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Battle of the Crossover SUV's: Honda v Mazda v Toyota

LEARN MORE ABOUT CROSSOVERS: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/Comparos/articleId=128367?tid=edmunds.il.home.photopanel..3.* 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.


 


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Volkswagen Tiguan v Honda CR-V v Toyota RAV4
CHECK OUT THE CUTE-UTE SMACKDOWN: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/Comparos/articleId=131851?tid=e dmunds.il.home.photopanel..1.* 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 hemorrhaging wallet. 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 think. 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.





NSX Unleashed: 2011 Acura NSX Finally Hits the Nürburgring
FOR MORE ABOUT THE ACURA NSX SPY VIDEO: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/GeneralFuture/articleId=127446?tid=edm unds.il.futurelanding.latestnews..4.* The latest prototype of the 2011 Acura NSX has finally hit the Nürburgring and it's looking — and sounding — better than ever. Unlike the previous prototypes — which were nothing more than cobbled-together test mules built from the S2000 platform — this NSX has bodywork that looks close to production specification. Although the design of the original concept didn't get favorable reviews, it appears as though Acura has stuck with similar styling for the production car. Instead of going for an all-out sports car, Acura is aiming for high-end GTs instead. Think Aston Martin DB9, not Nissan GT-R. As a result, Acura has abandoned its former midengine concept and adopted a traditional front-engine 2+2 layout. The company is after prestige, not just speed. That said, the 2011 Acura NSX is still expected to offer supercar performance. According to our sources in Japan, Takeo Fukui, Honda's CEO, has tasked his R&D team with building an NSX that's faster around the Nürburgring than both the 2009 Nissan GT-R and the upcoming Lexus LF-A. Sounds optimistic, but according to our shooters Honda is already close to its goal. One hand timed lap came in at 7:37, just 8 seconds longer than the GT-R's fastest lap. Not bad considering that this was Honda's first trip to the Nürburgring with this prototype. Credit the NSX's formidable new power plant, a 5.5-liter V10 with as much as 550 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The engine is a slightly larger version of the V8 that Honda will use for the next-generation rear-wheel-drive RL sedan, and it will use cylinder deactivation under light loads for maximum efficiency. Additional efficiency gains will come from the use of an eight-speed automatic transmission that will feature shift paddles on the steering wheel. Getting all this power to the ground will be a challenge in a front-engine car, so the new NSX will employ a modified version of Honda's Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) system. Packaging could be tight, however, with the big V10 up front. A combination of steel and aluminum will be used for the chassis that will form the basis for what looks like a relatively small car. We have reports of NSX mules being tested in the U.S. alongside the Aston Martin DB9, Mercedes-Benz SL550 and the Porsche 911 turbo, so this should tell you about the kind of car the NSX will become. There's still time for changes, though, as the 2011 Acura NSX isn't expected to go on sale until late 2010. Who knows what Nissan and Lexus will have on the road by then, but from the sound of it, Honda is making sure that the NSX won't be lagging behind.





2007 Mazda CX-7 AWD Grand Touring by Edmunds' Inside Line
Mazda isn't really comfortable with the C-word. Oh sure, the company refers to the all-new 2007 Mazda CX-7 as a "crossover" all the time in public. But it doesn't really think the term is entirely appropriate. Crossing between what and what else, one might ask? Instead it boldly proclaims that the CX-7 is an SUV with the "soul of a sports car." Check out this Edmunds Inside Line video to find out more....





2010 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed Track Video
The 2010 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed puts up some impressive numbers at the Inside Line test track. More Articles: http://www.insideline.com Prices Info: http://www.edmunds.com on Twitter: http://twitter.com/InsideLi... Edmunds.com http://twitter.com/Edmunds Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/insideline





Top 5 small off-road worthy Crossovers reviewed
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) Wikipedia says, "a crossover is a vehicle built on a car platform and combining, in highly variable degrees, features of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) with features from a passenger vehicle, especially those of a station wagon or hatchback." We simply like to say that the crossover is the new family truckster. Here are the Top 5 off-road worthy crossovers that we've driven in 2011.





