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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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Which metro areas are the most revved up about cars?

It’s no secret that there are thousands of car enthusiasts across the country. Many car enthusiasts, like myself, aspire to collect at least a modest collection of notable automobiles.

It’s true that not all of us can achieve the car collection of our dreams. But there are a few select cities where you are more likely to find America’s hidden horsepower than others.

Here’s the deal, WikiLawn, a lawn care company wanted to know which cities top the list when it comes to car enthusiasts. So, they drummed up some US Census data and found out which cities have the highest number of households owning 3 cars or more.

And the results are quite interesting.

In fact, did you know that there 4 cities in the United States where one in four households own 3 cars or more?

That’s a lot of horsepower!

So which city tops the list? Let’s take a look!

5. Nashville, TN

Occupied housing units: 691,266
Occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 164,594
% of occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 23.81%

Nashville has long been known for its country music; however, car enthusiasts know a different sound that comes from Nashville. That sound is the revving of high horsepower machines. Coming in at number 5 of most revved-up metro areas in the US comes Nashville, Tennessee. With over 160,000 residents owning at least 3 cars. Car fanatics makeup just over 23% of all of Nashville’s residents.

4. Salt Lake City, UT

Occupied housing units: 382,620
Occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 98,057
% of occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 25.63%

Located deep in the heart of the mid-west, is a city whose motors can be heard as far away as Vegas I am told. Salt Lake City is in at number four when it comes to automobile ownership. Salt Lake City is also one of four cities on this list in which 1 in 4 households have more than three cars. With lots of racing activities and access to the wide-open spaces in the mid-west, it comes as no surprise that Salt Lake City is one of the top 5 revved up cities in America.

3. Richmond, VA

Occupied housing units: 479,256
Occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 123,195
% of occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 25.71%

Home of the Richmond Raceway and well over 300,000 automobiles, Richmond is more than the state capital of Virginia, it’s a hub for car enthusiasts. If you want to find some of the hidden gems parked in the garages of Richmond, VA, why not check out Cars and Coffee, a bi-monthly gathering of all the top car enthusiasts in Richmond.

2. San Jose, CA

Occupied housing units: 647,891
Occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 174,268
% of occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 26.90%

California makes this list a number of times, and this perhaps comes as no surprise. California is loaded with automobiles. In fact, according to a 2004 New York Times article, California is noted as the number one state when it comes to car ownership. Surprisingly, there are nearly as many cars as people in California, maybe that’s why the traffic is so bad!

1. Riverside-San Bernardino, CA

Occupied housing units: 1,335,366
Occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 378,794
% of occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 28.37%

In at number one according to WikiLawn’s research is Riverside-San Bernardino, CA. Now, this place is revved up! With a whopping 378,000 households owning at least three cars, it leaves one to wonder just what kind of horsepower is hiding in San Bernadino’s city limits.

In Conclusion
Whether you are an avid car collector, or simply like to admire amazing cars. You would likely feel at home in any of these 5 cities.

It gets better however, there are actually 12 cities which made the list of revved up cities. Including Virginia Beach, Los Angeles, and Denver Colorado. If you want to check out the whole list compiled by WikiLawn’s research, check out The 12 Metro Areas That Are the Most Revved Up About Cars.

How to Get a Lower Car Payment

As of February 2019, the average new car transaction price was $36,590. This is according to Kelley Blue Book, the leading automotive valuation authority in the United States. While that figure is actually lower than it was in January of 2019, when the average price was $36,765, it’s considerably higher than February of 2018 when it was $35,597.

With that said, along with these higher prices have come larger car loans. This doesn’t have to mean they’re unaffordable though. Here’s how to get a lower car payment—even with a larger loan.

Know Your Credit Score

Too many people go shopping for cars without knowing their credit score and the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) on a loan they’re entitled to, based upon that score. The higher your credit ranking, the lower your interest rate should be. The lower your interest rate, the less money you have to pay each month to service the loan. In other words, knowing what your credit history qualifies you to receive is one of the fastest ways to lower a car payment.

Get Pre-Approved for a Loan

Another thing you should do before shopping for a car is get preapproved for a car loan by your bank, credit union or another independent lender. That way, when you get to the dealership, you’re in a better position to negotiate your interest rate, because the seller knows they’ll have to compete with your existing offer.

Increase Your Down Payment

Most lenders like to see at least 20 percent down on a new car purchase. Meeting this figure can earn you a lower interest rate, which in turn will shrink your monthly obligation. What’s more, if you can go higher than 20 percent, you’ll lower your loan amount, which reduces the payment and the interest charges. Yes, you can get a car with less money down, but the more money you borrow, the higher your payment will be.

