Review

  • All-New 2021 Kia Sorento X-Line Mid-Sized SUV Is Ready For Adventure

    The all-new 2021 Kia Sorento X-Line is the brand's latest iteration of their popular mid-sized SUV. With the addition of the X-Line package, Sorento promises off-road adventure options that normally you might not consider with a vehicle like this. Like all Kia SUVs, it is packed with plenty of tech and safety features and plenty of interior space for your passengers in the third row too. Is X-Line purely cosmetic for the aspirational off roader or is this something that you can use to go places you wouldn't normally take other unibody SUVs? Let's take a look!

  • What is The Kia K5 GT-Line

    This is a different sort of review about a different sort of car. One of the challenges that we face right now is brand confusion and terminology that doesn't always align as neatly as you might want. Some of this is due to terms like "GT" once meaning something but now just simply slapped on anything to make it sound sportier. Others are self inflicted by creating too many trim levels of a model and that's what I see with Kia's K5 GT-Line. It isn't that simple since the GT-Line and GT actually offer different options, making one a much better option for some buyers than the other.

  • Top Questions About Using A OBD2 Code Reader For Vehicle Diagnostics

    What is obd2? The term OBD2 - also written as OBDII - stands for on-board diagnostics, second generation. obd2 code readers are used to diagnose an automobile's systems and components as well as the emissions system. obd2 scanners come in a variety of makes and models, but they all have one thing in common: they do not require a computer or any other additional equipment to read codes from your vehicle's engine control unit (ecu) that can be stored in its memory.

  • Lexus RC 350 F-Sport: Sporty, Luxurious and Nearly Perfect

    The Lexus RC 350 F-sport is a driving enthusiast’s dream come true. Boasting Lexus’ trademark luxury and performance, the Lexus RC 350 F-sport will be available in two versions: an RWD version for those who love to drive and an AWD version for those who need some extra traction on wet roads or simply more stability when accelerating around corners. Lexus has been making waves with its beautiful sportscars lately, and this new model is no exception.

  • We Visited Caesar's Restaurant in Tijuana Mexico To Try The Original Caesar Salad

    Most people think of tacos, enchiladas, and burritos when it comes to Mexican food but at cross-border towns like Tijuana, you'll find a much more diverse culture. With a history that included serving as a destination for American's seeking drinks, gambling, and "other things" for the past more than 100 years, Tijuana has a culture that represents a unique blend of California and Mexico. One of the cities most legendary culinary contributions is undoubtedly the invention of the now internationally famous Caesar Salad.

  • Noopl Is A Great Option For People Who Need Help Hearing In Noisy Places

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    Challenges related to hearing can be embarrassing for some and while hearing aids are a medical device requiring a specialist to diagnose and tune, there are devices out there that anyone can purchase that will help you understand conversations in busy, noisy places better than you can with your ears alone.

  • xFyro ANC Pro Review

    There are a lot of options on the market right now when it comes to ANC earbuds and that is a great thing for those of you who are looking to ditch traditional wired ones. This is especially important as I think we're finally past the point where we wonder if a new phone might bring back the option of allowing wired audio. Even the new IFE systems being installed on United Airlines is supporting Bluetooth audio now. Luckily all of the arguments against wireless earbuds are gone at this point and xFyro is a great example of how you can get good quality audio, well manufactured, good battery life, and great features at an affordable price. Let's take a deeper look.

  • Why I Always Go To UAG When It Comes To Protecting My Phone

    This post is not sponsored, though the PR rep for UAG did offer me a couple cases to test out, my thoughts and feelings towards Urban Armor Gear are sincere. My relationship with UAG has evolved over the past 6+ years across a variety of different phones and I have always been very impressed. A few months ago when I decided to buy the most expensive phone that I have ever considered buying, I knew there was only one brand that I could choose to protect it.

  • Smart Home Gadgets For Summer

    With summer underway and the Fourth of July holiday just around the corner, it’s time to think about all those fun, smart gadgets that make summer entertaining more exciting. From connected grills and smokers to lights, music, and outdoor movies, the one thing these all have in common is the need for fast, reliable internet like the connection I have from Cox Communications.

  • Toyota Venza Is A Upscale Crossover That Aspires To Be Sporty

    Sometimes there's a vehicle that should be a home-run but just leaves you wondering who it was designed for. That's the feeling I got following our week with the all-new 2021 Toyota Venza. On the surface, Venza looks chic and sporty, somewhat of a cross between an Avalon and a Rav4. It wants to have the handling of a sports sedan, with the space and comfort of an SUV. Sadly, despite looking sharp, it doesn't fulfil the sporty promise that we were hoping it would.

