Friday
Mar282014

Reviewed 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sahara: It IS A Jeep Thing And We Understand! 

 

First off if the quality is a bit wonky, we apologize, we shot this review last fall, and this review, along with a few others were on a memory card that went bad.  It took us four programs to find one that would recover the footage.  Life lesson to learn, always back up!!
So this is the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara edition, as we said we had this for a week in the fall of 2013.  Having never really driven ANY Wrangler based platform before we didn't know what to expect.
There are many things we liked about it, a few we didn't (fuel economy is less than stellar) but overall we liked it.
Dive in with us for this episode of Rumblestrip.NET and Ten Minute Test Drive.

 

Monday
Mar032014

Reviewed 2014 Lincoln MKZ AWD: Solid Luxury Sedan 

 

If you read much of the enthusiast press when the Lincoln MKZ came out, you would have thought that this was just another forgettable effort from Lincoln. 

 

We came in to this review with pretty low expectations, not only in in reading other reviews, but also talking with other colleagues who'd driven that car.

 

Our experience was quite different, OK, maybe it's not the best in class, but it's a very solid effort, and very competitive if you are looking more on the luxury side than the Sports Sedan side of the ledger.

 

Thursday
Jan302014

Bluebitch Driveway 2013

When we were in St John back in 2011 we shot the the road and driveway to the place we were staying, the house is called "Bluebitch", named after the native rock it is built from.  The owners, Albion and Ann have made some improvements since we were their last, so, we thought it would be cool to shoot another video!  If you are looking to unplug from the world, and enjoy the sun, then we HIGHLY recommend staying here.
If you are interested in renting Bluebitch you can find all the details here:
If you'd like more information on Albion and his Steelpan music you can find that here:

Monday
Jan132014

2015 GMC Canyon Debut

Sunday night before the start of the Detroit Auto Show, automakers like to have a few debuts to try and grab some headlines.  Tonight it was GMC showing of the new "Midsized" pickup, the Canyon.  Midsized in name only, this is about 85% the size of a Silverado/Sierra 1500.  Still it's a good looking truck and we should see it on sale around November.

Monday
Jan062014

Reviewed 2013 Mazda MX-5 Club Sport: Sports Car Personified 

In today's world more is always more, more power, more brakes, more grip, and this is all evaluated on a spreadsheet.  Very rarely is there talk of more driving fun.  If the numbers don't add up on the spreadsheet, then the car must not be good.

Those that are actually interested in DRVING cars rather than just evaluating how they look on a spreadsheet know that the name of the ESPN show "Numbers Never Lie" is false, great cars, memorable cars are not about the numbers, they are about the DRVING!

Like the British sports cars of old, MG's, Lotus Elan, Triumph TR6's and Spitfire's, and more recently the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, light weight chassis don't require big horsepower numbers to be fun.

For 15 years now the Mazda MX-5/Miata have been that car.  Yes it has grown in weight and size some over the years, but it still stays true to the formula that fun can be had in small packages.  We can say, with no qualifiers, that every time we got in the MX-5 and drove it we had FUN!  Even if it was just heading through town to the market to pick up a couple things for dinner.  How many cars can you say that about?  And on top of all that, you can drop the top and let the sun shine in!