2020 Ford Explorer Reviewed

The SUV, with the title of ‘America’s all-time best-selling SUV,’ is back with an all-new model for 2020; meet the Ford Explorer Limited.

The Explorer is often the go-to option for someone looking for a family SUV, but with its rivals upping their game, Ford needed to maintain its top spot.

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse – bigger, better and very loooong

The SUV space is probably the most competitive one since the first car was invented. We’ve gone from mid-size and full-size SUVs to over 5 segments based on size and utility, and that is just the SUV. We now have SAV, CUV, Crossover and a few “made-up” others.

This made it really hard on the Traverse, and for 2018, Chevrolet redesigned it entirely to stay fresh, up to date and very family friendly.

The thing is, being all that is just not enough to compete these days, and so I had to take a more in-depth look at the Traverse.

Special thanks to Chevrolet and WeberShandwick for the week-long ride!

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2017 Ford Raptor – #BeMoreBeast

About 2 years ago, Ford updated the F-150, which I reviewed and they seemed to have created the perfect truck. Clearly, Ford has been busy, and this weekend I was driving the meanest F-150s, the Ford Raptor!

While the F-150 is in its 13th generation, this is the 2nd generation Raptor with the best that Ford can throw at it. A new engine, gearbox, shocks, wheels, technology and more! It lost the SVT badge, but who cares!!

OHHHH Forgot to mention, this review is unique because I haven’t driven just one Raptor, but two. A supercab (A door and half) and a supercrew (2 doors).

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2017 Infiniti Q60 3.0t – The Coupe is back!

Since the mid-2000s, the Infiniti G35 coupe was a very popular sports car for youngsters, and a couple of years later, the G37 took that even further by being a very solid sports car with good performance, looks and luxurious interior. In 2014, Infiniti renamed their vehicles and the G37 coupe was now called the Q60 but with little in terms of updates, which was a bit disappointing.

In 2015, Infiniti showcased the Q60 Coupe Concept at the North American International Auto Show and it was jaw-dropping. So jaw-dropping in fact, that in 2016 they released the Q60 with very little changes, and all jaws remained on the floor. The Coupe was back!

Special thanks to Infiniti Dubai for the awesome weekend ride!

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2017 Audi RSQ3 Performance – It doesn’t get more niche than this!

The nicest badge you can find on an Audi is not the logo itself, but an angled red square with the letters R and S written beside it. That badge signifies a lot more than just a sportier version of a standard car, but the highest performing model that Audi can produce.

When Audi creates that, they’re not always done. They go back and try to work on it some more.

The results of this extra work? an RS Performance package. And this is exactly what they had done to an Audi Q3. Wait, what?

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2017 Jaguar F-Pace S – Perfecting the SUV on the first try!

When an automotive brand decides to make an SUV, nine times out of ten, it is destined for failure. People may be unfamiliar with the vehicle, it may not stand out enough, it may not be good or it’s just plain ugly.

There is no denying that Jaguar’s current lineup of vehicles is just gorgeous; from the F-Type, up to the recently refreshed XF, and now they bring us the F-Pace. An all-new model bringing everything people love about modern Jaguars, to an SUV.

And I couldn’t be more excited to try it out!

Huge thanks to Jaguar & Weber Shandwick for this amazing weekend ride.

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2016 Nissan Patrol – Is the beast getting old?

The Nissan Patrol is possibly one of the most popular SUVs in the Middle East, and has even had its sixth-generation debut in Abu Dhabi back in February 2010 – pitched as the “Hero of all terrain”.

In 2014, the Nissan Patrol received a face-lift, which added more LED lighting and a more modern look. Further down the line, the Patrol received some engine updates bringing back a V6 to the lineup, but visually and technologically, everything remained unchanged.

That very same face-lift model is what we are still seeing in 2017, which begs the question; Is the beast getting old?

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2016 Audi TTS – A Street GoKart, on Steroids!

The Audi TT is one of the most popular Audi models and has always been known to handle like a GoKart, but they never were a show stopper. Sure, they had a few racy iterations, but the overall appeal left people wanting more. Audi was determined to change this, to make their TT stand out, perform and have a memorable ride that stays with you for quite some time.

And that brings us to this review, where I did not just get to test out an Audi TT, but its bigger, naughtier brother, the TTS!

Special thanks to Audi Middle East for the awesome weekend ride!

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2016 Ford Mustang GT CS – Is the California special, special?

When Ford launched their 6th generation Mustang, they hit 50 years of Mustang production, which must mean that they’ve done something right for the past 50 years but the question that remains, is the new Mustang capable of carrying on this heritage?

That is only one part of this review, though, as my test vehicle is the unique 2016 California Special and I wanted to know if it is any special at all.


Special thanks to Ford Middle East for this awesome weekend ride!

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2016 Nissan Maxima SR – 4DSC, Really? We’re going with that?

The Nissan Maxima is one of the most recognizable names in Japanese automotive, alongside the Accord and Camry, and has been around since the 80s. The 2016 Nissan Maxima is in its 8th generation now, although now all of the previous 7 have been released in the UAE.

Maximas are known since inception to have a split personality, a great, comfortable and spacious family car with a sporty side for when dad is driving by himself. The new one is bolder than ever, more comfortable and luxurious than ever, and I couldn’t wait to try it out!

Huge thanks to Memac Ogilvy Public Relations & Nissan for this amazing weekend ride.

2016 Nissan Maxima SR - Cover Shot

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