Monday, 08 August 2022
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Returning a nameplate from the 1990s and early 2000s, Honda announced the Passport SUV would be returning a few years back, slotting in between the CR-V and the Pilot in its SUV lineup. Since then it has served as a popular vehicle for loyal buyers looking to trade up to larger vehicles within the Honda brand.

To keep things fresh, with the arrival of the 2022 Passport, an upgrade to the exterior design has been applied. But the biggest news is the offering of a new TrailSport trim level — which both looks more aggressive and performs more impressively in light off-road conditions.

I recently spent some time behind the wheel of a 2022 Honda Passport TrailSport, and I’m back with a full report. 

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  • Vehicle 2022 Honda Passport
  • Price as tested $44,090 (starts around $38K)   
  • Best feature Rugged styling, powerful engine, technology    
  • Rating 4 out of five stars     
  • Who will want this vehicle? SUV buyers seeking a more rugged look, power and solid tech features    
Posted On Monday, 13 June 2022 01:43 Written by
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After the highly successful debut of Genesis’ initial SUV offering, the GV80, it was obvious that more SUVs were coming in the pipeline from this upstart luxury brand.

The first of those new SUV offerings to drop was the 2022 Genesis GV70, a smaller but equally impressive luxury crossover from this upscale branch of the world of Hyundai.

Just as the GV80 — with its attractive interior and exterior design and a powerful and smooth ride quality — instantly made a strong impact in the competitive midsize luxury SUV category, the GV70 follows that template to a tee. Add in some extremely impressive tech features, and this compact SUV can hold its own against the very best in the segment — including solid offerings from BMW, Lexus, Volvo and beyond.

I recently spent some time behind the wheel of a GV70, and I’m back with a full report on the GV70, which is based on the design of the G70 sports sedan but offers higher seating and more cargo space.

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  • Vehicle 2022 Genesis GV70
  • Price as tested $65,045 (starts around $42K)    
  • Best feature Brilliant design, tremendous ride quality 
  • Rating 4.5 out of five stars     
  • Who will want this vehicle? Luxury buyers seeking the latest cutting-edge technology and a well-designed vehicle that drives like a dream
Posted On Friday, 27 May 2022 05:55 Written by
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The luxury SUV battlefield features some of the fiercest competition you’ll find in today’s automotive landscape. A luxury vehicle really needs to shine to stand out in a field that features Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, and other well-respected brands.

But some brands can still take the heat. With its RDX model, Acura had pulled off what many thought they could not — continuing to sell at numbers that rival and even top some luxury competitors.

It’s not resting on its laurels either, as for 2022 RDX gets a sportier design, an upgraded and more insulated interior that all five passengers will enjoy, and an improved suspension and ride quality.

I recently got behind the wheel of the latest RDX, and I’m back with a full report on how it fares vs. the luxury competition.

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Eye-pleasing changes have been made to achieve a bold and sporty front end design of the 2022 RDX, from the grille to the lighting setup to adding larger air intakes. 

My test vehicle featured an attractive Apex Blue Pearl paint job, but a wide variety of colors from white to violet to black are also offered. The panoramic moonroof is a very nice feature that luxury buyers have come to expect, and the RDX features Jewel Eye LED headlights and LED tail lights. 

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  • Vehicle 2022 Acura RDX 
  • Price as tested $52,845 (starts around $41K) 
  • Best feature Sharp design, smooth ride, tech and safety features   
  • Rating 4 out of five stars   
  • Who will want this vehicle? Who will want this vehicle?: Luxury SUV buyers seeking a high-end yet affordable option  
Posted On Thursday, 12 May 2022 06:31 Written by
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There’s no shortage of luxury SUVs available today; in fact they seem to be growing in number.

But if you want one with a body-on-frame, trucklike construction that will let you get out of the city and into the great outdoors, the number of options is significantly smaller in the luxury realm.

One option that’s been around for many years is the Lexus GX 460, a 4-wheel-drive, 7-passenger luxury SUV that aims to please both on-road and off-road.

It would seem to be a strike against the GX 460 that it hasn’t seen a full refresh since the 2010 model, literally an eternity in car years. Surprisingly though, it holds up quite well despite its old age — though some buyers may be swayed by more modern-looking competitors in the luxury realm.

One bright spot for 2022 is the new Black Line Special Edition — which brings a fresh new design approach to the GX lineup.

I recently spent some time in a 2022 GX 460, and I”m back with a full review.

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  • Vehicle 2022 Lexus GX 460  
  • Price as tested $70,345 (starts around $57K)
  • Best feature Spacious and high-end interior, bold yet classy design, off-road and towing ability  
  • Rating 4 out of five stars  
  • Who will want this vehicle? Luxury SUV buyers seeking a large vehicle that is comfortable both in the city and on less traveled roads  
Posted On Wednesday, 20 April 2022 03:18 Written by
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With SUVs now the dominant vehicle in the automotive landscape, and bigger is better being the motto for many buyers — especially those with larger families — it’s no surprise that 3-row SUVS that can seat larger numbers of people comfortably remain in high demand.

In this busy segment, each automaker has their own approach to reach their customer base. For Mazda, a small but formidable brand competing in the segment with their CX-9 model, the emphasis is no different than the rest of their lineup — power and drive quality.

Just like smaller Mazda rides, the level of get-up-and-go in the power plant here is more than you’ll find in most competitors. And that’s by design.

I recently spent some time in a 2022 Mazda CX-9, and I’m back with a full report on how it stacks up in a crowded SUV category loaded with very strong vehicle options.

Additional Info

  • Vehicle 2022 Mazda CX-9 
  • Price as tested $48,830 (starts at $35,280)
  • Best feature Classy, upscale design; Mazda’s signature oomph 
  • Rating 4 out of five stars  
  • Who will want this vehicle? Three-row SUV buyers who prioritize the driving experience over vehicle size and cargo room 
Posted On Wednesday, 06 April 2022 04:30 Written by
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