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2017 Ford Focus ST – Test Drive, Review, Rating, Specs

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It really is the wet dream of any forward-wheel-drive enthusiast. The Ford Focus ST promises launch-grade acceleration and tight grip handling in a hot hatch package. All that performance excitement is contributed by an exceptional torque vectoring system and an ultra-fiesty turbocharged engine. You’re not going to enjoy a smooth sailing road experience because of its high purity of performance tuning, and the driver’s seat is a bit of a tight squeeze. But if you can tolerate it, the Ford Focus ST delivers an ultra-exhilarating driving experience

2017 Lincoln Continental – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

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Elegance on Wheels

Nowadays, good looks and feel just doesn’t cut it when you’re out to compete in the luxury arena. Primarily dominated by the European market, the Germans and the like are offering road performance on top of soft leather and sleek looks. That’s why Ford is putting all its marbles on the table to bet that the Lincoln Continental’s got the goods to meet the high demands of the rich crowd.

2017 Honda Civic – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

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Some Form of Sex Appeal

For those born in my era, the Civic used to be just a Civic. Fast forward to modern times, the 10th generation now shows off new and wild looks that is sure to turn heads while driving down the block. A closer view or even a squint of an eye will reveal some of its visual genetics derived from the glamorous NSX. Yes, it really does look that good. There’s deep and heavy sculpturing happening in and around the front hood that gives off that visual harmony of elegance and athleticism. Add points from its deep mascara and slim-line LED headlights to its cosmetic scorecard.

2017 Jeep Cherokee 4×4 – Test Drive, Review Ratings, Specs

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A Purebred SUV Well Executed

While the main herd are bought in on the idea of cross-overs focused for flat pavement, Jeep sticks to its rock-solid purebred off-road SUV grassroots at the luxury level. And part of that statement is justifiable by its best-in-class towing capacity, award-winning 3.2L V6 pentastar engine, legendary 4×4 drive train, and an array of amenity and safety tech features including its massive 8.4″ infotainment system, blue-ray DVD player more than 70 safety tech features

For  2017 are premium features offered in the Trailhawk model incuding both heated and cooled front seats covered with Nappa leather and 8-way power adjusted seats, heating steering wheel, power liftgate, Keyless Enter’N Go, remote start system and a universal remote garage door opener.  The Overland model also receives special treatment with heated and ventilated front seats, new steering wheel design with Zebrano high-gloss wood trim, Nappa seats, and standard Alpine audio system.

All models now come equipped with high-density discharge (HID) headlamps excluding the Sports model.

Available as part of the Cherokee Sport model is the best-in-class 3.2 liter V-6 engine with three choices of four-wheel-drive systems to choose from.  Part of the package also includes Jeep Selec-Train tracion control system with five customized modes that include Auto, Snow, Sport Sand/mud and Rock.  A less powerful engine altnernative is also available with the 2.4L Tigershark Multi-Air V4.

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Fuel economy looks impressive as well. the 3.2 liter v-6 engine is capable of getting up to 31 miles per galon (mpg) o the highway and even comes equipped with engine start-stop technology.  The nine-speed automatic transmission and industry-first rear-axle disconnect technology in 4×4 mode also helps with improving fuel efficiency.

Good Looks on a Grand Scale

It’s a good looking car, but more importantly, the Cherokee is a big car. Combining the two elements is never an easy task, but the Cherokee does just that. Compared to its rivals, this one is larger in all three dimensions.

 

Exterior design remains up to date with modern times. The Bi-Xenon head lights outlined by LED’s help gives off a refreshing look while its trademark vertical 7 slot grille unmistakably remarks the legendary Jeep trademark.

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No details are missed out in the rear either with slim-line LED front headlamps, sharp contours, and

Interior Spectacle

While not exactly a luxury brand per-se, but the quality of the interior space does not disappoint. Front seats are stitched with high-grade leather that are both very supportive and well cushioned. Rear seats deserve equal accolade that is also very supporting with the ability to recline.

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Overall driver controls are well laid out. The instrument cluster is made up of a large LCD display with well-designed display graphics, and massive 8.4″ infotainment system. Down in the center console is the drive-train configuration allowing its drive mode to be configured in Snow, Sand, Mud, Rock or left in Auto mode. Equipped Qudra-Lift air suspension system and 4WD low ratio mode is also controlled here.

