Now that I took a summer drive to the Midwest Automotive Media Association Summer Drive in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, let’s talk about what I drove at the Summer Drive.
The vehicles I want to go over were mentioned in passing on some articles – or, not at all. These represent vehicles that I drove for a very short stint at some event or another. Yet, they yield some headline because of their significance. Or, because you asked me privately whether I have driven it or not.
I’m still picking up from the "cutting room floor" vehicles that did not make the cut back in 2017 for the sake of our ninth anniversary. This is really an exercise that tests my memory, as well as giving a look back at vehicles that have stood the test of time over a decade ago.
Prior to April of 2011, I tried my hand on automotive vehicle reviewing by talking about the cars I rented. They helped me understand what these vehicles were all about. I paid attention to their positive and negative attributes very closely. The result was informed opinions with the approach of living with each of these vehicles day in and day out.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles continue to bolster its 110-year-old Alfa Romeo brand as their entry into the luxury car world. The Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV are focused on delivering an Italian experience in two of the most competitive segments in this business – compact sports sedans and compact premium SUVs.
Perhaps that is where the measurement of luxury comes from – the top of the range. If I put every S-Class, SL, and AMG GT on a pedestal, then that should be the confirmation of Mercedes-Benz's level of luxury excellence that the brand has been known for since before World War II.
TweetRemember when I was in the Raleigh-Durham area for a media drive event on the current generation Lexus RX? Since then, I worked with three current-gen RX models – an RX 350, an RX 450h F Sport, and an RX 350L. They’ve upheld the mantle of being the original offering in a class of premium …