SUV

Not long ago, Land Rover—with its Range Rover and Discovery—held a monopoly on the luxury SUV market. Then Lexus joined the fray in 1996, and before long the competition also included entries from...
Following the theme of rugged elegance set by the Range Rover, the new Land Rover LR3 ( www.landrover.com ) has handsome, squared-off lines and sterling 4x4 credentials that start with permanent four...
The Porsche Cayenne is shrinking, and its sibling, the Volkswagen Touareg, is growing. Porsche will release a downsized, V-6 version of its SUV before year’s end, a move sure to further distress...
Building an SUV might not have seemed an obvious choice for Porsche; when announced, the news prompted head-scratching, even amid the extreme vogue for SUVs. (Lamborghini did set a precedent in the...
While the term “sport-utility vehicle” (and its ubiquitous acronym) entered our national lexicon barely 15 years ago, the concept of four-wheel-drive vehicles combining off-road capability with...
Becker Automotive Design clients usually make three requests. They want a vehicle that does not look ostentatious, does not create resentment, and gets the green light from their personal security...
Being in the Volkswagen Touareg is like relaxing in your house: Everything is exactly how and where you want it. Switches are aligned perfectly with your hand. Electronic displays and chrome-rimmed...
The audacious styling of the space-age Infiniti FX45 might prompt many to think that the production SUV is a concept car. Its bold, toothy prow, hunched hindquarters, and oversize 20-inch wheels seem...
For all of the braggadocio exhibited by its muscle-bound, boxlike exterior, the Hummer H2’s interior is surprisingly modest: no hand-stitched leather, no wooden steering wheel, no audiophile sound...
Canepa Design has transformed the oversize Tonka truck known as the Hummer H2 into the $100,000 Canepa Hummer H2. An application of a monochromatic paint scheme tones down the H2’s assortment of...
If the Porsche Cayenne Turbo did not have a 450-hp engine, if it did not possess a 165-mph top speed, and if it could not outrun every SUV and most sports cars on the planet, it would still be the...
The civility of the $48,310 Lincoln Navigator is evident before you even set foot in the SUV. When you open any of the Navigator’s doors, running boards automatically and graciously deploy to aid in...
I had planned to spend my first afternoon in Jerez de la Frontera basking in the Spanish sun, sipping sherry finos at an outdoor tapas bar, and strolling leisurely through the ancient Moorish palaces...
With the notable exception of Dr. Porsche’s work on Hitler’s Beetle, the Porsche name has always been synonymous with one thing: sports cars. The company nurtured this tightly focused brand identity...
While many porschephiles are upset about the new Cayenne SUV, their ire is not focused on any shortcomings that the vehicle might exhibit. Instead, they decry its very existence. The Cayenne is...
Comfortable Discretion Becker Automotive Design’s leather-lined Ford Excursions are equipped with every necessary office tool and every entertainment device possible, but from the outside, they look...
The X5 driving school at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, S.C., offers a unique experience: an actual opportunity to drive an SUV off-road. During the one-day course, instead of cruising...

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