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And that’s the big takeaway with the Kia Telluride: it’s genuinely impressive how many things Kia was able to execute very well while still building a compromise. The attention to detail at this level of the segment is what sets it apart more than being the best at any one thing. So with all sincerity, if you’re shopping for a 7 seat SUV, this should for sure be on your list to test drive. Though if you really need 7 seats, just buy a minivan. SUVs are too compromised. ⁣ ⁣ The video link is in our profile, check it out! Click it! We love you!⁣ ⁣ #ApexAdjacentKiaTellurideWeek #KiaTellurideWeek #Kia #KiaTelluride #2020KiaTelluride #Telluride #SUV #SevenSeats #7Seats #SevenSeatSUV #7SeatSUV #Compromise #ApexAdjacent #ApexAdjacentPodcast #car #cars #auto #automotive #rmap #rmapmedia #rmapmedia2020 #rmde #rmde2019 #SuperHappyFriendshipCarReview #SHFCR


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Just look at that paint! 😍😍😍 In case all this talk of compromise with the Kia Telluride is getting you down, there are some real bright spots. Really! The blind-spot camera, which pops up in between the gauges when you activate the turn signal, is legitimately great. It’s so good that it’s a little annoying – 17 year old us would be very upset for having any opinion at all about it and, yet, here we are. We haven’t stopped thinking about it for weeks. Dave can’t stop talking about the little louvers on the side mirrors. Maybe they reduce wind noise, maybe they don't, but we noticed and like them. You can tell the seating position was a priority. The wood trim feels like wood. You can actually – and this may come as a shock in our modern age – see out of the damn thing. The video link is in our profile, check it out! Click it! With your whole face! #ApexAdjacentKiaTellurideWeek #KiaTellurideWeek #Kia #KiaTelluride #2020KiaTelluride #Telluride #SUV #SevenSeats #7Seats #SevenSeatSUV #7SeatSUV #Compromise #ApexAdjacent #ApexAdjacentPodcast #car #cars #auto #automotive #rmap #rmapmedia #rmapmedia2020 #rmde #rmde2019 #SuperHappyFriendshipCarReview #SHFCR


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The 2020 Kia Telluride stakes out an interesting middle ground in the 7-seat SUV arena. While it may not be as engaging to drive as the Subaru Ascent, or as luxurious as the Volvo XC90, or as cheap as the Dodge Journey (*wrinkles nose, spits on ground*), it still manages to establish footing and hold it’s well-deserved ground. ⁣ ⁣ It’s good looking enough that it won’t get lost in the sea of boring crossover shapes we’re all currently sailing. The Kia badge lets people know you’re not stealing from your 401k to cover lease payments, but you're not shuttling the fam in a leaky old Caravan with no airbags. The interior isn't first-class international, but it's absolutely not coach. It’s fast enough that you won’t hold up reasonable people, but the awful engine noise will remind you this is still a very big, very under-powered machine. ⁣ ⁣ The video link is in our profile, check it out! Click it! Double click it!⁣ ⁣ #ApexAdjacentKiaTellurideWeek #KiaTellurideWeek #Kia #KiaTelluride #2020KiaTelluride #Telluride #SUV #SevenSeats #7Seats #SevenSeatSUV #7SeatSUV #Compromise #ApexAdjacent #ApexAdjacentPodcast #car #cars #auto #automotive #rmap #rmapmedia #rmapmedia2020 #rmde #rmde2019#SuperHappyFriendshipCarReview #SHFCR


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In the real world, figuring out the best car for you is all about compromise. Unless you refuse, in which case you probably enjoy the same frequent customer status as Ian's R32 mechanic. So it’s fitting for our first Super Happy Friendship Car Review video is about the 2020 Kia Telluride, a car that’s the platonic ideal of a compromise.⁣ ⁣ One of the genetic markers of every car enthusiast is a visceral hatred of the word “compromise.” It’s a thing that stands in our way of going faster, or farther up the rock trail, or whatever inane thing we’re trying to do with our car this week. Sometimes though, you’ll catch one of us with our guard down. Though never actually captured on film, and only rarely seen in the wild, enthusiasts might allow, when presented with a potential daily driver, “I suppose it’s a good compromise.” That’s what we have here.⁣ ⁣ The video link is in our profile, check it out! Click it! Click it real good!⁣ ⁣ #ApexAdjacentKiaTellurideWeek #KiaTellurideWeek #Kia #KiaTelluride #2020KiaTelluride #Telluride #SUV #SevenSeats #7Seats #SevenSeatSUV #7SeatSUV #Compromise #ApexAdjacent #ApexAdjacentPodcast #car #cars #auto #automotive #rmap #rmapmedia #rmapmedia2020 #rmde #rmde2019 #SuperHappyFriendshipCarReview #SHFCR


