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2019 Nissan Leaf Plus SL – S:S:L Review

First launched in 2010, the all-electric Nissan Leaf became one of the first mass-market full-EVs available for purchase. Nine years on, the Leaf has become the best-selling electric car in the world. The original Leaf was truly a cutting edge piece of technology at the time, but it also highlighted the problem with the developing segment of electric cars. With an original range of 73ish miles, the Nissan Leaf couldn’t do much more than short commuting duty.

Fast forward to February 2018, and the launch of the second-generation Nissan Leaf. The new Leaf debuted with a 40kWh battery pack and a 151-mile range, over double the original Leaf’s range. While this went a long way in solving the range anxiety problem for most, those of us who live in sprawling places like Texas still need a bit more range to feel comfortable.

Enter the new for 2019 longer-range Leaf variant, the Nissan Leaf Plus.

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In the S:S:L Garage – 2020 BMW 330i MSport

This week I’m driving the all-new 2020 BMW 330i MSport around Central Texas to try some of the best BBQ in all of Texas. The G20 3-Series is brand new for 2020 and represents the volume sedan for BMW in North America.

I owned an F30 2016 BMW 340i MSport until last month and absolutely loathed the driving experience once the honeymoon wore off.  I’m happy to report that the G20 platform in initial impressions goes a long way in correcting all that was horribly wrong in the F30.

Full review and road trip report coming soon!

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet – S:S:L Review

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has long been the benchmark in the luxury sedan segment as the measurement of excellence. Audi and BMW specifically have taken aim at the S-Class with their newest A8 and 7-Series offerings, and despite all being excellent cars,  none quite convey the same flagship feeling that the S-Class sedan does.

Where the S-Class sedan has direct competition from several other brands, there is one model in the S-Class family that stands alone at the top of the ultra-luxury, four-seat convertible segment – the Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet.

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2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition – S:S:L Speed Read

First debuting in the United States in 1986, the Nissan Pathfinder name has grown to become somewhat of an iconic one in a sea of otherwise generic SUV names. Over those 33 years, the Pathfinder has evolved from a hardcore body-on-frame SUV based on the Nissan Hardbody to a curvy, three-row crossover that platform shares with Nissan’s Altima, Maxima and Murano. More of a family hauler than the off-roader of yesteryear, the Pathfinder has lost a lot of what it was known for best – off-road prowess.

All is not lost though. As a nod to the Pathfinder’s off-road roots, Nissan has introduced the new for 2019 Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition.

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Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet – In The S:S:L Garage

We’re testing the 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Cabriolet this week, and checking out what makes it worth its $200k+ price tag. This is real luxury folks, not fake luxury. Things like this built-in fragrance atomizer set the AMG S63 Cab apart from lesser vehicles. Full review coming soon!

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG E63S Wagon – S:S:L Review

Automotive enthusiasts have long been fighting the anti-Crossover and SUV battle with friends and families. I’ve seen countless conversations online encouraging people to stop buying shapeless blobs of soul crushing driving anti-fun, and instead consider alternatives like the tried and true station wagon. Unfortunately, that battle seems to have been lost with SUVs and Crossovers dominating the new product and sales announcements month after month. In fact, there are currently less than ten true wagons on sale in the US as of this writing. Somewhere along the line, wagons became uncool, and took on a social ranking ever so slightly higher than the minivans of the world.

Thankfully, Mercedes-Benz is still building wagons that prove they’ve never been cooler. In fact, they are out to prove to the world that their 603-horsepower, twin-turbo V8 powered, all-wheel drive, carbon fiber adorned AMG E63S 4Matic Wagon is as good at hauling people and cargo as it is a hauling around a racetrack.

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