Get Ready For the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid LE

Hi everyone, it’s Peter here and I’m excited to do a full review today of the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid LE model! This is exactly the same as the 2023 model in terms of specs, so if you’re looking at getting an Ev or electric car soon this is perfect for you. At Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals, Fredericton we have a variety of Ev options that are fully electric, like Teslas, Hyundais and Nissans, plus a PHEV Jeep Wrangler and now this hybrid model which you don’t need to plug in. We want to help you make an informed decision when it comes to Ev cars and hybrids, so make sure you stay tuned for our full review – give us a subscribe if it sounds interesting for you! to whatever you want.

Our 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid LE comes with– a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor for a total system output of 219 horsepower. This is more than enough power for everyday driving requirements.  You’ll enjoy excellent fuel efficiency thanks to the hybrid technology.

This crossover is surprisingly efficient; its gas and electric motors work together to give you great fuel economy for those short trips around town. Despite being compact in size, this car doesn’t skimp on space either – so there’s no need to compromise when it comes both efficiency and comfort.

Safety Features

Toyota is known for its commitment to safety, and this car is no exception. You can count on advanced safety features like pre-collision systems with pedestrian detection and lane departure alert with steering assist to help keep you safe on the road. The car also has blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert to make sure you know what’s going on around your vehicle at all times. The new model also includes an available 360-degree camera system that provides a bird’s eye view of your surroundings to help you park safely in tight spaces.

Interior Design

The interior design of the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid LE is as impressive as its exterior design. The cabin offers plenty of room for five passengers plus their cargo, and there are even optional third row seats if you need extra space for larger groups or cargo items such as bikes or camping gear. In terms of technology, there’s an available 10-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay compatibility and Amazon Alexa integration so you can stay connected while on the go. And finally, if comfort is your priority, then look no further than the available heated and ventilated front seats that will keep you cozy no matter what kind of weather Mother Nature throws your way!

The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid LE has something for everyone – from powertrain options to advanced safety features to interior design details that make it perfect for every lifestyle need – this car really does have it all! Whether you’re looking for a reliable daily driver or just want something fun and efficient to take out on weekend adventures, this car fits both bills perfectly! So don’t wait any longer – get ready for the arrival of the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid LE!

In conclusion, it is clear that the Toyota LE hybrid model makes an excellent car for someone looking for an efficient vehicle, with all the amenities one could want. With top-of-the-line LED headlights, comfortable seating and extra power with all wheel drive, this car can bring you wherever your heart desires in any conditions. Not to mention all of the features available in the LE hybrid at a price that beats adding a few extra luxury options to a regular gasoline vehicle. If this kind of fuel efficiency powered by style and affordability sounds like something you’re interested in, come into Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals to check out our massive selection of EVs today! Our friendly staff will be more than happy to help find you the perfect ride, while also ensuring your time spent is as enjoyable as possible.

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2023 Nissan Leaf SV Plus – Complete In-Depth Review!

Hey everybody, it’s Peter and this is the 2023 Nissan Leaf. And in this video we’re gonna do a complete in-depth review of this car. And before we get going too far, I should mention that I’m at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals here in Fredericton NewBrunswick, where they sell a whole lot of EVs. So like I said, this is a 2023 Nissan Leaf. This is the top spec model. We also have a lower trim line with a little bit less range, a little bit less expensive that’s in stock also at 2023. We just did a video last week on the Hyundai Kona, I believe that is a 2022 EV. We have a number of Teslas in stock. We have a Prius Prime, actually a couple Prius primes in stock. There are always electric vehicles plug-in hybrid electric vehicles here. And if you’re interested in those, feel free to subscribe to this channel because I’ll be reviewing them and going through them more and more. 
And if you have questions that you wanna know more about this car or other cars in its class, feel free to let me know in the comments below. Because here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals, they give me complete access to their entire vehicle line and I can come back to these cars to make sure that you get all the answers you need. Now, before I go too, too far, I wanna say one more thing about Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals, especially when it comes to electric vehicles. There is almost nowhere in the world where you can go and walk in and check out a new 2023 Nissan Leaf next to a Prius Prime, next to a Hyundai Kona EV or electric next to other vehicles, next to Teslas. And you can compare them all in the lot on the same area with the same salesperson.

And in addition to that, you can take them home. They don’t have to have a huge long wait for those. So the big shout out to Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals for committing to EVs. Now let’s get going with this review. So the 2023, this leaf is actually a very impressive car. And I say actually because it doesn’t get the press that it used to, this sort of introduced, uh, electric vehicles to North America. It was really one of the first other than Tesla. And it’s gone through some iterations, gone through some changes, gone through some new generations, and I feel like it’s a little overshadowed by some of the bigger and heavier EVs that are out there. But this is a nice, relatively compact car that makes a lot of sense for a lot of people. I have a cheat sheet here. Let’s talk about, uh, overall horsepower and other things like that.

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There are two models and each model has more range and less range. We’ll talk about range in a second, but power matters as well. The higher trim, which is this one, has 214 horsepower and 250 foot pounds of torque. So of course torque is common. This one balances out its power a little bit more than something like the Kia and Hyundai, uh, competitors to this car where they have a little bit more torque and a little bit less horsepower. And then you also have the lower range model, which has 147 horsepower and 236 uh, foot pounds of torque. So you’ve got, with the differing ranges, you also have differing, uh, power numbers. So again, this would be the more powerful one with a few more options. Couple things I like about this. It has the 360 camera. We’ll show you that as we get inside. 


Let’s got those nice l e d lights, lights out front. The lower trim level’s gonna have the halogen lights and there’s really kind of options to go up spec or low spec depending on what you want. So let’s take a look at some of the details on this car. Starting at the front of the car, you’ve got this nice kind of gray out logo, that camera out there on the front. And this has to be popped from the inside, which I’ve already done and opens up like that. Now one thing that’s interesting to me, you have your typical level one, level two charge port right there. And then you have a different style charge port than the competitors are using. This is the Chad Moe, I think I’m saying that right. Uh, charge port this has used this for a while. Most other uh, manufacturers have moved onto a different style charge port.


But you do have a fast charging capability here on this car, which just a little bit different style port than some of the other vehicles in the class. Closing this down, click it in place, it seals right up. Another interesting thing I wanna show you is these wheels here, this wheel design, it’s an alloy wheel and they are fully blacked out except for the very edge trims here. So kinda like a five spoke wheel or five spokes sort of design. But they are very unique and really make it stand out from a distance. Wheel size is 2 15, 50 R 17. So you have 17 inch rims here. Uh, you know, nice sized tires. These are Michelin tires as well. I wanna point out the rear design of this before we take a look at the trunk because there’s some nice styling cues here that give you sort of that kind of a cool shoulder kind of look.


They make it look sort of muscular from the rear end, so the wheels are out to the sides. But this design also does compromise this one thing on the trunk. It’s the one thing that I kind of question in the redesign about, uh, this leaf here. It’s probably not gonna matter to most people, but I’ll show you what I mean with this kind of styling. These sharp cutoffs are great for aerodynamics, which is what you want, but this styling does create one compromise in the trunk. Let me show you that right now. So taking a look inside the trunk here, you can see nice clear, open pull there. One thing I talk about this styling is it doesn’t seem to kind of open up here. It has a little bit of a smaller entrance than I feel like it could have, although there is a thicker wall here.


So there may be reasonings, there may be stuffing behind here that they don’t, uh, give you a full trunk space. So to me, I feel like they could have just kind of opened this up here. You got a lot of space in here where there’s no opening to, and this entrance does come a little smaller. It’s only gonna matter if you try to fit the largest things in here, uh, but some of the other competitors have a little bit more of a square opening, which will allow you to put it in. The other thing that’s interesting is the floor really dips down here it’s very, very low. So the trunk space is very, very good, but you will be lifting things out instead of just sliding things out. So again, good space, full down seats. You’ve got a removable cargo cover. It is a hatchback design, but a little different again to have that lower floor here. Got our charge, uh, charger that comes with the car in here. Of course, that won’t be there when you’re, uh, traveling normally. I mean it could be, but you don’t have to have it there. But it does have a very good trunk space. Little difference with the smaller opening and the deeper floor. Moving on from the cargo compartment, I wanna show you the rear seats as well. Rear seat space, this driver’s seat is set for me as a six footer. Now one thing you’ll find with all of these cards with the battery in the

Floor, which is what this has, that’s where you want it. Even with something like Tesla, the rear seats tend to be raised and the rear floor is a little bit raised. So not as much tow space under the seats as you would expect on a gasoline car. But still here for me a six footer, no problem. Now it looks like it kind of comes close to my head here, but inside the car I have plenty of space for, again, me as a six footer sitting behind a six footer. But you are perched up a little bit more on these seats than the front seats. The front seats can actually sit quite low in this car. Overall, you do have heated seats here, heated rear seat, two USB ports as well. So the heated rear seat is an on or off thing. What I don’t like it is the switch.


If it is turned on by someone in the rear, it stays on. So it is a not a uh, typical on and off switch. Now it is visible from the driver if they just turn to the right there. So interesting placement. But again, just something to keep in mind before we jump in the driver’s seat. I wanna show you the key for this car. And this Nissan does keys very well. They are small. I don’t think anybody wants a huge massive key in their pocket, but this is everything you need. Nothing you don’t, right there on the key. So we’re gonna throw those in our pocket. They are of course keyless entry touch of the button on the door here. These are chrome, uh, door handles here on the higher trim level. A touch of that button there would unlock it. It’s already unlocked. So we’re gonna jump in. 
You can see here big wide comfortable seats. You have powered seats and you have a lumbar adjustment there. And like I said, you’ll see a ton of room in here. We’ll show you my headroom as we jump in. But let’s just first take a look at some of the things in the dash. So overall, because this is an ev, we can turn it on. We’ll do that in a second here. Let’s just zoom in for a second. Left side, higher trim level. It has some self-steering capabilities. We’ll talk about that. These are to pop your charge port, schedule your CL or actually turn off the schedule for your uh, um, if you schedule your charge, which is an option to do. You have a heated steering wheel down there. This is a push button that kind of comes in and out, but it will, it is sort of what I call a sticky button.


It will stay on if you had it on in the past, which is kind of nice to have. Take a look at the dash here. Let’s go back out to the regular view here. Let’s start the car. And you can see the animations that come on. This is a very good screen. There is a lot of information. It is very clear. Uh, I quite like it. So we’ll show you that in a second here. But let’s just continue to show you some extra controls there. Uh, your trip reset down there and uh, brightness. This is what you’re gonna use to control that left side screen. Very intuitive there. And you have your audio controls there as well. Moving across over here. Some of your safety systems here. This car is absolutely loaded with safety systems. So we’ll talk about that versus lower trim level. Just the basics anyways, have to go through there. 
And uh, over here is your touchscreen. Very good. Touchscreen mounted flat, not tilted to the driver or anything like that. Uh, simple climate controls that are easy to use. There’s your start button right down there. Power button. One thing I like about the U USB ports here, they have a U S B C and a U US b A in here, which is good. And again, the uh, heated seat buttons, they do stay on because they are um, sort of in place there. So you have to keep that in mind with the rear seat there as well. Similar button there. And you have the, oops, I just turned it off there. You have the 12 volt port there as well. One thing I would’ve liked to see here is this could have been a wireless charge pad, but it is not to my knowledge. So I’m pretty sure it’s not down here.


You’ve got some nice things. We’re gonna talk about these kind of things. This is how your gear shift works. For whatever reason. EVs, they just feel like they should be strange gear shift levers and stuff. And the leaf has always done this. Same with like the Prius. They have a different style, uh, uh, gear shift as well. E pedal here is basically your one pedal driving. Now manufacturers don’t like to call it one pedal driving, but that’s effectively what it is. It uh, allows you to release the accelerator pedal and the vehicle will slow down in this vehicle. It will come to a complete stop. There’s an eco mode here as well. And here’s your gear shift lever. So again, there’s your sort of map of what you’re doing. So to put it in drive, we go like this and that and it’s in drive and it pops back
Actually that’s reverse. Excuse me. And then we’ll go and drive. We go like that. I’m used to doing it with my right hand, so doing it with my left hand kind of throws me off. Anyways, why don’t we show you the reverse for a second. It is beeping. We have backup sensors on, uh, and you have the 360 camera. So very, very simple to park this car. You can set the camera settings to one other setting here. I would’ve liked to see a few more options. This is to parallel park on the right side only. So again, some of its competitors with these 360 cameras do allow you to see the left side or right side or both sides. Uh, but totally fine for what it is. We’re gonna get that beeping to stop by putting it back in park and you can sort of see the camera still stay on there. 
Gonna go back to that menu. We’ll show you this in a second. But before we go to show you the technology, let me just show you the space in here that I have. So where the backseat has a little bit tighter headroom, you know, about an inch or so, you know, not a lot. You feel like you’re perched very up high in this seat. You feel like you’re very low. Now of course I can solve that problem by using the power seat to come up and up and up and up and up. I should go back down and just sort of show you just cuz it is hard to see on camera. But you can see there is a lot of space here. So I’m about six feet tall, you can see you can be 6 2, 6 3, 6 4. You’re not gonna have an issue here. Uh, but let’s go up and up and up and up and up.
You can move this seat quite a bit. Front and back can go up. So even at its highest position, at least the highest hip position, I could still move the front of the seat higher. Uh, still very good headroom. So again, you’re sitting a little more deeper in this car from the front, which is really the opposite from the back seats. So good space overall, doesn’t matter who you’re, you’re gonna be able to fit in this car quite comfortably. We’re gonna take a little bit more of a brief look at this screen cause I actually wanna show you the screen and the dash and some of the features in there as well. But you have everything you kind of need here. There’s your audio system here. You’ve got am fm I believe you also have satellite radio. Let’s just check here. Yeah, satellite radio, Bluetooth audio, of course, all of that stuff there. 
Uh, this does have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. My assumption is that it is still a wired system, not a wireless system, but that’s probably fine. Wireless systems can be sketchy at this point. So yeah, there’s your Sirius, your Bluetooth, all that kind of thing. Now what’s interesting is these buttons down here, they do change based on what you have. So you can see there, if we go to for instance the map, uh, now you’ve got your all your destination buttons. So depending on what you have, a lot of cars will sort of have the sticky buttons down here. They’ll stay, uh, as all the same no matter what screen you’re on. This sand doesn’t do that with this. So it is something to keep in mind that depending on the screen, even these buttons change, which I think does create a cleaner look, uh, works quite well for most people.


So you’ve kind of got everything you need in there. But like I said, oh actually we should just show you the climate system for a second here as well. Uh, this, this trim does have a heat pump involved. So a lot of EVs, lower trims don’t always have that heat pump. Higher trims do. Uh, the heat pump will give you a little bit more range. I’m not sure if it makes a difference to a ton of people. Um, obviously it does take some range, but a lot of these people who are driving these relatively lower range cars aren’t doing a whole lot of massive trips in them. So although it does affect your range, it may not affect your, um, usability of the car, uh, whether it has a heat pump or not. Uh, for the range that you have anyways, you can decide that for yourself. (12:30)
Coming over here again, uh, rated range number, oh boy, I think it was 3 48 and 2 48 or 2 3 40 and two 40 or something like that. When it’s full, you can see we have 96%. This car currently is sitting inside, but you can see outside it’s still reading the colder temperatures. It was minus something outside. It’s minus two in here. So, um, this car was just recently fast charged out front here in Jim Gilberts Wheels and Deals. They have a brand new fast charger. You’ve got a lot of screens here to go through and I know I’m not gonna show you everything, but you can see sort of various things here. Uh, battery temperature, all kinds of stuff EV related stuff. If you’re just a regular um, driver here, you’re probably gonna look at this screen. It gives you a little bit of an idea. If you keep that sort of tack type lever or tack type uh, gauge in that eco section you’re gonna do really well. (13:11)
Obviously you’ve go into power and then it will drop down into the blue as it charges. So that’s kind of a typical menu, but you can cycle through, you can have your radio here, you can have navigation information because we don’t have any destination right now. It’s just gonna show us a compass in this screen, which is fine. Uh, there’s some of your efficiency information. Now ignore efficiency information. This car has a total of 182 kilometers on it and I have been idling in this car running heat. So, uh, this just doesn’t have, you know, read the spec sheet more than any car in a dealership. Any car sitting in a dealership is gonna have a higher, um, efficiency rating than what you’ll get. Or worse efficiency rating than what you’ll probably get. So you can ignore some of those. But again, there’s lots of different ways to look at different things here. (13:49)
Uh, coming over here, we’ve got our speedometer. There’s a lot of other controls in here as well. Some of the screens that I like here, there’s your blind spot, your lane warning, your forward assist, like forward warnings. There’s lots of warnings. This is sort of a smart cruise control type thing. So when you put this thing on a smart cruise control, it will keep its distance from the vehicles in front of you, including coming down right to a stop. So I love using that in stop and go traffic. You can use it on the highway, that kind of thing. Uh, and it sort of slows down to the vehicles in front of you, but stop and go traffic. It works very well because it will continue to bring you to a stop and accelerate out for you again. And this is one of those display screen that’s, that can work with that. (14:22)
So you also have this ability of this car. Let’s just go wide angle, show you everything here to have a bit of a, they call it hands-on sort of self-steering. So it’s like many cars in this class actually have something similar, uh, where the vehicle can see the lane markers can steer for itself to keep it centered in the lane. Obviously you have to keep your hands on the wheel, but uh, if you think the Teslas are the only ones that sort of steer themselves, that is not true. Many cars, uh, Kias and Hyundais N Nissan here has some version of that. There’s lots of versions. So we’re gonna put that back to speedometer for a second here and we’ll go across one more. And then you have all of your settings here. So via vehicle dynamic control, there is your, uh, you know, advanced traction control.
Essentially many cars have that driver assistance settings. Let’s just tap into some of these for a second. Steering assist, you can turn that on. You’ve got lane things, blind spot things, emergency brake parking, aids, driver retention alert. So if you’re looking for safety features, um, you’ve got so many in here. So we’ll come back here and look at that. Uh, same with the custom display vehicle settings. You can do all kinds of things. EV settings is good too. Uh, very clear and easy to find. So charge connector, you can have it locked, locked while it’s um, just charging or various things. And then you can set the timer to charge. So for instance, if you wanna set it to charge in a, uh, setting where, uh, I’m just gonna make sure I’m in park. Oh, I am in park. There we go. Take my foot off the break now.
Uh, but you can set the charge timer for if you have, uh, time of use charging at your house. You can set various, uh, um, charge timers in this and climate control timers well. So this is really helpful if, uh, you’re not necessarily charging every night, which, you know, I own an electric vehicle, we don’t charge it every single day. We don’t need to the same ways you wouldn’t get gas every single day. Uh, but climate control timer is nice to have because if you leave for work the same time every day, even if you’re inside a garage, you can set this up to turn on your heat or your air conditioning, whatever you want. You just, let’s say you want it at 21 degrees, you can set this to 21 degrees and whether it needs heat or air conditioning, it can turn on at a certain time and every time you, uh, go, it can uh, it can set that up for you. 
So again, this is pretty typical stuff in the class, but what’s nice about the N Nissan here is it’s just very easy to find all this stuff. So you can see tons and tons of settings here. Uh, maintenance clock units, factory resets, everything here. So there’s usually nothing you can change here that can’t be easily, uh, fixed again. So if you ever get this car, feel free to set it up and play with it. If you buy it from Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals, of course I will work with you. If you ever change something here that you just forgot how it, uh, was set, then you can just connect with our team here or even myself and we’ll make sure that we get things set back to the way they want, the way you want them. So we’ll leave it there, but a very, very, very good screen in there for an ev. 
A couple other things I’ll show you here. Uh, you do have the ability to connect this vehicle to an app from the Nissan. Again, that’s pretty standard for the class right now, but that is a telematic system, which also gives you advantage of things like an sos uh, button here. So you can call for help because it has sort of a data connection within the car. You do have sunglasses holder up here. Not many cars have those as much anymore. This is auto rearview, auto dimming, rear view mirror. Uh, overall very nice space in here with good technology.

So is the NI Nissan Leaf right for you? Well, it’s a very good electric car. It’s very class competitive in what it offers. It has a hair less range than the most similar cars to this, which are the Kia and Hyundai options. The both the Niro, the, uh, Kona Electric, uh, the Kia Soul EV as well. So a little bit rest less range than the maximum amount of those. But again, very class competitive. Uh, nice features like that 360 camera, uh, good overall space in inside. And the nice thing about this class of EV is they’re much more similar to your typical gasoline vehicle. When you get in, you know where the controls are, it’s different than a Tesla. If you wanna compare this to something like a Tesla, something like to a Prius Prime, something like to the other Kia and Hyundai vehicles, you can do that here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals.
And you can also do that on this channel. I’ve done a number of videos just within the past week of all these EVs that are in stock and I want to help you find the answers you need. So is it right for you? Is it not? Well, the easiest way to tell us to do a little research, and if you wanna see these cars next to each other on the same lot, you can come to Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals here in Fredericton, New Brunswick to see them up close, deal with the same salesperson, get the same number so you know, you’re comparing apples to apples and there aren’t many vehicles or aren’t many dealers where you can drive them back to back. So if that’s helpful, swing by here. And again, let me know in the comments what you want to know about these EVs. Should I do another video on the lower trim Nissan Leaf? Do you wanna see that one compared as well? Let me know in the comments and we’ll make sure we get that for you. Thanks everybody for watching.

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EV’s for beginners – Helping you select the right EV for you in 2023 @Jim Gilberts Wheels and Deals, Fredericton

iHi Everybody, it’s Peter, and in this video I’m gonna talk about electric vehicles from the perspective of if you are considering an electric vehicle for the first time, I’m gonna help you understand what’s out there. We’ll start with the Tesla as an example, but I should also point out that I just did a video yesterday on the Hyundai Kona Electric, which is completely different than this. I also did a video on the Prius Prime, which is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle the day before that. And in the coming days, I’m gonna do videos on the 2023 Nissan Leaf and we’re gonna talk about charging, fast, charging, all those kind of things, all on this channel. And we can do that because I’m here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals where all of these cars are in stock. It’s no longer like some dealers where you have to go in order off a brochure or a computer screen and see your car a year and a half from now.ssanLeaf

You can compare all of these cars right here on the lot in Fredericton, New Brunswick. And if you’re just watching online and you’re not near Fredericton, New Brunswick, I can bring these cars back on video to talk to you about different features and different things to make sure that you have a full understanding of what you’re getting into if you’re looking at an EV. So like I said, in this video, we’re gonna focus on the Tesla as sort of a Tesla for beginners or a Tesla 1 0 1. Some of the things that are different about this, some of the things that make it really great and some of the things you need to be aware of because some of the old myths about electric vehicles aren’t true anymore, but there are still many you need to be aware of. So we’re gonna kind of show you the pros and cons of this and help you to sort of get an inside in-depth look of what it’s like to own an ev, to have an EV and what you may wanna look for to make sure that you get the right EV for you.

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So let’s get going with the review. So before I go too far, there is some background noise in this video. I’m working in an active service bay over there. There’s an active wash bay, so don’t worry too much about the noise, we’re gonna hop inside the vehicle and you won’t see much of that, but if you hear noise, that’s what’s going on. Alright, so let’s talk about this from an EV perspective. Let’s talk about Tesla 1 0 1. And there’s one thing I just want to point out cuz you’re gonna see it throughout the video. Inside this little rubber case is a little credit card and that credit card is actually the key for a Tesla vehicle. Tesla. The vehicles, uh, the model three and model Y actually have a little credit card as a key model X and above and Model S for instance, they have an actual key fob at the end of the day.

You don’t really need either of these because if you own this car, you’re actually gonna use your cell phone, which I’m filming with uh, as your key. So I have this here and there’s some weird things I’m gonna do with rubbing it along the side of the vehicle here. When I do it up here, if I get it in the right spot, I usually have my phone doing this, the mirrors will shut and it will lock and I have to put it in the right place to start the vehicle. But we’ll talk about that later on. Right now it’s in my pocket. So let’s talk about a couple advantages that you get with Tesla that you don’t get with every other vehicle. The first cool thing I wanna talk about is the F shrunk on a TR Tesla and that is the Tesla front trunk.

Now a lot of people assume that you don’t have an engine, so every single EV has a shrunk and that’s not the case. This is the Tesla Model Y. It’s got a pretty deep front trunk here and it’s very useful for storage and it makes this vehicle from a storage perspective equivalent to a vehicle that’s much larger than this vehicle. So it’s something to keep in mind that you do have this on Tesla. Other vehicles will have some small storage, but not many vehicles have or not many electric vehicles have as much front trunk storage space as the Tesla does. There’s also an advantage on the Tesla on the rear storage area. So let’s look at the trunk for a second now as well. The Tesla model Y is a hatchback design. The model three is based on a very similar platform, but it’s not a hatchback, it’s just a sedan.

So you have just the trunk that opens here. Now whether you get a model Y or you get a model three, some similarities exist here. First of all, the model Y there is a huge opening, like a typical hatchback, you could have a 40, 20, 40 split full down seat and the floor here is quite low compared to a lot of crossover. So you have a huge space here when you fold everything down. Now one thing that you may not expect is there is also a huge, and I mean huge deep compartment right here because there is no fuel tank because there’s no, you know, various things that you would have in a normal gasoline vehicle. You have a massive underfloor storage space right here in the Model Y that you don’t have in every other ev. So if you have an EV that is based on a gasoline car, you tend to not have these types of storage spaces.

Teslas of course are based on an entirely electric platform and you do have some storage bases here. Now to be fair, there are many electric vehicles that start from the ground up as only an electric car and they still don’t have the space. So that’s one of the things that Tesla does. That’s a huge advantage over some other brands. So if those two storage compartments don’t make you think that Tesla’s a little weird and a little different, they should. Tesla does a lot of things differently, but one thing they sort of set the standard for is how most modern electric vehicles are sort of set up on a platform. The reason you can have so much space front and rear is because the platform of this car, or in other words what the whole car is based on is a lot like a skateboard. You have the wheels in here with the motors in behind it.


This one is all wheel drive. So there’s a motor in the front and a motor in the rear. So two motors driving this vehicle and then underneath the car is just like a skateboard, a battery pack on the very bottom of the car. Most modern EVs use that formula. Now I drive a Kia Soul Ev and that car has the same formula but they put their motor out front where the gasoline Kia soul has that motor. We did the Hyundai Kona just the other day. It’s the exact same way and other vehicles will be similar. So they don’t have that front trunk even though they run the battery along the bottom. And it’s just something to keep in mind. The battery along the bottom does a couple things for you. Tesla are known as very safe vehicles and even though this model Y is relatively tall, you can see I’m about six feet tall.


It’s a typical crossover height. These vehicles are very difficult to roll over because the weight of the vehicle is so down low. Now having that weight, something to keep in mind is that this is also a much heavier vehicle than your typical gasoline vehicle of equal size. So EVs are heavier but the weight is down low. That can make for some pretty fun handling because it has that weight down low. But being heavier can change the way. It’s not a lightweight handling car. And it also adds to safety again when you don’t have as much engine components up here. Even if you did have engine C or motor components up here, electric motor components, you still have very good crumple zones and that kind of thing, which is very good for keeping you safe. The one thing just about every modern EV does have is a pretty good suite of safety features.


And in the Tesla’s case you have to keep in mind that some of those safety features are kind of misnamed. There’s things like autopilot, which is not actually an autopilot. There’s things like full self-drive which doesn’t fully self-drive. So those are things to keep in mind. Although a Tesla can steer for itself, many modern vehicles with something like Lane Keeping assist and smart cruise control have the same thing as early Tesla autopilots full self-drive and a Tesla is absolutely more advanced than in your regular vehicles. And we’re gonna talk about those, those safety features moving forward. If you want a different vehicle attest, that’s a good way to go. If you want something that is a little more normal, basically one of the major automotive, automotive manufacturers are gonna give you more of the mainstream vehicle. Let’s hop inside the vehicle, show you some controls in here, how to adjust some things and then we’re gonna talk about range charging and some of the basics with an ev.


One thing to note is jumping into most modern EVs, you tend to have these flush door handles and that’s because the enemy of range is aerodynamic resistance, in other words wind resistance. So they always try to have a flush door handle on most modern EVs that can be very kind of cool looking. It can be an issue in some uh, snowy conditions, icy conditions, these ones aren’t too bad. You push in here, you can pull that out there and the door opens. Now Teslas again are weird, they’re very minimalist, which is a very cool design. But let’s show you how some of these things work. So as we hop in this vehicle,

It is off. Now I can adjust my seat because there’s regular seat controls on here. Lemme just go wide angle for a second. But there are no other controls in front here as you can see, just by opening the door and getting in the car, it’s kind of turned on. The climate system has turned on but it is not ready to drive. The steering wheel is kind of locked. Now because I don’t have this hooked up to my phone, it’s telling me exactly how to start this. There is no start button in any Tesla. So I’m gonna take this key card here, I’m gonna drop it down to where they’re telling me I’m gonna put my foot on the brake and now the car is fully started. So I’m just gonna leave that key card in there. Everything you you do on a Tesla is controlled from this screen or these two little knobs right here.


So as an example, we’ll go to the controls here and uh, we’ll just sort of show you how things work. So there’s pedals and steering, there’s controls, there’s all kinds of different things. So let’s say I want to adjust the steering wheel, right? So the steering will go in there and let’s just zoom in for a second. Now it has activated this control on the left side here for the steering wheel. So if I wanna tilt it up, I can bring it up if I wanna bring it in or out, that’s coming towards me and now pushing it that way is going away from me. So it is very different in a Tesla to do some of these controls to bring it up or down anywhere you want. Um, like you can sort of see here, let’s just go wide angle again here. Rolling up steering wheel is moving up.


If you look sort of compared to the other side rolling down, it’s coming a long ways down. So things are different in Teslas. If this isn’t your kind of thing where you have to kind of dig through a menu system to do what in many other cards is a basic control system, then a Tesla’s probably not for you. A couple things that I really like about the Tesla though, if you just kind of go over here and um, we’ll just sort of go back to the home screen here. You have a fantastic navigation system in here. This screen is all nav. This over here, if we put it in drive becomes your speedometer, everything’s kind of ready And Teslas have a cool system here which allow you to sort of see vehicles around you. It’ll give you sort of like these grayed out vehicles around you in many cases because it can see vehicles around you.


Most other cars can see in some level, but Teslas also see them very well. Your speedometer, if I let off the brake here and touch forward here it is up top there so you can see the speedometer up top. Uh, I just creeped forward for a second now, couple things I wanna talk about. First of all, charging networks on the Tesla. If you buy a Tesla, you’re going to have your charge networks shown in here. Your superchargers. If you buy an other manufacturer’s brand, let me just look at the camera and tell you what goes on with that. Other manufacturers will have charge stations in their navigation system, but this is the big difference. Most of the other brands at this point, were filming this in January, 2023, their navigation system is not actively connected to the internet or anything else. So when the car was made, if the navigation software had a charge station in there, then it would be there.


But as an example, we are here at Wheels and Deals. They just installed a fast charger level three charger and it is sitting out front, it is not in any of the navigation systems of any of the cars. So what you want to do if you drive a nont Tesla is get a few apps and you can find the apps that work in your area in this area. Something like Flow or ChargePoint are two popular apps to throw on your phone and if you drive a nont Tesla using Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, some of those apps work right there with that system and throw it up on your screen with a Tesla. Most of the software is built in and most of the software updates for you, which is fantastic. One thing you don’t get with a Tesla is Android dot or Apple CarPlay. So a little difference there with a screen you use.

Tesla is really a software company so they put all their stuff in there. Um, and you have that in the system. So if something to remember for charge stations, most of they’re charging you’ll be doing from home. We’ll talk a little bit more charging in a second, but let’s just look at a few more things in here. Taking a look at our screen here, this is a 15 inch screen in this uh, vehicle here. It’s 17 inches in some of the other Teslas, but uh, very, very big screen very close to you and you’re gonna hit home screen here. Let’s talk about something like for instance autopilot. Autopilot is auto steer beta and there are various things. Now the one thing that about the Tesla is think of your cell phone. How it randomly gets software updates that you have to just perform over wifi network.

This car is the exact same, you can add features to this car. Something like full self-driving though is a decision you’re gonna have to make when you get this car new. It’s cost a lot more to update. A lot of ’em have the hardware but they cost a lot more to update after the fact than when you buy it. New buying here from Wheels and Dealers, you can see how they’re set up and we can uh, sort of show you that this one here has the full self-driving, which again is not full self-driving but it is something to remember in the prices of some of these cards. Even though cards are identical, if it has full self-driving or doesn’t have full self-driving, that can explain some of the price difference between these types of things. So let’s talk about breaking systems in these cars as well.

So regardless of which EV you buy, there is going to be something called regenerative braking. Now regenerative braking is a little different than regular braking. So these cars have four wheels with a brake in each wheel exactly like your gasoline car. However, when you’re on the gas pedal, which we now call the accelerator pedal because no gas, uh, as you release that gas pedal that accelerator pedal, you will at some point in just about every EV find that the vehicle is actively braking. Now in a Tesla your brake lights come on in every uh, ev your brake lights come on in the Tesla you can see in your screen when your brake lights are activated, which is kind of nice to see. What that regenerative braking does is it recaptures energy when you’re sort of slowing down and throws it back into the battery. So it basically uses the wheels as generators and slows down the car.

That does two things for you. One, it slows down the car. Two, it preserves your brakes, which means that for most electric vehicles brake jobs like replacement of pads and rotors and that kind of thing is a pretty rare thing. Now many cars still require a good brake service to keep some rust to keep things moving on the actual brakes wheel brakes themselves. Uh, friction brakes sometimes are called but you can generally set how much resistance you want when you let off that pedal. Teslas are gonna do it differently than Hyundais which are gonna do it differently than NI sands which are gonna do differently than everybody else. So everybody has their own way, but every single EV that I’ve driven has regenerative braking when you release the pedal. Now again, like other things that are misnamed, Tesla calls that one pedal driving or uh, you know one pedal driving, which means in theory you don’t have to use the second pedal, right?

Well, wrong Tesla misnamed that Again, most of the time you can get around with just one pedal driving on a Tesla and with some other EVs as well, but you still will sometimes need to use two pedals. So that’s just something to keep in mind. What I’m getting at is when you get in these vehicles, the the accelerator pedal will feel different. The other thing to keep in mind with a Tesla, it’s a performance vehicle. Even in the most base model, the slowest Tesla zero 60 is on par with most performance cars. So the fastest ones are absolutely insane. Why does that happen? Well, electric motors don’t have to rev to make power. So if you think about a sports car, the fun of hearing them rev up, the reason we rev up a sports car is to get it in the power band. So when you say a car has X amount of horsepower, let’s say it has 500 horsepower, it usually has to rev from zero RPM or you know, a thousand RPM where idols up to six, 7,000 rpm, that kind of thing to make full power.

While this one has full power instantly, which means you’re not waiting for the engine to rev up and switching gears and rev up and switching gears and rev up, you’re only at your max power when you’re at that higher rev in a gasoline car. These cars have max power from a stop right throughout and that makes them exceptionally fast. Doesn’t have to be a Tesla. Other cars have other EVs have as well, but Teslas are both luxury and performance cars. Now the luxury features of some Teslas may not match your, your um, luxury features in your other car. For instance, this car here is probably around a hundred thousand dollars. I haven’t checked the exact price of it but it doesn’t have ventilated seats. You can get those in other EVs, you can get those in other gas cars. So there are things that you’re gonna give up for that luxury but you’re still gonna gain in performance and that’s something to remember If you want a performance ev generally Tesla’s still the leader in that.

There are a few that are out there as well. The Kia EV six certainly has a performing uh, vehicle. Uh, some of those cars. But something like the Nisan leaf is not a performance car. Something like the Hyundai Kona Electric that I just did review of recently. Not a performance car as well. So those are a couple things to keep in mind. Alright, so we’re gonna talk about a couple more things outside the car, but we’re finished driving the car, right? So foots off the brake. We’ve pressed in the park button here cuz that’s your gear shift and your, let’s just zoom in for a second here. That’s your gear shift and thing. Mercedes uses a very similar gear shift stock on some of their vehicles. So not that uncommon but we’re finished driving, there’s no off button. So what happens now? Well I’ve taken my foot off the brake, the car is kind of where it is and I use the door handle which is this button right here, right there. I’m gonna press that and I just get out. Once I get outta this car, it’s off, it’s turned off and I can shut the door. I can show you what we’re doing right here, shut the door and the car turns itself off so you don’t have to worry about turning a Tesla off, which again can be a little different than some of your regular EVs. So one of the final things I wanna talk about with

An EV is range and charging. And here in Canada that is something that you really have to keep in mind. A lot of EVs like these Tesla can get range numbers that are in around that 500 kilometer mark. Now one thing to remember is most EV makers, especially Tesla, the way I drive, they overrate the range. In other words, if this one was rated for 500 show kilometers, I’m not likely to get that the way I drive. So don’t sit there and say well my regular commute is 500 kilometers, this car goes 500 kilometers, therefore I’m gonna be fine. That’s probably not the case with most people. There are a few cars, Kia and Hyundai in particular in one generation or a couple generations of their EVs that for three months or three seasons of the year in you know, the warmer temperatures, they actually kind of underrate the range for some people.

But it can really depend on the car. So assume that the rated range is driving very gently and I like to say the rated range is a really good estimate. If you’re gonna drive at that 50 mile an hour, 80 kilo an hour mark, then you could probably hit that. But for other types of driving you’re probably not gonna hit that. So range numbers are going to be probably a little bit less and then they’re going to cut out less again in the winter, both because you’re using your heater which draws a lot of power and because the electric battery is just not as efficient in the cold weather. So just keep that in mind. Uh, there are all sorts of forums out there. You can sort of see what people are getting on their EVs in the winter and in that type of condition and you can use those as sort of guidelines.

Remember it’ll always vary A lot of EVs. I recommend winter tires. Winter tires are not as efficient as the EV tires that come with it. So again, they’re good for traction but they’ll take some range away. All of this to say that the average person can do just fine in their everyday driving with an ev no matter what the range is, most of us don’t drive anywhere near this range and most of us are gonna leave our homes with a full charge. So while you will be charging on the road, one thing to keep in mind is in the cost of electric vehicle, I recommend getting what they used to call or still do call a level two charger in your home. Basically you’re gonna wanna run something like a dryer plug to your garage or your home and have a 50 amp service or 50 amp wire and a 40 amp charger to your car.

Whether it’s a Tesla or something else. Tesla has a charger that can kind of work on their own with sort of like a dryer plug. Most of the vehicles you’re gonna buy a level two uh system and plug it in, which also works on a Tesla that is sort of your standard quick charging. Tesla has supercharging, there is level three charging or DC charging which can charge most EVs up to 80% in about an hour to an hour and a half out on the road if that charger’s working full. Now that’s another thing to keep in mind if you’re doing a trip, Tesla superchargers, most of them pretty reliable, but there is some variance in how quickly they can charge. And the same thing happens with other brands. When you have another brand of an ev the charging network is not tied to the vehicle manufacturer and they can be wildly varying.

We just stuck a a charger in here, we run a wire ourselves and if we didn’t choose to run the right wire, just because your car is capable or the charging system outside is capable of a certain charge speed, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to get that. And a lot of ’em have apps where you can connect your car to and see how fast it’s charging. Tesla has that. Many other vehicles have that and many charge stations have that to keep in mind. So charging networks, uh, your car condemns absolutely fast charge. Most modern EVs can fast charge usually about an hour. We’ll get you most of that charge back, but keep in mind that it can vary and when it varies it’s usually due to the charger, not to the vehicle itself. So let’s talk a couple things more before we wrap this video up.

If you are looking at an ev, a Tesla is still the gold standard and Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals, I, last time I checked, I think we had eight or 10 of these in the lot. We’ve had 12 or 15 at times. We always have Teslas in stock, but these can be a little bit more expensive. Remember they are performance vehicles, they’re kind of in that luxury class. If this appeals to you, you’re gonna be spending that 50 ish thousand dollars Canadian and up for a relatively new, uh, model three or above. This is a model Y, so it’s gonna be priced a little bit above that. Again, this one again, probably around a hundred thousand dollars as equipped, but it is a very, very quick car. So there’s that to remember, you don’t have to get a Tesla to get a very good ev.

