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DEPARTMENTS
EDITOR’S LETTER ....................................................... 4

TRUCK REVIEWS......................................................... 8

NEW PRODUCTS........................................................ 16

SUV REVIEWS ............................................................ 22

CAR REVIEWS ........................................................... 34

Edisto River Canoe Trail at Aiken State Park, Windsor, SC


INDUSTRY NEWS ....................................................... 40 – photo Perry Baker, SCPRT

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Summer is in full force with warm, sunny days perfect for off-roading, four-
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wheeling and outdoor recreation. If you have lots of summertime toys, you might want
to check out the great trucks covered in this issue. Read about the Toyota Tacoma, the
Ram 3500 Laramie and the Ram Big Horn on pages 8 and 9. . .and be prepared to be
impressed!
Also, if you are in the market for a new vehicle aside from a truck, check out the
new cars and SUVs in this issue. We’ve covered everything from Hyundai to Nissan,
Lexus, Kia, Chrysler, Toyota and more! You’ll get a look at practical minivans, sporty
new coupes and dependable sedans. These informative reviews offer a fantastic look at
the vehicles even before you head out to see (and drive) them in person.
Like to travel? You’ll want to read 10 Unique Experiences in Thoroughbred
Country, South Carolina beginning on page 10. Civil War sites, plantation homes,
antique shops and beautiful countryside is what you’ll find in Thoroughbred Country,
South Carolina. This region also features a number of unique experiences that will stir
visitors to return for future fun and frolic over and over again.
Don’t miss out on the New Products section in this issue beginning on page 16.
Also, there is Industry News (page 40) as well as lots of other informative stuff to read
and share, so pass this magazine on to friends and family once you’re finished.
Stay cool everyone and enjoy your favorite warm-weather activities from fishing
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Extensive use of high-strength steel in the
frame and hot-stamped, ultra-high strength
steel in the body gives the Tacoma a strong
foundation for hard work, hard play, and
durability. All Tacoma models are equipped
with double wishbone coil-spring front
suspension and leaf spring rear suspension
• Tradesman SXT is offered on the 4-in. bed. Also, available in 4x2 or 4x4, other with staggered outboard-mounted gas
Tradesman trim that includes chrome powertrain offerings include award-winning shocks. This setup delivers a steady on-road
bumpers, body-color front fascia, 5-inch 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or optional 5.7-liter ride yet also bolsters the truck’s off-road
radio, fog lamps (new to Tradesman), HEMI® V-8. The optional 3.0-liter V-6 driving capability.
dual exhaust on V-8 models (new to EcoDiesel will be available at a later date. There’s strength under the hood, too. The
Tradesman) and 20-inch chrome wheels 2.7-liter DOHC four-cylinder with VVT-i
(new to Tradesman) produces 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of
• Express Black Accent Package is 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD PRO peak torque. Those wanting more power
offered on all Express trim exterior The Toyota Tacoma drives into 2019 can opt for the Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter
colors, which includes Black wheels, on an impressive streak leading the mid- V6 featuring Toyota’s innovative VVT-iW
Black headlight bezels and Black size market in sales for 12 straight years. technology. The engine also utilizes Toyota’s
badging Although certainly worthy of a mic drop, D-4S injection system, which incorporates
the hard-working Tacoma has no intention both direct injection and port fuel injection.
The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic is available of resting on its laurels. In fact, it returns This efficient engine cranks out 278
in three cabs and three bed lengths: Regular better than ever in 2019 with the additions horsepower and 265 lb-ft of peak torque. SG
Cab with 8-ft. bed or 6-ft., 4-in. bed, Quad of the new blacked-out SX Package and
Cab with 6-ft., 4-in. bed, Crew Cab short bed updated TRD Pro, both of which add even
2019 Ram 3500 Laramie Crew Cab 4X4 The new Ram Heavy Duty also sets (5-ft., 7-in.) or Crew Cab with optional 6-ft., more variety to the diverse Tacoma lineup
“In launching the new 2019 Ram Heavy benchmarks in ride and handling, luxury,
Duty pickups and Chassis Cab trucks, we materials, innovation and technology,
knew it was important to offer class-leading extending well past any competitive
capability, features and technology. But it’s offerings. Giving maximum effort all day, The Ram 1500 Classic boasts numerous
also important to offer our great products every day with confidence, the new 2019 segment-exclusive features in areas most
at a competitive price,” said Reid Bigland, Ram Heavy Duty line of pickups steps important to truck buyers. Class-leading ride
Head of Ram Truck Brand – FCA. “We feel forward with the full force of modern and handling is accomplished via a unique
that we’ve delivered the right mix that Ram capability. link-coil rear suspension system. Other
Truck customers – across a broad spectrum – The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty will deliver features, such as RamBox bedside storage,
will appreciate.” new features and technologies that make hidden bins and a flat-load floor, offer unique
The new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is hitching trailers easier and will provide solutions for cargo. New “Classic” badging
available in a wide range of offerings, from confidence while towing. New features is located on the fenders.
the well-equipped Ram 2500 Tradesman include adaptive cruise control and Forward Offered in four trim levels, Tradesman,
regular cab 4x2’s $33,395 MSRP to the Collision Warning, both with full stop while Express, Big Horn/Lone Star and SSV
technology-leading Ram 3500 Limited towing, 360-degree surround-view camera, (Special Services Vehicle), the Ram 1500
Mega Cab 4x4 with 12-inch Uconnect 4C trailer reverse guidance, cargo-view camera Classic benefits from content specifically
touchscreen at $67,050 plus destination. with dynamic gridlines, auxiliary cameras designed to match its capability and style.
Pricing of all models reflects the standard and bed-lowering mode. The Ram 1500 Classic also benefits from
6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 engine with 8-speed three new packages:
automatic transmission. The optional 6.7-
liter Cummins Turbo Diesel with 6-speed 2019 Ram Big Horn • Chrome Plus is offered on the
automatic transmission is $9,100, while the Ram Truck brand executives, with two Tradesman trim that offers bundled
optional 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque Cummins concurrently selling body styles of its 2019 value content, which includes chrome
High Output (3500 only), mated to the Aisin model-year pickup, have given the legacy bumpers, body-color upper front fascia,
6-speed transmission, is $11,795. edition its own name: Classic. 17-inch wheels, remote keyless entry
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10 Unique Experiences in Thoroughbred Country, South Carolina

