The sides of today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Grand Wagoneer have gone from mighty oak to faded driftwood. That’s just part of the patina that covers this classic 4X4, let’s see if its price makes lifting the veil worth the effort.
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Last year Toyota started making noise about setting a land speed record for SUVs in a Land Cruiser... a solid-axle elephant of a vehicle that weighs close to three tons. It only took a few minor tweaks, like dialing the engine up to 2,000 horsepower, but Toyota snatched a new speed record with a 230.2 mph pass.
The Chevy Tahoe RST has GM’s excellent enormous V8, Brembo brakes, Magnetic Ride and a dechrome treatment. Sounds like a solid SUV with just enough athletic pretenses to be entertaining. It’s just a little hard to see through all that tire smoke the Jeep Trackhawk’s making.
Land Rover has officially resurrected the “Velar” name, which is what the OG Range Rover prototype was called back in 1969. The 2017 Range Rover Velar will be a little bigger than the Evoque, a little smaller than the Sport, and ostensibly essentially a different take on the Jaguar F-Pace.
Claire is a member of wilderness rescue team and needs a big SUV to take her family out into nature. Despite living in an affluent area, she does not want a status machine. She has up to ten grand to spend on something simple, rugged and reliable. What car should she buy?
We get it Dodge, big engines in everything. The company started committing this schtick when it revived the Charger a decade ago and frankly, I’m surprised it took this long to make a monster version of the Dodge Durango. But here we finally are: six seats, 4.4 seconds to 60 mph. Get ready to clean a lot of Cheerios…
You probably figured the 550-horsepower Range Rover Sport SVR could make a quick 0-to-62 time on pavement. But what about snow? Or the beach? Land Rover was curious too, and proud enough of the results to share them with the world.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has big plans for its Jeep brand. (Still.) But after announcements about new factories and models, there seems to be some confusion about the Wagoneer, and whether or not it’s “Grand.” The answer is, yes, there is a plan for a new Jeep Grand Wagoneer. And a Wagoneer.
Left is up, backwards is starboard, and nothing makes sense to me anymore because apparently the Lamborghini Urus SUV is not only still coming to life, but it’s going to be available as a plug-in hybrid.
Beloved British car writer and collector Harry Metcalfe has added one hell of a vehicle to his garage: one of the ten Land Rover Defender SVX monster trucks made for that mountain chase scene in the last James Bond movie Spectre. Lucky for us, Metcalfe’s taking the opportunity to crawl all over it with a camera.
The Ford EcoSport has finally arrived in America to give us a Kia Soul/Jeep Renegade-sized compact SUV with Ford’s signature Aston Martin-esque trapezoidal grille. And a fun tailgate that swings open from the side, not the top. When was the last time you saw that?
Land Rovers are lovely, Jeeps are cool and International Scouts are obviously sweet. But the Toyota Land Cruiser is, always and forever, the gold standard in off-road capability and rough-country survivability. Getting one to pass 220 MPH is pretty far out of its wheelhouse though.
This month Toyota registered a trademark for “FT-4X” as a name for a car or truck. In Toyota language, “FT” (Future Toyota) identifies it as a concept vehicle. As for “4X,” what else but four-wheel drive? Perhaps, if we follow this trail of crumbs, the company is reconsidering its position on an FJ Cruiser-style…
A new Range Rover-rivaling Jeep Grand Wagoneer has been teased and rumored for some five years now. But today we finally have a glimpse of what Fiat Chrysler’s ultra-lux SUV will actually look like: chunky, mean, and much larger than the Grand Cherokee.
The neon-colored explosion of bad taste known as the SEMA show in Las Vegas is just around the corner, and so are the legions of absurd and delightful tuner cars that will be showing off alternate-universe versions of actual cars. Like, you know, this 1,040 horsepower rear-drive Hyundai Santa Fe.
It’s pretty obvious what the design mandate for the 2017 Jeep Compass must have been: “make it look like a little Grand Cherokee.” And it worked. It really worked. One of the least-relevant nameplates in SUVs has a whole new lease on life going into next year.
The Chevy Equinox—wait, keep reading! It happens to be the second-best selling General Motors product so far this year, right behind the unstoppable Silverado. And if it really can hit GM’s claim of 40 MPG now with your family and all the shit they need to carry, it suddenly seems a lot more interesting.