This edition of Samurai Rides was a real treat because I really got to test out my vehicle in a couple of circumstances beyond my usual Tri-State exploits. In addition to that I got a chance to enjoy a different version of a ride that I had a great time with previously. Going into Valentine’s Day which was also Presidents Day weekend I had the pleasure of handling the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. It’s the smaller version of the Outlander I had a few months ago. I felt right at home when I hopped into the Outlander Sport. A majority of features that the Sport presents are identical to those of the larger standard Outlander from the Rockford Forgate sound system to the lane recognition which really got put to good use.
The Outlander Sport handles very smooth and provides a little more agility then the standard Outlander. This go around I received a last minute call to cover the 5th annual African American Heritage Tour in Washington DC presented by the Washington Informer. It presented the perfect opportunity to really put the wheels to the roads with the new Outlander.
Navigating the I-95 south towards the DMV area was a great ride with Mitsubishi’s sporty crossover. The 4 hour commute was great on gas and the time flew by with musical options on deck via Sirius XM. The traffic was a little tight getting out of the NY/NJ metro area but the Outlanders maneuverability was perfectly suited for the infamous driving style of the NY area.
The GPS was super responsive so I getting lost was never a worry at any point. Things did get interesting once I reached DC. An unexpected snow storm came through was swirling winds that dropped visibility in a matter of minutes. Fortunately the Outlander came through in the clutch without any slipping or sliding on the icy roads.
I think if I had to decide between this and the standard Outlander I’d go with the standard only because of size and people that know me know I’m into larger vehicles, but overall I’d direct anyone to the Sport without hesitation it’s a great ride!
Check out my video peek into the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport!!
Samurai Rides: Beating the Winter Blues with the Mazda 3
The Holidays are officially in the rear view mirror and the realization is setting in that Winter is officially in full swing. Here in the Northeast the elements of nature for the next 2 months or so really put certain restrictions on the time you can comfortably be out and about. It’s darker earlier, its bitterly cold and snow storms threaten to cripple the area at any moment. Fortunately before the snowy season started I had time to hit these streets with the slick and speedy Mazda 3. After having an amazing experience with the Mazda CX-9 I was excited to continue the Mazda experience.
If you’ve followed #SamuraiRides then you know that size does matter. I’m speaking in terms of my comfort level fitting in the drivers space without having to recline my seat to obscene levels. The Mazda 3, while smaller than the CX-9 felt incredibly roomy. The sports car feel had me longing for the extra wide highways of South Florida to really let this baby loose. Control, speed, handling and reaction to sudden stops were all handled well as I put the Mazda 3 through its paces between New Rochelle and Manhattan.
The unique Mazda Connect media display system and commander controls are set up ideally for usage without pulling your attention away from the road.
During my week with this ride a lot things were happening on a business and personal level. It is an emotional time and that resulted in me taking this beautiful ride out to a local park just to zone out and reflect. It also set a nice picture-taking back drop for the sleek design of the #Mazda3.
Check out the images below along with my video overview of the Mazda 3. You can not go wrong with this vehicle.
As I rolled out of 2014 and into 2015 I did it in style with the new Mazda CX-9. This was my first time behind the wheel of a Mazda vehicle and I have to say they made quite the impression on me. When the suburban roads of Westchester to the city streets of NYC the CX-9 handles perfectly. Again I was able to enjoy a spacious interior within a deceptively sleek and streamlined body type.
New York’s winter is in full swing so the heated seats and individual climate controls for the front passengers was tested early and often. This just added to the comfort as I made my way to see family and friends to usher in the new year. The CX-9 also held its own getting me through the first snow day of the snow. It wasn’t blizzard level snowfall but it was enough to require added care on the road. Thankfully the road presented no issue for the CX-9’s handling and maneuverability.
I was navigating a true winter wonderland with Mazda. For those of you interested in more details hit the jump fro more images and video diving into this great vehicle.
Samurai Rides: My Hyundai Reunion with the New Sonata
I recently had the opportunity to spend a week driving the new Hyundai Sonata. Besides it being a quality ride but personally it was cool to see what Hyundai was putting on the street considering what I was behind the wheel of the last time I drove a Hyundai. My very first car in 1997 was a 89′ Hyundai Excel. The stories of what went down with that ride would need its own blog, but back to the matters at hand, the Hyundai Sonata was a great smooth ride as I move around New York City and back to Westchester.
From the 10 speakers supported Infinity sound system to the touch screen control panel to the navigation system you get a real touch of luxury in a very affordable package. I’m a big guy too and in terms of leg room it was a very comfortable ride. 16 years removed but Hyundai has come back pretty strong. Definitely would like to get behind that wheel again.
More images of the #HyundaiSonata after the jump!!!!
Samurai Rides: Welcoming Fall with the Mitsubishi Outlander
An annual affair for many as the fall season hits is pumpkin and apple picking in the northern counties of the NY metro area. On a beautiful Saturday morning off a friend’s suggestion, I decided to get away from the loud sounds and frantic pace of the city for a little farm side fun. Bourgeois farms in Dutchess County were the destination. Riding the open roads up north we took in the scenery and brightly color foliage from the comfort of the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander.
I’m always appreciating of vehicles that provide me enough leg room without taking up the space of the passenger behind me. The sleek exterior design of the Outlander under states the amount of the room this car packs. I feel like in the age of cleaner, greener driving the monstrous gas guzzling SUVs of the late 90’s and earlier 2000 are now being replaced with an emphasis on understated size. I drove a Ford Expedition for a decade so I know what it was like hogging up the road to the tune of $85. I’m honestly a fan of this scaled down approach to automotive design.
Once you do get inside and behind the wheel of the Outlander there are a few features that I really liked ad hope become standards on all drives. There are motion sensors for the vehicles ahead of you that give you early warning to stop in the case of them braking suddenly. Along with that this Mitsubishi has lane recognition technology that alerts you when you are swirling and crossing over into another lane which is a VERY useful feature with a number of real life applications.
It was an enjoyable week with the Outlander. I’d definitely recommend it to people. Oh and the sound system knocks like you wouldn’t believe. Anyway, hit the jump and check out some of the images from this latest edition of #SamuraiRides.
For most people the unofficial end of Summer is Labor Day weekend. Parades, cookouts and parties ring in the expected end of warmer weather and the upcoming fall season. I’m not most people though. For me the summer doesn’t really end until the days that surround the final weekend of September. This is Nomadness Anniversary Weekend when our members from all over the United States and from across the globe meet up to celebrate what this year is our 3rd Anniversary. As a part of Nomadness management the preparation for the festivities have been underway for months. As the final runs and pick ups were being made, my mode of transportation received a major upgrade in the form the 2015 Kia Sorento .
The #SamuraiRides and I invite you to check out the experience. Hit the jump for a few words and images.