Mennonite Quilt – photo credit Thoroughbred Country

Civil War sites, plantation homes, antique a rustic 1940s cottage with two bedrooms RVs. Onsite activities include a nature trail,
shops and beautiful countryside is what and a bath. The ideal setting in the beautiful fishing, boating, picnic shelters, seasonal
you’ll find in Thoroughbred Country, South countryside is reason enough to book a stay swimming and meeting facilities.
Carolina–just east of Augusta, Georgia, along here. Be sure and peek at Lill’s Herb Garden
I-20 between Atlanta and Charleston. This and request a genuine, fresh Mennonite Attractions and tours
region also features a number of unique breakfast. Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site
experiences that will stir visitors to return for You must eat when traveling and staying in Beech Island offers visitors a glance at
future fun and frolic over and over again. within the Mennonite community. Check out days gone by through an 1859 Greek Revival
Miller’s Bread Basket where you’ll fuel up antebellum mansion belonging to James
Mennonite culture with yummy meat and threes. Just down the Henry Hammond and four generations of his
Mennonite culture is very appealing to road from Healing Springs, the restaurant family. See the house filled with furniture,
many folks as they seek out places where is convenient and offers Amish-Mennonite decorative arts and more. Don’t miss a look
they can experience it authentically. God’s cooking for lunch and dinner along with at two slave quarters and a stable as you
Acre Healing Springs in Blackville is a salads and homemade bread. reflect on the African-American culture that
powerful place for those, like the Native Find alternative lodging just a little ways resided in these rooms. Redcliffe Plantation
Americans, who believe in the healing from Blackville at Barnwell State Park. The offers special programs throughout the year
powers of the springs. Come drink from the park was built in the 1930s on a coastal plain and is listed on the National Register of
artesian well and learn about this group who and offers three lakes, five cabins (equipped Historic Places.
brought wounded Revolutionary War soldiers with bath and bed linens, cooking and Monetta Drive-In (otherwise known as
here to drink and be well. eating utensils, satellite television and many the Big Mo) is one of only two operating
Just down the road from Healing Springs other amenities), 25 campsites, water and drive-in movie theaters in South Carolina.
is the Wisteria Cottage Bed & Breakfast, electrical hookups and space for a handful of Although the Monetta theater has roots
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onsite.
No visit to Thoroughbred Country is
complete without a visit to Barnwell County
Courthouse & Sundial. Built in 1789, the
original courthouse was succeeded by several
buildings on the present-day site which was
constructed in 1878-79. A state Senator
from Barnwell, Joseph D. Allen, gifted the
town a unique vertical sundial in 1858 and it
remains a sought-out town icon even today.
What a gift!
See the works of 35 South Carolina
artisans at the Little Red Barn Gallery. Also
in Barnwell, the historic building, dubbed
Little Red Barn Gallery, was moved here in
the early 1950s. Master Potter, Liz Ringus,
moved her pottery business to this location
in 1998 and today you can view her hand-
turned Paw Print Pottery as well as the
showcased works of local artisans onsite.
Folks young and old love to float down
Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, Beech Island the South Fork of the blackwater Edisto
– Photo credit Larry Price Photography River from three different launches in
Bamberg County: Claude’s Landing, Bobcat
dating back to 1951, it was later closed of activities. Located on the Edisto River, Landing and Brabham’s Landing. The
before being revived in 1999. Currently the park has both river swamp and dry Bamberg Chamber of Commerce organizes
the theater sports three screens and shows sandhills. You’ll find good facilities here Edisto River Trips throughout the year
double features. including campsites (primitive and RVs), and you can call for dates and locations.
Aiken State Park, in the town of a nature trail, a canoe trail and picnic For more information on these and other
Windsor, was built in 1934 on US 78 (16 shelters. Guests to Aiken State Park enjoy Thoroughbred Country adventures, check out
miles east of Aiken) and offers a myriad birding, hiking, fishing, paddling and www.TbredCountry.org. SG

Edisto River Canoe Trail at Aiken State Park, Windsor, SC – photo Perry Baker, SCPRT

