I finish out the class of 2016 with a vehicle that features a legendary name but actually arrives from a little boot-shaped country in the Mediterranean. The Jeep Renegade compact off-roader came to be thanks to the corporate influence of Fiat and proved to be quite a surprise of a vehicle.
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Kia’s funky little runabout gets some new “soul” for 2017. The Soul urban activity vehicle sees the addition of a turbocharged 1.6-liter GDI engine this model year along with a new 7-speed DCT automatic gearbox. It arrives in the Exclaim model and puts more fun in funky.
If you are looking for a child’s gift that is more traditional, involves no technology (as well as nothing to assemble), and can be personalized for the recipient look no further than Lost My Name. They offer books and games for children that incorporate the child into the text and illustrations.
Not your ordinary set of earphones, no sir. I recently had the opportunity to test the new ROAM GameON in-ear headphones and they seem to have set the bar higher when it comes to portable music and gaming. Co-created by ROAM and Atari, the new GameON units begin arriving just in time for the holidays.
Acura rolled out the third generation of its MDX three-row crossover utility vehicle three years ago and for model year 2017 it receives a bit of a makeover. Along with sporting a new beak the 2017 MDX arrived with a host of new technologies as well.
You don’t have to be a law enforcement officer to shop at 5.11 Tactical, although that is the company’s largest demographic. Many of the items they offer are perfect for other aspects of our lives including camping, hunting, hiking, and even home use. I found the TPT P5 14 Flashlight to be one such item.
Still looking for that perfect gift for the cook/gardener/crafts person in your life? How about the Techie Apron from Great Useful Stuff? When I first saw the press release announcing it I immediately thought it would be a useful item for my wife and she could buy me one, too.
Volkswagen says its GTI defined the term hot hatch – a fun-to-drive hatchback offering power, playful performance, refinement, and style. The latest iteration was North American Car of the Year for 2015 and recently we spent time behind the wheel of the 2016 Golf GTI.
Bluetooth wireless speakers have burst onto the scene like gangbusters. Recently I received a pair of BoostSound Bluetooth speakers from iClever and after spending some time with each I can see the attraction and need for items such as the iClever BTS-05 and BTS-07.
Still looking for that holiday gift for a child in your life? Playmates Toys has released a fun addition to its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle lineup called Talk-to-Me Mikey. It is an interactive Michelangelo that can respond in over 100 ways.
It has been no secret that the Jeep Grand Cherokee has been one of my favorite vehicles in recent years. The latest platform is very stable and solid both on road and off despite the model line going to unibody chassis. Our recent Overland tester showed some nice (and needed) upgrades to the JGC line.
Think you have enough Ironman or Captain America in your (child’s) life? Think again. App Dudes is happy to bring you its new Smartphone Stand – based on these two Marvel Super Heroes – that will entertain your kids while doubling as an alarm clock.
Honey, I shrunk the Acadia. Those were my exact thoughts when I first saw the redesigned 2017 Acadia three-row family crossover from GMC. And I kept thinking that when I learned it was powered by a four-cylinder engine. Can this new model fill the shoes of its previous generation?
As a child, I remember watching the record spin ‘round and ‘round on the turntable at home – and Dad yelling at us to stop making it skip. Vinyl albums went the way of the Dodo bird decades ago but wait – there is a new resurgence in long-playing albums, and Crosley Radio is at the forefront.
I came across a new (to me) product supplier recently when a couple of their e-mails landed in the suggestion box here at Gear Diary. Based in San Francisco, Great Useful Stuff is a self-described boutique-style online retailer, offering a range of products from children’s items to tech to travel, including this Travel Media Pouch.
In February, ZTE and Mojio announced an agreement to work on a connected car initiative. Today they are announcing the development of this technology as T-Mobile’s SyncUP DRIVE solution.
The temperatures outside may be decreasing, but the use of our devices does not wane. Thankfully, Yatra has launched its Music Muffs line of stylish over-the-ear headphones to extend your device usage will into the winter season.
Buick is back, and this IS a Buick. After years of marketing folks telling us what was not one of its models, Buick is alive and well in the large sedan – and sporting its new corporate face – in the form of the 2017 Buick LaCrosse.
When I first read the SpiderLight Holster Kickstarter campaign presser sent to GearDiary by Spider Camera Holster, I was a bit skeptical. I have seen a lot of new gear pop up on the market and so much of it did little to aid or improve my images or my shooting routine. SpiderLight changed my mind.
Nissan has finally rolled out the remainder of its Titan pickup line. Last model year we saw the first new Titan to roll off the assembly lines and it arrived in a 5/8-model branded Titan XD and powered by a Cummins diesel engine. For 2017 we see the half-ton models arriving with the V-8 gas engines.
If your life is a journey, Yatra wants to tag along. The technology product company prides itself in designing creative yet rugged items to help bridge our active, tech-forward lifestyles. Yatra itself is an ancient word for journey or voyage passage and Yatra products, like the Aquatune 5712 waterproof Bluetooth speaker we just tested, want to journey with you.