The Lincoln Navigator is JetSet Luxury on Wheels

Just a heads up, this entire post might be about the stellar interior of this luxe automotive because W.O.W… Trimmed with real wood and outfitted in super soft authentic leather, the inside of this car fronts a decadence on par with a first class jet. Those who have aims at the “jet-set” lifestyle, but can’t bankroll a private aircraft of their own, (so, most of us…), can make believe they can fly in this earthbound stand in of paralleled opulence. 

In addition to having gorgeous accents of premium leather and wood, the car is super spacious; even the backseat supports total relaxation with a sumptuous stretch of first-class level legroom. The seats are also fully adjustable and truly customizable. Not just lumbar support, these bad boys are alterable from the bolsters to the shoulders, and the independent seat angle control for the seat bottom and back are perfect for even the pickiest riders. Those with long legs can also adjust the length of the bottom seat to ensure premium comfort while driving, and the massage feature allows for a relaxing rubdown on the way home from a stressful day at the office. 

As far as driving is concerned, this luxury SUV makes cruising around super easy with premium features such as adapted cruise control with automatic stop and go, and lane keep assist technology. It was an effortless driving experience; even in heavy traffic the car felt almost as though it was driving itself at certain points, and the smooth ride made me feel like I was floating. 

Other favorite features include the panoramic vista roof, which expands the feeling of space and has the added benefit making riders feel as though they are in an SUV luxury convertible. Most of the controls are also very intuitive, so maneuvering around apps and dials is a total breeze. 

All in all, while this car is probably sub-par to the enchantment of a Rolls Royce magic carpet ride, it is a close cousin so far as drive and comfort are concerned, and is definitely better for your budget, starting at below $100k. If you’re on the market for a luxury SUV, I would highly recommend the Lincoln Navigator. 

Ford Mustang 2021 Ecoboost Premium Convertible

With its needle sharp lines and totally bladed edges, this dapper automotive was a trip to take for a spin. Call me a sucker for a good-looking set of wheels, but there is something untouchable about cruising around in a rakish ride like that of the 2021 Ford Mustang. 

Looks aside, whether you’re coasting down the street with the top down or maxing out the speedometer on the race track, you’re sure to feel the power behind the compact 4 cylinder motor. While admittedly, revving the engine on this peppy little machine left me lingering for the throaty grrr of Ford’s entry level 6 cylinder engine from years past, the 2.3 liter, 4 cylinder motor can surprisingly pump over 310 horse power and has 350 pounds of torque behind the remarkably small engine. Additionally, the 4 cylinder is more fuel efficient, keeping you on the road longer with fewer stops by the pump. 

A few housekeeping items: while I didn’t ride in the back seat myself, I was informed the legroom there is almost nonexistent, so longer-legged friends might have to hop up front. On the bright side, the trunk space is ample for such a compact vehicle, so there’s plenty of room to stash your stuff. I’d also like to call out the remote start, which puts preemptive temperature adjustment in the realm of the possible, making a comfortable drive from start to finish as easy as pressing a button on even the hottest days or the coldest nights.

On a final note, I’d say if you’re stick-shift capable to spring for the 6-speed manual transmission over the 10-speed automatic, because in addition to being 20 pounds lighter, the manual transmission can be better for maneuvering, while I found the 10-speed automatic to be a little clunkier when shifting through gears. 

All in all this was a car with few complaints, though if we’re being honest it’s not my first choice when looking to buy a Mustang, for which I’d be more apt to spring for the Moch1 or the Shelby GT500 since they are faster and a better bang for your buck performance-wise. 

The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer Lives Up To Its Name

Designed with the doer in mind, the Chevy Trailblazer combines off-road features with a compact design perfect for on-road maneuverability. The little brother to the Chevy Blazer, this car carries on the legacy as a more portable version of its more substantial relative, without sacrificing much in terms of features – or storage space for that matter. In addition to a 60/40 split second row folding seat, the cargo space also features a complete fold-flat front seat on the passenger side perfect for transporting anything from a kayak to a Christmas tree. 

Typically front-wheel drive, this car comes equipped with selectable all-wheel drive for instances of uneven or slippery terrain when you need to activate the system to get enhanced traction, and a nine speed automatic transmission combined with a four cylinder turbo charged engine team up to ensure economic fuel usage, often getting up to 30 miles per gallon on the highway. 

From a safety standpoint, the car comes standard equipped with some excellent features including automatic emergency breaks and lane keep assist with lane departure warning. It is also outfitted with ten airbags and has a rear camera for easy reverse faced driving. 

Besides its notable storage space, compact size, off-road capabilities, and advanced safety features, this car is a stylish one, with the two-tone exterior adding a modern classic flair. All in all I would say this car lives up to its name in that it is suitable for the adventurer and the trailblazer in both its features and capacity, and at a price point starting around $21k, it won’t break the bank on its way out either. 

The Infiniti QX80 Still Makes a Bold Statement

Featuring a bold but timeless design, the body style of this Infiniti X80 has been such a favorite on the market since its debut in 2011 that only slight refinements have been made in the past decade. It’s not hard to see why celebrities, corporate titans and families chose this vehicle; it is easily one of the best looking 3 row SUVs on the market. If you or someone you know is looking to buy a triple row SUV, the Infiniti X80 is a total slam dunk in the looks department. 

As soon as I opened the doors I noticed immediately the center console has been updated from prior models to include a more modern feature design, including a large touch screen and dial controls that allows drivers easy maneuvering around all their favorite features, from changing the radio station to using Apple Car Play. Additionally, Apple Car Play is wireless, which is a huge plus. 

In addition to the updated center console, I am pleased to highlight that the interior of my test car was beautifully dressed in real leather, featuring diamond quilted stitches on the seats and wood trimmed accents. Inside and out, this is just a drop-dead gorgeous car. Speaking further on the seats, the three rows with captains chairs are large, like a first-class airline cabin. Though admittedly, I struggled to perfectly adjust them to my body type, so they may not be suitable for everyone. Passengers riding in the back noted that there was ample leg room in the middle chairs, though the back seats’ legroom was a little uptight for adults, though perfectly spacious for any kiddos cruising in this otherwise totally luxurious vehicle. 

All in all, I would say this car is a great value when compared to its full-sized luxury competitors: Mercedes (GLS), Cadillac (Escalade), Lincoln (Navigator), and Lexus LX, with a price point around 7-18k less than those listed above, however you will sacrifice some of the modernity and luxury for that cost margin.