iDriveSoCal https://www.idrivesocal.com Mobility news from the automotive capital of the world – Southern California. Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:15:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 The iDriveSoCal Podcast covers automotive news and the future of transportation from the car capital of the world – Southern California. <br /> <br /> The region with the worst traffic on the planet has become ground zero for the revolution in how humans and our stuff travels from points ‘A’ to ‘B’. <br /> <br /> But while the future of mobility is sorted out, you still have to drive, pretty much everywhere, especially here in SoCal. So, our content includes lots of vehicle reviews and behind the scenes car buying tips from real car dealers. After all, what better time to contemplate the details of your next vehicle purchase then when you're stuck in traffic? <br /> <br /> Plus we're always covering cool automotive events, shows museums and everything about the history and future of transportation. Tom Smith clean episodic Tom Smith tom@idrivesocal.com tom@idrivesocal.com (Tom Smith) Copyright © 2017 thru 2020 iDriveSoCal Automotive news and the future of transportation. iDriveSoCal https://www.idrivesocal.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/iDrive_SoCal_logo_3kx3k-268.jpg https://www.idrivesocal.com TV-PG Los Angeles, California 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Review, Prices, Trims, Features, Specs & Photos https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-chevrolet-tahoe-review/ Wed, 26 Feb 2020 19:24:23 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=14841 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Review The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe was a lot of fun for me to test drive for this review.  Because Tahoe is one of those vehicles that I've wanted from a very early age. Perhaps that's because it looks great.  Also, it could be because it's rugged and ready for anything.  Plus, it's a real sport utility vehicle.  And there's not really much crossover about it at all. That is, except for all the awesome creature comforts.  But, make no mistake, the 2020 Chevy Tahoe is big.  It's a true full-size SUV. 2020 Chevy Tahoe Top-3 Things: The drive Exterior styling Interior functionality My friends at Martin Chevrolet gave me one for a day recently for this review. -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- 116" wheelbase - 203.9" overall length 2020 Chevy Tahoe Full-Size SUV So the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe represents the 6th and final model year of its 4th generation.  And here's what I really like about that. The final model year of any vehicle generation represents the best the manufacturer could make that entire generation.  And I find opportunity there. 3-Trim Levels w/ 8-special edition options Specifically, it's usually an opportunity to get a great deal on a very well put-together vehicle.  Because while some folks clamor for the next new thing.  Personally, I'm good with the best of right-now. So with that commentary out of the way, here's where the Tahoe fits into Chevy's crossover SUV lineup. 2020 Chevrolet Crossover SUV Lineup: Suburban - oversized Tahoe - full-size Traverse - midsize/full-size Blazer - midsize/compact Equinox - compact Trailblazer - compact/subcompact (coming soon) Trax - subcompact Because of Chevy's growing crossover SUV lineup, the traditional class-size lines are being blurred.  But that's happening with many automakers. Trim Levels And Prices For 2020 Chevy offers Tahoe in three primary trim level configurations.  But you really have way more options than that might suggest. Two different RST Editions available Because you can also get a 2020 Tahoe with 8-different special editions.  And, of course, that's before engine, drivetrain, and package options. 2020 Chevy Tahoe Trims & MSRPs: LS $50,295 LT $55,095 Premier: 5.3L w/ 6-speed auto trans $63,995 6.2L w/ 10-speed auto trans $69,420 *All starting MSRPs Plus, those 8 different special edition options provide a Tahoe configuration for literally everyone.  And that's whether you want to go serious off-roading or equally serious on-road owning. :0) What is 2020 Tahoe's curb weight? Between 5,355 and 5,772 lbs - depending on configuration 2020 Chevy Tahoe prices provided for reference only.  You need to get your Tahoe equipped to your liking. Martin Chevy doesn't 'sell' you - they help you buy what you want. And I refer everyone to my friends at Martin Chevrolet,  They always deliver the best deal on precisely the vehicle you want!. Engines, Transmissions & MPG So you have two big powerful engines available on the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe. 355 to 420 hp - engine depending First, there's the 5.3-liter V8.  And that will put out 355 horsepower with 383 pound-feet of torque. Then you have the bigger 6.2L V8.  It provides 420 hp with 460 lb-ft of torque. And the two available transmissions were mentioned with the trims.  There's a 6-speed automatic and a 10-speed automatic. Fuel Economy : 5.3L 2WD 15/22 4WD 15/21 6.2L 2WD 14/23 4WD 14/22 *City/Highway MPG Because you have the option of two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive, your fuel economy will vary a little.  But either way, the above ratings are great for a vehicle of this size and power. Also, if you go with 2WD then your Tahoe will be rear-wheel-drive.  And personally, I love that because I'm a huge fan of rear-wheel-drive vehicles in general. 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe was a lot of fun for me to test drive for this review.  Because Tahoe is one of those vehicles that I’ve wanted from a very early age.

Perhaps that’s because it looks great.  Also, it could be because it’s rugged and ready for anything.  Plus, it’s a real sport utility vehicle.  And there’s not really much crossover about it at all.

That is, except for all the awesome creature comforts.  But, make no mistake, the 2020 Chevy Tahoe is big.  It’s a true full-size SUV.

2020 Chevy Tahoe Top-3 Things:

  1. The drive
  2. Exterior styling
  3. Interior functionality

My friends at Martin Chevrolet gave me one for a day recently for this review.

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driver profile full-size Chevy SUV

116″ wheelbase – 203.9″ overall length

2020 Chevy Tahoe Full-Size SUV

So the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe represents the 6th and final model year of its 4th generation.  And here’s what I really like about that.

The final model year of any vehicle generation represents the best the manufacturer could make that entire generation.  And I find opportunity there.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe passenger badge 2

3-Trim Levels w/ 8-special edition options

Specifically, it’s usually an opportunity to get a great deal on a very well put-together vehicle.  Because while some folks clamor for the next new thing.  Personally, I’m good with the best of right-now.

So with that commentary out of the way, here’s where the Tahoe fits into Chevy’s crossover SUV lineup.

2020 Chevrolet Crossover SUV Lineup:

  • Suburban – oversized
  • Tahoe – full-size
  • Traverse – midsize/full-size
  • Blazer – midsize/compact
  • Equinox – compact
  • Trailblazer – compact/subcompact (coming soon)
  • Trax – subcompact

Because of Chevy’s growing crossover SUV lineup, the traditional class-size lines are being blurred.  But that’s happening with many automakers.

Trim Levels And Prices

For 2020 Chevy offers Tahoe in three primary trim level configurations.  But you really have way more options than that might suggest.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe rear RST badge

Two different RST Editions available

Because you can also get a 2020 Tahoe with 8-different special editions.  And, of course, that’s before engine, drivetrain, and package options.

2020 Chevy Tahoe Trims & MSRPs:

  • LS $50,295
  • LT $55,095
  • Premier:
    • 5.3L w/ 6-speed auto trans $63,995
    • 6.2L w/ 10-speed auto trans $69,420

*All starting MSRPs

Plus, those 8 different special edition options provide a Tahoe configuration for literally everyone.  And that’s whether you want to go serious off-roading or equally serious on-road owning. :0)

What is 2020 Tahoe's curb weight?

Between 5,355 and 5,772 lbs – depending on configuration

2020 Chevy Tahoe prices provided for reference only.  You need to get your Tahoe equipped to your liking.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe rear bow tie and plate

Martin Chevy doesn’t ‘sell’ you – they help you buy what you want.

And I refer everyone to my friends at Martin Chevrolet,  They always deliver the best deal on precisely the vehicle you want!.

Engines, Transmissions & MPG

So you have two big powerful engines available on the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe engine

355 to 420 hp – engine depending

First, there’s the 5.3-liter V8.  And that will put out 355 horsepower with 383 pound-feet of torque.

Then you have the bigger 6.2L V8.  It provides 420 hp with 460 lb-ft of torque.

And the two available transmissions were mentioned with the trims.  There’s a 6-speed automatic and a 10-speed automatic.

Fuel Economy :

  • 5.3L
    • 2WD 15/22
    • 4WD 15/21
  • 6.2L
    • 2WD 14/23
    • 4WD 14/22

*City/Highway MPG

Because you have the option of two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive, your fuel economy will vary a little.  But either way, the above ratings are great for a vehicle of this size and power.

Also, if you go with 2WD then your Tahoe will be rear-wheel-drive.  And personally, I love that because I’m a huge fan of rear-wheel-drive vehicles in general.

How much can 2020 Tahoe tow?

Between 8,100 and 8,600 lbs – configuration depending.

What Does The 2020 Chevy Tahoe Look Like?

With nearly 30-years of production, the Tahoe is a common sight on roads throughout the United States.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe driver front

RST Edition Trim2020 Chevrolet Tahoe driver front

And the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe delivers an athletic stance and rugged good looks no matter what.  But, what I really like is the variety of rugged good looks it delivers and delivers on.

2020 Chevy Tahoe Exterior Measurements:

  • Wheelbase: 116
  • Length: 203.9
  • Width:80.5
  • Height: 74.4
  • Track:
    • Front: 68.7
    • Rear: 68.7

*All inches

Because whether your focus is off- or on-road, there’s a special edition trim configuration for you and that trim configuration will deliver on its looks.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe front

Available HID headlights & black bow tie

So, my Tahoe test driver pictured above is a Premier special edition RST.  And it had Chevy’s high-intensity-discharge headlights with foglights and the super-cool black bow tie.

Because it’s appearance is so much more than bold, I’ll describe it as commanding.  And in this configuration, near menacing.

Exterior Color Options:

  • Iridescent pearl tricoat
  • Shadow gray metallic
  • Black cherry metallic
  • Blue velvet metallic
  • Satin steel metallic
  • Siren red tintcoat
  • Silver ice metallic
  • Summit white
  • Black

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Interior

Inside the 2020 Chevy Tahoe is impressively quiet.  And that’s by design.  Because Chevy laminates the windshield for acoustics.  Plus the doors are extra sealed to lessen noise.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe 3rd row with full leg extension

Full leg extension from 3rd-row seats

And Chevrolet’s design engineers did a good job of laying out the myriad of controls in the cockpit.  With everything at your fingertips and functioning intuitively.

Plus, one of my family’s favorites, both ventilated and heated front seats are standard on Premier trimmed Tahoes.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe front row and dash

Available wireless smartphone charging

So, the Chevrolet Tahoe can actually seat up to nine passengers!  But that’s with benches for all three rows of seating.

2020 Chevy Tahoe Interior Dimensions:

  • Headroom:
    • 1st row: 42.8
    • 2nd: 38.7
    • 3rd: 38.1
  • Legroom:
    • 1st row: 45.3
    • 2nd 39
    • 3rd: 24.8
  • Shoulder room:
    • 1st row: 64.8
    • 2nd: 65.1
    • 3rd: 62.6
  • Hip room:
    • 1st row: 60.8
    • 2nd: 60.3
    • 3rd: 49.3

*All inches

And my pick would definitely be to go with captains chairs in the first two rows.  Because they’re huge and hugely comfortable.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe 2nd row captain chairs

2nd-row captains chairs

Tri-zone climate control is standard across all trim levels.

One area of improvement I’d like to see for future Tahoes is more legroom for passengers in the third-row as well as a lower floor there.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe 3rd row seating

Kid-friendly 3rd-row seating

The cargo area of the Premier I drove included controls that automatically folded both rows of backseats down.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe cargo area seat controls

Cargo area seat controls

While those worked flawlessly, I have to admit that they were super-convenient as I snapped pictures.

cavernous cargo area w. seats partial down

Up to 94.7 cu ft of cargo space

And there’s even a hidden compartment in the floor of the cargo area.  But, if that’s the reason for the high-floor in the 3rd-row of seating then I think Chevy should lose that in the future.

Infotainment Technology

The available 8-inch touchscreen is very user-friendly.  And navigation, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, are all available.

birds-eye cockpit view

Available safety alert seat warning function – an in-dash hidden compartment

So, I noticed something really cool right away during my test drive.  Upon backing up, as I got close to another vehicle, instead of beeping the driver’s seat lightly vibrated as an alert.

I also found the heads-up display in the Premier I drove to be so clear that I was even able to capture the below pic.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe heads up display

Love the Premier’s heads-up display!

Even during a sunny Southern California afternoon, I had no problem viewing the HUD display.  And between that and the audio controls on the backside of the steering wheel, my eyes were focused entirely on the road.

Driver Assistance Tech & Safety

Chevrolet’s Teen Driver mode is standard across all trims.  And that’s one piece of invaluable technology that I think all cars should be rolling out in the near future.

But of course, Tahoe can come equipped with all the latest driver assistance tech offerings as well.

2020 Tahoe Driver Assistance:

  • Standard:
    • Rear vision camera
    • Rear park assist
  • Available:
    • Lane change w/ blind zone alert
    • Automatic emergency breaking
    • Forward collision alert
    • Rear cross-traffic alert
    • Safety alert seat

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Top-3

So my Top-3 favorite things about the 2020 Chevy Tahoe, unpacked, are as follows:

  1. The drive – Tahoe is so powerful.  While I drove the big engine it was just a beast.  And the drive was quiet.  Road ownership is the feeling it delivers.
  2. Exterior styling – I’ve been a fan of the Tahoe since its first generation.  So, perhaps I’m a little biased here.  But with all those special editions you’re sure to find a Tahoe you like.
  3. Interior functionality – My favorite thing is a blend here.  The tech; teen driver, safety-seat alert, hidden compartments.  But also the easy-fold-flat backseats to make huge cargo space.
rear w/ plate and badging

Available hands-free tailgate

If you’re Chevy shopping then you definitely want to connect with my friends at Martin Chevrolet.  Or email me for an introduction: tom [at] idrivesocal [dot] com.

Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

 

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2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Review The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe was a lot of fun for me to test drive for this review.  Because Tahoe is one of those vehicles that I've wanted from a very early age. - Perhaps that's because it looks great.  Also, 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Review<br /> The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe was a lot of fun for me to test drive for this review.  Because Tahoe is one of those vehicles that I've wanted from a very early age.<br /> <br /> Perhaps that's because it looks great.  Also, it could be because it's rugged and ready for anything.  Plus, it's a real sport utility vehicle.  And there's not really much crossover about it at all.<br /> <br /> That is, except for all the awesome creature comforts.  But, make no mistake, the 2020 Chevy Tahoe is big.  It's a true full-size SUV.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Chevy Tahoe Top-3 Things:<br /> <br /> The drive<br /> Exterior styling<br /> Interior functionality<br /> <br /> My friends at Martin Chevrolet gave me one for a day recently for this review.<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> 116" wheelbase - 203.9" overall length<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Chevy Tahoe Full-Size SUV<br /> So the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe represents the 6th and final model year of its 4th generation.  And here's what I really like about that.<br /> <br /> The final model year of any vehicle generation represents the best the manufacturer could make that entire generation.  And I find opportunity there.<br /> <br /> 3-Trim Levels w/ 8-special edition options<br /> <br /> Specifically, it's usually an opportunity to get a great deal on a very well put-together vehicle.  Because while some folks clamor for the next new thing.  Personally, I'm good with the best of right-now.<br /> <br /> So with that commentary out of the way, here's where the Tahoe fits into Chevy's crossover SUV lineup.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Chevrolet Crossover SUV Lineup:<br /> <br /> Suburban - oversized<br /> Tahoe - full-size<br /> Traverse - midsize/full-size<br /> Blazer - midsize/compact<br /> Equinox - compact<br /> Trailblazer - compact/subcompact (coming soon)<br /> Trax - subcompact<br /> <br /> Because of Chevy's growing crossover SUV lineup, the traditional class-size lines are being blurred.  But that's happening with many automakers.<br /> Trim Levels And Prices<br /> For 2020 Chevy offers Tahoe in three primary trim level configurations.  But you really have way more options than that might suggest.<br /> <br /> Two different RST Editions available<br /> <br /> Because you can also get a 2020 Tahoe with 8-different special editions.  And, of course, that's before engine, drivetrain, and package options.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Chevy Tahoe Trims & MSRPs:<br /> <br /> LS $50,295<br /> LT $55,095<br /> Premier:<br /> <br /> 5.3L w/ 6-speed auto trans $63,995<br /> 6.2L w/ 10-speed auto trans $69,420<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> *All starting MSRPs<br /> <br /> Plus, those 8 different special edition options provide a Tahoe configuration for literally everyone.  And that's whether you want to go serious off-roading or equally serious on-road owning. :0)<br /> <br /> <br /> What is 2020 Tahoe's curb weight?<br /> Between 5,355 and 5,772 lbs - depending on configuration<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Chevy Tahoe prices provided for reference only.  You need to get your Tahoe equipped to your liking.<br /> <br /> Martin Chevy doesn't 'sell' you - they help you buy what you want.<br /> <br /> And I refer everyone to my friends at Martin Chevrolet,  They always deliver the best deal on precisely the vehicle you want!.<br /> Engines, Transmissions & MPG<br /> So you have two big powerful engines available on the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe.<br /> <br /> 355 to 420 hp - engine depending<br /> <br /> First, there's the 5.3-liter V8.  And that will put out 355 horsepower with 383 pound-feet of torque.<br /> <br /> Then you have the bigger 6.2L V8.  It provides 420 hp with 460 lb-ft of torque.<br /> <br /> And the two available transmissions were mentioned with the trims. Tom Smith 1 20:27
2020 Volkswagen Atlas Review, Prices, Trims, Features, Specs And Photos https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-volkswagen-atlas/ Mon, 24 Feb 2020 05:36:54 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=14801 2020 Volkswagen Atlas The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is technically a midsize crossover SUV.  But one could argue it belongs in the full-size category as it has three rows of seating. Additionally, it's the largest crossover SUV that VW offers.  And it's big and roomy inside with room for adults in each row of seating.  Plus Atlas offers plenty of cargo space and impressive tech. 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Top-3: Exterior design Interior space Fuel economy Personally, I've been a big fan of Atlas since it's debut in 20180.  It's great for families without being too big.  So I recently picked-up an Atlas from my friends at Ontario VW for this review. -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- 198.3" Length and 117.3" wheelbase 2020 VW Atlas 3-Row Midsize Crossover SUV In Volkswagen's line-up of 2020 crossover SUV's Atlas is the biggest.  And the line-up is officially growing this year. 2020 VW Crossover SUV Line-up: Atlas - midsize/full-size 3-row Atlas Cross Sport - midsize 2-row Tiguan - compact optional 3rd row Because of the introduction of the Atlas Cross Sport, VW will have three crossover SUVs. Where is Volkwagen Atlas made? Chattanooga, Tennessee Up to 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space Trim Configurations & Prices So, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is available in a total of seven different trim levels.  And those are derived from 4 primary trim configurations. 2020 VW Atlas Trims & MSRPs: S $31,545 SE $34,695 SE w/ Technology $37,045 SEL $40,795 *All starting MSPRs Additionally, the pricing shared above is only for reference.  Your best deal and buying experience is with my friends at Ontario Volkswagen in the Los Angeles suburb of Ontario, California. Engines, Transmissions & MPG The 2020 VW Atlas is offered in two different powerful engines.  There's a turbocharged 4-cylinder and a V6. So the turbocharged 4-cylinder is a 2.0-liter.  It delivers 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. And the V6 is a 3.6-liter.  It provides 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. Atlas SE trim 18" alloy wheel - up to 21" wheels available Having driven Atlas's with both engines I'm surprised to report the following.  The turbo-4 seems to have a little more spirit from dead stops and quickly accelerating from low speeds. Regardless of the engine you go with, all trim levels of the 2020 VW Atlas come with the same transmission.  And that's a smooth-shifting well-geared 8-speed automatic transmission. 2020 VW Atlas Fuel Economy: 20/24 2.0L Turbo-4 17/23 3.6L V6 *City/Highway Plus the Atlas offers optional 4MOTION all-wheel drive.  But if you skip all-wheel-drive, the two-wheel-drive option is front-wheel-drive. And the 2020 Atlas has a 2,000-pound towing capacity with the turbo-4.  But when you bump up to the V6 you can tow up to 5,000 lbs. 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Exterior The 2020 VW Atlas is a great-looking crossover SUV.  Because it blends European styling and rugged American-sized utility vehicle profiles. 2020 VW Atlas SE Trim Plus a muscular stance from rearview even in the lower trimmed SE 2020 Atlas I test drove for this review. Automatic tailgate available And the head-on front view is equally as imposing. Exterior Measurements: Wheelbase 117.3 Length 198.3 Track: Front: 67.2 Rear: 67.8 Width: 78.3 Height: 70.0 Ground Clearance: 8.0 *All inches  With standard LED headlights and available foglights. Wide muscular stance Because the Atlas Cross Sport will soon be on the road you might find it tough to tell it apart from the Atlas.  Especially when viewing them from the front. Atlas Cross Sport - 3-chrome cars But here's an easy way to tell.  The 2020 Atlas has two horizontal chrome bars across the length of the grille.  Whereas the smaller sibling, the Atlas Cross Sport, pictured above has three. 2020 Volkswagen Atlas

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is technically a midsize crossover SUV.  But one could argue it belongs in the full-size category as it has three rows of seating.

Additionally, it’s the largest crossover SUV that VW offers.  And it’s big and roomy inside with room for adults in each row of seating.  Plus Atlas offers plenty of cargo space and impressive tech.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Top-3:

  1. Exterior design
  2. Interior space
  3. Fuel economy

Personally, I’ve been a big fan of Atlas since it’s debut in 20180.  It’s great for families without being too big.  So I recently picked-up an Atlas from my friends at Ontario VW for this review.

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driver profile

198.3″ Length and 117.3″ wheelbase

2020 VW Atlas 3-Row Midsize Crossover SUV

In Volkswagen’s line-up of 2020 crossover SUV’s Atlas is the biggest.  And the line-up is officially growing this year.

2020 VW Crossover SUV Line-up:

  • Atlas – midsize/full-size 3-row
  • Atlas Cross Sport – midsize 2-row
  • Tiguan – compact optional 3rd row

Because of the introduction of the Atlas Cross Sport, VW will have three crossover SUVs.

Where is Volkwagen Atlas made?

Chattanooga, Tennessee
2020 Volkswagen Atlas cargo area with 2nd and 3rd rows partial down

Up to 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space

Trim Configurations & Prices

So, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is available in a total of seven different trim levels.  And those are derived from 4 primary trim configurations.

2020 VW Atlas Trims & MSRPs:

  • S $31,545
  • SE $34,695
  • SE w/ Technology $37,045
  • SEL $40,795

*All starting MSPRs

Additionally, the pricing shared above is only for reference.  Your best deal and buying experience is with my friends at Ontario Volkswagen in the Los Angeles suburb of Ontario, California.

Engines, Transmissions & MPG

The 2020 VW Atlas is offered in two different powerful engines.  There’s a turbocharged 4-cylinder and a V6.

So the turbocharged 4-cylinder is a 2.0-liter.  It delivers 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

And the V6 is a 3.6-liter.  It provides 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas wheel

Atlas SE trim 18″ alloy wheel – up to 21″ wheels available

Having driven Atlas’s with both engines I’m surprised to report the following.  The turbo-4 seems to have a little more spirit from dead stops and quickly accelerating from low speeds.

Regardless of the engine you go with, all trim levels of the 2020 VW Atlas come with the same transmission.  And that’s a smooth-shifting well-geared 8-speed automatic transmission.

2020 VW Atlas Fuel Economy:

  • 20/24 2.0L Turbo-4
  • 17/23 3.6L V6

*City/Highway

Plus the Atlas offers optional 4MOTION all-wheel drive.  But if you skip all-wheel-drive, the two-wheel-drive option is front-wheel-drive.

And the 2020 Atlas has a 2,000-pound towing capacity with the turbo-4.  But when you bump up to the V6 you can tow up to 5,000 lbs.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Exterior

The 2020 VW Atlas is a great-looking crossover SUV.  Because it blends European styling and rugged American-sized utility vehicle profiles.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas passenger rear

2020 VW Atlas SE Trim

Plus a muscular stance from rearview even in the lower trimmed SE 2020 Atlas I test drove for this review.

2020 VW Atlas Rear

Automatic tailgate available

And the head-on front view is equally as imposing.

Exterior Measurements:

  • Wheelbase 117.3
  • Length 198.3
  • Track:
    • Front: 67.2
    • Rear: 67.8
  • Width: 78.3
  • Height: 70.0
  • Ground Clearance: 8.0

*All inches 

With standard LED headlights and available foglights.

2020 VW Atlas front

Wide muscular stance

Because the Atlas Cross Sport will soon be on the road you might find it tough to tell it apart from the Atlas.  Especially when viewing them from the front.

2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport front

Atlas Cross Sport – 3-chrome cars

But here’s an easy way to tell.  The 2020 Atlas has two horizontal chrome bars across the length of the grille.  Whereas the smaller sibling, the Atlas Cross Sport, pictured above has three.

2020 VW Atlas Exterior Colors:

  • Pure White
  • Platinum Gray Metallic
  • Deep Black Peral
  • Tourmaline Blue Metallic
  • Pacific Blue Metallic

While I test drove a SE trim Atlas it looked good.  But, when you upgrade to the Atlas with SEL or sporty R-Line trims it really becomes a sexy-looking crossover SUV that’s fantastic for families.

Inside 3-Rows of 2020 VW Atlas

The interior of the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is what all critics agree on – it’s big and spacious.  Because many midsized crossover SUVs have 3-rows of seating.  But many also provide only enough room for very small adults or children in that last row.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas 3rd row with legs extended

Seated in 3rd-row w/ legs extended

So, sorry for the picture of my sneakers.  But, the above picture gives you an idea of the spaciousness inside the 2020 Atlas.  And in that pic, I’m sitting in the third-row with my legs fully extended. – I’m 5’10”.

2020 VW Atlas Interior Measurements:

  • Passenger volume 153.7 cubic feet
  • Cargo volume behind:
    • 3rd row: 20.6 cu ft
    • 2nd  row: 55.5 cu ft
    • 1st row: 96.8 cu ft
  • Legroom:
    • 1st row: 41.5 inches
    • 2nd row: 37.6″
    • 3rd row: 33.7″

Additionally, the 2020 Atlas offers a bench or captain’s seating for the second-row.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas 2nd row backseat

2nd-row captain’s chairs

And while the bench in the second row allows for seating up to seven adults.  The captain’s chairs in the second row are super-comfortable.

front seats and dash from backseat

41.5″ legroom in 1st-row

Plus one final note about the seating options.  Adding the bench to the 2nd-row of seating allows for up to three child safety seats in that row.  And that puts Atlas in rarified territory for its class.

2020 VW Atlas Infotainment & Technology

Volkswagen packs the 2020 Atlas with both creature comfort technology and infotainment tech.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas cockpit

SE Trim Atlas

Topping the list is Volkswagen’s Car-Net telematics system.  So, that’s basically a smartphone app that keeps you connected to your Volkswagen – in many ways.

And Car-Net does many things, depending on how your VW is equipped.  For example, it can lock and unlock your doors and start and stop your engine remotely.

Atlas can be equipped with plenty of connectivity and charging ports throughout its cabin.  Plus a Fender brand premium sound system and Wi-fi hotspot – subscription required of course..

infotainment touchscreen

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay available

Also available is Volkswagen’s digital cockpit.  While the SE trimmed Atlas I test drove for this review didn’t have it I’ve driven many VW’s with the digital cockpit.

And, it’s a great feature that completely replaces the instrument cluster with a customizable digital screen.  Perhaps my favorite new info-tech feature of the past few years is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.  Those are also available on the 2020 VW Atlas.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas 2nd row climate control

2nd and 3rd-row climate control available

Additionally, you can equip your Atlas with heated 1st and 2nd-row seats.  And, my personal favorite, ventilated front seats.

With that in mind, it makes perfect sense that Volkswagen offers climate controls for all 3-rows of seating as well.

Driver Assistance Tech & Safety Features

As you’d expect the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas can come equipped with all the latest driver assistance and safety features.

Available Driver Assistance Features:

  • Park distance control w/ maneuver braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blindspot monitor
  • Rear traffic alert
  • Light assist
  • Lane assist
  • Park assist
  • Front assist
  • Area view

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Top 3-Things

So let’s circle back to the Top-3 Things I like about the 2020 VW Atlas.

  1. Exterior design – Atlas is a family-minded crossover SUV.  But it’s sexy!  It’s a comfortable 3-row vehicle that doesn’t look like it from the outside.
  2. Interior space – And speaking of 3-rows, Atlas is huge inside with ample space for people and whatever stuff we need to bring with us.
  3. Fuel economy – While I didn’t hammer this point home the fuel-economy Atlas delivers is impressive for a vehicle of its capabilities.
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2020 Volkswagen Atlas The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is technically a midsize crossover SUV.  But one could argue it belongs in the full-size category as it has three rows of seating. - Additionally, it's the largest crossover SUV that VW offers. 2020 Volkswagen Atlas<br /> The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is technically a midsize crossover SUV.  But one could argue it belongs in the full-size category as it has three rows of seating.<br /> <br /> Additionally, it's the largest crossover SUV that VW offers.  And it's big and roomy inside with room for adults in each row of seating.  Plus Atlas offers plenty of cargo space and impressive tech.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Top-3: <br /> <br /> Exterior design<br /> Interior space<br /> Fuel economy<br /> <br /> Personally, I've been a big fan of Atlas since it's debut in 20180.  It's great for families without being too big.  So I recently picked-up an Atlas from my friends at Ontario VW for this review.<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> 198.3" Length and 117.3" wheelbase<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 VW Atlas 3-Row Midsize Crossover SUV<br /> In Volkswagen's line-up of 2020 crossover SUV's Atlas is the biggest.  And the line-up is officially growing this year.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 VW Crossover SUV Line-up:<br /> <br /> Atlas - midsize/full-size 3-row<br /> Atlas Cross Sport - midsize 2-row<br /> Tiguan - compact optional 3rd row<br /> <br /> Because of the introduction of the Atlas Cross Sport, VW will have three crossover SUVs.<br /> <br /> <br /> Where is Volkwagen Atlas made?<br /> Chattanooga, Tennessee<br /> <br /> <br /> Up to 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space<br /> Trim Configurations & Prices<br /> So, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is available in a total of seven different trim levels.  And those are derived from 4 primary trim configurations.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 VW Atlas Trims & MSRPs:<br /> <br /> S $31,545<br /> SE $34,695<br /> SE w/ Technology $37,045<br /> SEL $40,795<br /> <br /> *All starting MSPRs<br /> <br /> Additionally, the pricing shared above is only for reference.  Your best deal and buying experience is with my friends at Ontario Volkswagen in the Los Angeles suburb of Ontario, California.<br /> Engines, Transmissions & MPG<br /> The 2020 VW Atlas is offered in two different powerful engines.  There's a turbocharged 4-cylinder and a V6.<br /> <br /> So the turbocharged 4-cylinder is a 2.0-liter.  It delivers 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.<br /> <br /> And the V6 is a 3.6-liter.  It provides 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque.<br /> <br /> Atlas SE trim 18" alloy wheel - up to 21" wheels available<br /> <br /> Having driven Atlas's with both engines I'm surprised to report the following.  The turbo-4 seems to have a little more spirit from dead stops and quickly accelerating from low speeds.<br /> <br /> Regardless of the engine you go with, all trim levels of the 2020 VW Atlas come with the same transmission.  And that's a smooth-shifting well-geared 8-speed automatic transmission.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 VW Atlas Fuel Economy:<br /> <br /> 20/24 2.0L Turbo-4<br /> 17/23 3.6L V6<br /> <br /> *City/Highway<br /> <br /> Plus the Atlas offers optional 4MOTION all-wheel drive.  But if you skip all-wheel-drive, the two-wheel-drive option is front-wheel-drive.<br /> <br /> And the 2020 Atlas has a 2,000-pound towing capacity with the turbo-4.  But when you bump up to the V6 you can tow up to 5,000 lbs.<br /> 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Exterior<br /> The 2020 VW Atlas is a great-looking crossover SUV.  Because it blends European styling and rugged American-sized utility vehicle profiles.<br /> <br /> 2020 VW Atlas SE Trim<br /> <br /> Plus a muscular stance from rearview even in the lower trimmed SE 2020 Atlas I test drove for this review.<br /> <br /> Automatic tailgate available<br /> <br /> And the head-on front view is equally as imposing.<br /> <br /> <br /> Exterior Measurements:<br /> <br /> Wheelbase 117.3<br /> Length 198.3<br /> Track:<br /> <br /> Front: 67.2<br /> Rear: 67. Tom Smith 1 20:45
2020 Honda Passport Review, Prices, Trims, Features, Specs & Photos https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-honda-passport-review/ Wed, 05 Feb 2020 01:31:00 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=14690 2020 Honda Passport Review The 2020 Honda Passport is technically in its third generation.  But Honda gave it a 17-year hiatus.  And they just reintroduced it in 2019.  So, if it looks totally new to you... well, that would be why. :0) And speaking of looks, the midsize crossover SUV isn't just a pretty (rugged) face.  Because Honda made this sport-ute with old school intentions.  Yep, a crossover SUV that's actually intended for something other than grocery-getting and family-hauling.  Although it's more than capable of those tasks too. 2020 Honda Passport Top-3 Things: Interior Safety tech The Drive My friends at Rock Honda, near Los Angeles, gave me a 2020 Passport for a day and this complete report. -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- Bold grill and LED foglights 2020 Honda Passport Midsize Crossover SUV So with the addition of Passport to Honda's crossover SUV lineup that brings the carmaker to four total.  And being a midsize vehicle, it slots between the compact CR-V and full-size Pilot. 2020 Honda Crossover SUV Lineup: Pilot - full-size Passport - midsize CR-V - compact HR-V - subcompact Even though Pilot can also be classified as a midsize, I prefer to call it full-size for Honda's line-up.  Because it makes the lineup easier to understand overall.  And Pilot offers three rows of seating. Trim Levels And Prices So for 2020 Passport is offered in four different trim level configurations. 2020 Honda Passport Trims & MSRPs: Sport $31,990 EX-L $36,410 Touring $39,280 Elite $43,780 While the above references Honda's suggested starting retail pricing, you need to get your Passport equipped to your liking that that will impact the price. And my recommendation is that you go to Rock Honda in Fontana, California.  Because there's one of the biggest Honda dealers on the planet, I know the team there and trust them.  :0) Push-button shifting Also, all-wheel-drive comes standard on the Elite trim.  And it's available on Sport, EX-L, and Touring.  So, if you don't get all-wheel drive your Passport will be front-wheel drive. Engine, Transmissions, And MPG Honda equips all trim levels of the 2020 Passport with the same engine and transmission.  It's quick, powerful and has a surprisingly (cool) throaty sound when accelerating. So the engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Standard 20-inch alloy wheels And the transmission is a responsive 9-speed automatic.  Plus that trans impressively comes with paddle shifters across all trim levels as well. Since the Passport has the same engine and transmission the outlying factor when it comes to fuel economy is 2WD or AWD. 2020 Honda Passport MPG: 2WD 20/22/25 AWD 19/21/24 *City / Combined / Highway Additionally, the 2WD or AWD factor also impacts the curb weight of the Passport.  So the 2WD version comes in between 3,959 and 4,048 pounds.  While the AWD Passport curb weight, depending on your trim level will be 4,149 to 4,237 lbs. And speaking of weight, the 2020 Passport's towing capacities are 3,500 and 5,000 lbs. respectively for 2WD and AWD. What Does A 2020 Honda Passport Look Like? The 2020 Honda Passport looks like a significantly beefed-up CR-V.  And that makes sense because CR-V is one step smaller than Passport. 111.0-inch wheelbase But it also looks like a slightly smaller and more rugged Pilot.  And that too makes sense because the Pilot is one step larger than Passport. 2020 Honda Passport Exterior colors: Platinum white pearl Deep scarlet pearl Lunar silver metallic Modern steel metallic Black copper pearl Black forest pearl Crystal black pearl Obsidian blue pearl *All colors may not be available on all trims Standard LED headlights And whether you're driving on or off-road standard LED headlights, 2020 Honda Passport Review

The 2020 Honda Passport is technically in its third generation.  But Honda gave it a 17-year hiatus.  And they just reintroduced it in 2019.  So, if it looks totally new to you… well, that would be why. :0)

And speaking of looks, the midsize crossover SUV isn’t just a pretty (rugged) face.  Because Honda made this sport-ute with old school intentions.  Yep, a crossover SUV that’s actually intended for something other than grocery-getting and family-hauling.  Although it’s more than capable of those tasks too.

2020 Honda Passport Top-3 Things:

  1. Interior
  2. Safety tech
  3. The Drive

My friends at Rock Honda, near Los Angeles, gave me a 2020 Passport for a day and this complete report.

–>Continue reading or click play below to listen.<–

2020 Honda Passport front

Bold grill and LED foglights

2020 Honda Passport Midsize Crossover SUV

So with the addition of Passport to Honda’s crossover SUV lineup that brings the carmaker to four total.  And being a midsize vehicle, it slots between the compact CR-V and full-size Pilot.

2020 Honda Crossover SUV Lineup:

  • Pilot – full-size
  • Passport – midsize
  • CR-V – compact
  • HR-V – subcompact

Even though Pilot can also be classified as a midsize, I prefer to call it full-size for Honda’s line-up.  Because it makes the lineup easier to understand overall.  And Pilot offers three rows of seating.

Trim Levels And Prices

So for 2020 Passport is offered in four different trim level configurations.

2020 Honda Passport Trims & MSRPs:

  • Sport $31,990
  • EX-L $36,410
  • Touring $39,280
  • Elite $43,780

While the above references Honda’s suggested starting retail pricing, you need to get your Passport equipped to your liking that that will impact the price.

And my recommendation is that you go to Rock Honda in Fontana, California.  Because there’s one of the biggest Honda dealers on the planet, I know the team there and trust them.  :0)

2020 Honda Passport shifter buttons

Push-button shifting

Also, all-wheel-drive comes standard on the Elite trim.  And it’s available on Sport, EX-L, and Touring.  So, if you don’t get all-wheel drive your Passport will be front-wheel drive.

Engine, Transmissions, And MPG

Honda equips all trim levels of the 2020 Passport with the same engine and transmission.  It’s quick, powerful and has a surprisingly (cool) throaty sound when accelerating.

So the engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.

20-inch split-spoke alloy wheel

Standard 20-inch alloy wheels

And the transmission is a responsive 9-speed automatic.  Plus that trans impressively comes with paddle shifters across all trim levels as well.

Since the Passport has the same engine and transmission the outlying factor when it comes to fuel economy is 2WD or AWD.

2020 Honda Passport MPG:

  • 2WD 20/22/25
  • AWD 19/21/24

*City / Combined / Highway

Additionally, the 2WD or AWD factor also impacts the curb weight of the Passport.  So the 2WD version comes in between 3,959 and 4,048 pounds.  While the AWD Passport curb weight, depending on your trim level will be 4,149 to 4,237 lbs.

And speaking of weight, the 2020 Passport’s towing capacities are 3,500 and 5,000 lbs. respectively for 2WD and AWD.

What Does A 2020 Honda Passport Look Like?

The 2020 Honda Passport looks like a significantly beefed-up CR-V.  And that makes sense because CR-V is one step smaller than Passport.

2020 Honda Passport driver profile2

111.0-inch wheelbase

But it also looks like a slightly smaller and more rugged Pilot.  And that too makes sense because the Pilot is one step larger than Passport.

2020 Honda Passport Exterior colors:

  • Platinum white pearl
  • Deep scarlet pearl
  • Lunar silver metallic
  • Modern steel metallic
  • Black copper pearl
  • Black forest pearl
  • Crystal black pearl
  • Obsidian blue pearl

*All colors may not be available on all trims

2020 Honda Passport driver headlight 2

Standard LED headlights

And whether you’re driving on or off-road standard LED headlights, foglight and taillights assure you can see well and be seen just as well.

2020 Honda Passport driver taillight 2

LED taillights standard

Regardless of the trim option, Honda offers a bunch of accessories to enhance both performance and appearance.  And a roof rack and rails are at the top of the list.

2020 Honda Passport passenger rear

Height 71.6 to 72.2-inches

So here are the key exterior measurements the 2020 Honda Passport.

 Exterior Measurements:

  • Wheelbase 111.0
  • Length 190.5
  • Height:
    • 2WD 71.6
    • AWD 72.2
  • Width 78.6
  • Track:
    • 2WD Front & rear 67.0
    • AWD Front & rear 66.7
  • Ground clearance:
    • 2WD 7.5
    • AWD 8.1

*All inches

What Does Inside Of The 2020 Honda Passport Look Like?

So Honda’s are typically known for great outward visibility and Passport’s interior definitely delivers that.  There’s plenty of natural light through big comfortable windows.

Test driving the 2020 Honda Passport delivered a mixed bag of emotions for me personally.  That’s because I was very impressed by the drive and especially the interior.

2020 Honda Passport front seats and dash from backseat

Impressively appointed interior

And here’s why it was mixed.  One of my current personal vehicles is a luxury midsized crossover SUV.  While I’m not going to state the brand but I will say this.

The Passport’s interior is more comfortable, spacious and overall just nicer.

Even the leather felt more supple than in my vehicle that cost about 33% than a Passport!

Passport backseat

39.6-inches backseat legroom

Plus, the Passport that I test drove wasn’t even the top-of-the-line Elite.  It was the Touring which is one step-down!

So, suffice to say that the Passport’s interior punches above its purchase price.  And not only the quality of the Passport’s interior is impressive but also the overall amount of space and the design of it.

backseat climate control and ports

Tri-zone climate control

Plus, you can get plenty of ports throughout the vehicle, tri-zone climate control and heated backseats.  (Features also missing from my luxury brand crossover SUV!)

Interior Measurements:

  • Headroom:
    • Front 39.5 to 40.1
    • Rear 40.0 to 40.1
  • Legroom:
    • Front 40.9
    • Rear 39.6
  • Shoulder room:
    • Front 62.0
    • Rear 61.9
  • Hiproom:
    • Front 59.1
    • Rear 57.3

*All inches

Additionally, cargo space plays a key role inside the Passport.  Because there’s not only plenty of it.  But it too is well designed.

cargo space w. back seat partially down

Up to 100.8 cu-ft of cargo space

So, the 2020 Passport delivers up to 50.5 cubic-feet of cargo space behind the backseats.  And when you fold those backseats down you can achieve up to 100.8 cu-ft of cargo space.

Hidden under-cargo-area storage

Hidden under-cargo-area storage

But my favorite bit of storage space on the 2020 Passport is the hidden space.  Because it’s under the floor of the cargo area it’s completely out of view.  And that’s exactly what you need to keep prying eyes of thieves looking for targets.

Infotainment And Technology

The 2020 Honda Passport comes loaded with infotainment technology.

But my suggestion is to go with the EX-L trim or higher if you want Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the 8-inch touchscreen.

2020 Honda Passport center stack

Available 8-inch touchscreen

So, the higher the trim level you go with the more connectivity and power ports you get throughout the vehicle.  Also, wi-fi hotspot availability is on both the Touring or Elite trims.  And when you go with Elite you also get ventilated from seats and wireless smartphone charging.

Driver Assistance Technology And Safety

The 2020 Honda Passport gets top marks from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Because all trim levels receive NHTSA’s  5-star overall rating.

instrument cluster

Honda Sensing features standard

And in addition to that Honda puts additional safety concerns to ease by including it’s Honda Sensing suite of features.

 Honda Sensing:

  • Collision mitigation braking
  • Road departure mitigation
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist

Plus there are additional features including auto high-beam headlights and, on all trims except the Sport, blind spot information with cross-traffic monitoring.

2020 Honda Passport Top-3 Things

So, it really wasn’t easy to pick only three for the Top-3 Things I like about the 2020 Honda Passport.

But to bring this review home here’s the unpacked version of my Top-3.

  1. Interior – Great quality, design and space for people and stuff.  My midsize luxury SUV doesn’t compare and it’s only two years old.
  2. Safety tech – Honda Sensing comes across the board and besides Honda Sensing NHTSA’s 5-star overall rating is a big factor as well.
  3. The Drive – It’s powerful.  The 9-speed is well geared.  Paddle shifters are fun.  It handles like a smaller vehicle and it even sounds cool!
2020 Honda Passport rear

Available hands-free power tailgate

Thanks again to my friends at Rock Honda in Southern California’s Inland Empire.  That’s my go-to Honda store for buying, leasing, accessorizing, servicing and reviews like this one.

 

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2020 Honda Passport Review The 2020 Honda Passport is technically in its third generation.  But Honda gave it a 17-year hiatus.  And they just reintroduced it in 2019.  So, if it looks totally new to you... well, that would be why. :0) - 2020 Honda Passport Review<br /> The 2020 Honda Passport is technically in its third generation.  But Honda gave it a 17-year hiatus.  And they just reintroduced it in 2019.  So, if it looks totally new to you... well, that would be why. :0)<br /> <br /> And speaking of looks, the midsize crossover SUV isn't just a pretty (rugged) face.  Because Honda made this sport-ute with old school intentions.  Yep, a crossover SUV that's actually intended for something other than grocery-getting and family-hauling.  Although it's more than capable of those tasks too.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Honda Passport Top-3 Things:<br /> <br /> Interior<br /> Safety tech<br /> The Drive<br /> <br /> My friends at Rock Honda, near Los Angeles, gave me a 2020 Passport for a day and this complete report.<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> Bold grill and LED foglights<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Honda Passport Midsize Crossover SUV<br /> So with the addition of Passport to Honda's crossover SUV lineup that brings the carmaker to four total.  And being a midsize vehicle, it slots between the compact CR-V and full-size Pilot.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Honda Crossover SUV Lineup:<br /> <br /> Pilot - full-size<br /> Passport - midsize<br /> CR-V - compact<br /> HR-V - subcompact<br /> <br /> Even though Pilot can also be classified as a midsize, I prefer to call it full-size for Honda's line-up.  Because it makes the lineup easier to understand overall.  And Pilot offers three rows of seating.<br /> Trim Levels And Prices<br /> So for 2020 Passport is offered in four different trim level configurations.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Honda Passport Trims & MSRPs:<br /> <br /> Sport $31,990<br /> EX-L $36,410<br /> Touring $39,280<br /> Elite $43,780<br /> <br /> While the above references Honda's suggested starting retail pricing, you need to get your Passport equipped to your liking that that will impact the price.<br /> <br /> And my recommendation is that you go to Rock Honda in Fontana, California.  Because there's one of the biggest Honda dealers on the planet, I know the team there and trust them.  :0)<br /> <br /> Push-button shifting<br /> <br /> Also, all-wheel-drive comes standard on the Elite trim.  And it's available on Sport, EX-L, and Touring.  So, if you don't get all-wheel drive your Passport will be front-wheel drive.<br /> Engine, Transmissions, And MPG<br /> Honda equips all trim levels of the 2020 Passport with the same engine and transmission.  It's quick, powerful and has a surprisingly (cool) throaty sound when accelerating.<br /> <br /> So the engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.<br /> <br /> Standard 20-inch alloy wheels<br /> <br /> And the transmission is a responsive 9-speed automatic.  Plus that trans impressively comes with paddle shifters across all trim levels as well.<br /> <br /> Since the Passport has the same engine and transmission the outlying factor when it comes to fuel economy is 2WD or AWD.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Honda Passport MPG:<br /> <br /> 2WD 20/22/25<br /> AWD 19/21/24<br /> <br /> *City / Combined / Highway<br /> <br /> Additionally, the 2WD or AWD factor also impacts the curb weight of the Passport.  So the 2WD version comes in between 3,959 and 4,048 pounds.  While the AWD Passport curb weight, depending on your trim level will be 4,149 to 4,237 lbs.<br /> <br /> And speaking of weight, the 2020 Passport's towing capacities are 3,500 and 5,000 lbs. respectively for 2WD and AWD.<br /> What Does A 2020 Honda Passport Look Like?<br /> The 2020 Honda Passport looks like a significantly beefed-up CR-V.  And that makes sense because CR-V is one step smaller than Passport.<br /> <br /> 111.0-inch wheelbase<br /> <br /> But it also looks like a slightly smaller and more rugged Pilot. Tom Smith 1 18:32
2020 Honda HR-V Review, Prices, Trim Levels, Features, Specs & Photos https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-honda-hr-v-review/ Tue, 04 Feb 2020 03:39:20 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=14620 2020 Honda HR-V Review The 2020 Honda HR-V gets universal high marks for both safety and interior space.  Plus most car critics will admit that it handles well and delivers great fuel economy. But the area where most critics and I disagree is the vehicle's acceleration and power.  Because while some feel it's lacking in those areas, my take is that it fits the bill and exceeds expectations. 2020 Honda HR-V Top-3: Safety Spaciousness Usability/value Here's my complete test drive review of the 2020 Honda CR-V that I recently picked up from my friends at Rock Honda in Fontana, California. -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- 102.8-inch wheelbase 2020 Honda HR-V Subcompact Crossover SUV So Honda's HR-V is a subcompact crossover SUV.  And it sits in Honda's growing lineup of crossover SUVs. Because the carmaker most recently reintroduced the Passport.  And with that Honda's crossover SUV lineup is now 4 vehicles deep.  Honda's 2020 Crossover SUV Lineup: Subcompact HR-V Compact CR-V Midsize Passport Full-size Pilot* Some might argue the Pilot is a midsize crossover SUV.  But I'm classifying it as full-size for two reasons. 2020 HR-V subcompact crossover SUV First, because it shares many characteristics of what is universally considered a full-size vehicle by many industry standards.  And second, because it best illustrates Honda's overall crossover SUV lineup in simple terms. So, with that out of the way, let's get on with the HR-V review - shall we? :0) HR-V Trim Levels And Prices For the 2020 model year, Honda offers the HR-V in five different trim configuration levels.  2020 Honda HR-V Trims & MSRPs: LX $20,820 Sport $22,520 EX $23,970 EX-L $25,570 Touring $28,890 The pricing I share here is for point of reference only.  First, you need to get your HR-V equipped to your liking and that will impact the price. 5-star Overall NHTSA Rating But second, if you're serious about buying an HR-V (or any Honda) just go see my friends at Rock Honda in Fontana, California. Tom Smith & David Latif And tell David Latif, the General Manager, that you heard about Rock Honda from me.  Because when you do you'll get the utmost VIP treatment, price, deal and, overall buying experience. Engine, Transmission, And MPG So, all 2020 Honda HR-V trims are front-wheel-drive but offer the option for all-wheel-drive.  And that's with the exception of the top-of-the-line Touring. LX trim 17-inch alloy Because AWD comes standard with the Touring trim level. As for the engine and transmission, Honda offers the same across all HR-V trim levels. 141 hp w/ 127 lb-ft of torque So that's an inline 4-cylinder engine that delivers 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque.  And that engine is matched with a continuously variable transmission. Now it's this engine and CVT combination that has some critics stating Honda needs to step up its game.  However, in my opinion, those guys and gals need to kindly zip-it. And here are two reasons why.  First is passing acceleration.  So, from about 40 mph to (more than) highway speed limits, the HR-V delivers.  And that's where you need it. 2020 Honda HR-V Fuel Economy: Front-whee drive 28/30/34 All-wheel-drive 26/28/31 *City / Combined / Highway Second, is the great fuel economy the 2020 Honda HR-V delivers.  It depends on your trim and front-wheel or all-wheel-drive configuration.  But the worst-case fuel economy rating is 26 mpg in the city.  While the best rating is 34 mpg on the highway. Also, depending on your configuration, the 2020 HR-V will have a curb weight of between 2,906 to 3,150 lbs. And a final note on the 2020 HR-V transmission is that all trims, except the base-LX, come with paddle shifters. What Does The 2020 Honda HR-V Look Like? The 2020 HR-V looks like a Honda for sure.  Because the carmaker has done a good job of s... 2020 Honda HR-V Review

The 2020 Honda HR-V gets universal high marks for both safety and interior space.  Plus most car critics will admit that it handles well and delivers great fuel economy.

But the area where most critics and I disagree is the vehicle’s acceleration and power.  Because while some feel it’s lacking in those areas, my take is that it fits the bill and exceeds expectations.

2020 Honda HR-V Top-3:

  1. Safety
  2. Spaciousness
  3. Usability/value

Here’s my complete test drive review of the 2020 Honda CR-V that I recently picked up from my friends at Rock Honda in Fontana, California.

–>Continue reading or click play below to listen.<–

2020 Honda HR-V driver profile

102.8-inch wheelbase

2020 Honda HR-V Subcompact Crossover SUV

So Honda’s HR-V is a subcompact crossover SUV.  And it sits in Honda’s growing lineup of crossover SUVs.

Because the carmaker most recently reintroduced the Passport.  And with that Honda’s crossover SUV lineup is now 4 vehicles deep.

 Honda’s 2020 Crossover SUV Lineup:

  • Subcompact HR-V
  • Compact CR-V
  • Midsize Passport
  • Full-size Pilot*

Some might argue the Pilot is a midsize crossover SUV.  But I’m classifying it as full-size for two reasons.

2020 Honda HR-V driver rear

2020 HR-V subcompact crossover SUV

First, because it shares many characteristics of what is universally considered a full-size vehicle by many industry standards.  And second, because it best illustrates Honda’s overall crossover SUV lineup in simple terms.

So, with that out of the way, let’s get on with the HR-V review – shall we? :0)

HR-V Trim Levels And Prices

For the 2020 model year, Honda offers the HR-V in five different trim configuration levels.

 2020 Honda HR-V Trims & MSRPs:

  • LX $20,820
  • Sport $22,520
  • EX $23,970
  • EX-L $25,570
  • Touring $28,890

The pricing I share here is for point of reference only.  First, you need to get your HR-V equipped to your liking and that will impact the price.

2020 Honda HR-V front badge and plate

5-star Overall NHTSA Rating

But second, if you’re serious about buying an HR-V (or any Honda) just go see my friends at Rock Honda in Fontana, California.

2020 Honda HR-V

Tom Smith & David Latif

And tell David Latif, the General Manager, that you heard about Rock Honda from me.  Because when you do you’ll get the utmost VIP treatment, price, deal and, overall buying experience.

Engine, Transmission, And MPG

So, all 2020 Honda HR-V trims are front-wheel-drive but offer the option for all-wheel-drive.  And that’s with the exception of the top-of-the-line Touring.

17-inch aluminum alloy wheel HR-V LX

LX trim 17-inch alloy

Because AWD comes standard with the Touring trim level.

As for the engine and transmission, Honda offers the same across all HR-V trim levels.

