The Lexus was driven to Pirate Radio (FM 104.7) for a review with the help of George “Elvis” Gray:
Matador redpaint with gray and black leather seating for 5 – heated and air conditioned buckets plus heated and air conditioned power second row seating, weighs 4,450lbs., 192.5” long and has 112.2” wheelbase – 32.6 cubic feet of cargo space, 21” multi – spoke dark alloy wheels 245/45R21 Goodyear Eagle all-season radials, lane keep assist, forward and rear collision alert, radar cruise control, navigation, heated steering wheel, high definition rear, side and frontal view camera system,14” infotainment screen, flatbed smartphone charger, panoramic moon roof, power tailgate, and 12 speaker Mark Levinson AM/FM/satellite premium stereo sound system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto
246 horsepower, 2.5 liter four cylinder hybrid/electric drive with electronically controlled variable automatic transmission(torque is 317) – all wheel drive, zero to 60 in 7.4 seconds and 124 mph top speed, $65,090.00 list price–built in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, 34 MPG highway, 37 city and 36 combined rating – 18 gallon tank and over 600 miles of range
The Lexus was presented at Pirate Radio studios for a review with the help of George Gray:Ultrasonic blue mica paint with jet black leather seating for 5 – heatedand cooled front buckets and and 17 cubic ft. of cargo space in the trunk, weighs 3,776 lbs., has a 113” wheelbase and is 196” long, 19” – Carbon black finished aluminum spoke wheels and 235/40R19 Michelin Primacy all season radials, 12.3” multimedia infotainment screen, 10.2” head up display in windshield, panoramic multi-view surround camera, wireless flatbed phone charger, heated F Sport steering wheel, dual pane moonroof, pushbutton starter, navigation, power tilt and telescope steering column, 10 speaker Lexus premium FM/AM-Satellite stereo, power trunk lid with kick sensor, Android / Apple integration, radar cruise control, lane change alert/tracing assist, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot warning, 3.5 liter V-6 engine with 302 horsepower, 284 ft. lb. of torque, 8 speed automatic transmission, dual exhausts, zero to 60 in 6.1 seconds – front wheel drive, $53,775.00list price –built in Georgetown, Kentucky – fuel economy (31 highway 25 combined 22 city),16 gallon tank with 520 mi. range
The Lexus was analyzed with the help of George “Elvis” Gray of Pirate Radio 104.7FM :
Ultrasonic blue mica metallic paint with red and black perforated leather seating for 5 – heated and a/c front buckets, heated rear outboard bucket seats, and console mounted electronic shifter, weighs 4,475 lbs., has a 105.9” wheelbase and is 183.5” long, 20” polished black finished aluminum spoke wheels and 255/55R20 Bridgestone all season radials, 14” multimedia infotainment screen – backup camera, navigation, rearview mirror camera, wireless flatbed phone charger, remote start, heated steering wheel, head up display, power tilt and telescope steering column, dual moon roof and 14 speaker Lexus FM/AM-Satellite stereo – Android / Apple integration, radar cruise control, lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, power hands free tailgate, puddle lights and blind spot warning, 2.5 liter hybrid engine with 304 total system horsepower, 266 ft. lb. of torque and a CVT automatic transmission, paddle shifters on steering column, and all wheel drive, $61,790.00list price –built in Miyawaka, Fukuoka, Japan
George and Alana of Pirate Radio 104.7FM offered an assist in analyzing the Mazda CX-30 AWD Turbo:
Machine gray metallic paint with black and brown leather seating for 5 – heated and cooled front buckets with console mounted shifter, weighs 3,388 lbs. and has a 104.4” wheelbase and is 173.0” long – 20.3 cubic feet of cargo space with back seats erect, 18” – Black painted aluminum spoke wheels and 215/55R18 Bridgestone total performance all season radials, 8.8” multimedia infotainment screen for driver– backup camera, head up display in windshield, navigation, heated leather wrapped steering wheel, wireless phone charger, and 12 speaker premium Bose FM/AM-Satellite stereo – Android / Apple integration, panoramic power moon roof, radar cruise control, lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot warning, 2.5 liter four cylinder turbo engine with 227 horsepower, 310 lb. ft. of torque, 6-speed transmission, all wheel drive, 0-60 in 5.9 sec., $36,435.00list price, fuel economy (25 city/highway combined, 30 highway)12.7 gallon tank with 381 mi.range
18” – Black painted aluminum spoke wheels and 215/55R18 Bridgestone total performance all season radials
8.8” multimedia infotainment screen for driver– backup camera, head up display in windshield, navigation, heated leather wrapped steering wheel, wireless phone charger, and 12 speaker premium Bose FM/AM-Satellite stereo – Android / Apple integration, panoramic power moon roof
Radar cruise control, lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot warning
2.5 liter four cylinder turbo engine with 227 horsepower, 310 lb. ft. of torque, 6-speed transmission, all wheel drive, 0-60 in 5.9 sec.