Nowadays I drive a Kia Soul ev it’s been perfect for us. We’ve been driving that since 2019. It’s a 2020 model and a lot of those cars are perfectly capable. There are shorter range and longer range vehicles and those vehicles from other manufacturers are gonna tend to be more normal. They have a start button, just like your push button started on your car. Uh, they have typical controls for your mirrors and your steering wheel and all those kinds of things instead of having a single screen. The one advantage that Tesla has is those over the air updates. This car will continue to improve over time. Very few other manufacturers offer over the air updates on their EVs. Some of ’em are starting to do that, but they don’t have quite the control that Tesla does. So you want to keep that in mind as well.

You’ll still have to use a dealer network. Now sometimes dealer networks can be helpful for you and sometimes they can be a burden to you and that’s for you to decide if you want to compare an ev. Here’s the benefit of Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals. We have them, we have them in stock. It’s very difficult to go compare EV side by side, but like I said, right now Tesla in stock Hyundai Kona E Electric in stock, Prius prime in stock. A couple of those, actually a couple leaf on this end lease 2023 and S Nissan Lease are gonna be in stock. Various other vehicles are coming in stock, whether it’s a pH EV or an ev. So plug-in hybrid electric vehicle still has a gas engine, but you can have EV range or electric. There are all kinds of them right here. And that’s one thing to remember is that it’s very difficult to go to a dealer test, drive an EV and take it right home here at Jim Gilberts.


So you can do that. So if you have more questions about Tesla, EVs or other EVs, let me know when the comments, the types of things you wanna know about these, these vehicles. And I’ll continue to make videos about them so that you can have a better understanding of what you’re looking at. Uh, we will talk about a charging system including fast charging. We have a fast charger that was just installed here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels deals. We’ll do a video on that very soon. And like I said, other vehicles will be re review reviewing regularly. So make sure you subscribe to this channel. Like I said, Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals is an amazing place to check out all these EVs side by side by side and you can get the same salesperson to run numbers on all of ’em for you. So you have an apples to apples comparison about which one you want and they will tell you, uh, all the things that you need to know about these EVs. So thanks everybody for watching. Let this just be the first video and a series. If there’s things you wanna know, let me know and we’ll go from there.

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2022 Hyundai Kona Electric 

 In-Depth Review!

Hi everybody, it’s Peter. In today’s video we are gonna do a complete in-depth review of the Hyundai Kona Electric. Now this is a car I’m excited about because I drive a car with a very similar powertrain and layout the Kia Soul Electric. So I know about this car and I also used to kind of work in an area where professionally I used to be an expert on this exact vehicle. So we’re gonna talk about this in detail, but before we get into it too far, we are filming here at  Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals and they sell all kinds of electric vehicles. And in fact, we’re gonna do a future video telling you how to level three charge this vehicle and other vehicles like it. Cause there’s a new level three charger here and there’s all kinds of inventories. So on the lot right now we have this Kona Electric, there’s a Nissan leaf 2023, a leaf coming in very soon.

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There’s all kinds of Teslas and there is a Prius Prime, which we filmed yesterday. If you wanna compare an electric vehicle side by side with other brands and not wait a year plus for it, Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals has it in stock. They can help you out and they can get them uh, fairly regularly. So lots of choice here. So we’re gonna get going with this review. So one of the first things I should point out here in this review is this is kind of the lost electric vehicle right now. This was kind of the hit of the show for a while, but in the Hyundai lineup, the Ionic five has sort of taken over and a lot of people are kind of looking at that and ignoring this. And I’m gonna tell you why maybe you shouldn’t. This one’s a little bit more compact and in its time, it still had the absolute best range you could get out of just about any EV vehicle outside of a Tesla


This one is rated for 415 kilometers. Now this generation of Kia and Hyundai EVs underrated the range for three seasons of the year. We’re filming in the middle of winter here in Canada and we’re gonna show you that this car will not get its 450 kilometers of range in the winter, but three seasons of the year. It’s not uncommon to see this car regularly get 450 kilometers, 480 kilometers and even beyond 500 kilometers of range just as it sits. So they kind of underrated this for the way a lot of people drive and that makes it a pretty good value Ev that gets you a whole lot of range And there are other benefits here as well. This is a very compact platform. Most of the EVs you’re gonna see are much, much larger vehicles. They’re harder to park, they’re harder to fit in your garage and frankly they’re just a little bit different to drive. (02:25)
So this gives you a much more traditional, uh, traditional style. And if you’ve looked at the Kona EV before or the Kona Electric before, you may not notice some of the upgrades that came with this redesign. Something like the Kia Soul didn’t go through the same redesign at the same stage that this did. So this received a number of upgrades, sort of halfway through the, uh, the package here that gives it refresh styling on the outside. We’ll have a little bit different nose to it, a little different lights and that kind of thing, but also some new technology on the inside. And that’s what we’re gonna cover in this video. So let’s start by taking a look at the front end of this vehicle. If you’ve seen previous konas, you may notice this is cleaned up a little bit from the previous generation. It’s also cleaned up a little bit from the gasoline version.


You’ve got that electric fuel fill or electric fuel fill, electric charge port right out front here. Oh boy, it’s gonna be the one of those days. You’ve got that out right out front here. But a really smooth front end. You’ve got your radar plate way down low here. We’ll talk about the use of that. And this is a preferred package. So the preferred package is a little bit better value, but it still gives you that 450 kilometers of rated range. One of the ways you can identify the preferred package. This is one of the very few vehicles, the EV vehicles that has halogen headlights down here. Why not? Sure in some ways you could say that’s a cost cutting measure, but the other thing to keep in mind is that those halogen lights are actually pretty good in the winter because they still create a little bit of heat. 
So if you’re driving at night with your headlights on and it’s a snowy slushy day, you do have the ability to have some of this melt through those halogen lights, which would be a little bit different than in an L E D light. You still have your L E D marker lights up here. And again, a nice clean fresh look. Taking a look along the side of the car, a lot of the Kona lineup is known for their sort of plasticy areas over here, which are not body color, a lot of like, a lot like the current Subarus do, but this one here in the EV is still body color gives it a cleaner look. And this is still basically a crossover. It’s kinda that hatchback crossover kind of mix. This one here has roof rails up top, which is really nice to have. Not many EVs have those roof rails built in.


And that means you can add the same accessories you could add to any other Kona or frankly any other Hyundai vehicle. The the uh, roof rails are basically the same across the lineup and that means you can throw your canoe, your kayak, your skis, your bikes, all those things up top here. Yes, that’ll affect range a little bit, but for a lot of us we can do these things in town around town. And uh, even on the highway you can take a little bit less range and get to where you want to go by throwing your stuff up here, which is really nice to be able to have on an electric vehicle. One final glance at the refresh here, you do have a much cleaned up rear end here compared to the previous model. Kona. Again, a little bit different here. You’ve got the L E D lights down there, L E d sort of marker lights and brake lights up here, signal lights down there. 


This one does have parking sensors in the rear. So even though you have the backup camera, you also have little uh, parking sensors and beepers in there. And I should point out the trunk as well. We showed yesterday the Prius Prime, which has a little bit of a step up in here as they put the extra batteries there. On this model here, there are no batteries underneath here because this is a lot like a Tesla. That battery pack is underneath the floor out of the passenger compartment way and that means you have some under floor storage here and also the ability to drop this down a little bit, get an extra couple inches of space, which gives you a little extra clearance underneath this cover here. Of course this cover comes off, the seats fold down and you have a true hatchback with a lot of space to be able to fit the things that you need. As we head into this vehicle, we’re gonna show you some of the updates that happened and again, in this mid model refresh that really make it a nice

Vehicle and step it up from where it was when it first came out. So jumping in here, you do have the preferred package. So you have manual seats, no powered seats. I’d like to think of this trim as everything you need and nothing you don’t. So let’s go wide angle. We’re gonna hop inside and instead of just turning the car to the on position, we are gonna fully start the car because even though we’re indoors, there’s no emissions in this car. So we’re gonna go down here, press the start button once and you have this gorgeous digital dash that comes up. So I’m gonna zoom into that just a little bit here. Ice possible drive with care. Now again, this car, it’s sitting outside, it’s like minus 10 outside. I brought it in, it’s been in here for a while. It’s up to minus two. 


This car again rated for 415 kilometers. Let’s took it. Take a look at that. Range loss in the winter, you do have range loss. This one does have winter tires on it right now. Really good Michelin winter tires. It’s available here, uh, with both your winter tires and your regular tires. So one of the ways to find out how much charge you will have, and this is a little bit of an estimate, but it’s pretty accurate. I’ve been around these vehicles a lot, is you tap into here and tap into there and you will see when this car is to a hundred percent it is gonna be a 320 kilometers. So that’s a significant range loss in the winter, but 320 kilometers is still pretty good for all the things that you need. And again, like I said, in those summer months, it is not uncommon to see this car with the regular tires, not the winter tires and the warmer temperatures to see it jump up to, like I said, 450 is not uncommon on these. 


Now what you have here is AC and DC charging. So if you plug it into a wall socket right there, we’ve got this at 40% for a reason cuz we have a fast charger here, we’re gonna do a video on a little bit later, but if you plug it into a wall socket, it’s gonna take a long time to charge in these cold weather. So again, when you look at the specs, some of these charging times are faster in warmer weather, but 37 hours in 40 minutes if you plug in the wall. So you’re not gonna do that if you own this car, you’re gonna want a level two charger, eight hours, 40 minutes. Now I think it’ll go a hair quicker than that, uh, if you p park it in a garage, but it’s kind of giving you a conservative estimate. Eight hours, 40 minutes on a level two charger, what we used to call, uh, you know, ac fast charging is what we call it now. 


Then there’s a DC charger, which that fast charger. Now this can charge about 80%, um, in about an hour and a half. Oops, let’s just go back there, cancel that 80% in about an hour and a half. Now that last 10% is gonna go slower. It’s saying two hours and 25 minutes to fill it. So keep in mind you will be faster charging than those two hours, 25 minutes to get to that 80 ish percent. It’s the last 20% that really slows you down. Uh, cuz it just, it’s sort of like I used to say, it’s kinda like filling a glass with uh, milk. If you feel it’s 80% you can just pour it in a hurry. But that last, uh, couple percent, you gotta pour a little bit carefully, especially in Canada here. Well, we’ve got milk bags. If you don’t know what those are and you are not from around here. 


All right, let’s just show you a few other things here in this updated redesign. We do have this updated dash, which is very nice. You can customize the look of this in a whole bunch of different ways. We can show you through your drive modes here. If you go to a sport mode, it looks like that if you go to eco mode, it looks like that. And the normal mode looks like that sport mode really does ramp up the sort of throttle mapping and the feel really makes this car punchy. Keep in mind you’ve got 201 horsepower and a, oh sorry, yeah, 201 horsepower and 291 foot pounds of instant torque in this car, which is very, very impressive. So you’ve got some ability to have some fun with this car, uh, in the different drive modes. So we’ll leave it at eco there. And uh, again, range, don’t worry about range yet because this car’s been sitting in the cold and probably when dealership cars never show great range anyways, so we can show you a whole bunch of things in there. 


But the other thing I wanna show you here is one of the updates. Now we have the smart cruise control, which is something that can keep its distance from the vehicles in front of you, which is super good to have. But you also have Lane Follow Assist and that is different than Lane Keeping Assist. Lane Follow Assist is a more precise lane watching system that can actively steer the car for you, keeping you centered in the lane. It works so, so well that when I drove from Ontario to a New Brunswick, I almost didn’t have to steer the car myself. Yes, you have to keep your hand on the wheel, but the car drives almost by itself when you have this lane follow assist uh, on. And that works really, really well. So again, it’s not a self-driving car, but it feels like it when you use that button.


You’ve also got a new uh, uh, star button here, which is a custom button. And you can see this star is kind of colored in. There’s an other star on the dash over here, which is a, um, open star not colored in. These are different buttons. You can customize this button. So what I like to do is when I have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, I program it to that button, which brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay up to this screen right here and I can just tap that button to bring it up. And then this button is a custom button you can do all kinds of things with. You can use it to hang up the phone. It used to be pick up the phone, hang up the phone, you can just use the button twice now or you can use it for a whole bunch of different things. 


So you can customize this car a little bit to your liking. Now every EV does have a climate system tied into the powertrain system essentially. So automatic climate control is pretty much standard. It’s a single zone climate control system in this uh, vehicle here. You do have a driver only mode, but let’s just show you what driver only does. It is not gonna save you a whole lot of range. Oh, we saved an entire kilometer. So driver only mode on a hybrid car can keep your vehicle, uh, especially in the Kia Hyundai lineup. It can keep your vehicle from running the gas engine driver only mode in an electric vehicle. It’s just not worth it. Don’t freeze or roast your passenger by not giving their air vents or not turning their air vents on to save that one kilometer. Just let them, uh, stay warm and get them to push you that extra kilometer if that’s how close you cut it. 


All right, coming in here, you do have a little area here to put your phone. You have a USB port down there to charge. The climate system is turning itself on nice and loud. So we’re just gonna turn it off for a second. The Kona little interesting, it has push button, uh, um, uh, push button gear shift here, but it is a different gear shift order than other Hyundais with the push button gear shift. So it does take a little bit of adapting to park neutral, drive reverse. Uh, you get used to it very quickly, but if you’ve come from a push button Hyundai, this is slightly different. Electronic parking brake is right here. What I like to refer, refer to as rump roasters are right there. Drive mobile button there. Key to steering wheel as well. Auto hold is part of the parking brake system. 


You can uh, let your foot off the brake and something like a drive-through and the car won’t creep forward. So that’s an option you have. Uh, very common on uh, Teslas, they have that non creeping forward type mode. So uh, don’t creep kind of thing. Anyways, over here you have what’s called Hyundai’s blue link. This is an app system which you can use to find out all kinds of things. Now on a regular car you can do things like remote start your car. On this car it would be remote climate. One of the reasons I like it is you can check the app to see the state of charge. So if you haven’t plugged in your car that night, um, to uh, your plug, you can go see what it is on your app without having to walk out to your garage and you can check that out as well. 


Final thing I wanna show you in here are these little tiny paddle shifters. Now these are not paddle shifters. There’s no real transmission in this car. Uh, what these do is they vary the rate of regeneration. Now you can set this car up per drive mode to have various levels of regeneration. So in other words, when you let off the accelerator pedal, the vehicle will either coast or it will have some level of braking. Oops, I’m hitting buttons here on the uh, stereo system. But if you, uh, let, wanna let it coast like a regular gas car, you can most people driving electric vehicle like the feeling of one pedal driving. Now this isn’t exactly one pedal driving, but it does allow you to either set the vehicle to a set level of regenerative braking. So in other words, you let off the accelerator pedal, the brakes do activate, the regenerative braking does activate, but you can also on the fly tap this various levels 1, 2, 3, up and down. 


Or you can go 1, 2, 3, up and down. Or even if you wanna come to a complete stop, you can hold this down and that will bring the vehicle to a complete stop. So those regeneration paddles are something like Kia and Hyundai EV buyers really enjoy once they’ve used them because there are times where you want to coast and coast and coast, but there are other times where you wanna activate those regener breaks. Now of course when you touch the brake pedal, your wheel brakes don’t immediately activate. You are still regenerating first and then wheel brakes activate if necessary. So there’s all kinds of ways to use regenerative brakes, but you do have some custom ability here. Uh, it’s something that you don’t get in something like a Tesla, which works very, very well. And it’s something that a lot of us, uh, use. We talked about those parking beepers in the back here you have the um, ability to turn those on and off. 


You’ve got blind spot detection here with rear cross traffic alerts. So when you have the car in reverse, we’ll do that just for a second. Right now you’ve got a nice clear backup camera. Oh, it’s not a clear, it’s a little bit dirty normally it’s a much clearer backup camera. Uh, but you have a very clear backup camera. Again, as uh, vehicles cross our path, the vehicle’s capable of warning you that hey, something’s coming, something’s coming, whether it’s vehicles or people. And then you also have those parking centers with the beepers as well. So a lot of safety features built into this car. Probably too much to go over in this video, but if you have questions about the safety features, feel free to ask me. I’d be happy to tell you more.

So let’s talk about who this car is for. Well first of all, let’s just assume you’ve already decided you want an electric vehicle. One of the things you’re gonna find with this car is it is just normal. Most electric vehicles are weird. They do weird things, they have weird dashes, even a Tesla. Very cool. But it’s weird to have everything on one screen. This car, whether you’re used to gas cars or electric cars, you can get in. You can figure out how to drive a PR and drive and go. It feels like a gas car. Much more power, much more torque less, more instant torque for sure. But it feels like a regular car. And it also gives you some of those regular vehicle type things. Like I said, the roof racks, the hatchback, the compact size, which you really don’t get in most electric vehicles, Dakota does give you. 


So that allows you to have a very normal car but move to electro, it’s very easy to charge at home. And for most people driving this car, that’s probably what I recommend. If you do most of your charging from home, most of you’re driving is within 300 or so kilometers. This car will probably be a zero compromised car. You can absolutely take it on long trips. You do have to keep an eye on where those chargers are and in most populated areas it’s just not a problem to find chargers for this car. But if you’re moving to a vehicle where the majority of your driving is gonna be done in town and you want some efficiency and you want some good power, but you want to keep things normal, Kona’s a great option for you. One of the things I really like as well, Argo’s roof racks, it just doesn’t make you compromise from the types of vehicles that you have. 


A regular Kona shares a volume with. It shares a lot of the trunk space, shares a lot of the features. Rear seat space, a log is very, very similar and it makes a really popular car into electric car. And the one key piece, Kia Niro and the Kia Soul share a platform with this. They don’t quite leak out the rated range of this car. This one is the range leader out of the shared platform. A little bit smaller, possibly a little bit lighter, maybe a little bit more aerodynamic. But this one is the range leader before you step into the larger class of cars from Kia Hyundai, like the Ionic five in the E six. So there you go. Is it right for you? Well, how would you know? The best way to find out is to come down to Jim Gilberts Wheels and Deals, Fredericton. 


Compare this to Tesla. Compare this to the Nissan Leaf that’s coming in. Compare it to the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid. Compare it to all kinds of cars here on the lot. And if you want an electric vehicle and don’t want to wait a year or two years or who knows how many years this car is a car that you can buy today and take home. So there you go. Thanks everybody for watching and if you have questions and comments, again, I’m supposed to be an expert on this vehicle and just kind of ran through some stuff, gloss over some stuff and skip some things. If you have questions, let me know because I can answer you both in the comments and in future videos. Thanks everybody for watching.

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2022 Toyota Prius Prime Hybird Revue

Let’s talk living with a PHEV!

Hi everybody, it’s Peter and today we’re gonna look at the Toyota Prius Prime. Now whether you’re looking at the new redesign yet to be released vehicle or this one, I think this video will probably help you with either vehicle because we’re gonna talk about what it’s like to live with a plug-in hybrid vehicle and we’re gonna use this vehicle as our example. So you’ll have a full review of this vehicle, but we’ll also try to learn more about what it is really like with a plug-in hybrid vehicle. Now, a couple things you should know. First of all, I used to be known as an EV and hybrid expert and you know, that was another career. So we’ll see if I’ve still got my touch. I also own a full ev, which is a Kia Soul ev, and I own a plug-in hybrid, which happens to be a Jeep Wrangler phev.

From here you can watch Peters Video or Read What he says the choice is your enjoy… this is a great review ether way…

And of course this is nothing like those, but in many cases it’s a lot like that as well. So we’re gonna talk about that plug-in hybrid lifestyle and uh, what it takes, what you get, what to look for, what not to look for and uh, what to worry about. But before we go too far, I want to thank Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals because if you are looking for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle or any kind of electrified or even just regular car, there are all kinds of them here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals in Fredericton, New Brunswick. And if you have questions about it and you’re maybe not in the area, make sure you subscribe to my channel and ask me those questions in the comments because I can come back to your questions about hybrids, pH EVs, all kinds of those vehicles over and over again because I have complete access to the electrified and every vehicle line here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals


So let’s get going with the Prius Prime here and let’s talk about what it’s like living with a plug-in hybrid and why certain things matter and why you may want to choose this one over other ones. So let’s just very briefly cover what a prime is in Toyota speak the anything with a prime on it is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. What is that really quickly? Well, let’s start with a hybrid. A hybrid has a battery, an electric motor. They work together with the gasoline engine to give you efficiency. A hybrid never has to be plugged in a plug-in hybrid does. So the hybrid will recharge by the gasoline engine running by coasting, by breaking various ways it can recharge itself and give you short spurts of pure electric power, but primarily that real blend of electric and gasoline to give you great efficiency. That’s what most prius’s are.


In fact, every Prius is at least a hybrid. Once you add a prime to the name, then you get the plug-in hybrid. A plug-in hybrid is an interesting animal. It gives you an electric car feel in some ways, but it’s not fully electric. So what you end up doing is you add a larger battery and this car can be plugged into charge. So with that larger battery, when you plug it in, you get in this case about 40 kilometers of pure electric range, which turns us into a short range full EV for most conditions. We’ll talk about some of the conditions where it won’t be a full ev. So when you run through that 40 kilometers charge that you got through plugging in, it does not turn to a gasoline vehicle, but it continues to turn to a hybrid vehicle. So that means it’ll continue to blend gas and electric charging itself.


The way it does that, think of it as having a large battery that plugged in area is most of the top of the battery. So it’ll use that plugged in range until it gets to the bottom 15% or so and that bottom 15%, it will always charge and recharge exactly like a regular hybrid does. So even when you run out of your electric charge, you are still running on a hybrid vehicle. Now another difference is that a plug-in hybrid does add some weight. So for instance, in my Jeep Wrangler plug-in hybrid, once I run out of that electric range, it actually gets a hair worse mileage than the regular Wrangler and that’s because it’s so much heavier. The Prius Prime is the same thing, but there’s a major difference. It will get a little bit worse mileage sometimes than the regular Prius, but it’ll still get way better mileage than a regular car. 


Once it’s used, its electric range. Now the biggest difference with a plug-in hybrid is if you’re doing a lot of short trips, you can do thousands of kilometers on pure electric and thousands of kilometers on a tank without using the gasoline engine. But a lot of people say, oh, if this thing only gets 40 kilometers, then what’s really the point? Or 40 kilometers electric range? What’s really the point of going with a plug-in hybrid? Well the point is, if you had your first 40 kilometers on pure electric every day, you’re probably gonna find that that’s gonna save you a bunch of money. Cuz even though electric does cost some money to put it into the car, it’s cheaper than running gasoline even on something like a Prius and therefore you get great emissions, you also get the ability to run on pure electric power and you get overall better mileage. (04:40)
So my overall experience with my Jeep Wrangler phev, even in the winter we’ll talk about winter use cuz that matters. I’m still getting half the fuel use or double the efficiency of the regular Jeep Wrangler compared to the Jeep Wrangler phev. And you’ll find the same thing with the Prius. Even in winter you’re still gonna get, you know, a significantly better mileage. And in the summer for most of my trips, my Jeep Wrangler, which has a similar range to this is actually getting, you know, I’m going thousands and thousands of kilometers on pure electric because of the way I do things. Now let’s talk about charging and there’s a couple of tweaks there, so let’s address that right now. So there’s a couple things to know about charging this car or any pH. First of all, this one has a separate gas door. It’s actually larger than the gas door and it is the electric door. 
There’s always a place where you can plug in the vehicle and you have a little cap right here and you can plug in a standard charger that works on most everything except for a Tesla. 

It’ll plug in here. Now this one doesn’t have the ultra ultra fast charging but it has two levels of charging. We refer to it, we used to refer to it as level one or level two. Now they call it AC charging ac, fast charging, slow charging. Long story short, this car comes with a plug that you plug in here and plug into the wall socket like your cell phone. And in about five and a half hours of just plugging in like that you end up with 40 kilometers of range, which is actually a pretty fast charge. Now the reason it does have fast charge, if you think about your cell phone, what’s your cell phone take half an hour to charge just that thin little cell phone. Well 40 kilometers on an actual car, I mean when I was a little kid it used to take me two hours to recharge my little remote control car. So five and a half-ish hours with the regular plug in the wall plug and you have about 40 kilometers of range give or take. And you also have the option of what they call a level two charger. Level two charger is a fast charger. Now this one in particular is not crazy fast on a level two charger. Uh, something like my Jeep Wrangler, plugging it in the wall is about 13 hours but plugging it into a fast charger is two hours this car, but five and a half hours with a regular plug and also devote two hours in the regular plug. So not super fast charging, but that’s okay because if you come home, have dinner, you know, take a little break, you’ve basically got another 40 kilometers of pure electric range to put in. 
And remember you’re never ever out of range in this car unless you run out of fuel. So that’s the basics of a phev. Let’s take a look at some of the sacrifices they make and some of the benefits that they have by looking within the car. One of the sacrifices you’re going to see with a phev other than price is most PHEVs have to stick a large battery somewhere in the Prius. It’s clearly underneath here. There’s a little bit of a lip up in here and it does shrink the trunk space a little bit. Now this is a hatchback. You actually have a lot of space in here above the seats, but when you can see the seats, it only looks like you have about half the seat, maybe two thirds of the seat or so from the trunk. Whereas normally you have a deeper seat, especially in something like a crossover or something like the Toyota rav4.


So you have a little bit of a shower trunk, the trunk space is pretty good back here, but it is not as big as you might think it would be for a large hatchback and that’s one of the compromises you make. The other, like I said, is the purchase price of the vehicle. Everything else pretty much the same or in many cases better. Let’s go take a look at the driver’s environment and show you some things there as we work our way to the driver’s environment. I just wanna point out l e D lights, which are pretty much standard on every Toyota l e d sort of signals and marker lights and stuff in here. L e D lights are very common on things like Prius’s and things on like PHEVs because they use less energy. So energy usage is a real key thing with these jumping in here. Pretty much standard Prius stuff. So the Prius is a little different than your average car. Let’s take a look at some of those differences. It works quite well and it has been

Very popular. Now lemme just shut the door in here. We are working, oh there we go. Are we wide angle enough? There we go. Let’s go full wide angle there. All right, you can see here you have a nice compact steering wheel behind it. There is no dash. It does take a little getting used to, but in reality when I’m looking forward, this area here is my forward area and you can see when I turn this car on,

You will see

That the dash does come to life and that is very much within my view the same way the sort of the, you know, the if your dash was sort of behind here with a little bit larger steering wheel that would be within my steering wheel area. And of course it almost works like a heads up display because as you’re looking out the window you can really clearly see your display. Now it is different having it in the center and there’s a lot of controls up here. One thing I don’t like is when you turn on your heated steering wheel, and I should mention I do like the heated steering wheel, there is no indicator on the wheel or on that button anywhere. So you have to get used to where to find some of these buttons because it is a little non-traditional dash. If I turn on the steering wheel, you can see it just turned on there in the center of the dash right there.


So that works just fine. You just have to remember that pretty much everything is gonna display over there as opposed to in this case, on the steering wheel button or other places. If you’re buying a Toyota nowadays, uh, modern Toyota, you’re getting all the safety features. I almost don’t even have to point it out. You have lane keeping cyst, you have collision warning assist, all those kind of things. So all kinds of safety systems and basically when you’re paying a little bit extra for that phv, you don’t have to worry with the Toyota because you’re getting all the safety features you would get in any vehicle in that price range anyways. So there’s always a number of displays in here. We’re not gonna go through every single one of them, but there are various displays that show just exactly what’s going on with the climate system.
Let me zoom in a little bit further. So that one’s telling me that, hey, you’re not using the motor. This is sort of um, you know, the gasoline engine, the electric motor and the battery again in the display, they’re not exactly the same locations, but the idea is the battery is being used right now to power the climate system and that’s what’s going on. And ar various arrows will move different ways. Uh, these are something that when you have a car when it’s new, you might find them enjoyable and you’ll then you’ll find that you just turn it to other information type displays. Big thing I wanna point out is the EV mode right there. So let’s zoom back out because with an EV like this, you have the option of various drive modes, various EV and EV settings. The biggest thing you need to know is you can set this to go on ev from the start. (10:40)
So in other words, you use all your electric range up first and then you switch it to a hybrid or you can set it to drive in a hybrid for now and then wherever you’re going, use the electric motors there. So if you knew you were gonna go to a busy city and drive around there, you may want to prevent this thing from using all of its electric range on the highway and save it to use all of its electric range in town overall. Here there’s a couple trim lines of the Prius Prime. This one’s got about, uh, let’s call it I’m guessing a seven inch screen or so. Uh, so seven inch diagonal is usually, that’s just my guess there, but it’s a good screen, clear screen. Some Toyota screens aren’t as clear as this, but this one’s very good and you have automatic climate control.
It is a single zone automatic climate control, not a dual zone. So again, for the price of the car, something to keep in mind, uh, a lot of cars at this price point have a dual zone, although I don’t know if it really matters. You do have your seat, uh, warmers down here as well. A rope s as I like to call them low or high. I have mine on high right now and uh, you have uh, you know, very comfortable seating area and uh, it’s still a bit of a compact car here so you’re not uh, crazy, you know, zones apart. So I don’t know that a dual zone system would work as well if it wasn’t such a, you know, if it’s a wider car, it may work fine. This is maybe a little bit larger than a Toyota Corolla in size. I do wanna point out you have extra windows there and this is a swooping down area.
That’s one thing that doesn’t show in camera, but what that does is it gives you very large windows beside you and very good visibility overall. Prius’s have very good visibility. Let’s show you behind us now for a second because there’s another window I wanna show you there. Alright, so if you look behind me, you can see up there, right there is your rear window, which is on top of the car, but you have extra visibility on the back of the car with that little split spoiler there. And this area right down there on your screen behind, uh, where my finger would be is also a windows. So again, very good visibility with the windows as well as visibility with a backup camera, which we’ll show you right now as well to throw any Prius in reverse any Prius that’s ever existed. You have an odd gear shift, uh, works very, very well, but you’re gonna have to figure it out a little bit.


So we’re just gonna throw it in reverse by going like that and up. And you do that and you have your backup camera. Your backup camera is very clear, it’s very hard to film the screen. Um, but you can see, you can just read the logo on the wall pretty much. So, uh, you can see good clarity there. Good backup camera. Every car has a backup camera, so I shouldn’t really brag about that. This screen also has things like your, um, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which gives you navigation. It does have a map button here, but this trim doesn’t come with that. It’s one thing Toyota does. It’s a little bit weird. They, uh, oh, it has a gps, you know, it does not come with that on this trim line. So something to keep in mind, that gear shift as well, we should talk about, you can throw it in this B mode. 
The B gives you regenerative braking and regenerative braking is a really key piece to hybrids, which we’ll talk about in a second when we get outta the car. So we, we’ll make sure we get back to that in a second. Just stay tuned overall in here, very comfortable car. We’re gonna go wide angle again so you can see everything. You’ve got your seat heaters there, you’ve got your um, nice cup holders there. There’s a 12 volt port right back here with a USB port as well. So you can keep your phone charged in this nice area over here. There’s also two USB ports for the rear seat passengers. Rear seat space is very, very good, even with a sloping roof line, totally fine and a very clean overall look. In this car steering wheel is tilt and telescopic and because there’s no dash behind it, you can really get comfortable whether you’re taller or short and always shoes there. Uh, so a lot of good nice things in here. Now let’s talk about the regenerative braking.

Regenerative braking is a really big piece to any hybrid, any phev and any ev Basically what that means is when you need to coast or break these wheels, because they’re spinning can work like generators to put power back into the battery, it’s a really key piece to the overall efficiency of these cars. And in a phev it really matters as well because you will save on brake wear. That’s a big thing that hybrids give you. Now one thing to remember is, and this car, you can set it to that B mode on the transmission. And when you let off the throttle, you’ll feel a really heavy, feels like engine braking when you let off that, uh, accelerator pedal. And that will give you some slowing down of the car while it regenerates. However, you don’t have to use that mode to activate, activate regenerative brakes.
If you touch the brake pedal, you are automatically regenerating power. It does not use the in wheel brakes unless it needs to. So if you touch the brake pedal lightly, you’re never gonna touch your actual brakes in your wheels and it will just regenerate power. If you have to brake firmly or brake hard or at the very last couple kilometers an hour, it’ll grab your wheel brakes as well. And in that case, basically you have very little brake wear. It helps regenerate power and it’s a big piece to the overall ownership of this car. And Prius is in general are very low ownership costs. There’s no extra maintenance on a electric or a the electric components of something like a Prius. So it’s basically you maintain it just like you would a regular gas car. So who is this car for? Well, let’s talk about pH EVs in general. 


If you’re thinking about an ev, but you do a lot of longer trips. EVs, in my opinion, and I’m saying this as an owner, depending on where you live, they can be very difficult to do longer trips with where I live here in Fredericton, Brunswick. Some of them can make it difficult to do longer trips. So a phv makes perfect sense when you’re doing those longer trips. It gives you great efficiency. Most of your in-town driving is gonna be on Pure Electric anyways, but even when it’s not, you can go anywhere. The overall range of this car is something like a thousand plus kilometers per tank of gas, even when you just sort of drive it straight. But you’ll find if you drive it like I do, you can charge it every day or even sometimes twice a day and get 40, 80 even more kilometers of pure electric ranges just by charging it and using it that way. 


So something to keep in mind as well, with any EV or phev, there are still major delays. This is January, 2023 and there are major, major delays with getting anything with a battery, whether it’s a PHEV and EV or even a hybrid. This car is sitting right here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals along with a whole bunch of Teslas. We’ve got a Nissan Leaf coming in, there’s a Hyundai Kona ev. Uh, that’s already on the lot. If you’re looking at an EV or phv, you can take ’em off the lot, buy ’em today at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals. And that’s one of the huge benefits of being here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals. This car’s essentially brand new. It’s got, I think, I think less than 2000 kilometers on it. So you can shop a whole range of them, test drive them and work with the same salesperson. So you’re getting same numbers both ways. It’s a great place to buy an EV or phv. So if you have any questions that I didn’t get to in this video even about this car specifically, make sure you ask me in the comments below and subscribe because I’ll come back to it and answer it both in the comments and in future videos. And if you wanna see these vehicles in person, swing on down to Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals. Thanks everybody for watching.

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2022 Toyota Corolla Cross 

 Great “Cross” over – Not a Corolla! Complete In-Depth Review

Hi everybody, it’s Peter, and in this video I’m gonna do a complete in-depth review of the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross, which is a really bad name for a pretty good vehicle. And I’m here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals here in Fredericton, New Brunswick. And the best thing is for you, if you’re just watching on video, if there’s a question that you have about this vehicle that I don’t get to in this video, make sure you let me know when the comments below and hit subscribe because I can come back to this vehicle because Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals gives me complete access to their entire vehicle lineup so that I can make sure that I answer your questions both on this vehicle and also to compare this vehicle to other vehicles in its class. So if there’s a vehicle that you want at this compared to, let me know that as well and we’ll get right into the view right now.

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Alright, so why is this a dumb name? Well, manufacturers basically start with, let’s take our really popular selling model and try to move those buyers to other vehicles. Now it would make sense if this vehicle was exactly like the Corolla, if it may be shared every part of the platform. I’m not a hundred percent sure about which platform this shares, but I can tell you it’s not a Corolla. What I think it will do is be a nice stepping stone for Corolla buyers into this. But it does feel different than a Corolla. And we’re gonna go through some of those differences in this video. Now there’s also in the Corolla lineup is a Corolla hatchback, which is an excellent vehicle. There’s the Corolla sedan, there’s Corolla hybrids, which this will also be available in. So this one, this particular one is not that, but this is the Corolla suv.


And like I said, it really isn’t a Corolla in the same way that the hatchback and the regular Corolla kind of have some similarities. However, the typical Corolla buyer is not a high performance vehicle buyer. And to move from a Corolla to a Corolla Cross, the handling is gonna be probably the same for your everyday driving. It will feel different, but it will give you some more practicality. So in this review we’re gonna go through some of those similarities and differences. And I’m gonna show you a bunch of the tech inside this vehicle that I think a lot of the other VE videos aren’t showing. So overall view here, you’ve got a pretty good small crossover. So if you think of something like, oh I don’t know the Kia Sorento or something like that, that’s kind of what this is going after. But I can tell you that it feels longer than that vehicle just from looks, I haven’t checked the exact spec to see how many millimeters it is.


Shorter, longer, taller, whatever, but it has some substantial, substantial presence on the road when you’re sitting in the driver’s seat. You do see more hood here than you would in something like the Corolla sedan or the Corolla hatchback up top. You’ve got a sunroof on this one. You’ve got a roof rails here. Roof rails are necessary for the average crossover buyer because you want to u be able to use uh, them to take extra luggage. We’re gonna show you trunk space in just a second here, but this is a nice option for an all-wheel drive vehicle. Where does it fit into Toyota’s lineup? It is just below the rav4. And if you think about Toyota’s history, the RAV4 started off as a very small suv. It actually started off smaller than this, but as it grows and you know, fills in a new space in the segment they need, they’re able, they’re able to fill in the spot that was abandoned by the RAV4 by bringing in a new model and that’s where this fits. 


So let’s take a look now. We’ll start with the trunk space, rear seat space and then we’ll head into the driver’s environment where we can talk about some of the technology in this car, which is actually very good. Alright, let’s start with trunk space. Usually I show the keys right before I jump into the car, but let’s show you the keys right before I jump into the trunk on this one. Pretty simple keys, typical Toyota type stuff. If you hold down this button though, you do end up with something that you don’t always have in this class and that is a power operated tailgate, which is kind of nice overall. You’ve got what you need here. This one has the JBL subwoofer off to the side. You do have the um, the uh, guide here which you can cover or the uh, blind which you can use to cover your stuff. 


It’s good stuff. You have a fairly large tire underneath the floor here. It is a compact spare but it sits fairly high. My only thinking is maybe they’re saving some space for that battery pack that’s gonna go in the hybrid one. It does feel like a little bit less space than some crossovers, but again, they’re marketing this as sub Rav4, so smaller than a Toyota Rav4 and it’s probably class competitive for space. Certainly bigger than something like a Hyundai Kona or something like that. But again, the vehicle is bigger than something like a Hyundai Kona as well. One little thing you’ll find here is the seats here are fixed in place. Some vehicles, uh, something like Kia Selto for instance, will tilt back one spot. This one will not. Uh, that being said, they are comfortable. We’re gonna work our way there. You’ve got some tie downs in the front here. 


I don’t actually see tie downs in the back here, which is interesting. So you have less tie down ability than you would have in some other vehicles, but you do have some little hooks over here and there to hold groceries and other things. Um, you know, and again, that blind there can come in and come out. So, uh, again, good space. The storage space underneath here is working its way around the tire. Not a whole lot of storage space, but again it is a hatchback type design. So you can fold down the seats and fit a lot of stuff in here more again than the Corolla hatchback. One feature we’re seeing more and more on these power closing trunks is you used to just have the trunk closing button and when you have these keyless entry keys, you would close the trunk here, have to walk around to a door handle of the vehicle in order to lock the vehicle.


Now you can close and lock the vehicle by just hitting this button here, which makes more sense. Uh, so that’s a good kudos to Toyota for, uh, adding that feature there. We’re just gonna close it for right now and we’re gonna hop in the back seat. The first thing we’re looking for rear seat space and a crossover like this is how does a six footer fit? So average tallish person, how do I fit? Well, getting in and out just fine. So we’re gonna take the camera inside the car here, but you’ve got a square roof line here, which is really good. A lot of vehicles kind of curve that, uh, door line off and it is easy to get in. You sit sort of low for an suv, which is fine, it’s comfortable. But let’s take the camera in and show you the pros and cons down here. Alright, we’re headed to the back seat, but I wanna show you one little thing that this crossover does, right? That doesn’t happen much in this class but does happen on other SUVs. The doors here front and rear wrap all the way around the bottom. Now that seems like a minor thing, but in Canada

Here where we get a lot of Road salt and other dirt and stuff, you have this area here that is protected From dirt with

A little rubber steel down the bottom there and it all stays clean. So when you’re getting out of a taller vehicle, sometimes your pant legs will rub against the back here and you’ll have that dirty pant leg all day. You won’t have that here on the Corolla cross. Let’s jump in here and show you a couple little things. We are gonna shut the door

Mostly cuz it’s cold outside. All right, I’m gonna go wide angle for a second here. So the camera’s view is a little skewed. One thing that kind of confuses me with this car is it looks to be a larger SUV than it is now. Overall rear seat space, probably similar to something like a Hyundai Kona, which is not known for a ton of knee space. Again, as a six footer I fit here just fine, but for a vehicle that looks larger, it doesn’t have a massive rear seat, I think it’s fine for the class, it’ll work. This seat is tilted a little farther back than it should be for comfort. But again, the seat that I’m sitting behind is what a six footer would need to create room for me. And again, I’m a six footer here. Now again, not a real problem. You do events down here.

