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2 minutes ago, balthazar said:

What do you want it to start at; $19K??

I really think this is the concensus of this thread.. That Chevy should be a discount brand offering everything the other makes do but cheaper because it's GM. I showed even that the Edge is pretty expensive. It's the same bull people pushed for Caddy..  That the CTS, for instance, was only great if it were a tweener, offering more for less than the Germans, but it still better compete or beat them. 

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3 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

Yeah!  

GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave.  It seems like the Cadillac XT5 and soon to be XT6 is the Pontiac Lemans, 4 door Bonneville and Grand Prix while the GMC Acadia would be the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme or something like that... 

 

I suppose so, but I can't really compare cars from long ago with these plastic generic FWD lease appliances.  Different GM, different time and place.      

2 minutes ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

I really think this is the concensus of this thread.. That Chevy should be a discount brand offering everything the other makes do but cheaper because it's GM. I showed even that the Edge is pretty expensive. It's the same bull people pushed for Caddy..  That the CTS, for instance, was only great if it were a tweener, offering more for less than the Germans, but it still better compete or beat them. 

Ford doesn't have any filler brands anymore, though since they got rid of Mercury..so I'm not surprised they run the price up to Lincoln price points. 

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4 minutes ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

The thing is that GM may be, and I said they should a while ago, finally allowing the divisions to have some autonomy from the rest. Like the old days. Chevy should be concerned with what Ford, Toyota, Honda etc do.. They shouldn't give a rats ass what Cadillac is doing. Each brand should in essence earn. And in truth.. If people buy it.  Let them

True. 

It seems though, that Chevy is focused on Acura as well, on the Blazer.  Not a negative mind you.  A very good thing. 

Where it becomes bothersome is that Buick is not focused on anybody in particular and is getting lost in the shuffle by its other corporate siblings which leaves Buick to be in no man's land.  Cadillac's focus is ever changing with all those changes on top. Johan is gone, the new guy is in and yet again, the ship is sailing in a slightly different course....again.

3 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

I suppose so, but I can't really compare cars from long ago with these plastic generic FWD lease appliances.  Different GM, different time and place.      

The more things change, the more they stay the same...

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The Blazer seems like a Murano competitor more than anything...they even copied the older Murano styling w/ the kicked up quarter window. 

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Just now, Robert Hall said:

The Blazer seems like a Murano competitor more than anything...they even copied the older Murano styling w/ the kicked up quarter window. 

Yeah...

But The Acura RDX is a competitor too.

The RDX starts at 38 000. It is slightly smaller than the Blazer, but..still has a 2.0T...

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Image result for 2019 acura rdx side profile

Which one is the Blazer and which one is the RDX?

The Murano seems to have  been a pioneer for this segment 15 or so years ago. 

 

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I don't know why Chevy would target Acura, though..that's what GMC or Buick is for.  Chevy should be targeting Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Ford, Hyundai, etc...the entry level brands. 

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If it wasn't for the Encore and the Enclave, Buick would be a China-only brand.  Come to think of it. that may well be Buick's long-term future.

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12 hours ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

 The Blazer starts at $29K. The Cadillac XT5 that starts at $43K. So what I'm seeing is that the BLAZER can be optioned out to the same price as a base XT5 . Which makes all the sense in the world. Betcha y'all didn't know but a 3Series can be optioned out to the same price as a 5Series😱

The difference there is that a 3 Series isn't the same exact vehicle as a 5 Series and a Blazer is an XT5 in different clothes. 

1 hour ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

THE PRICE OF THE BLAZER IS INFLATED FOR THE SAKE OF DISCOUNTING! I

Khols sales model. That's the kind of reputation I would want to bring to my company. 

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13 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

I don't know why Chevy would target Acura, though..that's what GMC or Buick is for.  Chevy should be targeting Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Ford, Hyundai, etc...the entry level brands. 

I do not know what to tell you on that.

Pontiac is no longer around, the excitement brand. Mind you, Chevy was always full of excitement after 1955. The Tri-box Chevys, the Corvettes, Corvairs, the SS vehicles from Impala to Malibus (Chevelles) to Camaros. 