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Welcome everyone to #KiaTellurideWeek! Over the next 5 days we'll discuss a car that we've thought A LOT about since driving through the mountain roads and city traffic of our home state, beautiful Colorado. We enjoyed our time with the car; it even inspired us to stand up a new (and for sure goofy) car review format called Super Happy Friendship Car Reviews. ⁣ ⁣ Follow along with us this week as we discuss this car, why we think it's important, and why "compromise" shouldn't always be viewed as a four-letter word. As always, check our profile for our inaugural entry and video review of the 2020 Kia Telluride, and drop us a line in the comments to let us know what you think.⁣ ⁣ The video link is in our profile, check it out! Click it! Get up in our business! ⁣ ⁣ #ApexAdjacentKiaTellurideWeek #KiaTellurideWeek #Kia #KiaTelluride #2020KiaTelluride #Telluride #SUV #SevenSeats #7Seats #SevenSeatSUV #7SeatSUV #Compromise #ApexAdjacent #ApexAdjacentPodcast #car #cars #auto #automotive #rmap #rmapmedia #rmapmedia2020 #rmde #rmde2019 #SuperHappyFriendshipCarReview #SHFCR


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So there you have it, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon. Crazy fun, much very truck. Even if you take away the badge, the culture, the demand, the hype…if you take away all of those things and look at the truck for what it is, you still have an incredibly capable fun truck that makes living with a truck on a daily basis a hoot, and the times when you truly use it an absolute blast. ⁣ ⁣ Browse the hashtag #ApexAdjacentJeepGladiatorWeek if you want to see all of the posts. Thanks for coming along with us on this (small-ish) truck journey!⁣ ⁣ #ApexAdjacentJeepGladiatorWeek #FCA #FiatChrysler #Jeep #JeepGladiator #JeepGladiatorRubicon #Gladiator #Rubicon #JeepRubicon #Jeepin #Jeeping #JeepTruck #JeepGladiatorPickup #JeepGladiator2020 #JeepGladiatorTruck #2020Jeep #2020JeepGladiator #2020JeepGladiatorRubicon #ApexAdjacent #ApexAdjacentPodcast #car #cars #auto #automotive #rmap #rmapmedia #rmapmedia2019 #rmde #rmde2019


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There's really only two words you need to describe the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, they tell you all you need to know. Those words? Fun Truck. ⁣ ⁣ "Really Apex Adjacent?", you may say. "We're just going to land on "Fun Truck" and call it a day". "You lazy, stop talking about bicycles." blah blah blah. Will we end on Fun Truck? Yes and no. ⁣ ⁣ Obviously, as we outlined this week, there's thousands of ways to describe the Gladiator. Capable. Easy to live with. Customizable. Everything we said was appropriate, this truck is rad as hell, but when you really boil it down, you REALLY distill it, what else do you need to know other than this is a FUN TRUCK? ⁣ ⁣ If we think about our minitrucks of yesteryear, fun is always associated with those vehicles. They don't just encourage tomfoolery, they practically pack their beds with gear themselves, they jump speedbumps and huck over ravines on their own while you simply become a vessel for body-on-frame-based hooliganism. Trucks are fun. Small trucks are even more fun. Gladiator? Fun. Gladiator? Truck. ⁣ ⁣ Follow the hashtag #ApexAdjacentJeepGladiatorWeek if you want to get each of the posts. We'll put a bow on everything tomorrow, so stick around and we'll see you in the comments. ⁣ ⁣ #ApexAdjacentJeepGladiatorWeek #FCA #FiatChrysler #Jeep #JeepGladiator #JeepGladiatorRubicon #Gladiator #Rubicon #JeepRubicon #Jeepin #Jeeping #JeepTruck #JeepGladiatorPickup #JeepGladiator2020 #JeepGladiatorTruck #2020Jeep #2020JeepGladiator #2020JeepGladiatorRubicon #ApexAdjacent #ApexAdjacentPodcast #car #cars #auto #automotive #rmap #rmapmedia #rmapmedia2019 #rmde #rmde2019


