2014 Porsche Cayenne wins Consumer Reports Owner Satisfaction Award

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The September 2017 issue of Consumer Reports just hit the store shelves and this month’s magazine includes consumer reviews and satisfaction ratings for three year old vehicles.

You hear a lot of TV commercials from FORD, Chevy, etc talking about “initial quality” awards that they won. What does “initial quality” really mean? Does it mean that they know how to build a car and initially it’s put together properly and functions as it should? I think that’s exactly what it means and probably no manufacturer should get an award for doing what they’re supposed to do…like manufacturing a vehicle. That’s what they’re paid to do.

That’s why I like to find articles and reviews from folks who have owned their vehicle for a few years and have gotten to feel the car out on every kind of road, in every kind of situation and then talk a bit about the highs and lows of their experience.

Consumer reports says “Consumer ­Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.”

Anyhow, that’s the kind of data they put together this month and this is what they had to say about the 2014 Cayenne:

The midsized Cayenne is one of the sportiest, most agile SUVs on the market. While the base V6 provides good power, the V8 engine delivers even more. The eight-speed automatic is super-smooth. The ride is supple and steady. The seats are comfortable, and the cargo area is roomy enough. Interior fit and finish is impeccable.

Road Test Results:

The Cayenne packs genuine Porsche DNA into its driving characteristics with communicative steering and responsive brakes that feel direct and precise. Even when it’s asked to carve its way around a racetrack, the Cayenne remains in its element.

And yet, it’s also a luxurious and functional SUV with ample passenger and cargo room. The ride is supple and steady when cruising on a highway. A quiet cabin and superbly comfortable seats ensure you’ll reach your destination fresh and fatigue-free. Interior materials and fit and finish are impeccable and in good taste with genuine wood, leather and chrome. A handy touchscreen interfaces with the audio, phone and navigation functions.

The owner reviews are outstanding and that’s why the cayenne beat out the other competitors in it’s class, including the Lexus RX, Lexus GX, Lexus LX, MDX, Touareg, q7, QX80, QX60, Escalade and more.

Branches 42nd Annual Car Show in Souderton, PA Today

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Today is the 42nd Annual Branches “Brawn and Beauty” car show, auction and chicken BBQ. This event supports a great cause, the residents of Souderton Mennonite Home retirement community who can no longer afford to pay for their own care. Awards will be presented today at around 3pm, so get there early enough to check everything out. Trophies will be given to 1st and 2nd place in each of the following four categories: antique, classic, modified, and muscle car. A trophy will also be given for Best of Show.

Check this show out at 207 W Summit Street Souderton, PA, 18964

Good Guys West Coast Nationals Starts Today

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The 31st Annual Good Guys West Coast Nationals in Alemda, CA starts today and runs thru Sunday August 27th.

This is the largest hot rod, customs and classic show in America and features all types of muscle cars thru the 1972 model year.

This year’s show also features a nitro dragster exhibition, live music, over 3,000 hot rods, tons of food vendors, model cars and pedal car show, pin striping demonstrations, and more.

Check out their site here for more info:

https://www.good-guys.com/wcn-2017

 

Austin Healey Encounter 40 Starts Wednesday August 9th

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This year’s meet in Princeton, NJ marks the 40th consecutive Encounter meet.

The show will be held on the village streets and will feature tech sessions, charity auctions, special guests and more.

The meet starts on Wednesday August 9th at 3pm and runs until Saturday August 12th at the 7pm awards banquet.

Be sure to check out the wine tasting event at the Hopewell Valley Winery on Thursday at 4pm.

Happy motoring!

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3 Great Road Trips with your Dog

The guys here at eimports4Less put together a short list of “must take” road trips this summer and we added an extra twist this year: we noted only places that are extremely dog friendly. This way you can take your best friend along for the ride.

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#1 on our list of great cities and great road trips is Chicago. Everybody loves the Windy City and this place is very dog friendly. Make sure to check out Oak Street Beach and the miles of walking trails along Lake Michigan.

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#2 is Northern California’s coastline. You can choose from hundreds of miles of gorgeous coastline and fantastic drives along the Pacific Coast Highway, but our hands down favorite is the short trip from Big Sur to the beach at Carmel by the Sea. There may be no better scenery on Earth.

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#3 this year is Portland, Maine. We love this city, the great scenery and it might be the most dog friendly area we’ve visited.

Happy Motoring!