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2019 GMC Terrain Is Really Good Stuff | Single Dad Over 40
The 2019 GMC Terrain mixes a lot of goodness into a compact crossover pot. With good family ergonomics, a value-oriented premium package, and good daily drive metrics, the Terrain is a great option for small families. I gave the 2019 Terrain an “A” rating at CarNewsCafe and an “A-” at iSeeCars.
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7 hours ago by MacAaron
2019 Buick Envision Is Well-Rounded Goodness - CarNewsCafe
The 2019 Envision sees a few changes for the new model year, but is otherwise the comfortable two-row midsize premium crossover-SUV it’s always been. The Envision aims to be right-sized as a family hauler with good everyday appeal and usefulness. For those looking for generalization without specialty, the 2019 Buick Envision hits the mark.
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11 hours ago by MacAaron
How do everyday drives handle the snow and ice in Colorado’s high country?
Earlier this month, with a chill in the air and plenty of snow on the ground, we once again found ourselves at the annual Rocky Mountain Redline Colorado Winter Driving Encounter. This year's event pit eight vehicles from various manufacturers against the snow and elements of Colorado's high country, resulting in some lessons on how modern safety systems help control vehicles in adverse conditions ... and a lot of fun.
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12 hours ago by MacAaron
Bentley drops "world's fastest SUV" crown on the new Bentayga Speed
Bentley has claimed the title of world's fastest production sport utility with the 190 mph, 626 bhp, 664 pound-foot Bentayga Speed. Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the Bentley Bentayga Speed boasts a sub-4-second 0-62 and a massive turbocharged W12 engine. What's not to like?
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yesterday by MacAaron
2019 Toyota Tacoma -
The current-generation Toyota Tacoma is now in its third year since redesign and continues to be the best-selling midsize pickup truck on the market. There's good reason for that, but also room for improvement in the Tacoma. The Tacoma remains a solid little truck with plenty to offer, however, including lower-end options for workaday use and higher-end off-road powerhouses for fun.

The 2019 Tacoma sees a few updates to its rough and ready TRD Pro trim level, which now has even more off-pavement equipment as standard. An available high-mounted snorkel is also offered for the TRD Pro line. But even the lower-end Tacoma offers good off-road options thanks to a high ground clearance and good suspension as standard equipment.

As a strong and capable little truck, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma is also versatile and useful as a pickup. There are two engine choices, six trim levels, two cab configurations, two bed lengths (based on cab choice), and rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. Each of the six trim levels available for the Tacoma offer something specific to most needs, from low-end work truck to everyday driver to off-road powerhouse.
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3 days ago by MacAaron
2019 Buick Envision -
The 2019 Envision has been updated a bit for the new model year, but retains the Envision's focus on two-row crossover-SUV comfort. The 2019 Buick Envision is a right-sized premium family hauler with a good everyday appeal and strong daily usefulness. The Envision hits the mark for most buyers by not over-focusing on any one metric.

For the 2019 model year, the new Envision sees a few changes. A restyled front end and changes to the tail lamps are obvious. Some interior changes were also made, mostly to aid ergonomics and comfort. A new, and much-recommended, turbocharged engine and better automatic transmission are also added this year.

The 2019 Buick Envision is a two-row premium family crossover with an excellent array of versatility and usefulness. It's comfortable, quiet, and mannered. Our tests also showed it to be fairly safe in inclement driving conditions as well.
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3 days ago by MacAaron
2019 Nissan Titan -
The Nissan Titan is in its second-generation as the automaker's full-sized pickup truck offering. The Titan comes in two formats, a full-sized half-ton pickup truck and a larger "heavy-duty half-ton" as the Titan XD, which will be reviewed separately.

The 2019 Titan continues Nissan's push to get truck buyers used to seeing the Nissan nameplate on a full-sized pickup. The Titan is offered in a full line of cab configurations and bed lengths and with trim levels ranging from the austere to near luxurious.

New for the 2019 model year are some upgrades to the Nissan Titan, including a new Fender Audio System option, a standard 7-inch touchscreen in the base model, and other upgrades. The Midnight Edition package, introduced last year, continues for 2019.

