SUV and crossover reviews
Reviews of sport-utility vehicles and crossovers from Tribune newspapers, Cars.com and other sources. Research more new SUVs in the Cars.com SUV/Crossover Buying Guide.
7:34 AM PDT, May 8, 2012
Lacking the advertising budget and massive dealer network of much of its competition, Mitsubishi products are easily overlooked. For several of them, that's a shame. Case in point: The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, a compact SUV that does everything well.
3:20 PM PDT, May 2, 2012
Jerry Seinfeld once said, "There's no such thing as fun for the whole family." Ask anyone who has tried cramming himself or his kin into the third row of seats in a crossover sport utility vehicle, and it's likely they'll agree.
4:50 PM PDT, April 21, 2012
Cars.com Expert Reviews
I had high hopes for the 2012 Volvo XC60. I recently (reluctantly) ended a long-term relationship with my own beloved Volvo, a C30, because it no longer fit my evolving family. Having recently added a husband and stepdaughter to my previous status as a single mom of two, we're now in the market for a five-seater like the XC60. I hoped that maybe this car would fill my empty heart.
4:50 PM PDT, April 13, 2012
Cars.com Expert Reviews
I'm a fan of premium compact crossovers — compelling, small packages in which carlike agility, luxury and cargo versatility unite. The five-seat Audi Q5 blends these attributes well, and its sleek profile and attractive LED head- and taillights make the cute-ute look both elegant and sporty.
April 5, 2012
If there's an ideal vehicle for every buyer, consider matching Mazda's 2013 CX-5 with Zeus or better yet, his kids' baby sitter.
4:50 PM PDT, March 14, 2012
Cars.com Expert Reviews
If the idea of luxury in an off-road vehicle puzzles, the Land Rover LR4 will confound. Mingling mud and premium leather is core to Land Rover's identity, and the five- or seven-seat LR4 aims to toe the line between off-road excellence and on-road luxury. It's got the hardware for the former, but how well does it master the latter?
3:50 PM PST, February 15, 2012
February 18, 2012
As soon as my liver and spleen regain their former shapes, I will feel the need to tweet, little birds.
4:28 PM PST, December 21, 2011
If the parking lot were high school, the all-new Range Rover Evoque would throw the best parties, vacation in places we mispronounce and read magazines that are delivered to only the truest of sybarites.
4:15 PM PST, January 4, 2012
If one of your New Year's resolutions was to be more honest and you just bought Honda's new 2012 CR-V, you may be up a creek without a spark plug.
December 10, 2011
Don't stand so close to the Caddy, kid.
11:46 AM PST, November 30, 2011
Though some characteristics could be deal-breakers for certain buyers, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 is an exceptional SUV.
November 15, 2011
In 2007, Range Rover debuted a show vehicle called the LRX, which many of us appreciated, but then forgot: Range Rover, we then thought, doesn't build vehicles that look like that.
4:50 PM PDT, November 3, 2011
If you're looking for a three-row crossover, the 2011 Toyota Highlander is as sound a pick as you can get. It's affordable and it has a quiet, comfortable ride with a family-friendly interior.
October 1, 2011
With the redesigned 2012 Mazda5 minivan, the company answered a question I wasn't aware anyone was asking: "Why can't I get a minivan with a manual transmission?"
August 11, 2011
Porsche goes green: 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid will appeal to environmentally conscious fans of the brand
After reviewing the redesigned 2011 Porsche Cayenne, we've put the hybrid version, the Cayenne S Hybrid, to the test. So what's the verdict?
9:56 AM PDT, July 29, 2011
There's probably a good master's thesis to be written for someone's MBA on the Jeep marketing strategy – or lack of it. Obtaining the iconic brand, with a favorable worldwide reputation, was undeniably a central reason why Fiat bought into Chrysler.
July 27, 2011
The 2011 Nissan Murano made me feel at home. I used to drive a 2006 Murano, and in the 2011, there were some changes, but I was also happy with what hadn't changed. There's not a whole lot to improve upon with the 2011 Murano because it fits families well.
