Land Rover vehicles are popular among drivers for their exquisite style, premium build, and luxurious look. There is a family of vehicles within this set. They are a spectrum of Ranger Rover models. These vehicles have a compelling design, advanced tech features and offer power-packed performance on and off the road. The vehicles in this family all come with an AWD drive configuration.
MSRP stands for manufacturer’s suggested retail price, and it represents a good baseline for what you can expect to pay for most vehicles. When a new model is on the horizon, people want to know the MSRP, and the EQS is a new model. Learn about 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS trim levels and pricing right here. While you’re on the Aristocrat Motors website, feel free to check out our current new Mercedes-Benz inventory in Merriam, KS.
The quality that comes with every Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz in Merriam, KS is one that every driver can feel good about. Just as Mercedes-Benz strives to set new industry standards with creation and innovation for their new models, that same level of commitment can be seen long after each vehicle has been driven off the lot for the first time. Already subjected to a series of rigorous testing; now each driver who chooses to purchase a Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz in Merriam, KS has the peace of mind in knowing that no matter how many miles are on the vehicle, Mercedes-Benz stands behind their product. The first warranty of its kind in the industry, Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are backed with an unlimited mileage warranty. To learn more about the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Own Unlimited Mileage Warranty you can contact us online here.
Standards That Never Rest
Even though every Mercedes-Benz vehicle is built to meet uncompromising standards, not just any three-pointed star sedan, convertible, van, SUV, or crossover can earn the right to be classified as “Certified Pre-Owned”, first it must undergo a series of grueling tests and examinations. By the time each Mercedes-Benz is finished being tested by a Certified-Trained Mercedes-Benz Technician it must pass each series of tests that inspects everything from the vehicle’s power window and heated seats to the major mechanical components of the vehicle like the engine, transmission, driveshaft and more. All said and done, the vehicle must pass at least 155 points or more of inspection.
11 Point General Inspection – The inspection begins with a detailed look at the vehicle’s mileage/history and the owner’s manuals and spare keys are assembled.
13 Point Engine Compartment and Pre-Road Test Checks – All fluid levels are checked along with major mechanical parts such as the engine, transmission, axles etc.
16 Point Engine Component and System Condition Check – Comprehensive examination of your Mercedes-Benz engine components such as the belts, filters, spark plugs etc.
32 Point Electrical Systems and Function Test – Everything on the vehicle that takes a charge from the fuses to the heated seats are examined to ensure they are all in operating condition.
17 Point Undercarriage/ Drive Train – Suspension, brakes, wheels, tires, driveshaft and everything else under the vehicle undergoes an exhausting examination.
26 Point Chassis/ Body –The body and structure of the vehicle is examined from the seat belts to the vanity mirrors is checked for superior quality.
14 Point Road Test –The vehicle gets put into full operating mode from the driver’s seat to makes sure there are no unwanted noises and the vehicle and it handles and feels the way it should.
3 Point Post Road Test –After the road test is completed the vehicle gets reexamined and checked for leaks, fluid levels stayed maintained and that temperature levels remained stable.
32 Point Appearance Test- Any vehicle dents, dings, scratches and imperfections are removed as best as possible and a high-quality fit and finish is applied both inside and out.
No matter what the odometer says we take our time and check every system and part.
If you want to check out our current inventory of Certified Pre-Owned vehicles we invite you to shop online before you come down to dealership.
Porsche’s all-electric sedan family has grown by one. The Taycan 4S, Taycan Turbo, and Taycan Turbo S are now joined by a rear-wheel-drive model, now simply called Taycan. Because there is no front power unit, this variant weighs about 200 pounds less and that should manifest in greater agility.
