Posts from ‘Off-Road’

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.

Apr
09
2001 Hummer H1

2001 Hummer H1

Created for the U.S. military, the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV, and more colloquially, Humvee) was engineered as a replacement for the M151 jeep vehicles and other light trucks that were previously the Armed Forces’ primary modes of light-duty transportation.

Apr
05
 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD OFF-Road

2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium in Nautical Blue Metallic

2015 Audi Q52019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium

Class: Midsize Crossover/SUV

Miles Driven: 1063

Fuel Used: 61.8 gallons

Mar
29
2019 Jeep Gladiator

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon in Billet Silver Metallic with Genuine Mud accents (a no-charge option)

Consumer Guide Automotive

‘What took you so long?”

That was one of the first questions raised during the preview for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, voiced by someone (OK … me) who used to own a Jeep Scrambler pickup — and has been anxiously awaiting the versatile vehicle’s second coming.

Mar
26
2019 Lexus LX 570

2019 Lexus LX 570 in Atomic Silver

2015 Audi Q5

2019 Lexus LX 570

Class: Premium Large SUV

Miles Driven: 590

Fuel Used: 42.8 gallons

Mar
22
2019 Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport

2019 Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport in Midnight Black Metallic

2015 Audi Q52019 Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport 4X4

Class: Large Suv

Miles Driven: 1138

Fuel Used: 74.0 gallons

Mar
22
1980 Lada Niva

1980 Lada Niva

Most Americans have a fairly myopic view of the off-road-vehicle world. Ask any of us what the most popular 4×4 on the planet is and you’ll get the answer “Jeep” nine times out of ten. Not that Jeep is a bad answer–the Wrangler remains one of the most capable rock pounders you can purchase–but despite the Jeep brand’s power, there are markets where it isn’t all that well established.

Mar
13
2019 Lexus GX 460

2019 Lexus GX 460 Luxury in Nebula Gray Pearl

2015 Audi Q52019 Lexus GX 460 Luxury

Class: Premium Midsize SUV

Miles Driven: 660

Fuel Used: 41.1 gallons

Mar
01
2019 Ram HD

2019 Ram Heavy Duty 2500 Limited Mega Cab

Consumer Guide Automotive It wasn’t so much a matter of “if” as a matter of “when” … and “who.”

Over the past couple of decades, those following heavy-duty pickups have been treated to a race similar to that enjoyed by car enthusiasts for years. This one, however, wasn’t about horsepower; it was about torque. And though all the top contenders kept leap-frogging each other toward that magic 1000 lb-ft finish line, it was Ram that got there first.

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