9:00 PM PDT, May 19, 2011
I've long thought that if a car enthusiast fell into a coma, say, 60 years ago and just awoke, he or she might recognize only two vehicles: The Porsche 911, and the Jeep Wrangler. Sure, both those models have undergone extensive and dramatic updates, but they still retain the general appearance, and certainly serve the same audience, as they have for decades.
May 6, 2011
Airstream is known more for its travel trailers than its self-powered motorhomes, but the Ohio-based company has been in the motorhome business for decades. If you've driven past a motorhome sales lot lately, you have seen an abundance of inventory, as the downturn in the economy and the upturn in fuel prices have crippled the industry.
April 28, 2011
Your life is about to change, and your sports car is terrified.
8:49 AM PDT, April 1, 2011
Somewhere between the introduction of the pioneering Chrysler minivan in 1984 and today, we lost the "mini" in minivan. The original base-model Dodge and Plymouth minivans were 175.9 inches long. Now, the best-selling minivan is the maxi-sized Honda Odyssey, which is 202.9 inches long, more than two feet longer.
3:57 PM PST, February 25, 2011
Test Drive: 2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo review
It is reassuring to know that at 130 miles per hour the new 2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo will automatically lower itself a little more than an inch to better hug the road. You simply cannot be too careful.
February 18, 2011
With vehicles like the new plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt and the 30-miles-per-gallon Buick Regal, General Motors Co. seems to be selling itself as the sensible-shoes car company, populating its lineup with plucky, practical cars that offend no one.
2:26 PM PST, February 10, 2011
Test Drive: 2011 Dodge Durango Crew AWD review
The 2011 Dodge Durango and its sibling the Jeep Grand Cherokee have a lot in common but there are also some significant differences that could easily make the Durango a more appealing choice.
2:22 PM PST, January 27, 2011
Test Drive: 2011 Lincoln MKX AWD
Lincoln is well on its way to sowing confusion with its vehicular alphabet soup of models consisting of the MKS, MKT, MKZ and MKX.
January 9, 2011
When Land Rover redesigned the mid-level LR4 SUV for 2010, many of my colleagues proclaimed that it was a leaps-and-bounds improvement over the model it replaces, the LR3.
12:02 PM PST, January 3, 2011
Text Drive: 2011 Ford Explorer
Numbers don't lie: There's no denying that the Ford Explorer, introduced in 1990, was an enormous success, quickly becoming — year after year — the top-selling SUV. The four-door, V-6-powered sport utility vehicle filled an enormous hole in Ford's lineup, as the models that preceded it, the Bronco and smaller Bronco II, were never offered with rear doors.
November 29, 2010
Test Drive: 2011 Nissan Juke review
Judging from its initial unfocused advertising campaign, Nissan doesn't seem to know exactly what to do with the 2011 Juke. And after a week testing it, I see the problem: It doesn't fit into conventional categories.
4:03 PM PST, November 12, 2010
Test Drive: 2011 Nissan Rogue SUV review
Nissan was a little late to the compact crossover SUV party -- with only its truckish Xterra to battle car-based products like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Mitsubishi Outlander and Ford Escape -- until the 2008 Nissan Rogue was introduced. The fact that the Rogue was based on the Sentra platform was not encouraging -- the Sentra was fine as an entry-level car, but how would it work as the basis for an SUV?
October 25, 2010
Test Drive: 2011 Honda Odyssey
Good news for Chrysler: The company's minivans are no longer the ugliest in the new-car showroom, now that Honda has introduced the redesigned 2011 Odyssey.
September 2, 2010
Kia should check the security cameras at its offices.
August 19, 2010
The good, the bad and the ugly. It's cliche, it's trite — and it's exactly how to describe Infiniti's 2011 QX56.
July 12, 2010
Seldom -- OK, probably never -- have I had so much positive reaction to the styling of a station wagon as I did with the 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon. I like the looks of the CTS sedan and the new-for-2011 CTS coupe, but, for some reason, the basic styling template of the CTS seems to work best with the wagon. It is, in a word, a knockout.
July 8, 2010
In 1923, famed British climber George Mallory was asked by a reporter why he wanted to climb the yet-to-be-conquered Mt. Everest. His answer went on to live in the pantheon of exploring quotations: "Because it's there."