Driving fun is what you expect from Porsche. The new model has a base price of $79,900, not including a $1,350 delivery fee, and it qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit. The base Taycan comes with a 79.2 kWh Performance Battery with a range of 200 miles and an average of 79 miles-per-gallon equivalent. The EPA’s rating is conservative and, in my experience, it is possible to exceed projected range by driving moderately. That’s not easy, however, because electric motors deliver maximum torque at the slight touch of the accelerator, so it’s tempting to give the pedal a quick jab now and then to feel the surge. The standard battery Performance Battery provides the power to produce up to 402 horsepower (300 kW) and 254 pound-feet of torque. The optional Performance Battery Plus lets the motor deliver up to 469 horsepower (350 kW) and 263 pound-feet of torque. Regardless of battery configuration, the Taycan can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and has a top track speed of 143 mph. With the standard battery, the Taycan covers the quarter mile in 13.7 seconds, while the larger pack shortens the sprint to 13.5 seconds.
Charging time is another important aspect of an electric car. Porsche is the first company to use an 800-volt system instead of the usual 400 volts. The Performance Battery can charge at up to 225 kW. When connected to a high-speed DC fast charger, it can take just 22.5 minutes to reach an 80-percent charge. Home chargers will take longer.
The Taycan shares the same rear power unit and battery architecture as the Taycan 4S. It has a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor with a rotor diameter of 245 mm and length of 130 mm, as well as a 600-amp pulse inverter. Porsche is the first electric car maker to use a two-speed transmission because it offers more relaxed cruising. The car usually starts in second gear in normal mode but full throttle engages first gear. The Taycan comes standard with 19-inch Taycan Aero wheels, six-piston front brakes, and four-piston rear brakes. The car I drove had optional 20-inch Sport Aero Wheels.
As on other Porsche Taycan models, Porsche Surface Coated Brakes and Porsche Ceramic Coated Brakes, as well as 20- and 21-inch wheels are optional. Regenerative braking via the brake pedal remains, as does its class-leading 265 kW recuperation rate. The standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) adjusts the dampers from soft for comfortable highway cruising to stiff for the track or mountain road. The suspension setting can be controlled independently via the touchscreen or dash button or together with powertrain calibration via the touchscreen or optional steering- wheel-mounted mode dial. Adaptive air suspension is also an option. The chassis rides on a 114.2-inch wheelbase. The profile is a cross between a 911 and a Panamera sedan. The battery pack resides under the floor and helps give the car a low center of gravity and near perfect weight distribution for sports-car handling. Rear-wheel drive contributes to handling that is crisp and responsive.
The drag coefficient of 0.24 means this is the most aerodynamically efficient production Porsche and that means longer range and quieter cruising. Wind noise at highway speed is minimal. The optional air suspension lowers the car slightly at speed for even greater efficiency. The interior is typical Porsche. Comfortable seats with a relatively tall center console cradle the driver and front-seat passenger. All of the instruments are digital and they can be reconfigured in several ways to suit the needs of the driver. Two touchscreens are located in the instrument panel – one in the center and one in front of the passenger. The passenger can control navigation, audio, and climate from his or her own screen. The console also has a touchscreen. The car I drove had the basic all black interior that was so subdued I think it would look richer with more bright trim. The same features found on other Taycan variants are all here: Porsche Connect with Apple CarPlay, Function on Demand, Plug and Charge, Apple Music, over-the-air updates, and three years of free Electrify America charging – all included with the car as standard. Taycan owners can purchase various convenience and assist functions even after having taken delivery of their new car via over-the-air updates. For example, Porsche Intelligent Range Manager (PIRM) is already available as a Function on Demand. Active Lane Keep Assist and Porsche InnoDrive (available for cars equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control) will also be added. Customers can choose whether they want to purchase the respective function permanently or subscribe on a monthly basis. If they opt for a monthly subscription they will get a three-month trial. For 2021, four functions will be available for purchase and three will be available as monthly subscriptions.
The car I drove had a base price of $79,900. Options included white metallic paint, black and Bordeaux Red leather interior, heated steering wheel, 20-inch Sport Aero wheels, ventilated front seats, rear 2+1 seats, Porsche crests on front and rear headrests, Lane Change Assist, LED headlights, BOSE surround sound, Porsche Electric Sport Sound, 14-way power seats, all-season tires, and the Premium Package that consists of ionizer, ambient lighting, fixed panoramic glass roof, storage package and surround-view cameras. The sticker price was $98,430 including delivery.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR / PHOTOGRAPHER Tom Strongman has a degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri and was formerly the director of photography and then the automotive editor of The Kansas City Star. Tom, a member of the Missouri Press Association Photojournalism Hall of Fame, has written about and photographed cars for more than three decades.
