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CADILLAC XT4 SPORT AWD

“Spunky with muscle tone and loads of curb appeal!”360 MAGAZINE

By Krishan Narsinghani × Vivek Lalchandani × Vaughn Lowery

Big, boujee, and imposing. Three words which are normally used to describe Cadillac SUVs. With more people buying smaller SUVs and crossovers rather than sedans, Cadillac had no choice but to roll out this new compact crossover. So, can the XT4 AWD hold its weight in this ultra-competitive market?

Design

Let’s start with playing the shield game, ever heard of it? Try counting how many Cadillac shields you can find on the vehicle – let’s keep a count. Starting out front and center is the signature Cadillac emblem located inside, you guessed it, a shield shaped grill (2). Admittedly it looks terrific and adds the touch of luxury that Cadillac loyalists expect. Outlining the grill are full LED headlights across all trims with signature lobster claw lookin’ DRLs. Looking at the side profile, the XT4 has one of the best profiles of any compact crossover out there. It’s slightly boxy like other Cadillac crossovers and SUVs but still has curves and swooping lines like its European competitors, the Audi Q3, BMW X1/X2 and the Range Rover Evoque. All XT4s come standard with 18” wheels but 20” inch wheels are optional. Also visible from the side profile are two more logos prominent on each front fender (4). Wrap around to the back to find full LED vertical taillights wrapping around slightly to the side of the vehicle. They work well on the XT4, making it appear bigger and wider. An interesting attention to detail is the two lower trims, Luxury and Premium Luxury, come with red taillight lenses whereas the top Sport trim comes standard with clear taillight lenses to add to the sporty aesthetic. Below is a dual exit exhaust setup with a single tip for each side. Rounding off the rear is the Cadillac shield placed right above the license plate which is placed within another shield shaped cutout (6). Overall, the XT4 is a very handsome breed that exudes luxury and sportiness.

Interior

The XT4’s interior is a much-needed upgrade over the past piano black cladded plastic feel. The soft touch materials, soft leather seats (ventilated and heated) and design integrate well with the exterior design. Slide back the shade over the sunroof and watch the white leather pop – making the interior feel airy and open. This must have sunroof is unacceptably optional. The design is refreshingly modern and upscale with a minimalistic approach. Cadillac nailed the balance between on screen vs. physical buttons… there’s even a volume knob! Step into the backseat and you’ll find class leading rear leg room. It’s a six foot passenger’s dream come true. The materials get slightly worse in the rear of the cabin but not obnoxiously. The rear passengers get their own climate control zone, lined up to resemble our favorite logo (7).

Technology

Looking into the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) infotainment system, Cadillac has come a long way in intuitiveness and display quality. The system is very easy to use with either the touchscreen or the control knob like its European competitors. Climate controls have their own set of physical buttons also lined up to resemble the Cadillac shield (8). The fully integrated display is cleaner than the stuck-on tablet looks of many vehicles nowadays. Its only downside must be that the screen is slightly tilted away from the driver attracting potential glare. CUE also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with one touch NFC pairing for the latter. Optional features include a head up display, digital gauge cluster, thirteen speaker Bose Centerpoint audio system, wireless phone charging, massaging front seats, and a rear view camera built into the rear view mirror that resembles a Cadillac shield (9).

Safety

Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking and rear park assist. Level up to the premium luxury trim and you get front and rear park assist, lane change alert with blind spot alert, and rear cross traffic alert. Other optional safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, automatic high beams, advanced adaptive cruise control, and enhanced automatic emergency braking. Unfortunately, Super Cruise from Cadillac is not available. XT4 follows suit with its GM siblings by alerting the driver of blind spot detections and lane departure warnings with the vibration of the driver’s seat.

Performance

Cadillac has made a name for itself in driving performance and the XT4 does not disappoint. Using a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the XT4 makes 237hp at 5000rpm and 258 lb/ft torque from a respectable 1500rpm. That’s 0-60 in 7.5 seconds. Not bad for the 3600lbs being carried plus a slight disadvantage due to the shape being less aerodynamic than rivals. Handling feel is good for a crossover and it rides very well on the 20-inch wheels. Stick with the 18s and expect a very comfortable and cushy ride. Go with the 20s and opt for the active sport suspension to get the best ‘drivers’ version of this vehicle. Heck you should be able to keep up with a base model Dodge Charger on a rainy day. All in all, casual drivers should have enough power and handling feel to fulfill their needs. Fuel economy is everything in today’s age and eco-goers can appreciate the fuel consumption of this one The FWD models get 24/30 city/highway while AWD models get 22/29 city/highway. The AWD system Cadillac threw at this is interesting in that it’s a dual clutch setup, enabling it to disconnect power going to the rear wheels to help fuel economy.