I do have one little complaint about this car. It has USB ports down here, but they’re almost impossible to see because they’re kind of buried in. So although I can hold the camera right down here on the bench seat, I’m almost on that seat and see them, I would have to put my eyes down to the bench seat to really see those. So to plug a USB port in there is just a little tough. And this is one thing Toyota does the every car they have, they have a port or a button in a weird spot and it’s just kind of their thing. It’s almost like their signature design thing. Uh, you know, there’s things that could have been done a little better why they couldn’t be up here or somewhere else. Uh, some vehicles put them in the seats. It’s just, uh, one thing I’d like to see them change. Again, we’ve got the pocket on the passenger

Side, but none on the driver’s side. I’m not sure why we still don’t put ’em on both sides. You’ve got a cup holder in the door there, so that’s more of a bottle holder. Sometimes they put them lower, but you’ve got the speaker down lower in there. And then you also have in the armrest the cup holder’s right there. Let’s flip the camera around and Show you what it looks likeFor me sitting in here. All right, so as

A six footer sitting here with a winter coat on to make me extra bulky, I’ve got all kinds of headroom. Now it does curl down in front of me here and that’s because this vehicle has a sunroof. So that sunroof has to come back inside the roof. Uh, but the lineup, everything here is perfectly comfortable. So very comfortable rear seat. It does not recline. I would kind of like the ability to recline just because some vehicles in the class do that, but not all do. So again, I’m fine with

It. Backseat space is Middle of the pack really for the class, but we’re heading to the front seat where it’s actually very good and very near the top of the class. Let’s go check that out right now. Alright, open up the driver’s door. First thing you’re gonna notice on this nicely equipped trim line is power seats with power lumbar support and typical Toyota seats. So these are not overly sporty, which means they’re not overly bolstered on a vehicle like this. I think that’s fine. It’s easy to get in and out of. You’re not gonna be cornering at crazy speeds in this, so totally fine with that. All right, let’s go inside here. We’re gonna go to that wide angle camera one more time just to kind of get a little bit more of you. And we may have to move the vehicle to see some of those screens in this car, but let’s just start with a few basics. 

Alright, headlights are over here. Typical stuff. Now you also have a headlight button down over here, which is just in front of my driver’s knee. Again, always one weird button in the car. There’s actually two weird buttons in this car. This just seems like an odd location. You do have a windshield wiper de-icer down there as well. Um, you know, it can be there, it can be other places, but it is what it is. We are gonna move this car in a second to show you the screens just cause I wanna have a little bit less glare on there if we can. But we’ll show you some of the steering wheel controls here. You’ve got your, you can speak to this car now apparently this car has a feature where you can say, Hey Toyota and it will activate. I have not been able to figure that out yet. (09:57)
Um, but you can have the typical touch the button and control things, not just controlling things like your phone, which we’ll talk about in a second. We can also control the cars. You can choose your, you know, radio stations, choose all kinds of things in there, uh, by voice if you wanted to. Although most people don’t use that to change the radio station. Safety control, safety situation. Um, top of class here, when you get a top of the line Toyota, you get all that safety stuff. But um, there is nothing in this class that this vehicle doesn’t have for safety wise. So it’s, it’s excellent When you come to Toyota and their safety, they tend to put most of their safety equipment even on their lower trim cars. Alright, we’re gonna show you the screen here. We’ll turn it on a second here. Eight inch screen over there. 


Nice display screen, color display screen in the dash as well. Just turn the car on for a second and we’ll show you the climate control dual zone automatic climate control. Again, something like the Kia Selto. Uh, something like the, at least up until now, I know they’re redesigning that but it has not had a dual zone climate control. This one does. So again, stepping up there with the dual zone climate control. One thing I like about Toyota is they have their heated seat button as a permanent placed uh, button. So a lot of these buttons where you push them in when the car turns off, your heated seats don’t stay on. What’s interesting about this is the seat can stay in place and you can see that it’s in place. The seat here stays on when you turn off the car. I also had the heated steering wheel on and even though this is a button that you know, can kind of be reset, actually, maybe it’s not, it does push in.


So again, heated steering wheel can also stay on when you turn the car off, which is a nice feature. Now I am gonna turn this, uh, down from 25 degrees cuz it’s gonna get a little warm. You can see that dual zone we can set different for driver and passenger and that works just fine. Alright, coming over to the, what was I gonna show you here on the steering wheel? Yes, as we go wide angle one more time. One thing that we had with the Mitsubishi Eclipse cross, another vehicle cross, uh, in this class is the heated steering wheel was heated from this seam down to here. It did not seem to be heated down along the bottom and then again was heated along the side. The Toyota feels similar. Now this has been sitting in the sun so it warms up, but I’m pretty sure that the heated steering wheel is just the side and maybe not the top, which as for me, when I sometimes drive with one hand, I get it, you’re not supposed to, but I sometimes drive with one hand up here. 


It’s a little interesting that that may not be heated. Again, I does feel warmer now. It’s been sitting in the sun, but these feel hot over here. So really good. Two hands on the wheel, hot, uh, steering wheel, uh, which is what you want. And heated steering wheels are really important because you’ve got touchscreens in this car that you’re going to want to touch. Now we are parked in the sun. This screen has much less glare in person, but it’s very difficult to film a screen, uh, uh, in a vehicle like this. So we’re gonna try to find a little bit more shady spot to give you a little bit clearer view of what’s going on here. And uh, because the screens in this car are actually very, very good. All right, we’re wide angle. Let’s zoom in again. Let’s start with a center display screen. (12:43)
Pretty typical stuff here. Your entire speedometer is actually a display screen in this vehicle. And there’s a lot of things you can cycle through through the middle section. You can have sort of your audio source. You can see at the bottom there. If we just zoom in one more time. The very bottom of the screen, when you start pressing these buttons there, it tells you all the menu. So there’s a settings menu. If there’s any messages there, you’ve got eco information, 8.3 liters per kilometers. What this has been getting for the other driver. Uh, never pay attention to dealership mileage numbers because like right now I have this vehicle idling a lot. So dealership, vehicles idle a lot. Their mileage is usually much higher than what you’re gonna get or higher number, worse mileage than what you’re gonna get. All that safety information there and uh, music information.


So again, a good selection of stuff you can throw through, uh, on this screen and get what you need. Easy to read. Well done. Good job. Toyota. Moving over here. Toyota has had a mixed bag in my opinion of screens. This one is better. Their software is getting better. Uh, you’ve got a nice clear backup camera when I turn the wheel here. You can see that you’ve got the guidelines there. So good points there. You also can change the view here to a little different uh, view. It’s hard to sort of see, it’s a little wider angle versus uh, more narrow angle there. Uh, you can see, let’s just show you again on the side here, you can’t see the red vehicle, whereas right now you can see the red vehicle. So just a little different uh, view. So you have a pretty good camera. 
I like that. You also have parking. Parking beepers, front and rear, which is quite nice. We talked about the climate control, we talked about, uh, that kind of stuff. Let’s move into some of the, let’s put it on a rehearse for a second. Move into some of the display things here. Now there are a lot of things I like here. Let’s just uh, go to the setup over here. Which, where was I over here? I apologize. Menu. There we go. I was looking for setup, but there’s a menu. Menu and setup. You’ve got some voice control here and what’s pretty cool is you can actually customize and train your voice. So the same way your phone recognizes your commands, this can also train and it’s a simple process of just repeating 10 commands. A lot of audio sy or voice recognition systems in cars just aren’t very good with different people with different voices. 


So it gets you to say 10 different phrases and then the car is better at recognizing how you say those, those phrases, if you have a bit of an accent or if you have anything else, it basically understands what you’re saying, which is pretty good. Now speaking of voice recognition and other things you have into an auto and apple CarPlay in here, let’s see if we can go to, uh, we’ll skip out of that. We’ll go down to uh, projection vehicle apps. Uh, well we can customize some things apps down here yet we haven’t got it right there. So we have to go to um, projection settings, which we’ll just uh, show you in general. You do have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in this car, which is good. Toyota was a little late to the game with Android Auto I believe, but they had a CarPlay or the other way around. 
They’ve got both now and they are wireless now. Anytime you have wireless android auto and wireless apple CarPlay, you should put in a wireless charging pad and you have that here as well. So really good marks. Wireless charging pad, easy to reach. What’s interesting, well this one is, has an on off button right over here if you can see it. Uh, right there. So you can see right now it’s on, it’s ready to go. If I drop my phone there, it would charge and it would change the light color. So full marks for that. They do a good job there. But being able to turn it on and off is interesting because you can kind of use this with other things, um, as a storage area without having to have it on, which is kind of nice. Now, again, just awkwardly placed button, kind of hard to hit there as well. (16:02)
Um, because when you look at it on a wide angle, it’s kind of buried in there and that’s just what Toyota does. Most of the key components are very good. Just some weird uh, button place for other things. Automatic transmission here you do have a manual shift option. So you put it in drive, kick it this way, up a gear, down a gear if you want to. And then you also have um, sort of in this top brand version you have electronic parking brake with the auto hold feature, which is sort of standard for the class. But this is a sort of a step up as well because this is a top trim level. So very good stuff. I do wanna point out a couple little interesting things is here as well. This stereo system in this car is very good. It’s a JBL audio system and you can see even the tweeters, I don’t know if you can kind of see, but they’re kind of aimed towards the driver, which is a really nice thing. 


It gives those high end um, noises should be aimed towards you. Whereas the low end, like the base, it can be in the trunk, it doesn’t matter. So they do spend some time and energy thinking about that. You’ve got your blind spot detection there, you’ve got the heated mirrors, uh, sort of wing mirrors there. They’re set out and very Subaru like they give you an extra window here. So you’ve got good visibility looking out again compared to a Corolla, you’re gonna see more hood here you have a bit more of a square hood. Um, it does not feel like a Toyota when you’re sitting or a Corolla when you’re sitting in here. Although the drive is probably very similarly tuned to a Corolla. Flipping the camera around. No complaints about the driver’s environment. Here you’ve got a tilt telescopic steering wheel, you’ve got good headroom. 


I can move the seat up or down. It’s kind of, it’s a little high right now but I can move it up or down. I’m about six feet tall but tons room between myself and the sunroof, which is good here. Toyota again, love their buttons. They have uh, two controls. A lot of cars do one control for the buttons. This is SL tilts and slides. That one um, tilts or slides it the sunroof. This one on the other side here tilts the sunroof, which is just an interesting way to do it. A lot of companies use one button. Again, lots of buttons. Sometimes we complain about buttons disappearing in cars. Toyota doesn’t have that problem. They’ve still got a lot of buttons there. Uh, but yeah, overall driver’s environment, visibility’s good. You sit a little higher than in a Corolla, which a lot of people like. 


And I think if you’re used to driving a Corolla, again the handling is probably similar to a Corolla. Obviously it is a taller vehicle so at the limit handling will be different but most people aren’t driving their corollas at the limits. Um, unless you have the Toyota gr, which is a whole different car. Um, but yeah, this one is something that will probably feel relatively familiar to the Corolla buyer, but it is a step up. So I have an issue with the Corolla cross name simply because I think it’s more of a marketing term. Hey Corolla buyers, look what you could get next. That’s what they’re calling out to you. More so than hey Corolla buyers, this is your car in a wagon form with that’s a little taller. It’s not really that to me. But let’s finish up this video and talk about who this car is for. (18:40)
So a lot of people searching for a relatively small crossover are looking for a crossover that doesn’t crossover a specific price point. And I think that’s where this vehicle appeals more than ever priced under the RAV4 size, just below the rav4. I think for a lot of small crossover buyers, the ability to have this in all-wheel drive with enough space for five passengers, enough trunk space, sort of a good enough in every way. But the real standout here is decent technology, which Toyota hasn’t always been known for with their screen usage. This one is easier to use, it’s also got a ton of safety and the Corolla cross name fits in the way that it drives. It’s not designed to be something that’s crazy, sporty or anything else, but I think it fits what people in this class are looking for. So should you consider this over other vehicles in the class? 


Yeah, absolutely. It’s a very good smaller crossover. The only thing that throws me is it looks longer visually, which I think may appeal to some people but does not provide you with that longer feel inside. Again, this is a plenty big enough vehicle for what it is. It’s just a vehicle where I expected it to be bigger inside because maybe just the styling it looks pretty good on the outside. So there’s a lot of options in this class. Uh, everything from uh, higher end KiaSorento and Hyundai Kona to lower end Honda CR-v Toyota itself I think is people are gonna cross up this with the RAV4 and figure out, and I think this will steal sales from the rav4 when you move into this as a hybrid, which will be available in the future, a Corolla cross hybrid. Then you’re also having the venza in the lineup, which they crossover right in the Toyota’s zone showroom. 


So lots of crossover in the crossover segment. This is gonna be a great vehicle for people who just want a comfortable, reliable, good technology, great safety that you don’t have to think about. Fairly simple to operate vehicle with a lot of really nice features. It’s a vehicle I quite like, it’s a vehicle that I think makes a ton of sense. It’s not a vehicle for enthusiasts or anybody else who’s gonna drive aggressively, but again, I think Toyota knows who their market is. So very good, uh, effort here by Toyota. And again, if you wanna see this vehicle more, let me know when the comments below. If you have questions that I didn’t answer, let me know when the comments below and hit that subscribe button cuz we’ll come back to these videos where we’re gonna look at other vehicles in the, in the class Mitsubishi, we just did the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross as our previous uh, video that we did on cars. (21:01)
And uh, that’s really a competitor to this class. It’s got a heads of display. This one doesn’t have that. Pros and cons to each thing in its class. If you wanna see this vehicle in person, make sure you swing by Canada’s Huggable Car DealerJim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals, they are absolutely laser focused on caring for their customers. They do a better job than anybody. This vehicle is very difficult to get from Toyota right now. There’s long order times. It says right on the website that, hey, there’s not many of these out there and you’re gonna have trouble getting one. Toyota basically advertises that. If you want to get one easily and just drive off the lot with it today. Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Dealers here in Fredericton. Thanks everybody for watching.

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2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL  

Complete In Depth Review

Hi everybody, it’s Peter and in this video we’re gonna go through in depth the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, which as a name already bothers me because I am old enough to remember what the Mitsubishi eclipse was and it was a pretty cool little sports car, even available as a convertible. And this isn’t that. However, it could be a Corolla cross and the Eclipse cross hints at a level of sporting that the Corolla cross certainly doesn’t hint at. And we’re gonna investigate in this video if it lives up to its name, what I like and don’t like about it and what you may like or don’t like about it. So first of all, before we go any further, if you have questions about this vehicle or any vehicle in the class, one of the benefits I have here is I have full access at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals to have the entire vehicle line at my disposal.

And I can answer your questions in the comments and come back with future videos to make sure that I get, give you the answers you want on this vehicle and anything it’s class. So do me a favor, hit the subscribe button, leave a like in a comment. And like I said, if you have questions, let’s go through and create a little dialogue and make sure we get all the answers that you need. Let’s dive into the review. For a long time, Mitsubishi got along with a really long warranty, almost like an extended warranty built in and a very good purchase price. But lately they’ve been coming out with some very attractive vehicles and this would be one of them. And it hints at a more luxury brand because I’ve always felt like Mitsubishi doesn’t often lead, but they follow very well. And you know, the Eclipse Cross, maybe following the Corolla cross is kind of footsteps here, but they do things differently.

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And when I say they sort of follow, well there’s certainly a Range Rover evoke feeling with this name across the front here, the Eclipse Cross here, there’s all good quality components as well. You’ve got L E D uh, daytime running lights down here, L e d headlights, and they’re the projector beam headlights. So they are the higher end of available L E D lights in the class. You’ve got a front camera here, which we’ll talk about and generally attractive styling, nice coloring. They do a pretty good job with their features and it’s a vehicle worth considering. So let’s take a look at the backside as well. Look at a few features there and we’ll work our way inside the vehicle and talk about some of the technology and features inside this vehicle. Moving along the side, towards the rear of the vehicle, you’ve got really flush mounted roof rails, very sporty looking, which are quite nice for aerodynamics, but they also allow you to take your gear up top. 


So again, being a crossover, not a Mitsubishi eclipse of the past, you have to be practical. And these roof rails, although they’re tucked in quite nicely, the black color kind of ties it together with the rest of the car. But they are very slim, very sporty like and from this angle it’s hard to show on camera, but there’s a little bit of a Lamborghini SUV ish look here as much as a Mitsubishi. And again, it’s a little bit of that copycat kind of feel. There’s some nice little roof lines that you can’t see from your camera angle there. Nice lines here that are just hard to show on camera, but it’s got some character, it’s got some style and it also has the practicality, like I said with with those roof rails. We’re gonna talk about the all-wheel drive system. It’s a 1.5 liter turbo engine on this vehicle. 


So that is a typical for the class efficient option. It’s compared to a CVT and they advertise a lot of other special all-wheel drive system here. It’s probably class competitive in this vehicle. We’ll talk about that more inside. Let’s take a look at the backside and especially the trunk area. So as swooping as that styling is out front and sort of from the uh, side angle out back, even though it has a sharp angle here, it looks fairly square, fairly crossover like things I like, it has a nice little spoiler here. The window is kind of on a bit of an angle, which is nice. You’ve got a wiper there. I’d love it if the wiper was up in here like they’re doing on some vehicles in the class. But overall, very clean look. It also has very good apparent ground clearance. And now I say apparent ground clearance because bumper height is not always the ground clearance on the car, it’s the underneath components, but the bumper height here is tall, so it looks like a crossover and it’s got a good departure angle if you will. 


If you’re gonna go off road, which you’re not gonna go that far off road, but it has a nice, you know, strong look here as we open the trunk here, you have a couple things that are quite nice. It’s beeping at me a little bit. Uh, headroom underneath there is fine. I’m about six feet tall, it kind of comes up from there. Uh, big large opening. This one happens to have a rubber mat. You’ve got the cargo cover here, which you can hide your gear in and you’ve got the 60 40 fold down seat and the seats do recline. We’re gonna show you that when we work our way in. Not a whole lot of features in here. There are a little bit of tie downs in here, uh, but sort of a very simple uh, system. Simple trunk, nothing to really ride home about with the sloped roof.


It’s not gonna give you that squared off wagon style, uh, space like some other crossovers would, but it has got a decently long floor in here. So good class competitive space. If you’re competing in this class, you have to have good rear seat space. And I like showing this view because you’ve got an easy to climb into vehicle here. The roof line is a little low here, which is kind of standard for the class. Headroom is just fine, a couple inches above me and I’ve got the seat reclined way back. I can recline it way forward as well like this, which is fairly square, but it does give me, uh, more cargo space. So like I said, you can tilt it sort of to a comfortable angle there and it’s very good. Now one thing I like, I’m gonna show you down here. When I climb in and outta this car, my pant legs are not gonna get dirty. 


This is something that Kia does at Hyundai does that other manufacturers do and Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi gets it right in this as well. So lemme show you that first before we take the camera inside and show you a couple features inside here. So walking into the backseat here, we mentioned sort of the good seat height. I’m gonna show you the fabric as well. This is an artificial suede here. They don’t try to pretend it’s real, but it is kind of nice. What is also nice is that this suede type feel does not get as cold as the leathery type feel over here. And they also take care of you in this model here with the seat heaters for the rear. So you have two levels of seat heating driver and passenger. Gonna give it a little bit of a fault here. There’s no pocket on the driver’s side there. 


There is a pocket on the passenger side, depends on the manufacturer. Some do uh, pockets on both sides. The door panel, you do have a bottle holder, so that’s good news. You also have cup holders in the armrest. So all good things there. And uh, good amount of space here as well. As I show you, let’s just jump in here with my knees. I’m about six feet tall, I’m sitting square on the seat and if my knees are there, there is a ton of room here for a six footer, which was where this seat is set for me and a six footer behind. So good overall scores here. One little thing I didn’t mention down there is there’s a 12 volt port down there at the very bottom, which I’m trying to show but I can’t very well. Uh, but yeah, overall decent score for the rear seat. 


As with any vehicle, you were gonna wanna spend more time in the driver’s seat than the backseat we hope. And we should show you what the key fob looks like. This is a keyless entry fob, so very simple stuff. Panic button on the bottom, unlock and lock and that’s about it. There’s a key fob in there, a key in there if you have to use the physical key, we’re gonna keep that in our pocket. One touch on the door here unlocks just the driver’s door. A double touch unlocks all the doors. Let’s jump in again, same thing here with the seats. Now you do have a little extra styling design here, which gives you a little bit extra support out front. They are fairly good seats. One thing that Tishia has done is they do have a bit of a rally racing heritage and sporty comfortable seats are a strong point for them. 


Power seats you can see right there. Let’s jump in and we may go wide angle at times through this uh, video. Uh, but alright, let’s turn the key car on start button is hard to get on camera but not too hard to reach. So start button right there. We’re gonna warm this car up and I am gonna turn on my heated seats, but the nice thing is I don’t have to turn them on because the style of buttons in this is a very much a copy of what Toyota has been doing for many years. If you leave it on, it stays on many vehicles when you, um, park the car, if your heated seats are off, it will be off or if they’re on, it will turn off when you’re, um, not driving. So this one I can leave it in the on position to get in the car and it is on. 


One thing that does not stay on is the steering wheel heater. Now I do have one complaint about the steering wheel heater here on the website. Let’s go wide angle for a second here on the website for the uh, eclipse Cross here, they show a heated steering wheel and they show in the diagram that this is red and this is black, so red indicating heat. Now most vehicles in this class, if they have a heat of steering wheel, the whole thing is heated. This one, I’m not sure if it heats the bottom. I will tell you as we go through this review, but it does not appear to heat the top. Now I like to drive with one hand up here in the winter. I’ll be down here where the steering wheel is warmer down here so I can start to feel it getting warm already here. It’s a good heated steering wheel. It works very well, but like I said, it does not heat up here that I can feel. And we’ll double check on the bottom here. It doesn’t feel like it does it there either. So just sort of through here. Now one thing that comes through that is quite nice, this vehicle has paddle shifters. Now it is a CVT transmission, but you can create eight different ratios here. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t worry about it. Pretend like it’s an automatic. Uh, a lot of paddle

Shifted vehicles, they attach the paddles onto the wheel. So when you do exactly what I did, you can’t switch gears anymore. Where this one, the downshift is on the steering column. Downshift is always on the left. Upshift is always on the right, which I think is good. It’s just always years to find. And the only problem is it’s a crossover. You’re probably not using the paddle shifts all that much. All right, let’s talk about a couple other things. I do like you do have a heads of display here. Let’s see if we can get that to properly display. It is hard to film heads of displays, but uh, you can sort of see it there. Now one thing I like, I’m gonna show you in a second, but uh oh, it’s disappearing there. There we go. It’s gonna disappear just because the way it films with the camera, but you can see those little lines in there. 


I can move it up and I can move it down. Uh, that’s pretty standard stuff. Again, the perspective is way off here. It can really almost fill that screen. Uh, the reason it’s fading in and out is just like l e d lights flicker. This can fade in and out as well. So we’re gonna go back to the wide angle here. Uh, you do have the heads up display there. Now what I like about it is if we come down here, let’s go over here, heads up display. You can pop it up or down outta the dash. So again, it is just a little screen there. It can sort of fold down in the dash if you don’t want it there. But a lot of cars require you to use a menu system to bring the information up or down on the screen. So if you’re a taller person or sitting where I am, you can see it’s centered in the screen.


If you’re taller, it might be hard to see now just faded away. So let, let come back, see if you’re taller. It might be off the screen if you’re shorter, it might be in the way. So the idea is you can move that digital display up or down. Uh, and that works very well in this cart because you don’t have to go searching for it in the menu. So if you share this car with someone else and you want to move your um, things up or down, you can do that if you wanna move your um, uh, the display information. So then other controls over here. Lane departure warning for collision avoidance system. So it’s got a lot of the things that you would have in this class. Uh, sort of standard stuff. You also have blind spot detection. I don’t know if I can get that. 


Let’s see if I can zoom in. Yeah, there we go. Oh, having trouble focusing on the glass. There we go. Uh, you can see that little blind spot detection right there. So good information there. Also gives you rear cross traffic alert. Now one interesting thing with the mirrors is this is not a super wide vehicle, but in addition to adjusting just the mirrors themselves by power, you can press this button right here where my finger is at and that folds in the mirrors electrically. So you can choose to park in a narrow parking spot, keep those outta the way, uh, of people walking by, which is just kind of a nice feature to have. So a couple nice features, those paddles sit are staying in place although they’re probably never used. Nice features. Same thing with the folding in the mirrors. Many people won’t use that because they’re not used to it, but if you have it, you can sort of fold them in in a tight parking spot and that’s good stuff as well. 


You also have on this vehicle the smart cruise control, which is the cruise control that can keep its distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. That’s what this is gonna do. Uh, so when you set the cruise control to say a hundred kilometers an hour, uh, car in front of you, if it goes slower, you’ll slow down. If it goes faster, you’ll speed up up to the speed you had and it just makes driving easier. I also like using it not just uh, for regular cruise control use, but in stop and go traffic. It’s often very good. Uh, I I haven’t checked if this works at slow speeds. Some models or some uh, vehicle brands that works at all speeds. Some vehicle brands that only works at certain speeds. All right, so the s all awc, I can’t remember what the s stands for off the top of my head because I’m trying to film this in one take and oh, it’ll come to me. 


But AWC is all wheel control so it’s a smart or super all wheel control or something like that. Um, what this is is an all-wheel drive system with a brand name. They’re trying to compete with Subaru’s, uh, branded name. Everybody’s got their brand name all-wheel drive. To be fair, the Mitsubishi one used to be class leading. I think most other people have caught up to it, but there’s a button on the dash or on the control here. Let just show you that button while we’re here is has the same uh, button here. This is not your all wheel drive, this car is always all-wheel drive, but it does, let me just zoom back in again here. Whoops, bear with me. I’m working with the camera that’s moving a little bit here. When I press that button that I just showed you, it goes between gravel, normal and snow. 


So you’ve got those choices there. Again, not an off-road style tire tread, not an off-road style or snow tire tread either. Uh, but you have a system that sets up the all wheel drive ABS traction control and a yaw sensor, which is a system that uh, senses what the vehicle’s kind of doing, uh, leaning, turning that kind of thing. And it controls your all-wheel drive through ABS sensors breaking individual wheels. So it’s a good system. Used to be class leading. Most other manufacturers are caught up to something similar like that. So very good, uh, information there. And a good nice color display here. Easy to read, uh, gauges on the left and right with a good color display in here over here. Typical for the class about an eight inch display I would assume. Uh, looking at this, uh, most of it’s very, very good if we throw it in reverse here. 


You have a 360 camera which is fairly clear. Uh, you can see one thing that bothers me is that most car manufacturers, this is a bright blue car as you can see here, this should be color matched, right? I mean it’s not and I understand why they don’t do it, but it’d be cool. But there’s your 360 view of the car. It’s a camera here, camera in the mirrors and camera on the back. It creates a digital, uh, image of the vehicle in the center. But you have at least, uh, below the bumpers or below the mirrors, you have a view of what’s on the ground beside you, which gives you a little bit more control. And a backup camera, you can see the backup camera’s got the turning lines, so good stuff in there. You’ve also got Android Auto, apple, CarPlay, all the basic stuff in here.


The only thing I don’t love about it is if we put it back in park for a second here, one of the benefits of having buttons down here is so that you have a physical button. There’s a settings button here, there’s a settings button there. They feel the exact same. It’s not really a button, it’s just like touching the screen. So you know, I guess they’re always there in front of you, which is nice, but they don’t have actual buttons and you know, maybe missed opportunity there, but it’s fine. Down here you’ve got a dual zone temperature control. So you’ve got 21 degrees set to both left and right side. You can change that. It’s also an automatic climate system. It’s nicely warming up for me. Let’s go check that heated steering wheel again, we know the tops not heated. The bottom has some heat there. The top still feels cool. Definitely very warm where you’re supposed to keep your hands very warm on the side. Yeah,

I don’t know if the bottom’s heated or not. Might just be the heating vents. Does not feel that warm on there. Um, but yeah, side areas are heated for sure, so we know that. So there’s that, um, side heated there. Now you have a drive mode here in addition to the gravel, the snow and everything else, which are really terrain type modes. Uh, you have eco mode here, which just helps to get great fuel efficiency. Sometimes eco modes can make the car feel a little sluggish, uh, if you drive efficiently anyways. Eco modes usually work well with you if you drive aggressively. Eco mode is not gonna save you any fuel. It’s just gonna be the kind of thing that um, may get in the way. Two USB ports here. We mentioned the Android auto, the Apple car plate, you’re gonna have to plug in for those.


And there’s a 12 volt port there out front as well. Again, CBT transmissions, continuously variable transmission. Those are good for efficiency. Uh, they uh, also have fake gearing. We’ll explain that in some other video, but if you wanna change your own gears you could drop, drop it that way, go up and down through the gears like that. Or you can use the paddle shifters. And then you have electronic parking brake with the auto hold feature as well, which means if you release the um, break on this car, it could stay in place. Overall a lot of different um, colors in here. You’ve got sort of the uh, black, um, piano black, you’ve got the silver over here. You’ve got the or silver aluminum type trim over here. You’ve got the carbon fiber copy over there and you have sort of this leather look down here. 


It is soft touch in the front seat. It is not soft touch on the armrest in the rear seat. So something to keep in mind. Your rear seats are heated but they’re not soft touch armrests overall, pretty impressive car. Let’s just look one more thing before we jump outside again. You’ve got your garage door openers there on the mirror, which I quite like. It also is an automatic mirror. Um, garage door openers of course. Just make it easier to not have the ugly rattly thing up on your uh, uh, mirror thing right there. So very nice inside, decent technology and yeah, let’s just jump outside now. So I always like to talk about who are these vehicles for. And this one’s an interesting one to me because purely on a spec sheet, this car stands out, it’s got some nice features. It’s got uh, that two 1.5 liter turbo engine that’s sort of a modern version of an efficient engine.


CVT transmission helps with that as well. You’ve got good all-wheel drive system. You’ve got things like heads up display, decent safety features. You’ve got a lot of things that are very, very good from the spec sheet. However, see this is what I think will work at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals. I’m independent and I’m allowed to be honest, this is still not a class leading vehicle. But here’s the thing, vehicles that aren’t class leading sell every day to all kinds of people. And if you are someone who wants some of the technologies in this, wants a good driving vehicle, don’t care that your rear armrest isn’t padded or don’t care about some of the little things in there, uh, you may find that this is actually a perfect vehicle for you. It looks great, it’s good value, it’s got that really long warranty. I really like, like I said, the styling overall, some of the features here, having the electrically fold in mirrors may not be something that matters to you. 


But if you have a tight garage or you park with kids toys in your garage, something like that near there, these are really, really nice. And if you’ve ever had damage in the parking lot, being able to fold them in is really nice as well. Same thing with the ability to take extra things up here. You still have a compact, easy to drive or relative to compact, easy to drive crossover where you can still take all of your stuff with you. I would’ve liked to see a sunroof on this model. It doesn’t have it. Uh, that 360 cameras act is quite nice though as well. And it just depends on which features matter to you. And here’s the amazing thing about Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals. You can compare this vehicle to just about everything in the class right here on the lot and you can deal with the same salesperson who doesn’t care if you buy the Mitsubishi or the Toyota or the Hyundai or the Kia or anything else on the lot Ford. 


And there’s all kinds of ’em. They don’t care. They’ll make sure they give you the numbers on whichever one and you get to decide which vehicle is best for you because what’s class leading to an auto magazine may not be what you want. Like I said, for me, I’d love to have a sunroof at this level and I would maybe give up the 360 camera. I’ve had 360 cameras in some of my cars before and while they’re nice, it’s not a huge concern for me, but they are very nice. I really like that it has rear heated seats here, so that’s also a nice thing. There’s just so much to like, it just depends on what you want in a vehicle. Is this vehicle right for you? What you can decide yourself? Let me know when the comments below what you think about this car and what you may wanna see it compared to, because I’d be curious to see what you’re cross shopping with this vehicle so that I can do future videos to compare this vehicle to that. And make sure you hit the subscribe button because I’m working on building out the channel a little bit, but I wanna make sure we create a little bit of a dialogue around some of these classes of vehicles. So thanks everybody for watching. Again, if you wanna see the vehicle in person, Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals here in Fredericton, new Brunswick. And make sure you subscribe, comment below and thanks for watching.

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2022 Hyundai Kona N-Line with Ultimate package – Top of class tech! Complete In-Depth Review!

Hey, everybody. It’s Peter, and I’m here with a Hyundai Kona N Line. And this one has the luxury package, and I’m going to do a complete review of this vehicle. And I’m supposed to be an expert on this vehicle, because in a previous life, on a previous channel, I used to be the guy who knew all about the tech on this. But here’s the thing, I’m going to do my best to answer every question I can in this review, but you’ll probably have more questions. And if you do have questions about this car or how it compares to vehicles in the class, make sure you let me know in the comments below, because I can answer those comments. And if you subscribe, I’ll answer them in future videos as well, and I can make sure that I give you all the answers you need. And the reason I can do that is because I’m here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals, where they give me complete access to their entire vehicle lineup to make sure that I can answer your questions. So, that’s how this works. All right, let’s dig into the review.

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So the Hyundai Kona has always been a really good seller in its class. Hyundai’s done well with it. It’s one of their volume models, and the N Line steps it up. But one thing the N Line is not is just the N. There’s a little confusing in that naming there. So the N Line has a 1.6 liter turbo engine that makes 195 horsepower, and 195 foot pounds of torque. There is an N model. So not the N Line, but an N model. And that is basically a race car for the street. It’s another video, it’s another time. It’s very cool, but it’s really not a mainstream vehicle. This one does step up the power from the regular model, and it’s probably the more-power version that most people are going to prefer. Now what’s cool about this one is they’ve taken away some of the Kona’s things that sometimes people complain about. You’ve got full-body color here, where you used to have the matte black plastic.

So you have a cleaner look to this vehicle. Less Subaru-like, more advanced, more luxurious vehicle. And the other thing is this one has a $5,600 Ultimate package on it. That Ultimate package really takes this into a separate class that the Kona has never competed with before, and it’s got more technology and more safety features. And we’re going to go over some of those in this video. Now, one thing I’ve always liked about the Kona is it’s a do-everything vehicle. So this one here, again, less off-roading. Not that any of them have been off-roading, but you’ve got more street-oriented tires. These are 18″ tires here, and wheels, with unique wheels on this N Line. And then you’ve still got a sunroof up here, which is part of that Ultimate package. And then you’ve got your roof rack here, which I really appreciate. It’s not a massive roof rack, but it does spread from the front of the car to the back of the car, which allows you to take things like your winter cargo. So you could take skis, those kind of things. You can take bikes, kayaks, all those kind of things. And extends the cargo area, because for a crossover, the Kona is not a massively huge crossover.

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It’s got a normal small trunk for a small crossover, which is perfectly fine, to give you that easy-to-drive sort of size point that a lot of people really love about this car. So let’s talk about some of the features on the front of the car, and then we’re going to work our way into the car as well. Taking a look at the front of the car, you do have a refresh look, which came in around 2022, and it cleans up the car. That, in addition with its N spec model, makes for a pretty unique front end here. Over here, you can see on the white paint that you have a black grille marker. Those are actually just styling. There’s nothing in there, no venting in there. There is venting in here. There’s an N Line badge there. Down low, it’s a little hard to see on your screen right now, but there is a radar plate down here that gives you things like more advanced forward collision avoidance system. It gives you smart cruise control, those kinds of things.

And then down here, you have an LED light package here. And these ones appear to be flickering on your screen, but they’re not flickering in real life. These are your daytime running lights. A lot of the other trim lines have these LED daytime running lights and then a halogen light down here, but you have a full white LED package down here, which gives you a nice sharp cutoff. And that white color allows your eyes to more easily identify what they’re seeing at night because it’s closer to daylight color, which can help for safety as well. The other thing you have, we talked about that radar plate, is you have a camera in the front here. So that camera in the front on this model gives you things like forward collision avoidance, those kinds of things. But it also is your lane-keeping and lane-follow assist.

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So lane-keeping, it can see the lane markers, it can bounce you within the lane. But lane-follow assist is a button on the steering wheel, which we’ll show you in a little bit, where you can press that button and it can actively steer this car to keep it centered in the lane. And that makes long drives much safer and, frankly, easier to do. Over here on the back of the car, you’ve got some N Line-specific things like this diffuser area down here. You’ve also got more white paint down here, instead of the matte black plastic. You do have a back-up camera that’s required by law nowadays. You also have the back-up beepers, which give you a little bit of extra rear collision notification and avoidance type systems. And you have a little bit of a cleaned up light cluster for the 2022 model year, which is the signal lights down there. Your taillights here.

Again, the taillights that appear to be blinking on your camera are not blinking in real life, and your brake lights are up there. So a nice, clean overall look. As we pop the trunk here, you can see a good-sized trunk for what you need. Not a massive trunk, but very good. Underneath here, you do have some storage. This floor can lower down. And you can see right now there is a net right here that is clipped in place, and that is perfect for this N Line model because as you drive a little bit more athletically, you can hold things down just like that. You’ve also got a little bit of a hook over here for something like a grocery bag, and this panel which can be removed, so you can fold the seats down and stick all kinds of things in there as well.

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So, a nice trim package, nice options right here in the cargo. But let’s go look at the technology in this car, which is really where the differences are. All right, so before we hop in the car, let’s take a look at the key fob here. Dealing with some interesting lighting here. Let’s see if we can get it in the light here. There we go. So, key fob, lock, unlock hold, and that’s just your remote start button, and another hold button for your panic button. Now interestingly, the remote start on this vehicle is available through the key fob, but it’s also available through the BlueLink system, which is free to start and it will become a subscription service. Moving on, BlueLink gives you cellphone connectivity to this car to do all kinds of things, but that’s another video. Let’s jump inside here. As I approach the car, I can touch this button just once and that will unlock just the driver’s door. A double-tap will unlock all doors. However, I’ve already unlocked it, and you can set that up to unlock all the doors on a single tap. Down here, you have a really nice mix. Again, this is a top trim line on the inside. So you have a leather mix here. You’ve got power seats with power lumbar. Nice red stitching here, with red piping as well, and you have perforations in the seat.

On this car, they will be functional. You have heated and ventilated seats on this model, which is quite nice to have. All right, let’s jump in. We’re going to shut the door here. It’ll be a little darker, but that’s okay. Over here, vents, I just want to point them out. They do have that little bit of a red edge there, and you can see there’s a line there that allows you to know what the setting is at. Because if I just close it like it is now, the vent is actually closed. Spinning it like this opens it up and, of course, you can aim it any which way you want. Now this model has the upgraded dash, and this is part of that Ultimate package here. So we’re going to go down here, we’re going to hit the start button. Because we’re indoors, we’re not going to put my foot on the brake, we’re not going to start the car up. And you can see the gauges here. Now these are the same gauges they put in something like the Hyundai Santa Cruz, Hyundai Tucson. It’s moving its way through the Hyundai lineup.

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It’s a 10-and-a-quarter-inch screen there, with another 10-and-a-quarter-inch screen right there, and they are very high resolution. So currently, it’s set up to be the screen for the sport mode, but let’s just touch the drive modes here for a second here to see what we’ve got. So, smart mode, normal mode, and sport mode. Normally these change with the drive mode. This has been set up to not change. Obviously, whoever had this before likes the red gauges there, but you can set that up. Maybe we can show you a little bit later in the video. Will decide if we want to do that or not. But it can be a white background here, a very classic look. These are more the sport look. Again, you’re going to see a little bit of a flicker on the screen here. That’s not something that’s actually happening in real life. And yeah, I can’t quite get rid of it by just switching the camera that way. So there’s something to keep in mind here.