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One thing that's really attractive about the Jeep platform as a whole is the potential it brings for virtually limitless tinkering. You could leave your Jeep stock, you could turn it into a 15-foot high rock crawling monster, you could donk it out and never leave pavement, and ANYTHING in between! This really resonates with me as I simply cannot leave a bicycle alone. I'll change grips, drivetrains, and tires all the time. To me a bicycle isn't just a bicycle, it's the potential to spend limitless money, time, and effort-and that's not a bad thing. I mean, it's bad for my wallet, but I'd rather be put in a position where I'm spoiled with opportunity for upgrades than placed in a desert where I have zero options. Jeep spoils their owners with this potential. You're SOAKING in it. ⁣ ⁣ The Gladiator Rubicon certainly comes pretty tweaked out straight from FCA, and it has an insane amount of bits and bobs to keep you entertained until you decide on your first, next, 70th upgrade. Take for example the removeable, rechargeable, waterproof Bluetooth speaker. That's an awesome idea, a lot of folks would spend money on optimizing their audio system first; it's a really easy and affordable relative to other upgrades. Out of the gate, Jeep's hooking you up. ⁣ ⁣ Jeep not only offers the boundless potential for upgrades, the Gladiator Rubicon gets you started with a fantastic amount of kit out of the box. Ready to run, ready to upgrade, ready to roll. ⁣ ⁣ Follow the hashtag #ApexAdjacentJeepGladiatorWeek if you want to get each of the posts. ⁣ ⁣ #ApexAdjacentJeepGladiatorWeek #FCA #FiatChrysler #Jeep #JeepGladiator #JeepGladiatorRubicon #Gladiator #Rubicon #JeepRubicon #Jeepin #Jeeping #JeepTruck #JeepGladiatorPickup #JeepGladiator2020 #JeepGladiatorTruck #2020Jeep #2020JeepGladiator #2020JeepGladiatorRubicon #ApexAdjacent #ApexAdjacentPodcast #car #cars #auto #automotive #rmap #rmapmedia #rmapmedia2019 #rmde #rmde2019


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There's a certain feeling one gets when driving a Jeep; I remember experiencing it for the first time while riding in a mildly-lifted Wrangler 2-door sometime in the early 2000's. It's a feeling that I can best correlate with the first time I rode a 29'er mountain bike, the feeling that you could roll over ANYTHING without even thinking about it. Curb? No problem. Steps? Sure. Rocks? What rocks? Does it matter when you're sitting at a stoplight in traffic? Not really…but…we could hop that median if we wanted to (and if it wasn't against the law) so…maybe it does matter?⁣ ⁣ The Jeep Gladiator certainly enforces the feeling that no matter what you roll up on, you're probably going to be able to handle it. You won't just be able to handle it, you'll be able to handle it while hauling your old washing machine to Goodwill. Kind of a have-your-cake-and-eat-it-while-having-another-cake-and-also-eating-that-cake-too kind of scenario right there. It really is an infections feeling, one of off-roading capability with a hearty dash of fun thrown in. We get it. ⁣ ⁣ I mean, just look at that Fox suspension! Meaty components, boss suspension, and the proven Jeep Trail Rated um…rating, we all know that means you're going to have to work REALLY hard to get yourself stuck somewhere. ⁣ ⁣ We'll talk more about the Jeep to mountain bike comparison tomorrow, so swing on by on Friday and let us know what you think! ⁣ ⁣ Follow the hashtag #ApexAdjacentJeepGladiatorWeek if you want to get each of the posts. ⁣ ⁣ #ApexAdjacentJeepGladiatorWeek #FCA #FiatChrysler #Jeep #JeepGladiator #JeepGladiatorRubicon #Gladiator #Rubicon #JeepRubicon #Jeepin #Jeeping #JeepTruck #JeepGladiatorPickup #JeepGladiator2020 #JeepGladiatorTruck #2020Jeep #2020JeepGladiator #2020JeepGladiatorRubicon #ApexAdjacent #ApexAdjacentPodcast #car #cars #auto #automotive #rmap #rmapmedia #rmapmedia2019 #rmde #rmde2019


