The Automotive Industry, Briefly

Month: May 2014

Take Charge in a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, even though it is still basically the same as the 2013 model, took the Consumer Reports Award for Best Mid-Sized SUV. Having to compete with strong names like the Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder and Honda Pilot, this is quite an […]

A Sneak Peak at the Car and Driver 25 Cars Worth Waiting For

In May of last year, Car and Driver published a list of 25 cars they deemed worth waiting for which were due to be released between 2014 and 2017.  This list includes such beauties as the 2014 BMW M4 and 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C as […]

Aston Martin to Keep V12

Aston Martin V12

Power freaks, fear not. Aston Martin’s partnership with Mercedes-AMG to put out a new V8 engine does not doom the AM11 V12 that we’ve all grown to know and love. The big and little engines will remain as options to go along side their other V8 offering with the Vantage.

VH architecture has powered the engines for over a decade. This latest partnership is a continued sign of expansion, particularly in American east coast markets and parts of Asia. With stores opening up in New Jersey and other areas, the exotic car company is poised to grow beyond its exotic nameplate to compete with the high-end luxury brands. They even have one coming out that’s under $100,000.

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M-Class: Safety, Security, and Off Road Capabilities Abound in a Luxury SUV

Mercedes-Benz has long been known as one of the most recognizable and trusted names in luxury vehicles often showing off the three-point star with style, class, elegance and sophistication only matched by the very best. In recent years, Mercedes-Benz chose to enter the competition that […]

A Sweet Small Car That Has All the Details: 2014 Ford Focus

Ever since smaller cars have gained a huge popularity throughout the country car buyers have clamored for more added to even the small cars. Rather than a basic box on wheels with a hamster powered engine underneath the public has demanded more premium features, versatility, […]

2014 Chevrolet Equinox: An Oxymoron of a Larger Compact-Crossover SUV

2014 Chevy Equinox

As the largest in the Compact- Crossover Class, the Chevrolet Equinox actually has some experts stymied as to what to do with the vehicle. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) saw fit to put it in the mid-sized SUV class and award it with a Top Safety Pick Plus Award for that class. The Equinox however, is a bit small for the mid-sized SUV class and instead belongs in a category with the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Toyota RAV4.

Giving up some cargo space in favor of passenger comfort the Equinox when powered by the V6 engine is able to tow up to 3,500 pounds, enough to make this a great choice to bring along the weekend toys or head to the hardware store and buy what is needed for a small project in the yard. Offering a fairly standard ride with decent road control and adequate steering the overall feel of the ride in this SUV is pretty much what is expected. The one place the ride is better than the competition is in quietness of the cabin. The Equinox offers such a quiet ride the occupants feel like they are riding in a much more upscale vehicle than a simple SUV.

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