Land Rover LR3 makes the case for a go anywhere attitude

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

“Take it off road.”

Very extraordinary!

Even with the most adept of off-road vehicles, journalists are seldom urged to take them off road outside a controlled environment, meaning without a professional off-road driver in the passenger seat.

Kia Spectra5 takes the brand a quantum leap forward

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It seemed like airbag overload.

We were passing the time checking out the interior of the just-arrived Kia Spectra5 waiting for a friend to return from a convenience store errand.

We sat and marveled at the profusion of airbags in the hatchback. It took more than one hand to count the little Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) buttons situated front and back in the Kia.

Jaguar joins the smart wagon crowd

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Station wagon-like vehicles are fashionable again, especially among the high-dollar crowd.

Hyundai Tucson answers the call

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We get on average about two winter events a season in eastern North Carolina. As luck would have it, there’s been some type of vehicle in the driveway that delivers torque to all four wheels during most of these foul-weather occurrences.

We could just as easily be in possession of a sports car.

Accord Hybrid gives Honda a double edge winner

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Now with gas prices reaching (unadjusted for inflation) record highs in 2005, the large numbers on a new vehicle’s window sticker will probably take on added importance to buyers.

GMC Canyon Crew Cab offers credible performance in the mid-size segment

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The playing field wasn’t level in the fall of 2003 when the all-new mid-sized GMC Canyon and its sibling, the Chevrolet Colorado were introduced, the first new mid-sized General Motors pickup trucks in many years.

In fact the Canyon/Colorado at that time were the first all-new trucks in the mid-sized segment in several years and were competing against more “mature” models from the industry.

Ford’s 2005 Escape spruces up and ups the ante with a new 4-cylinder

By Jim Meachen

We’ve spent considerable seat time behind the wheel of the Ford Escape since the small sport utility was introduced for the 2001 model year.

All of our test vehicles came with the very responsive 200-horsepower V-6 engine. That engine put the Escape at the top of its class, ahead of the popular Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, both with 4-cylinder engines.