Honda Vehicles Rise to the Challenge

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Go big or go home! That’s a common American ethos. Yet Honda offers clever ways to go big and go home, with its rugged SUVs and truck. They’re engineered to get you where you want to go and then back to civilization without unnecessary hardware and expense.

Roomy enough for people and cargo and equipped with impressively capable drivetrains, the Honda Ridgeline pickup truck, Honda Pilot three-row SUV, and Honda Passport two-row SUV are ready for adventure.

Each is equipped with a muscular 280-horsepower,1 3.5-liter V6 engine and offers an innovative available all-wheel-drive system that automatically delivers power to the wheel that needs it most. Whether you’re driving on dry pavement, traveling on loose dirt or gravel, or splashing through water and mud, the intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4®) AWD system continually monitors conditions. When it detects wheel slip,

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Mercedes-Benz EQC 4×4 Squared shows path for off-roading’s electric future

Mercedes-Benz has coupled the extreme off-road hardware of the G-Class 4×4 Squared with the EQC battery-electric SUV to preview the future of off-roading.

The resulting EQC 4×4 Squared you see here is strictly a concept, but development of its off-roading system lays the groundwork for future electric all- and four-wheel-drive systems from Mercedes, including potentially the system destined for a planned electric G-Class.

The concept is based on the EQC 400, and the production powertrain remains. It consists of an 80-kilowatt-hour battery powering a motor at each axle which together develop a peak 402 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque.

You’ll notice the EQC 4×4 Squared sits much higher than the standard EQC. It’s almost eight inches higher, in fact, resulting in a ground clearance of about 11.5 inches. The approach, departure and breakover angles also come in at 31.8, 33 and 24.2 degrees respectively, and the fording depth

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Vintage Video: Careening Corvairs and K-Cars

I love old crappy cars. I love watching drivers perform feats of derring-do. And if I can find a film that combines both, I’m in heaven. Today, I found two!

The Corvair in Action (1960)

It’s possible you’ve seen this already, as it’s probably one of the better-known classic car videos on YouTube—a demo piece from Chevrolet intended to show the world just how tough its new rear-engine Corvair was. The scene of the hapless Corvair rolling over has been widely seen out of context—truth was, the car was rigged to roll, as the film explains—but there is far more entertaining stuff in this video.

This short film starts out sedately enough, with beauty shots, tepid footage from Lime Rock and a slalom course marked with a big banner that says “HANDLING”. My favorite bit from this section is when the announcer urges you to “watch how the Corvair stays

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