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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Gas Chambered an Olympic Athlete to Prove Hydrogen Cars are Better for the Environment

Yes, what you’re seeing is a person, on a treadmill, breathing car exhaust as they do their usual training routine. That person is Hyundai Spain’s brand ambassador and an Olympic athlete, and that vehicle is a Hyundai Nexo – a purely hydrogen-powered vehicle that Hyundai says emits absolutely zero emissions. Of course, that’s not exactly true as hydrogen-powered vehicles emit water vapor, but we’ll leave that argument for another time.

The reason this actually works is because as the vehicle breaks down the hydrogen, it creates water vapor. The Nexo, however, also purifies the air it emits, which means that person in the gas bubble is most likely breathing cleaner air than you right now. Weird, huh? As weird as it seems, I should probably point out that you shouldn’t try this at home. Doing this with a normal vehicle will result in a permanent loss of life that you don’t want. And, you probably shouldn’t try it with your own NEXO either, if you happen to own one. The whole point is to prove that the Nexo – and hydrogen-powered vehicles as a whole – are safe for the environment… and people… obviously people.

Oddly enough, hydrogen-fueled vehicles have yet to take off, even in the limited capacity that electric cars have. Where electric cars have long recharge times, a hydrogen vehicle can be refilled in nearly the same amount of time it takes to fill a take of gasoline or diesel. But, there are two downsides, the first being that hydrogen fuel cells don’t tend to work in cold temperatures, and the other being that there is a serious lack of hydrogen fueling stations. For what it’s worth, Hyundai does say that the Nexo can operate in temperatures as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit. For now, enjoy the video, and, as I said before, don’t take this is as some stupid challenge. If you try it and kick the bucket, we’ll be forced to say you fell victim to natural selection.

PostHeaderIcon Six Generations of the Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer has been around for almost 30 years. In that time, the SUV segment has evolved in ways no one could’ve dreamed of. Through it all, the Explorer has remained one of the segment’s backbones, a pillar from which the SUV world has stood on for close to three decades. The Explorer’s life reads like a Hollywood script, too. It started off with a bang, establishing itself as one of the most popular SUVs on the market. That success lasted for more than a decade before the Explorer lost its way as other SUVs arrived. Sales eventually cratered, leaving Ford desperate to recapture the magic the Explorer had when it became the breakout hit of the early ’90s. The return to form eventually took place as the SUV segment in the U.S. exploded. With the Explorer now entrenched as one of the most popular SUVs in the market, Ford’s banking on the sixth-generation model to keep that momentum. Whether it does so or not remains to be seen, but the all-new Explorer appears fully equipped to take on that challenge.

PostHeaderIcon Best Small Luxury SUVs

Name a carmaker that doesn’t offer at least one SUV/crossover as part of its current lineup. That’s right; you can’t. Everybody is building high-riding cars because everybody wants one these days. Premium slash luxury carmakers make no exception. In fact, the likes of Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and especially Porsche have seen their income boosted by boxy or hunchback-shaped cars to such extent that they decided to invent niches of niches.

That’s how you can now choose from a roster of crossovers and SUVs that come in all shapes and sizes, fitted with the latest tech-y bells and whistles, powered by efficient powerplants. In all honesty, it’s hard not to be drawn towards such a vehicle, especially under the (sometimes true) promise that they can deliver everything you need or want from them.

PostHeaderIcon Top 7 Most Luxurious SUVs


Once upon a time, the term “luxury SUV” described models that you could barely count on one hand. Today, the term “luxury SUV” describes a thriving ecosystem of some of the finest and most premium sport utility vehicles in the market. The growing popularity of SUVs has ignited interest in these models, resulting in the kind of demand that many thought was impossible as recently as a decade ago.
And as more exotic brands — hello, Aston Martin, and Ferrari — enter the ring, the luxury SUV market is only going to get bigger and far more diverse than it already is today. But that’s a story for another time. For now, these are the seven most luxurious SUVs you can buy in the market today.

PostHeaderIcon You Can Now Order the 2020 Jeep Wrangler JL With a Diesel, But The Cost Is Almost Unbearable

Well, this is some big news that will interest all the Jeep Wrangler fans out there. JLWranglerForums has received a scoop on the pricing of the diesel engine option. As it turns out, the famed 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine will be available as optional on the 2020 Jeep Wrangler JL for $6,000.

