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ZF’s 9-speed transmission seems to be gaining popularity with storied off-road name plates that are now marketing unibody vehicles better meant for the urban jungle. The Range Rover Evoque is the next recipient of the ZF 9-speed, which should help squeeze some more efficiency out of the Evoque’s boosted four-cylinder engine.

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Review: 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/review-2013-land-rover-range-rover-evoque-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/review-2013-land-rover-range-rover-evoque-video/#comments Tue, 13 Nov 2012 20:31:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465637

Land Rover and Jeep are the original go-anywhere brands and the brands most resistant to losing sight of their hard-core mission. Unfortunately this focus can’t shelter them from the need to meet evermore stringent emissions and fuel economy standards. What’s an iconic sub-brand like Range Rover to do? Dress up a small cross over in high-fashion bling for the urban set. This presents today’s question: does the Evoque dilute the off-road brand or is it an extension into uncharted waters?

Click here to view the embedded video.

Exterior

Once upon a time, SUVs roamed the land with large-displacement engines and locking axles and you only bought a Range Rover if you owned a ranch or wore a crown. Now of course a trendy SUV is a fashion statement which explains why Victoria Beckham was chosen to flog the baby Rover. Of course, this makes total sense for the brand since the majority of Range Rover shoppers in America will never take their SUV off-pavement let-alone off-road. This departure from the full-size Range Rover’s Rubicon requirements meant the boffins could sharpen the Evoque’s edges, lower the stance, raise the belt line and slam the rear roofline. The result is perhaps the most aggressive vehicle Land Rover has crafted, and quite a relief to my eye since the Freelander and LR2′s proportions never looked right to me. Further extending the Evoque’s fashion credentials, Land Rover crafted both a three and five door Evoque, although the exterior dimensions are identical. Completing the Evoque’s reputation as the trendy Roverlet are puddle lamps integrated into the side view mirrors that project an Evoque silhouette on the ground when you approach the vehicle. Think of the Evoque as the “clutch purse” to the Range Rover Sport’s diaper bag.

 

Interior

Normally when you work your way down the model-line food chain you get cheaper interior bits. This is almost a universal law and is part of the reason shoppers will buy a 528i instead of a 335i. It would seem that Land Rover didn’t get the memo when designing the Evoque’s interior however as even the base Pure model we tested had a gorgeous stitched/padded pleather dash. Aside from looking good and attracting caresses from passengers, the Evoque’s touch points are notable better feeling than the more expensive Range Rover Sport. The Evoque also benefits from a fairly exclusive parts bin sharing turn signal stalks with the Range Rover line, steering wheel buttons with the Jaguar XJ and the gear selector with the Jaguar XK.

Range Rovers are known for their extensive (and expensive) options lists, but the Evoque take a different tactic bundling high levels of standard equipment into three different trim levels: Pure, Prestige and Dynamic (the two-door is available only in Pure and Dynamic). The base Pure model gets a standard aluminum roof for 2013 turning the ginormous fixed glass lid into an option (standard on Dynamic and Prestige). Also new on the option list for 2013 is a self-parking option that parallel parks your Baby Rover hands-free.

Seating in the Evoque is suitably plush with front thrones that are supportive and well bolstered for sporty driving. However, the driver’s seat doesn’t have the same range of motion as much of the competition and the foot-well is a bit crowded so if your body deviates much from my 6-foot 190-lb frame you should spend some time behind the wheel before you sign papers. The Evoque’s rear cabin is extremely well-appointed with no corner-cutting plastics of harsh seams to be found. Rear space is limited however by the Evoque’s footprint limiting the rear to two passengers with short legs, possibly three in a pinch.

Infotainment

Nestled in the middle of a sea of supple pleather is the same 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system found in the Jaguar XJ and he 2013 Range Rover. If you’ve experienced Land Rover’s old infotainment interface, forget everything you know about it, this is thankfully a totally different system. While the menu interfaces are still not as polished as BMW’s iDrive or Audi’s MMI, they are far more intuitive and responsive than anything Land Rover has done in the past. The system sports excellent USB/iDevice integration although we noticed it was not cable of charging an iPad. In keeping with the Evoque’s premium image, the base audio system is a 380-watt, 11-speaker Meridian surround system that sounded like it belonged in a much more expensive vehicle.

