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5 Signs It’s Time to Buy New Tires

Is it time for new tires? Tires play an important role in keeping you safe while driving on the road. However, worn-out tires increase the chance of suffering an accident or can cause you to be stranded on the side of a highway due to suffering a blowout. Staying proactive by replacing your tires can save you a lot of stress while also improving safety.

Quick Tips for Buying the Right Tires

Here are five signs that’s it time for you to purchase new tires for your vehicle.

1) Lack of Air Pressure

Low tire pressure can often result in a blowout if you don’t take the time to put air in your tires. Modern vehicles will immediate notify you if you need to put more air in a tire. You may also have a leak if you are constantly receiving low-tire pressure notifications. Getting your tire inspected is a good idea to see if you need a patch or a replacement.

2) Not Enough Tire Tread

One of the obvious signs of needing new tires is a low amount of tire tread. Not enough tread increases the likelihood of suffering a blowout. One simple way to determine your tire tread is to place a penny inside the groove of the tire with Lincoln’s head facing you and upside down. If you can still view his whole head, it’s time for you to purchase new tires.

3) Excessive Shaking or Vibration

Driving a vehicle that’s constantly shaking is always a frustrating experience. While it’s normal for a vehicle to shake while driving on a poorly paved road, it isn’t common to experience excessive shaking or vibration while driving down a smooth highway. Excessive shaking is a possible sign that you have a problem with the interior of your tire, and it needs to be replaced.

4) Beyond Tread-Wear Warranty

Many tire manufacturers offer a tread-wear warranty that guarantees them to last for a specific amount of years or miles. These warranties can often range anywhere between 30,000 to 50,000 miles. Once your tires have surpassed this warranty date, it’s a smart idea to consider making a replacement to avoid any potential problems.

5) Cracked Rubber

Cracked rubber tires are never safe to drive on due to the increased chance of an accident. These tires can eventually begin to crack due to age or poor alignment. Checking your tires on a frequent basis is a good way for you to notice any signs of cracking. Replacing these tires as soon as possible is essential in keeping you much safer while on the road.

Final Thoughts

Many people don’t even think about their tires until it’s too late. Trying to repair a flat or replace a tire on your own is often a time-consuming and stressful experience. Staying proactive by replacing your tires in advance can save you a lot of hard work. Keeping all of these different things in mind will help you determine the best time to replace your tires before you experience an accident on the road.

Lamborghini Urus: Super SUV

Love it or hate it, the Urus has become Lamborghini’s most popular model. This year, the Italian automaker produced their 15,000th Urus SUV. Why do people like it so much? The Lamborghini Urus is a rather schizophrenic vehicle. On one hand, it’s brutally powerful and fast. On the other hand, it’s luxurious and spacious. It’s a supercar pretending to be a daily driver and that’s quite a feat to pull off.

In a company press release, Lamborghini’s CEO Stefano Domenicali lauded that “The Lamborghini Urus is a visionary approach based on the infusion of Lamborghini DNA into the most versatile vehicle, the SUV. The Urus elevates the SUV to a level not previously possible, the Super SUV. It is a true Lamborghini in terms of design, performance, driving dynamics, and emotion as well as drivable every day in a range of environments,” said the Automobili Lamborghini Chairman.

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Lamborghini Urus Aerodynamic Design and Bold Style

The exterior design of the Urus SUV isn’t very distinctive. It has many of the same proportions as the Audi Q7. After all, both the Q7 and the Urus come from the Volkswagen Group. However, the Lamborghini Urus manages to cut its own cloth in several different ways.

For starters, the Urus has the best weight-to-power ratio in its class. For as much technology that the Volkswagen Group threw at the Urus, it’s not the heaviest super SUV on the market at 4,847 pounds. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT weighs 5,000 lbs. and the Bentley Bentayga weighs 5,324 lbs.

The Urus just looks heavy. The front of the Urus SUV has a grille that adds character to the vehicle. It has large slats on the sides of the nose that taper to a thin line in the middle. The hood has distinctive Lamborghini bodywork and styling. The profile has sharp angles and hexagonal symmetry that resembles other supercars in the Lamborghini stable. The roof sweeps down in a coupe-like fashion. The rear has quad exhaust ports, wraparound taillights, and a rather blunted tail end.

Performance Specs for the Lamborghini Urus

The beating heart of the Urus is a twin-turbo 4.0 Liter V8 engine. It produces 650 horsepower and maxes out at 6,800 RPMs. Now, that’s relatively tame for a Lamborghini. You’ll still enjoy a loud, distinct exhaust note, but don’t expect that many shrieks and pops. It’s a subdued Lambo, but it can still blow the doors off the competition. This SUV also has access to 850 Nm of torque that is mostly supplied to the rear wheels. The Urus travels from zero to 60 MPH in 3 seconds flat and reaches a top speed of 189 miles per hour.

The Urus employs an 8-speed automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive. The stability and all-wheel drive capabilities of the Urus are top-notch. It comes with active torque vectoring and four-wheel steering. Each wheel can steer independently for enhanced stability.

There are seven driving modes. You can find the ANIMA handle inside the cockpit. It’s a manual control that toggles through strada, sport, corsa, sabbia, terra, neve, and ego modes. Strada mode is for daily drives and Corsa is for maximum performance. If roads are slippery, you can choose Neve. The Ego mode allows the driver to customize the traction, suspension, and steering to their own specifications.

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The Cockpit of the Urus

The interior of the Urus is dominated by the center stack. It’s a delightful mix of tactile controls and touchscreen displays. Marty McFly would feel at home inside the Urus, but this SUV doesn’t need to get back to the future. It’s doing just fine as the premiere SUV supercar of the moment.

There are two main touchscreen displays. Both deliver haptic feedback when you key in different functions and settings. The menu buttons are oversized and easy to read. There’s a 21 speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system on board and the Urus also has voice recognition software.