Longer Loan Term

Perhaps not surprisingly, another byproduct of those higher transaction prices is lengthier loan terms. In many cases people are stretching car loans out to 84 months. This can have the effect of lowering a car payment significantly. Then again, it also makes the car cost more in the long run. The longer the loan term, the more time interest has to accrue, which means the borrower pays more.

Refinance Your Car

Even if you’ve recently bought your car, you might qualify to refinance into one of the low APR car loans like those offered by RoadLoans. Therefore, it always pays to keep an eye on interest rates. What’s more, the newer your loan, the more likely you are to benefit from a refinance. It’s never too early to look into this possibility.

Lease Rather than Buy

Instead of taking on a loan for the full price of the car, you’ll pay only for the amount of its value you use over the term of your lease. This can result in significant monthly savings. If you decide you really like the car and want to keep it, you can buy it outright at the end of the lease term as a used car and keep those lower payments. Be sure to run the numbers on this strategy to ensure it makes good financial sense. But it’s a great way to get a nice used car, the history of which you can be absolutely sure.

The six tactics will help you get a lower car payment. However, be careful which strategy you employ. Some can wind up costing you more in the long run.

Custom Defender 90

E.C.D. Automotive Design, the award-winning creator of high-end luxury vehicles, locally delivered a Defender that is undoubtedly one of the most thrilling off-road vehicles the company has produced to date – a custom Defender 90 (D90) Soft-top powered by a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine with 430-horsepower.

The “fun factor” of driving this custom D90 isn’t entirely from having the soft-top off in Florida while cruising the beach-line, it’s from shifting through the gears of its 5-speed manual transmission. This D90, called, Project Ranger, delivers a full senses-engaged driving experience with the soft-top off, its manual transmission, and the sound of its Borla Performance exhaust system. Project Ranger is finished in full gloss paint in the color, “Terrain,” a Ford color exclusive to their Raptor model, and is matched with 18-inch Sawtooth alloy wheels in black to compliment the exterior.

The client already owned this North American Specification (NAS) Defender 90 and sent it to E.C.D. for a full restoration. Knowing the top was going to be off most of the time in Florida, the interior was designed to be more utilitarian than luxury. It’s upholstered in a charcoal-colored, weather-resistant canvas throughout.

“Driving a D90 Soft-top with the LS3 and manual transmission is an absolute blast. Tearing up and back down through the gears is something we all enjoy here at E.C.D.,” says Tom Humble, co-founder of E.C.D. Automotive Design.

Lovin’ My Car

Lovin’ My Car: Women in the Driver’s Seat By Libby Edelman

This fabulous book provides a fresh perspective on the automotive industry from a woman’s lens. Lovin’ My Car will be available for purchase just in time for Mother’s Day! It will be released Friday, April 12 on Amazon, powerhouse Books, and in Barnes and Noble Stores across the country!

Purchase the book here!

In Lovin’ My Car: Women in the Driver’s Seat, Libby Edelman, former fashion editor and co- founder of Sam Edelman, demonstrates her talent in photography, combining feminine beauty with the greatness of cars. Edelman brilliantly captures the complexities of women and these motor vehicles. Readers and car enthusiasts alike can peer into the purpose of these cars: to protect, be eye- catching, and add value to one’s life. This photography mission was prompted after years of discussions about cars between her husband Sam and son Jesse. Libby Edelman was left with a robust knowledge and simultaneous curiosity about others who shared their love for automotives. Libby unveils a diverse community of women, all united through their appreciation for motor vehicles. Lovin’ in My Car: Women in the Driver’s Seat features a range of car styles including fancy, quirky and everyday models. Snapshots celebrating the proud female owner and her motor vehicle are paired with an anecdote about the vehicle’s history.

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Lexus IS 350 F Sport

By Tara McDonough × Vaughn Lowery

As of late, 360 MAGAZINE took a road trip from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in the new 2019 Lexus IS 350 F Sport. The Friday midday drive took around 3 hours with heavy traffic and the Lexus handled like a dream, providing a comfortable and quiet ride.

With a red carpet ready exterior combined with the public presentation and speed of a cheetah, the $53,000 2019 Lexus IS 350 F Sport effortlessly combines luxury and performance. The clear and alluring looking vehicle makes a bold statement for Lexus brand sedans. The vehicle is intuitive and dynamic with brakes that feel stronger and suspension that feels tighter.