This includes the price of the eight-speed automatic gearbox as well. But there’s a catch. Although the premise of this engine making its way under the hood of the Wrangler is exciting at the onset, we are utterly disappointed that this engine cannot be mated to a manual transmission. Come on, Jeep. Why can’t you let us have the cake and eat it too this one time?

PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX50 – Driven

Infiniti was early to what has become one of the industry’s hottest market segments: the compact luxury crossover. The 2008 EX35 was much more of a car than an SUV, a slightly elevated, slightly roomier version of the acclaimed G35 sports sedan. Infiniti bet big that buyers would sacrifice utility for performance — and it bet wrong. Despite beating most competitors to the market, and even after numerous upgrades over the years (including a longer wheelbase and a name change to QX50), it never made a splash. Later arrivals were able to emulate the more successful compact luxury crossovers and avoid Infiniti’s mistakes.

So not surprisingly, for its first full redesign in more than a decade, the 2019 Infiniti QX50 similarly gravitates toward the class norm. It became taller and wider, adopting more SUV-like proportions. It switched from a V6 engine and a rear-wheel-drive platform to a turbocharged four-cylinder and front-wheel-drive (still with optional all-wheel-drive). All of that mirrors such top rivals as the Acura RDX, Lexus NX, and Cadillac XT4, though a few other competitors still have rear-wheel-drive roots.

But beyond being merely typical, the QX50 is decidedly ordinary as well. It checks general boxes for the luxury crossover class without managing to dazzle. It neither fun and sporty nor vault-like in its serenity. Its infotainment isn’t cutting-edge. It has advanced engineering behind its variable-compression engine, but the real-world effect is less notable.

To be sure, calling a luxury car “ordinary” compared to its peers is no great insult. That means it’s meeting the high standards of its class, even if it doesn’t exceed them. So if you’re looking for a comfortable, quiet, respectably spacious, and generally easy-to-drive small luxury crossover, the QX50 is one of many potentially attractive choices. Prices start at $37,645 including destination change.

PostHeaderIcon Everything We Know About the Aston Martin DBX

We’ve all heard by now that Aston Martin will build an SUV. In fact, the upcoming DBX – that’s the name Gaydon chose for its first-ever high-riding vehicle – has revealed some of its intricacies, but even so, there’s still more of what we don’t know than what we actually know about it.

The DBX comes as a surprise move from Aston Martin and although you might not see it like that since every carmaker is churning out high-riding vehicles these days, the company’s CEO was very adamant that the company won’t build such a car because SUVs are boxes and boxes aren’t beautiful. The statement dates back to 2015 when Andy Palmer seemed to wage a war on SUVs, saying that “our [Aston Martin’s] DNA doesn’t allow us to go there” and “you cannot make a beautiful SUV, it’s impossible.” Oh, well, little did we know.

PostHeaderIcon Off-Roading Tips and Tricks From the Jeep Experts

Off-roading is no easy job. Let’s get that straight right off the bat. But since practice makes perfect, we though we’d give you a head start with a handful of expert-provided tips and tricks that will keep you on top of your game off the beaten path.

It doesn’t even matter what kind of off-roader you’re taking on your weekend adventures. It doesn’t have to be a Jeep and it can certainly be your vintage Land Rover Defender that your father used to take for the occasional mud bath. But if you want to make the best out of your weekend into the wild and avoid nasty situations as well as keep your vehicle in tip-top shape, then these tips and tricks are worth remembering and applying.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes 250GD Wolf by Expedition Motor Company

Mercedes G-Wagen is a legend in itself. It started off as a military vehicle, but has been in production since 1979. The SUV is adored by people all across the globe, be it the older models, or the latest. Here’s one classic 1992 G-Wagen that has been restored by Expedition Motor Company. The restomod is a good project as a wholesome and we are quite happy with the result. The SUV has literally been ripped apart and everything its chassis is new. Let’s take a look at how it has turned out.

