2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring FWD Sedan

The Mazda sedan was driven to Pirate Radio to be shown to Matt “The Big Kahuna” Arguello and George “Elvis” Gray.  Pirate Radio is 104.7 on the FM dial:

Front Wheel Drive – Soul Red metallic paint – Parchment Nappa leather interior – 7” touchscreen with navigation – 5 passenger – 192” long like a Chevy Malibu or Ford Fusion – Heated front and rear bucket seats – Weighs 3,250 lbs. – Sunroof, radar cruise control and rear view camera – XM radio and  premium Bose 11 speaker stereo – 2.5 liter 4 cylinder with 184 horsepower   Zero to 60 in 7.7 seconds – 6  Speed Direct Shift Automatic transmission with paddles – 19”  machined-finish aluminum alloy wheels/all-season radials   $34,695.00  list price – 30 MPG combined mpg, 27 city and 35 highway     16.4 gallon tank – Built in Hofu, Japan

2018 Toyota Camry XSE 4-Door FWD Sedan

The Camry was driven to Pirate Radio (KELS 104.7) for an analysis by the DJ’s, George Gray and Matt Arguello.  Listen:

Front Wheel Drive – Ruby Flare pearl metallic paint – Black leather interior  8” touchscreen with navigation – 5 passenger – 192” long like a Chevy Malibu or Ford Fusion – Heated front bucket seats – Weighs 3,395 lbs. – Sunroof and bird’s eye view camera/display – XM radio and  premium JBL 9 speaker stereo  3.5 liter V-6 with 301 horsepower – torque is 267 lb.ft. – Zero to 60 in 5.7 seconds – 8 – Speed Direct Shift Automatic transmission – 19”  black machined-finish aluminum alloy  wheels/all-season radials – $38,220.00  list price – 26 MPG combined mpg, 22 city and 32 highway – 16 gallon tank – Built in Georgetown, Kentucky

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI SE Hatchback

The VW Golf GTI was driven to Pirate Radio for an analysis by the DJ’s, Matt “Big Kahuna” Arguello and George “Elvis” Gray.  Listen in:

Front Wheel Drive – Night blue metallic paint – Black leather interior – 6.5” touchscreen – 5 passenger – 168” long like a Chevy Trax – Heated front bucket seats – Weighs 3,086 lbs. – Panoramic sunroof and illuminated door sills and door panels – XM radio and  premium Fender 8 speaker stereo – 1.8 liter Turbo 4 with 220 horsepower – torque is 258 lb.ft. – Zero to 60 in 5.7 seconds  6  Speed DSG automatic transmission – 18”  Austin aluminum alloy wheels and all-season radials – $31,165.00  list price – 27 MPG combined mpg, 24 city and 32 highway – 13.2 gallon tank – Built in Puebla, Mexico

2017 Lexus NX-300h Hybrid AWD 5-Door SUV

The Lexus was driven to Pirate Radio (FM 104.7) for an analysis by the DJ’s, Matt “Big Kahuna” Arguello and George “Elvis” Gray.  Listen to the discussion:

Autumn Shimmer (brown metallic) clear coat paint – Heated black leather buckets – seats 5 – 10.3” touchscreen, with navigation – Weighs 4,180 lbs. – 182.6” long – 2.5 liter four cylinder hybrid power plant, 194 horsepower – 225/60r18 all season tires with vortex-styled alloy wheels – Ten speaker Lexus premium sound system – Power rear tailgate, 18 cubic ft. cargo space, folding rear seat – Continuously variable automatic transmission and all-wheel drive – Moonroof and computer touchpad on console – $50,433.00 Window Sticker – 30 MPG on the highway – 31 MPG combined rating – 33 MPG city.  14.8 gallon tank – regular unleaded fuel

Made in Miyawaka, Fukuoka, Japan

2018 Toyota C-HR FWD XLE Crossover

The Toyota CH-R was brought to Pirate Radio for a look-see by the DJ’s, Matt Arguello and George Gray.  Listen in:

