All new styling sets the SUV apart

(Photos by Jim Mahoney)

By JIM MAHONEY

The 2020 Ford Escape, already a very popular compact SUV, has gotten a major facelift for 2020. And with so many excellent choices available in this class, staying relevant is a must.

It’s pretty amazing what a refresh can do for a car that was first produced in
2001. Much of the exterior of this SUV has been re-engineered, and all for the better.

A rakish roof and lowered waist line create a dynamic feeling that I think now distinguishes what used to be basically a scaled-down Explorer. This new Escape, with a wider, slightly longer wheelbase than previous versions, actually seems more compact.

But the driving experience most surprised me.

Compared to its earlier incarnations, the 2020 truck makes for a super fun, quick ride. I drive in mostly an urban setting where tight streets, small parking spaces, and crowded roads, even in the pandemic, are the norm.

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Genesis G90 is a revelation

Genesis G80 sedan. (Photo y Jim Mahoney)

Luxury coupe is a commuter’s delight

By JIM MAHONEY

Even before the Genesis nameplate was spun off by Hyundai as a premium brand the model turned my head. I remember seeing what I thought was a Mercedes-Benz 3 series in the rear view and was stunned when the Hyundai logo passed by me.

But this G90 3.3 T Premium AWD is not just a lower priced alternative to one the Europeans, standing firmly on its own. This refreshed 2020 G90 will stop you cold if you’re shopping the full-sized luxury field.

Most of the nose of the car has been redesigned with a cross-hatched, pentagonal grille framed by wrap around LED headlamps that include an art deco like light bar through them. This leads your eye to the fender louvers that align along the waist
of the car. It allows the sedan a nice curb appeal without being brash. The body of the car is simple but refined with wrap around tail lamps bolstering the trunk lid. Adding a touch of élan are the intricately machined 19-inch wheels.

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Garden to plate veggies found at local farm stand

Kate Jenkins-Sullivan points out locally grown produce at the Everett Community Growers farm stand. (Photo By Jim Mahoney)

By JIM MAHONEY

The harvesting season has arrived and who doesn’t enjoy the flavor of a freshly picked tomato?

It’s time to head the market – specifically the Everett Community Growers’ Northern Strand Farm stand – for the very freshest, tastiest produce in the area. The garden is tended to by volunteers and paid employees of all ages and has been growing food for Everett residents since 2012. They also contribute to the Bread of Life program.

Tucked in at the beginning of the Everett bike trail, off Wellington and West Street, and open 10-1 pm on Saturday mornings the farm stand has for sale right off the vine produce, vegetables and herbs. Grown in plots next to the trail, on Florence and Tremont Streets you can get tomatoes, kale, beans, eggplant and squash so fresh you may not make it home without taking a bite.

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Veterans Transportation drivers on strike, “The Ride” affected

Veterans Transportation drivers, who contract for the MBTA’s “The Ride” strike July 13, 2020 in Everett.(Photo By Jim Mahoney)

Walking the picket line at the Veterans Transportation facility in Everett Monday are drivers for the MBTA’s “The Ride.”

About 350 drivers, who work for Veterans Transportation but provide para-transit for the MBTA, are members of Teamsters Local 25 and rejected a contract over a dispute including health insurance rates voting to strike.

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No ordinary dune buggy

Top of the line 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave built for speed in the sand

2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave on June 21, 2020 in Everett. (Photo By Jim Mahoney)

By JIM MAHONEY

Heading to your favorite off-roading paradise in a base-model Jeep is pretty great. But how about tackling those same mounts, crevices, dunes, and streams with this ultimate Gladiator? As an editor friend of mine once said of this pickup, and quoting the movie by the same name, “Are you not entertained?”

Meet the Mojave edition. Our heavily optioned and armored top-of-the-line Jeep Gladiator chewed up the road on 33-inch tires that feature as aggressive a tread pattern as I’ve seen in a while. These massive all-terrain knobbies, mounted on 17-inch rims, are bolted onto a multi-shock Fox suspension that handles the wide Heavy-Duty Dana 44 axles.

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