From Kia and Honda to Porsche and Audi. While Americans have not taken up camping or off-roading at a prodigious rate, SUVs have become the vehicles of choice in the United States. The appeal is in the rugged look, a high seating position and a knack for swallowing cargo. Of course, driving over 100 vehicles annually, it’s my duty, as the video auto reviewer for The New York Times, to inform you that nothing beats a minivan for practicality and utility. There. My responsibility is fulfilled.
27 automotive writers have two days to judge 27 vehicles. It’s not news anymore that sport utility vehicles and crossovers are the vehicles that Americans prefer. The Northwest Automotive Press Association was onto the trend long before it was one, starting an Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year competition in 1994. Back then, SUVs were truck-based vehicles and “crossover” was an aerobics move. Although affectionately nicknamed Mudfest, the event this year was a little short of the sloppy stuff.
Few SUVs see a dirt road, let alone extreme terrain. So, you’re about to buy an SUV. Or is it a crossover? There’s a difference, and depending on your needs it might matter to you. Talk to your neighbor who just brought home a new Chevy Equinox, Honda CR-V or Kia Sorento, and they’ll probably say they love their new SUV. If you told them it’s really a crossover you’d be correct. (But be warned: no one likes a Mr. or Ms. Smarty-pants.)
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".