2019 Hyundai Veloster: Compact, Sporty Anomaly

Welcome to Austin for the press launch and test drive of the all-new Hyundai Veloster compact sports car and hot hatch. It was a beautiful and heat filled day in the Texas Capitol as we zipped around town in 2019 models enhanced with sticky Michelin tires to mirror the unexpected small car excitement behind the wheel. Now in the 2nd generation, the three-door, Korean performance vehicle is an industry anomaly and will certainly continue attracting young, urban dwellers towards its ingenuity. [Read more…]

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

To say the least I was extremely impressed with the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback during testing around the coast of San Diego to epic California weather last week. For such a diminutive vehicle it sure does pack a punch in the form of advanced driver technologies typically relegated for Toyota’s more advanced vehicles such as the Camry or Avalon. For example, the hot hatch is blessed with both Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist function and Full Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. The Corolla Hatchback is quick, agile, stylish, fully functional and convenient when meandering through city obstacles. [Read more…]

Lexus 0-60 Celebrity Racing Series: Season 2 Explodes at Road Atlanta

 

Welcome to high-flying Road Atlanta for the second season of Lexus 0-60 featuring some of your favorite celebrity influencers who competed for the automotive throne on the 2.54-mile road course just north of Braselton, Georgia. The performance driving action matched up two teams of three drivers with the latest ensemble of performance coupes and sedans from Lexus including the new stalwart of the family known as the LC 500. Intelligent dynamics aptly fits its venerable persona. [Read more…]

2019 Toyota Avalon: Technological Beauty

Wow, the 5th generation Toyota Avalon is a pretty special vehicle as I discovered out in San Diego, California last week during the national press launch. In fact, if the badging were to be removed quite a few people would confuse the large sedan as a member of the Lexus family, especially with that massive grille. Representing as Toyota’s flagship vehicle the 2019 Avalon has been rebuilt from the ground up with a body that is now wider, longer and lower and a tech focused cabin that is styled with soft touch materials, true Yamaha wood inlays and metal accents. [Read more…]

2019 Nissan Altima

Words by Kimatni D. Rawlins

It’s sharper, sportier, smarter and far more advanced. It’s confident and poised and awaiting new owners looking for up-to-date technology enhancements in a midsize sedan.  It offers the roominess for families and the edge needed to maintain visceral driving experiences behind the wheel. Introduced during the media days at the 2018 New York International Auto Show Nissan refused to rest on their laurels when it came to reinventing the latest generation Altima.

Shown at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in a brilliantly red hue you could see right away the dominance of the front fascia with the Altima’s striking V-motion grille, angular headlights and aggressive chin spoiler. It’s almost as if the Japanese sedan is donning a mask. Darth Vader actually comes to mind in my perspective. The Altima is lower, wider and longer than the model it replaces while featuring a unique rear diffuser and stylish wheels that can flow up to 19 inches. [Read more…]

2018 Hyundai Kona: Soul Adventurer

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

The small crossover utility market continues to be a hot topic as sales increase from active lifestyle consumers seeking solutions that appease their diverse needs. With character traits based on athletic styling, inventive storage, fuel efficiency and both advanced connectivity and telematics, automakers have set the bar high with vehicles such as the all-new 2018 Hyundai Kona. It drives smarter, works harder and plays longer.   [Read more…]

2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo: Dynamic Utility

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

With 19 new 2018 BMW, MINI and Roll-Royce vehicles to evaluate at the BMW Performance Center West, Thermal Club in Palm Springs, California you can imagine the level of technology, innovation and luxury experienced during this pivotal moment for the brand. From the 2018 M5 to the newfangled Phantom the options were diverse and monumental. One of the key vehicles I zeroed in on was the all-new 2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo which represents dynamic utility in full fashion. [Read more…]

2018 BMW X2 xDrive28i: X + Dynamic = Proficiency

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Welcome to the BMW Performance Center West, Thermal Club in Palm Springs, California for test driving of the first ever BMW X2 compact and premium Sports Activity Coupe (SAC). With consumers clamoring for smaller but fully complete, stylish, efficient and intelligent vehicles automakers are meeting the demand with a plethora of new options such as Bavarian Motor Works’ latest X-mobile that is about to hit the streets. [Read more…]

2019 Ram 1500 Pickup: Half-Ton Workaholic

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

We had an impeccable experience with the Ram Brand in Phoenix, Arizona recently for their national press launch of the talented 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck. Built from more high-strength steel than Superman himself the latest Ram workhorse has been fortified with a 12,750-pound trailer tow capacity and 2,300-pound payload capability from a newfangled body that is longer, stronger, tougher, lighter, wider, and far more accomplished. [Read more…]

2018 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE: Intelligent Performance

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

This past weekend was dreary and besieged by rainfall in the Maryland metro area but it didn’t matter because my window of opportunity with the luxuriant Land Rover came to fruition and rightfully heated up the scenario. Active as usual, my daughter had two sports tournaments that were an hour away — basketball and competitive jump rope — so instead of chilling while watching Jack Taylor on Netflix I was ripping runways escorting her about and exploring the impressive features of Terrain Response 2 and its Configurable Dynamics and six adaptive suspension modes in our Firenze Red 2018 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE. [Read more…]