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road conditions. Along with the capability of materials.
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2019 Nissan Kicks SR CVT matched with rear suspension featuring twist also displays exceptional craftsmanship. and rear bumper extension, which add to the offers plenty of usable passenger and cargo
The 2019 Nissan Kicks, the sixth member beam and twin-tube shock absorbers. Kicks S The three-row GX 460 seats up to seven 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT sportier overall appearance. space on a compact footprint. The XC40
of the Nissan crossover and SUV line-up, is grade comes with 16-inch steel wheels, with passengers. Heated and ventilated front seats S-AWC Inside, newly designed front seats effectively combines modern styling inside
designed to fit the needs of singles or couples 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels standard on are available as a standalone option for the The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV have improved support bolsters, and new and out and cutting-edge technology on both
looking for expressive styling, personal Kicks SV and SR grades – mounted with base model and standard on the Premium and brings with it several key changes to rear vents improve air flow. A new black the infotainment and safety front, the latter a
technology, smart functionality – and 205/60R16 all-season or 205/55R17 all- Luxury models. In the Sport Design Package, improve ride quality, handling and Noise headliner and A-pillar covers combine with traditional Volvo talking point.
advanced safety features – at an affordable season tires respectively. the GX offers captain’s chairs for the second- Vibration Harshness (NVH), resulting in a redesigned door panels and illuminated “We are extremely proud to win two more
price. First introduced in spring 2018, Safety, security and driver convenience row seating. smoother, quieter and more confident driving window switches for a more refined look awards for XC40, especially these,” said
Kicks enters the 2019 model year relatively features are strong points for Nissan Kicks. Like every Lexus model, the GX flashes experience. Revised suspension tuning, and feel. Finally, all window switches now Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO,
unchanged. Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) a signature spindle grille which gives the including larger diameter front struts and include auto up/down one-touch operation Volvo Car USA. “The people at Kelley Blue
Every 2019 Kicks comes with a standard is standard on all grade levels, along with SUV a distinctive, standout style. The Sport rear shock absorbers combine with a quicker for added convenience. Book really know what they’re talking about.
1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with seven air bags and RearView Monitor. Kicks Design Package puts an extra touch on steering-gear ratio to improve stability, The Outlander PHEV comes standard By bringing design, technology, and safety
Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control SV and Kicks SR add Blind Spot Warning the luxury SUV with special details such responsiveness and ride comfort. Structural with Mitsubishi’s proprietary S-AWC. The features from our larger award-winning
System (CVTCS). The engine is rated at (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. as an exclusive front fascia, rear valence, adhesive application to doors, hatch and S-AWC system found on the Outlander SUVs Volvo can offer luxury subcompact
122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. 1 AutoPacific segmentation. Comparison chrome exhaust tip, scarlet taillamps and wheel openings increases platform rigidity, PHEV is a specialized application of the buyers a great value in a great package.”
Combined with a smooth, fuel-efficient based on 2019 Nissan Kicks vs. latest 18-inch split-six alloy wheels with Gunmetal and new insulation and damping components Lancer Evolution-derived Super All- The new XC40 is Volvo’s third all-new
Xtronic transmission, fuel economy2 is in-market competitors (excluding hybrids). Metallic finish. throughout the engine and drivetrain reduce Wheel Control, but in this case, developed SUV since 2016 and is focused on a new
rated as best-in-class1 in all three segments: Base models compared. 2019 EPA Fuel A dual-purpose SUV, the GX 460 can go NVH by up to 7dB. specifically for the Outlander PHEV’s expression of Scandinavian design. The
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combined. Kicks is offered in front-wheel Combined for 2019 Nissan Kicks S. Actual vacation deep in the Rocky Mountains. The has been refreshed with a cleaner front provides maximum performance, efficiency, preceded by its largest, the XC90, the most
drive only. mileage may vary with driving conditions - standard and sole engine is a 301-horsepower grille design defined by bold, solid surfaces tractability and safety. awarded luxury SUV of the century, and the
Kicks also offers standard Traction use for comparison only. 4.6-liter V8 that produces up to 329 lb.-ft. juxtaposed with honeycomb mesh inserts. mid-size XC60, the 2018 North American
Control System (TCS), Vehicle Dynamic 2 Fuel economy based on 2019 EPA fuel of peak torque. Combine that with 6,500-lb. The headlamps now offer LED high-beams Utility of the Year. The introduction of the
Control (VDC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA), economy estimates for 2019 Kicks FWD towing capacity, and you’ve got an ideal boat on the GT trim and incorporate a character 2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-Design XC40 completes Volvo’s SUV range and
front disc/rear drum Anti-lock Braking models of 33 mpg combined. Actual mileage hauler. Towing is aided with Trailer Sway line that integrates seamlessly with the grille. The Volvo XC40 is the Best New Model offers three of the newest vehicles in their
System (ABS) and electric power steering may vary with driving conditions – use for Control, a function of the Vehicle Stability The front lower bumper extension is new and Best Subcompact Luxury SUV for 2019, respective segments.
with a tight 34.1 foot turning radius. Kicks comparison only. Control that enhances straight-line tracking. and contributes to a wider and more cohesive according to Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com,
SR includes an Integrated Dynamic-Control Elegance is standard on the GX 460. version of Mitsubishi’s unique DYNAMIC a trusted vehicle valuation and information
Module (IDM), featuring Active Engine Available features include a wood and SHIELD design. A new 18-inch wheel design resource. 2019 Lexus RX 450h F Sport
Brake, Active Trace Control and Active Ride 2019 Lexus GX460 Luxury leather-trimmed heated steering wheel and gives a more upscale appearance. Rounding Positioned in one of the hottest segments, While the Lexus RX has always offered
Control, to help provide a higher level of Versatility best describes the Lexus 2019 wood and leather-trimmed shift knob — out the exterior changes is a new rear spoiler the XC40, which starts at about $34,000, an ideal combination of SUV versatility
driving enjoyment. GX 460. This luxury SUV is engineered for and luxury sedan-like comfort, this best-
Nimble handling is provided by a front selling vehicle stands out in the segment
independent strut, stabilizer bar suspension with a dramatic mix of sharp creases and