July 1, 2010
Test Drive: 2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Wagon review
It is not often one gets to drive a species that — at least in the U.S. — is endangered. But I am. It is a station wagon, a segment that is being virtually wiped out by sport-utility vehicles and crossover car-like SUVs.
June 28, 2010
Test Drive: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee review
It's been a long time coming, but the redesigned 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is finally here. It couldn't come soon enough for Chrysler, which is desperately in need of new products to give consumers a new reason to walk into its showrooms.
June 17, 2010
Test Drive: 2010 Honda Odyssey Touring
Just a few years ago, the automotive industry had serious doubts about the viability of the minivan. Several manufacturers, including Ford and General Motors, pulled out, hoping to woo customers who needed to carry a lot of people to car-based crossovers.
June 3, 2010
Test Drive: 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC review
With its 2010 Outlander GT S-AWC, Mitsubishi explores not only the limits of alphabetical nomenclature but also whether Americans care about a crossover with a complex all-wheel-drive system designed to provide extra cornering power and traction under virtually all conditions.
12:00 PM PDT, May 26, 2010
There's a long, long list of very competent sport utility vehicles in the $25,000 range, and really not that much to differentiate them.
6:21 PM PDT, May 26, 2010
Magic. The word itself is thrilling. It promises surprises (good ones). Mystery. And if you're lucky, a little humor.
June 3, 2010
Test Drive: 2010 Volkswagen Touareg review
Volkswagen joined the sport utility vehicle market a little late, waiting until the 2004 model year to jump in with Touareg, named for a nomadic tribe in the Sahara.
May 27, 2010
There's a long list of competent sport utility vehicles for around $25,000, and not that much differentiates them.
April 29, 2010
Unless you've been living under a floor mat for the last six months, you know times have been tough for Toyota.
11:12 AM PDT, May 5, 2010
On paper, few vehicles make less sense than the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Huge, thirsty engine; not that much room inside; and though it's four-wheel-drive, it's too low-slung for off-roading. While the big chrome-plated dual exhausts look great, they stick out right under the license plate, effectively eliminating a full-sized trailer hitch.
April 29, 2010
If the Dog Friendly badges don't tip you off, the thick rubber floor mats with a dog-bone pattern should: This 2010 Honda Element comes with a special option package that should appeal to dogs — and, presumably, their owners.
January 28, 2010
Acura waved the magic wand and turned a sport ute into a sedan.
February 18, 2010
Test Drive: 2010 Madza5 Touring
Mazda had a great idea — to create a smaller, higher-mileage, affordable vehicle called the Mazda5 with three rows of seats for those folks getting out of larger, lower-mileage and pricey SUVs.
February 15, 2010
It's a well-known principle of quantum mechanics that racing stripes make a car faster. Depending on the width and color of the stripes, accessorizing paint schemes can be good for as much as 2 seconds in the quarter-mile and 50 mph top speed.
January 15, 2010
Test Drive: 2010 Toyota 4Runner
It's been 25 years since Toyota added a truck-based 4Runner sport utility to take on the domestics.
February 11, 2010
Test Drive: 2010 Cadillac SRX
Cadillac's chances of deposing the king of luxury crossovers is a lot better now that consumers, the media and even the government have taken to labeling Toyota as a villain, the role those same consumers, media and government bestowed on General Motors the last few years.
January 3, 2010
Test Drive: 2010 Ford Transit Connect review
December 20, 2009
Test Drive: 2011 Kia Sorento EX AWD review
Call it the United Nations of crossovers.
December 13, 2009
Test Drive: 2010 GMC Terrain SLT-1
The Chevy Equinox is selling as fast as the trucks arrive, and General Motors hopes its cousin GMC Terrain will have similar success.
September 20, 2009
Test Drive: 2010 Lexus LX570
It can pilot the family on the open road or climb a hill and ford a stream, while cooling a couple cans of pop and a sub sandwich for either.
August 23, 2009
Test Drive: 2009 Nissan Cube S
Move over, Aztek. You've lost the ugly crown to the Cube.
July 19, 2009
Test Drive: 2010 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ
The midsize TrailBlazer had to go. And take its 12 to 14 m.p.g. city and 16 to 20 highway mileage, depending on the model, with it.
