Boy, have Vans come a long way. But that doesn’t necessarily mean better. Although, in the case of the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica, better is certainly a word I’d choose.

Here on the VlogBlog, it’s not about the tech so much as it is about DESIGN and FUNCTION. Does the Pacifica look cool? Does it fit the lifestyle?

Well, years ago I had a Toyota Previa. I loved that car. Only, it had one sliding door that never worked right, average handling, not a lot of power and a silly purple color.

The improvements for the Pacifica far exceed that, but so does every other Van. So what’s special about this one? Girth.

The Chrysler Pacifica shares the language of Dodge Muscle. The seats, steering wheel and controls are all bulky and thick. I like that. When I turn a knob, it’s a KNOB. When I grab the wheel, I grab the WHEEL. There’s no mistake that you’re holding onto something strong and powerful.

At just over $48K, the Pacifica can hold its own in the Van Market. The Jazz Blue Pearl reflects a cool hue from the sky, although not really sure what Jazz has to to with that exactly. But it rocks, so I’d call it Rock Blue Pearl.

It’s got a 16gl tank to help with the 84mpg Hybrid support. No, that wasn’t a typo. It gets 84 frikkin’ MPGs. It also has so many options including 2 sliding doors that you could write a book. Pretty sure they did that. But… the best part is the POTENTIAL.

The wheels on the car are docile. But you black out the windows and bump those 17inch polished Aluminums to 19… and you’ve got an Academy Awards Killer. It’s at home shindigging around celebs as much as hitting Home Depot for a Table Saw.

It’s ECO meets EGO. Friendly, snappy looking and a quantum level interior that in white… would make your local Guru proud.

You need a Van? It’s simple. The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is everything a van should be. Although, a big phat wing on the back would be cool too.

A week in the blistering 467hp 2019 LEXUS GS F…

We’re getting closer. Closer to the day where all sedans become autonomous. And because of that, car makers are looking for reasons to expand and enhance their lines to bridge the gap and give people a reason to buy.

There are tons of sedans out there and many are good. But very few are GREAT. This… is where the 2019 LEXUS GS F comes in…

I had this car for a week and although I could spout specs like everyone else (467hp, 5.0l, 32v, 389ftlbs), I’d rather just concentrate on driving experience and cool factor… k?

This car is a blast to drive. And yes, mostly because it’s powerful. But it’s also a perfect fitting suit that stretches in just the right ways to put a smile on your face. It looks sick, snaps to grid and can pretty much do whatever it’s asked. And… it better at just under a $100K.

But I had fun in this car. It’s not hoyty toyty like some others, not cheap like others still, but perfect porrage hot. Something you could tuck your nasty mother-in-law around in as she berates you… or flip the shit on her and show her who’s boss.

Like I said, fun. It’s got all the bells and whistles you need to justify a $100K car and it performs admirably. So let’s give it a solid 98%Fireball.

But… here’s the 2% rub. In a world that is shifting to conscious-aware products, the dinosaurs will need to either boot up or be dished out. And the 2019 Lexus GS F gets 19mpg. I don’t care how rich you are and whether you don’t care about this or not… it’s a factor and it needs to be addressed. There’s no room for Lexus in the future if they continue on this road. But alas, they’ll smarten up and snap to grid I sure.

Big thanks to them for sending me the car and in Matte Nebula Grey, it got a lot of compliments. Thinking about dying my hair the same color… not. But it looks mighty fine in the beast. Have a righty fine day, folks.

A Week in the 2018 MAZDA 6 Sport Sedan…

Once again, MAZDA has challenged me with trying to find what’s good in their 2018 MAZDA 6. And although the design language of the car is great, the problem I faced with this car was the fact that it came to me right off the heels of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata.

So here’s the thing… starting with what I like, the MAZDA 6 is a subtle sculptural masterpiece. Not overstated or extreme, but subtley beautiful and cohesive with the entire line of their cars. It’s balanced, smooth-looking and aggressive where it needs to be aggressive.

Where most car companies just round corners, Mazda takes each curve and turn with purpose in their design. That can be attributed to their language philosophy. And at $36, it would seem to be that that was enough. But the interior feels good too, although with some ergonomic question marks.

As I mentioned, the problem with this car was that I had the Hyundai Sonata Eco right before it, at $35K. And where the Hyundai lacks in it’s semi-dull design language and Mazda excels, the Hyundai is an engineering masterpiece. The Mazda, not so much.

