Auto Reviews


GIANT ROBOT
Toyota’s biggest, baddest Land Cruiser

AUTO REVIEW—Big seems to be the theme throughout the legendary Toyota Land Cruiser. It’s big on the outside, measuring in at 194.9 inches in length and 74 inches in height, and big on the inside with seating for eight people over three rows. It has a big 24.6-gallon fuel tank, which is probably a good idea for a vehicle that gets 13 miles per gallon around town. And finally, the Land Cruiser has a BIG price tag with an MSRP, as equipped, just shy of $84,000. Reed “The Traffic Guy” Berry finds out if bigger is better.

RHYTHM AND BLUE
Subaru’s BRZ HyperBlue moves like Jagger

AUTO REVIEW—It grabs the eye with its exclusive Hyper Blue paint, and matching black with blue stitching on the inside. Already a darling of high plains drifting crowd, Subaru decides its front-engine, rear-wheel drive BRZ should really know how to move like Jagger. The result is the BRZ HyperBlue. Senior Contributing Editor Harvey Schwartz takes it on the dance floor.

OUTBACK AT THE SUBARU RANCH
Subaru’s Outback is a car for all reasons

AUTO REVIEW— The new Subaru Outback SUV 3.6 liter Premium is the largest and roomiest of Subaru sport utilities. This year, it’s upgraded with better ride and handling plus more safety and an infotainment system that bring it to the forefront of car technology. Updates include SUBARU STARLINK safety and security features with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology with Lane Keep Assist; retuned suspension dampers providing a smoother ride keeping the new Outback ahead of the competition. Harvey Schwartz reports.

FLAIR AND BALANCED
The turbocharged Lexus RC 200t

AUTO REVIEW—No, the title of this review isn’t a misprint. Our Reed “The Traffic Guy” Berry is driving a car that is stylish and original while, at the same time, maintains a perfect balance between fairly impressive performance and very respectable fuel economy. Sleek, sporty and fun to drive, the turbocharged Lexus RC 200t puts a smile on Reed’s face on a weekend road trip to sunny Las Vegas.

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RANGE ROVER
We ride the Range Rover SV Autobiography

AUTO REVIEW—15-way adjustable heated and cooled seats stitched in Windsor leather with massaging function? Consoles finished from the finest woods? Deep twist pile mohair carpets? Maurice Wilks would not believe his eyes even after having repeatedly verified the Rover name plate. Yes, he was the chief engineer of Rover after the WWII, but the vehicle he designed in 1947 was to be used chiefly to plow the fields. He’d been relying on an old Jeep in his farm in Anglesey, and thought the Brits could use something similar. This rolling exhibit of comfort may have “biography” in its designation, but they did not rely on his.

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