Radiant green mica metallic clear coat paint with white top – Heated black fabric  buckets – seats 5 passengers – 7” touchscreen, no navigation – Weighs 3,300 lbs. – 171” long – 2 liter Four cylinder, 144 horsepower (torque is 139)   225/50r18 all season tires with vortex-styled alloy wheels – Six speaker stereo  Rear hatchback, 19 cubic ft. cargo space, folding rear seat – Continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive – Radar cruise control and lane change alert – $25,364.00 Window Sticker – 31 MPG on the highway  29 MPG combined rating – 27 MPG city.  13.2 gallon tank – regular unleaded   Made in Arifiye, Sakarya, Turkey

 

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S 4Motion Turbo

The Volkswagen was delivered to Pirate Radio (FM 104.7/KELS) for an analysis by the DJ’s, Matt “The Big Kahuna” Arguello and George “Elvis” Gray.  Listen in:

 

Habanero Orange metallic – Titan Black cloth interior with seating for 5 – 6.5” touchscreen – Blind spot monitor and autonomous emergency braking – AM  FM Stereo sound system – 184 horsepower 2.0 liter turbo 4 / 221 lb. ft. torque – 8 Speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and four driving modes – Rear vision camera – M.S.R.P is $27,495.00            EPA rating is 21 MPG city , 23 MPG combined rating and 27 MPG highway (15.9 gallon tank) – 3,858 lbs. – 185” long, 110” wheelbase 66” height, 72” wide – Built in Puebla, Mexico

2017 Lexus RC350 AWD F Sport 2-Door

Recently I drove over to Pirate Radio with my latest test car, the 2017 Lexus RC-350 F Sport, which was painted Caviar (black) and featured a black leather interior.  Pirate Radio is FM 104.7 in Greeley, and the car was there to be analyzed by the DJ’s, George Gray and Matt Arguello.

Their impression of the Lexus was positive, and if they had driven it they would have really gotten excited.

I took care of the driving of the RC-350 for a week and can report that the Lexus is a solid, smooth performer with enough horsepower to accelerate to 60 mph in under 6 seconds.  A couple of years ago I drove the Lexus RC-F, which is identical except for the engine, and of course it was excellent, as well.  The power in the RC-F was a V-8, so performance was more exhilarating.

What I will say about the RC-350, the subject of this evaluation, is that with the V-6 in it the performance was very satisfying, in somewhat of a surprise.  I expected it to pale in comparison (to the V-8), and that was not the case.  In it (the RC-350) is a 3.5 liter, 306 horsepower unit with 277 lb. ft. of torque.  The ultra-smooth power plant features 24 valves, dual overhead cams, direct/port injection, and variable valve timing.  The transmission is an six-speed automatic with floor shift and paddles on the steering column.  Top speed of this rear-wheel drive car is reportedly 155 mph.  As for fuel economy, the automobile rates 26 mpg highway, 19 mpg city, and a combined figure of 21 mpg.  The tank holds 17.4 gallons.

Inside the four-passenger coupe is leather seating for four adults.  It was upholstered in an understated black material with intricate stitching, and black accents were employed successfully throughout the cabin.  The F Sport has badging on the steering wheel (on fenders, as well) and alloy foot pedals are on hand.  Four driving modes are accessible when operating the RC, and they are normal, eco, sport, and sport+.  When in sport+, the dash output changes to red accents and  a large tachometer/digital speedometer.  The ride is great and visibility is about as good as can be expected considering the sporty performance and design.

Lexus has knocked it out of the park with regards to styling of the RC-350, which in the case of my test car featured an Caviar black metallic paint job.  Fifteen-spoke two-toned 19″ alloy wheels were fitted with 235/40R19 (265/35R19 on the rear axle) radials.  When I’m testing a vehicle with different size tires on the front and the rear, I know I have my hands on a hot rod.  The large black “spindle” grill is out front, a spoiler is integrated into the trunk (10.4 cubic ft.), and stainless exhaust finishers are under the rear fascia.