Honda HR-V engine

141 hp w/ 127 lb-ft of torque

So that’s an inline 4-cylinder engine that delivers 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque.  And that engine is matched with a continuously variable transmission.

Now it’s this engine and CVT combination that has some critics stating Honda needs to step up its game.  However, in my opinion, those guys and gals need to kindly zip-it.

And here are two reasons why.  First is passing acceleration.  So, from about 40 mph to (more than) highway speed limits, the HR-V delivers.  And that’s where you need it.

2020 Honda HR-V Fuel Economy:

  • Front-whee drive 28/30/34
  • All-wheel-drive 26/28/31

*City / Combined / Highway

Second, is the great fuel economy the 2020 Honda HR-V delivers.  It depends on your trim and front-wheel or all-wheel-drive configuration.  But the worst-case fuel economy rating is 26 mpg in the city.  While the best rating is 34 mpg on the highway.

Also, depending on your configuration, the 2020 HR-V will have a curb weight of between 2,906 to 3,150 lbs.

And a final note on the 2020 HR-V transmission is that all trims, except the base-LX, come with paddle shifters.

What Does The 2020 Honda HR-V Look Like?

The 2020 HR-V looks like a Honda for sure.  Because the carmaker has done a good job of sizing and styling its crossover SUV lineup in a similar fashion.

2020 Honda HR-V front2

2020 Honda HR-V LX w/ AWD

And the subcompact crossover SUV has an attractive athletic look from most every angle.  Even though my test driver for this review was a base-model LX it still looked nimble and attentive.

2020 HR-V Exterior Measurements:

  • Wheelbase 102.8
  • Length 170.4 / 170.9 Sport & Touring
  • Width 69.8 / 70.5 Sport & Touring
  • Height 63.2
  • Track:
    • Front 60.4
    • Rear 60.6
  • Ground  clearance:
    • 2WD 7.3 / 7.4 Sport
    • AWD 6.7

*All inches 

Plus, adding a roof rack for active lifestyles really accentuates the SUV element of the vehicle.  Available 18-inch alloy wheels and sport sides can dance up the HR-Vs appearance nicely too.

2020 Honda HR-V taillight

LED taillights

Also, HR-V comes with LED taillights standard while LED foglights and headlights are available.

2020 Honda HR-V Exterior colors:

  • Aegean blue metallic
  • Crystal black pearl
  • Lunar silver metallic
  • Milano red
  • Midnight amethyst metallic
  • Orangeburst metallic
  • Platinum white pearl
  • Modern steel metallic

*Not all colors available on all trims

2020 Honda HR-V Interior

Going inside the 2020 Honda HR-V it feels like a much larger vehicle.  And overall it just felt like the designer and engineers got it right.

Because visibility is great and even in the base model trim I was quickly able to find a comfortable seating position.  And I noted the bolstering of the seats as being very supportive.

HR-V front seats and dash from backseat

Available heated front seats

So, the above picture probab1ly doesn’t do the interior fabric justice. Because the base model LX with a cloth interior had a quality and durable feel to the touch.

What does HR-V stand for?

Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle

And that interior looks much nicer than the vehicle’s price tag would suggest.

2020 Honda HR-V backseat

Surprising big backseat

Also, whether you’re in the front or backseats, you really don’t feel like you’re in a subcompact class vehicle.  That’s whether you’re the driver or a passenger.  Because there’s plenty of legroom for everyone.

2020 Honda HR-V Interior Measurements:

  • Headroom:
    • Front: 39.5 – 37.6
    • Back: 38.3
  • Legroom:
    • Front: 41.2
    • Back: 39.3
  • Hiproom:
    • Front: 53.1
    • Back: 47.4

*All inches

2020 Honda HR-V cargo area w. backseat partial down

Up to 58.8 cu-ft of cargo space w/ seats down

Also, the backseats fold down to create more cargo space.  But the backseats can also fold up to better accommodate transporting a wider variety of shaped items.  And that’s across all HR-V trim levels.

Infotainment Technology

Because my test driver was an LX base model I didn’t have lots of whistles and bells to play with.  However, go with a higher trim level like the EX-L or the Touring and bingo – you’ve got lots!

2020 Honda HR-V cockpit

Available 7″ info touchscreen

Even in the base model that I test drove, I didn’t feel like I was missing technology.  However, you’re buying the HR-V I would suggest the Sport trim or above for infotainment purposes.

Because with the Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring trims you get the 7-inch touchscreen plus key integrations.  And those include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Honda’s telematics system HondaLink.

Driver Assistance And Safety Technology

Likewise, when it comes to driver-assistance and safety technology my suggestion is to go with the EX trim or above.

2020 Honda HR-V steering wheel and instrument cluster

Honda Sensing on EX trim and higher

Because while all trims get lots of active and passive safety features, you need to get EX or above to get Honda Sensing and driver assistance tech.

 Honda Sensing:

  • Collision mitigation braking
  • Road departure mitigation
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist

However, it’s very important to point out a big-safety-deal that you get regardless of the trim.  And that is the 2020 Honda HR-V received a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

2020 Honda HR-V – Top-3

So this brings us back to my Top-3 for the 2020 Honda HR-V.

  1. Safety – Again, I suggest you buy the EX or above to assure you get Honda Sensing.  But even with the base model LX you’re in 5-star NHTSA-land.
  2. Spaciousness – Lots of room for people and lots of room for stuff.  We want to get it all from points A to B.  And do so safely.
  3. Usability/value – The HR-V’s safety and spaciousness make it a vehicle you can use with peace of mind.  Making it a great value.
2020 Honda HR-V rear

Athletic stance – 2020 Honda HR-V

 

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2020 Honda HR-V Review The 2020 Honda HR-V gets universal high marks for both safety and interior space.  Plus most car critics will admit that it handles well and delivers great fuel economy. - But the area where most critics and I disagree is the v... 2020 Honda HR-V Review<br /> The 2020 Honda HR-V gets universal high marks for both safety and interior space.  Plus most car critics will admit that it handles well and delivers great fuel economy.<br /> <br /> But the area where most critics and I disagree is the vehicle's acceleration and power.  Because while some feel it's lacking in those areas, my take is that it fits the bill and exceeds expectations.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Honda HR-V Top-3:<br /> <br /> Safety<br /> Spaciousness<br /> Usability/value<br /> <br /> Here's my complete test drive review of the 2020 Honda CR-V that I recently picked up from my friends at Rock Honda in Fontana, California.<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> 102.8-inch wheelbase<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Honda HR-V Subcompact Crossover SUV<br /> So Honda's HR-V is a subcompact crossover SUV.  And it sits in Honda's growing lineup of crossover SUVs.<br /> <br /> Because the carmaker most recently reintroduced the Passport.  And with that Honda's crossover SUV lineup is now 4 vehicles deep.<br /> <br /> <br />  Honda's 2020 Crossover SUV Lineup:<br /> <br /> Subcompact HR-V<br /> Compact CR-V<br /> Midsize Passport<br /> Full-size Pilot*<br /> <br /> Some might argue the Pilot is a midsize crossover SUV.  But I'm classifying it as full-size for two reasons.<br /> <br /> 2020 HR-V subcompact crossover SUV<br /> <br /> First, because it shares many characteristics of what is universally considered a full-size vehicle by many industry standards.  And second, because it best illustrates Honda's overall crossover SUV lineup in simple terms.<br /> <br /> So, with that out of the way, let's get on with the HR-V review - shall we? :0)<br /> HR-V Trim Levels And Prices<br /> For the 2020 model year, Honda offers the HR-V in five different trim configuration levels.<br /> <br /> <br />  2020 Honda HR-V Trims & MSRPs:<br /> <br /> LX $20,820<br /> Sport $22,520<br /> EX $23,970<br /> EX-L $25,570<br /> Touring $28,890<br /> <br /> The pricing I share here is for point of reference only.  First, you need to get your HR-V equipped to your liking and that will impact the price.<br /> <br /> 5-star Overall NHTSA Rating<br /> <br /> But second, if you're serious about buying an HR-V (or any Honda) just go see my friends at Rock Honda in Fontana, California.<br /> <br /> Tom Smith & David Latif<br /> <br /> And tell David Latif, the General Manager, that you heard about Rock Honda from me.  Because when you do you'll get the utmost VIP treatment, price, deal and, overall buying experience.<br /> Engine, Transmission, And MPG<br /> So, all 2020 Honda HR-V trims are front-wheel-drive but offer the option for all-wheel-drive.  And that's with the exception of the top-of-the-line Touring.<br /> <br /> LX trim 17-inch alloy<br /> <br /> Because AWD comes standard with the Touring trim level.<br /> <br /> As for the engine and transmission, Honda offers the same across all HR-V trim levels.<br /> <br /> 141 hp w/ 127 lb-ft of torque<br /> <br /> So that's an inline 4-cylinder engine that delivers 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque.  And that engine is matched with a continuously variable transmission.<br /> <br /> Now it's this engine and CVT combination that has some critics stating Honda needs to step up its game.  However, in my opinion, those guys and gals need to kindly zip-it.<br /> <br /> And here are two reasons why.  First is passing acceleration.  So, from about 40 mph to (more than) highway speed limits, the HR-V delivers.  And that's where you need it.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Honda HR-V Fuel Economy:<br /> <br /> Front-whee drive 28/30/34<br /> All-wheel-drive 26/28/31<br /> <br /> *City / Combined / Highway<br /> <br /> Second, is the great fuel economy the 2020 Honda HR-V delivers. Tom Smith 1 18:25
2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Reveal, Prices, Features, Trims & Pics https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-volkswagen-atlas-cross-sport-reveal/ Fri, 31 Jan 2020 22:17:40 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=14535 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Reveal The first look I got at the 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport was at the LA Auto Show.  While SoCal Volkswagen dealers will have it in the Spring of 2020. And at first glance, the new edition to VW's crossover SUV lineup looks much like it's bigger sibling, the Atlas with 3-rows of seating. But once you give it a little more attention the enhanced sportiness of the aptly named Cross Sport is definitely appreciated.  And Cross Sport will seat up to 5. Personally, my mind drew a parallel the sibling Volkswagens (Atlas and Cross Sport) and another set of siblings.  That's the luxury and way-way more expensive Land Rovers (Range Rover Sport and Velar). And my friend Randy Halcomb at Ontario Volkswagen says that's significant.  Because "it highlights Volkswagen's innate ability to pack ridiculous value (and prestige) into its affordable-to-everyone products." -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- Volkswagen @ 2019 LA Auto Show Atlas Cross Sport in Volkswagen's Crossover SUV Lineup The Atlas Cross Sport is a two-row midsize crossover SUV that slots between the Atlas and Tiguan. It's worth noting that Volkswagen just recently introduced the Atlas.  Additionally, the affordable European carmaker recently delivered an entirely new generation of the Tiguan. So the Atlas Cross Sport further proves Volkswagen's commitment to America's seemingly insatiable demand for crossover SUV vehicles. Trim Configurations & Prices Volkswagen will have eight trim level options once at full production.  With all but three of those are planned for the initial rollout.  2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport Trims & MSRPs: S $30,545 SE $33,945 w/ Technology $35,945 w/ Technology R-Line $37,345* SEL $39,545 R-Line $41,245* Premium $46,295 Premium R-Line $47,995* *Later availability And please note that the above prices are manufacturer's starting retail prices.  Plus, how you equip your vehicle will impact the price. Regardless, go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen for the best buying experience - including the best price. Engines and Transmissions There will be two different engines for the 2020 Cross Sport.  And those will be a turbocharged four-cylinder and a V6. So the turbo 4-cylinder will put out 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.  While the V6 takes it up to 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.  And when you go with the V6 you'll have a towing capacity of 5,000lbs. Plus you'll have the option of 4MOTION, which is Volkswagen's sure-footed all-wheel-drive system. What Does The 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport Look Like? While Cross Sport looks similar to Atlas it's bolder and sportier.  Mostly due to the shortened and forward-angled c-pillar (rear pillar), it takes on a coupe-like appearance. Cross Sport 3-bar grill. And, at least for 2020, here's the trick to tell the difference between Atlas and Cross Sport from the front.  Cross Sport has three chrome bars running across the length of the grill.  And Atlas has only 2. 2019 VW Atlas 2-bar grill Additionally, available 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels will further accentuate Cross Sports bold-look and aggressive stance. Inside Atlas Cross Sport Volkswagen hasn't released all dimensions of Cross Sport as of yet.  But it's stating that the interior is upgraded from Atlas with a redesigned steering wheel. And, like the Atlas, VW is stating there will be able legroom for riders in the backseat. Additionally, the enormous panoramic moonroof that Volkswagen puts in some of its vehicles will be available with Cross Sport. Cargo Space Plus with the backseats folded down, you'll have lots of cargo space.  Because that is a measurement that Volkswagen is committing to stating that there will be 77.8 cubic inches available. Infotainment, Connectivity, 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Reveal

The first look I got at the 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport was at the LA Auto Show.  While SoCal Volkswagen dealers will have it in the Spring of 2020.

And at first glance, the new edition to VW’s crossover SUV lineup looks much like it’s bigger sibling, the Atlas with 3-rows of seating.

But once you give it a little more attention the enhanced sportiness of the aptly named Cross Sport is definitely appreciated.  And Cross Sport will seat up to 5.

Personally, my mind drew a parallel the sibling Volkswagens (Atlas and Cross Sport) and another set of siblings.  That’s the luxury and way-way more expensive Land Rovers (Range Rover Sport and Velar).

And my friend Randy Halcomb at Ontario Volkswagen says that’s significant.  Because “it highlights Volkswagen’s innate ability to pack ridiculous value (and prestige) into its affordable-to-everyone products.”

–>Continue reading or click play below to listen.<–

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Reveal

Volkswagen @ 2019 LA Auto Show

Atlas Cross Sport in Volkswagen’s Crossover SUV Lineup

The Atlas Cross Sport is a two-row midsize crossover SUV that slots between the Atlas and Tiguan.

It’s worth noting that Volkswagen just recently introduced the Atlas.  Additionally, the affordable European carmaker recently delivered an entirely new generation of the Tiguan.

So the Atlas Cross Sport further proves Volkswagen’s commitment to America’s seemingly insatiable demand for crossover SUV vehicles.

Trim Configurations & Prices

Volkswagen will have eight trim level options once at full production.  With all but three of those are planned for the initial rollout.

 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport Trims & MSRPs:

  • S $30,545
  • SE $33,945
    • w/ Technology $35,945
    • w/ Technology R-Line $37,345*
  • SEL $39,545
    • R-Line $41,245*
    • Premium $46,295
    • Premium R-Line $47,995*

*Later availability

And please note that the above prices are manufacturer’s starting retail prices.  Plus, how you equip your vehicle will impact the price.

Regardless, go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen for the best buying experience – including the best price.

Engines and Transmissions

There will be two different engines for the 2020 Cross Sport.  And those will be a turbocharged four-cylinder and a V6.

So the turbo 4-cylinder will put out 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.  While the V6 takes it up to 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque.

Both engines will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.  And when you go with the V6 you’ll have a towing capacity of 5,000lbs.

Plus you’ll have the option of 4MOTION, which is Volkswagen’s sure-footed all-wheel-drive system.

What Does The 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport Look Like?

While Cross Sport looks similar to Atlas it’s bolder and sportier.  Mostly due to the shortened and forward-angled c-pillar (rear pillar), it takes on a coupe-like appearance.

2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport front @ 2019 LA Auto Show

Cross Sport 3-bar grill.

And, at least for 2020, here’s the trick to tell the difference between Atlas and Cross Sport from the front.  Cross Sport has three chrome bars running across the length of the grill.  And Atlas has only 2.

Blue 2019 VW Atlas front

2019 VW Atlas 2-bar grill

Additionally, available 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels will further accentuate Cross Sports bold-look and aggressive stance.

Inside Atlas Cross Sport

Volkswagen hasn’t released all dimensions of Cross Sport as of yet.  But it’s stating that the interior is upgraded from Atlas with a redesigned steering wheel.

And, like the Atlas, VW is stating there will be able legroom for riders in the backseat. Additionally, the enormous panoramic moonroof that Volkswagen puts in some of its vehicles will be available with Cross Sport.

Cargo Space

Plus with the backseats folded down, you’ll have lots of cargo space.  Because that is a measurement that Volkswagen is committing to stating that there will be 77.8 cubic inches available.

Infotainment, Connectivity, And Driver Assistance Technology

Volkswagen’s digital cockpit will be available in Cross Sport and with a 10-inch display.  Also, available will be wireless smartphone charging.

And regarding driver assistance safety features, VW is stating that there will be a variety of those technological advances available too.  That will include pedestrian monitoring, blind-spot monitoring, and traffic jam assist.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport badge

Coupe-like VW Atlas Cross Sport

Impressively, standard across all Cross Sport trim levels is Volkswagen’s telematics system.  So, it’s called the Car-Net.  And it’s impressive because for 2020 all VW telematics systems come with partial service for free for the first 5-years.

VW Atlas Cross Sport

So, with the Cross Sport Volkswagen continues to double-down on its crossover SUV lineup.  And as soon as Southern California Volkswagen Dealers take delivery I’ll have a complete test drive review.  And if you want more information about buying one contact Randy Halcomb at Ontario Volkswagen. RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com.

 

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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Reveal The first look I got at the 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport was at the LA Auto Show.  While SoCal Volkswagen dealers will have it in the Spring of 2020. - And at first glance, 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Reveal<br /> The first look I got at the 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport was at the LA Auto Show.  While SoCal Volkswagen dealers will have it in the Spring of 2020.<br /> <br /> And at first glance, the new edition to VW's crossover SUV lineup looks much like it's bigger sibling, the Atlas with 3-rows of seating.<br /> <br /> But once you give it a little more attention the enhanced sportiness of the aptly named Cross Sport is definitely appreciated.  And Cross Sport will seat up to 5.<br /> <br /> Personally, my mind drew a parallel the sibling Volkswagens (Atlas and Cross Sport) and another set of siblings.  That's the luxury and way-way more expensive Land Rovers (Range Rover Sport and Velar).<br /> <br /> And my friend Randy Halcomb at Ontario Volkswagen says that's significant.  Because "it highlights Volkswagen's innate ability to pack ridiculous value (and prestige) into its affordable-to-everyone products."<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> Volkswagen @ 2019 LA Auto Show<br /> <br /> <br /> Atlas Cross Sport in Volkswagen's Crossover SUV Lineup<br /> The Atlas Cross Sport is a two-row midsize crossover SUV that slots between the Atlas and Tiguan.<br /> <br /> It's worth noting that Volkswagen just recently introduced the Atlas.  Additionally, the affordable European carmaker recently delivered an entirely new generation of the Tiguan.<br /> <br /> So the Atlas Cross Sport further proves Volkswagen's commitment to America's seemingly insatiable demand for crossover SUV vehicles.<br /> Trim Configurations & Prices<br /> Volkswagen will have eight trim level options once at full production.  With all but three of those are planned for the initial rollout.<br /> <br /> <br />  2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport Trims & MSRPs:<br /> <br /> S $30,545<br /> SE $33,945<br /> <br /> w/ Technology $35,945<br /> w/ Technology R-Line $37,345*<br /> <br /> <br /> SEL $39,545<br /> <br /> R-Line $41,245*<br /> Premium $46,295<br /> Premium R-Line $47,995*<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> *Later availability<br /> <br /> And please note that the above prices are manufacturer's starting retail prices.  Plus, how you equip your vehicle will impact the price.<br /> <br /> Regardless, go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen for the best buying experience - including the best price.<br /> Engines and Transmissions<br /> There will be two different engines for the 2020 Cross Sport.  And those will be a turbocharged four-cylinder and a V6.<br /> <br /> So the turbo 4-cylinder will put out 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.  While the V6 takes it up to 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque.<br /> <br /> Both engines will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.  And when you go with the V6 you'll have a towing capacity of 5,000lbs.<br /> <br /> Plus you'll have the option of 4MOTION, which is Volkswagen's sure-footed all-wheel-drive system.<br /> What Does The 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport Look Like?<br /> While Cross Sport looks similar to Atlas it's bolder and sportier.  Mostly due to the shortened and forward-angled c-pillar (rear pillar), it takes on a coupe-like appearance.<br /> <br /> Cross Sport 3-bar grill.<br /> <br /> And, at least for 2020, here's the trick to tell the difference between Atlas and Cross Sport from the front.  Cross Sport has three chrome bars running across the length of the grill.  And Atlas has only 2.<br /> <br /> 2019 VW Atlas 2-bar grill<br /> <br /> Additionally, available 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels will further accentuate Cross Sports bold-look and aggressive stance.<br /> Inside Atlas Cross Sport<br /> Volkswagen hasn't released all dimensions of Cross Sport as of yet.  But it's stating that the interior is upgraded from Atlas with a redesigned steering wheel.<br /> <br /> And, like the Atlas, VW is stating there will be able legroom for riders i... Tom Smith 1 14:22
2020 Chevrolet Trax Review, Prices, Features, Trims, Specs and Photos https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-chevrolet-trax-review/ Wed, 29 Jan 2020 22:09:11 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=14453 2020 Chevrolet Trax The 2020 Chevrolet Trax is a subcompact crossover SUV that packs the punch of a larger classed vehicle. Plus it delivers a surprisingly spirited and agile drive.  In fact, the Trax is quick.  Because when I pulled out of Martin Chevrolet during my test drive for this review I chirped the tires. :0)  2020 Chevy Trax | Top-3: Driving performance Interior comfort Versatility -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- Fun to drive turbo 4-cylinder Trax In Chevy's Crossover SUV Lineup So, later this year the good folks at Chevrolet will reintroduce the Trailblazer crossover SUV.  And it will also be a cute-ute (aka subcompact crossover SUV).  Which has some autophiles pontificating that it will eventually replace the Trax?  However, I don't think that will be the case. 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Because last year Chevy also reintroduced the Blazer and that seems to be meshing just fine with the Equinox. And a final note on both sets of vehicles.  While they share class designations, in both cases one is designed as more of a traditional crossover SUV and the other more sporty. Specifically, the designs of the Trax and Equinox is more traditional.  And the designs of the Trailblazer and Blazer is more sporty.  (By sporty - think styling cues from the Camaro.) 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Finally, my theory that they all stay in production makes further sense for this reason.  And that's that Chevy is reacting to increased consumer demand for more crossover SUVs and making more of them.  While discontinuing the production of various sedans. 2020 Chevy Trax Prices And Trim Configurations For 2020 Chevrolet is offering three different trim levels for the Trax.  2020 Chevy Trax Trims & Starting MSRPs: LS $21,300 LT $23,200 Premier $27,600 Remember that the pricing I share is for reference and it's simply the manufacturers suggested retail price.  Contact my friends at Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, California for the best deal. And regarding the trim options, Chevy also offers a Redline Edition on the Trax.  It's an available add-on with the LT trim.  But it gives the Trax a bit of a bolder and sportier look with black accents on the emblems, moldings, grille, and interior.  And, as the name suggests, some of those accents are red too. Engine, Transmission & MPG All of the 2020 Trax trim levels come equipped with the same engine and transmission. Therefore all trims receive a very peppy 1.4-liter turbocharged ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine along with a 6-speed automatic transmission. 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque Plus that engine puts out a very well geared 138 horsepower with 148 pound-feet of torque. Fuel Economy And when it comes to MPG the ECOTEC engine and transmission come together to deliver a nice package. Additionally, since the engine and transmission are the same for all trim levels.  The only factor that makes a difference in fuel economy is front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. 2020 Chevy Trax MPG Rating: FWD 26 / 28  / 31 AWD 24 / 26 / 29 City / Combined / Highway And with the Trax being fun to drive and great performing crossover SUV, that's respectable fuel economy. What Does 2020 Chevrolet Trax Look Like? So again, the look of the Trax is a bit more traditional crossover SUV - or cross utility vehicle.  And it's stylish by subcompact crossover SUV standards and looks every bit as fun to drive as it actually is. 100.6" wheelbase And Chevy keeps it fun offering eight different exterior color schemes for the 2020 Trax. 2020 Trax Exterior Colors: Nightfall gray metallic Satin steel gray Silver ice metallic Summit white Mosaic black metallic Cajun red metallic* Pacific blue metallic Red hot (it is) Black cherry metallic *Extra charge  So, my test driver that you see in these pictures was the satin steel metallic. 2020 Chevrolet Trax

The 2020 Chevrolet Trax is a subcompact crossover SUV that packs the punch of a larger classed vehicle.

Plus it delivers a surprisingly spirited and agile drive.  In fact, the Trax is quick.  Because when I pulled out of Martin Chevrolet during my test drive for this review I chirped the tires. :0)

 2020 Chevy Trax | Top-3:

  1. Driving performance
  2. Interior comfort
  3. Versatility

–>Continue reading or click play below to listen.<–

2020 Chevrolet Trax driver profile

Fun to drive turbo 4-cylinder

Trax In Chevy’s Crossover SUV Lineup

So, later this year the good folks at Chevrolet will reintroduce the Trailblazer crossover SUV.  And it will also be a cute-ute (aka subcompact crossover SUV).  Which has some autophiles pontificating that it will eventually replace the Trax?  However, I don’t think that will be the case.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer driver profile

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Because last year Chevy also reintroduced the Blazer and that seems to be meshing just fine with the Equinox.

And a final note on both sets of vehicles.  While they share class designations, in both cases one is designed as more of a traditional crossover SUV and the other more sporty.

Specifically, the designs of the Trax and Equinox is more traditional.  And the designs of the Trailblazer and Blazer is more sporty.  (By sporty – think styling cues from the Camaro.)

Black 2019 Chevrolet Blazer driver front

2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Finally, my theory that they all stay in production makes further sense for this reason.  And that’s that Chevy is reacting to increased consumer demand for more crossover SUVs and making more of them.  While discontinuing the production of various sedans.

2020 Chevy Trax Prices And Trim Configurations

For 2020 Chevrolet is offering three different trim levels for the Trax.

 2020 Chevy Trax Trims & Starting MSRPs:

  • LS $21,300
  • LT $23,200
  • Premier $27,600

Remember that the pricing I share is for reference and it’s simply the manufacturers suggested retail price.  Contact my friends at Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, California for the best deal.

2020 Chevy Trax black bow tie

And regarding the trim options, Chevy also offers a Redline Edition on the Trax.  It’s an available add-on with the LT trim.  But it gives the Trax a bit of a bolder and sportier look with black accents on the emblems, moldings, grille, and interior.  And, as the name suggests, some of those accents are red too.

Engine, Transmission & MPG

All of the 2020 Trax trim levels come equipped with the same engine and transmission.

Therefore all trims receive a very peppy 1.4-liter turbocharged ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine along with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

2020 Chevy Trax engine

138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque

Plus that engine puts out a very well geared 138 horsepower with 148 pound-feet of torque.

Fuel Economy

And when it comes to MPG the ECOTEC engine and transmission come together to deliver a nice package.

2020 Chevrolet Trax wheel

Additionally, since the engine and transmission are the same for all trim levels.  The only factor that makes a difference in fuel economy is front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

2020 Chevy Trax MPG Rating:

  • FWD 26 / 28  / 31
  • AWD 24 / 26 / 29

City / Combined / Highway

And with the Trax being fun to drive and great performing crossover SUV, that’s respectable fuel economy.

What Does 2020 Chevrolet Trax Look Like?

So again, the look of the Trax is a bit more traditional crossover SUV – or cross utility vehicle.  And it’s stylish by subcompact crossover SUV standards and looks every bit as fun to drive as it actually is.

2020 Chevrolet Trax passenger profile

100.6″ wheelbase

And Chevy keeps it fun offering eight different exterior color schemes for the 2020 Trax.

2020 Trax Exterior Colors:

  • Nightfall gray metallic
  • Satin steel gray
  • Silver ice metallic
  • Summit white
  • Mosaic black metallic
  • Cajun red metallic*
  • Pacific blue metallic
  • Red hot (it is)
  • Black cherry metallic

*Extra charge 

So, my test driver that you see in these pictures was the satin steel metallic.  And that’s definitely a more subdued / blend into the crowd color.  Whereas the red hot color is entirely the opposite.

2020 Chevy Trax driver rear

65.9″ tall – including roof rails

Plus, the height of the Trax made getting in and out of it a breeze – I’m 5’10”.

2020 Chevy Trax rear

69.9″ wide

And the width of the 2020 Chevy Trax made it simple to maneuver in and out of parking spaces or through tight spots.

2020 Chevrolet Trax Exterior Metrics:

  • Wheelbase 100.6
  • Length 167.6
  • Width 69.9
  • Track 60.6 – front and back
  • Height 64.8 / 65.9 – with and w/out roof rails

* Inches 

Interior

Inside the 2020 Chevrolet Trax has taken some criticism by the arm-chair-quarterback-journalists out there.  But I disagree.

Because, upon settling into the Trax the first thing I noticed was how spacious and comfortable the cute-ute was.

2020 Chevrolet Trax front seats and dash

Impressively comfortable interior

Specifically, I noted the great extension on the telescoping steering column. Plus the armrest attached to the driver’s seat made for many options in getting comfortable.  And that’s a huge plus for long road trips.  (Aka your daily commute if you live in Los Angeles County!)

backseat with armrest down

Available high-quality leather

While my test driver was the Premier trim with leather interior, I was also impressed with the high-quality feel of the material.  So, if I was blindfolded and judging from touch alone I would have guessed I was in much more expensive, luxury vehicle.

2020 Chevy Trax Interior Metrics:

  • Headroom 39.6 / 38.8
  • Legroom 40.8 / 35.7
  • Shoulder room 54.1 / 52.8
  • Hip room 51.7 / 50.7

* Front/rear inches

And regarding the overall spaciousness of the 2020 Trax, I was adequately comfortable in all four of the primary seats.  Even the middle backseat was acceptable although I wouldn’t want to ride that seat for a long road trip. :0)

cargo area

48.4 cu-ft cargo space w/ backseat down

Plus the Trax delivers in stuff-carrying capacity.  Because it delivers 48.4 cubic-feet of cargo volume with the backseats down.  And that’s 18.7 cu-ft with the backseats up.

Infotainment Technology

So, I really like what Chevy has been doing with its infotainment systems.  Because Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come in just about everything.

7-inch infotainment screen

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto standard

And personally, I know very few people who actually use the navigation in their cars anymore.  While I do, it’s only running in the background while I’m using Waze through my phone as my primary navigational device.

So, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard in all trim levels of the 2020 Trax.  And also standard, an easy to use 7″ touchscreen.

Easy to use touch screen on the 2020 Chevy Trax

Cool radio station direct-dial – if you still listen :0)

Also, if you go with the LT or Premier trim levels, you can get a sweet-sounding Bose audio system.

Driver Assistance & Safety

And, depending on the trim level you go with, the 2020 Chevrolet Trax has plenty of available driver assistance features.

Available Driver Assistance Safety Tech:

  • Rear park assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision alert
  • Side blind zone alert
  • Lane departure warning

Plus, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the 2020 Chevrolet Trax a 5-star overall rating.

2020 Chevrolet Trax | Top-3

And that brings me back to my Top-3 favorite features of the 2020 Chevy Trax.

  1. Driving performance: Trax has plenty of power.  The torque is great and its super-agile.
  2. Interior comfort: Cute-utes sometimes sacrifice comfort Trax doesn’t.
  3. Versatility: With optional AWD and a ton of configurable interior space Trax is ready for everything.

Finally, if a Trax or any Chevrolet is on your test-drive list then go see my friends at Martin Chevrolet for sure.

Martin Chevy Plate

I’m happy to introduce you too.  Just shoot me an email stating you’d like to be connected with them.  My Address is Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.

Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

 

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2020 Chevrolet Trax The 2020 Chevrolet Trax is a subcompact crossover SUV that packs the punch of a larger classed vehicle. - Plus it delivers a surprisingly spirited and agile drive.  In fact, the Trax is quick. 2020 Chevrolet Trax<br /> The 2020 Chevrolet Trax is a subcompact crossover SUV that packs the punch of a larger classed vehicle.<br /> <br /> Plus it delivers a surprisingly spirited and agile drive.  In fact, the Trax is quick.  Because when I pulled out of Martin Chevrolet during my test drive for this review I chirped the tires. :0)<br /> <br /> <br />  2020 Chevy Trax | Top-3:<br /> <br /> Driving performance<br /> Interior comfort<br /> Versatility<br /> <br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> Fun to drive turbo 4-cylinder<br /> <br /> <br /> Trax In Chevy's Crossover SUV Lineup<br /> So, later this year the good folks at Chevrolet will reintroduce the Trailblazer crossover SUV.  And it will also be a cute-ute (aka subcompact crossover SUV).  Which has some autophiles pontificating that it will eventually replace the Trax?  However, I don't think that will be the case.<br /> <br /> 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer<br /> <br /> Because last year Chevy also reintroduced the Blazer and that seems to be meshing just fine with the Equinox.<br /> <br /> And a final note on both sets of vehicles.  While they share class designations, in both cases one is designed as more of a traditional crossover SUV and the other more sporty.<br /> <br /> Specifically, the designs of the Trax and Equinox is more traditional.  And the designs of the Trailblazer and Blazer is more sporty.  (By sporty - think styling cues from the Camaro.)<br /> <br /> 2019 Chevrolet Blazer<br /> <br /> Finally, my theory that they all stay in production makes further sense for this reason.  And that's that Chevy is reacting to increased consumer demand for more crossover SUVs and making more of them.  While discontinuing the production of various sedans.<br /> 2020 Chevy Trax Prices And Trim Configurations<br /> For 2020 Chevrolet is offering three different trim levels for the Trax.<br /> <br /> <br />  2020 Chevy Trax Trims & Starting MSRPs:<br /> <br /> LS $21,300<br /> LT $23,200<br /> Premier $27,600<br /> <br /> Remember that the pricing I share is for reference and it's simply the manufacturers suggested retail price.  Contact my friends at Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, California for the best deal.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And regarding the trim options, Chevy also offers a Redline Edition on the Trax.  It's an available add-on with the LT trim.  But it gives the Trax a bit of a bolder and sportier look with black accents on the emblems, moldings, grille, and interior.  And, as the name suggests, some of those accents are red too.<br /> Engine, Transmission & MPG<br /> All of the 2020 Trax trim levels come equipped with the same engine and transmission.<br /> <br /> Therefore all trims receive a very peppy 1.4-liter turbocharged ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine along with a 6-speed automatic transmission.<br /> <br /> 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque<br /> <br /> Plus that engine puts out a very well geared 138 horsepower with 148 pound-feet of torque.<br /> <br /> Fuel Economy<br /> <br /> And when it comes to MPG the ECOTEC engine and transmission come together to deliver a nice package.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Additionally, since the engine and transmission are the same for all trim levels.  The only factor that makes a difference in fuel economy is front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Chevy Trax MPG Rating:<br /> <br /> FWD 26 / 28  / 31<br /> AWD 24 / 26 / 29<br /> <br /> City / Combined / Highway<br /> <br /> And with the Trax being fun to drive and great performing crossover SUV, that's respectable fuel economy.<br /> What Does 2020 Chevrolet Trax Look Like?<br /> So again, the look of the Trax is a bit more traditional crossover SUV - or cross utility vehicle.  And it's stylish by subcompact crossover SUV standards and looks every bit as fun to drive as it actually is.<br /> <br /> Tom Smith clean 16:29
2020 Honda CR-V Review, Prices, Trims, Specs, Features and Photos https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-honda-cr-v-review/ Tue, 14 Jan 2020 06:39:54 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=13953 2020 Honda CR-V Review Since Honda sold more than 400k CR-Vs last year it makes sense that the carmaker pays close attention to its compact crossover. So for 2020, the Honda CR-V is refreshed with enhanced safety features.  Plus there are slight changes to the exterior and interior design.  And what's great is that there's not much added to the price tag for these extras. Additionally, Honda is adding a Hybrid CR-V its offerings in 2020.  And I'll be grabbing one from our friends at Rock Honda as soon as it's available for a complete review. So until then, on with the fuel-efficient gas-powered review. -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- 2020 Honda CR-V Courtesy of Rock Honda So, for my Top-3 favorite aspects of this compact crossover, I really had to widdle it down.  Because this is just a great ride overall, there were lots of options. 2020 Honda CR-V Top-3: Value Fuel economy Interior space And continue reading and I'll unpack why I chose the above Top-3. Prices & Trim Level So for 2020, the CR-V comes in four different trim level configurations.  But keep in mind, that doesn't include the hybrid.  Because that will likely add a few more trim options. 2020 Honda CR-V Trims & MSRPs: LX $25,050 EX $27,560 EX-L $30,050 Touring $33,250 As always, these are starting manufacturers suggested retail prices.  And you need to get your CR-V equipped to your liking.  But for all of your Honda needs, go see my friends at Rock Honda in Fontana, CA. Because they're not only my friends but they're also one of the biggest Honda dealers in the world.  So they're going to have what you're looking for.  And they'll give you an unbeatable deal.  Email me if you'd like a personal intro Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com. Engine, Transmission & MPG For 2020 Honda is keeping it easy and putting the same turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine in all CR-V trim levels. Remote engine start standard on all but LX trim. And that engine delivers 190 horsepower with 179 pound-feet of torque.  Impressively push-button start and a remote engine start are included on all trims except the base-model LX. Transmission Additionally, the same transmission goes into all trim configurations.  So, it's a smooth and spirited continuously variable transmission (CVT) with sport mode. Easy access Eco-drive mode & Run/Stop buttons And, while front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel-drive is available across all trim levels. Fuel Economy Thanks to the similarity in the engine and transmission the fuel economies are also identically rated.  But they are slightly different when you factor all-wheel or 2-wheel (front) drive. 2020 Honda CR-V MPG: 2WD: 28 / 30 / 34 AWD: 27 / 29 / 32 City / Combined / Highway  Regardless of your drivetrain, you're in great MPG range with CR-V. Plus the 2020 CR-V saves on fuel consumption with run-stop technology.  And that's included across all trims levels too. What Does 2020 Honda CR-V Look Like? Although the refreshed 2020 Honda CR-V has a new exterior, it can take an educated eye to catch the differences consistently. Sportier new look for 2020 But my take is that it just looks cooler.  Because the new lines of the crossover definitely give it a sportier new look. LED headlights LED headlights now standard on the 2020 CR-V. Exterior Measurements (inches): Wheelbase: 104.8 / 104.7 Length: 182.1 Height: 66.1 / 66.5 Width: 73.0 Ground Clearance: 7.8 / 8.2 Curb Weight: 3,337 lbs / 3,455 lbs Towing capacity: 1,500 lbs * 2WD / AWD And LED taillights are also standard. LED taillights Also, dual chrome exhaust finishers really help accentuate the rugged wide stance of the 2020 Honda CR-V. 2020 CR-V Exterior Colors: Sonic gray pearl Aegean blue metallic Crystal black pearl Lunar silver metallic Modern steel metallic 2020 Honda CR-V Review

Since Honda sold more than 400k CR-Vs last year it makes sense that the carmaker pays close attention to its compact crossover.

So for 2020, the Honda CR-V is refreshed with enhanced safety features.  Plus there are slight changes to the exterior and interior design.  And what’s great is that there’s not much added to the price tag for these extras.

Additionally, Honda is adding a Hybrid CR-V its offerings in 2020.  And I’ll be grabbing one from our friends at Rock Honda as soon as it’s available for a complete review.

So until then, on with the fuel-efficient gas-powered review.

–>Continue reading or click play below to listen.<–

2020 Honda CR-V driver profile

2020 Honda CR-V Courtesy of Rock Honda

So, for my Top-3 favorite aspects of this compact crossover, I really had to widdle it down.  Because this is just a great ride overall, there were lots of options.

2020 Honda CR-V Top-3:

  1. Value
  2. Fuel economy
  3. Interior space

And continue reading and I’ll unpack why I chose the above Top-3.

Prices & Trim Level

So for 2020, the CR-V comes in four different trim level configurations.  But keep in mind, that doesn’t include the hybrid.  Because that will likely add a few more trim options.

2020 Honda CR-V Trims & MSRPs:

  • LX $25,050
  • EX $27,560
  • EX-L $30,050
  • Touring $33,250

As always, these are starting manufacturers suggested retail prices.  And you need to get your CR-V equipped to your liking.  But for all of your Honda needs, go see my friends at Rock Honda in Fontana, CA.

Rock Honda Plate

Because they’re not only my friends but they’re also one of the biggest Honda dealers in the world.  So they’re going to have what you’re looking for.  And they’ll give you an unbeatable deal.  Email me if you’d like a personal intro Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.

Engine, Transmission & MPG

For 2020 Honda is keeping it easy and putting the same turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine in all CR-V trim levels.

2020 Honda CR-V engine

Remote engine start standard on all but LX trim.

And that engine delivers 190 horsepower with 179 pound-feet of torque.  Impressively push-button start and a remote engine start are included on all trims except the base-model LX.

Transmission

Additionally, the same transmission goes into all trim configurations.  So, it’s a smooth and spirited continuously variable transmission (CVT) with sport mode.

2020 Honda CR-V center console

Easy access Eco-drive mode & Run/Stop buttons

And, while front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel-drive is available across all trim levels.

Fuel Economy

Thanks to the similarity in the engine and transmission the fuel economies are also identically rated.  But they are slightly different when you factor all-wheel or 2-wheel (front) drive.

2020 Honda CR-V MPG:

  • 2WD: 28 / 30 / 34
  • AWD: 27 / 29 / 32

City / Combined / Highway 

Regardless of your drivetrain, you’re in great MPG range with CR-V.

Plus the 2020 CR-V saves on fuel consumption with run-stop technology.  And that’s included across all trims levels too.

What Does 2020 Honda CR-V Look Like?

Although the refreshed 2020 Honda CR-V has a new exterior, it can take an educated eye to catch the differences consistently.

2020 Honda CR-V passenger rear

Sportier new look for 2020

But my take is that it just looks cooler.  Because the new lines of the crossover definitely give it a sportier new look.

2020 Honda CR-V headlight

LED headlights

LED headlights now standard on the 2020 CR-V.

Exterior Measurements (inches):

  • Wheelbase: 104.8 / 104.7
  • Length: 182.1
  • Height: 66.1 / 66.5
  • Width: 73.0
  • Ground Clearance: 7.8 / 8.2
  • Curb Weight: 3,337 lbs / 3,455 lbs
  • Towing capacity: 1,500 lbs

* 2WD / AWD

And LED taillights are also standard.

2020 Honda CR-V taillight

LED taillights

Also, dual chrome exhaust finishers really help accentuate the rugged wide stance of the 2020 Honda CR-V.

2020 CR-V Exterior Colors:

  • Sonic gray pearl
  • Aegean blue metallic
  • Crystal black pearl
  • Lunar silver metallic
  • Modern steel metallic
  • Obsidian blue pearl
  • Platinum white pearl
  • Radiant red metallic

*Color availability is trim dependent.

2020 Honda CR-V wheel

Available 19-inch alloy wheels

And the 2020 CR-V comes with three different wheels standard.  So, depending on which trim you go with you’ll have 17’s to 19-inch alloy wheels standard.

2020 Honda CR-V Interior

The refresh of the 2020 CR-V interior is similar to the exterior in that it’s subtle but makes a difference.  And that makes sense because inside the CR-V was already class-leading in many ways.

2020 Honda CR-V front seats and dash from backseat

All but the base LX trim gets heated front seats

All trim levels except the base LX come with a 12-way power driver’s seat.  And the EX-L and Touring also include two-position memory.

So the already tech-savvy cabin delivers a newly designed center console.  And all us automotive journalists seem to agree that it’s fantastic.

2020 Honda CR-V center console charging and ports

Wireless charging and advanced console

And that’s because it offers more functionality to hide and store stuff as well as easier access to ports.  Plus, if you go with the Touring trim level then you also get wireless phone charging and a heated steering wheel.

2020 Honda CR-V backseat w. armrest down

I’m 5’10” and very comfortable in the spacious backseat

The 2020 Honda CR-V has plenty of legroom and headroom in the backseat.  And the floor in the middle of the backseat is mostly flat.  That makes it easier and more comfortable to sit three-across.

cargo area w. backseat partial down

75.8 cubic-feet of cargo space w/ seats down

So, with the backseats up the 2020 CR-V offers 39.2 cubic-feet of cargo space.  Unless you go with the Touring trim level which delivers a little less at 37.6 cu-ft.

But with the 60/40 split backseats folded down the CR-V has 75.8 cu-ft of cargo space to work with.

Infotainment Technology

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity come in all trim levels except the LX as does a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen that I find easy to use.

center stack

Available 7″ touchscreen

But that infotainment system does take some criticism because there isn’t a tuning knob.  However, that’s about the only criticism you’ll hear about the CR-V.  And that’s highly significant in itself.

Touring badge

Touring trim level is a compelling package

Now when it comes to audio systems, the Honda CR-V comes with a different one for each trim level.   So 330-watt premium system with 9 speakers and subwoofer only comes standard on the Touring trim.

What does CR-V stand for?

Comfortable Runabout Vehicle :0)

Safety & Driver Assistance Tech

New for 2020, Honda Sensing comes standard across all trim levels.  And that’s a big deal because it’s a suite of driver assistance and safety features that really make a difference.

 Honda Sensing standard:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-keeping assist system
  • Collision mitigation braking
  • Road departure mitigation system
  • Adaptive cruise control w/ low-speed follow

Additional available driver-assistive safety features include; blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic monitoring, and automatic high-beam headlights.

And the 2020 Honda CR-V received a 5-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

2020 Honda CR-V Top-3

So that brings us back to the Top-3.

  1. Value: Fully loaded, under $35k MSRP the CR-V, packs a knock-out punch.  Because you get so much for so little.
  2. Fuel economy: The drive is spirited.  And you take haul a lot of people and or stuff.  All while sipping gas.
  3. Interior space: It’s a compact crossover.  But there’s nothing that feels compact about the CR-V.
2020 Honda CR-V rear

Refreshed in all the right places

And if you’re thinking of putting a CR-V in your garage be sure to go see my friends at Rock Honda.  Ask for the General Manager David Latif.  And tell him Tom sent you.  They love hearing from iDriveSoCal readers.

 

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2020 Honda CR-V Review Since Honda sold more than 400k CR-Vs last year it makes sense that the carmaker pays close attention to its compact crossover. - So for 2020, the Honda CR-V is refreshed with enhanced safety features. 2020 Honda CR-V Review<br /> Since Honda sold more than 400k CR-Vs last year it makes sense that the carmaker pays close attention to its compact crossover.<br /> <br /> So for 2020, the Honda CR-V is refreshed with enhanced safety features.  Plus there are slight changes to the exterior and interior design.  And what's great is that there's not much added to the price tag for these extras.<br /> <br /> Additionally, Honda is adding a Hybrid CR-V its offerings in 2020.  And I'll be grabbing one from our friends at Rock Honda as soon as it's available for a complete review.<br /> <br /> So until then, on with the fuel-efficient gas-powered review.<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Honda CR-V Courtesy of Rock Honda<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> So, for my Top-3 favorite aspects of this compact crossover, I really had to widdle it down.  Because this is just a great ride overall, there were lots of options.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Honda CR-V Top-3:<br /> <br /> Value<br /> Fuel economy<br /> Interior space<br /> <br /> And continue reading and I'll unpack why I chose the above Top-3.<br /> Prices & Trim Level<br /> So for 2020, the CR-V comes in four different trim level configurations.  But keep in mind, that doesn't include the hybrid.  Because that will likely add a few more trim options.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Honda CR-V Trims & MSRPs:<br /> <br /> LX $25,050<br /> EX $27,560<br /> EX-L $30,050<br /> Touring $33,250<br /> <br /> As always, these are starting manufacturers suggested retail prices.  And you need to get your CR-V equipped to your liking.  But for all of your Honda needs, go see my friends at Rock Honda in Fontana, CA.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Because they're not only my friends but they're also one of the biggest Honda dealers in the world.  So they're going to have what you're looking for.  And they'll give you an unbeatable deal.  Email me if you'd like a personal intro Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.<br /> Engine, Transmission & MPG<br /> For 2020 Honda is keeping it easy and putting the same turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine in all CR-V trim levels.<br /> <br /> Remote engine start standard on all but LX trim.<br /> <br /> And that engine delivers 190 horsepower with 179 pound-feet of torque.  Impressively push-button start and a remote engine start are included on all trims except the base-model LX.<br /> <br /> Transmission<br /> <br /> Additionally, the same transmission goes into all trim configurations.  So, it's a smooth and spirited continuously variable transmission (CVT) with sport mode.<br /> <br /> Easy access Eco-drive mode & Run/Stop buttons<br /> <br /> And, while front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel-drive is available across all trim levels.<br /> <br /> Fuel Economy<br /> <br /> Thanks to the similarity in the engine and transmission the fuel economies are also identically rated.  But they are slightly different when you factor all-wheel or 2-wheel (front) drive.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Honda CR-V MPG:<br /> <br /> 2WD: 28 / 30 / 34<br /> AWD: 27 / 29 / 32<br /> <br /> City / Combined / Highway <br /> <br /> Regardless of your drivetrain, you're in great MPG range with CR-V.<br /> <br /> Plus the 2020 CR-V saves on fuel consumption with run-stop technology.  And that's included across all trims levels too.<br /> What Does 2020 Honda CR-V Look Like?<br /> Although the refreshed 2020 Honda CR-V has a new exterior, it can take an educated eye to catch the differences consistently.<br /> <br /> Sportier new look for 2020<br /> <br /> But my take is that it just looks cooler.  Because the new lines of the crossover definitely give it a sportier new look.<br /> <br /> LED headlights<br /> <br /> LED headlights now standard on the 2020 CR-V.<br /> <br /> <br /> Exterior Measurements (inches):<br /> <br /> Tom Smith 1 16:07
2020 Volkswagen Passat Review, Prices, Trim Configs, Features & Photos https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-volkswagen-passat-review/ Fri, 10 Jan 2020 07:22:16 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=13807 2020 Volkswagen Passat Review The Volkswagen Passat is refreshed for 2020.  So, it maintains the generational status it entered back in 2012. And while that has some of the automotive journalists finding some fault with the spruced up midsize sedan... I totally disagree. Because the 2020 Passat delivers exactly what it's supposed to, and then some.  It's a stylish and super-roomy sedan at a great value. Add-in Volkswagen's precise fit and finish.  Plus its reliable sure-footed-fun-to-drive-ness (yes, I made up that phrase) and you have an extremely affordable complete package. In fact, it's one that smart shoppers will have a hard time passing up.  I recently picked one up from my friends at Ontario Volkswagen and enjoyed a day of cruising Southern California's IE. -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- 2020 VW Passat Courtesy of Ontario Volkswagen Here are the Top-3 Things I like about 2020 Volkswagen Passat. 2020 VW Passat Top-3: Value Styling Spaciousness Continue reading and I'm sure you'll agree.  And email me with questions or thoughts: Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com. 2020 VW Passat Prices & Trims Volkswagen has adjusted the available trim configurations for the Passat over the recent years.  And here are the trims and their corresponding starting manufacturers suggested retail prices. 2020 Volkswagen Passat Trims & Prices: S $22,995 SE $25,845 R-Line $28,645 SEL $31,095 As always, I share MSRPs for reference.  You need to get your Passat equipped to your liking and that will impact the price. But if you're angling for a Passat or any Volkswagen then just go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen.  Because you'll get no pressure honesty, best prices, and great selection. Me and Randy Podcasting Randy Halcomb is our go-to there.  His cell is 909-772-1728 and email is RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com. Engine, Transmission & MPG Volkswagen is keeping it easy for the 2020 Passat going with the same engine and transmission across all trims. So, no matter which configuration you go with you get a spirted 2.0 turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.  And that produces 174 horsepower with 206 pound-feet of torque. Available 19" split-spoke alloy wheels Add the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission and you wind up with a midsize sedan that delivers great gas mileage. So, the Passat's fuel economy rating is also identical across the board with a combined 27 mpg.  And broken down that's 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. What Does the 2020 Volkswagen Passat Look Like? The refreshed 2020 Volkswagen Passat looks like a European midsize sedan.  And at the entry-level price point of $23,000, you are not going to find a better looking midsize Euro. Midsize non-luxury Euro sedan Not even close, because there isn't one.  Because remember, when it comes to non-luxury European cars Volkswagen is the only name in the game.  (Okay maybe you could say Mini is a non-luxury Euro but there's really no comparison.) Bold exterior design But I'd also call the exterior design far bolder than the previous Passat.  Additionally, and especially with the R-Line trim that I test drove.  I see styling cues that Volkswagen incorporated into its brand new Arteon sedan. Standard LED headlights Exterior Dimensions: Wheelbase 110.4 Length 193.6 Width 72.2 Height 58.0 *all in inches  Standard LED taillights Additionally, the all-new designed 2020 Passat comes with standard LED headlights, daytime running lights (DRLs) and LED taillights. 2020 VW Passat Interior Inside the 2020 Volkswagen Passat is where everyone can agree.  It's huge.  And it's comfortable. 56.9-inches of front seat shoulder room There's ample space in both the front seats and the backseats.  In fact, I'm 5'10". And while the front seat is adjusted for my driving comfort I can sit in the back... 2020 Volkswagen Passat Review

The Volkswagen Passat is refreshed for 2020.  So, it maintains the generational status it entered back in 2012.

And while that has some of the automotive journalists finding some fault with the spruced up midsize sedan… I totally disagree.

Because the 2020 Passat delivers exactly what it’s supposed to, and then some.  It’s a stylish and super-roomy sedan at a great value.

Add-in Volkswagen’s precise fit and finish.  Plus its reliable sure-footed-fun-to-drive-ness (yes, I made up that phrase) and you have an extremely affordable complete package.

In fact, it’s one that smart shoppers will have a hard time passing up.  I recently picked one up from my friends at Ontario Volkswagen and enjoyed a day of cruising Southern California’s IE.

–>Continue reading or click play below to listen.<–

2020 VW Passat driver profile

2020 VW Passat Courtesy of Ontario Volkswagen

Here are the Top-3 Things I like about 2020 Volkswagen Passat.

2020 VW Passat Top-3:

  1. Value
  2. Styling
  3. Spaciousness

Continue reading and I’m sure you’ll agree.  And email me with questions or thoughts: Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.

2020 VW Passat Prices & Trims

Volkswagen has adjusted the available trim configurations for the Passat over the recent years.  And here are the trims and their corresponding starting manufacturers suggested retail prices.

