Lexus LC500 review

As car enthusiasts, a lot of us tend to sing our praises (and/or criticisms) of a new car with a self-centered perspective. To make it worse, we tend to be pretty hard-headed & adamant about it. And to make it even worse than that… most of us haven’t even 1st-hand driven the automobile that we’re criticizing. We really need to try and look at things with a broader lens sometimes. Not every car was made specifically for you. And so far in my life, I’m just not into ‘gentlemanly’ sports cars.  So this isn’t the car for me. Fine. But...

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2018 Ford Expedition Review

Text: Yousef Alvi //  Photos: Geoff Dennis Body on frame SUVs are a dying breed….is what they want you to believe.  In the era of cheap gas the remaining body on frame SUVs are selling in droves.  Tahoes, Yukons and Expeditions are cash cows and Ford is not going to rest on its laurels.  Newly and thoroughly updated for 2018, the Expedition finally delivers on the interior side of the house while also making itself bigger and lighter. As you probably know the Expedition is based on the new F150 and with it, you get an aluminum body, updated...

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Chevy Silverado High Country review

Initial Impression… I loved the Silverado High Country right off the bat. There’s tons of ‘wow’ factor for buyers who want a little more luxury in their truck. And there’s a massive amount of daily capability & versatility. 4-wheel-drive. 22-inch wheels with low-profile all-terrains. Let’s put it to use. 1 week later… Honestly – you’ll probably take to the Silverado High Country like a fish to water. Maybe a little too much chrome for my personal taste… but who cares. Because the High Country does everything so well, it’s almost hard to truly appreciate how nice it really is,...

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2018 Lincoln Navigator Review

Text:  Yousef Alvi  Photos:  Geoff Dennis I will admit it.  I grew up in a generation that scoffed at American cars.  Let’s be honest.  There were an easy target.  Bad build quality, horrible interiors and laughable powertrains.  It was obvious that the bean counters were running the show.  Now my God things have changed.  American cars are not punchlines anymore.  They are contenders on the world stage and Lincoln finally has a model to contend with the 2018 Navigator. What is the new 2018 Navigator to Lincoln?  It’s genesis.  It’s when the brand finally stood on its own and...

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2018 Mazda CX-5 review

First Impression… Everything about the Mazda CX-5 is stinkin’ great… except for the engine, which is a stinkin’ snooze (slams fist on desk). One Week Later…  Every time I drive a new Mazda (minus the turbocharged CX-9)… it seems like the same ol’ story. The cars are pretty top-notch. Specifically – the design, the handling, the interiors, the textures, and the color palettes are all unique AND seemingly above their class. The new Mazdas are precise – meaning they handle & react well. Even the CX-5 doesn’t really feel like a crossover when you’re behind the wheel. It feels pretty...

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Lexus IS350 review

Initial Impression… I might not be the one to buy the Lexus IS350. But 10/10 would recommend to a friend or family member… who’s not quite as ‘off the deep end’ as I am when it comes to cars. One Week Later… I remember clearly, when the 1st-gen Lexus IS300 came out, their slogan was Sufficiently Radical. …And that pretty much sums it up. The car is the perfect amount of sports car, for people who want a nice sporty car… but don’t necessarily want to turn it into an obsessive lifestyle addiction. The IS350 is equal portions sport,...

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