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Hey, look at that, we're not the only ones that noticed the Jeep Gladiator's size! It certainly harkens back to Nissan/Toyota/Mazda pickup trucks (remember the B2000?!?!), the absolute classic Ford Ranger pickup, etc. From growing up with smaller trucks and watching the market figuratively and literally grow with the truck's proportions, it's really refreshing to have a midsize truck hit the market with such a crazy feature list and insane wizard scroll of capabilities. ⁣ ⁣ Technology has come a long way in helping us live with larger (and more importantly safer) vehicles, dealing with proximity, parking, adding backup cameras, forward-facing cameras, etc. Trust us, all of those technologies are great, parking sensors and backup cameras have probably saved millions of dollars for folks when it comes to having to take their car to the body shop. ⁣ ⁣ Here's the thing about that technology, it makes even more of an impact on a smaller vehicle. Not only is the vehicle as a whole easier to live with, the technology amplifies that ease of use in really noticeable ways. ⁣ ⁣ We think that the previous mindset with a Jeep was that you were buying it for the 5-10% of your life that you weren't on paved roads. Aside: certainly some folks have a higher percentage of off-road driving that they deal with but we're painting with broad strokes here. It's been our opinion that you really shouldn't buy a vehicle for 5% of your life, as it makes the 95% of the time that you're not in that situation harder to deal with (stares daggers at Ian's R32…) but the Jeep Gladiator's size and technology certainly make that 90-95% FAR easier to deal with. We dig it. Let us know how feel about the Jeep's size and what it's like to live with on a daily basis in the comments. ⁣ ⁣ Follow the hashtag #ApexAdjacentJeepGladiatorWeek if you want to get each of the posts. ⁣ ⁣ #ApexAdjacentJeepGladiatorWeek #FCA #FiatChrysler #Jeep #JeepGladiator #JeepGladiatorRubicon #Gladiator #Rubicon #JeepRubicon #Jeepin #Jeeping #JeepTruck #JeepGladiatorPickup #JeepGladiator2020 #JeepGladiatorTruck #2020Jeep #2020JeepGladiator #2020JeepGladiatorRubicon #ApexAdjacent #ApexAdjacentPodcast #car #cars #auto


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Hello, this is Dave, the resident Ginger here at Apex Adjacent. I grew up in Missouri, which means I was issued a pickup truck and a puck of Skoal as soon I turned 16; such is the way of my people. Thankfully an affinity for only one of those things stuck with me to this day and I still look fondly on memories of owning pickup trucks as a youth. ⁣ ⁣ In addition to pickup trucks, Jeeps were always something I admired. I had friends that had them, and let's not forget that Cher's car in Clueless was a 1994 white Jeep Wrangler. Missouri. Trucks. Romantic Comedies. Jeeps. Substitute taffy for Skoal and I think you're starting to get a pretty decent picture of me as a person and why my ears perked up when Jeep announced the Gladiator. ⁣ ⁣ The thing that really caught my eye was the size of the Gladiator. Pickup trucks by today's standards are MASSIVE. I grew up driving little Nissan pickup trucks, and the Gladiator certainly falls closer to the minitruck side than it does the full-size pick'em up truck size. We here at Apex Adjacent think smaller pickup trucks are great. Look, we love giant trucks, so much so that we dressed Ian up like a Nameste-bro and made a video about the Ram 1500 Longhorn. Kale. But the mid-size nature of the Gladiator is one of the key things that we really like about this truck. We'll talk about that more in detail tomorrow. ⁣ ⁣ Follow the hashtag #ApexAdjacentJeepGladiatorWeek if you want to get each of the posts and as always, we're excited to hear your thoughts on this wacky little truck in the comments. ⁣ ⁣ #ApexAdjacentJeepGladiatorWeek #FCA #FiatChrysler #Jeep #JeepGladiator #JeepGladiatorRubicon #Gladiator #Rubicon #JeepRubicon #Jeepin #Jeeping #JeepTruck #JeepGladiatorPickup #JeepGladiator2020 #JeepGladiatorTruck #2020Jeep #2020JeepGladiator #2020JeepGladiatorRubicon #ApexAdjacent #ApexAdjacentPodcast #car #cars #auto #automotive #rmap #rmapmedia #rmapmedia2019 #rmde #rmde2019