2020 Volkswagen Passat Trims & Prices:

  • S $22,995
  • SE $25,845
  • R-Line $28,645
  • SEL $31,095

As always, I share MSRPs for reference.  You need to get your Passat equipped to your liking and that will impact the price.

But if you’re angling for a Passat or any Volkswagen then just go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen.  Because you’ll get no pressure honesty, best prices, and great selection.

Tom and Randy podcasting

Me and Randy Podcasting

Randy Halcomb is our go-to there.  His cell is 909-772-1728 and email is RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com.

Engine, Transmission & MPG

Volkswagen is keeping it easy for the 2020 Passat going with the same engine and transmission across all trims.

So, no matter which configuration you go with you get a spirted 2.0 turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.  And that produces 174 horsepower with 206 pound-feet of torque.

19-inch split spoke wheels

Available 19″ split-spoke alloy wheels

Add the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission and you wind up with a midsize sedan that delivers great gas mileage.

So, the Passat’s fuel economy rating is also identical across the board with a combined 27 mpg.  And broken down that’s 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

What Does the 2020 Volkswagen Passat Look Like?

The refreshed 2020 Volkswagen Passat looks like a European midsize sedan.  And at the entry-level price point of $23,000, you are not going to find a better looking midsize Euro.

2020 VW Passat passenger rear

Midsize non-luxury Euro sedan

Not even close, because there isn’t one.  Because remember, when it comes to non-luxury European cars Volkswagen is the only name in the game.  (Okay maybe you could say Mini is a non-luxury Euro but there’s really no comparison.)

2020 VW Passat front

Bold exterior design

But I’d also call the exterior design far bolder than the previous Passat.  Additionally, and especially with the R-Line trim that I test drove.  I see styling cues that Volkswagen incorporated into its brand new Arteon sedan.

Standard LED Headlights

Standard LED headlights

Exterior Dimensions:

  • Wheelbase 110.4
  • Length 193.6
  • Width 72.2
  • Height 58.0

*all in inches 

2020 Volkswagen Passat LED taillight

Standard LED taillights

Additionally, the all-new designed 2020 Passat comes with standard LED headlights, daytime running lights (DRLs) and LED taillights.

2020 VW Passat Interior

Inside the 2020 Volkswagen Passat is where everyone can agree.  It’s huge.  And it’s comfortable.

2020 Volkswagen Passat front seats and dash from back

56.9-inches of front seat shoulder room

There’s ample space in both the front seats and the backseats.  In fact, I’m 5’10”. And while the front seat is adjusted for my driving comfort I can sit in the backseat with ample room between my knees and the back of the driver seat.

2020 Volkswagen Passat backseat w. armrest down

57-inches of backseat shoulder room

And depending on which trim you go with there are both leatherette and leather seats available.

2020 Volkswagen Passat cargo area w. backseat partial down

15.9 cu-ft of cargo space

And there’s plenty of cargo space.  Even without putting the backseats down you have 15.9 cubic-feet of trunk storage to work with.

Volkswagen Infotainment

Also, through VW’s App-Connect you interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to run navigation and stay caught up with the iDriveSoCal podcast. :0)

2020 Volkswagen Passat Infotainment touchscreen

6.3″ touchscreen

And the infotainment system overall offers a great user-interface.  The combination of intuitive on-screen buttons and navigation along with physical dials makes acclimation a breeze.

Driver Assistance & Safety Tech

And when it comes to driver assistance and safety technology the 2020 Volkswagen Passat stacks up as expected.  It has a great base of standard features with the rest available as add-ons.

 2020 VW Passat Driver Assistance Tech:

Standard

  • Rear traffic alert
  • Rearview camera
  • Blindspot monitor
  • Front assist w/ pedestrian monitoring
  • Automatic post-collision braking system

Available

  • Park assist
  • High beam control
  • Lane keep system
  • Park distance control
  • Adaptive cruise control

Plus the 2020 Passat includes VW’s Intelligent Crash Response System.

I like this system because it takes post-collision actions.  And these include turning off the fuel pump and unlocking the vehicle’s doors.  Additionally, the ICRS will activate the hazard lights.

2020 Volkswagen Passat cockpit

Turbocharged engine, trans w/ sport mode, and paddle shifters

Now, all of that is pretty impressive safety technology for a car that starts at $23-grand.

2020 Volkswagen Passat Top-3

So, here’s my Top-3 again with details:

  1. Value – It’s a European midsize sedan fully loaded for around $32,000.  Nothing compares.
  2. Styling – See ‘European’ above.  Factor-in new styling with cues from VW’s brand new Arteon.  Good. Looker.
  3. Spaciousness – It’s super-roomie inside.  Big even by recent midsize standards.  You could nearly argue full-size.

And one final note.  Specifically regarding the 2020 VW Passat badging.  I love new lettering positioned right below the VW emblem across the middle of the trunk.  Looks clean – don’t you think?

rear badging and plate

New 2020 VW Passat badging

 

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2020 Volkswagen Passat Review The Volkswagen Passat is refreshed for 2020.  So, it maintains the generational status it entered back in 2012. - And while that has some of the automotive journalists finding some fault with the spruced up midsize sedan... 2020 Volkswagen Passat Review<br /> The Volkswagen Passat is refreshed for 2020.  So, it maintains the generational status it entered back in 2012.<br /> <br /> And while that has some of the automotive journalists finding some fault with the spruced up midsize sedan... I totally disagree.<br /> <br /> Because the 2020 Passat delivers exactly what it's supposed to, and then some.  It's a stylish and super-roomy sedan at a great value.<br /> <br /> Add-in Volkswagen's precise fit and finish.  Plus its reliable sure-footed-fun-to-drive-ness (yes, I made up that phrase) and you have an extremely affordable complete package.<br /> <br /> In fact, it's one that smart shoppers will have a hard time passing up.  I recently picked one up from my friends at Ontario Volkswagen and enjoyed a day of cruising Southern California's IE.<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 VW Passat Courtesy of Ontario Volkswagen<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Here are the Top-3 Things I like about 2020 Volkswagen Passat.<br /> <br /> 2020 VW Passat Top-3:<br /> <br /> <br /> Value<br /> Styling<br /> Spaciousness<br /> <br /> Continue reading and I'm sure you'll agree.  And email me with questions or thoughts: Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.<br /> 2020 VW Passat Prices & Trims<br /> Volkswagen has adjusted the available trim configurations for the Passat over the recent years.  And here are the trims and their corresponding starting manufacturers suggested retail prices.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Volkswagen Passat Trims & Prices:<br /> <br /> S $22,995<br /> SE $25,845<br /> R-Line $28,645<br /> SEL $31,095<br /> <br /> As always, I share MSRPs for reference.  You need to get your Passat equipped to your liking and that will impact the price.<br /> <br /> But if you're angling for a Passat or any Volkswagen then just go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen.  Because you'll get no pressure honesty, best prices, and great selection.<br /> <br /> Me and Randy Podcasting<br /> <br /> Randy Halcomb is our go-to there.  His cell is 909-772-1728 and email is RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com.<br /> Engine, Transmission & MPG<br /> Volkswagen is keeping it easy for the 2020 Passat going with the same engine and transmission across all trims.<br /> <br /> So, no matter which configuration you go with you get a spirted 2.0 turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.  And that produces 174 horsepower with 206 pound-feet of torque.<br /> <br /> Available 19" split-spoke alloy wheels<br /> <br /> Add the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission and you wind up with a midsize sedan that delivers great gas mileage.<br /> <br /> So, the Passat's fuel economy rating is also identical across the board with a combined 27 mpg.  And broken down that's 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.<br /> What Does the 2020 Volkswagen Passat Look Like?<br /> The refreshed 2020 Volkswagen Passat looks like a European midsize sedan.  And at the entry-level price point of $23,000, you are not going to find a better looking midsize Euro.<br /> <br /> Midsize non-luxury Euro sedan<br /> <br /> Not even close, because there isn't one.  Because remember, when it comes to non-luxury European cars Volkswagen is the only name in the game.  (Okay maybe you could say Mini is a non-luxury Euro but there's really no comparison.)<br /> <br /> Bold exterior design<br /> <br /> But I'd also call the exterior design far bolder than the previous Passat.  Additionally, and especially with the R-Line trim that I test drove.  I see styling cues that Volkswagen incorporated into its brand new Arteon sedan.<br /> <br /> Standard LED headlights<br /> <br /> <br /> Exterior Dimensions:<br /> <br /> Wheelbase 110.4<br /> Length 193.6<br /> Width 72.2<br /> Height 58.0<br /> <br /> *all in inches <br /> <br /> Tom Smith clean 13:09
Volkswagen Off-Road – America’s crossover SUV Love Drives VW’s Lineup https://www.idrivesocal.com/volkswagen-off-road/ Fri, 03 Jan 2020 01:16:28 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=13685 Volkswagen Off-Road Volkswagen off-road is a phrase we haven't heard much of for years. Not since the Meyers Manx dune buggies were created from Beetles has VW really been associated with off-roading. But that's changing thanks to Americans' love affair with crossover SUVs.  Because of that Volkswagen has recently spruced up and added to its crossover SUV lineup. So, 2020 brings three Volkswagen off-road / crossover SUV options. There's the compact Tiguan which is in its second generation.  It has an optional 3rd row of seating.  But it's mainly for smaller humans. :0) Plus, the Atlas Cross Sport which is a 5-seat midsize new entry to the lineup.  It will soon be available at Southern California Volkswagen Dealers. And the Volkswagen Atlas, which arguably bumps up to full-size status with the entry of the Atlas Cross Sport.  Because it's a 3-row 7-plus seater that VW just added to its lineup in 2018. Now, are all of these Volkswagen's off-road-ready?  While not in a dedicated off-highway vehicle sense (OHV), it really depends on your degree of off-road-mindedness. And following Volkswagen's off-road trend, my friends at Ontario VW recently danced-up this Atlas. -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- Off-Road-Ready - VW Atlas Volkswagen Off-Road - Customized Atlas So, Ontario VW customized this Volkswagen Atlas for off-road use.  And they did so both on the interior and exterior.  I'll walk you through those details but first wanted to share the above wide-shot. First, because it shows off the exterior customization nicely.  But also because I was able to get a cool shot with a big jet landing at Ontario Airport in the background. :0) Sparco Terra Wheels Since the wheels are where the rubber hits the road - figuratively and literally - we'll start there. Sparco 10-spoke performance wheels This 2019 VW off-road-ready Atlas was upgraded with Sparco 10-spoke performance wheels and Continental off-road-ready tires. And what I loved about test driving this VW is that it was still quiet while cruising at 65 mph.  In fact, the loudest sound I heard was from the boxes on the Thule roof rack. So the exterior off-road accessories, including the off-road tires, didn't create a bunch of road noise at highway speeds.  That's a big plus when it comes to Volkswagen off-roading. VW Off-Road Roof Rack by Thule And what's arguably the perfect off-road roof rack, Ontario VW added Thule's to this Atlas. Thule Roof Rack And that's complete with Thule cargo basket and netting.  As you can see the fit is perfect.  Plus taking this VW off-road with the basket and netting probably safer than a roof box. Because a mounted box could catch a tree branch and cause lots of damage.  While clipping that same tree branch would just mean you have the gear to get back on the roof! Off-Road Hood Deflector Another helpful off-road addition to this Atlas is the hood deflector. Bug and small debris protection Not only will a good hood deflector help protect from bugs but also small debris as well.  Yes, of course, they can look great too. Contoured Volkswagen off-road hood deflector But do hood deflectors work overall?  Well, as someone who tends to go through windshields like tanks of gas I can say this. Nothing is failsafe and anything that lends a hand in protecting the vehicle is worth it.  Especially if you're heading off-road! Sidestep Convenience & Off-Road Protection Perhaps you're tall enough to not require sidesteps/running boards like the ones on this off-road-ready Volkswagen Atlas. Sidesteps aka running boards However, even if you step over them to get into the vehicle they can still serve a great purpose.  And that's to keep debris from flying up and scratching the sides of your vehicle. Again, unless you're dedicating you're Volkwagen for off-road use as a true OHV, you might as well keep it presentable when on-road. Volkswagen Off-Road

Volkswagen off-road is a phrase we haven’t heard much of for years. Not since the Meyers Manx dune buggies were created from Beetles has VW really been associated with off-roading.

But that’s changing thanks to Americans’ love affair with crossover SUVs.  Because of that Volkswagen has recently spruced up and added to its crossover SUV lineup.

So, 2020 brings three Volkswagen off-road / crossover SUV options.

There’s the compact Tiguan which is in its second generation.  It has an optional 3rd row of seating.  But it’s mainly for smaller humans. :0)

Plus, the Atlas Cross Sport which is a 5-seat midsize new entry to the lineup.  It will soon be available at Southern California Volkswagen Dealers.

And the Volkswagen Atlas, which arguably bumps up to full-size status with the entry of the Atlas Cross Sport.  Because it’s a 3-row 7-plus seater that VW just added to its lineup in 2018.

Now, are all of these Volkswagen’s off-road-ready?  While not in a dedicated off-highway vehicle sense (OHV), it really depends on your degree of off-road-mindedness.

And following Volkswagen’s off-road trend, my friends at Ontario VW recently danced-up this Atlas.

–>Continue reading or click play below to listen.<–

2019 Volkswagen Atlas driver front profile w. jet off-road

Off-Road-Ready – VW Atlas

Volkswagen Off-Road – Customized Atlas

So, Ontario VW customized this Volkswagen Atlas for off-road use.  And they did so both on the interior and exterior.  I’ll walk you through those details but first wanted to share the above wide-shot.

First, because it shows off the exterior customization nicely.  But also because I was able to get a cool shot with a big jet landing at Ontario Airport in the background. :0)

Sparco Terra Wheels

Since the wheels are where the rubber hits the road – figuratively and literally – we’ll start there.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas sparco wheels off-road

Sparco 10-spoke performance wheels

This 2019 VW off-road-ready Atlas was upgraded with Sparco 10-spoke performance wheels and Continental off-road-ready tires.

And what I loved about test driving this VW is that it was still quiet while cruising at 65 mph.  In fact, the loudest sound I heard was from the boxes on the Thule roof rack.

So the exterior off-road accessories, including the off-road tires, didn’t create a bunch of road noise at highway speeds.  That’s a big plus when it comes to Volkswagen off-roading.

VW Off-Road Roof Rack by Thule

And what’s arguably the perfect off-road roof rack, Ontario VW added Thule’s to this Atlas.

Thule roof rack

Thule Roof Rack

And that’s complete with Thule cargo basket and netting.  As you can see the fit is perfect.  Plus taking this VW off-road with the basket and netting probably safer than a roof box.

Because a mounted box could catch a tree branch and cause lots of damage.  While clipping that same tree branch would just mean you have the gear to get back on the roof!

Off-Road Hood Deflector

Another helpful off-road addition to this Atlas is the hood deflector.

VW Off-Road hood deflector

Bug and small debris protection

Not only will a good hood deflector help protect from bugs but also small debris as well.  Yes, of course, they can look great too.

VW off-road hood deflector

Contoured Volkswagen off-road hood deflector

But do hood deflectors work overall?  Well, as someone who tends to go through windshields like tanks of gas I can say this.

Nothing is failsafe and anything that lends a hand in protecting the vehicle is worth it.  Especially if you’re heading off-road!

Sidestep Convenience & Off-Road Protection

Perhaps you’re tall enough to not require sidesteps/running boards like the ones on this off-road-ready Volkswagen Atlas.

Volkswagen Off-Road Profile

Sidesteps aka running boards

However, even if you step over them to get into the vehicle they can still serve a great purpose.  And that’s to keep debris from flying up and scratching the sides of your vehicle.

Again, unless you’re dedicating you’re Volkwagen for off-road use as a true OHV, you might as well keep it presentable when on-road.

VW Off-Road-Ready Interior

When heading off-road you want the inside of your vehicle to be ready for the elements too.  Because after all, we go off-road for the enjoyment of being outdoors.

stainless steel pedal covers

Stainless steel pedal covers and all-season floor mats

And, when we do, that means we’re highly likely to bring some of the outdoors back into the vehicle.  So Ontario VW added stainless steel pedal covers to this Volkswagen off-roader.

Plus all-season floor mats are an essential add-on for tracking the outdoors into any off-road vehicle.

Custom VW Off-Road Backseat Accessories

Another essential for off-roading is the backseat cover that’s ready for anything.

VW off-road backseat cover

Backseat cover – for off-road, crazy-messy kids and dogs :0)

And the backseat cover on this Atlas customized by Ontario Volkswagen is versatile.  Because it even allows the armrest to deploy and includes the ability for child safety seats to be installed over the cover!

Plus, perfect for every backseat navigator is the tablet holder.

tablet holder

Tablet holder

And the tablet holder is a handy backseat accessory regardless of if you’re off-roading or not.  (My son asks for his tablet every time we put him in his seat!)

Additionally, when you need to contain stuff to the rear cargo area the custom cargo divider is a key piece of equipment.

Cargo divider caging

Cargo divider

So, this cargo divider sits behind the 2nd row of backseats and is shown above with the 3rd-row of seats down.  Notice how they lie flat – a great Volkswagen feature for sure.

And cargo dividers are great for containing stuff when you’re really bouncing around.  But also, if you have a really dirty dog, and you want to keep its mess in one area of your ride.

Volkswagen Off-Road In Southern California

So, while Volkswagen and all the other carmakers continue putting more crossover SUVs on the road.  Innovative automotive retailers like Ontario Volkswagen will continue customizing those for Southern Californian’s off-road fun.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas rear badging and plate off-road

Courtesy of Ontario VW

If you want to customize a VW for off-roading contact my friend Randy Halcomb @ Ontario Volkswagen: RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com.  Or email me and I’ll connect you directly.  And maybe we’ll even cover a story on you and your new rig hitting the SoCal off-road trails!

 

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Volkswagen Off-Road Volkswagen off-road is a phrase we haven't heard much of for years. Not since the Meyers Manx dune buggies were created from Beetles has VW really been associated with off-roading. - But that's changing thanks to Americans' love a... Volkswagen Off-Road<br /> Volkswagen off-road is a phrase we haven't heard much of for years. Not since the Meyers Manx dune buggies were created from Beetles has VW really been associated with off-roading.<br /> <br /> But that's changing thanks to Americans' love affair with crossover SUVs.  Because of that Volkswagen has recently spruced up and added to its crossover SUV lineup.<br /> <br /> So, 2020 brings three Volkswagen off-road / crossover SUV options.<br /> <br /> There's the compact Tiguan which is in its second generation.  It has an optional 3rd row of seating.  But it's mainly for smaller humans. :0)<br /> <br /> Plus, the Atlas Cross Sport which is a 5-seat midsize new entry to the lineup.  It will soon be available at Southern California Volkswagen Dealers.<br /> <br /> And the Volkswagen Atlas, which arguably bumps up to full-size status with the entry of the Atlas Cross Sport.  Because it's a 3-row 7-plus seater that VW just added to its lineup in 2018.<br /> <br /> Now, are all of these Volkswagen's off-road-ready?  While not in a dedicated off-highway vehicle sense (OHV), it really depends on your degree of off-road-mindedness.<br /> <br /> And following Volkswagen's off-road trend, my friends at Ontario VW recently danced-up this Atlas.<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> Off-Road-Ready - VW Atlas<br /> <br /> <br /> Volkswagen Off-Road - Customized Atlas<br /> So, Ontario VW customized this Volkswagen Atlas for off-road use.  And they did so both on the interior and exterior.  I'll walk you through those details but first wanted to share the above wide-shot.<br /> <br /> First, because it shows off the exterior customization nicely.  But also because I was able to get a cool shot with a big jet landing at Ontario Airport in the background. :0)<br /> Sparco Terra Wheels<br /> Since the wheels are where the rubber hits the road - figuratively and literally - we'll start there.<br /> <br /> Sparco 10-spoke performance wheels<br /> <br /> This 2019 VW off-road-ready Atlas was upgraded with Sparco 10-spoke performance wheels and Continental off-road-ready tires.<br /> <br /> And what I loved about test driving this VW is that it was still quiet while cruising at 65 mph.  In fact, the loudest sound I heard was from the boxes on the Thule roof rack.<br /> <br /> So the exterior off-road accessories, including the off-road tires, didn't create a bunch of road noise at highway speeds.  That's a big plus when it comes to Volkswagen off-roading.<br /> VW Off-Road Roof Rack by Thule<br /> And what's arguably the perfect off-road roof rack, Ontario VW added Thule's to this Atlas.<br /> <br /> Thule Roof Rack<br /> <br /> And that's complete with Thule cargo basket and netting.  As you can see the fit is perfect.  Plus taking this VW off-road with the basket and netting probably safer than a roof box.<br /> <br /> Because a mounted box could catch a tree branch and cause lots of damage.  While clipping that same tree branch would just mean you have the gear to get back on the roof!<br /> Off-Road Hood Deflector<br /> Another helpful off-road addition to this Atlas is the hood deflector.<br /> <br /> Bug and small debris protection<br /> <br /> Not only will a good hood deflector help protect from bugs but also small debris as well.  Yes, of course, they can look great too.<br /> <br /> Contoured Volkswagen off-road hood deflector<br /> <br /> But do hood deflectors work overall?  Well, as someone who tends to go through windshields like tanks of gas I can say this.<br /> <br /> Nothing is failsafe and anything that lends a hand in protecting the vehicle is worth it.  Especially if you're heading off-road!<br /> Sidestep Convenience & Off-Road Protection<br /> Perhaps you're tall enough to not require sidesteps/running boards like the ones on this off-road-ready Volkswagen Atlas.<br /> <br /> Tom Smith clean 14:22
Keep It New, Chevrolet Program Maintains New Car Value https://www.idrivesocal.com/keep-it-new-martin-chevrolet/ Wed, 01 Jan 2020 18:40:32 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=13650 Chevrolet Keep It New Program When you buy a new Chevy you want to keep it new as long as possible.  But that can be tough.  Especially in heavily populated areas like Southern California. However, Martin Chevrolet is making it easier with its Keep It New Program.  And what's even better is that there's absolutely zero cost to new Chevy buyers. So, here's the deal.  It covers your basic maintenance, tires, wheels, windshield plus, paintless dents and dings.  And, it covers all of that for your first 3-years of ownership. And no, it's not padded into the price of your new car.  Because you can even request the Keep It New Program after you negotiate your new Chevy purchase. -->Continue reading or click play below for the details.<-- Andy Milian of Martin Chevrolet explains the Keep It New Program Keep It New - Chevrolet Program w/ Serious Value Okay, I've got your attention.  Cool.  Because it's a serious value.  Specifically, it's a minimum $1,300 value at zero cost to new Chevy buyers. And, if you wind up having to use the program often the value can be considerably more.  For instance, if you are super-unlucky in parking lots and get lots of dings that need paintless repair. Or, if you're like me and have a habit of getting chips on your windshield that needs repairing.  Additionally, if you slam into Los Angeles potholes (that are everywhere) and ruin a wheel or a tire... no worries. Because your new Chevrolet is covered with the Keep It New Program. Keep It New Chevrolet - 3-Years Of: Basic maintenance Paintless dent repair Windshield protection Tire and wheel protection So when you add up all the aforementioned items plus the value of basic maintenance for 3-years... the Keep It New Program from Martin Chevrolet is a serious value. Not Padded Into The Price Being a skeptical consumer I always try to find the angle.  Right?  Because there's always an angle.  Especially when it comes to car buying. So my thinking would be this program is simply padded into the price of the vehicle I'm buying.  And therefore I'm paying for it anyway.  So, big deal, it's a marketing gimmick. But that's not the case here at all.  Unlike similar programs at other car dealerships, Martin Chevrolet's Keep It New Program is not padded into the price of your new Chevrolet. And there's no deductible.  Zero labor fees.  There are no taxes, no hidden - nothing.  No games or non-sense. So, you're totally fine requesting the Keep It New Program after you negotiate your new Chevy purchase. How To Get Keep It New On Your Next Chevrolet It's super-simple to get your Keep It New Program with the purchase of a new Chevrolet from Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, CA. So, there are two ways to get Martin Chevrolet's Keep It New Program. The first is to sign-up for the iDriveSoCal newsletter.  You can do that below.  Within moments of signing up, you'll receive an auto-response email.  And just take that to Martin Chevrolet and you're good. .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_custom_field_radio i:before { background: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_border_solid { border-color: #1062ad !important } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 . Chevrolet Keep It New Program

When you buy a new Chevy you want to keep it new as long as possible.  But that can be tough.  Especially in heavily populated areas like Southern California.

However, Martin Chevrolet is making it easier with its Keep It New Program.  And what’s even better is that there’s absolutely zero cost to new Chevy buyers.

So, here’s the deal.  It covers your basic maintenance, tires, wheels, windshield plus, paintless dents and dings.  And, it covers all of that for your first 3-years of ownership.

And no, it’s not padded into the price of your new car.  Because you can even request the Keep It New Program after you negotiate your new Chevy purchase.

–>Continue reading or click play below for the details.<–

Martin Chevrolet's Andy Milian - Explaining Keep It New Chevrolet

Andy Milian of Martin Chevrolet explains the Keep It New Program

Keep It New – Chevrolet Program w/ Serious Value

Okay, I’ve got your attention.  Cool.  Because it’s a serious value.  Specifically, it’s a minimum $1,300 value at zero cost to new Chevy buyers.

And, if you wind up having to use the program often the value can be considerably more.  For instance, if you are super-unlucky in parking lots and get lots of dings that need paintless repair.

Or, if you’re like me and have a habit of getting chips on your windshield that needs repairing.  Additionally, if you slam into Los Angeles potholes (that are everywhere) and ruin a wheel or a tire… no worries.

Because your new Chevrolet is covered with the Keep It New Program.

Keep It New Chevrolet – 3-Years Of:

  • Basic maintenance
  • Paintless dent repair
  • Windshield protection
  • Tire and wheel protection

So when you add up all the aforementioned items plus the value of basic maintenance for 3-years… the Keep It New Program from Martin Chevrolet is a serious value.

Not Padded Into The Price

Being a skeptical consumer I always try to find the angle.  Right?  Because there’s always an angle.  Especially when it comes to car buying.

So my thinking would be this program is simply padded into the price of the vehicle I’m buying.  And therefore I’m paying for it anyway.  So, big deal, it’s a marketing gimmick.

But that’s not the case here at all.  Unlike similar programs at other car dealerships, Martin Chevrolet’s Keep It New Program is not padded into the price of your new Chevrolet.

And there’s no deductible.  Zero labor fees.  There are no taxes, no hidden – nothing.  No games or non-sense. So, you’re totally fine requesting the Keep It New Program after you negotiate your new Chevy purchase.

How To Get Keep It New On Your Next Chevrolet

It’s super-simple to get your Keep It New Program with the purchase of a new Chevrolet from Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, CA.

So, there are two ways to get Martin Chevrolet’s Keep It New Program.

The first is to sign-up for the iDriveSoCal newsletter.  You can do that below.  Within moments of signing up, you’ll receive an auto-response email.  And just take that to Martin Chevrolet and you’re good.

Now, if you’re already an iDriveSoCal newsletter subscriber then you get get the Keep It New Program the second way.  And that’s to simply send me an email: Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.

Please be sure to type “Keep It New Program – Martin Chevrolet” into the subject line.

Ask For Chevy Keep It New At The VERY End Of Buying

And, again, if you want to know for certain that it’s not padded into the price – just ask at the end!

Go to Martin Chevrolet and negotiate your best deal.  Then, after your price and trade-in are all set; that’s when you ask for the Keep It New Program.

And when you do they’ll gladly give it to you free.  Just be certain to ask for it before you leave because there is paperwork that needs to be done to receive the Keep It New Program.

 

Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

 

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Chevrolet Keep It New Program When you buy a new Chevy you want to keep it new as long as possible.  But that can be tough.  Especially in heavily populated areas like Southern California. - However, Martin Chevrolet is making it easier with its Keep... Chevrolet Keep It New Program<br /> When you buy a new Chevy you want to keep it new as long as possible.  But that can be tough.  Especially in heavily populated areas like Southern California.<br /> <br /> However, Martin Chevrolet is making it easier with its Keep It New Program.  And what's even better is that there's absolutely zero cost to new Chevy buyers.<br /> <br /> So, here's the deal.  It covers your basic maintenance, tires, wheels, windshield plus, paintless dents and dings.  And, it covers all of that for your first 3-years of ownership.<br /> <br /> And no, it's not padded into the price of your new car.  Because you can even request the Keep It New Program after you negotiate your new Chevy purchase.<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below for the details.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> Andy Milian of Martin Chevrolet explains the Keep It New Program<br /> <br /> <br /> Keep It New - Chevrolet Program w/ Serious Value<br /> Okay, I've got your attention.  Cool.  Because it's a serious value.  Specifically, it's a minimum $1,300 value at zero cost to new Chevy buyers.<br /> <br /> And, if you wind up having to use the program often the value can be considerably more.  For instance, if you are super-unlucky in parking lots and get lots of dings that need paintless repair.<br /> <br /> Or, if you're like me and have a habit of getting chips on your windshield that needs repairing.  Additionally, if you slam into Los Angeles potholes (that are everywhere) and ruin a wheel or a tire... no worries.<br /> <br /> Because your new Chevrolet is covered with the Keep It New Program.<br /> <br /> <br /> Keep It New Chevrolet - 3-Years Of:<br /> <br /> Basic maintenance<br /> Paintless dent repair<br /> Windshield protection<br /> Tire and wheel protection<br /> <br /> <br /> So when you add up all the aforementioned items plus the value of basic maintenance for 3-years... the Keep It New Program from Martin Chevrolet is a serious value.<br /> Not Padded Into The Price<br /> Being a skeptical consumer I always try to find the angle.  Right?  Because there's always an angle.  Especially when it comes to car buying.<br /> <br /> So my thinking would be this program is simply padded into the price of the vehicle I'm buying.  And therefore I'm paying for it anyway.  So, big deal, it's a marketing gimmick.<br /> <br /> But that's not the case here at all.  Unlike similar programs at other car dealerships, Martin Chevrolet's Keep It New Program is not padded into the price of your new Chevrolet.<br /> <br /> And there's no deductible.  Zero labor fees.  There are no taxes, no hidden - nothing.  No games or non-sense. So, you're totally fine requesting the Keep It New Program after you negotiate your new Chevy purchase.<br /> How To Get Keep It New On Your Next Chevrolet<br /> It's super-simple to get your Keep It New Program with the purchase of a new Chevrolet from Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, CA.<br /> <br /> So, there are two ways to get Martin Chevrolet's Keep It New Program.<br /> <br /> The first is to sign-up for the iDriveSoCal newsletter.  You can do that below.  Within moments of signing up, you'll receive an auto-response email.  And just take that to Martin Chevrolet and you're good.<br /> <br /> <br /> .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_custom_field_radio i:before { background: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 . Tom Smith clean 13:54
2020 Chevrolet Equinox Review, Prices, Trims, Features, Specs And Pics https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-chevrolet-equinox-review/ Thu, 26 Dec 2019 20:28:09 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=13399 2020 Chevrolet Equinox Review The 2020 Chevy Equinox is a compact crossover SUV that seats up to five.  It drives big performance, classic styling, and a highly functional interior. And thanks to its universal appeal the Equinox has become Chevrolet's second-best-selling vehicle.  In fact, since it's U.S. launch Chevy has sold nearly 3-million Equinoxes. Fun fact: Only Silverado tops Equinox in Chevrolet sales volume. Here's my complete 2020 Chevrolet Equinox review after picking one up from my friends at Martin Chevy in the South Bay of Los Angeles. -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- Added safety features for 2020 Equinox Equinox In Chevrolet's 2020 Crossover SUV Line-Up For 2020, Chevrolet continues the third generation of Equinox which started with the 2018 model year. And currently, Equinox is the second smallest crossover SUV offered by Chevrolet.  But that's about to change. Because in the spring of 2020 Chevrolet is adding yet another vehicle to its already robust crossover SUV line-up. So, with the reintroduction of the Trailblazer, Chevy is officially blowing the doors off of the traditional vehicle class designations. Those used to be; subcompact, compact, midsize and full-size.  And since Chevrolet doesn't really define each new class size, I'll do that here. Come mid-2020 here's what the Chevy crossover SUV line-up will look like - smallest to largest. 2020 Chevrolet Crossover SUV Line-Up: Trax - subcompact Trailblazer - subcompact/compact Equinox - compact Blazer - compact/midsize Traverse - midsize/full-size Tahoe - full-size Suburban - oversized And I will point this out.  That's, with the soon to be released Trailblazer and Blazer Chevy's, designed them as more crossovers than SUVs. In fact, both of those vehicles take their styling cues more from the hot-rodding Chevrolet Camaro.  Whereas the rest of the crossover SUV line-up takes its styling cues from the more truck-ish Tahoe. Compact Crossover SUV 2020 Chevy Equinox Trim Configurations & Pricing Chevrolet keeps it pretty simple with four primary optional trim figurations.  And those are below, with engine options, and starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing.  2020 Chevrolet Equinox Trims & MSRPs: L w/ 1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder $24,995 LS w/ 1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder $27,495 LT w/ 1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder $28,695 LT w/ 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder $31,195 Premier w/ 1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder $32,595 Premier w/ 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder $35,295 Transmissions, Engines & Fuel Economy So, all of the above pricing is for front-wheel-drive.  Add $1,600 and you can include all-wheel-drive.  That's available for all but the base L-trim level. Additionally, you have two optional transmissions.  There's a 6-speed automatic that comes with the 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder while a 9-speed automatic comes with the 2.0L. Up to 31 mpg highway And here's the horsepower and torque stats on the two turbocharged 4-cylinder engine options. Turbocharged 4-cylinder Engine options: 1.5L - 170 hp w/ 203 lb-ft of torque 2.0L - 252 hp w/ 260 lb-ft of toque Depending on your engine and drivetrain (all or front-wheel drive) your fuel economy will vary a bit.  But in all instances, Chevy Equinox delivers solid mpg performance. In the city, Equinox is rated for between 22 and 26 mpg.  And on the highway, 28 to 31 mpg. What Does Chevrolet Equinox Look Like? While the exterior of the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox leans more toward crossover than SUV.  It definitely keeps the SUV aesthetic that I personally prefer. And sure with all-wheel-drive its off-road capable.  But like many crossovers, most buyers are driving this on-road. Fun to drive 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox has a clean and classic crossover SUV look.  And it doesn't give the appearance of a vehicle that's in a compact class. 3,500 lbs. 2020 Chevrolet Equinox Review

The 2020 Chevy Equinox is a compact crossover SUV that seats up to five.  It drives big performance, classic styling, and a highly functional interior.

And thanks to its universal appeal the Equinox has become Chevrolet’s second-best-selling vehicle.  In fact, since it’s U.S. launch Chevy has sold nearly 3-million Equinoxes.

Fun fact: Only Silverado tops Equinox in Chevrolet sales volume.

Here’s my complete 2020 Chevrolet Equinox review after picking one up from my friends at Martin Chevy in the South Bay of Los Angeles.

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2020 Chevrolet Equinox passenger profile

Added safety features for 2020 Equinox

Equinox In Chevrolet’s 2020 Crossover SUV Line-Up

For 2020, Chevrolet continues the third generation of Equinox which started with the 2018 model year.

And currently, Equinox is the second smallest crossover SUV offered by Chevrolet.  But that’s about to change.

Because in the spring of 2020 Chevrolet is adding yet another vehicle to its already robust crossover SUV line-up.

So, with the reintroduction of the Trailblazer, Chevy is officially blowing the doors off of the traditional vehicle class designations.

Those used to be; subcompact, compact, midsize and full-size.  And since Chevrolet doesn’t really define each new class size, I’ll do that here.

Come mid-2020 here’s what the Chevy crossover SUV line-up will look like – smallest to largest.

2020 Chevrolet Crossover SUV Line-Up:

  • Trax – subcompact
  • Trailblazer – subcompact/compact
  • Equinox – compact
  • Blazer – compact/midsize
  • Traverse – midsize/full-size
  • Tahoe – full-size
  • Suburban – oversized

And I will point this out.  That’s, with the soon to be released Trailblazer and Blazer Chevy’s, designed them as more crossovers than SUVs.

In fact, both of those vehicles take their styling cues more from the hot-rodding Chevrolet Camaro.  Whereas the rest of the crossover SUV line-up takes its styling cues from the more truck-ish Tahoe.

2020 Chevrolet Equinox driver badge

Compact Crossover SUV

2020 Chevy Equinox Trim Configurations & Pricing

Chevrolet keeps it pretty simple with four primary optional trim figurations.  And those are below, with engine options, and starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing.

 2020 Chevrolet Equinox Trims & MSRPs:

    • L w/ 1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder $24,995
    • LS w/ 1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder $27,495
    • LT w/ 1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder $28,695
    • LT w/ 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder $31,195
    • Premier w/ 1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder $32,595
    • Premier w/ 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder $35,295

Transmissions, Engines & Fuel Economy

So, all of the above pricing is for front-wheel-drive.  Add $1,600 and you can include all-wheel-drive.  That’s available for all but the base L-trim level.

Additionally, you have two optional transmissions.  There’s a 6-speed automatic that comes with the 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder while a 9-speed automatic comes with the 2.0L.

2020 Chevrolet Equinox wheel

Up to 31 mpg highway

And here’s the horsepower and torque stats on the two turbocharged 4-cylinder engine options.

Turbocharged 4-cylinder Engine options:

    • 1.5L – 170 hp w/ 203 lb-ft of torque
    • 2.0L – 252 hp w/ 260 lb-ft of toque

Depending on your engine and drivetrain (all or front-wheel drive) your fuel economy will vary a bit.  But in all instances, Chevy Equinox delivers solid mpg performance.

In the city, Equinox is rated for between 22 and 26 mpg.  And on the highway, 28 to 31 mpg.

What Does Chevrolet Equinox Look Like?

While the exterior of the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox leans more toward crossover than SUV.  It definitely keeps the SUV aesthetic that I personally prefer.

And sure with all-wheel-drive its off-road capable.  But like many crossovers, most buyers are driving this on-road.

2020 Chevrolet Equinox passenger front

Fun to drive 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder

The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox has a clean and classic crossover SUV look.  And it doesn’t give the appearance of a vehicle that’s in a compact class.

driver rear

3,500 lbs. towing capacity

Chevrolet offers a number of optional packages.  Highlighting those are the returning sporty Redline Edition and, new for 2020, Midnight Edition.

Exterior color options:

  • Cajun red tintcoat*
  • Iridescent pearl tricoat*
  • Pacific blue metallic
  • Nightfall gray metallic
  • Silver ice metallic
  • Chocolate metallic
  • Summit white
  • Mosaic black metallic
  • Cayenne orange metallic*
  • Midnight blue metallic

*Extra cost color

And both add really sharp looking black aesthetics including special wheels, accents, and cool black Chevrolet bowtie emblems.

Exterior Metrics (inches): 

  • Wheelbase: 107.3
  • Length: 183.1
  • Width: 72.6
  • Height: 65.4
  • Track: 62.2 (front & rear)
  • Ground clearance: 7.6 to 8.0 (drivetrain dependent)
  • Curb weight:  3,274 to 3,665 (configuration dependent)
  • Towing capacity: 3,500 lbs (2.0L)

Inside the 2020 Chevy Equinox

So the interior of the 2020 Equinox has been criticized by some of my auto journalist peers.  And, I disagree.

Specifically, some of the ‘other guys/gals’ feel the interior materials should be of higher quality.  And both passenger and cargo space is lacking.

2020 Chevrolet Equinox front seats from back

Versatile driver seating & wheel adjustments

Now, my test-driver was the LT trim.  But it had cloth upholstery and I didn’t feel it was of lower quality at all.

Conversely, I was immediately impressed by how comfortable I was able to position my driver’s seat with the steering wheel.

backseat partial down

User-friendly folding backseats

In fact, I was also impressed by the user-friendliness of the fold-down backseats.  They were a cinch to drop down from either side-door or through the cargo area.

2020 Chevrolet Equinox cargo area backseat down levers

Cargo area levers easily drop the backseats

And while Equinox doesn’t lead its class in cargo space the accessibility and ease of use are big pluses.

2020 Chevy Equinox cargo area w. backseat partial down

63.9 cu-ft of cargo space with backseats down

So the 2020 Equinox delivers 29.9 cubic-feet of cargo space.  But that’s with the backseats up.  Drop the backseats down and you have 63.9 cu-ft.

cargo area under floor storage full

Hidden cargo space

Additionally, you can lift the floor of the cargo area to access completely hidden storage space.  And I love having a place to keep belongs completely out of sight.

Finally, in case you missed them in the pictures, there’s plenty of connectivity and charging ports throughout.

2020 Chevrolet Equinox Technology

For 2020 Equinox comes with either a 7 or 8-inch color infotainment touchscreen.  So, it depends on the trim configuration you go with mostly.

2020 Chevy Equinox cockpit

7 or 8-inch touchscreen

center stack

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Standard

The L, LS and, LT comes standard with the 7-inch touchscreen.  While the 8-inch is standard on the Premier trim and optional on the LT.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across all Equinox trims.  And big props to Chevy for that very logical move.  Because not all carmakers are doing that yet but they need to.

climate controls and ports

Wireless phone charging standard on Premier

Another standard feature that Chevy includes is its Teen Driver technology.  And big props for that as well.  Because it allows parents to monitor controls they set for their kids driving activities.

Equinox Safety & Driver Assistance

So here’s where Chevrolet can really beat its chest.  Because Equinox scores an overall 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

2020 Chevrolet Equinox rear

NHTSA 5-star Overall Safety Rating

And that’s significant because, while it should be, it’s not all that common for crossover SUVs.

Also, Equinox comes nicely equipped with standard driver assistance as well as available add-ons.

2020 Equinox Driver Assistance Safety:

Standard:

  • Rear View Camera
  • Intellibeam Headlights
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Lane Keep Assist /w Lane Departure Warning

Available:

  • Rear Park Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Change Alert w/ Blindspot Alert

2020 Chevy Equinox Top-3

So my Top-3 for the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox is perhaps a bit controversial if you read other auto journalist’s reviews.

  1. Drive: Now, I drove the 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder. And some of my peers say the 1.5L is sluggish.  But I can say without a doubt that the 2.0L is a quick ride and very responsive to maneuver.
  2. Interior: And here’s where others are disagreeing.  Because they feel the inside has a lower-end feel to it.  I say nope.  And beyond that, I love the storage, layout, and ease of use.
  3. Standard Tech: Being a Dad I love the safety features that come standard.  But I also am beginning to expect those.  So it’s the fact that all trims get standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that really wins me over.

Martin Chevrolet

And if the 2020 Chevy Equinox might be for you then go see my friends at Martin Chevrolet.  Because they’re led by my dear friend Lewis Cook and his right-hand Ronnie Blomquist.

I’m happy to introduce you to Lewis and Ronnie.  And they’re going to help you buy what you want instead of selling you whatever works best for them. :0)  And of course they’re going to give you the best deal from a huge selection.

2020 Chevrolet Equinox rear plate and badging

Southern California’s Chevrolet Dealer

Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

 

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2020 Chevrolet Equinox Review The 2020 Chevy Equinox is a compact crossover SUV that seats up to five.  It drives big performance, classic styling, and a highly functional interior. - And thanks to its universal appeal the Equinox has become Chevrole... 2020 Chevrolet Equinox Review<br /> The 2020 Chevy Equinox is a compact crossover SUV that seats up to five.  It drives big performance, classic styling, and a highly functional interior.<br /> <br /> And thanks to its universal appeal the Equinox has become Chevrolet's second-best-selling vehicle.  In fact, since it's U.S. launch Chevy has sold nearly 3-million Equinoxes.<br /> Fun fact: Only Silverado tops Equinox in Chevrolet sales volume.<br /> Here's my complete 2020 Chevrolet Equinox review after picking one up from my friends at Martin Chevy in the South Bay of Los Angeles.<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> Added safety features for 2020 Equinox<br /> <br /> <br /> Equinox In Chevrolet's 2020 Crossover SUV Line-Up<br /> For 2020, Chevrolet continues the third generation of Equinox which started with the 2018 model year.<br /> <br /> And currently, Equinox is the second smallest crossover SUV offered by Chevrolet.  But that's about to change.<br /> <br /> Because in the spring of 2020 Chevrolet is adding yet another vehicle to its already robust crossover SUV line-up.<br /> <br /> So, with the reintroduction of the Trailblazer, Chevy is officially blowing the doors off of the traditional vehicle class designations.<br /> <br /> Those used to be; subcompact, compact, midsize and full-size.  And since Chevrolet doesn't really define each new class size, I'll do that here.<br /> <br /> Come mid-2020 here's what the Chevy crossover SUV line-up will look like - smallest to largest.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Chevrolet Crossover SUV Line-Up:<br /> <br /> Trax - subcompact<br /> Trailblazer - subcompact/compact<br /> Equinox - compact<br /> Blazer - compact/midsize<br /> Traverse - midsize/full-size<br /> Tahoe - full-size<br /> Suburban - oversized<br /> <br /> And I will point this out.  That's, with the soon to be released Trailblazer and Blazer Chevy's, designed them as more crossovers than SUVs.<br /> <br /> In fact, both of those vehicles take their styling cues more from the hot-rodding Chevrolet Camaro.  Whereas the rest of the crossover SUV line-up takes its styling cues from the more truck-ish Tahoe.<br /> <br /> Compact Crossover SUV<br /> 2020 Chevy Equinox Trim Configurations & Pricing<br /> Chevrolet keeps it pretty simple with four primary optional trim figurations.  And those are below, with engine options, and starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing.<br /> <br /> <br />  2020 Chevrolet Equinox Trims & MSRPs:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> L w/ 1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder $24,995<br /> LS w/ 1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder $27,495<br /> LT w/ 1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder $28,695<br /> LT w/ 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder $31,195<br /> Premier w/ 1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder $32,595<br /> Premier w/ 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder $35,295<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Transmissions, Engines & Fuel Economy<br /> So, all of the above pricing is for front-wheel-drive.  Add $1,600 and you can include all-wheel-drive.  That's available for all but the base L-trim level.<br /> <br /> Additionally, you have two optional transmissions.  There's a 6-speed automatic that comes with the 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder while a 9-speed automatic comes with the 2.0L.<br /> <br /> Up to 31 mpg highway<br /> <br /> And here's the horsepower and torque stats on the two turbocharged 4-cylinder engine options.<br /> <br /> <br /> Turbocharged 4-cylinder Engine options:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 1.5L - 170 hp w/ 203 lb-ft of torque<br /> 2.0L - 252 hp w/ 260 lb-ft of toque<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Depending on your engine and drivetrain (all or front-wheel drive) your fuel economy will vary a bit.  But in all instances, Chevy Equinox delivers solid mpg performance.<br /> <br /> In the city, Equinox is rated for between 22 and 26 mpg.  And on the highway, 28 to 31 mpg.<br /> Tom Smith clean 16:27
Volkswagen Car-Net App – Car-Connectivity Included For 2020 https://www.idrivesocal.com/volkswagen-car-net/ Mon, 16 Dec 2019 19:39:23 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=13321 Volkswagen Car-Net, 5-Years Free Connectivity Car-Net is a mobile application that connects Volkswagen owners with their cars.  And most new 2020 VW models are getting connected for free. Through smartphones, Car-Net offers a number of connected-car services.  And, these services are exclusive to VW owners. Historically these services have required a subscription.  But for 2020, Volkswagen is adding 5-years of free service with almost all new VW's. "Since 2014, Volkswagen has been including Car-Net accessibility in a growing list of new vehicles," says Randy Halcomb.  Randy is the Biz/Dev Director at Ontario VW. And, he continued, "since then, VW has continually updated and improved the application.  And, VW's new 5-years of free service is a huge added value." -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- Standard on most 2020 VW models New For 2020 In Volkswagen Car-Net So for Volkswagen's 2020 model year, Car-Net comes standard on most new vehicles.  Plus starting in new 2020 vehicles, Remote Access services are included free for five-years. VW breaks down Car-Net services into four areas; Remote Access, Safe & Secure, Hotspot and, Guide & Inform. Remote Access Perhaps the most useful area of VW's Car-Net app, remote access offers a suite of unique services.  And the fact VW is giving it away free for the first 5-years of 2020 vehicle ownership is worth restating. Remote Access Functions: Door lock/unlock Find the last location parked Honks horn and flashes lights Engine start/stop (if equipped) Display fuel level, mileage, door, and window status Additional services that fall under Remote Access's first 5-years free include: Vehicle Health Reports - provide monthly and on-demand diagnostic data. Parking Information - locates off-street parking options including hours of operation and pricing. DriveView Program - enables Car-Net users to qualify for eligible discounted insurance rates depending on the carrier. Family Guardian - allows parents to set and be notified when pre-set speed limits are exceeded.  Plus if the vehicle is driven past curfew or outside of a geographic area.  Both primary and secondary users can be alerted by text, email or push notifications. And, Volkswagen owners with factory-installed navigation systems can send destinations directly to their car from the app. Plus, VW reports, owners will soon be able to use voice commands through smart home devices to connect with Car-Net. For those of us w/ a Ph.D. in losing our cars Safe & Secure And, for the subscription rate of $99 per year VW's Car-Net includes a suite of security and safety services. Safe & Secure provides: Anti-theft alert Emergency assistance Information assistance Automatic crash notification Stolen vehicle location assistance So, each of the Safe & Secure functions keeps Volkswagen owners connected to help while on the road.  While also keeping owners connected to their VWs' when they're not using them. Hotspot Car-Net's Hotspot provides internet access for up to four connected devices at the same time. Hotspot functionality requires a subscription service.  If you already have an existing Verizon Wireless account then you can add your VW as a new line item. And if you are not a Verizon customer then you can set up a $20 monthly pre-paid plan. Guide & Inform The Volkswagen Car-Net Guide and Inform feature requires both factory-installed navigation and a SiriusXM subscription. But with it, you are able to monitor traffic reports, fuel prices, sports scores, movie times and, weather information. Volkswagen Car-Net - My Take So, as our cars continue to evolve, how we interact with them will too. And these types of connected-car services are still finding their way.  All vehicle manufacturers have them.  But user adoption has been slow. Volkswagen Car-Net, 5-Years Free Connectivity

Car-Net is a mobile application that connects Volkswagen owners with their cars.  And most new 2020 VW models are getting connected for free.

Through smartphones, Car-Net offers a number of connected-car services.  And, these services are exclusive to VW owners.

Historically these services have required a subscription.  But for 2020, Volkswagen is adding 5-years of free service with almost all new VW’s.

“Since 2014, Volkswagen has been including Car-Net accessibility in a growing list of new vehicles,” says Randy Halcomb.  Randy is the Biz/Dev Director at Ontario VW.

And, he continued, “since then, VW has continually updated and improved the application.  And, VW’s new 5-years of free service is a huge added value.”

–>Continue reading or click play below to listen.<–

Volkswagen Car-Net Mobile Application

Standard on most 2020 VW models

New For 2020 In Volkswagen Car-Net

So for Volkswagen’s 2020 model year, Car-Net comes standard on most new vehicles.  Plus starting in new 2020 vehicles, Remote Access services are included free for five-years.

VW breaks down Car-Net services into four areas; Remote Access, Safe & Secure, Hotspot and, Guide & Inform.

Remote Access

Perhaps the most useful area of VW’s Car-Net app, remote access offers a suite of unique services.  And the fact VW is giving it away free for the first 5-years of 2020 vehicle ownership is worth restating.

Remote Access Functions:

  • Door lock/unlock
  • Find the last location parked
  • Honks horn and flashes lights
  • Engine start/stop (if equipped)
  • Display fuel level, mileage, door, and window status

Additional services that fall under Remote Access’s first 5-years free include:

    • Vehicle Health Reports – provide monthly and on-demand diagnostic data.
    • Parking Information – locates off-street parking options including hours of operation and pricing.
    • DriveView Program – enables Car-Net users to qualify for eligible discounted insurance rates depending on the carrier.
    • Family Guardian – allows parents to set and be notified when pre-set speed limits are exceeded.  Plus if the vehicle is driven past curfew or outside of a geographic area.  Both primary and secondary users can be alerted by text, email or push notifications.

And, Volkswagen owners with factory-installed navigation systems can send destinations directly to their car from the app.

Plus, VW reports, owners will soon be able to use voice commands through smart home devices to connect with Car-Net.

guy using vw car-net to find vehicle

For those of us w/ a Ph.D. in losing our cars

Safe & Secure

And, for the subscription rate of $99 per year VW’s Car-Net includes a suite of security and safety services.

Safe & Secure provides:

    • Anti-theft alert
    • Emergency assistance
    • Information assistance
    • Automatic crash notification
    • Stolen vehicle location assistance

So, each of the Safe & Secure functions keeps Volkswagen owners connected to help while on the road.  While also keeping owners connected to their VWs’ when they’re not using them.

Hotspot

Car-Net’s Hotspot provides internet access for up to four connected devices at the same time.

Hotspot functionality requires a subscription service.  If you already have an existing Verizon Wireless account then you can add your VW as a new line item.

And if you are not a Verizon customer then you can set up a $20 monthly pre-paid plan.

Guide & Inform

The Volkswagen Car-Net Guide and Inform feature requires both factory-installed navigation and a SiriusXM subscription.

But with it, you are able to monitor traffic reports, fuel prices, sports scores, movie times and, weather information.

Volkswagen Car-Net – My Take

So, as our cars continue to evolve, how we interact with them will too.

And these types of connected-car services are still finding their way.  All vehicle manufacturers have them.  But user adoption has been slow.

Volkswagen’s decision to provide 5-years of free service for some of Car-Net’s most critical functionality is a pretty big deal.  It will go along way in attracting user adoption and engagement.

And as Toyota and VW continue to duke-it-out for the world’s biggest carmaker this is a great leadership step that I love seeing.

Ontario Volkswagen

For more info on a new 2020 VW with 5-years of free Car-Net Remote Access service reach out to my pal at Ontario Volkswagen.  Randy Halcomb loves hearing from iDSC readers.

Randy Halcomb’s cell is 909-772-1728 and email is RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com.

