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17 Oct 2016 | No Comment | 38 views
2016 Lexus NX:  Lexus hits the compact crossover sweet spot

By Don Hammonds

With all of the compact luxury crossovers on the roads these days, you might find it hard to tell them all apart.
Except for one.
The 2016 Lexus NX 200t.
This CUV is strictly its own crossover.

You will probably notice a similarity between the NX lineup and the others out there in a blink of the eye.
Probably you’ll notice that it resembles the RX 350, Lexus’s bread and butter luxury crossover that has been totally redone this year.
The resemblance is totally …

Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota, Uncategorized »

16 Jun 2016 | No Comment | 159 views
2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid:  A breath of fresh, uncomplicated, enjoyable driving

By Don Hammonds

We are “ravin’ about the 2016 Toyota RAV4 around here these days–especially the RAV4 hybrid with its combination of economy, looks, class,  and one of the best interiors in the small sport utility field.

But some of the reasons we like it a lot are strictly psychic.  We think it is such a relief to get into a car where we don’t have to guess where anything is located. That is so not happening these days with so many …

Nissan, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

20 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 536 views
2015 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum: Quite a Transformation

By Donald Hammonds

Driving Nissan’s 2015 Pathfinder  was a truly eye opening experience for me. It has been a while since I’ve driven a Pathfinder—at least four or five years—, and this new generation model is light years away from the old model. To start with, the appearance was phenomenal.

It’s one of the prettiest, most elegant crossovers on the market. With nicely rounded lines that did not look bulbous, and design hallmarks that make it look a heck of a lot more …

Lincoln, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

8 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 489 views
2015 Lincoln Navigator

By John Heilig


AUTO PAGE SPECS MODEL: 2015 Lincoln Navigator 4X4   ENGINE: 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic HORSEPOWER/TORQUE: 380 hp @ 5,250 rpm/460 lb.-ft. @ 2,750 rpm WHEELBASE: 119.0 in. LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT: 207.9 x 78.8 x 78.1 in. TIRES: P285/45 R20 CARGO: 18.1/54.4/103.3 cu. ft. (behind 3rd row/3rd row seats folded/2nd row seats folded) ECONOMY: 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway/15.2 mg test FUEL TANK: 28.0 gal. CURB WEIGHT: 6,069 lbs. STICKER: $72,900 (includes $995 delivery, $6,850 …

Minivans/Station Wagons, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Subaru, Uncategorized »

18 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 799 views
2015 Subaru Outback Limited: Subaru love, baby!

Subarus can be intriguing to categorize.

Take the Impreza for instance. Imprezas are compacts with a lot of capability. But they are way more sporty to drive than other compacts. And of course, its flagship, the WRX/WRX STi is one of the world’s most desirable high performance compact sedan, so it doesn’t seem quite right to simply categorize the Impreza as just another compact.

Then there is the Outback, the subject of today’s review. .They may be family haulers, but these Outbacks …

Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota, Uncategorized »

13 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 796 views
2014 Toyota RAV4: Good as ever, but competition is nipping at the wheels

By Don Hammonds

Toyota’s venerable RAV4 isn’t so venerable any more–because it’s been heavily  transformed.


It’s got snappy new looks to entice buyers who may mistakenly think they will find the same model in Toyota showrooms that they’ve seen before.  It’s somewhat roomier than previous models. And the interior materials and presentation have been stepped up considerably.

Power comes from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. You will find that the  six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and  you …

Nissan, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

23 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 608 views
2014 Rogue SL:  Or the Case of the CUV gone upscale–inexpensively


   By Don Hammonds 

Nissan’s ubiquitous Rogue has always been a smile inducer for me.

   It’s cute, economical, zippy, practical, and I always thought it was way better looking than most of the competition.

   But since the Rogue’s introduction, most of the competition has improved on all those counts, making comparison shopping a dicey proposition for last year’s model.  In that time period, the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and many others have hit the upscale button.

Well, no worries.  Nissan’s Rogue has …

Jeep, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

10 Aug 2014 | No Comment | 718 views
2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4×4: Puttin’ on the ritz

By Don Hammonds

Jeep’s new Cherokee, the replacement for the venerable Jeep Liberty, has gone upscale and refined on us.

The Liberty certainly was a popular crossover but those who know the auto industry will tell you that the Liberty, while pleasant enough,was both rather unrefined and getting long in the tooth.

Now, enter Cherokee, a name with a long and rich history at Jeep.

But this newest Jeep has little in common with the Liberty, and certeinly even less in common with the

Cherokee …

Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota, Uncategorized »

5 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 678 views
2014 Toyota Highlander:  Putting on top hat and tails

By Don Hammonds

Wow, have things ever changed for the Toyota Highlander!

We just test drove the 2014 model, and it is vastly different from its predecessors. To be sure, its still quiet, utterly appropriate for family needs, and built to last. None of that has changed.

But what HAS changed is the demeanor and message that the Highlander puts out there.  It comes across as being a lot more expensive than it is, thanks to its elegant new design that has enough …

Ford, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

22 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 986 views
2014 Ford Escape: “The Great Escape”

By Donald Hammonds

    As the headline implies, we think highly of the 2014 Ford Escape.


    To be honest, if we had test driven the Escape during the 2013 model year, it would have walked away hands down with a win for the best vehicle in the small crossover category  in our new Vanguard Award program for 2013–more on that in the next couple of weeks. 

     And frankly, unless somebody else’s small crossover really delivers the goods better than the Escape, this one …

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