Chevy also had a touch of lux as well. The 1957 Bel Air.  The Impalas of the 1960s. The Caprice name plate after that. The Monte Carlo. The Kingswood station wagons. A touch of lux on the Chevrolet side of things, but you have to admit, those cars had class. 

Therefore, Chevrolet could EASILY today  and has done so countless of times throughout is history,  be  Pontiac, Oldsmobile AND Chevrolet all at the same time.  People gravitate towards Chevrolet. Chevrolet would be missing a big opportunity to NOT try to get as many sales as Chevy can at whatever price level. If it could go slightly up market to where Oldsmobile was and still sell affordable stuff, why not?  

 

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1 hour ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

Why is Chevy wrong and Ford OK wth the Edge St? 

Because for the price you're getting 335hp/380tq vs 305hp/269tq plus the upgraded suspension and brakes. 

+30hp

+111tq

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18 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

Because for the price

THAT would be the answer to everything, right?

Different people value different things...

Now, if you noticed, I did not quote you on the horsepower/torque numbers. Nor do I wanna us to go on a defending rant of why X model is worth more and is valued more than Y model because of whatever reasons...

I could cry fowl and shout 'til the cows come home why BMW is NOT worth their price of admission at ANY level they sell CUVs and cars at, but there are takers.  I could call those BMW leasers/owners fools and laugh at them just as we have done here with the Blazer. 

But in reality, if ANY car manufacturer sets a price for a certain car, and it sells in the market place in high enough numbers for a profit, then its a sales success no matter what we say about it. 

Like I said, I could turn blue in the face with anger about BMWs, but BMWs sell in quite the high numbers....at a profit...

We'll see what the market place has in store for the Blazer. Especially vis-a-vis its competitors. 

Personally, I do prefer the Edge ST, any Edge, over any CUV, but I really dont care how many it has got over the Blazer. 

Personally, If I valued speed over anything else, I wouldnt even be looking at a CUV, and I know, you even showed me how the Edge ST is a GREAT performer, but in MY eyes, I dont value CUVs in that light...I STILL would prefer a car, coupe, for speed over a CUV...even though the Edge ST may wipe the floor over some cars that I deem to be performance cars...

In other words...different people value different things.

I dont find a problem with the Blazer being that high in price. I havent sat in one either to see if the fit and finish is on par with its competitors, but assuming that fit and finish, options are on par, hey, if Chevy can peddle a Blazer at 50 000 dollars, more power to them.

Ive seen quite a few Edge's in my neighborhood. None of the ST kind. Gasoline prices are high where Im at.  Bolts and Model 3s are everywhere though... (at approximate same price points...) 

Different people value different things...

 

 

 

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13 hours ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

The Blazer being used a top of the line RS fully loaded versus a base XT5 with a few add ons..

 The Blazer starts at $29K. The Cadillac XT5 that starts at $43K. So what I'm seeing is that the BLAZER can be optioned out to the same price as a base XT5 . Which makes all the sense in the world. Betcha y'all didn't know but a 3Series can be optioned out to the same price as a 5Series😱

The lease payment be damned.. because that is a true variable in the payment process with Chevy apparently offering a 6.1% and Cadillac offering a .02%.

But the larger question is why lease this vehicle at that rate when financing it would be the cheaper route? Do people in 2019 LEASE Chevys that are not over $60K? 

Yeah, but the Blazer is a base 4-cylinder. The point was that when you put the same equipment in the vehicles, they cost the same money.  That shouldn't be... Cadillac still has a nicer interior (even if I don't personally care for the design) and more prestige.  It should cost more and the Chevy should cost less. 

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1 hour ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

Love the silver, but I'd do it with Black wheels.. No car should have gray interior tho.. None.. But the vents actually do a sensational job in the Camaro of heating and cooling. Seating positions are similar. Heat rises. And they also serve as controls. Either way..  Why is Chevy wrong and Ford OK wth the Edge St? 

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My only issue, in fact, with the Blazer's exterior really lies in the chrome in the front.. Which I'd black out as soon as I got it home 

Because the Ford doesn't come with a lame 2.5 liter base engine.  The ST has real performance chops, and the Lincoln Nautilus still costs more when you equip them the same way. 

