Archive for the luxury SUVS Tag

2019 Infiniti QX50: More luxury, more sophistication, more complexity

The 2019 Infiniti QX50 is fresh start with striking exterior styling, a more luxurious presentation, Level 2 semi-autonomous driving and a first-of-its-kind engine with variable compression. There are a lot of moving parts to the redesigned QX50, the brand’s midsize five-passenger SUV crossover. Its new 2.0-liter VC-Turbo four-cylinder engine is getting much attention in advertising and in road-test evaluations, but not all of it is progressive. Infiniti says the engine’s variable compression ratio technology is...

2019 Maserati Levante S GranSport: Precision-tooled ingot of wealth

  There is nothing subtle about the sound of a Maserati Levante V-6 on startup. It is an ideal way to start the day — and startle the unexpecting. The Levante is a precision tool in the working class of superluxury SUVs. Most of the competing brands in this $100,000-plus segment of so-called utility vehicles — Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Range Rover Sport SVR — begin with a family-oriented SUV that is turned into...

About Mark Maynard

Mark Maynard has been the automotive editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1992.

He drives nearly 200 vehicles a year for review, has attended several high-performance driving schools and a few off-road driving courses.

He attends many new-vehicle press introductions and schmoozes with auto-industry execs.

Mark Maynard