Auto Reviews


CROSSOVER THE MOTHER ROAD
2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE AWD

AUTO REVIEW—Believe it or not, it’s the 20th anniversary of the compact crossover. Although it didn’t make it to the States until 1995, the RAV4 became the first compact crossover SUV when it was introduced in Japan and Europe in 1994. With the RAV4 now into its fourth generation, what better way to celebrate the anniversary than to take this automotive pioneer onto one of the original highways of the U.S. Highway System—the Mother Road itself: Historic Route 66.

CADILLAC’S OWN CADZZILLA
2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Twin-Turbo

AUTO REVIEW—With all due respect to Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and the Larry Ericson-designed “Cadzzilla” of Boyd Coddington fame, Cadillac has executed its own version of a fire-breathing hot rod. It’s called the CTS Vsport Twin-Turbo, and it’s eager to eat its competition from Japan and Germany. Harold Osmer reports.

HOW THE WEST WAS WON
2014 Dodge Durango Rallye

AUTO REVIEW—It started life on a body-on-frame Dakota platform. Three and a half generations later, the Dodge Durango scraps the truck in favor of a unibody platform it shares with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Now it’s the ideal ride to get the hell out of Dodge. We test one out with some added flavor in the form of the Rallye package. Harvey Schwartz reports.

ETERNAL SUNSHINE
2014 Infiniti Q60 Convertible

AUTO REVIEW—Production cars aren’t made to sit in a garage gathering dust, or travel about as a trailer queen. A car is created for the open road. On a sunny day it’s hard to beat the pure joy of driving with the wind in our hair, and plenty of power underfoot. This year, the So Cal sunshine-to-rain ratio comes in at a staggering 99 to one! Not one to temp fate, we aim the GPS towards Palm Springs, and get behind the wheel of the 2014 Infiniti Q60 Convertible for a good, old-fashion road trip!

MR. TOWNSEND’S MAGIC BUS
Parading Pasadena in a Honda Odyssey

2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite

AUTO REVIEW—In Pasadena, California, you’ll see Tournament of Roses reps using Honda Odysseys to chauffeur guests around town. If it seems odd that a minivan is used as executive transportation, few vehicles can coddle passengers like an Odyssey and also do double duty as a commercial hauler for Rose Parade preparation. For 2014, you can get the Honda Odyssey Touring Elite with an industry-first built-in vacuum cleaner. LA Car reports on living with the Odyssey in the Crown City of Pasadena.

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