Tuesday, June 11, 2024

2024 Land Rover Defender 130 Outboard AWD: The Brand’s Four Door Midsize SUV

Highlight: The 130 is the longest model in terms of length in the Defender family.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $93,338 (Base Model Defender S: $70,575)

Seating Capacity: 5 to 8 (depending upon seating arrangement)

Standard Safety Features (Test Model): airbags; ABS; a 360-degree rearview camera; electronic brake force distribution; an electronic blind spot monitor; a stability system; a low traction control system; lane keep assist; an adaptive speed limiter; an adaptive dynamics to reduce body roll; a roll stability control system; a terrain response system; a cornering brake control system; a full size spare wheel; an air quality sensor; a wade sensing system; a trailer assist system; a perimeter alarm system; a tire pressure monitor system; and outside rear mounted tire protection

Saturday, June 8, 2024

2024 Subaru Crosstrek Premium AWD: The Brand’s Compact Crossover Is All-New


Highlight: The Wilderness trim offers 9.3 inches of ground clearance.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $29,935   (Base Model: $26,540)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; traction control; a stability control system; a tire pressure sensor system; an incline start assist system; a rear-view camera; hill descent control system; a traction control system; and automatic pre collision braking

Friday, June 7, 2024

IIHS Safety Testing: Two Popular Large SUVs Fall Short On Crash Tests (VIDEO)

 


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently evaluated the crash worthiness of three large SUVs. The vehicles tested were the Cheverolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition and Jeep Wagoneer. 

Thursday, May 30, 2024

2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line AWD: An All-Electric, Three-Row Vehicle


Highlight: The EV9 first and second-row are available with leg extensions.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $78,430 (Base Model: $56,375)

Seating Capacity: 6 or 7

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; a forward collision braking system; a blind spot collision avoidance assistance; a rear view camera; a rear cross traffic collision avoidance assistance; a lane keep assist system; a lane forward assist system; a parking distance warning system; a tire pressure monitoring system; a hill start assist and a tire mobility kit

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

2024 Buick Envista Avenir: The Brand’s Affordable Premium Entry-Level Crossover


Highlight: The Envista shares a platform with the Chevy Trax.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $32,030 (Base Model –Preferred): $23,495

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: air bags; ABS; automatic emergency brakes; front pedestrian braking; a forward collision alert system; a lane keep assistance system; a lane departure warning system; automatic high intelligence auto high beam; a tire pressure monitoring system; OnStar; a rear camera; a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; and a hill start assist system

Monday, May 27, 2024

2024 BMW X1 M35i AWD: The Brand’s Entry-Level Performance Crossover Receives Updates


Highlight: The X1 offers an optional hands-free driving steering which works at speeds up to 38-mph.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $58,795 (Base Model): $41,495

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: air bags; ABS; AWD; a rear camera; automatic high beam headlights; a stability control system; a hill descent control system; spare tire; a blind spot detection system; a forward collision mitigation system; a lane keep assist system; and a tire pressure monitor system

Friday, May 24, 2024

'Auto Trends' Remembers Lexus First Black Female Car Dealer (1943 - 2024)

Car Dealer Ellenae Fairhurst (Photo Credit: TLMDA)

While It’s been widely reported that women influence over 85 percent of today’s car sales, still, this group only owns less 1,100 out of the approximate 17,000 new-car dealerships in America. When we examine ethnic women, they own approximately 86 stores, according to the National Automobile Dealer Association and the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers.

And, as far as Black women, they barely register on the radar. This group represents less than a tenth of 1 percent of total new car dealerships.

Ironically, in a traditional African American household, Black women are responsible for 51 percent of last year’s new-vehicle registrations, slightly outpacing Black men.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

2024 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Limited AWD: The Brand’s Compact Crossover


Highlight:  The Tucson is also available as plug-in model, too.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $41,010 (Base Blue Model: $ 33,950)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; a stability control system; a rearview camera; forward collision brakes; lane keep assist system; a high beam assist system; a driver assistance warning system; a heated side mirrors with turn signals; blind spot collision avoidance assistance and a tire pressure monitoring system

Friday, May 17, 2024

Experian Automotive Talks to 'Auto Trends' About the State of Car Financing

Melinda Zabritski, who is the head of automotive financial insights for Experian Automotive, talks car payments and more. (Photo Credit: EA)

Over the past two years, the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates have 11 times. 

Melinda Zabrintski, who is the head of automotive financial insights for Experian Automotive, joins Auto Trends with JeffCars.com, the only multicultural syndicated automotive program in North America, to talk about the effect the rates have had on consumers financing and leasing new and used vehicles. 

Experian Automotive is a division of Experian credit, one of the leading credit bureaus in the U.S.

Moreover, Zabrintski touches on where consumers are getting their financing from.

Friday, May 10, 2024

'Auto Trends' Talks To Two Pioneering Black Households Owning Multiple Electric Vehicles (Extended Video Conversation)

Dr. Reggie Tucker-Seely (l) and Dr. India Calhoun Williams (r) households have owned multiple new and used electric vehicles. (Photo Credit:TSICWGD)

For the first time, Auto Trends with JeffCars.com, the only weekly syndicated multicultural automotive program in North America, is talking to two Black pioneering households, who have owned multiple electric vehicles, both new and used.

Dr. Reggie Tucker-Seely and Dr. India Calhoun Williams, who are based in California and Georgia, respectively are considered early adopters in the electric vehicle movement. While only 7 to 8 percent of the U.S. population currently owns electric vehicles, both the Hispanic and Black community are barely a drop on the radar. 

On the other hand, white men and the Asian community are driving electric vehicle sales in the U.S. 

2024 Land Rover Defender 130 Outboard AWD: The Brand’s Four Door Midsize SUV

Highlight: The 130 is the longest model in terms of length in the Defender family. Test Vehicle's MSRP:  $93,338  (Base Model Defender...