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It's the heart of summer in much of the US, and families are thinking about loading up kids, pets, and gear for road trips. I've selected four family-friendly SUVs, at four price points, that are excellent road-trip chariots.  I've also thrown in a high-performance SUV and an all-electric SUV, for those looking for something different. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's road trip season, and given the constraints that the coronavirus pandemic has imposed on family travel this summer in the US, a lot of folks are thinking about getting behind the wheel rather than aboard a plane or cruise ship. Over the past few years, I've tested numerous SUVs, so I thought a roundup of three-row, seven-passenger choices at different price points, from budget to costly, would be helpful. I settled on SUVs from Mazda, Subaru, and Kia — and I threw in a high-performance ute from Porsche (lacking a third row) and an all-electric option from Tesla (with a third row). These SUVs each combine versatility, decent fuel economy, and cargo space to make for excellent family-hauling. They also all have all-wheel-drive, which isn't entirely necessary in the summertime, but comes in handy at other times to the year. Read on to see what these road-tripping SUV can offer:FOLLOW US: On Facebook for more car and transportation content! THE BUDGET CHOICE: The Mazda CX-9. $34,000 base, $45,000 as-tested. Read the review. The Mazda CX-9 is the family road-trip mobile I most often recommend. The price is right, it seats seven, and I haven't heard many complaints about the third generation of the SUV, rolled out in 2016. The interior on the CX-9 I tested was semi-premium — a real treat at this price-point. I had but one complaint when I drove the CX-9 for a week. The Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine cranks out only 250 horsepower, less than what you'd get in a competing vehicle with a V6. Fuel economy is decent, at 23 mpg city/highway combined. Cargo capacity was fine, however, at about 15 cubic feet. As with many three-row crossovers, using the third row greatly diminishes what you can haul — to manage five passengers, I used just one of the third-row seats, which increased the cargo hold to around 30 cubic feet. Mazda's infotainment system lags the industry, but it does cover all the expected bases: Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, and GPS navigation. THE MIDDLE OF THE PACK CONTENDER: The Subaru Ascent. $32,000 base, $46,000 as-tested. Read the review. The Ascent is Subaru's first crack at a mid-size SUV since the ill-fated Tribeca. We were impressed by the Ascent's comfortable cabin, bountiful safety features, solid driving dynamics, and turbocharged engine. The interior of our top-spec Touring model really impressed. The cabin is traditional Subaru — very conservative but effective and easy to use. Ergonomics are terrific, with no oddly placed buttons or knobs to report. Seating for third-row passengers is cozy, but the second row is fine. With the third row folded, cargo capacity is 47 cubic feet. With the third row in use, it's 18 cubic feet. Power for the Ascent comes from a 2.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The "flat" or "boxer" turbo-four produces 260 horsepower. Combined with all-wheel-drive, the powertrain gives up a bit on the MPGs, which are under 30 in combined city/highway driving. The center stack is dominated by a high-definition touchscreen running the latest variant of Subaru's Starlink infotainment system. It does everything well, from GPS navigation to device integration. THE NEAR-LUXURY FAMILY HAULER: The Kia Telluride. $32,000 base, $47,000 as-tested. Read the review. The Kia Telluride impressed me at all levels and represents fantastic value for the SUV segment. The Telluride's interior isn't luxurious, but it isn't mass-market. For most consumers, it's pure Goldilocks: Just right. The Telluride does three rows as well as I've seen in an SUV. And even the back row deployed, it offers an impressive 21 cubic feet of cargo space. Fuel economy from the 291-horsepower V6 is also pretty decent, if not remarkable: 21 mpg in city/highway combined. Kia is selling what I consider one of the top infotainment systems on the market. The 10-inch central touchscreen is nearly perfect, and the use of old-school buttons, knobs, and switches is welcome. THE MONEY-IS-NO-OBJECT OPTION: The Audi Q7. $55,000 base, $76,000 as-tested. The Audi Q7 is a solid choice in the luxury SUV market. I recently tested a 2020 model of the vehicle, now in its second generation. The Q7's interior is a study in tasteful minimalism. My tester was all-black, with piano-black surfaces and a modest amount of wood trim. Power came from a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V6, making 335 horsepower (a smaller four-cylinder offers 