Options bundling helps keep dealer inventory manageable so logically Land Rover limits the gadget menu to two: the Climate Package and the Luxury Package. The $1,000 Climate Package is the only way to get heated front seats and includes the heated thrones, steering wheel, washer jets and an electrically heated windscreen. The only downside to this package is that the heated windscreen’s embedded wires may annoy some drivers, so check that out in sunlight before you buy. The $4,000 Luxury Package (standard on Dynamic and Prestige) is a must for the gadget hound as it includes navigation, digital music storage, keyless go/entry, HID headlamps, auto high beams, a surround camera system and a 17-speaker 825-watt Meridian sound system. While I would honestly rate the system below the offerings from the other Euro brands, the Evoque does score points in my book for allowing  destination entry while in motion.

Powertrain

If  you’re worried about drivetrain reliability ,peeking under the Evoque’s boxy hood will either allay your fears or give you a lesson in world geography. Nestled sideways in the engine bay is a Ford-sourced 2.0L engine shared with everything from the Ford Taurus to the Volvo S80. (Before Land Rover enthusiasts turn their noses up at a Detroit engine, remember that the old Rover V8 was really a Buick 215.) Starting with an aluminum block, Ford added twin cams with independent variable valve timing, bolted on a Borg Warner (KKK) K03 turbocharger and lathered on the direct-injection sauce to deliver 240HP at 5,500RPM and 250lb-ft of twist from 1,750-4,500RPM. The small engine idles as smoothly as BMW’s 2.0L turbo, and like the German mill it has a vaguely diesel sound to it thanks to the direct injection system. Power is sent to all four wheels via an Aisin 6-speed transmission (Aisin is Toyota/Lexus’s in-house transmission company) and a standard Haldex AWD system from Sweden. The international combination is enough to scoot the Evoque from 0-60 in 7 seconds, about the same time as a Range Rover Sport HSE. My only disappointment is that while Tata had their hands in the Ford/Volvo parts bin they didn’t swipe Volvo’s smooth 325HP inline-6 engine for the Evoque Dynamic model.

Drive

No Range Rover would be complete without a bevy of off-road features. Of course, the Evoque is the on-road off-roader so there’s no height-adjustable air suspension, the differentials don’t lock and there’s no low-speed transfer case. Instead, buyers get a simplified terrain management system with push buttons instead of a knob that tell the traction and stability control system what to expect. Our Facebook readers asked us how the Evoque “handles wet leaves,” the answer is: as well as any other crossover. Since this is essentially the same AWD system that is in the LR2 and the Volvo XC60, the Evoque is similarly capable with the going gets wet/muddy/sandy. I wouldn’t want to try my hand rock-crawling with the Evoque, but it’s not claiming to be rock-capable anyway. Sure the Evoque does offer short overhangs, 8.4-inches of clearance and nearly 20-inches of water fording capacity, but the Volvo XC60 offers more.

In reality the Evoque is designed to traverse the urban jungle and it shows with moderately stiff springs, low profile rubber and impeccable road manners. Of course there’s no denying that Evoque is a front-heavy vehicle and it won’t ever feel as nimble as a BMW X1, but it is surprisingly well-behaved when it meets a corner. The AWD system is tuned to lock the center coupling as often as possible resulting in predictable corner carving wet or dry. The Dynamic trim’s optional lower profile rubber and MagneRide active damping suspension further refine the Evoque’s corner carving skills but they do take a toll on refinement delivering a ride that borders on harsh.

When the road straightens, the reality of a 240HP engine motivating 4,000lbs comes to light. While the Evoque’s 7 second 0-60 time isn’t sloe, the 2.0L turbo equipped X1 dispatched 60 in 6.2 seconds with the 3.0L turbo X1 entering sports sedan territory. The BMW X1 is also more efficient than the Evoque dishing out 22MPG City and 33MPg Highway thanks to the 8-speed transmission and a lighter curb weight.

