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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 »

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4WD - We Mostly Knew Where This Was Headed - Brief Review

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. Dedicated to families who prefer their crossovers to "maxi-minivans." <br>  <br>The $42,000 4WD Platinum guise sports, among other niceties, 20"-inch wheels, dual moon-roofs, blind sport warning, dual moonroof, HDD navigation, hands-free communications, and dual monitor theater entertainment with Bose audio and wireless headsets.<br>
First Nissan spoiled us late last year with its Infiniti JX35 luxury uni-body three-row crossover utility vehicle. You know the one that will get the name change to QX50 next year. Then they dump in our laps  “down-market” Tennessee kissin’ cousin, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 4WD Platinum. No name change in sight for the Pathfinder. In... 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 »
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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 »
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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 »