Tag: SUVs

Early-2000s Excess Lives on in Oklahoma, Where You Can Still Get Your Hands on a ‘New’ Ford Excursion

The 2000s is not a decade remembered for its achievements in gorgeous vehicle design (Saturn Ion, anyone?), but it was a time that, until the final two years, saw Americans taking advantage of a good economy and low gas prices. A good many of these citizens used their healthy salaries to purchase a symbol of […]

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Rare Rides: Patrol the Desert in This 1989 Nissan Safari

<img data-attachment-id="1667804" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9.jpg" data-orig-size="1280,853" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1989 Nissan Safari" data-image-description=" https://www.ebay.com/itm/1989-Nissan-Safari-4WD-DIesel-Limited-Slip-Diff-/113701916311?oid=113664934284 ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1667804 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-9.jpg 1280w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>The Patrol has forever been Nissan’s answer to the Toyota Land Cruiser, as both brands compete for rough […]

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We’re Almost Sure to See One of Kia’s Two ‘Concept’ SUVs

When your author hears the word “Masterpiece,” his mind conjures up images of a coveted line of K-frame Smith & Wesson revolvers, one of which still exists on the market. Kia’s not thinking about guns, though the themes of toughness, precision, and premium appeal carry over to the automotive world. Masterpiece is the name applied […]

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While Utility Vehicles Are Nowhere Close to Peaking, a Study Reveals Signs of Saturation and Struggle

<img data-attachment-id="1580288" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender.jpg-2.jpeg" data-orig-size="1400,1050" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"1.8","credit":"","camera":"iPhone 7","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1499115273","copyright":"","focal_length":"3.99","iso":"20","shutter_speed":"0.016666666666667","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk" data-image-description=" Image: © Timothy Cain ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender.jpg-2-450×338.jpeg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender.jpg-2-610×458.jpeg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1580288 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender.jpg-2-610×458.jpeg” alt=”2017 Jeep Compass Trailhawk – Image: © Timothy Cain” width=”610″ height=”458″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender.jpg-2-610×458.jpeg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender.jpg-2-75×56.jpeg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender.jpg-2-450×338.jpeg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender.jpg-2-768×576.jpeg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender.jpg-2-120×90.jpeg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FullSizeRender.jpg-2.jpeg 1400w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Let’s get one thing […]

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Dealers Share Details of Ford Bronco Prototype, New Off-road Vehicle Family

<img data-attachment-id="1667062" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ford-Bronco-Blanket-Teaser.jpg" data-orig-size="1280,720" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Ford Bronco Blanket Teaser" data-image-description=" Ford ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ford-Bronco-Blanket-Teaser-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ford-Bronco-Blanket-Teaser-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1667062″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ford-Bronco-Blanket-Teaser-610×343.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ford-Bronco-Blanket-Teaser-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ford-Bronco-Blanket-Teaser-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ford-Bronco-Blanket-Teaser-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ford-Bronco-Blanket-Teaser-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ford-Bronco-Blanket-Teaser-120×68.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ford-Bronco-Blanket-Teaser.jpg 1280w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Dealers got an early look at a prototype build of the upcoming Ford Bronco. Gathered in Palm […]

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Because We Can: The German SUV ‘Coupe’ Scene Now Comprises Three Automakers

Let it never be said that car companies don’t offer people what they want, because, according to sales data, BMW and Mercedes-Benz haven’t sold zero X4s, X6s, GLE Coupes, and GLC Coupes. There is a market for four-door SUVs with steeply raked rears. Just because you don’t want one and hate the erroneous application of […]

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QOTD: Most Overpriced Non-luxury Vehicle of the 1990s?

<img data-attachment-id="1577905" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001.jpg" data-orig-size="1024,682" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="1992 Camry Wagon" data-image-description=" source: http://consumerguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/92812081991001.jpg ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-610×406.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1577905 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-610×406.jpg” alt=”1992 Camry Wagon” width=”610″ height=”406″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-610×406.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001.jpg 1024w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>For the past couple of weeks, Wednesday’s QOTD posts have asked a simple question: What […]

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Fisker Puts Super Sedan Plans on the Back Burner, Hops on the SUV Bandwagon

Everyone’s favourite Danish designer has put his plans for an electric performance sedan on hold, turning his attention instead to an affordable, mass-market electric SUV. Half a century ago, the foremost automotive trend was ordinary family cars stuffed to the gills with huge, fuel-sucking V8s. Today, if you’re not planning a bland, long-range EV with […]

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As Pedestrian Deaths Spike, Safety Group Puts the Spotlight on SUVs

We’ve already told you that, while traffic fatalities dropped in 2017, pedestrians deaths showed the opposite trend. Now, preliminary data from 2018 suggests pedestrians deaths rose to their highest point since 1990 last year, and one group claims high-riding crossovers and SUVs are a big part of the problem. How big? According to the Governors […]

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QOTD: Found Yourself Surprisingly Disappointed?

