Tag: large suv

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro: A tight fit for the city

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro: A tight fit for the city
It was only after I pulled the ticket out of the machine and started to proceed through through the gate that I looked up and realized maybe this wasn’t such a great idea.  I held my breath as the 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, with roof rails, cleared the cement beam as I started to... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

2011 Infiniti QX56: Not high on the Chicago list

Well, I’ve talked about the sheer size of the Infiniti QX56 and the bad fuel economy numbers, but what about the rest of the vehicle? All-new for 2011, the QX56 has a larger than life curvaceous design that is both bold and elegant at the same time. The interior is is spacious and luxurious with... Read more »

Today's Rave: Dodge Durango mirror knob

It’s such a silly, small thing, really. But, it’s one of those things that actually matter: The placement of the mirror adjustment knob. Most cars do it badly. Very badly. They put it on the dashboard or some other equally unreachable location so that you twist and turn to reach it while trying to keep your... Read more »

Today's Rant: Infiniti QX56 fuel economy

My very first drive in the Infiniti QX56 was a relatively normal one in my book. A 45-minute commute from Logan Square to Hoffman Estates. Traffic was stop and go from Kimball through Harlem, then it was smooth sailing at speed all the way up through the Jane Addams to the Barrington exit. I averaged... Read more »

Today's Rave: Infiniti QX56 Around View Monitor

Infiniti Around View Monitor The Infiniti QX56 is one big puppy. With a length of 208.3 inches and a turning radius of 41.6 (ouch!) inches, it’s not an easy vehicle to maneuver in tight spaces. So, the QX isn’t quite my idea of an urban vehicle. Thus the standard Around View Monitor is key. The... Read more »

Today's Rave: Lexus GX ability to handle snow

Last year, I got the rear-wheel drive Lexus IS convertible in February. And then in snowed 12 inches. And I still had to drive to work. It wasn’t pretty. But occasionally, I get the right vehicle at exactly the right time. This year, I got the all-wheel drive Lexus GX 460 when Chicago decided to... Read more »