Archive for the ‘Trucks & SUVs’ Category

Getting the Most Towing Capacity for Your New-Vehicle Dollar

October 2nd, 2015

2012 Ford F-250

Frequent readers of our blog might remember a post we wrote a while back about which vehicles offer the most horsepower per dollar. The possibility of getting the absolute most of a certain spec or feature per dollar intrigues us, perhaps because we’re a consumer-focused site, or maybe just because it’s fun to have a purely data-driven glimpse into car shopping. It’s easy to buy a car based on looks, or branding, or a particular set of features that you’re simply dying to have. It’s harder to figure out exactly where the best value lies.

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Tesla Model X Will Set New Standard for SUVs

October 2nd, 2015

Tesla Model X

It won’t be long before the traditional automakers put out an SUV that has gull-wing doors, electric power, and front doors that open as the driver approaches the vehicle.

Just as the Tesla Model S made German automakers step up their premium sedan game and forced them into building electric sedan concepts, the newly unveiled Tesla Model X will do the same for SUVs. Yesterday we compared some currently available models to the X, and it’s pretty clear there just isn’t any competition.

The Model X isn’t a vehicle that’s the result of an evolution of SUVs to this point. This is a vehicle that completely revolutionizes the SUV. As such, it will be only for those who are looking to join that revolution.

Those looking for predictable dependability and practicality need not apply. There’s a Kia Soul for that.

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Tesla Model X Breaks Open the Electric SUV Market

October 1st, 2015

Tesla Model X EV SUV photoThis week, while the world was finally given an in-depth look at the Tesla Model X, I spent time driving the Kia Soul EV. It got me thinking the electric SUV might be the segment that saves the electric vehicle market in the United States.

Why’s that? Because electric SUVs allow Americans to be practical, drive a big vehicle, and feel themselves green enough to deserve praise (at least their own).

Sure, you may have seen the gull-wing doors of the Model X, which Tesla calls “falcon doors,” and thought, “Wow!” But this vehicle is going to be known for so much more than its looks. Consider the fact that it’s going to have enough room in the rear to hold a sheet of plywood. It also has front cargo space where a traditional gas engine would go.

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The Jeep-Fighting Ford Everest

September 18th, 2015
Is this the new Ford Everest or Bronco?

Is this the new Ford Everest or Bronco?

I remember when I realized that Ford SUVs in this country have names that start with the letter E.

It happened when Ford discontinued the Excursion in 2007. I realized that the remaining Fords were the Escape, Explorer, Edge, and Expedition. Those SUVs made up Ford’s alliteration-happy little world and I wondered what the company would choose next. My thought was something along the lines of Everest.

It’s a name that conveys strength and capability, it’s foreboding and nearly impossible to conquer. It’s the perfect name for a SUV, but it never came to fruition in the United States.

The Ford Everest has, however, existed in Asia, South Africa, and Australia since 2003. Could it finally come here?

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New RX 350 Looks More Lamborghini Than Lexus

September 14th, 2015


If Lamborghini had made an SUV 10 years ago, this is what it might have looked like.

This isn’t a Lamborghini concept from the past, though. This is the modern, and surprising, incarnation of the Lexus RX, a vehicle not traditionally known for outrageous design.

There was a time in my life when I owned a 2004 Lexus RX 330, a vehicle more fitting for an aging real-estate agent than a young family man. It was a nice looking car, but quite staid and always seemed to smell like an old lady’s perfume inside.

This new RX should lead the way in bringing Lexus to a new generation, though that old-lady smell may never go away.

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Military Humvees Available to the Public, Should You Buy One?

September 8th, 2015

military humvee for sale

Here’s an opportunity I absolutely love for this first day back at work after a long weekend.

This one’s for all the people who leave town for the weekend and trek as far from civilization as possible. If you’re the kind of person who believes camping is pulling off the interstate at a state park or pitching a tent in the backyard of your suburban home, this opportunity is probably not for you.

However, if you’re the kind of person who likes get deep into the woods or traverses desolate landscapes long after the cell signal disappears, you need to pay attention.

You’re the kind of guy or gal who needs a Humvee.

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Top 10 Used Tailgaters for the Fastidious Football Fan

September 4th, 2015

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

We’re not ready to declare summer dead and buried, but football season is nevertheless upon us. This weekend, the NCAA will kick off the Division I College Football season, and with that, we’re bringing back one of our all-time favorite topics: Tailgating. In the past, we’ve shown you plenty of capacious trucks, vans, and body-on-frame SUVs, but this year we thought we’d try something a little different. Sure, a brand new F-150, 4Runner, or Odyssey will offer tons of space for your friends, beer, and grillables, but they also include a major drawback—they’re incredibly expensive.

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Looking for Labor Day New Car Deals? Consider These 5 Brands

September 3rd, 2015

2015 Volkswagen Jetta TSILooking for a good Labor Day deal on a new car? The holiday’s late date this year works in your favor. Combined with strong inventory and new model introductions, there are deals to be found out there.

Deals are especially easy to find if you’re looking in the right segments. Experts say deals are available on subcompacts, compacts, and midsize sedans these days. Yet you can still find deals in the pickup truck segment as well. Sure, the new Ford F-150 is attracting lots of attention, but there’s such a mix of configurations available that you can find deals on specific trims.

Here’s a look at five brands with special offerings.

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The New Breed of Super SUVs

September 3rd, 2015


Some SUVs are beginning to defy the logic of SUVs.

The SUV, or sport utility vehicle, originally started to give families an option for transporting large quantities of children and gear while having the capability to traverse paths untouched by humanity’s paving machines.

SUVs were not meant to compete with sports cars or out-accelerate supercars.

Some of the latest versions, though, are doing just that and blurring the lines between sport and utility.

One such SUV is described like this:

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Dodge Barracuda, Wrangler Pickup, and So Much More!

September 2nd, 2015

Dodge Charger Concept barracuda

It’s hard to keep track of all of the big news spewing from the FCA offices lately.

Here’s a quick rundown, then we’ll get into more detail:

  1. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne is on an intense quest to merge his company with General Motors.
  2. A new Barracuda is on the way and will wear the Dodge brand. Does Dodge Barracuda have the same ring to it?
  3. The Alpha Romeo Guilia is coming, too, and will serve as the base for the Barracuda and the new Charger.
  4. There’s a new truck based on the Wrangler coming.

If your mind hasn’t exploded yet, keep reading.

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