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Desert Test: 2014 Ford Escape 2.0 EcoBoost 4WD

The third generation Ford Escape started production in the 2013 model year and rolls into the 2015 with few changes. It's sold around the world, known as the Ford Kuga in Europe and indeed has a distinctively European...

Desert Test: 2014 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum AWD

Out here at the foot of Arizona's Superstition Wilderness there's no shortage of places to drive off into the wild and challenge any SUV. Sometimes the best of scenery can only be seen off the beaten path. The 2014...

Desert Test: 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRDpro

When it comes to style, there's no doubt the camera loves the 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRDpro. In the kick your ass color of Inferno, the TRDpro simply cannot be ignored. And the contrast with its 16-inch bead-lock style TR...

Face Off: 2016 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 vs RAM Rebel

We finally got the chance to drive both the 2016 RAM 1500 Rebel and the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 out in the Sonoran Desert to see which vehicle's off-road themed equipment and packaging had to offer. For d...

Face Off: 2016 Tundra TRD vs Silverado Z71

We have tested separately both the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Z71 and the Toyota Tundra 1794 TRD, getting the hang of both trucks well. Now it's time to put them side by side and see how they stack up on and off-roa...

First Drive Impressions: 2016 Nissan Titan XD Cummins

At the Texas Auto Writers Truck Rodeo event last October, I was one of the first journalists in the United States to test the all-new 2016 Nissan Titan XD with the Cummins turbo-diesel engine. Only now the embargo has...

First Drive Impressions: 2017 Ford Super Duty

I recently got my first seat time in the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks, a variety of models and driving situations, allowing us a good set of first impressions. First, is what's new. While the...

First Drive Review: 2015 Acura TLX

With all-new styling this may be the most handsome looking TLX to date, though it is still mild mannered compared to some of its competitors. Lines are cleaner and better thought out, proportions sleeker, and its over...

First Drive Review: 2015 Infiniti QX80

The 2015 Infiniti QX80 once shared its body, frame and powertrain with the American made Nissan Armada. But in its second generation production was moved to Japan where it now shares its architecture with the Nissan P...

First Drive Review: 2015 Jeep Renegade Sport

The 2015 Jeep Renegade represents many firsts for the brand. For starters it's the first Jeep to be sold in North America which is manufactured on another continent. Built in Italy, the Jeep Renegade shares the assemb...