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1 hour ago, oldshurst442 said:

...it seems like Buick is lost in space somewhere. Chevy is encroaching its territory from below while Cadillac is encroaching its territory from above.

That's been ongoing since the late 1950s tho. Blame the Impala, if you like. You could go farther back when the '41 Buick Limited exceeded the entry level Cadillac in price (and didn't return after WW II).
Pricing overlap was so non-existent prior to WWII that GM brought out the 'companion makes' to fill those gaps: Pontiac, Marquette, Viking & LaSalle. Now (globally speaking), brands overlap brands & models overlap models. It's the way the industry has been for decades.

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23 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

 That shouldn't be... Cadillac still has a nicer interior (even if I don't personally care for the design) and more prestige.  It should cost more and the Chevy should cost less. 

 From my perspective:

Cadillac shouldn't  be playing at this level. Cadillac shouldnt be selling cars at this price point. Cadillac shouldnt be trying stoop to Lexus or Acura levels of entry level lux.

That WAS Oldsmobile territory and Pontiac. Cadillac should be higher level than that.  

Now that Olds and Pontiac are gone, leave that to Chevy and Buick and let Cadillac BE Cadillac.

THE standard of the world. You aint gonna get there by selling "entry level" BS marketing...

THE standard of the world MEANS building and selling  dreams. Not crappy XT5s. By building and selling sky is the limit Ciels and golden dreams Eldorados...

ATS...nope

CTS...nope. 

CTS-V: YES!

CT6 and CT6-Vs: YES!

Escalade: YES!

XT5:NOPE

XT6: MAYBE

XT4: ARE YOU MAD???!!!  NO WAY!!!

The Blazer is fine where it is. Its Cadillac that is out of its league here!  It SHOULD aim higher! 

We are bitching about a Chevy having a base 2.0 liter 4 banger, but over at Cadillac, Cadillac uses the same base 4 cylinder in certain models yet we dont cry fowl for Cadillac doing that.

Am I missing something? 

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12 minutes ago, balthazar said:

That's been ongoing since the late 1950s tho. Blame the Impala, if you like. You could go farther back when the '41 Buick Limited exceeded the entry level Cadillac in price (and didn't return after WW II).
Pricing overlap was so non-existent prior to WWII that GM brought out the 'companion makes' to fill those gaps: Pontiac, Marquette, Viking & LaSalle. Now (globally speaking), brands overlap brands & models overlap models. It's the way the industry has been for decades.

Yes. I could agree to that. I cant disagree because it really is the truth. That "brands overlap brands & models overlap models. It's the way the industry has been for decades." 

Was it a smart move on Chevy's part to introduce the Impala and the way Chevy sold the Impala with all that class and "luxury" features it had? 

Over 13 million sold making it the highest selling Chevy model. The answer is clearly yes! 

My beef, if its not already clear, is not that Chevy is aiming that high. Im good with it!

My beef is with Buick not focused properly and their product line is suffering for it.

My other beef is that Cadillac is aiming TOO low. I dont mind if they do go low somewhat, since GM does not have the Pontiac and Oldsmobile filler brands anymore, but to encroach Chevy levels of price, not a good thing.

Again, Ill bring up ATS and XT4.  Cadillac does NOT need this.  Chevy could handle that part. 

BLAZER anybody???!!!  Camaro anybody?  If Cadillac wants a small performing RWD car, maybe the ATS-V Sport with a TTV6 400 horsepower that the V currently has SHOULD be the LOWEST ATS it offers and the full out V should be the V8 that the Camaro ZL1 offers... 

Lease queen ATS with the 2.0T should NOT even be a thought for Cadillac dealerships. 

BUICK could handle the lease queen 2.0T ATS level vehicles... 

XT4?

Same thing...

Cadillac does not need this...

The problem with this is that BMW and Audi and Mercedes has this world wide. That world wide, BMW, Audi and Mercedes Benz sell lower market vehicles, but these lower market vehicles are NOT sold as entry level luxury or luxury.  Those models are really sold as econobox cars.