Recently our Porsche of Kansas City service area played host to Geeks for Kids as they celebrated four years of building custom electric cars for kids with mobility limitations. Geeks for Kids, is an all-volunteer non-profit where teams build electric, toy cars so that kids with mobility limitations can play with other kids as well as explore on their own and have a level of freedom not found in their day to day life.
Maybe you’ve never heard of Geeks for Kids, that’s ok we’d love to tell you about them, however they do an amazing job of telling their own story so we will just let them tell you.
Over 500,000 American kids under the age of five have mobility challenges, and few have access to devices that give them free movement. Most insurance programs only provide electric wheelchairs for school-aged kids, and few parents can afford to buy electric wheelchairs on their own. These wheelchairs can cost nearly $17,000. This lack of independent movement severely limits younger kids’ interactions with their environment and with other kids.
Without free movement, these kids cannot grow and learn as their peers do. Even older kids with wheelchairs are often left on the sidelines as other kids run and play. The latest study, published recently in the journal Pediatric Physical Therapy, compared the activity of typically-developing toddlers to those with disabilities. The researchers found that typically-developing toddlers spend about an hour per day in direct play interactions with their peers, while toddlers with disabilities affecting mobility spend only six to twenty minutes per day in similar interactions.
Geeks for Kids strives to change the way these kids experience their world. They give kids a chance to move about and explore freely – not experience life as passive observers from strollers and wheelchairs. Plus, they make them feel “cool” with a hot rod that excites and engages their peers and encourages them to play together.
The Geeks for Kids mission is:
To give kids with movement limitations the freedom to experience their world.
To help them explore, learn and grow.
To empower the high school and college engineering students who help build these cars to invent and build real, life-changing solutions.
And, to bring the community together to do good things for kids.
Twenty-one kids received their custom vehicles this year and their smiles were priceless and the #Power2Play immeasurable. We couldn’t have been more proud to have hosted such a uplifting event where young minds work to create real-life solutions that improve the lives and experiences of not only the children but their families as well.
For almost 50 years, the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) emergency crisis line has offered support to sexual assault and abuse survivors and the people around them 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s part of an extraordinary legacy for the organization, which got its start in 1969 as an effort between criminal justice, health, mental health, and other professions that came together to address the needs of those that had been sexually assaulted. “Today, MOCSA continues to be the sole rape crisis center serving the greater Kanas City metro area, and we have a unique service model that focuses not only on advocacy and response and support, but also education and prevention, as well,” explains President and CEO Julie Donelon. “We look at it from a very holistic point of view to impact the issue and change the culture in our city.”
SERVING THE COMMUNITY
MOCSA serves Kansas City through three major programs: advocacy, counseling, and education and prevention. In addition to the emergency crisis line, which is always answered by a live person, MOCSA also provides hospital advocacy, sending a staff member or volunteer to offer support or intervention while survivors undergo sexual assault exams at area hospitals. The organization’s advocacy efforts continue, whether a survivor goes through the criminal justice process, wants help navigating a school’s Title IX procedures, or needs assistance breaking a lease to get out of an unsafe situation. “Survivors often feel like they’re to blame, like they’ve done something wrong,” Donelon says. “They’ve seen how other survivors are treated when they come forward, through the news stories or the media or from reactions from friends and family that they’ve heard, and so a lot of times, they’re just very uncertain of what to do and who to tell, because they’re very vulnerable. They understand that likely their character will be attacked, but not that of the perpetrator’s. We want to make sure that we do everything to allow the victims to come forward and get the support that they need while they work their way through that whole process.”