Overview

In a saturated market, 360 Magazine can confidently say the XT4 drives for comfort, boasts luxury, and combats rivals with dashing looks. One may argue that Cadillac has never built a crossover or SUV that truly belonged in the same conversation as major German or British players but now we have a winner. If you want a crossover that will haul your family, let others know you made it, and provides a fabulous trip experience, Cadillac will gladly sell you this one. Pricing begins at a reasonable $35,600 base. Counting nine shields on this vehicle, not including the logo on the wheels and the steering wheel (surely we missed a few), the branding imposes itself on consumers and spectators.

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CHEVROLET SUBURBAN RECEIVES HOLLYWOOD STAR

Iconic vehicle starred in more than 1,750 films and television series since 1952

Yesterday, the Chevrolet Suburban became the first vehicle ever awarded an Award of Excellence star at Hollywood & Highland. Presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and unveiled at a ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard, the award recognizes Suburban for its 67-year career in Hollywood film and television.

“For six decades the Chevrolet Suburban has been Hollywood’s longest-working actor,” said Rana Ghadban, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “Appearing in classic feature films and on must-see television shows, the Suburban is a well-established industry mainstay. With the Chevrolet Tahoe also making an impact in movies and on television, it’s impressive to have both vehicles now join an illustrious group of actors and characters that are forever known as Hollywood legends.”

During its acting career the Suburban evolved to become the ultimate character actor, able to play the hero, the villain, or the family alike.
 “There’s really nothing else like the Chevrolet Suburban in this business, for two reasons,” said Dennis McCarthy, Hollywood picture car coordinator. “First, it’s one of the most versatile vehicles in the business, able to fit with any type of character. Second, it can help instantly give a scene added importance. When a convoy of black Suburbans appears on screen, you know that’s not the time to leave your seat to buy popcorn.”

The relationship between the Chevy Suburban and Hollywood began in 1952, when it first appeared on the silver screen. Since then, Suburban has starred in more than 1,750 films and television series. It has appeared in at least one television series every year since 1956, and at least one film every year since 1960. Suburban has also appeared in more than 30 award-nominated films.

The filmography is even more impressive when combined with the Chevy Tahoe. Together, Tahoe and Suburban have appeared in more than 2,500 films and television shows. Since the Tahoe was introduced in 1995, it has appeared in at least one film and television show every year.

According to Tim Kozub, design manager for Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, their on-screen persona also influenced the all-new Suburban and Tahoe, which will be unveiled later this month: “This is a great example of how life and art influence each other. The popularity of Suburban and Tahoe in film was first inspired by the real-life roles they played in the military, in law enforcement and family trips around the world. Today, their role in Hollywood inspired the design of the all-new models, as we integrated the sense of capability, action, and importance associated with Suburban and Tahoe on screen.”
For more information on the Tahoe and Suburban, please visit Chevrolet.com.

ABOUT CHEVROLET

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found HERE.

ABOUT HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

For more than 97 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Donelle Dadigan, is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2019-2020, and Rana Ghadban is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. For more information please go HERE.

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Hardtop Convertible Corvette Stingray

America’s first hardtop convertible Vette Stingray drops in 30 seconds while turning heads with an uproarious exhaust note. The most affordable batmobile.’360 MAGAZINE

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible takes Corvette’s heritage to new heights as the first hardtop and mid-engine convertible in Corvette’s 66-year history. The fighter jet-inspired design maintains the same storage as coupe, even with the topdown.

Powered by the next-generation 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the 2020 Stingray convertible will produce 495 horsepower (369 kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque when equipped with performance exhaust – the most horsepower and torque for any entry Corvette.

Droptop.

*Photo by Owen Duckett

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Cadillac XT4 AWD Sport 

By Camila Isopo × Vaughn Lowery × Anthony Sovinsky × Shelby Barbour

”Every now and then an automobile manufacturer shocks us with a treasure. Something that snatches the air right out of our lungs. This time around Cadillac breathes life into its newest family member and all she does is turn heads and causes jaws to drop.” -Vaughn Lowery

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, maybe you should consider the 2019 Cadillac XT4 Crossover for one of your very own urban excursions. We decided to venture downtown LA to Chinatown in our test model. Just like this vehicle, there’s an unprecedented reaction to Howlin’ Rays (Tennessee style hot chicken) as it’s one of the first establishments of its kind within the metropolitan area.