There aren’t too many luxury crossovers that I would willingly flog on the winding mountain back-roads in Northern California, but the Evoque is a member of this select club that includes the BMW X1 xDrive35i and the Volvo XC60 R-Design with Polestar (I still can’t believe how long these names are). There is just one problem, the Evoque’s brakes aren’t up for the kind of abuse the chassis and engine can dole out, fading noticeably during a session that wouldn’t have made the Volvo or the BMW break a sweat. Even so, the Evoque is fun to drive hard and looks good in the process.

Being stylish isn’t cheap. Just ask the folks at Prada. The cost of the Evoque’s style is an MSRP range from $41,995 to $60,095, a stating price nearly $10,000 higher than the faster and more efficient X1. Even adjusting for feature content the difference is still nearly $8,000. This kind of pricing premium is nothing new to the brand, just price a Range Rover out if you don’t believe me. In a way, this pricing premium (and the resulting exclusivity of the mode) and a dedication to world-class interiors are what make the Evoque as much a Range Rover as the go-anywhere Range Rover. Let me answer the “is it worth it?” question with a question: what kind of shopper are you? Do you shop Prada or Wal-Mart?

Land Rover provided the vehicle, insurance and one tank of gas for this review.

Specifications as tested:

0-30: 2.6 Seconds

0-60: 7.0 Seconds

1/4 Mile: 15.4 Seconds @ 90MPH

Average Fuel Economy: 24.5 MPG over 811 miles

 

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Land Rover To Revive The Defender As Entry-Level Offering http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/land-rover-to-revive-the-defender-as-entry-level-offering/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/land-rover-to-revive-the-defender-as-entry-level-offering/#comments Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:22:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=463829

The Land Rover Defender commands fairly hefty prices on the used market, thanks to its brief tenure in our marketplace and its classic styling. But the revived Defender, set to debut in 2015, will not only come to America, but serve as the brand’s entry-level model.

Automotive News reports that

“The Defender would be priced below the Range Rover Evoque Pure, a new model for 2013 that is priced at $41,995, including shipping. It is one of several new products Land Rover and Jaguar, which are both owned by India’s Tata Motors, are developing as part of a global growth strategy.”

The next Defender is supposed to be previewed by the DC100 concept, which is supposed to echo the original vision of the Defender; a utilitarian, go-anywhere off-roader. It’s fair to say that today’s Land Rovers are a far cry from the brand’s original offerings, and it would be a refreshing change to get something in the spirit of the original. Especially after the (admittedly solid) Evoque, which is about as lifestyle as it gets.

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MINI’s Latest Foray Into Pointless Variations http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/minis-latest-foray-into-pointless-variations/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/minis-latest-foray-into-pointless-variations/#comments Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:10:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454892

Evo magazine has got their hands on the latest variant from MINI – the three-door Paceman. Yes, it’s a Countryman SUV with three doors.

Why does this exist? The short answer; because there’s a three-door Range Rover Evoque. The long answer is of course, economies of scale, volume and all that fun stuff.

The thing is, there is a precedent for a three-door Evoque. Before the double-R became transportation of choice for the Hollywood C-List reality TV star set, there was a three-door Range available on the other side of the Atlantic. Of course, Mini has a long history of three door cars, and the Countryman did exist once upon a time in the pre-BMW era. But the Paceman is just a shameless ploy at adding more volume and yet another variant to the MINI range. The sloping roof is pretty much stolen directly from the Evoque, too. Can you say, derivative?

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Ta-ta! Announcing The Range Rover Evoque You Might Be Able To Buy Three Years From Now http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/ta-ta-announcing-the-range-rover-evoque-you-might-be-able-to-buy-three-years-from-now/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/ta-ta-announcing-the-range-rover-evoque-you-might-be-able-to-buy-three-years-from-now/#comments Mon, 28 May 2012 15:30:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=446501  

Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover is working on a bigger version of the Range Rover Evoque, which is set to debut after 2015, if my sources in India are correctly informed, and they swear they are. This bigger Evoque has been codenamed L560. The renderings were made at the time I received this information. However, these renderings can hardly be accurate as the styling of this bigger Evoque hasn’t been frozen yet and the company is still working on the design. However, my source says the drawings are mighty close.

