Car Update

Had a few days now using the car to get around, and some time to set up all of the high-tech features.

My parking spot at work, with yet another new car sitting in it.

The Kicks is really a nice little car, but I’m still of the opinion that it needs another 50 horsepower or so. My first day of driving it was on a 90+ degree day, so I was running the AC – and the AC compressor probably sucks up 25-30 of the 125 horsepower, so it was really sluggish.

With it having cooled off a bit outside and the second-hand California blown out of the state, I can run with the windows down – and that helps the power problem quite a bit. Though there’s still the fact highway speeds here are 75mph, and the car’s top speed is about 90mph… And we have these things called mountains that have a lot of ‘up’ and the air is pretty thin even here in town…

If there was ever a textbook example of why a car needs a turbo, it’s the mix of Kicks and Colorado that really illustrate the need.

As for the high-tech bits, those are pretty neat.

The car is full of creature comforts and the stereo never fails to impress, and I now have all of its online features working…

Yes, the car has its own cellular modem that it uses to perform some of the telematics as well as being a roaming wifi hotspot. The telematics portion offers some interesting options though…

There’s an app for that…

From the ‘app’ on the phone you can find the car on a map or flash the lights / honk the horn, lock/unlock it, and remote start it. The app also shows things like tire pressures, how much gas is in the tank, the odometer, the results of the start-up systems check, and time/miles to the next service.

Neat!

All of this also shows up on the Nissan “owner portal” website. The website has all of the manuals, service info, and a selection of up-sale opportunities (naturally), but it works fairly well to keep track of the car.

So, all in all it’s a really nice car – I might just have to design a turbo kit for it…

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