Battle of the Crossover SUV's: Honda v Mazda v Toyota
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We keep a couple seven-passenger crossover SUVs in our long-term test fleet and they're indispensable for carting around kids, terriers and lawn furniture. Of course, we still crack the obvious jokes. We'll tell you that these are minivans with hinged doors, SUVs trail-rated for the Starbucks drive-thru, tall wagons that think they're too good to be called tall wagons.
But there's nothing superficial or irrational about crossover SUVs like the 2009 Honda Pilot, 2008 Mazda CX-9 or 2008 Toyota Highlander. All three make good on the crossover promise of a vast interior, easy maneuverability and decent fuel economy. Maybe you're aghast that anyone would need three rows of seating, but maybe you've never tried to cram three toddlers in Britax car seats into a Honda Accord.
We have. You need that third row. But if that third row were in a minivan, you might find yourself filling a prescription for antidepressants. This leaves you to consider a crossover SUV of medium-to-large proportions.
Just about any current-day crossover will accomplish the basics, but the diversity of this vehicle genre might catch you off guard. Even though the 2009 Honda Pilot, 2008 Mazda CX-9 and 2008 Toyota Highlander seem to match one another airbag for airbag, their personalities are so different that you can't drive them without taking sides.
Volkswagen Tiguan v Honda CR-V v Toyota RAV4
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We get it already — fuel prices suck. And while we pity the poor sod who
bought a new full-size SUV a few years ago and is now stuck with a fuel
bill that has doubled and a vehicle whose residual value makes manure
futures look appealing, everyone wants solutions. Sympathy won't heal a
So what's a utility-lovin' small family to do? Downsize. Full-size SUVs
provide unmatched capability but their thirst may make you reassess your
needs. Think compact utility vehicle. Think crossover.
This doesn't mean you have to downsize your expectations, though. The three
compact SUVs we've assembled here — the brand-new 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan
and the 2008 Honda CR-V and 2008 Toyota RAV4 — are based on car
platforms, a strategy that helps create an efficient utilization of
interior space in a relatively lightweight, fuel-efficient package. Simply
put, you can pack more stuff inside these compact SUVs than you might
And being car-based, these compact crossovers offer easier entry and exit
and better driving maneuverability than truck-based ones, something you
really appreciate when you're running errands around town. Of course,
car-based SUVs lack the rough-road capability of their bigger brethren, and
you can forget about serious towing. For everyday use, though, a compact
ute just makes more sense.
We tested a 2008 Honda CR-V AWD EX-L with navigation, a 2008 Toyota RAV4
4x4 Limited and a 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 4Motion. Each one represents a
different take on the cute-ute concept and carry distinct strengths and
weaknesses but the three turned out to be surprisingly well-matched.
Indeed, when the dust settled, we had a tie for 2nd place, and just 4.2
points separate them from the winner.
These are no penalty boxes either, as all three tested — the top trim
level available — are equipped with all-wheel drive, stability control,
leather and heated seats. Two of them have navigation systems with back-up
cameras and satellite radio.
Civic v Corolla v Mazda 3 Consumer Comparison by Edmunds.com
As so many Hollywood blockbusters have proven, if something works once, why
not try it again? Last year, we decided to try something completely
different by inviting six regular consumers to do a comparison test of
three popular midsize sedans — without the sponsorship of a specific
manufacturer. They poked and prodded each car using the same criteria
Edmunds editors use when evaluating a vehicle. The result was an
enlightening experience for the consumers involved, the Edmunds.com editors
and, judging by feedback, the readers at home.
For the sequel, we rounded up three economy sedans: the two best-selling
models (Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic) and the one we consider to be the
best (Mazda 3). We also invited a fourth dark-horse contender to the party,
but the Mitsubishi Lancer that showed up featured a fancy stereo, a sunroof
and a $3,000-higher price tag. It was disqualified before the test started
for being too far out of the price range. As such, the remaining three
contenders were priced within $479 of each other, giving our testers the
chance to see how much equipment each brand provides for basically the same
amount of dough. Each car was also right off the boat (or train), with
miles in the low hundreds or less. In other words, nothing was given an
undue advantage. Here's a rundown of the cars.
Crossover-ish: 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour vs. 2009 Toyota Venza
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Toyota vs...Toyota? Camry Hybrid takes on the Prius
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Guy walks into a Toyota dealer — sounds like a joke so far, right? Not
Guy walks into a Toyota dealer looking for a 2008 Toyota Prius. He's heard
about hybrids for awhile now, and the Prius is one he knows by name. He
vaguely recalls some celebrity bragging about taking one to the Academy
Awards instead of a limo, and then there was that South Park episode, "Smug
Alert" a couple of years back. And didn't Al Gore's own son make headlines
for getting busted doing 100 mph in his Prius?
Something like that. Beyond the hype, Guy's never really given hybrid cars
much thought, much less gone looking for one. And even though he can afford
a decent-size car or SUV, the price of gasoline has him looking for fuel
economy in a serious way.
And there on the showroom floor, Guy sees a 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid for
almost the same amount of money as a Prius. Now what?
Top 4 Brand New Small AWD Crossovers Driven, Tested & Reviewed
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) What's the best Brand new small off-road worthy
Crossover that you can buy? In other words, what's the best all-wheel-drive
brand new Crossover this year? We at The Fast Lane Car are lucky to drive a
different car every week so we've had the chance to drive many (if not
most) of the best top new all-wheel-drive Crossovers on the market. So
without further delay here are the top 4 new Crossovers that we've driven
in 2012 that we think are best off-road worthy new rides to buy this year.
Little Luxuries - Lux SUVs Comparison
Big on amenities, not in size - We test the hottest lux SUVs from Audi's Q5
to Volvo's XC60.
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King Of The Crossovers - Cadillac SRX Vs Lexus RX350
Cadillac's redesigned crossover SRX takes aim at the gold standard in the
segment, the Lexus RX350.
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Extreme Traction-Control Test
As part of the 2008 PickupTrucks.com Half-Ton Shootout, PickupTrucks.com
put six half-ton pickups from Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Nissan and
Toyota through an extreme traction-control test that simulated icy road
conditions to find out which trucks had the best traction control. For more
information, visit PickupTrucks.com.
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse
LT. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of
this crossover while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting
unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the
details of it, start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. A
thorough tour/review of this crossover designed to give others a greater
overall appreciation of the vehicle.
2013 Acura NSX, RDX, ILX Launch at 2012 Detroit Auto Show
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2012 Acura Launch at the Detroit Auto Show
2013 Acura RDX Prototype
2013 Acura NSX Concept
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Honda Pilot Video Review - Kelley Blue Book
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2009 Honda Pilot. Honda is known mostly for their small cars but one of
their more popular vehicles in recent years has been an eight-passenger
SUV. The Honda Pilot won fans with a focus on usability, maneuverability
and efficiency. Moving into its second generation, the redesigned Pilot
adds to the models reputation with improved power, interior space and
At a time when SUVs are becoming more car-like, Honda has seen fit to
impart the latest generation Pilot with a more rugged persona. Despite its
beefier exterior styling, the latest Pilot continues to offer impressive
comfort and is actually more efficient than the previous model thanks to
cylinder-deactivation technology. For more new car reviews, interviews and
automotive news visit http://www.kbb.com today.
2008 Mazda CX9 SUV Review by carreviewsandnews.com
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pictures, videos of the interior and exterior, and get invoice pricing as
well as comparisons to other models.
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