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2018 Nissan Kicks SR FWD — Will millennials buy its style, safety, technology and value?

Nissan recently invited me to participate in a media drive event for the first ever 2018 Nissan Kicks in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Kicks, which Nissan calls “The Expressive CUV” joins the Nissan line up as the smallest vehicle under the Rogue Sport and the Rogue, Nissan’s Sales leader. The Kicks replaces the more expensive Juke with its love-it or leave-it styling and turbo powered Nismo variant.

All Kicks have the same drive train consisting of a  1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine and an Xtronic CVT transmission and front wheel drive.  All wheel drive is not offered, nor is a manual transmission.  The engine cranks out 125 horsepower and 115 lb-ft of torque.  The Kicks fuel economy is rated at 31 city, 36 highway or 33 mpg combined. Will millennials buy the Kicks?

2017 Washington Automotive Press Association Rally Highlights

The Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA) held it's annual rally on October 12th on Kent Island Md at the Inn at the Chesapeake Beach Club.  WAPA and about 30 sponsors made the event possible.  About 200 automotive journalists and influencers we are able to drive and photograph about 55 vehicles that covered nearly every market segment from the Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge to a more affordable Kia Rio.  The only problem was that one day is not enough time to try them all; but everyone did their best.

2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD - A Strong Contender

I spent a week getting to know the all new 2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD compact crossover decked out in Soul Red Crystal Metallic and Parchment Leather.  The CX-5 is Mazda’s sales leader and a player in the highly competitive compact crossover market.  Does the 2017 CX-5 deliver what it takes to continue to lead sales in the Mazda line up and beat out the competition for market share?  Is the CX-5 a contender?

2017 Ford Escape SE 2.0L EcoBoost: Game On!

Experienced by Marvin Bowser

The Escape is Ford’s second best seller trailing only the venerable F-150 pickup truck. It’s also one of the market leaders in the very hot and highly competitive compact-crossover segment. Ford decided to “refresh” the 2017 Escape by adding a new, masculine grille, exterior detailing, technology and two newfangled EcoBoost engines. Will these enhancements be enough to maintain or improve the Escape’s sales leadership position? We think so.

2016 Mazda CX-9: Premium Family Focus at Montage Palmetto Bluff Resort

It was a beautiful few days in South Carolina where Mazda structured their Active Lifestyle Drive Program so the press could experience a cadre of their latest products. I first focused on an adventure in the all-new 2016 CX-9 SUV from the beautiful Montage Palmetto Bluff Resort to Sea Pines Resort, in Hilton Head Island, SC. The family and fitness activity of choice for me was the art of kayaking which paired perfectly with the CX-9 and its active and daring traits.