Saturday, August 13, 2016

GM’s 2016 Camaro Turbo: Four-Cylinder Engine With V8 Power

GM’s 2016 Camaro is the most impressive 4-cylinder muscle car that I’ve ever seen or driven. In fact, I had to double-check that it was indeed a 4-cylinder, because it has the power of a V6 or V8, but without the gas guzzling engine. I’d say you’re going to see a lot more sports vehicles built this way in the future, especially if gas prices remain as high as they are. It just makes sense.

This lighter, better balanced engine allows you to hug corners, without dropping your speed. It drives like a race car on a track… and it sounds like one too! I read on that the 2016 Camaro 2.0L Turbo’s 275 horsepower rating matches the output of the 1993-1995 Camaro Z28’s 5.7L V-8 AND offers comparable acceleration performance. Yup! And you can feel it!

Have you seen this vehicle on the road? You may not have, I have yet to see another tearing down the streets of Toronto, however, if you do see one you may first mistaken it for the Corvette! That’s right, it reminded me a lot of a sawed off Corvette, without the emblem on the front of course. It’s a pretty sharp looking sports/muscle car. And I say sports/muscle car, because it really is a hybrid. It’s not too much of a muscle car… just the right amount, making it a great vehicle for just about anyone.

A couple of minor complaints, and not even from me… a 6’2” passenger found it a bit too low inside, and difficult to see out the narrow windows. I, on the other hand, felt it was built for someone my height of 5’6”. This vehicle fit me like a glove, one that I did not want to take off! It’s so much fun to drive this car! I found it a bit dark inside, especially during a sunny, summer day. At first I thought it needed a panoramic sunroof, but that would change it from a sports/muscle car to a sports car… and really that’s not what the Camaro is meant to be.

Coming in at just under $43,000 fully loaded, the 2016 Camaro Turbo-4 is great luxurious sports/muscle car for anyone. Beautiful leather interior, keyless entry, push button start, heated and ventilated front seats, and Bose stereo are just a few of the fine luxuries that you’ll get to enjoy with this fast and fun ride! Don’t forget to pick me up!

Amanda Risser - Luxury, New Car Blogger

Saturday, August 6, 2016

GM's Cadillac XT5 Makes Any Road Trip Luxurious!

For my August long weekend road trip along the south coast of Nova Scotia I test drove the 2017 Cadillac XT5 Luxury AWD SUV. If you’re going on a ‘Canadian’ road trip, why not drive a vehicle made by a domestic automaker-right?

What a beautiful vehicle! A quick one-over and you know this is an SUV built for comfort and luxury. Keyless entry, push-button start, tilt full panoramic sunroof with a power shade, rear reclining seats, power liftgate, rear cargo shade, black trim leather with white stitching on the upper half of the dash and door panels, combined with cream leather and white stitching on the bottom half and seats. Absolutely stunning interior!

When you hit the gas pedal you have plenty of power with this V6 8-speed automatic transmission. No hesitation at any point, and quick pick-up for passing vehicles on the highway or along short one-lane passing stretches in the country. Be prepared for lots of looks and conversations with locals about this SUV, it’s a show stopper!

By no means is the XT5 a tiny vehicle, but it’s not a tank either. I drove plenty, and long distance for five days and still had just under half a tank of gas left before dropping it at the airport. The posted fuel economy is 11.1 L/100km combined. I was pleasantly surprised with how good it was on gas. And, if you do need to fill up, even though it has a luxurious look and feel, it still takes regular fuel.

One of the first things I noticed about this vehicle, or I should say felt, was a vibration from my seat when a vehicle approached from behind. It’s quite startling, almost electrifying! It also vibrates when a vehicle is near in front. A great feature for long drives when you may not be as alert. Other safety features include side blind zone alert, lane departure warning, and a rear vision camera.

You’re fully connected in this vehicle: OnStar, wifi, navigation, Apple Carplay, Sirius. It’s an office on wheels!

So how much for this luxurious, safe ride? Fully equipped it’ll set you back about $58,500. It’s worth every penny, if you ask me!

My only complaint… the drive stick. For one, I prefer the new modern dial, second – it’s really tricky to maneuver, you need to push the button on the left and move it around to put it into drive or reverse. To get into park you just press the ‘p’ button on top. You get used to it, but it’s still a bit awkward.

So, if you’re looking for a great road trip vehicle that is good on gas, fast, luxurious, safe, lots of storage room and fits five adults comfortably, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 is a winner! 

Amanda Risser
Luxury, New Vehicle Blogger