2017 Nissan Rogue Sport SL AWD

We (George Gray, Matt Arguello, and myself) discuss the Rogue Sport during the Morning Show on FM-104.7 – Pirate Radio:

Magnetic black metallic paint – Heated light gray leather buckets – Five passenger seating – 7.0” touchscreen with navigation – Weighs 3,385 lbs. – 2.0 liter four cylinder, horsepower is 141, torque is 147 lb. ft. – Power moonroof – 225/45R19 tires with alloy wheels – Premium 6-speaker stereo – Around-view monitor – LED headlights, driving lights, and LED taillights – CVT transmission and all-wheel drive – Backup camera, radar cruise control, and blind spot warning – $31,245.00 Window Sticker – 30 MPG on the highway – 27 MPG combined rating – 24 MPG city – 14.5 gallon tank

 Made in Kyushu, Japan


2017 KIA Soul! 5 Passenger FWD Hatchback

The KIA Soul! was taken to Pirate Radio (104.7 FM) for analysis during the Morning Show with George Gray and Matt “The Big Kahuna” Arguello.  Listen in:

Titanium Gray metallic – Black interior – Leather and cloth heated/power front buckets – heated steering wheel and heated rear outboard seats – 8” touchscreen, backup camera/navigation – Huge power moonroof  and premium Harman/Kardon sound system w/ 9 lighted speakers – 201 horsepower 1.6 liter turbo four / 195 lb. ft. torque – 7 Speed dual clutch automatic transmission and front-wheel drive – Lane departure and blind spot warning plus radar cruise –  $27,620.00

EPA rating is 26 MPG city , 28 MPG combined rating and 31 MPG highway – (14.2 gallon tank) – 3,232 lbs., 163” long, 101” wheelbase, 63.5” height, 71” width

 Built in Gwamgju, South Korea

2017 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD

The DJ’s at Pirate Radio (104.7 FM) took a look at the Nissan Murano during the Morning Show:

Arctic blue metallic paint – Heated cashmere leather buckets – 5 passenger seating – 8” touchscreen w/navigation – Weighs 3,900 lbs. – Bose premium 10 speaker stereo with subwoofer and 552 watt amplifier – V-6 with 3.5 liter – 260 horsepower / torque is 240 lb. ft. – Continuously variable automatic transmission – All wheel drive and power tailgate – Backup camera and intelligent cruise control – $44,165.00 Window Sticker – 28 MPG on the highway – 24 MPG combined rating – 21 MPG city.  19 gallon tank – Made in Canton, Mississippi

2017 BMW X1 AWD 28i Crossover

Stu’s Reviews @ Pirate Radio 104.7FM.  Matt Arguello and Myself.  Listen in:

Chestnut bronze metallic paint – Heated Canberra (beige) leather buckets – 5 passenger seating – 6.5” touchscreen w/navigation – Weighs 3,600 lbs. – Harman/Kardon premium stereo – 2 liter twin turbo four – 228 horsepower – torque is 258 lb. ft. – 8 Speed automatic transmission – All wheel drive – Backup camera  $46,320.00 Window Sticker – 31 MPG on the highway – 25 MPG combined rating – 22 MPG city – 16.1 gallon tank – Made in Regensburg, Germany

2017 Toyota RAV4 Platinum AWD SUV

The Toyota RAV4 was driven to Pirate Radio (104.7 FM) for a review by the DJ’s – George Gray and Matt “The Big Kahuna” Arguello:

Blizzard Pearl White metallic – Heated gray/cinnamon leather buckets and heated steering wheel – Navigation system with 7” touchscreen – Radar, or adaptive cruise control – LED headlights and taillamps – Power moonroof – JBL 9 speaker stereo – 176 horsepower 2.5 liter 4 with dual overhead cams – 6 Speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive – Blind spot monitor, backup/around view camera, foot operated power tailgate, and lane watch – Forward emergency braking and 18” alloy wheels – $39,666.00 – 28 highway-22 city-24 combined  MPG – Made in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada

2017 Infiniti QX50 AWD

The Infiniti QX50 was driven to Pirate Radio (FM 104.7) for the “Morning Show” with George Gray and Matt Arguello:

Graphite Shadow metallic – Graphite leather heated buckets – 5 passenger – 7” touchscreen with navigation – Radar cruise control – Keyless entry/blindspot monitor – Xenon auto-leveling headlights, daytime running lights, LED taillights – Bose 11 speaker premium sound stereo – Backup camera and “around view” parking monitor – 325 horsepower 3.7 liter V-6 w/ 267 lb. ft. of torque – 7 speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive – $45,535.00 EPA rating is 17 MPG city , 20 MPG combined 24 MPG highway – 20 gallon tank – Weighs 4,020 lbs./18.6 cubic ft. of cargo space – 186” long – 19” split-five spoke wheels

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T AWD

20170118_092122_hdrHyundai is a giant South Korean automobile manufacturer based in Seoul and it is the fourth largest such firm in the world.  The company owns almost half of KIA Motor Company, as well, and has been in business for 45 years.  In North America, Hyundai has designs on becoming the number three automaker by 2020.

This last week I had the pleasure of testing a new, 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate model courtesy of DriveShop, the local press vehicle media concern. The Santa Fe is a midsize crossover that has been around since 2001, and was on the forefront of the crossover boom that started at that time.  Styling of the 3rd generation Santa Fe is a hallmark of this latest model, and chrome abounds on the car, including a big grill, door handles, and exhaust finisher.   The vehicle was painted Nightfall blue metallic and featured premium exterior lower door trim.  The all-wheel drive Santa Fe rides on attractive, 19”, ten-spoke dark gray alloy wheels.

Speaking of abundance, inside the Santa Fe was the Ultimate Technology package along with a panoramic sunroof.  The package allow the occupants to enjoy dual-zone climate control, navigation/rearview camera, a 8” touch screen, satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, premium 12 speaker Infinity QuantumLogic surround sound, heated seats (everywhere) and heated steering wheel.  The car is also equipped with power locks/windows, tilt/telescope, USB/Ipod connections, Bluetooth capability, HID Xenon bending headlights, auto-open hands-free power tailgate, lane departure warning, overhead multi-view camera system for parking, and radar cruise control.  This is an extremely luxurious vehicle – list price with all options and freight totaled $40,820.00.20170118_092525

A nice feature also found inside the Santa Fe is a mammoth rear cargo area with 35.4 cubic feet.  That expands to 71.5 with the 3-piece split rear seat folded down.  That’s right; the rear, sliding bench seat is a 40/20/40 so that two skiers can ride along with their equipment in the middle.

Power for the Santa Fe is supplied by a turbocharged 2.0 liter, 240 horsepower, 4 cylinder engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission.  The EPA mileage ratings are 19/city and 24/highway (17.4 gallon tank), and acceleration is reportedly zero to sixty in 6.5 seconds.  The ride of the Hyundai is compliant and the handling is SUV-superb.

Interestingly, the Santa Fe Sport features both Hillstart Assist Control and Downhill Brake Control, items I would have loved to have on my rental car the last time I visited San Francisco.  Such amenities are indicative of the value associated with this Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Ultimate.



2017 Infiniti QX-30 Premium AWD Crossover

20170117_124537The Infiniti crossover was taken to Pirate Radio for a review by this writer as well as George Gray and Matt Arguello:


Graphite Shadow Gray metallic – Heated and ventilated leather brown and black buckets – Navigation system with 7” touchscreen – Radar/adaptive cruise control – LED bending headlights – Bose 10 speaker stereo – Pushbutton start – LED Headlamps – Surround view monitor – 208 horsepower 4 cylinder/2 liter with turbocharger – Seven-speed automatic transmission – Blind spot monitor, backup camera, and lane watch – Lane departure warning and collision-mitigation – $46,035.00 – 30 MPG Highway