The Urus is shockingly spacious. There are 21.75 cubic feet of cargo space and two different seating configurations. With bucket seats, the Urus fits four passengers. With a rear bench, it fits five. The materials are upscale and diverse. You can configure a Lamborghini Urus with your choice of carbon fiber, leather, wood inlays, and Alcantara.

Is it Safe to Drive a Lamborghini Urus?

Russian driver Andrey Leontyev spoke about the Urus after setting a new high-speed record across the ice, Leontyev had this to say in a press interview about the Lamborghini Urus. “I am certain that even a fairly inexperienced driver could still perform well in this vehicle if they were to step onto the racetrack. But that same person would also be able to drive the car to their summer home or to the countryside with friends.”

The Lamborghini Urus has 40-millimeter-thick carbon-ceramic brakes in the front and 30 mm thick brakes in the rear. It can go from 62 MPH to a full stop after about 37 meters. There’s adaptive air suspension onboard and the Urus has active roll stabilization technology.

As a member of the Volkswagen Group, this SUV has all the latest safety technology on its options list. Owners can choose from a number of advanced safety features in three different packages. They’re called ADAS or advanced driver assistance systems. You can equip the Urus with blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alerts, self-parking, and more.

Final Lap in the Urus

The Lamborghini Urus is popping up in suburbs all across America but that doesn’t mean it’s not a supercar. It has a powerful twin-turbo V8 engine, advanced racing technology, and the look of a Lamborghini. The Urus also has a supercar price tag. It carries an MSRP of $218,009.

The Urus is faster than the Bentley Bentayga and the Cayenne Turbo GT from Porsche. If you want to feel the thrill of having your back pressed in the seat every time you get behind the wheel, then the Urus could be your daily driver. It does have all the safety and tech features that motorists want from an SUV. Those features are just wrapped in a hulking, neon, fire-spitting frame.

Your Engine is Overheating – Is There Anything You Can Do?

Here’s a closer look at what to do when your vehicle’s engine gets hot and is overheating. Have you ever been driving along and watched in horror as that little arrow on your instrument cluster started to tip a little too far to the right? What’s happening to your vehicle? Were you starting to panic?

You shouldn’t be too worried. Your vehicle probably isn’t about to burst into flames, but you do need to take action. Ignoring the problem will only make it worse. It’s not the sort of problem that fixes itself.

You might be thinking – Hey, I’m not a mechanic. What can I do to fix this problem?

The important thing is not to panic. You also don’t want to make the problem worse. Auto mechanics have years of training and expertise in this area. So, it’s best to seek professional help when there’s a problem with your vehicle overheating. However, there are some tips and tricks that can save you money and time when you first start to notice that your temperature gauge is in the red.

First, you need to identify the reason why your temperature gauge is reading hot.

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Potential Reasons Why Your Engine is Overheating

First: It’s entirely possible that your vehicle’s thermostat isn’t working properly. You could be getting a false reading if the temperature switch has malfunctioned. It’s important to look for other indicators to get a clear picture of what’s going on.

Second: The problem could be related to your vehicle’s water pump. If a gasket has worn down or if the pump itself is broken, then your engine won’t be able to cool itself properly. Check to see if your water pump is making a whining noise or if there’s coolant leaking from it.

Third: Your engine could be overheating if the coolant isn’t reaching the engine. This is a very real problem that most motorists will face at some point in their vehicle’s life span. You could have a faulty gasket or hose. It will need to be replaced immediately.

Troubleshooting Tips for an Overheating Engine

engine coolant reservoir

If you’re riding in your vehicle and you start to notice that your temperature gauge is climbing to the right, then the easiest thing to do is pull over safely to the side of the road. If you’re already a member of a roadside assistance service like AAA, then put in the call and have your vehicle towed to the nearest mechanic.

Turn off AC

If you don’t have the means to get roadside assistance, then the first thing you want to do is turn off your air conditioning and open all of your windows. This makes it a bit easier for your vehicle to keep itself cool if it doesn’t have to work so hard keeping you cool. Yeah, you might break a sweat, but more air will circulate to your engine.

Hopefully, the temperature gauge will have at least slowed its progress to the dreaded red zone. Then again, it might not have done the trick. You need to start thinking about getting off the road and finding a safe spot to pull over.

Turn off Engine

Once you pull over, take a few deep breaths, and turn off your vehicle. Pop the hood open and give it some time to cool down with the engine off before you do anything else. This is where patience will benefit you the most because you’ll need about fifteen to twenty minutes to let the engine cool back down.

Now, open the hood and locate the radiator. If you’re standing in front of your vehicle’s grille, the radiator is that flat piece of equipment directly beneath your belt buckle. You’ll notice there’s a big twist cap on the top. The radiator is responsible for housing the coolant fluid for your vehicle. It circulates the coolant fluid around your engine so that all the mechanical actions of the pistons don’t tax your engine too heavily. Without coolant or water, the engine will simply get too hot and seize up.

So, double-check that your engine is off and that your vehicle has been cooling down for about twenty minutes. You never want to open the radiator cap of a hot vehicle while the engine is running. You don’t even need to open the radiator cap even if your engine has been running hot, so avoid accessing the radiator directly.

Coolant Reservoir

Just take a look around and locate the coolant reservoir. There are usually two plastic containers near the radiator. One keeps windshield wiper fluid and the other keeps coolant for your engine. That’s the one you want. Hopefully, you have an emergency supply of coolant fluid or water in your vehicle. You can find it at nearly any auto supply store. So, pick up a jug or two at your earliest convenience.

Now, open the coolant recovery tank and pour some additional fluid inside. You can use water. There’s a maximum fill line on the side. So, make sure you don’t exceed that level. Once you’ve filled the reservoir, screw the cap back on tightly.

Next, you want to take a look underneath your vehicle. What you’re looking for is any obvious signs of a leak. The leak could be coming from a tube, or it could be leaking from the radiator itself. What you want to check for is whether you have a large leak or a small one. With a large leak, you won’t be able to prevent your engine from overheating for very long, but if the leak is small enough, you’ll be able to limp to the nearest service center or possibly make it back to your own driveway.

