SUV/TRUCK REVIEWS

The 2015 Dodge Journey

In the ever-growing crossover SUV segment, car buyers have several choices of size; Some are quite large (including Dodge’s own Durango), some are very compact, and others strike a balance somewhere in the middle.

One of those is the Dodge Journey, which I recently had a chance to test (a 2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad AWD model). I’m back with a full report on my experience and how the Journey fits into the segment.

 

2015 Kia Sedona

Minivans are less plentiful than they once were but they’re not dead yet, even in the age of SUVs.

Chrysler, Honda, Toyota and Nissan are still in the game, as well as another competitor many may not know about -- Kia, which still puts out a Sedona minivan each year and has revamped it for the 2015 model year.

I recently drove a 2015 Sedona, and I’m back with a full report on what you can expect from this family-focused vehicle and how it compares to other minivans on the market.

2015 Chrysler Town & Country

Minivans were once an almost required vehicle for American families, but they have been mostly replaced in recent years by SUVs. With so many options to choose from, the number of companies offering minivans has gotten smaller.

In fact only one of the traditional Detroit Three still offers a standard minivan, that being the Chrysler family -- which has been in the minivan business since the very beginning. There are currently two in the family (Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country), but the Dodge variety will soon be going away.

2015 Dodge Durango

With anything in life, you’ve got to have an angle.

That definitely applies in the auto industry, as you have to show up with a definite plan to compete in any segment, especially one as busy as the crossover SUV segment.

For Dodge, whose Durango competes in this class, there’s a definite plan of attack, and it involves power -- powerful looks, powerful engines and powerful towing capabilities.

I recently spent some time in a Durango and I’m back with a full report on what the vehicle has to offer.

2014 RAM 1500

Trucks are not cheap, for the most part. If you want a powerful ride to get the job done properly, you’re going to have to shell out a pretty penny these days -- regardless of the manufacturer you choose.

But that does not mean trucks have to be out of your range, as most automakers offer a variety of options in their truck lineup. Take for instance the RAM lineup from Chrysler. I recently spent some time with a couple RAM vehicles that perfectly illustrate the choices out there -- First a 2014 RAM 1500 Express regular cab 4x2 ($28,380), then a 2014 RAM 1500 Laramie Limited Edition Crew Cab 4x4 with an EcoDiesel engine ($58,015).

2014 Nissan NV200 Taxi

This isn’t so much a review, it’s more of a tale …

Specifically, a tale of my week driving a taxi -- specifically a 2014 NV200 van from Nissan that had been outfitted as a taxi.

First, the backstory -- As I was setting up future vehicles to review last fall, my Nissan contact mentioned they had a taxi in their fleet of vehicles … My mind kind of did a double-take at this point.

A taxi?

Yes, a taxi in the form of Nissan’s work van -- the NV200 -- with the full NYC paint job on it.

2015 Infiniti QX70

In the realm of luxury vehicles, the Infiniti lineup (Nissan’s luxury arm) has one of the most unique looks in the bunch. One very clear example of this is the Infiniti QX70, with its elongated front and distinct profile that separates it from its competitors in the luxury crossover SUV ranks.

I recently drove a QX70 (which, FYI, was formerly known as the FX) and I’m back with a full report on what it offers and how it compares to its luxury competitors.

2015 Mazda CX-5

With so many crossover SUVs on the market, it’s tough to stand out and not get lost in the crowd. The 2015 Mazda CX-5, which I recently was able to spend some time in, doesn’t have that problem.

Between it’s attractive look, strong safety record, high mpg rating and impressively low price, it’s one of the compact crossovers that should gain quite a few fans in 2015. Here’s a full report on what the vehicle has to offer:

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