Trucks and Towing

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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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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2022 Ford Maverick Lariat

2022 Ford Maverick Lariat EcoBoost Review: All the Truck Most Need

The entire internet has bemoaned the ballooning size of pickup trucks for what seems like forever. “Give us the old Ranger and S10,” keyboard warriors (quietly) shout. Ford’s kept the Ranger nameplate on a slightly larger truck, but brought back another old name for their new truck that is, well, kind of an old Ranger …

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2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel oil leak

Fixing an Oil Leak on my 2013 Cayenne Diesel Cost Porsche $12,310 – and Cost Me Nothing

If you were paying any attention to the news in oh, 2015 or so, you might have heard about the “Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Scandal,” more lovingly coined Dieselgate by everyone obsessed with adding -gate to words. The gist of it is that Volkswagen AG was caught using a software tune that could detect the EPA’s …

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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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2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Review & Towing Test: Great Improvement, but Misses Some Details

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder loses its CVT for a torque-converter automatic with actual gears. If you read nothing else, that is the reason to buy a new Pathfinder over the outgoing model. Nissan, among others, has been CVT-obsessed throughout the last decade or so. It’s been an adventure, one that seems to be fraught unless …

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2022 Kia Telluride towing

2022 Kia Telluride Review & Towing Test: Class-Leading and Proudly Priced

“I really like that Audi you drove today!” My barber, Lesley, is a bit of a car gal. Her second-story barbershop overlooks U Street Northwest, and she had glanced ever so briefly outside, catching me backing in to a “princess parking” spot right out front. But I wasn’t in an Audi. I was in a …

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2022 Grand Wagoneer enclosed trailer

2022 Grand Wagoneer Review & Towing Test: Following the O.G. Formula, But To What Effect?

Eleven point two. Yes, 11.2 miles per gallon is what I achieved after one week and 320.3 miles of driving the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Granted, half of those miles involved towing, and many of the others came from city driving. But the fuel economy I managed from the latest, biggest, throwbackiest Jeep-not-Jeep to hit …

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