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Text Cor Steenstra, Photos Chris

2017 Nissan Titan XD Platinum 4×4 (with 360 Turntable and Pano Views)

By Dan Ellis, Michele Straniero It had been a while since I have driven a truck. The last one was a Chevy Silverado in Black trim, a single cab version. In comparison, this Nissan Titan is HUGE! Not only is it the the double cab version with plenty of space up front as well as in the rear, but it also is tall and wide, ...

The All-New 2017 BMW 5 Series: Performance, Redefined

The formula for success continues with the 7th generation of the most successful premium sedan, the all-new BMW 5 Series.  Over 7.6 million BMW 5 Series have been sold worldwide since 1972 and since 1975 over 1 million units in the U.S. alone. The 2017 BMW 5 Series has been entirely newly developed allowing for a significant ...

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

By Dan Ellis, Michele Straniero The 2016 Mitsubishi is a clearly updated and face-lifted model of the one introduced in 2011. When we tested it back then we flawed it for the lack of perceived quality, with the cheap choice of materials and the bad sound proofing materials. When we took delivery of this updated ...

2016 Kia Sportage SX T GDI

By Dan Ellis, Michele Straniero Purely coincidentally the new 2016 Kia Sportage was scheduled right after the previously reviewed VW Tiguan. They clearly operate in the same market segment, aim for the same audience, so it was very appropriate to do the inevitable comparison of both vehicles. To be honest, there could ...

2016 VW Tiguan

Admittedly, I have been a VW fan since my early childhood. My dad's first car was a used VW Beetle, his first new car was a 1972 VW Beetle, he subsequently had a 411, anew Passat Variant followed by a Beetle and a Polo for us kids and another Passat before he switched to Nissan. VW owners are loyal people and the company ...

2016 Mazda CX5 Grand Touring FWD

I had the Mazda CX5 Grand Touring FWD to evaluate just around the same time as the VW Tiguan and the Kia Sportage you can see in our other posts, so it was only logical that I would give in to my instinct and compare the 3 of them. They do fit within the same category after all. Where the VW Tiguan was clearly an older ...