2016 Volvo XC90: Top Rankin’

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Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

My close friends, family and business associates understand my deep and profound love for reggae legend Robert Nesta Marley. The melodious rhythms and positive vibrations of his tunes ignite passion in my soul incessantly. So the first task upon entering the ambitious and opulent cabin of the 2016 Volvo XC90 was to connect my iPhone to the iPad-resembling Sensus infotainment center, select the Marley playlist and let the music reverberate through the amplified Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) audio system. From Jamming to No Woman, No Cry I cruised through Santa Monica, California feeling inspirational. Yet, both the mode of transport along with the audio of choice played a key factor in my upbeat mood. Possibly, could Volvo have unknowingly channeled the King of Reggae to become the Top Rankin’ 7-passenger luxury SUV on the American market? Yes, possibly. [Read more…]

2016 Fiat 500X: Modern Family

 2016 Fiat 500X Trekking PlusExperienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Family unity, sustainability and evolution are paramount attributes of any group or tribe whether the subject is people, cultures or cars. If “x marks the spot” is an indication of the continuous expansion and growth model of the Fiat brand in North America then please give a warm welcome to the all-new 2016 500X. In this case the X-factor equates to all-wheel-drive which should increase Fiat’s sales outside of the Sun Belt States like California where the brand shines overwhelmingly bright. [Read more…]

2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i SAV Update: The Summer of 2014

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It’s been a glorious and vigorous summer for the staff and families of Automotive Rhythms (AR) and Fit Fathers (FF). Days prior to each fun-filled weekend there was always a debate on who would get the honors of escorting our long-term 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV) around or out of town for either soccer practices, bike rides and races, family road trips, afternoon Washington Nationals games (1st in NL Eastern Division) or wife and kiddy lunch dates. But who could blame them? Our Carbon Black Metallic M Sport is not only stunning, it is as dynamic as X-Men and as utilitarian as Navy Seals. Starting at $55,100, BMW instilled the AR/FF X5 with optional, electrifying equipment bringing the tally to $68,675. [Read more…]

Auto Fit: 2014 Toyota Highlander

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The Weather Channel is my nickname for the all-new, 2014 Toyota Highlander. You see, it’s adorned with all-weather capability including AWD which is an option or standard depending on trim level. With three zone climate control, it’ll keep you warm and toasty or cool as a cucumber, in keeping with your temperate desires. Finally, during the national launch for Highlander in Charleston, South Carolina, it got us around town during one of the south’s rare ice storms that paralyzed Atlanta, Georgia and Charleston. Charleston was pretty much a ghost town as we drove around, with the exception of live reporting from you guessed it – The Weather Channel. [Read more…]

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Tri-Athlete in the Making

2014_Jeep_Grand_Cherokee...01 In 2011, Jeep re-engineered the Grand Cherokee with a broader and uniquely tougher design, advanced its off-road capabilities and tweaked the interior styling. It would finish atop everyone’s list and soon became the most awarded SUV on the planet. For its 2014 model, Jeep redefined the go-anywhere, premium SUV with stately characteristics including a new 8-speed automatic transmission, advanced user-friendly technology with Uconnect, three superior 4×4 systems, Jeep Selec-Terrain traction management system, the availability of a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine and a bevy of active safety technology.

Welcome to the multipurpose world of Jeep.

Capable in various dimensions from adventure treks to luxury lifestyle to sporty culture, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a tri-athlete in its own respects. Customers of this chiseled but defined sport-utility have the versatility of loading up the family in lavish style while hauling their boat or trailer. Once the camp is set up then the fun begins when you take the Jeep off-road to test its trail rating. All the while peace of mind is solidified knowing the Grand Cherokee is amended with 70 standard or available progressive safety systems such as Forward Collision Warning which alerts the driver of an impending crash; Blind Spot Monitoring which warns you of any vehicle in the blind spot area; ParkSense park assist which alerts you of objects around your vehicle; seat-mounted side thorax bags, front and rear curtain air bags; and electronic stability control with electric roll mitigation to name a few. [Read more…]

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander: Efficient Technology Utility

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander GTThe world is getting faster while technology prevails over anything remotely reminiscent of antiquated inventions or analogous to tradition. Philosophical ideology that more is better and faster is efficient is the prevailing view over prior times of technological and human evolution. This applies to our cell phones, computers, eating habits and transportation. How can we eat faster in shorter time or travel further on less fossil fuel? The inherent edge is bestowed upon the corporations we choose to dictate our lives. For Mitsubishi, they want to ascertain demands for a family friendly sport utility are met with great results. [Read more…]

2013 Land Rover Range Rover: Epic Devotion

2013_Range_Rover_27It goes without saying, “you can take a lion out of the jungle, but you can’t take the jungle out of the lion.” This was my initial judgment when Land Rover elected to showcase the technological and adventurous capabilities of their all-new 2013 Range Rover — which voraciously manhandled the mountainous terrain of Utah’s most innermost environs — to a group of world travelers and automotive nomads. Yes, it’s still as opulent as a penthouse on 5th Avenue, yet none of the stately British SUV’s grizzly characteristics have been lost to the redesign.

It simply performs honorably within both extremes of today’s conveyance modes–pleasurable and authoritative! [Read more…]