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Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized, Volkswagen »

8 Jan 2021 | No Comment | 215 views

 

​       By Don Hammonds

I admit that I’m a great admirer of Volkswagens.

Anytime I was given one to drive, I’ve always immediately fell in love with them for their snappy, crisp handling, and strong acceleration.  They simply treats to pilot anywhere–and especially on highways.

But the Atlas, the company’s mid-sized SUV, is something else again.

It’s big, almost massive in how it presents itself.  It has tons of room inside and given its cargo space, rugged looks, and crisp handling, it’s …

Mazda, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

30 Dec 2020 | No Comment | 242 views

By Don Hammonds

Want to see a car company that’s “doing it right”?

Take a look at Mazda.

Mazda has always been a company that knows precisely what they are.  No gimmicks.  No chasing after what every other car maker is building.

Just a company with remarkable clarity about its identity and how they want to express us.

And what is amazing –at least to me–is that they do it quietly and a sense of assurance. They don’t need splashy this and showy that.  They …

Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota, Uncategorized »

23 Dec 2020 | No Comment | 207 views

          By Don Hammonds

It’s hard to stand out in a crowded SUV market.

So many products look the same, offer the same equipment, and provide pretty much the same benefits–and issues.

But Toyota has clearly set itself apart with the Highlander.

On top of all the terrific perks that you get with any Toyota–dependability, impeccable quality, longevity, high resale value–Toyota has bestowed a completely new look on the Highlander, which instantly helps distinguish this much-loved brand against its competitors.

Though …

Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota, Uncategorized »

22 Dec 2020 | No Comment | 185 views

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD SUV

 

 

By Donald Hammonds

Seldom have I seen a vehicle that has dramatically changed my entire outlook on things automotive.

I’m talking about my thoughts about SUVs in general, and my thoughts about a car company in particular–Toyota.

I am a self-confessed auto design maven.  I live for good-looking automotive expressions. I loved the vast variety of styling expressions that used to be emblematic of the auto industry, a time which I fear may be gone for good for the …

Lexus, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

18 Dec 2020 | No Comment | 144 views

By Don Hammonds

Tired of boring, boxy, uninteresting looking compact SUV’s?

Check out the 2020 Lexus UX 250h.  Inside and out, on the road and parked in front of your house, I promise you–it will be a sight for tired eyes and a bored automotive spirit.

    I think that in recent years, both Toyota and its luxury division, Lexus have made a decision to not walk, but run away from tired, “okay” styling and design.

And why shouldn’t they feel that way?  …

Ford, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

17 Oct 2020 | No Comment | 254 views

 

By Don Hammonds

If only all SUVs were as distinctive and full of personality as the Ford Edge.

The Edge, which represents the pizzazz side of Ford’s SUV lineup, is  terrific to drive, easy on the eye, truly comfortable and accommodating to passengers, and, especially with the ST-Line version, has a performance personality all its own.  This, ladies and gentlemen, is the SUV for people who cannot stand SUVs, their blandness and awkwardness on the road.

[caption id="attachment_11180" align="alignnone" width="558"] 2020 Ford Edge …

Kia, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers »

20 Sep 2020 | No Comment | 230 views

By Don Hammonds

 

If ever there was a car that watches its occupants , entertains them in royal style, and a car which manages to be a complete pleasant surprise regularly, its Kia’s all-new 2021 Seltos, a small CUV that packs a powerful punch against competitors.

[caption id="attachment_10390" align="alignnone" width="675"] 2021 Seltos[/caption]

Driving the Seltos is a pretty astonishing product.  The first thing you notice is the absolutely impeccable construction, with no gaps, misalignments and exterior quality control issues. Everything fits together well, …

Compact Cars, Hybrids, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

4 Apr 2019 | No Comment | 820 views

By Don Hammonds

Want something to talk about?

Take a look at Lexus’ all-new UX, its smallest–and most affordable way of putting Toyota’s luxury brand in your driveway.

 

It has a wild look to it that, for some reason, makes me think of the Minecraft stuff that my kid has in his room.  Yes, it’s that wild looking!  But you know, as startling as it is, you really grow to love it.

I happen to like it a lot, but for most people, it …

Dodge, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

22 Feb 2018 | No Comment | 970 views

By Don Hammonds

Something unforgettable comes this way.

You can hear it. You can see it.  You can feel it.

It’s Dodge’s 2018 Durango SRT 392, a muscled full throated performance SUV that will make your socks roll up and down, raise hairs on the back of your neck and echo thunderously in your ears.

Of course, Durango’s been around a  minute—a bunch of minutes– since 2011, I think. While it hasn’t changed much over the years, sales figures and positive media reviews suggerst …

Kia, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

31 Jan 2018 | No Comment | 956 views

By Don Hammonds

Prepare to be surprised by the 2018 Kia Niro.

First this small front wheel drive crossover is pretty roomy when you see how small it is on the outside.  It can hold an incredible number of boxes with the back seat folded down–ten of the standard boxes used by grocery stores for stocking. It’s economical beyond belief.  And the styling is just about the coolest you will find with a hybrid product.  And did we mention price?  The value …

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