How far has Subaru come during its 60 years of selling cars? Roughly seven feet. That’s the difference lengthwise between its first vehicle, the diminutive “360” (later dubbed “the ladybug”) and a pumped up new SUV called the Ascent. Make no mistake. The Ascent is a Texas-sized rig, thoroughly incongruous with its creator’s climate conscious, blue-state reputation. It’s a huge leap for one of the industry’s most risk-averse players—as if a family of Vermont academics sent their kid off to be a linebacker for the Aggies. The Indiana-made Ascent is also (and this is kind of important) a profit machine. The SUV started trickling into dealerships a few weeks ago with prices ranging from $32,000 to $45,000. Good luck getting a test-drive, though. Subaru North America CEO Tom Doll said the company sold 4,000 of the vehicles more than two months before deliveries began. It’s proved to be the brand’s biggest product launch in at … [Read more...] about Subaru seeing big demand for new super-sized SUV model
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The 2018 Toyota Sequoia had me thinking of the Three Stooges -- specifically Curly.Now, before you conclude I'm a knucklehead, let me explain the connection.Sequoia, offered in SR5, TRD Sport, Limited and Platinum trim, is -- like Curly -- big and heavy. The eight-passenger Limited 4x4 we drove stretched 17 feet and tipped the scales at a tides-altering 3 tons. One might reasonably assume Sequoia would be slow and ponderous. Nope. It reached 60 mph in the mid 6's, offered a smaller-than-expected turning circle, was smoothly elegant at highway speed and, like Curly, seemed remarkably light on its feet, given its dimensional circumstances.So you can see how I arrived at the Curly comparison. I'm a victim of soicumstance.All that said, there's no denying Sequoia is like a black-and-white movie-short -- old school to the core, its fully independent suspension notwithstanding. Sequoia still rides its Tundra pickup body-on-frame platform, just as it has since it debuted way back in 2001; … [Read more...] about 2018 Toyota Sequoia Is this old school SUV civil? Soitenly!
British luxury automaker Jaguar Cars announced that the U.S. version of its brand-new all-electric I-Pace crossover will start at $69,500 (before incentives) when it arrives here in the second half of 2018.With the I-Pace, Jaguar becomes the first global automaker to enter the "premium electric vehicles" space created by Silicon Valley upstart Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA). But is the I-Pace a direct challenger to Tesla's Model X -- or is it something a little different?Jaguar said that its all-new I-Pace, a midsize premium electric SUV, will be priced at $69,500 before incentives when it arrives in the U.S. later this year. Image source: Jaguar Land Rover Automotive PLC.What Jaguar said about the U.S. version of the I-PaceJaguar, a subsidiary of India's Tata Motors (NYSE: TTM), officially unveiled the production version of the I-Pace last week. The I-Pace is a five-passenger luxury crossover SUV powered entirely by batteries. Today's announcement adds details specific to the U.S. version:As … [Read more...] about Why the Jaguar I-Pace Is — and Isn’t — a Tesla Rival
The Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona is one of the best preserved ancient craters to be found today. Jim Wark/Visuals Unlimited/Corbis Tech & Science Asteroids Meteorites Meteor Earlier this spring, as violence and chaos drove thousands of refugees onto rickety boats off Libya, with some drowning on the grueling voyage to Italy, scientists gathered on the outskirts of Rome to discuss another sort of catastrophe. Astronomers and physicists from some of the world’s top institutions grappled with a dire scenario: An asteroid possibly as large as 1,300 feet in diameter—big enough to cause epochal damage—was hurtling toward Earth, and the countries likely to be hit included some of the poorest and most unstable in the world. Policymakers bickered over whether to try to blow it up or move it, and nations nearly went to war over whether deflecting it would make the fiery rock more likely to land on them.Relax. It was only a drill. Had it been a real emergency, you … [Read more...] about We Can Save Ourselves From Earth-Killing Asteroids, But Someone Has to Pay
Full Car Details More Reviews Last Christmas, we hosted the annual holiday gathering of Liz’s gang of junior-high school friends. As tends to happen, the talk turned to cars, and one of her friends lamented the quality of the drivers on local freeways. She complained about people driving recklessly, cutting into and out of lanes, and zooming by like she was standing still. “And it’s always the BMW drivers. Always,” she said. “Why is that?” The short answer didn’t satisfy her: “Because they can.” Designed and engineered in Germany, where people know how to drive and at relatively high speeds, BMWs have the power to leverage holes in traffic, and the handling prowess to weave through traffic with ease. What appears reckless to the uninitiated is, in the hands of a skilled driver, a walk in the so-called park. Nevertheless, rumor has it that BMWs aren’t fun to drive anymore. Reported disappointment began more than half a … [Read more...] about The Spousal Report: 2018 BMW X3 Review