2019 Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept – EV SUV Debut Gallery

This new QX Inspiration from Infiniti takes a few minutes to really sink in.  At first glance the design is just impossibly puffy and rounded. Marshmallows come to mind. But spend a few more taps in the slideshow.  You discover really cool proportions, surface detailing and LED executions.  And this is all just the outside! THe cabin is perhaps more special.  Very sumptuous and inviting even in photos.  This is a luxury car cabin that beckons — and that is not always the case with Infiniti’s sterile German rivals. 2019 Infiniti QX Inspiration Concept – EV SUV Debut Gallery You May Also Like:Infiniti Sheds More Light On Q Inspiration Concept When we last met Infiniti’s NAIAS bound concept car, we got a glimpse of its front fascia, but Infiniti kept other details (including its name) under wraps. A new teaser photo released earlier today sheds light on the rear fascia, …

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2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL 1.5T S-AWC – Road Test Review – By Ben Lewis

What’s in a name? Well, if you’re Mitsubishi, that’s a good question. Until recently, the company has kind of languished in the market place, with fewer dealers and a small line-up of vehicles. All of that changed recently with the purchase of Mitsu by Nissan. Deep pockets, advanced engineering, and massive resources mean good things ahead for the brand. There are a couple names that do stand out, Evo – the high-performance rally-bred four-door sedan that’s a legendary giant-killer in performance circles. No longer in production. And then there’s Eclipse, an equally legendary front wheel and all-wheel drive sport coupe of the early 90’s. Another giant killer, and also no more. Now we have the new Eclipse Cross. A modern sport coupe to take on the world? Uh, no. But a very nice small SUV/Crossover worthy of your attention. Ready to pounce on traffic? First impression of the new Eclipse …

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2018 Ford EcoSport 2.0L Titanium AWD – Road Test Review w/ Drive Video

You’re looking at one of the best surprises of the year in the car world. Yep, this little fella here! The new EcoSport is the entry-level SUV in the Ford range moving forward – and you might have seen one on the road without realizing it. We definitely let out a few giggles on first sight but really came to like the machine after a few days on the road.  Yes, tiny.  But so current with tech and the drive experience is very perky in city traffic. What we have here is the first true supermini sport-ute!   That means you could almost park it like a Smart in most city parking spaces. Perhaps not that small, this machine has a $20k base sticker and charm for days. We have a full drive review with Exterior, Interior, Performance, and Pricing sections.  Oh, and a fun drive video too! Performance Drive Video …

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2019 Jeep Cherokee Limited 4×4 – Road Test Review – By Ben Lewis

It’s amazing what legendary heritage can do for your ride. We had some rain this last week – actual, pouring rain in SoCal! – that created floods, mudslides, and nasty driving conditions. But we weren’t worried in the least. We were driving a 2019 Jeep Cherokee. Yes, there are probably lots of capable foul-weather,crappy-condition vehicles, but when the going gets tough, it’s reassuring to be behind the brand that’s always meant “I’ll get you there”. And when you advertise that you’re “The Most Capable SUV” in your segment, you should have the goods to back it up. A Grander Cherokee The first thing about the 2019 model is a pretty serious facelift, bringing the Cherokee into line with the more upscale Grand Cherokee model, and giving it a more commanding presence. It also addresses some criticism of the previous design as being too polarizing. An all-new front end includes a …

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2018 Honda CR-V 1.5T AWD Touring – Road Test Review – By Ben Lewis

It’s amazing how time flies in the auto industry. Especially in the compact SUV segment. We tested the all-new 2017 CR-V less than a year ago, but it’s got loads of competitors nibbling at its heels, from an all-new Subaru Forester, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and Toyota RAV4 plus a heavily-revised Jeep Cherokee. And don’t forget the Nissan Rogue Sport, Hyundai Kona and other ilk, that are a little smaller, but still in the hunt. How you holdin’ up? Being such a competitive segment, most manufacturers seem willing to be more expressive in their styling – you don’t want to be lost in the crowd. In that crowd, the CR-V still looks great, but where it felt edgy last year, it’s migrated over to the more conservative side of the party. Not a problem though, we like it looking more upscale and stylish, vs outdoorsy and rugged. Being a top of …

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Honda Formally Unveils Passport SUV, Revives Legendary Nameplate For A New Generation Of Buyers

Honda is a company of many talents, but the one thing it lacked for the longest time was a proper mid-size two row crossover to slot between the CR-V and the larger Pilot SUV. The Japanese auto giant has punched its figurative passport so to speak, and has unveiled the model that will take it to this vaunted chunk of the CUV progress, the 2019 Honda Passport. At first glance, the Passport is indeed what it appears to be, a shrunken Honda Pilot, with the distinctively Pilot themed nose adding to that theme. However, the stance is perkier, and lacks a lot of the more mundane elements that define the Pilot. With the Passport targeting rivals such as the Ford Edge, Nisan Murano, and even the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Passport thankfully ignores the themes generated by the first two, and instead embodies some of the Jeep’s mojo in wearing …

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First Drive Review – 2018 Hyundai Kona EV Ultimate – By Carl Malek

With the recent pummeling that much of the tech market has endured on Wall Street in recent months, it’s comforting to know that things are still going strong in the electric vehicle segment. Once regarded as mere science experiments over 20 years ago, the EV has rapidly emerged as a leading force in the broader automotive marketplace. This is mainly due to the emergence of Tesla, but other automakers have followed suit, and have developed EV entries of their own to try and follow Tesla’s rapid rise to success in this arena. Hyundai’s Kona EV aims to be the latest star in this rapidly growing market, but can the electrified Kona truly standout against EV heavyweights like Tesla? Or is Hyundai still behind the curve when it comes to this particular segment. To find out, Hyundai invited us to spend some time behind the wheel of the Kona EV at …

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2019 Subaru ASCENT Premium – Road Test Review – By Ben Lewis

We’ve always admired that Subaru stays true to its roots. A clever mix of marketing and engineering makes Subie owners set apart from the crowd. And in an age where so many brands seem to offer similar products, that difference is a fresh and welcome breeze. That said, Subaru doesn’t operate in a vacuum – they have to offer vehicles that buyers want. A perfect example is the 3-row crossover. Right now, that 7-passenger capability is a hot ticket, and we’ve seen everything from the new VW Tiguan to Kia Sorento stepping up to snag a bite of that apple. One Giant Step for Subaru Enter the Ascent, Subaru’s all-new, family-size, 3-row SUV. And as a matter of fact, the largest Subaru ever offered for sale. We should note that it’s not the maker’s first whack at the segment way back in 2008 they introduced the Tribeca. More of a …

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2018 Lexus RX450h – Road Test Review – By Matt Barnes

The 2018 Lexus RX has always been a big seller for Lexus, and the new version is the best one yet. All variants of the mid-size luxury SUV use a 3.5 liter V-6, but the 450h (hybrid) model adds a small battery and three electric motors. There is also a new long version that has been stretched a little over four inches to accommodate 3rd row seating. Like all Lexus vehicles, the RX 450h has high quality interior materials, a quiet ride and smooth braking and steering. Does the hybrid RX really deliver luxury-car feel and econo-car mileage? The V-6 powers only the front wheels. One electric motor assists the front wheels, one drives the rear wheels and a third is used to generate electricity from the gas engine. While the power ratings aren’t up much from RX350, the electric motors and CVT do make the acceleration feel strong no …

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