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Jeeps. Oh buddy, Jeeps. As US-based automotive journalists and HUMAN BEINGS, we're acutely aware of how deeply embedded Jeep culture is in car culture and our culture as a whole. This week we'll be talking about the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, Jeep's return to the pickup truck market after a 27-year sabbatical. Along the way we'll discuss what Jeeps and pickup trucks mean to us. ⁣ ⁣ We've had the pleasure of driving the Gladiator twice now, and even though both of those experiences were pavement-based, we're eager to offer our perspective on this truck and the platform. ⁣ ⁣ Follow the hashtag #ApexAdjacentJeepGladiatorWeek if you want to get each of the posts and as always, we're excited to hear your thoughts on this wacky little truck in the comments. ⁣ ⁣ #ApexAdjacentJeepGladiatorWeek #FCA #FiatChrysler #Jeep #JeepGladiator #JeepGladiatorRubicon #Gladiator #Rubicon #JeepRubicon #Jeepin #Jeeping #JeepTruck #JeepGladiatorPickup #JeepGladiator2020 #JeepGladiatorTruck #2020Jeep #2020JeepGladiator #2020JeepGladiatorRubicon #ApexAdjacent #ApexAdjacentPodcast #car #cars #auto #automotive #rmap #rmapmedia #rmapmedia2019 #rmde #rmde2019


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When we started talking about the Fiat 500X we set a boundary. We weren't going to talk about what this car isn't, and I think to that end we didn't. Sorry, it's late, I'm a bit slappy. Okay. If you're a person that fancies a small compact crossover, then the Fiat 500X is a bit of a have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too kind of scenario, you get something built on a common platform but also get some added style and uniqueness thrown on top. We love that! ⁣ If you want a Jeep Renegade, if you REALLY want a Jeep Renegade, you should go for the Jeep Renegade. The rest of us, the weird ones, the ones that want to be different? We're going to pick up a Fiat 500X or two then reenact the Rolls-Royce Grey Poupon commercial but with baguettes and really, REALLY good cheese. Every day.⁣ ⁣ Thanks for hanging with us this week, we really enjoyed the Fiat 500X and we hope you do too. As always, pop into our profile for a link to our YouTube page, be sure to like our vids and subscribe to our channel. ⁣ We'll be back on Monday, December 1st with #JeepGladiatorRubiconWeek, until then we'll fill the feed with our usual nonsense. We love you. ⁣ ⁣ #FCA #Fiat #Fiat500 #Fiat500X #Fiat500XWeek #ApexAdjacentFiat500XWeek #JeepRenegade #ApexAdjacent #ApexAdjacentPodcast #car #cars #auto #automotive #SUV #Crossover #CompactSUV #CompactCrossover #rmap #rmapmedia #rmapmedia2019 #rmde #rmde2019


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On paper the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X are largely the same car. They're built on the same platform and in 2019 they both have the plucky 1.3L turbocharged engine. Let's talk about some of the differences between the two cars. ⁣ ⁣ For one, the Fiat is going to be easier to find in a parking lot, as of 2019 there are only 35 thousand or so on the road, compared to the several hundred thousand of its platform mate-Renegade. ⁣ ⁣ Second, let's talk about the style. It's distinct, we can say that for sure. We find it refreshing and uplifting compared to other cars out there, it's funky and we think that you'd find a smile cross your face as you're spending time with it on a daily basis. ⁣ ⁣ Driving the Fiat 500X is a cool experience. We drove one well beyond our normal mile-high altitude, somewhere in the neighborhood of 8-9,000 feet. If you want to test an engine's performance, there are few substitutes to these kind of conditions. The eager 1.3L turbocharged engine still managed to fly up hills with no problem whatsoever, as traffic with much less style fell away.⁣ ⁣ Every time we find ourselves in a Fiat we feel like an espresso and baguette are about to fall into our hands. Couple that with some mild boost and you've got a cool little experience to bask in. So if you kind of want a Renegade BUT you have Duolingo installed on your phone, you should check out the Fiat 500X. It has a solid chance of being your jam. ⁣ ⁣ We'll put a bow on everything on Sunday, thanks for following along!⁣ ⁣ #FCA #Fiat #Fiat500 #Fiat500X #Fiat500XWeek #ApexAdjacentFiat500XWeek #JeepRenegade #ApexAdjacent #ApexAdjacentPodcast #car #cars #auto #automotive #SUV #Crossover #CompactSUV #CompactCrossover #rmap #rmapmedia #rmapmedia2019 #rmde #rmde2019


