Based on my original review of this current generation of this popular compact SUV a year ago, I found it to be the “top of its class.” It certainly made some huge steps in terms of engineering, design, technology, and efficiency. Toyota is not complaining about this current generation of the RAV4 a bit.
Ford also did a shrewd move on making Bronco its own "brand." I understand why, since the Bronco serves a completely different purpose within Ford’s sales infrastructure. Mustang has a similar standing within Ford, as they are being developed into their own "brand" with the coupes, convertibles, and the Mach-E electric crossover.
The vehicle for the road trip could have easily been an SUV, but I feared it would be less efficient even the larger interior and cargo space. Heck, it could have been a pickup truck. I would have to utilize the back seat for the luggage and the "stowaway" to reside in. A smaller car would also have compromises with luggage compared to the Camry.
Just as we thought we were slowing down the pandemic, it started to kick back up. As my trip progressed, masks were required to be worn inside any business within the state of Kansas by governor’s orders. They also have been mandated in Kansas City, Missouri. While most people complied, I found others who were brazen enough to enter stores without one.
The Mid-Continent Road Trip has shifted west into Kansas. It was also a “request stop.” This may require a long backstory with some explanations and naming names. However, that was never on my agenda on this road trip. I wanted to bless this experience by gaining new experiences, driving on new roads, and absorbing new destinations – and states driven in.
It should be a day of celebration, regardless of your political theories. However, something feels strange on this national holiday. Let’s face it, we’re a divided nation standing on both of sides of a chasm as big as the Grand Canyon. One side of the proverbial canyon fells like celebrating. The other is still upset over the powder keg that blew last month on the streets of Minneapolis and around the world.
I know. That is an audacious statement. It is not without data, impressions, I know. That is an audacious statement. It is not without data, impressions, and results. However, it has always been a basis of argument between myself, my colleagues in the automotive media, the readership, and anyone else who wants to start a conversation about vehicles in the most important automotive segment today.