Articles in Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers

Dodge, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

22 Feb 2018 | No Comment | 152 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 | 189 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 …

Honda, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

6 Oct 2017 | No Comment | 247 views

 

 

 

By Don Hammonds

Talk about your big time changes!

Just look at the all-new 2017 Honda CR-V 1.5T AWD Touring!

It’s got all new, tough looking styling that really catapults it to the top in terms of head turning design and a look that truly can’t be mmistaken for anything else.

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And there’s a host of new features and innovations, including an all new engine, marking the first time that there will be a choice of two for …

Fiat, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

8 Sep 2017 | No Comment | 402 views

By Don Hammonds

One of the great mysteries of the automotive industry that really stumps me is why Fiat doesn’t sell more cars.

Every time I pick up the paper or read industry news, it seems that Fiat sales are steadily dropping.

But one bright star for me–and I think it may well prove to be a godsend for the brand–is the little 500x crossover.

Its a really fun looking, sexy car that does what it is supposed to do quite well, and provides …

Ford, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

11 Aug 2017 | No Comment | 255 views

By Don Hammonds

Ford’s 2017 Escape is a classic made all new for this model year.

It’s got all the stuff we all loved about Escape:  Zippy performance, good looks, terrific gas mileage, and a contemporary zest that a lot of its competitors just did not have.

 

[caption id="attachment_8974" align="alignnone" width="612"] New Ford Escape packs more of what Escape customers said they wanted, including the latest driver-assist technologies, remote connectivity and two new fun-to-drive EcoBoost® engines.[/caption]

Well, if you liked the old one, you’re …

Aston Martin, Mazda, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers »

10 May 2017 | No Comment | 436 views

By Don Hammonds

We have said it before and we will say it again—know who you are.

Mazda still knows who it is, and the result is automobiles that have special flair, styling all their own, and stunning performance for the driving masses.

This year, they have taken it to the next level: Combining sporty performance, arresting styling and amazing, top drawer interior design —-all in one product: the 2017 Mazda CX-9.

The CX-9 breaks all the rules for crossovers, and does it with …

Hyundai, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

3 May 2017 | No Comment | 293 views

By Don Hammonds

Hyundai’s Santa Fe is a striking example —-for its competitors—of what happens when you don’t pay attention.

For ages, many car brands discounted Hyundai and did not take it seriously aas a possible threat to their own market share.

Now, here comes Santa Fe.  Its a joy to drive, has every conceivable feature you will ever need–and usually as standard equipment, has good looks, plenty of power, really strong handling and plenty of other attributes.

[caption id="attachment_8965" align="alignnone" width="696"] 2017 Santa …

Kia, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

23 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 309 views
2017 Kia Sportage: Competitors, be warned–it’s better than good

 

By Don Hammonds

 

Kia’s new 2017 Sportage, redesigned for this year, puts everyone competing in its market niche that the Korean brand means business.

[caption id="attachment_8888" align="alignnone" width="612"] 2017 Sportage SX Turbo[/caption]

The Sportage, first of all, outdoes just about everybody in the looks department, and the interior is plenty comfortable, non-threatening, and quite easy to get used to as you own it.

[caption id="attachment_8887" align="alignnone" width="612"] 2017 Sportage SX Turbo[/caption]

What’s so great about the Sportage?

Just about everything, really.

Start with the little stuff. We …

Jeep, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized »

7 Apr 2017 | No Comment | 277 views

 By Don Hammonds
Some things just don’t change often.
And for that, we are very grateful when it comes to the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4 x 4.
No, it isn’t wildly styled as some recent SUVs we’ve seen. No, it isn’t the least bit trendy, even though it certainly up to date in terms of technology and equipment.  Some pieces, such as the UConnect infotainment center, are the best in the industry.
It’s just that when you get behind the wheel of …

Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Uncategorized, Volkswagen »

11 Feb 2017 | No Comment | 460 views
2017 VW Golf Alltrack 4Motion: Hitting the off-road in style

 

By Don Hammonds

When it comes to compact SUVs, the word for today is “rugged.”

Thanks to the influence of Subaru’s hotter than hot Crosstrek, every car company seems to be adding some body cladding, raising ground clearance and installing new macho-looking interiors into one or models in their lineup.

Volkswagen is now getting into the act with its cool, sleek new Golf Alltrack,  which is based on the company’s Golf Sportwagen.

It shares some of the advantages of the Sportwagen–simple, intuitive controls, really …

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