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.