Your Drive on this Spring
By Sue Mead
No matter what climate zone you reside in,
spring is the perfect time to clean out
the cobwebs of your home, spend some
time in the great outdoors, and spruce
up your car-perhaps, it’s even time to
look for a new model. We chose four
updated vehicles to try out so we could
share their fun attributes; more premium
cabins, upgraded electronics and safety,
and more standard features than ever. You might
want to test drive one of these for yourself choosing the best fit for your
lifestyle. And, by the way, in case you hadn’t heard, the American road
trip is back: we hope you’ll take one soon!
2018 GMC Terrain
This midsized premium SUV will coddle you in
an up-scale cabin that doubles as a mobile
office with standard 4GLTE Wi-Fi hotspot
connectivity, 4 USB ports and power outlets. The
redesigned ute is available in SL (starting at
$25,970), SLE ($28,795), SLT ($32,295), and
Denali ($38,495) front-drive versions; also
available with AWD ($1,750).
There are three new turbocharged powertrains,
plus greater refinement and versatility to adapt to
customers’ needs today, and more available
advanced safety technologies than ever before.
Bolder design brings signature cues with stronger,
sharper, and more sculpted grille and lighting.
Denali trim steps up with standard LED
headlamps, a signature satin-chrome grille,
19-inch ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels,
and unique accents outside; the interior gets
logos and piping on the front seats, plus standard
heated steering wheel, navigation, Bose premium
seven-speaker sound system, and hands-free
programmable power liftgate.
Up to 63.3 cubic feet of storage. Three all-new
turbocharged engines have fuel-saving start/stop
technology; standard is 1.5-liter four-cylinder
gasoline engine that produces 170 horsepower
and 203 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a nine-speed
automatic. Optional is a 252-hp 2.0-liter
four-cylinder that boasts 260 lb.-ft. of torque and
3,500-pound max towing. A 1.6-liter turbodiesel
option pairs with a six-speed automatic that gets
137 horsepower /240 lb.-ft. of torque, along with
fuel economy of 28/39/32 (FWD) or 28/38/32.
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2018 Nissan Pathfinder
This three-row crossover that holds seven was recently revised. It comes in front-and
all-wheel-drive models. For 2018, it gets automatic emergency braking standard on all trims,
plus a new rear door alert system that reminds to check in the back, if something is left behind.
SL models can now be available with the Midnight Edition package, adding 20-inch black
alloy wheels, black side mirror covers, and a black roof spoiler.
The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 with 284 hp. and 259 lb.-ft. of
torque mated to a CVT transmission. There’s 16 cu. ft. of cargo space in the rear, up to 42.4
to 47.8 cu. ft. behind the second row, and 79.8 cubic feet behind the front seats. Standard
are an 8.0-inch touchscreen, a multi-information display, a rearview camera, tri-zone climate
control, keyless entry/start, 18-inch alloy wheels, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Higher trims get larger alloy wheels, parking sensors, remote start, heated and ventilated
front seats, leather upholstery, Nissan’s Around View Monitor, a heated steering wheel, a power
liftgate, a Bose premium audio system, LED headlights, and a panoramic sunroof. Automatic
emergency braking and forward collision warning are now standard while other active safety
tech like blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, Moving Object Detection, and adaptive
cruise control are available only on higher trim levels. It starts at $31,040.
For more information visit: https://www.nissanusa.com/suvs/pathfinder
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