Posts in category "Lifestyle - Transportation - Automotive - Reviews - Compact Crossover Utility Vehicles"

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) List of Needs vs. Wants: Our reader “needed”: 1) Low purchase price 2) Above average cargo capacity and load flexibility. 3) Better... Read more »

2014 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4x4 - Bella Jeep After the Honeymoon - Review, Video

Jeep brings back the Cherokee moniker for 2014 with this all new compact sports activity vehicle.<br> <br> Base Cherokee Sport models, starting at $23,000, offer plenty of style and versatility. Adding 4x4, mid-level Latitude trim, auto climate control including heated seats, power driver's, and an  8.5" center LCD infotainment display prices the new Cherokee at $29,985.<br>
For 2013 a Year of Italian Culture was celebrated in the United States.  In case you missed them, festivities included performing and visual art events.  The gang at Fabbrici Italiano Automobilli Torino, led by bespectacled Mr. Baggy Sweaters, Sergio Marchionne,  also partied over their union with the remaining new Chrysler Corporation’s stock shares. The marriage... Read more »

2014 Subaru Forester + 2014 Toyota RAV4 AWD - DHS Compact Crossover Comparison

(TOP) 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i is far less the "box" it used to be. Though, the engine remains boxer in layout. Starting at $22,000 with 5-speed manual, a loaded Touring model with optional Eye-Sight Collision Avoidance runs $33,220.<br> <br> (BOTTOM): Swept back front of 2014 Toyota RAV4 makes it RAD4! In XLE AWD trim with Navigation the MSRP is $27,580<br>
What’s not to love about the compact cross-over utility vehicle?  Families are smaller these days. You say Fido is a St. Bernard? He’ll still have some sitting room in compact SUV. Equipped with rear-view cameras they are barely trickier to parallel park than a Smart For Two. Make that TWO Smart For Twos. Have you... Read more »
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2014 Ford Escape Titanium AWD - Parallel Parking Houdini - Video Review

2014 Ford Escape Titanium AWD - Parallel Parking Houdini - Video Review
Each time “Drive…He Said” ventures to Chicago city neighborhoods to satiate the thirst for the unique cultural offerings breathing quickens, collective palms and brows perspire profusely, and hearts nearly palpitate over the limited parking situation. Back-up cameras with passive park assistance are nice and becoming more common. Soon our federal D.O.T. may mandated these in... Read more »

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek - On Stilts - Review

The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek. BKA Impreza Sport 5-door wagon on stilts. Priced starting just under $25,000. Our loaded Limited version with leather, moonroof and navigation barely crossed the $27,000 line.
As siblings go there are clear advantages to being taller. It’s about being mom’s favorite when it comes time to reach the top shelf of the cupboard. And the satisfaction of denying the others at the net in a game of one-on-one. Reason enough for the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek compact crossover. Even if it... 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 »
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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 »

Winter's-A-Comin' - Affordable All-Wheel Drive

Two worthy budget choices for all-wheel drive, good for winter's powder and summer's pavement:<br> <br>(TOP): The off-roadable 2012 Jeep Compass 4x4 starts at $21,000 - our Latitude tester came in just south of $26k.<br> <br>(BOTTOM): 2012 Subaru Impreza Sport wagon, with full-time all-wheel drive for a admission price of $19,000, with our "Premium" edition ringing up for a still genuine AWD "bang-for-the buck" at $21,000!!<br>
If we got away lucky lucky with some spring-lime weather for Thanksgiving this week, WBBM-TV meteorologist and “Drive…He Said” friend, Ed Curran, would caution that meteorological winter is still another week away.  We are willing to go out on a limb and make a forecast of our own: that by the first of the year more... Read more »

2012 Kia Soul Eco - If You Start Me Up...I'll Sometimes Stop

The 2012 Kia Soul 1.6L Eco, dipped in a catchy color called "Alien."  Will at least one "real Alien" come forward to confirm their suspected lime green color?
Having sailed the Mediterranean Sea in a Euro-spec 2011 Kia Soul ! 1.6 we at “Drive…He Said” got the chance to sample the changes for 2012 in the U.S. spec Kia Soul + Eco 1.6L with 6 speed automatic transmission. About the only bodies of water we encountered were the slushy pools containing the melt... Read more »
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2013 Mazda CX-5 - Domo Arigato, for the Kodo

The all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5, already on sale in 2012.
Mazda recently introduced to North America its all-new 2013 CX-5 Skyactiv-G compact crossover activity vehicle. The new design theme is called “Kodo,”  which is Japanese for “Soul of Motion.” We’ll give it that, because the previous “Nagare” or “Flow” design resembled a Grinning Face or “Niyari Kao” on applications like the Mazda3. Instead, this baby... Read more »