 

On and Off the Road

On the road, the Grand Cherokee is well behaved with excellent sound isolation within the cabin space.  Weighing in at the sub 2,200 lbs, the Cherokee is no lightweight, but the abundance of torque helps make it feel lighter than what it really is. T Steering is smooth, but feels a bit numb – that’s to be expected for a car at its size though.  A significant amount of effort was put into the design of the Cherokee to deliver a sportier ride that rivals the driving performance of cross-over SUV’s.  Acceleration from the V6 is plenty powerful and responsive, and there is confidence to be had around cornering with the Jeep Cherokee.

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Specifications

  • Vehicle : 2017 Cherokee
  • Model : Cherokee Limited
  • Vehicle Type : SUV
  • Seating Capacity : 2+3
  • Powertrain Configuration : 4×4
  • Engine : 3.2L Pentastar V6
  • Transmission : 9 Speed Automatic
  • Fuel Economy: 25/31 MPG city/highway

Pros

  • Silky smooth ride
  • Excellent quality of materials used in cabin space
  • Quiet interior and rugged design
  • Great fuel economy
  • Awesome off-road and towing capability

Cons

  • May be too excessive for daily use, but fuel economy helps.

2017 Jeep Cherokee 4×4 – Test Drive, Review Ratings, Specs

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A Purebred SUV Well Executed

While the main herd are bought in on the idea of cross-overs focused for flat pavement, Jeep sticks to its rock-solid purebred off-road SUV grassroots at the luxury level. And part of that statement is justifiable by its best-in-class towing capacity, award-winning 3.0 liter diesel engine, legendary 4×4 drivetrain with Quadra-lift air suspensions and an array of amenity and safety tech features including its massive 8.4″ infotainment system, blue-ray DVD player more than 70 safety tech features

2017 RAM 1500 Rebel – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

SAMSUNG CSCFitting a Big Trucks in a Tight Society

By now, everyone including their grandmas are aware of vehicle emissions and its negative impact on both the climate and your wallet. The big-size pickup truck certainly doesn’t portray much of an idea of “green is clean” initiative either. But there is hope to move towards that direction with the RAM 1500. The RAM 1500 owns the spotlight light in terms of fuel economy, achieving a very respectable 29 miles per gallon (MPG). But that’s only possible if you opt for the exclusive 3.0-liter EcoDisel V-6 engine. The RAM 1500 engine configuration options also offer a 3.6 liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivering 305 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, or the upper tier 5.7 liter HEMIV-8 with Variable valve timing (VVT) producing 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft of torque.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

2017 Chrysler PacificaA Family Mini-Van with a New Vision

Chrysler is best known for being the key innovator of the mini-van concept dating as far back as 30 years ago. The box-like Chrysler Town and Country offered confident handling, sharp acceleration while preserving practical cargo space and even an ability to carry 7 passengers. Despite the popular trend of cross-over SUV’s in today’s market, Chrysler rather continues its positive vibes by completely modernizing the mini-van into what is known today as the Chrysler Pacifica.

2017 Toyota 4Runner – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

2017 Toyota HighlanderBig SUV’s Still a Thing

Despite the fact that the world has more or less accepted the transition to the more favorable cross-over, the ultra heavy-duty Toyota 4Runner SUV refuses to let go of its existence. Not to say that the old-school SUV is a hopeless comparison to the modern cross-over though. Towing capacity and off-road conquering is where the 4Runner reigns supreme if that’s on your priority list.

2017 Lexus CT200h – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

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An Entry-Level Lexus Gone Hybrid

The CT200h is the cheapest ticket that will buy you into the entry level Lexus Luxury club. While sporting flashy looks, its impressive fuel economy is where the CT200h really shines. And that’s thanked by renowned hybrid powertrain directly derived from the Prius, which has been tested down to its bones. The CT200h is no by no means a thing of new however. Its window price sticker stacks up against the Mercedes GLA, Audi A3 minus the gasoline-electric options though.

2017 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

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Spacious, comfortable and reliable since 1994. The Toyota Rav4 has pretty much been the default choice for the weekend adventurers while offering family practicality with its shear amount of cargo space in a 5 passenger size factor. And as good as it sounds, it didn’t take long for others to hop onto the hot seller’s bandwagon that marked a new generation of cross-over SUV’s. Honda was quick to adapt to the market with its ever-popular CR-V and since then, many others have joined the cross-over SUV competition arena. The Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tuscon, and Ford Escape are those that come to mind when spotting 5-passenger cross-over species on the road today.