Post Tagged with: “SUVs”

2015 Porsche Macan S

2015 Porsche Macan S

  With winter rapidly approaching we welcomed the 2015 Porsche Macan S with open arms. Graced with a 340-horsepower twin-turbo V6 and fulltime all-wheel-drive, think about the Macan as a Cayenne, shrunk down one size.  The Macan is Porsche’s new entry into the premium compact SUV segment, one of the […]

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2014 Toyota Highlander LE AWD – Review

2014 Toyota Highlander LE AWD – Review

Bottom line:  We like the versatile people- and cargo-hauling capabilities of the all-new-for 2014 Toyota Highlander.  It’s competitively priced, drives much better than the outgoing model, and has Toyota’s peerless pedigree, top-ranked build quality and reliability.  I’d buy one.  Highly recommended. The 2014 Toyota Highlander arrives at a perfect time […]

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2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE Review

2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE Review

The all-new-for 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE wowed us with its luxurious interior, improved handling and remarkable fuel efficiency. With rugged new styling, is this the hybrid SUV that finally wins us over? Click here to read the full story.

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2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i

2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i

Bottom Line:  Unquestionably stylish, the BMW X5 is a superb premium level SUV.  It delivers a deliciously tactile driving experience with excellent road dynamics, and its ‘base’ 300 horsepower turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine provides silky smooth, torque rich power to please all but the hardest core horsepower junkies.  Those demanding […]

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2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

  Bottom Line:  Big, powerful and stratospherically priced, the 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is a top pick for the one-percent of the one-percenters who absolutely must have the biggest, baddest, fastest SUVs on the planet. Just how big and fast is the Cayenne Turbo S? Porsche’s flagship SUV has […]

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum Premium hybrid

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum Premium hybrid

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum Premium Hybrid, MSRP $49,198 Bottom Line:  This hybrid SUV provides a new powertrain option for the Nissan’s 7-passenger Pathfinder that earned a place on our Top Ten Drives list in 2013.  This large SUV packs a respectable 250 (combined) horsepower and gives good power and fuel […]

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2014 Toyota Rav4 AWD LE

2014 Toyota Rav4 AWD LE

  Bottom Line:  The base Rav4 is easy to drive, easy to love and easy to recommend.  The fuel efficient 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine with 6-speed automatic has perfectly adequate power.  Everything ‘works.’ Legendary Toyota quality, reliability and longevity are irresistible selling points.  Just buy one. Thrilling?  Not quite . . […]

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2012 Mazda CX-9 – The thinking driver’s BMW X5

2012 Mazda CX-9 –  The thinking driver’s BMW X5

Once in a while, an automobile manufacturer gets it ‘right’ the first time, and the 2012 Mazda CX-9 is a great example of that.  Mazda’s full-size crossover SUV was launched in 2007, and the 2012 version, which is at the end of its life cycle, is much the same vehicle, […]

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2012 Lexus RX350 – Loads of luxury with little commitment

2012 Lexus RX350 – Loads of luxury with little commitment

Driving “Her Majesty” (aka Ingrid, my wife) to work on the first day the 2012 Lexus RX350 AWD sport-ute is in our possession is a revelation.  As an avowed ‘car guy’, I love efficient, high performance vehicles, SUVs are neither fuel efficient nor sporty.  I admit to having held a […]

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