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all-wheel drive, yet the ride is smoother and


quieter, with new comfort touches inside.
Power and efficiency both make a
curves. The focal point of the front is the drive the rear wheels when needed to help leap in the 2019 RAV4 thanks to the new
Lexus signature spindle grille, set off by an maintain optimal traction. Dynamic Force 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder
elegant chrome-plated surround and standard engine paired with an 8-speed Direct-Shift
Bi-LED headlights. Automatic Transmission in the gas models.
The available L-shaped premium LED 2019 Toyota RAV4 Limited In the RAV4 Hybrid, the engine is teamed
headlights use three unique L-shaped The original Toyota RAV4 arrived in the with Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) with
elements per side. The spindle theme repeats United States 22 years ago, casting the mold Electronically-Controlled Continuously-
at the rear, where L-shaped LED taillights for a whole new industry segment, which Variable Transmission (ECVT) making
envelop the tailgate and wrap into the rear evolved into the compact crossover SUV. it the efficiency leader of the lineup with
fenders. Capping off the design, quite The first RAV4 was a true game-changer, preliminary manufacturer estimated mpg of
literally, is a floating-roof effect created by but no one knew at the time just how big 41/37/39 (City/Hwy/Comb).
elegantly blacked-out C-pillars. Where the of a market shift it would create. Much
rubber meets the road, there’s a choice of has changed in the two decades since then.
three 20-inch wheel designs. Compact crossover SUVs have grown in 2020 Kia Telluride SX V6 AWD
All RX paint colors feature a scratch- actual size, and segment growth shows no • Largest Kia ever provides comfortable
resistant self-restoring coat, using high- signs of abating. RAV4 is the currently the seating for up to eight occupants
performance macromolecular polymer. best-selling vehicle in its class, doubling (includes the driver)
Lexus introduced the world’s first luxury volume over the last five years to sales of • Potent 3.8-liter GDI V6 with 291
hybrid vehicle- a gas/electric version of nearly 408,000 in the U.S. in 2017. That horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque
the RX luxury-utility vehicle- more than makes RAV4 Toyota’s best-selling vehicle • Powerful exterior design and premium,
a decade ago. The RX 450h continues to in the U.S., and the best-selling non-pickup well-appointed interior
serve as a powerful reminder of the brand’s truck in the country. • Loaded with technology to enhance
hybrid leadership, with 308 combined system The 2019 RAV4 is, in essence, disrupting comfort, convenience, utility and the
horsepower for powerful performance and the segment it created. It is bringing more driver and passenger experience
impressive 30 mpg combined EPA-estimated sport and more utility back while enhancing
fuel economy. the agile handling, everyday comfort and Large, bold, capable and comfortable, the
The Lexus Hybrid Drive system pairs exemplary fuel efficiency that made RAV4 midsize Telluride SUV opens the door to
the D4-S injection 3.5-liter V6 gasoline the segment leader it is now. All told, the exploring in a whole new way. Imagined in
engine with two high-torque electric drive 2019 RAV4 is designed to tackle urban, America, designed at Kia’s design studio
motor-generators for strong acceleration suburban and great outdoor adventures with in California, and assembled in Georgia,
and passing performance. Instead of transfer equal aplomb. The look is tougher, and the Telluride is all about big skies, desert
gears and a driveshaft to the rear wheels, the there’s greater capability with a new type of
standard all-weather drive system employs
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grades have a painted chrome finish. LED


taillights help raise visibility in all light.
The Highlander offers great performance
roads, mountain passes, shady forests, experience. In addition to the four thanks to the 3.5-liter D-4S Injection V6.
smooth highways, and long coastal drives. regular drive modes, drivers can select Coupled with the Direct Shift –8-speed
The largest Kia ever, it provides comfortable from two different settings, Snow automatic transmission, the powerful engine
seating for up to eight, a powerful 291-hp and AWD Lock, for specific driving also has better EPA fuel economy estimates
3.8-liter V6 and an inspiring view of the conditions. for all-wheel drive models: EPA-estimated
world. In short, the Telluride offers potential • Standard towing rated up to 5,000 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway.
for exploration and adventure every time it’s pounds Another contributor to fuel economy, Stop
on the road. • Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and Start Engine System (S&S), is used on
Telluride is engineered to be capable in maintains a controlled descent on steep all Highlander V6 gas models (excluding
a variety of driving conditions and provide roads LE). At a complete stop, the engine shuts
a driving experience that is enjoyable and off and then instantly and smoothly restarts
confidence-inspiring. Among the many when the driver’s foot lifts from the brake
factors that contribute to the Telluride’s 2019 Toyota Highlander XLE pedal.
composed ride and performance: For 2019, the Toyota Highlander receives
• Atkinson Cycle LAMBDA II 3.8L V6 numerous exterior upgrades across all
GDI engine producing 291 horsepower grades. For the LE, LE PLUS and XLE 2019 Chevrolet Traverse FWD Premier
at 6,000 rpm and 262 lb.-ft. of torque at grades for both gas and hybrid, a new black • Offered in L, LS, LT (Cloth and
5,200 rpm bodyside rocker panel has been added. Leather), RS, Premier and High Country
• 8-speed automatic transmission For the SE grade, exterior upgrades now trims
• Four-wheel independent suspension include black headlights, black tail lamps, • AWD is available on LS, LT and
• Strong, stiff, and torsionally rigid black bodyside rocker, black wheels and Premier; it is standard on High Country
body structure due to the monocoque black chrome LED fog lamps. For the • Seating for up to eight
shell that is composed of 59.4 percent Limited and Platinum grades for hybrid and • Standard 3.6L V-6, with a 2.0L turbo
advanced high-strength steel gas, the 2019 Highlander comes standard engine offered with the RS FWD model
• Self-leveling rear suspension. Ride with chrome LED fog lamps. • RS includes unique, blacked-out
height is automatically calibrated Toyota’s quality, dependability, reliability exterior cues with a black chrome grille,
depending on vehicle load to optimize and value seal the deal for Highlander black bowtie, 20-inch wheels and more
control and stability (optional on EX customers, who also buy for the sleek and • High Country features premium content
and SX) strong design. The front grille on LE, LE and technology, including unique
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Eco, Sport and Comfort – each using painted finish, while Limited and Platinum appointments and sueded microfiber
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drivetrain, and steering effort mapping
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The front is highlighted by a dynamic, As part of its highly capable adventure


