2015 Mazda CX-9

Depending on the size of your family and what you need from a vehicle, there are a lot of options to consider in the SUV/crossover marketplace.

A couple of vehicles that have been around for a while and are aimed at the family crowd, but each with their own style, are the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2015 Mazda CX-9.
I recently drove both of them and I’m back with a full report on who might gravitate to the Mazda and who will be thinking Jeep when given the option of these two vehicles.

2016 Acura RDX

A new model year means an automaker has a chance to reinvent a vehicle, sometimes radically and sometimes in a more minor way. The 2016 Acura RDX is no exception, with some changes both under the hood and physically. But are they enough for the RDX to gain more devotees in the crowded category of luxury compact crossover?

I recently spent some time in a 2016 RDX, and I’m back with a full report on how it measures up to the competition.

With its ample storage space and safety features, the Nissan Pathfinder is designed to perform well on a road trip

Summer brings out the wanderlust in all of us. It’s the perfect time to get away from your routine, and see parts of the country or the world you may not be familiar with.

Some fly, some take a train, and then there’s the great American tradition of the road trip. That’s the route I took this summer, venturing over 800 miles each way from Southeast Michigan to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for a week in the sun.

Doing my best Clark Griswold impression, I gathered my family and all the essentials for the long road ahead, packed the car tight and ventured on to the highway -- not sure what would lie ahead. The beach was great of course, but getting there and back was an equally exciting adventure.

The 2015 Chevy Trax is part of the growing trend of sub-compact crossovers

For a while, many in America were thinking smaller. Whether due to the economy or other reasons, people shied away from large vehicles and thought more compactly -- hence the rise of smaller crossover SUVs.

Well now, it’s beyond compact -- we’re into the age of subcompact crossovers, and one of those entries in this new category is the 2015 Chevy Trax, which I recently tested.

I’m back with a full report on my experience driving the newest model offered by the Bowtie.

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade remains a leader in the luxury SUV segment

Vehicles come in many shapes and sizes.

Some are small and compact, some are average-sized, some are on the larger side, and a few of them are simply gargantuan. The Cadillac Escalade, America’s longtime representative in the class of high-end luxury vehicles used by the 1 percent, is one of those vehicles that falls at the gargantuan end of that spectrum; you could seriously live in the thing.

I recently spent a week in the Escalade, and I’m back with a full report on what it offers and how it compares to its luxury SUV competitors.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

When piecing together the look and powertrain of a family-oriented ride like a crossover SUV, automakers have be careful to strike a balance. It’s got to be safe and sturdy, but still at last a little bit fun to drive. Not racecar-type fun, just a little punchy.

That’s the look and feel Hyundai is going for with their Santa Fe Sport, which I recently tested. How does it measure up against a bevy of crossover competition? I’m here with a full report.

2015 Infiniti QX60

In the automobile business, you have to stay current -- particularly in regard to technology -- but at the same time you don’t want to mess up a good thing. Infiniti’s QX60 -- a three-row crossover formerly known as the JX35 -- is one of those vehicles that impressed from the time it debuted several years back, and intends to continue that trend.

I recently drove a 2015 Infiniti QX60, and I can tell you without reservation that it’s still one of the best luxury SUVs available in terms of both tech and comfort. Here’s a full report on my time in the QX60.

The Range Rover Evoque has an elegant, unique look

The Land Rover/Range Rover nameplate, a British import to this side of the pond, most often is associated with rugged performance and the ability to go where other vehicles can’t. But it also has its domestic wing -- namely in the Range Rover Evoque, its smallest SUV, which is aimed more at city/suburban life than challenging the back roads.

I recently spent some a week driving a Range Rover Evoque and I’m here to let you all know what this vehicle has to offer to those in the market for a compact luxury SUV.

The 2015 Nissan Murano is one of the more distinct vehicles in its class.

Nissan’s usually a bit of an underdog in the race for market share, regardless of segment, but they are making strong statements in many areas of the automotive landscape.

One such statement is the 2015 Nissan Murano, its entry in the mid-size SUV category that has been turning some heads with its redesign for the current model year.

There’s a ton of quality cars in this segment -- from the Ford Edge to the Hyundai Santa Fe to the Toyota Highlander -- so the Murano has to come strong to have a chance at competing. I spent some time in one recently and I’m back with a full report on how it measures up.

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.


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