Audi presents a concept sportback designed for adventure. The Activesphere has a sleek design and off-road capabilities. In packs Quattro all-wheel drive, a height-adjustable air suspension, panoramic glass windows, autonomous driving, and a gesture control system that pairs with augmented reality glasses.
When it comes to smooth and comfortable sedans, the Lexus ES is among the best you can buy. When the weather gets rough, we’d prefer an all-wheel-drive model. We spent a week behind the wheel of the ES 250 AWD F Sport, which can send power to all four wheels, instilling confidence and control in inclement conditions.
The Mazda3 hatchback is one good-looking car, with its shooting brake profile and the sleek, sculptural design Mazda is known for. But beauty is way more than skin deep, especially now that you can equip the car with a 2.5L turbo engine and an all-wheel drivetrain. We spent a wintry week with one and are here to share our enthusiasm.
Sharing underpinnings from the Porsche Taycan, Audi’s performance EV produces 637 hp and 612 lb-ft. of torque, launching the AWD sportback sedan from 0-to-60 in just 3.1 seconds. The RS also has a lightweight carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic roof, matrix LED headlights, 20-inch sport wheels, and an upgraded interior.
Land Rover’s rugged off-roader is back. It comes in 2-door (90) and 4-door (110) models, with a highly-configurable interior, twin-speed transmission, advanced terrain management systems, electronic active differential, air suspension, and can wade in up to 35.4″ of water. Choose from a 3.0L 395hp I6 MHEV or a 2.0L 296hp turbo I4.
We joined up with a team of men’s lifestyle and automotive experts in the woods of Virginia to see if seven everyday crossover utility vehicles could handle a rugged off-road course, and to pick our favorites. Read on for our top picks and the overall winners from the first Trail Trek Tour.