sporty front grille and sophisticated headlight credentials, every 2019 Pathfinder comes
design with LED signature Daytime Running equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with
accents, 20-inch polished wheels, High 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport SL FWD Lights, halogen headlights with auto off Nissan’s Direct Injection Gasoline™ mode to automatically monitor conditions • More than 14.6 million families have
Country badging, D-Optic headlamps, The 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport – while function, and available fog lights. Also (DIG) system. Also utilized on the and adjust the balance of power between joined the FCA US LLC minivan fold
standard twin-clutch AWD and power- sharing the Rogue name, platform and available are LED low-beam headlights with flagship Nissan Armada full-size SUV, front and rear wheels for best traction, or since it first created the segment for
fold third row seats numerous advanced safety and security auto on/off function and High Beam Assist DIG provides better wide-open throttle 4WD Lock mode when full-time 4WD is the 1984 model year
• Split-folding second-row seat and features – stands on its own as a stylish, (HBA). performance and improved fuel economy desired.
second-row captain’s chairs enhance nimble, fun-to-drive and affordable compact The Rogue Sport exterior also features and emissions performance (versus a non- The Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica
versatility. The curbside seat is capable SUV. While Rogue continues to appeal to a large rear opening and a wide rear direct-injection system). The engine also Hybrid reinvent the minivan segment with
of tipping up and sliding forward, even owners with young families, Rogue Sport body appearance – along with sleek LED utilizes mirror bore cylinder coating to 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited an unprecedented level of functionality,
with a forward-facing child seat in fills a need for singles and couples who want boomerang-shaped taillights and rear spoiler. help reduce engine weight by around three • I n d e a l e r s h i p s n o w, t h e 3 5 t h versatility, technology and bold styling.
place, to provide open and easy access more space and versatility than the average Other exterior details include body-color front pounds and reduces friction between the Anniversary Edition is designed to Re-engineered from the ground up on an
to the third row sedan for everyday urban use and social and rear bumpers, black wheel arches and piston ring and the cylinder wall (versus celebrate more than three decades of all-new platform, the Pacifica delivers
• Traction Mode Select is standard on all activities. roof molding, body-color outside mirrors with heavy cast iron cylinder liners). minivan leadership with new badging, class-leading gasoline and hybrid
models and allows the driver to make The Rogue Sport has a 2.3-inch shorter available integrated turn signals and heated Horsepower is rated at 284 hp and an all-black interior with Cranberry powertrains to the minivan segment. The
real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s wheelbase and a 12.1-inch shorter overall outside mirrors. Also offered is a power torque is rated at 259 lb-ft. Pathfinder fuel Wine accent stitching and upgraded Pacifica Hybrid takes this revolutionary
driving mode to account for varying length than Rogue, helping make it more sliding moonroof with sliding shade and roof economy7 is 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway content packaged at value prices vehicle a step further with its innovative,
road conditions maneuverable in city traffic and an ideal size rails. Rogue Sport has a coefficient of drag of and 23 mpg combined for 2WD models; • The Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid, the advanced hybrid powertrain. It’s the first
• Active aero shutters on all models for tight city parking spaces. Other available 0.33. 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg first and only hybrid minivan, deliver electrified vehicle in the minivan segment
• LED daytime running lamps helpful city adventure features include up combined (21 mpg Platinum) for 4WD class-leading gasoline and hybrid and achieves more than 80 miles per gallon
• LED D-Optic bi-function headlamps to 61.1 cubic feet of cargo space (2nd row models. powertrains to the minivan segment, equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode,
are standard on Premier and High seat folded), innovative Divide-N-Hide® 2019 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4WD All 2019 Pathfinder models are with the hybrid offering an all-electric an all-electric range of more than 30 miles
Country Cargo System and Intelligent Around View® The big news for the 2019 Pathfinder is equipped with Nissan’s advanced Xtronic range of more than 30 miles and more and a total range of more than 500 miles.
• Keyless Open and Start are standard on Monitor (I-AVM). the introduction of the new Pathfinder transmission (similar to that utilized in than 80 miles per gallon equivalent With more than 100 available safety and
all models The Rogue Sport exterior starts with Rock Creek Edition, a special value option the sporty Nissan Maxima). The Xtronic (MPGe) in electric-only mode security features, the Uconnect Theater
• Power liftgate is standard on LT an “emotional geometry” exterior design, package offering unique exterior and interior transmission includes D-Step Logic • Pacifica reinvented the minivan rear-seat entertainment system, available
Leather, RS, Premier and High presenting a strong contrast between treatments that emphasize the rugged Control, which simulates shifts, giving a segment with an unprecedented 4G Wi-Fi and a full array of comfort and
Country; available on LT Cloth. dynamic movements of volume and Pathfinder heritage. It is offered on Pathfinder more natural acceleration feeling. level of functionality, versatility, convenience technologies, the Chrysler
• Power liftgate with hands-free geometric and sharp edges and details. The SV and SL grades, in both 2WD and 4WD Pathfinder also features selectable 2WD, technology and bold styling Pacifica has earned its spot as the most
operation and bowtie emblem sleek, compact body projects powerful configurations, with two additional equipment Auto or 4WD Lock modes for its available • With more than 100 honors and awarded minivan since 2016, with both