MOCSA offers counseling programs for those 4 years and up who have been impacted by child sexual abuse, as well as adult survivors of child sexual abuse, and adult and adolescent survivors of sexual violence. Additionally, the nonprofit works in more than 30 area school districts providing education and awareness programming for preschoolers through college students, as well as to community and professional groups. MOCSA also delivers Safe Bar training in bars and restaurants throughout the community to help educate staff about how to respond when they see dangerous situations.
The organization’s impact is considerable. The education and prevention department serves 65,000 annually. In 2019, MOCSA saw 1,500 individuals for counseling services, and it assists 1,400 annually through advocacy efforts, in addition to answering about 5,500 calls per year on the crisis line.
During the pandemic, MOCSA shifted to offering services remotely, including counseling and hospital visits. Donelon says her team has also noticed a shift in community need during this unprecedented time: More people are dealing with relationship violence as sheltering in place is encouraged and access to social support systems is limited. Sadly, child sexual abuse cases are also on the rise, since many children don’t have the access they once did to trusted adults outside their home they can confide in.
CHANGING THE CULTURE
Despite the troubling times we are in, there is cause for hope. Donelon says she has seen a dramatic shift in attitudes regarding sexual assault during her 25 years working in the advocacy space. “It has gone from people not talking about it, people keeping it a secret and being ashamed and embarrassed about it, to having open conversations,” she says. “I’m just so optimistic because we’ve come some far in those 25 years I’ve been in the field, and I’ve been able to see the progress. I’m really eager for the next 25 and to see what more progress we can make.” Unfortunately, Donelon says myths about sexual assault are still pervasive in our society: That the victim was “asking” to be assaulted because of how she/he was dressed or behaving; that rapists are strangers that strike in isolated locations; and that only women can be victims. “I think the biggest challenge is changing the community’s perception about sexual violence,” Donelon says. “People often think sexual violence is something that happens to other people. But we know that sexual violence can happen to anyone, and does. The people that we work with, these survivors, are children, are mothers and fathers, are brothers and sisters, are family members, are friends and colleagues. Nobody is immune from it, and I think it’s really important that people understand it’s not just something that happens to other people. Because of that, we all have a role to play in preventing sexual violence and responding to it.” To learn more about MOCSA, access the organization’s services, or offer financial or volunteer support, visit mocsa.org.
Maserati and Ferrari. Performance and Passion. Two iconic Italian brands deep with legend make a winning combination for aficionados who appreciate automobiles with a blood-red soul. Maserati’s Trofeo packages inject excitement into the 2021 models of the Quattroporte, Levante, and Ghibli by stuffing a Ferrari-designed twin-turbo V-8 under the hood. Putting the Trofeo package into the Ghibli and Quattroporte “accentuates the two sedans’ sporting spirit, by transforming them into the fastest production Maserati road cars ever,” says Maserati. Maserati was one of the first companies to introduce the concept of a performance luxury sedan in the 1960s before such a concept really existed. The Ghibli Trofeo takes the luxury-performance paradigm up a notch because it marries tire-spinning performance with an interior that is swathed in rich leather and carbon-fiber trim. Competitors include the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the Audi A6. This is the first time the mid-size Ghibli has been given a V-8 engine, and Maserati says the result is their fastest production road car ever. It can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds and has a top track-speed of 203 miles per hour. That’s not a misprint. This four-passenger, road-legal sedan is capable to breaking 200 mph, a top speed that is greater than all but a handful of exotic supercars. And yet it is perfectly comfortable strolling around town during everyday driving.
That’s the beauty of today’s automotive technology: Searing performance coupled with mild manners. Fuel economy is 13 miles per gallon in the city and 20 on the highway, not bad considering the power and performance, but it does require a $3,700 gas guzzler penalty.
