Posts Tagged ‘AWD’

2014 Lexus LS460 AWD Sedan by Stu Wright

The most recent press loan car that I received was, last week, a Lexus LS460 4-door sedan with all-wheel drive.  The team that delivered the car to Greeley was Rocky Mountain Redline, a fleet management firm in Dacono.  The car came in Liquid Platinum (silver) metallic and the interior was black semi-aniline (perforated) leather.  The […]

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2014 Subaru Crosstrek XV AWD Hybrid by Stu Wright

 Last week my wife and I drove a Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid to Vail.   In the past I have tested several Subarus, none with as stunning a paint job as the Touring edition that was brought to the house prior to the trip.  The color was called Plasma Green Pearl metallic, and I became  fond of […]

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2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid AWD SUV Review by Stu Wright

    The week before last I received for testing, a Toyota Highlander Hybrid, a Limited top-of-the-line unit that carried an M.S.R.P. of $50,875.00, including freight.  The Limited hybrid’s base price of $49,790.00 had, as an option, a set of carpeted floor and cargo mats ($225.00).  It was what was called the Platinum Package edition, […]

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2014 Nissan Rogue SV AWD Crossover by Stu Wright

Nissan has sold the better part of three-quarter million Rogues since the introduction of the model in 2007.  A year ago I wrote a review of the 2013, first generation Rogue, and at that time their sales were up 13% for the year.  Now I have been testing a 2014 Rogue, much redesigned, and as […]

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2014 Lexus RX350 F Sport AWD Crossover by Stu Wright

Several Lexus vehicles have been delivered to me for testing since 2010, and the latest was the RX350 luxury crossover SUV.  It came in Nebula Gray Pearl metallic, and inside it featured the black leather interior with black trim and black carpet.  M.S.R.P. for this car was $55,189.00, and it included a Mark Levinson premium […]

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2014 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD SUV by Stu Wright

For 2014, Toyota’s Highlander has been updated for the first time since 2008, and  is now in its third generation iteration.  It is a car-based mid-sized SUV with seven-passenger, three row seating.  Sales of the Highlander (127,572 in 2013) places its revenue right in the middle of the Toyota SUV lineup.   This past week I […]

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2014 Lexus IS-350 AWD F-Sport Sedan by Stu Wright

Lexus, Toyota’s luxury automobile division, has built and sold the IS series of sedans since 2006.  The cars are manufactured in the Tahara plant in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. For 2014, the model underwent an update in body styling, with the drive train carried over from 2013.  I recently tested a new IS350,  equipped with the 3.5-liter, […]

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2014 Toyota Venza AWD Limited Review by Stu Wright

The latest test car that was delivered to me recently was a 2014 Magnetic Gray metallic five-door with all-wheel drive and a V-6 engine.  Since the Venza was introduced into the Toyota line five years ago as a 2009 Camry derivative (one of many), the company has chosen to dress the car out with lots […]

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2014 GMC Yukon XL AWD Denali by Stu Wright

In 1976, I started selling GMC trucks right after college, and at that point the Suburban, which is what GMC at that time called their big SUV, had been in production for 39 years.  Right after I started my new job, I ordered two  Suburbans for a Western Slope construction company.  The excitement of my […]

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2014 GMC Yukon Denali AWD by Stu Wright

The 2014 GMC Yukon represents the eighth year of  the Yukon’s style and form, and is a sister vehicle to the Chevrolet Tahoe.  The two nameplates have been sold by the respective manufacturers for over 20 years, and are classified as full-size SUVs. For the last half-dozen years, GMC vehicles have been offered as a more luxurious version […]

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2013 Nissan Rogue SV AWD Review

On August 14th, 1965, the Beatles flew to America for their second concert tour here while at the zenith of their popularity.  It was a ten city tour and in the middle of it the band visited old White Sox Park in Chicago for an afternoon and an evening set. I found out about the […]

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2013 Buick Encore Premium AWD Compact SUV

