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…]

2019 Volvo XC40: Refreshing SUV Delight

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

What fun times were had in Austin, Texas in cold, wet weather while test driving the all-new 2019 Volvo XC40 as I explored the eclectic and artsy city to connect the SUV’s urbane, Scandinavian Design with local fashion innovators, music studios and inventive carpenters. The vehicle was conceived for city commutes to handle abrupt turns and stop-n-go traffic, but also fares well on the outer banks as we discovered throughout our day-long journey.

It seems as though Volvo has completed their SUV family transformation which includes the XC90, XC60 and now the present day XC40. The Swedish automaker is set with premium utilities for every customer type with each representing innovation in the field of technology, safety, styling and human interface. In fact, you will see a cadre of premium features from the larger XC90 and midsize XC60 trickled down into the XC40. This is important because the compact, premium SUV category is currently as red hot as Chili peppers. Expect the segment to continue increasing exponentially as manufacturers from BMW to Infiniti keep adding to the melting pot. [Read more…]

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Since its remastering a few years ago the Chrysler Pacifica has been on an impressive journey of family love, respect and honor within its domain. Even with the introduction of the new Honda Odyssey the Pacifica is still number one in the minivan category for team Automotive Rhythms and Fit Fathers. Its design is a sign of the times, the interior is smart, cavernous and comfortable, and the technologies bestowed upon the Pacifica are perfect for parents and kids on the go. Now that a plug-in hybrid powertrain has been added to the popular model you can also include efficiency to the long list of accolades. [Read more…]

2019 INFINITI QX50: Progressive, Luxury Focused Techniques

During a recent visit to the Design District of West Hollywood I was inspired by INFINITI and their set of progressive, technological values as they continue to create excellence in the form of some of our favorite vehicles. The Japanese automotive purveyor is one of the latest, steadfastly growing luxury brands with a focus on modish styling, adaptive engineering and efficient powertrains. Now, with the release of the all-new 2019 QX50 luxuriant crossover, which is built 100% from the ground up, expect continuous elevation in a market segment that witnessed 600,000 units roll off dealer lots in 2017. [Read more…]

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Lusso: Itiliano Sports Performance

Experienced by Kimatni Rawlins

The media team at Automotive Rhythms had a great week test-driving the sports performing 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Lusso Italian SUV. Rightfully named after the 12-mile, 48-bend Stelvio Pass in the northern Italian Alps the vehicle excited in every fashion including agility, and acceleration from its 280-horsepower direct-injected 2-liter GME T4 Turbo 4-cylinder engine. With invigorating performance traits, a pompous front fascia, an Integrated Brake System, Q4 AWD, and 19” Dark 5-hole aluminum rims, our Vulcano Black Metallic Stelvio is a refreshing take on the premium midsize utility market. [Read more…]