Cadillac's strategy to emulate that is doing it wrong...

Therefore, if Cadillac wants to sell a bazillion 2 Series and 3 Series econobox competitor cars in Europe and in China, that Cadillac has to sell itself as an entry level brand...there, and here...

But Cadillac was NEVER that. Therefore Cadillac should just cut that crap out! No need for Cadillac to overlap Chevrolet...

THAT is how I sees it. ATS, XT4, XT5 is just Cadiallc overlapping Chevrolet. I dont sees it as the Blazer overlapping Cadillac. I sees the XT5 overlapping the Blazer...not a good thing for Cadillac! 

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1 hour ago, Robert Hall said:

I suppose so, but I can't really compare cars from long ago with these plastic generic FWD lease appliances.  Different GM, different time and place.      

Ford doesn't have any filler brands anymore, though since they got rid of Mercury..so I'm not surprised they run the price up to Lincoln price points. 

How is that relevant in a Go Go world??? Most of the real car buyers.. THE REAL CAR BUYERS... the mainstream.. doesn't even know that Cadillac is a part of GM. It was so bad a decade ago that GM decided to put "GM" Chicklets on every vehicle just to inform the buyers. That stopped. So much so I have a friend who recently bought a Traverse for himself, his wife has an XT5, and they are looking out for a decent blip of inventory of the Blazer for their daughter who is about to graduate Grad school in the Spring. In conversations with him and his wife, they not once seem to realize that they are driving platform mates. His wife didn't even know that the XT5 and Traverse were apart of the same corporation until they got their statements the same day from GM Finance. 

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17 minutes ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

How is that relevant in a Go Go world??? Most of the real car buyers.. THE REAL CAR BUYERS... the mainstream.. doesn't even know that Cadillac is a part of GM. In conversations with him and his wife, they not once seem to realize that they are driving platform mates. His wife didn't even know that the XT5 and Traverse were apart of the same corporation until they got their statements the same day from GM Finance. 

Alas, the world is full of such uniformed, clueless people...and this is an enthusiast page, so we are aware of common platforms...I have no interest in what the general public think about anything...

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2 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

True. 

It seems though, that Chevy is focused on Acura as well, on the Blazer.  Not a negative mind you.  A very good thing. 

Where it becomes bothersome is that Buick is not focused on anybody in particular and is getting lost in the shuffle by its other corporate siblings which leaves Buick to be in no man's land.  Cadillac's focus is ever changing with all those changes on top. Johan is gone, the new guy is in and yet again, the ship is sailing in a slightly different course....again.

The more things change, the more they stay the same...

Buick is the odd man out in this country.. as it focusing on CUVs here but has a full line-up in China selling over 1.2 Mill last year I believe there alone. The issue with Buick doesn't have to be an issue to be honest.. because out of all the brands that I could see as direct competitors.. Buick and GMC could be that since they are on the same showroom.. BUT!!! No one looking at Buick in that same showroom is really looking at GMC and vice versa.. It is most likely why U are seeing the Acadia and future offerings "Toughing Up." The Acadia, if U notice, now has a square jaw.. Buick a round face. 

As to Caddy. Where are they changing focus in reality? Not once do I recall them saying that they are getting out of the Lux-Sport game.. just going about it differently in terms of powertrain in 5 or so years. RIGHT NOW.. The CT4 and CT5 are testing and could debut soon.. the CT6 has new legs.. the CUVs are no different than they were in SRX days.. and the Escalade is still King, with a new one on the horizon. It must also be noted that there is definite talk of the "Escala" still coming in 2021. JDN's plan has not in anyway been abandoned just because he jumped.. got pushed off.. ship.

1 hour ago, Robert Hall said:

I don't know why Chevy would target Acura, though..that's what GMC or Buick is for.  Chevy should be targeting Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Ford, Hyundai, etc...the entry level brands. 

