Category Archives: SUV

Dodge Dart adds a GT model, with MultiAir version of 2.4 engine.

Chrysler updates Dodge, Jeep, Ram trucks for 2014

DETROIT, MI. You don’t have to be a resident to sympathize with Detroit’s well-publicized bankruptcy struggles, much in the way you didn’t have to own a Chrysler vehicle to sympathize when that proud Detroit company went into bankruptcy four years ago. We can only hope the city recovers as impressively as Chrysler has. A brief glimpse at Chrysler Group LLC’s array of 2014 products at the company’s Chelsea proving grounds …


GMC Terrain Denali: Still truck-shaped, but shorter.

Crossing over to Crossovers

  Can a big, spacious Tahoe of Suburban be effectively replaced by a Terrain, or an Encore? Can an Expedition or Explorer be effectively reduced in size to an Edge, or maybe an Escape? And how about Mazda, which celebrated when the full-sized CX-9 won North American Truck of the Year honors three years ago — can its tasks now be entrusted to the CX-5? If you haven’t noticed, the …


With the blizzard passed, Lake Superior ice chunks amplify X1's "Alpine white" color.

Compact BMW X1 needs X-Drive, winter tires

When I first had the chance to drive the new BMW X1, I was impressed with the looks and performance, and the diminutive size of the new smaller brother of the X5 and X3 SUVs from BMW’s ever-expanding stable. It is more compact than most crossover SUVs, but most people don’t need the enormous size of the heftiest vehicles that brought the U.S. auto industry to near the point of …


Grand Cherokee SRT fit in with the names of Formula 1 racers over the Circuit of the Americas pits.

New Grand Cherokee excels on-road, off-road, and on-track

AUSTIN, TEXAS — The names are still emblazoned above the individual garages on the inside of the pit road — Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and the rest — and standing there you can visualize what it was like last November when the best race drivers christened the Circuit of the Americas with the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix. On this mid-February morning, however, the vehicles lined up in …


2013 Nissan Pathfinder is tailored for family comfort

Not long ago, Nissan’s Pathfinder was a sport-utility truck that was set up for off-roading and hauling gear. Today, that tough truck has gotten a little softer and is tailored more for comfort. Oh, it can haul and is available with all-wheel-drive, but you are not going to take this vehicle off road. With its remodel for 2013, Pathfinder is pure crossover, leaning toward minivan. That’s because it rides on …


Ram 1500 at Detroit Auto Show

Domestics Glow as Detroit Auto Show Features

See the full gallery of John Gilbert’s shots from the Detroit Auto Show at the bottom of this post. DETROIT, MICH. — Domestic automakers should have a big home-field advantage at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show, and they certainly did, kicking off the press preview days of the show, which runs through January 27, by sweeping the Car of the Year and Truck/Utility of the Year awards, after claiming …


2013 Car of the Year Nominees

North American Car Of The Year, Truck Face Close Finish

2013 North American Car of the Year Nominees: The 2013 North American Car of the Year award has come down to three high-style sedans, while the companion non-car finalists are scattered all over the newly redefined extremities of the North American Truck/Utility of the Year. Ford’s Fusion and the Cadillac ATS give the traditionally top two domestic companies each a finalist in the car competition, while Honda’s redesigned Honda Accord …


Red Land Rover Showing Off

Land Rover Experience Driving School Shows What Vehicles And Drivers Can Do

2013 Land Rover Driving School Review: ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The message was simple, really: treat the terrain gently and keep the shiny side of the vehicle up. “We teach ‘expedition’ driving,” said Ben Wootten, Land Rover driving instructor. “The car is a tool to get you from point A to point B and back to point A. If you don’t want to have to walk back, drive in a way …


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