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Pathfinder Follows Explorer’s Lead, Ditches Truck Frame… 4Runner Next?

January 18th, 2012

The Nissan Pathfinder Concept, set to replace the current Pathfinder, might be better suited with a new name. I’m thinking something like the Nissan Paved-Road-Finder or Nissan Open-Road-Highway-Finder.

The current vehicle uses a truck frame and has earned its moniker as a path-finder, because it can easily traverse off road and discover untrodden paths to undiscovered locations. The concept follows the lead set by the new Ford Explorer and uses a unibody  frame for better fuel economy, which may only lead to drivers finding previously undiscovered Costco locations.

Is this an example of how the mighty have fallen, or just a natural evolution into a new future? We still have the Toyota 4Runner and Chevrolet Tahoe as truck-based SUVs, but how long before they succumb to the lure of the unibody?

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Happy Thanksgiving! This Year’s Biggest Automotive Turkey Is…

November 24th, 2011
2012 Volkswagen Passat

Is the Car of the Year a turkey?

Over 45 million turkeys are being savored on American dinner plates today.

Americans love turkey. We love dousing it in gravy, we love it with mashed potatoes, we love it with stuffing and cranberry sauce. Someone has even invented tofu that “tastes” like turkey to satisfy the three people in America who crave the flavor but don’t want the guilt.

Turkey makes us happy. Turkeys make us sleep well. So why did the term “turkey” come to describe something that fails to meet expectations? Who knows. But when a car is labeled as the “Biggest Turkey of the Year,” you can bet it isn’t going to be good.

Keep reading for a look at the vehicle winning this year’s dubious honor.

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Kizashi Beats Accord, Optima in CR Test; New Explorer Trashed

May 11th, 2011

Better than Accord?

Once upon a time, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry reigned supreme at the top of all midsize sedan battles.

Over the last decade or so, scrappy newcomers have chipped away at the old timers’ rule by introducing new styling and lots of standard equipment. Today we see names like Altima, Kizashi and Optima right up there with, and sometimes on top of, Camry and Accord.

Consumer Reports released its June issue yesterday, and the capable testers there have let us know which four-door, four-cylinder sedans have laid claim to kings of the mountain.

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Ford Ranger Wildtrak: Ford’s Greatest Tease

March 21st, 2011

Ford Ranger Wildtrak

You can cling to hope all you want, but the fact remains that the new Ford Ranger won’t be sold in the United States. Ford’s reasoning is that its new compact pickup is too close in size to the F-150, and buyers should just opt for that truck.

That reasoning doesn’t make sense, though. Ford has 5 crossovers/SUVs and 5 different cars, so by its own logic shouldn’t have a Fusion, because it offers the Taurus. And it shouldn’t have the Escape, because it has the Explorer. Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Yet for some reason, when it comes to trucks, that’s the thinking that has prevailed.

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