PERFORMANCE

The IS 350 F Sport gets a combined 23 mpg city/hwy. It uses 4.3 gallons per 100 miles. With a 311 horsepower and 280 pound-ft of torque, the Lexus leaps across the pavement, while maintaining a smooth ride. The vehicle is fitted out with a 3.5-liter V6 24-valve, dual overhead cam, direct injection, adaptive variable suspension and variable timing intelligent wide intake and exhaust. It boasts an 8-speed sport shift transmission with driving modes such as ECO, normal, sport and snow. The visibility and force in a car this size is impressive combined with less road vibration and responsive brakes. Very reminiscent of the 2003 Infiniti G35, Lexus really does it all in this 2019 IS 350 F Sport.

EXTERIOR

The appearance of the IS 350 F Sport combines dark chrome with a pronounced mesh grille which pairs nicely with its large black 18’’ split 5-spoke wheels. The motorcar is a compact and speed oriented vehicle enhanced with triple beam headlights.

INTERIOR

The inside holds a geometric style allowing for a sturdy yet cozy appearance. The sharp black interior is matched with leather and imitation grain wood paneling. It’s bolstered F Sport seating is heated and ventilated as well. In addition to its leather stitching, the left and right positions of the steering wheel are manually heated as well. This model comes with the classic F Sport gauge which which is controlled by the tinge of a button. Back seats fold down for additional storage, making the IS 350 F Sport the only Lexus Sedan model with the option.

SAFETY & TECHNOLOGY

The Lexus IS 350 F Sport received government 5-Star Safety Ratings in Overall Vehicle Score, Frontal Crash, Side and Rollover. It owes its safety capabilities mainly to the technology implanted into it.

Just a few aspects of the Lexus’s technology which works to ensure the safety of passengers are it’s blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, it’s intuitive parking assist and the Lexus Enform Safety Connect & Service Connect. Other mentionable features include the Lexus Safety System+ which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, high speed-dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist and intelligent high beam headlights. This model also takes into account the safety of our environment with a Fuel Economy & Greenhouse Gas Rating of 5 due to it’s eco mode gas saver. Due to this feature the 360 team was able to race from Los Angeles to Palm Springs and back with animalistic stamina and no need to refill the tank.

The IS 350 F Sport Model also comes equipped with a Mark Levinson audio which includes a navigation System with 10.3-in Color Multimedia Display, Mark Levinson 15 speaker and 835 Watt, 5.1-channel Surround Sound Audio System. In addition to the audio package the model comes with voice command, siri eyes free and Scout GPS Link TurnStrem(™).

CONCLUSION

The Lexus IS 350 F Sport is a vehicle made for successful self-motivated individuals who have a strong appreciation for extremely dynamic vehicles while additionally having the capabilities to comfortably seat five. Nevertheless, Lexus truly has found a means to win back car enthusiasts with this newly imagined entry level sports sedan.

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AMS Vans/Athlete Award Van

Atlanta-based AMS Vans teamed up with the Aimee Copeland Foundation and FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children) to present the keys for a wheelchair accessible minivan to the winner of an essay contest. The winner, Kendra Allen, is an Athens Tech college student whose essay detailed the challenges of growing up with cerebral palsy and her dream to help others with disabilities.

Allen’s prize is a 2012 Honda Odyssey wheelchair accessible minivan with $7,500 worth of reconditioning donated by AMS Vans, which will also provide free oil changes and tire rotation for as long as she owns the vehicle.

“I am so thankful for everyone who helped me get this minivan because it means I will finally be able to use my power wheelchair outside my home, making it so much easier to get to class at Athens Tech, see friends and eventually start my own business,” said Allen.

“AMS Vans is thrilled to help Kendra become more independent and we are inspired by her dedication to finish school and fulfill her dreams to create her own company to help others,” said Mark Shaughnessy, CEO of AMS Vans.

The minivan was donated by Aimee Copeland, a competitive swimmer and counselor who lost her hands, right foot and left leg from a flesh-eating bacterial infection in 2012. After receiving the vehicle as gift, she found new independence, started the Aimee Copeland foundation and became the official spokesperson for FODAC.

“This van changed my life and gave me freedom of mobility, and now I am paying it forward so that Kendra may have a better quality of life,” said Copeland. “We could not have done this without AMS Vans and FODAC, and I am grateful for their support.”

“As an advocate for those with disabilities we see first-hand how reliable transportation can change a person’s life by connecting them more readily to work and the community and we are excited to see Kendra succeed,” said Chris Brand, president and CEO of FODAC.

Allen’s essay was selected from 60-entries submitted to the contest that ran from January 7, 2019 to February 7, 2019. Her essay has been posted in full on the Aimee Copeland Foundation Blog.