March 1, 2009
Suzuki is a bit player on the auto industry stage.
June 14, 2009
Test Drive: 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
I will never forget the look on Lee Iacocca's face when the Chrysler chairman strolled into McCormick Place for the 1984 Chicago Auto Show, spotted the truck-like rear-wheel-drive Chevy Astro and Ford Aerostar rivals to his car-like front-wheel-drive Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager and broke a broad smile that lifted his glasses off his nose.
June 7, 2009
Test Drive: 2010 Lexus RX350 AWD
The funny-looking Toyota concept Sport Luxury Vehicle bowed at the 1997 Chicago Auto Show as an alternative to the station wagon and minivan.
May 3, 2009
Test Drive: 2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500
To some, like the politically correct police, an eight-passenger Chevy Suburban or Ford Expedition SUV is too big.
April 19, 2009
Test Drive: 2010 Kia Soul
When piloting the 2010 Chevy Camaro sport coupe through the Detroit 'burbs, jaws dropped, eyes popped and one loyalist was so moved he broke into a gallop to try to catch up with it for a closer look.
March 15, 2009
Test Drive: 2009 BMW 535i xDrive wagon
Most automakers turned to SUVs and crossovers to carry a load of people and their possessions because most people want a machine far more stylish than a station wagon.
9:07 AM PDT, April 30, 2010
If the "Dog Friendly" badges don't tip you off, the thick rubber floor mats with a dog bone pattern should: This 2010 Honda Element is equipped with a special optional package that should appeal to dogs — and, presumably, their owners.
February 15, 2009
Test Drive: 2009 Jeep Patriot
General Motors and Chrysler failed to march to the altar, so Chrysler is now holding hands with Fiat.
February 8, 2009
Before turning to Washington, Ford turned to India for help.
February 1, 2009
Test Drive: 2009 Jeep Wrangler 4-door Unlimited Sahara 4x4
If there was any doubt a four-door Jeep Wrangler makes sense, you need only look at the numbers.
January 25, 2009
Test Drive: 2009 Suzuki Equator, Grand Vitara
The obvious question is why Suzuki added a midsize pickup for 2009 when trucks are losing favor.
January 18, 2009
It wasn't until the snow topped 14 inches that Ma Nature took a nap and let mortals undo the damage.
January 4, 2009
Test Drive: 2009 Toyota Venza
If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it still could be a pheasant, maybe a lion, if you adhere to the gospel of Toyota.
December 21, 2008
Test Drive: 2009 Nissan Murano
If events of the last several months have taught automakers anything, one should be that big no longer is better.
November 9, 2008
Test Drive: 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid
Why would President-elect Barack Obama trade in his sporty and luxurious, Hemi-powered Chrysler 300C on a 4-cylinder and battery Ford Escape hybrid compact SUV?
August 17, 2008
Test Drive: 2009 Honda Pilot
When a vehicle controls the number of cylinders in use based on its need for more or less power, you'd think the automaker would shout it from the highest mountain—especially with gas prices rising like CEO salaries.
August 10, 2008
Test Drive: 2009 Chrysler Aspen / Dodge Durango Hybrid
Better late than never?
July 27, 2008
Test Drive: 2009 Ford Flex
Déjà vu all over again.
September 14, 2008
Test Drive: 2009 Chevrolet Traverse
Gas at $2 a gallon is gone forever, and with it the best years for mid- and full-size SUVs.
July 20, 2008
Test Drive: 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan
Don't ever let Volkswagen name one of your kids.
March 2, 2008
Test Drive: 2009 Dodge Journey
Journey is the first midsize crossover in the Dodge family. Its recent arrival in showrooms is driven largely by estimates that sales of the car-based sport-utilities are expected to top 1.2 million by the end of 2009.
November 16, 2008
Test Drive: 2009 Kia Borrego
Another in the growing list of nameplates offering three rows of seats to hold Dad and Mom, their kids plus someone else's.
November 29, 2009
Test Drive: 2010 Cadillac CTS Premium Sport Wagon AWD
The midsize CTS helped ignite the rebirth of Cadillac, with its dynamic design and good appointments.
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