Posts tagged "SUV"

First glance: 2013 Nissan Murano

First glance: 2013 Nissan Murano
I’m only mid-test in the 2013 Nissan Murano with all-wheel drive SV trim, but there’s one thing I can tell you for sure. I really, really like crossover. From it’s odd-ball shape to it’s smooth acceleration, there really isn’t much I don’t like about the Murano. A few highlights before the test week is over:... Read more »

Photo Gallery: Ford Flex

Retro quirk. That’s how my sister describes the 2013 Ford Flex. And, when you think about it, that’s just about right. The elongated form and faux side paneling give it an air of a different age. But all the tech gadgets inside show the SUV’s true colors. My sister says retro, I say just plain... Read more »

Today's Rave: Cavernous headroom in Ford Flex

Today's Rave: Cavernous headroom in Ford Flex
I love a good functional test in one of my cars. So, whenever I can, I bring friends into the process because, like it or not, there are some things that a single, petless, petite driver just can’t test. Last night, I took the Ford Flex out to Northbrook so that a pair of friends... Read more »
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Photo gallery: 2012 Dodge Durango

I love the bold cross-hair grille on the Dodge Durango.
The Dodge Durango is a tough one for me. While I wouldn’t say this is a city-worthy vehicle. I wouldn’t say it isn’t exactly not a city vehicle either. Enough double negatives for you? I guess what I’m trying to say is: I would rarely recommend a vehicle this large for living in an urban... Read more »

2012 Honda CR-V proves to be pleasant surprise

2012 Honda CR-V proves to be pleasant surprise
OK. I have a little secret to share. I entered into the test week with the 2012 Honda CR-V expecting to hate it. I’d driven it before in short tests, and the seating position for a petite driver wasn’t the greatest. I thought the interior was drab. And the ride and handling was, well, blah.... Read more »

Today's Rave: Mazda CX-9 Bluetooth audio

Today's Rave: Mazda CX-9 Bluetooth audio
OK, I now have a new favorite feature that doesn’t center around heated seats or steering wheels. It’s the Bluetooth streaming audio that I found in the Mazda CX-9. I don’t keep music on my phone, so even though I use the Bluetooth for phone conversations, I’ve not tested the streaming audio before. Luckily, my... Read more »
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Photo gallery: 2012 Range Rover Evoque

I recently had the chance to take a quick turn in the all-new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. And all I have to say is: Oh. My. God. Well, if you follow my blog regularly, you know that’s not all I have to say, but it’s a good start. I only spent a couple hours... Read more »

Today's Rant: Land Rover LR4 third-row seat

Today's Rant: Land Rover LR4 third-row seat
In my mind, the point of a third-row seat in an SUV is to be there when you need it, and fold flat easily when you don’t. So, that’s why I was incredibly frustrated with the Land Rover LR4. That third-row seat is a beast. I wanted to give a fellow marathon runner a ride... Read more »

So whadahyawannaknow? 2011 Kia Sportage

This week, I’m in the 2011 Kia Sportage, and I have to tell you, so far I love it. Love it. I always begin my test week on Twitter with a question like: I usually get a couple of immediate questions … But I’m always looking for more. So, here are a couple things my... Read more »
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Today's Rave: 2011 Ford Explorer phone pairing

Pretty much everything about the new Ford Explorer is visual eye candy. But nowhere is this more evident than the jewel-colored Sync system installed in this week’s car du jour. More than being visually appealing, I’m particularly fond of how easy most features on this system are to use. Without RTFM’ing. Take, for example, the... Read more »