projection is standard on Premier and fender volume and a wheel-oriented stance, packages and in a choice of seven available Intelligent 4x4 (I-4x4) 4WD system. The accolades, the Chrysler Pacifica is the the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid serving as
High Country along with agile and robust lower body sides, exterior colors – allowing buyers to customize system lets the driver choose full-time most award-winning minivan of the no-compromise minivans ideally suited for
• Tri-zone automatic climate control is giving Rogue Sport a powerful presence. their Pathfinder to their precise tastes. 2WD for maximum fuel economy, Auto past three years today’s families. SG
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Harman Kardon®3 premium audio system power unit boasts an insatiable appetite for
with UVO link with Navigation, heated revs and offers exceptionally linear power
steering wheel, gloss black door pillars and delivery across a broad rpm range. A dual
side moldings, and a sport bumper with exhaust system with electronic flap control
LED fog lamps. The SXL is available with provides the distinctive M sound, while the
a striking new two-tone bronze and black M TwinPower Turbo technology delivers
interior with Nappa leather seating surfaces. outstanding efficiency.
The first ever BMW M2 Competition
completes the sprint from standstill
2019 BMW M2 Competition Coupe to 60 mph, in as little as 4.0 seconds
The 2019 BMW M2 Competition replaces (with DCT and 4.2 seconds with the
the BMW M2 Coupe while retaining the manual transmission). The top speed is
compact dimensions, characteristic BMW electronically limited to 155 mph. The
M proportions and the BMW M TwinPower car can be combined with the M Driver’s
Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine, rear wheel Package to raise the top speed to 174 mph.
2019 Kia Optima SX Turbo Smart Shift drive mode. It also adds new drive and a standard manual transmission The carefully designed oil supply system BMW M engineers have adjusted field of view. Front passengers, on the
The 2019 Optima receives a number of leather seating surfaces with front seat with an optional M DCT transmission for the engine is taken directly from the driving dynamics of the BMW M2 other hand, get a more open and spacious
redesigned interior and exterior elements. heaters. A new 17-inch alloy wheel design that have made the M2 beloved by many motorsport, while the cooling system from Competition to take the new model’s environment that promotes relaxation.
The LX comes standard with Stinger- and Smart Cruise Control with Stop-and- enthusiasts. The exciting new addition to the the BMW M4 with Competition Package is increased performance into account. The Rear seat passenger comfort has long been
inspired LED daytime running lights, a new Go1 are standard. Similar to the S, the EX BMW M portfolio provides a distinctive M used with some M2 specific adjustments. striking CFRP high-precision strut from the a hallmark of the ES and the seventh-
16-inch alloy wheel design and matte gray- is equipped with standard fog lamps, LED design complemented by improved dynamics The BMW M2 Competition’s track-ready BMW M3/M4 is immediately recognizable generation model still prioritizes rear
finish grill. taillights and dual exhaust. Available options and track capabilities with a 0-60 sprint time variants of the oil supply and cooling in the engine compartment. This improves package capability despite the sleeker
A long list of enhancements to the include new ambient multicolor interior of 4.0 seconds. The BMW M2 Competition systems have been tested by BMW’s front section rigidity and increases steering exterior roofline.
affordable S model emphasize sportiness and lighting, and a heated steering wheel. will be available in summer of 2018. With many years of motor racing experience. precision. The electromechanical power To create an entirely different appearance
technology, including: new projection beam Redesigned 18-inch wheels are standard pricing to be announced closer to Market Enlarged BMW kidney grille openings and steering, the Active M Differential and the for the inside of the new F SPORT model,
fog lamps, LED taillights, dual exhaust, sport on the SX and the SX Limited (SXL) launch. a new front skirt with increased air flow Dynamic Steering Control (DSC) system an all-new kind of metallic cabin trim was
side sills with gloss black trim, a gloss-black package is available with Michelin 235/45R- The heart of the new BMW M2 are exterior indicators to the use of this have all been enhanced. developed that is unlike anything else Lexus
grill and 18-inch alloy wheels. Standard 18 tires. New LED fog lights, ambient Competition is its new engine, based on the enhanced cooling system. The kidney grilles has done before. Inspired by the making of a
push-button start, smart key, smart trunk and interior lighting, sport steering wheel and power unit from the BMW M3 and BMW are finished in high-gloss Shadow Line traditional Japanese sword, Hadori aluminum
power front windows with auto up/down Smart Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go M4. The inline 6-cylinder engine with M black paint as are the side gills on the front 2019 Lexus ES350 ULTRA LUX trim features fluctuating wave patterns that
functionality add convenience. functionality are standard on both SX and TwinPower Turbo technology delivers fenders. A quartet of black chrome plated In the ES, the driver’s focus is kept on give it a three-dimensional appearance that
T h e E X b o a s t s t h e t u r b o c h a rg e d SXL variants. The SX features available 405 hp between 5,230 and 7,000 rpm. The tailpipes finish off the twin exhaust system. the road ahead by placing the center display varies depending on the viewing angle.
178-horsepower engine with a seven-speed European-styled red and black two-tone sport engine’s peak torque of 406 lb-ft is on tap A dark M Competition Badge graces the screen, instrument panel and available head All ES 350s are powered by a 3.5-liter
dual clutch transmission with an adaptive leather-trimmed seats, panoramic roof, a between 2,350 rpm and 5,230 rpm. The rear end of the car. up display in a tight cluster in the driver’s V6 that is designed to deliver commanding