A lot of information in here. One of the things that I really like is you have your navigation info in here, tire pressure monitors. This is an all-wheel drive bar gauge or bar graph. So when you’re driving in any kind of weather, you will see these bar graphs fill up as you’re driving to show you which wheel has how much power. Now the one cool thing about the all-wheel drive system in this car is it helps with both handling and winter traction. So, it has a cornering management control system, but it also, regardless of the drive mode you’re in, it allows you to start out with all-wheel drive. And when I drive away in this car, you’re going to see all the bar graphs fill up. And as I maintain traction, it’ll actually back down and only the front wheels will have traction. So unlike a lot of cars there, the front wheels get traction to start, and if you lose grip, then the rear wheels kick in.

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You can watch on this car that you always have all-wheel drive traction to start, and as you maintain traction. So that makes the difference between a car that is driving, loses traction, gets squirrely, and then kicks power to the rear. Whereas this one starts an all-wheel drive drive, never gets squirrely, and if you are driving fine with good traction, it’ll move the power away. So it’s a great system there. Let’s take a quick look at some of the navigation system here. We’ve got all kinds of controls. This screen is really just a decorative screen. There’s a map on the right side, but it’s a decorative version of the map. If you wanted to go to the map itself, you can have a pretty good view of it over here. We are inside, so I’m not sure if this will film great. Again, it’s nighttime view right here. It could be daytime. You can go full screen if you wanted to right here, if I can just hit that with the right hand there. I’m looking through the camera instead of with my eyes. So you can go full-screen navigation here.

And this is a large, large navigation screen. Very crystal clear. And if you happen to have this side open, again, I got to stop looking through the camera, you could cycle through other options. So you could have navigation there, you could have just a clock there, you can have other information. The outside temperature and weather, radio, all kinds of things out on that screen. This star button allows you to set up a custom button. So if you wanted to get to a certain screen, maybe Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, that’s what I like to do with this. You can do that there as well. So, nice features in there. All right, climate control. Let’s talk about climate control. One thing I wish this car had was duals on climate control. It does not, but it does have one of the more advanced systems that Kia and Hyundai make. And it has this system right here, with the three auto buttons.

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And this is a pretty cool system, because I’ve set it up to hit to 23 degrees on auto and what happens is, I can change the temperature there, but if I don’t want it to blast me with the air… Sometimes in the summer or the winter, it really blasts you with air when you get in and out of the car and then it backs down. You can just turn the air down, so that means that the maximum fan speed won’t be as much. So it’s just a cool multifunction auto system. And of course, if you want to move things around, you can do things manually as well. Lots of controls here to control whatever you need. I like to leave it in the auto setting and then make it simple. Air conditioning you can turn on if you need to. But again, if it’s in the auto setting. If I needed air conditioning, it would give that to me. All right, moving down here. One thing to keep in mind with any Hyundai or Kia vehicle, if you see this vented wireless charge port there… Let me just get the gear shift out of the way for a second so we can film that. If you see this vented area here, that has been an upgraded wireless charge system. And that works very well, because modern phones, they need a little bit more charge.

So the vented is actually a higher-speed charging than the previous non-vented versions. And of course, you have the little symbol right there. When that orange light, I believe it’s an orange light that’s still in this car, comes on, that will mean that it is charging there. And of course, it just allows it to charge a little faster than in the past. You still have a 12-volt port over there, and you have a USB port over here. If you are connecting to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, you’re going to use this USB port right there. Going to put the car back in park. First of all, when you put this in drive, it is a dual-clutch transmission. I believe it is an eight-speed transmission. You can go down here and choose your own gears like that. You have this N model here, which is the same gear shift you would have in the N, but this is an N Line. Again, there is a difference there.

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Drive modes we talked about briefly. They’re right there. You just spin it like this and spin it like that to get to different drive modes. We’re going to leave it in the smart mode. Smart mode is really your economy mode. Works best. Then you have what I like to call rump roasters. Three levels of seat heating, and three levels of seat ventilation there. I don’t know if you can see, but that’s blue row of lights there. See if I can get it to film correctly. White balance is a little off inside the car. But you have very good ventilated seats here, which is nice with the leather as well. Heated steering wheel there. Auto-start/stop, so it can turn the car off at stoplights if you wanted to, and then same thing on the passenger side. We’ve talked about those passenger beepers in the past. You’ve got those here. You can turn them on or off. If you’ve got a bike rack or something on the back or something, a reason you don’t want them to beep, you can turn it off.

And then this is your four-wheel drive lock button. So one thing people assume is that’s your four-wheel drive button, but that’s not the case. A typical all-wheel drive vehicle, the front wheels and rear wheels and left side and right side will need to take different arcs around a corner because they take different lines, right? So that four-wheel drive lock button is something you can use if you’re stuck in the snow. It locks the axles together, allows the wheels to spin at the same speed. At slower speeds, anyways, it will turn itself off. But that is something you use if you’re stuck in snow. It’s something to have there. You do have the electronic parking brake here, so you can just pull that up like a hand brake, and it’s electronic. Auto-hold allows you to release your foot from the brake, the brake lights turn off, but the cart does not creep forward. So it’s a nice function to have.

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All right, really quickly I want to touch on a couple more little features before we move on. We’ve got our smart cruise control. We talked about that. That can keep the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, which is really nice to have. And then we also have our lane-follow assist, which is different than our lane-keeping assist. Lane-follow assist really actively steers your car to keep it centered in the lane. I love this feature. I drove from Ontario to New Brunswick on my Hyundai that had this feature, and I literally, basically didn’t have to steer. Now it’s not designed to self-steer for you. You have to keep your hand on the wheel. If it senses that your hand’s not on the wheel, it will tell you that, “Hey, put your hand on the wheel.” But it’s very, very good on well-marked roads to actually steer the car to keep it centered in the lane.

Another nice little feature on the newer models, Kona’s that you have here, that you didn’t have on previous models, is this little star button as well. We talked about that star button down here, allowing you to set up that preset. I like to set it up for Android Auto or Apple CarPlay in there. You have a separate button here, which can be a favorites button that you can program in there as well. So, lots of options to customize this car the way you like it. Overall, down here, one thing that’s nice is some of the Kona’s are a little plasticy, you’ve got a nice soft touch armrest over here. The seats are fairly supportive, so they’re nice sporty seats. The steering wheels tilt, and telescopic, which is nice. The headlights are automatic, if you wanted them on automatically, which is, again, nice. And there is a heads-up display, which we haven’t even talked about. Let’s see if we can film it. Sometimes it’s very difficult to film this piece. Let’s turn those lights back off again.

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Oh boy, let’s see if I can get it right. Oh, there you go. You can see it there. So I can’t get the camera to focus correctly on it, but the heads-up display is nice because it gives you all kinds of things. Your blind spot detection can be in there, your cruise control information can be in there. And I didn’t finish showing you this display here. Let me just quickly show you some of the other things you can do. This is a really nice view here. So when you’re in cruise control, you can see cars in front of you and that kind of thing. And it can warn you there, but you also have some information up there as well. One of the things I like about the heads-up display is you can have your digital speedometer up there on the heads-up display, which allows you to have more information like this down here. You can use this for a digital speedometer as well, in various areas here. Let’s go digital speedometer right there. So you can get rid of this digital speedometer, and have other information that you may want in the… Oops, let’s go back over here.

Something like this in this display. So that’s really nice with the heads-up display, to just give you a variety of views. And again, you don’t really have to change your focus. I haven’t got it quite set up right. I can aim it differently, but you don’t have to change your focus from where you are. So, a really nice feature in there. Really quickly you have your… What do you call it? BlueLink, which is what we talked about earlier. Cellphone connectivity. This also gives you some towing ability, navigation, SOS if you have an issue, and it also gives you your garage door openers. Some of the Kia Hyundai lineup, they’ve got BlueLink on here. They got rid of those garage door openers. Not the problem here. Something like a Kia Seltos does not have the sunglasses holder up here. You do get that in Hyundai’s Kona right here as well, which Seltos and this are a competitive car. And if we flip the camera around in one second, we’ll show you that you do have a very nice sunroof above you.

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And what’s nice about this is it’s placed above you. Just the style of the car, you can really place above you. Head room’s excellent in here. I have the seat fairly low, actually, but it can go lower still and I can bring it a long ways up. So if you are a shorter person, you can go a long, long, long ways up, and you can just watch my bald head get up into the sunroof area here. So now I’m only… A little bit of sunroof space. If you’re short, you can get comfortable with this car. If you’re tall, you can get comfortable with this car as well. So, very, very good. And we actually have two N Lines in stock here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals. We have one with the Ultimate package and one without that $5,600 Ultimate package as well. So you can really compare, “Hey, I like the feel and look of this car, but I don’t need all of the tech.” Well, we have that in stock as well, and that one’s in black.

Let’s talk a little bit more about this car as we finish up. So I always like to wrap up by talking about who this car is for. And this particular model is for people who want a lot of luxury features and a lot of technology features in a easy-to-drive, compact car. The N Line gives you that sporty look with an upgraded engine, that 1.6 liter turbo, 195 foot pounds of torque, 195 horsepower. And the nice thing about this turbo engine is, all of that torque comes very low in the rev range, which means you don’t have to rev it way out to get all of that power. It feels punchy in your regular, everyday driving. Now again, this is not the N model. There is a difference. That N model is really racetrack, a very firm ride, totally different seats. It’s a different model. A lot of fun, but probably not as much mainstream. So then, again, this is a car that you can drive anywhere, anytime, in all weather. It’s easy to park, easy to drive, and it sits a little lower than some of the other tall crossovers while still giving you that all-wheel drive. So you’ve got the capability, but still that sporty, more of a sedan, wagon kind of feel.

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It’s a car that really appeals to me, especially in this trim line with that Ultimate package. It’s a really good mix. But like I said, here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals right now, as I’m filming this, they have this one and a black one without the Ultimate package. So it gives you the same look and just a few less of those technology features, which puts it at a better price point. It’s a fun car, it’s a great car, and maybe it’s right for you. And here’s the great thing about here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals. You can compare this car to all the other cars in its class right here at the same dealership, with the same salesperson. This is known as Canada’s huggable car dealer for a reason. They really, really take care of their customers. It’s an amazing place to shop, and that’s why I like partnering with them. Because they treat you well, and that’s my hope. If you have questions that I didn’t answer about this car, let me know in the comments below. And make sure you hit subscribe, because I’m going to come back to this car if you need me to. And I’m also going to come back to your questions, and compare all sorts of vehicles in this class. Thanks, everybody, for watching.

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2021 Subaru Outback, Complete Review!

Marketing Hype? Or truly great for the outdoors enthusiast? 

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Hey everybody, it’s Peter, and this is going to be a video of an in-depth review of the Subaru Outback. And just so I have full disclosure, I have secretly been a fan of this vehicle for a long time, but in a previous life I worked for another manufacturer, and I wasn’t really able to dig into this vehicle until now. So in this video, we’re going to discover not just the specs and stuff, you can look at some of those online, we’re going to talk about the in-depth stuff that the other videos aren’t showing you, to help you understand if, like me, this just appeals to you but maybe isn’t right for you, or if it appeals to you and you have good reason to believe that. You haven’t just bought into the marketing hype from Subaru.

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So here’s how this works. I’m going to do as best as I can to give you an in-depth review of this vehicle. And if there’s something I didn’t cover, make sure you subscribe and comment in the comment section if there’s something that you want me to cover because I have access to the entire line up here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals here in Fredericton, New Brunswick. They allow me to compare not just this car, but this car to competitors, and they allow me to come back with it online to make more and more videos to make sure that you get the answers you want. So I want to thank Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals, let’s get into the review.

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All right, let’s start with a couple facts about this vehicle, and they’re not facts you can Google online. When I go camping, there is an unusual amount of Subarus on camp sites, whether they’ve towed a lightweight trailer, or in the tenting sites, there’s just more Subarus in that campground than there is out on the roads.

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So Subaru’s marketing certainly appeals to someone like me, it appeals to a certain type of buyer, but are there vehicles any better than a regular SUV for doing some of those outdoorsy things? Well, I think there’re some answers… Sometimes there’s a reason to answer yes, and sometimes maybe not so much. Now, first of all, many Subarus, they have what’s called a boxer engine. So a boxer engine is, instead of having pistons going up and down in the engine like a four cylinder inline four cylinder would have, they have pistons going in and out. What that does, is it makes for a lower center of gravity. Now the recipe for this vehicle has always been it’s a wagon raised up, more than it’s an SUV. Now, of course, nobody can say wagon anymore in the car industry because your car won’t sell, but let’s be honest, this has always looked like and has started from a wagon originally.


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So that engine that goes in and out instead of up and down, allows for a lower center of gravity. And the marketing from that wagon type thing was, you still have that car-like feel to the SUV style drive, because again, that heavy component has a lower center gravity. Now, because it’s a boxer engine, and just so you know, boxer engines are also what Porsche uses in many of their sports cars, it’s not an uncommon design for some vehicles, but it’s very uncommon for most vehicles. But that boxer engine allows you to have what they call symmetrical all-wheel drive. Now, to be fair, symmetrical all-wheel drive has this amazing marketing cache, because they were really one of the first ones to brand name their all-wheel drive system, and tell you it’s better than everyone else’s. And at times, it has been.

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But I think to be fair, the all wheel drive system in most vehicles has kind of caught up to this, as far as the way the average driver is going to be able to react. The reason they were able to brand it and nobody could copy them, is because of that boxer engine allows you to have symmetry through the system. Now that does do something for the suspension of this car. You are able to have longer arms on the suspension to give you a little bit better wheel travel. I don’t really know if they still do that compared to every vehicle, but certainly compared to some vehicles, you have a little extra wheel travel, so when you go off road or certainly off the paved roads, you do have a very controlled supple ride, and part of that has to do with you’re not coming as close to bottom wheel suspension in this type of SUV, than you will be in others.

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So again, symmetrical all wheel drive, sure it’s a brand name, sure it has some benefits, but what it really allows is for a different suspension setup, or a little bit different suspension design than some vehicles, and it gives it a good ride. And I think that appeals. Now, let’s look at a couple other little practical things that make this car a little bit better for outdoorsy people than some of the other typical crossovers out there.

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So let’s start with these cross rails up here. This is not just styling. Some people may think this is bulky and maybe even ugly, but there’s a reason that Subaru has these weird looking cross rails, and it’s because in this roof rack system, the cross rails are actually built into these side rails, and they can be folded out across the vehicle.

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So when you’re not carrying your canoe, your kayak, your mountain bikes, your skis and everything else on this vehicle, you could put them back in line with the vehicle, which helps with the aerodynamics, keeps the wind noise down, keeps everything good, but when you are carrying all that stuff, you just slide them across. You’re not storing your cross rails in your garage, they’re locked to your car, which means you can lock your gear to your cross rails and have some level of security. And you also can lock everything back here, because if you wanted to, you could unscrew these bars, they’re technically replaceable, but you can lock things in back here and it becomes even harder to steal. So really smart roof rails, probably the smartest roof rails in the class, and maybe even in the industry, for outdoorsy type people. And let’s look at the trunk, there’s a couple things there I like as well.

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When we talk about the trunk of this vehicle, we have to remember that, again, this is more of a wagon. Some crossovers have a short backend, which makes for a tall opening but not a long floor. The wagon gives you that long floor of something like a sedan, but also the height there. You’ve got the 60/40 split. It could be 40/20/40 like some people do, but I’m going to give them a pass on that. And a lot of people are going to buy this mat from Subaru, just to give you that outdoorsy feel and keep everything secure. That’s all good. Couple things that I like in theory, but don’t like in actuality is they have a lot of little clips here. And I don’t know if you can hear with my microphone real close, there’s a bit of a plasticky feel to these. I’m sure these are strong, but they don’t feel strong to me, and there’s several of them.

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So you can tie down things, you can hook down things, you can use sort of different mats to fold down things. And because this is a long floor, you’ve got to handle right here at the back, you can use that to fold down the seats. If you do fold down the seats, you have immense storage back here. If you don’t fold down the seats, you still have very, very good storage. Subaru does that well. And if you’re traveling, camping, whatever, this has a lot of practicality and gives you a lot of space.

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Taking a look at the right side of the trunk, there’s another little feature in here that I really like. So first of all, 12 volt port, you can see that in pretty much every vehicle in the class. That allows you to power that cooler or other small things that you’ve got in the back if you wanted to. But this little bungee area, this is again Subaru smart. You can see that it can kind of hold your stuff in there, but in a lot of cases, that’s kind of a permanent thing, or you take out the net. This one is set up to be pushed down on both sides to create that open space, and you can pull it back up.

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So just like your roof racks, you don’t have to take it out of the car and risk losing it, you just keep it in the car and it’s usable in a lot of different ways. And that’s kind of Subaru’s thing. A lot of little details have been thought about for how do we use the cargo area, how will our users use this, how will our buyers use this? And just little examples of things they do that make sense.

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Couple other little things I like about the trunk. First of all, I’m about six feet tall. In shoes, I’m hair even taller than that, and I’ve got clearance here under the tailgate, which is good. And there’s two buttons up here. This is a powered tailgate. A lot of SUVs have one button somewhere to close the trunk, and then because you’ve got keyless entry, and I’m going to show you the key in a second, you technically have to walk around to some door handle to press the button on the door handle to lock the door, or you have to pull the key out of your pocket. With a keyless entry, you should never have to pull the key out of your pocket, so you have this button which shuts the trunk, and this one which locks and shuts the trunk. Locks the car, shuts the trunk, so you just lock the trunk, walk away and you’re all good.

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Now I’m just going to shut it because I need it open for later. But while we’re back here, we’re going to take a look at a couple things. The lights on this 2021 model, pretty cool. But the other thing Subaru does is, all of this lower plastic on a lot of Subarus is not body color. And if you are venturing off road and brushing against grasses that may have some thorns or some gentle sticks or that kind of thing, those can leave micro scratches in the paint. Whereas on this plastic here, this is a nice durable plastic.

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Now you do have a backup camera, it’s required by law, this car also has a front camera, which is kind of nice, and then you have the back up beepers here as well. And that’s built into this plasticky type frame. And then again, with the hitch down here, you can tow with this car, but you also have a proper two inch hitch, which fits the majority of bike racks. So again, you’re not dealing with an accessory hitch, then you have to upsize to fit into the typical bike racks that you have. So cargo up there, cargo down here, some towing capability and a lot of durability, Subaru’s doing really well here and maybe I do like it for a reason, but let’s check inside.

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All right, as we hop in the vehicle, I’m going to hop in the rear seats first, but the first thing I want to do is show you the keys just so we make sure we get it on camera here. There’s what your key looks like on the modern Subaru. Very simple, very classic, kind of fits in your pocket, not as small as I’d like. I like smaller keys that fit in your pocket without really feeling anything there, but pretty good. Just basic key, and that’s what you’ve got. Now I’m going to hop in the rear seats first, because again, I think this is a vehicle where rear seats matter.

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Overall, this trim line and this package is something that actually very much appeals to me as well. It’s got the right amount of luxuries and durability, so I’m not always a fan of leather for an outdoor car, but again, leather always makes sense as well. Because you’ve got enough storage space, you’re probably not dragging a cooler across the rear seats. You can throw it in the trunk, and you do have nice leather. And this one here has a kind of nice… Almost a Kawasaki green to it. And being here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals where they are Canada’s number one Kawasaki dealer, kind of cool. And I like it, overall. So let’s jump in the back. We’re going to go wide screen here, just to show you a couple little things that I really like.

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All right, so wide angle view can kind of skew the view a little bit. In front of my knees, I’ve got tons of room. And again, this seat is back pretty far. I could probably move it a little forward. You have a pocket here, which is nice, you have a pocket here, which is nice. A lot of vehicles only put one on the right hand side, that’s just kind of silly nowadays. You’ve got vents back here, that’s also good. There’s probably also vents underneath the seat like just about every car now, so you do have the vents sort of where you want them. You have heated rear seats. That’s very, very good. Two levels of seat heating in the rear seats, and you also have a sort of rubbery type control to cover the USB ports. Now, two things are good about this. One, you have USB ports down here. Two, you’ve got a little bit of a plug on them, because in a car that goes outdoors, you don’t want a lot of dust and dirt sitting in those USB outlets or you just end up with problems.

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Over on the door side here, again, we’re in the backseat still. You’ve got, let’s just zoom back in again, the auto up down, or at least auto down for sure. Auto down, auto up and down, rear window here. So again, they think of the passengers, they think of the space. Let me just zoom around to the other outside, flip the camera around, and let me show you what we’ve got.

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As far as sitting in the vehicle, I’m sitting here with my winter jacket on, it’s cold outside, and I’ve got tons of headroom, and I have this seat fairly far upright. It can be tilted back, I can create more room, more comfort, but back seat space in the Outback is excellent. And once again, I’m finding myself justifying the fact that this is a really good car for someone like myself, and someone like my family, and maybe I’m not just buying into the marketing, but out front’s going to determine it all. Technology matters to me, and let’s talk about what the technology in this car.

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All right, taking a look at the driver’s environment here. A couple things I really like, powered seats, that’s really good, power lumbar, that’s really good as well. I’ve got a bit of a funny back, and lumbar is good. The other thing that’s pretty good about this is the side bolstering. This is a car, even though it’s raised up a little bit, gives you a little extra ground clearance, that corner’s pretty well. And you’ve got a little bit of side bolstering to hold you in place. I like that quite a bit. Now, let’s jump in here. Jumping in, foot on the brake, press the start stop button, and the car comes to life. First thing I’m going to do is turn on my heated steering wheel, which is done by pulling it towards me. A little dim light there, but you can see that it’s on. Steering wheel heater on the steering wheel kind of makes sense to me.

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Let’s go wide angle and take a general look around here. So this is a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and to be honest, I adjusted it for my comfort, not for the video, so let’s just put that back in where it goes. So it’s pushed a little further away. Overall, a pretty good view inside. That’s one thing Subaru has always done well, is when you talk about safety and Subarus, they go together in a lot of ways, but they’ve just started with old school safety. Visibility out of a Subaru is always excellent. Compared to the class, it’s very, very good. And I think that’s something worth mentioning that you got to give them credit for.

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Down here in the gauge cluster, kind of the same stuff as you’d find in a lot of different vehicles. A lot of the information up top, liters per hundred kilometers, you got some bar graphs in there, you got a digital speedometer if you want, let’s just zoom in a little further. So lots of things that you expect, nothing too fancy there. Now, Subaru is known for their safety, and there is one safety feature that drives me absolutely nuts in this car, and it is right over there. That tells me my seatbelt is not done up. And like many cars, when you start to drive slow speeds, which I’ll be honest, I did around the parking lot today, it starts beeping at you. But if you go too long without your seatbelt on, this thing really starts beeping at you. And I know I should be buckled up at all times, but driving around in a campground, sometimes I don’t. And you will be buckling up in this car, trust me. You can’t handle the amount of beeps that it does.

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All right, so that’s fine, that’s safety, but let’s look at one other safety feature. This vehicle… Oh, hey everybody, there I am. This vehicle has a little bump up there, and a little bump up here. Most modern vehicles have a thing behind the mirror with a single camera forward. This one has what they call Subaru eyesight. It has two cameras looking forward, and that does a lot of the features like your lane keeping, your safety, all those kinds of things to see in front of you. So it’s a different system that is shared by many other manufacturers, or adapted by many other manufacturers, and that allows them to do some really cool things. So you’ve got the lane keeping, you’ve got the smart cruise control, those kinds of things. All the things that you would kind of expect in this class of car, but it does it differently.

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And if you go into the car info here, first of all, I should point out this screen. Again, you’ll see some glare on your screen, not a big deal, in real life with two eyes looking at this instead of one eye of the camera, you see a lot less glare. But this screen is impressive. It’s a portrait style screen instead of a landscape style screen, and it gives you a lot of information. So driving statistics, if you’re going off road, you can see how far up or down those hills you’re going. Now my Jeep Wrangler 4xe has this, which is kind of cool. You go to advanced package, and now you’re talking safety type things.

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And what’s cool about this is you don’t need an owner’s manual to figure out what’s going on here. Any one of these buttons that you hit, or just hit info, it’ll take you into what is the pre-collision braking system, we can turn it on or off, lane departure warning, in car settings, various things, the eyesight alerts, so that is eyesight assist monitor, so things that you can see, and then you can kind of dig through these a little bit more. Reverse automatic braking, temporarily disable or enable it, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, high beam assist, front view monitor, which we’ll show you in a second here. But all those safety features are here in the dash, so even if you don’t read the owner’s manual, you just kind of click into what those things are. And if we just like… Let’s just choose one here. Does it give us a little bit more information? No, it takes us back to where we were. But very good system there. And it also tells you some of your maintenance stuff right here on the dash, which is kind of nice to have. So I like that. I like that quite a bit.

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The other thing I kind of like is, Subaru recognizes how you’re going to be driving in this. So normal mode, that’s great. Snow and dirt, that’s also great. So snow and dirt really is just about driving in a normal environment with snow on the roads. What they recognize is that deep snow and mud is different. So I like how they… A lot of vehicles have mud mode, but they don’t have deep snow. Deep snow can be different. And you see this graphic over here, when you switch back and forth, you also have an identical graphic in the dash. So the color screens here are very good, very simple, and again, just simple to adjust.

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Now, one thing that I don’t like, I’ve been sitting here for a while in my cold leather seats, and let’s just go to the home screen here. If you go into here, you want your seat heater on, that would tell me I should turn my seat heater on, right? Now, maybe I’m missing something, but the only way to turn the seat heater on is to do this, and if I want to turn it down a little bit, that, and that. What I don’t like, is you shouldn’t have to touch the screen four times, because when you touch the screen, you have to take your eyes off the road. There’s no tactile button. So if there was a seat heater button down here, I could find it without looking. But even to glance down to find it, I could then press it one, two or three times and it would work well. I don’t like that I have to click into the screen to now turn my seat heater back to the full position, and I have to sort of see exactly where I am. It works well, it’s fine, but I don’t like that I have to dig for it on the screen.

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Speaking of this screen, let’s just talk stereo system here. AM, FM and satellite radio coming in here, which works pretty well. We’re going to throw it into reverse for a second, we’re going to check out our backup camera, which is right there. It does not take over the whole screen. Some people have wondered if that does, and it doesn’t, and that’s okay. It also tells you which safety features are on in reverse. So rear automatic braking, the parking beepers are on, so if you’re towing a trailer, you might want to turn those off, but you need those features when you’re in reverse so it brings them up for you. Very good, smart stuff by Subaru here.

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Now when I go forward and drive, I can choose a camera as well. That is looking out the front here, so if you take this vehicle and you’re parking it in a parking lot, and you don’t want to hit the curb, or you’re parking it off road somewhere in a campground area and you know there’s that stump somewhere, you’ve got a front camera here as well. So it doesn’t give you that 360 camera, but it does give you a camera in front, and a camera in back and I got to give them credit, I think that’s a decent idea. The only other thing I don’t absolutely love is this seems a little bit cramped to me, so I can’t even fit my skinny little knuckles on my skinny little fingers down to the bottom there. I’m not sure how I’m going to clean that out. It is slanted there, that’s where I put my phone, in and out of there. It does have wireless charging, you got to give them credit for that, and there’s some USB ports in there. I’d just like a little bit more space here, but no big deal.

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Now, they do give you extra space over on this side here for your passenger to put their phone, so that’s kind of a nice little designed in style there. And you got to give them credit again with wireless charging. You also have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on this vehicle, so you’ve got navigation through that, at least. I didn’t see navigation through this menu here. To be fair, I should probably continue to look, but we’ll do that some other time. Other little things that are super convenient, you have up here your three little buttons to open your garage door, you have Subaru’s version of their online telematics and that kind of thing, so you can call for help and get information. You still have a sunglasses holder, which to be honest, feels a little cheaper than the class of car, but it’s just going to serve a purpose and that’s fine. And there’s one more thing I want to show you right above me.

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Subaru has a nice sunroof above me. And if you’ve ever been in a Subaru Forester, it’s an oversized sunroof, and I quite like that. This one’s not oversized, I’m cool with it. But Subaru seems to not tint their sunroofs as much as other manufacturers, which gives you more natural light. It’s very nice and bright in here, you can see my bald head quite nicely. If you want to eliminate that, of course you still have the sunshade there, but I like that even with the sunroof closed, you get a lot of light in this car. It feels very roomy and airy, but also has a lot of light. Good job, Subaru, right there.

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So I usually wrap up my reviews talking about who is this car for? But let’s step back just a split second here and say, is this a car for me, an outdoorsy type person? Is there a reason that this car appeals to me more than just their marketing message? And I think that answer is yes. Subaru does a really good job of not just saying they’re for outdoors, but doing things like smart roof racks, like body cladding along the side that saves you from getting those rocks when you’re driving down gravel roads from scratching the edge of the paint here, in common contact areas underneath the car here. Those are all practical things. The roof rails we talked about, the trunk space is pretty good, some plasticky feeling parts, but a lot of practicality to tie things down, secure things do all that kind of stuff. Rear seats are excellent. If I take my two kids with me, they can charge their iPads, they can put stuff away in the seats, they’ve got heated seats, which I think matters when you start putting leather in cars, you need those heated seats.

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Overall, the front, great safety. You’ve got basically class leading safety in this vehicle. There’s nothing really that this car doesn’t have, because safety nowadays isn’t just about how they crunch, it’s how they can avoid collisions. And this car does a great job with that. Good technology, the screen works mostly well, couple little irritations with turning on the seat heater, but other than that, this thing’s really impressive.

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So who is this for? Well, first of all, if you don’t care about outdoorsy kinds of things, this doesn’t eliminate this vehicle for you. It’s got a lot of space, it’s a fairly long vehicle, a lot of space in the rear seats, a lot of space behind the rear seats, and that’s a very good thing to have in a crossover vehicle. It also has that good ground clearance. I would recommend putting winter tires on in the winter, but if you do that, that the drive modes on this car, they’re very good.

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Some vehicles are better than others, many of them have now probably matched Subaru as far as the ability to get traction in the snow, but again, Subaru’s the leader, right? They’ve matched Subaru, I don’t think they’ve surpassed Subaru. So overall, a very practical crossover, five passenger crossover. It’s very comfortable, good technology, good safety, this vehicle’s very impressive. So if you want to come see this in person, you can swing by Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals, they are Canada’s huggable car dealer, and they’re amazing because not everybody likes to go to a dealership, me included, I’ve worked in them.

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I don’t love going to dealerships, but coming here, they treat you really, really, really well. And if you want to compare this to other vehicles that are just like it, we’ve got basically the entire class of this vehicle sitting just over there. And you can compare it not only amongst other Subarus, but amongst other vehicles in the class. And when you go get your numbers, you’re comparing apples to apples with the same salesperson who doesn’t care if you buy the Subaru or the Honda or the Toyota or whatever else it is that you want to buy. So it’s a really great place here, Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals. I want to thank everybody for watching. If you have questions about this vehicle or the class, let me know in the comments below, and I’ll make sure I answer those questions and come back to you in a future video. Thanks everybody for watching.

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2022 Nissan Sentra SR 

In-Depth Walkaround Review

Peter:

Hey, everybody. It’s Peter, and in this video we’re going to do a complete in-depth review of the 2022 Nissan Sentra. This is an SR model. And I’m going to be honest, I haven’t spent a ton of time with these cars in the past. It kind of impressed me, especially this trim line. So here’s how this works.

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I’m going to give you as best of a in-depth review as I can And it’s very, very cold so we’re doing some in car stuff for sure. But if there’s something that I missed today, make sure you let me know in the comments below. So subscribe and let me know in the comments below what you want to know about this car or maybe what you want to compare it to or questions that you have about it.

Peter:

Because here’s the amazing thing. I’m here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels & Deals in Fredericton, New Brunswick and they give me complete access to their entire vehicle line so I can make sure that I could come back to vehicles like this and answer your questions in detail. So we want to thank them for the access. Let’s get going with the review.

From here you can watch Peters Video or Read What he says the choice is your enjoy… this is a great review ether way…

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So the Nissan Sentra was always the economy car kind of basic car in the lineup. And for a while I remember when these Sentras were for sale as some of the cheapest cars you could buy in Canada. Time has moved on, the Versa stepped underneath and took sort of that role of a less expensive car.

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And really, when you remember the time the Maxima first came out and became a really popular car on Nissan’s lineup, that car was probably smaller than this car. So it’s really grown up in a lot of ways. And this particular Sentra I quite like because on the outside you can see it looks like a top line version. It’s got these large, I believe 18 inch wheels.

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Let me just double check because now that I said it, we got to know for sure. Yes, 18 inch wheels. They’ve got the dark rims, the two-one sort of exterior, lots of chrome trim here. It looks like a top end version, but in reality it’s kind of a midline. And when you choose a midline vehicle, whoever makes those decisions about what needs to go in it, they need to choose which pieces and parts matter to hit that price point and which don’t.

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And I think they kind of did it. They kind of nailed it with this car and got it really well done. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to show you a little bit of trunk, a little bit of the backseat, and then we’re going to go through some of the driver’s environment to show you some of those tech items and safety items that they included in this car.

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And while I’m here, I should point out this car’s fun to drive. It’s a manual transmission, not many of those left in the world anymore. Let’s start with taking a look at the cargo area. The back end of the Sentra is fairly squared off. The rear seats, they’re not here, they’re way over here. So you do have some good depth here.

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And one thing to remember with these trunks is in a sedan is your entrance is smaller than in a typical SUV but your floor is often longer. So if you have a lot of items you need to carry in this vehicle, I can’t even touch the back end. So nice long floor here. You do have the arms to contend with when they come in to crush your luggage. That’s sort of par for the class here.

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They can come in a little bit. But a very large opening with not a whole lot of intrusions and pretty good. No under floor storage in this vehicle really to speak up. Just a little bit of a spare tire down there. But again, good size and really like I said, when you’re comparing to an SUV, a pretty good floor length there to fit your stuff in.

Peter:

When we talk rear seat space, there’s a couple things to look for. First of all, is the roof too low for me to get in? Well, I’m about six feet tall and that is not a problem. The second thing we’re going to look for is how do my legs fit with a six footer in front of me. So I’m about six feet tall and you can see pretty good space here.

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The seat is a little lower than in some SUVs. I’d like to have my legs a little bit more on the seat, but it’s pretty good and pretty comfortable back here. And to be honest, arm room, everything else around here feels pretty good. Even though this roof line comes in, and from your angle it looks like it’s kind of in my head there, I’ve still got easily a hand width above me here.

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So a gloved hand width above me for headroom. So quite comfortable back here. Works very well. Only a single USB port in the center and a pocket on the right side, but no pocket on this side. But there is nice carve outs for the seats in here. Let’s take the camera and show you inside. All right. Full winter coat because still kind of cold in here right now.

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What you’ve got here, again, headroom, decent. Not sort of class leading, but certainly comfortable for me. One interesting thing is the map light up here or the regular light, instead of being in the center of the car sort of further up, they have it back here above your passengers and you can turn on just one side or just the other.

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They’re not aimed like map lights so much, but they do have the ability to turn on one side or the other. The other thing, again, we take a look at myself down here again. You’ve got cup holders in the armrest. Armrest is sort of appropriately placed. And again, the carve outs in the door here are very good for my width. Like I said, like to see a pocket in the back of the driver’s seat as well as the passenger.

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And the only vents back here on this trim level are going to be underneath the seat. So no upper vents that you can sort of aim towards yourself. You’re just going to have it through, coming through on the floor, which is plenty for heat because most of the time the heat in vehicle starts down low anyways, especially in this vehicle which has automatic climate control, which we’re going to talk about in a second.

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But very good, very comfortable space back here. And yeah, I could certainly sit here for a long trip. Now let’s take a look at the driver’s environment, but before we do, let’s show you the key. All right. I got to give full credit to Nissan here because their key fobs are not very large, they’re just nice and small, compact, nice proper shape to fit in your pocket and I appreciate that.

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I have a Jeep Wrangler 4xE and my Jeep Wrangler key fob is massive for no reason. It just takes up space in my pocket. It does not make me feel more manly or anything else. One thing that’s kind of cool here is you do have the body color door handles. But not many manufacturers at this trim level or at this price point offer the buttons on the key on the door handles as body color.

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And this one is body color. You can see this paint color here, really nice metallic in the sunshine. It’s not showing as well on camera as I’d like it to. But again, you can sort of see a little bit of that metallic. Very nice. Let’s hop in here now. All right. First of all, you’ve got a cloth style seat and it does have the accent stitching there. And I want to talk about these seats as we jump in.

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So let me do that. The first thing you’re going to find with these seats is they are quite comfortable. Now one thing that’s a little bit different in the class, and I’m going to show it to you a second when I flip the camera around is there is a softness to the initial feeling of these seats but still a firmness to the seat. So I’ll try to explain what that means.

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But as a six footer here you can see I’ve got good headroom. The seat is height adjustable so I can bring it down quite a bit further, I can bring it up quite a bit further. It’s quite comfortable sort of where it is. You’ve got tilt telescopic steering wheel as well so you can really get comfortable whether you’re shorter or taller or if you’re sharing this car with someone else, it’s not a problem.

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But let me show you what I’m talking about with the seats now. All right, just off camera below here, I’ve got some extra junk there but that’s okay. We’re going to show you. This is like a felt style, suede style seat but it is definitely not suede. But you can almost see here there’s a cushiness to the initial layer of the seat.

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So the support is firm but the overall feel is that there’s a little more softness on the sort of upper layer of the seats and I think that makes it quite comfortable. It’s not going to be for everybody. Some people want that firmness everywhere, but I think it makes it quite comfortable.

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And again, the texture of the seat, that suede type look there gives you some nice grippiness to the seat when you’re driving athletically. It just kind of holds you in the seat. They’re bolstered well but they’re not over bolstered. It’s not a pure performance car, but it does have a sporty feel. Speaking of a sporty feel, check this out.

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Manual transmission, it is a six speed manual. You can see right there with the reverse up and to the left here. And you can just pull the collar up there. One thing I really appreciate about what they’ve done here is they have a start stop button.

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This is your to turn the car on and off down by the gear shifter. And this makes sense rather than burying it behind the wheel where you really can’t see it back there. So hop in the car, we’re going to start it up like that. Clutch in, it’s in neutral already so we’re good to go.

Peter:

We’re going to leave the parking brake on. We’re going to let it run for a little bit here mostly because I’m cold but also because the seated heat, the heated seat, excuse me, the rump roasters as I like to call them, even though the button is not a hold down type button, it was left on by me and it does turn on again. The heated steering wheel does not come on.

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So what you have here is a button that will stay on in the winter when you turn the car off and it’ll turn on. And I’m going to tell you when I start to feel that seat warming up as we go through here because with these cloth style seats, they warm up quicker than leather. We’ll talk about the climate control in a second here, but let’s take a look at the dash over here. Some nice things here.

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You’ve got a seven inch display screen over here, color display screen with really good resolution. And again, I’m on a wide angle camera so everything looks further away, a little bit wider. And then you’ve got an eight inch screen over here. We’ll talk about that one in a second. But check on some of the details here. This one here, actually, let’s just zoom in for a second.

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There we go. You’ve got, so this is your standard control system here, so you’ve got your speedometer right there with your radio and then you’ve got your speedometer with your average speed and then you’ve got a blank screen. So we’re going to leave it back on speedometer. Over here, you’ve got average fuel efficiency. We can talk about that in a future thing.

Peter:

Again, any vehicle sitting in a dealership, average fuel efficiency, don’t pay attention to some of those things. They idle a little bit more in a dealership. Tire pressures, we’re going to have to drive to get them to display. But you do have tire pressure monitors in this car, which is nice to see. Trip computer there and speed limit sign. Now this car does not have navigation.

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So generally speaking in this class of vehicle what they do is they have a camera, let me just go wide angle again, up over here and that’s used for many different things. We’re going to talk about that in a second. But it looks out in front of the car and that is likely what’s going to display your speed limit sign. It reads it for you so you can have it set up and sort of know your speed limit for the roads that you’re on. So again, just some extra technology in here.

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Talk about safety. We’re going to leave that back up top. Then you go through here, you got your AM FM stereo, all that kind of thing. Blind spot detection is in this car. Forward collision warning, lane warning, all kinds of stuff there. This is sort of a menu that kind of gives you everything. And you can also cycle down here. You also have a smart cruise control. Now some of these safety items have a radar plate in the front.

