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  • Affordable Luxury and Style On A Mazda CX-9 Road Trip

    Mazda is a brand that we haven't had much exposure to recently but it continues to fill a very nice niche of affordable luxury and because it isn't focused on serving a mass-market customer, it can deliver a different design experience than other manufactures. For some people this is the right fit and understandably for others it isn't right. That's why test drives are so important and why I enjoy spending time driving these vehicles over a series of days on different terrain. For this road trip, we took the Mazda CX-9 up to Palm Springs and tested it on a mixture of suburban streets, high-speed interstates, and twisty mountain roads. What we found was a very enjoyable and comfortable ride that while not a standout in terms of power or luxury amenities - hit a very attractive price point that is thousands less than comparable 3-row SUVs from luxury brands like Cadillac.

  • 14 Things Men Need to Consider Before Working on Their Off-Road Truck

    There is nothing like the satisfaction of fixing something on your own truck. It's even better when you can do it yourself and save some money in the process. However, before you start tearing into that off-road truck, there are a few things you need to consider. In this blog post, we will go over 14 things men need to think about before working on their trucks. By preparing yourself for the work ahead, you can avoid making costly mistakes and end up with a truck that's ready for anything!

  • Exploring The Desert In A 2022 Silverado ZR2

    One of the things I love about living in San Diego isn't just the pretty awesome weather all year round but rather the hot dusty playground located just on the other side of the mountains from where I live downtown. This is area, the Anza Borrego Desert, is an incredibly playground with a mixture of terrain ranging from insanely tough to perfect for novice riders. You guys know how much I love the Colorado ZR2 and so when we got the chance to take it's big brother then Silverado ZR2 for a spin... well... you know I jumped at the opportunity!

  • 10 Secrets Your Car Shipping Company Doesn't Want You To Know

    Are you in the process of moving and need to have your car shipped? If so, you need to be aware of the secrets that your car shipping company doesn't want you to know. By knowing these secrets, you can protect yourself from being taken advantage of and ensure that your car is shipped safely and securely. In this blog post, we will discuss 10 of the most important secrets that you need to know before having your car shipped.

  • Four Reasons Why I'm Excited About The 2024 Chevy Blazer EV SS

    Let's face it, the EV space hasn't been all that exciting outside of nerds and tech geeks as well as environmentally minded folks who supported the movement as an alternative to burning fossil fuels. For decades, the notion of "Electric Vehicles" meant compromise after compromise... lighter, cheaper feeling cabins with less sound deadening and a rougher ride, anemic acceleration, and then to top things off... the dreaded "range anxiety". With the launch of the Blazer EV those old ways to think about electric vehicles are almost in the rear view mirror.

  • KIA's EV6 Proves That EV's Can Be Fun As Well As Practical

    Like many advocates for electric vehicles, in the past I've been willing to look past the weaknesses and point to some day in the future when we'll finally "be there". Well I think we've hit that point and while EV's are still mostly limited to sedans and crossover-wagons, the future is bright for bigger vehicles too. Today though, we're talking about our experience taking the all-new Kia EV6 to Electrify Expo in Long Beach where we had a chance to meet with a variety of companies that are filling in the gaps that will ultimately make an EV practical for all prospective car buyers.

  • Bronco Wildtrak Off Road Review

    It would be an understatement to say that Ford's Bronco was one of the most wildly anticipated vehicles to become available this year. Promising to be a "Wrangler Killer" by taking the decades of engineering that Jeep had invested into it's off road king and offering a new perspective, Bronco has some big shoes tires to fill. Is it able to do so? We took it on one of our favorite trails to find out.

  • INKAS Introduces All-New Armored Lexus LX 600

    Maybe you are already a VIP who travels the world evading nefarious gangs and international spies trying to kidnap you and steal industrial secrets - if so, you probably already have your procurement department reaching out to INKAS to inquire about when your new armored SUV will be available. For the rest of us though, we can only dream of riding around in style knowing that we're fully protected in this beautiful Lexus LX 600 that comes complete with ballistic protection designed to withstand simultaneous attack by 7.62mm assault rifle ammo and not just one but up to two grenades at the same time.

  • Throw Back: Memories Of Great Adventures In A Polaris RZR

    This weekend I had a chance to look back at some of the fun trips that I've taken over the years and right up there in the top 20 were I discovered a pattern - I really like the freedom of going fast, getting dirty, and having fun with my friends while exploring new places. While there's an undeniable level of comfort sitting in a fully enclosed truck or SUV, some of my favorite adventures were spent strapped into a Polaris RZR.

  • GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate Is The Luxury Truck You've Been Waiting For

    It's no secret that despite the brand's lofty positioning, in the most recent generation of premium trucks, GMC's Denali slipped a bit in comparison to offerings from other manufactures. As a response and to solidify GMC as the well... ultimate... luxury truck producer, they've come back this year with the introduction of the 2022 GMC Sierra Ultimate.