Launched in 2018, it’s their smallest crossover and a hopeful competitor in its segment. It sustains its own against the Volvo XC40, Audi Q3, and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Design: The aim of this model is v-shape inspired by crisp lines, sweeping arcs, and high-end appointments. Factory tinted windows allow for added privacy and UV protection against the harsh LA sun rays. But you also get a 360 view under the car, insignia displayed on the front, and a backup camera to view more of what’s behind you. Above you, is a dual panel retractable Sunroof/Moonroof, which allows more light to come in, making the vehicle feel roomier. Compared to its predecessor, the 2018 XT4, this new variation has more room for you and four other people.

Technology: Loaded with a vast amount of features which are comparable with many luxury manufacturers: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Satellite radio, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth capability, rotary dials, and 8″ infotainment touchscreen. The 8-way driver and 6-way passenger seat controls made perfect sense after we shoved our faces and felt our sides begin to split. After all, who needs pants when you have an XT4?! Thanks to their elegant Bose audio system, with 13 speakers and tweeters, we were able to bounce some of the calories off from those extremely spicy french fries from Howlin’ Rays that brought us to tears. My dear Lord!

Performance: Just as significant as the aesthetic and feel of the car is its agility. Its 2.0L 4-cylinder engines are peppy, to say the least, cranking 237hp with 258 pound-ft of torque. Clocking in at an EPA-estimated 29 mpg on highways, this model is a front wheel drive with an all-wheel-drive option. This is also an advantage over the previous year’s XT4 model which weighed 15lbs more. Moreover, on that point are also selectable driving modes with paddle shifters. This new model possesses 4-wheel independent suspension easily, offering a high-quality smooth ride which grips most terrains with ease. On an urban excursion to Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles, we accidentally climbed up onto the sidewalk rushing to pick up our mouthwatering Howlin Rays Nashville style chicken. We weren’t only stunned by the 2 hr wait in a block-long line, but the fact that we were perched off road. This vehicle may just be Pismo Beach worthy.

Safety: Now, of course, the honorable people at Cadillac care about your safety. Thus, this model comes well-equipped with airbags: front, knee, and seat side impact for the driver and their co-pilot (the front seat passenger). You also incur a head curtain for all outboard seating positions. In addition, this car has multiple alerts. Whether it’s for lane changing, the side blind zone, or rear cross traffic. This comes in handy to avoid dings and scratches to its beautiful 18″ 10-spoke alloy wheels. Overall, the braking was decent, but not as sharp as other competing models at this price point.

Other specs: Fuel tank capacity for the 2019 XT4 sits at 15.9 gals. This car’s carbon emission is at 6.8 gals per year at 15,000 miles per year. It too has an air filtration system in the cabin and a powered universal tablet holder.

In short, the 2019 Cadillac XT4 AWD Sport is a match made in heaven for an emerging influencer, a youthful mid-level executive and/or an adventurous individual on the prowl for some of the best eats in a major metropolis area. Of course with a few friends in tow. The model we tested was $55,735 and it was worth every cent.

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Chevy Traverse

By Jake Porter × Vaughn Lowery

From the American brand that is most widely known for its industrial and rugged trucks, we are given the all new 2019 Chevrolet Traverse High Country. Based on size alone, the Traverse has always excelled at hauling both people and cargo, and with it’s non minivan-esque appearance, it provides the look of sophistication and poise.

The new Traverse is square-jawed and truck-like and loses none of its usefulness in the 2019 makeover. In addition, its readily available high-end goodies push the envelope in the big three-row crossover upmarket. Its V-6 engine has been proven time and time again to be both extraordinarily powerful and fuel efficient. The Traverse’s suspension provides a compliant ride while maintaining its composure in corners. The turning radius for this large of a SUV is unbeatable. When parking or maneuvering at low speed, the Traverse feels every bit its size. Pick up the pace, however, and this bigger Chevy feels smaller than it is—poised, if not remarkably agile. Steering effort is low, but the system is precise and makes aiming the big SUV easy. The Traverse’s suspension is tuned for a good balance between handling and ride comfort.

