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Car and Driver’s Compact SUV Battle

Monday, May 18th, 2020
Car and Driver Compact SUV Battle

Car and Driver’s Compact SUV Battle took the compact-crossover category and compared the 2020 Honda CR-V and 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan against the Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4. Here’s their review:

Volkswagen Tiguan

Highs: Go-for-it handling, refined engine, generous cargo space.
 Cabin might be a little too minimalist for some, hits the bumps harder than most.
 VW finally builds a broad- appeal crossover that also honors the brand’s sporty side.

The Tiguan feels like a GTI for responsible adults. That’s how it managed to claw its way into second place. Of course, it isn’t a GTI—it’s not nearly as quick or as agile as its road-hugging, hot-hatch stablemate. Physical laws haven’t been suspended here. But the Tig does a commendable job of offering both utility and playfulness.

Immediately noticeable are its light, quick steering and nimble, firmly controlled chassis, which encourage you to dig into two-lanes—though it is sometimes stiff-legged on uneven pavement. The engine hums expensively. It was the quietest at wide-open throttle and the most refined of the group.

The Tiguan also lives up to its family responsibilities. It has plenty of rear kneeroom, and only the CR-V hauls more boxes with the rear seat folded. The VW’s leather-covered seats are among the firmest we’ve encountered in a long time, but they’re nonetheless comfortable and supportive. They’re appropriate in an interior that’s so businesslike, it’s almost spartan. Even that starkness adds to the hot-hatch vibe. The infotainment screen is reasonably large and operates in a straightforward manner, and there are volume and tuning knobs for the audio system.

Volkswagen’s journey to understanding American tastes has been bumpy, but it’s definitely on the right road with this latest Tiguan. It’s sized right, dressed for success, and blessed with the driver-friendly DNA of the company’s best cars. That’s why it’s the salutatorian of this class.

Honda CR-V

Highs: Clever storage, roomy cabin, solid driving dynamics.
 Quickest but doesn’t feel it, interior lacks deluxe materials, dated infotainment.
 A highly adaptable tool with solid engineering and thoughtful solutions.

Honda is not into change for change’s sake. The current CR-V evolved only modestly from the last generation, so it’s conservative in both its design and execution. “Climbing into the CR-V is like getting into any Honda,” Hoffman said. In other words, it has the basics right but doesn’t brag.

Those essentials begin with comfortable seats and generous second-row kneeroom. A child seat is an easy fit. The CR-V also accommodates the most boxes with the rear seats folded. The cargo floor has two positions, the higher of which enables a flat load floor from the liftgate opening to the front seatbacks (once you’ve folded the second row, of course). The center console has a lot of storage space and can be configured several different ways to best handle your stuff.

The interior’s ambience doesn’t quite match its practicality, though. The materials are handsome but far from upscale, and the design is not bleeding-edge modern. The tablet-like center-stack screen contains Honda’s last-generation infotainment system. It’s fussy and lacks a tuning knob, and the navigation display is small. Plus, the mechanical shifter protruding from the dashboard clacks inexpensively.

But the CR-V is a solid driver. Its 60-mph time of 7.6 seconds is the quickest of the group, but it doesn’t feel it, due at least in part to the slushy response of its CVT. “I was surprised to see it had 190 horsepower,” said Annie White. “It feels sluggish getting up to speed.” Bursts of throttle also result in some moaning under the hood before the engine settles down to a quiet cruise.

Otherwise, the CR-V is a confident, capable over-the-road machine with direct steering and well-damped body motions. It’s rife with good qualities, which makes it feel like a trusted friend. It’s just that the two crossovers that finished ahead of it have those qualities, too, plus a big dollop of driver engagement, something the CR-V simply doesn’t have.

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MotorTrend’s 3-Row SUV Comparison

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
MotorTrend 3 Row Comparison - Honda Pilot

MotorTrend recently took a look at three best-selling 3-row SUVs and compared the 2020 Honda Pilot, 2020 Ford Explorer, and 2020 Toyota Highlander against each other. Under $50,000, these family-sized “trucksters” were judged across four categories: advanced safety features, handling and steering, performance, and interior space. Spoiler: The 2020 Honda Pilot was awarded first place in each category.

Read the full article here.

