SUV and crossover reviews

SUV and crossover reviews
2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid skimps on fuel but nothing else

2:00 PM EDT, April 10, 2015

2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid skimps on fuel but nothing else

The Toyota Highlander is not a minivan. It's used much the same way but lacks the convenience of sliding doors, easy ingress and egress, and easily accessible rear seats — all sacrificed for a self-conscious stigma. But the cost of cool is negligible and the marketplace has voted overwhelmingly in favor of SUVs over minivans.

2016 Mazda CX-5 refresh upgrades infotainment to luxury level

3:42 PM EDT, March 27, 2015

2016 Mazda CX-5 refresh upgrades infotainment to luxury level

Mazda has a reputation across its product line for making sporty cars that are fun to drive yet fuel efficient. Car enthusiasts preach the Mazda formula, but the slight price increase over comparable imports has kept the mainstream away from embracing Mazda the way it has Subaru and Hyundai.

2016 Discovery Sport is the best value in Land Rover lineup

4:54 PM EST, February 3, 2015

2016 Discovery Sport is the best value in Land Rover lineup

The 2016 Discovery Sport, which goes on sale this spring, marks a new direction for Land Rover. It's part of what will become the Discovery sub-brand that is aimed at versatility while Range Rover models focus on refinement. Both model ranges will share Land Rover's tradition of offering go-anywhere capability.

Auto review: 2015.5 Volvo XC60 has as many options as safety features

12:09 PM EST, January 19, 2015

Auto review: 2015.5 Volvo XC60 has as many options as safety features

The long-held belief about Volvo vehicles is that they wrap you in a protective cocoon that no outside force can penetrate. Whether it be a car approaching from the right, a van moving in from the left, a truck on a head-on course in front or a meteor shower raining down from the sky, just slip into a Volvo and you'll live another day to make yet another car payment regardless of what strikes the vehicle.

2016 Kia Sorento crossover keeps getting better

3:23 PM EST, January 9, 2015

2016 Kia Sorento crossover keeps getting better

One of the worst vehicles offered since the turn of the century was the original Kia Sorento. Sold from 2001 to 2009, it rode a truck-type body-on-frame platform that conspired with dismal suspension tuning to make it flop through turns like "Ishtar" at the box office. Pricing was reasonable, but fuel economy was bad, the interior was noisy, and resale value was minimal. This was one unpleasant vehicle.

1:15 PM EST, December 8, 2014

2015 Lincoln Navigator downsizes engine but maintains full-size luxury

Downsizing the engine of the 2015 Lincoln Navigator full-size SUV is a good move, regardless of gas prices. In addition to replacing the V-8 with a V-6, Lincoln gives its full-size luxury SUV a cosmetic freshening plus an upgrade in creature comforts and technology. It still comes in full size or supersize (12-inch longer wheelbase, 15 inches added length) versions with a choice of rear-wheel 4x2 or four-wheel 4x4 drive. Our test vehicle was the full-size 4x4.

2015 Kia Sedona tries to redefine minivan as MPV

10:54 AM EST, November 10, 2014

2015 Kia Sedona tries to redefine minivan as MPV

Pop quiz: What kind of vehicle seats up to eight people and has a pair of sliding doors, seats that fold out of the way and a commanding view of the parking lot at your local Gymboree?

2015 Lexus NX 300h cuts sporty edge in hybrid crossovers

1:44 PM EST, November 7, 2014

2015 Lexus NX 300h cuts sporty edge in hybrid crossovers

How does an automaker capitalize on a best-selling SUV? If you're Lexus, you launch a smaller, sportier one.

2015 Mercedes-Benz ML400 SUV doesn't rise above crowded class

1:09 PM EST, November 21, 2014

2015 Mercedes-Benz ML400 SUV doesn't rise above crowded class

The main difference with the midcycle refresh of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML400 is a replacement for displacement. The luxury midsize SUV comes standard with a 3.0-liter V-6 twin turbo engine with direct injection, which replaces the displaced 4.6-liter V-8 engine. Accepting that change is constant, the ML will be renamed the GLE next year to fall squarely in the middle of the five SUV sizes offered by Mercedes, from the Hummer-like G to the compact crossover GLA. It ain't nothin' but a g thang, baby, but in this case the G is German for Gelandewagen, not gangsta.