In last week’s QOTD, we asked you to share the vehicles that pleasantly surprised you after spending some time behind the wheel. Whether your expectations were high or low to start, it’s always nice to recall transportation that impressed. Today we turn in the opposite direction, and talk about cars that left you feeling disappointed. […]

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Fiat Chrysler Goes on a Cash-flinging Spree, Promises $4.5 Billion for Plants, 6,500 Michigan Jobs

Fiat Chrysler’s Tuesday announcement will surely make it the darling among domestic automakers, especially in the eye of a certain American president. To fund the creation of new and next-generation models, most of them Jeeps, FCA is committing $4.6 billion to numerous Michigan plants, $1.6 billion of which will flow to Detroit’s Mack Avenue Engine […]

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What Did the World Buy in 2018? Plenty of SUVs, and 74 Percent More Electrics

Focusing primarily on the U.S. market sometimes leads to a skewed view of what the average global consumer demands in their driveway, but not always. Broader trends don’t respect geographical boundaries; interest in light trucks doesn’t stop at the border. As American buyers increasingly demand more additions to their high-riding vehicle buffet, the same call […]

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Ford Explorer ST to Pack a Sizeable Premium

Ford’s 2020 Explorer dons a new platform and familiar skin when it goes on sale this summer, and buyers looking for peak performance from their midsize SUV had best dig deeper for funds. Compared to the 2019 Explorer Sport, which carries beneath its hood a 365-horsepower Ecoboost motor, fans of the 2020 Explorer ST stand […]

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As Ford Dumps Money on Chicago, the Month-old Ranger Sees Its First Recall

Ahead of production of its all-new 2020 Ford Explorer, Police Interceptor Utility, and Lincoln Aviator at the Chicago Assembly plant, Ford is greasing the wheels with a $1 billion cash injection, adding 500 jobs in the process. The money, destined for both Chicago Assembly and a nearby stamping plant, will ensure three crucial products make […]

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QOTD: Out of Touch, or Out of Time?

On Monday, Matthew Guy asked all of you to nominate vehicles that were ahead of their time. Those rare occasions where vehicles anticipated the desires of consumers, even before said desires were fully formed. Today, we flip it around and talk about Hall and Oates lyrics vehicles which were out of touch or behind the […]

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2019 Honda Passport First Drive – Passport to Sales

Honda really wants to prove that its 2019 Passport five-seat crossover has off-road chops. To that end, it’s possible I had more wheel time on washboard-surfaced gravelly roads than I did on paved surfaces during my day with the newest trucklet on the block. Some of this was by my choice – I chose to […]

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Sixty Years in the Biz: 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition

Eager to celebrate the Land Cruiser’s 60th birthday (in America), Toyota has released preliminary details on the 2020 model year’s Heritage Edition before its official debut at the Chicago Auto Show. While technically an appearance package with a handful of retro-themed clues hinting at the model’s lengthy lifespan, it’s one of the more endearing makeovers in […]

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2020 Lincoln Aviator: Brand’s Sort-of Savior Maxes Out About $10k Below Its Big Brother

Big base power and upscale skin? Check. Available hybrid powertrain for added punch and elevated virtuousness? Affirmative. A price scale that tops the $90k mark on the high end? Also correct. Lincoln’s 2020 Aviator, which rolls onto the lots of jubilant dealers this summer, gives brand faithful and new recruits another midsize option in the […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Three-row, V8 Family SUVs for 2019

The Buy/Drive/Burn series tackled big SUVs in the past, but those were of a distinctly luxurious flavor, costing over $85,000. Today we take a look at three other SUVs, but this time they’re closer to the $50,000 price point. All are from standard, non-luxury brands, have V8 engines, and boast body-on-frame construction. Let’s sort them out. […]

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