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Samurai Rides: Spring Forward to Summer with the 2016 Toyota Rav 4 Hybrid

Samurai Rides: Spring Forward to Summer with the 2016 Toyota Rav 4 Hybrid

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This is a pleasant surprise indeed. Samurai Rides gets it’s first time behind the wheel of a new Toyota vehicle to finish out the final days of spring. This is a pleasure for me mainly because Toyota is the go to car brand of my parents. The Avalon and the Camry have held my parents down for years now. Even beyond that, the streets of my home town New Rochelle are full of Toyota rides. With all that being said I’ve had no experience with the Rav 4 so it’s still a fresh experience and I’m ready to share it with you.

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**Learn more about the Toyota Rav 4 Here**

So as I’ve mentioned I’m no stranger to Toyota. In regards to the Rav 4, my initial thought when I learned I was getting one was a college flashback. I remembered the compact 2 door vehicle that my friend drove on campus that I knew I couldn’t fit in. Fast forward to 2016 and space is one of the last things I had to worry about with the Rav 4. First things first, the Magnetic Grey finish on the car was killer and the blue trimmed logo adds a nice touch.

Off top you’re getting the standard goodies like remote access aka smart key, power everything from mirrors to seats to the moon roof. There is plenty of leg room so immediately I’m in a comfortable zone. Now one thing that many others may not noticed that made me happy was the cup holder. I have large cups that usually don’t fit but this Toyota design is perfect. It’s the little things that matter so bonus points for that.

Summer time often calls for heavier packing be it for road trips or store runs for BBQ supplies. Not to mention now with a baby on board that’s just more cargo to carry around. Either way the trunk space had me fully covered and that was without the seats folded down so you’d be in great shape for any serious luggage packing if need be.

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RAV4 offers two available audio systems that incorporate navigation, 16 so you can have the perfect soundtrack for all of your adventures. Choose from Entune™ Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite 32 and Entune™ Premium JBL® Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite, featuring JBL® GreenEdge™ speakers. Both offer the convenience and clarity of SiriusXM® Satellite Radio.

The Rav 4’s safety features were all on point. Sensitive enough to alert me to possible issues, especially in the rain but not so sensitive that they were constantly going off. The collection of Toyota safety indicators range form pedestrian alerts to lane departure. Take a moment to look more into the Safety aspect of the Rav 4 here.

My trips range from the short to the long these days and one of the tech tools I look forward to is the entertainment system. The satellite radio is already a must have but that USB plug in brings the real joy to the road as you can get your summer time playlists lined up to make for a memorable ride. With the sound powered by the good people at JBL Audio the tunes are crisp and clean, with no static.

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Alright I know all the bells and wistles are nice but handling the road is what it all comes down to and I have to say that I was not disappointed with how the Rav 4 hugged the highway. In perfect weather and heavy rain up and down the Jersey Turnpike Toyota’s Hybrid SUV came thru with flying colors. The  RAV4 Hybrid’s performance is a product of it’s gas engine, electric motor and hybrid battery which you can monitor very easily on your dash. All that tech is combining for nearly 200 horsepower and the acceleration is swift.

In all honestly Toyota is a brand that speaks for itself. There’s not much I could say that isn’t known, but I think hearing this from a source you know and trust does help if you’re on the fence about your next ride. Plus for me personally it was good to see how the Rav 4 fared in the compact SUV field where I’ve reviewed so many other stand out rides. Hopefully I’ll get to bring you more of what Toyota has lined up.

**Learn more about the Toyota Rav 4 Here**

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Samurai Rides: My Hyundai Reunion with the New Sonata

Samurai Rides: My Hyundai Reunion with the New Sonata

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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.

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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.

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Nomadness Anniversary Week In The Kia Sorento

Nomadness Anniversary Week In The Kia Sorento

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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 .

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The #SamuraiRides and I invite you to check out the experience.  Hit the jump for a few words and images.

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