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And on this car, it’s actually the… The radar plate is actually the logo. So it’s a sort of stylized in. And that works in conjunction with this camera up here to give you a number of safety visions, features, things like forward collision avoidance, those kind of things. So the idea is this car is capable of stopping itself in a situation where it may need to. Now never test that because nothing is foolproof and to be honest, it’s not always designed to work every time.

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But the idea is this is capable to prevent or at least minimize a collision going forward. And it has the same thing in reverse if it senses things behind you. And then again, that blind spot detection. So you’ve got those cameras, you’ve got the blind spot detection, you’ve got all those safety type features. The other thing that radar plate gives you is this smart cruise control.

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So it gives you, or they call it intelligent cruise control in this one. We don’t use smart, we use intelligent. Everything in Nissan is intelligent. The intelligent cruise control allows you to keep its distance between you and the car in front of you. Again, it uses some of those radar type systems. So a lot of the hardware pieces, things like radar systems, cameras, those kind of things are used for multiple type things.And for instance, the blind spot detection in this car, it uses a radar at the back of the car to sense if something’s in your blind spot. And you have a little light that lights up over here if somebody’s in your blind spot so that’s good. But if I throw this car into reverse, it’ll also give me what they call rear cross traffic alert. So we’ll throw it in reverse for a second. There’s nobody going to cross my path.But if I’m looking at the camera, I can’t see someone crossing my path, this car could warn me of that. And it actually has the ability to stop itself if someone was going to cross your path and if you were to put yourself in danger. So again, never rely on those. But if you are not paying the attention that you should pay, this car has the capability of getting some of those things out of the way. The overall feel here is of a very high quality car.

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Oh, I mentioned, I was going to tell you when that seat was warm. Oh, it’s hot now. It’s very warm. I forgot to tell you when I started to feel it. It is fully, fully warm now. But the overall feel of this car, you’ve got that stitching through here. You’ve got the leather seat or leather steering wheel here, which feels really sharp.

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You also have a dual zone climate control system here. So you can set passenger and driver to different temperatures and just make sure that you’re comfortable. Of course, the front heated seats as well. The feel of this car is that you have sort of all the luxuries you need and certainly all the safety features you need and you still don’t have it everything. This has got a six speaker stereo, the upper trim levels have more speakers and that kind of thing.

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But this stereo sounds very, very good. You can look at some of the settings in here. You can change all these things. You can customize the whole menu and change this car around. So you’ve got good technology here. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is also included on this big eight inch color display screen. You are seeing some reflection here that I don’t see.

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So when you film something with one eye on the camera as opposed to two eyes that you have, you don’t see some of these reflections the way I do. My eyes can focus a little bit better on it than this camera can. But just very good overall quality feel here even though it’s not a top line model. And that really talks about value. Coming down here, we talk about Android Auto, Apple CarPlay. I believe on this card is wired and not wireless and that’s okay.

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USB port there USB-C port down here and then the auxiliary port and then the 12 volt port as well. So trying to get some focus in there, having a little trouble there. But you’ve got enough space to put a phone in there as well. And a small arm rest here where you can put your phone in there as well. You’ve got the square cup holder so they can hold a little different size things in there. And again, this is not carbon fiber but it’s a artificial carbon fiber.

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And even look at the doors here, quality is absolutely there and the feeling of upper class. So you’ve got the soft touch there, but you’ve also got the soft touch on the side here with the leather or leather like panels there. So very good overall quality here that I’m really impressed with. A couple things I didn’t point out earlier when I was looking at myself here.

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Headroom we talked about is fine. And you do have that sunroof above you on this trim and it gave it that black roof, that two-one car with the black roof. That sunroof kind of blends into the overall styling of the car. It’s really quite nice. And over here a lot of cars are doing away with some of these sunglasses holders up front because they’re putting some safety equipment and some computer bits in there. I don’t know they’re computer bits.

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There’s stuff up there, technology is up there and you don’t always see the, you don’t always have this space anymore. So you still got the sunglasses holder there. Again, well thought out, well equipped vehicle, especially for the price point. Couple things I didn’t mention earlier in my review. Very good lights up here. Top and bottom. I believe these, they appear to be LED lights top and bottom.

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So you’ve got that. And you also have the rear parking beepers, those beepers in addition to your backup camera that allow you to see behind you. So let’s talk about who this car is for. Obviously economy car, that’s what you’re looking for. Now again, with that available manual transmission and this trim package with these wheels and tires, this is a fairly sporty car. Now it hasn’t got a whole bunch more horsepower in that 147, just around 150, just under 150 horsepower or so.

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This car is kind of class competitive as far as the way the power train works. It does have an eco button, which will allow some eco type settings. And you can even customize some of the settings on that eco button, which makes it kind of nice to customize the settings. Usually an eco button adjusts your transmission shift points, but of course you can do that on your own with the manual transmission. So it allows you to sort of choose how you want to do that.

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So first of all, as an economy car, this is really what this is. It also feels like a larger car inside. It just, it has some presence to it. The visual look of it has a big, larger car. It doesn’t look like a cheap, inexpensive car. And I think that’s kind of the point. If you want a really safe car that’s fun to drive, but still gives you great economy, this is a car that needs to be on your list. Now what other cars should be on your list?

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Well, that’s the beautiful thing about Jim Gilbert’s Wheels & Deals, you can compare this car to all kinds of its competitors right here on the lot. And when you’re talking to the sales team here, they can compare numbers and you know you’re talking apples to apples and it doesn’t matter to them which brand of car you buy, they can make sure that you buy the best car for you.

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So I really want to thank Jim Gilbert’s Wheels & Deals for giving me access to their car line. And if you have questions about this car, other cars in its class, maybe something you want to see this up against or another review of this or a competitor, let me know when the comments below. Make sure you hit subscribe and we’ll make sure we get it on video for you. Thanks for watching.

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2023 Kia Soul 

Peter’s First Review of this redesigned model!

Hey everybody it’s Peter. And I’m super excited to talk about the 2023 Kia Soul. This is an EX model, and if you don’t know me at all, one thing I was known for before I started this channel was having a channel where I have probably the world record for the most amount of Kia videos filmed and demonstrated and watched on YouTube ever. So I spent a lot of time talking about these cars and I’ve had access to pre-production Kias and I’ve taken a look at them. But the one Kia I haven’t seen yet that I’ve wanted to see is a 2023 Kia Soul. So here I am, I’m going to review it.

Now, real quick story. There’s a couple things I need to clarify. I am here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals and if you want to compare this vehicle to other vehicles in its class, make sure you subscribe. Because I have access to the entire vehicle lineup here at Jim Gilbert’s and I can compare not only this vehicle but a whole bunch of other vehicles in its class. If you have questions, let me know in the comments section, and feel free to hit that subscribe button because we can build a little community here where we’re getting answers to questions that we want and I’ll do my best to make sure I give you those answers.

Another full disclosure thing, technically I still do some contract work with Kia Canada, which I think means I’m not supposed to criticize this thing. But you know what? I’m willing to risk it all. If there’s something wrong with this car, I’ll point it out to you. But we’re going to talk about some of the things that I love. And final disclosure, I actually own the 2020 version of this car. Mine happens to be an electric vehicle, Kia Soul EV. So I am a fan of this car, but I also am supposed to be an expert. So we’re going to test off my skills and see if I am still an expert. Let’s get into the review.

All right, so let’s talk about the most obvious change. Now, first of all, you’re going to see some flickering in your camera with these, or in your screen, with these kind of things. Apparently that’s the type of setting I have my camera on. I’m not going to change it. That’s the way it is. So they don’t flicker in real life.

From here you can watch Peters Video or Read What he says the choice is your enjoy… this is a great review ether way…

But the first thing they’ve redesigned in this, and the most obvious thing is the lights. Some people like it, some people don’t. I can tell you from having hundreds of thousands of views on our previous channel where we did videos on this car, the one complaint people had when this car came out, and I did videos when it launched in the 2019, actually came up with 2020 model year, was some people liked the thin, narrow lights and some people didn’t.

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Now there are some benefits here. This is an EX model. It’s one step up from the base model. You have this nice LED lighting in here, but you used to have on this trim and halogen headlights down here. Now you’ve got the LED lights in there. LED lights used to be a step-up thing. They’re now included on here, and that’s the one thing you’re going to find with the 2023. So when you see these headlights, you can notice that there are some upgrades primarily in the safety department. So that’s what we’re talking about here.

The reason I like these white LED lights is they’re nice sharp cutoff and that white LED is a closer to daylight color and that allows you to identify at night what you’re seeing a little quicker. So not only are they safer because they appear brighter because they’re nice looking, but that color can actually help you identify things.

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Out front here, used to have sort of a GT line look to the grill. That’s what this one is to me. That’s what used to get grills like this more on the GT line. Now you get them here on the EX. You also have the new Kia logo embedded behind. It looks like glass, I’m sure it’s plastic, so it’s a flush front here. No more logo on the front right there. A nice clean look. I quite like it.

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You guys can tell me. I’ve had already a comment on Instagram saying that they don’t like these lights. Someone else saying that they do. Personally, when I see it in person, I do think it’s a nice little upgrade. Especially when you consider that, again, this being EX model, it really jumps up in styling. So let’s move from here to the back lights and then we’re going to go in through the car and talk about the differences in there.

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Heading around to the back, you do see a lot of similarities to the previous version. So this is a little different look, but the same style to the upper-end LED lights. This is what I have on my Kia Soul EV, but there is a slight difference. If you’re a Kia nerd like me, you’ll notice. If not, you won’t. It does look nicely upgraded.

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The one complaint, again, this happened in front of my Instagram account, people are telling me that the signal lights are still not LED and they’re not a fan of that, and I agree. That’s something that I think Kia should have done. You’ve got nice front LEDs on this. You should have LED lights right there as well.

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Overall, you have a little different clip up here, a black color. This used to be more of the red reflector -type look all the way around, so now it’s black. It looks to me to be a slightly revised rear center light in there. New logos on the back. Of course that did upgrade on the previous body style. So you can get previous body style with this logo here and without. Again, very similar down here, new font to the Soul over here, and you’ve lost the emblem over here telling you what model or what trim line it is.

Now let’s pop open the trunk. I happen to have a teddy bear here and that’s because Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals, Canada’s huggable car dealer are known for giving a teddy bear away to every single person who buys a car here. But I am also known for my teddy bear test. This is a pretty good size trunk in the Kia Soul. It’s one of those things where it doesn’t look huge on video, and to be fair, it seems smaller than some when you have this floor in this position.

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But the one thing they did do is, you can sit there a little teddy, they did keep this lowering floor, and this floor lowers a lot. You can see how easy it is, it actually slipped out of my hand there. It drops down a significant amount. So when you put your teddy back in here, you can see that he is basically buried underneath what would’ve been the floor. So you’re adding a 130, 140 or so liters of space. So those of us who are Canadians can think of that in milk bags. If your Americans, just Google Canadian milk bags. Hopefully that is something clean that you can Google. They come in bags.

Anyway, so you have a significant amount of storage down here. The reason you would want to have your floor higher is if you were to fold these seats down, there would be a step up to those seats when you have the floor down. Whereas if you have the floor in the higher position, it’s straight across when you fold the seats down, still a 60/40 split. You’ve got on this model a headrest that moves up and down in the center. These ones here are built into the seat. So just something to keep in mind. You do have a little halogen light over here, lighting up the back and a 12 volt port as well. So pretty good storage.

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Let’s jump in the back seat now before we head to the front seat. The front seat’s really what I want to get to show you because that’s where some of that safety equipment comes in. But we’ll start in the back seat.

Jumping in the back seat. This is one great reason to buy a Kia Soul. When you get in and out of here, it’s very easy to do. I am a six-footer and I have a ton of space between a six-foot driver, which is where I have the seat set for me, and myself. My legs are on the seat. The seating position in the Soul is really unique, both front and rear. If you look at any car in the class, it’s sits tall but not too tall. It sits square but not too square. It’s a very comfortable seat position. There’s tons of head room here for myself.

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We’re going to bring the camera in and show you in a second. But the big thing I want you to know is, again, legs are flush on the seat. There’s tons of room for my feet. So even if I’m wearing large work boots, large winter boots, I can fit my feet underneath that seat there. There’s lots of room to spread out. It’s a very, very comfortable rear seat for a fairly compact car. This car is shorter than something like the Kia Forte by a significant margin and it makes it easy to park, easy to drive, but gives you tons and tons of space. Let’s pull the camera in here and show you a couple little features and things that I like.

All right, the first thing I like is, like I said, the space. You can see there’s just a ton of headroom here. So about six-feet tall is how tall I am, and you’ve just got tons and tons of space. The other thing that they do well is they’ve got USB ports back here. There’s still no vents on this trim low and they do one thing wrong. I’m going to show you what that is right now.

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All right, so your USB ports are now USB-C. That’s good, that’s not what they do wrong. The vents back here, a lot of people like to see that. A lot of people forget though that just because there’s no vents here doesn’t mean there are no vents underneath the seat. You do have vents underneath the seat back here. What I like is they have a pocket here on the passenger side. That makes total sense.

What the Kia does wrong is if you’re going to put a pocket back here. Let’s go wide angle for a second here. You need to do it on the driver’s side as well. This was all started on the passenger side only because that was where you’re going to put your map book when you’re a driver. This car doesn’t need a map book. It has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which we’ll talk about in a second. So if you’re going to give your rear seat passengers a pocket, why not give both rear seat passengers a pocket?

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One thing I will say though, they do have this plastic back seating here. I quite like that because if you have kids in car seats or anything else like that, their feet are going to touch your seat and this just wipes clean with a damp cloth. Super, super simple, easy to clean.

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All right, before we go to the driver’s area, I want to talk to you about a couple safety features in this car that I really think are smart. We talked about safety features and I’m going to show you some more inside. But now that we’ve seen the comfort areas, some of the safety features that make a difference.

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So you’ve got blind spot detection, which again is an indicator in the mirror to the driver. What that really does well is it also gives you rear cross-traffic alert. Which means if someone is coming walking across here or driving across here, the car is going to warn you that someone is about to cross your path. And where that makes a difference is let’s pretend that my tripod sitting here is another vehicle. So from there forward is a vehicle, which means that driver has no possible way of seeing me.

If that driver can’t see me, having that rear cross-traffic alert means a radar system is back here. It’ll warn you of traffic crossing your path. So it’s not just that you’re just paying attention to your backup camera, which is very good on this car. It’s if you can’t possibly see something, as long as that back corner of the car is visible to the traffic that’s crossing, it gives you the ability to warn you that something’s coming.

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But this car steps it up one further. We talked about safety equipment, this car will even is capable of applying the brakes when you don’t and then applying the brakes to stop you from moving into traffic. My car, the higher trim level Kia Soul EV did that the other day for me. I let off the brake knowing that the car was going to be passing me soon and it stopped me right in it’s track. So it’s a really good safety feature to have. It doesn’t just warn you, it stops you.

Now some other things, depending on the trim level of the Kia Soul, you still have this camera out front. That used to be used for just the lane keeping assist. Now it’s lane follow assist as well. It also gives you forward collision warning, forward collision assist. So in other words, this car is capable of stopping to avoid a collision both going backwards and coming forwards. So that camera’s a piece of it. We’re going to talk about what lane keeping and lane follow assist is in a second as we jump inside. In fact, let’s just do that right now.

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All right, before we jump inside, here’s the key. Looks like it is just a typical Kia key. Again, buttons are on the side, which is a good thing. You want your buttons on the side because they don’t actually gently get pressed on this side. This one happens to be not keyless entry, so it’s a jack knife-style key. The problem with this key is it’s just a hair thicker than the keyless entry one. Not a big deal to most people. Certainly smaller than some brands, but they do have two different widths of keys depending on if it’s keyless entry or not.

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All right, we’re going to have the sun here. Let’s just see if the camera’s going to have trouble with the sun. If it is, we’re going to move the car. Yes. So let’s go move the car for a second and then we’ll talk about what’s in the dash here.

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All right, we’ve moved the car and I want you to pay attention to a number of things that happened in this dash. It is a revamped dash. And I’m going to turn the car on right now. We’re going to fully start the car because we’re outdoors. Look at down here. All those lights there. You got the forward collision warning light down there.

You’ve got something new. Let’s just zoom in for a second. This here is your speed limit sign. So it is capable of seeing what’s going on with your speed limits. That is done through that camera that I mentioned. So it can see the speed limit signs and label them for you with what’s going on.

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Now if this car had navigation, it would use both navigation and that, but this car does not come with factory navigation. Yet it still will display the speed limit, and that speed limit is showing again through the camera looking out in front of you. So it’s pretty cool to have that down there.

This dash first started in the Kia Sportage, the new 2023 Kia Sportage. They’ve moved it into here. The center piece here, you can kind of see it in your display right now, is the only screen portion of it. The rest of this looks like a fancy screen, but it’s really just that and that and a number of warning lights that we showed you of the beginning that came up. Cleaner, more modern, pretty slick looking. Yeah, it’s done all of that. It’s pretty good.

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Some people are going to like the digital tachometer, some people are not. It is what it is, and overall I like it. If we switch through drive modes here, you still only got two, but you can see it changes the color. So normal and sport. Most Kias have at least three drive modes and it’s usually nowadays smart, then normal, then sport. Sometimes it’s eco, then smart and normal and sport. But now there’s just … Or there always has been on this generation of Soul just two, the normal and the sport mode. Sport mode, of course, changes, the way it shifts, changes a whole bunch of parameters to make it a little bit more sporty. So we’re going to leave it in the normal for now now.

Let’s cycle over to this section right here. You have a nice touch screen display here. Everything’s pretty simple here. If we go to the menus. Again, you’ve got the phone projection. So again, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay. It is wireless now. I’m almost positive. So let’s just go to the home screen. Yes, it is a wireless Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay, which is an upgrade from the previous model Kia Soul.

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You have a quiet mode, which is interesting. It turns off the rear speakers, leaves the front speakers as a reduced volume and if someone in the back was listening to their own music on their earphones or wanted to sleep, you can turn down those speakers in there. A nice thing to have. You have a voice memo, but you’re never going to use that. You’re going to use your Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and use it from your phone. So there’s lots of ways to do that.

Radio in here as well. So if we go to the radio for a second. Oh, we just turned it on. There’s all your AM, FM, HD radio in here as well. So we’re going to turn that down for a second. Upper level cars can get the satellite radio as well. This car does not have it. So pretty typical Kia stuff down here.

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This one has the manual climate controls, very similar to what was here before. You’ve got a wireless phone charging pad, which I think makes a lot of sense. If you’re going to have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay wireless, you should have a phone charging pad that also allows you to charge your phone without wires.

You do have a standard USB-A port and a USB-C now. So it’s interesting they’re keeping both. You can still have the 12 volt port there as well. Used to be only USB-A port, so the USB-C is new for this model year. And down here it is a CVT transmission so it can give you up to eight gear ratios if you switch it over to here and switch gears yourself. But that is a CVT transmission, so it’s very good for efficiency.

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Kia and Hyundai’s transmissions are actually very, very good. Not everyone loves CVT transmissions, but I have to give them credit. This is not just me praising it. A lot of people praise it for overall good things with the CVT.

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Down here, rump roasters, heated seats on the driver’s side and the passenger side. Now what’s interesting is that the Kia Soul has always only had on this trim level or on this model here, 2020 and newer, this general body style, they’ve only had two. So a lot of the vehicles that are in the key lineup have three levels of seat heating. These ones work very well, especially on these cloth seats. They warm up very quickly. You saw when I turned it on there, I already feel a good amount of warmth in my seat. So cloth seats with the seat heaters, the rump roasters work very well.

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There’s your drive mode, we can switch between that normal and the sport. You do have a heated steering wheel here in the EX as well, which is quite nice. We’ve got the newer logo here. We’re going to talk about these controls right here. But you’ve got the leather steering wheel. When you have a heated steering wheel on the Kia, you do have a leather steering wheel.

So what’s interesting to me is the Kia Soul, the previous generation, a lot of the interior details, when you looked around and you saw the door panels, it was a lot of roundness inside and squareness on the outside. They got rid of a lot of that roundness on the inside in that 2020 redesign, and then the refresh here keeps basically the exact same interior. But you do have some roundness here in the steering wheel to hearken back to the previous Kia Souls.What is interesting though is this is the only Kia with this set of controls that look like this. Every other Kia, many of them have parts that you could almost swap the entire steering wheel and it’d be the same thing. But the Soul has these rounded areas.

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So let’s just talk about what we have over here. We’ve got one new button. That’s a favorites button. So you can set that favorites up button up to do a number of different things. You’ve got your phone control here. You can activate Siri or something like that by holding this down, or if you just tap it, you can activate some car information. Volume switch there. Pressing in on that volume switch will mute the radio. That’s kind of nice and you can switch up and down through your modes, through your settings in there.

You do have the auto headlights here. And if I switch into my high beams, you’ll see here it is an auto high beam as well. So you can see the auto right there. That means that if it’s in that setting, your high beams won’t come on when there’s city lights. It won’t come on when there’s cars approaching you or cars in front of you and they will turn on and off by my myself … or by themselves.

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I quite like this feature, especially living in an area now where I have a lot less city lights than I used to when I lived in Ontario because sometimes you forget to turn them on, your high beams on immediately. And when a car passes you waiting 10, 15 seconds and realizing, oh I haven’t got my high beams on, that can be the difference between meeting up with a moose or a deer and not meeting up with a moose or a deer. So auto high beams work very, very well. This car has them on there, so that’s kind of nice to have.

Coming over to this side of the steering wheel, let’s look at some of the controls here. Typical stuff, this swaps through the menus in this menu control here. So we can talk about them in a future video if we wanted to, but that is some controls there. You have your regular cruise control here. Some of these vehicles are going to be equipped with a smart cruise control.

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This is the new button and this button is the lane follow assist. So lane keeping assist used to see the lane markers in front of you and keep you generally centered in there, but you had to be going over 60 kilometers an hour. Lane keeping assist has gone through a few inner interactions.

But lane follow assist, when you press this button, you’re going to see a little steering wheel come on. Let me see if I can zoom in there. A little steering wheel come on in the dash there. That will go green when this is actively steering your car, and I mean actively steering your car. This is a car that you could throw on cruise control and as long as you keep your hand on the wheel, it will do a really good job where there’s well-painted lines to keep yourself centered in the lane. It takes all of the stress out of a long trip. It’s really nice to have. It’s a good safety feature. And again, let’s face it, cars are distracting now.

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If I glance down over here and I don’t have that system activated, I’m going to kind of drift a little bit. When you time to turn where you look … Oh, I still get this heat stream on. It’s very warm now. But this allows you to keep that car centered in the lane even if you glance away for a second. So obviously it’s your job to pay attention, but it’s going to be a good job of keeping you safer, and this was the real feature that I felt was missing from the previous Kia Soul. The lane keeping was good with the lane follow is much better.

So let’s talk seating here. The Kia Soul, like I mentioned, a really unique seating position. Now again, I’m about six-feet tall and I’ve got tons and tons of space here. I can crank this seat up significantly. It is a manual seat but I can crank it way up. So if you’re a shorter person saying, “Wow, a six-footer got that much headroom. It’s just going to be too low for me.” You can crank the seat way up. My head could basically be on the ceiling, and I can actually lower it a little tiny bit as well so that I can lower myself down.

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So it doesn’t matter how tall or short you are. Between the raising and lowering seat, between the tilt and telescopic steering wheels, the steering wheel can come in and out and come up and down, pretty much anybody can fit in this car and be comfortable. The seats are fairly large for a small car so they’re very supportive but they’re very comfortable. And you sit a little bit more square so your legs are out and then square down there. I don’t know if I can show that to you. Probably not very well. But let me keep it in park there.

On a regular small car, your leg would be out straighter, and this one’s more square. So having that more square seating position to me is a really comfortable position. It’s a little more SUV style position. And this car, again, very small and easy to park but feels substantial on the road and you’re very comfortable in the seating position.

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Again, the Kia Soul is a car that I chose for myself. Mine happens to be the EV. Don’t look for an EV going too much further with the Soul. The Soul EV is going to be faded out. The Niro EV is going to be your EV way. So these gas cars are the way you’re going. I can tell you with the car running right now, very quiet engine, still the same carryover engine.

So a refresh is really just changing the plastics and lights. So the bumpers and lights are different front and rear. I didn’t show you the rear styling differences of the bumper, they’re fairly minor, but they are there. The front, some styling differences in the bumper and the lights, and then it gives them the opportunity to reevaluate a lot of safety and technology equipment and include it in this car. So they’ve done a good job of that and that’s what you have here.

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So that’s my quick first look overview of the 2023 Kia Soul. But don’t let that be the end because I’m going to come back to this car. Again, Canada’s huggable car dealer. This is Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals Fredericton. I can compare this car not just within the Kia lineup, but I can now compare it to everything in its class. Where the Soul does really, really well is giving you a lot of comfort and passenger space for the size.

Where I think it lets us down is it still front wheel drive only. It’s not an all wheel drive car. They had the chance to do that in the redesign for 2020. They chose not to. They chose to keep the Seltos as their all wheel drive smaller car. The Soul is not. A lot of people wonder about that. Again, front wheel drive only.

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If you have questions about this car and I didn’t answer them in this video, make sure you let me know in the comments below. Because if I don’t know the answer, I’m back at Kia Canada this month. I’ll be doing some work with them and I can ask the top people exactly the questions that you have and I’d be happy to answer the comments below. Make sure you subscribe to my channel if you’re not subscribed already and we’ll go over cars like this again. I want to thank everybody for watching. It’s been fun to review a Kia again. We’ll talk to you in the next one.

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2021 Mazda CX-5, The Turbo Engine sets it apart!

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Hey, everybody, it’s Peter and I’m here on a windy day in Fredericton, New Brunswick to take an in depth look at the Mazda CX-5. This is a very interesting vehicle to me, but not so much from just looking at it in a brief overview. What I found is a few things that other videos aren’t showing you and those are some of the things I’m going to bring up and talk to you about in this video. And I want you to know that I have full access to the entire lineup of vehicles here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals in Fredericton New Brunswick. So that makes it great for you because if you have a question or comment about this vehicle, you can let me know in the comments below and I can answer that comment and I can also make future videos comparing this vehicle to itself, to other vehicles in the class and to all kinds of different vehicles.

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So do me a favor, hit the subscribe button and if you’re in Fredericton, New Brunswick, swing by Jim Gilbert’s Wheels Deals and check out this vehicle. Now, this vehicle is Mazda’s Miata of the small crossover segment because Mazda’s entire reputation is basically built on the Mazda Miata. And to be fair to them, this is a sportier to drive vehicle than other vehicles in the class. But to me, just looking at it, it’s not really standing out in any way. Used to have great styling, but a lot of the other crossovers have kind of stepped up their game and the styling is kind of matched among the class. Where this particular vehicle stands out is with the turbo engine. And I’ve got a cheat sheet to go through to show you a little bit more about this turbo engine and talk to you about things that other videos aren’t showing you. Let’s do that right now.

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All right, I know what you’re thinking. Every vehicle in the class pretty much now has a turbo engine. The reason they’re putting turbo engines in things is to give them more power while still giving them great fuel economy in at least the testing numbers. Because turbo engines when you get into the throttle, use just as much fuel as bigger engines, but they test well in the testing cycle. But this turbo engine is kind of unique because Mazda has a focus on performance. Here’s the cheat sheet I talked about. The regular Mazda CX-5, 187 horsepower, 186 lb-ft of torque, that’s kind of normal stuff for the class. This vehicle, 227 horsepower, that’s impressive. 310 lb-ft of torque, but that’s not all. You could actually increase the performance of this vehicle by simply putting in premium fuel where Mazda advertise that 227 horsepower will jump to 256 and the 310 lb-ft of torque can jump to 320. 320 lb-ft of torque is more than a lot of mid-size trucks on the lot that tow 7,000 pounds.

This thing’s got some grunt, this thing’s got some get up and go and Mazda really is committed to making it fun. They’re also committed to making it safe. While we’re at the front here, let’s just take a look at a couple little features here. You’ve got really nice LED lighting out front here. They do a good job of kind of… It’s windy here. They do a good job of having nice bright white LED lights and a lot of cars have some smart radar in the front. This one’s got smart cruise control. Usually you have a sort of rectangularish square box that kind of is ugly. Mazda hides it here behind their logo, so you have a massive logo, but it has some function there as well. And that allows you to have that smart cruise control which we’re going to talk about when we go into the vehicle.

Let’s go around the back, show you a couple things there and it’s really cold outside, so I’m looking forward to getting inside the vehicle and showing you the details there. We’ll show you more things other people aren’t talking about. Take a look at the back of the CX-5. Nothing too special, but you do have some pretty cool lights up here. They match the Mazda MX-5 Miata. They’re very fairly similar. They also kind of compliment the front lights which have a very similar look to with the sort of ring around in the light in the center. So kind of cool lighting here. I think it stands out in the class a little bit, but again, nothing too fancy there. Popping open the trunk here. It is a powered tailgate. We’re going to let it come up. Mazda does a couple of really good things here.

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I’m going to bring the camera in and show you a little bit closer as we do this but they have a 40/20/40 split. I think that really makes sense in this class because you can give people two comfortable seats while folding down the center seat if you want to. Under floor storage is common in the class, not as much in this one. You’ve got a spare tire in here, some room around it, but not a ton of space. But you do have a very good open space here and it’s carpeted the entire way through her, which means no plastically rattly kind of stuff when you throw it in the trunk here. Let me bring the camera closer and we’ll show you one little feature that they do really well that other people don’t get done as well or other vehicles in the class don’t do as well.

All right. Cargo cover, a lot of people do. Now, what I think has done really well is the handle system here. This bigger handle here, if I pop that this seat would go down. The little handle inside of that allows the center seat to go down. And on the other side is another sort of larger handle, which obviously does that side. Really easy to reach, really easy to pop those seats down. And then again, really good space for the size of this vehicle. In here with the seats folded down and this removed, you can fit a number of larger items in there and it’s simple to get to with those simple handles. All right, we’re going to get to the driver’s environment in just a second here. I just locked the door on the car, so let’s try to unlock it there for a second. We’ve got them all unlocked.

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Here is the rear seat. All right, rear seat in a small crossover, they’re getting better. How’s the Mazda? Well, I’ve set this seat up for me. I’m a six footer and you can see leg room is fine. What I’m really impressed with is the foot room. Even with large winter boots, work boots, you can fit them in there. As far as the overall space here, my legs are flush on the seat. You’ve got pockets and vents here. Pretty good back here. Not class leading, but very comfortable for a six footer. Let’s talk about the driver’s environment next because that’s where this car stands out.

All right, we’re sitting inside the Mazda CX-5 and frankly I’m quite happy to be here. It is cold and windy outside so normally I show you the key on the outside but we’re trying to keep everything warm, including my camera equipment that hopefully doesn’t shut down as the batteries get so cold. This is your key fob. Pretty simple stuff with very small buttons on the side. Now there’s a pro and a con here. The buttons on the side, although they are small, you will not accidentally hit them. That’s where you want to place them so you don’t accidentally hit them. And I think it works just fine. Again, you barely have to pull this out of your pocket at all because just approaching the car, hitting the button on the outside door handle will allow you to lock and unlock the car. And that just makes it nice and simple that you can just keep this in your pocket and never have to touch them.

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I’m going to throw them in the cup holder today and we’re going to take a look at the gauges here first. Now first of all, these are typical Mazda gauges. We’re going to zoom in just a tiny bit here as we were a wide angle before. This looks like a tachometer. It looks like a speedometer. And you’ve got your temperature and your fuel gauge right there. Now what’s cool about the speedometer is it is actually a digital display screen and when you take a look, you can see that you get rid of that needle and you just have all kinds of information in here.

So a couple things that I really like. You’ve got your lane keep, lane follow or lane keeping and lane departure warning. You’ve got service due, you’ve got all kinds of things in there and you can also get rid of all that information and just have what you want in there which is just the speedometer. So I kind of like that it can disappear on you in there. The other thing I kind of like is remember we talked about that smart cruise control, so that intelligence, smart cruise control, whatever you want to call it, allows you to keep the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you and you have that right here on the wheel. And you have a small sporty wheel which is just sort of what Mazda does well, not a huge wheel. And again, this fits that sporty feel.

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With all of that power you also have an all-wheel drive system. And what I really like about the all-wheel drive system is the all-wheel drive system has 27 sensors that this vehicle constantly monitors and allows you to put the power down. Now again, it’s not designed purely for sport performance but that all-wheel drive system is designed for poor weather performance. So even though you’ve got all that power, you’ve got the ability to put it down. Like I said, 27 different sensors constantly being monitored, allows you to really get the traction you need in poor weather conditions. And that’s part of what makes this car fun to drive and also what makes it sort of a safe, easy, simple to drive vehicle even in poor weather. Let’s take a look at some of the controls down here that we’ve got to put that power down.

Pretty simple stuff here with your gear shift. One thing to note is compared to some vehicles, some vehicles, when you go to the manual shift mode, so you can again put it in drive here and tap it over this way and now you’re in your manual shifting mode. You’re going to get that out of the way. There’s for a second, but when you do that minus is forward and plus is down something like Kia’s and Hyundai’s and some Japanese vehicles. It’s the opposite way. So this one again, the idea is as you’re accelerating, you’re going to pull back. That’s where gravity’s pulling you anyways. So just one thing that’s different there. So you can plus and minus might be different than some of your other vehicles. Actually I think the Jeep Wrangler does the same thing as this as well. It just depends on the vehicle. American, Japanese, Korean, they’re all doing things a little differently.

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The other thing is you have drive modes here, you have a sport mode. So again, the biggest thing the sport mode does is it makes it a little more peppy to drive changes sort of the shift points, that kind of thing. It is labeled in the dash, which we’ll show you right over here like that, says sport mode and we can talk kick it out of there as well. But the other thing that you can do again, like we mentioned, is increase the octane. So put a higher premium fuel in your vehicle and you can have more power unlocked which is pretty cool. The other thing that Mazda does that virtually nobody else does in this class of vehicle is they give you this joystick type machine that also spins, that also does other things. There’s your volume knob there because you’ll notice there are no radio controls above the climate control there, it’s just vents and a screen.

Now what I like about this is this is a touch screen. So you can use it as a touch screen which sometimes is just a little bit more intuitive for people. You just want to tap that button, you can tap that, you can hit the home screen for instance, if you want to. And you’ve got some nice things up here, but the software is laid out very well so that if I turn the dial down here, which I’m going to do right now, turn the dial like this, you’ll see that I go to settings, to navigation which we’ll talk about here and communication over here. One thing with the navigation tab on this car, I’m going to press it and select it. There is no navigation on this car, so that’s kind of interesting that you have that display there regardless.

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But you can go back there to choose other things using this joystick control. One thing I will say is you do have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and that allows you to have navigation through your cell phone, which sort of answers the call if you needed that. But there are a lot of good things in here. Let’s just go to the entertainment type section here. Audio sources, we’re going to select that for a second. AM, FM, Sirius Satellite Radio and all kinds of other things. We’ve got Apple CarPlay coming up there on the bottom. Android Auto is not listed right now just because it’s unchecked as a option to display here. But you’ve got all kinds of options to play your music here which is good. And speaking of music, this is a Bose 10 speaker audio system. So you can see the Bose is labeled in the speaker there.

You have tweeters up on the A-pillars there as well. So nice little stereo sound system here. And again this joystick type control does give you a little bit cleaner look here. Let’s just show you wide angle here and you have a nice sort of clean look to the dash. So again, sporty involved steering wheel, lots of controls that are easy to reach there including your wiper stocks that are right there, easy to reach, it’s all good there. And then a clean look here with your climate system, climate controls down here. Now you’ll notice I have your heated steering wheel on that is starting to warm up quite nicely now for my quite cold hands. The heated seat I did not turn on, so we’ll turn that on. Three levels of seat heating is normal. So I used to call those rub roasters and I think I still will.

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You’ve got a dual zone automatic climate control system here. So simple, easy to use. Passenger can just grab their handle here or grab that knob and switch to whatever temperature they want. But if they have it synced together like we do right now, I can move everything together from the driver’s seat. Pretty standard stuff. One thing that not everybody expects in this car is you also have ventilated seats in the front two seating positions which is quite nice. So down here you also have a 12 volt port down there. That’s not the only source of power in this vehicle. I’m going to go back to the seat heaters because like I said, it’s cool. Going to come back here and try to show you the armrest here. So let’s just show you the armrest by turning the camera. Might have to go wide angle but no, we’re good.

All right, so down here, another 12 volt port right there and two USB ports. You can run the wires out the front here and keep them in the cup holder, keep everything there if you want or you can set it up in this container here. Not a massive area there, but again, enough to hold your electronics. The things that you would want to hold in there. Let’s go wide angle for a second, just show you around the view of the car here. Contrasting stitching on that seat, even though it’s a black exterior, have a brown-ish, tan-ish. Colors are not my strong point, but you can see that little bit of a contrast running through which contrast or kind of complements this fake-ish wood. Very plasticky feeling wood but it is a nice looking wood. And then again, you do have your sunroof up here. Now some vehicles are offering panoramic roofs, panoramic sunroofs.

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You cannot get a panoramic sunroof in the MX-5. MX-5 is Miata in the CX-5, but you do have it up there as well. So you have a sunroof available to you. And this vehicle has your garage door opener, so that’s your home link system. You can set up to three different garage doors to open there. Auto dimming mirror. So good features overall. And then the one thing that I haven’t shown you yet is it’s very hard to film, let’s see if I can do it. There is your heads up display. So I’m looking out the windshield there and you can see the heads up display. So a lot of good information in there which means, like I said, you’re looking at the road, that’s exactly what a heads up display does. Windshield’s a little dirty there, that’s why you’re seeing it smear out a little bit.

But you can see out ahead of you and have the speed out ahead of you, which I really like. And again, when you’re taking a look at your dash in here, let’s see if we can fix that flicker. You can really keep some more information here and then use your speedometer as the heads up display, which again, they don’t film well. This is the closest to sort of how I see it. It’s very clear and easy to read while you also have a clear view of the road. So a lot of sort of hidden features in here that not everybody sees. A couple other hidden features. Let’s go down over to the side here. Again, things that people don’t always show you. Hill descent control again, this is not an off-road vehicle, but… Oops, camera’s going everywhere here on me. It’s not an off-road vehicle but it does have that.

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That’s really nice for camping. You can set the height when it’s a power tailgate so it doesn’t open too far to hit the garage door. Lane keep, lane follow or lane keep and lane assist buttons there. You can just turn the whole system right off without having to go through the menu system. So lots of options there to control everything you want to control. One thing I didn’t mention is the blind spot warning. So you have a little light in the mirror here that warns you if someone is in your blind spot or something’s in your blind spot. The other thing that does and this is sort of class, everybody in the class has it. What I want to make sure I point out on this vehicle is when you have that blind spot warning, you have rear cross traffic alert. Rear cross traffic alert is to me pretty cool.

It uses the same hardware, so the same radar system that sees the traffic behind you here, it’s a little radar piece right here, the plastic bumper that sees out behind you. When you have this car in reverse, if someone’s crossing your path from behind, maybe you’re only using the backup camera to see, maybe you have a minivan parked in front of the mirror here and you can’t see this way but the back of the vehicle has cleared that minivan, it can see what’s about to cross your path and warn you when you’re backing up.So safety is very good in this car and to be fair, that’s what you should get in this class. Safety is a really key piece. So if safety doesn’t make this vehicle stand out because everybody’s doing safety, who is this car for? Who should buy it? Well, first of all, styling. If you like the styling and I quite do, I really quite like it. It’s sharp styling. It doesn’t really stand out. It’s not too super aggressive anymore.

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When it came out it kind of really stood out in the class, but a lot of companies have upped their game. So styling, if you like it, it’s very good. The paint is hard to show, but it’s a nice metallic paint. Has a nice rich look in the sunshine which I’m not getting today. So that’s another thing that Mazda does really well with their paints. But I think you should get this vehicle if you are someone who wants a little bit of versatility in the cargo area, that’s that 40/20/40 split is not available in every smaller crossover. The biggest reason to get this vehicle is you still want something fun to drive. Maybe you’re used to the sedan you used to have or a car that when I was younger, sporty cars didn’t handle near as well as this.