 

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Volkswagen Car-Net, 5-Years Free Connectivity Car-Net is a mobile application that connects Volkswagen owners with their cars.  And most new 2020 VW models are getting connected for free. - Through smartphones, Volkswagen Car-Net, 5-Years Free Connectivity<br /> Car-Net is a mobile application that connects Volkswagen owners with their cars.  And most new 2020 VW models are getting connected for free.<br /> <br /> Through smartphones, Car-Net offers a number of connected-car services.  And, these services are exclusive to VW owners.<br /> <br /> Historically these services have required a subscription.  But for 2020, Volkswagen is adding 5-years of free service with almost all new VW's.<br /> <br /> "Since 2014, Volkswagen has been including Car-Net accessibility in a growing list of new vehicles," says Randy Halcomb.  Randy is the Biz/Dev Director at Ontario VW.<br /> <br /> And, he continued, "since then, VW has continually updated and improved the application.  And, VW's new 5-years of free service is a huge added value."<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> Standard on most 2020 VW models<br /> <br /> <br /> New For 2020 In Volkswagen Car-Net<br /> So for Volkswagen's 2020 model year, Car-Net comes standard on most new vehicles.  Plus starting in new 2020 vehicles, Remote Access services are included free for five-years.<br /> <br /> VW breaks down Car-Net services into four areas; Remote Access, Safe & Secure, Hotspot and, Guide & Inform.<br /> Remote Access<br /> Perhaps the most useful area of VW's Car-Net app, remote access offers a suite of unique services.  And the fact VW is giving it away free for the first 5-years of 2020 vehicle ownership is worth restating.<br /> <br /> <br /> Remote Access Functions:<br /> <br /> Door lock/unlock<br /> Find the last location parked<br /> Honks horn and flashes lights<br /> Engine start/stop (if equipped)<br /> Display fuel level, mileage, door, and window status<br /> <br /> Additional services that fall under Remote Access's first 5-years free include:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Vehicle Health Reports - provide monthly and on-demand diagnostic data.<br /> Parking Information - locates off-street parking options including hours of operation and pricing.<br /> DriveView Program - enables Car-Net users to qualify for eligible discounted insurance rates depending on the carrier.<br /> Family Guardian - allows parents to set and be notified when pre-set speed limits are exceeded.  Plus if the vehicle is driven past curfew or outside of a geographic area.  Both primary and secondary users can be alerted by text, email or push notifications.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> And, Volkswagen owners with factory-installed navigation systems can send destinations directly to their car from the app.<br /> <br /> Plus, VW reports, owners will soon be able to use voice commands through smart home devices to connect with Car-Net.<br /> <br /> For those of us w/ a Ph.D. in losing our cars<br /> Safe & Secure<br /> And, for the subscription rate of $99 per year VW's Car-Net includes a suite of security and safety services.<br /> <br /> <br /> Safe & Secure provides:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Anti-theft alert<br /> Emergency assistance<br /> Information assistance<br /> Automatic crash notification<br /> Stolen vehicle location assistance<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> So, each of the Safe & Secure functions keeps Volkswagen owners connected to help while on the road.  While also keeping owners connected to their VWs' when they're not using them.<br /> Hotspot<br /> Car-Net's Hotspot provides internet access for up to four connected devices at the same time.<br /> <br /> Hotspot functionality requires a subscription service.  If you already have an existing Verizon Wireless account then you can add your VW as a new line item.<br /> <br /> And if you are not a Verizon customer then you can set up a $20 monthly pre-paid plan.<br /> Guide & Inform<br /> The Volkswagen Car-Net Guide and Inform feature requires both factory-installed navigation and a SiriusXM ... Tom Smith clean 14:32
2020 Honda Civic Sedan Review, Prices, Trims, Features and Photos https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-honda-civic-sedan-review/ Fri, 13 Dec 2019 03:36:27 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=13188 2020 Honda Civic Sedan Review The 2020 Honda Civic sedan delivers practicality without sacrificing style and driving enjoyment. The compact four-door is part of Honda's family of Civics.  In fact, Honda offers more variations of Civics than some carmakers' entire lineup of vehicles. And that makes sense when you consider the Honda Civic ranks in the top 10 best selling vehicles in history. Honda Civic Models: Sedan - 4-door Si Sedan - Sporty 4-door Coupe - 2-door Si Coupe - Sporty 2-door Hatchback - 5-door Type R - 5-door racetrack-ready My friends at Rock Honda gave me a 2020 Civic sedan for this review. -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- 2020 Honda Civic sedan - courtesy of Rock Honda With 2020 Honda continues its 10th generation of Civics!  No wonder it's a global best selling car in history.  They've been making them since 1972! Trim Levels & MSRPs Within the sedan model, Honda offers five Civic trim configurations.  Here are the starting manufacturers suggested retail prices for each.  2020 Honda Civic Sedan Trims: LX $20,550 Sport $21,450 EX $23,700 EX-L $24,900 Touring $27,600 As always, don't worry about MSRP.  Because you need to get your Civic equipped to your liking. But also, keep it simple and go see my friends at Rock Honda.  I'm happy to introduce you directly to top management who will assure your best deal and best buying experience. My email: Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com Engines & Transmissions All 2020 Civic sedans come with an inline 4-cylinder.  But you'll have to go with the EX or higher trim level to get the turbocharger that puts out a little more horsepower and torque. So the LX and Sport trims give you 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque.  While the turbocharged EX, EX-L, and Touring deliver 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. Available 18" alloy wheels And all Civic trim levels except the Sport comes with a CVT transmission standard.  The Sport comes with a 6-speed manual with an option for CVT. What's a CVT transmission?  CVT stands for continuously variable transmission.  CVTs have no specific points where the gears shift.  Instead, they constantly adjust to driving conditions. When CVT technology first came out I found it to be rather annoying.  That's because the tech was new and it made the car's performance feel mushy. However, the Civic's CVT isn't that at all.  It's responsive and fun to drive. Fuel Economy Of course, the 2020 Honda Civic sedan gets great gas mileage.  And here's where the benefits of CVT are highlighted. Because, with the CVT,  the Civic's MPG rating is going to fall between a low of 29 mpg in the city and a high of 42 mpg on the highway. Responsive CVT transmission But here's the thing; that's not the case with the 6-speed manual transmission of the Sport trim.  That mpg rating is 25 in the city and 36 on the highway. So, when you consider that, the CVT trans becomes even more attractive. 2020 Honda Civic Exterior For 2020 the Civic sedan is unchanged on the outside.  The 2020 Civic hatchback does have some updates. Honda Sensing comes standard So the same bold exterior looks of the 10th generation Honda Civic remain in place.  LED taillights are notable. LED taillights Plus LED headlights and foglights are available.  And Honda offers up a plethora of accessories that can nicely add to your Civic's naturally bold stance. Inside 2020 Honda Civic Sedan When you slide inside a 2020 Civic sedan you're left wondering if you're really in a compact car.  It's big (huge feeling) inside. Inside feels way bigger than a compact car In fact, the 2020 Civic has 95.0 cu ft of passenger space.  That's across all trim levels except the base model LX which bumps up to 97.8 cubic feet. 95.0 cu ft of passenger space Meanwhile, the cargo space of the 2020 Civic sedan checks in at 15.1 cu ft. 2020 Honda Civic Sedan Review

The 2020 Honda Civic sedan delivers practicality without sacrificing style and driving enjoyment.

The compact four-door is part of Honda’s family of Civics.  In fact, Honda offers more variations of Civics than some carmakers’ entire lineup of vehicles.

And that makes sense when you consider the Honda Civic ranks in the top 10 best selling vehicles in history.

Honda Civic Models:

  • Sedan – 4-door
  • Si Sedan – Sporty 4-door
  • Coupe – 2-door
  • Si Coupe – Sporty 2-door
  • Hatchback – 5-door
  • Type R – 5-door racetrack-ready

My friends at Rock Honda gave me a 2020 Civic sedan for this review.

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2020 Honda Civic sedan front

2020 Honda Civic sedan – courtesy of Rock Honda

With 2020 Honda continues its 10th generation of Civics!  No wonder it’s a global best selling car in history.  They’ve been making them since 1972!

Trim Levels & MSRPs

Within the sedan model, Honda offers five Civic trim configurations.  Here are the starting manufacturers suggested retail prices for each.

 2020 Honda Civic Sedan Trims:

  • LX $20,550
  • Sport $21,450
  • EX $23,700
  • EX-L $24,900
  • Touring $27,600

As always, don’t worry about MSRP.  Because you need to get your Civic equipped to your liking.

But also, keep it simple and go see my friends at Rock Honda.  I’m happy to introduce you directly to top management who will assure your best deal and best buying experience.

My email: Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com

Engines & Transmissions

All 2020 Civic sedans come with an inline 4-cylinder.  But you’ll have to go with the EX or higher trim level to get the turbocharger that puts out a little more horsepower and torque.

So the LX and Sport trims give you 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque.  While the turbocharged EX, EX-L, and Touring deliver 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque.

alloy wheel

Available 18″ alloy wheels

And all Civic trim levels except the Sport comes with a CVT transmission standard.  The Sport comes with a 6-speed manual with an option for CVT.

What’s a CVT transmission?  CVT stands for continuously variable transmission.  CVTs have no specific points where the gears shift.  Instead, they constantly adjust to driving conditions.

When CVT technology first came out I found it to be rather annoying.  That’s because the tech was new and it made the car’s performance feel mushy.

However, the Civic’s CVT isn’t that at all.  It’s responsive and fun to drive.

Fuel Economy

Of course, the 2020 Honda Civic sedan gets great gas mileage.  And here’s where the benefits of CVT are highlighted.

Because, with the CVT,  the Civic’s MPG rating is going to fall between a low of 29 mpg in the city and a high of 42 mpg on the highway.

2020 Honda Civic sedan center console shifter

Responsive CVT transmission

But here’s the thing; that’s not the case with the 6-speed manual transmission of the Sport trim.  That mpg rating is 25 in the city and 36 on the highway.

So, when you consider that, the CVT trans becomes even more attractive.

2020 Honda Civic Exterior

For 2020 the Civic sedan is unchanged on the outside.  The 2020 Civic hatchback does have some updates.

2020 Honda Civic sedan passenger profile

Honda Sensing comes standard

So the same bold exterior looks of the 10th generation Honda Civic remain in place.  LED taillights are notable.

2020 Honda Civic sedan passenger rear

LED taillights

Plus LED headlights and foglights are available.  And Honda offers up a plethora of accessories that can nicely add to your Civic’s naturally bold stance.

Inside 2020 Honda Civic Sedan

When you slide inside a 2020 Civic sedan you’re left wondering if you’re really in a compact car.  It’s big (huge feeling) inside.

2020 Honda Civic sedan front seats and dash

Inside feels way bigger than a compact car

In fact, the 2020 Civic has 95.0 cu ft of passenger space.  That’s across all trim levels except the base model LX which bumps up to 97.8 cubic feet.

2020 Honda Civic sedan backseat

95.0 cu ft of passenger space

Meanwhile, the cargo space of the 2020 Civic sedan checks in at 15.1 cu ft.  And that’s across all trim levels except the top-of-the-line Touring which shaves just a little with 14.7 cu ft.

cargo area

15.1 cu ft of cargo space

And that 15.1 cu ft of cargo space doesn’t factor in folding the backseats down.  Because you wind up with considerably more cargo space when you do that.

60/40 split folding backseat

60/40 split-folding backseat

Plus, all Civic sedan trims include a folding rear backseat.  The only difference is that with the LX the entire backseat folds and with the other trims you have a 60/40 split-folding backseat.

Technology

Honda gets high marks when it comes to technology.  Because Honda’s safety technology package comes standard in all 2020 Civic trims.

It’s called Honda Sensing and it includes almost all of the latest safety tech/driver assistance features.

Honda Sensing:

  • Collisions Mitigation Braking System – automatically applies breaks when a frontal crash is imminent.
  • Road Departure Mitigation System – helps you stay in your lane or brakes to keep you on the road.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow – keeps you a set distance behind the driver ahead of you when cruise control is active.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System – helps to keep you centered in your lane on highways.

And standard on all trims except the base-model LX is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2020 Honda Civic sedan cockpit

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto standard – except LX trim

Of course, through those applications, you can use other apps like Amazon’s audible to listen to books or Google Podcasts to listen to the latest installment of iDriveSoCal. ;0)

Easy to navigate icons

Nice big icons – great user-interface

And you can do so hands-free because Apple CarPlay and Android Auto project your phone’s screen through the monitor on your dashboard.

2020 Honda Civic Sedan Top-3

So here are my Top-3 favorite aspects of the 2020 Honda Civic sedan.

2020 Honda Civic Sedan Top-3:

  1. Styling – if you’re familiar with recent Civic reviews, I’m a big fan of this generation’s exterior design.
  2. Practicality – you can’t go wrong buying a Civic.  It’s overall great value.  Solid performer on the road and with fuel economy.
  3. Versatility – it’s a compact but it’s big.  The Civic is comfortable for driver and passengers in the front and backseats.

Rock Honda – Southern California’s Honda Dealer

And for one of the biggest selections of Honda Civic’s in the world just go see my friends at Rock Honda.

badges and license plate

Southern California’s Most Helpful Honda Dealer

My thanks to Rock Honda for providing the 2020 Honda Civic for this review.  And they love helping iDriveSoCal readers/listeners!

 

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2020 Honda Civic Sedan Review The 2020 Honda Civic sedan delivers practicality without sacrificing style and driving enjoyment. - The compact four-door is part of Honda's family of Civics.  In fact, Honda offers more variations of Civics than some ca... 2020 Honda Civic Sedan Review<br /> The 2020 Honda Civic sedan delivers practicality without sacrificing style and driving enjoyment.<br /> <br /> The compact four-door is part of Honda's family of Civics.  In fact, Honda offers more variations of Civics than some carmakers' entire lineup of vehicles.<br /> <br /> And that makes sense when you consider the Honda Civic ranks in the top 10 best selling vehicles in history.<br /> <br /> <br /> Honda Civic Models:<br /> <br /> Sedan - 4-door<br /> Si Sedan - Sporty 4-door<br /> Coupe - 2-door<br /> Si Coupe - Sporty 2-door<br /> Hatchback - 5-door<br /> Type R - 5-door racetrack-ready<br /> <br /> My friends at Rock Honda gave me a 2020 Civic sedan for this review.<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Honda Civic sedan - courtesy of Rock Honda<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> With 2020 Honda continues its 10th generation of Civics!  No wonder it's a global best selling car in history.  They've been making them since 1972!<br /> Trim Levels & MSRPs<br /> Within the sedan model, Honda offers five Civic trim configurations.  Here are the starting manufacturers suggested retail prices for each.<br /> <br /> <br />  2020 Honda Civic Sedan Trims:<br /> <br /> LX $20,550<br /> Sport $21,450<br /> EX $23,700<br /> EX-L $24,900<br /> Touring $27,600<br /> <br /> As always, don't worry about MSRP.  Because you need to get your Civic equipped to your liking.<br /> <br /> But also, keep it simple and go see my friends at Rock Honda.  I'm happy to introduce you directly to top management who will assure your best deal and best buying experience.<br /> <br /> <br /> My email: Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com<br /> Engines & Transmissions<br /> All 2020 Civic sedans come with an inline 4-cylinder.  But you'll have to go with the EX or higher trim level to get the turbocharger that puts out a little more horsepower and torque.<br /> <br /> So the LX and Sport trims give you 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque.  While the turbocharged EX, EX-L, and Touring deliver 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque.<br /> <br /> Available 18" alloy wheels<br /> <br /> And all Civic trim levels except the Sport comes with a CVT transmission standard.  The Sport comes with a 6-speed manual with an option for CVT.<br /> <br /> <br /> What's a CVT transmission?  CVT stands for continuously variable transmission.  CVTs have no specific points where the gears shift.  Instead, they constantly adjust to driving conditions.<br /> <br /> When CVT technology first came out I found it to be rather annoying.  That's because the tech was new and it made the car's performance feel mushy.<br /> <br /> However, the Civic's CVT isn't that at all.  It's responsive and fun to drive.<br /> Fuel Economy<br /> Of course, the 2020 Honda Civic sedan gets great gas mileage.  And here's where the benefits of CVT are highlighted.<br /> <br /> Because, with the CVT,  the Civic's MPG rating is going to fall between a low of 29 mpg in the city and a high of 42 mpg on the highway.<br /> <br /> Responsive CVT transmission<br /> <br /> But here's the thing; that's not the case with the 6-speed manual transmission of the Sport trim.  That mpg rating is 25 in the city and 36 on the highway.<br /> <br /> So, when you consider that, the CVT trans becomes even more attractive.<br /> 2020 Honda Civic Exterior<br /> For 2020 the Civic sedan is unchanged on the outside.  The 2020 Civic hatchback does have some updates.<br /> <br /> Honda Sensing comes standard<br /> <br /> So the same bold exterior looks of the 10th generation Honda Civic remain in place.  LED taillights are notable.<br /> <br /> LED taillights<br /> <br /> Plus LED headlights and foglights are available.  And Honda offers up a plethora of accessories that can nicely add to your Civic's naturally bold stance.<br /> Tom Smith 1 13:16
Making Corvette C8: 1953 Autorama Concept To Mid-Engine Supercar https://www.idrivesocal.com/making-corvette-c8/ Tue, 26 Nov 2019 22:55:26 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=13129 Making Corvette C8 Sure, the UAW strike delayed the rollout of the all-new mid-engine C8 Corvette.  But anticipation and speculation continue to redline. For instance, automotive journalists flocked to the Corvette display during press days at the LA Auto Show.  And now reports are leaking that the Corvette C8 will have an all-wheel-drive hybrid version. But, hang on to your gear shifter, cause this hybrid C8 is being talked as delivering 900 pony-power!  Yaozah! So, since I'm not Jay Leno who's already gotten to drive around in a C8.  I did get to sit in one and record a podcast at the LA Auto Show. Chevy's Communications Director, Shad Balach joined me to share some details on the path to making Corvette C8.  Find out what he said about C8's electric plans below. -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- Making Corvette C8 Making Corvette C8  Tom: We are at the LA Auto Show podcasting literally from a C8 Corvette Convertible. That is a, I'm going to call it sexy blue, but I bet you know the particular blue name that this is. Shad: It is a sexy blue, but we're sitting in a Rapid Blue Corvette Convertible. Tom: Rapid Blue. Very nice. Shad, thank you for joining me, this is absolutely awesome and I really appreciate General Motors gifting a C8 Corvette to iDriveSoCal. That's very generous of you guys. Picture from July 2019 Reveal Shad: You too, huh? I got one as well. Tom: So topic du jour is the history of the Corvette.  Making of the C8 Corvette really.  Now obviously what we're sitting in, we need to really talk about, but from the very beginning. Corvette started in 1953 I believe. It All Started @ The Autorama Car Show In 1953 Shad: That's correct. Tom: And why don't you just kind of give us the summary and the bullet points leading up to the mid-engine. Shad: So Corvette was first shown in 1953 at the New York Autorama and it was shown as a concept car. More than 6-decades of Corvette And Corvette was brought out to compete with some of the Italian and European race cars at the time. So it was always meant to be a performance vehicle. And back in those early days, it was sort of the father of Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov knew that a mid-engine configuration was probably the better situation for power and performance. I mean the weight balance that you get by putting all that weight in the back of the vehicle gives you the traction, lets you get planted to the ground. CERV III So we knew this going as far back as, you know, more than 50 years. We knew that a mid-engine configuration was something that we would toy with. And we've actually, we developed what we call CERV, Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle, that had mid-engine configurations. We've been talking about this forever. Tom: Right. The Father Of The Corvette Shad: And finally for the 2020 model year, we actually did it. Tom: Zora. Shad: Yes. Yes. He's who we call the father of Corvette. Tom: Right. Shad: Yeah. So yeah, he is the one who wanted us to get a vehicle to compete in the racing circuit. CERV I He is the one who knew that a mid-engine configuration would be the optimal way to build a Corvette. And this is his dream realized. He is the one who kept this top of mind for us for more than 50 years while we were developing generation after generation of Corvette. So this is his work. This is his masterpiece. Tom: Is he still alive? Shad: No, no, he's not. Me in the driver's seat podcast prepping! Tom: Okay. But he's smiling right now, right? Shad: I'm sure he is. .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 ! Making Corvette C8

Sure, the UAW strike delayed the rollout of the all-new mid-engine C8 Corvette.  But anticipation and speculation continue to redline.

For instance, automotive journalists flocked to the Corvette display during press days at the LA Auto Show.  And now reports are leaking that the Corvette C8 will have an all-wheel-drive hybrid version.

But, hang on to your gear shifter, cause this hybrid C8 is being talked as delivering 900 pony-power!  Yaozah!

So, since I’m not Jay Leno who’s already gotten to drive around in a C8.  I did get to sit in one and record a podcast at the LA Auto Show.

Chevy’s Communications Director, Shad Balach joined me to share some details on the path to making Corvette C8.  Find out what he said about C8’s electric plans below.

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Podcast: Making Corvette C8

Making Corvette C8

Making Corvette C8 

Tom: We are at the LA Auto Show podcasting literally from a C8 Corvette Convertible. That is a, I’m going to call it sexy blue, but I bet you know the particular blue name that this is.

Shad: It is a sexy blue, but we’re sitting in a Rapid Blue Corvette Convertible.

Tom: Rapid Blue. Very nice. Shad, thank you for joining me, this is absolutely awesome and I really appreciate General Motors gifting a C8 Corvette to iDriveSoCal. That’s very generous of you guys.

Making Corvette C8

Picture from July 2019 Reveal

Shad: You too, huh? I got one as well.

Tom: So topic du jour is the history of the Corvette.  Making of the C8 Corvette really.  Now obviously what we’re sitting in, we need to really talk about, but from the very beginning. Corvette started in 1953 I believe.

It All Started @ The Autorama Car Show In 1953

Shad: That’s correct.

Tom: And why don’t you just kind of give us the summary and the bullet points leading up to the mid-engine.

Shad: So Corvette was first shown in 1953 at the New York Autorama and it was shown as a concept car.

Making Corvette C8

More than 6-decades of Corvette

And Corvette was brought out to compete with some of the Italian and European race cars at the time. So it was always meant to be a performance vehicle.

And back in those early days, it was sort of the father of Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov knew that a mid-engine configuration was probably the better situation for power and performance.

I mean the weight balance that you get by putting all that weight in the back of the vehicle gives you the traction, lets you get planted to the ground.

CERV III

CERV III

So we knew this going as far back as, you know, more than 50 years. We knew that a mid-engine configuration was something that we would toy with.

And we’ve actually, we developed what we call CERV, Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle, that had mid-engine configurations. We’ve been talking about this forever.

Tom: Right.

The Father Of The Corvette

Shad: And finally for the 2020 model year, we actually did it.

Tom: Zora.

Shad: Yes. Yes. He’s who we call the father of Corvette.

Tom: Right.

Shad: Yeah. So yeah, he is the one who wanted us to get a vehicle to compete in the racing circuit.

CERV I

CERV I

He is the one who knew that a mid-engine configuration would be the optimal way to build a Corvette. And this is his dream realized.

He is the one who kept this top of mind for us for more than 50 years while we were developing generation after generation of Corvette. So this is his work. This is his masterpiece.

Tom: Is he still alive?

Shad: No, no, he’s not.

Making of C8 Corvette

Me in the driver’s seat podcast prepping!

Tom: Okay. But he’s smiling right now, right?

Shad: I’m sure he is.

Making Corvette C8 – Delivery Coming Soon

Tom: So 2020, the release, when the vehicles are going to be rolled out has been delayed a little bit due to the UAW strike from what I understand.

Shad: Yeah. So the strike is over, so we will start building and delivering the Corvettes in early February.

Tom: Okay. And mine’s coming in…

Shad: I mean this is yours. Oh, you can drive it off right now.

2020 Corvette coupe front

2020 Corvette coupe front

Tom: Thank you. So what can you tell us that you haven’t told anybody else?

Shad: Well, if I’m going to let you live, not much. Apologies.

Tom: I appreciate that. So the convertible, the Stingray, what is the rollout plan of the trims?

Shad: Yeah. So if you follow the history of Corvette, it’s easy to deduce what will probably come next in terms of various trim levels.

Tom: Sure.

Performance Stats To Date

Shad: This past January we’ve shown the Corvette Stingray, we’re sitting in the Stingray.

There’s a Z51 performance package that you can add to the base Stingray to give it a little bit more so that gets you 495 hp, top speed of 194 miles per hour, zero to 60 in 2.9 seconds, which is unheard of.

Tom: Right.

Shad: So you get all of that power and performance and this is just the base car.

Tom: And what’s the sticker price going to be? Do you guys have that official yet?

2020 Corvette C8 Stingray w/ Z51 Performance Package:

  • MSRP: about $64,000
  • 0 to 60 mph: 2.9 seconds
  • Top speed: 194 mph

Shad: We do. So you can get one of these for less than $60,000. It starts at $59,995.

Tom: That will do zero to 60 in 2.9?

Shad: Well you have to add the Z51 package.

Tom: Okay, so then what are we talking about?

Making Corvette C8

Engine display @ LA Auto Show

Shad: $64,000. Yeah, it’s about a $5,000 add on.

Tom: That’s incredible. There’s nothing on the market that’s ever touched that performance at that price point, right?

Shad: Not at all. And the thing is is it’s not just that it’s the value proposition. It is a better car.

Making New Corvette Customers With C8

Because it is a car that will be faster, will hit top speeds at a much quicker rate. It is sold at a Chevrolet dealership.

Parts to service and replace are not going to break the bank. I mean the whole entire package about Corvette is a remarkable achievement when you consider what this car is capable of.

Tom: So we are, what is it, November 20th? Can you disclose any kind of pre-order sales figures?

Making Corvette C8

2020 Corvette coupe @ LA Auto Show

Shad: No, I can’t at all.

Tom: All this information I’m asking for that I’d have to be dead in order to know.

Shad: I can tell you. I can tell you a couple of things though.

The dealers that are taking orders for Corvette are very excited and they’re very overloaded with Corvette orders. The take rate before they’ve even been made available is better than we expected. We’re getting new customers.

MotorTrend Car Of The Year

Customers that traditionally drove 911s or McLarens, Ferraris, et cetera, they’re now coming to us and saying, “When can I get this? Where can I get this?” So we’re pretty excited about it. And not to mention the fact that Motor Trend just this past Monday, awarded us the Motor Trend Car of the Year.

2020 Corvette coupe w. MotorTrend award

2020 Corvette coupe w. Golden Calipers

When you get a third-party endorsement from a performance publication like Motor Trend, that gets people’s attention. That gets the enthusiast’s attention.

Tom: They had a pretty, I don’t normally use such colorful language, but they had a pretty bitchin picture on the front cover of what was it, last issue where all four tires are off the ground?

Shad: That’s right. On a race track. On a road course.

Making Corvette C8 Electric?

Tom: Electric’s becoming more of a thing. What talk has there been, what can you tell us about anything potentially electric in the Corvette’s future or hybrid?

Shad: Yeah, yeah. Unfortunately, I can’t make product announcements.

I don’t meet that pay grade. But, I can’t tell you this. Mary Barra, our CEO, she’s been very direct about the move to all-electric.

Making Corvette C8

2020 Corvette design kiosk @ LA Auto Show

So she, in her mind long-term, is committed to making every product run on electricity so it will happen. I mean, I don’t know what the exact product mix will be when that does happen, but everything’s going to be electric.

What I love about the electric drive is that you can’t beat it in terms of power and performance. Electric motors, unlike gas-powered cars, are better performing. You get full horsepower and full torque, right at zero RPM, unlike a gas-powered car where you have to rev up until you get the peak power.

So from that standpoint, it would make perfect sense to apply electric technology into a sports car.

Tom: But as far as when?

Shad: TBD.

Keeping Up With Demand

Tom: TBD. Okay, so what about availability? So we know when the rollout’s now planned. But you know, I have a very dear friend that’s a Chevy dealer, Lewis Cook, Martin Chevrolet.

I’m going to drop his name. You’re welcome, Lewis. The availability is limited obviously in the very beginning, but what does the rollout moving forward look like?

2020 Corvette design studio @ LA Auto Show

2020 Corvette design studio @ LA Auto Show

Shad: Yeah, I mean Corvette is built in Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky and it’s a dedicated plant.

We are in the process right now of retooling it to build this vehicle. We just stopped building the seventh-generation Corvette.

So we’re getting ready and production will start, like I said, in earnest in February. We have the ability to add shifts to meet demand.

Tom: Okay.

2020 Corvette wheel

2020 Corvette wheel

Shad: We do know what we’re going to build right away and there’ll probably be a little bit of more demand than availability, but you know, that’s not always a bad thing.

Tom: When are you guys are going to release that valve is I guess the real key part of the question.

Shad: I mean, we’ll build enough to meet the demand at the end of the day. It might not happen right when the flood gate opens, but we will do that.

Corvette C8 Making Heads Turn

Tom: I am so thrilled to be sitting in this car. It’s hard for me to keep concentrating on the questions that I wanted to ask you, quite honestly.

Shad: Well, it’s interesting you know. I can give you a little perspective of what it was like for-

Tom: That’s right. Let’s talk about that a little bit. You drove this around for you said a week?

2020 Corvette convertible passenger front w. Tom and Shad @ LA Auto Show

Impossible to miss – who would want to?

Shad: Yes. Yeah. I drove this vehicle around for a week in Los Angeles and I was working with another media outlet who was doing a story on people’s reactions to this vehicle. And so we were driving through Beverly Hills-

Tom: You can say the other media outlet. I’m pretty sure iDriveSoCal doesn’t compare with this one. I would love to think that it does and maybe someday.

Shad: I can’t break their story yet.

Tom: Oh, okay.

Blank Checks Being Offered

Shad: But it was amazing. I mean, we had people jumping out in front of the vehicle asking us what it was and when they can get it and where they can get it.

We were driving through Rodeo Drive and all those streets in Beverly Hills next to my McLaren’s and Lamborghini’s and Ferrari’s.

2020 Corvette convertible cockpit

Digital dashboard turned off for this pic :0(

The attention that this car gets. I mean you would’ve thought I was a Kardashian being spotted in Beverly Hill.

Tom: Okay. And then do you want to tell the bit about the very high net worth individual that offered you a blank check for one?

2020 Corvette convertible center console

Totally driver-focused center console

Shad: Oh yeah. Yeah. I had one guy pull me over and literally he pulled up in front of me, made me pull over.

He was in a McLaren so I naturally pulled over. And he wanted to buy the car right then and there and money was no object.

2020 Corvette convertible passenger pit

Passenger gets to adjust their vents, window, and door. This is a driver’s car! :0)

And he comes from a, he disclosed he comes from a very wealthy family in Korea and he wanted to take this car right then and there, no questions asked.

Making Corvette C8

Here’s driver’s door interior

Tom: Extraordinary wealth.

Shad: Yeah. And it’s not something you hear every day or see every day with a Chevy.

Really The End Of Front Engine?

Tom: There’s one thing that I want to touch on and, and we talked about it before we live recorded on the podcast. End of the front engine for sure?

Never again will we see a front-engine Corvette? Can we change the factories around to retool them for a limited run, say every five to 10 years?

Shad: Well, I mean, it’s an interesting question…

But, I will tell you, when we were looking at the C8 design, what we were going to do for the next-generation Corvette, our engineers told us, “Look, the C7 is amazing. It is fantastic.”

Martin Chevrolet ZR1

The best front-engine rear-wheel-drive ever?

The ZR1, which does 205 miles per hour and zero to 60 in two-point something seconds, they told us that’s all that we can get out of a front-engine car.

Tom: Laws of physics apply.

Shad: Laws of physics apply.

And unless you want to have a subpar next-generation car, we’ve got to put the engine behind.

So until there’s a way that you can make a front-engine perform better than a mid-engine, I don’t know, I think we might be waiting a long time.

Tom: Shad, is there anything that I missed? Anything that the iDriveSoCal listeners, readers should know?

February 2020 Deliveries

Shad: Car will be available in February. All Chevy dealers who have signed up to sell the car will get them right about that time.

Otherwise, I think we’ve covered just about everything.

Tom: That brings up one, did any Chevy dealer not sign up and say, “No, I don’t. I don’t want to sell this car.” I mean, come on, really?

Shad: We asked them to go through a lot of training.

Tom: Oh, sure. Okay.

Making Corvette C8

Many drivers will see this view

Shad: It’s based on the market that they might be in. There could be some locations that don’t have anything that’s conducive to Corvette or Corvette customers.

Tom: Sure. But if I’m a Chevy dealer and I don’t want to own one of these personally, I think you guys ought to pull their dealership away.

Shad: Right. They’re missing the business option. You’re right.

Tom: Alright. Shad Balch, Communications Director for Chevrolet. Thank you so much.

Shad: Thank you for having me.

Martin Chevrolet Name Drop :0)

As always, my thanks to iDriveSoCal Chevrolet partner, Martin Chevrolet.

Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

 

 

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Making Corvette C8 Sure, the UAW strike delayed the rollout of the all-new mid-engine C8 Corvette.  But anticipation and speculation continue to redline. - For instance, automotive journalists flocked to the Corvette display during press days at the ... Making Corvette C8<br /> Sure, the UAW strike delayed the rollout of the all-new mid-engine C8 Corvette.  But anticipation and speculation continue to redline.<br /> <br /> For instance, automotive journalists flocked to the Corvette display during press days at the LA Auto Show.  And now reports are leaking that the Corvette C8 will have an all-wheel-drive hybrid version.<br /> <br /> But, hang on to your gear shifter, cause this hybrid C8 is being talked as delivering 900 pony-power!  Yaozah!<br /> <br /> So, since I'm not Jay Leno who's already gotten to drive around in a C8.  I did get to sit in one and record a podcast at the LA Auto Show.<br /> <br /> Chevy's Communications Director, Shad Balach joined me to share some details on the path to making Corvette C8.  Find out what he said about C8's electric plans below.<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> Making Corvette C8<br /> <br /> <br /> Making Corvette C8 <br /> Tom: We are at the LA Auto Show podcasting literally from a C8 Corvette Convertible. That is a, I'm going to call it sexy blue, but I bet you know the particular blue name that this is.<br /> <br /> Shad: It is a sexy blue, but we're sitting in a Rapid Blue Corvette Convertible.<br /> <br /> Tom: Rapid Blue. Very nice. Shad, thank you for joining me, this is absolutely awesome and I really appreciate General Motors gifting a C8 Corvette to iDriveSoCal. That's very generous of you guys.<br /> <br /> Picture from July 2019 Reveal<br /> <br /> Shad: You too, huh? I got one as well.<br /> <br /> Tom: So topic du jour is the history of the Corvette.  Making of the C8 Corvette really.  Now obviously what we're sitting in, we need to really talk about, but from the very beginning. Corvette started in 1953 I believe.<br /> It All Started @ The Autorama Car Show In 1953<br /> Shad: That's correct.<br /> <br /> Tom: And why don't you just kind of give us the summary and the bullet points leading up to the mid-engine.<br /> <br /> Shad: So Corvette was first shown in 1953 at the New York Autorama and it was shown as a concept car.<br /> <br /> More than 6-decades of Corvette<br /> <br /> And Corvette was brought out to compete with some of the Italian and European race cars at the time. So it was always meant to be a performance vehicle.<br /> <br /> And back in those early days, it was sort of the father of Corvette, Zora Arkus-Duntov knew that a mid-engine configuration was probably the better situation for power and performance.<br /> <br /> I mean the weight balance that you get by putting all that weight in the back of the vehicle gives you the traction, lets you get planted to the ground.<br /> <br /> CERV III<br /> <br /> So we knew this going as far back as, you know, more than 50 years. We knew that a mid-engine configuration was something that we would toy with.<br /> <br /> And we've actually, we developed what we call CERV, Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle, that had mid-engine configurations. We've been talking about this forever.<br /> <br /> Tom: Right.<br /> The Father Of The Corvette<br /> Shad: And finally for the 2020 model year, we actually did it.<br /> <br /> Tom: Zora.<br /> <br /> Shad: Yes. Yes. He's who we call the father of Corvette.<br /> <br /> Tom: Right.<br /> <br /> Shad: Yeah. So yeah, he is the one who wanted us to get a vehicle to compete in the racing circuit.<br /> <br /> CERV I<br /> <br /> He is the one who knew that a mid-engine configuration would be the optimal way to build a Corvette. And this is his dream realized.<br /> <br /> He is the one who kept this top of mind for us for more than 50 years while we were developing generation after generation of Corvette. So this is his work. This is his masterpiece.<br /> <br /> Tom: Is he still alive?<br /> <br /> Shad: No, no, he's not.<br /> <br /> Me in the driver's seat podcast prepping!<br /> <br /> Tom Smith clean 14:15
2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Review, Prices, Trims, Features And Pics https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-volkswagen-tiguan-review/ Mon, 25 Nov 2019 23:53:33 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=13043 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Review The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover SUV with available 3rd-row seating. It's hard to beat the fit and finish in Volkswagen vehicles.  And that holds true with the 2020 Tiguan. Plus the Tiguan's smooth sure-footed performance, high-tech features and Euro-styling combine for a serious value proposition. I recently picked up a 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan from my friends at Ontario Volkswagen for this review. -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- Available LED headlights and daytime running lights A Midsize Or Compact Crossover SUV? Sometimes it's difficult to accurately categorize vehicle class sizes.   That's because carmakers state a vehicle is in one particular class size.  And then automotive journalists put a vehicle in a different category. Sidebar: And if you've ever noticed, rental car companies play funny games with size categories too.  Of course, that's to better pad their profit margins.  And, I find that practice super-annoying but hey, that's between you and me. ;0) So, back to Tiguan's class size.   If you go to VW.com Tiguan is currently categorized as a midsize crossover SUV.   But, I'm putting the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan in the compact crossover SUV category. And while I could refer to the vehicle's dimensions in comparison to others in the industry, I'm not going to.  Instead, I'm calling the 2020 Tiguan a compact crossover SUV because Volkswagen is adding to its lineup this year. 2020 VW Tiguan Courtesy of Ontario Volkswagen VW's Crossover SUV Line-Up In recent past years, Volkswagen offered only the Tiguan and Atlas.  And since the Atlas was much bigger than the Tiguan most of the industry called Atlas full-sized and Tiguan midsized. But for 2020, VW is introducing a new Atlas Cross Sport.  It's slightly shorter than the Atlas and doesn't offer a 3rd-row of seating as the Atlas does. And yes, you read correctly at the top, Tiguan does offer a 3rd-row of seating.   So here's Volkswagen crossover SUV the line-up and seating-row options for 2020. 2020 Volkswagen Crossover SUV line-up: Atlas full-size w/ 3-rows of seating Atlas Cross Sport midsize mid-size w/ 2-rows Tiguan compact w/ optional 3-rows of seating New For 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Notable changes for the 2020 VW Tiguan include increased standard driver assistance and a new SE R-Line Black trim option. Standard Driver Assistance: Front assist Side assist Rear traffic alert SE R-Line Black Trim: Fog lights Black headliner Panoramic sunroof Front and rear park distance control 20-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels Black-accented R-Line bumpers and badging Also new for 2020, on the SE trim and above is available wireless phone charging. 2020 Tiguan Trim Configurations And MSRPs So, with the addition of the SE R-Line Black below are all the trim options and manufacturer's suggested retail starting prices for the 2020 VW Tiguan. 2020 VW Tiguan SEL - My Test Driver For This Review  2020 VW Tiguan Trims & Starting MSRPs: S $24,945 SE $27,095 SE R-Line Black $30,295 SEL $32,245 SEL Premium R-Line w/4MOTION $38,795 4MOTION all-wheel drive adds $1,300 to any trim. As always, pricing I share only reflects starting manufacturers suggested retail prices.  Getting your Tiguan equipped to your liking will impact the price. But always keep it simple and go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen.  They give you both the best deal and buying experience in all of Southern California. Your iDSC contact @ Ontario VW: Randy Halcomb cell: 909-772-1728 email: RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com Or email me and I'll introduce you personally: Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com. Engines & Transmissions Volkswagen keeps it simple by offering the same engine across all trim levels.  And that's a 184-hp, 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover SUV with available 3rd-row seating.

It’s hard to beat the fit and finish in Volkswagen vehicles.  And that holds true with the 2020 Tiguan.

Plus the Tiguan’s smooth sure-footed performance, high-tech features and Euro-styling combine for a serious value proposition.

I recently picked up a 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan from my friends at Ontario Volkswagen for this review.

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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan front A

Available LED headlights and daytime running lights

A Midsize Or Compact Crossover SUV?

Sometimes it’s difficult to accurately categorize vehicle class sizes.   That’s because carmakers state a vehicle is in one particular class size.  And then automotive journalists put a vehicle in a different category.

Sidebar: And if you’ve ever noticed, rental car companies play funny games with size categories too.  Of course, that’s to better pad their profit margins.  And, I find that practice super-annoying but hey, that’s between you and me. ;0)

So, back to Tiguan’s class size.   If you go to VW.com Tiguan is currently categorized as a midsize crossover SUV.   But, I’m putting the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan in the compact crossover SUV category.

And while I could refer to the vehicle’s dimensions in comparison to others in the industry, I’m not going to.  Instead, I’m calling the 2020 Tiguan a compact crossover SUV because Volkswagen is adding to its lineup this year.

2020 VW Tiguan driver profile

2020 VW Tiguan Courtesy of Ontario Volkswagen

VW’s Crossover SUV Line-Up

In recent past years, Volkswagen offered only the Tiguan and Atlas.  And since the Atlas was much bigger than the Tiguan most of the industry called Atlas full-sized and Tiguan midsized.

But for 2020, VW is introducing a new Atlas Cross Sport.  It’s slightly shorter than the Atlas and doesn’t offer a 3rd-row of seating as the Atlas does.

And yes, you read correctly at the top, Tiguan does offer a 3rd-row of seating.   So here’s Volkswagen crossover SUV the line-up and seating-row options for 2020.

2020 Volkswagen Crossover SUV line-up:

  • Atlas full-size w/ 3-rows of seating
  • Atlas Cross Sport midsize mid-size w/ 2-rows
  • Tiguan compact w/ optional 3-rows of seating

New For 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

Notable changes for the 2020 VW Tiguan include increased standard driver assistance and a new SE R-Line Black trim option.

Standard Driver Assistance:

  • Front assist
  • Side assist
  • Rear traffic alert

SE R-Line Black Trim:

    • Fog lights
    • Black headliner
    • Panoramic sunroof
    • Front and rear park distance control
    • 20-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels
    • Black-accented R-Line bumpers and badging

Also new for 2020, on the SE trim and above is available wireless phone charging.

2020 Tiguan Trim Configurations And MSRPs

So, with the addition of the SE R-Line Black below are all the trim options and manufacturer’s suggested retail starting prices for the 2020 VW Tiguan.

2020 VW Tiguan rear model badge and plate

2020 VW Tiguan SEL – My Test Driver For This Review

 2020 VW Tiguan Trims & Starting MSRPs:

    • S $24,945
    • SE $27,095
    • SE R-Line Black $30,295
    • SEL $32,245
    • SEL Premium R-Line w/4MOTION $38,795

4MOTION all-wheel drive adds $1,300 to any trim.

As always, pricing I share only reflects starting manufacturers suggested retail prices.  Getting your Tiguan equipped to your liking will impact the price.

But always keep it simple and go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen.  They give you both the best deal and buying experience in all of Southern California.

Your iDSC contact @ Ontario VW:

Randy Halcomb

cell: 909-772-1728

email: RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com

Or email me and I’ll introduce you personally: Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.

Engines & Transmissions

Volkswagen keeps it simple by offering the same engine across all trim levels.  And that’s a 184-hp, turbocharged 4-cylinder that puts out 221 lb-ft of torque.

2020 VW Tiguan center console

Available drive modes: snow, on-road, off-road and off-road custom

Additionally, VW gives all Tiguan trim levels the same 8-speed automatic transmission with Sport mode.  Plus that transmission also includes Tiptronic shifting for when you want to be in even more control of the vehicle’s performance.

Drive And MPG

The 2020 Tiguan drives like a sure-footed and responsive Volkswagen – just as you’d expect.  The turbocharged 4-cylinder kicks appropriately kicks-in earlier and revs higher in sport mode.  And manually shifting gears with Tiptronic is fun.

22 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

22 mpg city / 29 mpg highway – w/out 4MOTION

Fuel economy for Tiguan is pretty similar regardless of the trim option you go with.  And the only major difference that comes into play 4MOTION all-wheel-drive.

2020 VW Tiguan rear

LED taillights

So 2020 Tiguan’s without all-wheel-drive is rated at 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.  And when you add 4MOTION all-wheel-drive there’s just a slight drop to 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

What Does 2020 VW Tiguan Look Like?

The 2020 Tiguan is unmistakenly a European vehicle.  And to that end, also unmistakenly a Volkswagen.  It’s bold and clean from every angle.

LED headlights

Available LED headlights move with your turns

And the R-Line Black trim gives Tiguan an aggressive and sporty new dimension that immediately had me doing a double-take.

Volkswagen Tiguan Interior

When you close the door of a Volkswagen you can both hear and feel the quality.  That’s because it’s always solid with attention to the fit and finish – especially inside.

2020 VW Tiguan front seats and dash

Tiguan front seats & (digital) dash

One feature of the Tiguan’s interior that doubles as an exterior feature is the available panoramic moonroof.  I’m noting that hear because it’s absolutely huge.  It’s so big that I couldn’t fit the entire roof into one picture.  So, you’re going to have to trust me.  It nearly takes up the entire roof.

Spacious 2nd-row backseat

Spacious 2nd-row backseat

And a nod to Volkswagen engineering is the versatility of 3-rows of seating in a compact crossover SUV.  While the 3rd-row of seating is definitely sized for kids, it’s functionality is brilliant in a compact vehicle.

2nd and 3rd rows of seating

3-row compact crossover SUV

And when you lay both rows of backseats down you’re left with a generous amount of cargo space.

2020 VW Tiguan cargo area with 2nd and 3rd row seats partially down

Up to 73.5 cu ft of cargo space

With the backseats laying nearly flat the Tiguan provides up to 73.5 cubic-feet of cargo space.

Technology & Infotainment

So the lead topic in Volkswagen technology has to be the digital cockpit.  This has to be the way the entire automotive industry is going.

2020 VW Tiguan digital cockpit

Digital instrumentation

The available digital cockpit allows for unique driver personalization.  Up to 4-different profiles can be customized and saved.

cockpit

Available full-screen navigation

And lots of vehicle monitoring options keep drivers well informed.

vehicle driving options

Monitor the vehicle and your driving performance

So whether you want to keep track of the vehicle’s performance, or your own skills behind the wheel, Tiguan has you covered.

Driver Assistance Technology & Safety

And Tiguan delivers when it comes to safety and driver assistance tech.

So, the Institue for Highway Safety named the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan as a Top Safety Pick.  That’s when it’s equipped with LED headlights and an adaptive front-lighting system with dynamic cornering headlights.

Plus Tiguan offers all the driver assistance safety technology features that we’ve come to expect in new cars these days.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Driver Assistance Safety:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blindspot monitoring
  • Rear traffic alert
  • Light assist
  • Front assist
  • Lane assist

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Top-3

My Top-3 for the 2020 Tiguan are pretty simple:

  1. Styling: I love this current generation of VW’s Tiguan already.  But adding the SE R-Line Black takes Volkswagen’s European styling to another level.
  2. Technology: Until all the class competitors catch-up to VW’s digital cockpit the Tiguan’s available tech will be tough to beat.
  3. Versatility: The words compact crossover SUV and 3-row do not usually go together.  Especially in such a high-value package.

Ontario VW

My thanks as always to my friends at Ontario Volkswagen.  Whether you need to get your VW serviced or pick-up a new one, this is the place to go to in Southern California.  PLMK if you’d like me to introduce you.  General Manager Earl Reed and Randy Halcomb are always happy to connect with iDSC readers/listeners.

 

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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Review The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover SUV with available 3rd-row seating. - It's hard to beat the fit and finish in Volkswagen vehicles.  And that holds true with the 2020 Tiguan. - 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Review<br /> The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover SUV with available 3rd-row seating.<br /> <br /> It's hard to beat the fit and finish in Volkswagen vehicles.  And that holds true with the 2020 Tiguan.<br /> <br /> Plus the Tiguan's smooth sure-footed performance, high-tech features and Euro-styling combine for a serious value proposition.<br /> <br /> I recently picked up a 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan from my friends at Ontario Volkswagen for this review.<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> Available LED headlights and daytime running lights<br /> <br /> <br /> A Midsize Or Compact Crossover SUV?<br /> Sometimes it's difficult to accurately categorize vehicle class sizes.   That's because carmakers state a vehicle is in one particular class size.  And then automotive journalists put a vehicle in a different category.<br /> <br /> Sidebar: And if you've ever noticed, rental car companies play funny games with size categories too.  Of course, that's to better pad their profit margins.  And, I find that practice super-annoying but hey, that's between you and me. ;0)<br /> <br /> So, back to Tiguan's class size.   If you go to VW.com Tiguan is currently categorized as a midsize crossover SUV.   But, I'm putting the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan in the compact crossover SUV category.<br /> <br /> And while I could refer to the vehicle's dimensions in comparison to others in the industry, I'm not going to.  Instead, I'm calling the 2020 Tiguan a compact crossover SUV because Volkswagen is adding to its lineup this year.<br /> <br /> 2020 VW Tiguan Courtesy of Ontario Volkswagen<br /> VW's Crossover SUV Line-Up<br /> In recent past years, Volkswagen offered only the Tiguan and Atlas.  And since the Atlas was much bigger than the Tiguan most of the industry called Atlas full-sized and Tiguan midsized.<br /> <br /> But for 2020, VW is introducing a new Atlas Cross Sport.  It's slightly shorter than the Atlas and doesn't offer a 3rd-row of seating as the Atlas does.<br /> <br /> And yes, you read correctly at the top, Tiguan does offer a 3rd-row of seating.   So here's Volkswagen crossover SUV the line-up and seating-row options for 2020.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Volkswagen Crossover SUV line-up:<br /> <br /> Atlas full-size w/ 3-rows of seating<br /> Atlas Cross Sport midsize mid-size w/ 2-rows<br /> Tiguan compact w/ optional 3-rows of seating<br /> <br /> New For 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan<br /> Notable changes for the 2020 VW Tiguan include increased standard driver assistance and a new SE R-Line Black trim option.<br /> <br /> <br /> Standard Driver Assistance:<br /> <br /> Front assist<br /> Side assist<br /> Rear traffic alert<br /> <br /> <br /> SE R-Line Black Trim:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Fog lights<br /> Black headliner<br /> Panoramic sunroof<br /> Front and rear park distance control<br /> 20-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels<br /> Black-accented R-Line bumpers and badging<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Also new for 2020, on the SE trim and above is available wireless phone charging.<br /> 2020 Tiguan Trim Configurations And MSRPs<br /> So, with the addition of the SE R-Line Black below are all the trim options and manufacturer's suggested retail starting prices for the 2020 VW Tiguan.<br /> <br /> 2020 VW Tiguan SEL - My Test Driver For This Review<br /> <br /> <br />  2020 VW Tiguan Trims & Starting MSRPs:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> S $24,945<br /> SE $27,095<br /> SE R-Line Black $30,295<br /> SEL $32,245<br /> SEL Premium R-Line w/4MOTION $38,795<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 4MOTION all-wheel drive adds $1,300 to any trim.<br /> <br /> As always, pricing I share only reflects starting manufacturers suggested retail prices.  Getting your Tiguan equipped to your liking will impact the price.<br /> <br /> Tom Smith 1 10:45
2020 Chevrolet Traverse Review, Prices, Trims, Features, Specs & Photos https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-chevrolet-traverse-review/ Tue, 19 Nov 2019 04:30:42 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12998 2020 Chevrolet Traverse Review Chevy's Traverse is a great choice for a family 3-row SUV. It's small enough to maneuver but big enough to fit adults in all three rows. And that's not necessarily the case for many midsize crossover SUVs without having adult-contortionists sit in the 3rd row. With that said, the Traverse is easily considered a full-size crossover SUV in many automotive-circles. But in the Chevrolet family, the Traverse has two bigger siblings.  There's the full-sized Tahoe SUV and over-sized Suburban SUV. So, midsize it is for the Chevrolet Traverse.  And I recently picked one up from my friends at Martin Chevrolet for this review. -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- 2020 Chevrolet Traverse w/ Pacific Ocean Sunset 2020 Chevy Traverse Trim Configurations And MSRPs The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse continues offering numerous trim configuration options for you to choose from.  So, without a doubt, there's a Traverse trim level for you.  2020 Chevrolet Traverse Trims & Starting MSRPs: L $29,800 LS $32,900 LT Cloth $35,400 LT Leather $39,100 RS $43,600 Premier $45,800 High Country $50,900 As always, don't worry about MSRP.  Just go see my friends at Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, CA. Courtesy of Martin Chevrolet, near Carson, CA Because they'll give you the best price and the iDriveSoCal Keep It New program.  Email me and I'll gladly introduce you: Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com. .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_custom_field_radio i:before { background: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_border_solid { border-color: #1062ad !important } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 strong { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; }.et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p strong, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form input, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form button span { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; } Keep It New Program   It's a FREE $1,300 value from Martin Chevrolet!  Subscribe to the iDriveSoCal newsletter and we'll email the offer. Send it & Subscribe! Bingo! Check Your Inbox. 2020 Traverse Engines And Transmissions Chevrolet made it simple for the 2020 Traverse by going with the same engine and transmission across all trims. So, that engine is a 3.6L V6.  It delivers 310 hp with 266 lb-ft of torque.  And, It's paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy rating = 18-city / 27-highway MPG I find it impressive that Chevrolet puts that same powerplant in trims from the L all the way up to the top-of-the-line High Country.  Because it's both powerful and fun to drive. What's equally impressive is the Stop/Start technology that is in every 2020 Traverse. 2020 Chevrolet Traverse Review

Chevy’s Traverse is a great choice for a family 3-row SUV.

It’s small enough to maneuver but big enough to fit adults in all three rows.

And that’s not necessarily the case for many midsize crossover SUVs without having adult-contortionists sit in the 3rd row.

With that said, the Traverse is easily considered a full-size crossover SUV in many automotive-circles.

But in the Chevrolet family, the Traverse has two bigger siblings.  There’s the full-sized Tahoe SUV and over-sized Suburban SUV.

So, midsize it is for the Chevrolet Traverse.  And I recently picked one up from my friends at Martin Chevrolet for this review.

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2020 Chevrolet Traverse driver profile

2020 Chevrolet Traverse w/ Pacific Ocean Sunset

2020 Chevy Traverse Trim Configurations And MSRPs

The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse continues offering numerous trim configuration options for you to choose from.  So, without a doubt, there’s a Traverse trim level for you.

