Almost as iconic as the Volvo station wagon itself is the Cross Country name many of those wagons have worn since 1997.The Cross Country is essentially Volvo s answer to the Subaru Outback and Audi Allroad: a wagon dressed up as an SUV, with a taller ride height and macho-looking body cladding.The Cross Country tradition will continue with Volvo s latest wagon.A V90 Cross Country will be revealed later this month, Volvo confirmed in a press release.Like previous models, the V90 Cross Country probably won t differ mechanically from other V90 variants, but it will have a tougher look meant to woo SUV shoppers.That tactic has worked pretty well for Volvo over the past 20 years.
SUVs are more popular than ever, and automakers are all too happy to meet that demand.Sometimes that means turning a regular car into something approximating an SUV, even if that car is a tiny subcompact hatchback.The 2017 Chevrolet Spark Activ really is just a regular car with some SUV-like styling cues, in the same vein as the Subaru Outback and XV Crosstrek or Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.But the Spark Activ, which debuts this week at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, applies the concept to a much smaller package.The Activ isn t any more off-road worthy than a regular Spark, but it does have what Chevy calls trail-inspired accents.These include extra plastic body cladding, rocker moldings, roof rails, round fog lights, and a 0.4-inch higher ride height.
Forget what you know about autonomous cars for a moment.The real money is on data-driven cars, a vast array of connected vehicles that feed rich data to a central server in hopes of improving more than just traffic flows.We ll save time in traffic, avoid accidents, save fuel, find better nav routes, and much more.Even in the next decade or two, there s a slim chance most of us will own a brand new autonomous car or even one that s retrofitted.That 2017 Subaru Outback is still going to be on the road, and someone — a second- or third-hand owner — will still drive it.Yet what will happen is that cars will be connected to one another, the roadway, the infrastructure, and even beyond — to the Internet of Things, to the office, and to your home.And it could happen sooner than you think.One big step forward is the recently announced Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform, which provides the tools and algorithms automakers and any company in the automotive space needs to build the technology, analyze the data, and help drivers.Doug Seven, the principal program manager for Microsoft Azure IoT-Things That Move, told me that the platform is a bit like having a set of Lego blocks.The platform can help with things like electronic payments in the car, or traffic reporting, or collision avoidance.He gave a really good example.
With enough room to handle a growing brood – especially when trying to fit lanky teenagers in the back seat – along with the kind of cargo space that lets you haul all of your gear at the same time, mid-size sport-utility vehicles are versatile and in many cases surprisingly affordable additions to any driveway.Let s take a quick look – in no particular order – at five mid-size SUVs under $40,000 that are worth keeping an eye on for 2017.In fact, the Sorento starts way, way under our price limit, and can be had with the choice of either a base 2.4-liter-cylinder engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged unit, or a range-topping 3.3-liter V6, not to mention a substantial amount of comfort gear.How We d Order It: Selecting the Kia Sorento EX with the turbocharged engine means no third row – a peculiar quirk of the automaker s ordering process – but allows you to maximize your bang for the buck as you can add all-wheel drive, a power liftgate, blind spot detection, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, and a lane departure warning system all while staying well under our self-imposed price cap.Like the Sorento, the Edge provides a trio of engine choices, ranging from the 245 horsepower 2.0-liter entry-level mill up to the 315 horses on offer from the twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 in the Ford Edge Sport.With 350 lb-ft of torque and standard AWD to back up its bad attitude, the Ford Edge Sport is a legitimate barn burner in a segment where performance is rarely prioritized.
Buick is making a bold move with the 2018 Regal, and these hatchback and wagon variants just might be good SUV alternatives.Buick has a reputation for conservatism, but with the 2018 Regal, General Motors’ near-luxury brand is shaking things up.U.S. car buyers aren’t as enthusiastic about hatchbacks and wagons as their European counterparts, but those are the only body styles the 2018 Regal will be available in when it launches later this year.With no sedan in sight, buyers will choose between the Regal Sportback hatchback and the Regal TourX, a wagon with SUV-like styling features, in the vein of the Subaru Outback.The Sportback features a low roofline that Buick describes as “coupe like,” giving it a sleeker look than most hatchbacks.The TourX wagon — the first Buick wagon since the 1990s Roadmaster — has a more traditional look.
