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SAMURAI RIDES: BACK ON THE ROAD WITH THE NEW 2017 MAZDA 3

SAMURAI RIDES: BACK ON THE ROAD WITH THE NEW 2017 MAZDA 3

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I was excited to see my first Mazda of the new year. The Mazda 3 rolls in with its 2017 edition in a gorgeous Cherry Red and I’m ready to roll out. I had a number of errands to handle in the tri state area so I was putting in those miles on the I-95. Highly enjoyable miles as Mazda never fails to provide me an excellent driving experience. Another edition of Samurai Rides is on deck!!!

After 2-3 years of auto reviews, I have to say that consistency is the word that comes to mind when I think of Mazda. Inside and out the attention to detail is steady across the brand and all its models. Focusing in on the Mazda 3 this time around and things are still as solid as ever. With this being my third spin in the 3 I can confirm that Mazda is definitely subscribing to an approach of not trying to reinvent the wheel. The short list of updates for the 2017 model echo those of the Mazda 6.

On the outside you get a new grill and headlight design. The rear bump is modified slightly as well. On the higher trims your 18 inch wheels have been tweaked a bit. The 16 inch standards wheel are unchanged from 2016 though. Hop inside and you get a few more revisions.

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The center console gets some additional space as Mazda switches up from a manual to an electric parking brake. Your flip-up screen is full color now as well. For a brand that boasts some of the best interior designs for under $30K you’ll get an upgrade in fabric and trim styles this year.

Just like the Mazda 6 the biggest driving update the G-Vectoring Control system to tighten up the steering a bit. The 3 hugs those curves just as well as the 6 does so this new GVC technology is a great move for a brand that has already locked itself into a very respected spot in the auto industry.

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Even covered in snow Mazda shines brillantly.

The 2017 Mazda 3 got a real good run with me as the weather dished out sun, rain, ice and snow and at no point did the 3 suffer in performance. In addition to that, I put that new heated steering wheel feature to work with the heated seats. Cold was not allowed in this ride.

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I’ve had nothing but glowing sentiments towards Mazda from day 1. The new 2017 Mazda 3 strongly continues that trend delivering a great combination of grace, style, innovation and power. If you’re looking for a great ride in a smaller package this is definitely the car for you. See more of the Mazda 3 here!

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SAMURAI RIDES: HAPPY NEW YEAR W/ THE 2017 MITSUBISHI LANCER

SAMURAI RIDES: HAPPY NEW YEAR W/ THE 2017 MITSUBISHI LANCER

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Another year is in the books and I’m sure it comes as new surprise that I brought in the new year bouncing with another edition of Samurai Rides. Taking me into the year 2017 was the new Mitsubishi Lancer. It’s been 2 model years since I last got behind the wheel of a Lancer. Previously, Mitsubishi helped me navigate the streets of Miami for Art Basel. Their 2015 Lancer was a solid ride that got me all around the beautiful areas of southern Florida with no issue. Their 2017 model doesn’t stray far from its core designs and functionalities.

Letting the sun in and ready to hit the road.
Letting the sun in and ready to hit the road.

You can go to various auto review sites for specs and industry rankings. When I do Samurai Rides I try to give you real life applications for the cars you drive. That means where did I drive it, how did I feel and what type of people I think would benefit from this car.

In the final days of 2016 I made a few round trip runs home to New York and back to Philadelphia. With a little over 2 hours each way, it’s gives me a good space to get a feel for the ride in terms of on road handling and interior features. The exterior appearance was sharp and clean. The Diamond White finish and the 2-tone 16 inch alloy wheels were a good look. Standard LEDs, Halogen headlights and fog lights set things off nicely.

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I liked the Lancer immediately as soon as I pulled out. It has just enough power under the hood to navigate these often aggressive Northeast highways but not so much that I’m tempted to break any speed records.

You have the option of Sirius XM radio and navigation. Even when I’m making trips along routes I know in my sleep, the real time traffic notifications are always welcome. You’ll be thankful when you avoid getting stuck in an oncoming 30 min traffic backup and can continue smoothly on your way listening to your favorite tunes.

Rockford Fosgate has been the consistent audio sound system of all the Mitsubishi cars I’ve dealt with. This one sounded like it had a little more kick in the bass so that is pleasing to the ear. Again you have your full expected audio options of radio, cd, Bluetooth compatible linking, AUX cord and USB.

