts Hands-Free Liftgate Using Motion-Sensing Technology

When the all-new 2013 Ford Escape small SUV debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show in two weeks, it will showcase a handy feature that many busy parents can appreciate: a hands-free power liftgate. Who among us hasn’t fumbled in purse or pocket looking for the key fob to open the trunk while...Read More»

2012 Ford Explorer
Ford Explorer Hits The 100,000-Sales Milestone In Early October

As milestones go, achieving 100,000 sales of a redesigned vehicle is pretty impressive. Now that the new Ford Explorer has reached that pinnacle, the Dearborn, Michigan automaker is touting that the Explorer is the fastest-growing mid-size utility in the country. This may be some comfort to the...Read More»

2012 Fisker Karma
2012 Chevy Cruze, Nissan Juke-R Concept, Fisker Fiasco: Today's Car News

Today at High Gear Media we review the 2012 Chevy Cruze while Ford shows off its SEMA wares. Nissan debuts the 2012 Juke-R Concept and we look into the Fisker fiasco. All this and more in today's car new, right here at High Gear Media. We take a look at the Fisker fiasco and how shoddy reporting is...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
2011 Ford Explorer Hits 100,000 Sales In 2011

When Ford introduced the new 2011 Explorer in July 2010, the automaker knew it had a potential sales hit on its hands. What Ford didn’t know was how many customers would quickly take to the completely revised mid-size SUV. The answer is in, and it turns out that over 100,000 Explorers have...Read More»

A 2012 Chevy Sonic undergoes frontal offset crash testing. Image: GM Corp.
NHTSA’s 2012 Vehicle List For Five-Star Safety Rating Program

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced it will test 74 2012 passenger vehicles in its five-star safety rating program that was revamped last year. The list includes 42 passenger cars, 22 SUVs and crossovers, two minivans, and eight pickup trucks. The NHTSA (via...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet TrailBlazer teaser
2013 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV Announced For Global Markets

The TrailBlazer is set to return following an announcement by Chevrolet this morning that a new-generation of its popular mid-size SUV is planned, though it may not be sold in the U.S. Chevrolet plans to introduce the new TrailBlazer as a 2013 model early next year, but so far sales in only global...Read More»

2012 Volvo XC90
2012 Seven-Passenger Family Vehicles

Families with a need to carry seven passengers all at one time have several vehicle types to choose from: SUVs, crossovers and minivans. But just because you need a vehicle that can carry seven doesn’t mean that you need to buy one that is extraordinarily expensive. In fact, there are many...Read More»

2011 Ford Vertrek Concept
2013 Ford Escape: Three Four-Cylinders, No V-6, No Hybrid

To whet the appetite of consumers for next month’s reveal of the 2013 Ford Escape crossover at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford is providing details of its powerplants. The new vehicle will be only the second Escape ever, the first version having been produced since 2001. In the new version, a...Read More»

Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Jeep Grand Wagoneer To Return In 2014: Report

Look out Cadillac Escalade, there’s a new luxury family SUV on Chrysler’s horizon, with the reported return of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer sometime in 2014. It the name sounds familiar, it should, at least to some with longish memories. The last Jeep Grand Wagoneer rolled off the assembly...Read More»

Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Jeep Grand Wagoneer Poised For 2014 Return: Report

The last full-size Jeep Grand Wagoneer rolled off the assembly line in 1991, although the nameplate survived on the high-end, mid-size Jeep Grand Cherokee until 1993. Time really hasn’t diminished the demand for the full-size Grand Wagoneers, and clean, low-mileage used examples today can...Read More»

VPG MV-1
2011 VPG MV-1 Has Wheelchair Users In Mind

With all due respect to Janis Joplin, freedom is not just another word for nothing else to lose. For America’s 14 million adults using wheelchairs and scooters, freedom means mobility. Vehicle Production Group had them in mind when it designed its MV-1, the first purpose-built vehicle for...Read More»

2011 GMC Yukon
SUVs Safer, Less Likely To Kill Others In Crashes, Study

Everyone knows that if you’re involved in a crash with an SUV and you’re in a smaller passenger car, your likelihood of serious injury or death is higher, right? Well, the laws of physics still do prevail, but a new study, found via TheCarConnection shows that, thanks to safety...Read More»

2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV
Good News, Car Drivers: Crashes With SUVs Less Likely To Kill You

Ten years ago, newer SUVs of average weight (between 3,000 and 3,499 pounds) were responsible for 44 deaths per million registered vehicle years, when involved in collisions with a car or a minivan. Throw newer pickup trucks of comparable weight into the mix, and the numbers were even worse...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster
2012 Hyundai Veloster, Lego Explorer, MINI Connected: Today's Car News

We drive the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 and Ford builds a 2012 Explorer out of Legos. Lincoln is going away from the waterfall grille design while a gas station in Tennessee might be the first to offer rapid electric car charging. All this and more in today's car news, right here on TheCarConnection...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Traverse
2012 Eight-Passenger Family Vehicles

Whether your family consists of two adults and six children, or one adult and seven children, or a mix of adults and older children totaling eight, you need a good-sized vehicle in order to carry them all. What are your choices? We take a look at some of the 2012 eight-passenger family vehicles on...Read More»

Ford Explorer LEGOLAND
Ford Builds An Explorer From Lego Bricks--And No, You Can't Drive It

A 2012 Ford Explorer generally contains some 2,500 separate parts, and will take you nearly anywhere you need to go, on road or off (within reason). The newest Ford Explorer contains 382,858 parts, and you can’t drive it anywhere. In fact, the doors don’t even open, and there’s no...Read More»

2012 Ford Explorer
2012 Family Crossovers And SUVs With Enhanced Stability Control

By new federal regulation, all passenger vehicles manufactured as of September 1, 2011 must have electronic stability control (ESC) as standard equipment. Some taller vehicles, however, now have enhanced versions of ESC, called roll stability control or rollover mitigation. Here we take a look at...Read More»

2012 Chevrolet Traverse
Dads Take To Crossovers For Family Hauling

No disrespect to Chrysler for designing the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan as a “man van,” but a new survey commissioned by Chevrolet says more dads today are taking to crossovers over minivans for both family hauling and other needs. What’s the skinny on this apparent new trend? Chevy...Read More»

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