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2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness Review: Legitimately, Surprisingly Good Off-Road

“Come on, come on, figure it out,” I half-shouted at the dashboard. The nose of the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness was pointed relatively skyward, three of the four wheels balanced on a mix of dry dirt and rocks as I prodded the throttle. The front right wheel was a foot or more in the air …

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2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness

2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness First Look: The Most Adventuresome Factory Forester

Subaru’s Forester and Outback have been known for decades as street-focused yet decidedly rugged vehicles. What first debuted a few months ago as a trim level of Outback is now found on a second Subaru model – the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness. I recently traveled to the Troutbeck, a historic hotel in Amenia, New York, …

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2021 Ford Bronco Sport cactus gray

2021 Ford Bronco Sport ‘Outer Banks’ Review: The O.G. Escape Throwback

I learned to drive on a 2001 Ford Escape, starting with some parking practice in my middle school’s parking lot and eventually taking the small-but-mighty SUV off to college. Our Escape XLT was fully-loaded, with Ford’s Duratec 3.0 liter, 200 horsepower V6 and all-wheel drive with a lockable center differential. My parents and I all …

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1997 Toyota 4Runner Review at Rausch Creek Off-Road Park

One of the many influences Radwood has had on our current enthusiast community is validating all of the 80s and 90s babies’ love for that era of vehicle. Suddenly K-Cars are cool again, everybody’s least favorite Ford Taurus is a vibe (you all know this is the one I mean), and cars we’ve completely forgotten …

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Oldsmobile LSS rallycross

We Put Six Cheap “Grandma Cars” Through Two Days of Rallycross

Cheap car challenges are becoming a sort of annual tradition around here. When we wrapped up last year’s $1,500 all-wheel drive off-roading trip, the theme of “old lady cars” was already brewing, although I didn’t know what we’d do with them. Regardless, I put out a call at the start of 2020 for the same …

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Volvo S70 T5M

I Bought a Manual-Transmission Volvo S70 T5M for the ‘Old Lady Rallycross Challenge’

By the time this piece gets published, I’ll be headed a bit south and west of home in a 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, with a cheap old Volvo strapped to a trailer behind me. Last year, Out Motorsports hosted a Top Gear-style challenge, in which we took $1,500 all-wheel-drive vehicles off-roading. This year, we’re hosting …

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I Took a W123 Mercedes-Benz 240D Off-Roading and Here’s What Happened

Every time I go on a Gambler 500 rally I see a vehicle or two that really get the gears turning in my head. More often than not, I end up on Facebook Marketplace only days later looking for whatever oddball vehicle I couldn’t stop thinking about. Sometimes it’s a Ford Ranger, sometimes it’s a …

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Go Granny Go: We’re Taking Grandma’s Favorite $1,500 Sedans Rallycrossing

Last year, I gathered a handful of friends in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for two days of off-roading. We’d all shown up with freshly-purchased all-wheel-drive machines, the makes and models unknown until each person’s arrival. In the end, we took a BMW X5, Chrysler Town & Country, Volvo XC90, and two Subaru wagons through …

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