That makes zero sense in terms of your aforementioned commentary on styling as the catalysts. Styling is styling.. there is only one car I know of that has always attempted to stay looking "a to b" for the sake of it and that's the Corolla.. and even that now is trying to look sporty

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1 hour ago, ccap41 said:

The difference there is that a 3 Series isn't the same exact vehicle as a 5 Series and a Blazer is an XT5 in different clothes. 

Khols sales model. That's the kind of reputation I would want to bring to my company. 

I used other examples of the exact same size (VW/AUDI/POR- and Lex/Toy) but actually the 3 Series and 5 Series argument was more brilliant.. because they are on the same fukking lot criss-crossing in each others pricing. Its a fact of car sales. 

Also.. are U downing the Kohls sales model? Spoken like a true individual who has no business trying to dictate how sales works. Kohls' business model is actually quite successful, with very nice profits. The Stock is a very happy camper in my portfolio

1 hour ago, ccap41 said:

Because for the price you're getting 335hp/380tq vs 305hp/269tq plus the upgraded suspension and brakes. 

+30hp

+111tq

Yet very little in terms of acceleration superiority. Have U seen the numbers? Where the hell is that extra toque going when it is only yielding about 3/10ths in acceleration? GTFOH! 

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1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Because the Ford doesn't come with a lame 2.5 liter base engine.  The ST has real performance chops, and the Lincoln Nautilus still costs more when you equip them the same way. 

I don;t even see the 2.5L when I look at these vehicles. V6 only.. and that's the only metric I've used in pricing. I'm not going to sit here and dictate limitations on a mainstream brand. On Caddy.. yeah.. I say sure limit it to forced induction only. On a Chevy... no.. choices are better.

1 hour ago, balthazar said:

That's been ongoing since the late 1950s tho. Blame the Impala, if you like. You could go farther back when the '41 Buick Limited exceeded the entry level Cadillac in price (and didn't return after WW II).
Pricing overlap was so non-existent prior to WWII that GM brought out the 'companion makes' to fill those gaps: Pontiac, Marquette, Viking & LaSalle. Now (globally speaking), brands overlap brands & models overlap models. It's the way the industry has been for decades.

YES!!!😁 Love it that someone else remembers the companion brands. Marquette/ Buick, Lasalle/Caddy.. Viking/Olds, Pontiac/Oakland

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29 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Alas, the world is full of such uniformed, clueless people...and this is an enthusiast page, so we are aware of common platforms...I have no interest what the general public think about anything...

Yeah.. We also have to come to grips with the idea of.. if we are playing CEO.. what would U actually do as a CEO? Seriously. This is a car forum and news group.. but we are convinced as real live car enthusiasts that the only way U can purchase this vehicle is in top of the line Premiere or RS form above $45,000, and that none of the other competitors offer their vehicles in a similar price point, even when they were NEW for 2019. Oh wait! Am I the only one who will be holding his chest in laughter if the new Murano, Edge, Passport etc come out with a similar price to this brand new vehicle due to rising costs of materials and a real life trade war going on between the magnificent United States of America and its fake necessary labor and finished material donor China?

The Blazer is no more overpriced than a Honda Pilot or upcoming Passport. GM needs to price their vehicles where they feel they can amend the publics' perception of price point and worth, coupled in with their mastery of price manipulation in consumers mind's via discounting. I'd rather GM sell me a Blazer that MSRP at $51k and give me $3k worth of discounts, than Honda sell me a Passport at $51k, no discount and then tell me I should be happy to pay it. In that situation I'm going to need some Kool-aid to go with the KY they neglected to use on my Bum.

Amazing when consumers are happy to be screwed by the foreign makes and made to pay top dollar for par products, yet expect to pay less for the domestic product, while demanding superior quality, WOT factories, and higher pay and no lay offs to the workers, while still bad mouthing domestic product and attempting to divert sales to aforementioned par competition. Someone brought up Acura.. An RDX is not, in reality, a vehicle worth $37k. Its a Honda CRV with leather and bigger engine. People seem to give it a pass because Honda tells them that Acura is something special. It's not. This is not the brand that once helped usher in Japanese luxury with the Legend. A brand that might be more damaged and insignificant than Lincoln. Actually might isn't even necessary. The Chevy Brand has been pulling in very nice conquest sales and transaction prices. To think of it as an "every man's brand" these days is really cutting it close. A Chevy can be bought starting at $13K, yes, but a Chevy can also come in at $120K as well, or even $80K for a pick-up. The Blazer should do fine, despite the detractors who haven't touched the steering wheel as of yet saying that its a bad value. NEWSFLASH! All cars these days are bad values unless you buy used. Quibbling over a $2K difference between a Blazer and an Edge or Murano, is silly as it is ridiculous. Especially when it is a known fact that GM will have boukkoo incentives available at launch most likely and still make mad profit off the vehicle due to various reasons, no the least is that its platform has been on the market now for almost 3 years.