If you need all-wheel drive and cargo space, but don't want an SUV, look no further than Subaru's Outback.Thanks to standard all-wheel drive and some plastic body cladding, Subaru is able to market the Outback as an SUV alternative.It has made for a profitable niche, but how does Subaru improve on that success?Debuting at the 2017 New York Auto Show, the 2018 Subaru Outback gets some of the same styling tweaks as the 2018 Legacy that debuted in Chicago in February, plus more tech features.Overall, these make for relatively small changes to the current-generation Outback, which has been on sale since the 2015 model year.The 2018 Outback gets revised front and rear styling, but the new look isn’t a dramatic departure from the previous version.
Not only did it tweak the WRX and STI earlier this year, it delivered updates to its midsize siblings, the Outback and Legacy.The 2018 Subaru Legacy starts at $22,195, a $200 price bump over 2017.Updates for the 2018 model include doors that lock at speed, new acoustic side glass, insulated rear wheel wells and individual tire pressure monitoring.The base Legacy 2.5i's standard equipment includes a 6.5-inch Starlink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.As with every other Subaru, save for the BRZ sports car, all-wheel drive is standard across the lineup.Move up to the $24,295 Legacy 2.5i Premium, and you get an 8-inch multitouch infotainment system with connected apps, heated front seats, a power front driver's seat and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Subaru didn't just refresh the Legacy for the 2018 model year -- it also bestowed some updates upon the Legacy's taller, more capacious sibling, the 2018 Outback.For the 2018 model year, Subaru saw fit to replace the Outback's headlights, grille, front and rear bumpers and door mirrors.Like the 2018 Legacy, a new safety system locks the doors above 12.5 mph and unlocks them when the airbags deploy.The base Outback 2.5i starts at $25,895.Moving up the trim ladder, we land next at the $27,995 Outback 2.5i Premium.This adds heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a three-spoke steering wheel, a power front driver's seat and an instrument cluster with a LCD color display.
When engineers get bored, some of the most interesting creations are born.That's what happened with this Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain, which was turned into a battlewagon like none other.Underneath this insane body is standard E-Class All-Terrain, which is sort of like a Subaru Outback on luxury-drugs -- it's a slightly lifted luxury wagon with all-wheel drive.From there, the engineer who built this tank borrowed the portal axles from the G550 4x4^2 to give the car some better off-road chops.With the portal axles slapped under the body, the All-Terrain 4x4^2's ground clearance rises to a ludicrous 16.5 inches, which is 150 percent more ground clearance than a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.Its wading depth is now 19,6 inches.
With the release of the 2018 edition, the Subaru Outback continues to be the brand’s best-selling model in the U.S.Changes for 2018 include refreshed front and rear styling and a short list of trim and feature tweaks.The Outback, the largest of Subaru’s three crossovers, has been the sales leader in recent years, followed by the Forester compact crossover, and then the subcompact Crosstrek.What’s new for 2018 Subaru OutbacksIn addition to newly designed front and rear fascias, bumpers, and front grille, the 2018 Outback has new C-shaped headlights with LED daytime running lights.A new Steering Responsive Headlight feature that lets the headlights project light in the direction of turns is either standard or optional on the top two trim levels.
It comes with a 6.2-inch screen embedded in the center console, a bargain-basement four-speaker sound system, manually adjustable climate controls, and very few creature comforts.Basic trim levels, especially the most affordable model, unabashedly embrace the function-over-form approach to building a car, though the standard touchscreen is slightly bigger than the Forester’s.It works, too; not everyone wants a two-page list of creature comforts.Both models come standard with a naturally aspirated (that’s non-turbocharged) 2.5-liter flat-four engine.It makes 170 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 174 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm when it’s bolted under the Forester’s hood.In the Forester, the top-spec engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 250 hp and 258 lb-ft. of torque.
There was no scratch on the screen otherwise.Antonio Villas-Boas/Business InsiderIn case you were wondering, the Galaxy S9 Plus housed inside the $30 Incipio Dualpro case, can survive the weight of a Subaru Outback.It was a simple example of human error.All you need to know is that I accidentally ran over the Business Insider office's Galaxy S9 review unit with a front tire – and then a rear tire – and it suffered absolutely no damage whatsoever.There was so little damage, that when I was using it later, I actually managed to temporarily forget that it was run over by a car.Twice, technically, if you count each tire.
Since Mercedes-Benz revived its Maybach ultra-luxury brand for the second time, there have been rumors that Maybach would launch an SUV to compete with the Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and high-end versions of the Range Rover.The first indication that those rumors might be true is the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, a glitzy SUV concept debuting at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show.The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury concept has an unwieldy design to go with its unwieldy name.The result looks a bit like a blinged-out version of the old Subaru Outback sedan, or an SUV that backed up into a low bridge.Power comes courtesy of four electric motors, which together drive all four wheels and produce 750 horsepower.Mercedes claims a range of over 200 miles, and a top speed of 155 mph.