The Range Rover Evoque has been a massive success for Land Rover, winning a slew of awards in a matter of a few weeks. The Evoque has been raved for its sharp styling and has even won some design awards recently. But the SUV does have its shortcomings, with the limited interior room being the major chink in its armor. Land Rover is planning to address this issue by making the Evoque bigger. The wheelbase will be extended. The bigger Evoque will continue to be a 5-seater and Tata Motors has no plans to launch a 7-seater version.

The bigger Range Rover Evoque (L560) will use the same set of engines which power the current Evoque – with some improvement.Tata Motors is also conducting a market research in India to setup a manufacturing facility for the next generation Land Rover Defender. This new facility could be setup in Gujarat and would only go under way in 2015.

Faisal Ali Khan is the owner/operator of MotorBeam.com, a website covering the auto industry of India.

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Jaguar Land Rover Gets 35,000 Applicants For 1,000 Jobs At Halewood Plant http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/jaguar-land-rover-gets-35000-applicants-for-1000-jobs-at-halewood-plant/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/jaguar-land-rover-gets-35000-applicants-for-1000-jobs-at-halewood-plant/#comments Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:57:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=441421

When Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to start hiring workers at their Halewood plant, the company received 6,000 applications in less than 24 hours. One month on, and Jaguar has received a further 29,000 applications.

The north of England has traditionally lagged behind the south in terms of economic prosperity, but the loss of good jobs in industries like manufacturing, shipping and mining has further enhanced hardships in the region (and also inspired some of the world’s best musicians, from The Beatles to New Order to Oasis). The JLR factory near Liverpool will expand its workforce to 4,500 employees while producing vehicles like the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover LR2 around the clock. In 2009, Halewood lost 300 jobs after Jaguar cancelled production of the X-Type, but since then, thousands of jobs have been added at the facility.

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Jaguar Land Rover Adding 1,000 Jobs To Meet Demand For Evoque http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/jaguar-land-rover-adding-1000-jobs-to-meet-demand-for-evoque/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/jaguar-land-rover-adding-1000-jobs-to-meet-demand-for-evoque/#comments Wed, 14 Mar 2012 17:52:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434975

Opinions from the B&B regarding the Range Rover Evoque were somewhat mixed, but Jaguar Land Rover is having so much trouble keeping up with demand that they’re hiring.

JLR will add 1,000 jobs to their Halewood plant near Liverpool, England that produces both the Evoque and the Land Rover LR2 (aka Freelander everywhere else). Staff will now number around 4,500, up threefold from 2009. Land Rover added another 1,000 jobs at their Solihull plant that builds bigger cars like the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport – Halewood will now run 24 hours a day to crank out cars, since world consumers evidently can’t wait to let everyone know that they drive a Range Rover.

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Geneva 2012: Range Rover Evoque Convertible Is Vulgarity In Tangible Form http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-range-rover-evoque-convertible-is-vulgarity-in-tangible-form/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-range-rover-evoque-convertible-is-vulgarity-in-tangible-form/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:28:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=433986

In 1998, Britney Spears launched a thousand ephebophilc ships with her seminal work – the music video for “Hit Me Baby One More Time“. Featured in the video was a Land Rover Defender – the only reason I know this is because I wasn’t interested in girls when the song came out. Now that I’m much older, I can understand the hidden subtext; Land Rover needs another ragtop SUV!

Although officially termed a “design study”, the Evoque looks production ready, and by that we mean “ready to show up in the driveways of female hedge fund scions celebrating their 16th birthdays”. The red interior is particularly vulgar, which is fitting – the Evoque shares common ancestry with the Ford Mondeo, and this car’s target customer is also newly adorned in luxury trimmings despite their provincial roots. A match made in heaven, if you ask me.

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North America’s Truck Of The Year Loses Its Head http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/north-americas-truck-of-the-year-loses-its-heade/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/north-americas-truck-of-the-year-loses-its-heade/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2012 19:14:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=432624

What’s the difference between the Range Rover Evoque and the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet? About $545, and the fact that people will actually buy the proposed convertible version of the Evoque, solely due to the “Range Rover” lettering on the front end.

