Archive for June 2013

2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn 4x4 - Mammas Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys - Review

The top version of the 2013 Ram 1500 4x4 crew-cab full-size pick-up truck with short (5'7"). With the name "Laramie Longhorn" it celebrates "Mammas Who Let Their Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys." <br>  <br>Starting at $47,470 comforts include heated seats and steering wheel, cooled front seats, power pedals and folding side-mirrors, HDD navigation on an 8.4" touch infotainment screen with voice commands and a Wi-Fi Hot Spot. It gives a new definition to "Roughing It." <br>  <br>Our "Prairie Pearl Coat" tester rang-up at $55,630 with extras like 8-Speed auto gearbox with active grille shutters, power-sunroof, active air-suspension, trailer brake control, and Ram Box storage bins.<br>
Few images represent “ruggedness” better than those of the “American cowboy.” Day in, day out they accept the challenges of the rough outdoors. What umbrella? What indoor plumbing? Dedicated to putting steaks on our plates. Truth is many-a-cowboy have traded in their bridles and stirrups for ATV saddles. In their rides off the range, has... 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 »

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x2 - Trendsetting SUV Version 3.5 - Review

Donning our Sunday's best for mass: The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, at St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Monastery, near Florence, Arizona. It's a desert oasis where cactus make way for olives and citrus groves.  Well contented, in Laredo 4x2 [rear drive] trim,  this premium mid-size SUV comes in at $31,000.
Evolution of the “Original SUV” Timeline: 1974 – the  Jeep Cherokee / Wagoneer SJ, that descendant of the Willys Overland Jeepster wagon, introduced “Sports Utility [Vehicle]” in advertising. Then in the care of American Motors Corporation. 1985 – American Motors sketched a successor to the smaller Jeep Cherokee XJ line., using this new method called... Read more »