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estimated combined MPG ratings. The Elantra GT N Line takes eye-


Standard features and desirable amenities catching design elements directly from
in the Forte continue to be available across the i30 N. At the front, the Elantra GT N
four trims – FE, LXS, S and EX – with the Line has a lower front spoiler for increased
model line continuing to expand throughout aerodynamic efficiency and a unique N Line
its lifecycle. Available later this fall, a limited version of Hyundai’s Cascading Grille with a
Forte Launch Edition commemorates the all- distinctive silver character line. At the side,
new model with unique visual enhancements blacked-out side mirrors with turn signals,
and standard technology upgrades. N Line badging, N Line 18-inch wheels and
While the third-generation Forte retains its Michelin Pilot Sport 4 225/40 R18 summer
acceleration along with an invigorating extra pound feet of torque. For the new 2019 sporty and youthful image, it has graduated 2019 MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 from fuel: 52 - 49 g / km), the combined
tires change the profile of the car (summer
sound. With an update to D-4S fuel injection, ES 350 F SPORT, the official EPA numbers to a more sophisticated appearance thanks At the New York International Auto Show, power and versatility of its two engines
tires are only available with the manual
the impressively smooth engine now are 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 25 to a number of sleek and dynamic styling MINI-style electro mobility conquered new make it the perfect endurance athlete for the
transmission). At the rear, the unique bumper
develops 302 horsepower and 267 pound-feet mpg in combined driving. cues inspired by the Stinger fastback sport terrain with the presentation of an exclusive Panamericana adventure.
fascia further accentuates the N theme.
of torque. sedan. Lauded in the auto industry for its model specially designed for extremely Three MINI Countryman Panamericana
• The N Line sports seats feature heated
In addition to the boost in power, the ES excellence in design, the Stinger is a product challenging routes. With its underpinnings Plug-In Hybrid vehicles will tackle the
leather seating surfaces, N logos and
350 also benefits from a new eight-speed 2019 Kia Forte EX fueled by Kia’s bold and adventurous taken from the brands first plug-in hybrid intercontinental route on the world’s longest
red contrast stitching and side bolsters.
Direct Shift automatic transmission. With a The all-new 2019 Forte sedan enters its spirit, and Peter Schreyer’s global team of vehicle, the MINI Countryman Panamericana north-south road link. They will demonstrate
They also keep the driver comfortable
wider spread of ratios, the new eight-speed third generation with a more sophisticated designers translated elements of the Stinger’s has been designed for a long-distance tour the reliability and long-distance performance
with power lumbar support and
transmission is able to utilize high torque design and desirable features, transforming design language onto the compact to give it from North America to Tierra del Fuego, of the Plug-In Hybrid drive technology used
extendable seat cushions.
gears on the low end for quick starts and one of Kia Motors America’s (KMA) best- a commanding road presence. Enthusiasts showcasing the power and durability of the in the MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4.
• As with the exterior and interior, the
tall gearing on the high end for optimum selling vehicles into something more than know that the right proportions are key, and brand’s largest model. The Plug-In Hybrid drive of the MINI
driving experience has been further
efficiency. just a commuter car. Thanks to a number like the Stinger, Forte’s long hood and short Additional headlights, tires with Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 is an
enhanced for N Line duty with new
Despite the significant boost in both of improvements, Forte now offers drivers deck lend it an overall fastback-like shape. emergency running characteristics and effective contribution to reducing CO2
suspension and steering tuning, revised
power and torque, the new ES also delivers a higher level of comfort and Kia Drive The cowl point was moved back five inches, a roof rack for transporting a spare wheel emissions in road traffic, even beyond
powertrain mounts and summer tires.
better fuel efficiency than before with EPA Wise technologies that are aimed to make creating a more athletic stance that makes the will make the compact five-door fit for a urban environments. With a range of up
Additionally, Elantra GT N Line’s
mileage numbers of 22 mpg city, 33 mpg the journey – whether a short commute or Forte appear well-planted to the ground. road trip in a class of its own. Based on the to 40 kilometers, it can reach beyond the
multi-link independent rear suspension
highway and 26 mpg combined. Compared long haul – a more rewarding and decidedly MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 (fuel city limits and remain fully electric on
with larger front and rear brake rotors
to the previous ES 350, that’s a two mile-per- upscale experience. Sporting an overall consumption combined: 2.3 - 2.1 l / 100 km, longer routes. The intelligently coordinated
improves noise, vibration harshness and
gallon improvement in combined driving in bolder appearance, the newly designed 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT combined power consumption: 14.0 - 13.2 interaction of the electric drive with the
driving performance.
addition to an extra 34 horsepower and 19 compact sedan also boasts improved EPA- • New Elantra GT N Line added to the kWh / 100 km, combined CO2 emissions combustion engine combines the possibility
• The Elantra GT N Line includes a
lineup 1.6-liter turbocharged-GDI engine
• Elantra GT Sport is dropped from the with six-speed manual transmission
lineup (replaced by the Elantra GT N or an optional seven-speed DCT with
Line) larger steering wheel mounted paddle
• The entry-level Elantra GT is a shifters. This drivetrain produces 201
carryover model horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. torque to
• Panoramic sunroof and leather seating meet performance and fuel efficiency
surfaces added to 2019 Elantra GT Style needs.
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of local emission-free driving with


the freedom of a long range offered by a
conventionally powered vehicle.