M.S.R.P. of the Lexus RC-350 F Sport is $57,198.00, including a base price of $45,175.00, fog lights ($410.00), F Sport package ($3,700.00), navigation/audio ($2,550.00), intuitive park assist (500.00), moonroof ($1,100.00), rear spoiler ($399.00), protective mats ($280.00), radar cruise control ($500.00), and triple beam LED headlamps ($1,160.00).   Freight was $975.00.

The RC-350 is a surprising value, as performance coupes go, and with its stellar styling and interior appointments, I would recommend it to a prospect in the sector.

Caviar metallic clear coat paint – Heated black leather buckets with black accents – seats 4 – 8.4” touchscreen with navigation – Weighs 3,900 lbs. – 185” long – 3.5 liter V-6 306 horsepower five drive modes – 235/40r19 all season Michelin tires with low gloss F-Sport alloy wheels – Mark Levinson 835 watt premium 17 speaker stereo – Rear spoiler, 10.4 cubic ft. trunk, and moon roof – Six speed Automatic transmission and all-wheel drive – Backup camera, radar cruise control, and blind spot warning – $57,198.00 Window Sticker – 26 MPG on the highway – 21 MPG combined rating – 19 MPG city.  17.4 gallon tank – premium fuel – Made in Tahara, Aichi perfecture, Japan

 

2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

The Mazda was driven to Pirate Radio for an inspection/discussion by the DJ’s, Matt and George.  Listen in:

 

 Soul red metallic – Heated leather parchment front buckets – 5 passenger seating Navigation system with 7” touchscreen – LED headlights/taillights  Power sunroof Bose AM/FM/MP3/CD/Satellite stereo with ten speakers  Pushbutton start and backup camera – Blind spot monitor, radar cruise control, lane keep assist 187 horsepower 4 cylinder – 1.6 liter – torque is 185 lb. ft. – Six-speed automatic transmission –  18” ten spoke aluminum wheels and power tailgate $34,380.00 window sticker 29 mpg highway gas mileage – 23 mpg city gas mileage –  26 mpg combined mpg Made in Hiroshima, Japan

2017 Lexus IS-350 AWD F Sport Sedan

The Lexus IS was driven to Pirate Radio where George “Elvis” Gray helped analyze the luxury sedan.  Listen in:

Atomic Silver metallic / Black interior – Leather heated/power/ventilated front buckets and heated steering wheel – 10.25” touchscreen, backup camera/navigation Power moonroof  and premium Mark Levinson 15-speaker sound system – 308 horsepower 3.5 liter turbo V-6 / 277 lb. ft. torque – 8 Speed automatic transmission, paddle shifters, and all-wheel drive – F Sport high performance package – Lane departure and blind spot warning plus radar cruise –  $51,515.00            EPA rating is 19 MPG city , 21 MPG combined rating and 26 MPG highway (17.4 gallon tank) 3,583 lbs. – 184” long, 110” wheelbase 56” height, 71” wide

Built in Tahara, Aichi, Japan

2017 Toyota Tundra 4 x 4 Crewmax Limited

This Tundra was taken to Pirate Radio for an analysis by DJ George Gray:

Four Wheel Drive – Quicksand (tan) paint – Black leather interior – 7” touchscreen with navigation system – 5 passenger – 229” long like a GMC Sierra – Heated front bucket seats – Weighs 5,600 lbs. and tows 9,800 lbs.  XM radio and  premium 8 speaker stereo – 5.7 liter V-8 with 381 horsepower  Torque is 401 – TRD performance exhaust and remote engine start – Power moon roof with sunshade and power sliding back glass – 6 Speed automatic transmission –  2 speed transfer case – 20”  aluminum alloy wheels and 275/55R20 all-terrain radials – $51,985.00  list price – 15 MPG combined, 13 MPG city and 17 MPG highway – 38 gallon tank

Built in San Antonio, Texas