What if That Didn’t Work?

If you get back into your vehicle and drive away, then prepare for a tense ride. You’ll be watching that temperature gauge like a hawk. You should never drive too far when the gauge is in the red zone. So, pull over and repeat the steps from before if needed.

Now, it’s entirely possible that the gauge will go back to cold and then rapidly rise again. If the gauge reading is all over the place, then you might have a faulty thermostat. It’s a common mechanical problem. You might be able to replace it yourself, but it’s a pretty straightforward procedure for an auto mechanic.

The other potential cause of an overheating engine is a faulty water pump. If your thermostat is still running hot after you fill the coolant and you notice that the gauge is gradually heading toward the red zone, then you need to pull over and listen to your vehicle.

Pop the hood and listen to the sound of your engine. Do you hear any whining noises or unusual hissing sounds. It might even sound like your engine is squealing. That could be related to the water pump. This is a serious malfunction, and you’d better get off the road immediately. No amount of fluid top-ups will help you when the water pump isn’t working properly. Get your vehicle to a repair shop because you’ll need to have that water pump replaced ASAP.

Wrapping it Up

If you’ve never sweated out a good shirt because your engine ran hot, then you haven’t been driving long enough. It’s a common problem, especially with older model vehicles. Yet, it’s not the end of the world and your car isn’t going to explode if you know how to properly handle the situation.

The best thing to do is stop driving and call for roadside assistance. Get your vehicle to a repair shop and let a professional auto mechanic accurately assess the problem. If you have to make it a few extra miles, then be sure to keep some coolant fluid in your vehicle for emergency purposes.

You can pull over and cool off your engine for a while. You can also replace some lost fluids, but not every problem has to do with a loss of coolant. You could have a faulty thermostat or water pump. You can determine which one it is by listening to your engine, looking on the pavement for a leak, and watching your temperature gauge closely.

Hopefully, these tips will help you stay calm in a troubling situation. Getting to know your vehicle is the best way to assess any mechanical problem, so spend some time under the hood and get well-acquainted with your owner’s manual. It might not be a thrilling read, but it’s got lots of vital information.

Stay safe and enjoy the ride.

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WAAAM West Cars by Ron Wade

WAAAM West Cars by Ron Wade is located in Vancouver, Washington and houses a premium collection of cars, engines and automobilia. If you like cars stop by their museum of unique and rare automobiles from as far back as the 1930s.

WAAAM West Cars by Ron Wade

Today, I headed up to WAAAM West Cars by Ron Wade to check out their cars & coffee scene. I missed that event, but I did check out the museum. Not only will you find photos of some of the Ron Wade car collection below, be sure to watch the video above. I covered every car in the building and even the ones their currently working on in the shop!

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The WAAAM Air & Auto Museum Connection

What I always found curious about the WAAAM West Cars by Ron Wade was the WAAAM part, as that stands for Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, which is a very cool museum in Hood River, Oregon.  I’ve actually been to the museum and it’s awesome! Here’s the link to my article and video.

Seems that Ron Wade is friends with Terry Brandt who is the owner and founder of WAAAM. As the story was told to me, Terry asked Ron if he would bring some of his cars down to the museum. Ron told Terry no, but he would buy him a building instead and as far as I know, that’s how WAAAM West Cars by Ron Wade came into existence.

Chevs of the 40s

So the building is a renovated auto dealership. In the back two rooms you’ll find a select collection of premium, exotic, classic, and antique vehicles. However, in the front, which I’m guessing was once the showroom, you’ll find, Chevs of the 40’s which is the worlds most complete supplier of 1937 to 1954 Chevrolet Car and Truck parts which Ron also owns.

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WAAAM West Location

Address: 1015 NE 78th St, Vancouver, WA 98665

Visiting Hours

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Thursday
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Friday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday

Phone

Phone: (800) 952-8156

Website

http://www.waaamwest.com/

2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: Sophisticated Super Car

The 2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is one of the most impressive vehicles to come out of British automaker Aston Martin in a long time. It’s a super grand tourer with a V12 engine, sleek styling, and a whopper of a price tag. The DBS Superleggera is available in two different body styles. There’s the two door coupe and the stunning droptop volante. The DBS Superleggera delivers a phenomenal ride quality and might be one of the last great front engine V12 supercars.

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Powerful Engineering of the 2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

The 2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is fitted with a 5.2 Liter bi-turbo V12 engine. It’s capable of achieving 715 horsepower and 663 pound feet of torque. The engine is mid-mounted but accessible from the front of the vehicle. With the optional carbon fiber casing, the engine has an artistic beauty all its own.

The Superleggera coupe can reach a top track speed of 211 miles per hour and travel from naught to 62 MPH in 3.4 seconds. The volante is only a few tenths of a second off those numbers. An 8 speed ZF automatic transmission shunts power to the rear wheels of the DBS Superleggera. It has electrically controlled exhaust and the roar is absolutely intoxicating.

The suspension setup features independent double wishbone coil springs in the front and a multi-link coil spring system in the rear. The Superleggera’s suspension is bolstered by an Adaptive Dampening System (ADS). It has three different settings: GT, Sport, and Sport Plus.

The Superleggera has serious stopping power to match its blistering acceleration. There are carbon ceramic brakes discs in the front and rear. There are also eight different electronic stability control systems at play here such as hydraulic brake assist, dynamic torque vectoring and electronic brakeforce distribution.

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The Exterior Style of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

At first glance, the DBS Superleggera definitely has the look of the Aston Martin stable. It has a large mesh grille in the front that flows air right over a finely sculpted clamshell bonnet. The hood opens from rear to front. There are large air intake ports in the lower portion of the front fascia and in the side paneling, as well. The profile of this supercar is complemented by 21-inch Y-spoke wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires. The rear fenders are wide and muscular. The rear track is also much wider than the front. Whether full titanium or matte black, the quad exhaust ports highlight the rear of the vehicle quite nicely. In truth, the body style of the DBS Superleggera is just a blueprint. Owners can choose from a myriad of colors and fully customize the Superleggera before it drives off the lot.