Brought Harlem to Philly. Sounds nice in the 2017 Lancer. #DriveMitsubishi #SamuraiRides

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Over recent years I’ve seen the rise of vehicles adding various sensors and on road warning indicators for blind spots, lane shifting and approaching objects. These are all great preemptive safety features. You don’t get those with the Lancer but in all honesty that didn’t take away from my driving experience. I didn’t feel less safe without an additional bell or buzzer going off. The Active Stability Control is solid as it works with the braking system to support tire griping on slick surfaces. Basically you just need to drive and keep your eyes on the road just as we all did for years before. Outside of the extended Summer season the winter holidays can be notorious for bad/dangerous/reckless driving. The Lancer got me home and back without issue. You can check some of the other safety features of the Lancer here.

The Lancer is a nice ride for the everyday person not looking for too much flash. This car isn’t made to remind you of another more luxurious brand. It provides you what you would need to effectively travel the roads at reasonable cost. You can select from 4 model trims that range in price from approx. $17K – $22K.

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I definitely would suggest the Lancer to a friend looking for something affordable for their day-to-day needs. Hop over to the Mitsubishi site and have a good look around. I think you’ll find what you’re looking for. See you soon with another editions of Samurai Rides.

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Samurai Rides: Conference Weekend in NYC w/ The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Samurai Rides: Conference Weekend in NYC w/ The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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After a little time off for the dog days of Summer Samurai Rides returns for the new Fall season. We jump right into things as it’s a Conference Week edition of Samurai Rides with the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.  For the past 5 years one of, if not my busiest time of the year is late September when my Travel collective Nomadness celebrates its anniversary in New York City. In conjunction with that, we now have a travel conference that precedes the party, so that just doubles the energies and efforts all around. For me personally, I also had an appearance at YMS, which is a youth marketing convention that was taking place 2 days prior in Brooklyn. It was a very full plate for me so I was incredibly thankful that I had a trustworthy ride to get me from Philadelphia back home to New Rochelle and then all about Manhattan for this very busy period.

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Full front to back moon roof!!

Mitsubishi has done well by me in the past. Samurai Rides is no stranger to their Outlander series of crossover SUVs. The last time I rode the streets in the Outlander Sport I was on assignment in the nation’s capital covering 5th annual African American Heritage Tour. The 2015 edition sport served me well in the winter winds and snowy nights. The 2016 Outlander in a beautiful diamond white made my business week in NY very enjoyable while holding it’s own with the errands and pick ups that needed to be handled .

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If this is your first exposure to the Outlander, let me give you an overview. This sporty CX SUV packs size and power while maintaining speed and agile on road handling. Expect all the usual features and accessories with the Sport edition of the Outlander. That includes but not limited to the 18′ Alloy wheels, leather wrapped gear shift and steering wheel. Climate control and 6″ Touchscreen. I will let you know that a larger 7″ screen with full Navigation is available as well. The FUSE® hands free link system with Bluetooth® 2.0 technology and speech recognition comes standard though to easily connect with phones, USB drives and most MP3 players.

Take a look for yourself at what I had the pleasure of riding in.

With the events that I usually find myself covering, the run around in those respective cities generally has me riding solo. It’s rarely a party in the car as I’m shuffling from one business engagement to another. With that being the case I need rides that enable me to be comfortable with myself and by myself. It seems simple but if I was to hop in a car with no satellite radio or no usb accessibility for more then 2 hrs, I’d be in for a loooooong ride. That integration of technology from my desktop to my phone to my car is vital. Think back to the days when nothing was connected. You personal computer did one thing, your radio did one thing and your phone did another.

I’ve been in the last 2 year releases of Mitsubishi’s Outlander. It’s a great ride that continues to stand up very well with the other economy CX SUVs that continue to grow in popularity.

You can dive into more detail at the Mitsu site here. You wont be disappointed.

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SAMURAI RIDES: WELCOME TO SUMMER WITH THE 2016 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER

SAMURAI RIDES: WELCOME TO SUMMER WITH THE 2016 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER

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With Summer now in full swing Samurai Rides rolls along with another look at a great vehicle. I’m developing a thing for these Crossover SUV’s. I think my youthful days of driving up and down the East Coast in a massive SUV is still a part of my driver make up but with age comes appreciation for the streamlined smaller designs. One of my favorites has been the Mitsubishi Outlander. I’ve been fortunate enough to review the 2015 Outlander and the smaller Sport edition of the same year. This time around I went back to see what’s new with this years 2016 Outlander. Let’s check it out.

First thing I noticed in this years model was the new grill. The new metallic design over the fresh new blacked out center bumper really makes it stands out giving the Outlander a little more aggressive look in my opinion.