If you're like me, you're probably pretty trusting of your car's ability to gauge its fuel level and turn that into a quantifiable range.After Subaru's latest recall, I wouldn't blame you for being a little more paranoid.Subaru has issued a recall for 228,648 examples of the 2018 Subaru Legacy sedan and Subaru Outback crossover (or lifted wagon, however you want to play it).The vehicles carry build dates between Feb. 1, 2017 and Aug. 17, 2018.Subaru expects every single vehicle being recalled to carry the defect in question.The problem stems from the software governing the fuel system.
"Passport" was a more memorable name than the short-lived, badge-engineered Isuzu SUV that wore it in the mid-'90s.That high level of digital traffic, of course, points to strong consumer awareness and interest, and automakers are avid consumers of such data.Part of the reasoning behind the industry's shift to alphanumerics was that such names tend to be easier to trademark, and international models are less likely to run into problematic translations in various languages.But David Placek, founder and creative director of Lexicon Branding, the naming firm that helped create car names like Honda Ridgeline, Subaru Outback and Lucid Motors, doesn't buy that argument.For its part, Land Rover recently dumped its 'LR' scheme in favor of returning to legendary family names like Discovery.While the Ford Ranger appears to be a somewhat larger but straight-ahead thematic update of the small pickup truck that last roamed Blue Oval showrooms in 2012, others seem to be taking a bigger risk:
It comes with a 6.5-inch screen embedded in the center console, a bargain-basement four-speaker sound system, automatic climate control, and very few creature comforts.The Forester comes with a naturally aspirated (that’s non-turbocharged), 2.5-liter flat-four tuned to deliver 182 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 176 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm.The Outback, on the other hand, comes standard with a naturally aspirated, 2.5-liter flat-four.The last-generation model’s turbocharged flat-four hasn’t returned yet, and reports claim it never will.The Forester returns 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg in a mixed cycle.Subaru puts a big focus on safety.
Earlier this week, Subaru unveiled the new 2020 Legacy at the Chicago Auto Show.An all new generation model, the carmaker’s iconic sedan gets a new design for the inside and out, along with refined features and improved technology.Some Subaru fans might be wondering where the company’s other staple vehicle — the Outback — is, and fortunately they’ve confirmed that the crossover wagon will be getting a similar overhaul.Don’t expect to see the new Outback anytime soon, as it won’t be officially unveiled until later this year.However, we do have a good idea of what to expect, as Subaru confirmed to Car and Driver that the wagon would continue to share its DNA with the Legacy, meaning the new sedan will serve as its base platform.On the design side, the new Outback should look very similar to the 2020 Legacy, seen below, except with a wagon body style.
Subaru is getting pumped up for the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.The Japanese automaker will unveil a new concept car called the VIZIV Adrenaline at the Swiss event, previewed by a shadowy teaser image.That, combined with the outdoorsy setting, hint that we’re looking at a crossover or a lifted wagon in the style of the Subaru Outback.Subaru will launch a new Outback soon based on the recently revealed 2020 Legacy, although it’s unclear if the VIZIV Adrenaline is related to that car in any way.The use of “Adrenaline” in the latest Subaru concept car’s name also hints at performance.The current Subaru WRX is expected to be replaced in the near future with a new model sharing a platform with the current-generation Impreza.
When Subaru introduced the new 2020 Legacy at the Chicago Auto Show, it was only a matter of time before its fraternal lift-kit twin, the Outback, would receive the same treatment.Now, we know it's happening at the 2019 New York Auto Show.Subaru put out a teaser for the 2020 Outback ahead of its formal debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show next week.The teaser shows off the lower bits of the new Outback, namely a chunk of the front end and a good bit of the dark cladding that underpins the Outback's design.There's a big ol' cargo rack up top, but that'll likely be offered as some sort of after-the-fact add-on.While Subaru didn't offer up any details about the new Outback, we can glean a fair bit of information from the Legacy's release.
The 2019 New York International Auto Show is less than a week away, and the hype machines are truly firing on all cylinders now.In just the last week we've seen teaser shots released for the 2020 Subaru Outback, 2020 Toyota Highlander and the 2020 Hyundai Venue.Now Kia's getting in on the game, promising us something... surprising.The company dropped this Instagram image on Friday evening, showing us little more than the leading edge of an angry concept car peeking out of the darkness."Sometimes the biggest surprises come in the smallest packages," the caption reads, making us hope this is some sort of small, concept sports car.This would be in keeping with the Genesis tradition of jaw-dropping concepts rolling out in New York.