ROSELLO RED

E.C.D. AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN COMPLETES WIDE-BODY DEFENDER 110, ONE OF THE FASTEST THE COMPANY HAS BUILT TO DATE

E.C.D. Automotive Design, known for their prestigious, high-end luxury vehicles, recently completed one of the fastest Defender 110’s the company has ever built.

The custom wide-body Defender 110, named Project Camper, is finished in a beautiful Rosello Red gloss paint. The color is quite stunning, appearing to move from a bright red to an almost-black finish depending on where the truck is and what time of day it is. It’s a color option available on several of the newer Land Rover models.

Project Camper is powered by an upgraded 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine producing 565-horsepower and paired with a dual exhaust system from Borla Performance. The owner of this Defender 110 chose not to have a roll cage installed, which significantly reduces the weight of the truck in comparison to builds with the roll-cage. The result is apparent when accelerating in Project Camper, a pure put-you-back-in-your-seat feeling, making this custom Defender 110 one of the quickest trucks E.C.D. Automotive Design has built to date.

The interior of Project Camper features beautiful ivory-white leather and suede throughout. It provides a stark contrast to the dark exterior. The front and middle-row seats are heated and ventilated Corbeau Trailcat seats while the rear loading area features four inward-facing jump seats. The white and black interior

“The weight reduction in comparison to our other builds, paired with the upgraded LS3, makes this D110 one of the quickest trucks we’ve ever built to date,” says Tom Humble, founder of E.C.D. Automotive Design.

E.C.D. Automotive Design remains a leader in producing custom British classics that feature a culmination of new technology, high-end luxury, and performance.

Petersen Automotive Museum “Winning Numbers” Exhibit

On Saturday, February 23, 2019, the Petersen Automotive Museum opened its newest exhibit featuring 10 groundbreaking race cars, each with a unique story of triumph and victory. Titled “Winning Numbers: The First, The Fastest, The Famous,” the exhibit is comprised of Le Mans winners, land speed record setters, dragsters and road racers from the personal garage of Petersen Founding Chairman Bruce Meyer.

Key vehicles on display include the winningest Ferrari road racer of all time, the 1957 Ferrari 625/250 Testa Rossa, which claimed first prize in more than half of the 50 competitions in which it was raced; the first production 1962 Shelby Cobra, CSX2001; the 1962 Greer Black Prudhomme, which was raced by drag racing legend Don Prudhomme who won 237 of the 241 races in which he piloted the car; the renowned 1952 So-Cal Speed Shop Belly Tank Racer, which was fashioned from a P-38 Lightning fighter belly tank from World War II by hot rod racing icon Alex Xydias; the 1979 Kremer Porsche 935 K3 that took first place overall at Le Mans; and the 1929 Ford “747” Bonneville Racer that Meyer ran 204 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats. 

“Affectionately called ‘the car guy’s car guy,’ Bruce Meyer epitomizes true automotive passion,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “The charisma with which Bruce shares his passion is what sets him apart. ‘Winning Numbers’ reflects his discerning tastes as a collector and motorsports enthusiast, and we’re proud to share his fervor for the hobby with the community.”

The exhibit’s public opening was preceded by an evening reception and media preview on February 22, 2019. Guests of the exclusive event were treated to passed appetizers by the Petersen’s exclusive catering partner Drago, a full cocktail bar and a Fireside Chat discussion between Meyer and Karges. 

“Winning Numbers” will run through January 19, 2020.

D90

This D90 has been fully restored and is preparing to join the ranks of Arkonik Defenders across the USA and Canada. CADET is looking sharp in its Grigio Cenere Grey and Java Back livery finished with black Boost alloys polished to a high shine. It is now ready and waiting to begin its post in New York, making a statement with bold Caldera Blue upholstery and red interior lighting.

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1) Exterior: Grigio Cenere body with Java Black roof | Zambezi Silver chequer plate | Original style hood with Defender badge | A-bar with LED spotlights | WARN® Zeon 12-S winch | Gloss Black Boost 16″ alloys | BFGoodrich® T/A KO2 tyres | Raptor-coated steering & front differential guard | Rear Land Rover Solihull Heritage badge | Ebony Fire & Ice side steps | Rear LED work lamp | NAS rear step (2″ receiver type)

2) Interior: Supersoft Caldera Blue Ruskin Inside™ trim | Modular heated front seats with central lock box | 1 Lock & fold and 2 tip-up seats in load area | Matching leather door cards with black anodised door furniture | Black suede headlining | Evander 15″ wood-rimmed steering wheel | Red LED lighting package | Pioneer® premium sound system | Sunroof | Air conditioning