Next up were the new larger wheels. Mitsubishi has thrown 18 inch alloy wheels on the new Outlander that goes great with the new grille. The Outlander really steps up the initial impression you get visually without doing anything overly drastic.

Stepping inside the Outlander the full leather finish and spacious seating that I’m accustomed to is back and this year the leather has been extended to the steering wheel as well. That just adds one more layer of comfort to the driving experience.

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The Outlander was my very first CX SUV and one of my first Samurai Rides reviews. It introduced me to a lot of the motion sensor safety features that are now staples across most cars. Below is the detailed info for the Lane Departure, Cruise Control and Collision systems.

The available Lane Departure Warning (LDW)4 system uses an onboard camera to monitor lane position in front of the vehicle, alerting the driver if it detects the vehicle leaving it’s lane unintentionally. Additionally, the available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)5system uses 77GHz radar technology to accurately judge distances between you and the vehicle ahead, helping you maintain a safe driving distance. By alerting the driver, the available Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)6system can help you avoid accidents – and even automatically apply the brakes, if necessary.

Along with those top notch safety aids I appreciate features that speak to real life activities that we often overlook. With the sizable amount of entertainment features available to you, Mitsubishi has kicked in a safety restriction on the touch screen while the car is in motion. If you are listening to music you can scan up  or down, you can switch between USB and radio but you cant manually search through music while you drive. It’s a common sense move that many don’t even think about. Business points for that one.

While I was running around with the Outlander, I was preparing for the arrival of my parents to meet their new Grandson Max. That resulted in a lot of back and forth runs to the store for supplies. Smooth handling and great mileage were really on display with the Outlander. At the end of an active week I put 4/5 of a tank of gas in for under $20.

Mitsubishi really earned my respect back in late 2014 and everything I’ve driven since has performed well and exceeded expectations. The Outlander came into 2016 with roughly 100 new improvements and features which you can see here in there entirety. Get behind the wheel of this CX and I promise you it’ll be a positive experience.

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Social Media Samurai Year In Review: The Best Of Samurai Rides 2015

Social Media Samurai Year In Review: The Best Of Samurai Rides 2015

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It’s been an amazing year for #SamuraiRides. The good people at DriveShop have put me in behind the wheels of some great vehicles. I can honestly say I didn’t have a bad experience with any of the rides I reviewed. As I prepare for the new fleet of cars for year 2016-2017 lets take a look back at some of the stand out experiences I had in the 2015. Having reviewed multiple cars of a few specific automotive brands I’ll share the best of each in this wrap up edition of Samurai Rides.

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SAMURAI RIDES: MIAMI ART BASEL 2015 WITH THE MITSUBISHI LANCER

SAMURAI RIDES: MIAMI ART BASEL 2015 WITH THE MITSUBISHI LANCER

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When the Calendar flips to the month of the December the streets of Miami open up for the annual Art Basel Festival. Creatives of all types share their talents with the international crowd that converges on southern Florida and once again I had the pleasure to cover it. In addition to that my time was made even more pleasurable as I hit the streets with the 15′ Mitsubishi Lancer. With a clean Diamond white finish and black leather interior my time on the roads, streets and highways of Miami were more than enjoyable.

In stark contrast to my Art Basel experience last year, roughly 1/2 of my time in Miami was met with rain. Yes it was a wet one for much of the Art Basel experience. Fortunately, this gave me some real first hand experience with the handling and on road efficiency of Mitsubishi’s sporty sedan. Some of the worst rain would hit at the late night hours when I was on the road back to my lodgings. Thankfully the Lancer stayed steady through the torrential down pours with no sliding or slipping.

As luck would have it nature would relax just enough for me to enjoy the incredible artistic displays and festive environment that Art Basel transforms the Wynwood area into.

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My overall travels in Florida took me from Margate  to Fort Lauderdale then down to Wynwood and South Beach. Over the course of 4 days I needed just one stop at the gas station. The mileage I got out of  the Lancer was beyond efficient. Couple that with how comfortable the ride is even for someone as tall as me and you’ve got a winner.

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After the jump you can see more images of the Mitsubishi Lancer and get a run down of some of the specs you can look forward to with this ride.

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Samurai Rides: New York to Washington D.C With The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Samurai Rides: New York to Washington D.C With The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Samurai Rides: Welcoming Fall with the Mitsubishi Outlander

Samurai Rides: Welcoming Fall with the Mitsubishi Outlander

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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.

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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.

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