2020 Mazda CX-9 Signature
In quarantine, it’s been challenging to find ways to stay busy, stay connected and stay sane. But fortunately, the roads aren’t closed and there’s plenty of them to drive. I had the chance to take a cruise in the Mazda CX-9 and packed the family on a little road trip to Temecula to see the vineyards and the beautiful high desert scenery.
Everyone in the family is an adult, so this vehicle was perfect for grown-up comfort. The CX-9 is spacious, comfortable, luxurious and has a smooth ride. Plus, it’s set at a pretty decent price and averages 23 miles per gallon. These are a few of my favorite things.
Space & Comfort – Being the driver of a large party of friends or family means having a vehicle that makes sense. Again, the space was great. Surprisingly, the third row did not disappoint. With an adjustable second row, leg space was not a problem. While it is still a bit of an obstacle to get back there, third-row riding wasn’t a complaint. In fact, some wanted to get back there to enjoy the space, the bit of privacy and comfort. I had the chance to sit in each row and immediately grew jealous of all the passengers who get to enjoy the back seats with all of their space and comfort. But that’s not to say the driver’s seat was compromised. In fact, it is like its own apartment. Note, this vehicle, with as much space as it offers, is truly fitted for five passengers and has limited cargo space.
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Technology – There’s a lot of innovation out there right now in the automotive industry and it’s a matter of prioritizing the updates as new cars come out. One thing I wasn’t particularly impressed with is the outdated look and feel of the CX-9’s technological interface. I remember some years ago driving a vehicle with a similar technological screen and interface. I didn’t like it then and I don’t like it now. The knob, while I think may be convenient for some, seems a bit burdensome when it comes to typing in addresses for example. It reminds of trying to type a text on an old cell phone before the smartphone keyboards came out. I did, however, appreciate its standard safety features and number of USB ports throughout the vehicle.
Reliability – Overall, in the area of reliability, the Mazda CX-9 gets high rankings with top fuel efficiency and great overall performance. It’s a midsize SUV with big car tendencies. It’s smooth ride and sleek design make for a solid buy in 2020. Consumers can check out this car in a variety of versions ranging from Sport to Signature, starting off at $33,890 MSRP.
JeffCars.com’s Review: 2020 Genesis G90
Other Trim Levels:
Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 17-speaker Lexicon system AM/FM/HD audio system with SiriusXM
Apple CarPlay/Android: Yes
Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes
USB Connectivity: Yes
Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles
Standard Engine/Horsepower: 3.3-liter, 6-cylinder/365-hp (horsepower)
Recommended Fuel: Premium
Standard Fuel Mileage: 17-city/25-hwy
What’s New: The first generation G90 has undergone a mid-cycle refresh.
To continue reading the review, click here.
About The Reviewer: Jeff Fortson is the host of Auto Trends with JeffCars.com, the only multicultural syndicated automotive radio show on the airwaves. The 30-minute weekly show, which airs on SiriusXM 141 and a number of FM radio dials, includes one-on-one conversations with many of today’s pioneers and influencers. The engaging show, which goes beyond traditional car talk, can be heard via all mobile and stationary infotainment devices by tuning in here.
JeffCars.com’s Review: 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 S
Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $133,075 (Base Model: $114,000)
Seating Capacity: 5
Standard Safety Features: airbags; ABS; an electronic stability control system; a traction control system; a brake hold feature; a rearview camera; an active brake assist system; and a blind spot assist system
Options: 22-inch spoke wheels; optional paint color; a carbon fiber engine cover; an augmented video; rear side airbags; a panoramic sunroof; a four zone automatic climate control system; a black headliner; and heated rear seats
Other AMG Trims:
Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: AM/FM/HD with SiriusXM, Burmester surround system
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto: Yes
Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes
USB Connectivity: Yes
Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles
Standard Engine/Horsepower: 4.0-liter, 8-cylinder/603-hp
Recommended Fuel: Premium
Standard Fuel Mileage: 15-city/19-hwy
What’s New: The high-performance GLE 63 S is all new for the 2021 model year. Its the latest addition to the GLE line.
For the full review, click here.
About The Reviewer: Jeff Fortson is the host of Auto Trends with JeffCars.com, the only multicultural syndicated automotive radio show on the airwaves. The 30-minute weekly program, which airs on SiriusXM 141 and a number of FM radio dials, includes one-on-one conversations with many of today’s pioneers and influencers. The engaging show, which goes beyond traditional car talk, can be heard via all mobile and stationary infotainment devices, clicking here.
2022 GMC HUMMER EV Debuts as ‘Edition 1’
*DETROIT – GMC announced today that reservations1 are being accepted for its new supertruck, the 2022 GMC HUMMER EV, which launches with initial production fall of next year in the unique Edition 1 trim.