The DBS Superleggera Cockpit

The 2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera promises luxury at your own specification. Owners can fully customize their cockpit with a wealth of choices in accents, upholstery, colors, and amenities. Perhaps Porsche is the only other automaker that offers this level of selection. Everything from the ceiling headliner to the carpet on the floorboards can be customized, even the color of your seatbelt restraints. If creativity isn’t your strong point, then Aston Martin’s designers are more than happy to outfit the DBS Superleggera in a finely tailored trim. Double-O Seven would be proud.

There are several upholstery choices – full leather, two-toned leather and Alcantara. Some of the leather packages can be downright garish with bright red, yellow or loud blue tones. The quilted pattern and contrast stitching of the leather upholstery gives the cockpit an almost reptilian aesthetic. Aside from full leather, the DBS Superleggera can be outfitted with an Alcantara environment, giving it a softer and sportier vibe.

This is a driver’s vehicle. It’s better suited for two occupants, but there is room for four passengers inside the DBS Superleggera. The interior of the DBS Superleggera is missing a ton of touchscreen real estate though. Most luxury vehicles look like movie theaters on wheels, but the Superleggera is much more austere. The center stack of the Superleggera has push button controls for most essential functions and a small touchscreen above the air conditioning vents. There’s also a digital instrument cluster for the driver. Otherwise, there isn’t much inside the cockpit to take your attention away from the driving experience.

Staying Safe in the DBS Superleggera

As is the case with most supercars, you shouldn’t expect technological safety features like lane keeping assist and pedestrian detection. The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera doesn’t sacrifice space for these amenities. It does come with electronic stability controls and extra large ceramic brakes.

However, there are some safety features that might surprise you. This supercar comes with a 360 degree camera and parking sensors in the front and rear. There’s a tire pressure monitoring system, advanced airbags around the cabin, and blind spot detection. For the most part, you’ve got to do all the work when it comes to keeping this V12 beast under control.

Aston Martin at the Finish Line

The 2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is hard to criticize. It’s elegant, powerful, and timely. Aston Martin delivers the super GT at a moment when the automotive industry as a whole is preparing to pivot toward electrification. That makes V12 supercars like the DBS Superleggera something like a time-stamped masterpiece.

Part of the delight in owning a DBS Superleggera from Aston Martin is customizing the vehicle. There are endless style options at your disposal, so each DBS Superleggera has the potential to be personalized to the owner’s preference. You can go for subtle sophistication or hate-me-now brashness. It’s all there in the optional equipment list.

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera can cost upwards of $300,000. Clearly, it’s priced in the supercar stratosphere. There are cheaper supercars on the market, but few that can match the Superleggera’s charm and panache. It’s a singular automobile. The name translates to “superlight” but this is a heavy vehicle. The rear wheels can be a bit difficult to scoot around corners, but once you do, there’s nothing but horsepower waiting to fill the gap.

Real Review of the 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid Truck

This hybrid from Ford is a five-seater pick-up truck with 40 miles per gallon fuel economy. The Maverick is sporty and urban, but its equipment can be upgraded for tougher jobs, too. The 2022 Ford Maverick sells for under $20,000. What’s the catch? Well, there might not be one.

In a Ford press release, Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager, acknowledged that the new hybrid truck was meant to attract a different type of buyer. “Maverick challenges the status quo and the stereotypes of what a pickup truck can be. We believe it will be compelling to a lot of people who never before considered a truck.”

The Different Model Trims for the 2022 Ford Maverick

There are three different model trims available for the 2022 Maverick truck. The base model is called the Maverick XL. It comes with LED headlamps, attractive style, and plenty of tech amenities. The midgrade model is called XLT. The interior gets additional color choices. The exterior gets 17-inch painted aluminum wheels and more storage options for the truck bed.

The Maverick Lariat is the top tier model from Ford. It comes with tech upgrades like push button start and a 6.5-inch productivity screen. In the style column, the Lariat comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and 18-inch wheels.

Performance Hybrid Capabilities

The 2022 Ford Maverick comes standard with a 2.5 Liter hybrid engine. It’s mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front wheel drive comes standard on the Maverick. The Maverick has a 4,000-pound maximum towing capacity. It can accommodate up 2,000 lbs. in the truck bed when properly configured.

As expected, fuel economy will be a big selling point for the 2022 Ford Maverick. It gets up to 40 miles per gallon in urban settings and can travel for about 500 miles on a full tank of gas. That’s on par with a 4-cylinder Honda Civic.

There’s also a 2.0 Liter EcoBoost engine that produces 250 horsepower and 277 pound feet of torque. That might not sound enormously powerful for a pick-up truck, but with a trailer towing package, the Maverick can manage 4,000 lbs. This powertrain setup can be paired with intelligent all-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission.

For off-road enthusiasts, there’s an FX4 package. It comes with all-wheel drive, all-terrain tires, and special tuning to the suspension setup. There’s a bit more protection for the underbelly of the Maverick truck. Mechanically, there are two driving modes for mud and sand, with electronic hill descent control.

Maverick Style

The 2022 Maverick from Ford is a compact pickup truck. It has a unibody architecture. The 2022 Ford Maverick comes in 10 different exterior paint colors. You can stand out from the crowd with Cyber Orange or whisper your way forward with Cactus Gray.

The front fascia spans the entire width of the vehicle, and each model trim has its own unique grille design. The profile has low, drop down windows and clean, uncluttered body cladding. The cabin area flows right into the tailgate.

The truck bed of the Maverick is built for customization. It’s a four and a half foot FlexBed. There’s available tie-downs, a power outlet, and slots for creating dividers. The liftgate has multiple positions for maximum versatility. There’s also a QR code in the bed of the truck that owners can scan for ideas on how to make the best use of the flexible space back there.

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Interior Amenities of the Maverick Pickup Truck

The interior of the 2022 Ford Maverick is designed well. It has simple lines and a function first layout that doesn’t hurt the eyes. There’s seating for 5 passengers inside the cabin and it looks more like a compact crossover than a compact pickup truck.

