Mobility news from the automotive capital of the world – Southern California.

Mobility news from the automotive capital of the world – Southern California.


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Mobility news from the automotive capital of the world – Southern California.




BMW Performance Center: The Ultimate Driving Location

The BMW Performance Center in Thermal, California is a driver's paradise. Because the driving school in Riverside County basically lets you go nuts in real fast, real performance vehicles. Plus you can take your skills (or lack of) off-road too. So when the offer to experience the track arrived the answer was simple; when should we arrive? :0) The Professor & Me - COVID-Style BMW Performance Center West At The Thermal Club Unless you're very lost and/or off-roading in the desert you're...


2021 Chevrolet Colorado [ZR2] Review, Prices, Specs & Pics

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is a beautiful midsize beast with upgrades for this year. So, the ZR2 is near Chevy's top trim, off-road-ready truck. And while it comes with serious off-road capabilities. It drives and handles surprisingly smooth on-road too. Colorado ZR2's already rugged and athletic good looks get even better for 2021. With a new frontend and tailgate, all Colorado trim levels get a light front (and rear) facelifts this year. For this review, my friends at Martin Chevrolet...


2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Review, Prices, Features & Pics

The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle is, by EPA classification, a small wagon. But I refer to it as a subcompact 4-door hatchback. Or, if you prefer, a 5-door. It's quick, nimble, and fun to drive. And the overall value is hard to beat. 2020 Chevy Bolt EV Top-3: Safety The drive Interior Space For this review, my friends at Martin Chevrolet provided a Premier trimmed 2020 Chevy Bolt EV. New For 2020 Increasing driving range to 259-miles. That's on a full charge and EPA estimate. And it...


2020 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line Review, Trims, & Prices

The 2020 Volkswagen Arteon sits in a class of its own. As a (large) midsize, five-door fastback there's nothing quite like it. Because, in the US, there's no other European non-luxury offering that compares. Great looks, technology and, engineering equate to a value proposition you can't ignore. Ontario Volkswagen is my go-to for VW test drives and this review. 2020 VW Arteon Top-3: Exterior styling Interior design Value -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- 268 hp & 258...


2021 Volkswagen Atlas Review, Prices, Pics, Trims & Specs

Refreshed, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas remains an incredible value. And what's impressive is that it carries over the same starting MSRP from last year. Exterior front and rear updates enhance its bold design. And a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is now available on top trims. Plus full LED lighting is now standard along with next-gen VW Car-Net telematics. Also, extra driver-assist safety features. 2021 VW Atlas Top-3: Value Technology Interior space My friends at Ontario VW hooked me up with...


2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, All-New, Test Drive Review, Pricing, Trims & Specs

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe - All-New & Awesome! Nice. Job. Chevy! The all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is a homerun. And it's made in the USA! Arlington, Texas to be exact. So, I've always been a Tahoe fan. But during my test drive. I kept thinking. They got it right. And not just here or there. But the whole thing. My sincere thanks to Lewis Cook at Martin Chevrolet. He's the general manager. And a dear friend. Plus he gave me his first 2021. And it was my guilty pleasure test driving it for this...


2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review, Prices, Features, Photos & Specs

2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Overview The first VW Jetta GLI rolled off the assembly line in 1984. And since then, it's been considered Volkswagen's GTI with a trunk. So, quick background. The VW Golf GTI is the original hot hatch. A 5-door sports car. But hatchback. And the Volkswagen Jetta GLI is the Golf GTI's sibling. But a compact sedan. Just as sporty looking. More practical overall. Plus it's a great performer. Afterall the GLI is the enthusiasts' Jetta. But, I'd never driven the 2020 VW...


2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review, Prices, Trims, Features, Specs & Pics

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review Like facial tissue is dominated by Kleenex brand. So too is 'hot hatch' dominated by VW's Golf GTI. And 2020 is no exception. Because again Volkswagen delivers great performance with exceptional attention to detail for an incredible value. Sure, that's come to be expected by VW followers worldwide. But here in the U.S., more and more drivers are taking note. Perhaps, more importantly, more and more driving enthusiasts are doing so. And you might want to as...


2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS Review, Prices, Trims, Specs & Pics

The all-new 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is the latest addition to Chevrolet's lineup of crossover SUVs. Trailblazer slots between two clearly defined vehicles and segments. It's smaller than the compact Equinox. But it's bigger than subcompact Trax. And it's sportier than either of those two vehicles. Because it takes its styling cues from Chevy's Camaro. The all-new Trailblazer seats five. And, it's returning to the Chevy lineup after previously being a larger crossover option. 2021 Chevy...


2020 Chevrolet SUV Models – Your List Of Options Keeps Growing

2020 Chevrolet SUV Models For 2020 Chevrolet increases its lineup of crossover/SUVs yet again. Although the newest addition, Trailblazer is technically model year 2021. But Chevy now has seven crossover/sport utility vehicle models in its lineup. And that causes a blurring of traditional lines separating class categories. So, it's not just subcompact, compact, midsize, full-size, and oversize. Although that would describe a robust lineup. Yet, Chevrolet takes it's 2020 SUV model offerings to...


