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January 07, 2013

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Road Test Review

2013 Hyundai Sante Fe Road Test Review by Martha Hindes : RTM's 2013 CUV Buyer's Guide

by Martha Hindes

OK. So we resisted the temptation to buy Hyundai's now departed 7-passenger Veracruz crossover/sport utility. But we really like Hyundai. And we really want a more compact crossover for 5. We want a CUV that looks trendy and sharp and smacks us to attention with its good looks. Good mileage is a must, of course. And we've long been spoiled by Hyundai's lengthy warranties. What to do? The answer could be as close as the nearest Hyundai dealership with a new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport in the window.

The Santa Fe that has been a Hyundai staple for some two generations, and is now entering its third iteration with a redesign for 2013. This isn't yesterday's Santa Fe with its sometimes criticized lack of “gotcha.” We think this generation will receive a different reaction, with a heavy input of Hyundai's new “Fluidic Sculpture” design character setting the style bar higher than ever before. Sculpted-shaping of sheet metal lends visual appeal with a sense of motion, for example. Distinctive headlamps are framed with dramatic LED accent borders. To continue the review, click here.

January 04, 2013

2013 Cadillac SRX Road Test Review

2013 Cadillar SXR Crossover Road Test written by Martha Hindes - RTM's 2013 CUV Buyer's Guide

by Martha Hindes

It wasn't as if any Cadillac fan needed to be prompted to check out the SRXcrossover when it first came out. Aficionados had been waiting anxiously. We recall one man who chased us down on a side road during an early test drive to eagerly get a good look. That was some four years ago. Now, with an updated mid-size2013 Cadillac SRX on scene, the only prompting needed to coax curiosity is its CUE.

That's really not a play on words, although dictionaries define it as a prompt, or signal to do something. In this case, it's discovering that Cadillac has incorporated a finely-tuned, user-friendlier touchable electronics interface for all those delicious high tech gadgets that populate contemporary vehicles. Cadillac has cleverly combined “Cadillac User Experience” into the simple, unforgettable acronym CUE that helps define the simplicity of this new system designed to take the complexity angst out of automotive electronics that has sullied some competitive vehicles. It's standard on all 2013 SRX models. To continue the review, click here.

January 02, 2013

2013 Chevrolet Equinox Road Test Review

2013 Chevrolet Equinox Road Test Review : Road & Travel Magazine

By Tim Healey

One way to liven up a mainstream crossover is to give it more power, and Chevy has done just that with the 2013 Equinox by dropping an optional 3.6-liter V-6 under hood to replace last year's optional 3.0-liter mill.

That's the biggest change for 2013, although the Equinox also adds Chevy's MyLink infotainment system, an available sport suspension for models with 18- or 19-inch models, some new safety features, and some new convenience and entertainment features.

Not much changed, but that didn't stop us from taking a spin anyway. Duty calls.

Features & Prices
There are three trims on Equinox: LS, LT, and LTZ. In addition to MyLink, other available features include a power liftgate, a tilt/telescope steering wheel, OnStar, Bluetooth, a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, an engine-block heater, a sunroof, leather seats, and more.

Pricing starts at $23,755, not including the $825 destination fee.

On the Road
In addition to the V-6, the base engine is a carryover 2.4-liter four-cylinder that generates 182 horsepower. We spent our time in the 3.6, which has 301 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel-drive is standard and all-wheel-drive is optional with either engine. To continue the review, click here.