Cloth seats come standard on the Maverick. However, higher model trims have ActiveX synthetic upholstery and even a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The rear seats open up for extra storage underneath and there’s plenty of places to stow away cargo throughout the cabin.

An 8-inch touchscreen comes standard on the 2022 Maverick. It also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility without any additional charges or fees. Additionally, there’s a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The dashboard controls favor push buttons over touchscreens, so does the steering wheel. The interfaces are very tactile and simple.

There’s an available Bang & Olufsen premium sound system that comes with 8 speakers. Ford’s SYNC 3 voice activated interface is available as an option, and it seems worth the cost when you consider pairing it with such a small screen. The 110-volt, 400-watt power outlet comes in handy. There’s even one out back in the truck bed.

Safety Options from Ford

The 2022 Ford Maverick comes with some impressive standard safety features thanks to the inclusion of Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 suite. It comes with automatic high beams, a rear-view camera, forward collision warnings, pre-collision assistance and automatic braking. The system can detect pedestrians and if the driver doesn’t act to prevent an imminent crash, the Maverick will do it for you. Blind spot warnings and lane keeping assistance are available, but these advanced systems aren’t available on the base model.

Wrapping it Up

The 2022 Ford Maverick is America’s first full hybrid pickup truck. Sticker shock usually applies to large price tags, but in the case of the 2022 Ford Maverick it’s the other way around. The base model Maverick hybrid has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just $19,995.

The hybrid powertrain, crossover SUV styling, and economy price make the Maverick appeal to potential buyers who might’ve never thought about owning a pickup truck before. It’s a smart play by the Ford Motor Company. The Maverick truck would be ideal for small business owners or as a first vehicle for kids going off to college.

The Maverick might get some jeers from hardcore truck guys because it doesn’t have much power without additional equipment. It’s not much of an off-roader either. Yet, the 2022 Maverick is an entry level pickup truck. It’s not meant for the jobsite or the campsite. As long as you stay in your lane, you’ll enjoy every moment in the Maverick hybrid truck.

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Real Review of the 2021 Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac has chosen the Escalade to debut a ton of new technologically advanced features. When it comes to large SUVs, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade is the benchmark by which all others are judged. Sure, there are better off-roaders and performance SUVs on the market, but nothing says swagger quite like an Escalade.

The president of Cadillac, Steve Carlisle, had this to say about the all-new Escalade in a company press release. “There is something special about driving an Escalade. It has the bold presence and exclusive technology to elevate the extraordinary and make every drive feel like an occasion. The 2021 Escalade takes its leadership into a new era of mobility, with comprehensive upgrades that are transformative to the driving experience,” said Carlisle. ”It’s more than a new Escalade. It’s a new experience.”

Model Trims for the 2021 Escalade

Let’s take a moment to break down the five different trim levels. The base model is called Luxury and it comes handsomely equipped with a 19-speaker sound system, the new curved OLED touchscreen display, and 22-inch alloy wheels.

The next trim level is called Premium Luxury. It upgrades the 2021 Escalade with a panoramic sunroof and more advanced safety features. There are some stylistic changes with the Sport model. It comes with gloss black trim in the front fascia, a different grille design, roof rails, and dark alloy wheels.

The Premium Luxury Platinum model enters the $100,000 price range. It comes with full semi-aniline leather upholstery, leather trim, a rear seat entertainment system and a 36-speaker sound system. The Sport model gets an upgrade with the Sport Platinum model. It also crosses the 100k price threshold with driver assist package and just about everything else that comes with the Premium Luxury Platinum model.

Stunning Exterior of the 2021

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade has a bold exterior that starts with a tall, dominant front grille. It stands well over half a man’s height and comes in three different styles. There’s an illusion grille, a V series mesh grille design, and a grille design that features four longitudinal bars that travel across the width of the front fascia.

It’s also important to mention that there are two different body styles for the 2021 Escalade. The optional ESV body is much longer. The standard Escalade is 211.9 inches long, but the ESV stretches out to 226.9 inches.

On the whole, it’s still easily recognizable as an Escalade. 22-inch wheels come standard on the Escalade. The long, blocky design might seem dated, but it hides ultra-modern underpinnings. The front headlamps are slimmed down and have the Cadillac emblem etched into them. The LED taillights span 3 feet and also have subtle Cadillac emblem motifs. Whether you’re going for luxury or sport, there’s a new Cadillac that’s bound to resonate with you.

A Gluttonous Interior

The interior of the new Escalade features many of the stylistic cues that were first seen in the Escala concept vehicle. That’s where automotive enthusiasts got their first glimpse of the OLED curved display and new color palettes that are now available on the 2021 Escalade. There’s a ton of space inside and its filled with technology.

“The expectations and desires of Escalade customers are factors everyone in the Cadillac design studio unequivocally understands,” said Phil Kucera, interior design manager. “This allowed us to reach greater levels of depth and detail than Escalade has ever had before.”

The 2021 Escalade has an amazing dashboard display. The driver of the Escalade has a digital instrument cluster and two configurable display areas on either side of the speedometer. On the left-hand side, there’s a touchscreen control panel that toggles the heads-up display, night vision and trip computer.

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade has the first ever curved Organic Light Emitting Diode or OLED screen that measures 16.9 inches across. Its clarity is sharper than a 4K television display. In total, there are 38 inches of digital touchscreen real estate inside the cabin.

The upholstery and surfaces of the 2021 Escalade are sumptuous and refined. There are heated and ventilated seats in a variety of color palettes. The full semi-aniline leather is soft and undeniably a Cadillac staple. The panoramic sunroof allows occupants to enjoy the sky by sliding, tilting and opening in a number of different ways.

The Escalade has plenty of room for passengers, but it also has a copious amount of cargo space. It comes with 121 cubic feet for cargo, but the Escalade ESV can accommodate up to 142.8 cubic feet of max cargo space. This SUV can make a long road trip feel less like a chore and more like a real vacation.