PostHeaderIcon Driving the New Jeep Wrangler JL on a Harsh Off-Road Course Is a Confidence Boosting Experience

The newJeep Wrangler JL has been around for some time but we had the chance to put it to (hard) work where it belongs the most: that is, way off the beaten path. So we were handed a couple of Wrangler JL Saharas and encouraged to roam freely on an obstacle course that made sure neither we or the cars had it easy. Here’s what we can report in the wake of this off-roading experience.

PostHeaderIcon BMW Just Dropped the M5’s 591-Horsepower V-8 Inside the 2020 X5 M and X6 M

We knew it was bound to happen, and you knew it too. BMW has finally spilled the beans on its range-topping performance SUVs – or SAV and SAC if we are to stay true to the BMW jargon. The 2020 X5 M and 2020 X6 M mark the third-generation of high-riding M-badged models by borrowing the M5’s 591-horsepower V-8 engine to go with a long list of goodies and upgrades, so let’s check them out.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Doesn’t Want EQC Customers to Be Couch Potatoes

Thanks to an 80-kWh battery pack that sends power down to a pair of asynchronous electric motors, the Mercedes-Benz EQC can travel for 445 to 471 kilometers ( 276 to 292 miles) on a single full charge. We’re telling you this because Mercedes-Benz’s latest bundle of lifestyle accessories for the EQC was coined with this particular feature in mind.

The Germans are sure that those who have decided to own an EQC won’t stick to the daily work-home-supermarket urban routine and will want to drive way from the city on weekends or holidays. So, in a way, the accessories Mercedes-Benz has just dropped are aimed at road-trippers first and foremost. Let’s check it out.

PostHeaderIcon Jeep Wrangler Black Hawk Military Edition by Chelsea Truck Company

The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most mod-friendly off-roaders one can buy today. The company itself offers hundreds of accessories and packages through Mopar, but that doesn’t limit other aftermarket companies to work on the Wrangler.

One such company is the U.K.-based Chelsea Truck Company. The company currently works on the Jeep Wrangler, Land Rover Defender, and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. It makes many iterations of the Wrangler and the Defender, but in this piece, we’ll be looking at the Jeep Wrangler Black Hawk Military Edition.

PostHeaderIcon Bollinger Finally Reveals Its B1 and B2 Off-Roaders!

We have seen Tesla, Rivian, and Ford enjoy all the limelight when it comes to electric pickup trucks. There are smaller players having a shot at this as well, like Atlis, but they don’t seem to garner a lot of attention.

However, here’s one such company that has been teasing us for a long time now, and finally it has revealed its product. Yes, Bollinger Motors has finally revealed its B1 SUV and B2 pickup truck. And If you are here with the notion that this might be another Tesla or Rivian product, you’re in for a surprise!

PostHeaderIcon Lexus NX300 Black Line Special Edition

The Lexus NX is one of the most aggressively designed crossovers in its segment. It’s also going on its sixth year in production. At some point, the NX’s dynamic design will wear off, and Lexus will need to do something fresh to inject some excitement back to the NX nameplate. Give credit to Lexus, then, because that’s exactly what it’s doing.

For the second time this year, Toyota’s premium car brand will roll out a Black Line Edition for the NX crossover. The new Black Line Edition is based on the NX300 trim of the popular crossover. It mostly features aesthetic and visual upgrades to the exterior and interior, including one specific highlight that brings all these details together in one impressive special edition design package. Only 2,000 units of the 2020 NX300 Black Line Edition will be built. Each model will carry a starting price of $45,735. That price tag could go up to $47,135 if you eschew the front-wheel drive version in favor of the all-wheel drive model.

PostHeaderIcon Toyota 4Runner Venture Edition

With a manufacturing facility sitting deep in the heart of the state, Toyota is always a lock to be in attendance at the Texas State Fair. Past years have shown the automaker debut models like the Toyota 4Runner Nightshade Edition to go with SX versions of the Toyota Tundra and Toyota Tacoma.

This year, Toyota is returning the to the fair with a more functionally inclined special edition model called the 4Runner Venture Edition. The exclusive touches are mostly of the cosmetic variety, but there’s enough of them in the 4Runner Venture Edition to go around to pique the interests of prospective owners of the special edition SUV. The Toyota 4Runner Venture Edition is already available for order so if you’ve got an eye for a new roof rack, among other things, you can buy Toyota’s latest special edition SUV for a tidy sum of $45,405.

