Crossovers Designed for Off-Roading

by Chris Chase Crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) were originally conceived to capitalize on the popularity of truck-like SUVs while offering car-like fuel economy and driving feel. In the last few years, though, automakers have started building off-road-friendly CUV options that bridge the gap between comfortable daily drivers and rugged SUVs. If a crossover with some

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Mid-Sized Pickups with Lowest Maintenance and Repair Costs

by Chris Chase Mid-size pickup trucks have become more popular in the last few years. In part, that’s because these trucks offer useful towing and hauling capability, but in a smaller vehicle that’s easier to manage in daily driving than a full-size model. Some buyers downsize in a bid to save some cash. But with

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Most and Least Reliable Brands

by Chris Chase Mazda, Toyota and Lexus make today’s most reliable vehicles, according to the results of Consumer Reports’ (CR) latest predicted reliability ranking, published in late November. This annual evaluation is based on data that CR collects in its survey of owners. Those drivers are asked to rate how satisfied they are with 17

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Used Performance SUVs

By Chris Chase When SUVs and crossovers first became popular as vehicles for daily driving, they were aimed mostly at buyers seeking off-road or all-weather traction and the general utility that comes with a larger, boxier vehicle. But as utility vehicle sales began to outpace those of cars, automakers realized there was an appetite for

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Car Names Revived

by Chris Chase In a perfect world, every vehicle a car maker launched would be an overnight success and the name attached to it would become a cultural touchstone. That doesn’t happen often, but it does happen, and not just to rarefied performance or luxury models. The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, for example, are

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2020 Jeep Gladiator Review

By Chris Chase –  Rating 3.1/5 Some vehicles are designed to appeal to a wide range of shoppers. Others, like the Jeep Gladiator, go after a very specific set of buyers — in this case, Jeep fans who have supposedly been clamoring for a pickup based on the Wrangler off-roader. This is Jeep’s first pickup

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