High Tech Capabilities of Cadillac

Tesla might get all the hype when it comes to autonomous driving vehicles, but Cadillac’s Super Cruise is one of the best rated autonomous driving systems on the market. In a test of 17 self-driving systems, Consumer Reports gave the highest overall score to the Cadillac Super Cruise. It beat out Audi Pre Sense and Tesla Auto Pilot.

The Super Cruise function uses onboard sensors, radar, and cameras to facilitate hands-free driving. It only works in certain conditions on the highway, but it’s more reliable than other autonomous driving systems. Super Cruise can change lanes, handle on and off ramps, as well as keep moving with the flow of traffic, all without any driver input.

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The navigation system uses augmented reality. It has automatic driving cues that come through the audio system and a virtual overlay that takes over the digital instrument cluster. The navigation system creates a massive live street view with driving directions overlaid on the road.

The available AKG Studio Reference System puts speakers everywhere inside the new Escalade. There are speakers in the center console, in the ceiling, and in the headrest. 36 speakers in total provide a studio sound quality that is unmatched on any other luxury vehicle. The advanced AKG system employs six subwoofers and three amplifiers.

Other tech amenities include night vision mode, a full color heads-up display, interior microphones that pump your voice through the cabin, and the largest rear seat headrest screens in this vehicle’s class. Without a doubt, this is the most technologically advanced Cadillac Escalade ever built.

Performance Features of the 2021 Escalade

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade has a 6.2 Liter V8 engine. It’s capable of achieving 420 horsepower and 460 pound feet of torque. There’s also an available 3.0 Liter Duramax turbo diesel engine. It’s pushing 277 horsepower and 460 lb. ft. of torque.

You can choose between two-wheel and four-wheel drive, and both are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.  The gearbox is electronically controlled. It has overdrive, a towing and hauling setting and easy tap controls to change gear shifting.

The adaptive air ride suspension is only available on the Premium Luxury and above models, but it’s arguably essential equipment on a vehicle this size. It has electronically controlled air springs that help stabilize the Escalade for off-roading and highway driving.

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade isn’t just designed to rack up style points. It has a maximum towing capacity of 8,200 pounds on 2WD models. The Duramax turbo diesel helps the 2021 Escalade manage an 8,000 lb. max trailering load. A trailering package and mechanical limited-slip rear differential are also standard features.

The Sport models come with an electronic limited slip differential and magnetic ride control. The Autotrac 2-speed transfer case is on the options list if you’re thinking about off-roading in this behemoth. The Sport models come with hitch guidance, in-vehicle trailering app, and an integrated trailer brake controller. For adventure seekers, the Sport models are really the best option.

Final Thoughts on the 2021 Cadillac Escalade

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade begs potential buyers for six figure investments. Sure, the 2WD Luxury base model Escalade has an MSRP of $77,890 but the Sport 4WD model comes with magnetic dampeners, better trailering capabilities and dark polished 22-inch wheels. It costs in the neighborhood of $90,000 but top of the line Escalades can easily top $100,000.

Drivers might expect the Escalade to have a gorgeous interior, but what might come as surprise is all the amazing technology that comes with it. The 36-speaker sound system, the curved OLED display, and the augmented reality navigation are next level features. Plus, the Cadillac Super Cruise is one of the most reliable autonomous driving systems on the market.

There are three rows of seating and there isn’t a bad spot in the bunch. Even if you don’t have a big family, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade makes the case for opulence. Who cares if you’re riding solo? You can fill in all the passenger space later.

How to Maintain Your Car Battery

If you’re driving an older vehicle, then most likely you’ve got a conventional lead-acid battery under the hood. For the most part, motorists don’t have to do much. As long as you do your regularly scheduled maintenance visits at the local service center your vehicle won’t let you down. These so-called maintenance-free batteries just need to be monitored and kept clean.

However, this can lull some motorists into a false sense of calm when it comes to their batteries. Some people might even be afraid to touch their battery out of fear that it will shock them or poison them. That line of thinking won’t help you in the case of an emergency when a bit of hands-on troubleshooting could save you time and money.

Your battery is very important. It’s the electrical powerplant that starts your car or truck. It also provides electricity for a number of internal systems. So, one of the best things you can do to safeguard your vehicle is to get acquainted with your battery.

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Identifying Your Battery

When you lift your hood, the battery is easily recognizable. It’s a rectangular block near the front of the vehicle’s radiator. It has a thick polypropylene case to protect what’s inside the battery. There are two terminals on top, one for positive and one for a negative charge. Touching the casing won’t hurt you. You can even touch the terminals provided that your hands are dry. There just isn’t enough power in a 12V battery to electrocute you.

Inside the case are battery plates. These plates are stacked together in cells. These cells are suspended in an acidic solution that facilitates the chemical reactions that create electricity for your vehicle. This reaction creates electrons that travel around the plates and through the terminals.

Your battery’s power is measured in amps. You’ll hear the term “cold-cranking amps”. That’s the amount of power it takes to start your vehicle at a temperature of 0 degrees Fahrenheit. You should refer to your vehicle’s owner manual to determine the right amount of amps needed for your vehicle.

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Starting Your Vehicle Properly Saves Battery Life

One of the most important things you can do to maintain your battery happens when you’re starting your vehicle. Anywhere from 100 to 130 amps are required to start your vehicle and the more electrical systems that you leave active, the more power it will require to start your vehicle.

So, be sure to turn off all your electrical systems when you park your vehicle. That includes your radio, air conditioning, and any other tech amenities like heated seats or adaptors that pull power from the vehicle’s battery.

Before you start your vehicle, avoid turning on electrical systems first. Give your battery less work to do and it will work longer.

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Keep Your Battery Clean

Most people avoid touching or even checking up on their battery before the scheduled maintenance and that’s a problem. Dirt, grease, and debris can crowd the terminals of the battery. This can significantly weaken the circuit running between your electrical systems and your battery.

