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First Drive 2019 Jeep Cherokee

Back in the early ’80s, the automotive industry was responding to consumer demands for compact sport utility vehicles capable of tackling the backcountry with same moxie as their forebearers. Jeep answered the call in 1984 with the Cherokee XJ, which took its cues from the venerable Wagoneer. Though not immediately embraced by the off-road world…

2019 Ram 1500 Preview

As an automotive enthusiast, one of the things I look forward to each year is reviewing and driving the new crop of vehicles. Manufacturers continue to up the ante with regard to performance, capability, fuel economy, navigation systems, electronics, and creature comforts. While first public appearance usually takes place at one of the big auto…

The Defender Lives On! Well, Sort of.

This has been quite the week for automotive unveilings. It seems like everyone is releasing some new or updated vehicle, and each seems to be packed with more technology than the last. But to our surprise, Land Rover has bucked the trend. Instead of releasing another progressive design, the British manufacturer took things back a…

Off-Road Review: 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

When the Wrangler made its début in 1987 as the YJ, Jeep purists poked fun at Jeep’s new prodigy, casting derogatory insults such as “Yuppie Jeep” and “Real Jeeps have round headlights.” While I agree with them regarding round headlamps, the YJ retained the DNA of its venerable predecessors in the CJ lineup. It had…

Featured Vehicle: FOTORNR

Over the last few years, the 5th-generation 4Runner has become one of the most popular four-wheel drives in the overland segment, and it’s not hard to understand why. They are capable, reliable, relatively affordable, and easy to modify, making them perfect for both new enthusiasts and experienced travelers alike. But recently, we’ve noticed a growing…

The Jeeps of SEMA 2017

Yesterday we published an article on our favorite four-wheel drives of SEMA, but it was missing one key category: Jeeps. You see, there are just so many of them at the show each year that it is becoming difficult to cover them all. There are tan, blue, chrome, and pink ones. They come bed-lined, wrapped,…

The Road Less Traveled: Unique Vehicles of Overland Expo East

William Cowper once said that “Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor,” and after attending seven Overland Expos I’d have to agree. You see, while the attendees’ experiences can change year to year with new classes and instructors, those of us working the booths wind up seeing the same things…

Off-Road Review: Range Rover Velar

When the new Range Rover Velar was revealed at the Design Museum in London, not many people took note of the name, so it might surprise you to learn that it carries weight in the company’s history. The term was derived from the Latin word velaris, meaning to veil, and in 1969 was used to…

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