I haven’t driven the Kia Sorento in a few years now – in fact it was around the time they launched the previous all-new model… that looked like the one before it. The 2016 version is all-new and it looks… like the one before it!!
It’s been quite a while since I last drove a Ford Explorer, and since it’s recently been redesigned from the ground up in 2011, I thought I was long overdue to climb behind the wheel again. I’ve always liked the Explorer, but the new duds make it look quite unique – in fact, I’m sure you could replace the Ford badge with a Range Rover badge and people wouldn’t blink an eye. Especially from the rear … it looks like the RR Evoque.
If you’ve been reading any of my reviews over the past few months, you might remember that my wife and I are in the middle of a large conundrum: we need a new car to replace her Mazda5, but we have no idea what we want to get. Not only is the type of vehicle the problem (car, coupe, CUV/SUV), but so is our budget! We have no idea what we want or how much we want to spend! In the recent past we’ve gone through the Ford Fusion, Genesis Coupe, Ford Flex and Edge, Honda Crosstour, Ford F-150, Toyota Venza, Prius and RAV4. The Kia Soul is very high on my wife’s list (we had it last year, but another one coming up next week), just to mention a few.
The Honda Crosstour is the first of several new vehicles that will be popping up in the coming months that are all quite similar. There’s the BMW 5 Series Grand Turismo, the Acura ZDX, one from Audi, and a couple of others I can’t think of at the moment. So what is it? Basically, it’s a car with a hatchback instead of a boot or trunk. Hmm, haven’t we seen something like this before? I remember a Mazda 626 back in the mid-1980’s being very similar. I’m pretty sure there was some type of Toyota that was mid-sized and a hatchback, and for sure Saab has been doing it since the beginning of time.. so why the new-found interest in these hatchbacks? Beats me, but they make absolute sense and I could never understand why they were always being overlooked by the general population – at least in North America.