Author Archive: Alex Kramer
When it arrived in 2003, the sleek and stylish Nissan Murano was one of the first crossovers to break from the square mold that SUVs have been traditionally cast from. Now that there are relatively few truck-like SUVs remaining, Nissan is pushing the styling envelope forward again with the bold new 2015 Murano.
Volkswagen must have gotten tired of having to answer questions about why it won’t build a true competitor to cars like the WRX STI. Sure, the GTI has always been a brilliant little hot hatch, but it has also been a step behind in terms of sheer speed, and the R32 and previous generation Golf R didn’t spice things up that much. With the new 2015 Golf R, however…
Lexus has a reputation for making vehicles that are comfortable, quiet, safe, reliable, but perhaps a bit boring. Although the company is trying to create a more exciting brand image, through such vehicles as the exotic LFA and the new RC coupe, its bread and butter will continue to be more sensible sedans and crossovers for the foreseeable future.
The Geolander H/T G056 is Yokohama’s long lasting all-season tire designed for small trucks and SUVs. With a 70,000 mile treadwear warranty, this highway terrain tire is engineered to provide years of trouble free driving, as well as exceptional all-weather handling. eBay Motors will be conducting an extended test of the all-season version of the Geolander H/T G056 tires with reports posted at three, six month, and 12 month intervals. Our test mule for this exercise is a trusty 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid.
It’s no secret that car enthusiasts love to hate on SUVs, as most just don’t perform well, especially compared to a well-designed coupe or sedan. Even your modern car-based crossover is just too tall, too heavy, and too likely to be stuck doing carpool duty to warrant any serious consideration from a performance perspective.
If the idea of a mini SUV seems strange, then a high performance mini SUV is just downright weird. This hasn’t stopped Nissan from taking its little Juke and giving it the NISMO treatment, and for this year, there is an even more potent Juke in the form of the NISMO RS.
For years Subaru has marketed the Outback as the go-to vehicle for the outdoor crowd. Although the previous generation, launched in 2010, made the Outback look more like a crossover SUV, for most people the Outback continues to serve as a modern day station wagon, but one with surprising off road capability. The new 2015 Outback continues with the same basic recipe, but offers a few tweaks here and there to help perfect the formula.