Two thumbs up to the 2020 Cadillac XT4

By Keith Turner

Family Car cousins Keith and Dean tour the tranquil canals of Venice, Calif., while testing out the 2020 #Cadillac XT4 FWD Sport. It’s a mid-size SUV powered by a 4-cylinder engine with turbo boost for quick acceleration. We loved the exterior styling and interior comfort, but the front and overhead camera views were what really caught our attention. So cool! Also impressive is the starting price of $38,795 (our tester came out at $48,585) the Cadillac XT4 is a hidden gem in vast ocean of SUV models on the the market.

Moooving Right Along…

We took the 2020 #Toyota #4Runner TRD Pro out to the pasture to test out the 4WD functionality and see how it fared with the livestock crowd. The Army Green exterior first caught out eye (and many others who stopped to check it out) and the side running boards make it easy for children to get in and out. The rugged roof rack makes the 4Runner TRD Pro perfect for #overlanding as well. Check it out!

And One More For The Road…

After being refreshed in 2019, the #Honda #Pilot has added a special “Black Edition” trim. Based on the Elite trim, the Black Edition adds interior and exterior styling enhancements to give it a sleek and mysterious look. The Black Edition also includes black-painted 20-inch alloy wheels, and blackout treatments for the grille, headlight trim, side trim, door handles, window trim and fog light accents. Inside, there is red accent lighting for the dash, doors and center console, with red accent stitching on the front and second row captain’s chairs, door panels and steering wheel. The Black Edition logo is embossed on front seats and floor mats, and the front and second-row seats also get a red accent to the perforated leather seating surface. With all the room, technology and safety features, The Family Car is calling the Honda Pilot one of our top 10 Family Cars of 2020.

February 18, 2020 at 10:10 pm Leave a comment

SUVs on a roll at Automobility LA 2019

Report from correspondent “Carguy” Keith Turner

The annual Los Angeles auto show – now known as #Automobility LA – brought hundreds of media from around the world together to witness the premiere of a number of family-friendly vehicles that feature conventional gas-burning engines. With trucks and sport utility vehicles continuing to lead the sales charts, this year’s show featured several new SUVS to join an already crowded SUV market. #Chevrolet, which already has six SUVs in its lineup, added a seventh with its introduction of the Trailblazer as a model to fit between the Equinox and Blazer. The Trailblazer will be available in an RS sport model as well a a model called “ACTIV”.

#Kia used a jungle set design to release its new 2021 Seltos crossover, which will be slightly larger than the Soul, yet below the Sportage in size. #Mercedes is gambling that the SUV craze continues by launching the new high-performance GLE 63 S SUV while also rolling the dice with a performance luxury SUV called the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63. Proving that sedans aren’t dead yet, Genesis uncovered its mid-cycle full refresh for the popular #Genesis G90 flagship luxury sedan. The future of family cars is still heavy with Sport Utility Vehicles and with at least half of new car sales predicted to go to the SUV segment, don’t expect that trend to change anytime soon.

November 26, 2019 at 6:21 pm Leave a comment

Blazer Eyes

The eyes spoke to us. How do they look to you?

#Chevrolet has many SUV choices in its model lineup for 2019, but only one has headlight eyes that appear to be up to something suspicious, the Chevrolet #Blazer.

The Blazer will attempt to find its way into our hearts with its angular, laying back look, and unconventional, squinting, or perhaps, sinister eyes.

Moving past the eyes and inside this sport utility vehicle, the Blazer has room for kids and cargo, including a sliding cargo fence in the rear to keep stuff from sliding around en route. While the 8-inch touchscreen display and driver’s information panel are high-tech and fun to play with, it’s the exterior design that caught our attention.


November 19, 2019 at 1:40 am Leave a comment

Feelin’ it in my 2020 Kia Soul!

Soul has always held a special place in my heart

The @Kia Soul has always held a special place in my heart for a number of reasons. Not only did I attend the North American media debut of the Soul in Miami in 2009 — the one made famous in marketing by a bunch of hip-hop hamsters — but I was also there for the launch of Phase II in Minnesota in 2015.

But the real reason I love the car is that I own a 2010 #Kia #Soul and use it as my daily driver. It was originally purchased by my father, the true “Carguy” in the family, and I basically inherited it before he died in 2016.

The 2020 version of the sporty and spunky compact crossover is clearly an improvement on the previous model, and yet, it retains its unique design and interior flexibility to ensure that this Kia will never lose its true Soul.

The mileage numbers are slightly improved for the new vs. the old Soul models, with the 2020 version getting 27 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway for a combined 30 miles per gallon in real-time driving. My 2010 model gets about 27 mpg overall.

Somewhat surprisingly, the price points of the two Souls are very similar. Our report from the 2010 model launch states that you can get a Soul fully-loaded for just under $20,000. A decade later, this Should X-Line model has an MSRP of $21,490 and totaled out as tested at $22,615. That kinda deal clearly fills my Soul with joy.

Cargo capacity is increased by 5 cubic feet in the 2020 Kia Soul, with a wider and lower liftgate, easy grip handle AND a dual cargo board that offers flexibility and the ability to handle larger items using the lower level setting.

October 29, 2019 at 4:33 pm Leave a comment

Line up!

A look at VW’s line-up, as Volkswagen moves toward the end of the line of their fossil-fueled vehicle manufacturing

With @Volkswagen pledging that the company will go all-in, offering only electric vehicles to drivers by 2026, we thought now would be a good time to catch up on the manufacturer’s current model lineup of gasoline-burning vehicles.

Here’s a look at six VW models from 2019, including a look at the Final Edition of the iconic VW Beetle. #Jetta GLI Autobahn, #Beetle, #Jetta SEL, #Jetta GTI Rabbit, #Tiguan, #Golf Sportwagen.

And, whoops, stay tuned til the end for a blooper of smashing proportions!

October 18, 2019 at 5:57 pm Leave a comment

2019 Ford Ranger, aka. F-150 junior

In the past, the Ford Ranger was a highly popular mini-pickup truck with great mileage and sensible pricing. That popularity was the reason that Ford brought the Ranger back into its lineup, but the 2019 model is moderately priced and gets a lower fuel consumption rating. In other words, while the Ranger is a great mid-size pickup truck, fans of the old Ranger may be disappointed.

Let’s just call the new Ranger by a different name, perhaps the F-150 junior.

September 14, 2019 at 8:33 pm Leave a comment

Size doesn’t matter in the 2019 Fiat 500 Abarth

Traveling around Michigan and Ohio was a breeze in the spunky, 2019 Fiat 500 Abarth hatchback. The 4-cylinder turbo packs plenty of punch and there’s ample legroom for tall drivers and front-seat passengers. Cargo space is good once you put down the second row of seats and we loved being able to fit in almost any parking spot.

#Fiat500 #Abarth #FCA

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