SUVs/Wagons

2011 Ford Explorer Mule Captured
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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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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2010 Hummer H3 And H3T Treading Water Before Real Change

Hummer is in the midst of a move—from General Motors to China's Sichuan Tengzhong—but the brand has announced details for its 2010 H3 SUV and H3T pickup, which are slated to go on sale next month. Changes are minimal. The standard engine is still a 239-horsepower, 3.7-liter five-cylinder...Read More»

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2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport: Cleaner Look, More Convenient Layout

Last year the Toyota RAV4 got a little bit of a facelift, with a refreshed front and rear appearance, a stronger and more refined base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and an upgraded feature set. But it was a little surprising—as it had been when the RAV4 was last fully redesigned for 2006—that...Read More»

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Acura Announces TSX Sport Wagon

A couple of months ago, we mentioned that Honda was looking to bring an upscale wagon to American showrooms. Today, it's been made official: in one of the briefest press releases we've received in recent weeks, Honda has announced that an Acura TSX sport wagon will arrive in the U.S. in the fall of...Read More»

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Driven: 2010 Subaru Outback

In Portland and Seattle, or throughout the coastal or mountain backcountry of the Pacific Northwest, you won't have to look long to find a Subaru Outback. They're every which way you look, in the driveways of everyone from windsurfers to skiers to antiquing empty nesters. And if there's an official...Read More»

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Bluetooth, iPod Connectivity Expanded In 2010 Toyota Venza

The Venza carries into its second model year with no significant changes. That's the short story, however some people might find the Venza's entertainment system considerably more functional; tech-savvy shoppers will be quick to verify that an USB auxiliary port and iPod connectivity are newly...Read More»

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2010 Honda Element Lives Up To Its Pet Pawtential

Thanks to its easy-clean cargo floor and tall, versatile layout, the Honda Element has been a longtime favorite for dog owners. Yet the number of official pet-friendly accessories for the Element, along with most other popular dog-haulers, has been surprisingly limited, leaving families to search...Read More»

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HUMMER Sale To China's Tengzhong Official

The saga of GM's sale of HUMMER has finally come to a close. With the sudden collapse of the Penske-Saturn deal last week, many feared a similar fate would befall HUMMER, but today's announcement of the sale agreement between GM and China's Tengzhong puts those fears to rest, at least for the...Read More»

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