The Fifth-Generation 2019 Toyota RAV4

2019 Toyota RAV4

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is a compact crossover utility vehicle with room for five. it comes with a four-cylinder engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission, and offers all-wheel drive. A hybrid variant is marketed separately. Launched stateside in 1996, the RAV4 has gradually grown in size and importance. Indeed, it is … Read more

Off-Road Warrior:
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

What has been said about the Jeep Wrangler that hasn’t been uttered before? Not much, especially as this traditional body-on-frame Jeep utility vehicle product defines its own segment. Further, the nameplate enjoys tremendous brand recognition thanks in part to its lofty history, which can be traced all the way back … Read more

Polestar Powered: 2019 Volvo S60

Fast times in a Polestar sedan. Electrification is now a significant part of what Volvo is all about. Indeed, the Swedish automaker continues to roll out plug-in variants of its cars and crossovers, models which are more efficient but also pack a strong punch. The 2019 Volvo S60 is one … Read more

Maximum Fun With a Mini Countryman

The Mini Countryman offers an interesting twist on the small SUV frame. Think “Mini” and words such as tiny, small, and diminutive come to mind. That’s appropriate as the two-door Mini Cooper Hardtop measures just 151.1 inches long. But Mini is more than just one model, with both the Countryman … Read more

Highlights of the 2018 Volvo Product Reveal

Updated Sept. 5, 2017, to reflect specification changes. Rejuvenated Volvo gains marketshare. Volvo Cars continue to transition away from old platforms and powertrains, to new and updated models powered exclusively by four-cylinder gasoline engines, including some paired with electric motors. For 2018, several changes are evident, with most of the … Read more

Diesel Does It: Range Rover HSE

2016 Range Rover HSE.

Britain’s Range Rover line adds a turbo-diesel in the North American market. If you are a luxury sport utility vehicle shopper, then you should seriously consider this potent powerplant. There is nothing greater in the Land Rover universe than a Range Rover. Since 1970, Range Rover has represented the pinnacle … Read more

Competitively Priced: 2017 Cadillac XT5

Latest Cadillac model brings utility to the midsize segment. The 2017 Cadillac XT5 arrives in showrooms this April, inaugurating a new naming convention for GM’s luxury marque. The model is all-new and serves as the successor for the outgoing SRX. Importantly, Cadillac has priced the neoteric SUV from $39,990 (includes … Read more

Escalade Light: GMC Yukon XL Denali

2016 GMC Yukon XL

This week, I learned it was possible to have multiple Cadillac Escalade moments behind the wheel of the GMC Yukon XL Denali. That reality shouldn’t surprise too many people as the Escalade ESV and the Yukon XL share the same platform and dimensions. Choosing the Denali line when shopping GMC … Read more

New Lexus RX Pushes the Styling Edge

The design for the 2016 Lexus RX is certainly provocative, but it isn’t really surprising. After all, when Lexus slotted the all-new for 2015 NX beneath it, the smaller and deeply chiseled crossover strongly suggested that its larger and segment leading RX kin would get a similar makeover. Even so, … Read more

Premium Value: Chrysler 300 Limited

You can get big V-8 power in the Chrysler 300, but a standard V-6 may meet your expectations for this full-bodied, traditional rear-wheel drive sedan. The current generation is based on its own architecture, forever severing its earlier Mercedes connection. Hundreds of cars have come and gone in my press … Read more

Natty Sport Coupe: Lexus RC 350

Lexus brings to the world an affordable sport coupe that isn’t a convertible. The RC is derived from three Lexus models, but has a unique undercarriage. The question not asked is this one — will we see more performance models from Toyota’s premier brand? I am a habitual visitor to … Read more

Cadillac Unveils New Power Dense V-6 Engine

The 2016 Cadillac CT6 ushers in a new era for GM’s preeminent marque, a full-size sedan outfitted with leading-edge technologies. The new model debuts in New York at month’s end, a five-passenger vehicle set to take on Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. In the chronology of Cadillac brand history, an 8.2-liter … Read more

Sport Sedan: 2015 Dodge Charger SE

Dodge’s brawny sedan also has a more subdued side. I am an enthusiast of traditional rear-wheel drive sedans. Large ones too: my first two cars were a Chrysler Newport Convertible and a Dodge Polara, although I admit having left that palatial reservation for about 10 years to drive econocars. Never … Read more

Trekking With a 2014 Audi Q7 TDI Quattro

Audi offers five crossover/wagon models and will soon add a sixth when the Q3 joins the line up later this year. The Volkswagen Group luxury brand has been enjoying record sales of late with its Q5 crossover and A4 sedan leading the way. The largest crossover in the mix is … Read more