And with that power, like I said, that 310 to 320 lb-ft of torque and again, all that horsepower depending on which fuel you use, is a lot of power with those 27 sensors putting it down to the all-wheel drive, you’ve got great handling in all year round weather and great power which makes this car surprisingly fun to drive, even though it kind of doesn’t stand out sport wise, it’s just kind of got normal looking wiggles, normal looking trim. It doesn’t say a big, has a GT badge, but it doesn’t have a big blazing thing like “Hey, this is the sport version.” And like I said, all of that torque, it’s more power than a lot of the pickup trucks we have on the lot right now that can tow 7,000 pounds and more. So great power in a vehicle that is kind of a sleeper on the road.

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And if that’s what you’re looking for, this is a vehicle for you. So make sure you subscribe to that channel if you have questions, ask them below. And like I said, I can answer your comments in the comments section and I’ll come back and answer them in future videos. And if you want to see this vehicle in person, swing by Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals here at Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada’s huggable car dealer. The people here are absolutely amazing. They will take care of you. And what I like is we have all of these relatively new vehicles so you can shop new vehicle to new vehicle and your sales team can give you numbers that are equal on the same thing. They don’t care which brand you buy, they just want to make sure that they help you find the vehicle that you want. It’s a great place to be and I want to thank them for giving me access to their vehicles. Thanks everybody for watching.

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2022 Toyota 4Runner SR5

 Complete Walkaround Review!

Hey, everybody. It’s Peter and today we’re going to do a complete in-depth review of a 2022 Toyota 4Runner. Now what’s interesting to me is I just went on Toyota’s website and they’re telling us that the 2022s are nearly sold out, which makes sense. This one has less than a tank of gas of kilometers on it. It’s brand new. And they also said on the website that the 2023s are also sold out.

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Now if you continue to do your research on this vehicle, you’re going to find that that’s an interesting thing because almost every reviewer starts off by saying, “This is dated.” So why do they say it’s dated and why is it nearly sold out? Why is this so popular? That’s what we’re going to address in this review.

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But before we get going, I want to think Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals here in Fredericton, New Brunswick because they actually do you a favor in addition to doing me a favor, they allow me full exit to their vehicle line. And if you want to compare this vehicle to other vehicles, we can do that.

If you have questions that I don’t answer in this video, which should be entirely possible, I can’t get to everything, let me know in the comments below because I can come back to your comments, answer them there, and I can also come back in a future video with this vehicle to make sure you get the answers you need.

From here you can watch Peters Video or Read What he says the choice is your enjoy… this is a great review ether way…

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So let’s start with that dated criticism. First of all, body design, although it has been updated, kind of stays the same as it has been for a while. Biggest criticism that people have with this is in a world where SUVs are eight, nine, 10 speed transmissions, this one’s got a five speed transmission. In a world where SUVs are full unibody construction, and if you don’t know what that means, it doesn’t matter.

This one’s ladder on frame. That’s how they used to build vehicles. That’s really what they like to do. If you talk to off-roading people, they like the body on frame off-roading style. Does that matter to you? Well, maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t. But this is a very, very capable vehicle off-road.

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And that’s something to keep in mind that you can really go anywhere and almost do anything with this. But while some say it’s dated, it also has a lot of modern technology. And that’s what we’re going to focus on in this review as well, so that you get a full picture of what is dated and maybe dated for a reason and what is fully modern, which might be what you’re looking for in an SUV.

All right. Let’s address one of the dated features on this. This is an off-road vehicle. It’s designed to still be capable of off-road. And while most modern SUVs are designed with fuel efficiency as number one or one A in the design, this one still focuses on capability. And that means you have great approach angles here, which means you can come up to a large hill, something off-road, large bumper rock, and you can get to it.

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Now this one happens to have the side steps here, which means it does take away from some of the ground clearance, some of what they call the breakover angle, but it still has great departure angles over here. The reality is with this vehicle, with these types of roof or steps down there, you’re probably not going to be going as off-road as you might be in something like a Jeep Wrangler, but you’re still very capable of tough off-road conditions.

And we’re going to talk about some of the technology in this a little bit later as we do that. One other thing you’re going to notice is I have the windows open here. We’re going to show you the rear window, which opens as well. But one thing that’s kind of surprising to me is while modern SUVs tend to go panoramic roofs, this one has very large windows.

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It has a very large sunroof, which we’re going to show you. But this angle here is more of an upright angle. Again, modern SUVs are going for a little bit more fuel efficiency. So they bring this back, they cut this down. And that kind of makes the interior by the driver’s environment feel a little bit smaller.

You can see here having this more squared look. And it doesn’t look that square from the outside, but it really gives you some room from the inside. Open the windows in this vehicle, you have an open air experience. It’s not Jeep Wrangler open air with the top off and with the doors off, but compared to something like a Jeep Wrangler, which has very small windows, you do feel a very airy kind of outdoorsy experience even inside this vehicle.And we’re going to show you that when we get in. Overall, everything else, a couple other little things you’re looking for on a vehicle like this is very tall sidewalls. So these tires are P265/70R17. That 70 means 70% of the tires width is right here in the sidewall. You want a lot of sidewall compression, a lot of sidewall space when you’re doing off-road type things. And that’s what’s something to look for here. A lot of those modern SUVs, they show the ads going offline, but they don’t show what reality is that you can get pinch flats when you have large steel rims and small rubber sidewalls. That’s just not a great combination for rougher roads, which means these are great, not just off-road, but potholes, winter conditions, all kinds of things. Let’s take a look at the back. I want to show you a couple things there, and then we’re going to hop inside. Along the backside of the vehicle, there’s a couple cool features, but the biggest one is there’s no glass right here. It actually comes down into the tailgate, and I haven’t seen that since the eighties.

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Toyota’s been doing it the whole time, but not a lot of other manufacturers have been. So for a third row passenger experience, you could set the third row up here, headrest right there. You could put somebody in the back here, and it’s almost an open air experience for them. We’re going to talk about that third row in a second here, but we’re also going to mention the hitch out back here. This vehicle tows 5,000 pounds. Something like a Jeep Wrangler, even the four doors, they only tow 3,500 pounds. So you’re really competing with something like a Grand Cherokee of course, in that. But you have some more capable off-road. Now again, some Grand Cherokees very capable off-road, some are not.

Every 4Runners going to be very capable off-road. When you pop this trunk open. Actually, before we go do that, you’re maybe wondering where the windshield wiper is here. And again, it’s buried up here. We talked about the Tucson doing that in my last review of the Hyundai Tucson. They’re now moving their wiper up here.

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Well, Toyota’s had it up here for a long time. Keeps the back cleaner and allows that window to go down. And what’s nice is instead of having your rear to frost on and having the snow and ice melt onto that wiper when you park your car, it melts down, sits on that wiper and melts there, and then refreezes, instead of having that happen, it’s all protected from the weather.

It’s up here underneath. So it does a sweep down from above instead of up and down. It gives it cleaner style, allows the window go down, keeps you from snow and ice. Super practical. All right. Looking in here, you’re going to see a little bit of a disappointing cargo space, and that’s because we’ve got the rear seats up.

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Now there is a cargo blind, so the top sort of cargo blind cover in the way of me putting these seats down right now, just because this vehicle is for sale and we have everything in the vehicle. You’re going to move things around and do things as you need to. But I just still want to point out, you do have third row seats here.

There are two seats here. They’re not huge. They’re more in what I would call temporary seats, child seats. But you do have the option of taking a couple extra people when you need to back here. And if not, you’ve got a cargo fold down. This is a 50/50 split. You could just use one of them. You also have a 40, 20, 40 split. What that means is the armrest can fold down.

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You can have a really long pass through through center of this vehicle all the way to the front. Or if you have a pet back here, you can stick, a family of four could stick four people in this, and the pet could sit there and have a view into the middle there, which is kind of convenient as well. I was just repositioning the camera when I realized something.

There’s one thing that I should point out. I am about six feet tall, and you can see this is very tall. A lot of even larger SUVs, they don’t have sort of the head clearance that I have. However, there’s a problem with that. A lot of vehicles only have the handholds here, so you’ve got handholds in the outside here to reach down, but if you’re shorter than me, that’s going to be hard to reach.

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Well, they’ve solved that problem with this sitting there, right there. And if you were still short on this, you can attach something to this, even a longer string or a longer strap down there so you can make sure you can reach it to close it. So really nice upper trim levels do have the power tailgate.

This one does not, but very easy to close no matter who you are. All right, before we head to the driver’s environment, let’s hop in the backseat. Now body on frame vehicles, which again, is the construction of this vehicle, can tend to be a little bit taller. So you’ve got to step right there if you need it. You can jump in here.

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So if you’ve got kids getting in, it’s pretty good. Now headroom is just okay. I’m six feet tall and it bumps up by my head to give me two, three fingers above me. So that’s again, that little bit raised floor. But you’ve got a very comfortable seat overall here. And you’ve got, again, the sunroof comes back, which is how you get the rays up here.

So where I’m sitting, I’m fine. If I lean forward and up, then I do have contact with the ceiling. But you’re not going to do that in the car, right? So again, compared to some other SUVs, you can have a little bit more rear headroom. But again, I’m a six footer, totally comfortable here. You can see sitting behind myself, this is where a six footer would sit, lots of room.

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I’ve got a good sort of meshed cargo area here. I’ve got vents back here. I’ve got two USB ports that have doors on them. We’ll show you them in a second. But overall, comfort is excellent. My legs are basically on the seat. I’ve got room to move my feet underneath the seat above. And this seat moves forward and back so you can create some extra room for the third row passengers.

Now again, I’m at the edge of that curve up in the roof here, so I’m kind of comfortable where I am. Six feet, my feet are, my knees are touching here, but you could fit people in those tighter backseats. Even with six foot, six foot, you could still fit a larger person in the backseat for short trips. So I want to take the camera inside here to show you what I’m talking about.

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Again, a little bit of room here. Actually, it’s pretty good room. But if you come a little bit forward, that’s the only problem you’re going to experience. So again, moving this seat forward does kind of put me underneath that unless I lean back in the seat. So just something to keep in mind.

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As a third row vehicle, they really are temporary seats. But they do a lot of things well. Let me show you in front. I mentioned the vents here. Again, pretty simple design, but they are there. You can aim them. You can turn the vents on and off. One thing I really appreciate in an off-roadie vehicle where you’re going to get things dirty is you’ve got the USB ports here.

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They tell you how much amps, 2.1 amps. But they are covered with a door and they flip down. They always will stay shut. A lot of vehicles, they’re just staying open. And if you’ve got kids dropping cheerios and Shreddies and all kinds of dirt and other junk in there, those things can get dirty and then not work. So I think it’s really smart to have a door on there.

And again, being an off-road vehicle here, you’ve got the venting through here, which means that anything wet in here, it can dry. You can see what’s there. So having that little bit of a open space there, the venting kind of through there. And again, very tough material. I think it’s just really smart for the intent of this vehicle.

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Over here on the door panel, I should show you another thing. The door, the window switch is up here. It’s an auto switch even from the backseat. So every window in this car is auto up, auto down. I don’t know, actually know if they’re auto up. I haven’t checked that in the rear seat. But again, that auto switch there, which is kind of nice to have.

And again, a very airy open air, large window type experience in this vehicle. And actually, let’s just go wide angle, kind of give you a little bit better view. So you got that big sunroof open like there and big windows there. It is much more airy than you would expect, and that’s great for an off-roadie outdoor kind of vehicle. All right. We’re about to head in the driver’s seat. I just want to point out the roof rack on here is standard stuff. So not a massive roof rack, but enough to carry your kayaks, enough to carry your bikes, everything else like that. So if you’re towing a trailer, you still can take your extra stuff. Before we jump in, let’s show you the key. It is a simple key fob. Keep it in your pocket, ignore it kind of thing. Nothing fancy, but that’s all you need. So we’ll throw that in my pocket right now. And of course, touching the door handles, unlocks them. We’re going to do. It’s already unlocked as we jump in so we don’t have to unlock it there. Powered seats here, you can sort of see every direction they move. They actually put labels on them, which not every vehicle does. You can sort of see very adjustable, including lumbar support. It’s a very comfortable vehicle. And what I’ve noticed is fairly large seats, which is really important to fit a larger variety of people. Large seats fit really well for pretty much everybody.

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So what we’re going to do is we’re actually going to drive the vehicle out of the sunshine here. So we just started the vehicle up. We’re going to turn out of the sunshine. Try to get that glare gone. All right, there we go. We’ll just park it right there. Take a look at the Tesla, which is also for sale here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals.

All right. Let’s put the car back into park. There’s a lot to talk about here. So let’s just talk about a couple basics here. We’ve got the vehicle running. This car has been idling for me a bunch today as I have just gone through it to make sure that I understand everything that you need to see. A couple things I really like in here, tire pressure monitors, that kind of thing. You can see here we’ve got our smart cruise control and our lane departure warning. I forgot the exact branded term that Toyota uses. But you do have some of those things in there. The smart cruise control is a really nice thing as you’re following a vehicle in front of you, it can keep that distance at speed.

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So it’s just a really nice feature that, again, when they talk about this being a dated vehicle, I think they’re forgetting to point out some of these more modern features. And if you go into the settings over here, you got that lane. Oh, there we go. Lane departure assist, I believe it is. Collision avoidance type system. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alerts. So you’ve got all the safety features that you would have in these so-called more modern SUVs right here in the vehicle. And we’ll just bring it over to here to let’s keep it on the speedometer if we go down there. And again, ignore fuel efficiency because that’s not a fair representation of what this vehicle can get.

We’ve been idling this vehicle a bunch as we do various things with it. All right. Heading over here, you’ve got Toyota screen. Now it’s a little bit of flicker on this camera, right? just the way I’m sitting here. That’s just the way it’s interacting with my camera. Some people tell me to adjust the exposure of my camera or the speed, doesn’t matter.

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I’m not going to do that. So again, ignore fuel efficiency. You can set this custom screen up with all kinds of different things. Right now I have it set up for three things. If you want the large thing on the right or the left, you can do what you want with it. Boy, that flicker is sure is bad on camera today. Anyways, but this is again, no flicker in real life. What I love about this is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, you’ve got that in here. You can just have just your audio information up just like that. You can have just your other menu. One little confusing, it says map even though it doesn’t come with that. So that’s check with Toyota for various things.

One thing that’s interesting to me is this is sort of where the retro, some people will call it dated. Pretty much everything you can do here, you can also do on the buttons here, including sort of the menu here. If you go to the menu here, you’ll notice audio phone apps. Oops, we’ll go back to the menu. Audio phone apps, projection, a lot of those types of buttons are right there.

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Phone apps, audio menu, those kind of things. So you’ve got a lot of those things. Projection of course, is your Android Auto, Apple CarPlay. All right. Well, take it away from the screen because that flickering is probably going to be annoying for you. Again, I don’t see that in real life. Backup cameras in there as well. What’s nice down here is they don’t do this very often.

Very large knobs and very large buttons on your dual zone automatic climate control, which means if you’re wearing gloves, that works really well to adjust everything that you need to adjust, which I just quite like. USB port down here again. That’s the covered with a door again, 12 volt port. Little spaces for just about everything. Lots of little tiny spaces in there.

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Cup holder up front here, cup holder out back here, which you can remove this if you have a bigger cup. And then this is a true 4×4 system, not just an all wheel drive system, but an off-roading 4×4 system. And what’s cool about this is they have some technology here. So two high, four high, four low. When you go in four low.

Let’s go all the way to the ceiling now. You’ve got some off-roading type things. Now a lot of vehicles have the down hill assist control. That’s more of an off-roading thing. But this A track which is active traction control. If you go in four-wheel drive low, this can break individual wheels that are slipping and it really gives you an electronic advantage to just four low.

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So it really allows you to have an off-road style traction control, which can get you unstuck or prevent you from being stuck in a pretty cool way. So this does come with that up here. Go back a little further, you’ve got your garage door openers. You can set one, two, or three. That’s your home link type system. And again, this sunroof, again, it’s looks like a standard size sunroof to me from the outside. But again, having this roof lying design that we talked about, that really far away A pillar here. Let’s just go wide angle here so we can show you. That A pillar that’s far away here, you’re sitting underneath the sunroof. So let me just show you that for a second.

So we moved the vehicle, we’ve got the glare, but you’re sitting underneath this sunroof. Because on a lot of modern vehicles, when that A pillar kind of curls back, the sunroof doesn’t start till about here and it goes back. So you don’t get that open air experience that you do here in the 4Runner. And it works very, very well. Take a look back at some of the controls here.

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Again, your gear shift here. You can manually shift your gears here. Again, if you’re towing a trailer, you’ve only got five gears. So being able to manually shift and choose things on your own I think is helpful. One thing that I like about what Toyota does is this is my seat heater. This is driver’s side and passenger side. It comes standard in this vehicle here. You can turn it off, you can turn it on. But because it’s a actual knob, right? It doesn’t reset when you turn off the vehicle, which means in the winter months, you can just leave it on when you park the vehicle. And as soon as you start, the car will come on. That auto window right here, that’s that rear window. We’re going to bring that up right now. It is auto up.

So that’s the rear tailgate window. And again, we mentioned that the auto windows is kind of a nice advantage here. Every one of them is auto windows here. So all of these are auto up and auto down, at least from the front switches there, which again, creates a more open air experience than you would expect.

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So let’s talk about who this vehicle is for. Well, even Toyota knows this is not for people whose number one thing in an SUV is fuel efficiency. Toyota has the Highlander for that and even the Highlander hybrid along with RAV4, RAV4 hybrid, all kinds of plugin hybrids. They’ve got all kinds of things for fuel efficiency.

Toyota who known for their hybrids, doesn’t offer this in a hybrid because this one is all about capability. So if you need an SUV that has more capability, if you’re doing some more off-road, maybe you’ve got a long dirt gravel driveway, maybe you’ve got a cottage that you go to that’s tough to get to.

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If you need a great vehicle in the winter, there’s features I didn’t even point out for the winter. Of course your mirrors are heated, of course your rear window is heated, but you also have the window grid in this window here to give you a little extra clarity. So it’s a great winter vehicle, it’s a great off-road, rough road, off the beaten track vehicle.

It’s a great towing vehicle. And with a seven passenger capability, again, tight seven passenger, but it’s capable of taking your family everywhere. Couple of extra friends for the kids, if you’ve got a dog, those kind of things. Good ground clearance, good overall vehicle.

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And it’s still, although maybe dated in something like its transmission, offers incredible reliability. The one thing about this vehicle is it’s been around for a while and it is known for its reliability. There’s no point throwing these seven and eight and nine speed transmissions in if you think they might have trouble in the future.

Right? Here are the five speed transmission, it’s worked for a long time. And for what this vehicle’s intended for, again, Toyota knows their market. If you want fuel efficiency, you’re buying the Highlander, Highlander Hybrid. If you want capability, you’re buying this. And that’s what it’s all about.

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A real outdoor capable vehicle. Now I drive a Jeep Wrangler, and I have to admit, Jeep Wrangler to me has always been that open air experience, windows down, sunroof back, rear window down. This vehicle gives you a real open air experience that I didn’t expect. And it’s something worth considering if that’s what you’re looking into. So I want to thank Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals.

And again, if you have a question about this vehicle that I didn’t answer or another vehicle in its class, we can go through all of them here. So I hope to earn your subscription, ask a comment, leave a like. And we’ll come back to this vehicle if we need to in videos. And we can also compare all sorts of vehicles in the class. And that’s thanks to Jim Gilbert’s giving me access to their product line. Thanks everybody for watching.

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2022 Hyundai Tucson Preferred

Complete In Depth Review – What other videos aren’t showing you!

Hey everybody, it’s Peter, and today we’re going to take a look at the 2022 Hyundai Tucson. And there’s a few of you that have followed me over from another channel where the rumor is that nobody has talked about Hyundais on YouTube more than me. So I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I do have a whole lot of experience talking about this vehicle. And in this video, I’m going to show you some of the cool features that maybe some of the other videos aren’t showing you. And if you have questions about it, you can feel free to ask me in the comments. But here’s the amazing thing, instead of working for that channel I used to work for, the benefit of me working here is that if you have a question about this vehicle and you want me to compare it to maybe an other vehicle in its class here at  Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals in Fredericton, New Brunswick, I have access to their entire product line.And I can show you this, I can show you a competitor, and I can show you all those side by side. So you can ask me questions in the comments, and you can also expect answers in future videos. So I’m hoping to earn your subscription and I’m hoping that we can create a conversation down in the comment section where we can just help you find out all the questions that you want to know. So let’s start with this. Now. First of all, I used to also own a Santa Cruz. Hyundai Santa Cruz is actually built on the same platform as this and shares much of the interior components. So there’s a lot of similarities between this vehicle and that vehicle. And I also understand and have lived with many features of this vehicle. So let’s start with what we’ve got. This was all new for 2022.

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This is a 2022 model and you’ve got a lot of nice things. This one has the aftermarket Hyundai wheels, or at least they look like Hyundai Wheels to me. So they are blacked out and I think it gives it a pretty cool look. You’ve got a little bit of chrome trim up along here that kind of stylized goes into here. This one has a panoramic sunroof. We’re going to show you that in a little bit. This is the preferred package. And if you’re looking for a Tucson, the preferred package is kind of that nice package. When you go higher up in the lineup, you get extra power, but you also get a hybrid. So it’s extra power and a little bit better fuel efficiency, but you pay a little bit more to get those features when you add on. This Tucson with the preferred package is still the non-hybrid version just to gasoline vehicle.

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But that preferred package, the big option it that gives you is that panoramic sunroof, and you’re going to like that. And a lot of vehicles with panoramic sunroofs are afraid to put roof rails up here. You’ve still got the roof rails here, which we’ll talk about. And just one thing to keep in mind with the roof rails, if you have items, you can still absolutely use this. You just obviously don’t want to tilt that roof up. And if you are going to tilt it up, just get a little bit higher components so that you can screw all those pieces on. That’s really the only thing you have to worry about with a panoramic roof and roof rail type things. \We’re going to talk about the practicality. We’re going to talk about the features. We’re going to talk about safety features all in this video. Let’s get going.

All right, let’s just start with some style items here. First of all, this is the grill for this car. On this particular trim line, this is kind of like a tinted color, and this is also tinted. On lower trim levels, this isn’t tinted. They are just kind of clear and you can sort of see that they are lights. When you have this car turned off, you can’t really see the lights here. Now let’s talk about those lights just for a second. Let’s turn the car fully on. We have to actually start the car to activate them. So hop in, push button start. There we go. All right, let’s talk about these lights. So what you have here is daytime running lights. Car’s beeping at me because I took the key with me. These are just your daytime running lights. They don’t always film perfect, but they are quite bright and they’re a real signature item of this car.

When you’re driving this vehicle down the road, you can really see this. Now those of you who are wondering about the Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz actually only has three deep and is a little bit different than this. This one has four deep here, so they are actually different than the Santa Cruz. But these lights, essentially what they do is they’re just marker lights to let people know you’re coming. They’re style lights, but they actually light up the highway lights or the highway signs up top. So the road signs that you have above the road, those are being lit up by these. Your headlights are down low and these are sharp LED headlights on this model, which is what you want, really good LED lights, really bright. Now the benefit of these is by mounting them low, they can be extremely bright with a sharp cutoff.If you have bright lights mounted up here, you’re shining right in the back end of someone. So you have to kind of aim them down. There’s all kinds of things. By mounting them low, they can be crazy bright, have that sharp cutoff, and even though with that sharp cutoff, they won’t light up the road signs above, these lights do that. So these are practical as well as style. And again, sharp cutoff lights mean they can be crazy bright and really widespread. They give you fog light widespread and good headlights down low. So really nice feature to have right there.

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The other thing you’re going to notice is there’s a little panel down here. Now, a lot of those cars that have this that try to put that in the center, that is a radar panel. The radar panel does a whole bunch of things. There’s a camera in the front of the windshield here. That along with the radar panel, gives you safety items, things like autonomous emergency braking, the ability to stop the vehicle and avoid a collision.

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Now, don’t test it. Don’t try to drive into another vehicle, but if you’re not paying attention, this car has the capability of stopping to avoid a collision. It also has the capability of at least minimizing a collision. So it keeps you very safe. That radar plate is also used for smart cruise control, which on this vehicle works very, very well. And I know that because I drove out here in a Santa Cruz with the exact same system. I drove from Ontario to New Brunswick towing a utility trailer, and I almost didn’t have to hit the gas or brake. And to be fair, I barely had to steer as well. We’re going to talk about those items coming up in a second, but first, let’s go around the back of the vehicle.

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All right, heading to the back of the vehicle. There’s a couple little secrets here. This vehicle and the Kia Sportage are based on the same platform. However, for 2022, if you put a hitch on this one, it tows significantly more weight than the Kia Sportage. If you look at the owner’s manuals, this one can tow more, which means you can take things like your jet ski along, which you could also buy here at Jim Gilbert’s Powersports. Or an ATB, something like the Brute Force 750 or something like that.

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So you can do that. You can tow a little bit extra with this one than you can with Kia. Why? We’re not sure, but you can. All right, up here is another cool feature. Hyundai used to put their windshield wipers down here. That’s what pretty much everybody did. And when it snows and rains and you use your rear to frost, all of that snow turns to ice and then you park your car and it freezes right here on the windshield wiper.

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The windshield wiper is now buried up here underneath the spoiler, which means none of that happens, which means it’s going to work in the winter. It keeps it clean. Not only is it cleaner for styling, but it keeps it clean there. And then just for cleaning the car, this Hyundai logo is actually buried in the glass, which means this is nice and flat. I don’t know why they do that either, but it does make a clean, nice surface down here. This one you do have nice sort of LED lighting up here. Your signal lights are actually down low in there. So these are just brake lights up here, but it’s a nice sharp looking vehicle. HTRAC all wheel drive, we’re going to talk about that all wheel drive second. In a second we head inside. But first let’s just show you the trunk. The Tucson has a very large trunk for its class and it does a lot of things right.

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It’s got the cargo cover right here. It’s got 12 volt port. You can pull these levers to fold down the seats. It’s a 60/40 split. But it’s a very deep floor that can actually be made deeper. If you pull this out, you bring it in like that, if I can do it right. And there we go. I have gained about an inch. It’s not a whole lot, but the point is even at its highest position, it’s a very deep floor. And the nice thing is you can put this, when this is in the higher position, underneath the floor there so that you don’t have to store this in your garage when you have extra cargo to take, which is really kind of nice to have.

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Before we take a look at the driver’s environment, let’s just check the back seats here. Now you just saw I folded the seat down in there. When I put it back up, it’s very upright. That’s not comfortable, right? Well, no problem. You can pull this lever here and recline way, way back, way, way back. So I’m completely out of sight. So the one thing that Tucson does really well for 2022 that they didn’t do as well in the past is they have great passenger space here. And when you compare something like the Santa Cruz to this, even though they share platforms, the Santa Cruz, they steal that backseat space for some of the bed space. Whereas here, you have a ton of space. This is set for me as a six footer and I have tons of space as a six footer sitting behind myself. I also have my legs flat on the seats here, which is really, really nice. And then I have extra vents here. So I’ve got two vents in the center.

We’ve got nice bungee pockets on both sides, two USB ports down there. You’ve got everything you need. And one thing you don’t get in the Santa Cruz that you do get here is an armrest in the middle with two extra cup holders, which is quite nice.

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All right, now you’re inside with me in the backseat. And like I said, there’s those vents there, the pockets there on. I’m on a bit of a wide angled view to give you a more accurate view of what your eyes see. But wow, this is impressive. So here’s the thing, the wide angle view skews the camera, but you have a massive panel back here right above the head of the passengers. And then it’s also extends to a massive panel over the front passengers. One thing about this larger panoramic roof is it is really class leading.

It is very big, it’s very impressive back here. And when you’re sitting in the back here, you have this kind of view, and this is actually overplayed. It looks larger in person. But you have this massive panoramic. Roof. It really makes a bright interior even on a cloudy day, even with this black interior. But let’s take a look at what we’ve got up front by jumping in the front seat now.

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All right, to jump in the front seat, you’re going to need the key. This is what it looks, looks like. So you’ve got lock, unlock. You’ve got the horn button there, the panic button, and hold. That’s a remote start button. Some versions of the higher trims will have a few more buttons on here, but this one has this. Like I said, this is sort of a midline model with that panoramic roof.

So you’ve got the remote start built in the key fob. You also have it through Hyundai’s blue link system. The key fob of course will never have a subscription fee. If you want to unlock the door, you just tap that right there. That’s a little bit of over spray of the wax there. So don’t worry about that. That’s not on the paint. All right, take a look at the seats here. You’ve got powered seats with a good lumbar support. So you’ve got comfortable seats in here. Let’s jump right in. We’re going to go wide angle. So we’re going to skew things a little bit. I want to keep you the view that I have as the driver. So let’s go wide angle for a second. We’re going to hit the start button right here, which is up top on the dash. There’s a couple cool features in here.

Now, first of all, if you get a higher trim, you’re going to go full digital dash. This doesn’t have the digital dash, but you can see as we take a look at it, you do have the green outlines here. I’m just going to turn the climate system off for a second so it’s nice and quiet in here. The green outline tells us about the drive mode that we’re in right now. So drive mode right now, we can go driver terrain. Drive mode is eco, normal. You see it goes blue. Sport, it goes red. And then smart, it goes back to blue. I feel like they should have done a different color there. So let’s just talk really quickly about what those are. Eco, just if you are driving economically anyways, this is going to work with you. You’re probably going to like it. The problem with eco is if you start getting aggressive, it’s going to resist downshifting.

So you don’t always want to go in eco. If you go in smart mode, it’s still going to give you that eco type feeling. But if you get aggressive with a throttle, it can move it out of the eco into a normal or even a sport mode. So it really senses what you’re doing with your throttle. And to me, that’s what I would use to get great fuel efficiency. Normal is just a normal drive mode, doesn’t feel sluggish. It also doesn’t feel super sporty. And the sporty punches things up a little bit. It allows you to hold revs a little longer, keeps it in the power band a little bit longer. It’s probably going to use a little bit more fuel as well. Now you’ll notice where I am right now, I’m going to put it back in the smart mode. You’ll notice the screen that I’m on right now, we’re going to get to train mode in a second.

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But let’s talk about the all-wheel drive system. Hyundai’s all-wheel drive system, you don’t have to wait for the front wheels to slip in order for it to grip. When I start out here in drive like, I am right now, I’m going to let off the brake here. Oops, let’s see if I can give it some gas while on the brake. No, I can’t really show you without driving along and I don’t want to leave where I am right now. But what happens is all four wheels receive power regardless of what mode you’re in, regardless of what terrain mode you’re in, which we’re going to show you in a second. So in other vehicles where the front wheels have to slip and you have to lose traction and then the rear wheels kick, in a vehicle like this, you don’t have to wait until you lose traction. It’s going to do everything it can to help you maintain traction.

And what that does is makes a difference in the winter. So instead of having your front wheels slip and the car getting kind of all squirrely on you and then having the rear wheels kick in, you’re going to feel really confident driving this in the winter. And speaking of driving the winter, we’ve got terrain modes. So let’s just zoom in even closer still. Terrain mode’s there. We’ve got snow, right? Oops, let’s go back to terrain mode, excuse me, snow, mud and sand. Now let’s be very clear. When we’re in sand mode, first of all, you’re not going to be driving this car in sand on purpose. You’re also probably not going to be driving it. Oops, let’s put it on smart mode. Let’s go back to terrain mode. You’re also not going to be driving it in mud on purpose. But if you go camping and you put it yourselves in these situations, it allows you to have a system of traction control, transmission engine. Everything is geared. And all wheel drive system is all set up to handle that mode.

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So it’s a really good system here that I think is underrated. We hear about Subaru, they’ve done a great job marketing their stuff. But one thing I will say is they’ve done a good job with Kia and Hyundai in creating this all-wheel drive system that really makes sense for the way people use their vehicles. All right, let’s go wider angle again. Over here you’ve got… Let’s turn on the climate control system again. Pretty simple thing. Now some of the larger, higher trims have a little bit larger screen here, but you have kind of everything you need here. Although this doesn’t have navigation. You do have wireless Android, auto wireless Apple CarPlay. Now you’ll see some glare here. That’s really just the one eye of the camera interacting with a screen. As I have two eyes on this, it’s really not a bad thing for glare.

Very easy to clean. I keep a little microfiber cloth in here when I had a dash like this. And that just helped me to just give it a quick wipe down, kept everything really clean and sharp. Down here, dual zone, automatic climate control. So if I want to sit there and adjust the temperature different from my passenger than I want for myself, I can do that or I can just sync them together nice and easily here. The auto mode is kind of cool because right now the fans a little bit loud for me. So let’s say I just want to keep it a little bit quieter in here. It’s still going to go to 22 and a half degrees in here. It’s still going to direct the air where it sees fit as it sees fit. However, it’s not going to blow the fan as loudly. Keeps it a little bit quieter in here.

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Just allows me to sort of take time to bring the temperature up or down. It’s really nice in the summer when you get out, and it’s a really hot day and you have this passenger jump back in or something like that, the car’s running. Instead of cranking the air, freezing you because it’s blowing the air at you, and then it’s bringing down to temperature as quick as it can or up to temperature as quick as it can, it just kind of gradually brings that temperature so you don’t get blasted with the air from the vents. Speaking of the vents, there’s one more feature I want to show you. There is a diffuse function here, which is super, super cool. What that does is it doesn’t just blow air through the vents. There’s little holes over here and it’s easier to see. Let’s see if I can film one over here.

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The little holes in there, I don’t know if you can see them there, but it blows air across the entire dash and literally just does that. It diffuses the air. So instead of having the rush of air from the vents, you’ve got that in there as well. Let’s talk more safety features. We talked about that smart cruise control. You can activate it here. This is also your lane follow assist. What that does is it can actively steer the car. It can see the lane markers and it can keep your car centered in the lane.

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When I drove from Ontario to New Brunswick, it did most of the steering for me. Now you have to keep your hand on the wheel because it senses when your hands off the wheel, but you can certainly spend some time with it off. Combine that with something like a highway drive assist type thing. And this car can really almost self drive. It’s not meant to do that. Automatic headlights. But yeah, it’s a really good feature right there. Steering wheel controls, again, if you don’t like using the volume switch here, because it’s not a knob, it’s just of a dial type thing, don’t worry about it. You can mute it from here, you can use all that kind of stuff. Talk to everything in there. So good safety features. Let’s come right down to the dash here.

Eight speed automatic transmission. So eight speed, if you want to shift it yourself, you could do that up and down there. And a lot of Hyundais, they don’t have this gear shift. You do have that in this level of Tucson. Higher trim levels, you don’t have that downhill sort of brake assist there. Auto hold on the electronic parking brake can turn the car on and off. There’s a backup camera. We’ll show you that in a second. Heated seats and heated steering wheel. Again, this preferred package, heated seats, heated steering wheel. Kind of nice to have both of those, especially in the winter. And then that panoramic roof as well. What were we going to show you? There was something else I was going to show. Oh, I know what I was going to show you. Get this gear shift out of my way.

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This is the wireless charge pad for a cell phone. Now you’ll notice that Hyundai’s upgraded this anytime you see a little bit of vent… Yeah, see that venting in there? That has been upgraded. So it’s a faster charging, it’s got a little bit of ventilation in there. It keeps your phone a little cooler when it charges. And that’s really handy with the wireless Android Auto, Wireless Apple CarPlay, which does give you that navigation that you want. It just does it through your phone. So really good feature set in this vehicle.

So let’s talk about who this vehicle is for. First of all, that small crossover segment. It’s just the most popular car segment right now. Now small crossovers have grown. So if you are someone who needs a small crossover with a little bit extra rear seat space, maybe you’ve got kids, even kids in car seats, maybe you’re taking full size people. There’s always great reasons to have a little bit larger space. It’s got a great rear seat, it’s got a great trunk for a compact crossover. Still easy to drive, easy to park. If you’re taking luggage, going on vacation, having that roof rack is really nice. You can fit stuff up there. But you also have that panoramic roof for when you don’t have luggage up there, no ski box, no other stuff up there. That panoramic roof is really nice.

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I think where the Tucson does really well is if you are safety focused. And there’s the little things in this car, things like the headlights, the bright white LEDs. That white color allows your eyes to recognize what you’re seeing at night because it’s closer to daylight color. When you shine yellow lights on things, it takes a split second longer for your eyes to recognize. And forgetting the color, there’s just great spread, great brightness in there, something like that. All wheel drive system, the ability to have the vehicle, if you choose to, allow it to self steer in some ways, to center itself in the lane on longer drive to have the smart cruise control. It takes all the stress out of a long drive. And I can say that with experience. Like I said, coming from Ontario to New Brunswick with the exact same safety features on the exact same platform or very similar platform car, same things.

It was just such an easy drive for 14 or 15 hours, no worries at all. So safety’s a big key. Even things like the blind spot detection here, you’ve got blind spot detection, light lights up in the mirror, just tell people in your blind spot. But when you throw it in reverse, you’ve got the radar sensor back here that can warn you if people are crossing your path. You’re backing out of a parking spot in a shopping mall and you have a minivan blocking your view here. As long as the back corner of the vehicle clears that vehicle beside you, it can see down there. So it can recognize people walking even when you can’t see them. It can recognize cars driving towards you even when you can’t see them. So safety’s a big feature. And then it’s just really comfortable. It drives really nice, it’s fairly efficient.

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So it just blends that safety with comfort with a good amount of space. Now, the benefit of being here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals is you want to compare it to a Rogue, you want to compare it to a Santa Fe, you want to compare it to something from Jeep, there’s a Toyota RAV4 there, CX5 there, Volkswagen Tiguan there. There’s all kinds of its competitors and they’re all virtually new just like this one. This one’s got under 5,000 kilometers on it. You can come to one dealer, you can compare this car to all kinds of other cars in its class to see which one is best for you. And that’s one of the most exciting things for me, is I can really compare this now to other vehicles, not just to vehicles within the Hyundai lineup or within the Kia lineup. And it’s the benefit of here at Jim Gilbert’s.

Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals is known as Canada’s huggable Car dealer. There’s a massive difference with shopping here. They are so customer focused. It’s really awesome to be here. So if you’re looking at a car, swing by Jim Gilbert’s. And if you want to know more about this, let me know in the comments below. And if you want to see more in-depth reviews like this in small crossovers or other vehicles, do me a favor. I’m trying to build out this channel, hit the subscribe button. Hit some comments, hit the like button. We’ll do our best to interact with you. And if you have questions, I’ll do my best to answer you both in the comments section and in future videos. Thanks everybody for watching.

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2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer LT 

Surprising features make it pretty great! 

Full In-Depth Review

Hey everybody, it’s Peter and today we’re going to take a look at the Chevrolet Trailblazer LT. And to be honest, it’s a vehicle that I have overlooked until now. As I spent time with this vehicle, I’ve realized there’s some hidden features that actually make this very, very good. So really quickly, I’m here at  Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals here in Fredericton, New Brunswick. And I have full access to their vehicle line. And if you are looking for a vehicle in Fredericton, this is absolutely a destination store. Whether you’re looking for this or anything in its class, they’ve got all kinds of vehicles here. And they also give me full access to their vehicle line, which allows me to come back to these vehicles to make sure that I get your questions answered. So if you have questions about this vehicle or anything in its class, let me know when the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer you in the comments and to make future videos so that you can get the answers you need.

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Now, first of all, let’s start with this review. Let’s talk about some things that Chevrolet did that are kind of weird. They pulled out of the small car market, they don’t really have the compact cars anymore. So the feeling was, well, we’ll get rid of compact cars, we’ll make people pay more to buy SUVs and we’ll leave the compact cars to the Japanese and Korean manufacturers. And in some ways that’s kind of true, that’s what happened. But what also happened is they were able to move those compact car people into compact crossovers. And to be blunt, this is better than any compact car that GM has ever made. There’s some really cool things and just little simple things like things you don’t notice that are unique in the auto industry. The sharp creases and lines here, that was something they couldn’t do not that long ago.

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So they give you these sharp creases in lines and that allows you to build a fairly stylish vehicle. But in addition to that, they also add features. You’ll notice you’ve got roof rails up here. A lot of small cars never had built in roof rails. So now you’ve got the ability to take extra luggage up here to take your bikes along, take a kayak, take those kind of things. It’s all built into the vehicle nice and solid. And speaking of luggage, this car also has some secret features that actually make it compete with a large SUV, which kind of blows my mind as well. So in this review, we’re going to go through this vehicle in detail to help you decide if it’s right for you. So let’s start here at the front end. First of all, you’ve got an assortment of lights and this is what they do on pretty much every new vehicle here.

