Review: 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Being behind the wheel of a giant box has a way of messing with your head at first. It's hard to quantify, but your initial impressions are that it just feels...weird.

The thing is, a couple minutes down the road, you clue in to the massive grin that has snuck onto your face. You notice you really, really like this weirdness. You notice you're smiling every time you drive the Wrangler.

Let's go over the quirks, then, of which there are many.

Review: 2017 Volvo V60 Cross Country

Recently, Volvo switched its entire lineup to four-cylinder power, from the big 90-series to the smaller 60-series. While the four-banger doesn't really do it in their larger vehicles, it works quite well in the small stuff, like this V60.

Specifically, this is a V60 Cross Country, the off-road version of the regular V60 wagon. You get some added ground clearance (7.9" total), along with black plastic fender flares and metal lower body trim to complete the look. The differences aren't merely cosmetic, though, evident by the skid plates beneath, and the Hill Descent Control button in the center stack!

Review: 2017 Toyota RAV4

It looks more interesting than it actually is.

If you've ever driven any generic, mass-produced Toyota, you'll already know what the RAV4 is like. It rides the same, handles the same, smells the same, and sounds the same as any Camry or Corolla. This one just comes in a compact SUV format.

Jaguar Art of Performance Tour

A few months ago, I attended a driving event for the new Jaguar XE and F-Pace. Little did I know we were to be treated to much more than that...

I'll come back to that in a bit.

Events like this tend to sorely lack browsing time, but not this one. The first half hour is for checking out the full range of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, unlocked and on display, at your own pace. A quick and to-the-point briefing follows, after which we're unleashed on the first of four stations.