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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Well, you haven’t got much choice. But – sometimes – that’s not a bad thing. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, for instance. It is one of just a few (one of just two, really) “mid sized” SUVs that actually is mid-sized (allegedly “mid-sized” models like the Chevy Tahoe are full-size and models like the Suburban are…

2017 Nissan Armada

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Well, they all do it. Sell lesser – and nicer – versions of their big SUVs. For less – and more – money. GM has the Chevy Tahoe… and the GMC Yukon. There’s the Cadillac Escalade, too. Same basic thing, sold three different ways- each progressively fancier and (of course) more expensive. The Tahoe, for…

2017 Hyundai Sante Fe

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What makes Crest better than Colgate? Pity the copywriter whose job it is to come up with … something. And the car journalist whose job it is to explain what makes crossover A superior to crossover B. The theme song from Weeds plays… . But, every now and then, they throw you a bone. Something…

2017 Mercedes C300

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Conan told us what is best in life:  Crush enemies, see them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women. It’s a good description of the Mercedes C coupe. Which can be ordered with engines ranging from a turbo four to a turbo V8 – with a twin turbo V6 in the middle. Horspower…

2017 Mazda CX-9

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Which major car company only sells four cylinder-powered cars? The answer is surprising. It’s Mazda. It’s surprising because Mazda is the “zoom zoom” brand – and four cylinder engines are not generally known for having much of that. Particularly when installed in a full-size (three row) crossover SUV like the CX-9. It is the only…

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

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Give ’em credit for not giving up. Chrysler – the company that invented the things – is the last of the Big Three to still have a minivan in its lineup. GM and Ford long ago said to hell with it – ceding this market to the Japanese (and Koreans). Which the Honda Odyssey and Toyota…

2017 Kia Sportage

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It is no easy task to find something worth telling you about crossover A vs. crossover B. Usually, it’s like trying to put together 2,000 words describing the difference between a green M&M and a red M&M.    But Kia gave me something to work with here. A couple things, actually. First, power. Unlike the…

2017 BMW M2

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Speed is not – contrary to the saying – always just a question of money. Sometimes, you get to pay less to go just as fast. And get some other worthwhile things, too. In the BMW M2 coupe, for instance. It’s just as quick as the very similar in shape and layout but slightly larger…

2017 Honda Ridgeline

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Everything makes a comeback. The El Camino, for instance. Only today it’s called the Ridgeline – and Chevy doesn’t make it. Honda does. But it’s the same thing, basically: A car with a pick-up bed Better, in some ways. Because it has four doors instead of just two, no driveline hump dividing the floorpan in…

2017 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

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I was suspicious, too. “Trail-rated” rated Jeeps have – up to now  – always been real-deal Jeeps. Longitudinal engine (front to back, not transverse/sideways-mounted) and (most important of all) rear-wheel-drive-based, with a real-deal part-time 4WD transfer case and 4WD Low range gearing. Not front-wheel-drive-based, with an available light-duty all-wheel-drive system and no two-speed transfer case. They’ve also never…