2017 Porsche Panamera: What the critics say
What a difference seven years makes. Better in every way than the model it replaces, the second-generation Panamera turns out to be “as capable on a track as it is in traffic, and as luxurious as a day at the spa.” Porsche’s first four-door sedan earned less respect at its 2009 debut, saddled as it was with a “bulbous derriere.” But the 2017 model is new from the ground up, and it’s now “indisputably” Porsche-like: streamlined and athletic, plus “stupid fast for a car that weighs 4,400 pounds.”
In cities that loved the first Panamera, the
“vastly improved” 2017 will sell like crazy. Even the smaller of two new turbo-charged engines can manage 180 mph and a 4.2- second sprint from 0 to 60 mph, and the car can double as an “extremely relaxed” cruiser, capable of “swiftly and luxuriously eating up hundreds of miles in a day.” Perhaps no other vehicle in its segment offers the Panamera’s “allu ring combo” of comfort, convenience, and effortless performance.
Road & Track
Even with its new chassis, new silhouette, new engines, new transmission, and roughly 100 million new lines of computer code governing its every move, the new Panamera still won’t win over every old-school Porsche fan. But “as a feat of engineering, and now a focused luxury product, it’s a triumph.”
The best of...harvest-time kitchenware
Spiralizer Apple Peeler
This countertop contraption “makes slicing, coring, and peeling apples a simple proposition.” Built of cast steel, the peeler is “amazingly sturdy,” and the winding rod and stainless steel blades clean up easily. $18, amazon.com Source:TheSmartConsumer.com
Baker’s Advantage Ceramic Pie Dish
This pie dish outperforms alternatives priced twice as high. Crusts brown evenly and release easily, the fluted edge adds style, and the sides are deep enough to handle any pie you might try. Plus, “it looks good on the table.”$20, pfaltzgraff.com Source:TheSweethome.com
Lodge 6-Quart Dutch Oven
“You could spend a lot more” on an enameled cast-iron pot, but the durable, well-designed Lodge “cooks stews just as well as Dutch ovens selling for four times the price.” Details like its sloped sides and big handles set it apart. $60, amazon.com Source:TheSweethome.com
Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System
This countertop cooker “has it all”: a slowcooker function; a stovetop setting that lets you sauté or sear with ease; and even an oven setting, allowing you to roast at temperatures up to 425 degrees. $130, target.com Source: Every Day With Rachael Ray
SilPat Perfect Cookie Baking Sheet
Up your cookie game this fall with a fiberglass and silicone baking sheet. Bakers have sworn by them for 50 years, because they prevent burning and sticking and the cookies come out perfectly round every time. $19, amazon.com Source:RealSimple.com
Tip of the week...
Time to plant some flower bulbs
■What to choose: Many minor bulbs produce early spring blossoms year after year, adding color to a garden even before the grass turns green. Popular picks include crocus, grape hyacinth, and glory-of-the-snow. If deer are a problem, opt for snowflake, snowdrop, or daffodil, all of which contain a toxic alkaloid that repels animals.
■Where to plant: Because the flowers bloom and die back early, minor bulbs can be planted right in your lawn, or anywhere they’ll get sun and drainage is decent. For a natural look, scatter the bulbs by hand on the lawn, then plant them 3 to 4 inches deep where they land. Create flower clusters by planting about 10 bulbs per square foot.
■And then what? Come spring, hold off mowing over the bulb foliage until it withers and yellows. That will ensure that the flowers spread, and that the plants sprout and bloom again the following year. Source: Better Homes & Gardens
And for those who have everything...
Mattel’s new Barbie Hello Dreamhouse is so cutting-edge, it “makes last year’s version seem like a rat-infested hovel.” It responds to voice commands—so simply say the words and the front door will open and the elevator descend. But the house does 100 more things too. “Would you like to throw a mermaid party? One with disco lights and delicious pretend baked goods for the guests? Just ask, bro.” And with the house’s customizable sound effects, you can even make the toilet “cluck like a dang chicken.” Yes, $300 is steep for a toy. Still, that’s “a crazy-good price for a home that’s way, way better than yours.”$300, shop.mattel.com Source:Wired.com
For small-business owners
■Paper by FiftyThree is great for anybody who misses working on paper. If you have a stylus, you can use this free iOS-only app to take notes, maintain a planner, annotate photos, build presentations or charts, and much more.
■DocuSign makes fax machines seem medieval. It streamlines the process of creating, signing, and sending client agreements— and si milar documents—because you can do it all from the palm of your hand.
■If This, Then That can practically be a personal assistant. It can perform a simple chore on a routine schedule, like turning off lights or adding a fresh post to your business’s Facebook page. It can also remind you to complete a task you’ve postponed.
■Harvest helps you maintain time sheets and expense records, then turns them into electronic invoices. It also keeps real-time data on your company’s billable hours. Source:Refinery29.com