First off, we’d like to shake your hand if you’re looking to take the new-car dive into the luxury compact crossover pool. This vehicle segment is the modern-day stand-in for yesteryear’s look-everyone-I’ve-made-it luxury sedan. It appears you’ve done quite nicely for yourself, and automakers are taking notice. Luxe CUV popularity has spiked over the past couple years, and all the big brands are climbing over each other in order to gain your business. Flip the calendar back 10 years, and just one of our Big Test quintet would have been obtainable for your conspicuous consumption. The small luxe CUV world was the BMW X3’s oyster in the mid-2000s, with the Volvo XC60 still a few years out. Land Rover‘s new for 2012 Range Rover Evoque won Motor Trend’s 2012 SUV of the Year. The promising Lincoln MKC and Lexus NX were finalists in the 2015 SUOTY program. Each comes with copious cargo room and footprints similar to its nearest in-brand sedan … [Read more...] about The Big Test: Luxury Crossovers – BMW, Range Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Volvo
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Note: A bug in the GPS software inverted the overall and moving averages. After this paragraph, you’ll have the chance to read nearly 6,300 words about the fastest transcontinental drive in history. Most of the important stuff is near the top; the rest of it is a detail-oriented interview with Alex for the community of fans across the country who live and die for this sort of thing. A personal disclaimer: In my opinion, having the “transcontinental record” is an accomplishment roughly on the same level as having the most awesome fox suit at a furry convention. But TTAC isn’t a charity. It’s a business. And we need those sweet, sweet clicks. Integrity? What’s that? — jb“I’ve always said I’d never do this again, but as a minor Bond villain put it, never say never.”So says Alex Roy – the Doctor Evil of illegal long-distance driving events. According to Roy, women want him, and men want to be him. According to actual … [Read more...] about NY to LA. 26 Hours. 28 Minutes. With A GT-R-Powered, Dual-Control Infiniti Q50.