Advanced Safety Systems

The Honda Pilot Black Edition mimics the loaded, top-tier Elite trim ($49,240) that already includes every available option, and merely adds a triple-black appearance package for an additional $1,500. It too has a comprehensive standard safety suite including six airbags, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane keep assist, and road departure mitigation. Perhaps because the company has been working on its Honda Sensing safety suite for at least six years, it just plain works—except for an overly protective automatic braking feature that sent a backpack into the passenger footwell. This occurred because the Pilot’s brake pedal was exceedingly soft and traveled a great distance before truly slowing the SUV. We’ve driven/tested plenty of Pilots, and this appears to be anomalous.

The 2020 Honda Pilot received IIHS’ Good or Superior scores (the highest) in every category but small overlap front collision (passenger-side), headlights (on lower-trim levels), and ease-of-use for the child-seat LATCH system, where it received scores of Average.

Handling and Steering

The Honda, on the other hand, handled the curves and bumps as if its steering and suspension were tuned there. The road isolation and ride qualities are quite good—the best in this group. Besides sharp impacts making their way into the cabin, it simply goes down the road without secondary suspension events, and it never feels big or floaty. We also like the steering very much. It feels the most developed, and naturally so, which is not an easy thing to tune into an electrified system. There’s a fluidity to it, and it feels hydraulic-based. It also has the best-in-test lane-centering system.


Honda’s SOHC 3.5-liter V-6 is equally ubiquitous within its lineup, and it’s the least powerful engine here. Despite its output specifications, the Pilot impressed us with its broad-band power delivery and we especially loved it when the VTEC kicked in (yo). We and other outlets had previously—and rightfully—criticized the Pilot’s nine-speed automatic, and Honda was apparently listening. It’s been retuned. There’s still some head toss at wide-open throttle, and when left in the default drive mode, it only occasionally was caught napping. We’d call it fixed. Also, Sport drive mode banishes the shift delays. We were a bit shocked that the Pilot was the quickest of the three and not by a little. It was a second or more ahead of the Highlander at any time-to-speed measurement above 60 mph, and about a half-second ahead of the Explorer. It’s called American Honda Motor Company for a reason.

Interior Space

Few automakers are as accomplished at packaging as Honda is. This Pilot was introduced four years ago (witness the foot-actuated parking brake relic) and has received few updates/upgrades, yet it is still at the forefront for cleverness and attention to detail. It’s the small things like articulating multi-position armrests, a DVD/Blu-ray player, a convex mirror to keep an eye on back-seat shenanigans, and a handhold in precisely the right place to exit the third row. Seabaugh summarized our top-trim example: “Upfront you have a commanding view of the road, with comfortable [heated/ventilated leather] bucket seats, [a wireless charging pad], a massive storage cubby, and plenty of cupholders, shelves, and pockets for all of your items strewn throughout the cabin.”

The second row is thoughtfully done, too, with six cupholders, two USB outlets, an A/C output, HVAC controls, an HDMI port, a central entertainment screen, and a center console. It’s quite roomy, with the second most legroom of our trio and the greatest headroom. Like the Explorer, you can enter the third row from between the second-row captain’s chairs or by folding the captain’s chairs with a press of a single button.

The Explorer has but 0.3 inches more legroom in the rear-most seats than the Pilot, but the Honda ties for most headroom and has 3 inches more shoulder room—enough to accommodate a third passenger if needed. Showing its age, however, the Pilot has no USB port in the back, and lowering/raising the third row requires leaning into the cargo bay (possibly soiling your clothes) to reach for a release strap. There’s a good-sized bin under the reversible carpeted/hard plastic cover. Clever.

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Volkswagen Atlas: Family Car of the Year

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
Volkswagen Atlas

Since its release in 2018, the Volkswagen Atlas has set a precedence in the space, comfort and amenities it offers for an affordable price.  Manufactured in the USA, each model is built at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant.  The Chattanooga plant is the only automotive manufacturing facility in the world to receive Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Program.  You can go green without a thought with the Atlas.

With all the innovations offered, it’s no surprise that has named it the 2020 Family Car of the year!  “The Atlas beat out nominees Ford Expedition and Hyundai Santa Fe for the top honor.  Winning judges with its spacious third row and cargo space, as well as ample room for car seats, hosts of driver-assistance features and Volkswagen’s signature fun-to-drive character.”

