2019 Lexus UX 200 F Sport: Wintery Family Fun

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

It’s extremely cold here in the Northeastern part of the country with temperatures hovering around 14 degrees Fahrenheit and strong wind chills. In fact, we just had our first major winter storm which sent 2 days of snow this way. Yet-in-still, I was able to maneuver through the inclement weather efficiently while simultaneously entertaining the kids during a day of sledding at the local park a few miles from the house thanks to Fit Fathers’ 2019 Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0 Lexus UX 200 F Sport test vehicle. [Read more…]

2019 Toyota RAV4: The Adventuring Family Ride

I had an amazing time in Carmel Valley, CA with Fit Fathers and Automotive Rhythms exploring the attributes of the 5th generation 2019 Toyota RAV4 while enjoying wilderness activities such as trail running and meditating with Mother Nature from the exquisite grounds of Carmel Valley Ranch. Representing as Toyota’s best seller, the CUV’s edgier exterior styling is pretty prolific while featuring a new grille, higher clearance, wider body, Dynamic Torque Vectoring, panoramic moonroof and much more. Inside you’ll find added legroom, unique trim highlights, soft touch materials, Verizon WiFi connectivity and an upgraded JBL premium 11-speaker, 800-watt audio system with Clari-Fi sound restoration technology and A-pillar horn tweeters. [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…]

2016 Acura RDX AWD ADV: Mid-Level Luxury Defined

2016 Acura RDX

Experienced by Leon L. Brittain

It’s not only important for your vehicle to shine in the popular CUV category, but it is an essential necessity for sales success and market share in the competitive field. Some manufacturers address their forte with performance and engineering, others focus on luxury or technology, and the rest may lean towards fuel economy. Well, the 2016 Acura RDX AWD ADV hits on all points with opulence and functionality as the defining traits to grab your attention.

Outwardly, the compact RDX embodies the prototypical Acura mantra with its modest, but curvilinear and scalpel cut silhouette which covertly conceals a gutsy 3.5-liter SOHC 24-Valve i-VTEC VCM II V6 engine. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift and a nimble rack-and-pinion steering system, the Japanese utility pushes out 279-horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque. Moreover, the AWD with Intelligent Control (rear wheel bias) not only to the RDX’s dynamics, but of course, increases road safety and decreases road challenges such as traversing through camp grounds. This combination of vigor, handling and control, enables drivers to slice through highway and city traffic with the precision of the most skilled surgeon, provided your very own driving aptitude is up to par. Appealing to that inner Formula One driver, you will find well-placed paddle-shifters mounted directly on the thick, multi-function steering wheel should the desire to cloak your daily commute as the picturesque Monaco Grand Prix cityscape present itself. In fact, the front fascia of the RDX with Acura’s Jewel Eye LED headlights is almost as prolific of that on their upcoming NSX. Brand identity is always a positive trait for true family values.

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“The new RDX is another great example of how we are continuing to advance our Acura lineup with a focus on prestige, performance and dynamic proportion,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura. “With the all-new TLX and upgraded MDX, RDX and ILX all getting a major injection of Acura DNA, we have one of the strongest Acura lineups in a decade.”

Moving inside, the RDX welcomes you to a very spacious and luxurious cabin for its price point starting at $35,270. Our Slate Silver and Graystone model — highlighted by the Tech Package, Advance Package, and AcuraWatch Plus Package — weighed in at $43,420 excluding the $920 destination and handling fee. Both the driver and front passenger have more than ample room to enjoy extended road trips or running errands around town when frequent parking and jumping in and out is less than an ideal experience (particularly with full-size SUVs.) A fan favorite is Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) which shuts down three cylinders when additional power is not required. In particular, it’s the second row seating and rear storage area where the RDX shined ever so brightly. With three kids ranging from 7 to 13-years-old, it is challenging (from a weekly test-drive perspective) finding vehicles compact enough for ergonomic, daily use while offering the capacity required for shuffling young athletes and sports gear (comfortably) from soccer to football, baseball, karate and gymnastics. Before I could even ask for their opinion, they all enthusiastically cheered out “we have a lot of space back here dad”!

Safety features are abundant in the 2016 RDX as part of AcuraWatch and comprise the very noteworthy Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Collision Mitigation Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Forward Collision Warning. Also include dual-stage airbags for both the driver and passenger, side curtain airbags with rollover sensors, and side impact door beams.

2016 Acura RDX

One area of disappointment however involves the 8” On-Demand Multi-Information touchscreen display housing the audio, navigation and climate controls. Acura touts this system as intuitive but it is more frustrating than anything; especially with the redundant dual screens that confuses at best. There are too many buttons, controls and menus to actuate simple tasks. Case in point, when changing radio stations the interface is displayed in a portrait/top-down window format. Once your station of choice is selected you must then press down to actually engage that station. The interface then changes to a typical horizontal left-right window format. When you’re ready for a change you’re then back to a vertical interface with a noticeable degree of lag-time between the rotary dial and the user window. Yes, you have the ability to preset stations which would of course remedy this scenario, but why overcomplicate such a simple task? To help address potential end-user error, I solicited the help of my technological savvy 13-year-old son who also ended with the same result when tasked with maneuvering through the system and controlling the climate. Granted this is something an owner would eventually become accustomed with, but intuitive it is not. BMW’s iDrive and Audi’s MMI are our top multi-media choices.

2016 Acura RDX

The latest RDX is not only fun to drive, it excites with rousing behaviors thanks to car-like handling and performance appealing to both families and young couples. Combine this formula with the added convenience of a commodious interior and be prepared to stitch your way around town in style.

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…]