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17 minutes ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

The Blazer is no more overpriced than a Honda Pilot or upcoming Passport.

The Pilot and Passport come standard with V6 engines and for little extra money, adaptive cruise and other safety features not found on the Chevy until you plunk down 50g.  Up against a Passport, the Blazer is uncompetitive even at the lower price range. 

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29 minutes ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

The Blazer is no more overpriced than a Honda Pilot or upcoming Passport.

The cheapest Pilot that gets a V6(standard equipment) and AWD is $33,350.

At Chevy to the cheapest V6 with AWD costs you $37,195.  

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Just now, Drew Dowdell said:

The Pilot and Passport come standard with V6 engines and for little extra money, adaptive cruise and other safety features not found on the Chevy until you plunk down 50g.  Up against a Passport, the Blazer is uncompetitive even at the lower price range. 

Then don't buy it.. stop bitching. Who are U advocating for? Perhaps I'm too far gone.. I only would buy a top of the line, or near, Blazer or otherwise. 

FWD PASSPORT is $31,990 V6  280HP/262ft-lbs

FWD Blazer is $34, 495 (+$2505) 3.6L V6 engine 305 hp/269 lb-ft

And while Adaptive Cruise Control is standard on the Passport.. why is Navigation now.. but it is on the Blazer. and WHY THE HELL CAN I GET ANDROID/AppleCar on the Chevy, but not the Honda 

and even more to the point.. WHY THE HELL over a $2K difference between a Blazer and Passport knowing that the MSRP is currently minimum carrying $3K in incentives, while the Honda is carrying none. Again.. CHEVY better not fukk me.. Honda.. fukk away

 

 

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      At an event in Detroit this evening, Chevrolet took the wraps off the Tahoe and Suburban SUVs. We don't have specs yet to publish, but wanted to get the pictures out for you to see.  I will be updating the article as more details come out. 
      Six different trims will be offered including the new High Country trim, an RST trim, and Z71 becomes its own trim line instead of being offered as a separate package. LS, LT, and Premier trims carry on. Engines are the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8s, but the 3.0L Duramax will also be joining the lineup. The 5.3 and 6.2 now sport dynamic fuel management. All engines send power to the wheels through a 10-speed automatic. The Duramax is available on every trim except Z71.
      The power ratings are:
      5.3-Liter - 355 Horsepower at 5600 RPM / 383 lb-Ft of torque at 4100 RPM 6.2-Liter - 420 Horsepower at 5600 RPM / 460 lb-ft of torque at 4100 RPM 3.0-Liter Duramax - 277 Horsepower at 3750 RPM / 460 lb-ft of torque at 1500 RPM The column shifter is gone, replaced with a new pushbutton design placed on the dash.  Thanks to a fully independent rear suspension, they both gain room inside. Magnetic Ride Control and an Air Ride Adaptive Suspension (available on Z71 and High Country) are available. The Air Ride suspension offers adjustable height of up to 4-inches at all four corners .
      The dash sports a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment center standard. Buyers can opt for a rear seat entertainment system with twin 12.6-inch displays. Interior room is up; Tahoe sports 40 percent more third-row leg room and 66 percent more cargo volume behind the third row. While maximum cargo room is up 30 percent, the overall length increased only 4 percent. This is done on a wheelbase that is 4.9 inches longer than the 2020 model.  Suburban gets a 4.1 inch increase in wheelbase so that interior cargo volume increases 19 percent while overall length increases 1.3 inches.
      INTERIOR DIMENSIONS
        TAHOE SUBURBAN Headroom
      (in / mm): 42.3 / 1074 (first row)
      38.9 / 988 (second row)
      38.2 / 970 (third row)
      42.3 / 1074 (first row)
      38.8 / 988 (second row)
      38.2 / 970 (third row)
      Legroom
      (in / mm):
      44.5 / 1131 (first row)
      42 / 1068 (second row)
      34.9 / 886 (third row)
      44.5 / 1131 (first row)
      42 / 1068 (second row)
      36.7 / 933 (third row)
      EPA Passenger Volume
      (cu ft / L):
      168.4 / 4768
      170.4 / 4826
      Cargo Volume^
      (cu ft / L):
      122.9 / 3479 (behind first row)
      72.7 / 2058 (behind second row)
      25.5 / 722 (behind third row)
      144.7 / 4097 (behind first row)
      92.9 / 2632 (behind second row)
      41.1 / 1164 (behind third row)
       