So, keep it clean by removing the negative terminal first. Then, remove the positive terminal. Clean the terminals with a cloth towel, old toothbrush, or rag. You can even use a bit of baking soda and water. Then, replace the terminals in reverse order. That’s positive first and then the negative.

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Checking the Fluid Levels

Lastly, let’s talk about fluid levels inside your battery. If you have a maintenance-free battery, then you won’t be able to access the internal cavity, but other conventional batteries have caps on the top. Always make sure that your engine is turned off before you access the battery.

Then, carefully remove the battery caps to check the fluid levels. There are markings to tell you the proper fill amount and you should never overfill the battery. You can find battery acid at an automotive store, or you can use distilled water. Also, be sure to protect your eyes and hands.

These are just a few of the basic ways you can keep your vehicle’s battery in top working order. Don’t wait until you have a problem and you’re left stranded on the side of the road. Identify your battery and all of its parts, turn off all electrical systems before you start the vehicle, make sure that your terminals are clean, and check the fluid levels regularly.

I hope these maintenance tips are helpful and remember to always drive safely.

Real Review of the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo

The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo has a viable claim as the hottest sports car on the market. It has stunning performance, exclusivity, and the versatility to be a daily driver. The exterior form lines are well-recognized, yet the style elements, performance parts and interior can be customized to the owner’s exact specifications.

The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S comes in hardtop or sporty drop top Cabriolet. Both share nearly identical capabilities, and both are undeniably turbos. Speaking of turbo, the term gets tossed around rather loosely in automotive circles. However, Dr. Frank Walliser, Vice President Model Line 911, took to the press in order to clarify what makes the new Porsche 911 Turbo stand out from the crowd.

“A Turbo does not just have to be clearly different in visual terms, but it must above all be possible to really feel the difference. The work to differentiate is therefore correspondingly high, not just with regards to the design, but also to the chassis and the engine,” says Walliser.

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Performance Power of the 911 Turbo S

The 911 Turbo S can go from naught to 60 MPH in just 2.6 seconds. That’s its fastest time and you can produce it with the available Sport Chrono Package. It has a top track speed of 205 miles per hour. The Turbo S is capable of producing 640 horsepower and 590 pound feet of torque.

The Porsche 911 Turbo has a powertrain that undergoes constant development. Great isn’t good enough when the mark is set to excellence. Fittingly, the new 911 Turbo S has a new VTG twin turbo V6 engine that embodies the work of over 70 years of automotive experience.

It has greater power and efficiency thanks to several tweaks to the internal friction inside the engine and a redeveloped combustion process. Mechanically, it borrows some of the 911 Carrera’s engineering language. However, the new boxer engine has improved piezo injectors and a new air intake system. The 8-speed PDK transmission has also undergone a round of performance tweaks to produce faster, even more seamless gear shifts. It has a hold mode for extending the gear range, torque vectoring and all-wheel drive.

When you hear a 911 Turbo S approaching there’s this low, humming exhaust note that hints at the power on tap. With the optional sport exhaust system, the new 911 Turbo S produces a blatantly powerful engine note. To keep up with the competition, subtle has gone out the window.

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Porsche 911 Turbo Style and Design

Real automotive enthusiasts and Porsche fans might be able to notice that the new 911 Turbo S looks a bit more muscular. That’s because the rear fenders have been redesigned and the back end is 20 mm wider than the previous model.

There are controlled cooling air flaps at the front, while the larger rear wing has been designed for even more downforce. The front track has also been extended. It’s 45 mm wider and adds greater handling and stability. The front fenders rise up above the hood, which slides down long and low to the front fascia.

For the first time, the 911 Turbo S has two different sized tires. It now has 20-inch wheels in the front and 21-inch wheels in the rear. With the Porsche Active Suspension enhancement, the chassis is slammed down by 10 millimeters. The tail lights have been redesigned to create one narrow beam traveling the width of the vehicle. Beneath it all, are two wide circular exhaust ports.

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Interior Amenities of the New Porsche 911 Turbo S

The Porsche 911 Turbo S is strictly a two-seater, even though there are seats in the rear. Even a child would feel cramped from the lack of legroom back there. It’s mainly for luggage. That being said, the 911 Turbo is remarkably comfortable for the front passengers.

It comes with a motorsport steering wheel, ambient lighting, and 14-way electronically adjustable seats. The 911 Turbo S comes with a BOSE surround sound system, a customizable 10.9-inch display screen, and an intelligent voice control system that responds and recognizes natural speech patterns.

Safety Gear from Porsche

The safety of a sports car is largely up to the driver. The Porsche 911 Turbo S is no different. The Turbo S is outfitted with oversized yellow Porsche ceramic brakes. The front track has 10-piston aluminum calipers with 4-piston calipers in the rear. There’s a WET driving mode that applies added traction assistance during slippery conditions. Also, the 911 Turbo S is equipped with rear axle steering.

The cabin occupants are protected with advanced airbags in the front as well as side impact beams and curtain airbags. The Porsche 911 Turbo S does have a unique automated system called Warn and Brake Assist. In certain conditions, the vehicle will prompt the driver to apply the brakes and can even apply them autonomously to prevent a collision. However, the system might not activate if the driver engages in certain evasive driving maneuvers.

At the Finish Line

The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S has a starting price of $207,000. The Cabriolet costs $219,800. The Turbo S is blisteringly fast and intuitive. It merges with the driver in way that is synergistic and logical. Yet, somehow the Porsche 911 Turbo doesn’t lose unique identity as an iconic sports car.

Just when you thought the 911 couldn’t get better, Porsche somehow found ways to improve the powertrain and the aerodynamics of the body. This is the definitive sports car – the measure by which all others will need to be judged.

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2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible

Lexus fans might be quite familiar with the LC flagship coupe, but this is the first time it’s available as a convertible. It’s a distinctive, powerful roadster with an Aston Martin roar and Mercedes Benz style. It has a retractable, soft top but shares many of the same body lines as the standard Lexus LC coupe. This will be a detailed review of the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible.