This 3.8-liter, twin-turbo gem spins up power as sweetly as the blender that whips your morning smoothie, and the 580 horsepower delivers a bigger kick than a double espresso. One dab of the throttle and you’re definitely awake. Using a twin-scroll turbocharger for each cylinder bank yields a wide powerband and accounts for the engine’s ability to be docile at low speed and fierce when the throttle gets flattened. Stab the Sport Corsa button on the console and you’ll unleash the beast. The exhaust becomes throatier, the throttle more responsive, and all 580 horses strain to run. That’s when you really understand why the Trofeo is so special. Launch control. The Trofeo rides on beautiful Orione 21-inch wheels shod with high-performance Pirelli tires. Aided by traction control and antilock brakes and an advanced driver assistance system that predicts driving situations in advance and adapts the engine speed and brakes accordingly. Maserati says this system intervenes more smoothly than most vehicle stability control systems. It also offers Level 2 Autonomous Driving.
Maserati’s Skyhook suspension system – yes, that’s the actual name – uses acceleration sensors to continuously monitor and adjust the dampers, or shock absorbers, at each wheel in real time. Consequently, the Ghibli responds intuitively to driving conditions. Comfort is the default suspension setting and Sport is selected by a switch on the console. In Comfort, the ride quality is compliant at moderate speeds. I would be concerned about the vulnerability of the rims on rough roads, however. The interior is rich in luxurious details that underline the Trofeo’s sporty personality without sacrificing the typical Maserati elegance. A high-resolution, 10.1-inch display with multi-touch function is integrated into the center of the instrument panel. The center console has a spot for wirelessly charging cell phones. The Trofeo’s cabin underlines the car’s sporty, high-performance nature of the Trofeo. The interior is wrapped in what Maserati calls “Pieno Fiore” full-grain natural leather. The seats are deep and comfortable, with the Trofeo logo embroidered into the headrests. Carbon fiber accents are used throughout, and the car I drove had the optional exterior carbon fiber trim package. Even the tiniest interior detail such as the small analog clock perched atop the dash is impeccably styled to emphasize elegance. When you’re tired of being entertained by sound of the V-8 engine, you can tune your ears to one of two sound systems: The Harman Kardon Premium Sound System (four woofers, four tweeters, one centre fill, and one sub with amplifier, giving a total of 650 W) is standard, and the Bowers & Wilkins High Premium Sound System (15 speakers totalling 1,280 W) is optional.
As expected for a car in this segment, the list of driving assistance and safety features is extensive. Adapative cruise control with stop-and-go function, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot assist, traffic-sign recognition, forwardcollision warning, advanced brake assist, and autonomous emergency braking are all there. Active Driving Assist is a Level 2 autonomous system that keeps the car in its lane in concert with the adaptive cruise control. It still requires “hands on the wheel” but reduces driver fatigue, according to Maserati. A rearview camera, cross-path detection and optional surround view are also standard.
Maserati has a four-year, 50,000-mile warranty. Performance runs deep in the history of Maserati. According to the company’s website, Rodolfo Maserati, a railroad worker, and his wife, Carolina, had seven children, “all of whom inherited their father’s passion for speed and performance.” In 1914, the Maserati brothers – Alfieri, Ettore, Ernesto, and Bindo – opened the Officine Alfieri Maserati “car workshop” in Bologna, Italy. The Tipo 26, born in 1926, was the first car to carry the Maserati name and Trident logo that was inspired by the fountain of Neptune in Bologna. If the brothers could experience the Trofeo today, it would be beyond their wildest dreams.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR / PHOTOGRAPHER Tom Strongman has a degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri and was formerly the director of photography and then the automotive editor of The Kansas City Star. Tom, a member of the Missouri Press Association Photojournalism Hall of Fame, has written about and photographed cars for more than three decades
While winning awards is nice and makes us very appreciative, we do what we do and how we do it because we believe in delivering a level of luxury customer experience that is unparalleled not only in the Kansas City area but across the country.
Being rated a top-dealer by any of these sites requires an average review rating of 4.5 stars or higher out of a total of 5 stars. We don’t take this lightly, we want every experience at our dealerships to be unmatched for its level of care, trust, and service. Whether our customer is here to shop for a new vehicle or to service their existing one we believe everyone who walks through our doors to be deserving of and worth the time it takes to communicate fully and deliver on what we promise.
