BIG MAN RIDES: 2018 Chevy Cruze (3800 mile supertest)


When you are a large person, your always aware of space.  Can I fit in that chair is it strong? When it comes to size the rule of thumb, is a large exterior equals a large interior.  In the past, I would typically rent a full size car or larger. One year, a rental carContinue reading “BIG MAN RIDES: 2018 Chevy Cruze (3800 mile supertest)”

Big Man Rides 2018 Kia Nero


With gasoline prices being what they are, one would question why would Kia bring a small hybrid to market, when Toyota can’t give the Prius away?    However, this is the same company that has just introduced the Kia Stinger at a time when the public are buying SUVs. Nearly two decades ago I rentedContinue reading “Big Man Rides 2018 Kia Nero”

Kia better than Porsche? Dodge better than Honda? What in the World?


Yes, its true however keep in mind these are in initial quality.  Long term, Honda may be a safer choice, but this quite an accomplishment from the Koreans and American auto makers. Electronics have been particularly  bothersome for many automakers. If your not buying a luxury car you may consider sticking to the basic radioContinue reading “Kia better than Porsche? Dodge better than Honda? What in the World?”

You want a ride like the Pope? Fiat is waiting


A few years ago I tested the Fiat 500L, A very roomy car, I liked it but I was the minority. With the country currently in a state of Popepalooza . A few people may be eyeing the 500L. A way to be closer to the pontiff. CityFella https://sacratomatovillepost.com/2013/09/09/big-man-rides-2014-fiat-500-l-the-next-big-thing/

BIG MAN RIDES: 2015 Chrysler 200


2015 Chrysler 200 Sorry had to go there It’s difficult to write about the new Chrysler 200 without talking about the old Chrysler 200.   The old 200 and its twin the Dodge Avenger were not horrible cars, they just weren’t good cars.   They were products of the old Daimler (Mercedes Benz) Chrysler marriage.Continue reading “BIG MAN RIDES: 2015 Chrysler 200”

BIG MAN RIDES 2014 Ford Escape


I’m not a fan of Sport Utilities Vehicles.  First and foremost, they’re not much fun to drive, they are not fuel efficient, and not especially roomy( Mini vans  generally offer much more room take up less space and drink less gas). However, they make a lot of money for the auto industry anywhere from 5Continue reading “BIG MAN RIDES 2014 Ford Escape”

BIG MAN RIDES: A Brief Visit with 2014 Dodge Dart GT


By CityFella: Chrysler is on a roll ,every month the company is breaking records.  In March their sales were up 13% .  For the first time Chrysler sold more trucks than Chevy, becoming the second best selling vehicle in the US after the Ford F 150.  Chrysler saw huge increases in Jeep (up 47%)  RamContinue reading “BIG MAN RIDES: A Brief Visit with 2014 Dodge Dart GT”

2014 Ford Fiesta ST (The Sleeper)


What is a Sleeper? One that achieves unexpected recognition or success, as a racehorse or movie. Others may call a sleeper an overachiever.  Datsun 510, Pontiac G8, Dodge Neon, American Motors AMX, Mazda RX7 are just some of the overachievers of the day.   Back in the seventies, some called the old Buick Skylark aContinue reading “2014 Ford Fiesta ST (The Sleeper)”

BIG MAN RIDES: 2014 Kia Optima SX


When the 2011 Kia Optima debuted at the New York Auto show in 2010, the world gasped KIA? No one remembers Kia, their cars were more than boring, they were meh, nothing.   There appeal  price, they where cheap. Then someone at Kia hired Peter Schreyer from Audi.    He is currently the Chief Design officerContinue reading “BIG MAN RIDES: 2014 Kia Optima SX”

How do you turn on the Radio ?


Auto Infotainment systems problematic for renters and automakers  By:CityFella For decades, the left knob turned on the radio and the right knob changed the station. By the eighties automakers added a  power button. Well that was so 2007.  In many cars the power button and the knobs have been replaced with touchscreens and interfaces. You’ve EnteredContinue reading “How do you turn on the Radio ?”