Off Road

2023 Kia Telluride X-Pro

2023 Kia Telluride X-Pro First Drive: Off-Road Review

The Kia Telluride has been a hit since it first debuted in late 2019 – popular to the point where people are still (sort of) willingly paying dealer markups three years later. Much like the rest of Kia’s lineup, the Telluride quickly earned a reputation for providing a level of style, technology, and usability that …

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2022 Ford Bronco Wildtrak red

2022 Ford Bronco Wildtrak Review: Smart, Capable, and Very Endearing

I am not an experienced off-roader, nor are there very difficult trails within a day’s distance of my home in Washington, DC. I generally prefer my convertibles to be sporty and look for lowering springs instead of lift kits. Vehicles like Ford’s Bronco and its archrival Jeep Wrangler aren’t really… my thing. But I love …

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2023 Range Rover Sport

2023 Range Rover Sport First Look: Updated Design With a Sophisticated New (German) V8 Heart

Since its debut in 2006 the Range Rover Sport has quickly become known as Land Rover’s superbly handsome and more street focused SUV. While there’s no doubting it has off-road capabilities well beyond what is required for the Suburbia Grand Prix, most Range Rover owners won’t climb steps any steeper than the curbs at the …

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2022 Ford Explorer Timberline in mud

2022 Ford Explorer Timberline Review: Real Hardware Helps for Mild Off-Roading

My gut told me I should avoid the goopy, muddy tracks. I’d spent an hour exploring a fairly easy off-road trail with the 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline, a route that took me up a lousy fire road to a clearing that was just muddy and uneven enough to see how the Explorer Timberline would handle …

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2023 Mazda CX-50 Zircon Sand

2023 Mazda CX-50 First Drive: Excellence On-Road with More Off-Roading and Towing Capability

Overlanding has seen a rise in popularity – or if nothing else, a rise in media coverage – as the world recovers from the stay-home mindset of a pandemic. This style of light to moderate off-roading encourages Americans to get out of the house, explore their beautiful country, and go a bit further into the wilderness …

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Donna’s Story: This 1999 GMC Yukon is The Newest Vehicle I’ve Owned

If you’ve been following my ramblings here, you may have noticed that my collection of vehicles doesn’t stick to one vein of the automotive experience. I like having vehicles that somewhat focus on a niche while still being versatile enough to use at any given time. Donna broke all kinds of personal records such as newest and only OBD2 vehicle I’ve ever owned, most luxurious with heated seats and auto dimming mirrors, as well as most expensive. So I was pretty excited!

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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