2020 Chevrolet Suburban Review, Prices, Pics, Trims, Features & Specs

2020 Chevrolet Suburban Review The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban is wrapping up its 11th generation. That's right - 11! And, any given vehicle generation-cycle lasts around 6-years. So quick math tells you that the Suburban has been around for 66-ish years - right? Wrong. Because the first Chevrolet made with the Suburban name was in 1935! So, that's 85-years and counting! In fact, Chevy's Suburban is the longest-running nameplate in automotive history. And not only is Suburban rich with history...


2020 Volkswagen SUV Models – PLUS SUEV

2020 Volkswagen SUV Models For 2020, Volkswagen adds a fourth model to the SUV lineup it's offering buyers in the United States. So now the US market can opt to go with the Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, Tiguan, or ID.4 EV. And you can think of them respectively as large, medium, and small EV. -->Click play below to listen or continue reading.<-- Full-size/Midsize - Atlas 2021 VW Atlas By EPA class definition the 2020 Atlas is a midsize crossover SUV. But it's arguably a full-size crossover SUV....


2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport Review, Prices, Trims, Features, Specs & Pics

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Review The 2-row, 2020 VW Cross Sport slots between the smaller Tiguan and larger Atlas. But, to be clear the Cross Sport also shares the Atlas name. So, technically it's called the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. Since the brand new model is the newest entrant into VW's crossover SUV lineup it arrives with considerable anticipation. 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport Top-3: Styling Handling Visibility And that goes for me too. So, I was excited to pick one up from my...


2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Review, Prices, Trims, Features, Specs & Photos

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Review The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe was a lot of fun for me to test drive for this review. Because Tahoe is one of those vehicles that I've wanted from a very early age. Perhaps that's because it looks great. Also, it could be because it's rugged and ready for anything. Plus, it's a real sport utility vehicle. And there's not really much crossover about it at all. That is, except for all the awesome creature comforts. But, make no mistake, the 2020 Chevy Tahoe is big. It's a...


2020 Volkswagen Atlas Review, Prices, Trims, Features, Specs And Photos

2020 Volkswagen Atlas The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is technically a midsize crossover SUV. But one could argue it belongs in the full-size category as it has three rows of seating. Additionally, it's the largest crossover SUV that VW offers. And it's big and roomy inside with room for adults in each row of seating. Plus Atlas offers plenty of cargo space and impressive tech. 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Top-3: Exterior design Interior space Fuel economy Personally, I've been a big fan of Atlas since...


2020 Honda Passport Review, Prices, Trims, Features, Specs & Photos

2020 Honda Passport Review The 2020 Honda Passport is technically in its third generation. But Honda gave it a 17-year hiatus. And they just reintroduced it in 2019. So, if it looks totally new to you... well, that would be why. :0) And speaking of looks, the midsize crossover SUV isn't just a pretty (rugged) face. Because Honda made this sport-ute with old school intentions. Yep, a crossover SUV that's actually intended for something other than grocery-getting and family-hauling. Although...


2020 Honda HR-V Review, Prices, Trim Levels, Features, Specs & Photos

2020 Honda HR-V Review The 2020 Honda HR-V gets universal high marks for both safety and interior space. Plus most car critics will admit that it handles well and delivers great fuel economy. But the area where most critics and I disagree is the vehicle's acceleration and power. Because while some feel it's lacking in those areas, my take is that it fits the bill and exceeds expectations. 2020 Honda HR-V Top-3: Safety Spaciousness Usability/value Here's my complete test drive review of the...


2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Reveal, Prices, Features, Trims & Pics

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Reveal The first look I got at the 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport was at the LA Auto Show. While SoCal Volkswagen dealers will have it in the Spring of 2020. And at first glance, the new edition to VW's crossover SUV lineup looks much like it's bigger sibling, the Atlas with 3-rows of seating. But once you give it a little more attention the enhanced sportiness of the aptly named Cross Sport is definitely appreciated. And Cross Sport will seat up to 5....


2020 Chevrolet Trax Review, Prices, Features, Trims, Specs and Photos

2020 Chevrolet Trax The 2020 Chevrolet Trax is a subcompact crossover SUV that packs the punch of a larger classed vehicle. Plus it delivers a surprisingly spirited and agile drive. In fact, the Trax is quick. Because when I pulled out of Martin Chevrolet during my test drive for this review I chirped the tires. :0) 2020 Chevy Trax | Top-3: Driving performance Interior comfort Versatility -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- Fun to drive turbo 4-cylinder Trax In Chevy's...


2020 Honda CR-V Review, Prices, Trims, Specs, Features and Photos

2020 Honda CR-V Review Since Honda sold more than 400k CR-Vs last year it makes sense that the carmaker pays close attention to its compact crossover. So for 2020, the Honda CR-V is refreshed with enhanced safety features. Plus there are slight changes to the exterior and interior design. And what's great is that there's not much added to the price tag for these extras. Additionally, Honda is adding a Hybrid CR-V its offerings in 2020. And I'll be grabbing one from our friends at Rock Honda...