These images aren’t just competent photoshops – they are real images of a topless Evoque, which will be unveiled as a “concept” at the Geneva Auto Show. Based on the Evoque three-door, 4 lucky passengers will get to ride in a very nice version of the Suzuki X90.

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Consumer Reports Trashes Range Rover Evoque, Nouveau Riche Shrug With Apathy http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/consumers-reports-trashes-range-rover-evoque-nouveau-riche-shrug-with-apathy/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/consumers-reports-trashes-range-rover-evoque-nouveau-riche-shrug-with-apathy/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2012 22:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=428220

Consumer Reports failed to give the Range Rover Evoque its “Recommended Rating”. Instead, the BMW X3 nabbed the coveted title. Too bad the hordes of auto journos and status-concious customers have spoken.

CR complained about “…a cramped cabin, stiff ride, artificial-feeling steering and troubling emergency handling,” as well as poor rear visibility and a small cargo area. Of course, the Evoque is a celebration of form over function, thanks to its Ford Land Rover LR2 underpinnings. It also looks cool, has a Range Rover badge and will help you keep up your facade of affluence despite your crushing mountain of household debt.

CONSUMER REPORTS: BMW X3 OUTPOINTS LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER EVOQUE IN TESTS OF COMPACT LUXURY SUVS

New Prius V hatchback provides excellent efficiency and utility

YONKERS, NY – The BMW X3, which originated the compact luxury SUV market, handily outpointed its European rival, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, in a head-to-head match up.

While the X3 scored an 80 in CR’s road test, the Evoque received a Road Test score of 60, scoring near the bottom of its category. The X3 is one of the few SUVs that feels sporty to drive, and a new eight-speed automatic transmission helps bring its fuel economy to a respectable 22 mpg overall on premium fuel. With its unique styling, the new Evoque turns heads, but it has many shortcomings, including a cramped cabin, stiff ride, artificial-feeling steering, and troubling emergency handling.

The new Prius V, also included in the March issue, received an Excellent road test score. No other vehicle comes close to its blend of versatility and fuel economy. This wagon version of the Prius hatchback has a big cargo area and roomy rear seat yet still returns 41 mpg overall.

“The X3 does an impressive job of combining sporty handling, a lavish interior, and surprising fuel economy,” said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center in East Haddam, CT. “Although the stylish Evoque has won lots of accolades in the press, including North American Truck of the Year, our more thorough testing reveals quite a few flaws.”

CR also tested three other vehicles in the magazine’s March issue: The Volkswagen Tiguan which got some updates for 2012 and scored a Very Good test score; the Toyota Prius V, a family-friendly wagon version of the Prius; and the Jeep Wrangler. Despite some recent improvements, the iconic off-roader remains CR’s lowest ranked vehicle with a Road Test score of 20.

The BMW X3 was redesigned for 2011 while the Land Rover Evoque is new for 2012. The Volkswagen Tiguan competes in this class but at a lower price; it was updated for 2012. The iconic Jeep Wrangler got a new modern drivetrain for 2012. Despite a familiar name, the Prius V is a new model for 2012.

The full report on compact luxury SUVS and the other cars mentioned here will be available on www.ConsumerReports.org on January 26th and in the March issue of Consumer Reports on newsstands February 7th. Updated daily, Consumer Reports.org is the go-to Website for the latest auto reviews, product news, blogs on breaking news and car buying information. Check out CR’s ongoing Twitter feed at @CRCars.

The Prius V, X3, and Tiguan are all Recommended. The Evoque and Wrangler scored too low for CR to Recommend. Consumer Reports only Recommends vehicles that have performed well in its tests, have at least average predicted reliability based on CR’s Annual Auto Survey of its more than seven million print and Web subscribers, and performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.