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So let's talk about the Fiat 500X. By talking about the Jeep Renegade. The Jeep Renegade falls into this intriguing segment of the market where the potential buyer doesn't quite want a Wrangler, but also doesn't quite want a Kia Soul. Folks that want to be a bit different but not say, "Soundcloud-rapper-face-tattoo" different. They're not quite pleated khakis and yet not those hiking pants with zip off legs. ⁣ ⁣ FCA obviously identified this segment of the market and it's potential as they managed to sell around 100,000 Jeep Renegades in 2018. Remember that number. ⁣ ⁣ The Renegade isn't your standard Jeep, it's a bit different. We here at Apex Adjacent applaud differences in the automotive landscape. One of our fundamental goals is to not be like everyone one else. You know who they are, all of them. The automotive equivalent of Panera Bread. There's nothing wrong with them, especially when you look at today's offerings, the worst car you can buy is still crazy good compared to what was on sale 20 years ago. REMEMBER DAEWOO? Sorry, that's still a bit of a trigger for us. ⁣ ⁣ So we're going to be different. We support different. We love different. Even if it means we're going to break down a bit more often, spend a bit more on repairs, lose a bit more sleep, and struggle with broken oil pans and passing emissions more than "the others".⁣ ⁣ So let's call back that Jeep Renegade sales figure from 2018, 100,000. You know how many Fiat 500Xs were sold in 2018? 5,223. How does that translate to not being "the others"? Well, for starters, you're going to run across 20 or so Jeep Renegades before you happen across a single Fiat 500X. That's a pretty good ratio right there. Not like Colorado Subaru to Saab TurboX ratios, but if you're driving a 500X you're certainly not driving a Toyota Camry. ⁣ ⁣ Check back with us on Saturday for more. ⁣ ⁣ #FCA #Fiat #Fiat500 #Fiat500X #Fiat500XWeek #ApexAdjacentFiat500XWeek #JeepRenegade #ApexAdjacent #ApexAdjacentPodcast #car #cars #auto #automotive #SUV #Crossover #CompactSUV #CompactCrossover #rmap #rmapmedia #rmapmedia2019 #rmde #rmde2019 ⁣ ⁣


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Broad strokes, let's catch up. Fiat was here in America for 30-ish years. They left; in all honesty, we were being THE WORST, leaving passive-aggressive post-it notes on the butter container about how toast crumbs belong on toast, not in butter, acting distant and when Fiat asks us what’s wrong we say “nothing” then sigh, oh and NOT BUYING FIATS. Dick move. While they were gone, we either changed our ways or were just damaged enough to seem open to change (maybe both?), and Fiat came back. So we’re back to cohabitating toothbrushes and a small clutch of quirky, cool cars available to Americans; those are the fruits of the rekindled relationship. You got your 500, you got your 124 Abarth (that Dave can’t fit in, grrrr…), the 500L (…blank stare…), and the topic of this week’s posts, the 500X. So here's the thing about the American car market. The SUV space, particularly with folks that are more interested in the U than the S, we're SUPER into Jeep. Jeep culture and American culture are synonymous and inseparable. They're largely the same. Don't get us wrong, we dig Jeeps here at Apex Adjacent. We get them, and we absolutely get Jeepin' and off-roading. It's not where we'd spend our money personally, but we truly get it and respect it. So Jeep has a huge foothold here in the States, we all know that. Jeep responds to that by making Jeeps that go up, down, and sideways from the rock-crawling use cases of old. The Jeep Cherokee, and it's Grand cousin. Jeep Gladiator. Jeep Liberty. And the Jeep Renegade. The Jeep Renegade. If you've been looking at the hashtags and have any awareness of the overall platform, you've known we'd end up here. Our story continues on Friday. #FCA #Fiat #Fiat500 #Fiat500X #Fiat500XWeek #ApexAdjacentFiat500XWeek #JeepRenegade #ApexAdjacent #ApexAdjacentPodcast #car #cars #auto #automotive #SUV #Crossover #CompactSUV #CompactCrossover #rmap #rmapmedia #rmapmedia2019 #rmde #rmde2019