248 horsepower). My V6 served up 18 mpg, in city/highway combined. With all three rows in action, you have only about 14 cubic feet of cargo space to work with. Drop the third row, and that rises to 30 cubic feet. Audi has one of the best infotainment systems in the industry. The central screen provides access to faultless GPS navigation, easy Bluetooth pairing, and effortless device integration. My tester also had the "Virtual Cockpit" feature, which can transfer some features to the instrument cluster. THE GO-FAST ALTERNATIVE: The Porsche Cayenne GTS. $107,000 base, $167,000 as-tested. Read the review. The Cayenne GTS is a very special set of wheels: expensive, but with the sort of prizefighter punch that rewards spirited driving. Plus, the ability to haul enough luggage for a weekend on the road — just not one involving a family of five. Porsche interiors aren't overtly luxurious, nor are they supposed to be. But the Cayenne GTS's has something else going for it: sporty touches. AND for my test vehicle, a rear-seat entertainment system, powered by Android. The Cayenne GTS rocks a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine, making 453 horsepower. The motor is thirsty and not yet EPA-rated for fuel economy. But I think I was under 20 mpg on average. With the back seats in use, there are 27 cubic feet to work with; drop the back seats and that increases to 60 cubic feet. Porsche's infotainment system is quite good, although not quite the best. It's outdone by Audi (Porsche's VW Group stablemate). But the system checks all the right boxes, from Bluetooth pairing to USB device connectivity to GPS navigation. There's also wireless charging. IF YOU WANT TO GO ELECTRIC: The Tesla Model X. $80,000 base, approximately $150,000 as-tested. I actually took the Model X on a 700-mile family road trip. Its interior was more or less roomy enough for five people. Read all about the road trip. But only more or less. The third row is quite compact. Even with one third-row seat in use, cargo capacity was fantastic, and we had backup from the front trunk. The Model X I tested had roughly 300 miles of range, but Tesla has improved that to 350 miles, for what it calls the "Long Range Plus" trim level. One does have to deal with recharging times when road-tripping in Tesla. Even Supercharger-enabled fast charging could consume 30-45 minutes. Tesla's technology is fairly incredible. The large central touchscreen controls everything from navigation (which can optimize charging times, based on routes) to audio to Tesla's Autopilot semi-self-driving system.
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A touching Disney Plus documentary follows the life of Howard Ashman, the songwriter for Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin.
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Lovely-to-hold blower sadly missing some features for the price Review  The first thing you notice about the Oppo Find X2 Neo is how incredibly thin it is.…
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Honda has announced some significant recalls that cover approximately 608,000 vehicles in the United States. Free recall repairs will vary with the specific vehicle and include two software updates, the replacement of review cameras, and the replacement of the sliding door outer door handle cables. Honda is clear that there have been no reported crashes or injuries related to any … Continue reading
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If you’ve ever watched Formula E and thought: “This is great, but is would be so much better with more mud,” then electric rallycross might be the motorsport for you. The motorsport’s governing body, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) is launching the eRX2 series next year, which will see drivers battle it out around a multi-surface track (mud included) in a specially developed all-electric rallycross car. Race drivers will all use the same type of vehicle which is being developed by Spanish electric mobility company QEV Technologies and component maker OSM Olsberg. It’ll have a 32 kWh battery that’s… This story continues at The Next Web
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Apple has announced the new iMac 27-inch (2020) all-in-one with an eye on people working from home.
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(Tokyo University of Science) The agglomeration of proteins into structures called amyloid plaques is a common feature of many neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's. Now, scientists reveal, through experiments and simulations, how resonance with an infrared laser, when it is tuned to a specific frequency, causes amyloid fibrils to disintegrate from the inside out. Their findings open doors to novel therapeutic possibilities for amyloid plaque-related neurodegenerative diseases that have thus far been incurable.
