Archive for June, 2019

Jun
21
2008 Dodge Magnum

2008 Dodge Magnum R/T

The passage of time can play tricks on your memory. Here’s a question to prove this point: For how many years did sales of the Dodge Magnum overlap with the run of the TV sitcom Big Bang Theory?

Jun
21
2019 Volvo V90 R-Design

2018 Volvo V90 R-Design in Bursting Blue Metallic (a $595 option)

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2018 Volvo V90 T6 AWD R-Design

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles Driven: 606

Fuel Used: 28.0 gallons

Jun
20
2020 Ford Explorer, 2020 Ford Explorer Review

2020 Ford Explorer ST

Consumer Guide Automotive

Although it looks much like the outgoing version, the redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer hides what is almost a seismic, “full circle” shift: Having switched from its original 1991 truck-based rear-drive architecture to a car-based front-drive one for 2011, it returns to a rear-drive platform for 2020, though this time, sans an underlying truck-type frame. Meanwhile, it also adopts new powertrains – including a hybrid version – and some newly added features, some of them being standard.

Jun
19
1963 Oldsmobile Jetfire

1963 Oldsmobile Jetfire

Legendary Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg racked up nine Gold Gloves during his 17-year career as a big-league ball player. That’s a number Ryno can point to with pride, and it’s a number even casual baseball fans can appreciate. Not that the famously modest ex-Cub spends much time defending his career, but if he had to, the stats are there.

Jun
19
2020 Ford Police Interceptor

2020 Ford Police Interceptor

Ford says that one big reason its redesigned 2020 Explorer was switched from a front-drive platform to a rear-drive-based one was to improve front/rear weight balance and thus handling … and that’s largely to appease departments that use the Police Interceptor version for law enforcement.

And a lot of departments use them for law enforcement.

Jun
18
2019 Ford Expedition Max Platinum

2019 Ford Expedition MAX Platinum in Blue Metallic

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2019 Ford Expedition MAX Platinum 4X4

Class: Large SUV

Miles Driven: 239

Fuel Used: 16.3 gallons

Jun
17
General Motors L8T V8

Designed for heavy-duty applications, the General Motors L8T V8 engine will make its debut in 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickup trucks.

When you think about ¾- and 1-ton pickups, you probably think diesel engines. Any why wouldn’t you? Even the most casual industry observer is aware of the Cummins, Duramax, and Power Stroke brands.

Jun
14
Quick Spin: 2019 Nissan Rogue SL

2019 Nissan Rogue SL in Caspian Blue Metallic

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2019 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

Class: Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 276

Fuel Used: 12.9 gallons

Jun
13
Test Drive: 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew in Velocity Blue

2015 Audi Q52019 Ford F-150 Raptor 4X4 SuperCrew

Class: Large Pickup

Miles Driven: 267

Fuel Used: 18.4 gallons

Jun
12
Badlands Off-Road Park

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon at Badlands Off Road Park

Badlands Off-Road Park in Attica, Indiana, is something like heaven on earth for off-road aficionados. It’s an incredible facility that spans 800-plus acres and encompasses a broader variety of off-road terrain than you’d ever expect to find in the Midwest. There are sand dunes, forested areas, streams for fording, several types of gravel (part of the park was previously a quarry), loose rocks and solid-rock trails, and lots of good ol’ dirt and mud. There are trails that are easy enough for children, trails that will challenge the most-experienced off-roader, and trails at most every level in between those extremes.

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