Fuel economy (25 city/highway combined, 30 highway)12.7 gallon tank with 381 mi.range
George Gray of Pirate 104.7 FM helped analyze the MINI at the studio parking lot:
Rebel green metallicpaint with chili red roof, carbon black leather seating for 4 and heated front buckets, weighs 2,845 lbs., 152.8” long and has 98.2” wheelbase – 9 cubic ft. of cargo capacity – 34 with seats folded down, 18” Two toned aluminum wheels and 205/40R18 Pirelli P-zero summerradial tires, Lane keep assist, forward collision alert, radar cruise control, rear vision camera, 8.8” infotainment screen, navigation, dual moon roof setup (one powered), six speaker AM/FM premium stereo sound system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, color keyed door handles, and foldaway heated outside mirrors, 2.0 liter, 228 horsepower four with a 6 speed manual transmissionremote starter and front wheel drive – zero to 60 in 5.7 seconds, $40,850.00list price – built in Oxford, United Kingdom, Fuel economy 31 mpg on highway, 22 in city, 25 overall – 11.6 gallon tank– goes 360 mi. on a full tank
George “Elvis” Gray, FM-104.7 DJ, assisted in conducting a review of the Mazda sports car:
Machine gray metallic paint with white leather seating for 2, heated front buckets with console and stick shift, weighs 2,593 lbs. and has a 91.7” wheelbase – 4.6 cubic ft. trunk space, 17” – Silver finish aluminum spoke wheels and 205/45R17 high performance radials, 17″ silver finish aluminum spoke wheels and 205/45R17 high performance radials, Android / Apple integration, power retractable hardtop painted black, and pushbutton start, 7” multimedia infotainment screen – backup camera, navigation, heated steering wheel and Bose 9 speaker premium FM/AM-Satellite stereo, cruise control, lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot warning, 2.0 liter four cylinder with 181 (torque is 151) horsepower – Six speed manual transmission, rear wheel drive, 0-60 in 5.7 seconds, $36,265.00list pricebuilt in Hiroshima, Japan, fuel economy (34 mpg highway, 26 mpg city, 29 mpg combined)11.9 gallon tank with 405 mi.range
Buick, now a division of General Motors, actually was the company that established GM in 1908.Traditionally, Buick products have had an appeal for older, wealthier buyers, but with the foxy SUV’s they now market, their demographic is getting younger. Buick’s lineup of six models (sans any sedans) provides an SUV for pretty much anyone’s taste, and in the midst of the group lies the Encore GX compact crossover.
Weld County Garage recently loaned me an Encore GX, and it was painted Deep Azure (blue) metallic and featured Ebony perforated leather seating for five.It was the Essence model, a trim level that is located atop of the GX line, and includes the leather seating, LED lights front and rear, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and in-vehicle air ionizer, among other things.No moon roof was on hand, but luxury items such as power lift gate, surround vision camera, head up display, adaptive cruise control and navigation wereincluded on the Buick as components of the “advanced technology package”.
