Archive for the off road vehicles Tag

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Activ road test

Subcompact SUV done right for North America BY MARK MAYNARD The new Chevrolet Trailblazer is a social climber in a steep segment of small SUVs that expands the perception and function of a subcompact vehicle. It makes the most of a small space and scoots around on a choice of two turbocharged, three-cylinder engines. It revives the nameplate previously applied to the midsize model discontinued in 2009. But the 2021 Trailblazer is a fresh start...

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition road test

62 and not ready for retirement BY MARK MAYNARD The Toyota Land Cruiser is an institution of overlanding authority. It has been a global expedition vehicle since its launch in Japan in 1951 as the Toyota Jeep BJ, a small 4WD military vehicle. The name was changed by 1954 to Land Cruiser to avoid legal entanglements with the Willys brand and to tread lightly around the Land Rover. The prototype BJ was not chosen for...

Punk’n Rocker

Mopar-upfitted 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon a showcase of $12,400 in accessories The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of a new vehicle is as vague as a stoplight in Boston — a suggestion, at best. For new vehicles, the MSRP is merely a starting point. There will be several trim-level choices with a spartan base model to stake a claim for price-point advertising. It’s a car few buyers actually want, except as a delivery beater. Moving up...

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon: tougher and softer, in all the right ways

The Jeep Wrangler has long been forgiven for everything that made it a charming pain in the rough. But now, the redesigned 2018 Wrangler is just a charmer, off road or on main street. And it is somewhat of a standard-bearer of advanced technologies with its first use of a 48-volt mild-hybrid electrical system. The 2018 redesign steered this symbol of “Don’t tread on me” from the endangered specie’s list, threatened by ever-increasing clean-air standards...