New Vehicle Reviews

This section will review cars, trucks, products and books related to the auto industry.
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Photo by Don Bain

Close-up: The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Having known owners who are avid evangelists for the top of the line Jeep, we decided to give the 2011 Grand Cherokee Limited 4X4 a thorough test in its true element – the Rocky Mountains at altitudes over 8,000 ft. Those who dwell at such altitudes and those who regularly commute between businesses or homes in the city and mountains have long considered the Grand Cherokee the reliable standard of mountain life and mobility.
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TorqueNews review of the V6-powered 2011 Dodge Challenger Rallye

While the Hemi powered Challenger R/T and SRT8 392 might get the lion’s share of attention, the new 3.6L Pentastar V6 adds some much needed power to the entry level 2011 Dodge Challenger and the Rallye package allows it to look a great deal like the more powerful counterparts packing V8 engines.

TorqueNews review of the 2011 Ford F150 FX4 EcoBoost - part 1

Recently I had a chance to spend 8 days behind the wheel of the 2011 Ford F150 FX4 with the innovative EcoBoost – the twin turbocharged V6 that Ford claims will beat the V8 competition – and after driving this high tech V6 there is no question why this has become the most popular engine option in the F150 lineup.

2011 LA Auto Show expecting over 50 automotive debuts

With still four months until show time, The2011 Los Angeles Auto Show announced it expects more than 50 vehicle debuts Nov. 16 and 17. Following historic changes within the industry itself, the LA Auto Show continues to showcase fuel-efficient vehicles including all-electrics and other alternative fuel technologies. Innovations in design, luxury, performance as well as cutting-edge technology have become the hallmark of the L.A. Show.

RMDE III: Riding, driving the High Plains on Day 1

A significant aspect of the Rocky Mountain Driving Experience held June 15-16 is the opportunity to drive the latest models from numerous manufacturers on the open highways of Colorado’s high plains as well as venturing up the highest paved road in North America, often in the company of a brand representatives. This adds a real world component to the significant if less common experience provided by the off-road and track aspects of the two-day event.

A week in the life of the 2011 Dodge Avenger Heat - inside and out

I recently had the pleasure of spending a week behind the wheel of the 2011 Dodge Avenger Heat, which included a nice long road trip to the Mecum Indy Spring Classic along with the duties of daily driving tasks – all of which clearly displayed the improvements made to the Avenger compared to the previous model year.

The cars that make us feel 10 years old again.

I will never own one, I will never be able to touch one, and chances are, I will never even get to see one. All I have is a picture of it on my computer screen and that alone is enough to instill a blank, starry-eyed look on my face as I stare longingly at it. This car has instantly spun the world backwards in time and turned me back into a 10 year old boy.

TorqueNews review of the 2011 Cadillac SRX Turbo AWD Premium - part 1

In the early days of the sport utility vehicle, the companies who built them focused so much on utility that there was never any suggestion of luxury but even those with the means to purchase a high end vehicle can desire the roominess and capability of a SUV – enter the 2011 Cadillac SRX Turbo AWD Premium.

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