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2014 Cherokee: 30 Years In The Making

On: Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 1:38PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2014 Cherokee:  30 Years In The Making test 1-1

Since its inception in 1984, the Jeep Cherokee has essentially looked exactly the same for almost its entire life. The tell-tale upright, boxy rectangular 4X4 has exuded nothing but Utilitarian functionality since Journey was all the rage. Even when Jeep officials made a name change from Cherokee to Liberty, they weren't fooling anyone. We know a Cherokee when we see one. Sure, the engines have changed slightly, a few little touch-ups here and there, and Jeep added a few more options over the years, but, if nothing else, Jeep kept it real for the better part of three decades. For its 30th anniversary, however, it seems Jeep wanted to give its second oldest model its first legitimate change of its lifetime.  


First and most obvious is the new Cherokee's redesigned exterior that features a much more aerodynamic, sleeked back look that gives a nod to its bigger Grand Cherokee brethren. Not that it would take too much to look more aerodynamic than the outgoing 90 degree angles of the Liberty, but we digress. The futuristic look will no doubt aggravate and, in some cases, infuriate purists. But, objectively speaking, after eight and a half presidential terms, change is good.


Consumer Reports Lists Best And Worst Used Cars

On: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 9:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

Consumer Reports Lists Best And Worst Used Cars test 1-1

Buying a car, particularly a used model, is a taxing process. Consumer Reports says that it’s getting even harder, thanks to the fact that owners are holding onto their cars longer, resulting in lower supplies. Luckily, Consumer Reports does more than just provide gloomy market forecasts; it makes the buying process a little easier by testing cars and providing recommendations, helping buyers cut through all the market clutter and find what they need. The organization recently released a glimpse at its “Best & Worst Used Cars” list, covering models from 2003 to 2012. The list can serve as a short list of models to shop for or can augment your greater research. 

12 Car Duds To Avoid

On: Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 11:10AM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara test 2

The Consumer Reports Annual April Auto Issue is filled with all kinds of helpful car-buying advice, reports and hints. Within that handy info is a look at the best and worst cars, new and used, to spend your hard earned money on, which includes the "disappointing dozen," 12 new car models that "fail miserably." 

Born Again - 2014 Chevy Impala & 2014 Jeep Cherokee

On: Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 9:50AM | By: Teddy Field

Born Again - 2014 Chevy Impala & 2014 Jeep Cherokee test 1-1

A decade ago, the ‘Retro Craze’ brought us some funk-tastic cars like the New Beetle, the PT Cruiser, and the Chevy SSR. They were hot at the time, but their popularity lasted about as long as Chumbawamba’s. Fortunately, reintroducing an iconic model is now approached with a lot more care, and the 2014 Chevy Impala and 2014 Jeep Cherokee have been reimagined with an eye on future. So let’s look into the disco ball, and see what the future holds for these two iconic rides.


Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster: Simply Breathtaking

On: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:00PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster:  Simply Breathtaking test 1-1

For anyone who has never laid eyes on a Lamborghini, a small piece of advice:  Find one. Sure, pictures are nice, and stats are fun to read, but there is nothing – repeat, nothing that compares to the visual presence of a Lamborghini in living color. If you happen to get your choice of which Lambo to view as your first raging bull, may we suggest the 2013 Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster. Sure, the name is a mouthful, but trust us there will be plenty of room to fill when your jaw drops.  

The Most Important Cars of 2013

On: Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 2:36PM | By: Teddy Field

2013 Ford Fusion  test 2

There are many significant, game changing events in a person’s life.  The birth of a child, meeting that ‘special someone’, getting the job that launches a career. Such events can alter the course of a person’s life. So how do we parallel something as important as the birth of a child, with a story about new cars? Two words: ‘Creative License’.

Top Safety Picks for 2013

On: Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 3:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

2013 Subaru Outback test 2

Last year, the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety introduced the new Top Safety Pick + award, which encompasses the new small overlap frontal test. It announced the first wave of awardees in late 2012, beginning with the mid-size luxury and mid-size moderately priced categories. 

