Full steam ahead with power to all four wheels. That was the common thread this week among AutoGuide.com’s most popularly read reviews.
The 2015 Subaru WRX STI is a hot commodity if you ask Road Test Editor Mike Schlee. A longtime fan of the WRX in all forms, he is aboslutely blown away by how much better the new generatino is despite having a carryover engine.
But right behind the spunky Subie, GMC’s behemoth Yukon XL was also a hot topic. Transportation at large is still alive and well at General Motors and the popularity of the review only serves to further underscore that.
Of course, being a body-on-frame goliath has its weak spots. It sucks gas faster than an Oreck eating dirt off of your kitchen floor. It’s no colossal people hauler, but the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid will offer somehwat utilitarian transportation without severe pump penalties.
Mind you, there must be a middle ground. The Subaru is probably too small for some and it’s sort of a half-hearted effort at hybrid fuel efficiency. If you want something bigger, easy on fuel and shy of the GM giant, Nisasn will happily sell you a Rogue. It powers all four wheels and cuts consumption by using a continuously variable transmission.
Then again, it’s not really an SUV. It’s a crossover. If you really want the sort of off-road capability that comes with an honest-t0-goodness truck frame, Toyota is still building the 4Runner. Yes it might come as a surprise, but Mr. T sells scores of Prii (that’s plural for Prius) per single 4Runner in an effort to bolster its karma and restore balance to the univserse. OK, that part is malarky, but the fact remains that the 4Runner is a no-nonsense off-roader. Especially if you spring for the “Limited” model, which comes with a limited-slip center differential.
You can read AutoGuide.com’s expert reviews of those vehicles by clicking the links below. Or you can sift through the stack yourself by clicking here.