The Inspiration Series Convertible

There’s also the Inspiration Series model trim with only 100 examples being produced. It comes in a stunning blue exterior paint with custom 21-inch alloy wheels. The brilliant blue paint is inspired by the color of a morpho butterfly. Inside the cockpit, there’s white leather upholstery and advanced climate control. The steering wheel and shifting knob have Alcantara trimming, as well.

The Touring package adds a 13-speaker Mark Levinson premium sound system to the LC Convertible, plus a heated steering wheel and embossed headrest. Most of these interior amenities come with the Inspiration model trim, but if you don’t like the spectacular blue paint, then this might be the way to go. The Inspiration Series is extremely limited and carries an MSRP of $119,000.

Stylish Exterior of the 2021 LC 500 Convertible

The 2021 LC 500 Convertible hits the ball out of the park in the style category. There are triple beam LED headlights set into the front fascia. The signature illusion grille with hourglass shape is a hallmark of the Lexus brand and it fits the 2021 LC 500 Convertible quite well. The hood sweeps back long and low to house the enormous 5.0 Liter V8 engine inside.

It only takes 15 seconds for the hydraulic system to deploy the soft top of the 2021 LC convertible. You don’t even have to slow down. It can be done at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. There are two color options for the soft top. It comes in black or sand. The profile is one of the LC convertible’s best angles. It has flush door handles and large wheel wells to accommodate its 20-inch wheels.

The rear of the LC 500 Convertible has a broad spoiler and dual chrome-tipped exhaust ports. If the taillights of the LC convertible remind you of an aircraft, then that’s no accident. There are 160 LEDs along the rear of the vehicle that are designed to create a mirror effect. The result is something that resembles the afterburners of a fighter jet.

What’s The Interior of the LC 500 Convertible Like?

To call the interior of the LC convertible a cabin would be a bit of an overstatement. It’s more of a cockpit. The interior has an obvious concentration on the driver. The vehicle acts as an extension of the driver and even the front passenger will get a bit bored with nothing but paneling and the open road ahead of them.

The colors available for the upholstery are black, circuit red, and toasted caramel. The dashboard is dominated by a 10.3-inch touchscreen display. Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa and Android Auto all have compatibility with the multimedia interface. You can use voice activated controls to access navigation, make to-do-lists while you drive and listen to your favorite tunes.  There’s a 12 speaker audio system inside the LC 500 convertible. Some of those speakers are mounted into the rear seats.

The windshield sweeps over the cockpit at a very narrow angle to protect the driver and passenger from road noise and wind. There’s even a small wind screen in the rear of the cockpit, as well. The 2021 LC 500 Convertible takes climate control to another level. The HVAC system manages the air conditioning for several different zones around the cockpit. There are heating units in the seats, headrests, and steering wheel. There are even vents that can apply warm or cool air to the back of the driver’s hands while they’re gripping the steering wheel.

The steering wheel is ergonomically shaped to fit the driver’s hand in a way that maximizes comfort and control at high speeds. There are aluminum pedals beneath the steering column. The LC 500 Convertible has push button ignition, illuminated entry and a performance-inspired instrument cluster. You can find important vehicle performance information there with G-force meter alongside your RPMs.

The manufacturer calls the 2021 LC 500 Convertible a four-passenger coupe, but anyone with eyes could see that the rear bench isn’t suitable for adult passengers. Even on paper, there’s just 28 inches of legroom back there. The trunk has just 3.4 cubic feet of storage space. So, the 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible loses a ton of points when it comes to its useless rear.

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How Fast is the 2021 LC 500 Convertible?

The 2021 LC 500 Convertible has a 5.0L naturally aspirated V8 powerplant that produces 471 horsepower and 398 pound feet of torque. The 2021 LC Convertible’s top speed on the track is 168 MPH. The 2021 LC 500 Convertible can travel from zero to 60 MPH in 4.6 seconds. However, it’s important to consider that this vehicle has a curb weight of 4,540 pounds. With the right weight reduction, this could be a sub 3 second roadster. Unfortunately, it’s the heaviest of the LC models.

The 2021 LC Convertible has rear-wheel drive and a 10-speed direct shift electronically controlled transmission. For such a powerful engine output, the fuel economy is surprisingly decent. The LC Convertible gets 18 MPG combined. It’s even better on the highway with 25 miles per gallon.

The LC Convertible has exceptional handling. There’s a new torsion box in the rear and other structural improvements to the chassis. The 2021 LC Convertible has independent double-jointed multilink suspension with coil springs on both the front and rear axles. One of the most impressive features is the Adaptive Variable Suspension. The AVS system makes automatic adjustments the suspension in response to various driving conditions in order to deliver unprecedented control. We’re talking hundreds of micro adjustments every second. The result is a driving experience that feels intuitive and vigorous – a true sports car.

Safety Gear from Lexus

Every 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible comes stocked with tons of advanced safety gear from Lexus. The Lexus Safety System+ comes with pre-collision warnings, pedestrian detection, lane departure alerts and lane keeping assist, intelligent high beams and dynamic radar cruise control. Every vehicle comes with a back-up camera and six airbags inside the cockpit. The standard LC coupe has eight airbags. Additionally, the LC 500 Convertible has blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and parking assist.

At the Finish Line

The 2021 LC 500 convertible has a starting MSRP of $101,100. With options and add-ons the price can climb to around $120,000. That’s if you can find one of the rare Inspiration Series models on the market.

The LC 500 Convertible holds back only a touch when it comes to high performance output. It’s a shame that the sport and dynamic packages don’t appear to be available for the LC 500 Convertible. These packages add performance enhancements and sporty carbon fiber pieces. Carbon fiber door scuff plates are optional, but hardly seem functional.

Otherwise, the LC 500 Convertible aces the elegance of a Lexus with its refined interior and well-sculpted exterior. The V8 engine is powerful enough to hang with supercars but tames the beast with next level handling and steering upgrades. You’ll have fun driving the LC 500 Convertible, for sure. Just don’t ask more than one other person to ride with you. It’s strictly a 2-seater.

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