Weekend Athlete

Weekend Athlete: 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan

By Bill Jackson on Thu Feb 26 04:00:00 GMT-06:00 2009


Another day, another compact SUV in the crowded Weekend Athlete segment. What’s interesting this time is that the Tiguan is a rare SUV that faces a strong challenger from inside its own family. See, Volkswagen also makes a wagon version… Read More

Weekend Athlete: 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan

By Bill Jackson on Thu Feb 26 04:00:00 GMT-06:00 2009

Another day, another compact SUV in the crowded Weekend Athlete segment. What’s interesting this time is that the Tiguan is a rare SUV that faces a strong challenger from inside its own family. See, Volkswagen also makes a wagon version… Read More

2009 Mercury Mariner: Weekend Athlete

By Bill Jackson on Thu Feb 19 06:38:00 GMT-06:00 2009

It’s time to put away the bikes and take out the cross-country skis here in Chicago, and that means the Weekend Athlete test is going to shift with the seasons. First up: The 2009 Mercury Mariner, which I tested eons… Read More

Weekend Athlete: 2009 Honda Ridgeline

By Bill Jackson on Wed Dec 17 21:44:00 GMT-06:00 2008

We normally stay away from trucks so our colleagues at PickupTrucks.com can have all the fun, but I snuck out with the Honda Ridgeline while nobody was looking. Why? Because I always doubted the picture Honda has on its website… Read More

Weekend Athlete: 2009 Chevrolet Aveo5

By Bill Jackson on Thu Dec 11 05:30:00 GMT-06:00 2008

Someone once told me it was painful to watch me cram my bike into a subcompact car. If you’re like that person, look away now, unless you have a masochistic side. And before you scream “Get a rack!” I hate… Read More

Weekend Athlete: 2009 Subaru Impreza GT

By Bill Jackson on Wed Oct 29 20:16:00 GMT-06:00 2008

Now, this is exactly what I want from a car I'm taking to a race. It's fun to drive, holds my toys, has great visibility, looks quick without being obnoxious — and it moves. So, yeah, I'm in love with… Read More

Weekend Athlete 2008 Mazda5 Follow-Up

By Bill Jackson on Thu Oct 16 05:12:00 GMT-06:00 2008

Once again, I got to revisit a car I'd already tested. Last week it was the PT Cruiser, and this time the Mazda5 rolled back into my driveway. Best of all, unlike some cars I test, I got to take… Read More

Weekend Athlete: Chrysler PT Cruiser Redux

By Bill Jackson on Wed Oct 08 20:31:00 GMT-06:00 2008

Awhile back, I tested the Chrysler PT Cruiser and folded the rear seats only partially before I put all my toys in. This creates a load floor that's not level, which I didn't like. Readers correctly pinged me about not… Read More

Weekend Athlete: 2008 Toyota Camry XLE

By Bill Jackson on Thu Sep 18 06:55:43 GMT-06:00 2008

How the heck does Toyota sell so many of these cars when the rear seat doesn’t fold down on half the trim levels? Still, even though the Camry SE and XLE can’t compete in the Weekend Athlete Olympics, they do… Read More

Weekend Athlete: 2008 Infiniti EX35

By Bill Jackson on Thu Sep 04 06:35:00 GMT-06:00 2008

This car is the perfect example of why I do this test. When you look at the EX, you see a teeny little version of Infiniti's FX. As is often the case with younger siblings, though, you shouldn't be lulled… Read More

Weekend Athlete: 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

By Bill Jackson on Thu Aug 28 04:05:00 GMT-06:00 2008

Now this is what a $60,000-plus SUV should be like. I drove the Toyota Land Cruiser and was distinctly underwhelmed and put off by its price and impracticality. Now, I grant you, this Land Rover is not a true Weekend… Read More