2018 Nissan ARMADA Platinum Reserve – Road Test Review

The new Nissan Armada is looking fresh and dapper — as well as huge — across the more affluent areas of the globe since 2017. Here is a machine that shares every panel with either the Infiniti QX80 or the global Nissan Patrol variant — but still has a fresh face that has the curb appeal of any of the jumbo SUVs in 2018 and beyond.  The new LED DRL lighting style in the headlamps is fresh and standard across the board, while the two-tone paintwork with contrasting fender extensions make a nice, slarry statement. At the end of the day this Armada is an amazing value play for SUV shoppers with pricing from $46k.  It brings the entire platform and luxury cabin refinement of the QX80 while costing a cool $25k less in some cases.  The big Armada is slightly shorter overall than the previous model but makes the …

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2018 Dodge Durango SRT 392 – MEGA Photo Gallery – By Matt Barnes

Check out the rave review of this muscle-truck over here too!   2018 Dodge Durango SRT 392 – Road Test Review + GIFs – By Matt Barnes     2018 Dodge Durango SRT 392 – Road Test Review + GIFs – By Matt Barnes     You May Also Like:2018 Dodge Durango SRT 392 – Road Test Review + GIFs – By Matt Barnes The SRT 392 Durango is by far the best-looking Durango produced to date. The SRT package takes the Durango from mundane to monstrous. As we spent more time with it, the Durango just kept growing on us to the point that we didn’t want to return it. Exterior It’s nice to know that the hood vents and scoop are real and have an actual purpose, something not seen on many vehicles today, performance or otherwise. The SRT 392 sits lower than the standard Durango and has …

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2018 Dodge Durango SRT 392 – Road Test Review + GIFs – By Matt Barnes

The SRT 392 Durango is by far the best-looking Durango produced to date. The SRT package takes the Durango from mundane to monstrous. As we spent more time with it, the Durango just kept growing on us to the point that we didn’t want to return it. Exterior It’s nice to know that the hood vents and scoop are real and have an actual purpose, something not seen on many vehicles today, performance or otherwise. The SRT 392 sits lower than the standard Durango and has a more aggressive stance with wider tires. The black dual racing stripes that run the full length of the vehicle on the White Knuckle paint are what really pronounce that this Durango is unique. Without the stripes, it would be a true sleeper. Red Brembo brake calipers can be seen from behind the 20-inch low gloss black 5-spoke rims. Our test vehicle was equipped …

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2019 Acura MDX Debuts, Brings Nicer Interior, A-Spec Trim To Venerable Nameplate

Following a major refresh that took place back in 2017, Acura’s MDX once again goes under the knife for 2019, and this latest freshening brings several key upgrades to consumers. With the 2019 RDX showcasing Acura’s latest interior design language, the bigger MDX takes a few pages out of its playbook, with noticeably upgraded interior materials. These include higher quality plastics, better leather seats with contrast stitching, and new wood trim selections including Desert Olive Ash accents. Technology and Entertainment package models feature a revised second row, which allows easier access to the third row accommodations. Another key change is the addition of an all new A-Spec variant. Acura is aiming to broaden the appeal of the A-Spec line, and is adding this trim to its utility offerings for the first time ever. Like on the RDX, A-Spec MDXs boast a much more aggressive look that includes a revised front …

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Road Test Review – 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander LE 2.4 S-AWC – By Carl Malek

Let’s face it, crossovers and SUVs have become the new normal for many American families often serving as a replacement for the family sedan (oh how the times have changed.) However, amid the sea of established entries from the likes of Chevrolet, Hyundai, Toyota, and Ford one plucky underdog is still hanging in there, Mitsubishi. The company once known for performance cars (as well as being recently taken over by Nissan) is banking its future on being green, and finally embracing the utility vehicle sales trend. With the Eclipse Cross currently dominating the headlines, can the Asian firm’s other SUV entries still find a way to break through the established elite? or do they fall behind in the grand scheme of things. To find out, we got behind the wheel of one of the members of Mitsubishi’s new LE line of models, the 2018 Outlander LE. The “LE” designation (predictably) …

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Road Test Review – 2018 Dodge Durango SRT 392- Road Test Review – By Carl Malek

In an era where fuel economy and a push for green technology are becoming paramount initiatives in the automotive industry, FCA and its SRT performance brand are still providing customers a lineup of vehicles that aim to defy political correctness, while also pushing the boundaries of performance even further. While the bulk of the spotlight is centered around the growing family of Hellcat powered offerings in its stable, as well as the limited production Dodge Demon, SRT has not forgotten about its other models. One of these is the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT which aims to transform an already competent family hauler into a brutish all star at the track. But can the Durango SRT successfully walk the tight rope between practicality and performance? Or does it lose too many of its core values in the process? The exterior styling of our Octane Red tester is certainly on target when …

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Rolls Royce Unveils Bentayga Fighting Cullinan SUV

Following three years of teasers, speculation, and spy shots, Rolls Royce has at long last unveiled its first ever SUV, the 2019 Rolls Royce Cullinan which aims to bring Bentayga fighting power, luxury, and opulence to the growing elite luxury SUV segment. Taking its name after the largest single diamond ever discovered on the planet, the Cullinan is a symbol of the future for Rolls Royce, which was once known for being exclusively a manufacturer of traditional automobiles. Even Rolls Royce officials realized that there was a sizable profit to be made in SUVs, and have adjusted accordingly by bringing the Cullinan to production. Just don’t call it an SUV in front of Rolls Royce officials, who still insist that their crowning achievement is “an all-terrain high bodied car”versus a mere SUV. The exterior styling of the Cullinan is in short, what would’ve happened if the Phantom sedan was given …

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Road Test Review – 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST – By Carl Malek

Remember when sport SUVS once ruled the automotive landscape? Indeed in the 90’s and early 2000’s there was a period in time when these muscle bound behemoths were the proverbial jewels in the pocket books of the Detroit Big Three. But once gas prices rose, and the economic recession took hold, the segment went out with a whimper, and nearly disappeared. With a new era of cheap oil and a revived interest in SUVs, the segment has bounced back, and has produced a new crop of entries. One of these is the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST, but can this new trim level finally bring some sportiness to this venerable family hauler? Or does it still come up short? At first glance, the exterior styling of our tester certainly looks the part. Like all Tahoes, the motif here is all about being brash and muscular, with the Tahoe proudly flaunting its …

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Tips for Choosing Your Next Family Car

When it comes to choosing a family car, there can be a lot of viewings, test drives and scouring the local magazines trying to find your perfect vehicle. It goes beyond the looks and the comfort to the accessories, optional extras and fuel consumption. Although most new cars are all trying to be fuel efficient, there are still variations between manufacturers. To try and help you decide, here are a few tips on choosing your next family car. Budget With so many choices available the price range for new and used cars can be considerable. For that reason, it’s important that you decide on your budget before you arrive to view the cars. It might be that you see something different when you arrive that captures your interest, but you need to stick to your budget, or you risk financial difficulties. Have an Idea What You Need Before you go …

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