 2020 Chevrolet Traverse Trims & Starting MSRPs:

  • L $29,800
  • LS $32,900
  • LT Cloth $35,400
  • LT Leather $39,100
  • RS $43,600
  • Premier $45,800
  • High Country $50,900

As always, don’t worry about MSRP.  Just go see my friends at Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, CA.

Martin Chevrolet

Courtesy of Martin Chevrolet, near Carson, CA

Because they’ll give you the best price and the iDriveSoCal Keep It New program.  Email me and I’ll gladly introduce you: Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.

2020 Traverse Engines And Transmissions

Chevrolet made it simple for the 2020 Traverse by going with the same engine and transmission across all trims.

So, that engine is a 3.6L V6.  It delivers 310 hp with 266 lb-ft of torque.  And, It’s paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

2020 Chevrolet Traverse passenger rear

Fuel economy rating = 18-city / 27-highway MPG

I find it impressive that Chevrolet puts that same powerplant in trims from the L all the way up to the top-of-the-line High Country.  Because it’s both powerful and fun to drive.

What’s equally impressive is the Stop/Start technology that is in every 2020 Traverse.

center console

Stop/Start technology standard

Because it’s the tech that many carmakers add only to upper trim level vehicles.  Or, they leave it entirely optional.  And it’s going to save you money at the pump.

What’s 2020 Chevrolet Traverse’s MPG rating?

Well, with the same engines and transmissions that leaves only two main factors that can impact the equation when factoring fuel-economy.

First is the vehicle’s overall weight.  The heavier the SUV the more fuel it will consume.

steering wheel and instruments

Optional AWD w/ FWD standard

Second is whether or not you go with front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.  So the 2020 Traverse with front-wheel drive is rated for 18 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway.

And with all-wheel drive, the Traverse comes in at 17 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway.

What Does The 2020 Chevy Traverse Look Like?

So, the Traverse looks a lot like a scaled-down Tahoe.  And I love that.  Because I’ve always fancied the Tahoe.

2020 Chevrolet Traverse driver front

Tahoe styling cues

Although I haven’t owned one yet, I’m sure I will.  Or perhaps, the Traverse will satisfy that desire…?

And for 2020, Chevrolet is adding a cool Black Cherry Metallic color.

Traverse Exterior Colors:

  • Iridescent pearl tricoat*
  • Black cherry metallic
  • Satin steel metallic
  • Silver ice metallic
  • Summit white
  • Mosaic black metallic
  • Stone gray metallic
  • Midnight blue metallic
  • Graphite metallic
  • Cajun red tintcoat*

*Extra cost

2020 Chevy Traverse satin steel metallic color

Satin Steel Metallic

Exterior Metrics (inches): 

  • Wheelbase: 120.9
  • Length: 204.3
  • Width: 78.6
  • Height: 70.7
  • Track: 67.3 / 67 (front / rear)
  • Ground Clearance: N/A
  • Curb weight:  4,362 lbs (base)
  • Towing capacity: 5,000 lbs (w/ towing package)

 

Driving The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse

Driving the 2020 Chevy Traverse is effortless.  And that says a lot considering the massive amount of space for both passengers and cargo.

So, although it’s big inside and highly capable it drives like a much smaller vehicle.

Mid-size crossover SUV

5,000 lbs Towing Capacity

It has ample power ready at a moment’s notice.  And that’s whether you need a boost uphill, entering the highway or passing a slower driver.

I really enjoyed driving the Traverse.  It’s quick, super-smooth, nimble and quiet inside.

The 2020 Traverse can tow up to 5,000 lbs.  And depending on your configuration you can have up to four different drive modes.

 Available Traction Mode Select:

  • Front-wheel drive
  • All-wheel drive
  • Tow/haul
  • Off-road

Overall, I really enjoyed driving the Traverse.  It’s quick, super-smooth, nimble and quiet inside.

Inside the 2020 Traverse

In addition to the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse being quiet inside it’s also refined and big.  The Traverse I drove for this review was the Premiere trim.

2020 Chevrolet Traverse front seats and dash from 2nd row

2020 Chevrolet Traverse Premier trim

So, Traverse I drove for this review came very well equipped with both technology and creature comforts.

2020 Chevrolet Traverse 2nd row captains seats

Available 2nd Row Captain’s Chairs

The seats were extremely comfortable – in all three rows.

In fact, while sitting in the 3rd-row backseats I snapped the below picture with my legs completely extended.

view from 3rd row of seats

I’m 5’10” – My legs are completely extended

Notice how they just reach the front of the 2nd-row Captain’s chairs.

Plus, the leather and all the plastic surfaces felt like I was in a European luxury vehicle.

3rd-row backseat access

Easy access to 3rd-row seating with Smart Slide

And the 2nd-row seats collapse and slide forward easily providing access to the 3rd-row.  Plus, the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse can impressively seat up to 8 passengers.

But, to do that you would have to pass on the 2nd-row Captain’s chairs for a bench that sits three across in the second-row.

2020 Chevrolet Traverse cargo area with 2nd and 3rd row seats partially down

Near minivan interior space

And with up to 98.2 cubic feet of interior cargo space, the Traverse creeps towards the typical space of a minivan.  (Minivans are usually in the 145-ish cubic-feet range.)

Hidden Storage Compartments

I love vehicles with lots of cubbies and storage areas.  That way there’s always a spot to tuck belongings away from the prying eyes of would-be thieves.

But the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse actually comes with two completely hidden compartments – which is sweet!

in-dash hidden storage compartment

In-dash hidden storage

The in-dash hidden storage compartment is a great place to temporarily keep valuables when you really don’t have a choice.

For example; when I go to the gym I hate leaving my wallet and phone inside my car.  But I’m also not comfortable leaving it in my gym locker either.

And for those much bigger items to hide, the cargo area in the back of the Traverse offers a hidden space too.

2020 Chevy Traverse under cargo storage

2020 Chevy Traverse under cargo storage

The hidden compartment in the rear of the Traverse sits under the floor.  It’s completely out of sight and huge.

2020 Chevrolet Traverse Technology

The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse comes available with all the technology you’d expect and even some that you wouldn’t expect.

2020 Chevy Traverse cockpit

2020 Chevy Traverse cockpit

For instance, there’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.  And an available 8-inch touchscreen.  Plus available wireless phone charging in the front.

2020 Chevy Traverse infotainment touchscreen

2020 Chevy Traverse infotainment touchscreen

There’s also available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

But what Chevrolet offers that more carmakers need to get on board with is its Teen Driver Technology.

Teen Driver Technology

Teen Driver Technology

Through the Teen Driver technology, parents are able to monitor and track all sorts of info about what their kids are up to behind the wheel.

Teen Driver locking PIN code

Teen Driver locking PIN code

In fact, parents even know when a teen deactivates Teen Driving mode.  (Brilliant!)

And inside the Traverse, there’s plenty of access to connectivity throughout.

So, the 2nd-row backseat passengers have available heated seats, climate controls and lots of connectivity.

2020 Chevy Traverse 2nd row seat climate control and ports

2nd-row seat climate control and ports

And, even the third-row passengers can stay plugged-in.  Both outward passengers in the 3rd-row have USB ports to connect to.

2020 Chevy Traverse 3rd row seating cup holder and USB port

2020 Chevy Traverse 3rd row seating cup holder and USB port

Safety And Safety Tech

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse a solid 5-star safety rating.

The rearview back-up camera comes standard.

2020 Chevy Traverse forward and birdseye camera view

Back-up, forward and birdseye camera view

And Traverse offers all the available driver assistance safety technology that we’re coming to expect in new cars these days.

Available Safety & Driver Assist Features:

  • Rear park assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward-collision alert
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Land change blind spot alert
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane keep assist w/ lane departure warning

2020 Chevrolet Traverse Top-3

So this brings us to my Top-3 for the 2020 Chevy Traverse.

  1. Interior: There are critics out there who are not impressed by the Traverse inside.  I totally disagree.  It’s refined and hugely spacious.  :0)
  2. Technology: The available tech checks all the boxes and then some.  Teen Driver mode is a biggie in any family’s buying decision.
  3. Drive: Traverse is super-smooth and is easy to drive.  Especially for a vehicle that offers so much space and versatility inside.

Your SoCal Chevy Dealer – Martin Chevrolet

Thanks again to our friends at Martin Chevrolet in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California.

Led by General Manager, Lewis Cook Martin Chevrolet sets itself apart from other Southern California Chevy dealers by being completely transparent.  And everyone loves that.

Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

 

 

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2020 Chevrolet Traverse Review Chevy's Traverse is a great choice for a family 3-row SUV. - It's small enough to maneuver but big enough to fit adults in all three rows. - And that's not necessarily the case for many midsize crossover SUVs without h... 2020 Chevrolet Traverse Review<br /> Chevy's Traverse is a great choice for a family 3-row SUV.<br /> <br /> It's small enough to maneuver but big enough to fit adults in all three rows.<br /> <br /> And that's not necessarily the case for many midsize crossover SUVs without having adult-contortionists sit in the 3rd row.<br /> <br /> With that said, the Traverse is easily considered a full-size crossover SUV in many automotive-circles.<br /> <br /> But in the Chevrolet family, the Traverse has two bigger siblings.  There's the full-sized Tahoe SUV and over-sized Suburban SUV.<br /> <br /> So, midsize it is for the Chevrolet Traverse.  And I recently picked one up from my friends at Martin Chevrolet for this review.<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Chevrolet Traverse w/ Pacific Ocean Sunset<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Chevy Traverse Trim Configurations And MSRPs<br /> The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse continues offering numerous trim configuration options for you to choose from.  So, without a doubt, there's a Traverse trim level for you.<br /> <br /> <br />  2020 Chevrolet Traverse Trims & Starting MSRPs:<br /> <br /> L $29,800<br /> LS $32,900<br /> LT Cloth $35,400<br /> LT Leather $39,100<br /> RS $43,600<br /> Premier $45,800<br /> High Country $50,900<br /> <br /> As always, don't worry about MSRP.  Just go see my friends at Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, CA.<br /> <br /> Courtesy of Martin Chevrolet, near Carson, CA<br /> <br /> Because they'll give you the best price and the iDriveSoCal Keep It New program.  Email me and I'll gladly introduce you: Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.<br /> <br /> <br /> .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_custom_field_radio i:before { background: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_border_solid { border-color: #1062ad !important } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 strong { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; }.et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p strong, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form input, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form button span { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; } <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Keep It New Program<br />  <br /> It's a FREE $1,300 value from Martin Chevrolet! <br /> Subscribe to the iDriveSoCal newsletter and we'll email the offer.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Send it & Subscribe!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Bingo! Check Your Inbox.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Traverse Engines And Transmissions<br /> Chevrolet made it simple for the 2020 Traverse by going with the same en... Tom Smith clean 17:42
2019 Volkswagen Passat Review, BEST Prices, Trims, Features and Pics https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-volkswagen-passat/ Wed, 23 Oct 2019 16:11:05 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12833 2019 VW Passat Review The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is the last model year of Volkswagen's seventh-generation midsize sedan. And, that's a model year that I like to buy for a couple of reasons. First, they've been doing it for a while so they've definitely got it 'right'.  Second, with the all-new next generation coming out in the upcoming year, deals are usually ripe for the making! My friends at Ontario VW recently gave me a 2019 Volkswagen Passat for a day of test-driving around Southern California's Inland Empire. Continue reading for my complete review and detailed pictorial. 2019 VW Passat - test drive courtesy of Ontario Volkswagen 2019 Volkswagen Passat Prices & Trim Configurations For 2019, VW keeps the Passat trim configurations pretty simple.  There are two of them.  The entry-level Wolfsburg and it's more feature-rich SE R-Line. 2019 Volkswagen Passat Trims & starting MSRPs: Wolfsburg $25,295 SE R-Line $29,995 What's up with the 'Wolfsburg' moniker attached to so many Volkswagen models through the years?  Funny you should ask because I've been wondering too! Wolfsburg, Germany is Volkswagen's Global HQ It's pretty simple really.  Because Wolfsburg, Germany is ranked as the richest city in Germany and happens to be the location of Volkswagen AG's headquarters. And Volkswagen AG is known internationally as Volkswagen Group. VW Group has been the largest carmaker in the world since overtaking Toyota in 2016. So... now we both know. ;0) Engine, Transmission, And MPG With either 2019 VW Passat trim configuration, you receive the same engine.  And that's a turbocharged 2.0-liter4-cylinder.  It delivers 174-horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, with either trim config, you receive the same 6-speed automatic transmission.  And that trans comes with Tiptronic, paddle shifters and sport mode. 6-speed Automatic w/ Sport Mode & Tiptronic Now, the 2019 Passat felt way-way more powerful than a midsize sedan with less than 200-horses.  How is that possible?  I'm guessing got to be some brilliant engineering in the transmission. The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is rated to deliver 25-MPG in the city and up to 36-MPG cruising the highway! Because here's the kicker.  The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is rated to deliver 25-MPG in the city and up to 36-MPG cruising the highway! Exterior Of The '19 VW Passat The '19 Passat exterior styling is unmistakably Volkswagen. 2019 VW Passat passenger front The blend of straight lines and curves that instantly communicate the European value that Volkswagen is known for. On the SE R-Line, LED headlights and taillights help take the exterior look to a borderline luxury level - especially at night. Of course, they illuminate better than standard lights as well. Wolfsburg Trim 17" 10-spoke alloy wheels And while the above pictured 17" 10-spoke alloy wheels look great.  Another available exterior upgrade is a set of 19" twin 5-spoke alloy wheels. Inside The 2019 Volkswagen Passat The interior of the 2019 Volkwagen Passat is spacious and also characteristically European.  It delivers a fit and finish that I wish more non-luxury automakers tried to emulate. Passat's Interior Fit & Finish beckon luxury DNA If you're new to European cars then Passat's interior will have you feeling you are, in fact, driving a luxury brand. Because if you're not looking at a badge, it takes an educated driver or passenger to know they're not inside an Audi. And in the cooler months, heated front seats will keep your butt guessing too! :0) Tall adults fit very comfortably in Passat's backseat As always the Passat's backseats are super comfortable with ample legroom. And that's another feature I wish more carmakers copied.  In the above picture, notice the contours on the front-seatbacks for even more backseat comfort. ...another feature I wish more carmakers copied... 2019 VW Passat Review

The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is the last model year of Volkswagen’s seventh-generation midsize sedan.

And, that’s a model year that I like to buy for a couple of reasons.

First, they’ve been doing it for a while so they’ve definitely got it ‘right’.  Second, with the all-new next generation coming out in the upcoming year, deals are usually ripe for the making!

My friends at Ontario VW recently gave me a 2019 Volkswagen Passat for a day of test-driving around Southern California’s Inland Empire.

Continue reading for my complete review and detailed pictorial.

2019 Volkswagen Passat driver profile

2019 VW Passat – test drive courtesy of Ontario Volkswagen

2019 Volkswagen Passat Prices & Trim Configurations

For 2019, VW keeps the Passat trim configurations pretty simple.  There are two of them.  The entry-level Wolfsburg and it’s more feature-rich SE R-Line.

2019 Volkswagen Passat Trims & starting MSRPs:

    • Wolfsburg $25,295
    • SE R-Line $29,995

What’s up with the ‘Wolfsburg‘ moniker attached to so many Volkswagen models through the years?  Funny you should ask because I’ve been wondering too!

Exterior 2019 VW Passat Wolfsburg Edition badge

Wolfsburg, Germany is Volkswagen’s Global HQ

It’s pretty simple really.  Because Wolfsburg, Germany is ranked as the richest city in Germany and happens to be the location of Volkswagen AG’s headquarters.

And Volkswagen AG is known internationally as Volkswagen Group.

VW Group has been the largest carmaker in the world since overtaking Toyota in 2016.

So… now we both know. ;0)

Engine, Transmission, And MPG

With either 2019 VW Passat trim configuration, you receive the same engine.  And that’s a turbocharged 2.0-liter4-cylinder.  It delivers 174-horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

Additionally, with either trim config, you receive the same 6-speed automatic transmission.  And that trans comes with Tiptronic, paddle shifters and sport mode.

2019 Volkswagen Passat gear shifter

6-speed Automatic w/ Sport Mode & Tiptronic

Now, the 2019 Passat felt way-way more powerful than a midsize sedan with less than 200-horses.  How is that possible?  I’m guessing got to be some brilliant engineering in the transmission.

The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is rated to deliver 25-MPG in the city and up to 36-MPG cruising the highway!

Because here’s the kicker.  The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is rated to deliver 25-MPG in the city and up to 36-MPG cruising the highway!

Exterior Of The ’19 VW Passat

The ’19 Passat exterior styling is unmistakably Volkswagen.

White 2019 Volkswagen Passat passenger front

2019 VW Passat passenger front

The blend of straight lines and curves that instantly communicate the European value that Volkswagen is known for.

On the SE R-Line, LED headlights and taillights help take the exterior look to a borderline luxury level – especially at night.

Of course, they illuminate better than standard lights as well.

17" 10-spoke alloy wheels

Wolfsburg Trim 17″ 10-spoke alloy wheels

And while the above pictured 17″ 10-spoke alloy wheels look great.  Another available exterior upgrade is a set of 19″ twin 5-spoke alloy wheels.

Inside The 2019 Volkswagen Passat

The interior of the 2019 Volkwagen Passat is spacious and also characteristically European.  It delivers a fit and finish that I wish more non-luxury automakers tried to emulate.

2019 Volkswagen Passat Front seats from back

Passat’s Interior Fit & Finish beckon luxury DNA

If you’re new to European cars then Passat’s interior will have you feeling you are, in fact, driving a luxury brand.

Because if you’re not looking at a badge, it takes an educated driver or passenger to know they’re not inside an Audi.

And in the cooler months, heated front seats will keep your butt guessing too! :0)

2019 Volkswagen Passat Great legroom in the backseat

Tall adults fit very comfortably in Passat’s backseat

As always the Passat’s backseats are super comfortable with ample legroom.

And that’s another feature I wish more carmakers copied.  In the above picture, notice the contours on the front-seatbacks for even more backseat comfort.

…another feature I wish more carmakers copied… contours on the front-seatbacks for even more backseat comfort.

That’s a highly appreciated staple of Volkswagen design.  And, it goes a very long way for those of us with bad knees or just a bit taller.

2019 Volkswagen Passat USB charging ports in the backseat

USB Charging Ports

Speaking of the backseats the 2019 Passat helps keep your passengers connected with USB charging ports easily accessed.

2019 Volkswagen Passat cargo area/trunk

15.9 cu-ft with backseats upPlus, you have 15.9 cubic-feet of cargo space in the trunk.  Another nod to VW’s tight fit and finish is the clean, snag-free walls and ceiling of the cargo space.

I like pointing out the little things.  Because they can make a big difference. :0)

2019 VW Passat Infotainment And Technology

And through Volkswagen’s Car-Net App-Connect you can link to Apple’s CarPlay or Android’s Auto applications.

2019 Volkswagen Passat Cockpit

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatible

My prediction is that Apple and Android connectivity is soon added to every new vehicle on the road in the near future.

2019 Volkswagen Passat hands-free easy open trunck

Hands-free Trunk AccessAnd standard on the SE R-Line you receive Volkswagen’s hands-free easy-open trunk.  Translation; an air-kick underneath the bumper pops-the trunk.

One item of note that’s not on the 2019 Passat is Volkwagen’s new digital cockpit.  However, my bet is that the all-new Passat in 2020 will have it – perhaps standard.

2019 VW Passat Driver Assistance Tech And Safety

The 2019 Volkswagen Passat was awarded a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Which safety-conscious parents such as myself always appreciate.

Plus the ’19 Passat delivers a solid suite of driver assistance safety technology.

  2019 Volkswagen Passat Safety Tech:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear traffic alert
  • Front assist
  • Lane assist

People First Warranty

And a nod must be given to Volkswagen’s People First Warranty.

2019 Volkswagen Passat driver rear white

6-Years/72,000-mile People First Warranty

That includes 6-years or 72,000-miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage.

VW’s People First Warranty – 6-years or 72,000-miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage.

Additionally, that industry-leading warranty is also transferable.

Ontario VW

My thanks, as always, to our friends at Ontario Volkswagen.  They provided the 2019 Passat for this review.

2019 Volkswagen Passat rear badging and plate

2019 VW Passat from Ontario Volkswagen

And Ontario VW should be every Southern California Volkswagen buyer’s first stop to shop and owner’s service destination.

Like all the car dealers we work with at iDriveSoCal, the team at Ontario VW helps you buy what you want.  Whereas so many other car dealers sell you what they want.

 

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2019 VW Passat Review The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is the last model year of Volkswagen's seventh-generation midsize sedan. - And, that's a model year that I like to buy for a couple of reasons. - First, they've been doing it for a while so they've de... 2019 VW Passat Review<br /> The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is the last model year of Volkswagen's seventh-generation midsize sedan.<br /> <br /> And, that's a model year that I like to buy for a couple of reasons.<br /> <br /> First, they've been doing it for a while so they've definitely got it 'right'.  Second, with the all-new next generation coming out in the upcoming year, deals are usually ripe for the making!<br /> <br /> My friends at Ontario VW recently gave me a 2019 Volkswagen Passat for a day of test-driving around Southern California's Inland Empire.<br /> <br /> Continue reading for my complete review and detailed pictorial.<br /> <br /> 2019 VW Passat - test drive courtesy of Ontario Volkswagen<br /> <br /> <br /> 2019 Volkswagen Passat Prices & Trim Configurations<br /> For 2019, VW keeps the Passat trim configurations pretty simple.  There are two of them.  The entry-level Wolfsburg and it's more feature-rich SE R-Line.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2019 Volkswagen Passat Trims & starting MSRPs:<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Wolfsburg $25,295<br /> SE R-Line $29,995<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What's up with the 'Wolfsburg' moniker attached to so many Volkswagen models through the years?  Funny you should ask because I've been wondering too!<br /> <br /> Wolfsburg, Germany is Volkswagen's Global HQ<br /> <br /> It's pretty simple really.  Because Wolfsburg, Germany is ranked as the richest city in Germany and happens to be the location of Volkswagen AG's headquarters.<br /> <br /> And Volkswagen AG is known internationally as Volkswagen Group.<br /> <br /> VW Group has been the largest carmaker in the world since overtaking Toyota in 2016.<br /> <br /> So... now we both know. ;0)<br /> Engine, Transmission, And MPG<br /> With either 2019 VW Passat trim configuration, you receive the same engine.  And that's a turbocharged 2.0-liter4-cylinder.  It delivers 174-horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.<br /> <br /> Additionally, with either trim config, you receive the same 6-speed automatic transmission.  And that trans comes with Tiptronic, paddle shifters and sport mode.<br /> <br /> 6-speed Automatic w/ Sport Mode & Tiptronic<br /> <br /> Now, the 2019 Passat felt way-way more powerful than a midsize sedan with less than 200-horses.  How is that possible?  I'm guessing got to be some brilliant engineering in the transmission.<br /> The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is rated to deliver 25-MPG in the city and up to 36-MPG cruising the highway!<br /> Because here's the kicker.  The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is rated to deliver 25-MPG in the city and up to 36-MPG cruising the highway!<br /> Exterior Of The '19 VW Passat<br /> The '19 Passat exterior styling is unmistakably Volkswagen.<br /> <br /> 2019 VW Passat passenger front<br /> <br /> The blend of straight lines and curves that instantly communicate the European value that Volkswagen is known for.<br /> <br /> On the SE R-Line, LED headlights and taillights help take the exterior look to a borderline luxury level - especially at night.<br /> <br /> Of course, they illuminate better than standard lights as well.<br /> <br /> Wolfsburg Trim 17" 10-spoke alloy wheels<br /> <br /> And while the above pictured 17" 10-spoke alloy wheels look great.  Another available exterior upgrade is a set of 19" twin 5-spoke alloy wheels.<br /> Inside The 2019 Volkswagen Passat<br /> The interior of the 2019 Volkwagen Passat is spacious and also characteristically European.  It delivers a fit and finish that I wish more non-luxury automakers tried to emulate.<br /> <br /> Passat's Interior Fit & Finish beckon luxury DNA<br /> <br /> If you're new to European cars then Passat's interior will have you feeling you are, in fact, driving a luxury brand.<br /> <br /> Because if you're not looking at a badge, it takes an educated driver or passenger to know they're not inside an Audi.<br /> <br /> And in the cooler months, Tom Smith clean 12:08
2019 Volkswagen Golf R Review, BEST Prices, Features & Photos https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-volkswagen-golf-r/ Sat, 19 Oct 2019 15:59:27 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12771 2019 Volkswagen Golf R Review Test driving the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R left me bummed when I had to return it. Because it's that much fun to drive.  And while it literally has a 'Race mode', it also easily fits the role of a daily commuter. Just a super-quick, incredibly agile daily commuter.  Plus, it doesn't scream 'look at me.  I'm driving a really fun and fast car.  And, I will likely break the law soon!' Continue reading below or click play to hear the complete details of my 2019 Volkswagen Golf R review.  And thanks to my dear friends at Ontario Volkswagen for hooking me up with a Golf R for this review! VW Golf R Test Drive & Review Now wrapping up its 7th generation, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is the top-dog when it comes to the automotive enthusiasts Golf. And I make that top-dog reference because we really cannot bring up the Golf R without giving well deserved 'props' to the Golf GTI. 2019 Volkswagen Golf R Earlier this year I reviewed the 2019 VW Golf GTI Rabbit Edition and was highly impressed.  The Rabbit really ran - boy did it run. So, I was excited when my friends at Ontario Volkswagen offered up GTI's more powerful and all-wheel-drive sibling the Golf R for a day of test driving. 2019 Volkswagen Golf R Trim and MSRP Everyone's first question when we're talking about performance vehicles is; 'how much does it cost?'  Followed by the second question of; 'what are its options?' But for the 2019 VW Golf R it's kept pretty simple.  And that's because the 2019 Golf R doesn't offer any trim level options. Starting MSRP $40,395 - But contact Ontario VW It is, simply the Golf R.  Which makes sense considering there are a bunch of options for Golf's initial sporty version, the GTI. "...the starting MSRP for the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is $40,395." Of course, there are various features you can configure but the starting MSRP for the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is $40,395. As always, that's just MSRP.  Which, I include as a point of reference but you really shouldn't worry much about it two reasons. First, you've got to get yours configured to your liking.  And second, and more importantly, simply go see my pals at Ontario Volkswagen in Ontario, California. Tell them Tom from iDriveSoCal sent you and you'll be glad that you did. Engine, Transmission - Big Difference Between The Golf R & GTI The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R delivers 288-horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.  And that coming from a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine. So, the Golf R delivers an additional 60-horsepower over its GTI sibling.  The other big delivery point of the Golf R over the GTI is the transmission. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R delivers 288-horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque... [with] Volkswagen's 4MOTION all-wheel drive. The GTI gives you front-wheel drive whereas the Golf R gives you Volkswagen's 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Plus the Golf R delivers the option of dual-clutch automatic or 6-speed manual transmissions. For us purists, the manual is a blast.  But the automatic is faster and always easier to commute with. So, when considering which transmission to go with, I find it a bit of a toss-up. 2019 Golf R Fuel Economy And the Volkswagen Golf R's fuel economy is highly respectable. It's rated 21-MPG in the city and 29-MPG on the highway. However, I've come across reports stating drivers are actually reaching 30-MPG on the highway. ...rated 21-MPG in the city and 29-MPG on the highway. Of course, this is with premium fuel, etc.  But it's worth stating that the Golf R, for as sporty of a drive it delivers, it also comes with incredible fuel economy... somehow?!?!? The Exterior of the 2019 VW Golf R So, I think this crazy but it's not too hard to find criticism of the 2019 Golf R's exterior styling.  Look, it's a very subjective thing.  And perhaps if I was in my 20's or even 30's I might opine differently. 2019 Volkswagen Golf R Review

Test driving the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R left me bummed when I had to return it.

Because it’s that much fun to drive.  And while it literally has a ‘Race mode’, it also easily fits the role of a daily commuter.

Just a super-quick, incredibly agile daily commuter.  Plus, it doesn’t scream ‘look at me.  I’m driving a really fun and fast car.  And, I will likely break the law soon!’

Continue reading below or click play to hear the complete details of my 2019 Volkswagen Golf R review.  And thanks to my dear friends at Ontario Volkswagen for hooking me up with a Golf R for this review!

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VW Golf R Test Drive & Review

Now wrapping up its 7th generation, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is the top-dog when it comes to the automotive enthusiasts Golf.

And I make that top-dog reference because we really cannot bring up the Golf R without giving well deserved ‘props’ to the Golf GTI.

2019 Volkswagen Golf R driver front

2019 Volkswagen Golf R

Earlier this year I reviewed the 2019 VW Golf GTI Rabbit Edition and was highly impressed.  The Rabbit really ran – boy did it run.

So, I was excited when my friends at Ontario Volkswagen offered up GTI’s more powerful and all-wheel-drive sibling the Golf R for a day of test driving.

2019 Volkswagen Golf R Trim and MSRP

Everyone’s first question when we’re talking about performance vehicles is; ‘how much does it cost?’  Followed by the second question of; ‘what are its options?’

But for the 2019 VW Golf R it’s kept pretty simple.  And that’s because the 2019 Golf R doesn’t offer any trim level options.

2019 VW Golf R passenger rear

Starting MSRP $40,395 – But contact Ontario VW

It is, simply the Golf R.  Which makes sense considering there are a bunch of options for Golf’s initial sporty version, the GTI.

“…the starting MSRP for the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is $40,395.”

Of course, there are various features you can configure but the starting MSRP for the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is $40,395.

As always, that’s just MSRP.  Which, I include as a point of reference but you really shouldn’t worry much about it two reasons.

First, you’ve got to get yours configured to your liking.  And second, and more importantly, simply go see my pals at Ontario Volkswagen in Ontario, California.

Tell them Tom from iDriveSoCal sent you and you’ll be glad that you did.

Engine, Transmission – Big Difference Between The Golf R & GTI

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R delivers 288-horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.  And that coming from a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine.

So, the Golf R delivers an additional 60-horsepower over its GTI sibling.  The other big delivery point of the Golf R over the GTI is the transmission.

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R delivers 288-horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque… [with] Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

The GTI gives you front-wheel drive whereas the Golf R gives you Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

Golf R badge

Plus the Golf R delivers the option of dual-clutch automatic or 6-speed manual transmissions.

For us purists, the manual is a blast.  But the automatic is faster and always easier to commute with.

So, when considering which transmission to go with, I find it a bit of a toss-up.

2019 Golf R Fuel Economy

And the Volkswagen Golf R’s fuel economy is highly respectable.

It’s rated 21-MPG in the city and 29-MPG on the highway.

However, I’ve come across reports stating drivers are actually reaching 30-MPG on the highway.

…rated 21-MPG in the city and 29-MPG on the highway.

Of course, this is with premium fuel, etc.  But it’s worth stating that the Golf R, for as sporty of a drive it delivers, it also comes with incredible fuel economy… somehow?!?!?

The Exterior of the 2019 VW Golf R

So, I think this crazy but it’s not too hard to find criticism of the 2019 Golf R’s exterior styling.  Look, it’s a very subjective thing.  And perhaps if I was in my 20’s or even 30’s I might opine differently.

But I love the outside of the Golf R.  And here’s why.  It is sporty in all the right places without being obnoxious and calling attention to itself.

It is sporty in all the right places without being obnoxious and calling attention to itself.

You have LED lights in the front and rear.  The addition not available that I’d like to see is foglights on the front.

The LED lights do the job.  But foglights always look cool.  And you can never have too much illumination.

2019 VW Golf R front

Mk7 Volkswagen Golf R

Great looking rims (my test driver had the optional 5-spokes) with black colored brake calipers on display.

2019 Golf R 5.spoke wheel

5-spoke wheels are my choice.

And my favorite, the rearview subtlely highlighting 4x functional tailpipes.

2019 Golf R rear close.up

Those 4-pipes play a sweet sound!

So the perfect fit for this subdued exterior styling is that the Golf R can easily be a daily driver.

But one that literally has a ‘Race mode’.

2019 Volkswagen Golf R lap timer on center stack screen

Lap timer in Race mode

Personally, I’d prefer not to call attention to myself when having fun driving the freeways of Southern California.  Or anyplace else for that matter. ;0)

Inside the Volkswagen Golf R

And much like the outside, the interior of the Golf R is subdued but classy.  It comes only in one color, Titan Black Leather.

2019 Volkswagen Golf R front seat from rear

Golf R front seats from the back

The fit and finish throughout the interior punches above its weight class.  And even though that’s something that most of us have come to expect from Volkswagen, it’s still notable and appreciated.

The fit and finish throughout the interior punches above its weight class.

I found enough nooks to stash stuff inside the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R.  And when it comes to cargo space the hot-hatch continues to excel with 22.8 cubic feet with the back seats up.

2019 VW Golf R cargo area w. back seat partial down

Plenty of versatile cargo space

Drop the back seats down and you grow your cargo space to 42.3 cubic feet.

2019 Golf R back seat w. armrest down

4-adults can hit the highwayOverall the interior of the Golf R is spacious for what it is.  4-adults can hit the highway and 5-adults can get across town in relative comfort.

The driver’s seat is a 12-way power-adjustable with lumbar support.  But it doesn’t have memory options which are something I’ve grown to really appreciate as I constantly switch cars with my wife.

And the other element of the interior I’d love to see in future Golf R’s is ventilated front seats.  The Golf R does heated front seats for 2019 but not ventilated.

Safety & Technology

For being a serious enthusiast car the Volkswagen Golf R for 2019 comes with impressive technology and safety features for its class.

Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit keeps the Golf R leaning tech-forward and delivers great driver-focused functionality.  I was excited to find that feature in VW’s serious performance vehicle.

2019 VW Golf R steering wheel and instrument cluster

VW’s Digital Cockpit in Golf R

Additionally, safety technology that comes in the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R but not in much of its class includes:

  • Forward Collision Warning and Front Assist (emergency braking)
  • Lane Keeping Assistance
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Traffic Alert

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto keep you infotained.  And the Fender premium audio system does its namesake justice in pumping out said infotainment.

Volkswagen’s People First Warranty

We cannot cover a Volkswagen review with touching on its industry-leading People First Warranty.

That includes 6-years or 72,000 miles.  It’s a bumper to bumper limited warranty that a dealer like my friends at Ontario VW will be happy to detail for you.

2019 VW Golf R cockpit

Driver-focused ergonomics

But beyond the great longterm coverage and peace of mind is the fact that the warranty is fully transferable.

Driving The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R

So, I really didn’t want my day of test driving the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R to end.  It’s really that fun to drive!

The car has a ton of power for its size.  Again, ‘Race’ is one of it’s driving modes.  And that’s the mode where I spent most of my time driving.

Race mode provided a comfortable enough drive to be in throughout the day, while also providing power and stability whenever I felt like ‘getting on it.’

And not because I was driving aggressively the entire day.

But because Race mode provided a comfortable enough drive to be in throughout the day, while also providing power and stability whenever I felt like ‘getting on it.’

2019 Golf R Driving Modes

Race mode is a blast

And yes, when in Race mode, there’s a little engine/exhaust sound pumped through the sound system.  I won’t lie, the little kid in me loved it!

Another aspect of driving the 2019 VW Golf R was the combination of the power, 4MOTION all-wheel drive, and the dynamic chassis control.

2019 VW Golf R driver profile

It looks great – and performs even better!

Because combining all of that engineering provided for a truly impressive and exceptional handling experience.

 Is the Volkswagen Golf R Going Away?

Finally, I’m happy to report that the Golf R isn’t going away for good as previously suggested in the rumor-mill… And I believe that came from VW itself at one point.

2019 Golf R driver rear

Coming soon, the Mk8 Golf R!

Nevertheless, the Golf R Mk 8 (aka Mark 8 and aka 9th generation) is now on VW’s rollout plan for 2021.  So, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Rs will be it for a while.

Ontario VW – Your SoCal Volkswagen Dealer

So, contact my friends at Ontario Volkswagen about the 2019 VW Golf R while they last!

And my thanks Ontario VW’s General Manager, Earl Reed and Randy Halcomb for providing the Golf R for this review.

 

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2019 Volkswagen Golf R Review Test driving the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R left me bummed when I had to return it. - Because it's that much fun to drive.  And while it literally has a 'Race mode', it also easily fits the role of a daily commuter. - 2019 Volkswagen Golf R Review<br /> Test driving the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R left me bummed when I had to return it.<br /> <br /> Because it's that much fun to drive.  And while it literally has a 'Race mode', it also easily fits the role of a daily commuter.<br /> <br /> Just a super-quick, incredibly agile daily commuter.  Plus, it doesn't scream 'look at me.  I'm driving a really fun and fast car.  And, I will likely break the law soon!'<br /> <br /> Continue reading below or click play to hear the complete details of my 2019 Volkswagen Golf R review.  And thanks to my dear friends at Ontario Volkswagen for hooking me up with a Golf R for this review!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> VW Golf R Test Drive & Review<br /> Now wrapping up its 7th generation, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is the top-dog when it comes to the automotive enthusiasts Golf.<br /> <br /> And I make that top-dog reference because we really cannot bring up the Golf R without giving well deserved 'props' to the Golf GTI.<br /> <br /> 2019 Volkswagen Golf R<br /> <br /> Earlier this year I reviewed the 2019 VW Golf GTI Rabbit Edition and was highly impressed.  The Rabbit really ran - boy did it run.<br /> <br /> So, I was excited when my friends at Ontario Volkswagen offered up GTI's more powerful and all-wheel-drive sibling the Golf R for a day of test driving.<br /> 2019 Volkswagen Golf R Trim and MSRP<br /> Everyone's first question when we're talking about performance vehicles is; 'how much does it cost?'  Followed by the second question of; 'what are its options?'<br /> <br /> But for the 2019 VW Golf R it's kept pretty simple.  And that's because the 2019 Golf R doesn't offer any trim level options.<br /> <br /> Starting MSRP $40,395 - But contact Ontario VW<br /> <br /> It is, simply the Golf R.  Which makes sense considering there are a bunch of options for Golf's initial sporty version, the GTI.<br /> "...the starting MSRP for the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is $40,395."<br /> Of course, there are various features you can configure but the starting MSRP for the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R is $40,395.<br /> <br /> As always, that's just MSRP.  Which, I include as a point of reference but you really shouldn't worry much about it two reasons.<br /> <br /> First, you've got to get yours configured to your liking.  And second, and more importantly, simply go see my pals at Ontario Volkswagen in Ontario, California.<br /> <br /> Tell them Tom from iDriveSoCal sent you and you'll be glad that you did.<br /> Engine, Transmission - Big Difference Between The Golf R & GTI<br /> The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R delivers 288-horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.  And that coming from a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine.<br /> <br /> So, the Golf R delivers an additional 60-horsepower over its GTI sibling.  The other big delivery point of the Golf R over the GTI is the transmission.<br /> The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R delivers 288-horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque... [with] Volkswagen's 4MOTION all-wheel drive.<br /> The GTI gives you front-wheel drive whereas the Golf R gives you Volkswagen's 4MOTION all-wheel drive.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Plus the Golf R delivers the option of dual-clutch automatic or 6-speed manual transmissions.<br /> <br /> For us purists, the manual is a blast.  But the automatic is faster and always easier to commute with.<br /> <br /> So, when considering which transmission to go with, I find it a bit of a toss-up.<br /> 2019 Golf R Fuel Economy<br /> And the Volkswagen Golf R's fuel economy is highly respectable.<br /> <br /> It's rated 21-MPG in the city and 29-MPG on the highway.<br /> <br /> However, I've come across reports stating drivers are actually reaching 30-MPG on the highway.<br /> ...rated 21-MPG in the city and 29-MPG on the highway.<br /> Of course, this is with premium fuel, etc.  But it's worth stating that the Golf R, Tom Smith clean 12:49
End of Lease Options – What Most Car Dealers Don’t Want You To Know https://www.idrivesocal.com/end-of-lease-chevrolet/ Wed, 16 Oct 2019 03:08:04 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12741 End of Lease Options When your vehicle reaches its end of lease I'll bet you are unaware of all your options.  Because, until recently I was myself! And some of those options can be not only convenient but even lucrative.  For instance, you could wind up with thousands of dollars to put down on your next lease. Yes, you read that right.  Not always, but often when you return a leased vehicle there's equity in it.  And you are entitled to that equity. But if you are unaware that the equity is there then some dealers will casually scoop it up in the transaction and say nothing to you about it.  Whoah! So, in this iDriveSoCal Podcast, my friend Lewis Cook, General Manager from Martin Chevrolet enlightens us with those details plus more insider info.  Including, how to end your lease in the best possible position. You'll find lots of great end of lease insight in this post no matter what.  Whether you're returning your vehicle at the end of your lease.  Or, if you're buying the vehicle at the end of your lease.  And especially if you're leasing another vehicle at the end of your lease, Continue reading below or click play to hear the entire podcast.  This is guaranteed time well spent.  Because it's going to save you money. Recorded @ Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, California End Of Lease Process Every manufacturer handles its lease return process a little differently.  And it changes. But basically, here's the process at the end of your lease: You receive a letter alerting you that the end of your lease is near. In that letter, the manufacturer usually makes you a special offer to get you to lease another vehicle. That letter will also instruct you to have your vehicle inspected.  (This one came as a surprise to me upon my first lease.) .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_custom_field_radio i:before { background: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_border_solid { border-color: #1062ad !important } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 strong { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; }.et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p strong, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form input, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form button span { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; } Keep It New Program   It's a FREE $1,300 value from Martin Chevrolet!  Subscribe to the iDriveSoCal newsletter and we'll email the offer. Send it & Subscribe! Bingo! Check Your Inbox. Depdepending on the manufacturer that inspection will be handled by an authorized dealer of that manufacturer or a third-party.  Either way, there's no cost to you. Leasing The Car You Intend To Buy Is Something To Consider And one additional point, depending on market conditions, End of Lease Options

When your vehicle reaches its end of lease I’ll bet you are unaware of all your options.  Because, until recently I was myself!

And some of those options can be not only convenient but even lucrative.  For instance, you could wind up with thousands of dollars to put down on your next lease.

Yes, you read that right.  Not always, but often when you return a leased vehicle there’s equity in it.  And you are entitled to that equity.

But if you are unaware that the equity is there then some dealers will casually scoop it up in the transaction and say nothing to you about it.  Whoah!

So, in this iDriveSoCal Podcast, my friend Lewis Cook, General Manager from Martin Chevrolet enlightens us with those details plus more insider info.  Including, how to end your lease in the best possible position.

You’ll find lots of great end of lease insight in this post no matter what.  Whether you’re returning your vehicle at the end of your lease.  Or, if you’re buying the vehicle at the end of your lease.  And especially if you’re leasing another vehicle at the end of your lease,

Continue reading below or click play to hear the entire podcast.  This is guaranteed time well spent.  Because it’s going to save you money.

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Recorded @ Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, California

End Of Lease Process

Every manufacturer handles its lease return process a little differently.  And it changes.

But basically, here’s the process at the end of your lease:

  • You receive a letter alerting you that the end of your lease is near.
  • In that letter, the manufacturer usually makes you a special offer to get you to lease another vehicle.
  • That letter will also instruct you to have your vehicle inspected.  (This one came as a surprise to me upon my first lease.)

Depdepending on the manufacturer that inspection will be handled by an authorized dealer of that manufacturer or a third-party.  Either way, there’s no cost to you.

End of Lease Martin Chevrolet

Leasing The Car You Intend To Buy Is Something To Consider

And one additional point, depending on market conditions, the manufacturer or your dealer might reach out to you prior to the end of your lease.

So if they contact you it’s almost always to try and get you to return your current lease and get into a new one from them.

Martin Chevrolet’s Lewis Cook emphasizes the most important thing is knowing the market value of your vehicle at your end of the lease.

And all that is great, but Martin Chevrolet’s Lewis Cook emphasizes the most important thing is knowing the market value of your vehicle at your end of the lease.

That, and of course, the residual value assigned to the vehicle you’re currently leasing are key factors.

Because if the market value is greater than the residual value then BINGO you have equity!

Because if the market value is greater than the residual value then BINGO you have equity!

Know Your Residual AND Market Value For End Of Lease Options

First, the easy one.  Your vehicle’s residual value.

Every leased vehicle has a residual value.  The residual value of a leased vehicle is what that vehicle is predicted to be worth at the end of the lease term.

We all know weather forecasters get it wrong a lot!  But many people who lease vehicles don’t realize the bank analysts get it wrong a lot too.

The key thing here is that the predicted residual value is officially assigned by the bank’s analysts.

And just as weather forecasters try to predict the weather.  Bank analysts try to forecast the value of a vehicle.

We all know weather forecasters get it wrong a lot!  But many people who lease vehicles don’t realize the bank analysts get it wrong a lot too.

End Of Lease - Martin Chevrolet Corvette

Buy A Corvette @ The End Of Lease?

Now, nobody cares (except the banks – but boo-hoo for them) if the market value of the vehicle you lease isn’t worth it’s residual at the end of the lease term.

Conversely, if the market value of your leased vehicle exceeds it’s residual value then shazam!  You’ve got equity!

And that equity can be used as a down payment for your next vehicle.

What’s the Real Market Value Of Your Car or Truck

So, here’s the big to-do on your end of lease checklist.  And that is to figure out the market value of your leased truck or car.

But what’s market value… really?  Well, it’s the value you can get for the vehicle if you were to sell it.  And we all know that market values change.

Lewis Cook and Tom Smith podcasting

Lewis Sharing Details Other Car Dealers Might Never!

There are tons of factors that go into market value.  The geographic area plays a role.  Obviously the year, make, model, trim level and features on your car or truck are factors.

Also, a big one is demand.  Are there buyers out there for my vehicle at my end of lease?

How To Determine The Real Market Value At Your End of Lease

Savvy shoppers and or car-gals/guys will immediately think KBB.com or Edmunds.com to figure out what their car is worth.

And Lewis from Martin Chevrolet suggests using those only as references.  Because he says, “there’s a lot of play in those numbers based on value and mileage.”

But Lewis really threw me off when he made this next suggestion.  Although it makes perfect sense once he explained it.  He says go to your nearest CarMax.  Yep, a new car dealer being so brutally honest that he’s telling you to go somewhere else.

Silver Bolt

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Of course, there’s more to it.  Here’s the rest of what Lewis suggests, “you go to CarMax, you’re not obligated to sell it to them. Because you’re not obligated to sell it to them, they’re going to put their best foot forward, because if they don’t, you’re not coming back.”

“Because you’re not obligated to sell it to them, they’re going to put their best foot forward, because if they don’t, you’re not coming back.”

And he continued, “that will give you a really, really good idea about what that car is worth with no obligation, it’ll take a couple of hours of your day.”

Additionally, Lewis says, “then worst-case scenario, if their offer is higher than the residual and nobody else wants to do that for you, you can sell it to CarMax, too.”

But Lewis doesn’t suggest you actually sell to CarMax.  There’s another step.

New Car Dealers Want Their Brand On Their Pre-Owned Lot

So, that next step is to take the offer CarMax gives you to the new car dealership you leased from.  (Or any new car dealership that sells your leased vehicle’s brand.)

And my friend Lewis at Martin Chevrolet says, “Acquiring vehicles for sale is a chore, it really is.  It’s not an easy thing to do. If it’s a Chevy, I’m going to give you more than CarMax because I want the car.”

“I’m going to give you more than CarMax because I want the car.  I don’t need them having my product out there and selling it. I need the car, so I’m going to give you more.”

He continues rationalizing his philosophy by stating, “I don’t need them having my product out there and selling it. I need the car, so I’m going to give you more.”

So, because new car dealers want their own brand well represented in their used car inventory.  And with that in mind, the new car dealer will likely give you a higher market value than CarMax.  Again, simply because they want to sell their own brand – new and used.

Beyond a new car dealer wanting their own brand in their pre-owned car inventory, Lewis pointed out something else.  And it’s something that I know I forget and you probably do too.

What’s I’m referring to is a simple fact that a new car dealer has to spend time, energy and overall resources to keep his pre-owned inventory flush.  So, yet another reason Lewis at Martin Chevrolet is likely to give you a higher market value for your vehicle.

Lease Extension – The Little Known Option

So the end of your lease term has arrived.  It’s time to decide.  Or, is it?

When your lease has come to an end do you really have to make a final decision?  Nope!  Well, not always, you have another option.

Oftentimes, when you’re at the end of your lease you can simply extend it!

Oftentimes, when you’re at the end of your lease you can simply extend it!

This is yet another option that I’ve only recently learned.  And of course, it comes with caveats.

First, not all manufacturers (their financial arms that lease their vehicles) will always agree to extend a lease.  Although I’ve never heard of a lease extension request being denied.

Close-Up Chevrolet Traverse

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Different manufacturers offer different types of lease extensions.  Some longer and others shorter.  And this too changes.

And Lewis from Martin Chevy had another suggestion here.  He said, “if you’re making more payments on the car, really, that residual value should drop.”  And to make sure that’s happening when you speak with the financial institution you leased from.

End of Lease Options – Return, Buy Or Lease Again

So this brings us to your typical end of lease options.  And those are either return the leased vehicle.  Buy the leased vehicle.  Or trade the leased vehicle in on another lease.

And with any of these options, Lewis reiterates, “that’s why it’s so important to know what your equity position is at the end of the lease.”

The Martin Chevrolet General Manager continues, “if you have equity, the car’s worth ten-grand, and the residual’s eight-grand.  You can utilize that.  Because $2K goes to your next purchase.”

Your SoCal Chevrolet Dealer – Martin Chevy

As always, my sincere thanks to my friend and Lewis Cook at Martin Chevrolet.

Lewis generously shares details of the car business few are willing to divulge and we seriously appreciate his doing so.

Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

 

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End of Lease Options When your vehicle reaches its end of lease I'll bet you are unaware of all your options.  Because, until recently I was myself! - And some of those options can be not only convenient but even lucrative.  For instance, End of Lease Options<br /> When your vehicle reaches its end of lease I'll bet you are unaware of all your options.  Because, until recently I was myself!<br /> <br /> And some of those options can be not only convenient but even lucrative.  For instance, you could wind up with thousands of dollars to put down on your next lease.<br /> <br /> Yes, you read that right.  Not always, but often when you return a leased vehicle there's equity in it.  And you are entitled to that equity.<br /> <br /> But if you are unaware that the equity is there then some dealers will casually scoop it up in the transaction and say nothing to you about it.  Whoah!<br /> <br /> So, in this iDriveSoCal Podcast, my friend Lewis Cook, General Manager from Martin Chevrolet enlightens us with those details plus more insider info.  Including, how to end your lease in the best possible position.<br /> <br /> You'll find lots of great end of lease insight in this post no matter what.  Whether you're returning your vehicle at the end of your lease.  Or, if you're buying the vehicle at the end of your lease.  And especially if you're leasing another vehicle at the end of your lease,<br /> <br /> Continue reading below or click play to hear the entire podcast.  This is guaranteed time well spent.  Because it's going to save you money.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Recorded @ Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, California<br /> <br /> End Of Lease Process<br /> Every manufacturer handles its lease return process a little differently.  And it changes.<br /> <br /> But basically, here's the process at the end of your lease:<br /> <br /> You receive a letter alerting you that the end of your lease is near.<br /> In that letter, the manufacturer usually makes you a special offer to get you to lease another vehicle.<br /> That letter will also instruct you to have your vehicle inspected.  (This one came as a surprise to me upon my first lease.)<br /> <br /> <br /> .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_custom_field_radio i:before { background: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_border_solid { border-color: #1062ad !important } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 strong { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; }.et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p strong, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form input, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form button span { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; } <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Keep It New Program<br />  <br /> It's a FREE $1,300 value from Martin Chevrolet! <br /> Subscribe to the iDriveSoCal newsletter and we'll email the offer.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Send it & Subscribe!<br /> <br /> <br /> Tom Smith clean 28:14
2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal – Hardtop For Chevy’s Mid-Engine C8 https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-corvette-convertible-reveal/ Mon, 07 Oct 2019 19:14:10 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12673 2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible reveal continued to pile-on impressive stats for the eighth generation iconic, soon to be, mid-engine sports coupe. Chevy pulled the cover off the C8 convertible in simultaneous events held on both coasts of the US.  And, we were on hand for the left coast shindig held at the newly opened Motoring Club in Marina del Rey, CA. Of course, all of the 2020 Corvette reveal details shared by my friend Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet remain entirely relevant.  But here's what we found out during the 2020 Corvette convertible reveal: First-ever hardtop Corvette convertible. Two-piece hardtop retracts while driving! Identical drag between the coupe and convertible. Continue reading for more info and specifics. -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<-- 2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal Event How much is the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible? First, let's get this question out of the way.  Because how much the 2020 Corvette Convertible costs was at the top of everyone's list of question during the revel as well. Inviting driver-focused cockpit.And here's what Chevrolet is telling us. The 2020 Corvette Convertible MSRP will be $67,495 for the entry-level 1LT trim.  But what's perhaps more impressive is that the key stats of the vehicle pretty much stay intact from its non-convertible sibling. 2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal So, if the first-ever hardtop convertible Corvette isn't exciting enough, then consider this. The two-piece hardtop activates at speeds up to 30 mph.  And to be perfectly clear, that's not while you're sitting in gusts of wind up to 30 mph. That's while you're driving at speeds up to 30 mph! https://youtu.be/JHJ43fiIP7Y The convertible hardtop stows in a compartment just above the mid-engine of the Corvette C8. Chevy states that it's made of lightweight composite panels and heat shields to manage the heat generated by the mid-engine. https://youtu.be/6AsewK_UhQc So, pretty cool feature there.  Additionally, the 2020 Corvette convertible revealed shared that the hardtop retracts in as little as 16-seconds. .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_custom_field_radio i:before { background: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_border_solid { border-color: #1062ad !important } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 strong { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; }.et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p strong, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form input, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form button span { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; } Keep It New Program   It's a FREE $1,300 value from Martin Chevrolet!  Subscribe to the iDriveSoCal newsletter and we'll email the offer. Send it & Subscribe! 2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible reveal continued to pile-on impressive stats for the eighth generation iconic, soon to be, mid-engine sports coupe.

Chevy pulled the cover off the C8 convertible in simultaneous events held on both coasts of the US.  And, we were on hand for the left coast shindig held at the newly opened Motoring Club in Marina del Rey, CA.

