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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-15-2017, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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3 week review and comments...

We’ve had the KL for more than a couple weeks and I thought I’d give those interested an update.

I guess buying a car every 10 years or so means you get a big step-up with each vehicle, so it’s no surprise that we absolutely love our KL and its amazing features.

Heated seats and steering wheel: Now a must for us and something we will no longer live without.

Adaptive Cruise Control: Another great feature that’s a must from now on.

ESS: I like it, but still take notice of it every time the engine shuts off. My wife has driven lots of electric cars for the City of Calgary, so she’s totally used to this.

The other safety features are nice, but being cautious drivers means we don’t rely on them and, with the exception of blind-spot monitoring, have to go out of our way to engage them. They’re good to have and will probably have them on all future vehicles.

Fuel economy: As we don’t often drive to work, this has not been much of an issue. We’ve only filled up the tank twice and due to the poor weather, haven’t taken the KL out for a solid road trip—we just reached 700kms on the odometer. Compared to our 2006 Pontiac Vibe AWD, the KL has a larger tank, so the price of a fill-up is a bit higher. One of these days soon we’ll drive out to the mountains and probably have a much better idea.

Premium Audio: Sounds amazing to us. Love it.

Sunroof: Awesome. Ours doesn’t make a sound(yet?), but after sitting in the back seat while on a night drive, if the rear seats were heated, I’d be there watching the sky all the time.

The interior is simply gorgeous. We love it and think it has a real upscale look to it. The controls are well thought out. The leather seats actually feel like leather, and the leg room is a huge upgrade from our Vibe. Cargo room is more than adequate, but we don’t have kids and so don’t need more. Bought the Storage Tote to keep shopping bags in, and the Carpeted Cargo Area Mat to keep things looking good in the trunk. Even with the full-size spare, we can store various odds and ends down there.

Remote Start: Never in a million years did either one of us think we’d use a remote start. But when it’s been really cold, we found ourselves using it often. It seems well integrated and having the heated steering wheel and driver’s seat activate automatically is simply terrific.

The blacked-out trim of the High Altitude edition is beautiful and even my wife has fallen in love with the look of it. The Firecracker Red is really bright and easy to spot in a parking lot or sitting in traffic. Last week my wife came to pick me up downtown. She got stuck in traffic by city hall and when I was looking for her on the street, immediately noticed the bright-red rear-view mirror of our KL standing out like a sore thumb amongst all the silver and white cars on the street.

We just purchased a trailer hitch and ball. It has an 8 inch drop and we’ll know this weekend if it’s the proper height for our Aliner trailer. We’ve got a camping trip planned for May and are looking forward to experiencing towing with this beast.

All in all we’re both extremely happy with the KL, now named, Radar. There’s nothing we dislike about it and have not had any issues or weird quirks pop-up. The transmission is smooth, the ride is very nice, and the road noise is so much better than what we’re used to. We still haven’t been out on any adventures, but that’ll come very soon. Before next winter we’ll be buy a set of winter tires and maybe some rims for them, but in the meantime, Radar is just perfect for us.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-15-2017, 07:07 PM
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Welcome to the forum. Since you are adding the hitch, towing capacity is only 2,000 pounds. The tow package from the factory allows for 5,000 pounds.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-15-2017, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by dhh3 View Post
Welcome to the forum. Since you are adding the hitch, towing capacity is only 2,000 pounds. The tow package from the factory allows for 5,000 pounds.
Sorry, I wasn't clear. We do have the factory installed towing package. I was commenting on the hitch arm itself that we just purchased.
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Originally Posted by dhh3 View Post
Welcome to the forum. Since you are adding the hitch, towing capacity is only 2,000 pounds. The tow package from the factory allows for 5,000 pounds.
Factory tow is 4500 lbs.

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gvw towing is 5500 lbs...



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Nice report. Thanks for the review. And welcome to the forum!!

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Welcome to JCC and congrats on your new ride...


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