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…]

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…]

INFINITI Hoops Experience at the 2018 NCAA Final Four Weekend in San Antonio

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

The epic weekend began when I Landed to San Antonio, TX to immaculately warm weather and the pompous and striking 2018 INFINITI QX80 full-size luxury SUV which escorted me in style to the famed Alamodome for the hoops excitement and action. By now you know that the Villanova Wildcats manhandled the Kansas Jayhawks and the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers fell to the Michigan Wolverines after a 20-point swing in the second half. However, we can’t forget about our Hardwood Heroes, two teams of cancer survivors, who competed against one another to increase cancer awareness amongst the basketball community. [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 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…]

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 Honda Odyssey Elite: Minivan Swag for Minivan Dads

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Trust me when I say I didn’t mind the title of “minivan dad” over the holidays when we journeyed from Silver Spring, MD to Atco, NJ to spend the festive occasion with family and close friends back home. It’s a yearly tradition that convenes over 30 family members so you know the gift giving was a bit generous. Thankfully our testing of the 2018 Honda Odyssey Elite came at an opportune time for ultimate road trip convenience and comfort. Specifically, we needed special transport to secure four occupants and the 40+ gifts wrapped for family, friends, and a group of kids in need. No problem in the storage department! [Read more…]

2018 Lexus 0 to 60 Series: Intelligent Dynamics

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Welcome to high-flying Road Atlanta for the second season of Lexus 0 to 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 high 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.

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