Check out the full press release by clicking HERE.

We have several Atlas in stock, so swing by Don Jacobs Volkswagen today.  Buy an Atlas, Go Green and don’t forget to grab a free smile on your way out! 

BMW X5 2020: Your Excuse for a Road Trip

Monday, January 13th, 2020

The 2020 BMW X5 is here and ready to lead you through vacation rides, long drives, and everyday lives. With the latest and greatest from Germany, the X5 is ready to perform for any task you have.

Powered by the in-line 6-cylinder engine in the xDrive40i, the X5 packs a lot of performance under the hood. Coupled with its Dynamic Damper Control, the X5 can change the suspension settings for your drive on the fly. Sensors monitor the movement of your wheels over 400 times per second and adjust the shock absorbers to give you the best handling and smooth ride possible, even on rough roads. The X5 is ready to take you wherever you need to go.

With the new X5, the ability to stay in the know on your journey has never been easier.  News updates, live traffic reports, weather conditions and vehicle settings are available with the swipe of your finger as part of the iDrive operating system. You can customize, much like a smartphone, by choosing the applications that work best for your wants and needs. The Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster and Central Information Display compliment iDrive though easy to access navigation, entertainment and safety features.  Stay aware of where the road leads with a 360-degree camera that allows you to see your surroundings from every angle.  With an onsite BMW genius to assist with set up of these amazing features, utilizing all the 2020 BMW X5 has to offer has never been easier.

You only live once, so what are you waiting for?  Stop by Don Jacobs BMW to take your new X5 for a spin today.  You can call to schedule a test drive or click the link below to schedule.  We can’t wait for you to experience the Ultimate Driving Machine.

The All-New 2019 Volkswagen Arteon

Friday, June 21st, 2019
2019 Volkswagen Arteon

Sleek. Front to Back.

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is here with it’s all new, yet timeless design. A successor to the Volkswagen CC, the Arteon straddles the line of luxury and affordability, all while packing a punch in performance. With a classic fastback design, the roofline slopes downward and merges seamlessly with the back, conveying style and performance. It’s a piece of modern art that you can really feel.

Turn the sleek lines into wavy ones.

The look may be classic, but it’s far from the only story. The Arteon hosts performance features that help make it as much fun to drive as it is to stare at. The standard 2.0L TSI turbocharged engine kicks out plenty of power. 4Motion all-wheel drive distributes power between the front and rear wheels as needed to help optimize traction and stability. The variable-ratio steering system provides a quick response to driver input at higher speeds. Now the only variable you have to think about is which route you want to take home. The XDS® Cross Differential System uses the breaks to help maintain power to the outside wheel when you to and to improve corning. And then, of course, covered by America’s best Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

There’s a lot to stare at inside too.

The 2019 Arteon sports top of the line features and a spacious interior. Ambient lighting, heated seats, a beautiful heads-up display, and collapsible seating to make it bigger on the inside. Not to mention the benefit of a wide view backup camera lens in addition to the array of sensors so you can better view your surroundings. Your safety is first in mind with Adaptive Cruise Control, blind spot monitoring, lane assist, parking assist, and 7 stability-enhancing systems.
Be sure to watch the video below to get a better feel of the Arteon. You can also schedule a reservation to look at it yourself here at Don Jacobs. Just click here to schedule and you’ll be behind the wheel in no time!



2019 BMW X7 – First Ever

Thursday, February 28th, 2019
2019 BMW X7 - Don Jacobs BMW

Available beginning March 1st, 2019

The time has finally come! The all-new 2019 BMW X7 has arrived in Lexington and available for purchase. BMW has developed a new SUV that competes with the Audi Q7, Lexus LX 750 and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class.

Unlike anything else in the BMW SUV lineup, the X7 has new appeal, with the automakers largest grille ever designed. In addition, the large 21-inch standard wheels on both trim levels are definitely eye catching.

Inside, he X7 comes standard with seating for seven across three rows of seating. You also have the option for a six-seater configuration with all-electric Captain’s Chairs. The standard Heated Front Seats can be made even more comfortable with available Ventilated and Massage options. Passengers can also enjoy optional Heated Rear Seats.