“We are thrilled to recognize Aristocrat Motors as a 2021 Top Rated Dealer,” said Sam Zales, President and COO at CarGurus. “CarGurus is known as the leader for trust and transparency in car shopping, and we are proud to honor all of the dealerships that reflect the same values. The Top Rated Dealer program gives dealerships like Aristocrat Motors the opportunity to showcase their customer service excellence, and we applaud their high standards.”
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Once you learn more about this luxury SUV with it’s turbo-charged engine you’ll want to experience it for yourself.
Many luxury SUVs sacrifice good driving dynamics for the commanding seating position SUV enthusiasts love, but with the Jaguar E-PACE you can have both. Up against familiar rivals, the E-PACE more than holds its own with its own selection of powerful turbocharged engines, captivating style and impressive capabilities both on- and off-road. And with pricing starting at just $39,950, the 2020 Jaguar E-PACE provides an abundance of luxury for your investment.
Performance Specifications and Interior Highlights of the 2020 Jaguar E-PACE Luxury SUV
When you browse from our selection of 2020 Jaguar E-PACE models, you’ll experience the luxury SUV in six premium grades – E-PACE, SE, R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic SE, R-Dynamic HSE and the all-new Checkered Flag Edition. The SUV features luxurious seating for five passengers with 24.2 cubic feet of standard cargo space behind the rear seats. All versions are fitted with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which generates 246 horsepower on E-Pace, S and SE models. On R-Dynamic S, SE and HSE models, the engine gets retuned to 296 horsepower.
With its athletic platform and power-packed roster of turbocharged engines, the Jaguar E-PACE has become somewhat of a favorite for our Kansas City clients. Even at its most basic form the 2020 Jaguar E-PACE features 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, full-grain leather-trimmed seats, a rearview camera and a 10-inch Jaguar Touch Pro™ touchscreen. Standard driver assists include automated emergency braking, front/rear parking sensors and lane-keeping assist.
Visit us online to view our remaining 2020 inventory but also to discover our current financing deals on all remaining 2020 Jaguars.
When the Maserati Levante Trofeo launched in 2018, it sent a shockwave through the segment as the most extreme Levante to ever see the street. This year a legend becomes a collection as Maserati places the Trofeo badge on what we can confidently call the fastest, most powerful versions of the iconic Quattroporte and Ghibli sports sedans.
At the crossroads of power and Italian craftsmanship, the Maserati Trofeo Collection is a refined declaration of performance. Each entry in the Maserati Trofeo Collection is engineered for driving perfection, pairing massive power with a driver-centric technology package. Features are designed to engage and excite the senses with the Launch Control electronic aid, Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC), Level 2 Advanced Driving Assistance Systems, and a “Corsa Mode” that enables faster throttle response, instantaneous gear shifts, and a powerful exhaust soundtrack.
3.8L V8 Twin Turbo
580 hp @ 6,750 rpm
0-60 mph in 4.2 sec.
Top speed of 203 mph
3.8L V8 Twin Turbo
580 hp @ 6,750 rpm
0-60 mph in 3.7 sec.
Top speed of 187 mph
3.8L V8 Twin Turbo
580 hp @ 6,750 rpm
0-60 mph in 4.0 sec. Top speed of 203 mph
The entries of the Maserati Trofeo Collection are masters of the pavement, and they look just as stunning as they perform. Each design is inspired by the concept of speed through the lens of timeless Italian beauty. In nature, some animals have flashy traits that signal a warning to potential challengers. There’s no need to hide if you can fight, after all. The details of the Trofeo Collection confirm what you already know to be true – these are sports cars of the highest order. There are aerodynamic details in high-gloss carbon fiber, dark finish taillights, race-inspired wheels, and air vents accentuated by red accents.
The Trofeo Collection may be inspired by the world of racing, but it is uncompromising when it comes to luxury and comfort. Each interior in the collection features sculpted natural leather sports seats, carbon fiber patterns, a Trofeo-specific instrument cluster, cutting-edge technology, and a concert-hall sound system.