Of course, all of the 2020 Corvette reveal details shared by my friend Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet remain entirely relevant.  But here’s what we found out during the 2020 Corvette convertible reveal:

  • First-ever hardtop Corvette convertible.
  • Two-piece hardtop retracts while driving!
  • Identical drag between the coupe and convertible.

Continue reading for more info and specifics.

–>Continue reading or click play below to listen.<–

Covered 2020 Chevrolet Corvette with reveal countdown clock

2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal Event

How much is the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible?

First, let’s get this question out of the way.  Because how much the 2020 Corvette Convertible costs was at the top of everyone’s list of question during the revel as well.

Corvette Convertible cockpit

Inviting driver-focused cockpit.And here’s what Chevrolet is telling us. The 2020 Corvette Convertible MSRP will be $67,495 for the entry-level 1LT trim.  But what’s perhaps more impressive is that the key stats of the vehicle pretty much stay intact from its non-convertible sibling.

2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal

So, if the first-ever hardtop convertible Corvette isn’t exciting enough, then consider this.

The two-piece hardtop activates at speeds up to 30 mph.  And to be perfectly clear, that’s not while you’re sitting in gusts of wind up to 30 mph.

That’s while you’re driving at speeds up to 30 mph!

https://youtu.be/JHJ43fiIP7Y

The convertible hardtop stows in a compartment just above the mid-engine of the Corvette C8.

Chevy states that it’s made of lightweight composite panels and heat shields to manage the heat generated by the mid-engine.

https://youtu.be/6AsewK_UhQc

So, pretty cool feature there.  Additionally, the 2020 Corvette convertible revealed shared that the hardtop retracts in as little as 16-seconds.

Corvette Convertible Performance Engineering Revealed

With the convertible hardtop up, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible delivers exactly the same drag as it’s coupe sibling.

2020 Corvette Convertible passenger front

Looks like a coupe w/ the top-up.

Plus, C8 engineers adjusted the convertible chassis with springs and dampers to deliver nearly the same performance as the coupe.

2020 C8 Convertible Engine

So Chevrolet has been trumpeting the naturally aspirated aspect of the Stingray’s 6.2L Small Block V8 LT2 engine so much that I have a theory.  And, if you’re an enthusiast you’d probably agree.

That is that they’re setting us up for some crazy performance out of engines that will be in C8 trims above the base-model Stingray.

2020 Corvette wheel

5-spokes of fury. ;0)

Now, do not get me wrong for a second.  Because the Stingray’s 495-horsepower and 470-pound feet of torque is going to deliver awesome performance as is.

As reported in the C8 reveal podcast that’s 0 to 60 mph in just above 3-seconds!

C8 Transmission

Also, previously reported in that post is the double-edged-news of Chevrolet’s super-quick new dual-clutch automatic transmission.

2020 Corvette Convertible Frunk

Frunky!

The good news is that it’s eight-speeds and shifts faster than any human will ever be capable of.

And perhaps, what might be a bummer to the hardcore purist, is that the C8 will not be built with a manual transmission of any kind.  That includes both the coupe and the convertible.

Hardtop Convertible C8

During the 2020 Corvette convertible reveal Chevy announced that the hardtop does have an option.  And that’s to have the standard body-colored roof switched to a ‘carbon flash metallic-painted nacelles and roof.’

Sounds cool – but what the heck is a nacelle?  I had to look it up myself.

Corvette Convertible Hardtop

Retracts while going up to 30 MPH!

A nacelle is a streamlined enclosure for an engine.  And it’s often in relation to an aircraft engine.  So, check-check, Chevy is definitely engineering the C8 with speed and performance in mind.  (In case that was ever in question.)

When Will The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Be Available?

So next to how much will it cost the other top question rattled off at the 2020 Corvette convertible reveal was this:  When will the 2020 Corvette convertible be available for buyers?

We all know that these matters are an entirely moving target.  And my recommendation is to contact my friend Lewis Cook and his team at Martin Chevrolet to stay abreast of the latest developments.  (Or email me and I’ll connect you personally – Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.

Original Chevrolet Corvette

The original Corvette was on display too!

But what Chevrolet is maintaining is the following regarding availability for the 2020 Corvette C8:

  • Coupe – production begins in late 2019.
  • Convertible – production follows in late Q1 of 2020.

And one parting shot Chevrolet shared with us about its iconic American sports car is this: A right-hand-drive version of the convertible will be available ‘at a later date.’

So, to our European friends dying to get their hands on a slice of Americana’s finest automotive engineering, it’s coming.  Just wait. :0)

Martin Chevrolet is on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet!  Find New Roads!

 

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2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible reveal continued to pile-on impressive stats for the eighth generation iconic, soon to be, mid-engine sports coupe. - Chevy pulled the cover off the C8 convertible in simultaneo... 2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal<br /> The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible reveal continued to pile-on impressive stats for the eighth generation iconic, soon to be, mid-engine sports coupe.<br /> <br /> Chevy pulled the cover off the C8 convertible in simultaneous events held on both coasts of the US.  And, we were on hand for the left coast shindig held at the newly opened Motoring Club in Marina del Rey, CA.<br /> <br /> Of course, all of the 2020 Corvette reveal details shared by my friend Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet remain entirely relevant.  But here's what we found out during the 2020 Corvette convertible reveal:<br /> <br /> First-ever hardtop Corvette convertible.<br /> Two-piece hardtop retracts while driving!<br /> Identical drag between the coupe and convertible.<br /> <br /> Continue reading for more info and specifics.<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen.<--<br /> <br /> 2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal Event<br /> How much is the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible?<br /> First, let's get this question out of the way.  Because how much the 2020 Corvette Convertible costs was at the top of everyone's list of question during the revel as well.<br /> <br /> Inviting driver-focused cockpit.And here's what Chevrolet is telling us. The 2020 Corvette Convertible MSRP will be $67,495 for the entry-level 1LT trim.  But what's perhaps more impressive is that the key stats of the vehicle pretty much stay intact from its non-convertible sibling.<br /> 2020 Corvette Convertible Reveal<br /> So, if the first-ever hardtop convertible Corvette isn't exciting enough, then consider this.<br /> <br /> The two-piece hardtop activates at speeds up to 30 mph.  And to be perfectly clear, that's not while you're sitting in gusts of wind up to 30 mph.<br /> <br /> That's while you're driving at speeds up to 30 mph!<br /> <br /> https://youtu.be/JHJ43fiIP7Y<br /> <br /> The convertible hardtop stows in a compartment just above the mid-engine of the Corvette C8.<br /> <br /> Chevy states that it's made of lightweight composite panels and heat shields to manage the heat generated by the mid-engine.<br /> <br /> https://youtu.be/6AsewK_UhQc<br /> <br /> So, pretty cool feature there.  Additionally, the 2020 Corvette convertible revealed shared that the hardtop retracts in as little as 16-seconds.<br /> <br /> <br /> .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_custom_field_radio i:before { background: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_border_solid { border-color: #1062ad !important } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 strong { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; }.et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p strong, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form input, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form button span { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; } <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Keep It New Program<br />  <br /> Tom Smith clean 13:14
2019 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Review, BEST Prices, Trims, Features & Pics https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-chevrolet-corvette/ Thu, 19 Sep 2019 15:09:12 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12516 2019 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) Review Sales of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette have been brisk at Martin Chevrolet, a top Southern California Chevy dealer.  And that's highly significant because of the 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette's recent reveal. You would think that the news of the 2020 Mid-Engine Vette coming out would dampen interest in the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette.   But, not so. C7 Stingray In fact, the most expensive and powerful Vette in history only lasted a few days on Martin Chevy's showroom floor recently.  And yes, I'm referring to the 2019 Corvette ZR1 supercar - the $150K, 755-horsepower beast! '19 Vette VR1 Chevy Corvette - From Front-Engine C7 to Mid-Engine C8 But with news about the new generation of Corvette's (C8) burning up the internet, why is the current generation (C7) so hot with car buyers?  I have a few theories for the spike in 2019 Vette sales. For instance, if the C7 is really the end of the front-engine Corvette then the value of these 2019's is likely to sky-rocket.  And, let's be real, with the 2019 Corvette, Chevrolet may have maxed-out the capacity of front-engine technology.  Plus, if that's the case then history will shine an equally bright light on the 2019 Corvette's value in years to come. Z06 Supercharged badge Of course, you also have to consider the push toward electric vehicles.  Which seems likely to make traditional American muscle cars endangered species. And, perhaps the most important of all possible reasons the 2019 Corvette's are selling out...  You can never underestimate the passion of the automotive enthusiast. But, whatever the reason(s),  I figured I owed it to iDSC readers to take one out for a day and give it a thorough review.  I know, tough job... but I struggle through. ;0) Continue reading my 2019 Chevrolet Corvette review below or listen to the podcast version. My Stingray Test Driver 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C7 The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette is the last of the seventh generation.  And with the rollout of the C8 the Corvette world is in for a seismic shift. And that shift is simply due to the engine moving from the front to the rear of the vehicle.  Well, the middle of the vehicle technically speaking.  But here's the thing... Chevrolet nailed the 2019 Corvette.  And to be clear, they got it right in every conceivable way. 6.2-Liter V8 Sure, of course, you'll have critics nit-picking this or that.  And to them, I'd offer my sincerest encouragement to 'go have at it and try and do better!' The only downside that I can see in the end of the front-engine Corvette... is just that, the end of the front-engine Corvette! Because again, they got it right.  So right that they may have maxed out the physical capacity of front-engine rear-wheel-drive technology. Corvette Nostalgia Please hold onto your gear shifter here.  Because I'm going off on a brief tangent. Why I Love Rear-Wheel Drive! For me, and perhaps you, a favorite pastime is being at a dead-stop and flooring a vehicle.  And that's because of what happens next. The engine roars and rear-wheels break loose.  As they spin your heart thumps, pupils dilate and goose-bumps with tiny hairs on your neck and arms tingle. "The engine roars and rear-wheels break loose.  As they spin your heart thumps, pupils dilate and goose-bumps with tiny hairs on your neck and arms tingle." The vehicle starts moving forward but at a snail's pace because you're barbequing your back-wheels.  And, it's cool! But the fun is just starting.  Time to crank the front-wheels and start experiencing fighter-pilot g-forces.  As the back-wheels slide the vehicle in a sideways circular motion it's really hard not to giggle or just flat-out laugh. And that's because doing donuts is pointlessly childish.  But, oh,  they are so flippin' fun! And now Chevrolet wants to take one of the greatest donut-doing cars away from us forever! No.  Please, General Motors, no!  ;0) '19 Stingray wheel 2019 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) Review

Sales of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette have been brisk at Martin Chevrolet, a top Southern California Chevy dealer.  And that’s highly significant because of the 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette’s recent reveal.

You would think that the news of the 2020 Mid-Engine Vette coming out would dampen interest in the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette.   But, not so.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray front

C7 Stingray

In fact, the most expensive and powerful Vette in history only lasted a few days on Martin Chevy’s showroom floor recently.  And yes, I’m referring to the 2019 Corvette ZR1 supercar – the $150K, 755-horsepower beast!

Corvette flags, ZR1 badge, Martin Chevrolet plate and 4x exhaust pipes

’19 Vette VR1

Chevy Corvette – From Front-Engine C7 to Mid-Engine C8

But with news about the new generation of Corvette’s (C8) burning up the internet, why is the current generation (C7) so hot with car buyers?  I have a few theories for the spike in 2019 Vette sales.

For instance, if the C7 is really the end of the front-engine Corvette then the value of these 2019’s is likely to sky-rocket.  And, let’s be real, with the 2019 Corvette, Chevrolet may have maxed-out the capacity of front-engine technology.  Plus, if that’s the case then history will shine an equally bright light on the 2019 Corvette’s value in years to come.

Chrome, black and red Corvette Z06 Supercharged badge

Z06 Supercharged badge

Of course, you also have to consider the push toward electric vehicles.  Which seems likely to make traditional American muscle cars endangered species.

And, perhaps the most important of all possible reasons the 2019 Corvette’s are selling out…  You can never underestimate the passion of the automotive enthusiast.

But, whatever the reason(s),  I figured I owed it to iDSC readers to take one out for a day and give it a thorough review.  I know, tough job… but I struggle through. ;0)

Continue reading my 2019 Chevrolet Corvette review below or listen to the podcast version.

2019 Corvette Stingray Coupe grayish blue w/ black wheels

My Stingray Test Driver

2019 Chevrolet Corvette C7

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette is the last of the seventh generation.  And with the rollout of the C8 the Corvette world is in for a seismic shift.

And that shift is simply due to the engine moving from the front to the rear of the vehicle.  Well, the middle of the vehicle technically speaking.  But here’s the thing… Chevrolet nailed the 2019 Corvette.  And to be clear, they got it right in every conceivable way.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray engine

6.2-Liter V8

Sure, of course, you’ll have critics nit-picking this or that.  And to them, I’d offer my sincerest encouragement to ‘go have at it and try and do better!’

The only downside that I can see in the end of the front-engine Corvette… is just that, the end of the front-engine Corvette!

Because again, they got it right.  So right that they may have maxed out the physical capacity of front-engine rear-wheel-drive technology.

Corvette Nostalgia

Please hold onto your gear shifter here.  Because I’m going off on a brief tangent.

Why I Love Rear-Wheel Drive!

For me, and perhaps you, a favorite pastime is being at a dead-stop and flooring a vehicle.  And that’s because of what happens next.

The engine roars and rear-wheels break loose.  As they spin your heart thumps, pupils dilate and goose-bumps with tiny hairs on your neck and arms tingle.

“The engine roars and rear-wheels break loose.  As they spin your heart thumps, pupils dilate and goose-bumps with tiny hairs on your neck and arms tingle.”

The vehicle starts moving forward but at a snail’s pace because you’re barbequing your back-wheels.  And, it’s cool!

But the fun is just starting.  Time to crank the front-wheels and start experiencing fighter-pilot g-forces.  As the back-wheels slide the vehicle in a sideways circular motion it’s really hard not to giggle or just flat-out laugh.

And that’s because doing donuts is pointlessly childish.  But, oh,  they are so flippin’ fun!

And now Chevrolet wants to take one of the greatest donut-doing cars away from us forever! No.  Please, General Motors, no!  ;0)

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray wheel

’19 Stingray wheel

So, of course, I’m only joking.  But, there is a slice of truth in every joke – right?

I’m just sayin’ I can’t imagine the rear-wheel Vette is gone forever.  Bring on the mid-engine for sure.  I can’t wait for the future.  But the past definitely doesn’t suck.

Now, on with our regularly scheduled programming.

How Much Is A 2019 Chevrolet Corvette?

Upon setting eyes on their first Corvette, the second question usually asked is: ‘How much does a Corvette cost?’

And that’s the because the first time a young car-gal gazes upon the seductive two-door coupe sports car their first question is: ‘What’s that?’  BTW – This is based on my 100% unscientific methodology of remembering being a car-loving little kid asking those exact questions. :0)

With that in mind, here’s the answer to the “how much does a Corvette cost?” question.  The below are starting MSRPs for Chevrolet’s 2019 Corvette lineup:

2019 Chevrolet Corvette starting prices (MSRPs):

    • Stingray $55,900
    • Grand Sport $65,900
    • Z06 $80,900
    • ZR1 $123,000

Your Southern California Chevrolet Corvette Dealer

Now those are starting MSRPs, and you can equip Corvette’s in lots of heart-thumping adrenaline rushing ways.  So, two things as always with iDriveSoCal reviews.

First, you’ve got to get your Vette (aka ‘America’s Sports Car‘) equipped to your inner child’s delight.  So, that’s going to impact your price.  Second, I recommend contacting my friends at Martin Chevrolet.

Corvette flags, ZR1 badge, Martin Chevrolet plate and 4x exhaust pipes

You can almost hear the ZR1 roar in this pic! :0)

General Manager Lewis Cook is a personal friend of mine and beyond the best price, selection, and service he gives all of my iDSC readers a little something extra.  And that’s after you negotiate your deal.

Lewis will give you 3-year’s free maintenance.  That includes oil changes, windshield, and tire damage protection.  That’s a $1,300 minimum value, just for reading. :0)  Nice!

How Fast Is A 2019 Chevrolet Corvette?

So, the first question is; ‘what’s that?’  And the second question is; ‘how much does it cost?’  You probably know the third question; ‘how fast does is a c7 Corvette?’

ZR1

And the answer has always been very fast.  In fact, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 clocks 0 to 60 in 2.85 seconds.  Plus,  the ZR1  delivers what General Motors states is a ‘top track speed’ of a white-knuckling 212 MPH!

“…a ‘top track speed’ of a white-knuckling 212 MPH!”

So, where does all that, rather insane, performance come from?  Oh, just a stock 755 HP, 715 lb-ft of torque 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 engine.  And a fun fact here; the Supercharger in the ZR1 was problematically big for engineers.  So you’ll notice the abnormally-shaped hood doing a poor job of concealing the overly big supercharger.

Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Which brings us to another fun fact, engineers code-named the problematically big supercharger the BAS.  Aka ‘Big A** Supercharger.’

Remember, the ZR1 is at supercar status.  And that means super-price-tag rides shotgun.  These are in very limited production.  So that means the $123K starting price is going to be super-hard to come by.

Z06

Now if the ZR1 is a little out of your price range… then, you certainly wouldn’t be alone.  But perhaps the Z06 would fit nicely in your wallet and garage.  And the good news with the Z06 is that there’s a lot more of them being made.  So, Z06 will be easier to come by and the $81K starting price will be more attainable.

“…how fast is the Z06 from 0 to 60?  2.95 seconds.  Yep, a mere tenth of a second slower than the ZR1.”

And performance-wise the Z06 is still a serious force on four-wheels.  That’s because the Z06 is this/close to being as fast as the ZR1.

White 2019 Chevy Vette Z06

2019 Chevy Vette Z06

So get this, the Z06 gives you 650 HP with 650 lb-ft of torque.  And that’s also with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine.  But how fast is the Z06 from 0 to 60?  2.95 seconds.  Yep, a mere tenth of a second slower than the ZR1.  Do the math.  Nearly double the price between the Z06 and ZR1 for a tenth of a second…

But whoah, if you’re in ZR1’s serious-buyer-land then I say go for it!  Without a second thought and for sure.  Because the long-term value is likely to hold-up better and increases more over time.  Again, supply and demand.

Grand Sport

Yes, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport sits two slots below the beastly ZR1.  And no, that doesn’t mean this option isn’t awesome itself.  How fast is it?

The Grand Sport’s 6.2-liter V8 cranks out 460 HP with 465 lb-ft of torque.  And that translates into a 0 to 60 time of 3.6 seconds.

“…the Grand Sport starts at $66K.  Plus it’s way-more available.  And, so what if it takes 3/4’s of a second more to give you whiplash?!?!”

So let’s put this into perspective.  At basically $150K (the price you’re really likely to pay) the ZR1 pounds-out 0-60 in 2.85 seconds.

And the Grand Sport starts at $66K.  Plus it’s way-more available.  And, so what if it takes 3/4’s of a second more to give you whiplash?!?!  Again, the arithmetic is yours to do.

Stingray

So this brings us to the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.  And this is what Martin Chevrolet had me test drive for this review.

“How fast is the Corvette Stingray?  0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds.  Yep, a tenth of a second behind the Grand Sport.  Only  .85-seconds off the ZR1’s sprint.”

Don’t think for a second that this base-model Corvette doesn’t turn heads.  Because I caused quite a scene at a Palos Verdes Starbucks just grabbing a quick afternoon cup of java.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray driver front

2019 Vette Stingray

And yeah, it performs too – seriously.  How fast is the Corvette Stingray?  0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds.  Yep, a tenth of a second behind the Grand Sport.  Only  .85-seconds off the ZR1’s sprint.

So that performance is courtesy of another 6.2-liter V8 delivering 460 HP and 465 lb-ft of torque.

So, no matter which of the 2019 Corvette’s you are lucky enough to snap-up you really cannot go wrong.  The base model Stingray is awesome and each trim/model above it is just a little more awesome.

’19 Chevy Corvette as a Daily Driver?

Corvette drivers do whatever they please when it comes to using their Vette’s as daily drivers – or not.  But I’d probably stick with summer-only daily driver with the Stingray and Grand Sport.

Because the ZR1 is definitely not a daily driver.  Nope, never.  The same goes for the Z06.  But hey, here in Los Angeles there are plenty of commuters tooling around in some pretty crazy cars as their daily drivers.  So, to each their own.  :0)

Cargo area in the 2019 Chevy Corvette

Groceries go here! Just not too much. ;0)

With that in mind, personally, I wouldn’t use any of the 2019 Corvette’s line-up as a daily driver here in LA.  And that’s because LA County roads are terrible.  So not only are the rough LA roads going to put excessive wear-and-tear on the wheels and suspension.  But, the bad roads also make for a bumpier ride.

Now, if I lived in Orange County, then that’s a totally different story.  No problem as a daily driver.  But I’d still limit it to the Stingray or Grand Sport… eh, maybe the Z06 too.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Review

So clearly I’m a big Corvette fan.  Even for the hardcore Ford or Mopar guys that I grew up with… the Chevrolet Corvette always received its proper respect.

And pretty much everyone on the road gave me envious looks as I tooled around LA’s Southbay area in my 2019 Corvette Stingray test driver.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray passenger front

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray passenger front

I loved the sound and feel of the rumbling engine.  Especially when in track mode!  You can easily hear the difference when switching into that driving setting.

And the Corvette’s cockpit really couldn’t be more driver-oriented.  I took a couple of pics to clearly illustrate that.

Inside 2019 Corvette Stingray - driver focused cockpit

Here are all the toys the driver gets to play in the 2019 Corvette.

As you can see above that the driver has plenty to play within the 2019 Corvette.  And, not so much for the passenger as displayed below.

Corvette passenger view

As a passenger, you get to control your climate and window!

And look a little closer at the center stack below.

See if you can spot the button to the secret James Bond compartment.

 

Corvette Stingray center stack and console

Center stack and console

Now cue the opening theme music to your favorite 007 movie.

Chevrolet Vette hidden dashboard compartment

Hidden compartment complete with a USB port!

2019 Chevy Corvette – Is This Really Goodbye Front-Engine?

Please don’t get me wrong.  I cannot wait for the 2020 mid-engine Corvette.  It’s going to be incredible.  (And unavailable in manual transmission.)

But I honestly believe that I’ve taken far too long to create this post, perhaps because I don’t want the front-engine rear-wheel drive to be gone forever.

Chevy/General Motors just has to bring it back.  If nothing else then maybe they bring it back every few years with a limited run of production.

Or, maybe, this really is goodbye…

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray rear

Martin Chevrolet’s 2019 Corvette Stingray

If it is the end and you can afford to put a 2019 Corvette in your garage then now is without a doubt the time to do it.  And go see my friend Lewis Cook at Martin Chevrolet.

I’m happy to personally introduce you.  Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.

 

Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorn Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

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2019 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) Review Sales of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette have been brisk at Martin Chevrolet, a top Southern California Chevy dealer.  And that's highly significant because of the 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette's recent reveal. - 2019 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) Review<br /> Sales of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette have been brisk at Martin Chevrolet, a top Southern California Chevy dealer.  And that's highly significant because of the 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette's recent reveal.<br /> <br /> You would think that the news of the 2020 Mid-Engine Vette coming out would dampen interest in the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette.   But, not so.<br /> <br /> C7 Stingray<br /> <br /> In fact, the most expensive and powerful Vette in history only lasted a few days on Martin Chevy's showroom floor recently.  And yes, I'm referring to the 2019 Corvette ZR1 supercar - the $150K, 755-horsepower beast!<br /> <br /> '19 Vette VR1<br /> Chevy Corvette - From Front-Engine C7 to Mid-Engine C8<br /> But with news about the new generation of Corvette's (C8) burning up the internet, why is the current generation (C7) so hot with car buyers?  I have a few theories for the spike in 2019 Vette sales.<br /> <br /> For instance, if the C7 is really the end of the front-engine Corvette then the value of these 2019's is likely to sky-rocket.  And, let's be real, with the 2019 Corvette, Chevrolet may have maxed-out the capacity of front-engine technology.  Plus, if that's the case then history will shine an equally bright light on the 2019 Corvette's value in years to come.<br /> <br /> Z06 Supercharged badge<br /> <br /> Of course, you also have to consider the push toward electric vehicles.  Which seems likely to make traditional American muscle cars endangered species.<br /> <br /> And, perhaps the most important of all possible reasons the 2019 Corvette's are selling out...  You can never underestimate the passion of the automotive enthusiast.<br /> <br /> But, whatever the reason(s),  I figured I owed it to iDSC readers to take one out for a day and give it a thorough review.  I know, tough job... but I struggle through. ;0)<br /> <br /> Continue reading my 2019 Chevrolet Corvette review below or listen to the podcast version.<br /> <br /> My Stingray Test Driver<br /> <br /> <br /> 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C7<br /> The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette is the last of the seventh generation.  And with the rollout of the C8 the Corvette world is in for a seismic shift.<br /> <br /> And that shift is simply due to the engine moving from the front to the rear of the vehicle.  Well, the middle of the vehicle technically speaking.  But here's the thing... Chevrolet nailed the 2019 Corvette.  And to be clear, they got it right in every conceivable way.<br /> <br /> 6.2-Liter V8<br /> <br /> Sure, of course, you'll have critics nit-picking this or that.  And to them, I'd offer my sincerest encouragement to 'go have at it and try and do better!'<br /> <br /> The only downside that I can see in the end of the front-engine Corvette... is just that, the end of the front-engine Corvette!<br /> <br /> Because again, they got it right.  So right that they may have maxed out the physical capacity of front-engine rear-wheel-drive technology.<br /> Corvette Nostalgia<br /> Please hold onto your gear shifter here.  Because I'm going off on a brief tangent.<br /> Why I Love Rear-Wheel Drive!<br /> For me, and perhaps you, a favorite pastime is being at a dead-stop and flooring a vehicle.  And that's because of what happens next.<br /> <br /> The engine roars and rear-wheels break loose.  As they spin your heart thumps, pupils dilate and goose-bumps with tiny hairs on your neck and arms tingle.<br /> "The engine roars and rear-wheels break loose.  As they spin your heart thumps, pupils dilate and goose-bumps with tiny hairs on your neck and arms tingle."<br /> The vehicle starts moving forward but at a snail's pace because you're barbequing your back-wheels.  And, it's cool!<br /> <br /> But the fun is just starting.  Time to crank the front-wheels and start experiencing fighter-pilot g-forces.  As the back-wheels slide the vehicle in a sideways circular motion it's really ha... Tom Smith clean 19:03
2020 Honda Accord Midsize Sedan Review, Prices, Trims, Features & Pics https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-honda-accord/ Tue, 17 Sep 2019 03:59:23 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12545 2020 Honda Accord Review The 2020 Honda Accord continues it's highly awarded 10th generation.  And there's plenty that I love about the 2020 Accord. In fact, I was this/close to buying one from my friends at Rock Honda. So, what stopped me?  My wife suddenly gave me the okay to finally buy a pick-up truck. :0) Nevertheless, I am certain that there will be an Accord in our family's garage soon enough. And with that in mind, I was happy to take a 2020 Accord out for a day-cruise through Southern California's Inland Empire. -->Continue reading or click play below to listen to the podcast.<-- Honda's 'Still Night Peral' color - aka a cool electric blue Honda Accord Overview So the Accord sits at the top of all sorts of best-of lists.  In the non-luxury midsize sedan segment, the Accord is always a top contender. That's because it always ranks high in categories like safety, fuel efficiency, technology, performance, and comfort. If you're a regular reader/podcast listener than you know I'm all about value.  And that's why I, and so many other drivers love the Honda Accord. Because luxury badges are nice if you can afford them and justify the expense.  But as my friend David Latif, General Manager of Rock Honda states, "a car is not an investment. " Courtesy of Rock Honda So why financially bury yourself in something that is only going to depreciate?  And if you like that philosophy then you have to check out our podcast on buying versus leasing. 2020 Honda Accord Trim Configurations & Prices The trim configuration options and MSRPs are as follows.  And just a heads up that I'll soon be reviewing the 2020 Accord Hybrid separately. 2020 Honda Accord Trims & starting MSRPs: LX $23,870 Sport $26,530 EX $27,770 EX-L $30,270 Touring $36,100 Available 2020 Accord Engines & Transmissions So, depending on the trim configuration, 2020 Honda Accord buyers have two optional turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. First, there's the 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected engine providing 192-horsepower and 192-lb-ft of torque.  That's standard on the LX and optional on the Sport, EX and EX-L. Sport Trim 19" machined alloy Wheel Plus there's the more powerful 2.0-liter VTec Turbo with 252-horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.  And the 2.0 is an option on the 2020 Honda Accord Sport and EX-L trims while it comes standard on the Touring trim. Also, that 2.0-liter also comes with Honda's smooth-shifting yet sporty 10-speed automatic transmission. Automatic transmission console above - Manual trans available Paddle shifters are also available with the 2020 Honda Accord - they're available on the Sport trim and standard on the Touring. Sport - Available Paddle Shifters And one last note about transmissions for the 2020 Honda Accord.  Honda touts the Accord being the last midsize sedan in its class that also offers a manual transmission. Even though you probably don't want a stick shift for sitting in traffic.  It's still a fun option that us driving purists can appreciate. Fuel Economy No matter what trim, engine and transmission configuration you go with, we're still talking about a Honda.  Which means fuel efficiency is basically in the carmaker's DNA. So the 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is going to give you the best MPG. It basically comes in at 30 mpg in the city and up to a whopping 38 mpg on the highway. Adjustable Digital Instrument Cluster And the 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder is rated to deliver 22 mpg in the city and up to 34 mpg on the highway. Again, I'll be reviewing the Accord Hybrid separately. Outside The 2020 Accord Since 2020 is the third year for the current generation, the exterior of the Accord has become a common sight. Bold front-facing view LED headlights and available LED fog lights give the Accord a distinctive and sharp look - especially as the sun goes down. 2020 Honda Accord driver rear with a decklid spoiler... 2020 Honda Accord Review

The 2020 Honda Accord continues it’s highly awarded 10th generation.  And there’s plenty that I love about the 2020 Accord.

In fact, I was this/close to buying one from my friends at Rock Honda.

So, what stopped me?  My wife suddenly gave me the okay to finally buy a pick-up truck. :0)

Nevertheless, I am certain that there will be an Accord in our family’s garage soon enough.

And with that in mind, I was happy to take a 2020 Accord out for a day-cruise through Southern California’s Inland Empire.

–>Continue reading or click play below to listen to the podcast.<–

2020 Honda Accord passenger rear

Honda’s ‘Still Night Peral’ color – aka a cool electric blue

Honda Accord Overview

So the Accord sits at the top of all sorts of best-of lists.  In the non-luxury midsize sedan segment, the Accord is always a top contender.

That’s because it always ranks high in categories like safety, fuel efficiency, technology, performance, and comfort.

If you’re a regular reader/podcast listener than you know I’m all about value.  And that’s why I, and so many other drivers love the Honda Accord.

Because luxury badges are nice if you can afford them and justify the expense.  But as my friend David Latif, General Manager of Rock Honda states, “a car is not an investment. ”

2020 Honda Accord driver profile

Courtesy of Rock Honda

So why financially bury yourself in something that is only going to depreciate?  And if you like that philosophy then you have to check out our podcast on buying versus leasing.

2020 Honda Accord Trim Configurations & Prices

The trim configuration options and MSRPs are as follows.  And just a heads up that I’ll soon be reviewing the 2020 Accord Hybrid separately.

2020 Honda Accord Trims & starting MSRPs:

  • LX $23,870
  • Sport $26,530
  • EX $27,770
  • EX-L $30,270
  • Touring $36,100

Available 2020 Accord Engines & Transmissions

So, depending on the trim configuration, 2020 Honda Accord buyers have two optional turbocharged 4-cylinder engines.

First, there’s the 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected engine providing 192-horsepower and 192-lb-ft of torque.  That’s standard on the LX and optional on the Sport, EX and EX-L.

2020 Honda Accord wheel

Sport Trim 19″ machined alloy Wheel

Plus there’s the more powerful 2.0-liter VTec Turbo with 252-horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.  And the 2.0 is an option on the 2020 Honda Accord Sport and EX-L trims while it comes standard on the Touring trim.

Also, that 2.0-liter also comes with Honda’s smooth-shifting yet sporty 10-speed automatic transmission.

2020 Honda Accord Center console

Automatic transmission console above – Manual trans available

Paddle shifters are also available with the 2020 Honda Accord – they’re available on the Sport trim and standard on the Touring.

2020 Honda Accord instruments. steering wheel and paddle shifters

Sport – Available Paddle Shifters

And one last note about transmissions for the 2020 Honda Accord.  Honda touts the Accord being the last midsize sedan in its class that also offers a manual transmission.

Even though you probably don’t want a stick shift for sitting in traffic.  It’s still a fun option that us driving purists can appreciate.

Fuel Economy

No matter what trim, engine and transmission configuration you go with, we’re still talking about a Honda.  Which means fuel efficiency is basically in the carmaker’s DNA.

So the 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is going to give you the best MPG.

It basically comes in at 30 mpg in the city and up to a whopping 38 mpg on the highway.

Instrument cluster

Adjustable Digital Instrument Cluster

And the 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder is rated to deliver 22 mpg in the city and up to 34 mpg on the highway.

Again, I’ll be reviewing the Accord Hybrid separately.

Outside The 2020 Accord

Since 2020 is the third year for the current generation, the exterior of the Accord has become a common sight.

2020 Honda Accord front

Bold front-facing view

LED headlights and available LED fog lights give the Accord a distinctive and sharp look – especially as the sun goes down.

2020 Honda Accord driver rear

2020 Honda Accord driver rear with a decklid spoiler

Available 19″ wheels, LED taillights and dual-chrome exhaust ends further accent the Accords sportiness and athletic overall look.

2020 Honda Accord passenger profile

Passenger profileAnd the downward swooping roofline nicely adds to the sporty and sleek design.  There’s a slight loss of headroom for backseat passengers but you’d have to be a bit over average male height to even notice it.

2020 Honda Accord Interior

The 2020 Honda Accord is spacious and, of course, well designed.  The infotainment screen comes on Sport trim and above.  It’s big, crystal clear and the controls include buttons as well as the touchscreen.

2020 Honda Accord front seats from backseat

Available heated and ventilated front seats

Adjusting the climate in the cabin is a breeze (pun intended).  And drivers can manage a variety of tasks without taking your hands off the steering wheel.

I drove the 2020 Accord with Sport trim for this review.  And I was impressed by the comfortable but firm bolstered front seats.

2020 Honda Accord backseat with armrest down

Available heated rear seats

Plus, I like the fabric Honda’s using for the seats both the look and feel.  You can kind of tell by the pictures but the fabric gives the seats a leather look.

And I can best describe it as quality and high-tech to the touch.

2020 Honda Accord center stack bottom storage

Center stack bottom storage

There’s a great cubby storage area at the bottom of the center stack.  It has connectivity and charging ports with available wireless charging.

But what I really like about it is that when it’s closed would-be thieves don’t really know that it’s there.

2020 Honda Accord cargo area with backseat down

Cargo area with backseat down

The 2020 Honda Accord’s trunk gives you 16.7 cubic-feet of cargo space and all trims but the LX includes standard 60/40 split fold-down rear seatbacks.  The only time you curse not having that is when you don’t. ;0)

Honda Technology

And the Accord can come loaded with tech.  Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi hotspot capability are all available.

2020 Honda Accord center stack and center console

Center stack and center console

Accord Touring Technology

And if you go with the top-of-the-line Touring model you can subscribe to HondaLink.  That technology allows you to lock and unlock your doors through your smartphone from basically anywhere.

Additionally, it includes more features to keep you safe on the roads like emergency calling, stolen vehicle tracking, and automatic collision notification.

The Touring trim, with subscriptions, also offers 4G LTE Wi-Fi and, for Amazon Prime Customers, package deliveries via Amazon Key.

Personally, I’m not so sure about Amazon having access to my car… even just my trunk.  But, it’s available and some people are cool with it.

One of my favorite Accord Touring features is the heads-up display.

2019 Accord heads up display MPH

Available heads up display

The display is crystal clear and you can select from a number of different views easily.

Honda Sensing Safety Technology

Plus, all 2020 Honda Accord’s come standard with Honda Sensing.  And that is Honda’s suite of driver-assistance technologies and safety features.

Honda Sensing Technology:

    • Lane Keeping Assist
    • Adaptive Cruise Control
    • Driver Attention Monitor
    • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
    • Automatic High Beam Headlights
    • Collision Mitigation Braking System

Additional available driver assistance technology includes blind spot information and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Accord 5-Star Safety Rating

And Accord’s many awards are nice reassurance regarding the vehicle.  But the standout is definitely from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Because of the organization’s 5-star overall vehicle score drivers can feel all the more secure in their decision to buy a Honda Accord.

2020 Honda Accord rear badges and plate

Plus, the 2020 Honda Accord is expected to receive a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

2020 Honda Accord Top-3 Features

So here are my top-3 favorite features for the 2020 Honda Accord – in order:

  1. Value: No matter what trim level you go with the Accord is a great deal.
  2. Technology: If you go with the Touring trim you’re getting all the tech content that carmakers in putting in cars 3 to 4x the cost.
  3. Interior: Great design from user-friendliness to style.  While the Touring would be my pick I was very impressed with the Sport’s quality look and feel.

Your SoCal Honda Dealer – Rock Honda

And, if the 2020 Honda Accord is on your shopping list then you should connect with my friends at Rock Honda.

front badge and plate

They’re in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California and one of the biggest Honda retailers in the world.

I’m happy to connect you personally just email me: Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.

 

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2020 Honda Accord Review The 2020 Honda Accord continues it's highly awarded 10th generation.  And there's plenty that I love about the 2020 Accord. - In fact, I was this/close to buying one from my friends at Rock Honda. - So, what stopped me? 2020 Honda Accord Review<br /> The 2020 Honda Accord continues it's highly awarded 10th generation.  And there's plenty that I love about the 2020 Accord.<br /> <br /> In fact, I was this/close to buying one from my friends at Rock Honda.<br /> <br /> So, what stopped me?  My wife suddenly gave me the okay to finally buy a pick-up truck. :0)<br /> <br /> Nevertheless, I am certain that there will be an Accord in our family's garage soon enough.<br /> <br /> And with that in mind, I was happy to take a 2020 Accord out for a day-cruise through Southern California's Inland Empire.<br /> -->Continue reading or click play below to listen to the podcast.<--<br /> <br /> <br /> Honda's 'Still Night Peral' color - aka a cool electric blue<br /> <br /> <br /> Honda Accord Overview<br /> So the Accord sits at the top of all sorts of best-of lists.  In the non-luxury midsize sedan segment, the Accord is always a top contender.<br /> <br /> That's because it always ranks high in categories like safety, fuel efficiency, technology, performance, and comfort.<br /> <br /> If you're a regular reader/podcast listener than you know I'm all about value.  And that's why I, and so many other drivers love the Honda Accord.<br /> <br /> Because luxury badges are nice if you can afford them and justify the expense.  But as my friend David Latif, General Manager of Rock Honda states, "a car is not an investment. "<br /> <br /> Courtesy of Rock Honda<br /> <br /> So why financially bury yourself in something that is only going to depreciate?  And if you like that philosophy then you have to check out our podcast on buying versus leasing.<br /> 2020 Honda Accord Trim Configurations & Prices<br /> The trim configuration options and MSRPs are as follows.  And just a heads up that I'll soon be reviewing the 2020 Accord Hybrid separately.<br /> <br /> <br /> 2020 Honda Accord Trims & starting MSRPs:<br /> <br /> LX $23,870<br /> Sport $26,530<br /> EX $27,770<br /> EX-L $30,270<br /> Touring $36,100<br /> <br /> Available 2020 Accord Engines & Transmissions<br /> So, depending on the trim configuration, 2020 Honda Accord buyers have two optional turbocharged 4-cylinder engines.<br /> <br /> First, there's the 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected engine providing 192-horsepower and 192-lb-ft of torque.  That's standard on the LX and optional on the Sport, EX and EX-L.<br /> <br /> Sport Trim 19" machined alloy Wheel<br /> <br /> Plus there's the more powerful 2.0-liter VTec Turbo with 252-horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.  And the 2.0 is an option on the 2020 Honda Accord Sport and EX-L trims while it comes standard on the Touring trim.<br /> <br /> Also, that 2.0-liter also comes with Honda's smooth-shifting yet sporty 10-speed automatic transmission.<br /> <br /> Automatic transmission console above - Manual trans available<br /> <br /> Paddle shifters are also available with the 2020 Honda Accord - they're available on the Sport trim and standard on the Touring.<br /> <br /> Sport - Available Paddle Shifters<br /> <br /> And one last note about transmissions for the 2020 Honda Accord.  Honda touts the Accord being the last midsize sedan in its class that also offers a manual transmission.<br /> Even though you probably don't want a stick shift for sitting in traffic.  It's still a fun option that us driving purists can appreciate.<br /> <br /> Fuel Economy<br /> No matter what trim, engine and transmission configuration you go with, we're still talking about a Honda.  Which means fuel efficiency is basically in the carmaker's DNA.<br /> <br /> So the 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is going to give you the best MPG.<br /> <br /> It basically comes in at 30 mpg in the city and up to a whopping 38 mpg on the highway.<br /> <br /> Adjustable Digital Instrument Cluster<br /> <br /> And the 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder is rated to deliver 22 mpg in the city and up to 34 mpg on th... Tom Smith 1 15:50
Motte Historical Car Museum – SoCal’s Hidden Antique Automotive Heavan https://www.idrivesocal.com/motte-historical-museum/ Tue, 10 Sep 2019 04:30:34 +0000 http://ro.idrivesocal.com/?p=8945 Combine the open road and exquisite classic cars with a trip to the Motte Historical Museum in scenic Menifee, CA. The Motte Historical Car Museum is off the beaten path.  But when you go you'll surely agree it's well worth the trip. Menifee in Southwestern Riverside County plays host to the cozy museum with a collection of very cool classic cars.  And they're displayed in a building that, while fully restored as well, helps turn back the hands of time just like the vehicles it houses. Who else but our own Professor, Clinton Quan, made the recent trip and shares the complete report in this iDriveSoCal Podcast.  Click play below and take a look at some of the classic beauties he spotted during his trip. ***Transcription*** Recorded in Los Angeles, CA The Motte Historical Car Museum - Menifee's Hidden Automotive Gem Clinton "The Professor" Quan: They're like, "Wow, I didn't realize there are so many car shows and I didn't realize that there were so many car museums." Tom: This is the Motte Historical Museum, out in Menifee, California Clinton Quan: There's definitely cars from the 1920s, Tom: Made me think Great Gatsby. Professor: Yes. Tom: Like, that time period, right? Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with the good Professor, Mr. Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton. "Made me think Great Gatsby." Professor: Hi, Tom. Tom: Hello. This podcast, we're talking about another automotive museum, one that the good Professor kind of pulled out of his bag of tricks… I don't know. We've almost come to a year of doing the iDriveSoCal podcast and you're still surprising me with some of these little pocket events in museums and whatnot that you find. So, keep that up. Let's see how long you can keep that up until I'm like, "Oh, this one again?" Professor: I'll try. But I think a lot of people are really surprised at how many car museums and automotive events in Southern California. Tom: There's so much. 1931 Cadillac Professor: Yeah. Tom: There's so much. Professor: Because a lot of my friends, they're like, "Wow, I didn't realize there are so many car shows and I didn't realize that there were so many car museums." Tom: Yeah, all you got to do it look and you can keep yourself busy year-round. Professor: Yes. Tom: And hey, partially that's what iDriveSoCal's gonna help. We're gonna be a... Is the right word "repository?" Professor: You could say that. Southwestern Riverside County Tom: I'm making myself laugh because I'm thinking about other... And whatever. So as we have been, your go-to place. iDriveSoCal.com. Professor: Resource. Tom: Yeah, your resource. Thank you. But not only automotive but also the future of mobility. And a lot of the future of mobility is... Well, we'll see what it's gonna be, but it's an exciting time, right? 1924 Electric Ford Model T Professor: Yes. Tom: But for always and all time, there's going to be a large segment of the population that happens to be in love with cars. Cars that are coming out of manufacturers right now, rolling off the assembly lines right now, and for some time to come. For a long time to come, and certainly, the history. Professor: Yes. Tom: And this is the Motte Historical Museum, out in Menifee, California, which I guess that's considered Inland Empire? Professor: I believe that is considered the Inland Empire. It's a little east of the city of Perris, which is spelled P-E-R-R-I-S. Not to be confused with what everyone assumes. "It's a little east of the city of Perris... it's off the 215." Tom: Of course, I've buzzed by there and I know that I've buzzed by Perris, as well as Menifee, and I don't know what else comes to mind for Menifee, but I know I've been through both. Professor: Yeah, it's off the 215. Tom: Okay. So, Combine the open road and exquisite classic cars
with a trip to the Motte Historical Museum in scenic Menifee, CA.

The Motte Historical Car Museum is off the beaten path.  But when you go you’ll surely agree it’s well worth the trip.

Menifee in Southwestern Riverside County plays host to the cozy museum with a collection of very cool classic cars.  And they’re displayed in a building that, while fully restored as well, helps turn back the hands of time just like the vehicles it houses.

Who else but our own Professor, Clinton Quan, made the recent trip and shares the complete report in this iDriveSoCal Podcast.  Click play below and take a look at some of the classic beauties he spotted during his trip.

Open-cockpit antique race car pictured as part of the iDriveSoCal Podcast banner 163

***Transcription***

Recorded in Los Angeles, CA

The Motte Historical Car Museum – Menifee’s Hidden Automotive Gem

Clinton “The Professor” Quan: They’re like, “Wow, I didn’t realize there are so many car shows and I didn’t realize that there were so many car museums.”

Tom: This is the Motte Historical Museum, out in Menifee, California

Clinton Quan: There’s definitely cars from the 1920s,

Tom: Made me think Great Gatsby.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: Like, that time period, right?

Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with the good Professor, Mr. Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton.

“Made me think Great Gatsby.”

Professor: Hi, Tom.

Tom: Hello. This podcast, we’re talking about another automotive museum, one that the good Professor kind of pulled out of his bag of tricks…

I don’t know. We’ve almost come to a year of doing the iDriveSoCal podcast and you’re still surprising me with some of these little pocket events in museums and whatnot that you find.

So, keep that up. Let’s see how long you can keep that up until I’m like, “Oh, this one again?”

Professor: I’ll try. But I think a lot of people are really surprised at how many car museums and automotive events in Southern California.

Tom: There’s so much.

Museum-shiny 1931 Cadillac convertible

1931 Cadillac

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: There’s so much.

Professor: Because a lot of my friends, they’re like, “Wow, I didn’t realize there are so many car shows and I didn’t realize that there were so many car museums.”

Tom: Yeah, all you got to do it look and you can keep yourself busy year-round.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: And hey, partially that’s what iDriveSoCal’s gonna help. We’re gonna be a… Is the right word “repository?”

Professor: You could say that.

Southwestern Riverside County

Tom: I’m making myself laugh because I’m thinking about other… And whatever. So as we have been, your go-to place. iDriveSoCal.com.

Professor: Resource.

Tom: Yeah, your resource. Thank you. But not only automotive but also the future of mobility.

And a lot of the future of mobility is… Well, we’ll see what it’s gonna be, but it’s an exciting time, right?

White open-air 1924 Ford Electric Model T

1924 Electric Ford Model T

Professor: Yes.

Tom: But for always and all time, there’s going to be a large segment of the population that happens to be in love with cars.

Cars that are coming out of manufacturers right now, rolling off the assembly lines right now, and for some time to come.

For a long time to come, and certainly, the history.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: And this is the Motte Historical Museum, out in Menifee, California, which I guess that’s considered Inland Empire?

Professor: I believe that is considered the Inland Empire. It’s a little east of the city of Perris, which is spelled P-E-R-R-I-S.

Not to be confused with what everyone assumes.

“It’s a little east of the city of Perris… it’s off the 215.”

Tom: Of course, I’ve buzzed by there and I know that I’ve buzzed by Perris, as well as Menifee, and I don’t know what else comes to mind for Menifee, but I know I’ve been through both.

Professor: Yeah, it’s off the 215.

Tom: Okay. So, the Motte Historical Museum has… First off, the museum itself is really old and cool looking.

Professor: Yeah, it looks like a barn.

Tom: From the pictures that you shared, yeah. And so the collection is really neat, too. Do they define their collection? It seems to be ’20s to ’30s, maybe ’40s?

Professor: I think that’s a good description.

Motte Historical Museum Is A Private Car Collection

Tom: But there’s a Thunderbird that had to be from the ’50s that I saw in the pictures.

Professor: Yeah. It’s probably ’50s, ’60s.

Tom: Anyway, it’s a private collection. Apparently, the Motte brothers-

Professor: Yeah, Motte Classic Cars.

Tom: You know what? I’m stealing your thunder. You tell me about it.

Baby blue 1931 Ford Victoria @ the Motte Historical Museum in Menifee

1931 Ford Victoria @ The Motte Historical Museum

Professor: Well, the Motte brothers, they were in the agriculture business.

They were farmers. And-

Tom: Oranges or something, out here? Or do you know what?

Professor: That I don’t know, but probably oranges. I know that in Riverside, that’s-

Tom: Lot of orange groves out there?

Professor: There’s a lot of orange groves out there.

Tom: Okay.

Professor: Yeah, in fact, I believe it’s a state park that’s dedicated to the citrus fruit.

Tom: You grew up here. I did not, so I get a pass on that lack of knowledge.

“…there are about 24 vehicles currently on display in the museum.”

Professor: Yes, you do. So going back to the museum, I think they started their collection back in the 1950s.

They purchased an old Chevrolet and that was the start of the collection and there are about 24 vehicles currently on display in the museum.

They do have more vehicles that they store elsewhere, and they’ll rotate the cars from time to time.

Tan colored shiny museum quality 1930's coupe

Something for Prohibition-era gangster Al Capone

Professor: It is used as a special events venue, so they do have a number of other special events, including weddings.

It’s a popular wedding venue. If you check out the website, you’ll see some wedding photos, as well. So, if they take the vehicles out and they leave some of them inside, it’s a great place to host a cocktail reception, as well.

Great Gatsby Era @ The Motte Historical Car Museum

Tom: All right. And the cars that they have, again, going back to… Would you say the oldest is… I mean, those hot rods had to be like 1920s?

Professor: Oh, I think there were some cars. There’s definitely cars from the 1920s, I believe.

Tom: Well, the first one that you showed me was a Packard, and that was a beautiful…

Professor: Oh, yeah, a Packard. I believe that was a V12. I would say that car was-

Open cockpit racer at the Motte Car Museum

Motte Historical Museum

Tom: I think I saw the placard that-

Professor: Right in the center of the museum.

Tom: And rightfully so. I mean, that thing’s gorgeous.

Professor: Yeah, caught my attention right away.

Tom: I think I saw the placard that said it was a 1937.

Professor: Okay, that sounds right.

Tom: But yeah, so the stuff that you’re going to see at the Motte Historical Museum is-

Professor: Mostly American cars.

Tom: Yeah, it immediately made me think Great Gatsby.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: Like, that time period, right?

Professor: Yeah, it could include that time period, as well.

Tom: And a little bit before, a little bit after.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: On both sides. Excuse me.

“…they started their collection back in the 1950s.”

Professor: They also had some hot rods, as well.

Tom: Oh yeah?

Professor: Yeah, remember the photo? Three hot rods.

Tom: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. Okay, gotcha. But that had to be ’20s.

Professor: Yes.

Navy blue WWII era Lincoln Continental parked in the Motte Historical Car Museum

WWII era Lincoln Continental

Tom: It wasn’t American Graffiti hot-rod kind of thing.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: Okay, so it being called the Motte Historical Museum, were there other pieces of history that were on display, or is it really all automotive?

Professor: It is pretty much an all-automotive museum.

Tom: Okay.

Motte Family History

Professor: Now, there is a second floor to the museum. It doesn’t take up the entire space of the museum, and they do talk about the history of the Motte brothers and their influence in the valley, in that area.

Tom: And of course, you focused on absolutely none of that, because you were completely enthralled with the cars, right?

Professor: It’s interesting you use that word “enthralled,” because that came to mind, as well. I was thinking the exact same thing. Yes, that is 100% correct.

Tom: See, if I had gone there, I would look at the cars. I would take pictures. I would read up on them because I have to read all the placards at a museum.

“…they do talk about the history of the Motte brothers and their influence in the valley…”

But then I would definitely go read about the guys behind the museum, as well. But that’s how you and I are a little bit different.

Professor: I just went up to one of the staff members there and asked her about the Motte brothers and she just gave me a one-word answer: They were farmers. She just said, “Farmers.”

Like, “Okay, that summarizes.”

Tom: And then she went back to her game on her mobile device that she was playing.

Professor: Either that or reading or doing something.

Tom: Now, the venue, as you said, sure, it can be rented, whatever else.

Baby blue w/ white top 1950's Ford Thunderbird - Motte Historical Car Museum

1950’s Ford Thunderbird @ The Motte Historical Car Museum

But it’s one of these museums like the Marconi, where it’s open only certain times during the week, throughout the year, yeah?

Professor: They’re open Wednesday to Sunday, so they’re only closed Monday and Tuesday.

Tom: So you got the weekends all the time?

The Big Barn Classic Car Show @ The Motte Museum

Professor: Yeah, you got the weekends all the time and then you got Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Tom: Is there a fee to get in?

Professor: It is complimentary. There is no fee.

Tom: Okay. Not even like a donation box, if you wanted to kick in a couple of bucks or something?

Professor: I’m sure there’s a donation box.

Yellow antique open air hand-crank car - Motte Historical Car Museum

Motte Historical Museum

Tom: Everybody’s got a donation box.

Professor: The hours are ten to four.

Tom: All right.

Professor: Ten to four, Wednesday to Sunday.

Tom: Okay.

Professor: And their one big annual event is The Big Barn Classic Car Show, and that takes place the last weekend in April. I believe it’s a Saturday.

Tom: Big Barn Classic Car Show?

Professor: Yeah. That’s their one big annual event.

Tom: All right. What goes on then?

“…their one big annual event is The Big Barn Classic Car Show, and that takes place the last weekend in April.”

