7.21.2016

UPDATED: What A Difference Eight Years Makes: The 2017 Kia Sportage SX FWD and AWD

Front 3/4 view of 2017 Kia Sportage SX FWD
The 2017 Kia Sportage SX FWD.
TireKicker is about six weeks away from its eighth birthday.  When we published our first pixel in August of 2008, the Kia Sportage was a penalty box...a cramped, underpowered, underwhelming attempt to get in on the ground floor of what then were called "cute utes".

A few weeks later, though, the 2009 model hit dealer showrooms.  It was several levels of improvement all at once.  You can read our review and see some regrettably low-res pictures here.

If the '09 was that much of a leap forward, the 2017 Kia Sportage defies laws of physics and heads straight for alchemy.  Yes, it's that good.


Minivan Marvel: The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring

Front 3/4 view of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.
The backlash against minivans is a real thing.  Ford and General Motors have been sent from the segment with their tails between their legs.  The only major players left are the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey and the replacement for the two minivans that combined, ruled the sales charts, the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan  It is the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.


For A Few MPG More: The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco

Front 3/4 view of 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco.
You may have read, three months ago, how the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited impressed me on one of my favorite stretches of Northern California backroad.  But what if you want a small car for the usual reasons....fuel economy and low purchase price?


Warehouse On Wheels: The 2016 Nissan NV 3500 High Roof SL

Front 3/4 view of 2016 Nissan NV 3500 High Roof SL
The 2016 Nissan NV 3500 High Roof SL.
If you are a tradesperson who believes that form should follow function and you need a lot of room in your business vehicle, the 2016 Nissan NV 3500 High Roof SL might just be what you need.

It might also help if you're something of a traditionalist, old-school type.