Land Rover and Mazda Bring More Luxury to Midsize SUVs

Let me guess: You drive a midsize SUV.

I’m playing the odds on that one, because the midsize SUV just might be the most popular segment of vehicle on the market today. Family sedans, and their cargo-limiting trunk space, are quickly falling in popularity at the hands of the capacity, ride height, and AWD capability of midsize SUVs.

In recent years, the opulent features and sleek design of luxury midsize SUVs have conquered the hearts, and bank accounts, of America.

The segment includes entries from BMW, Porsche, Audi, Jaguar, and more. Another, from Land Rover, is due very soon in this increasingly crowded market.

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Have CUVs Replaced the Family Sedan?


For every Mazda6, Volkswagen Passat, Subaru Legacy, and Chrysler 200 sold so far this year, more than two CX-5s, Tiguans, Foresters, and Cherokees have left dealer lots.

The midsize family sedan, once a ubiquitous sight on American highways and in suburban garages, is being replaced by the car-based crossover.

Today’s CUVs offer the same interior seating capacity as sedans, but offer additional cargo space that’s also more accessible. Plus, CUV drivers sit higher and have a better view of surrounding traffic, while available all-wheel drive can handle almost all road conditions.

Have we reached the point where CUVs have replaced sedans?

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Finally, Mazda Presents the 2013 CX-5

2013 Mazda CX-5, front

For a company that makes good full-size SUVs, we have wondered for some time why Mazda hasn’t made a smaller one. Well, now it has.

Only thing is, the CX-5 needs more power to compete with cars like the Honda CR-V. But it costs less and gets better mileage. And comes with a lot of stuff standard, in three trims, starting at $20,695. The top-of-line CX-5 Grand Touring ups the ante to $28,295; the AWD model costs $23,345. Lots of goodies to choose from.

But right now, you get only one engine—a 2-liter with 150 hp (at 6,000 rpm) and 150 lb-ft of torque. The press release:

All 2013 CX-5 models are equipped with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine. At 13:1, SKYACTIV-G features the world’s highest compression ratio for a mass-produced car. By comparison, a Ferrari 458 Italia supercar has a compression ratio of 12.5:1.

Mazda thought you’d like to know that in case you were thinking of buying an Italia instead.

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Cars Coming Soon: Favorites from Frankfurt

Alfa Romeo 4C Concept

The Frankfurt International Motor Show has done it again.

And by “it” I mean increased my excitement about cars that will soon roam the streets of the United States.

From concepts to production models, many automakers are showing vehicles that have a great shot at coming to these shores soon.

Some of my favorites are below, even if one or two are longshots at ever breathing American air. But that’s the great thing about auto shows: There’s always hope.

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