The Buick Encore was unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show 18 months ago and rolled into dealerships early this year.  It is a derivative of the German Opel Mokka and is manufactured in Bupyeong, South Korea.  That German auto name sounds like something that is sold at one of the many Starbucks […]

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2013 Lexus LS460 AWD 4-Door Sedan

Recently I was loaned a 2013 Lexus LS460 four-door sedan for testing and it was brought to my house in Greeley by an Automotive Media Solutions driver.  It came in Starfire Pearl (white) metallic, the interior was black semi-aniline (perforated) leather, and the car seated five comfortably because the LS (M.S.R.P. $82,279) is a big […]

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“Getting Better” 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i AWD Touring SUV

    The Beatles 1967 hit, “Getting Better” was one of the last songs created from scratch by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and was included on the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”  Its production on March 23rd, 1967, had been delayed two days when Lennon mistakenly ingested LSD instead of an intended upper […]

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“Shiftless in Seattle” 2013 Infiniti JX35 AWD Luxury Crossover

    Just prior to Memorial Day, Ruth and I had a chance to visit the Seattle area and test a new Infiniti JX35.  We drove it from the airport to Port Angeles, WA, for the purpose of catching a ferry to Victoria, BC.  We also circled the Olympic peninsula and its riny beaches and forests.  […]

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2013 Kia Sportage SX AWD Crossover

Kia Motors, based in South Korea, is the country’s second largest auto manufacturer, trailing only Hyundai, its one-third owner.  As recently as 1986, Kia only produced 26 automobiles, but the total was 1.6 million last year.  The two combined companies have exploded on the scene to become the world’s fourth largest auto manufacturer, trailing only Toyota, […]

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“Super Trouper” 2013 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Crossover

Volvo builds the XC60 in Ghent, Belgium, and the car has been the company’s best seller since its introduction in 2008.  It is a compact crossover SUV that was unveiled at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  I tested one this past week both in Denver and in Greeley, and its nimble behavior […]

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2013 Lexus RX350 AWD 5-Door Luxury SUV

Lexus, the luxury line of Toyota automobiles, made headlines this past week with the announcement that the company would begin producing some of itsr product in the United States.   A  plant in Georgetown, Kentucky was selected for the production of the ES line of sedans, and the start date was announced as 2015.  The company wants to produce […]

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“Just Ducky” 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0T AWD Sedan

Years ago I owned a 1995 Cadillac (leased, actually) and always admired the six ducks in the logo on the hood and trunk.  I have found through research that those birds were merlettes, present on the family crest of Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, the founder of the city of Detroit.  That […]

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2013 Dodge Durango R/T AWD

Horace and John Dodge started building auto parts in 1900 (for Ford and Oldsmobile), and fifteen years later went into full-fledged auto production.  Dodge Brothers Corporation came to that decision when brother John became, in his own words, “tired of being carried around in Henry Ford’s vest pocket”.  Dodge became part of Chrysler Corporation in […]

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2013 Lexus RX450h Hybrid Luxury AWD Crossover

Lexus has been in a position to offer the most popular luxury SUV since its introduction in 1998.  My latest test car was the RX450h hybrid model available since 2009.  It came in Stargazer Black metallic paint and featured saddle tan leather seating for five. This was a loaded RX, with an M.S.R.P. of $64,339, including […]

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“A Whiter Shade of Pale” 2013 Cadillac ATS AWD

It may not be a good characterization of the Cadillac ATS test car’s color, but the paint on it was extremely white, and attractive.  It was a Diamond Tricoat (a three-layer painting process) upgraded color that added $995 to the Cadillac’s window sticker. The song, “A Whiter Shade of Pale” rocketed to No. 1 in […]

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Five Days with the 2013 Mazda CX-5 AWD Crossover

     1st  The first impression of this car was good.  Front visibility!  Nimble and quick, I had to check the specs to see it had no turbo.  Black everywhere, but that’s OK; it looks pretty.  The leather front buckets are supportive, and in the back there appears to be room for three.  The rear seatback […]

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2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport AWD Sedan

Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota, has been producing the GS series of sedans since 1993.  The new 2013 model that I drove this last week represented the manufacturer’s fourth generation offering, and it came in Riviera Red Metallic with black leather seating.  The GS Lexus sedan is a midsize performance car with all-wheel drive. […]

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2012 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD

The GMC Yukon XL is a version of the General Motors (GMC/Chevy) Suburban that has been around since 1935.  In fact, several manufacturers offered a “suburban” for years, but GM landed an exclusive trademark on the name in 1988.  For the 2007 model year, GMC rolled out the latest, eleventh-generation Yukon XL with modernized styling […]

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ AWD Review

This past week I was presented a new Chevy Equinox crossover to test.  It was painted Tungsten metallic (dark bronze) with a light titanium and black leather interior.  The combination resulted in a lot of compliments during the week, although personally I’m a fan of red, white or black vehicles. Chevrolet was founded 100 years […]

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2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD 4-Door Sedan

    This white little Swedish number was waiting for Ruth and me at DIA upon our return from Chicago last week.  In Latin, the word Volvo means “I roll”, so we rolled up to Greeley, and I was forced to familiarize myself with the controls in the dark (late arrival).  This was my third Volvo to […]

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2012 Infiniti FX35 Limited Edition AWD Crossover

   This past week in Illinois I was presented an Infiniti FX35 to drive around the state.  Ruth and I picked it up at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and set sail to the Northwest towards Rockford.  Our ultimate destination was Galena, Illinois, an old lead mining town that is currently a resort, named a top […]

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2012 Nissan Juke SV AWD Sport Cross

The word “juke” has multiple meanings, but in sports parlance, to juke is to feign or fake out, as, for instance, a running back might do.  I suppose that is what Nissan had in mind when naming the mini-crossover that they introduced in 2010.  I had one last week to test, a 2012 “SV” all-wheel […]

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2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0 Premium AWD Four-Door

Subaru automobiles have been produced by the Japanese firm, Fuji Heavy Industries, and since 1968 they have been exported to America.  The man responsible for bringing Subaru to our shores was Malcolm Bricklin, a fact that I have mentioned in earlier Subaru reviews.  Bricklin’s later brainchild, a car named after himself (again, that wasn’t a […]

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2012 Infiniti EX35 Journey AWD Crossover

    Infiniti’s extensive lineup of 13 models provides a vehicle for pretty much anyone’s taste, and in the middle of the group lies the EX35 compact crossover.  Infiniti, the luxury division of Nissan Motor Company, has been selling automobiles in America since 1989, when the company introduced the Q45 and M30 sedans to our shores.  At […]

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Little Things – 2012 Volvo XC70 T6 AWD Wagon

Bobby Goldsboro is a well-known singer-songwriter to me, but I didn’t know he was THIS well-known.  THIS man had eleven top-40 U. S. Billboard Hot 100 hits, and twelve on the country charts.  The Florida native that once played guitar for Roy Orbison broke onto the scene by himself in 1964 with his first big […]

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2013 Lexus AWD GS350 Sedan

            Lexus, Toyota Motor Corporation’s luxury car division, has been producing GS series automobiles since 1993.  The GS lies in the middle of the Lexus sedan lineup, between IS at the bottom and the LS series at the top.  It is in the 4th generation configuration, having been introduced in […]

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Affinity for Infiniti – 2012 G25x AWD Sedan

I have been presented three Infiniti automobiles for review, and must say I have enjoyed them all.  The least expensive of those three was brought over last week, the G25x all-wheel drive four-door sedan.  Infiniti is the luxury division of Nissan Motor Company, and has been shipping cars to America for a bit more than […]

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2012 Infiniti FX50S AWD Luxury Crossover

Last week in Phoenix I was able to test drive a 2012 Infiniti SUV, courtesy of PageOneAuto of Chandler, Arizona.  Carrie Owens, of POA, was nice enough to have the vehicle waiting at Sky Harbor airport for my visit to the Valley of the Sun  where Ruth and I  visited the Colorado Rockie spring training […]

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