The Encore GX is a cousin of the Encore Buick, sold by dealers since 2012.I have tested several of the Encores, with good impressions of them.I think sales of the Encore have taken the breath away from Buick executives, and I mean that in a positive way. It seems as if they are everywhere you look, and nationally the sales topped 100,000 in 2019.The new Encore GX, however, is not really much like the “classic” Encore, and its size suits me quite a bit better – 171.4” long, 1.6” longer than the Encore.
Power for the Encore GX is supplied by a three-cylinder turbocharged engine with a continuously variable (CVT) transmission and a front wheel drive arrangement.All wheel drive can be had on this model Buick and certainly will be popular in Colorado.Personally, I could go for the front wheel drive for myself and could pocket the $2,000.00 savings effected by such a purchase.
Buick promised more power for this new Encore GX when it was announced, and they came through despite dropping a cylinder when compared to the “classic” Encore.Horsepower is 153, and I found the vehicle performance to be totally satisfactory even with four adults on board.Gas mileage ratings are 32 mpg on the highway, 32 combined, and 31 city miles per gallon with a 13.2 gallon fuel tank.My observation was 29.3 miles per gallon in predominantly city driving.
The list price of my test car was $33,465.00 including freight ($995.00), the aforementioned technology package ($1,790.00), convenience package ($770.00), power lift gate ($520.00), fancy paint ($495.00) and the 153 horsepower upgraded engine ($395.00).The power lift gate operation can be initiated by a foot motion and lighting is on hand for finding where to wave said foot at night with a tri-shield (Buick insignia) beam on the pavement beneath the rear bumper.
The Buick Encore GX was a pleasure to drive around for a week and in my mind the styling, comfort and performance of the vehicle would provide a prospective owner long term satisfaction.
Honda Motor Company started exporting motorcycles to America, from Japan, in the early 1960’s with a clever slogan, “You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda”.I becamean early customer when I purchased a new 1964 Honda while in high school in Grant,Nebraska.All three Wright brothers eventually bought Hondas, and of course mine was the smallest, the Honda 50, a little machine I rolled past the Perkins County fairgrounds on thinking I would impress those patrons inside with my little exhaust report.
It was later, in the 1970’s, that Honda started exporting automobiles to the U.S., and in 1997 they sent their first in-house designed sport utility vehicle, the CR-V to our shores.The CR-V (compact recreational vehicle) is based on the Civic sedan and is currently in its fifth generation configuration.Sales of the CR-V started off at 67,000 in the first year and they have swelled to over 300,000 per year for the last seven years.
Recently, a 2020 Honda CR-V 1.5T Touring edition was loaned to me out of the press fleet, and I drove it for a week.The CR-V comes in a hybrid, LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring edition, which is the top model and the one I tested.For $35,845.00, including freight, the Touring edition has a leather interior, navigation system with backup camera, adaptive radar cruise control, heated steering wheel, lane departure warning, moon roof, and dual heated power bucket seats.
The driving experience when behind the wheel of the CR-V is excellent, with a somewhat quieter environment than the unit I drove in 2018 but with similar guidance, handling, and ride; all good.Visibility is top-notch, and real-world economy for this reviewer came in at 25.5 mpg, right on target with the EPA estimate.
The mid-sized Honda CR-V rolls on 19” ten spoke alloy wheels with Continental P235/55R19 Cross Contact all season radials.All CR-V’s were refreshed for 2020, and the power train is now a turbocharged 190 horsepower four with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
In high school Ifantasized about someday driving an automobile with the quality and innovation of my little Honda 50.Never would I have imagined that sedans would become so unpopular (along with small motorcycles) and that “sport-utility” vehicles would basically take over the roads.Nonetheless, someday arrived after a fashion a week ago when I tested the very capable, American made Honda CR-V.And, I suspect, you still “Meet the Nicest People in a Honda”.