Author: davidnovick

3rd Annual PBA Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show

It may have rained today but as they say, “The show must go on!” And that is exactly what happened at the 3rd Annual PBA Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show. Below please feel free to browse the gallery of cars that made it out for the car show at Northern Valley Demarest High School in Demarest, NJ.

3rd Annual PBA Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show

Come out to the Northern Valley High School in Demarest, NJ for the 3rd Annual PBA Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show. We’ll be there!

Location:
162 Knickerbocker Road, Demarest, New Jersey

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REVIEW: 2013 Lincoln MKS

When thinking of Lincoln’s largest family sedan, we would typically think of the Town Car. The MKS has revamped Lincoln’s lineup as their top sedan and has done it in style. With Lincoln’s MKS, they’ve expanded their market to appeal to a younger audience as well. We stopped at Town Motors in Englewood and picked up our Lincoln for the day and definitely left with all positive thoughts.

 

Our Lincoln MKS had a very smooth ride and felt very luxurious. For a big sedan it did not drive like a “boat” as one would expect. The non Ecoboost engine had plenty of power under the hood which made me think that the Ecoboost engine would be a great experience. If you are someone in search for a sedan with plenty of features and space, this is the one for you.

Pros: Spacious trunk and back seat, well powered even without the EcoBoost, great design, a lot of features for what you pay.

Cons: Navigating the entertainment system proved to have some challenges, similar to the MKZ.

QUICK FACTS:

Base Price: $42,870 || Price as Tested: $53, 565

Vehicle Layout: Front-engine, AWD, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 3.7L V6 || Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic w/ Paddle Activation

Curb Weight: 4391 lbs || Length/Width/Height: 205.6/85.5/61.6 inches

0-60: 6.2 seconds || EPA City/Highway Fuel Economy: 18/27 mpg

RATING: 8.0/10

Exterior: 8

Interior: 8

Acceleration: 7

Braking: 8

Ride: 8

Handling: 8

Gearbox: 8

Audio: 8

Tech: 9

Value: 8

We’d like to thank Ted Siebold of Town Motors in Englewood, NJ for getting us into the 2013 Lincoln MKS! For all your Lincoln needs, go check out Town Lincoln in Englewood, NJ and online at http://www.townmotors.com. Make sure you tell them Greg and Dave sent you!

REVIEW: 2013 Lincoln MKZ

When you think of Lincoln, you probably think of the Town Car (commonly driven by the elderly) or the Navigator (commonly driven by soccer moms). With Lincoln’s new MKZ, they’ve expanded their market to appeal to a younger audience.We stopped at Town Motors in Englewood and picked up our Lincoln for the day, drove it around Northern New Jersey and simply put, we loved it.

Our MKZ came with the Ecoboost I4 which produced 240 horses and had a brutish 270 pound-feet of torque which propelled the car to 60 in just over 7 seconds. The MKZ came equipped with heated mirrors, LED headlamps and taillights, 10-way front driver’s and passenger’s seats, Ford Motor Company’s SYNC with MyTouch system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, power moonroof, keyless entry with external keypad, and push button start with push button gear selection as well. Our test vehicle also had Equipment Group 101A which includes the rear view video camera and reverse sensing system.

The finishings of the Special Edition vehicle include a silver exterior with charcoal leather interior and a walnut wood trim.

We thought that even though the car has a 4-cylinder engine, it accelerated like that of a 6-cylinder. (The MKZ is available with a V6 engine also). We LOVED that Lincoln brought back the push-button gear selection, reminiscent of cars from the 50s and 60s. The only thing we weren’t so fond of in the car was the entertainment system and dash controls — with the touch screen and the sliding your finger over the volume bar proving to be a little cumbersome, but a lot of the other features in the car made up for it. At a base price of just under $36,000, you get a great amount of equipment in a reliable, luxury American car.

Pros: The new style for 2013, acceleration with the Ecoboost, comfortable and spacious, individual buttons for gear selection, great audio system and had a lot of storage compartments.
Cons: Navigating the entertainment system proved to have some challenges.
QUICK FACTS:
Base Price: $35,925 || Price as Tested: $40,950
Vehicle Layout: Front-engine, AWD, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Engine: 2.0L, 240hp, 270 lb-ft., I-4 EcoBoost || Transmission: 6-speed SelectShift Automatic with Paddle Shifters
Curb Weight: 3874 lbs || Length/Width/Height: 194.1/83.3/58.1 inches
0-60: 7.1 seconds || EPA City/Highway Fuel Economy: 18/26mpg  
RATING: 8.4/10
Exterior: 9
Interior: 8
Acceleration: 8 
Braking: 9
Ride: 9
Handling: 9 
Gearbox: 9
Audio: 8
Tech: 7
Value: 8
We’d like to thank Ted Siebold of Town Motors in Englewood, NJ for getting us into the 2013 Lincoln MKZ. For all your Lincoln needs, go check out Town Lincoln in Englewood, NJ and online at http://www.townmotors.com. Make sure you tell them Greg and Dave sent you!

Spring Is Almost Here!

To our AUTOcrats, we want to tell you what your first purchase of the spring season should be. As someone who hates to see a car with scratches especially after a nice wash, here is what you need to do. The product is called Grit Guard. As an actual user of this product, I stand by it and can actually say it works. In short, the Grit Guard lets you wash your car in a scratch free environment. The grating separates the bottom of the bucket where the dirt lays and your cleaning applicators. This ensures that when you wash your car there is no dirt or grime endangering you paint and finish on the car. Enjoy the video below that explains Grit Guard and how it works and hopefully you have a scratch free wash!

Video courtesy of Grit Guard

The 2014 Cadillac CTS

The media has been abuzz about the all-new Cadillac CTS. Why? Because of a TWIN-TURBO(!), 420-horspower V6 engine. That’s why. The insanity of this car is amazing and it produces an astounding 430-lb-ft. of torque. We truly can’t wait to drive it!

Cadillac will be live-streaming the debut of the 2014 CTS on Facebook on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:15pm EDT. Check out the event page on Facebook .

Photo from Cadillac.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The all-new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, along with the SRT model, will have many new features and accessories. They will come with new drivetrains, have a more luxury feel and improved off-road options, as well as a standard touchscreen radio and the base engine will be the Pentastar 3.6L V6 engine with 290 horses.

Here’s a great Jeep commercial that just recently debuted. The commercial starts off with the famous Al Pacino speech from “Any Given Sunday” and is very well put together. We would not expect anything less from Jeep and we hope you enjoy the commercial as much as we did.

Newly designed interior for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. (SRT model shown above)

Newly designed interior for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. (SRT model shown above)

Video and photos courtesy of Jeep.