       



       
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Chevrolet has released pricing of the new Trailblazer crossover that is coming to the U.S. market in early 2020.  
      The base L model is the one that will start below $20k at $19,995. It comes with a 1.2-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder, front wheel drive, and a continuously variable transmission.  Inside it carries a 7.0 inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Standard on the L are 16 inch steel wheels with wheel covers. All-wheel drive is not available on the L.
      Moving up to the LS model which starts at $22,495 allows you to option into all-wheel drive for an additional $2,000. Opting for all-wheel drive also means you get a 0.1-liter engine upgrade to the 1.3 liter 3-cylinder that makes 155 horsepower.  Wheels are upgrades to 17-inch alloys.
      The LT will set you back $24,595, again standard with FWD and the 1.2-liter unless you spend an extra $2,000 for AWD and the 1.3-liter. However, you can opt for the 1.3-liter on its own at the LT level. 
      The Activ (pictured, top) which starts at $26,395 is billed as the off-road trim. It comes with a revised fascia with a larger grille opening, unique 17-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, changes to the dampers, and the 1.3-liter standard in both FWD or AWD models. This time, AWD costs $1,500 to select. 
      Then there is the RS (pictured, right) which also starts at $26,395. It also comes standard with the 1.3-liter engine with a $1,500 AWD option. The changes to the RS are mostly appearance changes to make it look more sporty.
      The Trailblazer goes on sale in Spring 2020.
       


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    • By Drew Dowdell
      Chevrolet has released pricing of the new Trailblazer crossover that is coming to the U.S. market in early 2020.  
      The base L model is the one that will start below $20k at $19,995. It comes with a 1.2-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder, front wheel drive, and a continuously variable transmission.  Inside it carries a 7.0 inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Standard on the L are 16 inch steel wheels with wheel covers. All-wheel drive is not available on the L.
      Moving up to the LS model which starts at $22,495 allows you to option into all-wheel drive for an additional $2,000. Opting for all-wheel drive also means you get a 0.1-liter engine upgrade to the 1.3 liter 3-cylinder that makes 155 horsepower.  Wheels are upgrades to 17-inch alloys.
      The LT will set you back $24,595, again standard with FWD and the 1.2-liter unless you spend an extra $2,000 for AWD and the 1.3-liter. However, you can opt for the 1.3-liter on its own at the LT level. 
      The Activ (pictured, top) which starts at $26,395 is billed as the off-road trim. It comes with a revised fascia with a larger grille opening, unique 17-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, changes to the dampers, and the 1.3-liter standard in both FWD or AWD models. This time, AWD costs $1,500 to select. 
      Then there is the RS (pictured, right) which also starts at $26,395. It also comes standard with the 1.3-liter engine with a $1,500 AWD option. The changes to the RS are mostly appearance changes to make it look more sporty.
      The Trailblazer goes on sale in Spring 2020.
       