“The GMC HUMMER EV is revolutionary, defying what the industry thinks of as a pickup truck,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC. “The Edition 1’s tailored off-road content will make HUMMER EV’s unprecedented capability and zero-emissions a very special proposition for customers.”
Every GMC HUMMER EV Edition 1 will be identically appointed and fully equipped. Each features a white exterior and a unique Lunar Horizon interior, with special “Edition 1” interior badging.
- Extreme Off-Road Package includes 18-inch wheels, 35-inch-OD Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires, underbody armor, rock sliders, underbody cameras2 — as a part of a best-in-class number of available camera views — and more
- Adaptive Air Suspension with available segment-leading Extract Mode3 capability
- Segment-exclusive 4 Wheel Steer with CrabWalk4 diagonal-drive functionality
- Three-motor e4WD propulsion system (including torque vectoring) with GM-estimated best-in-class 1,000 horsepower and GM-estimated 11,500 lb-ft of torque
- GM-estimated 350+ miles driving range5 on a full charge
- 800-volt DC fast charging6 capability. HUMMER EV Edition 1 is expected to have industry-best charging capability at any of the new 350-kilowatt high output public DC fast charging stations7 — the fastest method supported by current charging standards
- Watts to Freedom8 for maximum acceleration capability, including a GM-estimated 0-60 mph in approximately 3 seconds
- The latest version of Super Cruise9, an available driver assistance feature offering hands-free driving on more than 200,000 miles (approximately 322,000 km) of enabled roads, and a new lane automatic changing feature, where the system can determine when a lane change is optimal and initiate the maneuver, while following signaling protocols
- Continuous damping Adaptive Ride Control
DESIGN & UTILITY
- Industry-leading Infinity Roof with removable transparent Sky Panels that can stow in the “frunk” at the front of the vehicle
- Power rear drop glass and power tonneau cover
- MultiPro Tailgate
- 13.4-inch diagonal infotainment10 screen and 12.3-inch diagonal driver information center display
The 2022 HUMMER EV Edition 1 will have a starting MSRP of $112,59511, including destination, leading a range of additional trims to be introduced in future model years. Standard equipment on all, including Edition 1, includes Super Cruise9 capability with three years of service, UltraVision12 with High Definition Surround Vision2, Digital Key, 35-inch-OD tires, Infinity Roof, power rear drop glass, six-function MultiPro Tailgate and more.
Future trim highlights13:
The HUMMER EV will be the first full-electric vehicle in GMC’s portfolio powered by General Motors’ new Ultium battery system. The battery cells will be produced as part of a joint venture with LG Chem, at a new facility, in Lordstown, Ohio.
Initial production begins in late 2021, at GM’s Factory ZERO Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center14 — a nearly 40-year-old facility repurposed and retooled with a $2.2-billion investment devoted to electric vehicle production. Future production vehicles out of the factory will offer zero emissions.
Performance targets, estimates and capability specifications based on computer-aided analysis and simulation using virtual engineering tools. Estimates may vary depending on model and trim. Additional model and trim details can be found at GMC.com. Actual production model and results may vary.
More information and reservation details are available at www.gmc.com/HummerEV.
With a strong foundation of manufacturing trucks since 1902 and now selling in a dozen countries across the world, GMC offers purpose-built vehicles designed and engineered to the highest standard. From the all-new compact SUV Terrain to the Sierra HD, our trucks and crossovers deliver GMC’s signature combination of intuitive technologies and premium execution, with the popular Denali representing the pinnacle of GMC design, performance and amenities. Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com, on Twitter at @GMC or at www.facebook.com/gmc.
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1Actual Production Model may vary. Initial availability Fall 2021. Limitations apply. At participating dealers.
2Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more important safety limitations and information.
3Late availability. Model-year 2022 Edition 1 models will require a no-charge software update. Standard on model-year 2023 Edition 1 models.
4Limited to low speeds. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more important safety limitations and information
5GM estimate based on a full charge. EPA estimates not yet available. Your actual range may vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain, battery age, and how you use and maintain your vehicle.
6Requires use of publicly available 800-volt DC fast chargers.
7Actual charge times will vary based on battery condition, output of charger, vehicle settings and outside temperature.
8Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more important safety limitations and information.
9Even while using the Super Cruise driver assistance feature for compatible roads, always pay attention while driving and do not use a hand-held device. Requires properly equipped vehicle, active Super Cruise subscription, working electrical system, cell reception, and GPS signal.
10GMC Infotainment System functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.
11MSRP excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees. Optional equipment is extra.
12Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information. Some camera views require available accessory camera and installation. Not compatible with all trailers. See your dealer for details.
13Each model will have different performance capabilities.
14Of domestic and globally sourced parts.
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