Way back in 1998, Volvo introduced a variant of its V70 wagon that has since become nearly as iconic as the Volvo Wagon itself: the Cross Country. The intervening years saw nomenclature changes eschew the “Cross Country” name, simply calling the vehicle V70 XC, and then XC70. Seventeen years later, Volvo has revived the Cross Country nameplate in the US, with the 2015.5 V60 T5 AWD Cross Country. Based on the V60 wagon, Volvo has gone to great lengths to give the new Cross Country some SUV styling cues to differentiate it from its V60 roots- blacked out window trim and tinted the windows make window openings look larger; fender and lower body cladding emphasize the size of wheelarches to give the vehicle the appearance of being taller.
Back in 2009, I had the chance to review the all-new fifth-generation Subaru Legacy, and the vehicle I reviewed was the 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium. Six years later, I found myself behind the wheel of the sixth-generation 2015 Legacy 2.5i Premium, which is all new for 2015 model year.
You probably know a woman who is smart, very clever, and well-dressed enough that it isn’t readily apparent she is carrying around more weight than you first might believe. She really opens herself up when she escapes in warm climates, and is otherwise buttoned down and conservative.
The Toyota Avalon is all new for 2013, having debuted earlier this year. Despite being new from the ground up, its mission remains unchanged-the Avalon is a softly-sprung, large near-luxury car geared toward traditional American-style comfort/luxury in the vein of Oldsmobile or Buick vehicles from the 1980s, rather than attempting to be sporty or aggressive. For 2013, the Avalon is available with either a 200 HP hybrid powertrain, or a 268 HP 3.5 liter V6. Both versions feature more upscale, modern styling than its predecessor, which we reviewed in 2011.
I have a confession to make: I didn’t have high hopes for the 2014 Nissan Versa Note SV. Having reviewed the current generation Versa sedan when it launched a couple of years ago, I figured I knew what I was getting in to- the Versa sedan was softly sprung, with squishy seats upholstered in a strangely fuzzy material, uncomfortable driving position, an uninspired, droning powertrain and hard plastic interior trim bits- and I haven’t even brought up the Versa Sedan’s styling, which could charitably be described as “inoffensive.”