Love them or loathe them, crossovers sell. They’re the right size for a lot of folks, they’re relatively capable and efficient.It’s a winning recipe, which is why practically all manufacturers have at least one offering in the segment. With all those options how is one to ever determine the best of them?
This year Lexus didn’t change up the recipe too much for their IS series. They added large fighter jet style scoops on either side of the grille and a 10.25 inch screen in the dash. But the real appeal is a clever 241 horsepower 2.0L turbo-charged four cylinder.
The latest iteration Honda’s venerable Civic might be the best yet. To the chagrin of fanboys everywhere, this Si marks a departure from the much-loved VTEC valve train. Honda opted instead to turbo-charge the four banger in their hot Civic. How does the new Si stack up?
The Sorento is a flexible mid-sized crossover from Kia. It’s flexible in that it can be configured with a range of engines and either five or seven passenger trim levels. Depending on what a customer wants, they can choose a cloth seated, fuel saving kid hauler, or a dolled up, leather upholstered luxury SUV.
Back in 2009 there was a boxing match of sorts. It seems that three manufacturers, Nissan, Kia and Scion, decided they’d see who could sell Americans on the boxiest automotive design. Eight years on and Kia has sweetened the recipe by tossing a turbo charger into the mix
The 4Runner got a facelift in 2014 and the results look good. But the Chassis was release eight years ago and it feels like it.
The Toyota Yaris is nestled comfortably in the subcompact class of cars. But just because this car is little doesn’t mean it’s small on charm. Economy cars call to mind memories of stripped out rental cars with spartan interiors, uninspired exteriors, and acres of molded plastic.
The 2017 Toyota Sequoia, like the tree it’s named after, is freaking huge. This 6,000 pound heavy weight is the largest SUV offering from Toyota. It’s big, powerful, and comfortable with seating for seven. But what’s it like to drive?
The 2017 Honda HR-V is reminiscent of the early Civics in its simplicity, and maybe its meant to fill a niche in the affordable, small SUV market. Built on a third-gen Honda Fit chassis, it offers available AWD and is meant to fill the niche just beneath Honda’s other small SUV, the CR-V, in both proportion and price point.
At the end of January I had the opportunity to take the 2017 Acura’s luxury-compact-crossover, the RDX, on a 600 mile road trip. This meant spending plenty of time behind the wheel getting to know the car.