  • The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X Is Now Our Favorite All Around Truck

    GMC has been one of our absolute favorite truck brands for almost as long as we've been doing automotive features here on ManTripping. They've earned that respect because they continually merge the two things that I think most guys look for when it comes to a set of wheels - rugged utility and ultimate comfort that is wrapped up in a stylish package.

  • Show Off Your Personality With These Truck Upgrades

    Look men, it’s true that our trucks are one of our most valued possessions. We wash them, care for them, do regular maintenance on them and so much more. Not only do they get us to and from work, but they also take us on endless adventures and if we are careful, they will be with us for years and years to come. But owning a truck isn’t just about doing the basics. It’s about adding the things that make it feel like your own. Getting a stock truck at the dealership is fine, but then adding the bells and whistles, getting a custom paint job, or putting a wrap on it can make it feel special and like it was made just for you.

  • Things You Can Do to Make Riding In Your Truck More Comfortable

    Driving a truck is amazing. There are so many great things about owning a truck, from being able to haul heavy loads to having the horsepower needed to go on excursions and adventures off the beaten path. One of the things that may make the experience less than pleasant is if your seats and truck are less than comfortable. It’s important to not only ensure that the shocks and struts are working great but also try these little things to ensure a comfortable ride no matter where your truck takes you.

  • Ultimate Norwegian Fjords Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Road Trip

    If you’re a fan of adventure and luxury cars, this new supercar driving program is for you.  Adding the glide of a luxury electric car, you’ll travel through Norwegian fjords and the Sunnmore Alps on a supercar road trip, enjoying empty open roads and breathtaking scenery behind the wheel of an electric Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.  The route is pre-programmed; you do the driving.

  • Cadillac Introduces The Supercharged Escalade-V

    Cadillac revealed full details surrounding the 2023 Escalade-V — the industry’s most powerful full-size SUV. It is the first-ever Cadillac V-Series SUV — an elevation of design, performance and technology and the purest expression of the passion that exists at the core of Cadillac.Boasting a potent blend of refinement, power and technology, Escalade-V features performance-inspired styling and an unmistakable sound that combine for a head-turning street presence. With these distinctive attributes, the Escalade-V expands the V-Series lineup, now in its fourth generation, which offers more levels of performance while preserving the lineage of the original lineup introduced in 2004.

  • The All-New Toyota Tundra Proves That Great Things Come In Big Packages

    The long awaited all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is finally here and we had a chance to test it out on some trails in San Diego, patrolling the southern border as well as prowling some of Southern California’s highways. Our summary judgment - Toyota has delivered exactly what they needed to keep existing customers excited about the brand and attract some swing customers with long awaited updates that make this one of our favorite trucks available today.

  • The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Is A Fitting Triumph To Mark The End Of An Era

    I can summarize this review of Cadillac's CT5V Blackwing very quickly - if you love power, luxury, and American style then you shouldn't miss out on what is certainly the the last of its kind. The era of big V8 engines pumping out ridiculous amounts of horsepower is closing quickly. Anything approaching this price point (~$100k) and certainly it's level of refinement will almost certainly have some level of electrification. While I can't wait to see what designers and engineers can do with electric motors in the future... it just isn't the same excitement as crushing the pedal on a big V8 and hearing it roar to life in a way that will turn heads... even a couple blocks away.

  • The Evolution of the NASCAR Race Car: From Moonshiners to Next Gen

    The NASCAR race car has come a long way since the early days of moonshiners modding their cars to go faster. In this blog post, we will explore the evolution of the NASCAR race car from its origins to the Next Gen platform that is used today. We will take a look at how the sport has changed over time and what changes have been made to the cars themselves. So, without further ado, let's dive into the history of NASCAR!

  • Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing Offers Big Zoom In A Tiny Package

    Let's just get this out of the way, the CT4-V Blackwing is a powerful vehicle in a very compact (subcompact) package... it is also not a car for truck-sized guys like me. As such I honestly felt a bit awkward reviewing it in the way where you know it can do more than you're physically able to accommodate safely. That sucks because this is a very fun little car that offers a unique curve hugging nimbleness that you'd otherwise find only in a vehicle such as the Corvette.

  • Full-Sized SUV Throwdown Jeep Grand Wagoneer vs Cadillac Escalade

    The Jeep Grand Wagoneer is more than just a luxury SUV. It takes all the best elements inherent to the Jeep brand and wraps them up into an unbelievably posh but high-performance vehicle. Some people might be familiar with past iterations of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. They likely have fond memories of the wood trim and hybrid station wagon-SUV look. While the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer has a much different overall appearance than it’s elders, it embodies the same combination of ruggedness and civility.