Features

Firstly, one of the most important overall features of the vehicle is the potent V-6 engine which gives the Traverse its robust power and the slick-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission changes gears smoothly and unobtrusively. The traverse also includes perhaps the most seamless automatic stop/start feature on the market today.

As far as the engine goes, the time-tested V-6 generates 310 horsepower, with an incredible 266 pound-feet of torque. The acceleration (0-60 in 6.7 seconds) is not only a full second faster than the previous version, but also makes the vehicle one of the fasted accelerating vehicles in the full-sized, heavy-duty SUV class. That’s accompanied by an efficient nine-speed transmission that is as impressively tuned as the suspension. The average of 27 mpg is not surprising given Chevy’s history making fuel efficient vehicles.

In addition, the blind-spot monitoring is an excellent feature given the SUV’s larger size and the forward-collision warning is great added feature as well. Perhaps one of the most anticipated, highly-advanced features, however, is the lane-keep assist technology implanted into the brains of the vehicle.

Safety

Earning a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this cruiser has more than adequate perks to protect your passengers. Braking is firm and reactive. The rearview mirror camera improves the field of vision by 300% and after getting some used to, makes the driver feel more confident during heavier traffic hours. And of course, AWD allows the vehicle more traction during precipitation and elegantly claws corners.

Interior

Not only does the Traverse feature a new and contemporary infotainment system, but also a more refined cabin with an abundance of cup holders and USB ports throughout the cabin. The cabin is so insulated that the drivers have noted that the tachometer is needed just to ensure the engine is running while at a stoplight. Our vehicle came with dual panel sunroof (retractable) and moonroof towards back (non-retractable), adding additional light inside once shades are drawn and making the overall cabin feel voluptuous. Our model tested possessed a white coat perfect for our after-Christmas drive and the deep camel-colored leather (with ‘High Country’ insignia headrests) made it feel rich and sultry.

At the center of the infotainment system is the 8-inch, high-mounted touchscreen which is simple and equipped with colorful graphics, and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. To top it all, the vehicle includes a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot. It quickly responds to user inputs and seals the deal for the tech-savvy.

Comfort and Storage

The 2019 Traverse is a full-size three-row crossover SUV that is positioned below the larger, heavier-duty Tahoe and above the smaller framed Equinox. Drop all of the Traverse’s folding seats and it becomes a cargo-hauling champ with more space than any of its rivals. Six carry-on suitcases fit behind the third row, which means it wins at carrying both people and their luggage. It offers the most first-row cubby storage in its class as well. The second and third rows can accommodate adults comfortably, Unlike its predecessor, this latest-generation Traverse is more than just a minivan alternative.

Conclusion

At approximately $53,200, the Chevy Traverse is one of the most remarkable larger crossovers in the history of the modern SUV. It truly has the appearance of a family-oriented vehicle and yet the sleekness of a luxury SUV. The comfort and the technology implanted in the interior of the vehicle create a versatile vehicle perfect for a low-key urban excursion or a family cross country road trip. In short, Chevrolet has mastered a vehicle that is truly a force to be reckoned with and will treat its owner well for its life-span.

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2018 Camaro 2 SS

By Anthony Sovinsky + Vaughn Lowery

The 2018 Camaro 2 SS defines the modern day muscle car. It thrusts power with a new focus on aerodynamics and handling. Its overstated presence remains true, but with enhanced design features – it has the auto world watching.

The vehicle features the 1LE track package finished in a silver ice metallic coating with a prominent front grille ending at a point. It sports a sleek black mesh grille and vents that are strategically positioned on the hood to enhance the breathing and cooling mechanisms. The stance is wide and athletic, thanks to the 20” forged aluminum wheels, in combination with aggressive sized fenders for increased handling capabilities.

Let’s take our attention to the rear of the vehicle. The taillights are streamlined to accent the masculine contours and racing additions. This includes a black finished spoiler and chrome polished quad pipes that sing the sweet melody of a manually shifted 6.2 liter V8 putting down 455HP to the crank.

As of late, 360 MAGAZINE had the opportunity to pilot the Chevy on a variety of escapades around Los Angeles county. To begin, the team traveled to the first annual Brunch Life Festival in Long Beach. The fest featured a variety of different restaurants from Long Beach, Orange County and LA serving anything from gourmet burgers to delectable desserts.

