Edmunds.com Names Top 10 SUV’s and Crossovers for 2012

Did you know that when SUV’s first arrived on the scene they were truck-based? The result was a ride quality that was, well, universally coarse and truckish. These days, things are different. Many of the choices in this segment are built on car platforms, and that shift has brought with it models that feel smoother and more refined on the road.

Arthritis or back problems can make a smooth ride an essential feature for some drivers. Edmunds.com put together a list of their Top 10 picks of 2012 SUVs and Crossovers for having the most comfortable suspensions in the segment.  Naturally, there are a couple of Lexus models in the mix; there’s also a Buick, a Chevy and a Lincoln. The selections are listed in alphabetical order:

  1. Buick Enclave
  2. Chevrolet Equinox
  3. Ford Flex
  4. GMC Acadia
  5. GMC Terrain
  6. Lexus GX 460
  7. Lexus RX 450h
  8. Lincoln Navigator
  9. Toyota Highlander
  10. Volvo XC60

If you have health issues or you simply like a smooth ride, stop by Evolution Auto to test drive these quality rides to see which you like best! If we don’t have the vehicle you’re looking for, let us know… we can help with our Car Finder tool!

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The Most Beautiful and Scenic Drives in the United States

Have you considered taking a drive? How about a ‘real nice scenic drive’? To help you plan where you could go, here’s a list of 10 of the most beautiful and scenic drives in the United States……… Let’s hit the road!

10. Hawaii – the world-famous Hana Highway

It would be easy to make a Top 10 list of the most scenic drives in Hawaii alone, given the Aloha State’s natural beauty, but none can rival the world-famous Hana Highway. Located on the island of Maui, the 50-mile road follows the northern shore of the island, offering great views of the Pacific Ocean, mountains and beaches.  Warning: The drive is not for the faint of heart, as it is full of hairpin curves and frequently narrows to one lane. Guardrails can be conspicuously absent even beside precipitous drop-offs, and many locals buzz along the road at freeway speeds. Still, the road is a must-do activity for anyone visiting the island.

9. Oregon Coast Highway

U.S. 101 stretches almost 350 miles from Astoria to the California border. It’s drivable in one day, but it’s much more enjoyable on a two-day journey. Along with Pacific Ocean views, you’ll pass numerous state parks, monstrous sand dunes, picturesque lighthouses and giant offshore rocks known as sea stacks. The most famous of these rocks is 235-foot Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, accessible via a nearby state recreational area. The highlight of the drive is just north of Florence, where one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world, the Heceta Head Lighthouse, stands on a cliff above the Pacific. Just south of the lighthouse are the Sea Lion Caves, the world’s largest sea cave where you can watch these massive creatures in their natural habitat.

8. Monument Valley

Monument Valley is the image most people probably have of the American West, with weird-looking sandstone buttes standing in stark contrast to the surrounding landscape. U.S. Highway 163 runs 24 miles from Kayenta north to the Utah border, passing through some of this famous scenery. If you’re going, stop at the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park for a closer look at formations so famous, they have names: Three Sisters, Mittens, Elephant Butte, The Thumb.

7. Pacific Coast Highway

The highlight of this drive along Highway 1 in California is the Bixby Creek Bridge, one of the most photographed bridges in the world, but there are plenty of other interesting attractions along the route. The road is bracketed by the Pacific Ocean on one side, with the Santa Lucia Mountains towering dramatically on the other. There are numerous scenic overlooks, and there are several California state parks right off the highway, featuring trails to waterfalls, rivers, canyons and other scenery.

6. FLORIDA: Overseas Highway

The 113-mile (181-kilometer) drive on Highway 1 from mainland Florida to Key West induces sensory overload. Besides the natural beauty along the route—tidal flats, teal waters dotted by distant islands—the so-called Overseas Highway awes you in its own right as an engineering marvel. Its concrete stretches across impossible expanses of water, the Atlantic spreading out to the left, the Gulf to the right.

5. The Maine Coast

Touring the Maine Coast is a journey. With more coastline than California (3,478 miles), it takes some time to view the entire Maine Coast. The State of Maine is larger than the other 5 New England states combined. With all that vastness, and the absence of one specific shore route, we recommend touring the spectacularly scenic Maine Coast in sections, spending several nights in each town. Get off the beaten path and explore the nooks and crannies of this remarkable coast called Maine.

The first 30 miles of coast are known as the “Southern Maine Coast Region” comprised of the towns of Kittery, The Yorks, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Biddeford, Saco, and Old Orchard Beach. These eight towns offer more to see and do than one could possibly hope to accomplish in a busy week of sightseeing and touring. This first 30 miles of coast also offers 90% of the State’s sandy beaches!

4. CALIFORNIA: Yosemite and Beyond

Near the eastern border of California, in the heart of the Sierra Nevada, lies the wondrous dominion known as Yosemite. Beginning near the park’s southwest corner, the drive heads north to Yosemite Valley, the most-visited section of the park, where El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, and other famed attractions predominate. The route then winds northeast across an expanse of subalpine wilderness – replete with meadows, ponds, and granite domes — before leaving the park and descending steep slopes to an eerily beautiful lake.

3. Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi & Tennessee

The Natchez Trace is one of the oldest trails in North America. In 1801, President Jefferson ordered the Army to build a road along the trail to provide a route for moving troops and delivering mail. Jefferson dispatched soldiers down the road in 1803 to protect the Louisiana Purchase, and Andrew Jackson and his troops followed it to battle the British in the War of 1812. As an 1800-era link between Nashville, Tennessee, and Natchez, Mississippi, the road served as a pathway for settling much of what we now know as the South. Twentieth-century writers such as Eudora Welty later embellished its lore of heroes, bandits, and spies, inspiring Southern leaders to revive the Natchez Trace. It’s also a fascinating drive.

2. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina & Virginia

Meandering 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park in the northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, the Parkway follows the Appalachian Mountains and boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.  A hundred species of trees, a variety of flowering shrubs and wildflowers as well 54 different mammals and 59 species of birds live along the Parkway – more than the entire European continent! Skyline Drive connects to the northernmost section of the Parkway, winding along the crest of the mountains from Waynesboro northward 105 miles to Front Royal.  Developed sites along the Parkway make it easy to stop, park, stretch, visit restrooms and exhibits, hike and get a bite to eat. Lodging and campgrounds are available with opportunities to fish and view wildlife.

1. And now we come to the number one choice.  It’s the scenic drive that YOU choose. What’s you most beautiful drive?

Let us know!

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Midlife Crises Cure: New Wheels!

Don’t fret age spots and frown lines. Instead of going under the knife, take that money and buy a new car. It’s less invasive and loads more fun!

We love this story from vroomgirls.com that gives some great reasons to get some new wheels to help that midlife crisis! Hey, men have been doing it for years, it’s about time women get in on the fun!  And nothing can pump up your looks like a brand new shiny piece of metal or aluminum that fits the proportions of your personality.

Vroomgirls picked six new luxury vehicles that run the gamut from sedan to SUV. Driving these head turners can make you feel younger, happier, more energetic and beautiful. We realize that not everybody can spin for the latest model but a girl can dream, right?

2013 LX570 5 dr SUV

First of all, this SUV has room for seven. In other words, it will go to Costco, tow your speedboat and heft your brood of kids…in fine style. Step up to the illuminated running board that leads into a leather and wood trimmed cabin with that calm Lexus interior that speaks good taste. For the back seat there’s dual-screen rear seat entertainment. For the driver—expect plenty of oomph behind the hefty V8 engine with 383-hp. and 403 lb.-ft. of torque. We’re talking big, brawny and beautiful.
Priced from $80,930

2013 Volvo S60 T6 AWD

Think Scandinavian—feminine, feisty and well designed. Volvo’s new generation sedan has AWD so that it holds up in any weather. Plus, it kicks it up mountains with a turbocharged engine that sips 18 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway.

Yes, you are a competent Mom and value the safety that Volvo stand for. However, even the guys at Motor Trend say that that the Volvo S60 “looks damn sexy.” Of course we care about that. To note, this Volvo looks good coming and going. The back end sprouts dual polished exhaust pipes.
Priced from $41,345.

2012 Jaguar XJ Supersport

This sedan moves like silk and feels like money. A quiet cabin, lit with pools of phosphorescent blue light, has stitched leather seats, touches of carbon fiber and a vast glass roof. With the JaguarDriveSelector (a knob that rises up when you start the engine) one chooses the drive function by rotating the control with fingertips. (BTW, the inspiration for the rotating button was the grip on a Leica camera lens.) The 510 hp supercharged V8 kicks 0-60 in 4.7 seconds and tops out at 174 miles per hour. Our test model added in a luscious purple felt lined glove box and center console.
Priced from $111,200.

2013 Infiniti G37 Convertible

What a surprise! This is the vehicle that racecar enthusiasts buy for the fun of it. Talk about turning heads! This convertible is all about slim lines—even the three-piece retractable hard top is seamless. A Bose adaptive audio system automatically adjusts when the top is down so you can sing along to your favorites. The cabin is embellished with silk aluminum or maple trim. We liked the Pacific Sky Light Blue with a wheat leather and maple interior. Anchored by a V6 325 horsepower engine, this convertible kept us way ahead of the pack.
Priced from $47,200

2012 Range Rover Evoque

BAM! This is the smallest, lightest, most fuel efficient Range Rover ever produced and it comes in a coupe or five-door. All we can say is, whether you plan to ford wide streams or just tool around the city, the turbo-charged Evoque is adorable, quick on its feet and made us feel like a kid again. We loved the panoramic glass roof! The Evoque can be ordered up in standout colors including Colima Lime Metallic, Havana Metallic (brown) and Mauritius Metallic (Blue).
Priced from $43,995

2013 Cadillac XTS

This new sedan looks like it just came off the drawing board of the future. Cadillac’s newest incarnation breathes seduction with satin chrome exterior appointments, 20-inch aluminum wheels, illuminated door handles and sharp lines. The cabin has a choice of interior colors that range from caramel to light platinum with wood trim and leather seats. Sound comes from a 14-speaker Bose surround system and a heads-up display appears in color on the windshield. When you order an XTS, you get an iPad to learn about how to use CUE. That’s Cadillac’s touch-screen entertainment/navigation system that has all kinds of whizz technology.
Priced from $44,075

If you’re ready to cure your midlife crisis, visit our website and browse our great selection – something for every midlife crisis (and for every budget!).

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