2020 Nissan Versa SR CVT: Rainbow Delight

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Small cars get the job done efficiently, economically, and conveniently. If you need to park in a micro space in the downtown area of your city, then done. If you require 35 to 40 highway mpg for long journeys, then done. And if your overall budget is less than $22,000, then done. You won’t be winning road races in this category, and your girlfriend will not be highly impressed on date night, but you will have a greater peace of mind knowing that essentialism can be achieved in a respected manner. Thus, the little 2020 Nissan Versa SR 4-door sedan provides the essentials for day-today human operations. [Read more…]

2020 Chevy Blazer 3LT Leather AWD

Experienced by Kimatni D Rawlins

An icon has returned with a fashionable, refreshing outlook utilizing its mighty moniker and compelling reputation. I was especially devoted to the robust and resolute Blazers of the 1990s since the nostalgic hallmark left my young crew with many fond memories. Today, the latest generation of Chevy’s eminent SUV comes in the form of a crossover utility with grace and updated technologies to meet consumer’s trendy expectations.

The 2020 Chevy Blazer 3LT Leather AWD I was testing for the week rolled in the Automotive Rhythms driveway in a lively Red Hot hue outfitted with standard 18” Bright Silver Aluminum wheels and dual split exhaust tips. For more character and performance, larger 20″ Gloss Black rims are available on the AWD model, and the two-tone black body cladding, roof rails, bumper pieces, A, B, and C pillars, and the chiseled Blazer signature grille add the perfect balance of contrast and flair. The body-colored tailgate spoiler with a streak of black is an excellent design touch as well. Though, I would prefer Chevy’s tamed tones for this SUV such as grey, black, or white because a red of this illumination is characteristic of sports cars and smaller, playful vehicles like Kia Souls and MINIs. [Read more…]

2020 GMC Sierra 2500 Denali 4WD Crew Cab

GMC is on the ground floor making headways with the Sierra pickup, including the recent news of a collaboration with Harley-Davidson and Tuscany Motor to unleash a 250-model limited-edition Harley-Davidson branded GMC Sierra which is bad to the bone. Inspired by Harley’s famed Fat Boy model, expect over 65 edition-specific enhancements that make this unique, custom truck one of the toughest on the block.

Ironically, when the broadcast passed by my desk regarding H-D and GMC, I was currently testing the 2020 Sierra 2500 Denali 4WD Crew Cab with the all-powerful Duramax 6.6-liter V8 turbo diesel engine and Allison 10-speed automatic transmission. Quite naturally, I focused on heavy lifting, incorporating multiple roundtrip excursions to my local landscaping supply center for firewood and gravel loads. I also had to remove a few dead trees in the yard, which was easy work for the truck in comparison to its top-end capabilities. Additionally, my collegiate football mentees were home on winter break and needed work, so the four jumped inside the crew cab to join me and were amazed by the head and legroom in the rear. The new Sierra Heavy Duty features a longer wheelbase and a more domineering hood line in comparison to the model it replaces. [Read more…]

Justin Dugan Reviews the 2020 GT500

   

2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Official Review – Hot Lap

In this episode of AmericanMuscle’s (AM) Hot Lap YouTube Series, host Justin Dugan visits Shelby’s Heritage Center in Las Vegas, Nevada to review and drag race the all-new 2020 GT500. After months of speculation and salivating over specifications, Justin jumps behind the wheel of Ford’s new halo pony car on the street, road course and drag strip to provide his expert take on the next generation of Ford Performance. [Read more…]

MINI’s Future, Featuring E-Power and the 301-HP JCW Clubman ALL4

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

MINI, owned by the BMW Group, continues to celebrate its 60th Anniversary year with fresh new products, innovation, and substance for loyal owners and minimalist of the classic brand. In South Carolina at BMW Group Test Fest, held at the BMW Performance Center, I was able to test drive the 301-horsepower 2020 MINI John Cooper Works ALL4 with its peppy new engine as well as experience the “60 Years Edition” Cooper S; Cooper S variants of the revised Clubman and Countryman; throwback MINIs from the past; and the new battery-electric MINI Cooper SE. As you see, MINI has the goods, so let’s motor baby! [Read more…]

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: 760 Reasons Why!

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Let’s rock! It was a fantastic day at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the launch of the breathtaking 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and the 760 galloping horses it packs under the hood. The muscle car is smarter, faster, and nastier. With 55 years of Mustang heritage under its belt, Ford set out to build a street-legal “weapon of mass seduction” to represent as the most powerful member of the family. The pony car hits 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds, ¼ mile in 10.7 seconds, and 0-100-0 in 10.6 seconds. Mission accomplished.

The muscle car from Detroit ignites from a hand-built, supercharged 5.2-liter V8 producing 760-horsepower as mentioned above and 625 incredible ft-lbs of torque. An intelligent engine requires intelligent shifting, so Ford Performance paired the 5.2 with a Tremec TR-9070 DCT 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with normal, weather, sport, drag, and track modes. The symphony of the inverted 2.65-liter Eaton supercharger (with an air-to-water intercooler on top) sounds so glorious when the Shelby GT500 blows by like mammals giving chase. You can clearly distinguish the difference in the technical reverberations of the new Shelby GT500 as opposed to that of aggressive muscle roars. [Read more…]

2020 Cadillac XT6: Family of Seven

It feels like an extended hiatus since I last had the gratification of experiencing the sensation of a newfangled Cadillac and the usual pleasantries offered to customers. Thankfully, the luxury auto brand has restructured corporately, guided attention towards product launches, and set higher goals for owner loyalty and retention. A direct result of the refreshing game plan is the premium 2020 Cadillac XT6 which was highlighted recently from The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown during the national press drive.

Cadillac is in launch mode and will release a new ride to the marketplace every six months through 2021. With the expansion plan, the XT6 joins a family portfolio that includes the segment-leading XT4, a revitalized XT5, and the indomitable Escalade. The pinnacle of Cadillac mobility also includes an EV future and the extension of Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving which the XT6 will receive eventually. Although, I am very apprehensive with my vehicle taking over the cognition required for safe and harmonious driving. Hopefully, this will be an option. [Read more…]

Olympic Sprinter Carmelita Jeter joins Lexus 0 to 60 Celebrity Racing Series

Fit Fathers sat down with Olympic Sprinter Carmelita Jeter to discuss the excitement around Season 3 of “Lexus 0 to 60” at the world famous WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The driving action matched two teams of three drivers to witness adrenaline pumping motorsports action behind the wheel of the 2020 Lexus RC F and the RC F Track Edition super coupes!

2020 Hyundai Palisade: Family Focused Premium SUV

Experienced by Kimatni D Rawlins

Dubbed after “a line of high straight cliffs, especially near water,” it made perfect sense for Hyundai to invite us to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for the launch of their family focused 2020 Palisade premium SUV. Cascading mountainous terrain, idyllic landscapes and the inviting Lake Coeur d’Alene instantly turned on my adventurer mode. In addition, the town was buzzing with moms, fit fathers and their active kids which is the target market for this newfangled Korean SUV. [Read more…]

Lexus 0 to 60 Celebrity Racing Series with Super Vegan John Salley

Fit Fathers’ Kimatni Rawlins sat down with NBA legend and super vegan John Salley to discuss the excitement around Season 3 of “Lexus 0 to 60” at the world famous WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The driving action matched two teams of three drivers to experience adrenaline pumping motorsports action behind the wheel of the 2020 Lexus RC F and the RC F Track Edition super coupes!