Professor: They have a number of classic cars.

Tom: They show cars.

Professor: They have a number of classic cars from, I’m sure, a lot of people who live in Inland Empire and they want to show off their passion for their classic cars.

Tom: All right, there you have it. Now, you’ve been to this museum before.

Professor: Yes, I’ve been there once before.

Tom: Only one time before?

Professor: Only one other time.

iDriveSoCal Test Drive Via The Motte Museum

Tom: And this was something that you did while you were on a test drive for one of our partners, right?

Professor: Yes.

Tom: Okay, and that would be our good friends out in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California, Rock Honda.

Professor: Yes.

Tom: Stay tuned or tune back into another podcast for all the content that we create with our partners at Rock Honda but in this case…

It was a vehicle review for the 2019 Honda Civic Coupe, which is a good-looking redesigned vehicle, right?

The Motte Museum’s Annual Open House

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: And we’ll save the rest of that for another, but what else about the Motte Historical Museum in Menifee, California, if you have anything else to share?

Professor: Oh, one other thing. They do have another event that will be coming up in February. It will be their open house.

“They do have another event that will be coming up in February. It will be their open house.”

Tom: Okay.

Professor: Yeah, and that will be from … I believe that’s the ninth if I remember correctly, and it’s from ten to two.

Tom: Okay, is that on a Saturday or Sunday, most likely?

Professor: Oh yes. That would definitely be on a weekend.

Dark brown long-nose 1940's sedan at the Motte Historical Car Museum

Motte Historical Car Museum

Tom: Okay. And auto shows, auto museums, always good family-friendly fun, and this looks like a really neat one, too.

It looks like one that I’ll have to be stopping by because I love… Going to see the historical vehicles at a Petersen Automotive Museum is cool.

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: Because they have some amazing vehicles. But then the environment is state of the art.

Antique Cars & Barn @ The Motte Historical Car Museum

Professor: Yeah.

Tom: Whereas, this is something where you go and…

Is the building just made to look old, or is it actually old? Or do you know?

“…they’re open Wednesday to Sunday, so they’re only closed Monday and Tuesday.”

Professor: I believe it is actually old, yes.

Tom: Because it looks like it’s in an old barn that’s been updated, converted, whatever.

Professor: Yes.

Motte Historic Car Museum Barn

Ok, the car is a brand new 2019 Honda Civic Coupe from Rock Honda but check out that historic barn!

Tom: And it’s just a neat, neat space. So not to plug you guys, but hey, why not? It’s such a neat space. It would be a cool space for an event, such as a wedding or whatnot.

But honestly, didn’t mean to be a commercial for events at the Motte Historical Museum. But a cool spot, nonetheless.

So, Professor, are you good?

Professor: Yes.

Tom: All right. Thank you, as always, good Professor, for your expert analysis, in this case of a Southern California automotive museum, again, the Motte Historical Museum in Menifee, California.

For iDriveSoCal, I am Tom Smith. As always, thank you so much for tuning in.

 

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Combine the open road and exquisite classic cars with a trip to the Motte Historical Museum in scenic Menifee, CA. The Motte Historical Car Museum is off the beaten path.  But when you go you'll surely agree it's well worth the trip. - Combine the open road and exquisite classic cars<br /> with a trip to the Motte Historical Museum in scenic Menifee, CA.<br /> The Motte Historical Car Museum is off the beaten path.  But when you go you'll surely agree it's well worth the trip.<br /> <br /> Menifee in Southwestern Riverside County plays host to the cozy museum with a collection of very cool classic cars.  And they're displayed in a building that, while fully restored as well, helps turn back the hands of time just like the vehicles it houses.<br /> <br /> Who else but our own Professor, Clinton Quan, made the recent trip and shares the complete report in this iDriveSoCal Podcast.  Click play below and take a look at some of the classic beauties he spotted during his trip.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ***Transcription***<br /> Recorded in Los Angeles, CA<br /> <br /> The Motte Historical Car Museum - Menifee's Hidden Automotive Gem<br /> Clinton "The Professor" Quan: They're like, "Wow, I didn't realize there are so many car shows and I didn't realize that there were so many car museums."<br /> <br /> Tom: This is the Motte Historical Museum, out in Menifee, California<br /> <br /> Clinton Quan: There's definitely cars from the 1920s,<br /> <br /> Tom: Made me think Great Gatsby.<br /> <br /> Professor: Yes.<br /> <br /> Tom: Like, that time period, right?<br /> <br /> Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here with the good Professor, Mr. Clinton Quan. Say hello, Clinton.<br /> "Made me think Great Gatsby."<br /> Professor: Hi, Tom.<br /> <br /> Tom: Hello. This podcast, we're talking about another automotive museum, one that the good Professor kind of pulled out of his bag of tricks…<br /> <br /> I don't know. We've almost come to a year of doing the iDriveSoCal podcast and you're still surprising me with some of these little pocket events in museums and whatnot that you find.<br /> <br /> So, keep that up. Let's see how long you can keep that up until I'm like, "Oh, this one again?"<br /> <br /> Professor: I'll try. But I think a lot of people are really surprised at how many car museums and automotive events in Southern California.<br /> <br /> Tom: There's so much.<br /> <br /> 1931 Cadillac<br /> <br /> Professor: Yeah.<br /> <br /> Tom: There's so much.<br /> <br /> Professor: Because a lot of my friends, they're like, "Wow, I didn't realize there are so many car shows and I didn't realize that there were so many car museums."<br /> <br /> Tom: Yeah, all you got to do it look and you can keep yourself busy year-round.<br /> <br /> Professor: Yes.<br /> <br /> Tom: And hey, partially that's what iDriveSoCal's gonna help. We're gonna be a... Is the right word "repository?"<br /> <br /> Professor: You could say that.<br /> Southwestern Riverside County<br /> Tom: I'm making myself laugh because I'm thinking about other... And whatever. So as we have been, your go-to place. iDriveSoCal.com.<br /> <br /> Professor: Resource.<br /> <br /> Tom: Yeah, your resource. Thank you. But not only automotive but also the future of mobility.<br /> <br /> And a lot of the future of mobility is... Well, we'll see what it's gonna be, but it's an exciting time, right?<br /> <br /> 1924 Electric Ford Model T<br /> <br /> Professor: Yes.<br /> <br /> Tom: But for always and all time, there's going to be a large segment of the population that happens to be in love with cars.<br /> <br /> Cars that are coming out of manufacturers right now, rolling off the assembly lines right now, and for some time to come.<br /> <br /> For a long time to come, and certainly, the history.<br /> <br /> Professor: Yes.<br /> <br /> Tom: And this is the Motte Historical Museum, out in Menifee, California, which I guess that's considered Inland Empire?<br /> <br /> Tom Smith clean 13:23
When To Buy A Car – New Car Dealer Shares Best Timing Secrets https://www.idrivesocal.com/when-to-buy-a-car/ Sat, 10 Aug 2019 00:06:05 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12227 Is There A Best Time To Buy A Car? When is the best time to buy a new car?  Or the best time to buy a used car?  And what's the best time to lease a car? These questions have surely crossed every money-conscious car buyer's mind.  Also, for some of us (myself included), there's no peace of mind until the answers are uncovered. But what really is the best time to pull the trigger and lock-in the very best deals?  And if you ask most car dealerships the answer will more than likely be today - right now! The Best Time To Buy A Car: When to buy a new car? And, when to buy a used car? Or, when to buy a certified pre-owned car? Plus, when to lease a new car? "...the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think." Some will swear the best time to buy a car is at the end of the month.  While others will say the best time to buy a car is the end of the quarter.  Then again, another camp will suggest the best time to buy a car and get good deals is the end of the month, quarter and year! Conversely, others will say the spring/summer holidays or the autumn/winter holidays are the best time to buy a car. As if car buying wasn't already stressful enough- d'Oh!  So here's yet another factor to add to the overall car buying equation - when? Lucky for us my pal Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet agreed to share more car dealer secrets! In this podcast, Lewis takes us behind the scenes to answer the question, when is the best time to buy a car?  And as you'll find out the answer is different depending on what you're buying - and many other factors.  But it's all here! Click play to listen to this podcast and pick up all the pearls of car-buying wisdom Lewis shares with us.  This is some seriously awesome stuff.  Take notes.  Or just print this page because the entire transcript from our talk is below! When Is The Best Time To Purchase Your Next Car? Lewis: I think the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think. We, for the most part, play on that misconception. Specifically, in the used car world, I think the trick would be for the consumer to be patient. "...this is going to be relevant to the listeners for sure and I think you’ll be a little bit shocked..." What happens in the new car world is we don’t have to pay interest on these cars for the first three or four months. "...we have these misconceptions—I call them misconceptions—may be President’s Day is better, maybe Memorial Day is better, is it the end of the month or is it the beginning of the month—what is the better time to buy the car? I always go back to just be educated." I think if you have that partner in your corner, that’s going to help you through that buying process. It doesn’t really matter when you’re buying the car. Car Dealer Secrets Revealed On When Is The Best Time To Buy Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here and I am joined by my good pal, Mr. Lewis Cook, here at Martin Chevrolet on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California. .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_custom_field_radio i:before { background: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_border_solid { border-color: #1062ad ! Is There A Best Time To Buy A Car?

When is the best time to buy a new car?  Or the best time to buy a used car?  And what’s the best time to lease a car?

These questions have surely crossed every money-conscious car buyer’s mind.  Also, for some of us (myself included), there’s no peace of mind until the answers are uncovered.

But what really is the best time to pull the trigger and lock-in the very best deals?  And if you ask most car dealerships the answer will more than likely be today – right now!

The Best Time To Buy A Car:

  • When to buy a new car?
  • And, when to buy a used car?
  • Or, when to buy a certified pre-owned car?
  • Plus, when to lease a new car?

“…the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think.”

Some will swear the best time to buy a car is at the end of the month.  While others will say the best time to buy a car is the end of the quarter.  Then again, another camp will suggest the best time to buy a car and get good deals is the end of the month, quarter and year!

Conversely, others will say the spring/summer holidays or the autumn/winter holidays are the best time to buy a car.

As if car buying wasn’t already stressful enough- d’Oh!  So here’s yet another factor to add to the overall car buying equation – when?

Lucky for us my pal Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet agreed to share more car dealer secrets!

In this podcast, Lewis takes us behind the scenes to answer the question, when is the best time to buy a car?  And as you’ll find out the answer is different depending on what you’re buying – and many other factors.  But it’s all here!

Click play to listen to this podcast and pick up all the pearls of car-buying wisdom Lewis shares with us.  This is some seriously awesome stuff.  Take notes.  Or just print this page because the entire transcript from our talk is below!

Tom Smith & Lewis Cook iDriveSoCal podcast banner Best Time To Buy A Car

When Is The Best Time To Purchase Your Next Car?

Lewis: I think the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think. We, for the most part, play on that misconception.

Specifically, in the used car world, I think the trick would be for the consumer to be patient.

“…this is going to be relevant to the listeners for sure and I think you’ll be a little bit shocked…”

What happens in the new car world is we don’t have to pay interest on these cars for the first three or four months.

“…we have these misconceptions—I call them misconceptions—may be President’s Day is better, maybe Memorial Day is better, is it the end of the month or is it the beginning of the month—what is the better time to buy the car? I always go back to just be educated.”

I think if you have that partner in your corner, that’s going to help you through that buying process. It doesn’t really matter when you’re buying the car.

Car Dealer Secrets Revealed On When Is The Best Time To Buy

Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here and I am joined by my good pal, Mr. Lewis Cook, here at Martin Chevrolet on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California.

Thank you so much for joining me yet again.

Lewis: My pleasure. Sorry to be giggling in your spectacular intro. One of the best intros on the market, I think.

Tom: [Laughs] Thank you.

Lewis: Yeah, I couldn’t do it that well, for sure.

Tom: Thank you. Well, as I shared before, you know, we keep costs low.

Lewis: What are you talking about? This table is plastic. I mean, the tablecloth is clean. [Laughs]

Tom: [Laughs] I wear a lot of hats, including the—well, the host, but then also what do you call it?

Lewis: Preproduction, postproduction?

New Car Dealer Shares Secrets on When to buy a car

Behind The Scenes with Lewis Cook @ Martin Chevrolet

Tom: Yeah, yeah. I do it all.

Lewis: Everything.

Tom: I wear a lot of hats. So, this podcast is about—and I’m excited to do this one.

Lewis: That’s so funny.

Tom: [Laughs] I mean, I love—hey, I love cars. I love buying new cars. I love getting a new car.

Lewis: You know, I guess this is going to be relevant to the listeners for sure and I think you’ll be a little bit shocked about what we—

Tom: What you’re going to share?

Lewis: Yeah.

Behind The Scenes With Martin Chevrolet’s Boss – Lewis Cook

Tom: And if you haven’t listened to a podcast that Lewis and I have done in the past, please do so. There’s some great buying information that Lewis shares.

Lewis is a long-time general manager, again, here at Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, California, but he’s been in the business for a long time and he shoots very, very straight. He gives us information that most don’t.

You share new stuff with me that I don’t—we just did a podcast on lease return, end of lease return, and I learned a couple of very significant tidbits that are going to help me in my next leases.

Lewis: I’m just waiting for my colleagues to get a hold of it and calling me like, “What, the…”

Tom: Why are you sharing this stuff? [Laughs]

“…I’m just waiting for my colleagues to get a hold of it and calling me like, “What, the… STOP IT!”

Lewis: [Laughs] STOP IT!

Tom: Okay. This one is the best time to buy. When do I pull the trigger on buying a car? And whether you’re buying new, leasing, buying used, buying a CPO vehicle, through a CPO program, it doesn’t matter.

Lewis: No, it does.

Tom: All those—

Lewis: Absolutely.

Tom: We need to break all that stuff down?

Lewis Cook On When To Buy

Martin Chevrolet’s Lewis Cook On When To Buy

Lewis: Probably.

Tom: Okay.

Lewis: Did I just throw a wrench in your…

Tom: Well, yeah, hey. We got plenty of time to—it’s a podcast.

Lewis: We’ve never been short-winded, that’s for sure.

Tom: [Laughs] Okay, so let’s take it from there. That already throws off my plan. As you said, don’t even plan, just go and do it.

Lewis: I just try to throw him off, that’s all I do. That’s my goal.

When To Purchase Depends On What You’re Buying

Tom: Your very first comment, there is a difference when it comes to time to buy in buying or leasing or buying new or certified preowned? Or used or certified pre-owned (CPO)?

Lewis: Correct. New and certified preowned specifically, for sure. I mean, it’s going to be based on the market. I think the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think. We, for the most part, play on that misconception.

Tom: Okay.

Lewis: In the used car world—

“You just said the consumer’s perception is the end of the month, end of the year is a good time to pull the trigger, to buy, whether it’s new or certified preowned and that’s a misconception that the dealer’s play to.”

Tom: Let me reiterate that because that was significant, and it’s my perception. You just said the consumer’s perception is the end of the month, end of the year is a good time to pull the trigger, to buy, whether it’s new or CPO and that’s a misconception that the dealer’s play to.

Lewis: Or is it?

Tom: That’s what you said. [Laughs]

Lewis: [Laughs] This is all going to come full circle, I promise. Well, the reason I say, “Or is it?” is if it is a misconception or hey, if it is a conception, then perception is a reality, right?

Tom: Okay.

The End Of The Month Can Be A Factor When Buying

Lewis: Even though we’re playing on it in businesses and getting better at the end of the month because we’re playing on it, maybe there are some better deals to be had. Right?

Tom: Okay. Yeah.

Lewis: See my point?

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Tom: Yeah.

Lewis: We’ll get back to that. Specifically, between a new car and pre-owned certified, that’s not a monthly deal there where it’s better at any one time of the month to buy. So, in the used car world, I think the trick would be for the consumer to be patient.

“Specifically, in the used car world, I think the trick would be for the consumer to be patient.”

On the dealer level, what happens in our preowned inventory or certified inventory, obviously it’s a depreciating asset as a business owner or somebody that has money invested in depreciating assets. The best thing to do is to get rid of them as fast as possible. Because if you don’t, they’re depreciating.

Consider How Car Dealers Price Their Inventory When Deciding the Best Time to Buy

What will happen is, is like the—my model in pricing is the price high to start, right? Get the most potential to make the most money.

And like the car, we call, ages, on your lot, you’re going to start reducing that price. That age could be at its max the first week of the month, the second week of the month, the third week of the month, it doesn’t really matter.

There are lots of cool little widgets if you go to some of these sites, like Edmunds and Kelly Blue Book and whatnot, that you can actually watch the car. When there’s a price reduction, they’re going to alert you.

Tom: Gotcha.

“As these [pre-ownded] cars get aged on the dealer’s lots, it’s kind of ingrained in our heads to get rid of the inventory as fast as you can and the longer it’s here, the lower the price…”

Lewis: And as that car ages on the dealer’s inventory—and when I say ages, it doesn’t mean that it’s a bad car or there’s something wrong with it.

Tom: It just might not be the right fit for that market, that particular dealer.

Lewis: Or that particular customer.

Tom: Right.

Lewis: As these cars get aged on the dealer’s lots, it’s kind of ingrained in our heads to get rid of the inventory as fast as you can and the longer it’s here, the lower the price, the faster you get rid of it.

Tom: The longer it’s here, the most it costs you, right?

Dealers Look At New And Pre-Owned Cars Differently

Lewis: Yeah, absolutely. Not so much as a new car. A preowned car doesn’t cost you because we own those cars.

There’s no loan, per se, on them, whereas on a new car, there is a loan on them. Basically, we have 15 to almost $20 million in inventory right now. Nobody is going to put up that kind of money just to have cars sitting on the lot. There’s a process for that. Basically, there’s a loan on them.

“…in the used car world, that’s not the case. We just want to turn it as fast as possible. As that car gets older in the inventory, the prices are going to get lower.”

But in the used car world, that’s not the case. We just want to turn it as fast as possible. As that car gets older in the inventory, the prices are going to get lower.

Tom: Now, as the car gets older, that’s for everything or just one of the categories?

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Lewis: Well, I think specifically used, it’s very relevant. It does come into play on new cars and we’ll talk about that when we get to the new car part of it. But for used, it’s a big part of the—

Tom: Okay. When buying new, the best time to buy is—

Lewis: I haven’t talked about new yet.

Tom: I’m sorry, I meant to say used. I said it right in my head.

Lewis: That’s the most important part, except to your listeners.

Tom: What do you mean you don’t understand what I’m saying? I said it perfectly in my head. It just came out of my mouth wrong.

Guidelines For When The Best Time to Buy Is – Pre-Owned & Certified Pre-Owned

So, when buying used or preowned—not necessarily CPO, right? Or certified preowned as well?

Lewis: Preowned is preowned. Certified, yeah, it doesn’t matter.

Tom: So, whether it’s certified pre-owned or pre-owned, you’re buying pre-owned or CPO, know what you want, identify what you want. Probably be flexible, I think would be another idea worth considering. But then the guideline is the best time is really, be patient and wait until you see that price drop a bit.

Lewis: Watch. Yes, exactly. There are all kinds of other things along with that, too. Know what the market value of the car is, know what the car’s worth, and that’s going to give you, obviously, some more leverage when you come in to buy, because nobody wants to pay more than what it’s worth.

When Is the Best Time to Buy Pre-Owned And CPO – Factors To Consider:

  • Above all be patient and wait for price drops.
    • But know the market demand, supply, and value for what you want.
    • Because you could lose out to someone else buying your car.
  • Be flexible with what you want.
    • Consider expanding your color, feature and trim options.
  • If you cannot be flexible then…
    • Be ready to travel an extended distance to track down exactly what you want.
  • Pro-Tip – Work with a dealer you can trust.  A dealer that will treat you fairly and have your back with any issues.
    • Tell them what you want and let them go to work finding it for you.  That’s what they do!

Obviously when it comes to Chevrolet – our suggestion here at iDriveSoCal is to connect with Martin Chevrolet!

Tom: Now, which do you want to tackle next?

For New Cars – When Is The Best Time To Buy Works Differently

Lewis: Well, on the flip side of that, there would be new cars and it’s a little bit of the same philosophies there.

What happens in the new car world is we get basically the first three or four months for free, as far as we don’t have to pay interest on these cars for the first three or four months.

Tom: From the factory.

Lewis: From the factory. It’s the same but almost flipped. The sooner we get rid of a new car, the better for us because then we’re not going to ever pay interest on the car.

“…in the new car world is we get basically the first three or four months for free, as far as we don’t have to pay interest on these cars for the first three or four months.”

Tom: Okay.

Lewis: It’s kind of a good rule thumb, but there’s really no way for the general public or customers to know that.

With new cars, or I guess new or preowned, we have these misconceptions—I call them misconceptions—may be President’s Day is better, maybe Memorial Day is better, is it the end of the month or is it the beginning of the month—what is the better time to buy the car? I always go back to just be educated. It is somewhat of a misconception.

Here’s the deal: My cost never changes.

Tom: Never changes?

Lewis: Never changes. The cost, what I owe on a car for, that doesn’t change. What changes are the factories, the deals.

Automakers Typically Drive The Big Sales “Events”

Now, there are some factories that get really aggressive because of that perception that these times of the year are better to buy a car, so they’ll get really aggressive and in the Chevy world, they get super aggressive in December. Every December, they’ve come out with this deal where you pay what we pay. I don’t know if you’ve heard—

Tom: Employee pricing.

Lewis: Yeah, right.

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Tom: They’ve had that since cash for clunkers way back when, ’08, ’09, something like that.

“Every December, they’ve come out with this deal where you pay what we pay. I don’t know if you’ve heard— employee pricing… Now, can you get that price today, right now? Of course, you can. Is it better to buy it? I mean, I guess, maybe easier is the word.”

Lewis: Right. Chevy does that specifically in December, so it is better to buy kind of at that time because you’re getting that price and it’s out there, the factory puts it out there in the universe, so that’s what we do.

Now, can you get that price today, right now? Of course, you can. Is it better to buy it? I mean, I guess, maybe easier is the word.

Tom: Easier?

The ‘Big Sales Event’ Misconception On When To Buy A Car

Lewis: Because… so in December, in the Chevy world, everybody knows it’s “you pay what we pay,” so the customer is coming in, “Hey, we pay what you pay,” “Okay, here you go, here’s what we pay, here’s the deal.” We make a deal, we move on.

Right now, you can come in here and you can still get that price, but if you don’t know you can, so it’s easier because everybody knows about it.

Tom: Right, right.

“Right now, you can come in here and you can still get that price, but if you don’t know you can, so it’s easier [in December] because everybody knows about it.”

Lewis: If you walk in and you’re—

Tom: If you’re listening to the iDriveSoCal podcast and specifically the direction of Mr. Lewis Cook from here at Martin Chevrolet, you can get that same end of year deal.

Lewis: Any day.

Tom: Any day.

Lewis: Absolutely.

Tom: Especially here at Martin Chevrolet. I’m going to give you guys a plug, an additional plug there, as I should.

But that’s interesting, because me, as a consumer, you know, I love cars, I love getting a new car. The buying process, as we’ve discussed, and everybody knows, is—can be very painful. In the past it has been. And I mean, you put your consumer hat on, right?

Lewis: Sure.

Tom: When you have to buy cars for your family.

Lewis: When you have to.

Tuning Out Of ‘Big Sales Event’ Ads

Tom: But I’ve been desensitized to the hype on TV commercials and a few radio commercials, but primarily TV commercials.

I’ll look at the car and appreciate the new car and I like the commercials that show the new product coming out.

But when it gets to the deals, it’s like—it’s almost the equivalent of back when the internet first came around and people used to say, “www dot” before every URL, or when social media got big, “Follow us on this or like us on this.”

It’s almost like I just tune that out.

I guess I’m smart to tune that out because the reality is, I can get those deals anytime?

Buy When The Time Is Best For You – From A Dealer You Can Trust

Lewis: Yeah. I mean, the end of the year might not be the best time for you to buy, right?

Tom: You mean for me personally?

Lewis: Yeah, for you personally. The podcast listener personally.

December might not be convenient and because it’s not convenient, you might be costing yourself more money doing it in December, even though you think you’re getting a better deal, right? Perse.

You might not have enough equity in your car. You might not have enough down payment or whatever the case may be.

We tend to pull all that business forward in December. Everything happens at once.

Tom: And then you sleep through the first quarter of the next year?

Lewis: Unfortunately, yeah. Pretty much.

Tom: And I mean, that’s due to what the manufacturer does that, right? I mean, it’s not you.

Automakers Want To Tell You When The Best Time To Buy

Lewis: Specifically, Chevy. I mean, a lot of manufacturers will come out at the end of the year, “This is the end of year sale.”

But if you think about it, they’re doing it all the time. I mean, it’s constantly happening. Exactly what you’re tuning out is happening every day.

It’s not just happening at the end of the year. It’s just a different message and it’s perceived differently because people are anticipating it.

They don’t anticipate it during the year so it’s not… You can get a deal on a Chevy truck, a Silverado truck right now, if you wanted to buy a Chevy Silverado, you can get a better deal right now than any other time.

Even towards the end of the year, just because, for instance, they’re going through this build-out from ’18 to ’19. It’s a new body style and there’s a lot of promoting going on. So, now is the time to do that. It’s not the same with every other model.

What About the Big Holiday Sales Events?

Tom: We just kind of covered the President’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day weekend, Black Friday, New Year’s Eve/end of the year.

Lewis: It’s all the same as the end of the year. Yeah, you can group all that together, right?

It’s the perception that the dealers are doing better deals and it doesn’t mean that we are, per se, but that’s like I said, perception is the reality.

If that’s what the customer thinks is happening, okay.

Tom: Right, right.

Lewis: I’m not going to disagree.

Model Year End And The Best Time To Buy – Extreme Example

Tom: Then I want to get to—well, I’m going to skip over something and then get to this, what you just got to. You hear the end of the model year. First off, what does that mean?

Lewis: Well, end of the model year is just typically anytime that, you know, you have a 2018 and those are phased out and now the 2019 is here. It’s been a little bit different every year that I’ve been in the business as far as what we have in inventory.

“…a local customer of ours, paid like $27,000 off sticker… that’s excessive, for an example, but that’s probably the best end of model year example that you’re going to get.”

When I got here, we still had 2017s in stock and I got here in 2018. Right now, here we are mid-2019, I have one 2018 left. Everything else in my inventory is a 2019.

Can you get a better deal right now on that 2018 that I have one left of than the 2019? Absolutely. Absolutely. Believe it or not, we just sold our last 2017 Corvette yesterday.

Tom: That was a good-looking Corvette, too.

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Lewis: It was a very nice Corvette.

Tom: I would’ve never guessed that was a ’17. I would’ve thought it was a ’19.

Lewis: Yeah. It’s $125,000 car.

Tom: Oh, there you go.

Aging Inventory Can Create Great Opportunities

Lewis: So, it cost me $5-600 a month every month it’s here. It’s not a good situation for that car to be here for so long.

That gentleman, he’s a local customer of ours, paid like $27,000 off sticker. That’s the probably best end of the model year—I mean, that’s excessive, for an example, but that’s probably the best end of model year example that you’re going to get.

He paid—if you looked up Kelly Blue Book on this car and said it’s a preowned car, he’s paying less than retail. Kelly Blue Book as a preowned car, and it’s a new car with 0 miles on it. He knows he got a steal and he was very grateful. I’m not going to pay the $800 in interest and flooring on the car this month and it’s off the books and it’s done with.

Tom: It’s a win for everybody.

Lewis: Well…

Tom: [Laughs] Sorry, pal.

Lewis: Losing $20,000 is technically not a—I wouldn’t call that a win. But it’s the cost of doing business that I was anticipating, so, I mean, it doesn’t hurt that bad.

Being Local Can Be A Factor When Car Buying

Tom: And you did it with, as you said, a local customer who is going to appreciate it.

Lewis: Yeah, in the reality of it is, is I am more apt to do that with a local customer, too.

I mean, that’s a pretty good segue into another aspect of this that you probably don’t even have in your prepared notes.

Tom: [Laughs] I laugh because we had a discussion before the mics went hot about how much to prepare and just shoot from the hip. Yeah, anyway. My prepared notes, right?

Lewis: Yeah. But what I didn’t have in there. What was I saying? [Laughs] I guess if it was in my notes, I wouldn’t have asked that question, right?

Tom: [Laughs] You were saying what I didn’t have in my prepared notes and it was another thing and we were talking about in the context of the customer, the local customer that just got that.

Lewis: Local, thank you. Wow. Okay, so you proved your point. I won’t ever make fun of you for having notes again.

So, if a local—if somebody comes in here that’s a local and we’re negotiating a deal and then I have another customer here that’s say from San Diego, this business is customer acquisition business.

Service Can Be A Factor When Buying A Car

That’s how I like to put it. And we’re acquiring customers for one purpose and that purpose is to maintain their cars.

The service department is definitely more of a profit center than the retail sales department, right?

So, if you’re from San Diego and you’re here in Torrance and you’re trying to buy a car, what’s my incentive? I’m never going to see you again.

Tom: Right.

Lewis: Am I going to straight out lose money to buy a—to sell you a car? Without having the opportunity to, you know, to gain that money back.

Service can be a factor in when to buy a car

Service matters while considering when to buy.

Whereas a local customer, if I have to take a little bit of loss—and I know that the listeners are like, this guy’s talking about losing money on cars. Yeah, dealers don’t lose money.

Well, unfortunately, we do and that’s why I call it an acquisition business because the money you make is on the flip side, right?

In the service department, the customers are coming in and they’re servicing the vehicles and there’s money to be made there.

So, am I more apt to give this local customer that I’m going to see all the time and they’re going to tell their family, and everything is local and keep it in my PMA, as they call it?

Tom: Primary market area.

Service That Entices Buyers To Go The Extra Mile(s)

Lewis: Yeah, doing air quotes there. Of course, I’m going to give probably—sway more to giving him a better deal.

If they’re asking me for this deal and another customer asks me for the deal and I’m never going to see them again, I’m probably going to—I’m more apt to say yes to the local customer.

Tom: I want to jump in on that though because you point out a scenario where it would keep—it’s good for you and anybody that lives around your store because you operate that way.

You’re legit, you set the bar high for everybody else.

Now, that San Diego customer might have a bunch of Chevy dealers around them—not saying that they do—or put somebody else anywhere.

My nearest dealer for the car that I want to get, might not necessarily be somebody that I want to buy from and go back to.

So, in that sense, from the customer’s perspective, I might drive—and actually, I had a service advisor that I loved that I drove 20 miles extra to go see that service advisor.

Lewis: We have that a lot here, actually. There’s a lot of customers that will drive to come to our service department.

Where Can Impact The Best Time To Purchase

Tom: I know you’re on a roll there, but I wanted to point that out because it’s a selling point of Martin Chevrolet, for sure, that sets you guys apart from the rest and in some cases, it’s worth that extra drive.

Lewis: Yeah. I mean, the reality of it is, I mean, we try to treat customers a little bit differently, so I think the experience—well, I know the experience will be better here than anywhere else.

If that’s what you’re after, then absolutely. But for the subject of the right time or place to buy a car—

Tom: When to buy.

Lewis: Yeah, when to buy a car, I think that the locality needs to be mentioned, for sure.

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Model year-end closeouts and when to buy.

Tom: Yeah. I get where you’re coming from, how—

Lewis: I guess that really has nothing to do with when.

Tom: It’s a factor though.

Lewis: Right. It is a factor.

Tom: It is a factor. So, that covers the model year. Now, another thing that you mentioned that we kind of transitioned to a few minutes back, you mentioned Silverados. I think it was Silverados.

Lewis: Silverados, because of the year-end, the new body style.

All-New Models And The Best Time To Buy A Car

Tom: The new body style. Now, is that going to be all-new or is it going to be a refresh?

Lewis: All new.

Tom: All new?

Lewis: Yeah. This is all new. The ’18 and ’19 is a completely different body style.

Tom: Okay. So, with that in mind, let’s talk about that a little bit from a timing perspective. If the ’19 is an all-new body style—which it is, actually, I know this, I already did a vehicle review on ’19 Silverado and I loved it.

Lewis: I bet you’re just testing me.

Tom: No, no, no. [Laughs] I’m so focused on this one, on this podcast that we’re doing right now, I had to remember that I’d actually already done that.

You’re saying that you still have a couple of ‘18s leftover or you’re out of ‘18s?

Lewis: I’d say I don’t have ‘18s in stock in the Silverado lineup. We have a Suburban, but no ’18 Silverados. I think what you’re getting at—and correct me if I’m wrong—is it better to buy an ’18 than a ’19?

Tom: Well, if someone is—obviously there’s cons and pros to going both ways, right?

I’m not getting the ’19 and all the new bells and whistles and design that the ’19 has to offer.  But, in that transitionary period, there’s something to be said about going with the former design.

The former generation, so to speak, because they’ve already gone through that life cycle of that generation in the vehicle and they got everything right. There’s not going to be any phantom bugs or anything to really worry about.

When To Buy A Car – Also Depends On Your Preferences

Lewis: They’re not coming out with technology right now that’s going to create any more new phantom bugs, I don’t think. I think with that, is it comes down to, with the consumer, the preference of the look. I mean, that’s kind of the society we live in.

Tom: Sure.

Lewis: What looks better the ’19 or the ’18?

Tom: Especially here.

Lewis: Yeah. And if right now you decide that the ’18 looks better, you’re probably going to get a better deal.

Because, as I said, dealerships are going to—they may have had that ’18 in their inventory for a while.  They’re going to want to get rid of it, stop paying the flooring fees and whatnot and the manufacturer knows that.

The manufacturer tries to support us, and they understand that we pay these flooring costs on cars as they age on our lot. They’ll put more incentives out there to help us move those.

Then, of course, it’s in their best interest for us to move the older models anyway because as the new stuff comes out, then it’s more relevant.

Does the Day Of The Week Matter?  Nah.  But Last Day Of The Month Could

Tom: So, day of the week, day of the month, end of the quarter, end of the year—well, we talked about the end of the year already.

But those other ones, day of the week, day of the—because if you do a Google search…

Even some of these credible websites that offer valuations that we’ve mentioned earlier in this podcast and other podcasts, they have little sidebars that say, “Oh, well, hey, this day, buy on Monday because of the weekend has just gone by.” That sounds like absurd based on the—

Lewis: No, I guess it’s not totally absurd.

“…the end of the calendar month for a manufacturer may not be the 30th. It may be, typically they’ll go with the next Monday…”

As far as the day of the week, I mean, I don’t know if you really want to buy into any of that, per se. However, I will give some credit to the day of the month. But I think it goes back to—again, remember, the same deal can happen any time of the month, any day of the month.

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But I think it goes back to that perception, right? So, it’s the end of the month and it depends on the situation the dealer is in.

I mean, I’ll be honest, I’ve been at the end of the month where I’m, you know, 10, 15 cars away from my quota. It’s the last day of the month. We’re going around asking employees if they want to buy cars at that point. At that point sometimes.

But if you think about it, if you come in and I’m 10 cars away—let me back up a little bit.

A Dealer’s Bonuses On Sales Can Impact When To Buy A Car

Specifically, for us and that last day of the month and missing that 10 cars and the quota thing, it goes back to Chevy incentivizes the dealership in volume and they set a number ahead of time, it’s called a bogie. If you hit that bogie, you get X-amount of dollars back. That’s the simplest way to put it.

Tom: They refer to that as the back-end, or in layman’s terms, could you say that?

Lewis: I mean, I think the back-end would be more towards like financing and stuff like that in the car world. But we call it other income.

We do take a loss on cars, we touched on that, and it’s a reality, but we get this money back from the factory.

If we’re taking losses on cars in anticipation of getting this money back from the factory as a volume bonus, let’s say, then if I’m not going to do that, if that’s not going to happen, then we’re going to be in trouble.

Here’s the last day of the month, we’re 10 cars away from this volume bonus. It could be a substantial amount of money that may be coming our way if we hit this bonus, yeah, the deals are going to get better.

But Not Every Factory Offers Their Dealers Volume Bonuses

That may play into your last day of the month. At the end of the month, the end of the calendar month for a manufacturer may not be the 30th.

It may be, typically they’ll go with the next Monday or whatnot. So, that plays into your end of the month deal where yeah, of course, in that situation, you know, I’m at the customer’s mercy for the most part because I have to sell these 10 cars.

I have to get this number, and there it is.

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I think that’s where that comes from. Not every manufacturer is like that and let me tell you, Chevy is one of the only—General Motors is one of the only manufacturers like that.

A lot of the different manufacturers I’ve worked for, that’s not the case. There is no volume bonuses and whatnot. They pay a little bit different.

Tom: Gotcha. Okay. Am I missing anything about the when? It feels like we’ve covered it pretty extensively, but based on that expression I just got, I might be missing something. Either I’m missing something, or we’ve beat it to death. I’m not sure, which one is it?

When To Buy A New Car Always Changes

Lewis: Yeah, no. I don’t know. I think it’s all relevant. It’s a hard topic to touch on because it’s forever changing.

I mean, I might not have that volume bonus this month and maybe next month, so it may be the end of the month, it may not be the end of the month. Listen, not to sound like I’m giving a plug for myself or—

Tom: Go ahead, do it!

Lewis: You know, it comes back to relationships.

Knowing who you’re buying for, having that trust in them and knowing that they’re going to do the right thing by you.

Because we have that power. I think if you have that partner in your corner, that’s going to help you through that buying process. It doesn’t really matter when you’re buying the car.

But, to your point, there is some relevancy when it comes to certain factors in the industry that can play into that.

You just got to know when that is. Honestly, it’s going to be tough between all these different manufacturers because they’re all different.

So, is there a rule of thumb? Not really. Do all those play out in some fashion? Absolutely. Does that even make any sense? Probably not.

Ultimately It Depends On What You’re Buying

Tom: It does if you’ve listened to the entire podcast. [Laughs] It absolutely does.

If you were to say one, two or three key takeaways in a short sentence, or the headline, what’s the headline takeaway? Is it patience? Or, is it knowing what you want and not being in a rush?

Is it a combination of things?

Lewis: I think it’s a combination. So, I think it’s a combination of a lot of things. I think knowledge is power.

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I think a partnership with somebody that’s going to be there for you throughout the whole buying process is key.

You can back it into a lot of different things as far as the day of the week and day of the year and all that kind of stuff. It’s all relevant.

I think if you have somebody that wants to earn your business again and again and again, they’re going to take care of you and that’s really the bottom line there.

All these manufacturers are going to put some money into holidays and there’s always going to be some hype somewhere.

Tom: Right.

When To Buy A New Car – Summarizing The Many Factors

When Is The Best Time to Buy New – Factors To Consider:

  • Typically dealers have possession of new cars for three or four months before having to pay interest:
    • But there’s no way for you (or I, the general public) to know that timing with certainty.
    • However, a transparent car dealer that you can trust should share this info.
  • ‘Big Sales’ events can be misconceived:
    • That’s when everyone will likely to take action.
    • The timing of that sale may, or may not, be good timing for you.
    • A transparent new car dealer, that you can trust, should provide the same great deal year-round.
  • Model year-end can create great opportunities:
    • When a vehicle is being replaced by it’s next ‘generation’ – deals can be available.
  • Being local can be important to car dealers:
    • Being local means you’re likely to bring your car back for service.
    • And that can entice dealers to work a bit harder with you on price.
  • Day of the week doesn’t matter as much as the end of the month – sometimes.
    • That’s because of some carmakers end of month bonuses they give to dealers that reach their quota.
  • Pro-Tip – Find a transparent dealer you can trust.  Dealers are people too.  Be honest with them and demand the same.
    • Start the conversation with what you’re looking for.
    • Let them know what you’ve learned about their business from iDriveSoCal.
    • All dealers should respect your knowledge and want to help further educate you.

And of course, when it comes to new Chevrolet’s, Martin Chevy is who we highly recommend.

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Buy When You Are Ready

Lewis: We’re all trying to find that way to create the hype and I mean, you can play into it and buy with the crowds and wait for finance, or you know, you can just come to Martin Chevrolet and I’ll just give you that deal any day of the week. [Laughs]

I didn’t even answer your question, I’m pretty sure.

Tom: No, no, you did. Always good stuff. Thank you, as always, for the behind-the-scenes info, the behind-the-scenes look, if I can say that, on an audio podcast.

Anything to add before we wrap this one up?

Lewis: No, I’m good.

Martin Chevrolet on Hawthorne Blvd in Torrance, California

Tom: Mr. Lewis Cook, right here at Martin Chevrolet, come to say hello to him. His entire crew, Ronnie Blomquist is his general sales manager and one of these two head managers are pretty much always at the store.

Lewis: Yeah, one of us is always here, for sure.

Tom: And available to answer questions, meet people, and make sure that you are taken care of.

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Behind the Scenes on When To Buy

Thank you so much again for all the info, for the partnership.

Lewis: Always a pleasure.

Tom: The pleasure is mine, my friend. We will do it again, soon.

Thank you for listening. For iDriveSoCal, I am Tom Smith. We will talk to you soon.

Lewis: See ya.

 

Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

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Is There A Best Time To Buy A Car? When is the best time to buy a new car?  Or the best time to buy a used car?  And what's the best time to lease a car? - These questions have surely crossed every money-conscious car buyer's mind.  Also, Is There A Best Time To Buy A Car?<br /> When is the best time to buy a new car?  Or the best time to buy a used car?  And what's the best time to lease a car?<br /> <br /> These questions have surely crossed every money-conscious car buyer's mind.  Also, for some of us (myself included), there's no peace of mind until the answers are uncovered.<br /> <br /> But what really is the best time to pull the trigger and lock-in the very best deals?  And if you ask most car dealerships the answer will more than likely be today - right now!<br /> <br /> <br /> The Best Time To Buy A Car:<br /> <br /> When to buy a new car?<br /> And, when to buy a used car?<br /> Or, when to buy a certified pre-owned car?<br /> Plus, when to lease a new car?<br /> <br /> "...the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think."<br /> Some will swear the best time to buy a car is at the end of the month.  While others will say the best time to buy a car is the end of the quarter.  Then again, another camp will suggest the best time to buy a car and get good deals is the end of the month, quarter and year!<br /> <br /> Conversely, others will say the spring/summer holidays or the autumn/winter holidays are the best time to buy a car.<br /> <br /> As if car buying wasn't already stressful enough- d'Oh!  So here's yet another factor to add to the overall car buying equation - when?<br /> <br /> Lucky for us my pal Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet agreed to share more car dealer secrets!<br /> <br /> In this podcast, Lewis takes us behind the scenes to answer the question, when is the best time to buy a car?  And as you'll find out the answer is different depending on what you're buying - and many other factors.  But it's all here!<br /> <br /> Click play to listen to this podcast and pick up all the pearls of car-buying wisdom Lewis shares with us.  This is some seriously awesome stuff.  Take notes.  Or just print this page because the entire transcript from our talk is below!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> When Is The Best Time To Purchase Your Next Car?<br /> Lewis: I think the misconception would be the end of the month, end of the year, end of/end of, but I think that’s kind of what the dealers want you to think. We, for the most part, play on that misconception.<br /> <br /> Specifically, in the used car world, I think the trick would be for the consumer to be patient.<br /> "...this is going to be relevant to the listeners for sure and I think you’ll be a little bit shocked..."<br /> What happens in the new car world is we don’t have to pay interest on these cars for the first three or four months.<br /> "...we have these misconceptions—I call them misconceptions—may be President’s Day is better, maybe Memorial Day is better, is it the end of the month or is it the beginning of the month—what is the better time to buy the car? I always go back to just be educated."<br /> I think if you have that partner in your corner, that’s going to help you through that buying process. It doesn’t really matter when you’re buying the car.<br /> Car Dealer Secrets Revealed On When Is The Best Time To Buy<br /> Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast. All about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here and I am joined by my good pal, Mr. Lewis Cook, here at Martin Chevrolet on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California.<br /> <br /> <br /> .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 . Tom Smith clean 33:44
2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan, BEST Prices, Features, Trims & Pics https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-honda-odyssey/ Mon, 05 Aug 2019 16:49:11 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12084 2019 Honda Odyssey Review The 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan is a highly-awarded people-hauler that easily transforms to carry lots of other stuff too. And there's a lot to love about the '19 Honda Odyssey that seats up to eight.  However, being a new Dad, the top of my favorites list is the fact that the Odyssey is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.  (That's the Insurance Institue for Highway Safety.) I recently picked up a 2019 Odyssey to review from my friends at Rock Honda, in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California. Click play below to listen to the podcast version of my review or continue reading.  Either way, check out all the pictures I snapped during my evaluation. 2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan My wife and I currently have one child - he's 22-months old.  We also have a small dog, Mr. Jake, he goes with us everywhere we are allowed to bring him. And even with just the four of us, I'm this/close to buying an Odyssey minivan. 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan from Rock Honda That's because the Honda Odyssey minivan has it all - and then some.  But, even when you set all the best-buy, best-family and highway safety awards aside it's hard to pass up. Because the 2019 Honda Odyssey is packed with creature comforts and technology.  In fact, the Odyssey is so versatile and equipped that a family larger than mine could take months to thoroughly review the minivan. 2019 Honda Odyssey Cockpit But, I did it in a day, quite thoroughly I might add.  So, carefully consider both my below report and the 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan - carry on. :0) Trim Configurations and MSRPs for the 2019 Honda Odyssey My friends at Rock Honda put me in a top-of-the-line 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan with Elite trim.  So that fully-loaded Odyssey minivan had all the features and technology I could imagine included. But it's tough to tell the difference between the base LX and fully-loaded Elite trim level options from the outside. 2019 Honda Odyssey passenger front And here's all the 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan trim configurations with their starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing: 2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan Trim Levels & MSRPs: LX $30,190 EX $34,160 EX-L $37,710 Touring $44,760 Elite $47,070 So, with all our vehicle reviews here on iDriveSoCal, never worry about MSRP.  And that's for two primary reasons. First, MSRP is just what each vehicle manufacturer's factory makes car dealers put on their window sticker for any given vehicle.  And you need to get your Honda minivan equipped with whatever will best suit your family. Second, go see my friends at Rock Honda in Fontana, California.  Because they're one of the largest Honda dealers in the world, I know them personally and trust them completely. And they literally embedded "Rock bottom pricing" in the name of their store.  No kidding, they deliver the best Honda deals. '19 Odyssey Minivan Engines, Transmissions & MPG You get the same engine across all trim levels for the 2019 Honda Odyessy minivan.  And that's a powerful 280-horsepower V6 that delivers 262 pound-feet of torque. "...the base-LX, the EX, and the EX-L come with a 9-speed automatic transmission... the top two trims, the Touring and Elite come with a 10-speed automatic transmission." But the different trim levels will give you two different transmissions.  So, the base-LX, the EX and the EX-L come with a 9-speed automatic transmission.  Whereas the top two trim levels, the Touring and Elite come with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Paddle Shifters! What I found to be kind of funny is that all '19 Honda Odyssey minivans come with standard paddle shifters!  :0)  Because paddle shifters originally come from racecar technology. "...paddle shifters originally come from racecar technology... you wouldn't expect them to be on a minivan - no matter how awesome it is." And they've been making their way from high-performance vehicles to more mid and entry-level v... 2019 Honda Odyssey Review

The 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan is a highly-awarded people-hauler that easily transforms to carry lots of other stuff too.

And there’s a lot to love about the ’19 Honda Odyssey that seats up to eight.  However, being a new Dad, the top of my favorites list is the fact that the Odyssey is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.  (That’s the Insurance Institue for Highway Safety.)

I recently picked up a 2019 Odyssey to review from my friends at Rock Honda, in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California.

Click play below to listen to the podcast version of my review or continue reading.  Either way, check out all the pictures I snapped during my evaluation.

2019 Honda Odyssey passenger profile banner

2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan

My wife and I currently have one child – he’s 22-months old.  We also have a small dog, Mr. Jake, he goes with us everywhere we are allowed to bring him.

And even with just the four of us, I’m this/close to buying an Odyssey minivan.

'19 Honda Odyssey front

2019 Honda Odyssey minivan from Rock Honda

That’s because the Honda Odyssey minivan has it all – and then some.  But, even when you set all the best-buy, best-family and highway safety awards aside it’s hard to pass up.

Because the 2019 Honda Odyssey is packed with creature comforts and technology.  In fact, the Odyssey is so versatile and equipped that a family larger than mine could take months to thoroughly review the minivan.

2019 Honda Odyssey Elite cockpit

2019 Honda Odyssey Cockpit

But, I did it in a day, quite thoroughly I might add.  So, carefully consider both my below report and the 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan – carry on. :0)

Trim Configurations and MSRPs for the 2019 Honda Odyssey

My friends at Rock Honda put me in a top-of-the-line 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan with Elite trim.  So that fully-loaded Odyssey minivan had all the features and technology I could imagine included.

But it’s tough to tell the difference between the base LX and fully-loaded Elite trim level options from the outside.

White 2019 Honda Odyssey passenger front

2019 Honda Odyssey passenger front

And here’s all the 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan trim configurations with their starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing:

2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan Trim Levels & MSRPs:

  • LX $30,190
  • EX $34,160
  • EX-L $37,710
  • Touring $44,760
  • Elite $47,070

So, with all our vehicle reviews here on iDriveSoCal, never worry about MSRP.  And that’s for two primary reasons.

First, MSRP is just what each vehicle manufacturer’s factory makes car dealers put on their window sticker for any given vehicle.  And you need to get your Honda minivan equipped with whatever will best suit your family.

Second, go see my friends at Rock Honda in Fontana, California.  Because they’re one of the largest Honda dealers in the world, I know them personally and trust them completely.

And they literally embedded “Rock bottom pricing” in the name of their store.  No kidding, they deliver the best Honda deals.

’19 Odyssey Minivan Engines, Transmissions & MPG

You get the same engine across all trim levels for the 2019 Honda Odyessy minivan.  And that’s a powerful 280-horsepower V6 that delivers 262 pound-feet of torque.

“…the base-LX, the EX, and the EX-L come with a 9-speed automatic transmission… the top two trims, the Touring and Elite come with a 10-speed automatic transmission.”

But the different trim levels will give you two different transmissions.  So, the base-LX, the EX and the EX-L come with a 9-speed automatic transmission.  Whereas the top two trim levels, the Touring and Elite come with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Paddle Shifters!

What I found to be kind of funny is that all ’19 Honda Odyssey minivans come with standard paddle shifters!  :0)  Because paddle shifters originally come from racecar technology.

“…paddle shifters originally come from racecar technology… you wouldn’t expect them to be on a minivan – no matter how awesome it is.”

And they’ve been making their way from high-performance vehicles to more mid and entry-level vehicles.  But you wouldn’t expect them to be on a minivan – no matter how awesome it is.

Paddle Shifter and windshield wiper control behind steering wheel

Yeah, paddle shifters on a minivan!

Even so, hats off to Honda engineers because the paddle shifters are highly functional in the 2019 Honda Odyssey!  That’s because they allow for better control of acceleration with the wide variety of weight-loads Odyssey can haul.

“…hats off to Honda engineers because the paddle shifters are highly functional in the 2019 Honda Odyssey!”

And driving the 2019 Odyssey minivan was a breeze.  Because it definitely is far larger and more functional than it drives.  It’s quick on the road and nimble to maneuver through crowded parking lots.

Fuel Economy

Regardless of your trim level and transmission the 2019 Honda Odyssey fuel rating is the same across the board.  During city driving, your ’19 Honda minivan will deliver 19-miles-per-gallon and 28 MPG on the highway.

Built-in fuel emergency fuel funnel

Built-in emergency fuel funnel tucked away in Odyssey’s rear

But even this makes sense when you factor in additional weight added by the extra features for the higher-level trim configurations.

Outside the ’19 Honda Odyssey Minivan

Every time I spot an Odyssey the first thing I check for is the sliding track for the rear side-doors.  That’s because Honda redesigned the location of those once ugly tracks.

As of last year, designers moved the Odyssey rear side-door tracks, positioning them under the rear side-windowsill.

“…I want to say it’s a sexy look but we are still talking about a minivan.  And categorically minivans cannot be sexy… right?  Or can they be?  A little – maybe?”

This makes the tracks disappear and gives the Honda minivan a far more streamlined look.

2019 Honda Odyssey passenger profile

Sexy + Minivan = Possible?

(Okay, I want to say it’s a sexy look but we are still talking about a minivan.  And categorically minivans cannot be sexy… right?  Or can they be?  A little – maybe?  Alright, moving on!)

Automatic Sliding Rear Doors & Liftgate

And a couple of additional points about the rear side-sliding doors.  First, they’re huge making them super-easy to get people and our stuff in and out of them.  So that’s another great aspect of the ’19 Honda Odyssey minivan.

2019 Honda Odyssey driver front

Can a minivan be sort-of sexy?

Second, Honda added some available family-minded technology right into the minivan’s side-sliding doors.

That is the ability to unlock and open the doors with your keyfob from up to 50-ft away.

Driver profile '19 Honda Odyssey white

2019 Honda Odyssey minivan driver profile

And, speaking of exterior power-doors, the 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan also has an available power tailgate.

white 2019 Honda Odyssey driver rear

If a minivan can’t be ‘sexy’ then this one is darn good looking! :0)

Finally, on the outside of the ’19 Honda Odyssey minivan, I appreciate the available LED headlights and taillights.

I’m a fan of these for not only how they look aesthetically.

White 2019 Honda Odyssey passenger rear

You have to admit, for a minivan, it looks great.

But also their functionality of being easy for other drivers top spot.  Most importantly without blindly them!

2019 Odyssey Interior

Getting inside the 2019 Honda minivan is super-easy no matter which door you’re using.

Driver & Passenger

First, the cockpit.  It’s really well laid out for total driver control.  However, Honda also designed the 2019 Odyssey knowing that while one parent is driving another will likely be co-piloting in the front passenger seat.

2019 Honda Odyssey rear entertainment monitor deployed

Driver and front passenger have easy access to center stack controls

So, the controls are easy enough for co-pilot-parent to adjust creature comfort and entertainment controls too.

Also, both front seats are very comfortable.  Plus, the Elite trim that I drove for this review had both heated and ventilated front seats!

Front seat center console

Available wireless phone charging!

And the center console is basically a highly functional piece of furniture between the front seats.

2nd & 3rd-Row Seating Inside ’19 Honda Minivan

On the topic of center consoles, the 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan offers an insanely versatile backseat.  And to be clear we’re talking about the 2nd-row backseat here.

We’ll get to the 3rd-row back seat in a moment.

