Four-wheel drive

Driven: 2012 Jeep Wrangler

If we had to hand out an all-star award for best brand to come out of the Chrysler bankruptcy, it would more than likely go to Jeep. The venerable off-road brand went from having a portfolio of lackluster vehicles (SRT8 being a notable exception), with shoddy interiors a few years back to being the darling of the Chrysler universe. First, it was the debut of the all-new and drastically improved Grand Cherokee. Then the Liberty and Wrangler received new, upscale interiors. Most recently, Jeep debuted the second-generation Compass, which is a dramatically better vehicle than the one it replaces.

By Brandon Turkus | August 25, 2011
Quick Drive: 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged

The Range Rover is a brilliant car that makes no sense. Since the world would be a more threadbare place without cars (and art and architecture and really anything “inefficient” but humanely attractive), let’s dispense with the reasons you could get the raw functionality of this vehicle for vastly less money and concentrate on what it does that is special.

By Tom Martin | November 24, 2010
Quick Drive: 2010 Jeep Liberty Renegade

The Liberty looks good, in a utilitarian, purposeful way. It doesn’t overdo it, like a Hummer would have—it isn’t gargantuan, hulking or a cartoon of itself. But it looks chiseled and solid. The interior has some nice touches like a very vertical A-pillar and a dash that is only a few inches deep. That gives a retro feel that fits the oeuvre on offer here.

By Tom Martin | September 30, 2010
First Look: 2011 Ford Explorer

Ford’s sprawling Dearborn campus is home to many walled-off buildings with blackened windows that work to keep prying eyes out. Every time we drive by, we can’t help but try to catch a glimpse of what’s inside. This time however, we got to see the other side. We were invited in to see an extremely important new Ford, the 2011 Explorer. We spent half-a-day at Ford’s Product Development Center being briefed on all that is new with the Explorer.

By Brandon Turkus | July 26, 2010
Quick Drive: 2010 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4×4 Limited

Pickup trucks are a lot different than they were ten years ago. Vehicles that used to be used exclusively on construction sites and for towing have now morphed into a strange fusion of work truck and luxury car. Our Tundra Limited was a prime example of this. Navigation, heated leather seats, a JBL stereo, satellite radio, an iPod/USB hookup, and a floor-mounted shifter were all standard.

By Winding Road Staff | May 20, 2010


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