Driving Notes

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2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a significantly upgraded van that offers a dizzying array of configurations and meaningful improvements designed to improve productivity for delivering packages or hauling passengers. READ MORE

The EcoSport is 161.3 inches long and sits on a 99.2-inch wheelbase and is positioned below the Escape. Photo by Vince Taroc.

2018 Ford EcoSport

The EcoSport is Ford’s first-ever subcompact SUV sold in North America, one of the region’s fastest growing vehicle segments. The EcoSport is sold globally by Ford and the updated U.S. model is imported from Ford India. READ MORE

The 2019 Ram 1500 offers up to 2,300 pounds of payload in a four-door Quad Cab configuration, which is a 22% increase compared to its predecessor.

2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman

The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman model is designed for vocational fleet applications, such as those found in the construction, landscaping, HVAC, and plumbing industries. It is available in two cab styles and two bed lengths. READ MORE

Photo of 2018 GMC Yukon XL Denali by Vince Taroc.

2018 GMC Yukon XL Denali with 10-Speed

General Motors has begun rolling out its 10-speed automatic transmission with the 2018 GMC Yukon XL Denali, which results in a silkier drive for this large SUV. READ MORE

Photo of 2018 Nissan NV 3500HD by Vince Taroc.

2018 Nissan NV Cargo

The 2018 NV adds interior upgrades that make it more competitive with other full-size vans. READ MORE

Photos by Vince Taroc.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

The Chevrolet Equinox adds a 1.6L four-cylinder turbo diesel to its lineup of engine choices for 2018. The fuel-efficient turbo diesel generates 137 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a six-speed automatic. READ MORE

Photo of 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan's exterior by Vince Taroc.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan arrives as a longer, beefy compact SUV that it will to sell alongside the existing (now Tiguan Limited) model. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S450

Last overhauled for the 2014 model year, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class gets a refresh for 2018 that includes new engines and an infusion of new tech into one of the most already advanced vehicles on the market. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2018 Nissan Rogue with ProPilot Assist

The 2018 Nissan Rogue arrives as a very familiar vehicle with a few updates, including a semi-autonomous driving feature called ProPilot Assist that could help combat drowsy driving. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

The Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is the least expensive model on the market to offer electric-only range, while offering spirited driving performance and plenty of standard features. READ MORE

Photos by Vince Taroc.

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition

The Range Rover Velar provides exceptional on-road performance and agility that is combined with outstanding ride quality. The Range Rover Velar sits on a 113.15-inch wheelbase and provides seating for five with a luggage compartment volume of 34.4 cu.-ft. behind the second row seats. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2018 Mazda CX-3

The Mazda CX-3 was updated for the 2018 model year with the addition of several new standard features, many of which fleet managers with an eye for safety will love. READ MORE

Photo by Eric Gandarilla.

2018 Nissan Leaf

The 2018-MY Leaf brings a host of new technological upgrades and sports a redesigned look. The new model year not only brings a lower entry price point but also offers the most range out of all sub-$30,000 electric cars. READ MORE

Photo by Kimberly Pham.

2018 Ford F-150 XL 3.3L SuperCab

The F-150 returned for the 2018 model year with increased payload and towing capability, higher fuel economy enabled by more efficient engines, as well as new safety and convenience features. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2018 Volvo XC60

The 2018 XC60 arrives as the mid-size sibling of the XC90 in a stylish update that includes a bevy of new safety features, infotainment tech, and a well laid-out cabin. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC

The Mercedes-Benz GLS450 is the S class of SUVs. That’s expressed through Mercedes’ new nomenclature, which as of the 2017 model year carries the same levels across SUVs, sedans, coupes, and roadsters. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Chief

The 2017 Wrangler Unlimited Chief had a solid ride and more cushion than I expected. With a Chief Clear-Coat coastal blue paint job and a white hardtop, it screams beach day. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2018 Toyota Camry XSE V-6

The 2018 Camry has been lowered, widened, and lengthened. A trio of new powertrains also improve fuel economy for America's top-selling sedan. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

The three-row 2018 Atlas provides impressive cargo carrying capacity, along with a quality ride, responsive steering feel, and solid handling. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

Crossovers, such as the Subaru Crosstrek, are shifting fleet buying preferences in vehicle types found on corporate selectors. Once considered an upgrade, crossovers are now found in fleets in representative ratios as the retail market. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc

2018 Toyota C-HR

The all-new Toyota C-HR enters the competitive compact SUV market with an eye-catching exterior. Toyota’s Safety Sense System comes standard; it includes safety features like pre-collision and lane-departure alerts and adaptive cruise control. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

Chevrolet rebooted its gasoline-powered Cruze compact sedan in 2016, and followed that up with a new diesel model and hatchback body style for each in 2017. What worked well then works even better now. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2017 Ford Focus Hatchback

When testing a fleet vehicle, you first need to determine whether it can fulfill various fleet applications. Next, assess the variables that influence the total cost of ownership, determine safety ratings, and evaluate driver ergonomics. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2017 Toyota RAV4

Compact SUVs have increased in popularity over the last few years, and the appeal for this class of vehicle was apparent during my test drive with the 2017 RAV4. READ MORE

Photo by Vince Taroc.

2017 Audi Q7 3.0T

When I think of a seven-seat, three-row SUV, I usually wouldn't think it would be nimble. Even five-seat SUVs would have a hard time convincing me they were quick, but that was my experience with the 2017 Q7. READ MORE

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