2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – Drive Report

For 2017, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is offered in Premium and Platinum models, starting at $41,995. With the available $7,500 federal tax credit, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid pricing theoretically starts as low as $34,495, not including any additional state or local incentives, making it lower priced than a comparable gasoline-engine Pacifica.

For 2018 all Pacifica trim levels have upgraded multimedia systems and a standard blind spot warning system with cross-traffic detection. The 2018 Pacifica Hybrid lineup consists of three models–Touring Plus, Touring L and Limited, which now aligns more directly with the entire Pacifica lineup.

See more here.

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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – Down the Quarter Mile

On the invite of the Dodge SRT team I had the privilege of piloting the 840-horsepower 2018 Challenger SRT Demon down a drag strip quarter mile. Along with other select automotive writers from across the U.S. we made solo passes trying our hand to hook-up, get a good launch and a quick ET using all the technology that SRT Engineering built into this street-legal race car.

You can read about my day at the drags with one click right here.

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2017 BMW i3 – Drive Report

The BMW i3 was named the 2017 World Urban Car of the Year. The i3 is the bestselling compact battery-electric vehicle in the premium compact segment worldwide since it was launched in 2014. Driving range is 114 miles on pure battery power.

For 2018 its exterior design has been enhanced giving the BMW i3 a wider and sportier look. And, the first-ever BMW i3s featuring a sportier chassis, wider track and
higher performance output is being introduced. It’ll get to 60 mph in just 6.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 100 mph.

Planned for release in the first-half of 2018 is the BMW Digital Charging Service. BMW ConnectedDrive and the BMW ConnectedDrive Portal is expected to turn charging into an easy to use digital experience.

Read about my Chicagoland BMW i3 driving right here.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery Td6 – Drive Review

The fifth generation Land Rover Discovery combines a radical new exterior design with a highly versatile interior that’s capable of seating up to seven. It’s a go anywhere, extremely capable on- and off-road SUV. Gas or Diesel power gives you the choice of brawn or economy. Lots of engine torque makes for good trailer towing.

Prices start around $50K and climb way up.

Read my drive report and a bit about Ephraim, WI right here.

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan – Drive Report

Volkswagen has an all-new, longer and roomier, seven-passenger Tiguan for 2018. VW says it’s the new king of the concrete jungle, and it just may be.

Prices start at $25,345 and you can get front-drive or all-wheel drive in each of the four trim levels. Its turbo 4-cylinder puts out 184HP and there’s an 8-speed automatic that puts the power to the wheels.

The new Tiguan is a good choice for buyers shopping for a roomy compact SUV, whether they be in the urban or suburban concrete jungle.

Read my Chicagoland concrete jungle test drive right here.

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2017 Jeep Compass – Drive Review

All-new for 2017, the Jeep Compass has been nicely refined over the previous generation.  And yet, it’s very much a Jeep with outstanding off-road creds.

For on-road use, and that’s all some drivers do, it comes in front-wheel drive. If you venture into the hills or get lots of snow in your neighborhood, a 4X4 might be the way to go.

Prices range from the low to upper $20s and can tip into the $30s with options. Check out my drive of the Trailhawk model here.

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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk – First Drive

The 707-horsepower new for 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is something to behold both on the road and on the track.

Here’s a few tidbits:

  • 0-60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds
  • quarter mile in 11.6 seconds at 116 mph
  • top speed of 180 mph
  • 60-0 mph braking distance in 114 feet
  • .88 g capability on the skid pad

And, it seats five, can carry all your groceries, and tow up to 7200 lbs. So, it’ll pull your boat or your race car and trailer, but note however, that it just may be faster than your race car.

Read a bit more here.

Low fuel consumption is not its forté.  YOLO

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