Posts Tagged ‘SUV’

2014 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Crossover SUV by Stu Wright

Volkswagen’s Touareg, named after a nomadic people that inhabit the Saharan interior of North Africa, has been manufactured by the company since 2002.  It is a mid-size luxury crossover made in a plant in Bratislava, Slovakia that is owned by the Volkswagen Group.  That Group owns Audi and Porsche, and the Q7 and Cayenne models [...]

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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 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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2015 GMC Yukon XL 4WD SLT Review by Stu Wright

General Motors has been building a big body-on-frame SUV for 80 years with the Chevrolet and GMC nameplates affixed to each.  Essentially a station wagon mounted on a light truck frame, the “Suburban” designation was used on all of them until the year 2000, at which time GMC began naming their version, the Yukon XL.  The [...]

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2013 Toyota Highlander Limited 4WD Review by Stu Wright

For 2013, Toyota’s Highlander remains essentially unchanged since the 2011 model year update.  It is a car-based mid-sized SUV with seven-passenger, three row seating.  Sales of the Highlander (125,000+ in 2013) sits way below that of the RAV4 and way above that of the Toyota 4Runner.    I recently tested a Highlander, a Limited top-of-the-line unit [...]

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2014 Honda Pilot 4WD Touring SUV Review by Stu Wright

Honda’s latest Pilot, unchanged for 2014, is a still-popular midsize SUV that has been marketed by the Japanese company for over ten years.  Sales last year were over 125,000 units, placing it second in sales for Honda behind the CR-V, which happens to be the best seller of any SUV.  The Pilot is manufactured in Lincoln, [...]

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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 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4WD

    The Toyota 4Runner, brought out 30 years ago as basically a compact pickup/topper, is now in its fifth generation configuration and has morphed into a brawny mid-sized SUV.  This last week I tested a 2013 Limited edition 4Runner that arrived at my place in Classic Silver metallic paint with a black leather interior. Toyota is [...]

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Crossover Comparison – Nissan Rogue/KIA Sorento

I recently was fortunate enough to end up with two nice crossover SUV’s in the my driveway at once, so I took turns running around in them for the week and taking notes on how they stacked up.  They were the KIA Sorento EX and the Nissan Rogue SV, both with all-wheel drive. At $36,950, [...]

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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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“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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2013 Mazda 3 Grand Touring Sedan

Japanese manufacturer Mazda Motor Corporation has been around since 1920 and has been selling vehicles in the United States since 1970.  They are noted for having sold Wankel-rotary powered cars all over the world, a design that suffered a setback during the 1973 oil crisis.  It remains an option for sports car enthusiasts with its [...]

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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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2013 Lexus ES300h FWD Hybrid Sedan

On Tuesday I received a new Lexus to test; the ES series hybrid available since early 2012.  It came in “Deep Sea Mica,” blue metallic paint and it was quite attractive.  I’ve previously tested six  Lexus cars and SUV’s, and this ES350 looks like it may end up being my favorite.  Inside it was black [...]

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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 ES350 FWD 4-Door Sedan

    The latest test car in my possession was the new (for 2013) Lexus ES350 sedan that came in Silver Lining Metallic.  The interior included black Nuluxe leather appointed bucket seats up front with three passenger seating in the rear.  This new ES350 design provides a whopping 4” of additional legroom in the rear, perhaps [...]

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2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4×4

    Jeep has been building off-road and sport utility vehicles since 1941 (civilian vehicles since 1945), making it the country’s oldest SUV brand.  They were originally provided for the U. S. military during World War II, specifically light 4-wheel drives for the Army.  Willys-Overland, the manufacturer of Jeeps, provided about 640,000 units for the war [...]

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A Pair to Draw – 2013 Infiniti FX37 & G37xS

          Recently Ruth and I travelled to Phoenix to watch the final 2012 Colorado Rockie series at Chase Field against the Diamondbacks.  It was nice that our home team won both games that we attended, and also nice that we were allowed to test a new Infiniti while there for a [...]

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2013 Lexus GX460 4 x 4 SUV

An elegant 2013 Lexus GX460 was dropped off at my house last week, and I quickly grabbed it for a trip to the coffee shop.  Lexus is the luxury division of Toyota, and has been producing the GX series of SUVs since 2002.  This one was painted Fire Agate Pearl, a dark metallic brown.  Inside, [...]

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2012 Infiniti QX56 Luxury SUV

    I was pretty excited this last Monday about receiving the Infiniti luxury SUV for testing.  The QX that arrived represented the second year of the third generation of QX56’s, and is the biggest Infiniti to date and first to be built in America.  It’s Q lettering comes from the original Q sedans that Infiniti [...]

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Steak or Sizzle? Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

This last week I received my fourth Subaru to test, a 2012 Outback with the six-cylinder engine.  It was the 3.6R “Limited” model in Ice Silver metallic with black leather interior.  This car is made by Fuji Heavy Industries, a Japanese firm, in Lafayette, Indiana.  The Limited is the top-line Outback, out of six models [...]

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2012 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X

This past week I was presented for review a new Nissan Xterra, the compact SUV that has been in production for about twelve years.  Nissan, formerly Datsun, has been in business for almost 100 years (1914), and is now the sixth largest auto manufacturer in the world.  I actually owned a brand new 1971 Datsun [...]

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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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Sunken Treasure – Land Rover LR4

By Stu Wright In December of 1981, a new military regime took control of the country of Argentina.  The new junta was made up of Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri, Brig. Basilio Lami Dozo, and Adm. Jorge Anaya.  The latter was the main architect of a military solution to Argentina’s claim over the Falkland Islands, a claim [...]

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Veni, Vidi, Venza (Toyota Review)

Since Toyota gave their sedan/crossover/station wagon/SUV a somewhat innocuous name, I’ll put it in a Julius Caesar Latin phrase. I came, I saw, I drove a Toyota sedan/crossover/station wagon/SUV! And this Toyota Venza is not at all hard to look at, and is a lot of fun to drive. The one that was delivered to [...]

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Auto Review

  By Stu Wright Nissan Motors likes to call their Murano, which is named after a region in Italy, the “Premium Crafted Crossover”.  Last week I had the pleasure of driving one both in Greeley and around Denver, and would tend to agree with their characterization of this car.  My first drive was to the [...]

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2011 Chevrolet Malibu Review

 Auto Review By Stu Wright The Chevy Malibu nameplate was rolled out in the 1960’s when the Chevelle was in need of a new, upgraded subseries. It was named after the beachfront community in SoCal and featured patterned cloth seats, carpeting, and a dressier steering wheel.  The Chevelle Malibu SS’s that were produced from 1966 [...]

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Local Woman Partners with Businesses to bring joy to the elderly

Photo and Story By James Courant One Friday a month, local nursing homes get a visit from a secret angel. Her name is Shana Bauman and she hates recognition. It started one Sunday about ten months ago when Bauman felt called to action by her church. The challenge was to anonymously do something good for [...]

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