2013-2014 Compact Crossover Shootout: Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and More
Price, content, fuel economy and style: Which compact crossover has it all? http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2013/10/2013-2014-compact-crossover-shoo tout-toyota-rav4-vs-honda-crv-vs-chevy-equinox-vs-subaru-forester-vs-hyunda i-santa-fe-sport-vs-mazda-cx5-vs-jeep-compass-vs-mitsubishi-outlander.html Subscribe http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=AutoGuideVideo YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/AutoguideVideo Facebook - http://facebook.com/AutoGuide Twitter - http://twitter.com/AutoGuide Google+ - http://goo.gl/LBxsP Web - http://www.AutoGuide.com AutoGuide reviews the latest new cars with test drives, car comparisons and shootouts plus coverage of breaking auto industry news, auto shows, rumors and spy photos. Help shop for your new car with informative car buying tips and car recall news, and be entertained with feature stories, Top 10s and car review videos.





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. Read the story here: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/suvs/112_0907_audi_q5_lexus_rx_350_merc edes_benz_glk350_volvo_xc60/index.html





2011 Toyota Highlander Limited 4x4
A study in how just fine can be just fine.





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. Read the story here: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/suvs/112_0906_cadillac_srx_lexus_rx_350 _comparison_test/index.html





2011 Toyota RAV4 vs Subaru Forester muddy mashup review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2011 Toyota RAV4 and the 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT turbo both cost about 30K , both can seat five people and both can go off-road with their very capable all wheel drive set up. But which one of these two competing new crossover's is the better buy? That's the question we try to answer in this off-road mashup review.





2014 Toyota Highlander Review
Great Scott! The Highlander Goes from Bland to Bold http://www.autoguide.com/manufacturer/toyota/2014-toyota-highlander-review- 3632.html Subscribe http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=AutoGuideVideo YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/AutoguideVideo Facebook - http://facebook.com/AutoGuide Twitter - http://twitter.com/AutoGuide Google+ - http://goo.gl/LBxsP Web - http://www.AutoGuide.com AutoGuide reviews the latest new cars with test drives, car comparisons and shootouts plus coverage of breaking auto industry news, auto shows, rumors and spy photos. Help shop for your new car with informative car buying tips and car recall news, and be entertained with feature stories, Top 10s and car review videos.





2009 Mazda CX-9 Review - Kelley Blue Book
FOR PRICING & SPECS ON THIS CAR VISIT: http://www.kbb.com/KBB/NewCars/Mazda_CX-9.aspx Mazda CX-9. SUVs and sports cars serve very different purposes. One carries people and payload in a roomy, comfortable package; the other delivers a visceral driving experience. You might think trying to combine these traits into one vehicle would be an exercise in futility but thats exactly what Mazda has attempted with the CX-9. Welcome to our comprehensive Kelley Blue Book review of the Mazda CX-9. Mazda is known for infusing a sports car spirit into its lineup. Doing so with a seven-passenger crossover SUV, without sacrificing most of its usability is a tall order. Yet, the CX-9 largely succeeds in balancing these seemingly contrary goals. For more new car reviews, interviews and automotive news visit http://www.kbb.com today.





2009 Mazda CX-7 Review - Kelley Blue Book
FOR PRICING & SPECS ON THIS CAR VISIT: http://www.kbb.com/KBB/NewCars/Mazda_CX-7.aspx Mazda CX-7. With full-size Sport Utility Vehicles falling from public favor, many buyers are turning to a new breed of SUV, the crossover. With controlled ride and handling, a raised seating position and spacious cargo capacity, crossover SUVs combine many of the best features of cars and SUVs into one package. Mazda's CX-7 is a sleek, five-passenger crossover SUV with the heart of a sports car. Welcome our comprehensive Kelley Blue Book review of the Mazda CX-7. Designed to evoke the same sporty image as Mazda's flagship performance coupe, the RX-8, the CX-7 may be the sportiest crossover you can buy for under $25,000. For more new car reviews, interviews and automotive news visit http://www.kbb.com today.





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.





Honda Pilot Video Review - Kelley Blue Book
FOR PRICING & SPECS ON THIS CAR VISIT: http://www.kbb.com/KBB/NewCars/Honda_Pilot.aspx 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 style. 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.




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