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If you’ve got a big group of people, a large load of cargo, a trailer full of fun, or some combination thereof, a sport-utility vehicle (SUV) is often the ideal answer. As the all-wheel-drive adventurer’s tamer of terrain or the parent’s 3-row alternative, today’s SUV assumes a number of identities.

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2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road/Off-Road Premium Models Bow

Further leveraging the marketing potential of its TRD performance brand, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner will add a pair of new model designations in the form of the TRD Off-Road and Off-Road Premium variants. This new duo will slot under the more hard-core 4Runner TRD Pro and replace the current 4Runner Trail and Trail Premium models. Also: Class of 2017 – New Read more...

2018 VW Midsize SUV First Look

In advance of next year’s launch of a new 3-row midsize crossover SUV, Volkswagen invited us on a preview and ride-along of its entry into this highly competitive segment. The as-yet-unnamed SUV is built off VW’s flexible MQB architecture which is also used to underpin the Golf and Jetta and will be manufactured at the automaker’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, Read more...

A replacement for the current 2016 Jeep Patriot and Compass is nearing its launch in Brazil later this year, with versions of the vehicle produced and heading to North American showrooms early next year as a 2018.  This new model will be offered as a single product line with a new name. As such, it will supplant both the more traditional SUV Read more...

Big and Cozy for the Whole Family The Chevrolet Traverse crossover is what you'd get if a full-size SUV sold the boat, settled down and had a family. Its edges have been rounded and its manners domesticated. Instead of ground clearance, off-roading and brute force, its emphasis is on usability, safety and comfort for the entire family -- all eight members, Read more...

Having driven our long-term 2016 Acura MDX on a short road trip to Santa Barbara a few weeks ago, it was a natural choice when a short-notice road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco suddenly appeared on my schedule. The MDX was already a good road tripper in my mind thanks to its numerous driver-assist features. With three kids in the car and twice as Read more...

Since its introduction in 2008, the Chevrolet Traverse crossover SUV has seen its share of updates and refreshes, but in platform years, the Lambda-based architecture is quite long in the tooth. That will be remedied next year when the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse bows featuring major overhaul of the vehicle’s underpinnings. The idea is to Read more...