The X1 is one of the smallest crossover sport utility vehicles on the market today. It’s a compact five passenger vehicle but getting more than two full size adults in the back will be challenging. While largely unchanged for 2014, it now includes BMW Assist eCall and BMW TeleService as standard.
The Passo’s fuel efficiency of 27.6 km/L represents an improvement of approximately 30 percent over the previous design and exceeds the fuel efficiency standards for 2015 set by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) by 20 percent. Additionally, with CO2 emissions of 84 g/km, the Passo now achieves emissions levels 75 percent lower than the 2005 standards established under MLIT’s Approval System for Low-Emission Vehicles, making it eligible for full tax reductions under the Japanese government’s tax incentive program. Thanks to their improved fuel efficiency, the four-wheel drive models are also eligible for tax reductions.
The 2014 Santa Fe is a mid-size crossover with road-tripping families in mind thanks to it’s three rows of seating; two up front, two in the middle and three in the back. The Santa Fe is available in two trim levels, the GLS and Limited and both with the option of front wheel or all-wheel drive. Overall, the Santa Fe is mostly unchanged for 2014. The only new elements of note are HID headlights, LED taillights, cooled or ventilated front seats plus the Premium package now includes blind-spot monitoring.
Everyman Driver Podcast #19 (4.11.14) This week, an exclusive 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe detailed review, 2014 Audi Q5 overview, Ram Trucks: Past and Present, Captain America: Winter Soldier Premiere featuring 2014 Corvette Stingray, Off-Road in a 1974 Ford Bronco and much more. Remember, you can also listen via iTunes and/or Stitcher Smart Radio.
The Ram Truck brand introduces the 2014 Ram Power Wagon at the New York Auto Show next week, continuing a more than 60-year history of heavy-duty capability and technology. Take a brief trip back in time for a look at the birth of the Power Wagon and a look forward at what’s new for the 2014 Ram Power Wagon.
Auto buffs and action film fans are primed for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” – the highly anticipated action film which stars Scarlett Johansson in the guise of “The Black Widow” behind the wheel of her namesake Corvette Stingray. The film opens in U.S.theaters on Friday, April 4.
The original Ford Bronco was an Off-Road Vehicle, intended to compete primarily with Jeep CJ models and the International Harvester Scout. The Bronco’s small size riding on a 92-inch (2,337 mm) wheelbase made it maneuverable for some uses, but impractical as a tow vehicle. The Bronco was Ford’s first compact SUV.
The 2014 Audi Q5 is a very stylish and sporty luxury crossover with seating for five. A few of the big picture advantages of the Q5 include top-notch interior craftsmanship, class-leading fuel economy, strong supercharged V6, superb brake performance, roomy backseat and sporty handling. Some of the not-so-good aspects include a below-average cargo capacity, unintuitive control layout without navigation and an artificial steering feel.
Everyman Driver Podcast #18 (4.4.14) This week, six of the best 2014 SUVs under $25,000, six cars you can buy for less than $30,000 that will put out 300 or more HP and the first Everyman Driver April Fool’s Day review and fan reaction. Remember, you can also listen via iTunes and/or Stitcher Smart Radio.
The Hyundai Tucson, known for its combination of style and function, adds even more value in 2014 with advanced 2.0-liter Nu and 2.4-liter Theta II Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines, enhancing torque and engine responsiveness. With GDI standard on Tucson, like its big-brother Santa Fe, every Hyundai CUV now features this performance-enhancing technology. Tucson is the first Hyundai to receive the 2.0-liter Nu GDI engine in the United States. It will be applied to other models later in the 2014 model year.