PostHeaderIcon Land Rover Is Working On Some Seriously Pointless Tech

Part of the beauty of owning a vehicle like the Jeep Wrangler, Ford F-150 Raptor, Toyota 4Runner, or even the new Land Rover Defender is the ability to play off-road. By that, we mean hitting rough terrain, climbing over obstacles, and going places cars like the Porsche 911 or Aston Martin DBS Superleggera can’t go. Doing this, however, requires a certain amount of driver skill – your everyday driver doesn’t just know how to approach and climb over rocky terrain or climb excessive steep grades. But, that’s part of the fun of off-roading; you learn how to approach different obstacles and enjoy the challenge. Now, however, it looks like a company known for its off-roading prowess, Land Rover, has lost touch with that entire concept as it works to developer remote control technology for the 2020 Defender.

PostHeaderIcon Watch Karma Deal Its Inevitable Wrath As the Driver of a Chevy Equinox Pulls an Illegal U-Turn

Every day we find reasons to admit that, while the person individually is smart, people as a whole are stupid. The video you see here reinforces that concept beyond a reasonable doubt and karma catches up with a stupid driver almost instantly? What exactly and I talking about? Well, the video you see below showcases what happens when you either don’t pay attention or don’t give a shit about traffic laws or street signs. In short, someone in a Chevy Equinox (at least one-generation back) not only ignores common street signs that prohibit U-turns but ignores a red light and the train alert system in place. Without even watching the video, I bet you can already guess what happened.

Yup; that moronic driver got creamed. Lucky for them, however, they were going fast enough that the train they cut in front of only hit the rear, driver’s side quarter panel. It could have clearly been much worse and, if the driver was just going a bit slower, this would have undoubtedly been a fatal accident. Of course, it could have been anyway considering the fact that there could have been someone in the rear seat of the Equinox. We’re hoping not, and we hope that anyone in the car escaped with no or minor injuries.

This video also raises a question about whether or not mankind is actually devolving. The driver of this Equinox exhibited no common sense, no respect for the laws of the road, and absolutely zero survival or self-preservation instinct. Instead, their desire to get somewhere just a few minutes quicker almost cost them their life and who knows what kind of injuries for passengers on the train or anyone else in the car. The driver of the Equinox has, hopefully, learned their lesson and you can chalk this one off as one more brownie point toward an ever-increasing need to put self-driving cars on the road.

PostHeaderIcon The 2020 Aston Martin DBX Will Have AMG-Sourced Power, But It’s More than We Expected

Add Aston Martin to the growing list of premium automakers that are set to embark on a journey to the land of crossovers and SUVs. The British automaker’s DBX crossover is scheduled to arrive in December, and now we know that it will carry a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that produces an impressive 542 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Interestingly, this twin-turbo V-8 unit is the same AMG-sourced powertrain that you’ll see in the DB11 and Vantage. It is, however, been tuned to produce more power, a by-product of Aston Martin wanting to squeeze more power out of the engine for the DBX. This bit of information reveals a great deal about the DBX, specifically in how it stacks up against its rivals in the segment. With that much power at its disposal, it’s safe to say that the Aston Martin DBX won’t have a problem making a name for itself against models like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Maserati Levante, Lamborghini Urus, and Bentley Bentayga.

PostHeaderIcon Word Around the Campfire Is That the 2020 Ford Bronco Will Have 33-inch Tires and a True-to-Life Manual Transmission

There is no denying that the upcoming Ford Bronco is the most anticipated vehicle at the moment. It has been in thr news constantly for almost a year now. The Corvette C8 kind of stole its thunder, but now that the mid-engined car’s hype has died down,the Bronco is back in the limelight in all its glory. From all the rumors and leaks surfacing online, it seems as though Ford is investing a lot in the Bronco so that it lives up to its credibility. When it comes to a hardcore off-roader, there are some things we purists can’t compromise on. And, it looks like Ford, too, knows this. This news will make a lot of you grin ear-to-ear. The new Ford Bronco could be mated to a manual transmission! Ford could also offer 33-inch off-road tires. Could our day get any better?

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