2016 Ford Explorer has bold new look, new engine choices

5:08 PM EST, November 19, 2014

2016 Ford Explorer has bold new look, new engine choices

Ford Motor Co. unveiled a restyled version of its standby Explorer sport-utility vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday, offering consumers more engine choices and a more luxurious trim level.

2015 Honda CR-V gets major updates to keep crossover crown

11:37 AM EDT, September 30, 2014

2015 Honda CR-V gets major updates to keep crossover crown

Since 2004, Honda has sold more than 2.3 million of its easy-going CR-V sport utility vehicle, and most of those years--including this one--it's been the top-selling crossover in the U.S.

2015 Porsche Macan is a sports car in a compact crossover body

2:23 PM EDT, September 26, 2014

2015 Porsche Macan is a sports car in a compact crossover body

Pay no mind to the Porsche Macan's 18 cubic feet of cargo room, its capacity to carry five adults comfortably and its commanding view of the road. With 340 horsepower and reflexes that would make Catwoman jealous, the Macan S never got the memo that it's not a sports car. Porsche's speed-hunting pedigree shows in every corner of this all-new small SUV.

2014 Range Rover Sport HSE keeps its distance from upscale SUVs

8:50 AM EDT, September 7, 2014

2014 Range Rover Sport HSE keeps its distance from upscale SUVs

The postwar period of the mid-20th century changed the automotive landscape. Servicemen returning to these shores brought back the Jeep, which soon symbolized the rugged individualism of America’s open spaces. Across the pond in Britain, Land Rover began a more colonial quest over sand, dirt, rock, road and continents.

2014 Lexus RX 450h tops crossover fuel economy

11:58 AM EDT, July 14, 2014

2014 Lexus RX 450h tops crossover fuel economy

For 15 years, the Lexus RX crossover has been the prescription for upscale car shoppers who want more than a sedan and less than a full-size SUV. Refined yet modest, fully capable and fully comfortable, the best-selling midsize has dominated the class and won awards that range from best resale value (Kelley Blue Book) to top safety picks (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).

Ford debuts redesigned 2015 Edge crossover SUV

8:38 AM EDT, June 25, 2014

Ford debuts redesigned 2015 Edge crossover SUV

Looking to expand the global audience for its sporty sport utility vehicle, Ford unveiled its all-new 2015 Edge on Tuesday.

3:00 PM EDT, June 20, 2014

2015 Ford Transit Connect Wagon is not a minivan

Three decades ago the minivan appeared as a viable replacement for the stodgy station wagon.

2014 Kia Soul pleases as a day tripper

2:13 PM EDT, June 16, 2014

2014 Kia Soul pleases as a day tripper

Who knew hipster hamsters could’ve taken the Kia Soul this far.

2014 BMW X5 keeps crossover crown

3:23 PM EDT, June 6, 2014

2014 BMW X5 keeps crossover crown

There is something about BMWs that remind me of the New York Yankees: They’re always good if not necessarily the best, their owners can be obnoxious and they can arouse juvenile envy. I am a Cubs fan, after all.

Nissan's oddball Juke gets Nismo performance boost

3:36 PM EDT, May 27, 2014

Nissan's oddball Juke gets Nismo performance boost

Nissan, in a move that defies common sense and possibly physics, has found a way to make its Juke more weird.

2014 Toyota Highlander: Bigger yet smaller, sadly

10:13 AM EDT, March 20, 2014

2014 Toyota Highlander: Bigger yet smaller, sadly

Maybe the Muppets weren't such a good idea.

8:00 AM EDT, October 19, 2013

2014 Acura MDX gets a makeover

Acura made its name on upscale sedans and coupes, but its MDX crossover has quietly become the meal ticket for Honda's luxury division.

2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk review

10:23 AM EST, March 1, 2014

2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk review

The SUV has seen plenty of segmentation since it was first called an SUV in the 80s. Its heyday in the 90s divided the SUV into midsize and full-size, and now we're shoulder deep in the crossover craze.

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