2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Active, On-The-Go Family Style

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

The Volkswagen Atlas is a big midsize SUV with three full rows of seating for seven passengers to accommodate the typical American family looking for a cavernous cabin and plenty of utility, flexibility, technology and comfort. It represents as VW’s largest production vehicle and joins a small but adventurous family of German SUVs including the Tiguan and Touareg. [Read more…]

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD: A Proper Off-Road Wagon

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

I had a great time exploring the superior off-road and grand on-road capabilities of the new 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD in Arizona last week. The luxury wagon is properly designed and thoroughly engineered. Its physicality is defined by rugged hardware, outstanding go-anywhere capabilities and advanced technology systems for both safety adherence and driver assistance obligations. [Read more…]

The Automotive Lifestyle of Navdy Head-Up Display

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Today’s society is infused with an inordinate amount of digital technology, cloud-based connectivity, advanced telematics, and mobile apps to help reduce the clutter of confusion in both your social life and the workplace. Yet, it is often challenging and most often confusing narrowing down the choice of devices and innovations that will align with your specific, behavioral needs. From meeting friends at obscure locations or navigating your vehicle through intense traffic on unknown roads there is always a need for simplification. Well, welcome to the world of Navdy, a portable Head-up Display and corresponding smartphone app to keep you on point! [Read more…]

2017 MINI Cooper Countryman: Versatile Impact

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

The burgeoning love affair with the MINI brand continues with enthusiasm as more hits are released and prior generations are updated with powerful impacts on consumer perception. MINI owners are proud and dedicated and marvel at the warmth, friendliness and brilliance their vehicles offer during every drive. Never do you tire of the monotony of the same old thing because never does your pride and joy ever seem to grow old. And now there is more to rejoice with the introduction of the 2017 MINI Cooper Countryman, the biggest and most versatile MINI to date. [Read more…]

2018 Toyota C-HR: Coupe High-Rider Enters the Stage

By Kimatni D. Rawlins

To experience what Toyota dubs their Coupe High-Rider Fit Fathers ventured to the diversity of Austin where the eclectic vibe is more like Portland and Venice Beach than Texas. The all-new 2018 C-HR CUV fulfills a niche market that clamors for value, fuel efficiency, and daring designs. Entering the stage this April newcomers will be introduced to an array of technological standard features presented in two renditions: the $22,500 C-HR XLE and the $24,350 C-HR XLE Premium. [Read more…]

2017 Jeep Compass: Small Impact

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Branded after its big brother Jeep Grand Cherokee the all-new Compass compact SUV is rough, rugged and raw; well, at least on the outside. Step inside and the small wonder continues to surprise with modern gadgetry, telematics, and advanced safety features. Jeep lifers expect their utilities to handle active lifestyle adventures with aplomb whether on domestic grounds or international terrain. Although small, the Detroit native is as multi-purpose as a Victorinox Swiss Army knife with one exception to the rule; it’s an All-American. [Read more…]

2017 BMW 5 Series: Yesterday a Vision, Today a Reality

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

It’s always a seminal moment when presented with test drive opportunities of a BMW sport sedan while voyaging the beautiful coast of California for days at a time. Recently this exact scenario manifested which allowed me to journey from Silicon Valley to north of San Pablo Bay in Napa Valley behind the wheel of an Alpine White 2017 BMW 540i Sedan with the M Sport Package. Its 3-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine was both efficient and robust and vehicle handling impeccable, especially if you opt for the $3,200 Dynamic Handling Package. But the main storyline here is the implementation of an array of digital, autonomous, and connected technology systems such as Remote Control Parking which permits the operator to park the Bimmer using the key fob while standing outside the vehicle! Amazing. [Read more…]

2017 Kia Niro: A New Hybrid Hero

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

I’m sure by now most of you have seen the Melissa McCarthy ad spot with Kia’s new hybrid crossover dubbed “Hero’s Journey” where the comedic actress attempts to the save the eco-friendly attributes of the planet while using the vehicle’s key features. Whether you find it amusing or not the underlying theme is that Kia has introduced another green machine to the marketplace for individuals looking to reduce their carbon footprint. With an introductory price of $22,890, fuel economy of 52 city MPG, and a 595-mile range the Niro FE may just be my new hybrid hero! [Read more…]

2017-BMW-X4-M40i X-Rated Fun

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Well, I must say BMW’s sport activity vehicle was delivered at the right time for a week full of family fun, daily team rituals, and weekend competitions. The girls had four games including basketball and soccer and practice everyday except Friday. From swapping out kids, teammates, gear, and food the BMW X4 M40i had an eventful time with my unit. Compact outside, larger inside, quick as cats, and full of technology, the X4 is very fitting for vigorous clans on the go. [Read more…]

Mazda and Vehicles for Change Award 37 Cars to Families

Wrapping up the first year of their Drive to 100 partnership, Mazda’s Northeast Region and Baltimore-based non-profit Vehicles for Change (VFC) today announced the results of the program in 2016: 230 vehicles donated by Mazda dealers and their customers to Vehicles for Change, 37 vehicles awarded to families in need across the East Coast, and almost $4,000 raised for VFC through test drives and donations.

“We are very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish with our partners and dealerships at Mazda,” said VFC President Marty Schwartz. “We have positively impacted the lives of 37 low-income families and we look forward to growing our partnership to serve more in 2017.”

Drive to 100 is a partnership between Mazda’s Northeast Region and VFC to award refurbished vehicles to families in need of personal transportation to gain or maintain employment. The awards took place at Mazda dealerships from Washington, D.C. to Massachusetts from April through December 2016.

“Our dealers’ generosity and their enthusiastic support of Drive to 100’s mission to provide reliable transportation to families in need made this program bigger and more impactful than we ever could have imagined,” said Mazda’s Northeast Region General Manager Brian Nash. “Giving back is at the core of what we do at Mazda, and we’re thrilled to be able to partner with VFC and our dealers to have such a tremendous impact on families across our region.”

Drive to 100’s second year kicks off this spring, with the first event scheduled for June in Baltimore. Like last year, awards will take place throughout the Northeast Region in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Upstate New York, and New York.

To further support VFC’s mission of helping low-income families become financially self- sufficient through access to transportation, for a limited time Mazda is offering $500 toward the purchase of a new Mazda at participating Mazda dealerships to anyone who donates a vehicle to VFC and brings their donation receipt to their Mazda dealership. Donations can be made directly to VFC or at the nearest participating Mazda dealership.

To find out more about the Drive to 100 partnership or to learn how to qualify for the program, visit www.vehiclesforchange.org. For families outside of the Northeast, visit www.workingcarsforworkingfamilies.org to find a program that serves your area.