Peter is a freelance contributor to Digital Trends and almost a lawyer. He has loved thinking, writing and talking about cars since his first adventures with the ill tempered Volvos he learned to drive on. In his free-time Peter diagnoses the problems with his Volvo 850 Turbo, goes target shooting and reads about history.
The 2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country is a nearly perfect family car; it combines luxury and utility in a way few true competitors can. That's good, because it does have a few flaws, such as a relatively high price and cramped rear seats.
The Mazda CX-9 is like an aging athlete; it is still capable but also starting to fall behind his younger rivals. The big Mazda can still drive like a champ, but it lacks the technology and refinement of newer, cheaper crossovers.
Transmission technology has come a long way since the relatively simple world of automatics and manuals a few decades ago, which is good. Unfortunately being spoiled for choice leaves some buyers downright confused. Accordingly, we are…