2019 BMW 330i Sedan


Recently, BMW proudly introduced the
seventh generation of the iconic sports sedan,
the BMW 3 Series. Over the past 40 years,
no single model has embodied the concept
of the Ultimate Driving Machine better than
the BMW 3 Series Sedan. Modern design,
agile handling, exceptional efficiency and
innovative equipment features, all signature
characteristics of a BMW, have been raised building on the sporting tradition of the 3 its new fuel pump generating maximum
to a higher level through tireless engineering Series, whose exploits in race competition pressure of 350 bar compared with the 200
and testing. The new 2019 BMW 3 Series have earned it many accolades. The seventh bar of the previous version. The improved
sedan represents not only the core of the generation of the sports sedan moves the direct injection system enables optimal fuel
BMW 3 Series range (of which over 15 game on once again in terms of driving flow through the combustion chambers
million units have been sold worldwide) dynamics, not to mention premium quality with atomized fuel delivered by multi-hole
but also the heart and passion of the BMW and innovation, in its segment. injectors. Other characteristics of this engine
brand. Boasting numerous detail upgrades, the include a lighter crankshaft, reduced internal
When the first BMW 3 Series arrived new 2.0-liter, inline 4-cylinder powering the friction, optimized heat management and a
on U.S. shores in 1976 as a successor to new 2019 BMW 330i unit delivers 255 hp new digital engine management system. An
the iconic BMW 2002, it built upon the between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm and a peak impressive 0 to 60 mph time of 5.6 seconds
sport sedan foundation pioneered by that torque of 295 lb-ft from 1,550 to 4,400 rpm. belies the enhanced efficiency of the new
model and launched a new name: the BMW The 7 hp increase in output and the extra 37 BMW 330i Sedan.
3 Series that would become BMW’s most lb-ft of torque compared with the predecessor The 2019 BMW 330i arrived in March
successful model – a status it retains to engine are the result of the focused 2019 with a starting price of $40,250 plus
this day. Over the course of six model optimization of the BMW TwinPower Turbo $995 destination. The 330i xDrive sedan will
generations, the BMW 3 Series has ranked system – which is made up a twin-scroll start at $42,250 plus $995 destination.
as the world’s biggest-selling premium turbocharger, High Precision Injection direct In addition to the 4-cylinder 330i, the line-
car, led the way for high-performance petrol injection, VALVETRONIC fully up will expand further to include a BMW M
powertrain and chassis technology variable valve timing and Double-VANOS Performance version with extremely sporting
and earned a reputation as a pioneer of variable camshaft timing. The High Precision characteristics and a BMW iPerformance
technological innovations in its segment. Injection system ensures precise fuel model with the latest plug-in hybrid drive
The latest edition of the car sees BMW metering and particularly clean combustion, technology. SG

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Honda to Offer Key by Amazon In-Car supported by the Key service. For more For a limited time, Amazon customers will
Delivery for Eligible HondaLink® Remote information on supported locations, please receive a $10 Amazon gift card after placing
Services Subscribers visit Amazon.com/keyforcar. their first In-Car Delivery order.
• K e y b y A m a z o n a l l o w s H o n d a Members download the Key by Amazon
customers with Amazon Prime app to their smartphone, log-in with their HondaLink®
memberships in 50 cities and Amazon.com account information, and then HondaLink® is Honda’s cloud-based
surrounding areas to securely receive select the year, make, and model of their connected car system, which links owners’
deliveries in their vehicles Honda. The Key by Amazon app requests compatible smartphones and data packages
• Enhanced ownership benefits through the user ’s HondaLink® credentials, to their Honda’s embedded telematics
HondaLink® Remote Package which enables Amazon delivery agents system. The subscription-based HondaLink®
• Available on select trims of Accord, limited use of the remote features through system works any time the phone and the
Accord Hybrid, Insight, Passport, Pilot HondaLink®. Once setup is complete and vehicle both have a data connection, and
and Odyssey a delivery location is registered, customers allows Honda owners a wide range of
can shop on Amazon.com and select the features and functionality. Basic and Link
Recently, Honda has began offering “In-Car” delivery option at checkout. services are complimentary, with Security,
Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery service On delivery day, customers should Remote and Concierge services available for
for subscribers of its HondaLink® park within two blocks of their selected an additional charge after a trial period.
Remote Services connected-car system. delivery address. Customers will receive a The addition of Key by Amazon In-Car
Through the Key by Amazon app, owners 4-hour delivery window and an “Arriving Delivery expands the already robust
of select Honda vehicles with compatible Now” notification when the delivery driver capabilities of the smartphone-based
HondaLink®Remote Package and Amazon is headed to their vehicle. Once Amazon HondaLink®service and app, offering a wide
Prime membership can now opt to have their determines that the customer ’s car is variety of complementary services, such as
packages delivered to their vehicles. within range of the delivery address, the the ability to make service appointments, get
driver will locate the car using its GPS roadside assistance, and receive recall and
How Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery location. After the vehicle is identified, vehicle notifications directly on the driver’s
Works the driver scans the package and requests smartphone. Additional HondaLink services
Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery is for the vehicle to be unlocked. The driver available on a subscription basis include
available at no additional cost to owners of then places the package inside the car and geofencing and speed alerts for parents
select trims of Accord, Accord Hybrid and requests for the vehicle to be relocked. of teen drivers, a stolen vehicle locator,
Insight sedans, Passport and Pilot SUVs, Once the in-car delivery is completed, enhanced roadside assistance, automatic
and Odyssey minivan with a HondaLink® customers receive a notification from the collision notification, remote start, and even
Remote Package subscription. Customers Key by Amazon app letting them know personal concierge services.1
must also be Prime members and located that their car is locked and their package is 1. Not all features available on all models
in one of 50 cities and surrounding areas waiting inside. and/or trims SG

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