Subaru’s new Ascent nails 7-passenger crossover market …
Subaru took a couple years off from the minivan/larger crossover market in an effort to get it right. The strategy worked, its new 2019 Ascent nails it.
Rarely does a vehicle deliver fully what it promises and at a reasonable price. Ascent offers room for seven or eight passengers, a comfortable and useful interior, good power and handling, plus Subaru’s noted all-wheel-drive. Pricing starts at $32,970. Yes, you read that right. Continue reading 2019 Subaru Ascent Touring
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited improves its on-road abilities …
I’m not too proud to say that I used to dread test driving a Jeep, especially the Wranglers as they have traditionally been the most basic of vehicles meant for crushing rocks, splashing water and wallowing in mud.
I love the outdoors as much as the next guy, but slopping around in muck and then bouncing all the way home like I’m in an inflatable bounce house is not my idea of fun. Continue reading 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4×4
4Runner is old school and that’s OK …
Technophobes and off-roaders have a rare opportunity to live life large aboard Toyota’s rough trail loving 2018 4Runner. That’s because this off-roader has not yet been updated to include all the electronic gee-whiz gadgets that fill most others in the segment.
Some might say the 4Runner is long in the tooth, others may just say thank you. Continue reading 2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4X4
Car heaven at Road America
Nobody ever has to ask a second time if Mark and I want to attend an event at Road America. For us, the track, located in Elkhart Lake, Wis., is one of the most fun locations we visit in the automotive world. We were among the 80 plus media members from across the country given the opportunity to check out more than 90 new vehicles at the Midwest Automotive Media Association’s (MAMA) annual Spring Rally held May 23-24. Continue reading Road America test drives
Toyota’s big ol’ Sequoia overdue for a restyling …
Toyota’s big Sequoia sport-ute is overdue for a restyling and needs a few interior upgrades to compete for class leader in this market dominated by the likes of Chevy and GMC’s Suburban, plus Ford’s Expedition and Nissan’s Armada.
All are big boys in a big boy SUV game and Sequoia gets a new grille and front bumper to help it compete this season. But its looks are pretty vanilla. Continue reading 2018 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4×4
Muddy fun for a Jeep geek
Full disclosure: I’ve been a Jeep guy for a very long time having first driven the SJ Cherokee back in the late 70’s.
I was forwarded on and email from my blogging partner, Mark Savage, who received an invitation from the Jeep people but couldn’t make it to an event. I was all over it and jumped at the chance, along with other media folks, to discover the off roading capabilities on the new JL Wrangler at Cliff’s Insane Terrain Off Road Park in Marseilles, IL.
This latest rendition created a lot of buzz prior to its release earlier this year, maybe even more than the last redesign in 2006. All kinds of speculation about what the JL would have and maybe not have. No worries off roaders, the Jeep guys were all over this from the start. Continue reading 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Muddy Fun
Nissan Titan XD diesel, the locomotive of pickups . . .
Let’s be honest, all the large heavy-duty pickups are pretty much alike in how they drive and the features they pack. Pricing is also very close.
But some just look more serious than the others and I think of this week’s test truck, the 2018 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X with a Cummins diesel engine 4-wheel drive as a locomotive for the street. Continue reading 2018 Nissan Titan XD Diesel Pro-4X 4×4