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Smash cut to 2009, things had REALLY changed for us domestically. The United States' economy had taken a massive downturn after the housing bubble broke (you should really watch the Big Short), and Americans were starting to look back at vehicles with good gas mileage. We hit the gym. We died our hair. We kicked our Humvees to the curb and picked up Honda Civics. All that made us look pretty dang hot to our ex, Fiat. In January of 2009 Fiat, not being able to get Bruce Springsteen songs out of their head, picked up a 20% stake in Chrysler, who may have seemed a bit vulnerable as they had just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. We wouldn't say Chrysler was on the rebound, but they didn't turn down the offer…so yeah. From that 20% stake Fiat kept moving in with Chrysler. First they leave a toothbrush and deodorant at your apartment overnight, then the next thing you know they launch the Mexican-built Fiat 500 in your country, throw 4.9 billion dollars your way, and suddenly you're trading on the NYSE under a new ticker symbol (FCAU). Fiat was back in America in a big way. Wedding bells. Doves. Those weird pastel almonds that no one likes. Abarths. Fiat and the United States: reunited. Our story continues tomorrow. #FCA #Fiat #Fiat500 #Fiat500X #Fiat500XWeek #ApexAdjacentFiat500XWeek #JeepRenegade #ApexAdjacent #ApexAdjacentPodcast #car #cars #auto #automotive #SUV #Crossover #CompactSUV #CompactCrossover #rmap #rmapmedia #rmapmedia2019 #rmde #rmde2019


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Let's start with a bit of background. Think of Fiat and the US as that couple you know that breaks up, gets back together, breaks up, rinse, repeat. Fiats were sold in the US for thirty or so years from the 50s to the 80s, then they got fed up and wound up walking out on us in 1983. For 25 years or so, Fiat stayed away, pumped Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" on repeat and took comfort selling cars everywhere besides the United States. While the rest of the world was enjoying Pandas, Multiplas, and other assorted stylish and efficient vehicles, America was hanging out with the bad kids and getting peer-pressured into buying gas-guzzling SUVs, telling themselves they deserved to burn money for heat and turn dinosaurs into fast-food drive through window issues. Then things took a turn around the time that Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” was Ra-ra-rah-rah-rahahah-ing up the pop charts…Our story continues on Wednesday. #FCA #Fiat #Fiat500 #Fiat500X #Fiat500XWeek #ApexAdjacentFiat500XWeek #JeepRenegade #ApexAdjacent #ApexAdjacentPodcast #car #cars #auto #automotive #SUV #Crossover #CompactSUV #CompactCrossover #rmap #rmapmedia #rmapmedia2019 #rmde #rmde2019


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When you think of the cars that Ian and Dave fawn over, you may not place the Fiat 500X among said vehicles. It's not something that you'd want to autocross or drive on a race track, it's not something you can pack an entire family and all their stuff into; let's be honest here, there's a long list of what it's not. But(!) that's not what we're going to talk about this week; we're going to talk about why we like this little car, how it wiggled into a weird nook in our hearts, and how even though we may not get weak in the knees when we see one, we at least see a reason for it to be on the road. We now see this car differently, even give it an approving head nod when we cross paths with one. I know, weird, right? We see you, little Fiat 500X, and we're going to talk about why. Maybe all of this is a little too late as Fiat may be pulling out of the US market once again, but we have to say something about this little car, it's place in the market, and the brand as a whole before we just let it go away. . . If you’d like to make sure you get the rest of the story, follow the hashtag #ApexAdjacentFiat500XWeek and you’ll get each post in your feed. . . #FCA #Fiat #Fiat500 #Fiat500X #Fiat500XWeek #ApexAdjacentFiat500XWeek #JeepRenegade #ApexAdjacent #ApexAdjacentPodcast #car #cars #auto #automotive #SUV #Crossover #CompactSUV #CompactCrossover #rmap #rmapmedia #rmapmedia2019 #rmde #rmde2019


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