At Sneaker Con LA held in Anaheim, 360 had the pleasure of interviewing the design manager for Global Chevrolet Color and Trim, Brett Goliff. Sneaker Con was the perfect location to meet Brett as his love for sneakers and street wear is unparalleled – a passion that has blossomed since 1993. Before his career at Chevrolet, Brett worked as a shoe designer for New Balance. His design philosophy is simple. “Form follows function,” said Golliff. “Successful design is nothing without a purpose and reason for being. It should always be routed in function. Once you have the function you are solving for, make it look beautiful.”

Before his current role, Golliff focused on Chevrolet performance vehicles. His most recent work can be seen on the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro and seventh-generation Corvette, including the new 2019 Corvette ZR1, the most capable Corvette made to this date.

Driving a manual car in traffic can be frustrating, however the Camaro’s smooth clutch and short shifter made the repetitive shifting in stop-and-go traffic a breeze. In addition, it is more spacious than a coupe, as a group of four can fit with ease. The versatility to function as both a pure sports vehicle and luxury vehicle make the Camaro an ideal commuter car.

The Camaro 2SS’s 1LE track package will cost an additional $7,000USD. It highlights a variety of performance additions, including magnetic ride control, beefed up 20” wheels (Summer tires only), Recaro performance front bucket seats, electronic limited slip differential, dual mode performance exhaust, suede finished flat bottom sport steering wheel and shift knob, satin black blade spoil, satin black hood wrap, satin black front splitter and Brembo performance brakes with red calipers – talk abut bang for your buck.

With no access to a track, the trip shifted to a driving hotspot, Mulholland drive – a road which can expose the inadequacy in handling with some of the most elite vehicles in production. When put to the test, the beauty performed as intended, handling narrow twists and turns of the canyon with grace. Thanks to magnetic ride control, body roll is virtually absent staying extremely flat in back-to-back turns almost as if it was riding on rails – a feeling usually experienced in its European counterpart. Moreover, with the rev matching feature activated, the 6.2L V8 will keep power consistent when down shifting heading into a turn that provides more acceleration and traction while exiting. This is a neat feature for those who have not yet learned the intricacies of a manually shifted vehicle, making it enjoyable for even the novice enthusiast.

The interior is simple, allowing the driver to focus on what really matters – the road. It features a Chevrolet Mylink audio system with navigation ($495USD) on an 8-inch diagonal touch screen that is also compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Drive. Furthermore, one can opt for the performance data and video recorder ($1300USD) that can record several metrics and provide feedback on the driver’s performance.

Valued at $42,000USD for the base model and an additional $7,000USD for the 1LE track package plus extra features available upon request, the total comes to a modest $51,790USD for a full blown track super star. The noteworthy 2018 Camaro is a steal for anyone looking to acquire an entry level sport vehicle.

2018 CADILLAC ATS-V

By Benjamin Resse × Vaughn Lowery × Rana Salloom

Al Capone and John Dillinger were two of America’s most wanted men. One was the king pin of bootlegging during the Prohibition era, the other was a master of robbing banks for a living. Both of them would often find themselves in precarious situations, and had serious love affairs with money, and both needed to be very quick to leave a scene – no coicidence then that both of them drove Cadillacs.

We’ve been familiar with the Cadillac brand as a luxury statue in the automobile industry, but the V-series definitely wins the highest award for the 2018 “getaway special.” 2018 ATS-V Sedan RWD is the most innovative car of its kind and has a plethora of high-tech automotive features that would have made both Mr. Capone and Mr. Dillinger extremely proud.

With innovation in mind, the ATS-V offers a built-in Bose Premium Surround Sound audio system along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto making it a music lover’s dream. It also offers a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot to keep you and your friends connected on your adventurous excursions.

Back when outlaws were robbing banks and bootlegging liquor, they knew the recipe for escape would require them to make the engine more powerful and reliable than before. While the standard ATS comes with a 2.0 liter 270 hp engine, we can bet that Mr. Capone or Dillinger would be driving this V-series edition we have here, with the upgraded 3.6L Twin Turbo V6 engine boasting a SAE-certified 464 horsepower mated to a six-speed manual Tremec TR-6060 transmission – the most advanced swiss army knife of transmissions.

And when you’d be pressing away from the boys in blue, another handy feature comes to play in the aerodynamic department. The ATS-V comes standard with a vented lighter weight carbon fiber hood and spoiler. The former aiding in dissapating hot air inside the engine bay area resulting in decrease front end lift over the front two wheels – a sensation you’d not be happy to feel on the ATS-V’s 189 mph speed limiter!