    • By William Maley
      Hyundai can’t seem to stop itself from tinkering with the Santa Fe crossover. This is apparent when you consider the nameplate first debuted on compact crossover in the early 2000s before growing into a two-model family up until last year. Hyundai has made another drastic change to the Santa Fe by making it a single model again - the three-row Santa Fe XL has been replaced by the Palisade. Does this re-focus make the model competitive?
      The overall shape of the 2019 Santa Fe is more upright than the outgoing Santa Fe Sport. This solves one of the biggest issues I had with the Sport, poor visibility. The upright shape and flatter belt line allowed Hyundai designers to increase the amount of glass used. Not only does this improve overall visibility. This also makes the interior feel more airy. Up front, Hyundai uses a hexagonal grille that is flanked by a split headlight layout. Slim LED daytime running lights sit on either side of the grille, while a pod housing the headlights sit underneath.
      Where the Santa Fe really shines is the interior. It’s a modern and clean design with a two-tone dashboard, unique fabric covering the pillars and headliner; and the use of polygons in the seat pattern and speaker grilles. Materials for the most part are soft-touch plastics and leather on my Ultimate tester. There are some hard plastics used here and there, but it will not detract from the premium feel Hyundai is going for. The layout for the controls is excellent with all in easy reach for driver or passenger. Also earning top marks is the eight-inch infotainment system which is simple to use, provides snappy performance, and allows a driver to use either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
      For those sitting up front, the Santa Fe Ultimate provides power adjustments, heat, and ventilation. Getting settled in and finding the correct position, I found the seats to be quite comfortable with enough padding to tackle any trip length. Back seat passengers will find plenty of leg and headroom. Those sitting in the back will also appreciate the rear seats can recline along with heat during the cold winter months. Cargo space is about average with 35.9 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 71.3 when folded.
      Most Santa Fes will come with the base 2.4L inline-four with 185 horsepower. My Ultimate AWD tester featured the optional turbocharged 2.0L inline-four with 235 horsepower. Both engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic. Whenever a Hyundai vehicle is equipped with a turbo-four, it falls into one of two camps - works perfectly or there is a performance issue. The Santa Fe falls into the latter. There is a noticeable amount of turbo-lag when leaving from a stop. Once up to speed, the engine can sometimes be a bit too responsive with a jumpiness that makes smooth acceleration a difficult task. Whether this is something with the programming of the engine, transmission, or throttle, I cannot say. I hope this gets fixed with the 2020 model.
      EPA fuel economy figures for the turbo-four with AWD are 19 City/24 Highway/21 Combined. I saw an average of 20.7 mpg during my week of testing. It should be noted this is the same as the Honda Passport with its slightly more powerful 3.5L V6 producing 280 horsepower.
      The Santa Fe’s ride is still smooth and relaxing over many of the bumps and imperfections that dot the roads of Metro Detroit. It is also surprisingly quiet with barely any wind or road noise coming inside. Handling is where the Santa Fe really surprised me as it felt agile when driven around a bend. There was barely any body roll and steering provided excellent response. 
      On the surface, the 2019 Santa Fe is an improvement over the Santa Fe Sport. It features a fetching design, comfortable ride, simple tech, and a lot of equipment for the money. My Ultimate tester came with an as-tested price of $39,905 and that includes adaptive cruise control with stop & go; blind spot monitoring, Infinity premium audio system, panoramic sunroof, and much more. Build up one of the Santa Fe’s competition to similar specs and you’re looking at spending on average around $5,000 more.
      But the Santa Fe is soured by the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine which appears to have two settings - slow off the line performance and unpredictable acceleration at higher speeds. Until Hyundai can figure out what is going on, stick with the base 2.4L four-cylinder. It may be a little bit underpowered, but at least it is more consistent in its power delivery.
      Disclaimer: Hyundai Provided the Santa Fe, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2019
      Make: Hyundai
      Model: Santa Fe
      Trim: Ultimate
      Engine: Turbocharged 2.0L GDI 16-Valve DOHC CVVT Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 235 @ 6,000
      Torque @ RPM: 260 @ 1,450 - 3,500
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 19/24/21
      Curb Weight: 4,085 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Montgomery, Alabama
      Base Price: $38,800
      As Tested Price: $39,905 (Includes $980.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Carpeted Floor Mats - $125.00

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