Author - Zerin Dube

Get Out and Drive – Chapelton Vineyard Recon

We take our group drives seriously in the Houston region and have 75 cars signed up for our Chapelton Vineyard GOAD next weekend. To ensure that our routes are safe, fun, and with minimal chances of breaking up the group, we run these routes over and over again. Each run is meant to optimize the route for the greatest enjoyment of our participants. Also, it gives us an excuse to drive our cars. Enjoy these photos of our GOAD Recon!

2023 Toyota Prius – Sexy and Cool

Wait, what? Sexy and cool used in the context of a Prius?! YES! My week with the 2023 Toyota Prius is over, and I’m so glad I could experience what Toyota has done with this car. Yeah, I’ll stand by the words in the title. The Prius is a sexy and cool car now. This isn’t quite the glow-up that the Chevy Trax received, but exterior styling-wise, it’s close. It’s an absolutely gorgeous car.

I averaged 44.3 mpg driving this Prius as I would any other car. Power from the hybrid system is a respectable 194 horsepower. The Prius drives exceptionally well, but the engine is pretty noisy when it cuts in and out during regular operation.

The interior is basic but looks nice and has physical buttons and switches for all the radio/HVAC controls. This Prius Limited has a 12.3-inch infotainment screen and features Toyota’s intuitive interface. The interface isn’t overly showy, but the graphics are crisp, and the user interface is fast. Heated and cooled seats are included, as is a heated wheel.

One annoying bit is the tiny instrument display, which seems partially hidden behind the wheel no matter how you adjust it. It was a strange design decision by Toyota, making me wonder if Toyota was seriously considering a yoke for this car.

Overall, Toyota knocked it out of the park with the new Prius. I would happily have one of these as a daily driver. It’s great to look at, drives well, and generally does everything most people want from a car. At roughly $37k as-tested, it’s relatively affordable, too.

Great job, @toyotausa.

Another Look – 2023 Ram 1500 Limited Elite

The current Ram 1500 has been my favorite light-duty full-size pickup in its segment for those looking to combine luxury with the capability of a pickup truck. The Ram 1500 is hands down the nicest luxury pickup truck you can buy today, inside and out. For 2023, Ram has taken the luxury one step further by adding the 1500 Limited Elite trim.

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2023 GMC Canyon AT4X – The New King of the Mid-Size Truck

The all-new 2023 GMC Canyon is the brand’s attempt to not only take on the crowded midsize off-road truck segment but to crush the competition from Toyota, Nissan, and Ford. While the 2023 Canyon shares its platform with the new Chevy Colorado, GMC has taken the Canyon decidedly upscale to help differentiate it from its sibling. The good news is GMC has come out swinging and delivered a midsize pickup that kicks ass.

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