The ATS-V driving experience makes the foundation of this car stronger and more durable. ATS-V has a state-of-the-art microchip embedded inside the car that can store your laps and racecar stats onto the windshield. With an exceptional track record under the V-Series’ belt, the automobile pioneer has built their ATS-V sedan smooth yet stylish. This sports car also incorporated a strong steering system to help drivers maintain precision and control while on the road and track. The exterior panels on the ATS-V sedan is one of a kind. Each panel is engineered to support the car’s ability to garner the highest driving experience while keeping a low drag coefficient, elegant styling, and producing maximum aerodynamic downforce. This model has a wide body and a low height making it more unique and sharp for an accurate yet dynamic driving experience. The interior design goes hand in hand with the sports-like appeal. The interior is designed to make any speed enthusiast’s jaw drop. It includes a 16-way-adjustable RECARO performance seats trimmed with Mulan leather and suede microfiber inserts giving the interior a lavish feel, but more importantly giving the driver essential input and feedback from what’s happening on the road. When comparing this high-performance vehicle to its competitor the BMW 2018 3 series there truly is no comparison… period. The ATS-V has a lower MSRP price from $50,770 compared to the BMW 3 Series’ MSRP sticker price of $56,800 and the ATS has more features from its aerodynamic exterior to its innovative interior.

Last but not least this car is of course safe and environmentally friendly. The NHTSA gave the ATS-V a 5-star safety rating. This is the highest stars a car can receive. Along with its top safety rating, it’s annual fuel cost is $2,100; this is less than half of what a person pays for fuel per year. The vehicle can go 100 miles with 5 gallons of gas making it the top sports eco-friendly luxury vehicle to date.

So when you need to look like a million bucks while packing a mean punch just as Mr.Capone and Dillinger did, you know the Caddy has got you covered.

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BUICK REGAL SPORTBACK

By Benjamin Reese × Vaughn Lowery

As if the name didn’t suggest it enough, the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback appears to have spent some time training for combat. At first glance, the Regal Essence can appear aggressive due to it’s sharp and narrow LED headlamps with their automatic self leveling system and cornering ability have a bit of “Demon” presence while the rear half of the chassis, with it’s raked roof is calm and collected. Overall the body porpotions have a “utopian” greenhouse effect. Buick claims there are “zero” edges on this car and you’d be hardpressed to find any.

If the looks aren’t enough to please, the cabin works well as a mobile office double with plenty of convienent driver ammenities such as the optional “sights and sounds” package. A premium HD audio system adds extra “oomph” by replacing the spare tire under the trunk with a subwoofer- not to worry as the roadside emergency tool kit with a tire inflator is supplemented. The passengers are never left out of the action with the Regals 4G LTE hotspot connection, including Blutooth streaming for Apple car play.

The 2018 Regal Sportback’s personality and charm really shine when it’s 2.0 liter turbocharged engine paired with a quick shifting 9-speed automatic gearbox work together like a complex watch. It’s fair to say that the Regal entices you to put the pedal to the floor while it begs you for more. Perhaps this is a result of the new Buick being assembled in Europe by Opel, a company that has had its fair share of cars built for the street that end up on the track.

Our Essence model, with the 18-inch machined wheels and optional fog lamps came out the door with a $35,800 price tag- not bad considering all of the performance and infotainment features, but it’s European build quality suggest a car that would retail for quite a bit more.

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4 Reasons Electric Cars Will Become Mainstream

As automakers try to plug into consumers’ future needs, electric cars are stirring boardroom curiosity – but not a lot of sales.

Some car manufacturers are banking on a different story in the future, though.

Electric cars comprise less than 1 percent of U.S. auto sales, yet some major automakers are planning to manufacture many more electric models in the near future. According to an article on Bloomberg.com, General Motors plans to roll out 20 models by 2023 and

Toyota 10 by early in the next decade. Researcher LMC Automotive predicts 75 electric models will be produced in the U.S. over the next five years.

“The 21st century will see the return of electric cars, as we are witnessing with Tesla, Porsche, GM, Ford, and others,” says Ted Annis, manager and co-founder of Transducing Energy Devices, LLC (www.tedmagnetics.com) in Ann Arbor, Mich. “Environmental, economical and market factors will meet to make the electric car prominent in the American culture.”

LMC forecasts gasoline-powered engines will still make up about 85 percent of U.S. new car sales in 2025, but that electric cars’ market share will continue to accelerate. Bloomsberg New Energy Finance’s Electric Vehicle Outlook 2017 projects electric cars will comprise over 50 percent in sales of new light-duty vehicles by 2035.

