2015 Kia Sedona: Cool Kids Van of Choice

Kia Sedona

Words by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Here’s a neat little trick. Have someone blindfold and escort you to your new 2015 Korean people mover. Take a seat, strap in and grip the multi-talented steering wheel. Remove the blinder, open your eyes and reimagine the possibilities of a 20th century utilitarian vehicles that is cavernous and all-inclusive of transcendent style, invigorating mobility and technologically savvy for the task at hand. Yes, it’s still a minivan, but one that redefines convention of the most traditional family vehicle in the marketplace. And if you happened to see Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day this past weekend then you will get my drift. I’m pretty sure the calamity and misadventures of Steve Carell’s character, Ben Cooper, and his squad of five would have been squandered if they were rolling in a 2015 Kia Sedona. [Read more…]

2015 VW Golf: Ready, Set, Golf!

Golf Family GTI TSI TDIWhat a state of bliss the new Golf puts you in when cruising to work or play. Compact enough for city maneuvering and parking, versatile enough to load up your mountain bike and hit the trails and sporty enough to challenge adrenaline rush when dopamine is needed in heavy doses. Backed by a long history of success and a cult-like following to carry on its legendary moniker, the Golf is as important to VW as protein is to body builders. [Read more…]

2014 Kia Soul: Fun, Fascinating and Trendy

2014_Kia_SoulAs many cities are going through revitalization processes with buildings, homes, parks and even demographics, so is Kia with their all-new 2014 Soul. Keeping pace with the changing urban market and its needs, the Korean automaker is doing just that with its mini crossover.  To explore the updated DNA and experience the attributes of the little guy we recently ventured to Minneapolis, Minnesota for the national press introduction. Fun, fascinating and trendy are the impressions we were left with. [Read more…]

2014 Dodge Durango R/T: Ready to Rumble

2014_Dodge_Durango...3Leon Brittain

In 2011, Automotive Rhythms had the opportunity to spend several days with the then new Dodge Durango Citadel in Miami for the Winter Music Conference. From industry pro DJs to pro athletes, all were impressed with the new styling. Fast forward a couple of years and Dodge delivers again with a new 2014 Durango available in five flavors: SXT, Rallye, Limited (new for 2014), R/T and the top-of-the-line, luxury-laden Citadel.

This time around, we appointed the R/T as our coach of choice through the canyons of southern California and the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. As with our time evaluating the 2014 Jeep Cherokee in southern California, surely another setting other than a tight twisty canyon would be more suitable. Perhaps Cali’s deceptively cunning Willow Springs Raceway to show off the Durango R/T’s brawny 360 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V8 muscle with 390 pound-feet of torque would’ve been more fitting. Okay, maybe that’s wishful thinking. However, given the R/T’s power and aggressive smooth looks, I can picture this muscular athlete as Willow Springs’ track boss. This is saying quite a bit considering the steely SUV is a 7-passenger SUV with a tow rating of 7,400 pounds. [Read more…]

Chevy Previews the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban

20130912_134841Chevrolet today introduced the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban – all-new versions of the industry’s best-selling duo of full-size SUVs. They offer more functionality, greater refinement, new safety features and an increased range of advanced technologies to appeal to two distinct customer groups who want the unique combination of features only Tahoe and Suburban provide. [Read more…]