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They kind of confuse where your headlights are. So you’re going to see some flickering here on the camera. That’s apparently my shutter speed with the LED lights and apparently I should adjust my shutter speed to make this go away. That’s what it is. They’re not flickering in real life, it’s just the way LED lights sometimes interact with the camera. But those are your daytime running lights up here. Down here, down lower is your headlights assembly. So down low is actually a great place to have it because they can be nice and bright with a sharp cutoff. They are projector beam headlights, so that’s kind of nice. It gives you that sharp cutoff but they also won’t shine in people’s eyes as well while they still light the road up. But this gives you visibility and interesting enough, these actually help light up the road signs around you because they’re quite bright in real life.

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Signal lights are up here. There’s fog lights that are currently not on right there. And when we talk about hidden features, this car right down here has a little tiny plug that is for your block heater. No more hanging a cord out the front. It’s ugly, it gets dirty. It’s a whole bunch of reasons. It just isn’t aerodynamic but you have a little plug right there we’ll show you when we get to the trunk where that plug is that that cord comes with there. So you can plug that in and heat up the engine while you’re parked just to make sure this thing’s ready to go in the morning when it’s a cold winter. While we’re up front, we should probably talk about what’s under the hood. And you can see this is a turbo engine. What you may be surprised it is a three cylinder turbo engine.

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Now a lot of people kind of get concerned about that because their idea of a three cylinder is geo metros from the back in the day that made 55 horsepower and were kind of crap. This three cylinder engine, keep in mind that GM’s full size pickup trucks, many of them run on a four cylinder turbo. This is a three cylinder turbo. It is absolutely powerful enough to handle this vehicle and actually gives you a fairly good ride. And the benefit of this is it gives you pretty good fuel economy, especially when you stay out of those turbos. When you’re driving around economically, you’re driving around casually like you normally do. When you need that power of the turbo kicks in, it gives you great power. So a very small engine, a little bit lighter weight and one less spark plug to replace when that time comes.

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Coming to the back of the vehicle, let’s talk practicality because this car’s got a few little surprises in here. Now, really not a whole lot of surprises here. A 60/40 split down seat that’s kind of good. It’s actually got pretty good space in here for what it is. And when you consider that this replaced compact cars, you’ve got a lot of flexibility. A big square opening without a whole lot of intrusions allows you to fit large items in here. When we lift the floor here, we mentioned we talk about that little cord that comes with a block heater. There you go, it’s right there. There is some under floor storage here, but there’s also a spare tire here. So you’d be working your storage underneath the spare tire. Now what I like is gym shoes and all kinds of that kind of stuff. If you have smelly stuff, it’s a good place to put it is underneath the cargo floor because of course unlike a sedan, this is open to the passenger compartment and having an under floor storage makes sense.

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Now of course we mentioned you could fold these seats down, but there’s another trick up its sleeve that makes this vehicle kind of compete with larger SUVs. Let me show you what that is right now. So we’re talking cargo and I’m not going to the rear seats, I’m going to the front seat. So front door here, check this out, you have the seat here and you ever notice when you have something really long you just need a little bit more space? Well, GM knows exactly what you’re talking about. The front seat also folds down, which means you could stick a small kayak in here, a ladder, all kinds of long items and it makes owning an SUV what an SUV’s all about. The problem with when you get these smaller SUVs is you lose a lot of that utility because it’s just too small. And the reality is when you could fold down the front seats, that makes a difference.

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And GM’s not doing this for the first time. They used to do this in their Saturn lineup back when GM made Saturn. So they’re bringing it back to make it really useful in these smaller spaces. And I think it’s a super practical thing that’s super helpful for people who want to buy a smaller vehicle that’s efficient with all-wheel drive, but they also want to have the practicality of a larger vehicle. All right, another small benefit of having that seat like that is when I sit in here, Oh Jim Gilberts, they’re not going to like this. They detail all the cars, but I can put my feet up like this in the back seat and read. It’s probably not designed for this to be blunt. It’s not the most comfortable seating position, but it shows you, you’ve got a lot of space back here. Let me pull over to this side over here and show you what it’s like to sit behind myself.

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This is set up for me. I’m a six footer and here I am a six footer behind here. I’ve got tons of room for a compact SUV. Above my head I’ve got over a fist worth of space. So tons and tons of headroom, good leg room and my legs are flush on the seat, which makes it comfortable. Down here on this LT model you have a regular plug, a USB-C and a USB-A plug down there. So good overall space. And the other thing I really like is you’ve got a ton of foot room down here. I could wear large winter boots, large work boots and still have space back here. It’s pretty nice back here for a compact SUV.

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So now we’re going to head into the driver’s seat driver’s environment. We’re going to check that out. But first of all, let’s check out the key. Nice little feature here is that you have the remote start there on the key fob. So simple key kind of stylish, nice and easy to work with. But that remote start is a kind of nice thing to have on a small crossover. Not everyone has that. So jumping in here, of course it is a keyless entry vehicle, so you just have to touch the button there to unlock it. It is already unlocked. So we’re going to jump in here. Power seat is what you expect. Again, this is the LT model. So we are a few steps up from the very base model. Leather seats as well and some nice little detailing in the seats kind of things that you don’t notice that make it special is it’s not just a plain regular piping, it’s got a little bit of a pattern to it there and it’s got a little bit of texture to the leather in here.

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And you also have a little bit of a variation between the leather here and I guess this is still leather, it kind of looked like cloth but it’s still leather but it’s got a different pattern there. So there’s a visual interest to the seats. Those are things that most people don’t notice, but it’s the kind of thing that makes it feel like a nicer vehicle than probably what it really is. It’s not designed to be a luxury vehicle at all. So there is a lot of good here and one not so great thing. So let’s start the vehicle up. First of all, this is a push button start. Going to hit that push button start right there. Start it up. All right. What you’ve got in here is class competitive stuff. So you’ve got gauges in here, a digital display. Now it’s not like a full TFT on a Kawasaki display that they’re doing on their high end things, but a very functional display.

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So lots of options here on the steering wheel to go through various items. In fact, let’s just go through a couple of them right now. So you’ve got your speed right here, trip one, trip two. You’ve got some fuel efficiency or fuel range fuel efficiency, instantaneous fuel economy, those kind of things. Average fuel economy, 8.1. Again, dealership cars don’t pay attention to average fuel efficiency because that can really vary a little bit. And then of course you can go through different areas here. You’ve got remaining oil life. This is one thing they do really well. Air filter life is not something you typically see in a smaller vehicle. Tire pressure, this is one thing that bothers me about GM. When you have it set to, for instance, kilometers per hour, it makes everything go metric. Well, I don’t know many Canadians who measure their tire pressure in kilopascals.

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So like there’s enough of us Canadians here, we should probably get GM to allow us to switch this to PSI as well. And you can view that at PSI by just switching it to miles an hour. But again, a lot of things in here you can keep going through. Following distance is a pretty cool thing. It tells you how many seconds you are behind the other car and that’s going to get into some of the safety features. There’s more features there, but we’re going to leave it on speedometer, leave it on an oil life as well. And there’s also an eco setting here. You can go various eco index type things. Tells you if you’re driving economically. Best is 5.9, worst is 13.2. Again, dealership cars are always not so great. So there’s a little trend of fuel efficiency and you can really pay attention to lots of different things of sort what you’re doing here.

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But again, let’s go back to the speedometer. So whoever gets in this car can have that. Now you do have automatic headlights, automatic high beams as well in this car. Down there. As far as safety features, you’ll notice there’s a little symbol right there that’s sort of a roadway. There’s also the same little symbol down here. Let’s get the gear ship down the way for a second. That down there. So this is a vehicle that is able to see your lanes and help you decide. It’s got a lot of safety type things, has a sport mode, all wheel drive down here and the traction control as well down there. But let’s just show you what we’re talking about with some of these things. Now we’re going to get to that just as we go through this stereo here. Stereo system, pretty good stuff in here. It hints like it has navigation, but one thing that kind of bothers me is it doesn’t have the traditional navigation, which is you have to go through OnStar.

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So it has no sort of GPS built in. However, what they do have, which is very good and which is what you’re going to use is you have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. That means your Google Maps, your Apple maps, they’re all going to display on this screen when you just connect your phone to that. So that’s just a really smart thing. The other thing they have is wifi. Now you’re probably thinking, “Hey, I’ve got a data plan on my phone. I don’t really need a data plan on my car.” But you can get some pretty good value data plans, especially when you start heading into areas where your cell phone doesn’t always have service. I used to own a GM vehicle and it seemed to have some service sometimes where a cell phone doesn’t. OnStar is a subscription you can get. There’s various levels to OnStar for safety for all kinds of things.

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So you can subscribe into that if you want. But let’s move over here to, oh, where are we? The vehicle side of things that go in the settings. I want to show you just some vehicle settings in here because it talks about some cool things. Climate and air quality. You can set the Auto defog and the auto rear de-frog. De-fog, I said de-frog, like the green Kermit the frog. Auto de frog. That will help defrost the window and also keep Kermit away. But these things can come on automatically. In the automatic fan speed, you can set that so it comes onto a medium speed or something else. And the collision detection system. So forward collision system, front pedestrian detection. It’s got all these types of systems in front. This is why it tells you how far away you are from whatever’s in front of you and it can alert you or alert and brake.

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The default is going to be allowing the car to brake. And what that means is it automatically can break in a situation where you have a forward collision. Now what you need to remember is this is not something you should rely on to avoid hitting something in front of you. It’s definitely not something you should test, but at the very least it should help minimize a collision and it can help avoid a collision altogether. It’s sometimes the difference between life and death, to have these types of things. Lean, change alert as well. There’s all kinds of things. And let’s just go back to the home screen here. We’re going to throw it in reverse and you have a pretty good backup camera. So on this particular trim line, you’ve got the lines that turn with you here. You’ve also got the backup beepers.

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So between the camera and the beepers, you’ve got a pretty good system there. You can turn those lines on or off if you want. I find that these lines line up really well with a parking space. So you put the line parking line on either side and you can really tell if you’re centered in the lane there, which is kind of nice to have. Go back to park. Here’s one thing I think they do wrong. They start by giving us automatic climate control. They start by giving us heated seats. Those are things that I want. One thing that they make a mistake on is this is an optioned up vehicle. This feels very plasticy. Now to be fair, you’re probably going to set the temperature and never have to touch the fan speed over here or this, but this particular knob for a vehicle that feels quite good quality, that’s where I would give GM a knock.

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It’s just a little bit more plasticy feeling in there. I don’t think it’s going to bother a whole lot of people. Like I said, because it’s automatic climate control. You can hit that a bed button, it’ll set to 21 degrees or whatever you have it set to and you’ll never have to touch that. Down here, you get the gear shift out of the way, again. 12 volt port right over here and then USB-C and A. Now those are usually on the same circuit, so it’s probably best to not use them together. You could, but it’ll slow down your charging. A good spot for your phone down here. Like we mentioned, all the buttons down there, including the all-wheel drive button, which is nice to have as well. There is another thing that’s, Oops, let me just get the car out of park there. I have the camera in the wrong hand here. So let’s just see if I can get to the armrest here.

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This is a narrower vehicle, which means it’s going to have a narrower armrest and it is a little deceiving when you pop open the armrest here, which I did. No problem with my right hand. Why am I having trouble with my left hand? Oh boy, I’m going to edit this out. Okay, there we go. There’s a handle there. There’s a handle right here. I was having trouble cause there’s a handle right there. No problem with your right hand. I have the camera filming on the right hand. This looks to be very shallow and if you don’t look deeper and I really mean look deeper, then you don’t realize that it is actually quite a deep storage area. So that case comes right to the front, which [inaudible 00:14:33] carry again, like things like your phone. But remember it is deeper than you thought and it does have extra space in there that you can use.

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We talked about some of the features on the inside, some of the safety features on the inside, but there’s one safety feature on the outside that I really like. This one has blind spot detection. So blind spot detection allows the mirror to light up right here for the driver. When a vehicle is in the blind spot, sort of where I’m standing now. What a lot of people forget is, while that’s handy, the way it works is it actually has a radar system back here in the back bumper. And what that also allows is what they call rear cross traffic alert. And when you’re looking at your mirrors or you’re looking at the back, or most of us are now looking at our backup camera, we have trouble seeing people who are walking behind the vehicle or approaching the vehicle. So whether you’re walking or driving, approaching the vehicle, it’s going to give you a warning.

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It uses the same hardware, but a different use of software to allow you when you’re backing up to be warned of traffic coming at you and of people walking towards you in parking lot. So when you’re backing out a parking space or you’re backing out a driveway, you could be warned of things that maybe you can’t see. And one way you couldn’t see it is if a minivan was parked here and just the back bumper was able to see, you couldn’t see through that minivan, but also maybe because you’re just looking at the backup camera. So it’s a really good safety feature in addition to the blind spot detection, that rear cross traffic alert and it comes on this vehicle.

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So who is this vehicle for? Who’s going to benefit the most from it? Who’s going to like it? Well, if you want something that is compact and easy to drive, easy to park, this is going to appeal to you if you need all wheel drive as well. There aren’t a lot of great small compact vehicles that give you this many features and safety and those kind of things as this. There are other options, absolutely. And that’s why again, Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals will have a whole bunch of them lined up next to this one to give you the options. But this is a great small vehicle that also gives you great luggage space. We mentioned the roof rack here, which I think gets overlooked all the time, but that ability to fold down that front seat means you can get that compact easy to drive small vehicle.

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But on those few times when you need that full size space, you’re able to full down that front seat and get the length you need. It’s also fairly comfortable. It drives quite nice and it gets decent fuel efficiency for what it is. So does that sound like something that works for you? If it does, swing them by Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals here at Fredericton, New Brunswick because like I said, you can compare this vehicle with a whole bunch of other class competitors and you’re dealing with the same salesperson over everything. So when you’re getting numbers, the numbers are competitive with the other person. There’s no tricks or games and it’s known as Canada’s huggable car dealer for a reason. They are an absolute destination store. Swing on by, and I want to thank them for giving me access to their vehicles. And again, if you have questions that I didn’t answer about this vehicle or another vehicle in the class, let me know in the comments and I’ll make a future video so I can help you out. Thanks everybody for watching.

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What Makes a Tesla Great, and Not So Great!

Hey, everybody. It’s Peter, and in this video, whether you are a seasoned Tesla fan or you have no idea what Teslas are really all about, this video is hopefully for you because we’re going to talk about why Teslas are great and why they’re not so great. And to do that, we’re going to do this here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals, where I have full access to their entire vehicle line, including the dozen Teslas that are sitting on the lot right now with more to come. We are absolutely Tesla fans here, but they’re not perfect and they’re not for everybody. And we’re going to talk about what’s great about them, what’s not so great about them to help you decide if one’s right for you. Hey, guys. I’m going to drop in here with a really quick edit. Do me a favor and if you’re interested in EVs, hit the Subscribe button.

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In this video, I’m going to talk about EVs and other EVs, but I’m never going to cover everything, whether it’s Tesla or something else. But I do want to make sure that if you guys are subscribed, that I can answer your questions and comments. So you can always ask questions and comments in the Comments Section here, and I’ll answer those as best I can in the comments. But also, I’ll make other videos about these EVs like Teslas and other EVs to make sure that you get the answers you want. I’m hoping I can earn your subscription. All right, back to the video. All right, so before we go too deep, let me just tell you a tiny bit about myself because I think it might matter with my biases. I used to work for a channel, that YouTube channel, that helped sell a whole bunch of EVs that happened to be for a couple brands in particular.

From here you can watch Peters Video or Read What he says the choice is your enjoy… this is a great review ether way…

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still work, partner anyways sometimes, with that brand on some things, and specifically with some EV stuff. I also am a fan of Tesla. I have partnered with Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals here and probably they’re letting me make these videos because they’re wanting me to help sell these cars. However, I do have full independence and I can say what I want, and I’ll tell you that Tesla doesn’t always have the best value EVs, in my opinion, but I do think they offer the best EV ownership experience and I think that really matters. We’re going to talk about that as we go through this video. Also, personally, I happen to drive a Jeep Wrangler 4xe. It is a plugin, semi-electrified plugin hybrid vehicle. I also own a Kia Soul EV. So when we talk about EV ownership experience, I’ve got some of that myself and there’s a reason that I think Tesla still offers the best, and it starts with their charging network.

Now, most people charge their EVs at home. Most of their driving, you’ve got so much range in any modern EV that all of your regular in town driving, you’re just going to charge at home. It makes the most sense to do that. But Tesla’s supercharging network is owned by Tesla, therefore it’s controlled by them. And there are issues with charging networks with other brands because it’s a free for all. Anybody can set up a charger, set up a charging network, and they can charge what they want. They can offer the speeds that they want. So even though you get to what we used to call level three chargers or a DC fast charging, you may assume a certain speed, but it could be wildly varying. It also could be out of service. There’s all kinds of issues with charging networks today in 2022 that Tesla mitigates.

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There are still speed differences in Tesla superchargers, there are issues with Tesla supercharges being down, but you don’t face that as much with a Tesla. That’s a big ownership experience thing. But if we’re going to talk about ownership experience, we should also talk about having a dealer. Now, a lot of Tesla buyers will tell you, “We don’t need the dealer network.” Okay, I understand you’ve had a bad experience with some dealers. Things happen. But there is a place for good dealer networks because sometimes when you have an issue with a Tesla and you’ve got to make a phone call, you just want someone to pick up the phone and say, “I’m going to help you.” And that’s harder to do with Tesla. However, something like my Kia Soul, I bought it in a different province than I live in now, and where I am right now, my local Kia dealer can’t service it.

It’s a problem. I’ve brought it up with them. And it is what it is. They’re not EVs certified. So sometimes EVs, you just can’t get them serviced. And Tesla deals with that, not by giving you a dealer network, but by allowing you to have diagnosis over the air. So the same way your cell phone could be checked on by Apple over the phone, this can be checked on over the air. The same way your phone has a cell signal, this has a signal. So that’s one big advantage. But the benefit of buying here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals is, with a dozen or so Tesla sitting on the lot right now, when you buy them, we can also service them here. You can call us and service them there. So you have the option of doing both. In my opinion, this is one of the best places to buy Teslas anywhere in the world, and that’s why we’re talking about it. So let’s talk in detail as we review this vehicle about the pros and cons of different EVs and why this Tesla may or may not be right for you.

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One of the things I used to do when I talked to people about EVs is I spent more time talking people out of EVs than into EVs. And really what that helped us do is find the exact buyer for this car because sometimes there’s misinformation or, in Tesla’s case, information that isn’t always true. The one issue I have with Tesla is they seem to be able to place ads, Elon Musk’s Twitter account, without all the fine print that clarifies everything. And you’ll notice that, that happens a lot. This cyber truck was supposed to come many years ago. Most of these cars were supposed to come in much less priced than they currently are. So they can do this hype machine and that’s what sticks in people’s head, and then the real car comes out and it’s sometimes a little different.


So one thing to remember is Teslas are known as the safest cars in the world, if you ask Tesla. Now, to be fair, there are many very safe cars out there, and there are many situations where this will not be the safest car in the world. First of all, if you give this to your teenager thinking it’s the safest car in the world, keep in mind, not many teenagers are used to a car that accelerates from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. Super fun, but this is one of the slower Teslas at 4.4 seconds. So safety is also the driver, of course, and 4.4 seconds, zero to 60 is something that most people are not used to doing. And the way an electric vehicle accelerates is super exhilarating, a lot of fun, but can be a danger.

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But when we talk about safety, let’s talk about some of the real life safety things. You’ve got a battery down low. Everybody copies Tesla on this. Why? Because it’s where you want the weight for both handling and safety and all kinds of things. It’s practical, you’ve got lots of space, and this car is almost impossible to keep rolled over. You can see crash tests with these where they try to roll over SUVs and it rolls over and flops back on its wheels. Now, you can roll these cars and those things can happen, but they are very, very safe and you’ve got to give Tesla credit. They are among the safest vehicles out there. One thing to keep in mind with an SUV like this, any electric car, you’re going to want winter tires driving in the winter. So 4.4 seconds zero to 60. Again, that’s the slow version.

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You also have a lot of weight, and if you know anything about physics, think of curling. Curling, they use very heavy curling rocks. Once a heavy object is sliding in motion, it stays in motion. And that’s something to keep in mind with these cars. These are very heavy cars for what they are compared to other similar sized SUVs and when they start to slide because they’re so heavy, they will stay in motion. So you want to make sure you have good tires on there because all of the fancy electronics are going to require good grip and good tires. Now, one other thing to keep in mind if you’re buying a Tesla compared to other manufacturers is Tesla “famously has no advertising budget.” Now, they do have a pretty influential social media influencer in Elon Musk and some of those things, you have to keep in mind, Elon Musk tweets are not subject to a lot of fine print the way most car ads are.

They get away with calling things full self-drive, the absolute leader in vehicles that can semi-drive by themselves. And I think that’s the one thing to remember too. A Tesla is not a car that will fully drive itself. You have to pay attention, you have to keep your eyes on the road, and you as a driver are responsible for what this car does. That being said, nobody does it better than Tesla right now. Let’s take a look inside right now. So in the title of this video, I talked about what makes Tesla great and what makes Tesla not so great. Well, one of the things that makes them great is they are really a technology company first more than a car company. Now, this inside here is my key. It’s just something that we use to keep it on the dealership. It’s just a card, it’s a credit card, and it has to be swiped up against the side of the vehicle right there to open it.

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A cool system, but the reality is you’re not going to do that. This is a technology company. You’re going to use your phone to get into the vehicle. Because my phone’s not paired to this car, I will be using the key at times, which is just a card. Another cool thing they do, aerodynamics are super important on any EV and Tesla does it among the best. All your door handles are flush in there and you have an extremely slippery surface that gives you better range. One thing to remember with any EV, it doesn’t matter if it’s Tesla or somebody else, wind is your enemy. The faster you drive, the resistance is exponentially more. So something like this that slips through the wind is important, but just keep in mind that speed will affect range and that’s why your door handles are flush. It’s not just a styling thing. It’s every little bit of efficiency matters.

All right, jumping in here. You’ll notice, if you’ve never been in a Tesla, a whole lot of nothing. You’ve got window switches. You have no door handles. What you do have is a little button. That is your button there that will pop open the door. Again, software solution over hardware solution. Some of this costs Tesla less money, and that’s part of what it is. Down here, you’ll notice a$ 100,000 car, those are your seat controls and these are your seats. One thing you’ll notice missing, if you need ventilated seats, you’re not getting that here. You have to go to another manufacturer. And that’s why I talk about, it’s not always the best value EV, but it absolutely is impressive. And what’s really impressive is right here. Now, again, if you want a traditional vehicle, a traditional looking vehicle, then this isn’t it. The Model Three and Model Y have no dash in front of you.

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All of your drive information here, when I put it in… Oh, tap the car. See, there we go. Got to get that key out of my pocket. So I’m just going to put my foot on the brake. We’ll talk about that in a second. We’re going to tap this down here and now we can drive it. So when we put it in drive, we’ll just do that right now, I should put my seatbelt on so it doesn’t beep, but there is your driving information. And let me just put my seatbelt on so we can do this properly. A lot of people really like this because as I start to drive all of your speedometer and everything else is right up there. So you can see I’m just moving a hair forward to get the speedometer to appear. It’s holding me in place, but that is your speedometer. I move slow enough that it didn’t even read one kilometer an hour. So on this car, this is what you get.

If you are into amazing software in a vehicle, that can be very impressive. If you are into a traditional vehicle, having things over there can be difficult. So, again, sometimes we have to talk people out of cars as much as we have to talk into them. This is what we’re talking about. But let’s put it in park again, and we’ll take a look here. This steering wheel is tilt and telescopic adjustable. Now, you’ll notice there are some controls here. They do various things. If we wanted to change some of that stuff, we can go over here and we can do pedals and steering and you can go into very different types of things. Oh, where are we? No, that’s not what we want. And this is where it can get confusing. There’s an example. It got confusing to me because I didn’t go to controls. The controls I want to go to is the steering right here, and sometimes when I’m talking on video, that’s hard.

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So to move the steering wheel in and out, you can do that. Now, again, for a control, I’m moving it towards me now by turning left, away from me, and sliding it up. And you can see it’s moving down like that. So, again, software solutions instead of hardware are all Tesla type things. Now, for something like this, you don’t really do it a lot. It can customize to you based on the user that you are. But it is something to keep in mind that controls are all literally all through here. Even something like opening the glove box is through here. Some people find that cool, some people don’t. Now, again, some of those controls that you don’t use a lot, I don’t mind that they’re in here. What you do have are things like autopilot. So you can really set things up. Full self-driving, visualization preview, you’ve got auto steer, which is beta. There’s all kinds of things in here, but you’ve got some of those types of things in here.

You can set the speed limit and you can set it to go just a hair over the speed limit like a lot of us drive. You can choose those kinds of things in here. Even just the display in here, you can really change things up. Vehicles with sunroofs, you can slide things open. You can open the frunk in the trunk. It’s all pretty cool in here. And if you’re looking for a Tesla, this is the kind of stuff that you want. And like I said, with service, you can just tap down here on service. There’s the owner’s manual. There’s different things, Car wash mode because if you’re going through car wash, towing, there’s all kinds of things, calibrating cameras, and there’s all kinds of other ways to have this car serviced. You’ll have tire pressure monitors in here as well. So a lot of what Tesla does here is better than anybody. But the problem is, Tesla limits themselves to only here. You have other controls that just do not exist. Is this right for you? Well, that’s up to you.

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Now, one thing I will say about Tesla is the simplicity of controls continues throughout the interior. Some people will say for the price of this car, they’re not getting enough luxury. Other people will say this minimalism is what they’re looking for and it’s pretty cool in here. You’ve got this bright white interior, which isn’t for everybody, but it’s pretty nice to me. You’ve got a big panoramic roof. Now this is a darker tint on a cloudy day, it’s harder to see through. It does not open, but it does give a really impressive view whether you’re in the front or whether you’re in the back. It’s just the entire ceiling is glass. It’s a pretty cool space. Let’s continue on with other features. Any vehicle you buy in this price class is going to have navigation, but I would argue that Tesla does it among the best. First of all, they’ve integrated their charge stations into this system here. You’ve got the full Google Maps experience so you can change the way this map looks the same way you could on Google Maps.

A pro is what they do. They’re a very good software company. A con is something like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto actually doesn’t work on Teslas. So the phone manufacturers, while they play nice with most car brands, they don’t actually play nice with Tesla. Tesla takes control themselves and if you want everything in your phone integrated like Apple CarPlay the same way on your Tesla, it’s going to be a little different experience when you go from there. Now, that being said, there’s still a lot of good software things included in here. Linking your phone works very, very well. So you’re not going to be left out in the lurch. Again, they’re a software company, but there are differences here. The other thing I want to point out is your camera system here. Now. This is a hard thing to film. You have excellent cameras here. Now, a lot of cars are giving that 360 top down view. Tesla does it slightly differently.

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They give you this large camera which is out behind me right now, that’s essentially my backup camera, and then they give me the two sort of wing mirrors there, which are at the side of the vehicle. They’re actually below the mirrors on this car that give you a good view. So when you are backing up, you have no problem seeing. You’ve got a great camera system here. What Tesla does really well is, in many of their vehicles, they allow you to use these as dash cams that can actually record, which I don’t know of any other vehicle right now that does the same thing. I might be slightly out of date, but certainly not a lot of mainstream vehicles allow you to use their camera system to do some recording. And the other thing is, if your vehicle’s parked, it can use these camera systems that can come alive and they can activate to see what’s going on around your vehicle.

One of my favorite things to do with a Tesla is making it do silly things. Now, you can make the car fart. You can make it fart when you signal. You can make it fart when you sit on a seat. And I did say fart because that’s what you can do with some of these toy box things. But I think the most fun thing is the arcade. So the arcade came along because Tesla knew you were going to be sitting around charging for a while. You might as well give people something to do. Now, Teslas are among the fastest charging vehicles out there and certainly with a reliable charge network most Tesla owners spend very little time charging compared to other brands. But something like this, oh, we’d have to install it. I was just going to play that for you. I have played this before where you use the actual steering wheel of the car and the gas and the brakes to power your little buggy there and do other kinds of things.

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It’s super fun in a Tesla. There is no way you can get in this car and say, “That’s not cool,” because it is. One of the best things that Tesla does though is probably better than even their charge network, it’s probably better than all of their silly games and fart noises that the car can make, is the ability to improve your car over time. And this is something that just other manufacturers haven’t figured out how to do exactly. They’re all trying to do it, but literally no one can improve these cars or improve their own cars as much, as drastically, and as impressively as Tesla. Let me show you how that works because it’s a super simple process. You grab the screen here and you tap the vehicle down there. You go down just like you would on a phone to software and you can see all kinds of things. Now, this one has autopilot. It’s the package included. Sometimes these things are a little extra money you have to buy, but here’s your software version.

There’s release notes. There’s all kinds of things. It’s exactly like a phone and you can connect to wifi to download it. It can do it over the air, I believe it can do it over the air, I’ve only ever done it on wifi, and it’s very simple. And you can change everything in here. You can add safety features. You can add advanced full self drive. Now, one thing to keep in mind is, if you are a Tesla owner, you have big brother watching you and that means that Tesla pays attention to what this vehicle does. As this car is driving it is gathering data and it is sending it back to Tesla. That’s one thing that some people like and I’ll tell you why you should like it, and something people don’t like. The reason to like it is every mile that every Tesla does is a data point that Tesla can use to improve things. So as it’s doing its full self-driving, it’s seeing how it reacts to various things, it’s seeing how people react to various things, and it can take that data and create a better car.

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And then Tesla is a company that pushes that data out and makes your car better because of thousands and millions of miles and thousands of other people, hundreds of thousands of other people, and their driving experience, it makes your car better. It’s a really interesting software model. It’s really something that I think makes these cars really stand out and can help you get some value out of owning something like this longer term because you don’t have something that’s immediately out of date the second a software update comes or a second the new feature comes out. Tesla’s bodies and that kind of thing have stayed the same for quite a while, but their vehicles have drastically improved and mostly in that software department. And at this point it is completely unmatched by other manufacturers.

There is one more feature on this Model Y that I really think is important because this is something else that auto manufacturers haven’t really done well yet. This is technically a seven passenger car. Now, these rear seats, they’re not that big, but the point is you can fit two in the front, three in the middle, and two more back here legally. And Tesla does one thing better than most. If you look under the seat right here, this is a super deep storage area where most manufacturers, when they stick these rear jump seats in, you lose all storage because you still need to have, whether it’s a fuel tank or an exhaust system or various things, that have to come out the back of the car. Tesla doesn’t have that, so jamming jump seats in the trunk, which are optional, you can get this just as a five passenger, but putting the jump seats in the trunk here doesn’t totally eat your storage space.

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And keep in mind, Teslas have a frunk underneath the hood. It’s even more storage space. So it’s one of those few compact SUVs that gives you tremendous storage even with all the seats up. It’s really impressive. So near the top of this video, I talked about how this probably isn’t or Tesla probably isn’t the best value EV, but they are the best ownership experience. Let me just flesh that out before we wrap this video up. For me personally, a great example is the Kia Soul EV, which was the 2020 model that we bought for our family. Frankly, it has features that you can’t get at any price on Tesla and it was affordable and it fits our lifestyle, and I didn’t have to shell out more than twice as much money for something like this in order to enjoy an EV experience. That had value to me. I also drive a Wrangler 4xe. To be fair to Tesla, they make the same class of car regardless of what it is.

And I get that a Model Three and a Model Y are different classes and a Model S and a Model X are different classes, but they’re all still luxury priced performance vehicles that don’t really perform well off-road. For instance, I can do this with my Wrangler 4xe on pure electric power. You can’t do that on any Tesla right now. So it depends on what you want. And that’s really the key when you’re looking for an electric vehicle. Understanding what they are is one thing, but understanding what you need in a vehicle is really what matters. For our family, our Kia Soul zips around town, never leaves town. It never needs a charging network and that works really well for us. If you’re driving across the country, a Tesla is going to be probably your best, most reliable charging network system vehicle out there. And that’s going to really matter.

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Now, here’s the thing, Tesla doesn’t have a dealer network, but here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals, if you buy a Tesla here, you have both the dealer network, and what that means is you have Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals, but you also have Tesla’s ability to help you over the air just about anywhere. It’s the best of both situations, especially when you consider that this is Canada’s huggable car dealer. Customer satisfaction, it’s massive here. If you’re a Tesla fan, you probably talk about how, “I don’t need a dealer,” and it’s usually related to poor dealership experiences. Good dealers can really help the ownership of an EV and that’s why I say Tesla’s EV ownership experience is fantastic, especially here at Jim Gilbert’s. And if you’re shopping for an EV, why not swing by Jim Gilbert’s? Because they don’t just sell Teslas, they’ll sell any kind of EVs. They’ve had all kinds of them in the past. Right now there’s only 12 Teslas in stock, but there will be other EVs here as well, including more Teslas.

And, finally, if you made it this far, do me a favor, hit the Subscribe button, because if you’re interested in EVs, we’re going to talk a lot more about them here. I’ll compare them, and if you have questions, you can ask me in the comments below and I’ll do my best to address them with the vehicles in future videos. Thanks, everybody, for watching.

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2022 Volkswagen Tiguan – Full Walk Around Review!

Hey everybody, it’s Peter, and today we’ve got a special one for you. We are comparing three Volkswagen Tiguans, all of them virtually new, and we’re going to go through them in depth to help you decide which one’s best for you, and here’s the best part: if I didn’t answer the questions that you want answered, just let me know in the comments below, and we’ll come back to these vehicles to make sure we make more videos and answer your questions, whether in the comment section or with extra videos. And how do we do that? Well, this is the best part: Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals here in Fredericton New Brunswick allows me to have access to their entire inventory.

These are only three of the Tiguans we have in stock right now, and if you’re looking at a small crossover, this is an amazing place to go, because not only can you compare the Volkswagens if that’s what you’re interested in, but you can use the same sales team, who are amazing; this is Canada’s huggable car dealer, but the same sales team can help you compare to all of their competitors right here on the lot. Even if you’re looking for a new vehicle, these are slightly, slightly used, but as you can see, they’re virtually brand new. 

So in this video, full review, let’s get going.

From here you can watch Peters Video or Read What he says the choice is your enjoy… this is a great review ether way…

So behind me are three 2022 Tiguans. There’s the R-Line in the center, and it is flanked by two different comfort lines; one is a seven passenger, one is a five passenger. We’re going to start by showing you what the key looks like, because it’s identical on all three, and then we’re going to show you some of the exterior things that you may want to keep in mind before we move to the interior. So let’s start with that key right now.

All three vehicles have an identical key, and they’re kind of nice. They’re just small in your pocket. You’ve got lock and unlock, of course, you’ve got powered-operated trunks on all of these, and you’ve got a remote start as well, the little panic button on the side, and again, nice compact key that fits in your pocket nice and easily. Let’s take a look at the outside of these vehicles.

So we’re going to start with this comfort line here. You’re going to notice an R here. There are two different variations of this R-Line or R-type trim. This is the lower version compared to that, and more confusing is, although this is a comfort line, so is the gray one; it’s just not that R-spec or R-Line comfort line as well. So a couple confusing things there, but just so you know, this is the higher comfort line, the midline version of the one we’re going to take a look at today, and you can see out front here you have LED headlights, but they will be different in the other vehicle.

So we’re going to show you that up front here. They are nice white lights through there, so that is the nice bright white light that you like to see in a modern vehicle, but they are different than you’ll see in the other vehicle. So you’ve got parking sensors down there out front. You’re going to notice a difference as we move over to the top line trim over here, which still has the parking sensors here. A little different look to the grill as well; just slightly different. A little bit extra sort of chrome outlines there, but here is that headlight difference.

You’ve got a different sort of daytime running light type look, and you’ve got what’s called projector beam headlights. They are LED as well. So what is the benefit of going to projector beam over just the regular LED? Generally speaking, these are a little more precise, a little more sharp cutoff, like I said, a little more precision there. They are better, but both are very, very good, and if you’re coming from an older vehicle that does not have LED lights, both of these vehicles are going to give you a much upgraded look.

Coming over here, you see that the look sort of tones down a little bit. You don’t have that sort of black piano, black accent around here; you have more a plastic-y type black. You still have the parking sensors in the front, you still have the LED lights there, and a whole lot of sort the same. One thing I didn’t point out is you’re going to notice a camera in the bumper out front here, and that camera allows this vehicle to have that 360 style camera, so that bird’s eye view style camera in this. All three have extra large sunroofs in these.

Let’s go to the trunk as well, because we’re going to show you a couple differences here. This one in particular is something I want to show you. Well, it’s easier to show you on this vehicle. So let me just show you the Tiguan. Oh, boy, where is it? There, right in the center. Again, power trunk there. So this is what the traditional trunk would look like in all of these vehicles. This one here has the under floor storage, but really it’s a full diameter spare. So it is a sort of space saving spare, but it allows the full diameter of the wheel, which is nice to have.

The thing I really like back here is you have the 40/20/40 split. That makes a difference, because you could throw hockey sticks down here. The other thing I like is because this is removable and stowable under the floor, you could fold just the center seat down and maybe have a dog back here, and allow that dog to look through, and if you do have a dog, hey, check out this one here. You can get a little accessory here. Again, power trunk. Again, there’s a little MuddyBuddy that works great with your dog there as well.

So again, even on the higher end trim, basically the same trunk here, so a 40/20/40 split, but here is the difference that you’re going to see when you move up to the seven passenger model: you have a little bit of a bump here, and again, they’re storing that cargo cover underneath this bump. You can sort of see it in there. And then you have two little jump seats. Now let’s be fair, these are not full-time seats for adults, but if you had to take someone, you could. Those seats can move a little bit forward. You still have the 40/20/40 split there.

These, of course, fold flat into the floor, and you have the option, in a Tiguan, which is a smaller crossover, to take seven people in a pinch, to take a couple extra kids, to throw people back there. It just gives you the option on short trips to take a couple extra people. I think that’s super handy. The other thing we’re going to point out back here, this one has black trim around an artificial exhaust, and I say artificial because there’s just nothing there. It is a black panel.

This one, the same sort of idea here. Oops, come on, camera. There we go. Black trim there, but you have the chrome type look, and this one over here is a simple black plastic. So a little difference as well. The reflectors don’t run straight across; they do on these two models right there. Let’s start talking powertrain on these vehicles, and when we do that, we’ll also mention towing ability.

Obviously, the powertrain in any vehicle is important. All of these share a powertrain. Now there’s a couple things that are important. It’s 184 horsepower, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but it has 221 foot pounds of torque, which is pretty good, and the bigger thing is that torque is available from 1600 RPMs. So that is a low rev range to have maximum power. Torque is the power you feel, it’s what gives you that grunt to pull, and that means that these smaller crossovers can tow about 1500 pounds, which means if you want something like a jet ski, or something like that, you could tow that behind this without a whole lot of difficulty. Now let’s dive in the vehicle and see what we’ve got in there.

Jumping in, we’re going to go in the top spec version, and you’ve got some nice things here, like the fender audio system; those are the tweeters in the doors there. You’ve got some nice stitching down here, wood look trim; of course, almost no wood is real wood these days, it’s all plastic, but it looks quite nice. And down here, you have the typical power seats, and also the memory seats.

Now, one thing about Volkswagens is they feel different to drive and to sit in than any other vehicle on the road. They’re different than Japanese cars, they’re different than American cars. There’s a feeling to the seats that is consistent among Volkswagen Golfs, and Jettas, and vehicles for years; they manage this consistent feel, and it’s really comfortable in this vehicle. This one has a screen out front, a screen in the center. We’re going to show you what those are all about right now.

All right, when you jump in, you get a welcome screen here. It disappeared because I’ve been sitting in the car just to get set up here. Now I start the car, everything starts up, and, let me just turn the radio down, which is excellent stereo system, by the way, you’ve got a nice system. So steering wheel heating is automatically coming on. That’s the way this car has been set up. You can do that. Again, it looks like the typical gauges that you would see in the older Volkswagens that had traditional gauges; very similar font, very similar style, very German feel, but you’ll notice it says, “Starting navigation,” and this is what they do really, really well.”No position data,”? There we go. So you really have a really good mapping system here, instead of having to use it over here, which allows you to use this full screen for radio, entertainment, all kinds of other things. Of course, you can move things around where you want them, but Volkswagen is one of the best for giving you that full information in there. You’re seeing a little bit of flicker; that’s just a shutter speed between my camera and these screens. They don’t flicker in real life. They are crystal clear. Very good precision in here.