I removed some things from the Hyundai trunk, closed the deck and didn’t think a thing about it. But then I transferred what I had to the Mazda. When I heard the sound that the trunk made as it closed… my eyes popped. It sounded tinny and cheap.

I did the same thing with the doors. And the same sound occurred. The Hyundai was solid and the Mazda thin.

Paying $1000 more for the Mazda and getting a feeling that it was tinny wasn’t in the cards for my experience. Where the Hyundai, although not as great a looking car as the Mazda, was clearly the better choice.

The interior ergonomics of the Mazda were also less inviting. It looked VERY cool, but functionality felt and performed to be more complex and somewhat annoying compared to the Apple-Easy process of the Hyundai. Even setting up the phone was a challenge compared with the Sonata.

Now, don’t get me wrong. The 2018 Mazda 6 Sedan is a good car and you may NEVER be able to compare it to anything in a test drive. You also may be a loyal Mazda driver and never want anything else, to which I have to say, “Good on ya, brother.” But for my money, the Hyundai hits home.

Two-cents and this will get you a… wait, let’s make that $20 bucks and this will get you a latte. Hope this helps…

467HP LEXUS GS F arrives at The Fireball Pad…

This week’s ride… the 2019 LEXUS GS-F. And the first Car Show is today at THE MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM. I’ll be there with this car to see the Murphy Chevy Show and Vlog. So if you’ve got a cool car, tap me on the shoulder. 😉

The GS-F? Just 467hp and 389ftlbs. 5.0l DOHC, 32 Valve V8. Dooooosh…

Have you seen the WOOLSEY FIRE EPISODES on the Vlog? Here’s the PLAYLIST!

A silent week in a new 2018 HYUNDAI SONATA HYBRID…

“Our new 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in models add appeal in every area, from exterior to interior design, handling, steering, ride comfort, safety and infotainment,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning at Hyundai Motor America. “When combined with Hyundai’s outstanding value and efficiency, the new Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in are sure to attract even more eco-focused buyers.”

Well… let’s just see about that.

A week in this 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has been interesting. It’s not a car for A-type people. It’s not aggressive, superfast, extreme or has a vibrant color. It’s not the car for those that want to get noticed.

But… here’s what the Sonata IS. Silent. Comfortable. Secure. Relaxed… and almost meditative.

With a 2.0-liter Nu GDI 4-cylinder motor marriaged to a six-speed automatic transmission and a 38 kW electric motor, the car knows exactly what it is. And that my friends, is CLEAR TRANSPORTATION.

Now before you get your wundies in a bunch, let’s examine what “Clear Transpo” is exactly.

People buy cars for different reasons, but the reason to buy something like this… is to not have to think too much about it. It looks good, super comfy, super-efficient, reliable and fearless. As in, not one will steal it thinking they could get a lot for it or part it out. It’s a STRESS-FREE car.

And in many cases, that’s exactly what people need… and even me. A car that you don’t EVER have to worry about. Take you friends around town and although none of them might say, “hey this is a nice car,” they definitely won’t be complaining. They’ll just focus on where you’re going or the problem they are having with a girl or boy.

Like I said… stress-free. (Forget about the girl or boy issue.)

At a grand total of $35K for a completely stress-less car, this seems like a steal. 193hp, full electric mode, small enough to park anywhere and you could focus completely on your Edible Dog-Leash (EDL) entrepreneurial business. I mean, serious stuff.

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is still a winner. And being “Eco-focused” as Mr. O’Brien said above… is the new norm. Maybe that means that the 2019 model should be edible? Note to Hyundai: Make mine Chocolate-flavored.

Nicely done.



6.6l V12, 780hp, 560lb-ft at 9000rpm. So… it’s just about right. 😉

Thunderous 2019 RAM TRX to pump out Hellcat with 707hp…

Yup, now e’re getting serious with RAM. The new TRX will be getting Hellcatted with a boom to over 700hp. Just what you need for those tight Malibu traffic moments.

2018 GENESIS, VOLVO & MAZDA models coming to the Fireball Pad…

Over the next two months, I’ll get you guys the skinny on the following cars via the Vlog. I haven’t posted one in a couple days as I caught a bit of a cold from last weekend’s WHEELS AND WAVES.

But rest assured, lost of great Vlogs coming on the following 2018 Models. The GENESIS G90 & G80, VOLVO S90, V90 & XC60. And the MAZDA CX9. Here’s a few GENESIS VLOGS!

Plus a lot more as we approach 800 episodes of the show!