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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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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.

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SAMURAI RIDES: Welcome To Spring With The 2016 Mazda 3

SAMURAI RIDES: Welcome To Spring With The 2016 Mazda 3

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Snow, ice and frigid temperatures have moved into the rearview mirror for another year and as the days get longer and those layers of clothing are reduced I’m back on the road with the another round of Samurai Rides w/ Mazda! This time the Mazda 3 Grand Touring and I bounced around the Tri State area and it was a blast.

For the new comers here I initially got my hands on the Mazda 3 with the 2015 edition last winter. The 3 rides smooth and has all the features I’ve come to expect from this brand. Serving up In-ride functionality with an array of safety features, while still providing quality entertainment options you’ll enjoy every moment in this car.

  • Bose® 7-speaker Sound System
  • Mazda Navigation System
  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Leather-Trimmed Seats
  • LED Headlights and Taillights

In fact, there are only a few design elements that have changed between 2015 and 2016. The biggest change this time around is less in the vehicle itself and more in what Mazda offers you package wise. Drop down tothe  end to get that info.

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This time around I had what I like to call the “Cherry Bomb” edition with a gorgeous  metallic red exterior and deep dark leather interior with red trim. The Mazda designs always leave me in awe.Drive Mazda

In terms of space the 3 is the most compact sedan model behind the bigger Mazda 3 5-door or the Mazda 6, but don’t worry you won’t be lacking for room in this beauty. With my size I won’t be packing the 3 with a basketball starting 5 but taking a ride with 1 -2 other people was perfect.

“The Mazda3 entered the highly competitive compact car segment with a bang, quickly becoming one of the best examples of well-crafted performance you can get for less than 25K.” – Kelley Blue Book

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Package Options changes in the 2016 Mazda 3

A big difference between the 2016 Mazda3 vs 2015 Mazda3 trim levels is the absence of the base i SV trim that was found on the 2015 model. For the 2016 model year, the i Sport is the new entry-level trim, which means more standard features for the Mazda3 and a new starting MSRP of $17,845 for the four-door model and $18,545 for the hatchback.

This price is actually lower than the 2015 Mazda3 i Sport by $600 while still managing to include more standard features, like a rearview camera. Other standard features include dual-power folding exterior mirrors, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, push button start, Bluetooth phone pairing and the Mazda Connect infotainment system on a 7-inch color touchscreen. Other trims also receive price reductions, helping the Mazda3 to continue providing great value for a new car.

The 2016 Mazda3 adds two new option packages that offer some exciting features. One package is the Preferred Equipment Package for the i Sport trim, with an MSRP of only $1,000. The other is a new package for the Mazda3 i Touring called the Popular Equipment Package, starting at $1,100. – via Mazda of Manchester 

Mazda knows what it does best and continue to excel at it. They create smaller sleek vehicles that look good and ride great. The newest model of the Mazda 3 keeps that trend going and I’m hoping that I’ll see Mazda again as the summer approaches. Check out the click below for more details on the 2016 Mazda 3. and stay tuned for something a little different on the next edition of Samurai Rides.

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Samurai Rides: Birthday Celebration with the Kia K900

Samurai Rides: Birthday Celebration with the Kia K900

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When March arrives it ushers in a personal tradition of mine I affectionately refer to as the #MonthofMe. My birthday is March 5th and I celebrate this through out the entire month of March. This year saw an added treat as I was given the opportunity to spend some time driving the new Kia K900. Truth be told I had no idea Kia had a luxury model vehicle. Then I caught a glimpse of a #K900 commercial featuring Lebron James and realized just what was in store for me.

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My birthday week included a number of celebratory events around New York City.  From the lavish Andaz on Wall Street to the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn and back to the streets of Dyckman I was on my tour of the boroughs as various loved ones reached out to wish me a happy birthday.

The #K900 effortlessly combines power and grace in a way that literally has you feeling like you’re gliding on the road. It makes me upset that the roads were still suffering from severe pot holes a midst the hellish winter season but that gave me more then enough opportunity to test out the responsiveness of this incredible car.

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As much fun as was had during this week I’m always one to incorporate business into the mix. I was not going to pass up the opportunity to showcase Kia’s crown jewel so on a cool Harlem afternoon I called in Mr Refined to lead a photo shoot featuring the K900. Stay tuned as I’ll be sharing that completed project soon.

***New K900 Feature Via Mr Refined***

 

You see Lebron James comfortably in the K900 and you say to yourself, “That can’t be real.” Well let’s put it this way. LBJ is about 6 ft 8. I’m 6 ft 5 and I had room so that gives you an idea of how spacious this ride is. In the image below it looks like my head is to the roof but it’s just the angle. lol

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Overall this car lives up to any and everything that you have heard about it. Handling, maneuverability, sound, multimedia, tech, it’s all here.  This is my first time reviewing a car injunction with it running such a high profile commercial spot and it’s no hype. If you’re looking to experience excellence without dipping into your life savings the K900 is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

***New K900 Feature Via Mr Refined***

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Photo Credits Marc Kelly & Sheena Young of Mr Refined

 

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