The X3 rides firmly and provides decent isolation from bumps and road imperfections. Noise levels in the cabin are hushed overall. With limited body lean and quick, responsive steering, the X3 is aggressive in the corners. The BMW X3 xDrive28i ($43,375 MSRP as tested), is powered by a 240-hp, 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that provides strong acceleration and 22 mpg overall in CR’s own fuel economy tests. The eight-speed automatic transmission is smooth and quick-shifting. Braking is Very Good. The interior is well-finished and has a very roomy cargo area. The X3 scores well in its category; it outscores eight other previously tested compact luxury SUVs in Consumer Reports’ Ratings and is only outpointed by the Audi Q5 3.2.

The eye-catching Evoque has impressive acceleration and braking, but the ride is choppy, the cabin is cramped and noisy, and the rear view is poor. Too much road and engine noise enters the cabin. The Evoque tackles corners well but its steering feels artificially weighted, impairing feedback. When pushed to its handling limits at our track, the tail slid out and the vehicle repeatedly lifted a wheel during our avoidance maneuver. The Range Rover Evoque Pure ($45,745 MSRP as tested), is powered by a 240-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 21 mpg overall on premium fuel. The six-speed automatic transmission is well-mated to the engine. Braking is Very Good. The interior is well-finished with a neat full-length glass roof, but the driving position feels cramped and the cargo area is small.

The Tiguan is a compact SUV with a dash of luxury, but for a model without a luxury nameplate, it comes with a bit of a sticker shock. Along with the X3, the Tiguan is one of the few SUVs that can be driven with gusto through corners where it handles well with little body lean. Steering is quick with good feedback. The Volkswagen Tiguan SEL ($37,020 MSRP as tested), is powered by a 200-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers lively performance and gets 21 mpg overall. The SEL model’s large low-profile tires hurt the ride and increase road noise. The six–speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. Braking is Very Good. The interior is well-finished with quality materials but the cargo area is modest.

The iconic Wrangler Unlimited is a distinctive and rugged off-roader whose appeal wanes on the daily commute. The ride is unsettled and wind noise is pervasive. Handling is clumsy and the body leans even in low-speed cornering. Braking distances are long and emergency handling has very low limits. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara ($36,340 MSRP as tested) is powered by a 285-hp, 3.6-liter V6 engine. Acceleration from the new modern V6 is much improved; it gets 17 mpg overall. Climbing up into the Jeep’s austere interior is difficult through small doors. Removing or installing either the soft or hard top takes two people, but panels easily lift off the hard top for open-air driving. The Wrangler has great ground clearance and axle articulation for off-roading but our Sahara version struggled for traction on our rock-hill course.

The Prius V is an impressive combination of utility and efficiency. Its ride is composed and compliant. Handling is sound but not agile; the steering offers scant feedback. The Toyota Prius V Three ($28,217 MSRP as tested), is powered by a 134-hp, 1.8-liter-four-cylinder engine with electric assist. Acceleration is loud and leisurely but fuel economy is impressive with test results of 33 mpg in city driving and 47 mpg on the highway. At 41 mpg, overall fuel economy is three less than the regular Prius hatchback. The continuously variable transmission is smooth. Transitions between gas and battery-only power are nearly seamless; the car can be driven on low speeds on electric alone. The interior is nicely finished but not luxurious. Rear seat and cargo room are both generous. Visibility is better out of the large windows of the Prius V than out of the regular Prius hatchback.

Consumer Reports is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.

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Hyundai Elantra, Range Rover Evoque Win North American Car/Truck Of The Year http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/hyundai-elantra-range-rover-evoque-win-north-american-cartruck-of-the-year/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/hyundai-elantra-range-rover-evoque-win-north-american-cartruck-of-the-year/#comments Mon, 09 Jan 2012 16:15:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=424914

Jack has already expressed his displeasure with the Evoque being named winning another Truck of the Year, but his blood pressure won’t be rising just yet. The Evoque, along with the Hyundai Elantra, just took home the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards.

The nominees for the Car award included the Elantra, Ford Focus and VW Passat, while the truck award was composed solely of crossovers with the Evoque, Honda CR-V and BMW X3 nominated. The 30-vehicle shortlist can be viewed here. The truck category is devoid of any body-on-frame vehicle.

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