Author - Zerin Dube
While the Cadillac XT5 is the brand’s best selling model globally, it has struggled a bit to find its place in the overall midsize luxury crossover segment. To help the XT5 gain more traction in the segment, Cadillac has given the XT5 a substantial refresh for the 2020 model year, both inside and out.
Ford unveiled the upgraded 2020 Ford GT today at the Chicago Auto Show, touting both mechanical and appearance upgrades.
It’s always fun to get a few friends together and hit the trails with whatever off-roader you have access to. We loaded up and headed out to Hidden Falls Adventure Park near Marble Falls, Texas to get dirty and see what our mostly stock vehicles could do. Our group consisted of two 2nd generation Ford Raptors, my 100% stock 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, a mildly modded Jeep Gladiator Sport, a very heavily built Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited, and a little Subaru Forester that somehow kept up with a lot of what the rest of us did in our bigger off-roaders. This is some of the most fun I’ve had behind the wheel in a very long time, and I gained a new respect for what all these vehicles can do pretty much right out of the box.
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The automotive enthusiast community has been on fire lately with anti-SUV drivel. There have been countless articles on various automotive big-name blogs asking the community at large to do their part to stop the rise of the SUV simply because they aren’t exciting, and they aren’t enthusiast-oriented.
While this is true in many cases, there are some true performance SUVs on the market. One such vehicle is the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 powered Jaguar F-Pace SVR, which produces a staggering 550 horsepower and 502lb-ft of torque. Having spent a week behind the wheel of one over Christmas, I can tell you there isn’t a lick of boring anywhere in the F-Pace SVR driving experience.