With competitive pricing and a strong lineup of options, the 2019 Nissan Titan offers an alternative to the usual suspects in the pickup truck arena. The Titan comes in five trim levels and with both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive.
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3 days ago by MacAaron
2019 Subaru Forester -
The long-favorite Subaru Forester has been completely revamped for the 2019 model year. It's now a bit larger, has Subaru's EyeSight safety system as standard, and more interior room. Unchanged is the always-on all-wheel drive Subaru is known for and the well-vetted 2.5-liter engine that powers the Forester.

The 2019 Forester continues with the model's aim towards compact crossover buyers who need a little more than just a glorified hatchback as their daily. The Forester is roomy, capable, versatile, and efficient.

Debuting on the new Forester is a new DriverFocus system from Subaru, optioned on the Touring trim level. This system uses a head-tracking feature to sense if the driver is becoming distracted or drowsy and alerts them to that. Its facial recognition software not only (mostly) accurately detects when a driver is drowsy (versus just making an expression) or not paying attention to the road (versus giving the kid side-eye) also gets to know which driver is which. Multiple drivers in the 2019 Subaru Forester Touring can thus have things set to their preference based on the last time they were behind the wheel and the facial recognition saw them. Creepy? Maybe. Neat? For sure.

The 2019 Subaru Forester is a five-seat compact crossover that comes in five trims. All trim levels use the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission. All-wheel drive is standard as well.
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3 days ago by MacAaron
2019 GMC Terrain -
The 2019 GMC Terrain carries on with the ground-up redesign for a new-generation of the crossover that was introduced last year. Almost everything about the Terrain was improved, especially in driveability and comfort. Efficiency is also improved thanks to some lightweighting and downsizing, but not at the expense of passenger space or cargo room.

The 2019 Terrain has few rivals, as is the case with many GMC models, sitting somewhere in the premium-but-not-quite-luxury segment also occupied by sister company Buick. Compared to the lower-end model trims offered by rivals, the GMC Terrain will appear expensive, but when apples-to-apples comparisons are made between those rivals' upper trims and the Terrain, the point of the GMC brand will make sense.

The 2019 GMC Terrain deserves to be on more people's shopping lists for its excellence and higher value orientation than many might assume. The 2019 Terrain has three engine choices, four trim levels, and seating for up to five.
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3 days ago by MacAaron
2019 Ford Mustang -
More so than any other pony car in the American sports coupe arena, the Ford Mustang has options to suit just about anyone. Redesigned in 2015 with a better ride, sportier quality, and much-improved interior, the Mustang also has powertrain and technology options to fit any driving style or budget.

No other American muscle car can claim the kind of sales history and popular persona that the Mustang holds. For 2019, Ford added a new Bullitt appearance package and a new California Special trim point.

The 2019 Ford Mustang is offered in five trim levels in its coupe body styles and three trim levels in its convertible body. There are two powerful engine choices and a all Mustang models are rear-wheel drive.
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3 days ago by MacAaron
Review: The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox Offers A Lot for a Little, Plus 3 Engine Choices
The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is one of the newer compact crossovers on offer right now. Redesigned in 2018, the Equinox sees a few changes for this new model year, but remains the same staid performer with no fewer than three engine options, including a fuel-efficient diesel. Yet the Equinox competes in a segment that is rife with excellent choices.

For the 2019 model year, the Chevrolet Equinox receives an updated infotainment interface, available adaptive cruise control, and a new LT package upgrade called Lights and Brights. The Equinox retains its reputation for a smooth ride, comfortable interior, and predictable handling characteristics.

There are some downsides to the new Equinox as well, but consumers may overlook many of those given the low entry price for the crossover and some of its near-exclusive engine options.

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox seats up to five as a compact three-row crossover. There are four trim choices for the Equinox, starting with the base model L and moving through the LS, LT, and Premier points. The top two trim points have three engine options available.
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3 days ago by MacAaron
Review: The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse Continues to Set the Standard for Others to Meet
The Traverse was fully redesigned for the 2018 model year, sporting a lot of key changes and improvements over the previous generation of the crossover. The new Chevrolet Traverse is a top pick for us in three-row family crossover-SUVs with excellent fuel efficiency, dynamics, roominess, and cargo capacity.

For the 2019 model year, the Traverse receives only a couple of minor changes, namely an upgrade to its central infotainment screen and small content changes. We rated the Traverse as an “A” product last year and continue to do so this year for the same reasons.