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Rumors of US TikTok ban causes spike in VPN searches.
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It's a wall charger, USB power bank and Qi charging pad all rolled into one, plus it has a digital battery-remaining display.
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Alleged 17-year-old mastermind among trio charged over account mass hijackings Three individuals were charged on Friday for allegedly hijacking a string of high-profile Twitter accounts after hoodwinking the social network's staff.…
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Sian Clifford didn’t just bag a famous golden statue when she won a TV Bafta on Friday – she also got something arguably more priceless. The actor has revealed her Fleabag co-star Phoebe Waller-Bridge gifted her the the famous godmother sculpture from the show to celebrate her win. Sian beat Phoebe and other nominees to win Female Performance In A Comedy during the surreal event, which saw winners and nominees forced to appear from home over video link.She revealed they had been watching the ceremony together, but had to separate when they both had to call into the show to find out who’d won. Speaking after her win, Sian told the press: “There was sound feedback so we broke into our friend’s house down the road.“We reunited after I won and she gave me the godmother statue, we both have one.”The sculpture, of the naked torso of Fleabag and her sister’s late mother crafted by their godmother, is a fixture in the show.Sian said she and Phoebe – who she has been friends with for over 20 years – had been “stuffing their faces” with vegan burgers during the ceremony as they “saw off the show”, which came to a conclusion with its critically-acclaimed second series.Snagging your BAFTA for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme from the comfort of a beautiful garden? Well, that's just how @SiansUniverse rolls! #VirginMediaBAFTAs#BAFTAspic.twitter.com/wbLytP0tTL— BAFTA (@BAFTA) July 31, 2020She added: “There is so much history with this show, with my friendship with Phoebe.“We have just championed each other since that day and I just feel so lucky to have found her and have somebody who believes in me more than I believe in myself.”READ MORE: Everything You Need To Know From The Surreal Event That Was The Socially-Distanced TV Baftas Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge And Andrew Scott To Reunite On New Series Of His Dark Materials Normal People's Connell And Marianne Go To Confession With Fleabag's Hot Priest For Ultimate TV Crossover
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(The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)) KAIST researchers have been able to dial up and down creatures' lifespans by altering the activity of proteins found in roundworm cells that tell them to convert sugar into energy when their cellular energy is running low. Humans also have these proteins, offering up the intriguing possibilities for developing longevity-promoting drugs. These new findings were published on July 1 in Science Advances.
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A few days ago an unreleased Vivo smartphone dubbed Vivo X60s has made a way through the GeekBench database as Vivo 2006. The benchmark served ... The post Vivo X60s 5G receives certification in Denmark appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Everything we're expecting in Apple's next smartwatch.
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Fossil Group makes a ton of smartwatches, and we're here to talk about the best ones.
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Budget smart home security company Wyze has launched pre-orders for its newly introduced Wyze Cam Outdoor security camera, one that is designed for wireless use outdoors. The Wyze Cam Outdoor looks like a more rugged version of the cube-shaped Wyze Cam models, offering a variety of features that make it suitable for exposure to the elements, including wire-free operation and … Continue reading
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Let’s be honest: LG smartphones have never been great at photography. Of course, their flagships did not show terrible results of photography and video shooting, ... The post DxOMark: The performance of the LG V60 ThinQ camera is average appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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(National Research Council of Science & Technology) A joint research team from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), led by Dr. Kyung-guen Song from the KIST Water Cycle Research Center and Dr. Won-jun Choi from the KIST Center for Opto-Electronic Materials and Devices, announced that it had used solar heat, a source of renewable energy, to develop a highly efficient membrane distillation technology that can produce drinking water from seawater or wastewater.