All-in-all, the First Ever BMW X7 is the next level of comfort, luxury and performance.

Johnny-Wells- Don Jacobs BMW Sales Manager

Reserve your test drive today by visiting  or reach out personally to our BMW Sales Manager, Johnny Wells at (859) 260-2623 or via email at . Explore more about the 2019 BMW X7.


2019 BMW X7 - 20 inch Wheels 2019 BMW X7 - Rear Don Jacobs BMW

2019 BMW 750i: Explore Innovation and Luxury

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019
BMW 750i M Sport

BMW has presented yet another sedan with quality and class. The new BMW 750i M Sport represents a modern take on contemporary luxury. With the technical innovation and high quality details for both passenger and driver, it speaks technical emotion within the cabin and on the road.

On the exterior, the precise lines and sculpturing of the body is captivating. Surging front. Extended side-view. Powerful rear. It’s natural presence is dominating from all angles. Functionally, it has innovation ahead of it’s time. With such features as BMW Gesture Control, BMW Laserlight and BMW Touch Command, the 7 series is setting the bar for future standards of luxury.

Enjoy this video featuring the 2019 BMW 750i M Sport, available at Don Jacobs BMW in Lexington, Kentucky. The ins and outs presented by BMW Sales Consultant, Alex Freeman, will have you on the edge of your seat and wanting to get behind the wheel.

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Back with a Vengeance! – The 2019 BMW M850i Coupe

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

The 2019 BMW M850i has brought the 8 Series back to life, last produced over two decades ago!

This vehicle represents the epitome of driver-oriented vehicles. Everything from the stance and styling to the 4.4L twin-turbocharged V6 engine pushing out 523 horsepower has been carefully created with the driver at the lead. What do you think about the M850i as the ultimate driving experience?

0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. This Sunset Orange Metallic car with beauty and excitement has been made with driver in mind! With unmatched style and performance and pure motor sport muscle, you will hear a distinct and unique exhaust notes as the g-force keeps you in your seat!

The M850i has both heritage and innovation to thrill all car enthusiasts’ experiences! Click here for the official BMW Review.


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November’s Good Apples!

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Shining the spotlight on the 2019 BMW X3 30i xDrive, 2018 Honda CR-V EX-L and 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack TSI SE 4Motion!

It’s no secret that more people are hitting the road in Lexington. Here at Don Jacobs, we want to take the time out to admire 3 of our top showroom pieces!


We’ll begin with the 2019 BMW X3 30i xDrive. If you are looking to explore the road either in the city or across the country, the BMW X3 is waiting for you. With the upcoming winter season, the X3 features 8 inch ground clearance. Through all elements the X3 is “Rugged and Ready.”  Not to mention, it does not shy away from those key features that make you never want to stop driving! Packaged with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport Automatic Transmission in every X3, you will feel the performance of the newly improved xDrive, standard on the 30i.







Next, we take a look at the 2018 Honda CR-V EX-L – Don Jacobs Signature Series.  Powered by a 1.5-Liter VTEC® Turbo 4-Cylinder Engine, this CR-V is jammed packed! With our added unique appearance package including  Window Tinting, Roof Rack, Heavy Duty Running Boards

and Rugged Rim and Tires. Whether you are loading or unloading, a simple sway of your foot under the bumper will be all the assistance you need with opening the tailgate for camping or grocery shopping. Another distinctive feature of the CR-V is its headlights, taillights and sporty styled body panels to set it apart from other SUVs on the road. Watch a feature video on this Don Jacobs Signature Series 2018 Honda CR-V!







And finally, the 2018 Volkwagen Golf Alltrack TSI SE. If you are looking for versatility, from front to back, the golf Alltrack is it! The key kickers that put our customers over the top about the Golf Alltrack is the All-Wheel Drive. With 4Motion, the drive is smooth sailing, even if the face of Kentucky’s wild, random winters.  The Golf Alltrack is also equipped with “sleek reinforcements” for any adventure you have planned. Through Volkswagen Technology, you can expect a fun, pleasurable trip with full color media touch screen sound system, Volkswagen Car-Net ® App-Connect, Keyless access with push-button start, Forward Collision Warning and more, standard! Allow the Golf Alltrack to open your eyes to a new experience on the road, no matter the condition.








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