Test Drives & Previews

2021 Honda Ridgeline AWD Sport: Honda Performance Development

Experienced by Leon Brittain Honda may be on the precipice of something special with the continued evolution of its midsize pickup truck. The Ridgeline rides smoothly like a crossover vehicle but simultaneously offers rugged capabilities. Whether mountain biking (MTBing) with the Fit Fathers crew or picking up landscaping supplies at

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2022 Toyota Tundra Pickup: Technical Muscle

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins Trucks are big business representing high returns and stakes for the auto brands that build them. Yes, Ford, GM, and RAM have been making pickups for what seems like forever, so when the Japanese builders (Toyota and Nissan) entered the contest, hardcore enthusiasts and traditionalists

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2022 Volkswagen Tiguan: Improving on the Compact SUV Market

Experienced by Leon Brittain What a beautiful drive up the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica to Malibu in the latest 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan compact SUV, which represents the brand’s best-selling vehicle globally and here in the United States. The crossover is sharper, smarter, and savvier, with a bevy of

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2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: Urban Utility Vehicle

Experienced by Brian Armstead, Auto Sense Hyundai’s first foray into the pickup truck market is manifested through a small, but very capable pickup called the Santa Cruz. And while Hyundai dubs Santa Cruz a “Sport Adventure Vehicle,” my preferred moniker for this well-executed vehicle is “Urban Utility Vehicle.” Hyundai’s rationale

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2022 Toyota Corolla Cross: Let’s go Places

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins It’s a phenomenal position to be in for an automaker during a pandemic crisis. Toyota just sold its 50 millionth Corolla worldwide since the value vehicle first debuted. With the Japanese automaker expanding the family lineup, now is the perfect time to launch the all-new

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2021 AMG GT 43 C4: Four Door Athletic Aspirations

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins Welcome to the highly-lauded world of Mercedes-AMG, rightfully dubbed Another Magnificent German by the enthusiast staff at Automotive Rhythms. This past week we were entertained with harmonious grand touring for four by way of the athletic 2021 AMG GT 43 4C (4-door coupe) presented in

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Koenigsegg’s MegaCar Experience at Monterey Car Week 2021

Story by Uthman Ray & Kimatni Rawlins Monterey Car Week 2021 was probably the most quintessential moment for Koenigsegg CEO and founder Christian von Koenigsegg since the supercar automaker from Sweden was able to complete a hat trick by displaying at all three premiere events with a formidable constellation of

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2021 McLaren GT in Papaya Spark: Poetry in Motion

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins, Photos by Garvin St Villier & Logan Visuals Oh yes, the latest 2021 McLaren GT arrived at Automotive Rhythms (AR) presented in an epic Papaya Spark hue and outlined with the menacing Black Pack for perfect contrasting. The British Grand Tourer offers the comfort required

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Special Edition Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25

Porsche Motorsport celebrates the 25th anniversary of Manthey-Racing GmbH with an extraordinary special edition model. With a production run of just 30 cars, the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 was designed and developed by Porsche and Manthey for track days and circuit racing. Like the Porsche 935 which was unveiled

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2021 Acura TLX Type S: A Legend Returns

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins The premium sports sedan from Acura arrived at Automotive Rhythms headquarters in a stunning Apex Blue Pearl color scheme attracting the eyes of many during our spirited test drive. The Type S moniker returns in the form of the 2021 Acura TLX Type S replete

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2021 Audi SQ5 Sportback: Technical Proficiency

Experienced by Leon L Brittain We always appreciate the thrills of an Audi “S” model when one rolls through the Automotive Rhythms driveway for a weekly test drive. Presented in a Mythos Black Metallic hue, our 2021 Audi SQ5 Sportback was as quick as a cheetah, agile as a rabbit,

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The 2022 BMW X5 Black Vermilion Edition

The central focus of the new Black Vermilion edition is the exclusive interplay between black and red. The BMW Shadowline high-gloss black kidney grille with red vertical bars creates a stark contrast to the BMW Individual Frozen Black Metallic paint finish. Darkened M Shadowline Adaptive Full LED headlights with Laserlight

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2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4MATIC: Stylish & Graceful

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins My time behind the wheel of Automotive Rhythms’ Lunar Blue Metallic weekly loaner was meaningful as I used it to travel up Interstate 95 North from Maryland to visit friends and family. Dubbed the S-Class of the Mercedes-Benz SUV line, the luxuriant 2021 GLS 450

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2022 Porsche Macan: Stronger, Sharper, & Sportier

Porsche is launching the new Macan with increased performance, a sharper design, and a new operating concept. All three available versions come with significantly more power than their predecessors. The GTS top model features 21” RS Spyder styled rims in satin black, Sport Design side skirts, clear LED taillights, and

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2022 Toyota Tundra Teaser

With a host of innovative new features and next-level interior refinement, here’s a quick glimpse of just some of what the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra will offer. More to come when the Japanese pickup is fully unleashed this fall.

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2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT

Porsche just introduced a high-performance variant that now sits atop the Cayenne model range. The 2022 Cayenne Turbo GT combines phenomenal performance with a high degree of utility and track-inspired character. Its 4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine develops 631 hp (90 hp more than the Cayenne Turbo Coupe) and torque increases

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2021 Lexus LS 500 F SPORT: Imperial Californian Dreams

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins I’ve always been a staunch admirer of California in the summer because of its unique topography, lush landscapes, beautiful weather, rolling hills, picturesque beach scenery, and excellent driving roads. So whether I’m carving out pathways on Mulholland Drive in route to Santa Monica, breezing through

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All-new 2022 Kia Carnival Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV)

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins In hindsight, I genuinely wish Kia’s 2022 Carnival MPV or Multi-Purpose Vehicle was cruising the block when my teen kids were too young to make their own decisions. Instead, we toted a Nissan Quest, which rattled apart on us in just five years, ultimately leaving

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2022 Audi e-Tron GT Experience and RS e-Tron GT Test Drive

Photos by Garvin St. Villier Welcome to the world of Automotive Rhythms, where we’re situated at Audi’s headquarters to experience the 2022 e-Tron GT and test drive the RS e-Tron GT, which both join the e-Tron Sportback to expand the brand’s presence in the field of electric mobility. Long, low,

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2021 Audi RS 7: High-Performance Artistry

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins, Photos by Garvin St Villier The star-studded, 2nd-generation RS 7 is energizing, imaginative, and formidable artistry. Formed by quattro GmbH, Audi’s high-performance division, RS translates to RennSport, which in-turn interprets as “racing sport.” The re-introduction of the 2021 Audi RS 7 sets the bar exceedingly

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2021 Lexus RX 450h F Sport Black Line Special Edition

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins The Lexus RX class has come a long way since it debuted in the late 1990s as the RX 300. The Japanese crossover is a bread-winning luxury model that continues to garner the attention of households looking for reliability and advanced, modern features in both

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