The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is offered in seven trim levels with seating for up to eight passengers. Front-wheel and all-wheel drive are available and one trim point has its own engine as standard while the others all share the same well-done V6. There are a myriad of ways to configure the Traverse to fit a need, one of the key reasons this is such a successful family-oriented crossover-SUV.
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3 days ago by MacAaron
The BMW X3 And X4 Get The //M Treatment
BMW has taken their X3 Sports Activity Vehicle and X4 Sports Activity Coupe and given them the M treatment. The 2020 BMW X3 M and 2020 BMW X4 M both feature the new BMW M S58 inline six-cylinder engine with a crank redline of 7,200 rpm.
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4 days ago by MacAaron
BMW adds X3 and X4 to high-performance M lineup
BMW has taken the X3 sports activity vehicle and the X4 sports activity coupe and given them the M treatment. Both receive a souped-up six-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine for 473 horsepower of output, with special Competition models receiving 503 horses. And both will be built in the U.S.
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4 days ago by MacAaron
The Green New Deal: Ocasio-Cortez and Markey introduce resolution - Vox
A close look at the fights it picks and the fights it avoids.
The Green New Deal has become an incredibly hot item on the political agenda, but to date, it has remained somewhat ill defined. It’s a broad enough concept that everyone can read their aspirations into it, which has been part of its strength, but it has also left discussion in something of a fog, since no one’s quite sure what they’re arguing about.
On Thursday, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced a Green New Deal resolution that lays out the goals, aspirations, and specifics of the program in a more definitive way. This is as close as there is to an “official” Green New Deal — at last, something to argue about.
There will be lots to say in the days to come about the politics of all this. (In the meantime, read Ella Nilsen’s piece.) For instance, it is interesting that Markey, a living symbol of 2008-era Democratic thinking on climate change (and the leader of the old climate committee), is lending his imprimatur to this more urgent and radical iteration.
AOC  gov2.0  politics  congress  climate_change  GND 
4 days ago by rgl7194
AOC's Green New Deal: A New Millennial Climate Politics - The Atlantic
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outlines the fuzzy edges of a new “green dream.”
Long ago, in a distant geological era—when Donald Trump hosted a reality show, when Senator Barack Obama doubted whether Hillary Clinton could be president, when the Earth was one-third of a degree Celsius cooler—Al Gore made a prediction.
When Americans understood what climate change would mean for their children and grandchildren, the former vice president warned, “they will demand that whoever is running for office, whoever is elected to serve, will have to respond.”
For 12 years, politicians did not, and now Americans’ “children” have themselves been elected to serve. When Gore made that remark, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a teenager, a legal minor, one of a million kids living in New York.
Now she is an influential member of Congress.
AOC  gov2.0  politics  congress  climate_change  GND 
4 days ago by rgl7194
Women in White: Democratic Solidarity Stands Out at State of the Union
WASHINGTON (AP) — The women of the House wore white. The men wore dark suits. And the contrast laid bare the growing gender gap between Democrats and Republicans.
Wearing the color of the suffragists, the Democratic women of the House put on a stunning display of solidarity during the State of the Union address Tuesday.
They paid tribute to the women who came before them and gave a nod to their own achievement, as more women than ever are now representatives in the House.
There were white pantsuits, of course. But also sheath power dresses. Even a puffy zip snow vest. Hats for some. Shawls and scarves.
In the chamber, there has long been a growing gender divide as Democrats elect far more women than Republicans. The House now has more than 100 women in office. But the vast majority of them, about 90, are Democrats. House Republican women number just over a dozen.
Even when the senators join for a moment like this one the gap comes into view — with the sea of dark suits on one side of the aisle, and the diversity of colorful suits and dresses on the other.
When President Donald Trump saluted the record number of women elected to Congress in the November elections, Democrats in white leapt to their feet, high-fived each other and chanted, “U-S-A!”
“That’s great,” Trump said. “Very great.”
A few of the Democrats’ male colleagues joined them in white. Many other men wore white ribbons of support.
On Tuesday, the women’s place in history, in white, stood out.
congress  gov2.0  pelosi  politics  speech  trump  women  AOC 
4 days ago by rgl7194

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