SUVs/Wagons

2014 Acura MDX: First Drive
2014 Acura MDX: First Drive

We suspect we're not the only ones who think that the very premise behind some high-performance luxury utility vehicles borders on perverse. Who are they kidding? Unless you're seeking revenge, you're not going to load your clients (or your mother-in-law) into the back seat and head out on a...Read More»

2014 BMW X5: Sportier, Technology-Packed, Still Family-Friendly post thumbnail
2014 BMW X5: Sportier, Technology-Packed, Still Family-Friendly

The third-generation version of BMW's so called Sports Activity Vehicle—the BMW X5—has been unveiled. And with less weight, more performance, a more graceful look, and warmer interior appointments, along with some noteworthy active-safety features, the 2014 BMW X5 looks poised to offer...Read More»

2014 Infiniti QX60 Preview: New York Auto Show post thumbnail
2014 Infiniti QX60 Preview: New York Auto Show

First details for the 2014 Infiniti QX60 are out. What is it? Well, if you know the current JX crossover, you know the QX60. It's not at all surprising that what Infiniti has shown, in first pictures today, looks just like the 2013 Infiniti JX, only with different badging and perhaps a few other...Read More»

Three-Row 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Priced Below Explorer, Pathfinder post thumbnail
Three-Row 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Priced Below Explorer, Pathfinder

Hyundai has announced prices for three-row versions of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe models, which now slot alongside the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, effectively replacing the now-discontinued Veracruz. The Santa Fe lands at a base price of $29,195 for the base front-wheel-drive Santa Fe GLS...Read More»

2014 Jeep Compass, 2014 Jeep Patriot Shed CVT, Add Refinements post thumbnail
2014 Jeep Compass, 2014 Jeep Patriot Shed CVT, Add Refinements

In the 2014 Jeep Compass and 2014 Jeep Patriot, the CVT is history. And because of that, we think both of these models are worth giving a second look if you’ve previously taken note of their rugged good looks and city-sized compact-car sensibilities. This bears some explanation. The Jeep...Read More»

2011-2012 Jeep Patriot Models Investigated For Stalling Issue post thumbnail
2011-2012 Jeep Patriot Models Investigated For Stalling Issue

Late-model Jeep Patriot compact crossovers may have an issue with stalling, and federal safety officials are looking into a series of complaints. Earlier this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a Defect Investigation on Jeep Patriot utility vehicles from the 2011 and...Read More»

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder: First Drive

Have you reshuffled your priorities in a family vehicle over the past few years? Most busy parents have, and those who might have opted for a full-fledged SUV a few years ago probably aren't quite as smitten over the idea of a musclebound off-road truck. Meanwhile, rakish, crossover utility...Read More»

2013 Mazda CX-9 Gets Design Update, Active-Safety Features post thumbnail
2013 Mazda CX-9 Gets Design Update, Active-Safety Features

With its CX-9, Mazda proved that spacious family vehicles can actually be exciting to look at, as well as exciting to drive. Now, well ahead of an official introduction in October at the the 2012 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, it's given us a first look and preview of a...Read More»

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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek: First Drive

It didn’t take us a journey halfway across the Pacific Ocean to understand that Subaru—and the new 2013 XV Crosstrek, or just ‘Crosstrek,’ as Subaru of America would rather call it (the XV already stands for ‘crossover vehicle’)—is for active, outdoorsy...Read More»

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2013 Ford Flex: First Drive

How can so many people still not see the beauty in the Flex? The boxy Ford Flex wagon isn't just fashionable; it would be on our shortlist of best vehicles to take on a cross-country trip; and for carrying six adults out for the evening; and for busy moms; and for all of an afternoon's ill-advised...Read More»

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2012 Honda CR-V: First Drive

In these days of tighter family budgets, and in many cases a desire to be more understated, compact crossover vehicles like the Honda CR-V have a lot of appeal. Parents know that they provide more versatility—and freedom, by some gauges—than sedans, and they’re a little smaller...Read More»

2012 Jeep Wrangler: How Does It Compare To The Original CJ? post thumbnail
2012 Jeep Wrangler: How Does It Compare To The Original CJ?

The Jeep Wrangler remains one of the most iconic, uniquely American, and instantly recognizable vehicles. Even those who aren't at all vehicle enthusiasts—or small kids—will be able to point it out as a Jeep. And having such a continuous and consistent design heritage are important...Read More»

2012 Jeep Wrangler: First Drive post thumbnail
2012 Jeep Wrangler: First Drive

Oregon's Coast Range doesn't get very high, but near the top its peaks and ridgelines are so steep and boulder-strewn that all the highways and paved roads follow lower passes. Yep, to get to the great viewpoints, you either have to huff it, or you need a serious off-roader—like a Jeep. This...Read More»

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan First Drive

Blending new elements with an existing look is tough, and often fails. You should have seen the 70-something gentleman trying to rock 30-something "hair" aboard my recent flight to Munich. Once in Bavaria and on a drive to Austria courtesy of Volkswagen, updates to the 2012 Tiguan proved more...Read More»

GM's Full-Size Crossovers Get Minor Changes For 2013 post thumbnail
GM's Full-Size Crossovers Get Minor Changes For 2013

If you’re looking for a major redesign on the 2013 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse or GMC Acadia, it appears that you have a bit longer to wait. The Lambda-platform crossovers are getting a few improvements and updates for the 2013 model year, but big changes to the product line...Read More»

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GM Planning New Full-Size SUVs for 2014

GM is planning a major overhaul of its full-size SUV fleet for the 2014 model year. The automaker said today that it will spend $331 million to renovate its assembly plant in Arlington, Texas, home to its current crop of GMT900-family SUVs, including the GMC Yukon, Yukon Hybrid and Yukon XL; the...Read More»

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2011 Lincoln MKX Is a Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has kind words for the 2011 Lincoln MKX today, calling it a Top Safety Pick. The Top Safety Pick award goes to vehicles that earn "good" ratings in the insurance industry-funded group's own crash tests. The award only goes to vehicles that have...Read More»

2012 Honda CR-V Delayed in Japan Quake Aftermath post thumbnail
2012 Honda CR-V Delayed in Japan Quake Aftermath

A replacement for the current Honda CR-V crossover will be delayed, as Honda struggles to regain parts production in earthquake-ravaged Japan. The Wall Street Journal says Honda will push back the launch of the 2012 CR-V by at least one month. Honda has said it would produce the new crossover...Read More»

2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV: Driven post thumbnail
2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV: Driven

When driving the Cadillac Escalade—even in the context of the same trip—it's quite easy to feel both reverence and revulsion. At close to 19 feet long, the Cadillac Escalade ESV is one of the longest normal passenger vehicles you can buy. It's a couple of inches longer than the longer...Read More»

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