  • Here's What To Expect At The Hitching Post In Casmalia California

    There are only a handful of restaurants that are more iconic as The Hitching Post and it's cousin The Hitching Post 2 (immortalized in the movie Sideways). These are icons of the "real California", a land between the big cities filled with ranches and cowboys where we roll the clock back a few decades and the only thing that matters is big hunks of beef and great wine. Leave your fancy clothes at home because unlike pretty much every other legendary steakhouse, The Hitching Post is laid back and casual. It's a place you go when all that matters is having a huge meal with friends.

  • The 2021 Bronco Sport Is Much More Than Just A Baby Bronco

    When Ford, in 2017, formally announced that they were bringing Bronco back, the off road enthusiast world lost their shit. This was one of the biggest brands in off road history and now it was coming back in exactly the right time where we have the most advanced suspension technology in history and a wide variety of engines that are designed to be robust enough to handle virtually anything we can throw at it on the trail. Then... a year later a new "Bronco" emerged and that quickly got derided as simply the "Baby Bronco", a vehicle simply riding on the big brother's coat tails. In many ways, that is accurate since I'm not sure the Bronco Sport would survive on it's own if it were called something else - for instance if it were simply called the Escape Sport.

  • The New Ford F-150 Takes Trucks To The Next Generation

    For the past decade, truck launches and truck comparisons have been as much about stats as they are actual functionality. This transition began with the introduction of the next-generation Ram a few years ago but Ford completes the transition with the new F-150. Where previously we were talking about incrementally boasting of more towing, more hauling, more power... Ford has that, but what makes it special is everything else. I feel like we've gotten to the point where EVERYTHING tows more than most of us will ever need, so let's start focusing on a truck that delivers in other areas that can make our lives and livelihoods better.

  • We Took A 24-Hour Trip To Oceanside California To Show How EV Getaways Can Work

    Don't worry... I still love my big burley trucks, but EVs fascinate me. They are, without a doubt, the future of personal transportation. However, the future is here already. While it can be challenging today while charging infrastructure catches up, even in a less than ideal environment, a weekend getaway in an EV is possible. To illustrate this, Nissan sent me a Leaf S Plus and we drove up to Oceanside, CA.

  • Wireless Charging Solutions From RapidX Perfect For Travel

    As we begin to get back into the routine of traveling again, I'm constantly looking for ways to improve on what it was like a year ago before we all had to stop. For a decade prior to that I was traveling so frequently that I simply didn't have a chance to try new things if the old way "worked". Now however, I'm absolutely obsessed with wireless chargers and how far the technology has come. RapidX sent over a few items for us to test out and we're even giving some of them away, so make sure to read down to the end of the article to see how you can win one of the items featured in this roundup.

  • Mustang Mach-E Is A Road Trip Ready EV

    Electric Vehicles have been something I've been enamored with for the past several years. Ever since I got my first tasted during a launch of event for the Kia Soul EV back in 2014, the promise of smooth, quiet, rapid acceleration has been a dream that would one day finally be practical. Back then, we were excited to have an approximate 90 mile range and the concept of "range anxiety" has continued to be a major obstacle to EV adoption. Vehicles such as the Mustang Mach-E though are beginning to prove that EVs can be practical and compete head to head with ICE cars and that makes me very excited!

  • The 2021 Toyota Sienna Makes Me Miss Minivans

    Minivans are perhaps the most divisive topic in the automotive scene, I don't get to drive them that often because they aren't exactly "masculine". Generally speaking, this is one category where women have decided that minivans are decidedly uncool. Despite this though, I have a soft spot in my heard for this category and when it comes down to practicality, it has always made sense. Until now though, most offerings were focused on utility over style but I was impressed with the 2021 Toyota Sienna and I think you will be too.

  • XR1 Is A Great Option For Game Streaming Or Simply Capturing Old Family Videos To Your PC

    As more people watch professional video game streamers on YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook, it's only logical to be able to want to do it themselves. The unfortunate reality though is that most of us will never have both the skill and personality to compel someone to watch and so I'm forced to find another justification for a device like the EVGA XR1 Video Capture Device. It might be just the excuse that makes you able to justify the purchase though!

  • AfterShokz Introduces OpenComm Their First Bluetooth Headset With A Microphone

    About five years ago I first met with the folks at AfterShokz at CES. In a sea of gadgets and gizmos they stood out then, and for some reason few have followed in their footsteps by developing bone conduction stereo headphones since that time. One of the important segments that they were not competing in though was a headset with an attached microphone. While call center workers have experienced the frustration of wearing a headset for hours at a time... it was 2020 that showed millions of people around the world how frustrating it can be to have something stuck in your ear for hours at a time.

  • Claw 2.0 Preview - Now Available For Backing On Kickstarter

    Malboro & Kane created Claw - the "World's Smallest Multitool" but they are back now with Claw 2.0 and I gotta say that this new one is a pretty awesome design that will fit perfectly on a keychain. Let's take a look at what makes Claw 2.0 a great example of innovation that you can support on Kickstarter...

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