Thursday, January 26, 2023

2023 Kia Niro SX Touring: New Design Looks More Like A Hatchback


Highlight:  The Niro can be outfitted with an optional navigation-based cruise control stop-and-go cruise control system

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $36,435 (Base$27,785)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: air bags; ABS; rear view mirror; tire mobility kit; hill start assist; stability control system; a tire pressure monitoring system; a blind spot warning system; a lane keep assist system; a lane following assist system; a high beam assist system; a radar activated cruise control with stop and go system; a co-pilot assist system; a tire mobility kit; and a rear traffic cross assist system

Friday, January 20, 2023

'Auto Trends' Annual Auto Show Preview: 2023 And Beyond (Two Shows)


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Who: Our Annual Auto Show Preview (2023 Models And Beyond)

What: Co-Hosted By Michigan's Stephanie Brinley of S & P Global Mobility and California's Zach Gale of Motor Trend Magazine. Both Michigan and California serve as Ground Zero for the auto industry in terms of car design studios, industry research and manufacturing.

Why: Its the best way to find out what's new from each automaker brand-by-brand from well-respected industry insiders, as well as some of their personal picks. We'll talk about pricing, brand strategy, size, power, performance, style and more.

Saturday, December 31, 2022

2022 Land Rover Defender 90 V8 Two Door: Taking On The World With A Touch Of Style And Power


Highlight: The V8 engine pushes out 518-horsepower, making it the fastest production Defender in history.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $106,710 (Base Model: $49,050)

Seating Capacity: A spacious 5-seater

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 traction control system; lane keep assist; an adaptive speed limiter; and a tire pressure monitor system

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4xe: The SUV's First Plug-In

Highlight: This is the model's first electrified vehicle.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $75,305 (Base Model: $61,660)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features (Base): airbags; ABS; a stability control system; hill descent control; a hill start assist system; 4WD; automatic high beam headlights; a remote start system; active keep assist system; an electronic blind spot monitoring system; a full speed collision warning system with bicyclist/pedestrian protection; a lane departure warning system; a trailer away system; and a tire pressure system

Standard Equipment (Base): 18-inch wheels; a heavy duty suspension; body color door handles; gloss Black insert with a bright chrome grille; a power programmable liftgate; a liftgate spoiler; roof rack; dual pane power sunroof; a dual zone automatic ventilation system; leather seats; heated front and second row seats;  power front seats with lumbar adjuster with memory; a heated steering wheel; a leather wrapped steering wheel; electronic paddle shifters; a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; and a 10-inch infotainment screen

Thursday, December 22, 2022

2022 Cadillac XT4 Sport AWD: The Brand’s Entry-Level Crossover

Highlight: The vehicle is outfitted with a turbo engine.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $56,455 (Base Model: $37,440)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: ABS; airbags; automatic emergency braking; a forward collision braking system; a forward collision alert system; front pedestrian braking; a rear parking assist system; rear camera; a lane change with blind spot; OnStar; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

2022 Mercedes Benz Metris Cargo Van: The Only Midsize Cargo Van


Highlight: Mercedes-Benz first entered the U.S. commercial van segment, during the fall of 2015.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $43,855 (Base Model: $36,195)

Seating Capacity: 2

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; a rearview camera; automatic headlights; a crosswind assist system; a headlamp assist system; load adaptive electronic stability program; hill start assist; a trailer brake controller connection; an automatic passenger bag activation; a brake hold feature; and a tire pressure monitoring system

Sunday, December 11, 2022

2022 Infiniti QX60 Sensory AWD: An All-New More Upscale Design Theme


Highlight: The vehicle can be outfitted with a co-pilot assist steering system.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $60,745 (Base Model Pure): $50,395)

Seating Capacity: 6 or 7, depending on trim

Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection; predictive forward collision warning system; rear automatic braking; rear view camera; an electronic blind spot monitoring system; a lane departure warning system with a haptic steering wheel; a hillstart assist system with a brake hold feature; a tire pressure monitor system; and a spare tire

Thursday, December 8, 2022

This Weekend's Radio Guest -- The First Black-Owned Global Car-Sharing Service


Program Air Date: Saturday, December 10 thru Thursday, December 15

Guest: The First Black-Owned Global Car Sharing Services

What's Unique: We'll talk about the guest's connection to both Africa and Nelson Mandella.

To hear on SiriusXM or free via one of your mobile devices, click here.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

The Battle Of The Three Row Crossovers: 2023 Chevrolet Traverse High Country AWD Vs Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy AWD

                                                               Chevy Traverse                                                                     
                                                                Hyundai Palisade

Highlight: Both models are only available with a 6-cylinder engine.

Test Vehicles MSRP:

Chevy Traverse:   $54,745

Hyundai Palisade: $52,395 

Seating Capacity:

Chevy Traverse: 7 with the standard bucket seats 

Hyundai Palisade: 7 with the standard buck seats

2022 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited S AWD: A Plug-In Minivan


Highlight: This is the segments only plug-in minivan.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $59,407 (Base Model: $50,595)

Seating Capacity: 7

Standard Safety Features): airbags; ABS; a stability control system; hill descent control; a hill start assist system; a 360-degree camera; an electronic blind spot system; a lane departure warning system; a pedestrian braking system; a radar activated cruise control system; and a tire pressure system

Its Shop Time Mondays: Chrysler, Ford And Lincoln Are Recalling 2017 And Newer Minivans And Crossovers

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