2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review

Thursday August 1st, 2013 at 10:88 AM
Posted by: Francois

 

Pros:

  • The “sport” aspect of this crossover stands out with a nice, tight suspension
  • The panoramic roof spans an impressive length of the roof, providing sunlight to both the front and back seats.
  • The Outlander Sport boasts a nice stance, looking like it’s prepared for virtually any conditions with aesthetic cues from the iconic Evolution line of rally bred street cars

Cons:

  • Underwhelming power – rated at 143hp, but not until 6000rpm.
  • The Outlander Sport seems to be plagued by hard plastics and bland designs giving it a cheap interior feel
  • Raked rear window and tiny cargo space limits usable volume

One day. Two Crossovers. Five Guinness World Records.
I admit to being fully intrigued the first time I saw the commercial for the new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Clearly Mitsubishi was having fun with this marketing campaign, but the underlying message that I heard was that this is going to be an exciting, sporty, compact SUV that packs enough performance to make the driving experience stimulating.

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2013 Ford Explorer Review

Saturday September 22nd, 2012 at 11:99 AM
Posted by: AKramer


By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Excellent highway cruiser
  • Spacious, well-appointed interior
  • Decent handling for a large SUV
  • Loads of available technology and safety features

Cons:

  • 3.5 L V6 needs another helping of torque
  • More soft-roader than off-roader
  • My Touch system still needs work
  • Slurps gas

It’s been a while since the Ford Explorer captivated the minds of American car buyers. Once the SUV sales king, the truck-based Explorer has been passed over in recent years for more modern looking, better performing car-based crossovers. Even Ford seems to have recognized this shift in consumer behavior, offering its own competition to the Explorer in the form of the Edge and Flex crossovers.

Rather than let the Explorer die out, Ford decided to transform the vehicle into a more road friendly, yet still off-road capable SUV. With a unibody chassis borrowed from the Taurus and Flex, and an all wheel drive system that features terrain management and hill-descent control, the 2011 Explorer promises to be the best of all worlds. We took the new Explorer on a trip high into the Sierras to find out if this really is the rebirth of a champion, or just a rehash of what the rest of the industry has already been doing for years.

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2012 Ford Edge SEL FWD Review

Thursday May 3rd, 2012 at 3:55 PM
Posted by: AKramer

 

Likes:

  • High-output V6 engine
  • Well-balanced suspension
  • Solid build quality
  • User-friendly SYNC system

Dislikes:

  • Hefty 4,300 pound curb weight hampers handling, acceleration, and fuel efficiency
  • Huge wheels = lots of unsprung weight and road noise
  • Transmission lacks manual shift option
  • Edgy exterior styling

YouTube Preview Image2012 Ford Edge EcoBoost Limited. This video is brought to you by CNET

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2012 Range Rover Evoque Review + Video

Tuesday December 6th, 2011 at 3:1212 PM
Posted by: Derek

Video from Top Gear (click ’360p’ to watch in HD)
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Pros:

  • Legendary Range Rover all-terrain capability
  • Same adaptive damping system as a Ferrari provides excellent ride quality
  • Buttery-soft leather seats for all-day comfort
  • Extensive list of customizable options
  • Roomy for a small SUV
  • Tiny 2.0 engine is efficient, powerful and torquey from 1750 rpm
  • Excellent driving position and fun to drive with great balance of on road and off road handling

Cons:

  • Oversized outside view mirrors
  • Small number available worldwide for its first year of production
  • visibility out of side rear windows is less than normal

The 2012 Range Rover Evoque is a compact, luxury crossover that offers premium levels of craftsmanship, luxury, performance and renowned Land Rover all-terrain capability. Available as a coupe or 5-door model, the Evoque will be in high demand as only 2200 units are being built and sold worldwide in its first year of production which begins this summer.

CarReview was invited to test drive the new Evoque on the city streets of San Francisco. Granted, the potholes and broken asphalt of a concrete jungle are not considered a true test of the Evoque’s off-road capabilities, but it was a good proving ground to show off how well the Evoque can maintain a comfortable ride on roads that could qualify on the list of top ten worst maintained roads in the U.S.

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2011 Volvo XC60 R-Design Review – It’s got the brawn, but who’s got the brains?

Tuesday August 2nd, 2011 at 4:88 PM
Posted by: bclark

2011 Volvo XC60
By Bill Clark

Pros:

  • Turbo V6 feels like a V8
  • Exterior and interior styling
  • Very comfortable
  • Versatile cargo capabilities

Cons:

  • Mind-baffling electronics
  • Useless proximity key
  • R-design rear bumper not compatible with receiver hitch

Having tested a number of small crossovers, I can say with certainty that the Volvo XC60 is almost the perfect family crossover and certainly one that provides enough ‘fun factor’ to entertain car enthusiasts. I never expected to say that about a Volvo crossover. If it wasn’t for the frustrating vehicle electronics menu systems, I’d call it perfect.

