2010 Honda Pilot First Impressions Review

Thursday November 18th, 2010 at 11:1111 AM
Posted by: gmchan_66

By Gary Chan


  • Quiet cabin
  • Velvety smooth engine
  • Lots of storage space for trips
  • Kick-ass A/C system


  • Mediocre fuel economy (The ’11 Chevy Suburban has an EPA rating of 15/21 with a 5.3-liter V-8!)
  • Center stack from the Space Shuttle
  • Shift handle is too high
  • With 2nd and 3rd-row in use, rear storage is limited

In the Pilot Seat
My how the Honda Pilot has grown over the years! From its humbler, smaller beginnings to its current 8-person hauler, besides size, it’s grown in sophistication. As a driver that regularly takes long weekend trips with friends and family, functional space and features are very important to me. Loaded with tons of features, would this Pilot “be ready for almost anything” as the Honda website advertises? Would it be ready to swallow the camping and racing gear for two or three-people going to a triathlon as well as a Toyota Highlander Hybrid?

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CarReview's Best SUV and Crossover Choices of 2010

Monday October 18th, 2010 at 2:1010 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

best_suv_crossover_2010_300x230Five Standout SUVs/Crossovers – CarReview’s Recommendations for 2010

By Greg Gaillard and the CarReview editorial team

In the 1990s when the practical minivan began to seem passé, consumers turned their heads and wallets to the fledgling Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) market for some excitement to suit their new active lifestyles. The watchful eye of corporate marketing caught the emerging trend and aggressively promoted the ready-for-anything aura of the new Ford Explorer and instantly identifiable Jeep Cherokee. It worked.

Over the next 20 years manufacturers have refined the SUV from an inefficient 4 door truck glazed with rugged styling into some of the more sophisticated vehicles on the market. The crossover refinements have spawned a dizzying array of choices all called SUV or some variation if SUV (Think BMW’s sports activity vehicle designation for its X-series). While today’s models are much better than their forbearers, picking the best SUV/crossover is not as easy as it once was.

CarReview believes the current market has some great SUVs that do something better than the rest. To select the top 5, contributors used criteria that align with the original vision for the segment.

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2010 Nissan Pathfinder Review – An exceptionally rugged and versatile SUV

Thursday September 2nd, 2010 at 1:99 PM
Posted by: Francois

By Francis Cebedo

The Good

  • Legacy car with pedigree
  • Body on frame chassis
  • Good towing ability
  • Good off-road ability
  • Powerful V6 motor
  • Seats 7 with many available configurations

The Nissan Pathfinder has been around the block a few too many times. It was quite revolutionary when it debuted in the mid-1980′s and a great response to Toyota’s 4Runner as it defined a new category of truck that could move 5 passengers with all their gear. Fast forward a few years and the Pathfinder has been slowly updated but never quite redone. New features for this year include a standard moonroof on the LE V6 model, a standard navigation system on the LE V8, and simplified exterior and interior color combinations. Minimal updates allowed Nissan to hold on to a loyal customer base and offer a vehicle to the person looking for a traditional body-on-frame chassis as opposed to the new crop of unibody SUVs.

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Redesigned 2011 Ford Explorer Begins a New Journey

Tuesday July 27th, 2010 at 9:77 AM
Posted by: Derek

2011 Ford Explorer

Since its debut some 20 years ago, the Explorer has sold over six million units, four million of which are still traversing the world’s roads. Through much of the late-1990s and early part of the last decade, the Explorer was Ford’s second-best-selling vehicle behind its F-Series pickups, regularly selling 400,000 units a year. Fast-forward to 2009, and that volume had plummeted to just over 52,000. Despite lackluster sales of SUVs since gas prices made a huge leap upwards and the trend towards downsizing the cars in which we drive, Ford believes it still has an opportunity. According to the automaker’s vice president of global marketing, Jim Farley, each year, at least 140,000 Explorer owners come back to Blue Oval dealerships looking to purchase new vehicles. And obviously, they just aren’t buying Explorers.