Annis gives four advantages of an electric car that will increase its popularity:

• Fuel cost savings. Electric cars are entirely charged by the electricity you provide, meaning you don’t need to buy any gas ever again. An average American spends $2,000 to $4,000 on gas each year. “From the gas standpoint alone, the electric car makes a lot of sense,” Annis says. “Keeping these cars charged isn’t free, but overall the electric car is far cheaper in operating costs.”

• Environmentally-friendly. Cars and trucks are responsible for roughly 24 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas pollution, according to Scientific American. With no emissions, electric cars are eco-friendly as they run on electrically powered engines. “The growing popularity of these cars is partly an outgrowth of our global environmental concerns,” Annis says. “You’ll be contributing to a green climate. And some manufacturers will offer incentives through the government for going green.”

• Low maintenance. No more oil changes, spark-plug replacements, or the many repair possibilities associated with an internal combustion engine and transmission. The electric car motor has far fewer moving parts. Brakes on electric cars receive less wear and tear. “Expensive engine work is a thing of past,” Annis says.

• Quiet. Engines of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles contribute to noise pollution, which is harmful to health. A study published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) reported that nearly 100 million Americans had annual exposures to traffic noise that were high enough to be harmful. Electric vehicles are extremely quiet.

“The advantages are many,” Annis says.

“Technology tailored to a changing consumer base is steadily making improvements in electric cars, and in the next decade the roads will be filled with them.”

WEST TEXAS

By: Jennifer Simonson
The skies over West Texas are the area number four of the seven best spots on Earth for stargazing making it the perfect place for an amateur photographer like myself to attempt to capture the Milky Way on film. I opted to bypass the uber trendy town of Marfa and stay in the more laid back town of Marathon about half-a-hour north of Big Bend National Park. I arrived in Marathon near 5 pm and checked into the whimsical Eve’s Garden Bed and Breakfast.

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The brightly colored domes and arches of the bed and breakfast create a feeling described as “Through the Looking Glass.” Fragrant roses, bougainvillea and seasonal flowers fill the open-air atrium between rooms. After unloading my suitcase I set out to explore the town of 400 people. Two hours is more than enough time to wander through the local art galleries, gift shops and 27-acre gardens.

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The Gage Hotel is the town’s historic hotel. Built by a ranch owner in 1927, the boutique hotel offers a heated pool, spa and full-service restaurant to revive weary travelers. The mission-style adobe building decked out in cow skulls, suede blankets and leather hides will not let you forget you are in Texas.

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The cloud build up from storms blowing through ensured I would not be taking photos that evening. Instead I headed to the Gage’s White Buffalo Bar to relax with an El Carranza, the house margarita, before moving in to the 12-Gage Restaurant for dinner. I originally eyed the Blackened Scallops over a Black Eyed Pea Fritter, but thought given the cow-hide covered leather chairs and cowboy decor the Beef Tenderloin Filet with green chili scalloped potatoes would be a more appropriate entree choice.

I woke up early the next day to head into the park. More than 800,000 acres spread out over the high desert terrain of the Chisos Mountains. The park is simply too big to explore in a day. A park ranger told me to start at the Santa Elena Canyon. West Texas 5

The canyon straddles the United States and Mexico border. With 1500-foot canyon walls, it is considered one of the the most dramatically beautiful areas in the park. Many visitors canoe the 20-mile portion of the Rio Grande River that runs through the canyon. While others, like myself, hike down to the river then walk along the canyon walls while occasionally taking a dip in the water.

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That night I drove to the nearby ghost town of Terlingua to set up for photos. The evening was cloudy, so after checking Facebook (thank goodness for the Chevy’s Wi-Fi capabilities) I took a nap in the back of the truck. I awoke just before 5 a.m., as the Milky Way began to rise over the horizon. The clouds had dissipated leaving behind a blanket of stars filling the night’s sky. I spent the 90 minutes adjusting my shutter speed, moving the tripod to capture the best angle trying to take as many shots as I could before the sun rose. But for a few minutes I put aside my camera aside, stared into space and thought about how at one point in time people used the stars to guide their travels, navigate their ships, plant their crops and find their place in the world. I tried to take it all in before the stars retreated in sun’s first light. Then I packed up the 2018 Suburban for the long and dusty drive back to Austin.