2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG: Hyperventilation

MY2015 GLA45 AMGExperienced by Kimatni D Rawlins

Let’s make no mistake, the little Turbo, Direct Injected 2-liter occupying the GLA45 AMG is no joke. Although it’s small, the AMG engine also packs a Manny Pacquiao punch. In fact, it was quite challenging containing myself during a week of daily driving around Montgomery County, Maryland with the German pocket rocket which darts from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz (M-B) churns out more hits than country pop star Taylor Swift and hones ingenious strategies toward meeting consumer demands with intellectual technology, performance attributes and designs appealing to businessmen and women, Fit Fathers and families, female groups and now the youth generation with the CLA and GLA. If the markets sways in a direction that would routinely put pressure on mostly any other automaker, M-B will simply Shake It Off without hesitation and deliver yet another new model such as the GLA45 AMG. The sporty hatchback (M-B categorizes it as a compact SUV) was a warm welcome since my week of testing included several runs to Lowes for a ceiling fan and new bathroom installation materials; Michael’s to pick up fresh artwork for the living room; and grocery shopping for the family. That’s right, I’m a Fit Father and actually handle most of the matriarchal roles of our household. So the GLA was ideal for loading items in the rear (especially since the second row seats fold flat), parking in and out of shopping lots and dashing the Minions to school and practices. Aya and Mika definitely felt like the Cool Kids this week. [Read more…]

2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC Wagon: Half Wagon, Half Amazing

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class WagonKyle Ayoung

The station wagon or estate car as they are known in Europe has been in production as far back as the 1920s. Early automobile manufacturers recognized the need for an enclosed utilitarian vehicle and the station wagon was born. Over the years it has taken many forms and shared a lot of fond family memories with those that have owned them. But over time and with the popularization of the SUV here in the United States the wagon had become a rarity. Though, European auto brands continued to produce them, and even in high-performance versions. They just haven’t been produced in great numbers due to poor sales. Yet, after testing the 2014 E350 4MATIC Wagon we can only wonder why? [Read more…]