Follow the jump below to view the full gallery of exterior and interior photographs
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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

Thursday July 22nd, 2010 at 9:77 AM
Posted by: peter

By Peter Newton


  • Radio controls integrated into steering wheel (and integrated very well!)
  • Bluetooth® phone controls
  • iPod support
  • XM® Satellite Radio
  • Lots of storage compartments
  • Elegant trim touches
  • Good mileage for gas SUV at 22 mpg


  • Dated styling
  • Uninspired driving
  • Acceptable freeway on-ramp power

First Impressions
Over the last decade, Hyundai has made huge strides in improving their reputation for safety and quality. In 2006, they passed Toyota in the JD Powers and Associates quality ranking – a major change for a brand that had once been the poster child for low quality. Note that this was way before Toyota started recalling everything – they used to be the standard for quality! With the better reputation, long warranties and their low prices, Hyundai has grown sales in North America from about 250,000 cars in 2000 to 435,000 in 2009, grabbing share from their established rivals. The biggest part of that success has been the Santa Fe, a crossover SUV that has become commonplace here in import-friendly California. The gist of all of this background is that I was interested to check out the most popular SUV that the up-and-coming Hyundai has to offer.

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First Impressions: 2010 Jeep Commander Sport 4×4

Tuesday May 4th, 2010 at 8:55 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

2010 Jeep Commander Sport 4x4
By Michael D. Leroy


  • Great on-road manners
  • Touch-screen stereo works great and the built-in hard drive is nice
  • Easy to park with backup camera and good turning radius


  • Base V-6 lacks torque, get the 5.7L HEMI
  • Unresponsive throttle when moving from a stop
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Too much hard plastic for a $38,000 vehicle

SUV’s for far too long have been too much utility and not enough sport. Many SUV’s have questionable off-road ability. Jeep claims the Commander, its flagship model, is a “Trail Rated” seven-passenger people mover. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to do an off-road excursion, but I did get a chance to see the Commander’s city manners.

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2010 Acura RDX FWD Review- A Cure for the Common Crossover

Friday February 19th, 2010 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: bclark

2010 Acura RDX

By Bill Clark


  • Fun to drive
  • Voice activated navigation helps keeps eyes on the road
  • Concert-hall 10-speaker stereo
  • Luxuriously appointed interior


  • FIRM ride
  • That turbo is thirsty!
  • Minimal cargo room
  • Front fascia styling only a mother could love

Just when I thought there was no hope for the crossover segment, Acura introduces the game-changing 2010 RDX with a fresh new exterior look, a more luxurious interior, and a host of new technology features. The 2010 RDX is now available with a two-wheel drive option which offers improved fuel economy and a lower price point over its SH-AWD™ counterpart.

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2010 Mazda CX-7 Review – the "Easy" Button of the Crossover World

Tuesday February 2nd, 2010 at 2:22 PM
Posted by: bclark

2010 Mazda CX-7
By Bill Clark


  • Easy on the eyes
  • Easy to Operate
  • Easy on the wallet


  • Forward A-pillar and large side view mirrors create nasty blindspots
  • Tire size/type cripples the handling
  • Useless coat hangers
  • Zoom-zoom completely undetectable

The 2010 Mazda CX-7 looks like a promising package – sharp design, great cargo capacity and it says “Always the Soul of a Sports Car” right there on the window sticker. Sounds like a recipe for success to me.

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2010 GMC Terrain Review – all-new compact SUV emphasizing MPG and utility

Thursday January 14th, 2010 at 8:11 AM
Posted by: mash

2010 GMC Terrain

By Mary Ellen Ash


  • 7″ touch-screen center console
  • Great MPG for an SUV
  • Ample and rugged in the rear for people and cargo
  • Entertainment system
  • Excellent reverse visibility


  • Finicky touch-screen console system
  • Weak 2.4L I4 engine
  • Heavy movable rear passenger seats
  • No remote start included

Verdict: a great family SUV that is rugged and strong, and yet, very stylish and attractive for everyday use

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RussoBaltique The World's Most Expensive SUV

Tuesday October 20th, 2009 at 11:1010 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Dartz Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition SUV from Russia’s RussoBaltique

Have you had many a sleepless night wondering if it’s possible to out-do the Hummer? If so, than look no further than the RussoBaltique, a Russian SUV that aims to be “The World’s Most Expensive SUV”. Or to give it its proper appellation the “Dartz Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition SUV from Russia’s RussoBaltique”. I would take it that RussoBaltique is some sort of manufacturer I’ve never heard of and that this, er model has the rather daunting name of ” Dartz Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition SUV”. Rolls off the tongue, don’t it?

Well, it won’t roll off your checkbook that easy either, nor will you be able to scrub the options and materials list out of your mind any time soon.

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