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Who Doesn't Like a Test Drive? - Experience 2016 Mazda CX-9 Tour Comes to Chicago This Weekend

Sleek new 2016 Mazda CX-9 3-row family crossover SUV
* * * * * * * * * * * * WHAT: Mazda brings the all new 2016 CX-9 3-row family crossover SUV for test drives on public streets. WHERE: The Shops at Roosevelt 150 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois 60605 HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Click the following link to register for 2016 Experience Mazda... Read more »

2016 Lexus RX 350, RX 450h - Carolina Finer - First Drive Review

All-new  2016 Lexus RX 350 nestled in the woods outside Raleigh, North Carolina.  It's the 4th edition of the most popular luxury crossover utility vehicle sold in the United States. Assembled in Ontario, Canada, the new RX is priced starting from $41,900 for front-drive versions; $43,300 for all-wheel drive iterations.
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – It’s been just 4 years since a refresh of Lexus’ “ChiChi” RX Cross-Over Ute. Last week “Drive…He Said” sampled the new 4th generation  2016 Lexus RX 350 and 450h. The operations base: the sumptuous Umstead... Read more »

DHS - Budget Utes Deserving a 2nd Look - 2014 Jeep Patriot, 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

(TOP): Mid-compact 2014 Jeep Patriot starts at dirt affordable $15,900 (albeit with manual windows and manual transmission)<br> <br> (BOTTOM): compact 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SAV (including standard power windows and 18" alloy wheels) commences at $19,595.<br> <br> Each deserves a 2nd look from budget shoppers.<br>
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – One “Drive…He Said” reader recently contacted us with the ubiquitous “What is the most affordable new vehicle transportation I can get for my money?” We recommend a Three-Step process of car shopping: A)... Read more »

2013 BMW X1 - Choice of Colloquialism - Review

Bayerische Motoren Werke calls its 2013 BMW X1 a "Sport Activity" vehicle. Our Alpine White tester optioned with M-Sport Line package, 18" M-wheels, dual panoramic moonroof, leather seating and trim, bi-xenon lighting, HDD Navigation with I-Drive controller and superb Harman Kardon audio arrived at our door for $44,000.
“Drive…He Said”has to hand it to BMW. Now they have gone ahead and revived the first lift-back version of the 3-series sedan for the States since 1999’s E36 318 ti. This, despite the floundering U.S. sales of that 5-door distortion of  F10 5-series, the Gran Turismo. Those determined Bavarians regard their 2013 BMW X1 28... Read more »

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport - My How Fancy Pants We've Become - Review

The redesigned 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport  has taken the mid-size crossover-ute one step closer to a sporty hatchback. Starting at $28,000 in 2.0 Turbo front-drive configuration our loaded-to-the-gills tester could be yours for $33,700, handily undercutting the competition.
It’s becoming harder to justify luxury crossover utility vehicles when they approach nearly half-the-price-of a modest-home. The day has arrived when many premium and some standard-line crossovers have blurred the lines. Enter the new-for-2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, which recently arrived at  “Drive…He Said.” Old Skin Molted: Chiseled with acute creases and having lifted a D-pillar... Read more »

2013 Infiniti JX35 AWD - From the Service Entrance To the Front Door - Review

The 2013 Infiniti JX35 in the "Zone." Look for this full-size luxury cross-over utility vehicle, with seating for seven, in more and more School Zones. The base price of $41, 250 for the front-wheel drive model is still below that of some fully kitted premium maxi-vans. All-wheel drive adds $1400. Key options being lumped into packages as they are these days, our fully decked-out Diamnond Slate AWD tester had a tag with $55,000 written on it.
“Drive…He Said ” recently defended the 2010 Nissan Quest “maxi-minivan” as being darn near the ultimate “man’s lair” / “family room” on wheels. A retreat for occupants from the pressures of the outside world. For all of its space and mass it still earned praise for  a decent amount of on-the-road ability. Great if you... Read more »

2013 GMC Terrain Denali - It's a Short Climb Into the "High One" - Review

The prominent mirror finished grille gets the $35,000 2013 GMC Terrain Denali mid-size crossover ute all "truck-like." Yet it drives so "un-like" a truck.
It’s official. With just 6-inches of to-date seasonal snowfall here in Chicago, this winter is turning out to be a “dud.” What, then, to do with the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali All-Wheel Drive mid-size premium crossover utility vehicle? “Drive…He Said” just drove the thing! The Terrain Denali breaks away from the “orb-shaped” mold with an... Read more »

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport - "Compact Cross-Planetarium" - Review

The 2013 Mistubishi Outlander Sport is available with a $2K optional fixed glass panoramic roof, traced by amber LEDs. It's the next best thing to being at the planetarium. Shouldn't that also qualify the power sunshade as a "star shade?"
“Drive…He Said”  recently made the rounds in the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport compact crossover utility vehicle. As the heavens darkened, and we momentarily stopped in traffic, we tilted our heads back to gaze skywards. Dozens of amber-colored LEDs trace the length of the 4×3-foot fixed tinted glass roof.  Privacy needs are handled by the power... Read more »

2012 Kia Sorento SX - Seven beats Two and matches Five

2012 Kia Sorento SX: Starts with Kia's assertive front fascia and "steer-horns" headlights.
Ever hear of a seven passenger crossover that can match or better the fuel economy of some cars which go by the heading of “fuel efficiency champs?” No joke. We at “Drive…He Said” realize that on the road, your average SUV is often carrying no more persons than your typical pint-sized Smart For Two. But... Read more »