Day: May 5, 2020

What’s the difference between car, crossover, and SUV anyway?

“Why isn’t an SUV a station wagon or a crossover?” a perplexed reader wrote us. “Are there any cars around anymore?”

The reader’s frustration for how automotive segments are defined, redefined, and ignored was understandable. There is no definitive automotive classification system, thanks in part to inconsistent federal measures, slippery automotive marketing, and automotive sites like ours that break down all the vehicle types in to 12 overlapping categories. 

We’re trying to help, believe it or not. Cars evolve, like language. For example, 36 years ago, there wasn’t a minivan; 20 years ago, there weren’t crossovers; a decade ago a

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2021 GMC Yukon gets big boost in towing, small bump in fuel economy

The redesigned 2021 GMC Yukon gets a modest bump in fuel economy but big gains in towing capacity, GMC announced Monday. 

Despite getting larger and loaded with more equipment for 2021, the full-size SUV nets a boost of 1 mpg over the outgoing model on most variants, with an EPA-rated 16 mpg city, 20 mpg highway, 18 mpg combined for Yukon’s with the 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V-8 in rear- or four-wheel drive. The longer Yukon XL with four-wheel drive is rated at 15/19/17 mpg.

The Yukon Denali with a 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 didn’t fare as well for 2021; the city rating

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2020 Subaru Outback Onyx Edition XT moves more than I expected

It’s hard to imagine a go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle that does it all better than a Subaru Outback. If it must carry four adults and a kayak on a regular basis, the Outback makes for an easy choice.

What’s not easy? Picking out the right trim. There are seven trim levels for the 2020 Subaru Outback that range in price from less than $28,000 to more than $40,000.

In many Subaru models, the Premium trim level usually offers the best value among the lineup. You could set your watch to it.

That’s the impression I had after driving the Outback for

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