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Nintendo has mastered the art of making big splashes with its online Direct announcements but even those have seemingly been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has reportedly delayed its usual June announcements because of it but it may have something prepared to make up for that bit by bit. It has just announced that it will be holding its … Continue reading
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TLDR: With Feedbackly, you’ll have an all-in-one tool to gather customer data, analyze how they feel about your business and make their experience even better. Customer Relationship Management tools, otherwise known as CRMs, have been around as long as business in various forms. But over the past several years, the improvement of integrated tracking systems and features from providers like Salesforce have shown the true value of taking a tech-driven, yet holistic approach to dealing with each and every one of your customers. Unfortunately, all those bells and whistles make signing up with some of those CRM services prohibitively expensive.… This story continues at The Next Web
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Illustration by William Joel / The Verge On social media, fans built a more welcoming sports culture Continue reading…
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Shouty social network hopes external coders can make it a better place For the first time in eight years, Twitter plans to introduce a major revision to its API that describes how developers can access the platform's data.…
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Open-source Windows lookalike aims to fix its 'long neglected' storage stack The open-source ReactOS project has marked a "major milestone" by hiring a developer "full time at near-market rates."…
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(Lehigh University) An emerging hydrogel material with the capacity to degrade and spontaneously reform in the gastrointestinal tract could help researchers develop more effective methods for oral drug delivery. In research published in Soft Matter, Lehigh University rheologists mimic pH environment of GI tract to shed light on pharmaceutical potential of covalent adaptable hydrogels (CAHs).
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The state sued the ride-hail companies for misclassifying drivers as contractors, following a similar move by California officials.
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Celebrate Captain America's debut by completing a not-so-secret challenge.
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Google has pledged to not use Fitbit user data for ad-targeting purposes, Google has confirmed to Business Insider. Google had already said as much when its plans to acquire Fitbit were announced, but this more formal proposal to regulators makes it more likely the merger will be approved. European regulators must decide by July 20 whether the deal is allowed to pass. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google has pledged to not use Fitbit user data for ad-targeting purposes, the company has told Business Insider, as European regulators decide whether to pass the deal. "This deal is about devices, not data. The wearables space is crowded, and we believe the combination of Google and Fitbit's hardware efforts will increase competition in the sector, benefiting consumers and making the next generation of devices better and more affordable," a Google spokesperson told Business Insider. "We appreciate the opportunity to work with the European Commission on an approach that safeguards consumers' expectations that Fitbit device data won't be used for advertising." The news was first reported by Reuters. Google had already tried to allay fears that it would use the data for ads, but this formal pledge to regulators means the Fitbit merger has a higher chance of being approved. European regulators have set a July 20 deadline to decide if the deal will pass. If they don't, it will trigger a four-month deeper investigation into the merger. The deal has come under intense scrutiny in the US, Europe, and Australia. Business Insider previously reported that Google would likely have to offer concessions to appease antitrust regulators. In the US, the deal is being looked at by the Department of Justice. Earlier this month, a team of consumer advocacy groups sent a letter to antitrust regulators asking them to closely scrutinize the deal. But the Fitbit deal is just one regulatory headache that Google is facing right now. The company is the subject of multiple antitrust investigations, including a recent one launched by its home state of California. Are you a Google or Fitbit insider with insight to share? You can contact this reporter securely using encrypted messaging app Signal (+1 628-228-1836) or encrypted email ([email protected]).SEE ALSO: ou can impress Google's internship recruiters by showcasing these 4 specific traits, according to the company's chief talent scout Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
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To produce amazing music you need two things: creativity, and the right production tools.Ableton Live is a music sequencer and digital audio workstation that professionals around the world use to record, edit, and produce music.It’s also an instrument for live performances and an unparalleled tool for DJs of every level of skill and esteem.Whether you’re on the ones and twos at a local bowling alley or getting paid thousands of dollars a night to keep crowds dancing, mastery of this tool is a must.The Ableton Live Mastery Bundle by Noiselab offers 22 hours of instruction from Ableton-certified trainers and producers.Video tutorials and online courses on music theory and production are included, as well as project templates to help demystify the process.
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