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Fourth Generation 2012 Honda CR-V Ready for U.S. Late 2011

Monday July 25th, 2011 at 10:77 AM
Posted by: Derek

2012 Honda CR-V concept

This is the all-new, fourth-generation CR-V that is set to go on sale in the U.S. by the end of 2011 and in Europe in Autumn 2012

The new Honda CR-V goes for a distinctive new design and bold styling direction. Compared to the previous generation CR-V, the concept model has a more aggressive stance with deeper sculpting of the body lines and a bolder front grille. Overall the lower front bumper design integrates more smoothly into the fascia for improved aerodynamics and curves upward to convey off-road capability. There are also five-spoke alloy wheels and bolder fender flares.

Powertrain details haven’t been released, but the new CR-V is expected to be outfitted with a more efficient engine and deliver improved fuel economy. Also look for more interior room and reduced curb weight.

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2011 Nissan Rogue SV FWD Review

Tuesday July 12th, 2011 at 11:77 AM
Posted by: the911guy

2011 Nissan Rogue
By Dan Tsuchiya

Pros:

  • Great mileage
  • Sporty Handling
  • Decent Value

Cons:

  • Lackluster acceleration
  • Suspension a little crude below 20 MPH
  • Seating not as comfortable as the competition

Sport utility vehicles, especially the front wheel drive kind, are essentially station wagons for those who don’t want to be seen in a station wagon.  Whether it’s the perceived ruggedness or the more sporty looks, small SUVs have been a hot market for young urbanites ever since the RAV-4 and CRV entered the scene many years back. With gas prices remaining high and car shoppers looking to downsize with the recession, this segment of SUV’s has continued to blossom over the past few years.

We recently received the slightly redesigned Nissan Rogue SV front wheel drive, which comes with new bumpers that give the sport utility a less egg-shaped profile and gets rid of the Pokemon face, a criticism of the earlier Rogue. Does the redesigned Rogue SV make the grade in the $25,000 and under field of cute-utes? Read on…..

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2011 Lincoln MKT AWD Review – Singing Along in the Family Wagon

Friday June 10th, 2011 at 11:66 AM
Posted by: peter

2011 Lincoln MKT distinctive split-wing grille
By Peter N.

Pros:

  • V6 engine that performs like a V8
  • All-wheel drive delivers acceleration and confidence
  • Advanced technology for the latest bells and whistles

Cons:

  • Restricted visibility
  • Some advanced technology was awkward and/or confusing

For this review, I had the unusual pleasure of testing a 2011 Lincoln MKT AWD on a snowy weekend trip up to Tahoe. What better way to test the cruising capabilities, the all-wheel drive for stability, and hauling capacity to pack a family for a ski vacation?

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2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Review – Honda’s Compact Crossover Solid as a Brickhouse

Friday May 20th, 2011 at 9:55 PM
Posted by: berrichondanny

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By Danny Chang

Pros:

  • Conservative styling
  • Good trunk space for a compact crossover
  • Decent MPG

Cons:

  • Nav/Entertainment unit with interface from 1985
  • Tight rear seat
  • Bo…yawn…ring styling
  • Tailgate “lip” gets in the way

The Honda CR-V is one of the best selling compact crossovers in America, competing with the likes of Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, and the new Kia Sportage, just to name a few. This is a very crowded segment that includes some new unconventional entries like the Nissan JUKE and luxury entrants like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. The third generation CR-V has been on sale in the US since the 2007 model year and is due to be replaced by a brand new 2012 CR-V in mid- 2011.

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2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i Review – The new X3 is bigger, more comfortable, and a moving performer

Tuesday May 17th, 2011 at 8:55 AM
Posted by: berrichondanny

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By Danny Chang

Pros:

  • Tight & confident handling
  • Decent acceleration
  • Refined interior & build quality

Cons:

  • Styling is a step back in time
  • 8-speed automatic is too shift-happy
  • Lacks personality

The second generation BMW X3 is almost the size of the first generation X5. BMW has added to the overall length, width and height, as well as a tiny bit to the wheelbase. The benefits are rear passenger legroom, headroom for all passengers and cargo room. Despite its bigger size, the second generation X3 still reminds you of the original, smaller X3, at least from the front. From the back, the new X3 resembles the new designs of the X5 and X6.

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