It seems like almost every time I turn my had in traffic, I see a Toyota RAV4, regardless of the generation. When I last had the opportunity to spend a week in a RAV4, it was a 2009 RAV4 Sport with the strong 3.5 liter V6; though I wasn’t thrilled with the looks and interior quality of that third-generation RAV4, it was perhaps the lightest vehicle that Toyota installed the 3.5 liter V6 into; not surprisingly, the little crossover was very quick. Fast forward to 2013, and Toyota now has an all-new fourth generation RAV4 on the market, and I’m already seeing them everywhere. The V6 is gone, but there’s a new, larger and more powerful four cylinder engine, and both the interior materials and design and the exterior design have been upgraded. It was time to re-visit the RAV4.
Reading my bio, you will see that I’m Techshake’s Swedish car guy. I’m a habitual Saab owner, having had at least one Saab in the fleet since 1996, and for several of those years there were two of them.
If you have read my “Saab Awakening” article, you’ll know that one of the first cars I ever lusted after was a Saab convertible, back in the late 1980s; I’ve had a special place in my heart for Saab convertibles ever since. I was able to review a 2008 Saab 9-3 Aero cabrio for Techshake, and after seeing the 2012 Independence Edition 9-3 Cabrio at the Geneva Auto Show in 2011, I ordered one for myself. While I eventually got my deposit back from the dealer after Saab halted production, I didn’t get my convertible, but I have kept my eyes open for the right one ever since.
In a move to give buyers a visual link to its efforts in motorsports racing as well as a contender against performance spec variants of rivals such as the Mercedes SLS and the Audi R8 , Lamborghini has unveiled the Gallarado LP 570-4 Squadra Corse, which is a road legal version of the Gallardo Super Trofeo race car, and should impress interested buyers when it makes its official debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show this fall.
Techshake readers generally tend to be more in tune with the car business than the average person is. My wife has no idea who Bob Lutz is, but if I were standing around the water cooler at 100 Techshake Plaza chatting with my colleagues, of course they’d know that I was referring to the former GM vice chairman, former Chrysler president, the father of the Viper and 1994 Ram pickup, the consummate car guy. During his career, when the outspoken Lutz had something to say, people tended to listen, even if he was sometimes off base with some of what he said.
I have to begin this product review with a bit of a confession: I hate the taste of coffee and have never had a shot of espresso. That may perhaps make me the least-qualified reviewer in history of an espresso maker.
With that out of the way, I am quite good a plugging things into my car’s 12 volt power outlets (currently I am asking my car to power a radar detector, iPhone, and a dashcam that I’m testing) and do enjoy drinking lattes from time to time (as long as they have enough caramel and/or sugar). And hey, what’s one of two main ingredients in a latte? Espresso, of course. So I made a few lattes with it, but with hot milk and not steamed milk.