Family-size Seven-Passenger Crossovers Compared Clean Fleet Report test drives and reviews more than 100 vehicles each year, bringing you in-depth insight into cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles. Usually this is one at a time. So, when given the opportunity to do a head-to-head comparison drive, we jump at the chance. Recently the automotive journalist organization for Southern California, Motor Press Guild, held such a comparison event. Clean Fleet Report drove three seven-passenger crossovers from three different manufacturers. Here is a quick look at the three. Three built to take the family on the open road 2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SEL Premium 4Motion The Atlas, introduced in 2017 as a 2018 model, is Volkswagen’s first seven-passenger SUV. Designed for the American market and built in Tennessee, this contemporary styled family-sized hauler welcomes its occupants with a spacious cabin. The 3.6-liter V6 drives Volkswagen’s, 4Motion all-wheel drive system through an … [Read more...] about Event: Testing Three-Row Crossovers Back-to-Back
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After tasting big success with the Compass, American SUV specialist Jeep is all set to expand its product range in the Indian market. While a sub-4 meter compact Jeep SUV to challenge the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Brezza and the Ford EcoSport is already in the works, the automaker is also putting together a three row SUV that will sit above the Compass in terms of price and positioning. Considering that the Compass’ top-end variants already push the Rs. 20 lakh mark, it’s very likely that the larger, longer SUV planned for India and other markets, will be a Toyota Fortuner challenger. Expect the new SUV to nudge the 25 lakh rupees mark in India. Last year, Jeep launched the Grand Commander SUV in China. The Grand Commander is a 7 seat, 3 row SUV, and while this SUV is specific to the Chinese market, something similar to this coud be launched in India as well. The new, 7 seat SUV from Jeep for the Indian market is expected to arrive sometime in 2022, when the current … [Read more...] about Jeep to launch 7 seat SUV in India; Toyota Fortuner challenger?
Let’s try something out. Volunteer a friend to join as passenger for a drive while roads are busy, and have them set a timer at the beginning of the journey. When you cross paths with an SUV or a crossover of any type, have them turn the timer off. Except for utterly desolate and rural areas, it’s almost guaranteed the passenger would shut off the timer within minutes. SUVs are undoubtedly popular. Many people want a vehicle that offers car-like driving dynamics combined with enough practicality to carry kids and cargo. Because of this, customer demands are causing most car companies to make the switch from SUVs with truck-based, body-on-frame construction to lighter unibody architectures with a smoother ride quality reminiscent of most cars. Additionally, these so-called crossover SUVs deliver comparatively impressive fuel economy figures that can sometimes match the cars they’re steadily replacing. For 2019, a variety of new SUVs arrive on the market. Two … [Read more...] about Wondering which SUVs are fresh for 2019? Check out these new SUVs coming next year
When Lexus planned a longer, three-row version of its RX 350, it didn’t have to look far for inspiration. It was hiding in plain sight in the foundation of the well-done Toyota Highlander.The RX was the inspiration (and benchmark) that started the segment for luxury midsize car-based SUV crossovers. Today, every maker has one and it is now the preferred body style over sedans. The RX has been a smash success among those in the cast of competitors, which include the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, BMW X5, Cadillac XT5, Infiniti QX60, Lincoln Nautilus (née MKX) and Jaguar F-Pace.And now there is the longer family-class RX with three rows for six to seven passengers. The body is just 4.3 inches longer than the standard RX, but it is enough for a kid-class third row.The RX-L is sold in gasoline V-6 and gasoline-electric hybrid V-6 models in front or all-wheel drive. Notable upgrades over the Highlander include standard leather upholstery, power folding third-row seats and three-zone climate … [Read more...] about 2018 Lexus RX 350L: The 3-row prescription for family travel
Full Car Details More Reviews In these Trumpian times, I think we can all agree that it’s hard to get excited about 4.4 inches. But that length of slightly more than one’s index finger is what separates a garden-variety, 5-passenger Lexus RX 350 from the new 7-passenger RX 350L. With some clever packaging and the aforementioned quartet of inches grafted onto the aft end of the RX, Lexus has now added a 3-row variant to its family of midsize luxury crossover SUVs. The extra length came in handy during a recent Lexus drive event in Phoenix, Arizona, whereupon my mission was to obtain and stuff an RX 350L full of sports equipment for a youth charity group. Let’s just say I came nowhere near filling the SUV to capacity. Sliding and Folding That said, don’t get the idea that the stretched RX model has magically achieved Chevy Suburban status and can now swallow seven adult passengers and their gear. As with other 3-row mid-lux crossovers … [Read more...] about First Drive: Lexus stretches its top-selling RX 350 to add a new 3-row variant and doesn’t leave a mark