2019 Cadillac XT4 Crossover: Detroit’s New Edition

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

It’s been a while since we’ve witnessed a new vehicle launch from the historic 116-year old Cadillac brand. But rest assured that the next gen product to represent the American luxury automotive sector is designed for ultimate satisfaction. To experience the global media event Automotive Rhythms headed out West for the Seattle inauguration of the all-new 2019 XT4 luxury crossover. Offered in Sport, Premium Luxury and Luxury renditions, designers referred to the newfangled Caddy as the puppy stage of the full-size Escalade SUV.

After the evening reveal Steve Carlisle, President of Cadillac, explained to a full house of journalists the company’s 10-year market plan which is now in year 4. The premise is to continue communicating with interested consumers, embolden leadership and expand beneficial offerings which will lead to new Cadillac edition every 6 months for the next few years. This timeline also incorporates the replacement of current sedan models. Since the demand for innovative SUVs and crossovers is heightened I would expect more of the same in the area of the XT series. [Read more…]

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Fit Family Focused

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

As I traversed the steep, rocky trail — which seemed to continue perpetually — while gazing upward into the sky I realized that this Korean SUV was manhandling the obligatory task of reaching the top of the hill like it were a Wrangler or Rover. Has Hyundai’s best-selling SUV, now its 4th generation, truly inherited that much bravado from the prior generation? Is the automaker’s HTRAC AWD system with an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch and torque vectoring for front to rear and left to right traction really that substantive in various driving scenarios such as high-speed cornering? Well, it surely felt so as the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe anticipated wheel slippage and reacted immediately for an engaging experience which is a necessity for fit families heading toward the heart of the wilderness.

With that in mind Hyundai chose an ideal city to host the national media event for the newfangled utility. So welcome to Park City, Utah, home of the renowned Sundance Film Festival, impeccable ski resorts, active lifestyles and lovers of everything serene and beautiful. The fresh air, mountain views and scores of adventure sports such as mountain biking created the perfect env [Read more…]

Summer Speed at Kings Dominion’s National Roller Coaster Day Weekend

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

My youngest daughter Kaiyana (Aya) and I love summer road trips no matter the distance. Whether we are visiting family in South Jersey or headed to Virginia Beach for the waves, the one-on-one time together is always exciting. So, to all our Fit Fathers please make sure to hit the road to escort your kids to their favorite destinations before time is up and “back to school” anxieties kick in. It’s always ideal for the creation of intimate memories. For us the target was Kings Dominion in Doswell, VA this past weekend for the roller coaster experience including the speedy Intimidator 305.

Aya and I were coming from Silver Spring, MD which is about 2 hours down 95 South. However, Kings Dominion is just 15 minutes from Richmond, VA for the lucky ones. Our ride of choice to warp us there — a Hichroma Red 2018 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD V6 loaned to Fit Fathers for such purposes — was perfect in alleviating time concerns due to quick acceleration and racer like agility. Aya kept telling me to stop acting like I was operating a roller coaster since the power from the Twin Turbo 365-horsepower V6 was so addictive. I told her not to worry because we were blessed with Brembo brakes for immediate stopping power. “Brembo” she asked?

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Free Your Mind at Shenandoah National Park

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Interestingly enough I stumbled upon Shenandoah National Park after the need for an immediate getaway in the woods to free my mind. A nice rustic cabin, trails for hiking, running and epic scenery was my intention. Of course, I’ve always heard of Shenandoah but never had a chance to visit until now. Suffice it to say I enjoyed the solo yet peaceful few days in Virginia which also included meditation atop the mountains, conscious reading and poetic writing. It was the most enlightening and energetic methodology to kick off the new season. [Read more…]

2019 BMW X4 Sports Activity Coupe: Elevated Athleticism

Where does an auto brand go once the zenith stage has seemingly been reached? Well, for BMW that means the continuation of creating additional numbered vehicles and enhancing current numbered variants such as the X-factors which represent its family of Sports Activity Vehicles (SAVs) and Sports Activity Coupes (SACs). Whether it is X5, X6, the upcoming X7 or the reinvigorated 2019 X4, each provides individual talents for owners looking for just as much performance as utility, storage and off-road capabilities.
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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…]