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.
Editor’s Note: I have always loved Legos and have built hundreds of models over the years. I have shared that enthusiasm with my sons, ages nine and seven. When offered a chance to review Incredible Lego Technic Cars, Trucks, Robots & More by Pawel “Sariel” Kmiec, I thought it would be fun to have my nine year old son, Seth, read the book and write the review. Please enjoy his words below. – CH
By Seth Haak, Age 9
The book, Incredible Lego Technic Cars, Trucks, Robots & More by Pawel “Sariel” Kmiec, was interesting to read to learn about all the models. If you are especially interested in Legos, this would be a good book for you.
Toyota’s Scion sub-brand has been struggling since the auto market crashed during the Great Recession. Sales are about a quarter of their pre-recession peak, and the best-selling Scion model, the tC, had fewer sales (19,094) during 2013 than did the slowest-selling Toyota car model (Yaris, 21,342). Members of the inaugural Scion buyer demographic class (those who were 22 years old in 2002) are now in their thirties with children, families, and better jobs, and don’t want a brash, quirky car. Scion’s buyers have grown up, and the brand must grow up with them. We spent a week in Scion’s updated-for-2014 Scion tC to get a feel for whether the car’s [mostly cosmetic] updates can keep it atop the Scion sales race.
There are trips that one dreams about, and trips that one never forgets. My trip to Baja to test the new BFGoodrich KO2 All-Terrain T/A tires falls into the latter category. I never before had the opportunity to rub elbows with Baja off-road legends and drive and co-drive roughly 300 miles of the legendary Baja 1000 off-road course, and most likely I never will again. BFGoodrich was so confident in their new all-terrain radials that they flew me and several other journalists to Baja to put the new tires to the test in the environment they were developed in. The tires survived what we threw at them without skipping a beat, and appeared to genuinely live up to the claims that the BFG marketing department laid out for us.
I made an interesting discovery recently when I got my hands on a tome called “Top Muscle: The Rarest Cars from America’s Fastest Decade.” The team at Motorbooks had sent it to me for review and—unsurprisingly—I was expecting to learn a thing or two about rare muscle-cars when it arrived. Now, that did happen, but before I even opened it, I was first struck by the uncanny glow of the Daytona Yellow 1969 Douglass-Yenko Super Camaro on the front. The car had a nearly three-dimensional presence that brought its streamlined shape to life in a way you rarely see on the printed page.