by Chris Chase For the final instalment in our series of articles about buying a used compact luxury SUV, we’re examining the “other” half of the European slice of this vehicle segment. While BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo helped establish the compact luxury SUV category, later entries from Land Rover, Porsche, Jaguar, and Alfa Romeo... Read More.
In the sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment’s early days, they were some of the least fuel-efficient mainstream models you could buy, as many of them were based on truck platforms. A move toward crossover SUV models that share underpinnings with cars helped reduce their fuel consumption, making them cheaper to run and boosting their popularity.... Read More.
by Chris Chase These days, few vehicle segments are more competitive than the compact luxury crossover SUV class. These models are popular for combining refinement, performance and practicality with accessible prices. The dominant entries come from European and Japanese brands, while North America’s luxury automakers are more recent converts. And all of those companies now... Read More.
The compact sedan class is smaller than it used to be, thanks to the continued popularity of small crossover models. But the cars themselves, while fewer in number, are better than ever. Most come standard with comfort and convenience features you would have paid extra for in the past, and some are as roomy inside... Read More.
by Chris Chase SUVs and crossovers have become so common that it’s easy to forget these vehicles were originally created to be utilitarian above all else. But despite many SUVs having evolved into stylish and refined daily drivers, you should still be able to expect some utility from them. If generous interior space is at... Read More.
So you’re a family driver ready to ditch your aging minivan for a trendier SUV model, but you’re nervous about how much your fuel costs will increase. That’s a valid concern: SUVs and crossovers are often criticized for being less efficient than the minivans and sedans that once dominated the family-car market.However, if you shop... Read More.
Convertibles have long been objects of automotive desire, and in the 2000s automakers saw an opportunity to combine the romance of open-top driving with the refinement of a fixed roof in convertibles with folding hardtops. The retractable hardtop trend was not limited to any one country’s auto industry. The segment was dominated by domestic and... Read More.
by Lori Straus With so many options out there these days, finding the best pickup truck, whether for work or play, can seem like a daunting task. You may have your favorite brand, but many brands have multiple models, each with advantages and disadvantages, depending on your needs. In this blog post, we’ll summarize a... Read More.
As some mainstream automakers phase out cars in favour of more popular utility models, they’re shifting their sporty vehicle focus onto crossovers aimed at enthusiastic drivers. So far, Ford has been among the brands most keen to add on-road performance to their SUVs, with ST versions of the mid-sized Edge and Explorer. Hyundai will be... Read More.
In the first two instalments in our high-versus-low series comparing similar mainstream and upscale vehicles, we pitted pairs of new vehicles against each other. This time, we’re switching our focus to the used-vehicle marketplace. In this matchup, our “high” option is the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, a compact wagon that packaged some of the brand’s upscale touches... Read More.