Suzuki Samurai
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The 90s Scandal Consumer Reports Hopes You Forgot About

The automotive world is no stranger to scandals. Some are the result of genuine product flaws or company misrepresentation, such as with Takata’s airbags and Volkswagen’s diesel vehicles. Others, though, like Audi’s unintended acceleration debacle, stemmed from driver error as much as product design. Which begs the question: which category does the Consumer Reports scandal …

1993 Mitsubishi Montero
Trucks & SUVs

What’s the Worst Year for the Mitsubishi Montero?

If you prefer your off-road classic SUVs with a touch more modernity, it’s tough to get more capable than a Mitsubishi Montero (aka Pajero). These 90s Mitsubishi SUVs are rising in popularity, and if you can’t find one in the US, there are a bunch waiting to be imported at reasonable prices. Although the homologation …

Jeep Wrangler parked on a mountain top after adventuring all day
Trucks & SUVs

How Reliable Is the Jeep Wrangler?

When you think of Jeep, the Wrangler is probably one of the first cars that come to mind. This popular model was recently redesigned for 2018. It has fresh exterior styling and an updated interior as well. What hasn’t changed is the Wrangler’s excellent off-roading ability. However, even hardcore Jeep fans will tell you that …

2020 Suzuki S-Cross | Suzuki
Trucks & SUVs

Why Can’t We Get The S-Cross In The US?

With the US being the second-largest vehicle market in the world you would think we would get every kind of SUV. But no, we don’t. A case in point is the S-Cross SUV, also known as the SX4. The S-Cross is an SUV crossover made by Suzuki. We know that Suzuki flew the coop in …

Jay Leno 1968 Ford Bronco SEMA | Ford-00
Trucks & SUVs

Will The New Bronco Have A V8?

Ford is aiming the sale of the new Bronco to specific enthusiasts within and without the off-road world. There are many ways it can appeal to enthusiasts depending on which ones it targets. One of those targets is those that see and feel nostalgia for the Bronco. For that group, there is only one type …

Trucks & SUVs

Fiat Chrysler And iPhone Manufacturer Join Forces In China

Fiat-Chrysler has been slow to embrace the EV hysteria auto manufacturers are racing to enter. Companies are spending billions of dollars in EV and autonomous development while Fiat Chrysler stands mute. But now for long. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. is establishing a joint venture with Fiat Chrysler to build electric vehicles. The Taiwanese company …

2020 Toyota 4Runner Limited
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Will a 3rd Row SUV Fit in My Garage?

This is it, you have your new three-row SUV, with all sorts of room for activities. You get it home, and try to park it in the garage—but, oh no, it doesn’t fit. With how big SUVs and trucks have gotten, it’s not uncommon to find owners of F-150s and Silverados who can’t park their …

2021 GMC Yukon AT4
Trucks & SUVs

Redesigned 2021 GMC Yukon Denali Is Better Than You Imagine

Right off the bat, we’re grateful to GMC that it didn’t take on the styling aspects of its sibling Silverado for the all-new Yukon. Without the mish-mosh of zig-zagged styling exhibited by the Silverado the all-new 2021 GMC Yukon looks like a new generation of the short-wheelbase SUVs. Without the distraction of the overly busy …

2020 Toyota Sequoia on-road
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Which 3rd Row SUVs Are the Most Reliable?

While reliability (strangely) doesn’t appear in the top list of brand loyalty factors, it’s undeniably important to consumers. SUV owners wouldn’t hold onto their vehicles for so long if they couldn’t stand up to daily abuse. 3rd row SUVs especially need to be reliable, as they’re often used to transport families, although minivans are arguably …

1971-80 International Scout II
Trucks & SUVs

International Scout IIs Are Climbing In Value And Collectibility

The Bronco always gets the credit as the first four-wheel-drive SUV. But in reality, it was the International-Harvester Scout that actually was the first. And while those first-generation Scouts were good off-roaders, the second-gen is an exceptional example. Manufactured from 1971-1980 the Scout II was offered in different configurations with a multitude of interior and …

The 2020 Subaru Outback on display at AutoMobility LA
Trucks & SUVs

Do All Subarus Come With All-Wheel Drive?

Subaru has been building quality vehicles for many years now, and impressed critics with its 2019 lineup. Each model received rave reviews for its performance, safety ratings, and stylish looks.  What many consumers love about Subaru is the fact that each model comes standard with all-wheel drive. So why does Subaru choose to go with …

1949 Mustang Whale
Trucks & SUVs

Yes, There Really Was A Mustang Teardrop SUV in 1948

There once was another Mustang. Way before the Ford Mustang we know and love. It, too, was an SUV just like the recently revealed Mustang Mach E. And it started in 1948, over 15 years before the Ford version. In fact, Ford was sued over the name because of this car. Back in 1948 a …

Trucks & SUVs

It’s Official: Hummer Returns As All-Electric SUV

The rumors about the Hummer brand returning to GM have been flying around for months. It seemed a bit ludicrous that GM would add another brand to its portfolio. So many vehicle companies are cutting brands to consolidate messaging or lessen buyer overload. But now it is confirmed that the Hummer gas-guzzling brand is returning.  …

1952 Plymouth Suburban
Trucks & SUVs

Chevrolet Wasn’t the Only One that Made a Suburban

Although the latest Chevrolet Suburban’s styling can be an acquired taste to some, there’s no doubt the SUV has staying power. In addition to the good safety rating and long list of standard features, the Suburban now comes with independent rear suspension. While the smaller Tahoe has higher Consumer Reports reliability scores, the Suburban holds …

Jeep Grand Cherokee on display at a car dealership
Trucks & SUVs

Looks Like Trouble For Both Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee

What’s happening to the Jeep Cherokee and Wrangler? SUVs are the hottest vehicle made today, but Cherokee sales are way off. Has it lost the magic it has held for so many years? In 2018 it hit almost 240,000 units sold. For 2019? Only a bit over 190,000. That’s a 20% slide in 2019. In …

2019 Lamborghini Urus ST-X | Lamborghini-
Trucks & SUVs

Diverging Lamborghini Urus SUVs Forecast Future Supercars

Lamborghini is not resting on its laurels. It will expand the Urus SUV in very divergent paths toward the future. One path will be racing, which will happen in 2020. The other isn’t surprising, but it shows how Lambo sees the future. The 2020 Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Final is happening in Misano, Italy, at …

2020 Aston Martin DBX SUV | Aston Martin-0
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Aston Martin’s Grim Outlook Depends On 2020 DBX SUV

For Aston Martin 2019 was not kind. While we wait for the arrival of the DBX SUV Aston’s grim annual profit was cut in half in 2019. Now it says it’s “reviewing planning for 2020” while it is in talks with investors looking for potential equity investment. Canadian billionaire and Formula One team owner Lawrence …

Ford's premiere three-row SUV, the Ford Explorer
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Consumer Reports Says to Avoid This Three-Row SUV

There are a lot of good reasons that crossovers and SUVs are becoming more and more popular for consumers looking for a new vehicle. They offer more versatility, more space for storage as well as passengers, and they’re generally more powerful than smaller passenger cars. And if there is one thing to look for in …

The Toyota 4Runner on display at the 108th Annual Chicago Auto Show
Trucks & SUVs

How Safe Is the Toyota 4Runner?

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner is a rugged, venerable midsize SUV that has been in production since the early ’80s. For good or for bad, this off-roader has seen relatively few major changes in recent years. But is the Toyota 4Runner up to date on safety? The IIHS and NHTSA, two important automotive safety organizations, have …