Archive for the luxury SUVS Tag

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB 250: Charmed and ready

More utilitarian in its mission, the GLB introduces a different style from what might be expected of a Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz is working its way through the alphabet for its lineup of SUVS, with nameplates of GLA, GLB, GLC, GLE, GLS and the mighty G-Class. Including the so-called “coupe” body-style variants, there are eight SUVs in the lineup, from subcompact to compact, midsize, full-size and full-size plus. Globally, one in three Mercedes-Benz cars is now an...

2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe road test: Cut to the chase

Midsize SUV will take corners with sports-car finesse and bring home a load of firewood The Cayenne SUV is now Porsche’s top seller in the U.S. and fortifying its position this year is the four-door, fastback Coupe model. Sharing a foundation and mechanicals with the squared-off Cayenne, the hunky stance of the Coupe is a fusion of style and skill. And so what if this variant costs about $8,500 more than its donor for a...

2020 Audi Q3: Largesse in a compact cute ute

The Audi Q3 is a natural-born fun car to drive, which is somewhat unexpected for a small SUV crossover, even if it is an Audi. There is a palpable driver-machine synergy between steering, suspension set, braking and exhilaration. It is a nimble city runner and a safe commuter with all-wheel drive, eight air bags and supportive safety features. Redesigned last year, the Q3 stands 1.5 inches taller, 3.8 inches longer and nearly an inch wider...

2020 Infiniti QX80: a quiet place in turbulent times

In this era of little houses and downsized lifestyles, the full-size, body-on-frame SUV has been on a big sales roll this year. The Ford Expedition has been a sales savior and redesigned models from General Motors are due this summer for the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade. Part of their popularity is a foundational sense of security on the road, tow ratings of 8,000 pounds and higher and a moderate price...

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...