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GMC's Yukon XL is one of the largest vehicles available

There are big vehicles, there are bigger vehicles, and then there is the 2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali.

A full-size SUV in every sense of the word, this thing is extremely large -- inching out even its competitors in this segment.
It’s large as in you could fit a small car inside of it.
It’s large as in you could maybe even live in it for a little while (though it doesn’t have a shower, so that wouldn’t last very long).

For 2015 the Yukon XL is fully redesigned with exterior styling changes and interior upgrades. I spent a week driving this luxurious land-cruiser, and I’m back with a full report on my experience.

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan: Minivan legend still going strong in sunset years

Some vehicles come and go and are barely remembered. You could say the opposite is true for the Dodge Grand Caravan. Around for decades, this minivan staple was already supposed to be dead and gone, but has again returned for the 2016 model year.

It’s the cat with nine lives, and I recently got a chance to test the 2016 Grand Caravan to see what it still had to offer as it drives off into the sunset and Chrysler’s more upscale Town and Country becomes the flagship minivan for FCA.

2015 Lexus NX 200t

Lately, it’s all about going smaller, at least in the world of SUVs and crossovers.

As a result, there’s a rush for any automaker without an entry in the compact crossover segment to get into the mix, and this is true on the luxury side of things too.

Lexus is well-represented in almost all styles of vehicles, but their 2015 NX200t is the automaker’s first stab at the compact crossover, smaller than their RX and LX models, and I recently got a chance to put a 2015 Lexus NX200t F Sport model to the test to see how it measures up against the heavyweight competition it faces from Germany (Benz, BMW, etc.) and elsewhere in the luxury world.

 

2015 Ford Edge

Ford has all angles covered in the SUV/crossover arena. Folks looking for a smaller ride can opt for the Escape, those who want three rows can opt for the Explorer, and then there’s the mid-range area -- that’s where the Ford Edge comes in.

The Edge is still two rows, but much more roomy than an Escape. I recently spent a week behind the wheel of an Edge and I’m back with a full report.

2015 Ford Edge

Ford has all angles covered in the SUV/crossover arena. Folks looking for a smaller ride can opt for the Escape, those who want three rows can opt for the Explorer, and then there’s the mid-range area -- that’s where the Ford Edge comes in.

The Edge is still two rows, but much more roomy than an Escape. I recently spent a week behind the wheel of an Edge and I’m back with a full report.

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.

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