"To qualify for the 2013 Top Safety Pick+ award, vehicles must earn good ratings for occupant protection in at least 4 of 5 evaluations and no less than acceptable in the fifth test," explains the IIHS. In addition to the small overlap test, those evaluation categories are the moderate overlap frontal crash, side impact, rollover test, and evaluation of seat/head restraints in rear impacts.

2014 Grand Cherokee SRT(GR)8!

On: Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 11:31AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2014 Grand Cherokee SRT8 test 2

Since its debut as a 2006 model, the Grand Cherokee SRT8 has been a stupidly awesome idea. Or maybe, it’s been an awesomely stupid idea -- either way, the idea of dropping a company's most powerful V8 into its best selling SUV is nothing short of an American dream. The SRT8 is big, loud, powerful, damn near gaudy, and oh yeah, fast! It has bred a host of competition, mostly from European companies like Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes, all of which are constantly revamping their best big-boy-toys in an effort to claim they own the fastest production SUV on the planet.

Thankfully, Chrysler has retuned America's main representative for 2014 to be better than ever. The newest Grand Cherokee SRT8 is designed to look more aggressive than ever -- and trust us, when you see one coming up in your rearview mirror, you will want to get out of the way quickly. The SRT's bixenon lights are set against a blacked out background, a similarly blacked-out grill draws even more attention to the LED running lights, while the large air ducts and SRT8-specific hood all scream "Move!" Other visual changes include a new rear spoiler, a blacked-out tail light motif to compliment the headlights, and new 20-inch five-spoke rims.

The Winds Of Change: 2013 Chevrolet Equinox

On: Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 12:04PM | By: Teddy Field

2013 Chevrolet Equinox test 2

Not too long ago, Chevrolet wasn’t known for making anything that could be considered refined or competitive on a global scale. Their vehicles were reliable and they were certainly capable of doing what was said on the label, but the overall package left a lot to be desired.

Today, however, things are much different at General Motors. The Soviet-era construction methods have gone the way of Stalin’s statue. In their place are actual quality standards with materials that didn’t originate in a recycling center. The Obama administration likes to take credit for saving General Motors, which they did in a financial sense, but the real reason that GM is still in business has to do with their products. Long before the bankruptcy team arrived, GM had begun modernizing their lineup. And since that’s quite a long process, many of those new cars didn’t hit the market until after the bailout.

2013 Chrysler 300

On: Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:03AM | By: Jon Summers

Chrysler 300 front test 2

When Chrysler launched the 300, in 2004, they took inspiration from the Firearrow concept car of 1954, pictured below -- just compare the front views. Any car designer will tell you the "face" is usually the place where the design begins, the point of inspiration. Many seemed to like the Firearrow look of the ’04 300, but for me it never quite worked. To drive, the old car was OK, but it was plasticky inside, and always left me feeling a little underwhelmed. It was only when I drove the Dodge Charger, built on the same platform, that the design gelled somewhat -- it felt more like a Dodge than a Chrysler -- surprising given that both are based upon then-partner Daimler-Benz’s Mercedes W211 ( E-class ) platform.

M6 Gran Coupe: The Perfect Compromise?

On: Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 4:32PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

M6 Gran Coupe: The Perfect Compromise? test 2

If some is good, more must be better right? Well, maybe. It seems that at least in the minds of BMW execs, that theory has gotten some traction (pun intended). Understandably, BMW figures that if a potential buyer is going to drop a significant sum of cash on a luxury car, it should be exactly what they want. Enter the BMW M6 Gran Coupe -- a perfect halfway point for that indecisive speed freak that just can't decide between an M5 and an M6.    

The M6 Gran Coupe, the newest model to join BMW's M lineup, should quite literally have been badged the M5.5 or perhaps the M5 1/2. It stands to reason that a car that is almost exactly half of two cars should split the difference, at least in our minds. Need more evidence before you support our M5.5 nameplate? No problem. How about the fact that the Gran Coupe does look like an M6 from the rear, but looks suspiciously like an M5 sedan from a profile view, while the front clip could very easily be confused for either or the M5 or M6. Also, consider this: The M6 Gran Coupe sits perfectly on the wheelbase of none other than the M5.