Review: 2006 Isuzu i-350

Go to MYRIDE.COM for more car videos. After a five-year hiatus, Isuzu brings a compact pickup back into its lineup with the 2006 i-Series. There are two versions of this midsize pickup: the i-280 extended cab and the i-350 crew cab. Both are heavily based on General Motors' most recent compact pickup design used for the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. (There's precedence for this badge engineering - the old Isuzu Hombre pickup, honored with one of the more interesting names in auto-land, was based on the Chevrolet S-10.)

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Review: 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe
Go to MYRIDE.COM for more car videos. Driving the 2007 Chevy Tahoe along Virginia's winding two-lanes hooked us. After leaving behind the traffic and congestion of the Washington Beltway, the rural countryside revealed the superior driving dynamics of a conveyance mired in the social consciousness of size, fuel economy and crash compatibility. Thanks to a complete redesign, the 2007 Tahoe is space efficient, gets better fuel economy, and is engineered to be more crash-compatible with traditional passengers cars. Suddenly, out there cruising the Virginia back country, the completely redesigned 2007 Tahoe made all the sense in the world.





Review: 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer
Go to MYRIDE.COM for more car videos. Chevrolet makes several significant changes to the 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer, helping to keep it in the hunt against rapidly improving competitors. First is the addition of a standard stability control system, which should resolve our complaints about the TrailBlazer's emergency-maneuver handling characteristics by keeping the tail end of the truck in line. Second is the addition of a performance-tuned SS model, complete with a 395-horsepower, 400 lb.-ft. torque version of the Corvette's LS2 6.0-liter V8 engine.





2008 Isuzu Ascender
Go to MYRIDE.COM for more car videos. If it wasn't for General Motors, Isuzu's presence in the United States would've likely vanished several years ago. In fact, many have considered this Japanese automaker out of the US market for quite some time now, but their small dealer network continues to sell 2 vehicles: the I-series pickup, and this SUV called the Ascender.





Review: 2006 Mercedes-Benz C350
Go to MYRIDE.COM for more car videos. For its 2006 C-Class, Mercedes has discontinued the wagon and coupe body styles and updated the range of available engines for the sedans. The model lineup now consists of the C230 with a 201-horsepower, 2.5-liter V6; the C280 with a 228-hp, 3.0-liter V6; and the C350 with a 268-hp, 3.5-liter V6. A new seven-speed automatic transmission, which is available on rear-drive C-Class models, is also part of the powertrain upgrade. Despite the engine and name changes, the new C230, C280 and C350 are otherwise equivalent to last year's C230, C240 and C320 in terms of features and the availability of all-wheel drive and luxury or sport trims. The only other significant change is the addition of new active head restraints for the front occupants.




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