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Jul 20, 2013 (7:28 am)
On the way up to and back from Orlando yesterday must've seen a dozen or so new Imapala's so they are starting to really show up now and it's an awesome looking vehicle compared to the rental fleet from 13 and earlier! GM did an exceptional job here and should be commended. Am very excited about getting one in the fall or winter for a trip to Orlando or Tampa...want to get some seat time in one to really see how good the vehicle is. On this same note, I'm not a lover of larger vehicles but the new Tahoe's we've driven lately have been very nice drivers and it's time for GM to do their magic and bring it into the 21st century. And first thing they need to do is get rid of that ridiculously wimpy steering wheel, hell, even the Chrysler 200 has a nicer and meatier wheel to hold on to! A small complaint I know but it's something that has to be used daily and to me, it's those little touches that really make or break a vehicle...that attention to the tiniest detail no matter how inconsequential it may be. I guess that's what puts the luxury brands above the mainstream ones, it's their attention to detail to make even the smallest thing a work of art. I guess there's no one perfect vehicle out there but some of these guys are pretty close! Just hope that on my next vehicle I can get some of that refinement for myself!
#11053 of 11405 Re: Impala's [sandman_6472]
Jul 21, 2013 (2:50 am)
Yeah that steering wheel is too thin. I recently drove a Yukon Denali and was stunned at the wheel, in an otherwise really nice vehicle.
Jul 21, 2013 (1:39 pm)
Had time to kill earlier, went car browsing. MB dealer had facelift E coupe cabrio and wagon but no sedans sitting around. No GLK Bluetecs, but did have an ML. Talked to the salesman who sold me my car - he won a company sponsored trip to Germany and got to tour Sindelfingen, visit AMG, etc - he was still excited about it. He's an actual enthusiast - drives a similar Bluetec to mine, also has an old 911S, has had W126 and W116 - I like to see things like that. Lexus dealer had maybe 15x new IS, all but one a non-F-sport, only saw one IS350. BMW had a 7er with a white interior (not creme, not platinum - white), and an M6 Gran Coupe MSRP 126K. Also an active hybrid 3er with MSRP a couple hundred bucks shy of 60K - that's almost the cost of my E. Toyota dealer had an Avalon with zero options, must be unusual - and a metric ton of 4Runners.
Jul 21, 2013 (3:58 pm)
saw a new MDX in the wild (1 for sure, and I think a 2nd one). Hard to tell from a distance, because it really does look a lot like my RDX, just bigger. Fancy LED headlights though. I think it is going to do well, but 10K more for same basic platform, just a little bigger with a tiny 3rd row and a few toys, is a large premium.
Also a Ford C-maxx. looked smaller than I expected out and about.
Jul 22, 2013 (8:43 am)
I spotted a new (2011-12?) Spyker-era Saab 9-5, a nice looking vehicle. I also saw a 9-3 station wagon from late in the GM-era and a misbegotten "Saabaru" (an Impreza re-badged as a Saab 9-2X). All of these are rare sights even in Saab-loving New England.
Jul 22, 2013 (9:39 am)
Saw a 2014 Silverado sitting at the dealer, and an electric RAV4 on the road (ugly nose).
Jul 23, 2013 (5:06 pm)
Saw a white Tesla S in my building's garage today - never seen it before, I assume it was a visitor (no charging stations here).
Jul 23, 2013 (5:49 pm)
new model must be selling, because I am seeing them all over the place.
Jul 24, 2013 (3:49 pm)
Rode in a co-workers rideshare van today - new Grand Caravan with just a few thousand miles on it. For a base model fleet vehicle, it was surprisingly not bad. Definitely cheap, but it was smooth and quiet enough, dual AC worked well, seemed to be put together just fine. Sliding doors had power windows, which is something not seen back when I was a kid riding in minivans. A very honest vehicle.
I also saw a new Boxster driven by an old couple - looked to be in their 80s anyway. It looked highly optioned, and was a blinding kind of electric blue color. The old guy was watching me as I slowly jogged by (warm day), I think hoping that I would give it a stare, so I obliged and nodded.
#11061 of 11405 lots and lots of Porsches
Jul 24, 2013 (4:44 pm)
stopped at the VW dealer, which is right next to the Porsche dealer. Man, did they have some seriously nice stuff parked outside.