2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

A high-end, high-performance SUV is a thing of wonder. As in, I wonder how they got a “truck” to behave like this? And, I wonder what they were thinking?

It’s all well and good to be able to keep up with sports cars while coddling the family in high-rise luxury, but with an SUV comes a not-unreasonable expectation of all-weather and all-surface capability.

Such a vehicle, which typically costs somewhere between 75 and 150 grand, ought to be a true dreadnought—literally, “fearing nothing.”

The Royal Navy launched HMS Dreadnought in 1906. The Germans were so taken aback by its big guns, heavy armor and speed that they countered with a new class of warship of their own.