Obviously, the powertrain in any vehicle is important. All of these share a powertrain. Now there’s a couple things that are important. It’s 184 horsepower, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but it has 221 foot pounds of torque, which is pretty good, and the bigger thing is that torque is available from 1600 RPMs. So that is a low rev range to have maximum power. Torque is the power you feel, it’s what gives you that grunt to pull, and that means that these smaller crossovers can tow about 1500 pounds, which means if you want something like a jet ski, or something like that, you could tow that behind this without a whole lot of difficulty. Now let’s dive in the vehicle and see what we’ve got in there.

Jumping in, we’re going to go in the top spec version, and you’ve got some nice things here, like the fender audio system; those are the tweeters in the doors there. You’ve got some nice stitching down here, wood look trim; of course, almost no wood is real wood these days, it’s all plastic, but it looks quite nice. And down here, you have the typical power seats, and also the memory seats.

Now, one thing about Volkswagens is they feel different to drive and to sit in than any other vehicle on the road. They’re different than Japanese cars, they’re different than American cars. There’s a feeling to the seats that is consistent among Volkswagen Golfs, and Jettas, and vehicles for years; they manage this consistent feel, and it’s really comfortable in this vehicle. This one has a screen out front, a screen in the center. We’re going to show you what those are all about right now.

All right, when you jump in, you get a welcome screen here. It disappeared because I’ve been sitting in the car just to get set up here. Now I start the car, everything starts up, and, let me just turn the radio down, which is excellent stereo system, by the way, you’ve got a nice system. So steering wheel heating is automatically coming on. That’s the way this car has been set up. You can do that. Again, it looks like the typical gauges that you would see in the older Volkswagens that had traditional gauges; very similar font, very similar style, very German feel, but you’ll notice it says, “Starting navigation,” and this is what they do really, really well.”No position data,”? There we go. So you really have a really good mapping system here, instead of having to use it over here, which allows you to use this full screen for radio, entertainment, all kinds of other things. Of course, you can move things around where you want them, but Volkswagen is one of the best for giving you that full information in there. You’re seeing a little bit of flicker; that’s just a shutter speed between my camera and these screens. They don’t flicker in real life. They are crystal clear. Very good precision in here.

If you turn the wheel, you can see that the green and red stay fine. It is warning me that the other vehicles are quite close to me; that’s why you may hear some beeping. You may not, but that’s why also that yellow is there as well, and you’ll see as I turn the wheel, that’s when it starts beeping to warn me that this little orange area is a danger area for me going straight, if I can go straight enough. Anyways, if I go straight enough, it will stop. I am just very close to those vehicles. So yeah, there we go. It just stopped right now.

So you can see it only warns you if something’s in your path, otherwise it’s going to let you do your thing, and I think that works very well. Coming down here, typical stuff, you’ve got drive modes, you’ve got electronic parking brake, you’ve got simple modes. Let’s see what they say in the dash here. Snow mode is that one. Of course this one is called normal. This one is called off-road. Yeah, you’re not going too far off road with this one, and this one’s off-road custom, so you can change those settings around and play with that as well. So we’re just going to keep that in normal. Cup holders down here. Let’s flip the camera around and show you what it looks like from my perspective.

All right, I guess it’s not really my perspective, but all three of these vehicles have the panoramic sunroof, which is really nice. They’ve got a nice thin bar in the center, so it’s all glass; it’s excellent. Overall headroom, of course, I can move my seat up or down. You’ve got good space here. We’re going to jump in the back seat of it. Oh, sorry. Yeah, the back seat of this one, but not the third row seat. I’m not doing that for video. You’re going to have to do that on your own, but yeah, you can move this seat forward, back, up, down.

So I’m going to leave it where it’s comfortable for me right now. Again, the seating positions here, excellent in this car. You can raise and lower it. It’s a very supportive seat; a little firmer feel, a little German-type feel, so if you’re familiar with Volkswagens, that’s what you’re getting here. Very good feel, and again, it’s really identical through all three vehicles, the feeling. So now let’s check out the back seat.

All right, similar camera view, but you’re going to see that there is a ton of space back here. So the Tiguan has been lengthened for this generation. That gives you extra space back here, it allows you to have a third row in some vehicles if you want, and overall headroom is excellent. Of course, the seats can be tilted and moved. One thing that I find interesting is sometimes when they have a third row, they only make the middle row move forward if there’s a third row to give you more leg room back there. What I like is when you look at me right now, I have no need for this foot of space between me and a six foot driver when I was just sitting in that seat in that position. So I can move this seat, I’ll try to do it smoothly, all the way forward here.

If you turn the wheel, you can see that the green and red stay fine. It is warning me that the other vehicles are quite close to me; that’s why you may hear some beeping. You may not, but that’s why also that yellow is there as well, and you’ll see as I turn the wheel, that’s when it starts beeping to warn me that this little orange area is a danger area for me going straight, if I can go straight enough. Anyways, if I go straight enough, it will stop. I am just very close to those vehicles. So yeah, there we go. It just stopped right now.

So you can see it only warns you if something’s in your path, otherwise it’s going to let you do your thing, and I think that works very well. Coming down here, typical stuff, you’ve got drive modes, you’ve got electronic parking brake, you’ve got simple modes. Let’s see what they say in the dash here. Snow mode is that one. Of course this one is called normal. This one is called off-road. Yeah, you’re not going too far off road with this one, and this one’s off-road custom, so you can change those settings around and play with that as well. So we’re just going to keep that in normal. Cup holders down here. Let’s flip the camera around and show you what it looks like from my perspective.

All right, I guess it’s not really my perspective, but all three of these vehicles have the panoramic sunroof, which is really nice. They’ve got a nice thin bar in the center, so it’s all glass; it’s excellent. Overall headroom, of course, I can move my seat up or down. You’ve got good space here. We’re going to jump in the back seat of it. Oh, sorry. Yeah, the back seat of this one, but not the third row seat. I’m not doing that for video. You’re going to have to do that on your own, but yeah, you can move this seat forward, back, up, down.

So I’m going to leave it where it’s comfortable for me right now. Again, the seating positions here, excellent in this car. You can raise and lower it. It’s a very supportive seat; a little firmer feel, a little German-type feel, so if you’re familiar with Volkswagens, that’s what you’re getting here. Very good feel, and again, it’s really identical through all three vehicles, the feeling. So now let’s check out the back seat.

All right, similar camera view, but you’re going to see that there is a ton of space back here. So the Tiguan has been lengthened for this generation. That gives you extra space back here, it allows you to have a third row in some vehicles if you want, and overall headroom is excellent. Of course, the seats can be tilted and moved. One thing that I find interesting is sometimes when they have a third row, they only make the middle row move forward if there’s a third row to give you more leg room back there. What I like is when you look at me right now, I have no need for this foot of space between me and a six foot driver when I was just sitting in that seat in that position. So I can move this seat, I’ll try to do it smoothly, all the way forward here.

So I’ve just moved the seat, I don’t know if you can see, but a significant way, probably eight inches or more forward, and you can see my knees still have, this is typical small crossover space, maybe compact crossover at that point, but I still have all the space I need. I’ve created extra luggage space, which is really nice. So you can really kind of make this work. It’s kind of a vehicle that competes above its class. Even though it’s still a smaller crossover, it competes well above its class. So I’m going to move back a little bit. Actually, I’m going to go all the way back there, and now I’m going to show you just a couple controls here, and we’ll move through.

All right, the vehicle is off, but you do have the vents back here, which you can control how much fan speed is coming through, which is nice and easy. You do have the heated seats back here. It’s touch capacitive as well, so no buttons, and a USBC port along with a 12 volt port that is quite sticky, actually, to get that open. So you’ve got that, and one thing I do like is they do things right here. You’ve got a pocket in the back of this seat here and in the passenger seat.

A lot of the time in modern vehicles, they forget to put it on the driver’s side, and let’s be honest, we’re not putting map books back here anymore; we’re putting the kids’ stuff and all that kind of stuff. So just good to have that symmetry there. Bottle holders in the door as well as in the armrest here, which, of course, that armrest can pop up and that center piece of the seat can fold down. The third, the, remember the 40/20/40 split. All right, let’s go take a look outside.

I want to point out a couple differences here. The comfort line has the black style roof racks. They are the same style in each vehicle, but of course, you do have the more chromed look or metallic type look on the vehicle that we were just sitting in. You also have three different wheels available in these three vehicles. So these are 18 inch gun metal gray, dark gray. These ones here are 20 inch, so skipping an inch there, and of course you’ve got that black and silver detail there, so there’s quite a bit of black in there as well.

And then as you move over here, you’ve got the in betweeners, the 19 inchers, and they are, of course, blacked out as well. They look pretty sharp in person. I got to admit, black wheels do not film well at all, but they look pretty sharp in person. So some subtle differences again, that when you get that R line or that R spec, whether it’s a comfort line or the top end version, you do get the black accents there on the door. They show up a little bit better on the blue paint over here. So you do have some similar styling details there when you spec it out like that. But there Are differences for sure. It doesn’t look identical in the different trim lines there. So which one of these vehicles is best for you? Maybe you want to see more of a two comfort line packages. The interior of those. Let me know in the comments below if you want me to do a full review of those, and if you are looking for a small crossover, we’ve got all kinds from all kinds of brands. So that makes my job easy to try to help you with your shopping.

If you have a vehicle that you want to see on video, let me know when the comments and I’ll try to get that on video. And of course, if you’re shopping for one of these vehicles, why go just to the Volkswagen dealer when you can see the three Volkswagens here and there’s another 2019 Tiguan over there and there’s everything in its class pretty much sitting here on the lot, you could talk to the same salesperson.

So when you compare numbers, you know you’re getting apples to apples comparisons. You’re coming to Canada’s huggable car dealer. They are absolutely laser focused on treating their customers well, and I can tell you that comes with treating their employees well. I’m not even an employee, and they treat me like I’m family, and it’s just an awesome place to be. So I want to thank Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals for allowing me access to their vehicles, and if you have an interest in some of these vehicles, subscribe to our channel. Let me know what you want to see and we’ll continue to grow our channel to try to make sure we get the answers that you’re looking for. Thanks everybody for watching.

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Our Subaru Crosstrek is quietly becoming a bestseller! In-depth Review!

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Hey, everybody. It’s Peter and this is a Subaru Crosstrek, a car that is quickly becoming pretty close to a best seller. It’s hit some top 10 list in the past few months in various best selling markets. It has become a car that has been the least amount of time on dealer lots at times, and it is becoming quite popular, which is very impressive for a manufacturer that doesn’t have dealers in every single town across every single country in North America.

        So we’re going to go in depth with this car, talk about why I think it’s so great and why I also think it’s so popular. So before we begin, we got to thank Jim Gilbert’s Wheels & Deals. They’re giving us access to their complete line of vehicles and we get to go through these cars in detail.

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Let me know in the comments what you want to know if I don’t answer it in this video. But let’s get going with what we can answer in this video. First of all, we have a little bit of a lower spec vehicle, not a entry level vehicle, but this is the convenience package, which still looks like a upper class vehicle outside.

   It’s a manual transmission. It doesn’t have some of this safety items that the Subarus have, but it’s still very popular. And when you look at it from the outside, it really does look like a higher end small Crossover. So what is this vehicle? First of all, we all know it starts as the Impreza. They jack it up a little bit and it becomes a Crossover.
We call it the Crosstrek. So it is an economy car with all-wheel drive, slightly raised suspension. And here in New Brunswick, that’s a great combination because we have all kinds of roads that are maybe less than ideal. We also have a lot of gravel roads where you can head down there and with lots of potholes and that kind of thing and find a lot of beautiful scenery, especially here in the fall.

But what you end up with is a car that is simple, works well and is designed for the environment that a lot of people use it for. So let’s dig in depth with this car to look at the details that make it good. So let’s start with kind of the obvious styling detail in this car. All of this plastic cladding. Now it doesn’t matter the trim you get.

Generally speaking, you’re going to have large bits of plastic cladding here. And the reason Subaru does that is because these are high areas of impact with things like gravel or dirt or those kind of things. And when you take a vehicle like this off road or at least off the main roads, you’re going to run into debris that shoots up.

If you’ve ever been to a campground, you’ll see an extremely high percentage of Subarus compared to other places where you drive. And that’s partly because the marketing and the vehicles are designed to appeal to people who go outdoors and do outdoors type things. And this panel here is far more than just styling.

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It allows those high impact areas when you head down those less than ideal roads to be protected, to have paint protected. And you’ll see the same thing out front. This again, lower spec model, no fog lights there, but they still have that sort of durable plastic.

The other thing you’re going to see here with these Crosstrek is these are 17 inch rims, which means here to there is 17 inch. On most cars in this class, you get to an area where the sidewall is what they call 50 series sidewall. So it’s 225/60R17. And a lot of times it’s 50 something. What that means is that 60 is 60% of the tire’s width is here in the side wall as well.

So 60%, if I was to take that kind of go over there, that means that you have a taller side wall than a lot of other cars in this class, which is great when you’re going on less than ideal roads, lots of potholes, that kind of thing. You don’t end up with those pinch flats. And although we all like real big rims and real skinny tires, they’re not ideal for going under rough roads.

And for an economy car, small Crossover, these are pretty good size tires both in width and in sidewall to make sure that you can go on roads that are less than ideal. The types of people who go down roads that are less than ideal are the types of people who take things like canoes and mountain bikes and all kinds of things.

And then what’s nice about this is you have a really good roof rack. It’s raised well from the roof, which means when you put your crossbars on, you’ve got space underneath to tighten those various items, whether you’re carrying skis, whether you’re carrying mountain bikes, canoes, kayaks, whatever it is, having roof racks that are slightly raised gives you a little bit more space to attach the attachments that will carry your gear.

You can also put a hitch on this car, carry hitch rack things. But the nice thing with this is again, this is essentially a small Crossover built on an economy car and that means that these rails are not that high. Most Crossovers, the roof sits about here, the rails are even higher and it’s very difficult to get your gear not only just on the roof but strapped down if it’s something like a kayak or a canoe or even just attached if it’s something like a bike rack.

So this gives you a great solid mounting point to put them on. And it makes, even though these are taller rails from the car, they’re still relatively low overall so you can reach your gear and it makes perfect sense for usability. Heading to the back end of the car, you still have things that make a lot of sense. First of all, you’d never guess this is a lower spec model.

You’ve got detailed lighting in here, you’ve got nice sort of jewelry on the car with all the symmetrical all-wheel drive labeling, everything else like that. You’ve got a rear wiper, you’ve got tinted windows, which you don’t always see on every lower spec vehicle. Of course, the back up camera is now required by law.

But even down here you’ve got this painted sort of diffuser type looking thing with again, these durable plastics where you might brush against things like if you’re backing up in a campground, trees, sharper objects, sharper thorns, that kind of thing. Instead of scratching your paint, you’ve got this non painted surface.

So again, well thought out and good ground clearance here as well. So you can park up close to various things. Underneath here, not a powered trunk. And that’s totally fine. You’ve got a good size trunk. And not a lot of wheel well intrusion in here. You’ve got some lighting in here. There are places down here where you can use to tie down a cargo net or various other things.

And of course, the seats fold down. So in car terms we call this a hatchback. In SUVs, it’s this is an SUV. Right? That’s why we do these big things. So you’ve got a lot of space in there for all of your cargo. Underneath the floor there is very tiny bits of space, but mostly just a spare tire underneath there. So you could put a few things down there, but mostly you’re looking on top of the floor right here.

So as we take a closer look at the trunk, we talked about sort of these tie downs, but why are they important? Again, this is Subaru understanding their market. They’ve got a tie down spot up here, they’ve got tie down spot down there. They’ve got one over here. You can use of course the child latch areas down there as well.

And the idea is you can put a net back here, you could put things on the floor, you could tie things down in many different ways. And that matters for people who are going on roads that are less than ideal. If you’re going outdoors, off-road, you’re probably going to want to take some friends. And if you get a Subaru Crosstrek, you’re going to have plenty of space in here.

So space above my head, I’ve got easily three, four fingers above my head. I’m about six feet tall. This seat is set to where I would use to drive this car and I’ve got tons of space. For a compact car that’s raised up on the suspension, this easily has SUV type space back here and it’s quite comfortable.

You’ll also notice that there’s wide opening doors and that’s great because if you’re fitting child seats in here or just loading your gear in here, it makes it very easy to get in and out. Now again, in this lower trim model, not a lot of things. They do one thing wrong with me, there should be a pocket here.

There’s only a pocket on the right side there. There’s no vents back here, no ports back here. So again, lower spec car, you’re getting a few less things than maybe you could in higher spec cars. Cloth seats are very nice, they’re supportive, they have fairly durable fabrics as well and I think that matters to a person like me who might be dragging a cooler off of his seat or something like that.

But again, very comfortable backseat, very usable backseat. And again, this is why this vehicle’s selling. It just makes sense in a lot of different areas. As we head towards the driver seat, I want to show you the key first of all. Again, simplicity is the key here on these lower trim models.

You have a key, but you also have the remote built into the key. So unlock, lock, pop the trunk, which is really just release the trunk and a panic button all built into a key. Simple, simple stuff. So you do need to use the key in this trim level because of what we have.

But again, you have that remote right there. Jumping in here, there’s your adjustments here. So you’ve got some height adjustment there using that lever there. Of course, forward and back. And cloth seats that are very supportive. This one happens to be a manual transmission.

You can get an automatic transmission. The automatic is slightly more efficient, the manuals are going to be a little bit more fun. The other thing to keep in note is that the standard transmission, the enthusiasts kind of like for the way it divvies up the all-wheel drive system, but the automatic has a little bit more of an advanced all-wheel drive system.

Both are going to be excellent in poor weather, which is really what they’re designed for overall. Jumping in before we go too far, let’s just show you the windows here. They are automatic windows, so auto down and auto up, not just auto down. And again, a little bit lower spec vehicle, that’s nice to have. A carbon fiber type looking plastic here. So just gives you a little bit of detail there.

And down here, even though it’s not the highest spec, you do have nice soft arm rests to rest your arms as you jump in. Now let’s go in here. We’ll start up the car. As we dive in here, again, this is a little awkward here because I’ve got the camera in my right hand, so we’re going to have the key in my left hand, if I can get it in.

There we go. Clutch in, start it up, and what do you see? Not a whole lot of electronics or anything else in here. Simple, simple stuff, which again, I think appeals. Now you’ll notice that this trip computer here is pretty basic. You’re going to see some flickering here on the camera. That doesn’t happen in real life.

What that is that’s just the shutter speed of the camera interacting with there. You do notice it’s running a little bit high, it’s revving a little bit higher. That’s because the engine is not warmed up. It is warming itself up. And that’s one thing to keep in mind with Subarus.

The other thing with Subarus, we’ll talk about the boxer engine in a second. But let’s first deal with a very simple display here, which has a button down here, which you can adjust it there. All that does is trip A, trip B and that’s it. It’s shows you the total mileage, about 14,000 kilometers on this car.

But over here you have a more advanced display. And that is where it really comes in handy. Oops. We can try to get the focus right there. You can see a lot of different things on there. So we can switch through some of that information by doing this over here. Right side. Oh boy, we’re having really some trouble focusing there. So we got rid of that.

We got 500 kilometers, five or 10 kilometers empty, 12.6 liters for a hundred kilometers. Again, dealership cars, you should never look at the mileage because people do what I do. They sit here and idle in them all the time. You can see that your air conditioning’s on on the bottom there. Set to 25 and a half degrees, which is pretty hot.

It is an automatic climate control system in this car. So let’s just keep turning that down. Boy, we’re really having trouble with the focus on that style of screen. Coming down here there is your automatic climate control. So again, you hit the auto button, you’ve got within your line of sight the temperature up there, which again, 22. Again, harder to film. I’m having no trouble showing it in real life, but it’s having trouble focusing there.

And then again, you’ve got a nice little display screen here. If we hit the… Let’s hit apps and you can sort of see what you’ve got. So Aha, really not sure what that does here in Canada. Somebody can tell me for sure. It’s something you’re probably never going to use. But you do have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Again, having some trouble showing with the glare here, not having any issues in real life. So we’ll just brighten that up a little bit there. And as you can see, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay are right there. Going to the radio, basic type stuff. Gives you the information that you need.

And then if we throw the car into reverse, which again, manual transmission we can do here for a second. You do have the guidelines that keep you straight and the guidelines that curve with you. So I think that’s nice to have. Again, lower spec car, that’s what you’ve got going on.

So taking a look at one more thing, this lower spec car as we call, I’m going to go wide angle for a second here. Let’s take it out of reverse so I don’t accidentally slip the clutch. As we go a little bit wide angle, you can sort of see your view here. One of the things is you’ll see is first of all you’ve got this rubber urethane style steering wheel. I like those.

If you’re an outdoorsy kind of person, you don’t scratch the leather with your ring or anything else or you don’t get it so dirty. It’s easier to clean. One thing with Subarus, and it’s hard to show here, but I’ll try to show you on this wide angle camera. The visibility in these cars is excellent.

You’ve got the extra little window in the front there in addition to the side window, the mirror’s out on wing mirror so they really don’t block your view very much. And even on the back here, very, very good visibility. It’s again, harder to show on camera. But one of the things that again, Subaru thinks about is visibility.

Those mirrors, they are heated mirrors as well. They turn on with your reader frost. So you’ve got nice ability to clear that snow off. And then let’s talk about the engine in this car. The engine in the Crosstrek is actually really unique. It’s what allows them to have what they call symmetrical all-wheel drive. Without getting too technical, the engine is called a boxer engine.

The only other manufacturer that really uses that on a regular basis is Porsche. One of the things it does is it keeps the center of gravity very, very low. And that means you can raise up this car from the regular Impreza, for instance, the regular car. The Crosstrek is just a raised up Impreza for all intents and purposes.

But you can raise up this car and still keep a very low center of gravity. And it also has very good suspension travel. Because of that symmetrical all-wheel drive, it allows the drive shaft to go down the center of the car, which a lot of cars they have to sort of bridge it off to one side or the other at front or rear.

And that means that you have the ability to have less long arms on your suspension. Basically, you still have a car that feels like a car to drive, gives you good suspension travel, gives you a low center of gravity like a car, but it’s very, very comfortable. That’s one of the big benefits of Subarus.

So when you drive them, even though you have that extra ground clearance, you don’t feel like it’s top heavy in any way. And that’s one of the things it does really, really well on this car. Want to talk really briefly about the manual transmission that comes standard in this car. And of course, you can get automatics in these vehicles as well.

The automatic is a CVT. CVTs are excellent for fuel efficiency. It also allows the Subaru computers to have a little bit more control over your all-wheel drive system. But the manual is fun and it’s really hard to get a Crossover with a manual transmission. This is a six speed manual transmission. Makes it all kinds of fun to drive in the winter, in the summer, whatever you want.

So again, you still have the option to get a manual in this car and that makes a lot of sense to me. So I mentioned the seat fabric before, but I want to show you sort of the design of the seat. Again, lower trim spec vehicle. You still have big supportive shoulder bolsters here, big decent sized bolsters there and there.

So those are going to hold you in place going around corners. And again, the fabric is very durable, but you also have adjustments that other vehicles don’t have. And it looks kind of funny when you adjust it out of position on the camera here, but you’ve got several clicks there.

So you can set that headrest forward and bring it right to where you want it. And again, on the angle looks weird, but you can set that up to fit your head so that it catches you exactly where you are and tilt it back. Not a lot of headrests have that extra adjustment of the tilt forward. But again, Subaru thinks about your comfort in these vehicles.

So we started off the video by talking about this becoming a best selling vehicle, a quick moving vehicle as far as getting off dealer lots. So let’s recap again about a couple things that make a difference. First of all, no matter what the trim level is, you’ve got fairly consistent styling.

You’ve got the raised ground clearance here, but an engine that gives you a lower center of gravity, long travel suspension with an all-wheel drive system that works very well in all weather situations. So not so much a Jeep Wrangler off-roading system, but an all weather system that works well on many off-road situations.

You’ve got a tall roof rack raised from the vehicle to allow you to put accessories on easily, but also a low overall roof height, which allows you to take your gear along. Great size in your back seat, comfortable front seats, decent trunk space, and fairly good economy as well as a vehicle that’s easy to see out of and easy to park.

Now is this vehicle right for you? Maybe it is, maybe it’s not. And that’s one of the best things about being able to be here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels & Deals, you can compare this vehicle alongside with most of its competitors right here on our lot, talking to the same sales person.

So you’re getting numbers that are in the same context and having people that care about you. They call this Canada’s Huggable Car Dealer. They do that for a reason, it is an absolute amazing place to shop to buy a car. And I want to thank them for giving me access.

If you have questions about this vehicle or any vehicle in this class, let me know in the comments below and we’ll get that vehicle on video and answers to your questions about these vehicles on video so that you can know more and you can have a better shopping experience. Thanks everybody for watching.

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2021 Chevrolet Silverado, RST package with the Duramax Diesel, in depth review…

Hey everybody, it’s Peter. This is a 2021 Chevrolet Silverado. It’s an RST package with the Duramax diesel. And I think this is a perfectly equipped truck, and I mean that because trucks can get very, very expensive when you start checking option boxes. And I think this one is really, really well equipped. So stay with me if you want to see some of the options that I think are high value options that a lot of people like that will make your truck have high value to others, but also not be so high value that it gets crazy expensive.


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So first of all, if you want to see more truck reviews or more trucks in general, we have a complete line of nearly new full-size pickup trucks, mid-size pickup trucks, always here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals. And I have full access to their complete vehicle line. And I will review whatever vehicle you want. I will compare different types of vehicles, especially different kinds of pickups. So if you want to see comparisons between this truck, other trucks, similar trucks, subscribe to my channel. Let me know in the comments the kinds of things you want to see in some truck reviews. And we’ll show you. This is just going to be a walk around, not so much a driving video, but I think it’ll show you some of the things that other videos don’t show you. So thanks to Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals for giving me access. Let’s get into this review. 


So first of all, Duramax diesel, Z71 sort of suspension package. Let’s talk about some of these things that I really like on this truck from the outside. All right, the first thing I want to point out is obviously this Duramax engine. It is running right now and I’m wearing a microphone, which is almost as close to the front grill as it is to my voice. And you can hear it, but you can’t really hear it loudly. This is a very quiet engine and what I like about it as a perfectly equipped truck, and this may not be right for you because again, diesels aren’t right for everyone, but this gives you 460 foot pounds of torque while also giving you great efficiency so you don’t have to go with a weak engine to get efficiency. You can go with lots of torque, lots of power. It’s about 277 horsepower as well. So horsepower matters a little bit less into something like a diesel engine with all of that torque, all of that pulling power. 

So the other thing I like out here, front LED lights, you can see front LED lights, it does have fog lights as well. And down really low here you’ve got the tow hooks. To me, a truck should have tow hooks. It’s the kind of vehicle that can pull things out of areas where they might be stuck. You’ve got all-wheel drive, four wheel drive, we’ll talk about all-wheel drive and four wheel drive in a second, but you should have tow hooks, LED lights, all that makes it safe, makes it fun, makes it practical as well. Let’s take a look at the side to get us point out something with the wheels that I think a lot of people don’t pay enough attention to.

All right, wheel and tire package here, these are 20 inch rims. So they are big rims, but they still have enough sidewall for if you’re going off road. To me, a truck that has too big of a rim and too small of a sidewall stops being useful as a truck in some ways. And the other thing you’re going to notice with certain trucks, this one is the Bridgestone Dueler tire. The brand doesn’t matter too much, but it still has enough tread to be capable off road. And to me, if you’re going to get a truck, you’re going to be heading places where you’re not always on the road. You want some grip and to have a truck with a little bit of a sidewall and a little bit of an offroad tread I think matters on a truck. This one comes with that and I think that’s great.

Now if we’re talking about the business end of the truck, I think we got to recognize that Chevy does a pretty good job with their fancy tailgates, but if we’re talking about equipping a vehicle of particular value, I don’t know that you need their multiflex kind of crazy tailgate. I like it. I’m not saying I don’t, and I’m not saying if budget was no matter, that’s what you should get. But this one with the plain tailgate is pretty practical. You can double tap it here. It is a soft open, soft close so it’s light and easy to do. And you can notice the steps right here. Chevy includes those anyways, so you already have a step into the tailgate and the little post right here, it’s kind of carved out for your fingers so you can step around and step into your tailgate and out of your tailgate, no problem, even without that fancy multiflex type tailgate.

Let’s take a look in the bed and see a couple things as well. So to me, not every truck needs a full tonneau cover. In fact, I like having an open truck bed, when I’ve owned a truck in the past I’ve never had a tonneau cover and it’s worked well for me. Actually, I shouldn’t say that, one truck did, one truck didn’t. But having the open tonneau cover, I think, open bed makes sense. You’ve got the plastic rails up here. You’ve got the spray-in bed liner and GM gives you one, two, three hooks right there that are standard. But you have all of these little plugs right here, which you can get GM accessories to plug into there and have all the tiedowns that you need. 

There’s a lot of trucks with the fancy rails, but you may know what you want to tie down. And if you needed a tie down right here, there’s lots of spaces throughout the truck, you could put the tie down exactly where you want them and you can even move them around. Take it out of here, put it into here, depending on what you’ve got. So you’ve got options to tie down your cargo with an open bed, like we mentioned, the spray-in bed liner’s nice. You also have lights in the back here. If you did put the tonneau cover up here, it is nice to have those lights down there. You’ve also got, of course the light behind me sort of in that brake light assembly there as well. But these are nice. If you do have covered cargo, you can see within that bed there.

If you’ve got 460 foot pounds of torque, of course you’re going to want a hitch there. This one has it, and you want the four pin and the seven pin wiring. That’s kind of standard stuff. But there’s one thing inside that’s not always standard. Let’s show you that right now. What you’re looking at right now is the factory trailer brake controller. You can pinch that of course to sort of set your brake and set it up and then plus minus right down there, you can add accessory trailer brake controllers anywhere. The reason I think the factory one is good is if you’re towing something like an RV, you may not be in your hometown at your local dealer. The thing is, if there’s ever a problem with your trailer brake controller, you’re done. Whereas if you go to a GM dealer, you can get the part shipped anywhere and even if you’re in the middle of nowhere, there’s usually a Chev dealer that can help you out. So you’ve got a factory built in, it’s cleaner looking, it’s nicer, and if there’s ever an issue, it’s a standard GM part that they can get to you just like they could any other GM part.

So let’s jump outside again, show you as we walk into the truck, some of the interior features that I really like that make this truck really perfectly equipped. So if I’m speccing out a truck, I’m speccing it with cloth seats. Now I know a lot of people like leather, but leather’s not super cheap. I do want good comfortable seats that are power adjustable because then I can get really fine tuned adjustment of exactly the way I want and this one has that. So cloth seats to me I think is a good value equation. All right, let’s take a look here.

Drive modes of course are here. You’ve got trailer tow mode and all the other drive modes. Let’s just flip through some of them here. So we’re going to go to, we’ve got normal, sport, off road, and that’s it. Normal, sport, and offroad. And then we’ve got that trailer towing mode which we can go the other way for as well. So there we go. We’ll leave it in, actually, we’ll leave it in the normal mode. There we go. So like that there.

You’ve also got some nice controls here. We’re going to zoom in a little bit, probably super close. These are your four wheel drive modes. Now you can go four high, four low and two wheel drive. One thing people forget is if you’re driving through snow, you don’t really want four high. That’s more of an offroad mode that locks the axles together. You want an auto mode. This basically gives you an all-wheel drive function, a lot like a typical all-wheel drive SUV where it allows you to go around corners without binding the drive system there. So you’ve got an auto system for the snow, you’ve got a four-wheel drive, high and low system for going off road, and I think that is perfectly well equipped.

Coming down here again, there’s your headlight controls. The only thing I don’t like about your headlight controls is they are the same as your drive modes. And I just feel like that should be a different switch, although you can see it, it’s pretty clear. All right, it’s getting hot in here. So I’m going to turn on the climate system, which I turned off just to keep things quiet. But if it gets a little noisier, we can handle that. 22 degrees, 22 degrees, that’s where it’s going to come down to. We’ll just turn that up a little bit so it turns the fans down. Dual zone automatic climate control to me is a must-have when you’re traveling in a vehicle like this, especially when you got the towing capacity and towing ability of this. If you’re going across the country, you want to make sure that when you’re driving that everybody’s comfortable. So again, I can set the passenger to a different level than the driver.

And of course you got the heated seats. What’s cool about the GM heated seats in their pickup trucks is you can do the heated seats for the top and the bottom, so the back and the bottom, or you can just do the heated seats for the back only, if you got a bit of a sore back. That’s kind of a nice thing to do. So you’ve got options there to just make sure everybody’s comfortable.

Down here, tailgate button, very simple stuff, nothing too much. Of course if you get more advanced features, you can get more advanced options there. And again, I just think this is equipped well for what it is. Coming down here, USB and USBC and 12 volt port, that’s really all you need. You’ve got all kinds of storage in this truck too. And let’s just talk about some of that storage. You’ve got storage up front, front top glove box, bottom glove box. Down here in the armrest, place to set your cell phone while you’re traveling. In the center console, you’ve got lots of places to set things there, cell phones, iPads even. You put a lot of things in there and when we open the center console, tough to show you exactly here, but this is deep and it’s got all the space that you would need in there, just really handy. And it does have a little bit of a light in there right by my finger, you can’t see in the daylight.

Now there are a couple hidden storage compartments in the backseat that I want to show you as well. So full size pickup truck, typical stuff. You’ve got lots of storage in the doors like you would expect. You’ve got pockets on the seats, driver and passenger, which is what we should have. Same power points as you had out front. So you got USBC, USBA, and a 12 volt port there as well. You do have vents back here, you’ve got cup holders for whoever’s sitting back here, you’ve got more cup holders in this little armrest right here. So you’ve got lots of space there.

But then you’ve got the typical storage things. You have a virtually flat floor but not fully flat on the Chevys. This lifts up easily and you have a little storage part there, I assume that is a block heater cord, probably on this diesel it would have a block heater. I haven’t double checked that, but these seats go up and down nice and easily. And then there’s this little tab right here. I think this is really smart. If you’ve got kids with you or something small you want to put in that section. It’s actually a pretty big section there, which takes advantage of that angled seat and the flat back of the vehicle. You can get a little storage in both the driver and passenger side here. So really good there. Now let’s flip the camera around and show you how much space there is in the back seat of this vehicle.

Pickup trucks have gotten massive and really this is where you see it. I am six feet, I’m sitting behind myself and this is just an obscene amount of space. This is where the pickup trucks have really grown. The back beds, they’re actually smaller than they used to be. So overall space back here is absolutely fantastic. You have all the room you need and it’s just really comfortable no matter who’s here. So if you’re thinking of this as a family vehicle, this absolutely works. One thing that I think, again when we’re talking about value here, you can see the rear window. There’s no opening glass back here. On a lot of vehicles, that’s a manually opening glass, and if that’s the case, you’re probably not going to use it a whole lot. So going without the opening glass, but keeping the windshield or the rear window defroster I think is a great option mix on this vehicle as well because you want it clear of the frost and other things, but you don’t necessarily need to open that rear window because a lot of us don’t open it that much anyways. So again, nice to have. But when you’re choosing value, there’s a great option package that you can decide if you want to keep or not.

I want to quickly show you the dash as well. You can get all kinds of fancy dashes on this and there’s lots of sort of features you can have. But I think this one makes a lot of sense just for what it is. If you like, take a look here at the features there. We’ve got our speed there, we’ve got our trip one, trip two, we’ve got fuel range there, we’ve got oil life there. Tire pressures listed in kiloPascals because it’s metric. This one thing GM does that, I’d like to see it change to PSI in Canada where most of us measure our tire pressure in PSI but everything else in metric.

Air filter life is 90% there. Brake pad life is super handy as well because depending on the types of driving if you’re doing towing, your brakes might go a little quicker. So it’s not just based on mileage. You get a sense of where they’re at. And then you get fuel efficiency. Best is 7.1, average 12.7 right now. Fuel filter life and there’s your all-wheel drive and four wheel drive and there’s your diesel emission fluid that also tells you that you’ve got that. So there’s just so many features in here and you can often add more or less into this menu item. So even though it’s not a full digital dash, it has so much information in there that’s super helpful to have and I like just having it on the speedometer right there as well.

Jumping over here, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available here. They are standard function there. I’ll try to get the sunlight out of there. You’ll see some glare just the way I’m filming here. Camera films with one eye. You see the two eyes, so there’s much less glare in person. You also have Sirius satellite radio on here. So just a really nice equipment level.

If I put the vehicle in reverse, you’re going to see, lots of these trucks have multi-camera kind of systems. See if I can get zoomed in there. You can sort of see the yellow lines there. Much easier to see in person than it is to film. It’s very difficult to film a screen. What I really like is you have a trailer section here, which all it does is line up this line here. Let’s see if we can show it to you. Yeah, that orange line, very easy to see in person. That lines up really well exactly with your trailer hitch. So you can just line that up when you’re turning around a corner here. Let’s see, turn the wheel. Let’s see if I can get you in there. There you go. When you turn the wheel, that’ll follow the line of your trailer hitch. It’s just a super way to hitch up trailer on your own. And if you’re going into a parking spot, of course you just line these yellow lines up with the parking lines. Really easy to see, really easy to work there. And just a really nice simple system. Again, you can get so many cameras in these GM trucks, that’s the camera you need. And with the software that you need in there, it works really well.

So what do you think about the equipment on this truck? What are the must have features for value in your truck? We can all load a truck up to the top and say, we love all these features, but what are the features that you have to have, can’t go without? Let me know when the comments below. If you like this truck, but don’t want the Duramax Diesel, that black one over there is just similar. And that’s the great thing about here at Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals here in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Whatever kind of truck you want, they’ve got it or can get it for you. If you want a midsize truck, just behind this truck is a whole lineup of mid-size trucks. There’s all kinds of them here.

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2021 Jeep GRAND CHEROKEE L Overland and Limited, Review, for Sale

It was needed so Jeep filled: it, Three-row Grand Cherokee for all that carry extra passengers but don’t need a big and bulky full-size Jeep Wagoneer. This is the fifth generation of our popular SUV and it comes as a Grand Cherokee L first of its kind with a third row and Jim Gilberts Wheels and Deals has choices in stock today

The interior is impressive, most would say they Overland is downright stunning with open-pore wood, rich colours and materials, finely crafted switchgear, and a cascading infotainment screen. Moving to our Limited requires little compromise: You will miss a few of the extra’s. But both have lots of Amenities including heated and cooled seats, a sunroof, comfort controls for rear passengers, USB ports in every row, a screen-off button for long road trips at night, and a button on the center screen to fold the headrests. Uconnect is “deep and rich with good graphics and well-thought-out logic

 Peter’s Jeep Grand Cherokee L 

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The preferred engine is the stout V-6; better on fuel and more than adequate. Our lighter V-6 models felt nimbler, too, the eight-speed transmission serves well. Our Grand Cherokee L SUV is a good sized vehicle. With air suspension, the higher trims glide over bumps, but our everyone were surprised by how well the steel springs worked on the Limited “shocked at how composed and poised” the Limited was in figure-eight testing. The family hauler is quite comfortable off-road, as well.

The interior is impressive, most would say they Overland is downright stunning with open-pore wood, rich colours and materials, finely crafted switchgear, and a cascading infotainment screen. Moving to our Limited requires little compromise: You will miss a few of the extra’s. But both have lots of Amenities including heated and cooled seats, a sunroof, comfort controls for rear passengers, USB ports in every row, a screen-off button for long road trips at night, and a button on the center screen to fold the headrests. Uconnect is “deep and rich with good graphics and well-thought-out logic

OVERLAND INTERIOR

LIMITED INTERIOR

Overall, adding the third row makes our Grand Cherokee’s an even more formidable offering.Jeep combined emotional appeal, comfort, technology, and design in a way that few others have doneCome test drive one today.

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