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.

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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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September 14, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Jeep Gladiators on Hornet’s Deck

Holy Hornet!

Cargal Marissa Turner and her father, Carguy Keith Turner, sure scored a fun assignment, a test drive on the deck of a historic aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Hornet. Among the Hornet’s missions was to recover the Apollo 11 astronauts after the first Moon landing.

In addition to the Gladiators, there were other Jeep models present. Jeep wanted to draw the link to their extreme environment off road capabilities of their vehicles, derived from their extensive use in the past seventy years by various branches of the U.S. military.

After the test drives, Cargal and Carguy toured the Hornet’s varied sights, finding historic references and revelations below deck as well.

July 31, 2019 at 7:49 pm Leave a comment

2020 Ford Explorer has EVERYTHING for Everyone

Talk about a cool way to enjoy the beautiful views along the Columbia River!

We were in Portland, Oregon and nearby countryside recently, test driving the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer SUV that is due out this summer.

Following on its heritage, the Ford Explorer returns to a rear-wheel-drive platform, but that’s just the start of the changes. The model lineup includes a 4-cylinder EcoBoost, Hybrid, 6-cylinder Ltd and ST performance model as well. Available in two and four-wheel =-drive, the Explorer is designed to cater to all the needs of an active and adventurous family.

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As we tried to figure out whether we were seeing Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, or Mt. Saint Helens in the distance, the new Explorer offered us luxuries unimaginable to the early explorers and residents of Columbia River Valley. As you can hear told by our intrepid Carguy, who tested the 2020 Explorer, this vehicle is loaded with, well EVERYTHING!

Including an innovative display system. On it, the mapping system quickly showed the answer to the mountain question. The view was of Mt. Hood.

#roadtriprewind
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July 8, 2019 at 8:42 pm Leave a comment

Longhorn Luxury Truck Rolls Thru Sierra Foothills

The 2019 Longhorn extended crew cab edition of the venerable V8 Ram from Dodge, features an eight-speed automatic transmission that seemed to almost be driving itself as it adjusted to rolling roads through the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range.

The truck wars are getting crazy with many pickups and SUVs vying to be the top picks for today’s big rig-loving consumer. The 2019 Ram 1500 is a standout due to its extra-large crew cab and multitude of features, including a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and panoramic sunroof.

Together, these features of the new Ram 1500 Longhorn Crew Cab gave us what we can best describe as a luxury ride through the Gold Country foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

June 14, 2019 at 9:22 pm Leave a comment

Nice Rear Graces New GMC Sierra AT4

The 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 is a full-size pickup truck that is built for four-wheeling in even the toughest terrain. But while the toughest terrain that most of us will face are the potholes in our neighborhood streets, the Sierra still provides plenty of utility for city dwellers.

The new Sierra is built to make life simpler and more comfortable for truck owners, whether on urban, suburban, rural, or wild adventures.

One highlight of the new Sierra is versatile, groundbreaking, GMC MultiPro, a 6-way tailgate, which is a truck bed accessibility bonanza that was created in secret by a high-school-educated GM technician with a penchant for hand-building cars. He called it his stairway to heaven. 

We know you’ll enjoy a detailed story about how the gate was developed that was featured recently in The Detroit Free Press.

https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/general-motors/2019/05/18/gm-multipro-tailgate-pickup-sierra-denali/3669381002/

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May 27, 2019 at 1:28 pm Leave a comment

2019 VW Tiguan is habanero hot!

By Keith Turner

We drove it. And it was hot.

With a special habanero exterior color, the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is sure to gain attention wherever it travels.

The 2.0-liter TSI (turbo) engine is quick and powerful, and the interior is roomy and comfortable.

The Tiguan’s three rows of seats can be folded flat to allow for plenty of cargo space and the panoramic sunroof gives every row extra sunlight.

 

April 27, 2019 at 2:35 am Leave a comment

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