2012 Nissan Juke SV

2012 Nissan Juke

2012 Nissan Juke

I’ve stated for some time that I am mostly impressed with the Crossover market. Just like Neil Diamond music, the crossover as a segment is as pop-bland as you can be. Justin Bieber surely must possess somewhere in his collection a highly (read overly modified), pitch black Crossover.

Each manufacturer has put its best foot forward in this segment. The Ford Edge, the Hyundai Tucson, G.M’s Terrain and Equinox, and even BMW with its X3, are all great sellers. Yet, it’s getting more difficult every day to tell them apart. Basically, just give me the one I can afford and gets good mpg.

So what’s the next logical step for Nissan? Ah, let’s make the Dr. Seuss collection, I guess. First, with the Nissan Cube, and yes it is, and then with the Juke that looks to me kind of like a Nissan Cube that The Jolly Green Giant tried to pry apart.

However, it was in the driver’s seat that it all went temporarily south for me. Sitting there on top of the gauge cluster was a rear spoiler from a nineteen seventy-six Trans-AM. I’m not kidding. Serving as an eyelid connecting the two large humps of the gauge cluster was this…spoiler! Single worst automotive design I’ve seen yet. Just unbelievable.

If you can get past that, and I couldn’t, the 2012 Nissan Juke delivers everything buyers want in this segment. It’s peppy; really, the 1.6 liter power-plant manages 188HP and great mileage, 27/32 actually.

Wait, from here on out everything under 1.7 liters will be referred to as a power plant and not a motor.
The six-speed gear box is un-impressive but, I don’t think this buyer minds. Plus, if you don’t want to row your Juke, opt for the CVT transmission. The Juke is Fun and easy to drive. What I think is odd about the design is that I think it would look better as an off-roader with a higher ride height and larger wheels and tires, it already has an option for all-wheel-drive. Or, as Nissan has done, slam one on the ground and shoe-horn a GTR motor in it. Now you’re talking. You can visit our face book page at thecarshowktbb.com and see the entire Juke GTR build.

Finally, I love the pricing on the Juke. It starts at $19,000.00. I spent fifteen minutes of the boss’s time clicking on every option Nissan offers except a car cover and I couldn’t break $29,000.00. That’s value. One funny thing though. They offer an optional rear-spoiler for $390.00. I didn’t click on that; I’d just tear the one off the dashboard.

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East Texas Cars and Coffee

Just a reminder,we will be hosting a cars and coffee event every second Saturday of the month at Breaker’s Seafood. Breaker’s is at the corner of Old Bullard and Rice Road.

This is not a ‘car show”. It’s not a contest. No prizes will be awarded. It’s just an excuse to get you out of work, chores, or home every other Saturday to meet other car nuts and show off your ride.

We hope to start small and gain speed.If you have any ideas for us to improve the event please visit our facebook page and let us know.

Hope to see you out there.

Lonnie

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2012 Infinity G37 ipl

Infinity ipl

Infinity ipl


Every so often a car comes along that feels like the manufacturer took a mold of my body and cast a car around it. For me to say that is a huge statement. You see, I’m 5’10’’ 180. I am the quintessential, average U.S. male. I think the average is now six feet but, close enough. The stores are always out of my size and I can’t climb into the back of a new pickup and look cool doing it.

When the Infinity G37 G lpl was delivered I was underwhelmed to say the least. The styling is rather bland. The color, gray, didn’t do much to make the car stand out. The wheels were also understated. Don’t get me wrong they look great. They just look like they have two days worth of brake dust on them.

Then I opened the door, sat down, hit the start button, stuck the G37 in 1st and I still haven’t lost the smile on my face, it was unrelenting driving excitement.

One of the things that I love about the Corvettes and Vipers is their power. But, truth be told, when I stand on the throttle in these cars I rarely get out of second gear. There is just almost too much….can’t say it…can’t say it… Damn it, can’t say it. Look, I understand you can never have enough horse power or torque.

Most drivers of performance cars have no idea of their cars potential. The manufactures know it. Do you really think Nissan expects its customers drive over 150 more than once? No, they don’t. So why not build a rear-wheel drive 350hp coupe that you can actually air out a little.

The G37’s best attribute is that it handles like it’s on a rail. Thanks in part to an upgraded suspension. The steering has just the perfect amount of feedback and the car is able to stay straight under hard acceleration.
The seats are just firm enough to give the needed bolster but, soft enough to enjoy a long road trip.

The Infinity G37 G ipl will set you back about half a hundred thousand. Well worth the cost if you consider the competition. The mileage will vary. Infinity states 19/27. I did a little better thanks in part to the silky smooth, six speed gear box which has more options than Katy Perry.

Thank you, Infinity for nailing it.

I’m Lonnie Johnson and this is this week’s review sponsored by Stewart’s Donnybrook Automotive. Stop by and see Gary today. I’m very proud to have them sponsor these reviews and hope you will give them a chance to earn your business. At the corner of Donnybrook and Troup Stewart’s Donnybrook Automotive offers what I think is the last full service station on the planet. You won’t find a more enhanced, enjoyable atmosphere anywhere in Tyler.

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2012 Mercedes C250c

C250c

C250c

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Growing up in small towns most of my childhood I never saw many Mercedes. I think the first one I saw was on the television series Dallas. When I was a teen I moved to Dallas. It was 1981, Dallas was in full blown indulgence mode. There were tons and tons of Mercedes in every combination.

It would be years later when I drove my first Mercedes. I remember wondering what the big deal was. That’s the funny thing about youth, you never appreciate engineering. I was more concerned with how many girls I could fit into any car I was in. Driving pleasure never entered my mind. Come to think of it not much else but girls consumed my teenage years.

Well, it’s been over thirty years since those crazy days. Now, much older, weaker and unattractive, I find myself appreciating the finer things in life. Good red wine, well balanced cars and yes, my recliner.

Refinement now has a place in my life and refinement is one of the many consistencies afforded us by Mercedes.
When I first laid eyes on the 2012 Mercedes C250 I immediately was impressed. The C250 does not stand out because of its styling. Its style and grace make it stand out.

Sit behind the wheel on what Mercedes considers an entry level car and you see exactly what the German’s are all about. What is listed as 201HP and 229 lb-ft of torque seems underrated by a third. Mated to the 7 speed Adaptive Automatic Transmission this little 1.8 four cylinder is extremely quick.

Mercedes has always stood for more than performance. Sophistication has also set them apart from the red-necks across the pond. We have made great strides here in America over the last several years but, try as we might we just can’t seem to create the refinement of the Germans.

The driving position is stellar. And everything is effortlessly controlled from the pilot’s seat.
What else can I say, I absolutely loved the C250 and for $37,000.00 you can put one in the garage tomorrow. Visit Classic Mercedes this weekend and see one for yourself.

I’m Lonnie Johnson and this is this week’s review sponsored by Stewart’s Donnybrook Automotive. Stop by and see Gary today. I’m very proud to have them sponsor these reviews and hope you will give them a chance to earn your business. At the corner of Donnybrook and Troup Stewart’s Donnybrook Automotive offers what I think is the last full service station on the planet. You won’t find a more enhanced, enjoyable atmosphere anywhere in Tyler.

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