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    Quick Drive: 2018 Chrysler 300S AWD

    These are classics that are so well baked at this point...you can't go wrong. Lack of any options aside, the 2017 Challenger R/T (literally zero options, and cloth with no backup camera...but burbling Hemi) was incredible for the 5000 miles I put on it as a rental for work. Best part, quiet, smoothness, and refinement heft aside, was with the ZF 8-speed, multiple times I got 28-29mpg cruising, with an all time best 29.6 mpg from western PA back to Philly on a Sunday. Yet since, I've driven smaller cars, cars with no power, etc. and struggled to get more than 22-23 highway. Had a V6 2017 Charger SXT rental for a week too, with far nicer technology inside, and even though the 3.6L is no barn stormer, with he 8-speed it's silent and strong. These cars just keep going and going and going... Which makes you wonder...
  2. The Pacifica oozes "well done and luxurious" with styling everywhere, and makes the Odyssey/Sienna feel tinny, flimsy, and clunky in comparison. This is an example of FCA design done right, through and through. Any other takeaways a few months in now? They definitely feel more than a decade more advanced than the old T&C.
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    2018 Jeep Wrangler Balances Evolution and Revolution: Comments

    How to do things right and keep raking in the cash...
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    2019 Subaru Ascent is the Forester XL: Comments

    Though thankfully less awkward, and far higher quality than the current mess of a Pilot Honda has been pushing, and far nicer interior, trim, features, technology, etc. This is the package Honda only wished they had right now. The turbo will take people getting used to, but if Mazda, Volvo, etc. can pull it off, Subaru will have no issue. Powertrains are now the odd piece next to no modern consumer cares about, instead asking for CarPlay and Emergency Braking... I've been around the Ascent for a while now, and it's a winner. Right package, right time, right features, they spent endless time benchmarking every right category needed, and with Subaru appeal, and brand love. You have to see it in person to understand just how large it is, more lower step Tahoe "size look" than normal crossover.
  5. Most valid point and the strangest one Lincoln keeps overcoming...despite this. Read long term reviews, see build quality issues people have, yet...the "it's a Continental!" recognition has odd crown appeal to it. The kind of cred other brands wish they could figure out. I like this new name. MKX was the only one with recognition, but this is better.
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    June Car Spotter Thread

    Heading from Detroit airport & staying in Birmingham, MI this past week... 2018+ Jeep Cherokee prototypes masked over, cruising the highway 2018 GMC Terrains, all around, look great, especially the nose from the front Bentley Bentayga...in light gold...being driven by an elderly lady Always enjoy the car sitings in Michigan.
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    My Experience With Apple CarPlay

    I've used CarPlay a few times, and even debated putting a touchscreen unit in my 4Runner to have it. Then realized, why? I always have my iPhone plugged in, and always use a clip mounting it beside the steering wheel. Even in my 2-3 years of driving Acura TLX's with Nav, USB, Bluetooth, and 2 screens...I always used the iPod USB link, but otherwise simply touched on the phone, used the phone nav, etc. CarPlay can't replicate Waze, just Apple maps. Many functions are limited. It's an awesome system, and I loved using it in a new Cadillac XT5 loaner car once, but for me...it's limited, as I want ALL the Apple features ALL the time, and can see them on my screen already without taking an eye far off the road.
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    Item: 2017 Dodge Charger RT

    Awesome ride!
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    Item: 2001 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Sport 4wd

    I considered those too...after I locked onto the 4Runner. A later one, 2001 style, would be more carlike with unibody and the 3.5L. The 4Runner definitely drives like a bouncy old truck, but a very solid, perfectly sized one. Roll...down...back...window...huge...sunroof. And oddly? For me, very bolstered and comfortable front seats. Throw stuff in the back, keep cruising.
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    It Ain't Easy...

    Awesome! Love the looks of these. So many Jeep's now, it's partially confusing, but this is a great setup. 6-spd and 4wd? Rarity, for sure.
  11. caddycruiser

    Item: 2001 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Sport 4wd

    Even with minor "old car" issues, love this thing. Awesome!
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    Item: 2001 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Sport 4wd

    Fresher interior:
  13. Name: 2001 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Sport 4wd Category: Vehicles Date Added: 2017-05-07 Submitter: caddycruiser   2001 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Sport 4wd   It keeps going... Finally...a year after purchasing the 4Runner, it's back to looking "right". May 2016, bought this 2001 SR5 Sport Black/Tan with the Safari rack on top, and random odds & ends needed, but running perfectly for $2k. Front corner was hit, flare missing, bumper twisted, tires all worn down & mismatched, unevenly, driver's seat post broken off from rust (one past owner did a driveway audio system & pushed a rubber plug out of the firewall, so it had a constant drivers floor leak), and such. Over a year of tinkering, and a "Toyota whisperer" neighbor semi mechanic, it's back looking incredibly better. New bumper, new lights, new driver's seat, completely re-made audio system with an Alpine double din unit, Weathertech, etc. Still not that much $$ out, and love it. 245k going strong:rockon: Before: Now...with more updates to come. Steering wheel to stitch on, Dents, dings, etc, adds to the character. FJ Cruiser wheels, new tires, new audio, new fluids, new bumper & flare, a little polish...and now new Ventvisors. Keep it simple:
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    Review: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT

    I've seen SO many new Malibu's around Philadelphia, and not all rentals (you can tell based on stickers), the 1LT 1.5T seems to be the top combo. Had a chance to ride in a house guest's rented white LS model back in May. That car, straight from the factory, comfortable cloth seats, CarPlay and all, was very impressive. My guests were from Germany and even they enjoyed it, and the kids loved CarPlay and had it mastered. Smooth, solid, tight, great visibility out, felt roomy and that odd combo of feeling SOLID yet very lightweight and efficient at the same time. Kind of puts in perspective, for a car like this, even in LS trim, for mid $20k's and under...why you would even bother with some of the less than impressive compact sedans out there that cost just as much and aren't nearly as well designed or refined. It's not as posh as some, nor is the visual as impressive as a Mazda, or even the Ford, but it strikes a good balance. Much nicer than previous versions, and different than the Impala enough to make sense.

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