2nd row seating

2nd-Row Seating for Three

So the 2nd-row backseat of the ’19 Odyssey seats three.

2nd-row seating for two

2nd-Row Seating for Two

Or it can seat two with the middle seat’s back folded down revealing a great 3-cup-holder and storage area for road-snacks. :0)

2nd-Row Seating Center Console

2nd-Row Seating Center Console

Plus the 2nd-row of backseats in the 2019 Odyssey includes Honda’s Magic Slide functionality.

The Magic Slide seat technology allows you to remove one or all of the 2nd row of seats.  And it allows for positioning the 2nd-row in multiple positions side-to-side and even slightly forward or back.

“That way I can stick my mother-in-law in the 3rd-row backseat… where she’d be most comfortable.  And unable to ask me questions.” ;0)

For instance, this is perfect for when I want my 22-month old son in his child safety seat and centered in the 2nd-row.

3rd-Row Seating

3rd-Row Seating – aka Mother-In-Law Seating!

That way I can stick my mother-in-law in the 3rd-row backseat… where she’d be most comfortable.  And unable to ask me questions. ;0)

Hauling Stuff With Honda Odyssey

Plus, with the 3rd-row backseats folded down and the 2nd-row removed, the 2019 Honda Odyssey is big enough to lay standard 4′ x 8′ sheets of plywood flat!

3rd row folded down Honda Odyssey 2019

Up to 155.7 cubic-feet of storage

Boom, that’s big.  And delivers an entirely new dimension of functionality to Odyssey.  Thumbs-up Honda engineering team!

But Wait – There’s More!

And this one really gets me.  Because, the Odyssey’s top two trim level options, the Touring and Elite both come standard with a vacuum cleaner.

Built-in vacuum hose and nozzle

Easy cleanup w/ Odysseys built-in vacuum!

Yes, the 2019 Honda Odyssey Elite (and Touring) come standard with a vacuum cleaner to clean-up whatever messy stuff you’re hauling.

Built-in Shop-Vac

Serious suction power with Shop-Vac

And it’s not just any wimpy old vacuum cleaner either.  It’s a flipping Shop-Vac!

Technology in the 2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan

The 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan is loaded with technology that will make everyone in the family happy.

Safety Tech

All ’19 Odyssey minivan trim levels, except the LX, come with Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technology.

Honda Sensing Safety & Driver Assist Tech:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist System

Plus Honda includes childproof locks and a serious suite of airbags to keep you and your family safe on the roads. That IIHS Top Safety Pick designation for the 2019 Honda Odyssey is a big deal.

Parent Tech

Also, Honda’s available Cabin Watch system is a big parent-helper.  That allows the driver to see what’s going on in the cabin right on the center console screen.  So, no need to turn around!

Rear cabin displayed on center console monitor

Honda CabinView Keeps Your Eyes On the Road & The Kiddos!

Just glance at whatever shenanigans taking place in the backseats.  And once you’ve assessed the situation you can easily correct the behavior by automatically talking over the CabinTalk in-vehicle public address system.

“…you can easily correct the behavior by automatically talking over the CabinTalk in-vehicle public address system.”

This allows you to turn-down all audio playing throughout the vehicle and address your people! :0)

’19 Odyssey Minivan Entertainment & Connectivity

The 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan has an available 8-inch center console touch screen.  Plus you have Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto.

Center stack with navigation on

Control focused center stack

The Elite I drove even has a wireless phone charger in the center console with mobile hotspot capability and a ton of ports to plug-in and stay charged.

backseat center stack

Blu-Ray Access From 2nd-Row Seats

At the top of every kid’s favorites-list on the Honda Odyssey has got to be the available 10.2-inch rear entertainment system.  That drops down from the ceiling and comes ready to play Blu-Ray DVDs.

And that’s also got to be near the top of each parent’s favorites-list too because it includes Honda’s awesome “How Much Further?” app.

How much further? App display

How have parents survived without Honda’s “How Much Further?” App

Finally, what’s a vehicle review without mentioning Amazon?  (That’s a joke – I just give them too much money already.)

Because with HondaLink activated you can even have Amazon deliver to your 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan!

rear access to Honda Odyssey

Amazon can deliver to your Odyssey

I’m not sure that I’m personally ready to have Amazon delivery people accessing my vehicle (or home) but that’s another story. :0)

2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan Top-3

So versatile and packed with functional features it’s hard to pick just three top favorites for the 2019 Honda Odyssey.  And I already called out safety at the top of this article.  here goes:

  1. Safety: Remember the very top of this article I mentioned the ’19 Odyssey being an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
  2. Interior versatility: The ample options for configuring seating or cargo is a huge win for families of all sizes.
  3. Overall technology: From being able to open the doors up to 50-ft away to highway safety, parental and entertainment tech – props to Honda.

Your 2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan Awaits At Rock Honda

My thanks as always to our great friends at Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California.  Led by General Manager David Latif, his right hand Hamid Javid the General Sales Manager and Ruben Serna the Rock-star Service Director.

2019 Honda Odyssey front badge and license plate

2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan Elite – My test driver for this review

These guys (and gals) will take care of you – promise.  And I’m happy to introduce you.

 

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2019 Honda Odyssey Review The 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan is a highly-awarded people-hauler that easily transforms to carry lots of other stuff too. - And there's a lot to love about the '19 Honda Odyssey that seats up to eight.  However, 2019 Honda Odyssey Review<br /> The 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan is a highly-awarded people-hauler that easily transforms to carry lots of other stuff too.<br /> <br /> And there's a lot to love about the '19 Honda Odyssey that seats up to eight.  However, being a new Dad, the top of my favorites list is the fact that the Odyssey is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.  (That's the Insurance Institue for Highway Safety.)<br /> <br /> I recently picked up a 2019 Odyssey to review from my friends at Rock Honda, in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California.<br /> <br /> Click play below to listen to the podcast version of my review or continue reading.  Either way, check out all the pictures I snapped during my evaluation.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan<br /> My wife and I currently have one child - he's 22-months old.  We also have a small dog, Mr. Jake, he goes with us everywhere we are allowed to bring him.<br /> <br /> And even with just the four of us, I'm this/close to buying an Odyssey minivan.<br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan from Rock Honda<br /> <br /> That's because the Honda Odyssey minivan has it all - and then some.  But, even when you set all the best-buy, best-family and highway safety awards aside it's hard to pass up.<br /> <br /> Because the 2019 Honda Odyssey is packed with creature comforts and technology.  In fact, the Odyssey is so versatile and equipped that a family larger than mine could take months to thoroughly review the minivan.<br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Odyssey Cockpit<br /> <br /> But, I did it in a day, quite thoroughly I might add.  So, carefully consider both my below report and the 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan - carry on. :0)<br /> Trim Configurations and MSRPs for the 2019 Honda Odyssey<br /> My friends at Rock Honda put me in a top-of-the-line 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan with Elite trim.  So that fully-loaded Odyssey minivan had all the features and technology I could imagine included.<br /> <br /> But it's tough to tell the difference between the base LX and fully-loaded Elite trim level options from the outside.<br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Odyssey passenger front<br /> <br /> And here's all the 2019 Honda Odyssey minivan trim configurations with their starting manufacturers suggested retail pricing:<br /> <br /> <br /> 2019 Honda Odyssey Minivan Trim Levels & MSRPs:<br /> <br /> LX $30,190<br /> EX $34,160<br /> EX-L $37,710<br /> Touring $44,760<br /> Elite $47,070<br /> <br /> So, with all our vehicle reviews here on iDriveSoCal, never worry about MSRP.  And that's for two primary reasons.<br /> <br /> First, MSRP is just what each vehicle manufacturer's factory makes car dealers put on their window sticker for any given vehicle.  And you need to get your Honda minivan equipped with whatever will best suit your family.<br /> <br /> Second, go see my friends at Rock Honda in Fontana, California.  Because they're one of the largest Honda dealers in the world, I know them personally and trust them completely.<br /> <br /> And they literally embedded "Rock bottom pricing" in the name of their store.  No kidding, they deliver the best Honda deals.<br /> '19 Odyssey Minivan Engines, Transmissions & MPG<br /> You get the same engine across all trim levels for the 2019 Honda Odyessy minivan.  And that's a powerful 280-horsepower V6 that delivers 262 pound-feet of torque.<br /> "...the base-LX, the EX, and the EX-L come with a 9-speed automatic transmission... the top two trims, the Touring and Elite come with a 10-speed automatic transmission."<br /> But the different trim levels will give you two different transmissions.  So, the base-LX, the EX and the EX-L come with a 9-speed automatic transmission.  Whereas the top two trim levels, the Touring and Elite come with a 10-speed automatic transmission.<br /> Paddle Shifters!<br /> What I found to be kind of funny is that all '19 Honda Odyssey minivans come w... Tom Smith 1 22:19
Volkswagen Drive Bigger And Support Your Public Schools https://www.idrivesocal.com/volkswagen-drive-bigger-and-support-your-public-schools/ Sun, 28 Jul 2019 23:41:43 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=12051 Volkswagen Drive Bigger You've seen the Volkswagen Drive Bigger commercials.   And perhaps you've even thought - ah, cool concept. But check this out.  Volkswagen of America is donating money to public schools.  And YOU can make sure your kid's class gets some!  No kidding, no strings attached and no games! "The average public school teacher across the country dips into their own personal pocket to the tune of $450 annually to fund supplies for various school projects. That's crazy!" In fact, my friend Randy Halcomb from Ontario VW filled me in on something even cooler.  Your kid's teacher can go online to set-up the funding request and then you can go fund it for free! Hear all the details in my podcast interview with Randy or continue reading below.  Either way, go to Ontario Volkswagen ASAP to get the money where you want it to go! How To Put Volkswagen's Drive Bigger $$$ In Your Kid's Classroom! Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here, and I'm at Ontario Volkswagen today with my good friend Randy Halcomb. We're talking about the Volkswagen Drive Bigger Event, which ties into the Volkswagen commercial that you probably saw. I want to give Randy a chance to just say hello real quick. For VW Drive Bigger Teachers Funding Request go to DonorsChoose.org This topic has me fired up a little bit because it's all about our schools, our public schools, and Volkswagen's diving in to fund our public schools. But say hello real quick Randy, and then I'm going to rattle off some stuff here. Randy: Tom, always a pleasure to be here. VW Drive Bigger Event Aims to Help Public School Teachers Tom: Thank you. The Drive Bigger Event is Volkswagen's way of really diving in to help our public schools. I don't know if you're like me, but I know teachers of public schools. I've always heard that obviously, they're always working on contracts, they're always trying to get paid themselves. But what's outrageous, and this - a statistic. This is outrageous. At Ontario Volkswagen Donating To Your Kid's Classroom is FREE! The average public school teacher across the country dips into their own personal pocket to the tune of $450 annually to fund supplies for various school projects. That's crazy! Randy: I think that number is probably low. Tom: I think it's low too. That's an average. That's what we know. Right? That's what's reported. Certainly, the reporting is probably inaccurate. The Drive Bigger Event is technically Volkswagen of America is partnering up with their local dealers, Ontario Volkswagen, and providing funds for our public schools. DonorsChoose Partnership with Volkswagen Drive Bigger They're doing it in such a way that my friends that are teachers, your friends that are teachers, Randy's friends that are teachers, can tell their friends to go into Ontario Volkswagen and help direct where that money goes. Randy: That is correct, Tom. It's pretty neat, and I think one of the things that Volkswagen's trying to do here is really to give back to the community doing more than just selling vehicles, and helping out, and making a difference in our communities, and on our planet. Tom: But this is a partnership with an organization called DonorsChoose. For VW Drive Bigger Public School Donations: Go to Ontario Volkswagen. Request a VW Drive Bigger Donation Card. Select what school you want to receive the donation you're directing. Randy:  Yes, they're the education part of this that ties the donations going to the education teachers' projects. It allows any teachers to upload their project, or what they need funding for, versus it coming out of their own pocket. People can go on there and donate to specific classes. In this particular case, you're able to come down, we supply you with a donor's card, Volkswagen Drive Bigger

You’ve seen the Volkswagen Drive Bigger commercials.   And perhaps you’ve even thought – ah, cool concept.

But check this out.  Volkswagen of America is donating money to public schools.  And YOU can make sure your kid’s class gets some!  No kidding, no strings attached and no games!

“The average public school teacher across the country dips into their own personal pocket to the tune of $450 annually to fund supplies for various school projects. That’s crazy!”

In fact, my friend Randy Halcomb from Ontario VW filled me in on something even cooler.  Your kid’s teacher can go online to set-up the funding request and then you can go fund it for free!

Hear all the details in my podcast interview with Randy or continue reading below.  Either way, go to Ontario Volkswagen ASAP to get the money where you want it to go!

Volkswagen Drive Bigger Event Supporting Public Schools

How To Put Volkswagen’s Drive Bigger $$$ In Your Kid’s Classroom!

Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here, and I’m at Ontario Volkswagen today with my good friend Randy Halcomb.

We’re talking about the Volkswagen Drive Bigger Event, which ties into the Volkswagen commercial that you probably saw. I want to give Randy a chance to just say hello real quick.

For VW Drive Bigger Teachers Funding Request go to DonorsChoose.org

This topic has me fired up a little bit because it’s all about our schools, our public schools, and Volkswagen’s diving in to fund our public schools. But say hello real quick Randy, and then I’m going to rattle off some stuff here.

Randy: Tom, always a pleasure to be here.

VW Drive Bigger Event Aims to Help Public School Teachers

Tom: Thank you. The Drive Bigger Event is Volkswagen’s way of really diving in to help our public schools. I don’t know if you’re like me, but I know teachers of public schools.

I’ve always heard that obviously, they’re always working on contracts, they’re always trying to get paid themselves. But what’s outrageous, and this – a statistic. This is outrageous.

VW Drive Bigger Donation Envelope front

At Ontario Volkswagen Donating To Your Kid’s Classroom is FREE!

The average public school teacher across the country dips into their own personal pocket to the tune of $450 annually to fund supplies for various school projects. That’s crazy!

Randy: I think that number is probably low.

Tom: I think it’s low too. That’s an average. That’s what we know. Right? That’s what’s reported. Certainly, the reporting is probably inaccurate.

The Drive Bigger Event is technically Volkswagen of America is partnering up with their local dealers, Ontario Volkswagen, and providing funds for our public schools.

DonorsChoose Partnership with Volkswagen Drive Bigger

They’re doing it in such a way that my friends that are teachers, your friends that are teachers, Randy’s friends that are teachers, can tell their friends to go into Ontario Volkswagen and help direct where that money goes.

Randy: That is correct, Tom. It’s pretty neat, and I think one of the things that Volkswagen’s trying to do here is really to give back to the community doing more than just selling vehicles, and helping out, and making a difference in our communities, and on our planet.

Tom: But this is a partnership with an organization called DonorsChoose.

For VW Drive Bigger Public School Donations:

  1. Go to Ontario Volkswagen.
  2. Request a VW Drive Bigger Donation Card.
  3. Select what school you want to receive the donation you’re directing.

Randy:  Yes, they’re the education part of this that ties the donations going to the education teachers’ projects.

It allows any teachers to upload their project, or what they need funding for, versus it coming out of their own pocket. People can go on there and donate to specific classes.

In this particular case, you’re able to come down, we supply you with a donor’s card, and you’re able to apply that to whichever classroom project or school you wish.

Tom: DonorsChoose, it’s basically like a platform, kind of like GoFundMe. Right?

Randy: Correct. That’s exactly what it is, but for education.

It’s Like GoFundMe For Your Kids Classroom

Tom: I wonder if GoFundMe didn’t pull their idea from DonorsChoose?  Because DonorsChoose was started by a teacher in the Bronx, apparently in 2000.  So basically DonorsChoose, and Volkswagen of America have partnered up. You as a teacher can go and post your project that needs funding on DonorsChoose.

Randy: That’s correct.

Tom: Then you as a teacher can tell your friends to go into Ontario Volkswagen and request a donation card. This doesn’t cost anything out of the customer’s pocket.

Randy: Just the time to swing on by and pick one up.

Tom: Right. So you could give me a donation card right now if I knew what I was wanting to apply it to.

Randy: Correct.

Tom: These donation cards, the denomination is?

Randy: They’re $20, and we’ve got quite a few of them here to hand out.

So if you’ve got two, three different parents, one per family, or whatever, but you can have aunts, uncles, different people of your family come on in and ask for a donation card, and donate to that project or classroom.

How To Put Money In Your Kids Classroom with VW Drive Bigger DonorsChoose Program

Tom: Okay. We have these $20 donation cards. They cost me nothing.

I come into Ontario Volkswagen. And, I say I heard about the program. I ask you, Randy, or Shant Bashian, or anybody else here at Ontario Volkswagen, “Hey, I want it. I want to get a donation card,” and then what happens?

For VW Drive Bigger Public School Donations:

  1. Go to Ontario Volkswagen.
  2. Request a VW Drive Bigger Donation Card.
  3. Select what school you want to receive the donation you’re directing.

Randy: Then we basically just log down who we gave it to so that we can track that. We just don’t hand them out to anybody.

They can open up the envelope, and we’ll walk them over to the computer, and we’ll walk them through the steps on logging into the DonorsChoose.org, and selecting the project or classroom of their choice.

Tom: Cost me nothing. Right?

Randy: Cost you nothing.

Drive Bigger folded donation card

Go to Ontario VW and pick up a card like this.

Tom: No hidden car games in here.

Randy: No. You don’t have to-

Tom: No hanky-panky of any sort?

Randy: No.

Volkswagen Drive Bigger Public School Donations

Tom: This is literally just-

Randy: About giving back.

Tom: Giving back. Volkswagen’s putting up this money. Ontario Volkswagen’s partnering on it.

Drive Bigger top half of paper donation card

VW Drive Bigger Event with DonorsChoose

DonorsChoose is the platform, and all we have to do, ladies and gentlemen, is come into Ontario Volkswagen, ask for a donation card and direct the money.

Randy: Yes, and here’s something I just thought about Tom. Let’s say that you’ve got a grandchild on the East Coast, and you want to donate it to their school, and they go to school in Florida. You’re still able to come in here, get that donation card, and still donate to your grandchild there in Florida.

Teachers Can Still Sign Up For Funding Requests

Tom: That’s a beautiful thing. We’re giving the money, but then also at the same time it’s open currently and all the time to any teachers that want to go onto DonorsChoose and say, “Hey, I need money for this particular project.”

Randy: Correct.

For VW Drive Bigger Teachers Funding Request go to DonorsChoose.org

Tom: So right now somebody listening as a teacher can log on.

Randy: I would highly recommend them to do that because they never know who might donate, or come into the dealership to donate to their school. So I would definitely say if I was a teacher, to put whatever I can up on DonorsChoose because people you may or may not know might end up donating to your classroom.

Tom: “Hey, I’m a teacher. I want to get something funded,” or “Hey, I am a parent. I am an aunt and uncle, a grandparent, that wants to get something funded as well for my kids going to school.” It’s a win-win all the way around.

That the thing why I point out there’s no hanky-panky. There are no games. Right?

Drive Bigger at Ontario Volkswagen Now – Zero Obligation!

Randy: There’s none.

Tom: Because usually, you go to a car dealership, it’s like, “All right. All right. How much money is this going to cost me?”

Randy: Yeah. Yeah.

Tom: But in this case, you guys are giving the ability to give money away.

Randy: That’s exactly what it is. It’s their thought of, as all these kids getting ready to go back to school, of helping these teachers.  We want to make sure that we do the best we can to take care of them.

VW Drive Bigger bottom half with donation card

Go to Ontario VW and Support Your Kid’s Education!

Tom: It’s a really good thing. Now, the program is going through the end of September.

Randy: Yes, I believe which is like Labor Day.

Tom: So anybody can come into Ontario Volkswagen, ask for a donation card, and submit the donation. Now, I understand as well if they don’t have time to do it at the dealership, they could actually take the donation card home and do it as well. Right?

Randy: Correct.

Volkswagen Drive Bigger Event at Ontario VW – Great Cause AND Opportunity!

Tom: Again, Volkswagen of America, Ontario Volkswagen, and DonorsChoose. It’s just a fantastic opportunity for teachers to get assistance, for our schools to get assistance, and hey, let’s get real. It’s all about our own families. Right?

So it’s a great opportunity to support our kids’ education ultimately. It’s the Drive Bigger Event. If you’ve seen the television commercials, it ties in obviously to the great television commercials that Volkswagen has recently put out where they show the waterfall, and it’s like, “Oh, that’s big.” But then they show somebody turning off the leaky faucet.

Randy: Leaky faucet because of that a bigger issue of how much wastefulness.

“It’s just a fantastic opportunity for teachers to get assistance, for our schools to get assistance, and hey, let’s get real. It’s all about our own families. “

Tom: I love the one where they show a weight lifter lifting the heavyweight, and then they say, “That’s big.” Then somebody running up a flight of stairs, and helping a mom with a stroller come down the stairs and, “Oh, that’s bigger.” Like that sure is bigger for sure.

Randy: It’s a great campaign. We’re super excited about it, and we love doing things for our community.

Get Your Donation Card At Ontario Volkswagen And Drive Bigger!

Tom: It’s the Drive Bigger Event. Volkswagen of America, DonorsChoose, and Ontario Volkswagen. Come on into Ontario Volkswagen before the end of September to direct the funds as you would like to see them directed, which is just so cool.

VW Drive Bigger donation envelope back

Volkswagen’s Drive Bigger Event is easy, free and supports your family!

Randy: Yeah, and a couple of other ways they can share it is by going onto our social media, any of our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and they can share it right from there.

Tom: Well, we’ll repost it on iDriveSoCal as well. My friend Randy Halcomb. Thank you so much as always. Love you guys here at Ontario Volkswagen. For iDriveSoCal, I am Tom Smith.  Thank you so much for tuning in!

 

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Volkswagen Drive Bigger You've seen the Volkswagen Drive Bigger commercials.   And perhaps you've even thought - ah, cool concept. - But check this out.  Volkswagen of America is donating money to public schools. Volkswagen Drive Bigger<br /> You've seen the Volkswagen Drive Bigger commercials.   And perhaps you've even thought - ah, cool concept.<br /> <br /> But check this out.  Volkswagen of America is donating money to public schools.  And YOU can make sure your kid's class gets some!  No kidding, no strings attached and no games!<br /> "The average public school teacher across the country dips into their own personal pocket to the tune of $450 annually to fund supplies for various school projects. That's crazy!"<br /> In fact, my friend Randy Halcomb from Ontario VW filled me in on something even cooler.  Your kid's teacher can go online to set-up the funding request and then you can go fund it for free!<br /> <br /> Hear all the details in my podcast interview with Randy or continue reading below.  Either way, go to Ontario Volkswagen ASAP to get the money where you want it to go!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> How To Put Volkswagen's Drive Bigger $$$ In Your Kid's Classroom!<br /> Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here, and I'm at Ontario Volkswagen today with my good friend Randy Halcomb.<br /> <br /> We're talking about the Volkswagen Drive Bigger Event, which ties into the Volkswagen commercial that you probably saw. I want to give Randy a chance to just say hello real quick.<br /> <br /> <br /> For VW Drive Bigger Teachers Funding Request go to DonorsChoose.org<br /> <br /> This topic has me fired up a little bit because it's all about our schools, our public schools, and Volkswagen's diving in to fund our public schools. But say hello real quick Randy, and then I'm going to rattle off some stuff here.<br /> <br /> Randy: Tom, always a pleasure to be here.<br /> VW Drive Bigger Event Aims to Help Public School Teachers<br /> Tom: Thank you. The Drive Bigger Event is Volkswagen's way of really diving in to help our public schools. I don't know if you're like me, but I know teachers of public schools.<br /> <br /> I've always heard that obviously, they're always working on contracts, they're always trying to get paid themselves. But what's outrageous, and this - a statistic. This is outrageous.<br /> <br /> At Ontario Volkswagen Donating To Your Kid's Classroom is FREE!<br /> <br /> The average public school teacher across the country dips into their own personal pocket to the tune of $450 annually to fund supplies for various school projects. That's crazy!<br /> <br /> Randy: I think that number is probably low.<br /> <br /> Tom: I think it's low too. That's an average. That's what we know. Right? That's what's reported. Certainly, the reporting is probably inaccurate.<br /> <br /> The Drive Bigger Event is technically Volkswagen of America is partnering up with their local dealers, Ontario Volkswagen, and providing funds for our public schools.<br /> DonorsChoose Partnership with Volkswagen Drive Bigger<br /> They're doing it in such a way that my friends that are teachers, your friends that are teachers, Randy's friends that are teachers, can tell their friends to go into Ontario Volkswagen and help direct where that money goes.<br /> <br /> Randy: That is correct, Tom. It's pretty neat, and I think one of the things that Volkswagen's trying to do here is really to give back to the community doing more than just selling vehicles, and helping out, and making a difference in our communities, and on our planet.<br /> <br /> Tom: But this is a partnership with an organization called DonorsChoose.<br /> <br /> <br /> For VW Drive Bigger Public School Donations:<br /> <br /> Go to Ontario Volkswagen.<br /> Request a VW Drive Bigger Donation Card.<br /> Select what school you want to receive the donation you're directing.<br /> <br /> <br /> Randy:  Yes, they're the education part of this that ties the donations going to the education teachers' projects. Tom Smith clean 11:06
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal: Behind the Scenes on the Mid-Engine https://www.idrivesocal.com/2020-chevrolet-corvette-reveal/ Mon, 22 Jul 2019 18:18:20 +0000 https://www.idrivesocal.com/?p=11969 2020 Corvette C8: Mid-Engine Reveal The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal has long been rumored to change everything.  And that's because the engine is moving to the rear of the vehicle.  Thus, taking the sportscar's ability to perform into an entirely new realm. So when the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal was live-streamed from a hangar in Tustin, California to the world expectations were high.  After all, it's the eighth-generation Corvette.  That's C8 in Chevy-speak. https://youtu.be/w4muNr2bNVY And ever since the Corvette's beginning, mid-engine has been a hot topic.  In fact, before the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal, the automaker produced at least three different well known mid-engine prototypes.  These were referred to as  CERV I, CERV II and CERV III.  And that's an acronym for Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicle. ;0) After the big reveal, select Chevy dealers were invited to that same Orange County hangar for more details.  And I jumped at the opportunity to find out what my friend Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet found out. Continue reading our talk below or play the podcast and scroll through on-site pictures of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal.  Because this really does change everything! "They have outdone themselves in every stretch of the imagination.  It's a mid-engine. It's just the sexiest car I've ever seen.  0 to 60 under 3.2 seconds in the base model car.  It's an exotic supercar.  If I were to speak off the record, I think that we would see these cars late December, early January at the latest. I think if anybody's really serious about it, they need to get on it." 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Mid-Engine Reveal - More than 50-years in the Making Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California. Tom Smith here and I am with my good friend, Mr. Lewis Cook, at Martin Chevrolet in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California right here on Hawthorne Boulevard. In mid-engine speak is that the hood popped open? We are talking 2020 Corvette Mid-Engine baby. Finally after what? Five decades of anticipation? Lewis: Too long. Tom: Lewis, thanks for joining me. Thanks for being a great iDriveSoCal partner. 495 horsepower & 470 pound-feet of torque This is, let's see, we are Saturday. Not sure when you're going to be listening to the podcast but we are Saturday, July 20th. And the big reveal, the big live stream reveal was on Thursday, July 18th. I don't know if you tuned into the live stream. I certainly did. .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content { background-color: #2c94f2 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container .et_bloom_form_header { background-color: #ffffff !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .curve_edge .curve { fill: #ffffff} .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_fields i { color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content .et_bloom_custom_field_radio i:before { background: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_border_solid { border-color: #1062ad !important } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_content button { background-color: #81d742 !important; } .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container h2 strong { font-family: "Open Sans", Helvetica, Arial, Lucida, sans-serif; }.et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p span, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container p strong, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form input, .et_bloom .et_bloom_optin_10 .et_bloom_form_container form button span { font-family: "Open Sans",... 2020 Corvette C8: Mid-Engine Reveal

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal has long been rumored to change everything.  And that’s because the engine is moving to the rear of the vehicle.  Thus, taking the sportscar’s ability to perform into an entirely new realm.

So when the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal was live-streamed from a hangar in Tustin, California to the world expectations were high.  After all, it’s the eighth-generation Corvette.  That’s C8 in Chevy-speak.

https://youtu.be/w4muNr2bNVY

And ever since the Corvette’s beginning, mid-engine has been a hot topic.  In fact, before the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal, the automaker produced at least three different well known mid-engine prototypes.  These were referred to as  CERV I, CERV II and CERV III.  And that’s an acronym for Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicle. ;0)

After the big reveal, select Chevy dealers were invited to that same Orange County hangar for more details.  And I jumped at the opportunity to find out what my friend Lewis Cook from Martin Chevrolet found out.

Continue reading our talk below or play the podcast and scroll through on-site pictures of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette reveal.  Because this really does change everything!

Red 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray driver profile car dealer reveal banner

“They have outdone themselves in every stretch of the imagination.  It’s a mid-engine. It’s just the sexiest car I’ve ever seen.  0 to 60 under 3.2 seconds in the base model car.  It’s an exotic supercar.  If I were to speak off the record, I think that we would see these cars late December, early January at the latest. I think if anybody’s really serious about it, they need to get on it.”

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Mid-Engine Reveal – More than 50-years in the Making

Tom: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California.

Tom Smith here and I am with my good friend, Mr. Lewis Cook, at Martin Chevrolet in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California right here on Hawthorne Boulevard.

Blue 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray dealer reveal

In mid-engine speak is that the hood popped open?

We are talking 2020 Corvette Mid-Engine baby. Finally after what? Five decades of anticipation?

Lewis: Too long.

Tom: Lewis, thanks for joining me. Thanks for being a great iDriveSoCal partner.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray mid.engine

495 horsepower & 470 pound-feet of torque

This is, let’s see, we are Saturday. Not sure when you’re going to be listening to the podcast but we are Saturday, July 20th. And the big reveal, the big live stream reveal was on Thursday, July 18th.

I don’t know if you tuned into the live stream. I certainly did.

Chevy Topped All Reveals with the Mid-Engine Corvette

Lewis caught bits and pieces of it but intermittently because he knew that as a dealer, he was going to be going to the actual venue where the live stream was happening in Tustin, California.

The big hanger there that they did the reveal and he’s going to take us behind the scenes on what he saw and experienced in person.  With, I guess all the Chevy execs and the vehicles themselves and if you’re not listening on iDriveSoCal.com, then go to iDriveSoCal.com.

Executive speaks on stage w. 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray

The mid-engine reveal behind the reveal!

And, we’re going to share the pictures that Lewis at this event.

“It’s a Mid-Engine. It’s just the sexiest car I’ve ever seen.”

So, with that long intro, Mr. Cook; Lewis please fill us in on the behind the scenes of the 2020 Corvette Mid-Engine reveal.

Lewis: Man, where do I even start? I will say this. Doing this for so long, you go to these reveals and there’s lots of anticipation and there are lots of hypes.

Overall, different kinds of car lines and brands and whatnot. And I was absolutely most impressed with this and if I wasn’t a Chevy dealer, I would be most impressed with this.

They have outdone themselves in every stretch of the imagination and are… I can’t even say good about it. I don’t even know where to start.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray bottom rear sectioned

Mid-Engine Corvette changes everything!

We got to meet the actual designer, the actual engineer, and they talked a lot about it. It’s a completely different car ground up. I believe they said one piece, maybe, came from the previous generation Corvette.

It’s a Mid-Engine. It’s just the sexiest car I’ve ever seen.

Tom: It is gorgeous.

Lewis: It is gorgeous.

What Was Revealed About the 2020 Chevy Corvette Mid-Engine

Tom: It is. Okay, so one of the other things that I wanted to address is a little of, and this is common with any new vehicle rollout but obviously, with one with such heightened anticipation, there are a few discrepancies that were coming across.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray cargo area w. golf clubs

Even with mid-engine, they found a place for your golf clubs!

Now obviously on Chevy’s website and what you were told on Friday, what I saw on the live stream, 495 horsepower, 470 pound-feet of torque.

I’ve seen some reports that have said, oh, 490 horsepower. That’s wrong but I’m just using that as an example for a discrepancy.

Zero to 60 is how fast?

One of the other really key discrepancies is that on the live stream, the notes that I took and I believe we could look at the recording that they have of the live stream, it was 0 to 60, they said, in under three seconds. They didn’t specify but then you were saying something different on Friday.

Lewis: So I think what we’re missing there is… so 0 to 60 under 3.2 seconds in the base model car. What I’m thinking is is that, because I didn’t see that part of the live stream, the 0 to 60 under three seconds might be Z06 type model or an upgraded model which I could see that happening.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Reveal – First Mid-Engine Available

Tom: Got it. And speaking of models, this is being named the Stingray. Now, that is… do we know yet? What the current Vette’s Stingray is the base, right?

Lewis: Correct.

Tom: So as we go into the mid-engine, here in 2020, they’re assumingly going to be coming out with the Stingray and then in subsequent years, we’re going to go upstream again with a more powerful performance like what we currently have in the whole 2019 lineup or it’s still unknown?

Lewis: Yeah, I wish I could answer that question specifically.

I know that I got in the car and there’s Stingray all over it. So the kick panel where you get in on the driver’s door says Stingray.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray center console and stack

Driver focused everything!

They have not released different types of models or there was literally four cars at the presentation I went to and all four cars were exactly the same besides the color as far as equipment and… and they’re pretty hush-hush about that right now. I wish I had some insight but.

Starting Price for the 2020 Chevy Mid-Engine Corvette

Tom: Yeah. Well in the live stream, they were cryptic at the end of it which everybody’s wondering, how much is it going to be? At the end of the live stream, they said, we’re not announcing the exact packages as of yet. But it’s going to start at under $60K.

Lewis: Right. Drop the mic!

“But it’s going to start at under $60K… Drop the mic!”

Tom: Because here’s the other thing. Good luck getting one for under $60K from a consumer perspective, from a buyer’s perspective just because, I’m assuming and you can correct me, there’s going to be so much demand on those vehicles that people are going to be at sticker or plus, right?

Lewis: Yeah and it’ll be hard for somebody to pay sticker for this car right in the beginning, you know? Which is a little bit unfortunate but-

Tom: But that’s a nature of anything like this. And this is a really big, amplified, magnified example of a lot of anticipation for a car.

Stingray from the 1970's on.hand for 2020 Stingray reveal

Notice the classic Stingray looking on?

Lewis: Yeah. There’s a lot of anticipation for it. And you’re right but you know, I just have a different thought process on that whole thing.

I wish we could just sell every car for MSRP and be done with it but instead of discounting others and marking the others up $10, $15, $20-grand, there’ll be dealers out there that’ll have this for $20,000 over MSRP.

Supply and Demand for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Hopefully, from what GM’s telling us, the production is going to be big enough that there will be enough supply and when there’s enough supply, then that kind of goes away, that big markup.

Let me tell you what. If there’s a car that’s going to demand a markup and for any kind of longevity that this is the car. So it wouldn’t surprise me that it goes on for a long time.

2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray driver profile

“Sexiest car I’ve ever seen.” – Lewis Cook

Again, it’s just going to be a production issue. General Motors also did say that they were adding a second shift for production which is huge because a second shift costs them a substantial amount of money.

“…from what GM’s telling us, the production is going to be big enough that there will be enough supply…”

Tom: A lot of money. A big investment.

Lewis: And it is a big investment. So they’re committed. I’ve never seen as much commitment to a project or a car like this as they put into it. They’ve done well.

The Long Road to Chevy’s 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette Reveal

Tom: So the 2020 Mid-Engine Vette is, and I’m going to rattle off some stats, the 2020 mid-engine Vette is the 8th Generation of Corvette.

So C8 in Corvette terms. And that’s after more than 1.7 million Vettes have been produced.

CERV I

CERV I

And one of the original designers of the Vette, I’m not going to try and even pronounce the full name, but Zora.

He had wanted to do mid-engine all along and there have been some prototypes that had been on the track and whatnot and you got some really cool pictures of those.

Lewis: Yeah so I sent you that to some and you’ll have it up on the site, I’m sure.

CERV III

CERV III

Tom: Yup.

Lewis: The first concept, Mid-Engine Vette. It looks strikingly similar.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Design Reveal

Tom: And a little bit about the design of 2020. I mean, it is a gorgeous car. Everybody’s just been jaw dropped as far as when I’ve talked to them in the last 24, 48 hours. Not a bit of criticism that I’ve been able to pick up on.

Lewis: Well, when you talk Chevy, you don’t think exotic and I think that’s the best way to describe this car.

Blue 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray driver profile all opened

Chevrolet Supercar

Tom: Supercar.

Lewis: It’s an exotic supercar. I mean, that’s just it. As I said, you don’t expect that from Chevy so much.

I mean, you look at the Camaro, you look at Corvette, and now you look at. They all have some pretty aggressive lines but they’re kind of… it’s got that kind of American made look to it which is good.

That’s part of their deal. But this is, they were talking about out of the box. This is definitely out of the box for them.

Tom: You touched on, well, a lot of things just there.

Noticeable Rearend Design – 2020 Chevy Corvette Reveal & Camaro

You have American made and you have mid-engine and you mentioned Camaro. Well, first off, before I dive into that, the look of the Vette. A couple of comments from me.

I love the front end. It definitely looks like a Vette. It definitely looks like an exotic supercar, though, too. It’s that perfect blend.

Red 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray passenger rear car dealer reveal

Do you see Camaro in this rearend?

The rear has a little bit of a Camaro look to it. I noticed some other and I’ve heard that from other people too which I think is really cool because it’s like, okay, it’s a supercar but it’s still a Chevy but it’s still a Corvette.

It just looks like they’ve done everything very, very well. Any comments on that before I go with-

Mistaking the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette for a Ferrari

Lewis: Well, I just think it’s funny because when I was trying to give you the pictures earlier today. Microsoft has this feature where you can put a picture on your phone and it’ll give you all the relevant information.

Lewis: It’ll look and try to guess what the picture is of and it thought it was a Ferrari.

Blue 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray dealer reveal

Unmistakably Corvette

Tom: That makes sense.

Lewis: Because there are no real pictures out there, you know?

Tom: Right. There’s no point of reference.

Lewis: There’s no picture to exact … an exact copy or point of reference to pull up, right? So this may be a Ferrari. And the cars that it may have been were all high end, $150,000 super exotic cars.

Tom: And watching the live stream, I guess there was… and ladies and gentlemen if you hear planes going by in the background-

A Chevy Corvette Just Buzzed Our Podcast!

Lewis: It was a Corvette.

Tom: Corvettes going by, we are podcasting at Martin Chevrolet on a beautiful Saturday with doors open so people are enjoying the South Bay here. So the Camaro. We talked about this recently. The Camaro’s going to be going away, supposedly, 2023?

Lewis: 2023 is the-

With the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal – What Else does Chevy Have Planned?

Tom: Now here’s where I went off on a tangent after you mentioned something earlier.

We have the… because there’s something about American Muscle.  And there’s something about the Corvette that I think, as awesome as the mid-engine looks and I can’t wait to drive it…

There’s just something special about the front-engine Corvette where you got a long nose. And I’m wondering, and I don’t think I’m alone here.  I think a lot of people can probably finish this thought.

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New from the ground up

The Camaro’s never going to… it’s not going away forever, right? There’s too much in the Camaro and the name, my guess. I love to pull out the crystal ball with the iDriveSoCal podcast and try to figure out what the future has in store for everything.

But so, it’s conceivable that the Corvette becomes the mid-engine supercar like the Corvette has always been attainable to the average man.

Will Camaro Replace Corvette as Chevy’s Front Engine Muscle Car?

But then the Camaro comes back after going away a little bit in an upgraded form to kind of where the Vette is now.

Because I mean, hey, one of the things they said in the stream is with the ZR1 Vette, right? The tippity top Vette that you guys just got one in stock. Hard to come by, 2019 ZR1.

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The mid-engine reveal behind the reveal!

That took front-engine rear-wheel-drive about as far as they could go from a technological engineering perspective. And in fact, that vehicle, 755 horsepower, 715 pound-feet of torque, a top speed of 212 miles an hour and 0 to 60 in 2.85 seconds. So that’s the ZR1.

So let’s think about this. The mid-engine is finally coming out but the top of the line front-engine can outperform the new one, right? Now granted, the new one, we haven’t gotten the top trim packages yet but comments on that possibility. Of the Camaro coming upstream as the Corvette goes upstream as well?

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Revealed Remains Topped by ZR1

Lewis: Okay Nostradamus of the automobile business!  Sorry, I don’t know. I can predict as you can predict.

Chevy’s real hush-hush on that and I haven’t heard from Chevy specifically that the Camaro is going away. That’s not their words, right? That’s people putting two and two together for the most part.

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Hand-crafted in the USA

But to touch on the ZR1, the ZR1, just to put this into perspective, the ZR1’s $150,000 Vette that does 0 to 60 in 2.85 seconds. And this new Vette, this is just kind of… it makes everything click for me. This new Vette does 0 to 60 in 3.2. In my world, I’ll give up .4 for $100-grand. I mean if that’s what it’s coming down to.

So that’s how serious this car is going to be. A production car. A ton of them being made, supposedly, hopefully. And that’s how it performs.

However, the ZR1 is a beast in itself and it’s a very, very limited production car. I think that, in my opinion, I think this was just our holdover until the mid-engine came out and they did a really good job with it. Every dealership gets one or two. It’s more of a… what’s the word I’m looking for?

Tom: Kind of a halo?

Lewis: Yeah. Halo or it’s one of those one-offs, you know?

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These enthusiasts that have a ton of money and can spend money on those kinds of cars, they’re getting them because of the nostalgia or because of… first of all, mid-engine is coming out and it’s going away. That’s the best of the best of the best.

But as far as the Camaro goes, I would love, I mean, come on. Who wouldn’t? Redesign the Camaro into a supercar like the new Vette. They need to do something.

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Get on the list now!

I mean the reality of it is is that Mustang outperforms it and they realize that. So, I don’t necessarily agree with stopping the model line for one to two years and revamping it. I think that you should just keep going. Maybe that’s what they’re going to do. I don’t know. We can listen back to this podcast in 2024 and doesn’t that sound weird? 2024.

Tom: It does. It sounds really weird.

Lewis: Anyway, I won’t even touch on that. And then we’ll see if Nostradamus’s predictions come true.

When the Revealed 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Will Be At Dealerships?

Tom: Anything else that you want to share with us from behind the scenes perspective as far as what the dealer’s experience on Friday?

Lewis:  They’re talking about an extra shift. They’re talking about mass production. They won’t give us a lot of timeframes.

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Mid-engine – a long time coming!

If I were to speak off the record, I think that we would see these cars late December, early January at the latest.

“If I were to speak off the record, I think that we would see these cars late December, early January at the latest.”

I think if anybody’s really serious about it, they need to get on it, right? And figure out what we’re doing or if they want a car, they need to start the process.

Most of the information that’s lacking information, right? It’s keeping everybody guessing too. I’m sure that’s, maybe, on purpose.

Tom: Yeah. Well, even if it’s not on purpose, it’s easy to spin it if you’re a Chevy, right? From a PR perspective. Oh no, no, yeah. We’re just doing that to increase anticipation. Like, wow, guys, we really got to make some decisions here.

No Stick But Cool Front End Lift in the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal

Lewis: But you know, some of the cool things that they were talking about at the meeting yesterday, there’s not going to be a stick. There’s not going to be a manual transmission.

And they were talking about how that would, they’d have to pretty much redesign the car. Put a hole in the chassis and they can’t.

And they didn’t want to compromise any of the integrity so they’re not doing that. They talked a lot about the design and how everything on a car is super functional. They have this really cool new feature where you can raise the front end almost two inches, right?

“There’s not going to be a manual transmission. [But] They have this really cool new feature where you can raise the front end almost two inches…”

Tom: During the live stream, I don’t know if you saw that, but that got a huge round of applause. I guess the live stream had primarily Vette owners in the audience.

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal

Lewis: Yeah and media and all kinds of stuff and yeah, yeah. But not only that but it will remember where you do this at as you drive and will do it automatically, right?

Tom: So you’re coming up to a speed bump, you’re coming up to your driveway that has a big difference between the road and the driveway.

Lewis: Don’t push the button. It’s happening already, right? It’s mind-blowing to me.

Tom: That is crazy.

Lewis: So like I said, they’ve totally outdone themselves and I can’t wait.

2020 Chevy Corvette Mid-Engine Stats Reveal

Tom: And then one other… well, few other stats. So it’s going to have small black V8s, 6.2-liter. 495 horsepower, 470 pound-feet of torque. Eight-speed transmission as you said.

Lewis: Dual-clutch.

Tom: Dual-clutch. And it’s going to shift faster and better than any human possibly could anyway.

Lewis: Correct.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal – Stingray Stats:

    • Mid-Engine
    • Small block V8
    • 6.2-liter
    • 495-horsepower
    • 470 pound-feet of torque
    • Eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission
      • 1 thru 6 will be tight – 7 and 8 for fuel-efficient cruising
    • 0-60 is stated to be right around 3-seconds

Tom: Although, I think myself included, there’s going to be other purists that are like, I still would like to be able to step on a clutch.

Lewis: Well, the issue with a clutch in this, is it’s the mid-engine.

So for a clutch to be so close to the front of the car, if the engine’s in the front of the car and the clutch is there, it’s closer, right? So there’s not a lot of play, I guess, but to get the clutch to the mid-engine of this car, it would’ve been afoot.

And you’re right, based on that, it does shift faster itself than you’re ever going to be able to shift it. And I really think everybody’s going to that. Manual transmissions will be phased out. This might a Nostradamus saying.

Tom: Right?

Lewis: In the next probably five to ten years.

How to Reserve a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Tom: Well, it’s all coming. I mean, hey, fully autonomous vehicles are coming too but there’s still going to those of us that just enjoy driving like to drive, you know?

But then also, the one other note that I took during the stream was the first six gears are going to be rather right whereas seven and eight will be longer for highway driving and better fuel economy.

We’ll see what the 0 to 60 winds up being and all the other details but let’s go through, again, the specifics of I want one, what do I do as a consumer? Obviously, I’d Martin Chevrolet.

Lewis: Obviously.

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C8 – Say no more!

Tom: But what are the steps? I know they have some special and we touched on this but let’s go through top to bottom just before we wrap everything up on what consumers do.

Lewis: It’s a little tough right now from a dealer perspective because if any dealer tells you they know when the cars are coming, they’re lying because it’s definitely not true.

Tom: It’s a moving target.

Now Is The Time To Express Interest

Lewis: It’s a moving target. GM’s not committing to it for obvious reasons, right? They don’t want to underperform. They want to under-promise.

I think the best thing to do right now like so what we’re doing here at the store is… I mean, I already have five or six customers just from yesterday that are very interested.

So we’ve gathered all their information and then we’ve committed to keeping them updated with any news or any relevant information that we get. They get it at the same time.

And then they’ll have the first choice when these cars come in. If the production isn’t what GM said, my suggestion is to get on it now and to put your hand up in the air, right?

And let everybody know that you want one so that you’re one of the first thought of that when these do hit the floor because when they hit the ground, hitting the ground running is going to be an understatement.

How To Custom Order a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Tom: So that was another thing. They mentioned, I think, 12 different exterior colors and I remember, you could even specify your seatbelt color, I think they said. And there are a few different seats.

Lewis: Yeah. Three.

Tom: But so, when are customers going to be able to sit down with you and say hey, Lewis, I want to configure mine and I want this exterior, this interior, these seats, these seat belts, etc.

Lewis: That’s a great question. Not yet.

Tom: Not yet.  So the firsts that are going to be available are going to be what the manufacturer provides to you-

Lewis: No, we’ll be able to order them so that’s when the timeline gets really close is when I can actually go into the site and actually order the cars, specify trims, specify all of that.

We can’t do that yet. So that tells me they are probably two or three months away from even being able to start that process.

And then once that process happens, it’s a good 90, 120 days out before the car gets here. They build it to an extent and then we order it how we want to order it or how the customer wants it. So yeah.

Martin Chevrolet – Your 2020 Chevy Corvette HQ

Tom: All right.

Lewis: The whole paging thing just threw me off.

Tom: See, it’s hard. Isn’t it. You’re always trying to throw me off purposely.

Lewis: Yeah, right. Well, I was going to start with Baby Shark. I thought that might be … yeah.

Tom Smith & Lewis Cook talking 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal

Baby Shark and Mid-Engine Corvette…

Tom: Lewis and I were singing Baby Shark a little bit before the podcast started. My son is 21, 22 months old now. And yeah, all that, Sesame Street, very relevant in my world right now.

Lewis: We’re sound checking. We weren’t singing it because can we please elaborate on that a little bit? We were sound checking the mic.

Tom: Oh, we were just singing. Come on.

Lewis: And Tom might have been doing the hand motions. And I was going to start with Baby Shark. After that intro, I couldn’t do it to you though.

Tom: All right. Very good. Mr. Lewis Cook, Martin Chevrolet, love you guys. Thank you for your partnership with iDriveSoCal.

Lewis: So fun.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal Recap

Tom: So fun. 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette C8, eighth generation. Man, this is going to be sweet. 495 horsepower, 470 pound-feet of torque. Eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission. 0 to 60 in either under 3 or 3.2 or somewhere around there. And it’s just going to be bad to the bone.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Reveal – Stingray Stats:

    • Mid-Engine
    • Small block V8
    • 6.2-liter
    • 495-horsepower
    • 470 pound-feet of torque
    • Eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission
      • 1 thru 6 will be tight – 7 and 8 for fuel-efficient cruising
    • 0-60 is stated to be right around 3-seconds

So contact Lewis, Martin Chevrolet. E-mail me, Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com, I will put you directly in contact with the crew and here at Martin Chevrolet. And I’m getting some strange looks from Mr. Cook right now.

Lewis: It’s…

Tom: Are we good?

Lewis: Yeah, we’re good.

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Mid-Engine Corvette @ Martin Chevrolet

Tom: Are you sure? You don’t want to cover anything else?

Lewis: I was just singing Mama Shark but you blew it.

Tom: All right. For iDriveSoCal, I am Tom Smith. Thank you so much for listening. We’ll talk to you very soon.

Martin  Chevrolet is on Hawthorn Boulevard in Torrance, California and at MartinChevrolet.com.  Chevrolet, Find New Roads!

 

 

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2019 Honda Insight Hybrid Review, Prices, Trims, Features & Pics https://www.idrivesocal.com/2019-honda-insight-review/ Sat, 20 Jul 2019 15:20:28 +0000 http://ro.idrivesocal.com/?p=3100 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid The 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid looks nothing like what we've come to accept as that 'hybrid look'. When I picked an Insight up from Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California I literally did a couple of double-takes. Because the Insight Hybrid looks like an Accord from one angle and a Civic from another angle.  When in reality it's really a blend of both!  But still, it looks nothing like a hybrid. Check out the pics below while listening to my podcast review of this quiet, comfortable and stylish fuel-sipper. Introduction to The 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid Tom Smith here – today I’m sharing the details of my test drive of Honda’s new 2019 Insight. I recently picked one up from our friends at Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California. So Rock Honda put me in a 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid.  This is a four-door sedan that’s also a hybrid.  Which is a very easy-to-forget point when looking at the vehicle. That’s simply because it looks like a four-door car.  A normal sedan.  Not a half-bubble space-shippy thing - like hybrids have and some still do look like. 2019 Honda Insight from Rock Honda. So, when the new Honda Insight Hybrid first came out there were a lot of billboards promoting it.  And they proclaimed something like “proof that a hybrid can be stylish”.  And you know what – those billboards are spot on. "The 2019 Insight is a great looking ride." The 2019 Insight is a great looking ride.  If you’re familiar with the current Honda model line-up; at first glance, the Insight might have you thinking it’s a sophisticated Accord or maybe you catch the angle where it looks like a sporty Civic – and both would be correct.  As the 4-door Hybrid was given elements of both vehicles. 2019 Honda Insight Trims & MSRPs Honda keeps it simple with the Insight Hybrid this year offering three trim levels: The base model - LX starting at $22,830. The mid-level - EX starting at $24,060. And the top-of-the-line Touring starting at $28,090. As always, in our iDriveSoCal reporting, these prices are MSRP – manufacturers suggested retail price. You need to get yours equipped to your liking so the price will be a bit different.  But again, Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California is the place to go! 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid driver profile. Quite literally Rock Bottom Pricing is baked into their name.  Your best deal on a Honda is waiting for you at Rock Honda – promise.  Ask for David Latif and tell him Tom from iDriveSoCal says hey! Back to the 2019 Insight.  Again, easy to forget, it’s a hybrid.  And as I mentioned Honda keeps it simple with the three trims LX, EX and Touring. Each of those has the following in common: 1.5 liter, Inline 4-cylinder engine putting out 151-horsepower and 196-lb-ft of torque. So the car in any trim level is quick with all that torque. They also share the same transmission which offers three modes: Economy Sport EV – electric vehicle. Honda Insight Hybrid Fuel Economy Now they basically all have the same great fuel economy the only difference being the Touring gets a combined 48-MPG to the LX and EX’s 52 combined. The LX and EX get 55 City, 49 Highway and 52 combined. The Touring gets 51 City, 45 Highway and 48 combined. My near-certain assumption is that the extra features that come on the Touring add weight that decreases the fuel efficiency just a bit. Nevertheless, awesome fuel economy across the board. So let’s dive into this review – shall we? The 2019 Honda Insight Exterior My friends at Rock Honda set me up test driving the top-of-the-line Touring trim – so I had all the whistles and bells. "It offers the refined look of the new Accord with sleek sweeping clean lines with a bold grill." First, let’s talk exterior.  You probably picked up on this earlier - I love the exterior styling of this Honda hybrid. 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid

The 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid looks nothing like what we’ve come to accept as that ‘hybrid look’.

When I picked an Insight up from Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California I literally did a couple of double-takes.

Because the Insight Hybrid looks like an Accord from one angle and a Civic from another angle.  When in reality it’s really a blend of both!  But still, it looks nothing like a hybrid.

Check out the pics below while listening to my podcast review of this quiet, comfortable and stylish fuel-sipper.

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Introduction to The 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid

Tom Smith here – today I’m sharing the details of my test drive of Honda’s new 2019 Insight.

I recently picked one up from our friends at Rock Honda in the Los Angeles suburb of Fontana, California.

So Rock Honda put me in a 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid.  Thi