SUV

Scheduled at press time for a February launch in the United States, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG ( www.mbusa.com ) is as solid as a pillbox but styled with typical AMG flair. The 2012 edition of...
SPORT, UTILITY, AND VALUE The Grand Cherokee SRT8 seems poised to intimidate the proliferation of luxury SUVs from Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Range Rover. At half the price of its competitors,...
If Ferrari can be moved to design a station wagon and Porsche pressured into offering a sedan and a hybrid supercar, then it should startle no one to learn that Range Rover has built an SUV that is...
Attend any auto show around the world and you will find concept vehicles that defy automotive conventions and stereotypes. However, many of these cars never make it into production because most...
Staring out at an open expanse of sandstone slabs on the back trails of Moab, Utah, I was reminded of the only steadfast rule when it comes to off-roading: if you’re planning to conquer the great...
Chrysler has brought its Jeep brand into the high-performance SUV ring with the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 ( www.drivesrt.com ). On a par with Germany’s best SUVs and priced from $55,300, the SRT8...
To comprehend the motivation for the Maserati Kubang , unveiled as a production-aimed “concept” at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, one need look no further than Stuttgart, Germany, where Porsche’s...
The crossover sport-utility segment is a favorite for families and active sorts who want practicality delivered in a more attractive and engaging package than so-called mommy vans or that near-...
When you have been building a generally peerless, certainly palatial off-road icon for four decades, what better way to celebrate its big 4-0 than by creating the ultimate edition of that vehicle?...
Like Hatfields taking shots at a McCoy solely because he is a McCoy, many Porsche 911 owners have been mercilessly peppering the Cayenne with verbal bird shot—and worse—since the SUV arrived on the...
When looking at the exterior of the new BMW X5 xDrive50i ( www.bmw.com ), it is difficult to find anything that distinguishes the vehicle from the 2007 to 2010 model-year X5s. But slip into the...
In the oversize-SUV category that includes the Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon, and Lincoln Navigator, to name three, the best of the biggest is the Infiniti QX56 ( www.infiniti.com ). The seven-seat, $...
Fifteen years ago, Jonathan Ward saw enough beauty in the beat-up bodies of vintage Toyota Land Cruisers to launch TLC, a Van Nuys, Calif., company that restored and serviced the off-road vehicles.
The Land Rover Range Rover sits at the top of the luxury SUV segment as one of the only vehicles on the road today that offers both a handsomely styled interior and exterior, and bona fide off-road...
Despite Audi’s recent efforts with clean-diesel engines in the A3 TDI and Q7 TDI models, the German luxury brand will soon offer a whole new type of alternative power train in the States with the...
As the automotive world searches for the ultimate alternative to gasoline-fueled engines, the big three premium German automakers ( Audi, BMW , and Mercedes-Benz ) continue to build a case for clean...
The Cadillac Escalade is the standard-bearer for a uniquely American brand of opulence: It’s substantial, swift, and silent, with bold good looks and acres of chrome. Becker Automotive is an American...
The BMW X6 M might just be the most misunderstood vehicle on the road today. Judges at last year’s Robb Report Car of the Year event placed the high-performance sports-activity coupe (as BMW refers...
Just as you should never judge a book by its cover, you should never judge a car solely on its...
Just as you should never judge a book by its cover, you should never judge a car solely on its styling. Although BMW calls this a Sports Activity Coupe, most drivers will likely have their own idea...
Progress: It’s a beautiful thing. To wit, the all-new 2011 Infiniti QX56 is larger, quieter, and more sumptuous than its predecessor. Its engine is 25 percent more powerful yet delivers 10 percent...
Built as a better handling road-going Cayenne, the GTS offers a manual transmission option but the automatic Tiptronic S is a much better fit. The Cayenne will never be as lithe and rewarding to...
Based on the Cayenne S, the Transsyberia-edition Porsche SUV will be limited to 600 units in the U.S. The Cayenne will never be as lithe and rewarding to drive as the company’s sports cars, but in...
With its upgraded power output, the Cayenne S is fit to handle any terrain full speed ahead. The Cayenne will never be as lithe and rewarding to drive as the company’s sports cars, but in Turbo guise...
The Cayenne will never be as lithe and rewarding to drive as the company’s sports cars, but in Turbo guise, it is every bit as fast. Porsche’s ultimate assault on the off-road arena is the impressive...
Equal parts sport and utility; the Cayenne Turbo S is the ultimate expression of a Porsche SUV. The Cayenne will never be as lithe and rewarding to drive as the company’s sports cars, but in Turbo...
A turbocharged engine provides the Cayenne Turbo with enough power to rival some sports cars. The Cayenne will never be as lithe and rewarding to drive as the company’s sports cars, but in Turbo...
The limited-production Cayenne GTS PD Edition 3 is to Porsche’s SUV family what the GT3 is to the 911. The Cayenne will never be as lithe and rewarding to drive as the company’s sports cars, but in...
For those who do not need the AMG variant, the ML550 provides plenty of power without displacing comfort. But in order to keep up with its GL-Class brethren, not to mention high-powered versions of...
Although this is available only as a lease through Mercedes-Benz, it shows that the manufacturer is thinking outside of the standard SUV box. And in order to keep up with its GL-Class brethren, not...

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